There actually already is an 1800s Monochrome AU set in France but in reference to Roman’s art, I was talking about something in the realm of 1800s China, especially considering the amount of RWBY characters with Chinese roots.
Really, exchange the East India Company for Schnee Dust and you’re already halfway there.
The year is 1855. It has been almost 12 years since the First Opium War and the signing of the Treaty of Nanking. Hong Kong is an uneasy city under British Rule after its cession in 1842 from the Qing Dynasty ruler, Empress XiaoLongCheng. The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom — led by Hong ‘Adam’ XiuFeng, the self-proclaimed second Son of God, and his army of militant Faunus — gains power to the North of Hong Kong. The Honorable Schnee Dust Company, with its strong foothold in India, continues to trade, flooding the market with opium. Dissent stirs.
Col. William “Bill” Henry Schnee, Chairman
Weiss Schnee, Heiress
Blake Belladonna, Ex-Feng Rebel
Empress XiaoLongCheng and her younger sister, the Eldest Princess
Emerald Sustrai, Sepoy of the British Indian Army
Cinder Fall, Opium den owner, Addict, Woman of Suspect Powers
;ldgrklfgb damn it Roman
Hei Xiong is the manager of one of Cinder’s many branches of opium dens across Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou
The Treaty of Kulja makes me want to have the Malachite twins be Russian.
Why do you do this, I can picture it all already.
Lie Ren could be one of the Empress’ advisors.
Now for the rest of JNPR.
Holy shit Russian Malachite Twins yesss especially with the Decembrist revolt and reforms under Alexander II right there as well.
Jaune can be a bumbling officer in the French army when they come to fight China with Britain in the Second Opium War the following year. He’s the useless son of Jean-Baptiste Loui Gros.
Honestly I can’t think of how Pyrrha fits in. She’d probably be fighting in the Crimean War tbh
Uhhhh, Russian assisted Greece in their liberation from the Ottoman Empire? Although if she was trying to leave (or was exiled) to get away from British influence, China would end up being a bad choice.
You’re right about the Crimean War, though, although if it was a year later, it could work.
How about she tried getting away from British Influence by living in France, but then got saddled babysitting Jaune? And then whoops I’m in China because this kid’s dad is now leading troops there (also: double plus to this option is that Jean-Baptiste Louis Gros was an Ambassador to Greece in 1850 hellaaaaa~)
Yes and yes.
Norway established diplomatic relations with China in Guangzhou after being united with Sweden in 1851, so Nora could be the most energetic diplomat’s daughter ever who ends up meeting Ren at one of her father’s parties.
Cinder is a creature of chaos; she feeds opium to Adam XiuFeng, which he uses to keep his Faunus army in check (like Templars on Lyrium in DA). She also encourages Chairman Schnee to pursue a renegotiation of the Treaty of Nanking (which Lie Ren refuses on Empress XiaoLongCheng’s behalf, sparking the outbreak of the Second Opium War). She then stages the raid of a British ship, the Arrow, which causes Chairman Schnee (also acting as Governor of Hong Kong) to retaliate and order warships to attack Canton (all the while seeking to force China into accepting full trade). Because of Taiping, China can’t stave off Western attacks, and it slowly succumbs to Western powers.
every 1st september we joke about getting ready for hogwarts to cover up the very real and very very deep scars of never getting our letters