Straight to the point. I like it. We don’t normally deal in trafficking people - not really worth our time. But, once we realized we had a Schnee, that changed.
~ Vernal to Weiss Schnee.
Don’t think I’m going to let you take the easy way out.
~ Vernal, to Weiss Schnee.
I'm not concerned in any of this. All I care about is my tribe, my family. This is a burden, not an honor.
~ Vernal, to Cinder Fall.

Vernal is a supporting antagonist in the web cartoon series RWBY. She is a bandit in the Branwen Tribe. She was believed to be the current Spring Maiden until it was eventually revealed that was a proxy used by Raven Branwen, the true Spring Maiden.

She was voiced by Amber Lee Connors.



Approximately ten years prior to the events of RWBY, a young girl inherited the power of the Spring Maiden. However, her initial determination quickly waned into ineptitude to handle the responsibility, running away and going missing ever since. At some point afterward, she encounters and joins Raven Branwen's bandit tribe. Through unknown circumstances, Raven Branwen, their leader, became the new Maiden and kept her powers a secret, and Vernal became the decoy for the Spring Maiden.

Volume 5

Vernal exits a tent after hearing the captive Weiss Schnee. She holds Weiss' weapon and relishes conversation as she says the tribe will traffic Weiss back to her home in Atlas. When Weiss says her sister Winter Schnee will find and save her, Vernal informs her of General Ironwood recalling his forces, saying nobody will save her.

Vernal causes lightning to strike in front of the Arma Gigas before a fight can really begin. Raven order Vernal give Weiss' Myrtenaster back as she did, then walks into the with Raven.

In "Vault of the Spring Maiden", Vernal heads down to the vault with Raven and Cinder. After dealing with Cinder who is mildly brags that Vernal must feel special, Vernal merely asks how to open the vault. Cinder reveals that the only way to open it is for the Spring Maiden to touch the final door at which point it will only open for her. At that moment Cider quickly uses Ice Dust to freeze Raven and to use her newly revealed Grimm arm to steal the Spring Maidens power. However as Vernal collapses and Cinder is left confused on why she cannot sense the Maidens power, Raven shouts that the true Spring Maiden is not Vernal but herself.

In "Downfall", Vernal is still barely alive when Raven and Cinder's battle is near its end. When Raven told Cinder she should have watched her back, she turns and sees Vernal aiming at her back, giving Raven the opening she needed to knock Cinder off the platform to her [presumed] death. Raven thanks Vernal for her service as the latter finally dies.




  • Like many people in the world of Remnant, her name follows the Color Naming Rule. Vernal is something that is occurring in or relating to the springtime.
  • According to Kerry Shawcross, "Vernal" is actually not her real name, but an identity she took on when acting as the decoy Spring Maiden for Raven. Her real name remains unknown.


           RWBY Villains

Salem's Faction
Salem | Arthur Watts | Tyrian Callows | Cinder Fall | Hazel Rainart | Leonardo Lionheart

Cinder's Faction
Cinder Fall | Roman Torchwick | Mercury Black | Emerald Sustrai | Neo Politan

White Fang
Adam Taurus | Sienna Khan | White Fang Lieutenant | Corsac & Fennec Albain | Ilia Amitola | Yuma | Trifa | Perry | Deery | Associate

The Club
Junior Xiong | Malachite Sisters | Junior's Henchmen | DJ

Branwen Tribe
Raven Branwen | Vernal | Shay D. Mann

Schnee Dust Company
Jacques Schnee | Whitley Schnee | Secretary | Giant Armor

Merlot Industries
Dr. Merlot | Androids | Mutant Beowolves | Mutant Creeps | Mutant Death Stalker

The Spiders
Little Miss Malachite

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God of Darkness | Caroline Cordovin | Cardin Winchester | Team CRDL | Marcus Black | Carmine Esclados | Bertilak Celadon | Boss | Tock | System No. XX

Cinder Fall | Emerald Sustrai | Mercury Black | Roman Torchwick | Neo Politan | Trouble Clef | Floyd the Geist | Mike and Marty | Cardin Winchester

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