With Volume III we saw the dawn of magic in RWBY as personified by the the 4 Maidens of the 4 Seasons. Here's what we know for certain: THE 4 SEASONS FAIRY TALE - Long ago, four young women came across a reclusive old man living in a remote hut who initially wanted nothing to do with the girls. Undeterred, the girls remained and showed kindness to the old hermit. - The first woman respected the old man's isolation, and offered him to use that time for self-reflection and meditation (Winter) - The second woman revitalized the old man's crops with new life and brought him fresh fruits and flowers (Spring) - The third woman gave the old man warmth and compassion, eventually encouraging him to step out of his house and take in the beauty of the world around him (Summer) - The last woman helped teach the old man to be grateful for the things that he had (Fall) - As a token of his gratitude for the girls' kindness, he bestowed upon them the gift of magical powers so that they could use these powers to help other people. They graciously accepted and left to go make the world a better place wherever they went. THE REALITY - The 4 Maidens actually exist and possess magical abilities separate and distinct from what Semblances and Dust are capable of. - Ordinarily, a Maiden retains her powers until her death, and the person who the Maiden thinks about just before death will inherit the power provided that she is a young woman. If not, then the power is randomly bestowed upon another young woman. That way, there will always be a host for the Maidens' powers. - The Maidens have existed for hundreds (if not thousands) of years, and there have been prior instances where the Maidens were targeted so that bad people could try and take these magical powers for themselves. In an effort to keep the Maidens safe, people like Ozpin, Ironwood, Glynda and Qrow hid the existence of the Maidens, allowing the story to fade into legend and myth. AMBER, THE FALL MAIDEN - Amber is the current Fall Maiden, and she was attacked by Cinder and had part of her Maiden power stolen. The attack has left her in a coma and she's being kept on life support in the Vault beneath Beacon Academy. - Presently, there is concern that Cinder will inherit the rest of Amber's powers upon Amber's imminent death, either because Cinder will be the last person Amber thought about, or because the half Amber still retains will seek out the half that Cinder stole in order to become whole again. - The power was stolen through the use of an unknown white glove that produced a bug-like Grimm that sucked the power from Amber, but the process was cut short by Qrow severing the connection and the glove dissolving into Cinder's skin. - Pyrrha has been approached to succeed Amber as the Fall Maiden, but because she cannot inherit the powers naturally, it was proposed to have Amber's Aura be artificially transferred to Pyrrha under the belief that the powers are bound to Amber's Aura (and by extension her soul). No one has any clue about if this will work and how it will affect Pyrrha.