The Schnee Dust Company, owned by the Schnee family, is one of the largest producers and exporters of Dust in the world of RWBY. Weiss Schnee is the heiress to the Schnee Dust Company, which was founded by her grandfather. As seen in the "Black" Trailer, the Dust is transported by railway lines. According to Blake Belladonna, the company is known for its "controversial labor forces and questionable business partners," implying a bad reputation and/or criminal undertakings. The company has a history of bloodshed with the White Fang. However, it is unknown as to how the war between both sides began and why it did.
History with the White Fang
The Schnee Dust Company and the Schnee family are at war with the White Fang. Weiss Schnee mentioned that her family members and friends have disappeared from their sight, while the company board members may have been executed. One instance is mentioned wherein a train car full of Dust was stolen. Due to this conflict and the fact that Weiss' father was angered over it, Weiss Schnee experienced a difficult childhood causing her to be hostile to the White Fang and distrustful of the Faunus in general.
The Schnee Dust Company's controversial labor forces, mentioned by Blake mentioned in Episode 2, are evidently Faunus. In Episode 16, Blake mentions that the White Fang hijacked a cargo from the companies that use Faunus laborers, which is the exact event that took place in the "Black" Trailer.
- Weiss Schnee: Heiress to the Schnee Dust Company
- Grandpa Schnee: The founder of the Schnee Dust Company, targeted by White Fang
- Weiss Schnee's father: The current head of the company
- The company is seen advertising Dust on the back of the "Weapons Magazine" paperback that Ruby is reading during the Dust Shop Robbery in Episode 1.
- The advertisement says "The finest of them all," possibly reflecting the fact that Weiss is based on Snow White. "Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?"
- When Blake monologues about the SDC, she references Dust as an energy propellant.
- Nora Valkyrie is seen holding a tube of toothpaste with the Schnee Dust Company's logo in The First Step, implying the company is (or has) branched out to other products. The name of the toothpaste brand is revealed in The Badge and The Burden as "Shi-nee" as it falls from Blake's bag.
- According to Blake, the White Fang attacks the cargoes of companies who once enslaved the Faunus. This could refer to the controversial labor forces the SDC uses, leading the White Fang to send two of their members to take revenge on the SDC by stealing its cargo.
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