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- For the original Summer Maiden, also called Summer, see Maidens.
As revealed in "Burning the Candle", Yang Xiao Long is Ruby's half-sister, making Summer her stepmother. Summer is believed to have died prior to the start of the series, possibly during her final mission.
According to Yang, Summer was a highly skilled Huntress. Yang also reveals that she was part of Team STRQ alongside Taiyang Xiao Long, Raven Branwen and Qrow Branwen. Yang describes Summer as a "Super-Mom" and still fondly remembers her cookies.
Summer almost appeared to be the spitting image of Ruby, having the same silver eyes, fair complexion, and gradating black-into-red hair. In the only image of her, Summer's face was partially obscured and her hair is longer than Ruby's.
In her younger days with her team, she appeared to be dressed in a white hooded cloak and a skirt, much like her daughter's style. In comparison to the rest of her old team, she appeared to be the shortest.
Yang described Summer at best as an attentive mother to both her and Ruby. Despite Yang acknowledging that she wasn't Summer's biological daughter, she seemed to have a profound love for her as she cared for Yang like her own. In "The More the Merrier", Raven notes that Ruby shares some ideals with Summer, believing in working together to beat Salem.
Powers and Abilities
Summer was a skilled Huntress, going on missions until her death. In addition to being a "Super-Mom", Summer is described as a "slayer of giant monsters" by Yang.
Summer, and by extension her daughter Ruby, comes from a line of warriors who possess powerful abilities related to their silver eyes. The extent of their power is unknown, but according to an ancient legend, those with silver eyes were destined to be warriors, and the Grimm feared them.
- Her name derives from the poem The Last Rose of Summer by Thomas Moore, as evidenced by the epitaph on her gravestone: "Summer Rose/Thus Kindly, I Scatter", a line from the poem. In the poem, all of the rose's companions are dead, and the writer promises to help the rose join them.
- Summer and Ruby share the same emblem design.
- Though on the show both emblems are shown as gray due to being carved in either metal or stone, Ruby's is seen to be red on other RWBY media.
- The discovery of her death by Ruby is told in the first set of lyrics in "Red Like Roses Part II".