About this Comic

What is this comic?

Record Wisdom Bonus Yield is what is commonly referred to as a "Campaign Comic." In essence, one takes screencaps of the source material--in this case, RWBY--and uses them to make a comic about people playing a table-top role-playing game--in this case, Pathfinder. Of course, because of how that restricts the art, the campaign is likely to end up following the events of the source material pretty closely... but there are guaranteed to be fun little twists along the way.

What is RWBY?

RWBY is an online CGI anime created by the Texas-based company Rooster Teeth.

Yes, you read that right. It's kind of a wacky thing, all told. You can watch it here for free though.

The series was pioneered by the late Monty Oum, and continued by his friends and family at the company after volume 2. It chronicles the adventures of the titular team RWBY as they go Beacon Academy, learning how to fight the monstrous Creatures of Grimm with their wild weapons and slew of superpowers. Of course, not everything is as it seems, and as time goes on they are drawn deeper into the mysteries of the world they inhabit. I'm not going to say much more, because it really should be a thing you experience on your own.

What is Pathfinder?

Pathfinder is a tabletop role-playing game developed by Paizo Inc. It's pretty heavily derived from the 3.5 edition of Dungeons and Dragons, although it's been streamlined a bit and due to legal things that I'm not even sure anybody understands, it's technically not D&D. For some reason. I have a habit of collecting Pathfinder books that I never use because...


Okay I collect a lot of role-playing systems I never use. They're just so fascinating!

Where is this comic set?

The players of this campaign are students at some university in America. Some come from across the seas. Some come from across the sands. Some come from across the street. One thing they all have in common, though, is not quite fitting in with their peers for one reason or another. They handle this in different ways, but at least they can come together for a fun adventure.

Surely nothing will go wrong!

At all!

In any way!


Excuse me I need to go bribe fate.

Are there custom rules for the RWBY campaign?

Yes indeed! Each of the players got to request one special element to the world, and the game masters worked hard to incorporate them all into the setting. As such, there are three basic house rules in use for this comic, though some other things may crop up as the series goes on.

Firstly, we have Semblance Abilities. Instead of taking a feat for their first class level, the players get one Extraordinary Ability. This ability is derived either from the third-level spell set of any kind of caster, or as a combination of a first and second level spell from any kind of caster. They can use these abilities a number of times per day equal to their character level plus their wisdom bonus.

Secondly, we have Combinatorial Weaponry. Not only are gunpowder-based weapons considered normal, most weapons feature melee and ranged elements. Players with these weapons are considered to have a melee and ranged attack at all times, in regards to their potential actions. That said, some weapons have multiple modes, and it takes a full round action to transform between them.

And then, of course, we have the Faunus. Faunus characters are Medium Humanoids (Faunus), with normal speed, 60 ft Darkvision, and +2 to any ability score. In addition, each individual gets to select 6 RP of traits from the Advanced Race Guide; they can't pick traits of the Ability Score or Magical type, they cannot pick traits with prerequisites or costing more than 4 RP, and if the trait is Advanced or Monstrous they must have a visual indicator of said trait on their body (although they are allowed to attempt to hide said indicator).

Why is this character that class and alignment?

I'm going to flip that around and talk about alignment before class.

The lawful-chaotic axis is pretty well understood: how does a character feel about codes versus results? Is it better to follow a set of rules, even if they're just your own, to a rigid degree, or to be willing to break out whenever necessary? Maybe you should judge on a case by case basis. Law doesn't have to be the actual legal system, and Chaos doesn't have to be actual randomness at all times; it's all about adherence versus flexibility, honor versus abandon.

The good-evil axis, on the other hand, is mislabeled and misunderstood. "Good" alignment is not morally good, and "Evil" alignment is not morally evil. Good characters worry about the world at the cost of themselves, and Evil characters worry about themselves at the cost of the world. Self-care isn't evil, and mindless sacrifice isn't good. Neutral characters try to balance their own needs with the needs of those around them, but that can be a tough call to make.

As to the classes, yes, I made some interesting choices. Team JNPR each starts out with at least one class from the Advanced Player Guide, to demonstrate that they are in fact experienced roleplayers, while team RWBY forms a more standard basic team with a few tweaks. As to why I chose to make certain characters not have certain classes... well, leveling up is a thing, and that's all I'll say on that matter.

What's up with the yellow comic borders?

Campaign comics have a grand tradition of having the text of game masters be in yellow boxes. Be they narrating the scene, speaking as NPCs, or otherwise manipulating the game world, yellow boxes are taken to be from their position. That said, Record Wisdom Bonus Yield is taking the unusual measure of having both an in-game story and an out-of-game story represented by screencaps. The panels with yellow borders are the ones that happen in 'reality', give or take; the game master in their case is the universe itself. Or maybe me, but that's getting a little too meta.

How are you going to handle that one plot twist?

Well you're just going to have to wait and see, aren't you?

In all seriousness, speculate away. I love watching how my audience reacts to twists and turns, especially when they think they can predict what's going on in my head. I live in my head, and let me tell you--this place is nearly pure chaos. Kids, if you can guess what's going to happen, you'll be better than I am half the time.

RWBY belongs to Rooster Teeth, as does a good 99.5% of the graphics used in this comic and on this site. The remaining .5% is basically stuff I use to bring it all together.

Pathfinder belongs to Paizo, although they do have a flexible compatibility license. This means that people can make third-party supplements, and that can get pretty wild.

We now have a TVTropes page! If you want to contribute, go right ahead--and remember to link to it on the pages of the tropes you add.

While this webcomic itself is free, I do rely on Patreon and Ko-Fi as a source of income. If you want to read my literary fanworks, check out my FiMFiction and AO3 accounts.

I also contribute regularly to the chaos that is The RWBY Loops. Longest RWBY fanfic on the internet, and still going strong. Check it out, if you're up for some craziness!