I remember the first time I ever saw anything RWBY related over three years ago. It was probably the same time a lot of people did, the Red vs. Blue Season Ten finale. The season's end left me in tears not only from it's amazing writing, but I had heard somewhere it was going to be its last season (LIES!). After the credits finished rolling, I asked myself why was there still a lot of time left in the episode. That was when she came onto my computer screen: Ruby Rose, or at the time we only knew her as Red. At first I was thinking, "What the hell am I watching? Am I still on the right website?" And when I saw her face in the white glow of the full moon and she unfurled Crescent Rose to blow the brains out of a Beowolf, I thought to myself, "Holy shit! Who is this girl?" Then as they say, the rest was history.
But then everything took a huge hit when RWBY's creator and RT's dear friend Monty Oum passed away on February 1, 2015. Most of us had known him from his work on RvB, his random appearances in RT Comics and Animated Adventures, and some of us were lucky enough to meet him in person and be his friend. So when we lost Monty, all of us felt a part of our hearts break for him. When I first heard the news that he was in a coma, I didn't worry too much about it because I thought, "He'll be okay. What's the world without Monty Oum in it? He's gonna bounce back from this and we'll all laugh about it someday." But only a couple of short days later, it hit the news that he had died. I was beside myself in grief, thousands of us were. My prayers and sympathy went out to his wife, his family, his friends, his coworkers, and his fans. I actually thought that this was the end for RWBY, that no one would be able to carry on the bright torch that Monty had left behind.
However, Monty had also left behind a crew of friends who would carry on in his memory. They kept RWBY afloat, they didn't let his creations die with him, and now they're more alive than ever. Everyone who was affected by Monty in his life and death would forever hold onto him and what he stood for. Someone who worked for hours on end to make sure the job was done to the best of its ability, who never slept but powered down, who saw things for what it could be instead of what it was, who wasn't afraid to do the unthinkable, and who was unique in every way from his style, to his train of thought, and to the way he signed his name.
I miss him. I never thought I could've missed someone I never had the privilege to meet but I do. I miss him so much. There are times when I watch a new episode of RWBY and I hear Lie Ren talk, and I know it's Neath Oum's voice, but there's always a moment where I think it's Monty's voice. And it breaks my heart all over again. But instead of grieving for our loss, I will be grateful for what he gave us in the short time he had in this life. I will always be grateful for him.
Thank you Monty Oum for being apart of our lives.