Mad C King: Good questions. Firstly, I would imagine that Ruby and her teammates, being huntresses, would possess a good degree of agility. Looking at the level design, it doesn't appear as though there are any jumps in particular that scream "Impossible for Team RWBY" to me. Secondly, I'm not so sure if including Time Rifts in the story will really have any effect. The way I see it, Time Rifts are more of a side thing. And while yes, they do assist in telling the story, it would make for some tough dialogue choices. As an analogy, if I were to make a Halo fanfiction, I wouldn't add the skull collectables into the story. That being said, I am willing to make a Time Rift for Remnant, so Hat Kid can learn about its past. Chongus: Haha, don't you worry. I'm not going anywhere. I just don't have as much time, since school has started back up for me. Roboman: All criticism is welcome. I strive to bring the best experience in a crossover, so if something is off, I would love nothing more than to know about it. My memory of the particular details of what badges are available when has faded for the time, so I do apologize. My understanding was that the Hookshot Badge was available to buy from the Badge Seller, but I was mistaken. I am not too keen to change it, because it is vital to Hat Kid's success in the earlier chapters, however if you feel I should, I will do so. The talking was of Roman's failure. Hat Kid, Blake, and Sun defeated Roman, and the events according to the RWBY episode continued as they were from there. Again, sorry if you feel it was executed poorly.
Chongus: Haha, don't you worry. I'm not going anywhere. I just don't have as much time, since school has started back up for me.
Roboman: All criticism is welcome. I strive to bring the best experience in a crossover, so if something is off, I would love nothing more than to know about it.
My memory of the particular details of what badges are available when has faded for the time, so I do apologize. My understanding was that the Hookshot Badge was available to buy from the Badge Seller, but I was mistaken. I am not too keen to change it, because it is vital to Hat Kid's success in the earlier chapters, however if you feel I should, I will do so.
The talking was of Roman's failure. Hat Kid, Blake, and Sun defeated Roman, and the events according to the RWBY episode continued as they were from there. Again, sorry if you feel it was executed poorly.
I am not sure what you mean by vice versa, but if you haven't guessed already as I implied through the chapter, Cinder and her following are experimenting on the Time Pieces, which is causing this anomaly. I don't want to get into too much detail, but it will be revealed when the time comes.
Unused Cheese: Okay, couple of things. One: There are some fanfiction authors who don't update their stories for much longer, with many more reviews and views than mine, and yet I don't see you lecturing them about it.
Two: My author's page description explicitly states that my chapter posts are uncommon. This is due to both schedule and planning for the chapter.
Three: I understand the frustration surrounding this, but there isn't much I can do aside from waiting for the living hell that is school to free me from its bonds.
Four: I'm not the type of person who deflects legitimate criticism, but I don't understand why you felt the need to make 5 different reviews all saying the exact same thing.
Regardless, you are correct in saying that I should put an announcement about the status of my stories which I will do now.
Most Corpse Party crossovers are up for adoption. Exception to this is RvB. RWBY: A New Hope is being reworked into a Clone Wars crossover featuring D Squad. Everything else is still active. Again, time is not my ally here, so leaving 5 reviews telling me about how my readers are unhappy with my post frequency does not accelerate the process.
"Aw, you've gotta be kidding me!" Yang yelled from the dorm room.
Ruby munched on some popcorn. "Yeah, looks like it."
"Did the Conductor seriously cut my scenes from the movie?" She asked angrily. "That's such bull-"
"Yang! There's a kid in the room!" Ruby scolded.
"Well, I guess sometimes not everyone makes the cut." Jaune said nonchalantly. "Maybe next time, Yang."
Everyone's eyes turned wide as plates, except for Jaune and Yang, whose hair caught fire.
"Sorry…" She said, turning to him slowly. "What did I just hear, dorkboy?"
"Tread lightly, dude." Ren whispered to his teammate.
"U-uh, I mean, maybe next time you can ask him why he cut you out?" Jaune said feverishly.
There was a pause, everyone staring at Yang in silence.
She raised an eyebrow. "I guess I'll do just that."
Everyone let out a relieved sigh, and continued to watch the movie.
"You know, come to think of it, he did cut me out a lot." Jaune said.
"Aha! I think I know exactly who the murderer is!" The TV blared.
"Hey, hang on, he didn't ever once say that!" Ruby exclaimed.
"Did he just make the movie about himself?" Blake deadpanned.
"I guess that would explain the 20 minute introduction where he talked about how he got his job." Ren said.
"Wow. He's as full of himself as you are, Weiss." Yang remarked.
"Oh, please. Like I'd have anything in common with a talking owl." Weiss huffed.
"What else do we got?" Nora asked. "This movie's kinda boring."
Hat Kid pulled out a DVD titled: "Cooking with Mafia Boss"
"A cooking show with a talking jar?" Yang said.
"That sound dumb." Weiss remarked..
"Yep. Which is why I'm hooked!" Yang replied, flashing a toothy grin.
"Same, let's do it!" Ruby nodded.
They put the DVD in the box and played it.
Later next day…
Blake stretched her arms out, taking in a breath of fresh air. She rubbed her eyes.
"Did I fall asleep?" She yawned.
"Yes. Hat Kid and I wanted to wake you up, but you seemed like you were having a peaceful rest." Pyhrra told her, walking over.
"Mmmm...sorry." Blake said, sitting up and looking at the town below. It was very charming, to say the least. One that was surrounded by water, pretty buildings, it was hard to imagine such a town was ever run by criminals.
Of course, until you looked up in the sky and saw all the Mafia-themed hot air balloons. That was a dead giveaway.
Despite all of this, the town seemed very peaceful. There wasn't much more noise than that of a bird chirping.
"Oh, that's fine. You were just enjoying your time, is all." Pyrrha said, smiling.
Blake sighed and looked to her left. Hat Kid sat next to her, her usual cheery and innocent demeanor warmed Blake's calculating and cold one.
She ran a hand through her brown locks.
"Hey, kid." She muttered softly.
Hat Kid smiled back at her and wrapped her arms around Blake's waist.
Pyrrha knelt down and looked at the two.
"You two share a very special bond indeed." She said.
Blake looked back at her and smirked. "It does seem like an unlikely duo, space alien little girl and cat girl ninja who hunts monsters."
Pyrrha chuckled. "I guess not. But then again, it's a very strange world we live in."
"Yeah." Blake said, stretching her arms. "Oh, uh, by the way...I found uh…"
She rummaged through her pockets. "These." She pulled out two golden tickets, each with a number written on them.
"That should be all of them then." Pyyrha replied, taking them. "Looks like we've got another Time Piece."
Hat Kid stood up and walked over to a golden vault, and turned the knob, checking the slips to make sure the code was right. It worked, and out popped a Time Piece.
Blake admired the shine of the hourglass. They were very pretty, to say the least. But she also respected that these objects held immense power, and could alter the very fabric of reality if used incorrectly. She knew it was wishful thinking, considering that there could be hundreds, if not thousands of Time Pieces stranded on Remnant, but she hoped the White Fang had not discovered any of them. She knew exactly what Adam would do with this kind of power.
The last words she spoke to him still ran through her mind. She wished she could have taken Adam with her, shown him Hat Kid's world, and maybe talk some sense into him on the way. But he was beyond talking. She knew the moment he showed no consideration for the crew of the train they had robbed.
She wondered if Hat Kid shared a similar experience with that Mustache Girl Cooking Cat told them about.
"You okay?" Pyhrra asked.
Blake blinked and looked up. "Yeah, just thinking."
She stood up. "Let's go."
Hat Kid pulled out her keychain and held it out for Blake and Pyhrra to put their hands on.
"Well, thank you for taking me on one of your little adventures, Hat Kid." Pyhrra said once they had teleported back to Beacon. "I must say, it's a strange world you live in."
"Maybe that's what's so appealing about it." Blake added.
Hat Kid smiled. It was one of a kind.
"Well, we'd better get to class." Blake said, stretching her arms. "And you, little miss…"
She reached an arm down and placed her hand on her hat.
"Get some rest. You were up till 1 o'clock in the morning."
Hat Kid nodded. She was very tired.
Blake walked away. Pyrrha smiled and waved.
Hat Kid teleported back on to her ship, leaving two figures in the background looking at each other.
Emerald slapped her partner. "Mercury! Why didn't you say anything?"
"Me?!" Mercury asked in disbelief. "Why didn't you say anything?"
Emerald just rolled her eyes. "Forget it. She'll be back. And now we know people associated with her, we can get to her."
Out of the corner of his eye, Mercury noticed a girl in a red hood pushing a cart of Time Pieces. He smirked.
"Actually...I think I have a better idea."
"Well, now that that's sorted…" Ironwood said, as he wiped his chin of coffee. "I suppose you've already noticed the strange glowing hourglasses scattered around."
"I am aware." Ozpin stated.
"Is there anything you would like to share about these devices?" Ironwood asked.
"Only that they belong as far away from Remnant as possible." Ozpin replied.
Ironwood looked to the floor. "We've been analyzing them in the labs. They can-"
"No." Ozpin interrupted.
"No?" Ironwood asked. "What do you mean by-"
"Ironwood." Ozpin began. "On many things, you and I disagree with on a civil and discussable level, but on this, I will not have a debate with you. Do the right thing and give them to me. I am in contact with the one who owns these devices."
"Relax, Oz." Ironwood said, putting his hands up in a defensive position. "We just ran a couple of tests on it and-"
"Burn the results." Ozpin told him. "Destroy all of it."
"Oz, what is the problem?" Ironwood asked, bewildered.
"My problem is that while you are a great friend, and your military does wonders for the people, you are the last person I wanted to be in possession of these extremely powerful objects."
"Me?! What about her?" Ironwood asked.
"I know what she will do." Ozpin replied. " I don't know what you will do."
"Oz, calm down. I'm not going to take them or anything. I just want to know how they work." Ironwood said.
"Exactly my point." Ozpin stated. "No one. No man, woman, child, human, or faunus on Remnant is ready for time travel."
"What makes you so sure?" Ironwood asked.
"We are at a time where mobsters, terrorist cells, and corrupt corporations are attempting to bring our four kingdoms back the darkness they rose from. Do you really think we are in a position to utilize this power without it falling into the wrong hands? And what's more," He continued, pointing to Ironwood. "Do you really think you and your military, with its ties to a company that is known for putting profits above ethics, are prepared to be responsible with said power?"
Ironwood scratched his head, trying to understand Ozpin's implications.
"While your assessment of the Schnee Dust Corporation is arguable, I think you've made your point. But understand that this technology is...could be… our solution to peace." Ironwood said.
"It may." Ozpin agreed. "But consider that many will not want to stop with simply eliminating the Grimm threat."
"I'll have all containers of those Time Pieces delivered to your office." Ironwood told him, pressing some buttons on his Scroll. "See you around."
"Goodbye. And...thank you for listening to me." Ozpin waved him out.
"Hey, when you're right, you're right." Ironwood shrugged.
"Why hello there, little girl." Emerald greeted Mustache Girl.
"Hm? Oh. Hello." Mustache Girl said, turning around.
They stared at each other in awkward silence.
"Uhh…didja need something?" Mustache Girl asked.
Emerald folded her lips and glared at Mercury.
"What do I do?" She whispered to him.
"I don't know, just compliment her or something." Mercury whispered back.
"Uh, uh, you know, I just couldn't help but notice how cute you are!" She said, cringing that she had to act like this.
Mustache Girl raised an eyebrow. "I have a mustache."
Just take the compliment you little twerp! Emerald flamed inside her head. But she swallowed her pride and smiled.
"Aw, don't put yourself down like that." She assured her. "I think it adds character."
"Really?" Mustache Girl asked.
"Of course!" Emerald choked out.
"Hmm. Well, thanks for the compliment. I guess." Mustache Girl said, starting to walk away.
"Uhh, wait!" Emerald exclaimed.
Mustache Girl turned around. "Yes?"
"Uhh...uh…" Emerald stalled. She turned to Mercury.
"What now?" She hissed.
"Just ask her about the kid!" Mercury told her.
"You do it!" She whispered back.
"Me? You have the motherly instinct!" Mercury defended.
"You know I can hear you knobs whispering." Mustache Girl interrupted.
"Oh, uh, we just-" Emerald began.
"You just what?" Mustache Girl asked. "I hope you're not gonna try to sell me something."
"What? No, o-of course not!" Emerald replied.
"Ooh, wait. Let me guess." Mustache Girl said, smiling.
Emerald's mind was racing.
"You guys are trying to recruit me for a secret organization of crime-fighters!" She announced.
"You...got us?" Mercury replied.
"Oh, good. Cuz it was either that or a secret underground crime syndicate that plots in the shadows to bring mankind to its knees." Mustache Girl said.
"Hehe. Yeah that would be...not good." Emerald "agreed". She felt like shriveling up into a ball after this exchange.
"Well, I guess I could use a team. Take me to your crime fighting boss!" Mustache Girl said.
"Sure. Follow us." Mercury replied, walking out of the school.
Later the next day…
Team RWBY gathered in their dorms.
Blake adjusted her arm bands. "I thought that class would never end."
"Alright guys, today's the day!" Ruby exclaimed. "The investigation begins!" Jumping down from the bunk bed, surprising Weiss.
"I am glad you are taking this so seriously." Weiss deadpanned.
"Hey, we've got a plan. That's…moderately serious." Yang said.
Hat Kid adjusted her hat, dusting it off with her umbrella.
"Right. Everyone remember their roles?" Ruby asked.
"You and I will head to the CCT to check the Schnee records for any other dust robberies or inconsistencies." Weiss stated, pointing to Ruby. "Seeing as how I'm in the family, it shouldn't be a problem."
"The White Fang has regular faction meetings to hand out orders and recruit new members." Blake said. "If I can get in, I can hopefully find out what they're planning."
"I have an old friend on the shady side of town that typically knows everything going on in Vale." Yang told the group. "Getting information out of him shouldn't be too hard."
"And...Hat Kid!" Ruby exclaimed, pointing to the small child, who tipped her hat.
Ruby's excitement turned to confusion. "Hmm...What should Hat Kid do?"
"Nobody will buy she's a faunus." Blake said. "Rules out coming with me, sorry kid."
"There's two of us going to the CCT already." Weiss added.
"Oh! I just thought of the perfect idea!" Ruby cheered. "The Conductor makes a lot of those cowboy movies, right? Sometimes with heists, involving bandits? He probably knows a thing or too about criminals. Ask him for some insight, Hat Kid."
Hat Kid nodded, and flashed out of the room.
Meanwhile...somewhere on Remnant…
"Ahaha! I am back to this place! But...where is the annoying girl?"
The jar of purple mush swirled around, attempting to make out his surroundings.
"Who are you?"
"Me? Who are you? Is this the Snatcher's doing?" The Mafia Boss demanded.
"You are not born of this world."
"No, but I know some people here that really, REALLY tick me off!" He ranted.
"I see. Why don't I make you a deal? I can make you strong enough to face any adversary you choose. In return, I want you to place this...on your world. It can be anywhere."
"Sounds like I need more than a mysterious deep voice and a proposition for me to trust anything you say, friend!" The Mafia Boss replied.
"What more do you have to lose? You are but a shell of your former self...literally. Trapped in that jar for all eternity."
"Well when you put it that way, ehh, I guess life can't really get any worse. Alright then. Do your magic!"
"As you wish. I merely need the name of your adversaries, and we can begin."
"That brat of a Hat Kid and that darned Team RWBY!"
To be epically continued...