Title: The Glass Menagerie Author: Person With Many Aliases Rating: T Genre: Adventure/Humour Status: WIP Fandom: RWBY Summary: Tempered by fire, and as beautiful as crystal, but in the end, their shape is still that of an animal. Velvet Scarlatina's quest to survive the outside world, control the biggest bunch of miscreants and psychotics Vale has ever seen, become a mighty warrior and huntress, and maybe, just maybe, even graduate from school. Link: FF.net Originally recc'd by kellanyed in the RWBY fanfic thread. The Glass Menagerie is a refreshing RWBY fanfic featuring Velvet as the main character. An orphan, she gets a scholarship to Beacon for her genius skill in weapons design. Before even stepping foot into her new school, she gets pulled into a crazy, Vale wrecking sequence of events with three insane OCs who will form her future Beacon team. The first arc is the real highlight of this story. It's fun, fast paced and high energy. It introduces/explores each of the four OCs as the slightly insane characters they all are and does a good job of bringing them together begrudgingly. Velvet makes a protagonist - as the shy, but also only sane person involved and how she gets reluctantly pulled into the plot, going through her own character development as we progress. Stylistically reminds me of those comedy/action Hollywood films that see a bunch of teenagers stumbling their way through some crazy big plot. The arc is really well structured, with a clear start and end and not being set in Beacon is pretty refreshing. I think this story would really have benefited from having the first arc contained as its own story, with the second arc being a sequel as there is a pretty big contrast in atmosphere, plot style and concept between the two arcs. The second arc has so far followed their journey through Beacon, and feels a lot more like a fanfic. It's still interesting, but seems to be a bit more focused on serious drama and character exploration. Spoiler I like the way that Zaffre is pretty much consistently portrayed as an arsehole. From her casual racism, bullying and general prickliness. It really makes Velvet seem that much more awesome for holding the respect/friendship of someone like that. Arc 1 was a 4.5/5. Arc 2 has been a 3.5/5. Overall I'll average that at a, 4/5.