The plot is centered around the four members of the titular Team RWBY – Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long. The series follows their meeting and training at Beacon Academy, a prestigious school for training Huntsmen and Huntresses, warriors who defend the world from evil. Along the way, they make many friends and allies, including fellow students Team JNPR, Sun Wukong and Penny Polendina, and foil the plots of villains, such as Roman Torchwick, Cinder Fall and the terrorist group the White Fang. Eventually, they learn of the existence of an ancient witch named Salem and her inner circle that plot to destroy the Kingdoms, and that their Headmaster Ozpin opposes her with his own group. However, as the series continues, Team RWBY must confront their own demons: Ruby is faced with moral dilemmas that challenge her heroic intent, Weiss must reconcile her legacy as heiress of the Schnee Dust Company with her own personal convictions while facing her father, Blake remains haunted by her past as a member of the White Fang and is forced to face some of her old friends, and Yang searches tirelessly for her mother, who left when she was a child while trying to overcome her trauma from the Fall of Beacon. While the series continues, both the main show and its spin-offs start portraying darker themes about the world of Remnant. Many of these include corruption of military, corporate, and political power, abuse of workers and family, racism, criminal organizations starting gang wars, and terrorism.