An overhead view of the Emerald Forest is shown with a large black bird flying high above the trees, before Ruby Rose slams into it. The focus changes to the initiates as they each use their landing strategy, with the exception of Jaune Arc who continues to fall wildly. Ruby is the first to land, using the recoil from Crescent Rose to slow herself before using the blade to spin around a branch and land. Weiss Schnee uses glyphs as platforms.
Lie Ren uses the blades of StormFlower to latch onto a tree trunk and spiral down the tree until hitting the ground and brushing himself off. A moment later, Yang Xiao Long flies overhead, using Ember Celica to propel her forward, thoroughly enjoying the flight. Pyrrha Nikos uses Akoúo̱ to safely crash through three trees before landing on a branch. She then switches Miló to its rifle form and scans the area for Jaune, before transforming Miló into its javelin form and launching it at him to pin him to a tree.
Meanwhile, Ruby lands on the ground with a thud and begins running through the forest, desperately hoping to find Yang while contemplating other partners based on the people she knows. At first she thinks about Jaune, who is nice and funny, but probably useless in battle. She then considers Blake Belladonna, based on their love of books and because she is calm and mysterious, but she fears that she wouldn't be able to hold a conversation.
While trying to think of who else she knows, she runs into Weiss, making them both partners. Weiss, however, rejects Ruby at first and walks off, running into Jaune, who is trying to unpin himself from the trunk of a tree. Seeing no other option, Weiss returns to Ruby, much to Ruby's delight. Shortly after, Pyrrha arrives to see Jaune hanging from the tree and asks if he has any more spots on his team.
While Weiss wishes to not waste any time in completing their mission, Ruby is eager to create a friendship with her and shows off her speed to convince Weiss that she would be a good teammate and isn't useless. Weiss herself is surprised by Ruby's speed, wondering how she got to one spot so quickly. As Ruby runs off in excitement, Weiss is left alone. At first, Weiss maintains her annoyed attitude, but she quickly becomes nervous as she hears rustling in the bushes around her. She calls Ruby's name, and a low growl is heard, turning Weiss' nervousness into fear. She soon notices multiple pairs of glowing red eyes around her, and when a Beowolf comes out into the open, she calls out to Ruby.
The opening ends to an overhead view of Emerald Forest, where a black bird is flying slowly and magnificently, right up to the moment it gives a final shriek and Ruby crashes through it in a burst of feathers as she plummets downward.
Ruby: Birdie, no!
Ruby fires off a few rounds from Crescent Rose to slow her down, then turns the weapon into its scythe form to catch the branch of a tree in her blade and fall downward at a slower pace.
Weiss, armed with Myrtenaster, summons a white snowflake circle under her and leaps off of it to the forest below.
Ren descends (with Nora Valkyrie briefly being seen next to him at a faster speed) and spins in the air, eventually using StormFlower's blades to spiral around the trunk of a large tree and hit the ground, brushing off his clothes before looking up to see...
Yang: Woo-hoo! Yeah! Alley-oop!
Yang, soaring right over the treetops, is using her gauntlets and its fiery force to push her through the air further and further north, spinning and laughing with each blast, even when she crashes through the leaves of a tree and leaps off two trunks to tumble to the ground.
Yang: Nailed it! (runs off)
Pyrrha, her weapon in sword form and armed with a shield, crashes through several trees and rolls on a branch, immediately shifting her blade into a rifle and looking through the scope at Jaune as he continues to scream and fall helplessly. Pyrrha coolly transforms her weapon again to its spear form, takes a moment to evaluate her throw, and rockets the javelin deep into the forest until a "THUNK!" is heard.
Jaune: (in the distance) Thank you!
Pyrrha: (waving) I'm sorry!
In the middle of the forest, Ruby lands in a crouch, then darts off with a single mantra in her mind.
Ruby (thinking): Gotta find Yang! Gotta find Yang, gotta find Yang, gotta find... (shouting) Yang! Yaaaang! (internally, now seeing herself partnered with various people) Oh, this is bad, this is really bad... What if I can't find her? What if someone finds her first? Well, there's always Jaune. He's nice. He's funny! ...I don't think he's very good in a fight, though. Ooh! What about Blake?! So mysterious, so calm... Plus she likes books! Then again, I'm not sure I'd be able to hold a conversation with her... Ugh! (shakes her head of daydreams) Okay... Who else do I know in this school? There's Yang, Jaune, Blake, aaaand...
Time seems to slow down as Ruby skids to a halt in front of Weiss as she is turning to face her. She stops just in time for their eyes to meet and a pregnant pause follows. This ends when Weiss turns on her heel and walks the other way.
Ruby: (following her slightly) Wait! Where are you going?! (stops and kicks the ground dejectedly) We're supposed to be teammates...
Weiss is seen struggling through the forest, giving an occasional grunt or "Ow!" as she pushes plants out of her way. She brushes herself off and sighs in relief when she hears a voice above her.
Jaune: (apparently struggling to free himself) Come on, come on! Stupid...!
Weiss sees Jaune hanging a few feet in the air by the spear embedded in his hood and the tree behind him. As he gives up trying to pull it out, he looks down and sees Weiss, giving an embarrassed wave. Weiss simply heads back in the direction she came from and Jaune groans in dejection.
Weiss: (as she passes Ruby and pulls on her hood) By no means does this make us friends.
Ruby: (overjoyed as she's dragged away into the bushes) You came back!
Jaune: (seeing the scene and waving his arms) Wait! Come back! Who's going to get me down from here?!
Pyrrha (below): "Jaune?" (he looks down at his savior) "Do you... have any spots left on your team?"
Jaune: (crossing his arms) Very funny... (he eventually looks down at her and gives a smile, which she returns)
The scene changes to Weiss trudging through the forest, with Ruby back a ways behind her.
Ruby: What's the hurry?
Weiss: I will not let my mission be delayed because you're too slow! I swear, if I get a bad grade because of your— (a smiling Ruby suddenly appears next to her) What the...?
Ruby: I'm not slow, see? You don't have to worry about me!
Weiss: (looking back, slightly amazed) When did...?
Ruby: Weiss, just because I don't exactly know how to deal with people doesn't mean I don't know how to deal with monsters! (gets an arm around a skeptical Weiss' shoulders) You're about to see a whole different side of me today, Weiss, and after it's all over, you're going to be like, "Wow! That Ruby girl is really, really cool... (somewhat mousily) and I wanna be her friend!"
Ruby disappears in a shower of rose petals, which Weiss waves away from her face just as she hears crackling and rustling in the bushes around her.
Weiss: (calling out to Ruby) You may be fast, but you still excel at wasting time! (silence, save more noises) Ruby? (the forest darkens, forcing Weiss to lean in to try and find her new partner as a pair of red eyes are seen glaring behind her) Ruby...?
The camera revolves around Weiss, as multiple pairs of red eyes stare at her from the bushes and a deep growl is heard. She turns around until she spots a large, jagged Beowolf emerging from a bush and approaching her.
The Beowolf roars as the scene goes black and the ending credits play.
- The doodles that appear in Ruby's head were made by Jordan Cwierz, who draws the Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures.
- According to the DVD commentary, Blake was intentionally not shown landing because they needed to trim the scene. Miles Luna mentions a fan joke that it was because she was a cat Faunus and would "just land on her feet". The truth, however, is that Monty Oum had written out detailed descriptions of everyone's landing strategy.
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