The airship lands at Beacon Academy, and the students of Beacon quickly leave the ship. Jaune Arc empties his uneasy stomach at a nearby garbage bin, while Ruby Rose and Yang Xiao Long gaze at the sight of Beacon Academy in awe.
Ruby is initially overwhelmed at the sight of many weapons owned by the other students. When inquired by Yang about her obsession with weapons and whether she was happy with her Crescent Rose, Ruby explains that each weapon is different from one another, like their owners, and seeing each one is like meeting a new person - only way better.
Yang encourages Ruby to find some new friends, but Ruby is uninterested, as she has Yang to hang out with. With this, Yang reveals that she has already made some new friends of her own, and rushes inside the academy to hang out with them. Left stunned and dizzy by Yang's exit, Ruby falls on a trolley carrying luggage owned by Weiss Schnee.
Weiss scolds Ruby on her carelessness, explaining that the content of her luggage is Dust; more importantly, Ruby could have blown them both to bits. She also points out that Ruby is too young to attend the academy, continuing to criticize her by stating that Beacon is a school to train Huntsmen to hunt and kill Grimm, and not just an "average" combat school intended for sparring and practice, like Signal Academy.
After checking on the vials in one of her suitcases, Weiss grabs a vial of red Dust and slams the case shut, causing plumes of blue and yellow Dust to come billowing out of it. Unfortunately, while she waves the vial in Ruby's face, a large amount of the Dust leaks out. Ruby breathes some in and sneezes, quite explosively, on Weiss, and the red Dust's fiery explosion sets off the blue and yellow Dust, creating ice crystals and arcs of lightning. The vial Weiss was holding flies through the air and rolls over to Blake Belladonna, distracting her from the book she's reading.
Noticing the Schnee snowflake symbol on the vial, Blake looks toward the source of the vial and spots the pair. In response to Ruby calling Weiss "princess", Blake explains that Weiss is actually the heiress of the Schnee Dust Company, which is famous for providing the bulk of the world's Dust supply. Ignoring Weiss' smug look, she notes that the company is also infamous for its controversial labor forces and questionable business partners. This latter point leaves Weiss stunned and angry and causes her to leave in a storm, leaving her servants to pick up her luggage, while Ruby shouts to Weiss that she'll find a way to make it up to her later. She then attempts to thank Blake for defending her, only to see her walk off too.
Disappointed by how badly her first day is going, Ruby lays down on the ground to think for a moment. Luckily, she finally befriends Jaune, whom Ruby identifies as "Vomit boy". The pair immediately hit it off, Ruby introducing her Crescent Rose and explaining that she "went overboard in designing it" at Signal. Embarrassed upon seeing the advanced weapon, Jaune awkwardly introduces his weapon, Crocea Mors, which is a simple sword, a family heirloom, being held inside a shield and sheath combination. The pair realize that they are lost, having believed that the other knew where they were going and followed suit.
The opening ends to a view of several ships carrying students and docking at the entrance of the school. As soon as one lands, Jaune Arc emerges and goes over to the nearest trash can, hunching over it as he loses his lunch.
Ruby and Yang, alongside several other students, walk out of the ship and head down the paved path to the front of the school.
Ruby and Yang: (as they take in the entirety of Beacon Academy) "Wow..."
Yang: "The view from Vale's got nothing on this!"
Ruby: (getting so excited she becomes a 2-D, starry-eyed, floating chibi) "Ohmygosh, sis! That kid's got a collapsible staff! And she's got a fire sword!" (she tries getting closer, but Yang pulls her sister by the hood back into realistic proportions) "Ow! Ooww!"
Yang: "Easy there, little sister. They're just weapons!"
Ruby: "'Just weapons'? They're an extension of ourselves! They're a part of us! Oh, they're so cool!"
Yang: "Well, why can't you swoon over your own weapon? Aren't you happy with it?"
Ruby: (transforming her weapon into its scythe form) "Of course I'm happy with Crescent Rose! I just really like seeing new ones. It's like meeting new people, but better..."
Yang: (playfully pushing her sister's hood down over her face) "Ruby, come on, why don't you go try and make some friends of your own?"
Ruby: (taking off her hood) "But... why would I need friends if I have you?"
Yang: "Well..." (in a flash, a group of other students surround Yang and they all dash down the road) "Actually, my friends are here. Gotta go catch up. 'Kay, see ya, bye!"
Ruby: (spinning and dizzy-eyed from Yang's sudden leaving) "Wait, where are you going?! Are we supposed to go to our dorms? Where are our dorms? Do we have dorms?" (stopping for a moment, still reeling) "I don't know what I'm doing..."
Ruby falls backwards into a luggage cart, sending cases flying. Someone is standing over her.
Weiss: "What are you doing?!"
Ruby: (getting up on her hands) "Uh, sorry!"
Weiss: "Sorry?! Do you have any idea of the damage you could have caused?"
Ruby: (holding a case) "Uuhhh..."
Weiss: "Give me that!" (she snatches the luggage from Ruby and opens it to reveal its twinkling-sounding contents) "This is Dust - mined and purified from the Schnee quarry!"
Weiss: "What are you, brain-dead?" (holding out a vial of red Dust and shutting the case) "Dust! Fire, water, lightning, energy!"
Ruby: "I... I know..." (starts coughing from the Dust pouring into her face)
Weiss: "Are you even listening to me? Is any of this sinking in? What do you have to say for yourself?!"
Ruby, who had been receiving more and more Dust to her face, finally sneezes, which erupts into a full-blown explosion of flame, snowflakes, and electricity right onto Weiss. The bottle she had been holding flies over the courtyard and at the feet of Blake Belladonna, who picks it up and notices the Schnee Dust Company logo on the side as she reads from a book and looks over at the scene.
Weiss: (now covered in soot, though it quickly disappears) "Unbelievable! This is exactly the kind of thing I was talking about!"
Ruby: (apologetic and embarrassed) "I'm really, really sorry!"
Weiss: "Ugh, you complete dolt! What are you even doing here? Aren't you a little young to be attending Beacon?"
Ruby: "Well, I-I..."
Weiss: "This isn't your ordinary combat school. It's not just sparring and practice, you know! We're here to fight monsters, so... watch where you're going!"
Ruby: (finally fed up) "Hey, I said I was sorry, princess!"
Blake: (off screen, entering the conversation) "It's heiress, actually." (Ruby and Weiss look over as Blake approaches with the bottle) "Weiss Schnee, heiress to the Schnee Dust Company, one of the largest producers of energy propellant in the world."
Weiss: (smiling smugly) "Finally! Some recognition!"
Blake: "The same company infamous for its controversial labor forces and questionable business partners."
Weiss: (getting angry again as Ruby chuckles) "Wha- How dare- The nerve of... Ugh!" (gets up in Blake's face and takes the bottle from her, walking off in a huff as her helpers gather the luggage and follow)
Ruby: (to the storming Weiss, still sorry) "I promise I'll make this up to you!" (sighs) "I guess I'm not the only one having a rough first day... So, what's..." (sees Blake walking off as well, then collapses to the ground on her back) "Welcome to Beacon..." (she remains this way until a shadow comes over her)
Jaune: (holding out his hand) "Hey... I'm Jaune."
Ruby: (taking his hand) "Ruby." (stands up) "Aren't you the guy that threw up on the ship?"
Beacon inside the walls are filled with scenic trees, arching architecture, and a winding road alongside a river, down which Ruby and Jaune are walking.
Jaune: "All I'm saying is that motion sickness is a much more common problem than people let on!"
Ruby: (laughing) "Look, I'm sorry! Vomit Boy was the first thing that came to mind."
Jaune: "Oh, yeah? What if I called you Crater Face?"
Ruby: "Hey, that explosion was an accident!"
Jaune: "Well, the name's Jaune Arc! Short, sweet, rolls off the tongue - ladies love it!"
Ruby: (skeptic) "Do they?"
Jaune: "They will! Well, I-I hope they will. My mom always says that... Never mind."
Ruby: (giggles before a short, awkward silence falls) "So... I got this thing!" (she pulls out Crescent Rose and stabs it into the ground)
Jaune: "Whoa! Is that a scythe?"
Ruby: "It's also a customizable high-impact sniper rifle!"
Ruby: (cocks it, smiling) "It's also a gun."
Jaune: "Oh. That's cool!"
Ruby: "So what've you got?"
Jaune: "Oh! I, uh..." (unsheathes a blade) "I got this sword!"
Jaune: "Yeah, and I've got a shield, too!" (he gets his scabbard, raises his arm and expands the metal into his defense)
Ruby: (touching the shield) "So, what do they do?"
Jaune: (fumbling with the shield as it retracts off his arm, expands, and retracts again before putting it back in place and finally shrinking it down for good, placing it on his belt) "The shield gets smaller, so when I get tired of carrying it, I can just... put it away..."
Ruby: "But... wouldn't it weigh the same?"
Jaune: (dejectedly) "Yeah, it does..."
Ruby: (giggling) "Well, I'm kind of a dork when it comes to weapons, sooo... I guess I did go a little overboard when designing it."
Jaune: "Wait - you made that?!"
Ruby: "Of course! All students at Signal forge their own weapons! Didn't you make yours?"
Jaune: "It's a hand-me-down. My great-great-grandfather used it to fight in the war."
Ruby: "Sounds more like a family heirloom to me!" (laughs) "Well, I like it! Not many people have an appreciation for the classics these days."
Jaune: (sheathing his sword) "Yeah, the classics..."
Ruby: (moving on again) "So why'd you help me out back there? In the courtyard?"
Jaune: (walking alongside her) "Eh, why not? My mom always says, 'Strangers are just friends you haven't met yet.'"
Ruby: "Hmm." (looks around) "Hey, where are we going?"
Jaune: "Oh, I don't know! I was following you." (as the scene fades to black) "Y-You think there might be a directory? Maybe a food court? Some kind of recognizable landmark? Is, uh... Is that a 'no'?"
Ruby: (laughing) "That's a 'no'."
The ending credits play.
- Ruby Rose".
- During RTX '13, the scene where Ruby sneezes on Weiss lacks the explosion and Dust effects and has a cameo appearance by RWBY Rex along with the captions "VFX missing" and "KA BOOM".
- In the DVD version, this episode cuts off after Jaune says, "I don't know, I was following you", and then quickly transitions into the upcoming portion of the series.
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