You are Captain Kusajishi Riku, and you just dropped something of a bombshell on the Central 46.The case was fairly clear in your head, based on the evidence you had at hand. Four zanpakuto were stolen from the entry and waiting hall for the Central 46's chambers while you were speaking with them, and though the thief quickly aborted the attempt when it became obvious that you knew what was going on and blew his arm off the specifics painted a disturbing picture. The defenses for the outer gate hadn't been breached and there was no sign of a struggle, suggesting that the guards stationed at each check point recognized the thief and allowed him to pass. The fact that they were killed cleanly and quietly supports that notion as well, and also suggests some skill with a blade.All that points to the Central 46's own guard unit, and furthermore the prompt abandonment of the objective suggests that they were paid: enough to kill their comrades but not enough to die for.“This was most likely someone who was paid, and someone known to the guards standing outside. The most likely suspect is a member of the Central 46 guard unit itself, paid by someone to pull this kind of stunt.”“That's absurd!” someone in the assembled Central 46 shouts. “Such a thing simply could not occur, there are dozens of safety protocols in place to ensure it!”“No protocol can account for greed,” you observe. “And if you thought that was absurd, you're not gonna like where this line of thinking ends up...”“Someone in this room most likely pulled the purse-strings,” Shunsui realizes aloud. “Assuming it was someone in the Central 46 Guard, who else could be responsible?”There are several long seconds of silence, where the only sound you can hear is Lisa shifting uneasily.“Well then,” Yoruichi's father eventually muses. “That's not good at all...” “That's an understatement,” Shunsui mutters.“And what proof is there?” another councilor demands.“Clearly they were paid enough to kill their comrades, but the contractor was stingy enough that the amount wasn't worth seriously risking their life,” you observe calmly. “If that doesn't scream 'nobility' to you then nothing ever would.”>1/2
>>1582273“So you're saying this case is entirely built on circumstantial evidence?”“When building a legal case that's often all you get to work with these days,” you counter. “But we'll have forensic evidence in a few hours, and from there I'm confident we'll catch the thief and make him talk. Until then, all the evidence however circumstantial leads me to suspect at least one person in this room.”“And so what would you have us do?”>If one of you wants to anonymously confess I won't push for retaliation.>It doesn't matter. I'll know the truth eventually regardless of your actions.>We wait right here until Forensics gets back to me, then decide.>Other?
>DISCLAIMER: if I disappear for more than about an hour I've probably passed out slumped over my desk and am temporarily kill
>>1582306>>We wait right here until Forensics gets back to me, then decide.In the meantime, anyone who doesn't stay put until Forensics arrive will obviously end up looking mighty suspicious.
>>1582306>We wait for forensics...Posting from mobile
>>1582306>We wait right here until Forensics gets back to me, then decide.
>>1582306>We wait right here until Forensics gets back to me, then decide.>Other: However, no one leaves this room until the sword-theft case is closed. >Other: Regardless of who the culprit is, I won't push for retaliation. To the culprit in this room, know that you'll be found out eventually. The real question is "how much face are you willing to lose?" You can come clean and confess and walk away, or you can try and hide and be forcibly exposed like the dirty rat you want to be.
>>1582315> I've probably passed out slumped over my desk and am temporarily killQueen. That's not a good way to die. You probably should have canceled running the session. We don't want you to be kill by the "Japanese death by overworking".
>>1582361“I'll tell you what we're going to do,” you reply, taking a seat on the floor at the center of the room,” we all stay right where we are until my forensics team gets back. Then we decide what needs to be done from there.”“You're keeping us under house arrest?” Yoruichi's father muses thoughtfully. “Quite the bold declaration, Captain Kusajishi. And what pray tell is keeping us here?”“Do you mean to threaten force against the Central 46?” another man demands.You shrug, motioning for your companions to take a seat themselves. “No, but if someone tried to slink away that would look awfully suspicious, wouldn't you agree?”There's a murmur in the hall as the various members of the Central 46 discuss with their neighbors, but since none of them rise from their seats you suppose that means you've made your point.“What's really going on here, Captain?” Lisa asks quietly after about ten minutes of sitting and waiting, most of which you've spent with your eyes closed.“I don't know yet,” you admit in a low voice meant only for her and Shunsui. “It could still be a lot of things, so please just sit tight.”“This is why I don't come back to visit,” she sighs, finally sitting next to you. “Every time I do everyone loses their shit.”“To be fair,” you mutter, “this is the Central 46 we're talking about.”“They don't always get their 'shit' back between each new commotion and the one previous,” Shunsui adds with a glare. “But... that's the way it's always been. Sometimes I wonder if that's actually meant to be a feature somehow.”“What nothing making sense?” Lisa jokes. “That sounds like something you'd think.”“Hey, that's not fair,” Shunsui insists playfully. “It's not like I approve.”“Too much extra work if it's true?”“So you do remember me! I'm flattered...”“Man, fuck Aizen,” you sigh, causing Lisa and Shunsui to both turn to you.“Any reason in particular?” Lisa wonders aloud.“I was just thinking you two work perfectly as a Captain and Lieutenant,” you explain thoughtfully. “That's all.”>1/2
>>1582420It takes about an hour before one of your subordinates finally asks permission to enter the chamber. In the mean time Shunsui and Lisa take some time to catch up, with the former inquiring about what the Vizards have done to keep busy. As it happens they've mostly been taking odd jobs around the world, particularly in conflict zones where just one of them could mean the difference between containing packs of roving hollows entirely and losing hundreds of spirits to them.“Permission to speak?” your soldier asks, bowing before the Central 46 first and you second... though you do notice he bows deeper to you than to them.“Granted, of course,” the elder Shihōin booms.“The only member of the guard unaccounted for is a Yoneda Takeshi,” the man recounts the findings of their work so far. “Stature estimates based on the dismembered radius and ulna are a possible match for Yoneda's height, and though the humerus is mostly absent the segment measurements also agree.”“Sorry about that,” you grumble. “I know segments have a wider confidence interval, it just wasn't a priority at the time.”“That's fine, Captain,” he quickly insists, “really, no trouble at all. But Yoneda had a totally clean record, and we don't have a sample to cross-check the... remains... left at the scene against.”“So you need permission to search his quarters?” you ask, glancing to Shunsui. The Head Captain shrugs, gesturing towards the councilors behind their many screens.“Do we have permission?” you inquire, curious to see if anyone objects.“You do,” Yoruichi's father replies after a few moments of silence.>Well, NOW does anyone want to confess? Last chance for mercy.>Tell you what, you can all head back to your quarters and anyone who wants can talk to me. Any gripe you have, get it out in the open.>I don't have time for this.>Other?
>>1582464>>Tell you what, you can all head back to your quarters and anyone who wants can talk to me. Any gripe you have, get it out in the open.
>>1582464>Well, NOW does anyone want to confess? Last chance for mercy.
>alright, writing>Give me a 1d10 roll, taking the second
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>1582559Whoops
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>1582559
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>1582559
>>1582578Alright then, there's the random chance out of the way.NOW I'll need a 3d10 roll, best of three, DC 17, crit 21
Rolled 3, 7, 5 = 15 (3d10)>>1582602
Rolled 4, 1, 9 = 14 (3d10)>>1582602
Rolled 6, 10, 2 = 18 (3d10)>>1582602Check it
>>1582602'You know, this is as good a time as any,” you sigh. “Go ahead and return to your dormitories, if you don't mind. There's no other exit anyway, so I'll remain here for a time.”“As our bodyguard or jailer?” one of the nobles demands.“Neither,” you shrug. “I'm sure the Head Captain can mind the door while I sit here. No, I'd rather give you all the opportunity to come down here in your own time and speak with me personally. Not necessarily to confess, but to air any grievances and work on a solution.”“How do you mean?” your father-in-law muses carefully.“I'm aware some of you still have problems with me,” you sigh, “so let's just get it all out in the open, allow me to convince you of my perspective on things.”“I don't think that's a bad idea,” the Shiba representative admits, “though I must warn you not to expect many takers.”“The smallest step forward is still progress,” you nod.“Very well,” the Shihōin declares, “I move to adjourn our proceedings for the day in light of the ongoing investigation.”Two of his peers at the highest bench of the chamber immediately sustain, and so the men and women of the Central 46 leave the chamber via their own dedicated door.“Sorry,” you apologize to Lisa, “this may take longer than I'd hoped.”“It's already taken a hundred years,” she shrugs. “I can wait another day or two.”“The patience of a true Bodhisattva!” Shunsui grins.“And this Bodhisattva is wise to your flattery,” Lisa replies calmly, rising to her feet and walking past her former Captain. “Your base, carnal desires are noted, but they are beneath me.”“All the same, the offer stands...”“Go mind the door, you dog.">1/2
>>1582664Lisa takes a perch up on the stairs, still plainly visible, no doubt mindful that she's still not fully trusted here in the official sense.It takes a few minutes, but one of the advisers eventually takes you up on your offer.“You seem familiar...” you mumble at the pale-haired stranger, a man much younger than you typically envision the members of the Central 46. “Hang on, you're from the Ukitake family. One of Jūshirō's younger brothers?”“You have a good eye for detail, Captain,” the young man bows slightly. “My name is Ukitake Hirofumi, third son of the Ukitake household. We met once, about a hundred and twenty years ago, I complimented you on your hair.”“It must have been with Captain Shihōin,” you nod, not really recalling the meeting. “Sorry, I don't remember it. I used to get a lot of compliments before... you know.”“Captaincy?” Hirofumi asks knowingly.“You got it,” you nod. “Tends to intimidate people off before they even try, leaving just the truly incorrigible ones to figure it out. I still get the odd love poem now and then.”“I have a feeling they're deeply awful,” he winces. “Sorry to hear it.”“You're not wrong. So, what brings you here?”Hirofumi sighs, pinching the bridge of his nose. “It's a matter of some importance in terms of the balance between Noble Clans... but are you and Captain Shihōin... you know...”>No... I don't know.>Yes, but it's not a matter of public record.>Who cares, it must be an open secret by now.>I'm not going to answer that.>Other?
>>1582703>>Yes, but it's not a matter of public record.
>>1582703>Yes, but it's not a matter of public record.
>>1582703>Who cares, it must be an open secret by now.
>>1582703>>Who cares, it must be an open secret by now.
>>1582664What the hell, I ship them now.>>1582703>>Yes, but it's not a matter of public record.
>>1582779>not ded yet“Yes, but it's not a matter of public record,” you admit carefully.“That's the part that troubles me, the secrecy of it,” Hirofumi replies just as carefully. “Innuendo and the mere suggestion of impropriety between Clans comes easily, but when you add a veil of secrecy to the whole proceedings it gets harder to ignore.”“It's a private affair between two members of the Noble Clans,” you reiterate, feeling a little less cautious now and more assertive. “And let's say for a moment you or anyone else has any damn right to judge: have we actually committed a crime?”Hirofumi frowns for a moment. “Hang on, I haven't accused...”“You have,” you growl dangerously. “You just haven't found the decency to say it straight: have we committed a crime?”“Not to my knowledge,” Hirofumi finally admits.“In a hundred years, we haven't done anything to anyone's knowledge to try and gain a leg up on the other Noble Clans,” you reiterate. “Is that an accurate statement?”“It probably is...”“Then why do you care?” you press. “What business of it is yours or anyone else's who I share my home with?”The younger Ukitake doesn't respond, apparently taken aback at meeting such a robust and vigorous defense... less an argument, more like a counterattack.“If you can't put anything up,” you conclude, “then it's long past time for you and everyone else like you to shut up.”>roll 1d10, second roll
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>1582886
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>1582886
>>1582703>>Yes, but it's not a matter of public record
>>1582703“That has to be frustrating,” Lisa sighs after Ukitake Hirofumi leaves the room. “Are marriage politics still that crazy here?”“Less so in some senses, more so in others,” you shrug. “Moving into the same household is a modern workaround that anyone can do really, but around here if you've got the status the priests will do a ceremony for you. And for every 'bromance' out there, there's some relationship with at least the undertones of lesbianism.”“It's rarely serious though,” you finish. “Why? You seem unusually interested in sex-type things.”Lisa blushes slightly. “I may have cracked this joke before, but a lack of occupation with sex usually leads to a preoccupation with it. I've lived with the same handful of people for a hundred years... most of whom may as well be asexual.”“I'm on a hundred-year dry streak here.”“I'm so sorry,” you shrug. “Maybe you need to make new friends?”“Tell that to Shinji,” Lisa grumbles, still red in the face. “You'd think from listening to him that we were deathly allergic to anyone who's not like us.”A few moments later, an older woman steps in...>3d10, DC 17, Crit 21
Rolled 3, 1, 2 = 6 (3d10)>>1582949Bullying commence?
Rolled 3, 2, 9 = 14 (3d10)>>1582949
Rolled 1, 4, 7 = 12 (3d10)>>1582949
>>1582949>And for every 'bromance'I mean, we all know the two guys from 11 are hella gay. They've been life partners for like 200 years.
>>1582976I'm so glad Kenpachi finally got together with his 9th seat.
This never occurred to me, but would someone with captain-class reiatsu need to affect a human sexual partner negatively, even if it's just a little bit, considering they'd be literally as close to each other as possible while being pretty far from a state of self-control?
>>1582976Don't forget Juushiro and Shunsui. Also both Captains, also very close friends, and the standard for bromance for the last thousand years. Unless you count Yamamoto and his Lieutenant.You don't see any tittering about THEM though.
reminder to make up for roll failure with good write ins
>>1582949“You know who I could really...”“Excuse me, ladies,” the woman interrupts. Damn it, that might've been interesting if Lisa ever finished the thought. “But I need to speak with you, Captain.”You look at the woman, and have to admit you have no earthly idea who she is or what family she's from. “And what would you need to speak with me about, ma'am?”“Still quite the polite one I see,” she bows gracefully. “But with even more of a fire inside... that is good.”“You speak as if we know each other,” you frown, racking your brain. “But I have no clear memories of you...”She blinks in surprise, then her expression softens. “I suppose it has been some time, and we only met once on a rather trying day.”You shake your head. “Still not coming to mind.”“I am Captain Suí Fēng's grandmother,” the woman bows once more. “I suppose you are simply surprised that I am still alive?”Actually...“Sort of,” you admit, somewhat astonished that a woman who was so old when you first met her more than a century ago is still alive. “You look hale for god knows how many years old, ma'am.”The old Fēng woman chuckles. “Careful diet and plenty of exercise, miss Riku.”“So what did you want to talk to me about?”“I was once one of the finest members of the Onmitsukidō's Patrol Corps, under your wife's grandfather,” she recounts fondly. “Those were marvelous times... more importantly they taught me to always keep my ears open.”You smile. “Alright, miss Fēng. What've your finely-trained ears heard?”“What do you know of the Kasumiōji clan?”>1/2
>>1583098“Not much,” you admit. “Actually I don't even know how I know the name.”“They have a tendency towards seclusion,” the elderly Fēng muses, “and always have. Very highly positioned, currently under the management of a steward due to the deaths of many of its vassals.”“As in suspicious deaths?” you muse.“Any time more than one member of a family dies in the Seireitei,” she replies carefully “the implication is always conspiracy. The Kasumiōji's business is what brings me here however.”“And what is it they do?”Lady Fēng smiles wickedly. “Armaments. The Kasumiōji are among the select few other than the Tōshin himself that are allowed to forge weapons in any number in the Soul Society.”“And I could hardly fail to note that all the zanpakuto sitting outside this chamber were unusual or exceptional in some way,” she continues. “A natural dual-type zanpakuto in Katen Kyōkotsu, a divine zanpakuto in Tenkotsuki, a blade forged of a Captain's 'inner hollow' in Kobara no Tachi, and the sword of a hollowfied Lieutenant in Hagurotonbo.”“Quite the curious coincidence,” Lisa admits warily.“The first thing I was taught as an Onmitsukidō operative...”“... is that there are no coincidences,” you finish.>Would you suggest we investigate the Kasumiōji?>Is there anything more... concrete that brought this on?>The Kasumiōji have legal protection... that's a problem.>Other?
>>1583150>>Is there anything more... concrete that brought this on?
>>1583150>>Would you suggest we investigate the Kasumiōji?>>Is there anything more... concrete that brought this on?>>The Kasumiōji have legal protection... that's a problem.
>>1583150>Would you suggest we investigate the Kasumiōji?>Is there anything more... concrete that brought this on?
>>1583150>>Would you suggest we investigate the Kasumiōji?
>>1583150>>Would you suggest we investigate the Kasumiōji?>>Is there anything more... concrete that brought this on?
>>1583150I'd like to think we can trust her, but politics is a nasty business, and it's not unlikely that various parties will try to use this incident for their own advantage, probably by trying to point the finger at enemies or rivals in an effort to eliminate them or having them lose face. We should tread carefully.
“Would you suggest an investigation is in order?” you press... lightly, though. Not because the old woman can't handle it, but because she's a much older professional than you: she's earned this much, in your mind, even if her line of reasoning proves to be mistaken.“An investigation is already underway,” Lady Fēng tells you succinctly. “Lady Yoruichi has received word of the series of recent deaths, and has been sending patrols every few months for the last five years.”“Have they found anything?” you ask.“Some irregular comings and goings. Armed men, non-standard uniforms,” the old spy replies. “You would have to ask the Executive for more details, but strangely it was just this week that old man Kamoi, the Kasumiōji Clan's current regent, gave us a regular report.”“And I gather a private army wasn't on his list of expenditures?” you guess.The old woman's face breaks into a toothy grin. “Sill sharp, I see. You guessed correctly – no mention was made of providing for a mercenary force of any size, which is normally compulsory for a noble family to report.”“The Kasumiōji are up to something,” she declares. “These old nose can smell it, these old bones can feel it.”>Then I should speak with Yoruichi, and soon.>I'll head back to my Division then, wait for the forensic reports.>I'll remain here for a while. No need to seem “rushed”.>Other?
>>1583315>>I'll remain here for a while. No need to seem “rushed”.>I'd hate for you to be hit with any blowback because he suspects something.
>>1583315>>I'll remain here for a while. No need to seem “rushed”.
And sadly I have to stop here, whatever I've caught is making it impossible to continue.I'll try and pick up here tomorrow at 10am again, see if I can't wrap up. SoZ will have to wait I'm afraid, since it's going to take me the whole weekend to even get in the equivalent of ONE thread.
>>1583315>I'll remain here for a while. No need to seem “rushed”.
>>1583331Also, as an aside in case I get worse tomorrow, you can suggest omakes. Backlog of things I'm considering is currently:>Seireitei Olympics>Something about the Academy lecturers>Kurosaki family training>The Ninth reacts to Riku vs. Neliel>People realizing they're "missing time"BG9's backstory was suggested, but that's still plot-sensitive.
>>1583416The Ninth reacts to Riku vs. Neliel!
>>1583416The Ninth gets invited to showcase its tactics and firearms to the other divisions, showing them how they punch above their metaphorical weight class.
>>1583416>Kurosaki family training
>>1583416If I can make a suggestion, current or past backstory between Shunsui and Lisa. They had some real chemistry in this session.
man I get called to work and I see that dice keeps on shitting on us in my absence. What gives?
>>1584952Obviously the fault lies solely within you for not being here to roll instead. Why didn't you save us, anon?
>will be back at it in two hours
>>1586752“I'll stay here for a little while longer,” you decide. “Wouldn't want anyone to get the impression that I rushed out after meeting with you or anything.”“Very well,” Lady Fēng replies with a shallow bow... probably as deep a gesture of respect as her old bones can manage. “One further word of advice: I understand that this place seems unfamiliar and at times pointlessly hostile. But there are many among the nobility who will side with you on principle. Though your caution is justified we are not enemies. I for one will welcome the day when some of my colleagues realize that, and I hope that it will not be long”“Same here, Lady Fēng,” you tell her, returning her bow.“Of course,” she nods. “The Fēng family remains at your service.”“So that's the matriarch of the Fēng family?” Lisa muses after the old woman takes her leave. “Quite the commanding presence.”“Suí Fēng's starting to take after her,” you muse. “In fact, I think our Little Bee's gonna be even more intense by that age.”“What did she mean, at your service?”>It's a polite thing to say among nobles, nothing more (lie)>Her family serves the Onmitsukidō, which I was second in command of.>Her family serves the Shihōin Clan, which technically I am a member of.>Other?
>>1586989>>Her family serves the Onmitsukidō, which I was second in command of.
>>1586989>Her family serves the Shihōin Clan, which technically I am a member of.
>>1586989>Her family serves the Shihoin Clan, which technically I am a member ofThere is no way the matriarch is unaware of our relationship with yoruichi.
>>1586989>Her family serves the Shihōin Clan, which technically I am a member of.Had to crash early last time, but if the motivation for the Kasumiōjis involve studying unique zanpakutou in order to further their own weapons forging, isn't that intruding into Oetsu's domain considering all zanpakutou originated from him? Not to mention Kobara was personally forged by him?
>writanGive me one last 1d10, taking the second roll
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>1587009
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>1587009
>>1587015Well then, I'm glad I shuffled the numbers around. This may be interesting.
>>1586989>>Her family serves the Shihōin Clan, which technically I am a member of.
>>1587003Keep in mind that if they were smart they would have tried to gain access to our weapons by vote trading like a normal skeevy politician.
>>1586989“The Fēng are deeply devoted to serving the Shihōin Clan,” you explain, “and I'm married to the current Head of the Shihōin Clan. It makes sense that she'd know as much, and would consider me a member of the clan her family has served for centuries.”Lisa nods as she listens. “Must be nice to have people in the Central 46 on your side.”“There's always a limit,” you shrug. “Might've pushed it a few times getting to this point myself.”You wait for a few more minutes, and it almost gets to the point that you're ready to leave. But just as you rise to your feet and turn towards the stairs, you feel a third visitor arrive.“One minute, Captain.”“Of course,” you reply, trying to suppress your frustration at having your time wasted like this. “You have me at a disadvantage, stranger.”“Kisaragi Makoto,” the older man replies in a gruff tone. “Amagai Shūsuke was my nephew.”“Was?” you ask, cocking your head at the newcomer in curiosity. With his rigid stance, stern gaze, and a head that's clearly been shaved and waxed to a flawless finish, you can already hear his response before he opens his mouth.“That boy died to our family as soon as he betrayed the Seireitei,” Kisaragi grumbles bitterly. “The sooner that becomes literal the better.”“Well then” you nod, “I commend you on your loyalty to the Seireitei. What is it you wanted to talk about?”“You offered to listen to our grievances,” he replies, taking his usual seat but leaving the screen lowered so his face is in full view. “Ah... so liberating. I hate feeling obliged to hide my face.”>Sure, I'll listen to what you have to say. No promises I'll do anything about it.>Depends, are you willing to listen to me in return or not?>Bitching at me is a waste of time. I'm leaving.>Other?
>>1587052>Sure, I'll listen to what you have to say. No promises I'll do anything about it.
>>1587052>>Sure, I'll listen to what you have to say. No promises I'll do anything about it.
>>1587052“I can only promise to listen,” you reply carefully, not liking the aggression this man has brought to the conversation before it's even begun in earnest but lacking a solid reason to turn him away yet. “What I can't promise is to actually act on what I hear, because let's be honest a lot of the points people get hung up on could only be 'solved' through suicide.”“This is going to be one of those points,” Kisaragi admits, “I won't insult you by trying to dress it up as something else. It's about the fact that you and others like you are hollows.”“Part hollow,” you correct him, “at least some of them are. There's a difference.”“Not one that is significant,” Kisaragi counters with a stern look. “You are no longer a shinigami. You draw on powers that no shinigami should possess, and every time you do so it violates the laws of the Seireitei.”“Hang on,” Lisa counters angrily. “That's not our fault, we were attacked by a traitor Captain that your predecessors basically protected for a century!”“That does not matter,” he observes. “The law is that a shinigami may not attain or attempt to attain hollow powers. This point is painfully clear, and is not open to negotiation.”“And I'd guess that sealing such powers into a zanpakuto all their own doesn't make a difference to you?” you ask, crossing your arms. “It's not even a question of their origin, but the fact that they were once hollow powers. Under that strict an interpretation it's the fact that I ever attained such powers that is the crime.”“Precisely,” he nods in confirmation. “You, Lady Shihōin, these 'visoreds”... you have all broken the laws of the Seireitei in a way that cannot be reconciled simply by abandoning those powers which you obtained.”“And the arrancars, too?” you scowl. “I take it you consider that unforgivable as well?”“You voluntarily consorted with our enemy,” Kisaragi insists with just as harsh a glare. “You even made them stronger. The fact that you earned their loyalty is irrelevant, as loyalty to a criminal is hardly a mark of distinction.”“This goes beyond any question of tolerance, as there are always things which we arbitrarily decide are intolerable. This is a matter of principle and the meaning of the laws under which we all live: their objective enforcement is the only 'justice' we can hope for.”>We're finished here. You and I literally have nothing to discuss.>Yeah, but you need us. And your cohort has proven their willingness to compromise.>Force majeure, Mr. Kisaragi. It's no longer in your remit to say if I'm right or wrong.>Other?
>>1587121>>Yeah, but you need us. And your cohort has proven their willingness to compromise.
>>1587121Would be inappropriate to reveal to him that all zanpakutou have Hollow origins and that if he wishes to pursue this no negotiation interpretation, he will have to turn his ire on the entirety of Seireitei?
>>1587121>"People change, Laws change, and Societies Change. Our stasis only came about through Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto being an unstoppable force unconditionally supporting the status quo for the past thousand years. That paradigm died 100 years ago on that night, and even healing him won't bring it back."Because lets be honest OMG was enabling these idiots by shielding them from the consequences of their actions for the past 1000 years.
>>1587141Basically, nothing a Captain says to a member of the Central 46 off the record could be considered "inappropriate" apart from a death threat. But you'll want to carefully consider how you respond beyond any question of propriety.
>>1587121Well, as one man once said.Law was made for man, not man for the law. Things change and that is the only constant.So long as we act in the benefit of soul society there is no problem. Hell even the monk and royal guard accept us.
>>1587141Ide be fine with giving him a history lesson.Should be interesting to see his reaction.
>>1587147Fair, although this is a pretty heavy bombshell to drop on him. It's one even the rest of SS probably isn't aware of, unless that sword-making family counts as having the knowledge.>“And I'd guess that sealing such powers into a zanpakuto all their own doesn't make a difference to you?” you ask, crossing your arms. “It's not even a question of their origin, but the fact that they were once hollow powers. Under that strict an interpretation it's the fact that I ever attained such powers that is the crime.”“Precisely,” he nods in confirmation.By his own interpretation, that asauchi come from Hollows is an unforgivable transgression.Hmm. I want to bring this up to have him defend his philosophy or be broken, but he may also snap and start spreading this and causing panic.On the other hand, maybe that's the break we need to start the widespread healing, but....hmm.
>>1587121>We're finished here. You and I literally have nothing to discuss.Feels like he's made up his mind regardless.I dunno if it would put his mind at least if he's informed we're under the Royal Guard's watch (that whole part-divinity tidbit), but I'm pretty sure that info is something generally kept under wraps, with only select people in the know.Still doesn't cover the other hollowfied shinigami or the friendly arrancar though, so I got nothing on that end, save for what others already mentioned. Again might be a case of the kind of info that should be kept under wraps.
>>1587121>>Yeah, but you need us. And your cohort has proven their willingness to compromise.I mean, he's free to vote for seireitei to roll over and be murdered by the enemy if he really wants to, but that's not really gonna happen.
Also, perhaps impottant to this vote, asauchi are forged from shinigami.
>>1587200>Asauchi is people
>>1587213>It's a COOKBOOKWill give people a few more minutes to see the new info and maybe change their minds.
>>1587121 #>"People change, Laws change, and Societies Change. Our stasis only came about through Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto being an unstoppable force unconditionally supporting the status quo for the past thousand years. That paradigm died 100 years ago on that night, and even healing him won't bring it back."
>>1587121“Things change,” you reply with a stern look. “Some of your cohort are trying to make that change happen faster, some are trying to make it slower, but none of you seem to realize the truth of the matter.”“And what pray tell is this evasive 'truth' of yours?” Kisaragi challenges you.“That the change has already happened,” you put it bluntly. “Objectively speaking yes, I'm guilty of the crime of gaining hollow powers under a strict interpretation of the law. But the last thousand years of stability under the 'strict interpretationalists' is mostly the result of Head Captain Yamamoto's strict influence. Even he acknowledged that the situation had gone beyond control and allowed me significant latitude.”“You're arguing force majeure?” Kisaragi growls.“Would I be wrong to?” you counter. “I had no power to avoid the conspiracy I stumbled into, none of us did. What's more how would you propose to punish us? Would you throw me in the Maggot's nest?”“The thought had crossed my mind.”“Well good luck with that, I'd be out and back at my desk working by the next morning!” you insist. “Captain Shihōin'd probably only agree so she could see what sort of tricks I used and double down the Onmitsu's defenses against them. And Mūken? Good luck finding a Captain who'd be willing to serve such an extreme sentence against a noblewoman who's proven her loyalty time and again.”“We could always exile you,” Kisaragi insists, causing you to shake with laughter.“Yeah, right,” you gasp for air, “you're not getting it, are you? I've forced my way into and out of the Royal Realm, like you could ever find a way to keep me in exile!”“Face it, there's no realistic way to punish me and your strict interpretations of the laws I've 'violated' do nothing but harm the Seireitei's abilities to defend itself against threats that go way beyond the scope of its own laws.”>Coming after me only weakens the Gotei 13 and threatens the Seireitei, and you need to stop.>The Central 46 has no moral or legal authority to punish me for keeping it safe.>One more thing: your predecessors' punishment of the Vizards was unjustifiable. It has to be reversed.>Other?
>>1587313>>One more thing: your predecessors' punishment of the Vizards was unjustifiable. It has to be reversed.
Ugh, this was a terrible way to handle this.>>1587313>>Coming after me only weakens the Gotei 13 and threatens the Seireitei, and you need to stop.
>>1587313>>Coming after me only weakens the Gotei 13 and threatens the Seireitei, and you need to stop.>One more thing: your predecessors' punishment of the Vizards was unjustifiable. It has to be reversed.He's going to disagree obviously but it is the reason we came here originally
>>1587313>>Coming after me only weakens the Gotei 13 and threatens the Seireitei, and you need to stop.
>>Coming after me only weakens the Gotei 13 and threatens the Seireitei, and you need to stop.>One more thing: your predecessors' punishment of the Vizards was unjustifiable. It has to be reversed.
>>1587358As obviously frustrated as Riku is, she laid out the reasons people have decided against a strict enforcement of the laws in her case: that there's really nothing they can do and even if they could it would be morally and strategically wrong.
>>1587393Unless you're saying that's also how this bald motherfucker will interpret the statement, I'm going to sustain my opinion on the matter.
>>1587313>Coming after me only weakens the Gotei 13 and threatens the Seireitei, and you need to stop.>One more thing: your predecessors' punishment of the Vizards was unjustifiable. It has to be reversed.
>writing>>1587404Basically nothing short of full offense was ever going to get through to him. He's basically saying that regardless of her intentions Riku has committed a serious crime by existing.
>>1587450“Coming after me like this, extenuating circumstances and best intentions be damned, only serves to weaken the Gotei 13,” you insist sternly, “and that threatens the survival of the Seireitei. You need to stop.”“The laws are clear,” Kisaragi reiterates.“And the greatest law is to preserve balance,” you remind him. “If through your actions you serve to weaken the Seireitei and the balance is shattered as a result, then you too have done wrong. The Central 46 have come close to disaster in the past, but the Old Man was always there to fix things.”“And you believe this changes the situation?”You nod emphatically. “Yes. It makes it that much more important to realize that governance is more than just handing down decrees.”“And so you think we should simply ignore your crimes?”“No,” you counter, stepping back to lean heavily against the wall opposite Kisaragi's seat. “I think you need to reverse your predecessors' punishments.”“Excuse me?” he asks, narrowing his eyes.“We all had our orders that night,” you explain, recalling the events that led to your hollowfication and the exile of many of your comrades. “We did our duty, and our only 'crime' was in becoming victims of a sick experiment against our will. It's time those of us who suffered the most from it to be treated with the basic respect they're due.”“That's your perspective,” he counters. “Had you committed no crimes I would agree that those so-called 'vizards' deserved a pardon.”“Then change the law?” you retort, shocked at this man's intransigence. “How hard would it be to take intent into account?”“Even then they would still have their questionable powers,” Kisaragi explains, shaking his head. “Though I must admit changing a law of the Soul Society is an interesting thought.”>And if they no longer had their 'hollow powers'?>Do you think there is a majority who would approve a pardon?>Other?
>>1587566>>Do you think there is a majority who would approve a pardon?
>>1587566>“That's your perspective,” he counters. “Had you committed no crimes I would agree that those so-called 'vizards' deserved a pardon.”To clarify, he's saying that if RIKU had committed no crimes, the VIZARDS would deserve a pardon? Or is he saying that if a shinigami in good standing was given Hollow powers through no fault of their own and committed no other crime, they deserve a pardon?
>>1587566>And if they no longer had their 'hollow powers'?
>>1587566>Do you think there is a majority who would approve a pardon?If there are conditions for the vote to swing in favor, I'm open to hearing it.
>>1587616He's contending that having hollow powers, no matter what the reason, is a crime and that accordingly the Vizards don't deserve a pardon. Because under a strict interpretation of the law they're criminals and their punishment was justified.
>>1587626>>1587627Basically what Queen said is my reasoning for my vote.
>>1587638I'm referring to the C46 vote needing a swing in favor, if it wasn't clear.In any case, Shinji mentioned that if Urahara already found a way, he would already be all over it. I'm leery of leading the conversation with de-hollowification if we're not even sure where to begin with said process.
>>1587566“Do you think the majority would approve a pardon?” you ask curiously. “If it were put to a vote?”Kisaragi considers the question for a few seconds. “I believe so.”“And would you vote to approve it?”“I would abstain,” Kisaragi admits. “I still cannot vote to ignore violations of the law, though for the sake of stability I would not vote against reconciliation. Were the law to be amended in such a way that it would take pressure off the victims of the Hollowfication Incident of one hundred years ago I could easily be persuaded to vote in favor of it.”“Though that would be a more difficult process, I'd imagine,” you frown.Kisaragi nods. “Correct. I'm not even aware that there's a protocol for such a measure. There's no precedent.”>I would like to speak to the senior Shihōin present, suggest a motion to pardon.>I would like to speak to the senior Shihōin, ask him to initiate a change in the laws.>A motion to change the law would be more convincing if it came from you.>Other?
>>1587702>A motion to change the law would be more convincing if it came from you.Both sides need to begin working together to enact a change for the betterment of all.
>>1587702>>I would like to speak to the senior Shihōin, ask him to initiate a change in the laws.
>>1587702>I would like to speak to the senior Shihōin, ask him to initiate a change in the laws.
>>1587702>>A motion to change the law would be more convincing if it came from you.>I would like to speak to the senior Shihōin, ask him to initiate a change in the laws.
>>1587702>>I would like to speak to the senior Shihōin present, suggest a motion to pardon.but also bring up initiating a change in the laws in the future
So, what, is this guy like the wimpiest version of Judge Dredd ever?
>>1587718Probably more in-line with Byakuya's philosophy on following the law.
>>1587702>>A motion to change the law would be more convincing if it came from you.
>>1587702“Then I want to suggest that you and the senior Shihōin present initiate a change in the law,” you nod. “Having it be a cooperative effort would lend strength to your cause.”“And what change would you suggest?”“That instead the law should specify that those who willingly gain hollow-like powers or who give such powers to anyone else are traitors,” you specify. “That way those who gain powers unwillingly or accidentally are treated on a case-by-case basis.”“I see,” he muses thoughtfully. “That does make some sense, especially since as things stand this law does not apply to Aizen Sōsuke.”“You're right,” Lisa realizes, surprise plainly visible in her expression. “There's so much that's wrong with that.”“It would make for an easy case to mention Aizen,” you nod in agreement. “In fact that might be the single most effective argument, even persuasive to those intent on punishing his victims.”“I should be able to advance such a suggestion at the next full meeting of the court,” Kisaragi nods. “Okay, you have yourself a deal. We will have a runner find you when the Central 46 reaches an agreement.”>Now is Yoruichi time>Now is Forensics time>Ask about Amagai>Other
>>1587804>>Now is Yoruichi time
>>1587804>Now is Yoruichi time
>>1587804>>Ask about Amagai
>>1587566I think it says a lot about the more conservative members of the C46 that this bloke literally never considered that the law could be changed.
>>1587880“I'll be waiting for a favorable reply.”With that the man excuses himself, and once gone Lisa sighs.“Hey... Captain.”You turn your head to cast a sidelong glance at the vizard. “Yeah?”“Thanks,” Lisa nods. “You're trying to give us a second chance, and I appreciate it.”“I managed to avoid punishment,” you shrug. “It's the least I could do.”“You didn't avoid it, you just got punished differently,” Lisa shakes her head. “At least that's what I think.”You could stay around a while longer, but at this point there's something more pressing: it's Yoruichi time. And Yoruichi time is the best time.“Let's get going,” you suggest as you pass Shunsui on your way out. “Nothing more to see here.”The Head Captain heads back towards his own Division while Lisa, knowing that she's here under your personal escort, follows you to the Second Division's front gate.“Hi,” you greet the guards, who stare at you like they just can't believe you're here. “I need to speak with the Executive Commander.”“And you're doing it formally?” one of the guards asks. “On record?”“You got it.”The man sighs, stepping aside to allow you entrance. “Then we must be in some shit. The Executive Commander is in her office of course... you know the way.”“Much obliged,” you nod, gesturing for Lisa to follow. “She's with me.”“Understood, ma'am.”When you reach Yoruichi's office, you find yourself hit with a wave of nostalgia. She's sitting in her chair with a cup of warm green tea and a snack sits at her side, reading over part of a stack of scouting reports. Her haori is off, and it seems like she's thoroughly relaxed, but even then all along the walls of the formal sitting room are black-masked officers of the Executive Militia.“Well this is rare,” she muses, setting aside the paperwork. “To what do I owe the pleasure of a formal meeting?”She waves at one of the masked men, who quickly returns with two more seats which are placed across from her for you and Lisa.>Ask Yoruichi to clear the room.>Talk about something else, sign to her about your real reason for being here.>Speak openly about the issue.>Other?
>>1587964>>Talk about something else, sign to her about your real reason for being here.
>3d10 to dust off your hand signs and WINK WINK skills>DC 18, Crit 22, best of four
Rolled 2, 4, 6 = 12 (3d10)>>1588020
Rolled 5, 10, 9 = 24 (3d10)>>1588020Say no more
Rolled 3, 3, 6 = 12 (3d10)>>1588020
Rolled 6, 10, 7 = 23 (3d10)>>1588020
>>1588020>Skill status: Dusted
>>1588020“Mostly I just miss the place,” you lie, setting your hands in your lap and thinking through the syllables involved in the message you really want to send your wife. Each kana has its own sign, allowing you to reduce the more than two thousand kanji in common use to a more manageable number... slower than tactical hand signs commonly used by the Onmitsukidō but capable of expressing far more concepts.[r]Zanpakuto... stolen.[/r]“Aw,” your wife coos. “I was wondering about that. Honestly I miss having you as my Lieutenant.”[r]While... at... Central... 46?[/r]“At least I left you with Suí Fēng,” you reply. “I thought you liked little bee.”[r]Yes... Shunsui... and... Lisa... too.[/r]“It wasn't quite the same,” Yoruichi sighs, “and then even she left after a while.”[r]Recovered... I... see.[/r]“Yeah, they grow up so fast don't they?” you smirk. “You say it wasn't the same?”[r]Quickly... thief... escaped.[/r]“We always clicked in an amazing way,” Yoruichi explains as Lisa glances back and forth between you confused. “Little Bee was great at her job, and I care about her, but between you and me she always played off me. When we were together we always played off each other.”[r]Who?“Yeah, I guess I get that,” you admit slowly, giving yourself time, “and honestly I guess that's the part of the job I actually miss. The killing and policework is stuff I end up doing as a Captain anyway... what makes it great is getting to do it with such a great partner. Even Rangiku's not the same, and she spends time working with the Commandos more anyway.”[r]Ka... Su... Mi... Ou... Ji... maybe... Fēng... mentioned.[/r]>1/2
>>1588079“Well then, it sounds like we're of a mind,” Yoruichi smiles, gesturing for one of her attendants hands you a cup of tea. “Why don't you come back and sign on? I'm sure we can create an equivalent posting for you.”Weapons... research?You take a sip of tea and set it aside as Yoruichi has with hers. “I don't think that's in the cards, sadly.”Probably.“Well then, maybe I need to spend more time with you and your Division,” Yoruichi suggests. “We used to train together all the time, maybe we should make time to do that again. Get prepared for Aizen.”I... have... scout... reports... I... will... be... over... later.“That sounds like a good idea,” you nod, not even bothering to sign back this time.“Then maybe I can come over later today? We can set up a schedule.”Clear... evening... schedule.“I'll clear some time,” you smile.Plan... stay... over.“Then I'll see you then.”Then she signs something back that makes you blush a little.“So... is that it?” Lisa asks, glancing at you. “You brought me all the way here for that?”“I did,” you nod. “You had to come along with me anyway, since I'm supposed to be keeping an eye on you.”>Head back to the Ninth Division with Lisa>Head back to the Senkaimon and see Lisa off>Other?
>>1588108>>Head back to the Ninth Division with Lisa
>>1588108>>Head back to the Ninth Division with Lisaso did lisa understand what we were signing
>>1588108>Head back to the Ninth Division with Lisa
>>1588108>>Head back to the Senkaimon and see Lisa off
>>1588117She didnt have a clue.>>1588108>Head back to the Ninth Division with LisaWe can explain things, slowly, on the way.
>>1588117It's a highly specialized skill, not many outside the Onmitsukido ever bother.And since getting a cold when it's dry always makes my nose bleed, this last update will be delayed. My flat looks like a murder scene.
>>1588146After you excuse yourself reluctantly from your wife's company, letting her get back to reading her stack of reports, you take the time to explain to Lisa what you were doing.“The Onmitsukidō train in nonverbal communication,” you explain. “In this specific case, hand signs based on Japanese phonology. I explained the situation to her and she'll be over with the relevant files later this afternoon, when she's done with her own work.”“And you didn't want to just ask her that because...” Lisa asks with a frown.“Because this is funner,” you shrug, and Lisa nearly loses her balance in a moment of almost literal apoplexy.“And because if another prominent family is involved I can't guarantee our conversation would be private... especially if I asked everyone else to leave,” you add the real reason, the reaction you sought having already been secured. “Only a handful of people are familiar with the more expressive sign language system, so it was a safer way to communicate a sensitive message... it just takes some extra focus to carry out two conversations at the same time.”“It's hardly practical for anyone who hasn't at least served as Yoruichi's Lieutenant.”“I see,” Lisa nods, having calmed somewhat. “So where are we going now?”“My Division,” you tell her with a smile. “I've got some fresh Lieutenants who might be really interested to meet you... you might even find it amusing yourself.”
>>1588180And with that, I have to call it a weekend. Archive is up, hope you had a good time despite my illness-related delays, and see you back next weekend for a regular session.>Lisa is for _
>>1588201>Lisa is for Teasing and shipping with Kyoraku
>>1588201>Lisa is for Shunsui
>>1588201>Lisa is for Shunsui and Nanao to share
>>1588201>Lisa is for sexual
>>1588201>Lisa is for leaving behind explicit manga that Mirai and Starrk will eventually stumble upon
>>1588201>Lisa is for being stepped on by
>>1589511*having your penis stepped on by ftfy
>>1588201Lisa is for getting unbanished and living a safer, happier life back in her home. What did you really expect?
>>1588201>Lisa is for Seireitei's new #1 RomCom show feat. Captain Commander Shunsui
>>1588201>Omake idea: Shunsui decides to call the Number Riku wrote for him and finds Lisa on the other end of the line. Can we have a transcript of the phone conversation? It would make a lovely RomCom Omake.
“So this is how it's gonna work,” you declare before the assembled Academy instructors. “The five of you are prospective hand-to-hand trainers, so you'll have to prove that you can handle the responsibility. I've been tapped to be the proctor."The prospectives hail from four Divisions: two from the Onmitsukidō, one from your own Division, one from the Eighth, and one from the Thirteenth. Each of them has at least fifty pounds on you and several extra inches of reach, but that's never been much of a concern for you in the past. It's nothing that can't be overcome with speed and precision.“And how will our skills be determined?” the officer from the Thirteenth Division asks.The man from Ninth, one of your own aging Squad Leaders, laughs. “Man, you really don't know the Captain at all, do you?”“She's gonna beat the crap out of us, isn't she?” one of the Onmitsu sighs. “Just like the Executive Commander.”“Yup,” you nod. “But unlike Yoruichi I'm gonna be generous. I'll let you take the first shot.”After a few moments spent glancing at one another, it seems the prospective trainers decide on a strategy. The Onmitsu standing most nearly behind you attacks first with a right straight that you sidestep, only to find his partner sliding his lead foot forward to try and sweep your leg. Instead you lift that foot and smack his wrist aside when he throws a punch that he'd hoped would find you off-balance, and you land your own counterpunch just as you plant your foot behind his leg.The Onmitsu topples over from the force of the punch, and you only have to raise your back knee and reverse-kick to send his hapless accomplice flying as well.Your left elbow meets the Thirteenth officer's fist, and you tuck your left leg in towards your chest so that your momentum carries through in a blur of motion. Your right knee strikes him under the ribs as your left toe becomes the pivot, and abruptly reversing your momentum lets you gracefully divert your Squad Leader's fist with a strike from your heel.Each move is quick, direct, and smoothly transitions into the next... to an observer it must look less like you're responding, and more as if your opponents are throwing themselves at your fists and feet deliberately. But to your great pleasure it seems that for the most part these 'experts' are handling the situation well. The officer from Thirteenth Division is a particular surprise: though he gets thrown to the ground several times he's mastered the defensive fall, so he spends the least amount of time there. Your own Squad Leader has picked up the ability to fight from the ground... in fact, only two of the five seem deficient in any regard.>1/2
>>1593824“That's enough,” you insist, grabbing the Eighth Division's representative by the wrist as he tries once more to strike him and slinging him into the first Onmitsu, the one who tried to start this whole thing off by taking your feet out from under you. “I've made my determination.”“You three left standing are good,” you declare. “You two on the ground, you're out. Seventh Seat... Kaitō, wasn't it?”“Yes, ma'am!” the dark-haired, heavily-built man from the Eighth barks.“You left yourself with too many openings. At first I was convinced you were luring me in, but when you kept doing it even after I punished you for it... either you're sloppy or you just don't know when to quit,” you conclude.“Either way I don't want you teaching new recruits. Go home.”Then you turn to the first Onmitsu, not even asking his name out of professional courtesy. “As for you, that stunt you pulled at the beginning ruined your chances. It was the first of three times you threw a follow-up punch without waiting to see if your strategy had worked... compensating for low hand speed by attacking too early may work on some people, but it doesn't impress me.”“The three who are staying, report to Ōnabara,” you order. “He'll brief you on your duties for your two-year appointments. The two who aren't, report back to your barracks.”Upon returning to the Shin'o Academy's faculty lounge, you flop down gracelessly onto a couch and Shunsui tosses you a beer.“Thanks,” you grumble, setting the can aside. “Gonna have to wait to drink that now... how'd your batches do?”“I found three qualified candidates,” Kaoru nods happily from her own respective couch, a can dangled loosely between her fingers as she leans on the armrest. “Each is capable of eishōhaki with low level spells, and one is even capable of nijū eishō. None of them are capable of kōjutsu eishō though.”“It's a bit rarer a talent,” Shunsui admits with a shrug. “Hell, I hardly ever find use for it. Generally I'd rather take the opportunity to attack, not strengthen the spell that gave me the opportunity in the first place.”“Shunsui?” you ask.The Head Captain shrugs. “Good swordsmen are abundant in the Seireitei. I had it easy.”>2/3
>>1593831>F5 F5 F5>2/3
>>1593831“How good are we talking here?” you ask him.Shunsui sighs. “By our standards? Not very. Solid enough kenjutsu skills to teach in their respective schools, and enough skills with zanjutsu to perform the basics in a fight.”“Well, that's good enough,” you shrug, finally comfortable enough to crack open your beer. You quickly sip off the foam that does escape. “They don't have to be the best.”“So you think the three you found will be able to teach hakuda without giving their students any bad habits?” Kaoru asks you curiously. “I know your standards are a bit skewed.”“The three I picked are solid,” you nod thoughtfully. “They have a sound grasp of how to position their bodies, they're not prone to flashy maneuvers, and they know how to harness their reiatsu. So yeah, they should do fine.”“I was half expecting you to ask them to do something crazy to impress you,” Shunsui laughs, cracking open another can with a satisfying pop. “Like use Onibi with their bare hands or something.”“That's a thing though,” you tell him.He checks the motion of drinking, can held immobile against his lower lip. “No way.”“Yoruichi can even do it with her head,” you insist with a smile at the mental image of your wife punching holes in half-inch iron plates with her forehead. “Hell, I can do it for that matter.”“Bet you a hundred ryō you can't,” Shunsui says, crossing his arms and staring at you, trying to call what he assumes is a bluff.You grin from ear to ear. “Hey sis, hold my beer...”
>>1594043Shunsui challenging us to a bullshit contest is like us challenging him to a drinking contest, why on earth would he do tit?
>>1594164Simple answer? Because he's had a few, and most people don't think doing zanjutsu with your bare hands is a thing.
>>1594043>You grin from ear to ear. “Hey sis, hold my beer...”ah the perfect way to close an omake.
>>1594043>building on preexisting lore and having fun while doing it>making use of minor characters from the anime nobody remembers>combining comedy and badassery to great effect for a great finishYour writing levels are bullshit.
Oh, and two questions. Do Urahara's child soldiers exist in SSQ? They were pretty badass, especially the girl who forced an arrancar to release while sleepfighting. The wiki lists them as human, but as far as I know this was never actually clarified. The second question concerns Ichigo. In canon, the way I remember, he became a substitute by eating Rukia's powers first. Then after Byakuya stabbed him Urahara pretty much turned him into an actual ghost by cutting his chain off which gave him Zangetsu's true form and eventually bankai, its true true form. Then he got Zangetsu's true true true form after time travel shenanigans to beat Aizen. Then he lost that too, but then got a Fullbring, and then he lost that, and then he got back Zangetsu a third time, in its true true true true form.Then his sword was broken in bankai, which means it could never be fixed, but the Royal Guard fixed and reforged it anyway, which revealed that Zangetsu's true true true true true form was two swords all along.Then Ywach broke it, which revealed that sandwiched between the hollow and quincy powers, Zangetsu's true form was its initial shikai release all along, hiding beneath the black and white blade! Kubo!Also there's a whole bunch of hollow masks and transformations which could be said to be Zangetsu forms of varying degrees of trueness since they were also it all along, but I can't even get into that shit now.Anyway, the question is which one of these is the closest to the way SSQ!Ichigo got his current sword and what are the main differences?
>>1597315>Do Urahara's child soldiers exist in SSQ?Yes. Riku has barely seen any of them because technically she's not supposed to even be there, and she wouldn't know anything about what they actually are or how the hell Ururu can kick the piss out of an arrancar.As for SSQ Ichigo's sword, it's none of the above. Masaki being alive means that he's not fundamentally traumatized: the sword that manifested as his own power is more, for lack of a better word, unitary.
>>1597451This is me, btw.
>>1597451I'm guessing it's not a proper asauchi though? Because that made a whole lot of difference in power, and if Riku and sword guy both feel he could use a powerup something might be done about it.
>>1597831The present issue with that idea is that Zangetsu's still in good shape, where Tenkotsuki's blade had been totally disintegrated and Rosa never had a blade to start with. As for forging a second zanpakuto just now, that would be a mistake. Riku only managed to get Kobara no Tachi out of the deal because her soul was already broken, otherwise the results were normally unfocused and carried a risk of causing harm to the wielder's soul.Which is both the reason Oetsu stopped letting people do it and why true dual-type zanpakuto are restricted to extraordinarily powerful wielders. The vast majority of shinigami can't handle it.
>>1597948So going back and re-reading the scene where Riku managed to convince Oetsu to let her not only reforge Tenko's broken sword back into a sword but also forge Rosa into another sword, it was very fortunate that Riku managed to give Oetsu an answer (I miss talking to Tenkotsuki) that was very much in-character where as the other two (anger and/or death threats) wouldn't have sufficed. But that makes me wonder: what would've happened if Riku didn't manage to convince Oetsu reforge Tenko? And if Oetsu allowed Riku to forge Rosa in the process due to the fragmented state of Riku's overall soul composition (Rosa's soul aspect as the base, Riku's aspect being the reincarnated fragment from Tenko's soul burial process, Tenkotsuki's aspect being the glue that holds the two fragments together and preventing further soul suicide), How did he let Yoruichi forge her lightining cat hollow side into a sword? Does Yoruichi fall into the category of being an extraordinarily powerful wielder? If so, then what's special about Riku's Fragmented soul state that Oetsu let her forge Kobara no Tachi? Does the state of her fragmented soul (each soul aspect capable of being a distinct aspect of the whole entity) give her a smaller risk of turning into a second Baishin? Soul Science is weird. As weird as Dead souls having sex and having "dead" children through sex.
>>1599934If Riku hadn't found a way to convince Oetsu she'd have had to pull a canon-Yoruichi for a while and rely on hakuda and kido until she found a workaround. That would have to have been an entire arc, and could've been resolved in a few ways.As for the two successful survivors of forging second swords, Riku was already broken and the hollowfication experiment just served to bring Rosa back to the fore as a semi-independent entity. As the 'princess' of the Shihōin Clan Yoruichi has been trained to process, memorize, and recall information differently from regular people. Combined with Shōsōtō's abilities she was able to effectively separate and compartmentalize Raijūsenkō without harming her soul. That's why she was able to survive hollowfication without outside help from Urahara, then later form her separated hollow into a second zanpakuto.The other vizards were stabilized in a different manner and Ichigo was never "unstable" to begin with, so their souls would have to be deliberately fragmented through some other means to successfully alter their zanpakuto in any way.
>>1600469Do vizards even have inner hollows that manifest like a zanpakuto spirit?
>>1601250>Do vizards even have inner hollowsYes.>that manifest like a zanpakuto spiritNot exactly, no. They're no less potentially destructive, but their personalities are rudimentary at best and they're not totally independent due to the way they came into being.Which is to say they're more like actual hollows than zanpakuto.
>>1601370So that makes Riku's Inner Hollow case a special snowflake due to certain circumstances.Doesn't it make people nervous when they see Riku sitting next to Rosa and both of them are having tea/sake? Without any knowledge of Tenko's presence/significance, Riku's sharing the same meat-bicycle with her "evil past self" and the latter hasn't made a move to brutally murderize the former.That aside, what's the frustration scale on the latest court hearings in the Central 46 before Riku reacted to the sword theft and after the sword theft? From 1 to MAD. For Shunsui, Riku, and various partisan parties in Congress 46? Also, what happened to the Arrancar Twins? Did they ask Harribel for advice and then decided to fuck off and head back to Ghost Mexico after some deliberation?Is Dordoni still brooding or is his focus on getting swole venting some of the pent up stress?Dordoni: What's your training regimen? did the staff provide you a wheelchair in your cell or are you still walking around on 2 hands?Did Benin and her estranged hubbie finally reunite in the Maggots Nest?
>>1601468>So that makes Riku's Inner Hollow case a special snowflake due to certain circumstances.Yeah, you could say that. In this case being a "snowflake" isn't strictly a good thing for her though.>Doesn't it make people nervous when they see Riku sitting next to Rosa and both of them are having tea/sake?It happens so rarely that the fact that it's happening at all is more striking than who is involved.>Frustration scale?The Central 46 is a bit on edge about it. Shunsui's quietly pissed, Lisa's uneasy, and Riku is loudly pissed as you've seen.>Also, what happened to the Arrancar Twins?Kicking about the Valley of Screams while one recovers and they both try and figure out what happens next.>Is Dordoni still brooding or is his focus on getting swole venting some of the pent up stress?The latter.>Dordoni: What's your training regimen?There is no leg day.>Did Benin and her estranged hubbie finally reunite in the Maggots Nest?Yes. It was fairly confusing for both of them, since they forgot their own plots. He's mad and doesn't know why, she's wondering what happened to everyone else and why they're in prison: it's worse for them because they spent so much time in their Valley.
>>1601578>Arrancar Twins: So How's Riku's Personal Valley of Screams? Do you like it there?
>>1601370Is that also why Yoruichi's hollow is so animalistic?
>>1601621"How can someone with their own plane be that... normal?">>1601655Mostly because that is Raijūsenkō's personality.
>>1601655Her ancestor was a Senri - an old and powerful Mountain cat spirit that turns into a beautiful woman. So Take Yoruichi's clan bloodline hereditary traits and add a Senri into the family tree and you get daughterus that can turn into cats, with Yoruichi being the latest. The Hollow cat is a sign of Yoruichi's ancestry.
>>1601669Do you remember Riku acting all godlike when she cut that box? And having the willpower to reject the temptation of getting drunk with power? Having too much power can have that effect sometimes. >>1601578>it's worse for them because they spent so much time in their Valley.Wait... that means all the precious memories shared in Riku's Valley of screams will disappear if Riku's plane also disappears. That's horrifying on another level thinking that the memory amnesia could happen with Riku, Tia, Yoruichi, Apacci, Mila, Sun-Sung, Starrk, and Lilynette if something were to happen to Riku's own dimensional plane.>>1601578>There is no leg day.Is that a good thing in your book?So how pants shitting was it for Congress when Riku actually released some of her reiatsu when she got triggered by the theft of her swords?Was it more horrifying or relieving that Riku kept her own anger in check despite clearly showing killing intent for the one who slighted her?
>>1601578>there is no leg dayYou son of a bitch, that got me good
>>1601741>So how pants shitting was it for CongressAs always when Riku displays killing intent around normies, very. That her anger motivated her to take constructive action rather than rampaging like a Kenpachi would is even more disconcerting in its own way.The jury is still out as to whether she's any "safer" to piss off.
Did Ichigo inherit all the powers because he's the firstborn, or do the imoutos also exhibit signs of nascent power? In the anime they were weak enough to be susceptible to memory wipes for the longest time, but that might not be the case here. Did Riku sense anything?
>>1604096That's how he got his hollow powers. I didn't get around to the omake, but the imoutos got something and that something doesn't involve hollow powers.
>>1604305And Arisawa? Before we interfered, was it just Don Kanonji-like medium power or leakage from Ichigo? I don't think she could see ghosts before...
>>1604445Tatsuki's powers developed faster for two reasons: Ichigo spent more time with her up through middle school, which accounts for part of the difference. The other factor is Masaki's presence.
>>1604459Has there been any sort of research done involving spiritually potent humans? Shinigami and other beings have been active in Japan for centuries after all. We have Donkey Kong who is just a medium for no reason, people who get powers from hollow attacks, people who inherit powers from a shinigami parent, people who gain power from being in contact with reiryoku, and people who get sick or instantly die because of powerful reiryoku. It's a hot fucking mess and there's been no info on controlling, containing or preventing any potential shenanigans on a larger scale than our previous involvements.
>>1604555The official policy is "Observe, Contain, Sterilize." The last step is by definition limited by the Seireitei's own laws which prohibit killing humans without direct orders, which would only be handed down in cases where the humans under observation did something to justify it. Quincy exist? Fine. Quincy go on a mass hollow-purging campaign? Not fine.The concern with a systematic and detailed study of spiritually powerful humans is of Mayuri-tier batshit science happening to the subjects.
>>1604620Was there ever a chance of us ending up in the Research Division? Magic science is best science, I really would've liked to see it.
>>1604658Youd've had to go with Kisuke, effectively becoming his Lieutenant instead of Hiyori.
>>1604620>Observe, Contain, Sterilize.That's just like SCP Foundation policies(Secure, Contain, Protect)
>>1605041>thats_the_joke.jpgWould've been an interesting route had Riku gotten exiled, honestly. Wandering mushi-shi Riku never was a thing.
>>1605214Even then, Riku would've made a (brilliantly insightful but shitty notetaking) scientist by professional standards if we went that route. Half the notes she would write down would be basic equations of (Sword + Hollow = ???)
>>1605214Oh hey, you're the guy who recommended Mushishi to me. Thanks for that.
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