A/N: Woah, what's this? A RWBYxEvangelion crossover? Where'd this come from? Well I don't know either. It just kind of popped into my head and here it is. It won't be updated frequently, but I probably won't drop it completely, even though I am also working on my other RWBY crossover - "A World of Bloody Evolution". Anyway, this story will start out pretty much identical to the original plot of Evangelion, but will be taking significant twists and turns as the story develops. New characters, organizations, and plot elements will be present here that were absent or only lightly touched upon in the original series. This is all in the interest of keeping things fresh, as a 1-to-1 copy of the original show with Ruby thrown in would be boring and predictable. I hope you enjoy it!
Disclaimer: This is only happening once, 'cause I obviously don't own either universe. I don't own either universe. So there.
Chapter 1: Blood That's Red Like Roses
Darkness. Consuming her, swallowing her. Pitch-black like grimm fur, and more chilling than the night of a new moon. She couldn't remember how she had arrived at this nexus of nothingness, this pit of emptiness. In her mind, flashes of vibrant color whirled and danced.
White, pure as driven snow and just as cold.
Yellow, bright as the sun and twice as bold.
Red, the color of blood and roses.
They meant something to her. She was certain. As certain as there was no earth beneath her feet, nor stars above her head.
"Hello?" She cried out, desperate to make sense of her surroundings. Her voice made no noise, observed by no one. Curling up into herself, she wrapped her arms around her knees. It was scary here. The familiar weight on her hip was gone, the nothingness overwhelming.
A voice, soft and ethereal.
"Ruby." It whispered.
And suddenly, the blackness was gone.
In its place was warmth, comforting and complete. The smell of strawberries and roses came too, familiar and sweet. There was no questioning it.
"Mother." Ruby whispered. And as if she uttered a spell, she appeared. Clad in gossamer robes of silver and burgundy, Summer Rose descended from a shining gap in the blackness. A Valkyrie of sorts.
Pale as moonlight, a hand emerged and caressed her face. Gentle, soft.
"Mother, why did you leave us?" Ruby managed, tears filling her eyes. Summer Rose did not answer. Her features were warped by sadness, twisted in grief. A single drop of salt ran its way down her face as she caressed her only daughter.
"Mom, I don't understand! Where am I? What's going on?!"
"I'm so proud of you, child." She whispered, withdrawing from Ruby.
Summer's gown began to melt, running red down her pale form.
Then, she fell, fell through the blackness. Her mother soared above her, reaching out in benediction.
The darkness faded away, replaced by a crimson sky and brilliant stars. Sand filled in her fingers, fine and soft.
She sat up. She was on a beach.
Giant forms impaled on crosses stood in the bay, dwarfed by an enormous head, decomposing into a crimson sea. Its hair, blue and stringy, fell about its face, covering empty eye sockets and a wide, toothy grin. Flesh dripped off it, splashing into the sea of blood.
Cicadas roared, their shrill song long and loud.
"GAH!" Ruby jerked awake, rubbing at her eyes. Yawning, she stretched her arms. "Well that was weird. Good nap though." Then, she opened her eyes.
And realized she'd been sleeping outside. In the middle of a city. It was overgrown and abandoned, but a city nonetheless. Instantly alert, she darted around, desperate for information.
Where am I? How did I get here? It didn't look like any city from Vale… the buildings were too blocky, and debris was strewn everywhere. And everything was covered in green, the growth of flora profuse and wild. She had just been with team RWBY, about to head out for a big mission.
Besides that, the only thing she remembered was a bit of her dream, faint and thin like a spider-web. Her mother was there, of that she was certain.
It had been years since she dreamed of Mother.
No matter. What mattered was that she alone, in potentially grimm-infested territory, without Crescent Rose.
A voice, distorted and masculine, echoed throughout the empty streets.
"May I have your attention. As of 12:30 PM today, a special state of emergency has been declared for the Kanto and Chuba regions surrounding the Tokai district. All residents must evacuate to their designated shelters immediately. Repeat." The message repeated, only serving to make Ruby even more confused. Where were the Kanto and Chuba regions? What was a Tokai district?
It's probably here. She thought to herself, looking around. She walked through the streets, red and black combat boots crunching softly against the asphalt. Besides the song of the cicadas and the emergency warning, the city was utterly empty. It was eerie. Reminded her of Mountain Glen.
Abandoned buses and cars littered the streets, discarded and rusting metal baking in the summer sun.
I have to find an airship, or a weapon, or… something. I need to get back to Beacon. She thought, glancing around the city. Each corner could mean grimm, or worse. I can't let the others worry. I have to get back to Beacon. She walked across a street, and found something.
"Guess I better find a shelter." He said, looking up from his watch. In the crosswalk was a girl, no older than himself. A flurry of birds left their roost, wings fluttering their wings to fly free into the air. Shinji rubbed his eyes, and looked for the girl. She was still there, a figure from fairy tale. A hooded crimson cape fluttered about her shoulders, a black corset wrapped tight about her.
But her hair was the strangest thing about her. It reached her shoulders, the fringes tinged in a deep, sanguine red.
Shinji's first reaction was to gape.
Finally! Someone who can help me! Ruby thought, running up to the boy.
"Er… Hello!" She said, waving. Curse my social skills! She thought. The boy had a bemused look on his face. He looked just as lost as she did.
"Uh… hi." He replied.
"Um… please don't think I'm crazy, but I just woke up over there," she pointed at the street, "and I have no idea where I am. Can you help me?"
"I… don't…uh… is this you?" He produced a photograph of woman in a yellow tank top, winking brazenly.
"No. No it is not." Little symbols etched in red surrounded the picture. For some reason, Ruby knew exactly what they said, even though she had never seen them before in her life. 'P.S., look at these!', they said, an arrow pointed to the… hm.
Whoever this woman was, she reminded her of Yang.
An explosion rattled the city, shaking the buildings to their core.
"What was that?" Ruby asked. The boy did not respond, instead covering his ears tightly and closing his eyes. Ah, so he was a civilian. Not everyone was attuned to the dangers of Huntress life, and this boy was a prime example of someone who was fortunate to live such a sheltered life. Ruby took a deep breath. This was her duty.
"Don't worry, citizen!" She said, taking his hands away from his ears. "I'm here to protect you!" The boy looked at her in utter confusion. Then, his eyes went wide. "What's wrong?" He pointed.
A creature emerged from behind a mountain, flanked by fliers. It was colossal, even larger than a Goliath, towering over the skyscrapers that surrounded it. It was the largest grimm she had ever seen. Each lumbering step it took shook the earth to the core. Its face was a blank, porcelain mask.
They gaped at it.
The fliers opened up, shelling the beast with explosive rounds. It ignored the damage, wiping them out of the air like a human swatted flies. Missiles crashed into it, each bursting apart in a dazzling burst of fire. None of them had any affect.
"What… is that thing?" The boy asked, terrified.
"Grimm. The largest I've ever seen. We have to get out of here!" She took the boy's arm and started to flee before a flier crashed before them, erupting into an inferno. Ruby dove to the ground, shielding the boy with her body. She would not fail in her duties.
The grimm soared into the air, and crashed to the road, nearly flattening them with its enormous feet. The impact threw them into the air, and they tumbled down onto the street, screaming and hurting.
A car screeched to a halt before them. The driver (the woman from the photograph) pushed the car door open.
"Get in!" She screamed. Ruby would have been faster if she ran, but she needed to make sure the citizens were ok. She threw the boy into the car and jumped in herself. Debris from the battle rained on them, rattling against the roof like oversized hail.
The car peeled away, racing down the street and away from the colossal Grimm. Ruby sighed in relief. That was close. The woman driving the vehicle gripped the wheel in a death grip, knuckles white from the strain. She took each corner as fast as she could, hell-bent on fleeing the city.
No one spoke, everyone breathing hard from their narrow escape.
The woman stopped the car, before looking out over the city with a pair of binoculars. Ruby looked to the boy beside her, who was clutching his bag in terror. Poor kid.
"Oh no, they're going to use an N2 mine! GET DOWN!" The woman cried, pushing their heads into the leather seats. Ruby didn't know what to make of the situation. She didn't know why this woman was protecting them, or what an N2 mine was.
She found out.
A giant bomb went off, a towering mushroom cloud appearing over the city they had just escaped. Wind blasted the vehicle, turning it over and over. They screamed, tumbling and rolling from the sheer force.
The car came to a rest.
Gotta make sure they're ok. She thought, crawling out from underneath the car. The boy was curled up and shivering. Ruby ripped the door open and hauled him out.
"T-thanks." He said, clearly shaken.
Turning to the woman, she realized she had already managed to escape.
"Are you kids alright?" The woman asked. The boy coughed.
"My mouth is full of dirt." He said.
"I'm fine, ma'am." Ruby said.
"Good. Help me turn this rust bucket over. On three!" She backed against the car, bracing herself against the chassis and inviting them to do the same. They complied, heaving and straining before the car settled onto its wheels.
"Thanks guys. You're pretty useful." She said, smiling.
"Um… my name is Shinji Ikari, although I'm sure you know that. It's nice to meet you, Ms. Katsuragi" The boy (Shinji), said.
"Just Misato is fine." She turned to Ruby.
"I didn't know Shinji was bringing company."
"Um… he wasn't… I just kinda appeared there. In the city." She pointed at it. "The one that blew up. I'm Ruby by the way. Ruby Rose." She stuck her hand out. "It's nice to meet you guys." Misato shook her hand, the ghost of a smile on her face.
"And uh… Shinji." She awkwardly repeated the gesture to the boy, who took it with equal trepidation. He reminded her of Juane.
"So can you tell me what's going on? I had a weird dream I think and then I woke up in the middle of that city and I found Shinji and that grimm appeared, and everything started exploding-"
"Easy, easy!" Misato said, opening the driver side door. "Take a breath, kid!" Ruby huffed.
"I'm not a kid." She mumbled. How rude! She was eighteen now and – hold up. Her hands were smaller then she remembered. And that scar on her wrist that she had gotten when she was seventeen was… absent. No way. This is too weird.
"Well, you're not safe out here, and Shinji has an appointment to keep. Oh, Ritsu is going to give me so much grief for bringing in an outsider. So go on. Get in." She gestured to the car. Ruby obeyed, following Shinji into the heavily damaged vehicle.
"You'll both have answers soon enough. Give me a second, I gotta make a call." She started the car up, dialing a number on her scroll at the same time.
Misato didn't know what to make of the girl. She had orders to bring Shinji in alive and unharmed, but had no idea who this mystery girl was, or why she was with him. In fact, bringing her along to NERV headquarters was a huge security risk.
Were she heartless, she'd abandon the girl and leave her to her fate, like the higher-ups at NERV would undoubtedly want. And if she was as truly lost as she said, she needed help.
Shigeru answered the phone.
"Yeah, we were delayed. Nice N2 strike by the way, you almost fried us."
"Those U.N. Types ordered it. You know how they can be. What's the status of the third child?"
"Don't worry he's safe. And he brought a friend along." The line went silent for a time.
"Gendo won't like this."
"I know. Can you get a car train ready for us? We'll be there in a bit."
"I will. See you in a bit."
"See ya." She hung up the phone. The kids in the backseat were silent, each looking out the window at the landscape as it rushed by.
"You kids must have a lot of questions, huh?" Misato asked, trying her best to sound cheery.
"Not really." Shinji said, not looking away from his window.
"Ooh, ooh! Me! Pick me! I have a question!" Ruby asked, hand raised.
"Alright Ruby, what's your question?"
"Where are we? This doesn't look like any terrain from Vale…"
"And what's with that giant grimm? I've never seen one that big before!" Alarm bells went off in Misato's mind. This Ruby person had seen an angel before? What did she call them? Grim? An Angel appearing certainly was grim… but… hm. What exactly did this girl know? She couldn't be… no… she couldn't! Two at once?
Tendrils of fear worked their way down her spine. She did her best to be genial, but there was something seriously off about this girl.
"Vale? What is Vale, sweetie?" She asked.
"You know, Vale. One of the four kingdoms… one of the only places safe from grimm… How do you not know this?" Ruby was dumfounded at the woman's lack of knowledge.
"Sorry Ruby, I don't know what Vale is… but this is Tokyo-3. You're in Japan."
"Tokyo-what now? Isn't that a town in Mistral?" Silence.
"Um… no… I don't know what Mistral is."
"And what did you call that huge thing earlier?" Shinji asked.
"It's a grimm…" Nothing. "You know… the soulless husks that prey on humans and faunus?" Shinji blinked. "You have no idea what I'm talking about, do you?"
"No. You're a mystery, Ruby." Shinji said. "And what's with your clothes? How'd they get torn?"
"What? My huntress outfit? What's wrong with it?" She looked down, and sure enough, there was a gash in her stomach, the torn black threads covering a pale white scar. Well that's different. Ruby thought, bewildered.
"What's a huntress outfit?" Misato asked, curious.
"Come on, guys, I'm the one with the questions here!" Ruby replied. "I'm lost and confused and I don't know what's going on, and I don't have my weapon!"
"Your… weapon?" Shinji asked. Misato swerved the car, jostling them.
"Uh… sorry about that." Misato's knuckles were white again.
"Yeah. Crescent Rose. It's a high impact sniper rifle that turns into scythe. Made it myself, you know." Misato scoffed from the driver's seat.
"That sounds highly impractical." She replied. Shinji continued to look confused. Ruby crossed her arms, indignant.
"Hey, don't talk bad about Crescent Rose! She's my baby!" She said.
In the distance, giant mirrors protruded from the earth, towering over the mountains that surrounded them.
"We're here." Misato said, pulling into a tunnel. The lights went off, swallowing them in darkness. Red emergency lights flashed on, and a metal door slid open. Now on some sort of railing system, Misato disengaged the engine, and the car jerked forward. The symbol on the doors drew Ruby's attention.
It was a maple leaf, covering the word 'NERV'. Around it, the words "God is in his Heaven, All is right with the World" were emblazoned boldly. It made Ruby shiver. The message seemed ominous.
"You got your I.D., Shinji?" Misato asked.
"Uh… yeah." He handed her the paper that had been torn and crumpled, taped and trampled on.
"What about me? I'm not going to get in trouble if I don't have one, will I?"
"Don't worry." Misato said, smiling. "We'll get you sorted out." She looked down at the paper Shinji had given her.
"Are we going to see my father?" Shinji asked.
"Of course!" Misato replied, handing him his I.D. back. Shinji looked down at it, a frown growing on his face.
"You don't get along with your dad that well, do you?" Ruby asked.
"I'm only here because he wants me for something." Shinji said. It wasn't a direct answer, but it answered her question all the same. Awfully pouty for a teenage boy, Ruby thought.
"I don't get along too well with my dad either. When he's around to interact with." Ruby said.
"Three peas in a pod." Misato said, smiling. "You two sound just like me." She sounded relieved, but Ruby couldn't guess why.
Then, the tunnel expanded before them, causing Shinji and Ruby's mouths to drop open in wonder. Golden light filled a subterranean cavern, spilling over the city that hung from the ceiling. The sun reflected off the lake and hills below, resplendent in green grass and sparkling water.
"Woah… awesome!" Shinji and Ruby said at once.
"NERV HQ is right down there." Misato said, gesturing at the onyx pyramid at the center of the massive space. "Welcome to the Geofront. This city is the key to rebuilding our world." Ruby couldn't respond. It was so beautiful…
But it made her sad too. Nothing like this existed in the world of Remnant, not since Mountain Glen fell to Grimm. Then, the inkling suspicion that had been eating at her mind finally made itself known.
This was not Remnant.
A/N: So what'd you think? It'd be awesome if you let me know! Comments and PM's are always appreciated. As to why Ruby is able to speak Japanese, it's merely a convenience. Having her have to learn the language would be both boring and obtrusive in regards to the narrative.