Previous: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/760682/Char Sheet: http://pastebin.com/fUKdUWLFtwitter: https://twitter.com/TheHeadMasterTGAya, my little bird. The girl willing to give her blood to keep me alive, the girl who fed me after I had nearly starved myself to reach the Seireitei without delay. The girl who wasn't scared to approached me, the excited little girl who became a soul reaper and fights hollows because that's how she thinks she can do good in this life. Aya, the girl who's smile never fades, not matter if she's staring down a hungry hollow or just painting again. Her relentless energy makes me feel like I'm worn out and tired in comparison, whenever I fight beside her or even just talk to her. She's always so upbeat and chipper, Her smile and laughter as much a fact of life as the wind to me by this point. And she's sitting in front of me, tears staining her face, with a reddish purple bruise covering her swollen eye. Its closed shut so tightly not ever tears can move past it.Seems like her first day was worse than mine was, and I fought two hollows before I came looking for her. I saw a district gripped by terror and fear,and somehow I feel more disgusted and enraged right now than I did as I walked through those Hollow stricken streets and fields. I grind my teeth as I hold my friend and blood sister in my arms, trying to think clearly through this fog of rage. My body feels distant from my thoughts, like its been cut from me somehow. I've felt like this before, when I walked from my family's home, away from my broken mother and hate filled father. This emptiness I feel, I hate it. But its different from when I was among the living, this time it is not borne of sorrow, but rather from my rage.The rain falls beside us, the trees above us covering both of us and keeping us dry while we sit here, alone in the street. Its a good thing I haven't had to say anything to comfort her, because right now, I can't say anything kind, comforting or warm. Can I even say anything at all? I can't even open my lips, all I can do is hold my comrade and sister as close as I can.And how could I do anything else? I don't know what else I can do besides make her feel safe like this.Since one of her new "comrades" decided she was annoying, and according to Aya threw several insults her way, calling her a fool, an idiot who wasn't fit to be a soul reaper.Before he gave her a black eye, and she ran off over here, looking for me.A smart move, really. Of course I wouldn't just sit idly by after my sister got hurt for no good reason.What do I do? try to encourage/comfort Aya Help her deal with the problem herself Find who did it, challenge them to a duel Go with Aya to report this to her captain Tell yoruichi Ask Aya for more details Get some drinks with my sister, see if that helps Report back to my divisionAsk some of my other friends what they think I should do write in
>>788258> try to encourage/comfort Aya> Ask Aya for more details> Help her deal with the problem herself
>>788258> try to encourage/comfort Aya> Ask Aya for more details>Ask some of my other friends what they think I should do
>>788258> try to encourage/comfort Aya
>>788258> Tell her she deserves this
I sigh, and stare up at the cloud filled sky. Well I'm not doing any good just sitting here wallowing in anger. The least I can do is try and make her feel a little better, maybe mend the damage that might've been done. Just need to keep a clear head, being mad right now isn't going to help anyone. Not me, Not Aya."Hey, crying isn't going to do you no good" I Say calmly as I put my hand on her head, and ruffle her golden hair, smiling weakly as she looks up at me "Come on Aya, you've had worse than this before, you'll pull through its just a black eye""I know" She says, still frowning as she turns away to look at the rain falling in front of us "I just...its not the pain that's making me cry you know, I don't like being annoying, I really don't I just can't help it and, I'm really not good at anything besides being fast""Okay, that isn't true" I say as I stare into the street as well "You're an excellent artist and when you put your mind to it, you're pretty gifted with coming up with tactics and plans on the spot, You might not be good with numbers or patience, but you make up for it. Everyone has some weaknesses, like me, I'm reckless I don't care about what happens my body, sure it helps me but...its a dangerous mindset to have, to be honest"She says nothing for a second and glances over at me."yeah that is right" She says smirking slightly "But I...I know I'm not really smart, and it really does hurt when I remember that. I just...being reminded about it really hurt and you weren't around and...I just couldn't. Its just that, his words hurt me more than his fist did, do ya get it?""I understand" I say, patting her on the back softly "Just try and forget them, if he has to get his point across with violence he isn't worth listening to...but any details would be very appreciated""Just don't hurt him alright, he may be a bastard, but he just wanted to help I think" Aya sighs "I mean he's probably just a mean old man, but...Well he said I wouldn't survive if I kept acting like myself""What?" I ask titling my head "Why didn't you tell me about that part""Because I was too busy crying Kimi" Aya says, puffing her cheeks out "It was kind of hard to think back on it, I was traumatized"I chuckle and pat her head"Now you're just being dramatic" I say flatly "What does he look like any where""Oh....well he's all covered in scars like you sis, but old and with a real mean look" She says crossing her arms "Kinda of like a thug"I nod slowly, and put my hands on my lap.Aya rests her head in her hands and smiles widely, grinning happily as she looks back over at me."Do you really think my paintings are good?" She asks, leaning closer to me.cont
>>788454What do I do? Tell her I've kept everyone she made for me Confront the soul reaper with Aya Seek him out myself Tell Aya that acting like yourself in battle is a pretty dumb idea Change the subject to paintings to cheer Aya up "Skill with a blade has nothing to do with personality" tell him that, alright Ask my friends what they think Do soul reaper thingsAsk Aya why she didn't just tell anyone else write in
>>788465> Tell her I've kept everyone she made for me
>>788465> Tell her I've kept everyone she made for me>Ask Aya why she didn't just tell anyone else> Seek him out myself
>>788465> Tell her I've kept everyone she made for me> Seek him out myself
>>788465> Tell her I've kept everyone she made for me>Ask Aya why she didn't just tell anyone else
>>788454> Tell her I've kept everyone she made for me> Confront the soul reaper with Aya
>>788465> Tell her I've kept everyone she made for me> Change the subject to paintings to cheer Aya up> Seek him out myself
"Oh" I say smiling as I look over to her "Of course, I kept all of the ones you drew for me, I wouldn't have done that if they weren't any good Aya""Ah, but I thought you hated that I kept drawing you as an Oni" She says "Since you were always complaining about it""Well, it grew on me, what can I say" I say, careful not to tell her it was annoying in case she's still "But really, you do have some talent with it""Oh" She says, obviously trying to hide her excitement as she looks away from me again "Well, lieutenant Aizen said I was pretty good as well, but I thought he was just being nice""And you beileve me over him?" I ask making her chuckle"Well, you don't lie, do you kimi? Its dishonorable isn't it?" She says cheerfullyI shrug and stand up."Well Aya, I'm going to go have a talk with him" I say calmly "Please don't follow me, go cheer yourself up a bit, paint, spar with Byakuya, Tosen or maybe Tora, just take your mind off of this alright?""Gotcha, just try and not get to mad, alright?" She says, as she remains sitting there "And I just need some time to think and recharge, and I should be as good as new...should be"What do I do? Wait outside of the fifth division Barracks for the man Ask around to find himtry to track him down via Reiatsu 1d20+spirit Wait? When did you talk to Aizen? Openly challenge him to a duel Brazenly walk into the fifth division, and sit down and just wait write in
>>788553> Wait? When did you talk to Aizen?> Wait outside of the fifth division Barracks for the man
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>788553>try to track him down via Reiatsu 1d20+spirit
>>788553>Ask aroundTime to hassle everyone's favorite lieutenant!
>>788553> Brazenly walk into the fifth division, and sit down and just wait> Wait? When did you talk to Aizen?>lieutenant AizenHuh, well then.
>>788553>try to track him down via Reiatsu 1d20+spirit
>>788574I'll second this just to break the tie, and to potentially have a talk with a potential BBEG.
>>788597whoops typed in wrong place
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>788553>try to track him down via Reiatsu 1d20+spirit> Wait? When did you talk to Aizen?
Rolled 12 (1d20)
"Wait? Aizen? When did you talk to Aizen? He doesn't seem like the type to have much free time?" I say, slouching as I turn around and look my little sister in her eyes She smiles and sighs, looking love struck, playing with her hair as she grins like an idiot."Well, he came and talked with me a bit about the duty of a soul reaper and some other...kind of confusing stuff, I think he was talking about lineages or something like that" Aya sighs, blushing slightly as she shakes her head with her hands on her cheeks "It was kind of hard to pay attention, since he's so handsome and""Leaving now" I say quickly, walking down the street as fast as my feet will carry meI stop when I reach a cross road, splitting into three different streets. I sigh and stand in the center of it, and try to track the man down with his reiatsu-16+6=22= success-Dropping my guard, I feel the pressure of all the soul reapers and lesser souls around me, a vertiable sea of pressences and foot prints on my senses. I can pick out a few familiar feelings, Aya, Tora, Byakuya, Tosen, Sekiryu and even Yasu.But I don't know how this soul reaper I'm looking for "feels" or even his name. I sigh and hold my hand out and focus, compressing the auras around me as white ribbons flow out of the ground with a blue ground.Several red ones grow up with them joining them as I stand there in the center of all of the spirit ribbons.Three catch my eye.One that looks almost like fine silkone that's tattered and torn to pieceand one that looks like....a fox's pelt some howWhich do I follow Silky torn foxy
>>788691> tornthat'd be the thug
>>788691> tornThough meeting the 7th captain could be a neat side quest for later.Also>She smiles and sighs, looking love struck, playing with her hair as she grins like an idiot.No, NO.
>>788715Eh honestly feels kinda forced since she wasn't interested in him before really tb.h.
>>788736All joking aside, he is quite handsome and incredibly charismatic. It's not too much of a stretch that Aya would like him. Either way, we'll need to deal with that one way or another.
>>788736Aizen can be a charming bastard when he wants to be, Also Kyoka Suigetsu is mind rape central.
>>788736Her first mention of him. Her reason for wanting to take calligraphy was because she thought the teacher was cute and had a reputation as being super nice and charming.That teacher? Aizen "I need really convoluted keikakkus to get off" Soske
A tattered ribbon, fitting of someone who's been through the perils of battle more than once. It could also mean his nature is rough and nasty like a old scarp of cloth. Its probably both, from the description Aya gave me of him. I grab it and pull it free from the ground, keeping it in my hand as I follow it down the right path of the street.Not sure if I'm mad anymore, but I can't rest until I at least see this bastard and give him a piece of my mind. Might not be the smartest thing to do, but I can't just walk away from this without feeling sick. Always hated seeing my friends hurt, and Aya might not've been hurt bad, but...well if she doesn't care that much for her Honor, than I will.I keep on following the ribbon, as it leads further away from where I know the fifth division barracks are, and keeps heading along, further away from any kind of bar or restaurant, even passing by a bathhouse or two. It keeps continuing on through the streets, leading me down the alley way between a clothing shop and a store selling some rather expensive looking, fancy knives.My sandals clack against the stone steps I walk up, and into a small enclave between buildings, with an old tree sitting between them.It's covered in photos and pictures of soul reapers. Funeral photos.I look down from its hanging, crowded branches. And see a living soul reaper sitting in front of the tree. Incense burn around him, and he has a plain, cheap bottle of sake to his side.And his zanpakuto is leaning on the edge of the tree trunk.He isn't saying a word, and is just sitting there in silent mourning.What do I say? ....So, this is why you hurt her...you didn't want to see a new face among those branches You shouldn't piss on the living because you miss the dead guess you're who I'm looking for then...so lets get this overwith...why? You know, she isn't going to change right? People aren't like that, Aya will keep on acting like its all a big adventure till the day she dies You know, I've lost more friends than their are faces on those branches...they were serious men, silly men, death took them all the same. A person's personality isn't what decides their death, its fate. Well if it isn't the bastard that ruined my day Mind if I join you? got beaten around by two hollows a while ago, and I think I could use a little restSo...why'd you do it? if you don't mind me askingMy apologizes, I'll wait until you're done write in
>>788838> ....So, this is why you hurt her...you didn't want to see a new face among those branches> You shouldn't piss on the living because you miss the dead> guess you're who I'm looking for then...so lets get this overwith...why?> You know, she isn't going to change right? People aren't like that, Aya will keep on acting like its all a big adventure till the day she dies
>>788838> ....So, this is why you hurt her...you didn't want to see a new face among those branches> You shouldn't piss on the living because you miss the dead> You know, I've lost more friends than their are faces on those branches...they were serious men, silly men, death took them all the same. A person's personality isn't what decides their death, its fate.
>>788859Actually add this>My apologizes, I'll wait until you're doneTo the front.
>>788838>My apologizes, I'll wait until you're done> ....So, this is why you hurt her...you didn't want to see a new face among those branches> You shouldn't piss on the living because you miss the dead
>>788838>My apologizes, I'll wait until you're done> You know, she isn't going to change right? People aren't like that, Aya will keep on acting like its all a big adventure till the day she dies
>>788838>So, let's get this over with, why?>Apologize for intruding after the fact.Too late to unintrude now
>>788864>>788872>>788874Really? I think we're past to point of being polite with this piece of shit.
>>788889Always respect the dead, Always.
>>788932This isn't about the dead, this is about some bastard who thought hitting our sister and calling her an idiot would somehow keep her from death.
>>788889it seems like he had a reason for his words if his methods were harsh
>>788945He did, and those reasons were noble. However, he hit our sister and insulted her for being who she is, that shit will not stand.
"My Apologizes for intruding" I Say as I sit against the small wooden wall sitting around the memorial "I'll wait until you're done""Thank you" He says, with a rough, cracked voice "Not often people come around to this lonely tree, visiting a friend""Something like that" I say, as I dust my kimono off as I stare down the stairs I just walked up"Well, I'll be done shortly, I'm just paying respects to some of mine" He says, his tone not raising or lowering in the slightest, just remaining the same flat, slightly sad pitch he's been talking in.Its the tune of mourning, the voice of someone trying to hide away their pain. I sigh and close my eyes, waiting for him to be done, listening to the rain falling above my head.I don't know how many minutes have passed with me sitting here. I might have even fallen asleep, would've been easy for me to do with how worn out I'm still feeling from that fight with those two hollows."Hmm, hey little lady" the man grunts, I open my eyes, and look up at him.He has a grey beard, that hangs down from his chin, and merges with his wild mustache. His hair is in patches, not even attempted to be styled to hide his baldness.And like Aya said, he's covered in scars. But most of them are claw marks and bites, unlike mine."Don't have to worry about sharing with me now" He says calmly "Sorry if I took too long, I can see you've taken your fair share of hits in your life....thanks for not just barging in, you know, must of these punks today have no respect"I stand up, and look him in his bright green eyes."so" I say calmly after a few moments of silence "this is why you hurt her....you didn't want to see a new face among these branches""Tch, so she came crying to a friend eh? I won't apologize" he says staring at the pictures dancing and shifting in the wind "I've seen enough hopeful girls and boys die because they can't see the truth of the world, she needs to grow up, Realize this isn't a game, the life of a soul reaper is a devotion. One can't treat it as a hobby""Don't piss on the living because you miss the dead" I say calmly as he looks down at me"If Piss scares them away from death, than get me a few more bottles of sake" He says flatly "She could barely follow orders, ya know, did she tell you that?"What do I say? of course, she was too excited to pay attention, she wants nothing more than to be a soul reaper and save souls does that matter? Maybe because she couldn't hear them? not everyone pays attention to everyone who tries and talk to them So? that doesn't make her an idiot She doesn't take work seriously, fighting she does, orders to carry a paper aren't as important as were to go on a battlefield Maybe she was just nervous, think about that Running from death is like running from a wild dog, a swift kick will scare it off, if you just turn to face it beating her to make her change will just make her weaker write in
>>788998> of course, she was too excited to pay attention, she wants nothing more than to be a soul reaper and save souls> does that matter?> Maybe because she couldn't hear them? not everyone pays attention to everyone who tries and talk to them> So? that doesn't make her an idiot> She doesn't take work seriously, fighting she does, orders to carry a paper aren't as important as were to go on a battlefield
>>788998> She doesn't take work seriously, fighting she does, orders to carry a paper aren't as important as were to go on a battlefield> Running from death is like running from a wild dog, a swift kick will scare it off, if you just turn to face it> beating her to make her change will just make her weaker
>>788998> Maybe she was just nervous, think about that> of course, she was too excited to pay attention, she wants nothing more than to be a soul reaper and save souls> She doesn't take work seriously, fighting she does, orders to carry a paper aren't as important as were to go on a battlefield
>>788998> So? that doesn't make her an idiot> She doesn't take work seriously, fighting she does, orders to carry a paper aren't as important as were to go on a battlefield beating her to make her change will just make her weaker
"So that doesn't make her an idiot" I say calmly as the man frowns, a few more wrinkles appearing on his face as he glares down at me "It means she won't listen when it matters" the man says calmly, lifting his lip up as he slouches lazily "And that mean she's an idiot""Oh please, she was too excited to pay attention, you've never seen what she's usually like, don't talk like do you do"I say, leaning closer to him as he continues standing there "She wants nothing more than to be a soul reaper and save souls""Well, I will admit you're right there" He says "But being like that is still dangerous to her, you realize, she needs to know this is serious work""Pah, she knows that, she just doesn't take the work side of it seriously" I say calmly "Fighting she does, orders to carry a paper aren't as important as ones telling you where to go on a battlefield""Yes, but if she's told to give the orders and forgets about it, how many will die" He asks, leaning over me, trying to cow me with his larger size "tell me that, scarred one""Hey, here's a bit of wisdom if you want to trade" I say calmly as I step closer to him and frown "Beating a blade to make it into a hammer will only shatter it""Hmm?" He grunts "What are you saying"I sigh, rubbing the bridge of my nose as I take a quick breath"Beating her won't make her change, in fact all you'll do is make her weaker"I say calmly"How? if she learns how to act properly and hold herself as a soul reaper should, she will be a better one" He says sternly"Maybe, but by removing her strengthes to try and patch up her weaknesses, all you'll do is make more holes" I say calmly as he stares down at me not saying a word.What do I do? continue explaining it to him leave, threatening him as I leave Sigh, and say we won't reach an understanding if we keep butting headsOffer to bring her here to discuss this "Problem" Talk about all the friends I lost, and convince him I know what I'm talking about Ask if a proper soul reaper beats their comrades for being different Would they be proud of you? write in
>>789186> Ask if a proper soul reaper beats their comrades for being different> Would they be proud of you?> Talk about all the friends I lost, and convince him I know what I'm talking about
>>789186> continue explaining it to him> Ask if a proper soul reaper beats their comrades for being different> Would they be proud of you?> Talk about all the friends I lost, and convince him I know what I'm talking about
>>789186> continue explaining it to him, slowly, as if he were a child> Talk about all the friends I lost, and convince him I know what I'm talking about> Ask if a proper soul reaper beats their comrades for being different> Would they be proud of you?
>>789186> Talk about all the friends I lost, and convince him I know what I'm talking about> Ask if a proper soul reaper beats their comrades for being different> Would they be proud of you?You sharpen a blade, you don't hammer it. Teach her don't beat her. You owe her an apology, and if you so much as touch my sister again we won't just have words.
"Would a proper soul reaper beat their comrade for being different?" I ask simply as he walks away from me and keeps walking, I glare at him and sigh "Would they be proud of you? if they heard about what you did to her""Don't you dare" He says, his eyes burning with anger as he turns back to me, nearly hissing out his words as he stomps back over to me "Don't you dare speak of them, you act like you know everything, that your smarter than I am, you think you can't be wrong, well listen here, I know who dies first, its the ones who don't listen to orders or take...or make a mistake, that's all it takes, she needs to be forged if she's to live, you can't make a blade without a few hammer strikes""Oh please, I've lost more friends than there are branches on that tree" I say, clenching my hand over my zanpakuto's hilt, as kotei tries and shake out of it "Death on the field of battle is much more complicated than you make it seem, a master of the blade can be caught in an arrow volley, the most obedient of Shinigami can be caught off guard by a hollow"His eyes narrow, and I don't back away."Look, I've been in the losing side of a war" I say softly "When a fight starts, things change, luck sings it song, and the dice roll, now let me tell you why Aya isn't an idiot who'll get herself killed"he opens his mouth to speak, but I cross my arms and sigh, smoke flowing out of my wrists as he stops, allowing me to talk with nothing but a grumble"You've only seen how she acts when she's not fighting, when she's being told to work she's a bit of a slacker, because she's easily bored with work that isn't instantly exciting and enjoyable, sure she's not a good worker, but that energy that pissed you off and annoyed you is a deadly force in combat" I say flatly and slowly as he stands there, arms crossed like a statue "She might only be truly skilled with Hoho, but she's a prodigy of it, when you're against her its like being caught in a storm of blades. She'll strike from any place she can reach, and since she's so small, that includes most of her opponents body and she'll be back for a second attack before they can react for the first. Sure the cuts won't be deep, but when they're coming in like a swarm, that doesn't matter at all. Plus she's a good distraction, one that can get away if things get sour. Just because you can't think outside of the box, doesn't mean she can't"I turn and walk away as he frowns, saying nothing as he starts to look rather unsure about his prior convictions"The blade has been forged, sharpen it, don't hammer it any more I say calmly "Also apologize"He says nothing, and walks down a different path than I take. But I can tell I've won this argument soundlyWhat do I do? rest, and report to my division in the morning check on aya visit one of my other friends train Follow one of the other ribbons write in
>>789426> check on aya> visit one of my other friends:Tosen> rest, and report to my division in the morning
>>789426> check on aya> Follow one of the other ribbonsTime to meet fox captain
>>789426> check on aya> rest, and report to my division in the morning>>789503Sorry i am a bit distracted.
>>789426> rest, and report to my division in the morning> check on aya
Well, I better check on Aya before I go to bed, don't need to wake up tired after all, and I don't really have anything else to do today. I yawn and walk down the street, falling Aya's Reiatsu back to where we met up. It doesn't take me long to get back to her.She's sitting where I left her, sketching out the street in front of her on a scroll, no doubt making the beginnings of a new painting, drawing out the framework of it before she actually starts to work on it."Hey Aya, how you holding up?" I ask, making her look up from her sketching"Oh" She says, rolling up her work quickly "I was just trying to pass sometimes, but...well I'm better than I was so that's all that matters right, Hey wanna do something? Get something to eat or...something?""Sorry Aya, I've got to get sleep" I say as IU begin to walk away from her, towards the Kuchiki's manor"But it's still the middle of the day, did today really take that much out of you?" She asks sounding annoyed and sad as she follows after me "Come on Kimi chan, just a little while?""No can do Aya, got to be on time, and I'll sleep in if I don't go to sleep now, I'm worn out" I yawn as she frowns deeply, looking up at me with puppy dog eyesWhat do I do? go to sleep, and get used to my new schedule Break, and spend sometime with Aya before I go to bed Walk Aya back to her divison Barracks before I go to sleep write in
>>789426>  trainPreferably with Aya.And I just want to say for the record: this guy was well within the standards of behavior for fostering cohesion in a military unit, especially considering the era/setting.I suspect the only reason there was this much of a reaction is because the standards have been applied to a cute little girl. And yea, he went way too far if her eye is swollen all the way shut. By all means, put him on notice for that -- just don't pretend that he was completely out of line. This stuff about respecting her as a special snowflake and accommodating how she functions is total bullshit from a military perspective. You either learn how to flip on complete serious, dutiful mode or you get kicked out, in any military in any era. Even in Kubo's hackneyed writing the shinigami respect to this concept.Remember: it's not only Aya's life at stake in a team. You think Aya's sad now? Wait until she loses some comrades, especially if it might have been her fault.I'm sure she will bounce back, and I am sure she is glad that Kimi is looking out for her. But if we go too much farther chewing out this guy and handing him sappy, unconvincing lines . . . well, I guess you guys will still be having fun, I just expected better of this quest.
>>789562> Break, and spend sometime with Aya before I go to bed
>>789562> go to sleep, and get used to my new schedule
>>789562> Break, and spend sometime with Aya before I go to bed>>789564Look, I agree with what you're saying, a little pain now to prevent a lot of pain later. But that does not excuse beating and berating a comrade. If that fat old fuck tries anything like that again, he loses a hand as a warning.
>>789564Very good points, also?> But if we go too much farther chewing out this guy and handing him sappy, unconvincing lines this is confusing me a bit? I mean, were you going to post this the update before, or what? Sorry I'm a little out of it right now so I might be a bit slow at the moment. But it just reads a little weird to me with the current situation.
>>789564Yeah just like how in any respectable military if you want to become a comander all you have to do is kill the previous one
>>789562> Walk Aya back to her divison Barracks before I go to sleep>>789601I think you might be getting a tad overprotective, either that or you're a genius.Imagine if we mutilate everyone who, as required by their position, has to discipline Aya. I think Aya would be mortified enough to where she starts smartening up pretty fucking quick just to avoid having people hurt.Punishing those close to the offender but not the offender herself. Classic military right there.
>>789627Curse my slow writing. I am also out of it.Yes, that was supposed to be for earlier.
>>789654Don't twist my words anon. I'm just angry someone hurt our little sister, alright?
"Fine, but if I'm late" I sigh "I can't afford to be late, neither of us can""I know, I know" She says hurriedly, pulling my arm as she drags me along with I drag my feet, this is probably not a good idea, but hey you have to live once in awhile, and its not like I'm breaking any rule right now anyways "but come on Kimi chan, lets celebrate and put this nasty night behind us alright? Lets have some fun!""Aya, don't go to wild" I say as she hums to herself, almost sounding like a bird tweeting as we walk along "Its getting late and we do need to report back to both our barracks before we turn in for the night, and you need go to sleep in yours""Oh we have a few hours to waste" She says pouting a bit as the rain begins to let up and the sunset begins to greet the soaked streets "Besides, its not like I'm going to force you to party till morning or anything""Yes, I know" I Say calmly "But we also have to wake up before dawn, so we'll have to turn in earlier, lets just get something to eat while we chat for awhile, maybe buy something, but nothing much else, don't need you getting punished again Aya, you're already on thin ice""Fine" She says "but you're buying alright, and I get to choose where we eat""Fine by me" I say happily "But please for my sake at least sis, try and actually listen next time""I will, I will, I'm not the sort of idiot who smacks her head into a wall expecting it to break" She says with a cackle "I think I've learned my lesson, a bit""Well, just remember you're in the military now, so you have to be a bit more" I say trying to find the right words"Professional?" She asks, making me smile and nod"At least when you have to" I say calmly "otherwise...this will just keep happening or you might get thrown out""Oh don't worry sis, I'll be a good girl from now on" She giggles "Oh, hey lets go there, Always wanted to eat over there"I sigh, as I see an obviously expensive and fancy restraunt down the street.I shake my head, and follow my sister in to it.-roll 1d20+endurance >>789668Alright that clears it up a bit, since it fits more for the posts in front of it.
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>>789647What's your point? Are you attempting to invalidate established and widely held military doctrine by appealing to this extreme and fairly unique exception to the setting's version of common sense military structure? That's it? A thematic device for getting across how bad-ass the 11th is that even in canon is treated with trepidation by the rest of the Gotei 13?Captains in Bleach are really more like destructive devices than military administrators anyhow. The shonenness of individual power levels makes things a bit different, especially at the top. And yes, if a better more destructive weapon comes along, it gets adapted as the old one is thrown out.And even in this exception, it only applies if you are ridiculously strong and can do it in convincing fashion -- I doubt it works if you poison the captains food or something -- and even then only if you want to lead the most unruly and violent squad who maintains a practice you would expect to see used by thugs and brigands.
>>789682I was just (rather obliquely) inviting you to consider whether or not that outrage is actually doing Aya any favors.Just, how much is too much? Okay? That's all I want to ask.I love this quest, I don't want to upset anyone, but I just like to get people thinking.
>>789801It's alright, I understand where you're coming from. I just tend to react with violence in these sorts of things, and that guy attacked our family. That just gets to me on an instinctual level, I guess. I don't want to start anything either, let's all try to have a good time.
13+6=19= succes-My head is throbbing, and I'm barely awake. I groan, trying to rub my tired eyes awake as I stumble out of my bed, trying to find my ribbon to tie my messy hair up into something resembling order before I head out to the barracks, and report for morning drills.I didn't get much sleep, not anywhere near as much as I needed with the kind of fight I was in yesterday. My shoulder is still sore, and aches when I move it.I tie my hair up, and start to get dressed, slapping myself to keep myself from dozing off as I drag my legs and force myself to walk. The cold air wakes me up enough to not doze off as I rush down the streets, trying to make it to the barracks before they sound the bell. Maybe staying with the kuchiki's isn't the best idea, but I wake up easier when I have to rush to do something, and I'm a tough enough girl I don't have to worry about being exhausted too much.The only problem I have is making it on time, and I need to make sure I can make it from my bedroom to the barracks before the roll call and morning drills end. I know I'll be punished if I don't make it, and if I can't make it I'll have to move into the barracks so I don't end up late again.-Ghostly-Thankfully Bloody taught me that useful trick of his. And now I don't have to worry about walls, or anything else getting in my way. taking a quick breath, I fall into the smoke that is my reiatsu, and begin to "sprint" as the vague body of smoke I've become goes through everything in front of me, as I make a straight dash for the 6th division barracks.Yeah, I think I can still like with the Kuchiki's with a trick like this up my sleeves-I sigh, and step out of the smoke, right in front of the officer taking roll.She stares at me blankly for a second, as I take my position along the barely formed formation."Kemuri Kimi, also early" She says with a happy smileI sigh, and fold my hands in front of me, waiting from roll call to be over, and for morning drills.-What do I do? train with a fellow shinigami  train by myself 1d100 test my endurance by seeing how long I can last in the exercises 1d20+endurance slack off Finish my morning drills quickly, and head to receive my assignment  Study, if I find the time write in-Also do any of you know anything about L5R?
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>789716Maybe we could chat with Aya more about how each of our days went. Sort of still curious about the context with what happened to Aya and she might be wondering what happened to Kimi.>>789817It's cool.I think the very idea that the quest feels like consequences matter is a testament to someone doing something right.
>>789895> Finish my morning drills quickly, and head to receive my assignment
>>789902Ah, Sorry. Well I imagine they would talk about that, but wanted to time skip to morning, and not have an update or two in between then and now.
>>789895> test my endurance by seeing how long I can last in the exercises 1d20+enduranceShow me your moves!>>789902Slow again.
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>789951forgot dice>>789941Well, confirmed that that is one of the things they did then. Possibly also got drunk? Or was Kimi just sore from fighting?
Rolled 6 (1d100)>>789895> train by myself 1d100
The drills aren't anything out of the ordinary. Its harder than the training from the academy, but that was easy for me. Hell it feels good to be doing drills again. I think they're a little harder than the kind I got used to in my life, they're definitely much more varied, including Kido and Hoho drills along with the usual swordmanship drills. Its really rather clever, keeping all our skills sharpened for battle, even the ones we might not use as often as we should. I smirk, feeling sweat drip down my face as I practice a few of my swings, trying to match the drilling as best as I can. Wish I wasn't just swinging my sword in the air though, even a straw dummy would be better...but I can't really complain.The gong echos through the courtyard of the barracks, marking the end of the morning drills as I swing Ryūketsu no kōtei around on last time, spinning it in my palm before I grip it and carefully drive them back into their hilt in one swift motion.I smile, and walk away from the rest of the division to go talk to the glasses wearing officer about my work today.-"huh?" he says, setting down a stack of papers as I walk into his office, still smiling "What are you doing here so early? Isn't it time for breakfast, or are the rest of them being lazy louts again?"What do I say? Breakfast...oh, I completely forgot about that I can eat any time, but I'd like to get my work done as quickly as I can Well, might as well figure out what I'm going to be doing today first Had a big dinner, not really hungry Why aren't you eating then?Oh, I'll eat after getting my orders, sir Oh, my mistake...sorry write in
Well since it's downtime right now, I got a question:How canon is this quest? Will it use anime only elements I.E. Bount? Movie only elements like Hell? Keep strictly to manga canon? Perhaps some selective combination? Alternate and original elements? Just something to think about.
>>790059> Breakfast...oh, I completely forgot about that> Why aren't you eating then?
>>790059> Breakfast...oh, I completely forgot about that>>790066I just knew that as soon as I posted something the update was going to happen. I refreshed and copy pasted that in when nothing was up and 5 seconds later I am pwnt.
>>790066well things will change based on kimi and have already, there are some original things I have planned. Not sure what I'll take from the movies or the filler's *Besides Kotei and bloody getting out of the sword, love that arc and I haven't even really watched it*.I remember liking the bounts thou, and yammy may be made a butt monkey simply because I hate him so godamn much. Memories of nobody is another thing, since that's the only bleach move I really watched and thoroughly enjoyed. Like the concept of people who are anomalies and shouldn't "Be"
>>790059> Breakfast...oh, I completely forgot about that> Well, might as well figure out what I'm going to be doing today first> Why aren't you eating then?>>790066I honestly hope we get to fight vampires at one point, their powers are weird and seeing Kimi rage at everything in the modern world would be hilarious.
>>790059> Breakfast...oh, I completely forgot about that
>>790095>yammy may be made a butt monkey simply because I hate him so godamn much.I really can't wait to get passed the Bount Arc just so I can meet this guy.
>>790095Okay, good to know. I was mainly just wondering how much of the source material you were going to draw on for inspiration. I personally hope we use the source material as mainly a jumping off point so we can explore interesting stuff that Kubo only briefly touched on, like, the Shinigami's integral role in the life and death cycle. They do more than just fight hollows. We going to do anything with that? In a very real sense, they have a possibly even more important job, than just being fighting machines, in their duty of actually looking after souls and ensuring they make it to their afterlife.>>790097Oh yes, having an older Kimi eventually revisit the world of the living is a goldmine.
"Breakfast?" I ask, scratching my head, and realize why I felt like I was forgetting something on the way up here "Oh, I completely forgot about that""Really?" the Duty officer says, lowering his glasses for a second "are you always this forgetful""Only when I don't get much sleep....or just focus on something a little too much, I guess" I say shrugging as I lean on his desk, and he pushes me away, as he goes back to going through his papers"Well go get something to eat, and come back, just don't be late" He says calmly as he pushes his glasses back up, and grabs his pen, jotting down a few notes "No one can work without a meal""Why aren't you eating then?" I ask with a frown as he sighs"My hatred for the slackers is all that is keeping me alive, I'm a workaholic by nature" He says flatly "I need to keep this division running by processing all the commands, hell butterflies, and anything else that comes through here, I need to decide who does what for a given day, who is killing hollows and who is doing some regular work, like guard duty, patrolling or even helping another division or some groundskeeping, and if I can't find work for them, they can take the day off if the schedule and rules allow for it, but that's a little rare, not to mention, the Lutenint has been giving me all of his work so he can work on those damn glasses and goggles of his, lay about son of a....what are you doing standing around, go eat, don't need you collapsing in the line of duty or anything"What do I do? Demand/beg I be given work go eat thank him for being so considerate tell him to take a break and get some food to, anger doesn't feed anyone Glasses? Goggles? what the hell? write in>>790172Oh I have a great idea for world war 2
>>790209> go eat
>>790209 go eat thank him for being so considerate tell him to take a break and get some food to, anger doesn't feed anyone Glasses? Goggles? what the hell?
>>790209> go eat> thank him for being so considerate> tell him to take a break and get some food to, anger doesn't feed anyone> Glasses? Goggles? what the hell?>Oh I have a great idea for world war 2I hope we spend at least half a session ranting about how terrible guns and war machines and cowardly tactics like trenches are.
>>790209> go eat> thank him for being so considerate
>>790209> go eat> thank him for being so considerateMaybe ask someone else who isn't so busy about the lieutenants hobby.
"Well thank you for being so considerate" I say happily as I bow, and he smiles for a moment before his usual pissed off glare comes back and he motions for me to leave as he licks the tip of his pen, and goes back to writing with his free hand.I nod, and without saying a word leave him to his work, and head for the mess hall, wasting as little time in getting there as I can. It's more decorated than I imagined it to be. Reminds me of the Kuchiki's manor in a way, or any noble lord's house to be honest. It isn't extravagant by any means, and is obviously designed for utility more than beauty. But that doesn't mean its hard on the eyes. The tables are all line up perfectly, with cobalt blue mats sitting next to them. trays of food lines the tables next to the kitchen which is connected to the room, bowls of rise, roasted fish and pork piled next to a thick and hearty vegetable soup with several pots of tea boiling along side it.I grab myself a bowl of rice, some pork and a bit of soup, as well as a cup of tea from the bowl that smells the most fragrant...don't know much about tea, but I like the smell of this one and need something to wash down my meal with.What do I do? Chat write in and get to know some of my comrades Find Kenta and Kin and sit next to them Ask about the lieutenant  Ask about someone, or something else just eat quickly, and receive my duty for the dayread a book while I eat write in
>>790380 Find Kenta and Kin and sit next to them Ask about the lieutenant
>>790380> Find Kenta and Kin and sit next to them> Ask about the lieutenant
I smirk as I see Kenta and his bald head sitting next to Kin, who's too busy cleaning those weird black glasses of his to actually eat. I walk over and sit next to them, away from all of the other unseated shinigami. Kenta looks down at me and smiles."Kemuri" He says simply taking a sip of tea "glad to see you in one piece, heard you tackled to shinigami hunters by yourself""Wait, seriously? I thought you were just fucking with me" Kin chuckles "Well that must've been one hell of a party""Well, I wouldn't call it one" I say rubbing my shoulder "I'm just lucky both of them hated each other enough to attack themselves and ignore me""Hmm" Kenta grunts "But you were still able to last against them""Oh come on, its our job to kill hollows" Kin snorts "of course she lasted, she wouldn't be here if she couldn't kill a few simple hollows""Our job is more than that friend" Kenta says bluntly "Still, its still quite impressive that she killed both of them alone, she is an unseated officer after all"I grip My zanpakuto, hearing Kotei humming from the blade. I can almost hear her singing "Empress" over and over again."Yeah yeah" Kin says calmly, carefully putting his glasses back on "But she also killed a menos, by herself, face it big guy, she's a bit more than her position would imply""I don't believe rumors" Kenta says calmly as I stop eating my food for a second to look at the two shinigami next to me, and raise my hand slightly"Well, I'm not sure how that even happened" I say calmly "And who exactly is our lieutenant anyways? I don't think I've met him""Shirogane Ginjirō" Kenta says calmly, sipping his tea "He has a fascination with goggles and glasses, as you can see with Kin's pair""Yeah, could've sworn I told you about him when we met, Kemuri" Kin says calmly, pulling his glasses down "He's laid back, entirely unlike the old man, nice guy to be around, has fantastic tastes""He also always talks about retiring to run a shop, he's an odd man" Kenta says calmly "Unlike.."Both of them go silent for a few moments until Kenta sighs"Kemuri, you're the Kuchiki's hound right?" He says calmly "Have they ever talked to you about the young lord's father"What do I say? No, did something happen to him tried to ask, Byakuya got all moody....He works a lot right? never seen him myself No, never thought to askByakuya's dad? Never thought about him to be honest he's dead isn't he? Its a private matter, so I never asked write in
>>790505> tried to ask, Byakuya got all moody> he's dead isn't he?
>>790505>Byakuya's dad? Never thought about him to be honestBesides > Its a private matter, so I never asked
>>790505> tried to ask, Byakuya got all moody> he's dead isn't he?> I can almost hear her singing "Empress" over and over again.God she is so cute.
>>790505>Byakuya's dad? Never thought about him to be honest> Its a private matter, so I never asked> tried to ask, Byakuya got all moody
"Byakuya's dad?" I ask, popping a cut of pork into my mouth "Never thought about him to be honest, besides its a private matter, so I never asked""Oh so you do know who I'm talking about then?" Kenta asks "he used to be lieutenant before Ginjiro, if you couldn't figure that out""Yeah, real nice guy" Kin says nodding "but he wasn't the kind for a fight, real good hearted man but he wasn't""He wasn't meant for this life, despite how skilled he was" Kenta says sadly "its...truly a shame what happened to him""Yes' I say calmly as kin looks at me and lowers his glasses"Wait, so you can call the young lord by his first name, but you never thought to ask about his father?" He asks, sounding utterly confused"He's dead isn't he? I didn't want to bring up old wounds" I say calmly "Besides it just never came up, and the one time it did, Byakuya got all moody, so I never asked again, he's my friend and I owe his family much, it'd just be disrespectful to dig any deeper""Tch, come on, you aren't even a little curious about Sōjun?" Kin asks "I mean, he would've been one of your master's if he was still""Kin, stop" Kenta says sternly "Gossiping about the dead is unbecoming, just drop it""Yeah" I say nodding, crossing my arms "besides gossip itself is a little""Oh, guess you don't like it after that rumor about you and the young lord eh" Kin chuckles sipping his now cold tea as I frownwhat do I do? go get my duty today go with Kin and Kenta to get my job for today Ask if that damn cat told him about that rumorComplain, wondering why anyone would think I'd do something like that Punch Kin, lightly 1d20+strength write in
>>790607>] Ask if that damn cat told him about that rumor>Complain, wondering why anyone would think I'd do something like that
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>790607> go get my duty today>Complain, wondering why anyone would think I'd do something like that> Punch Kin, lightly 1d20+strength
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>790607>Complain, wondering why anyone would think I'd do something like that> go with Kin and Kenta to get my job for today> Punch Kin, lightly 1d20+strength
>>790623Hahaha, guess were in for some slapstick.
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>790607>Complain, wondering why anyone would think I'd do something like that> Punch Kin, lightly 1d20+strength>>790623Oh dear.
>>790607> Ask if that damn cat told him about that rumor>Complain, wondering why anyone would think I'd do something like that> Punch Kin, lightly 1d20+strength>>790623I blame Yoroichi for spreading rumors
>>790659Apparently she also taught us how to punch . . . maybe shunkou someday.
>>790668I mean, we can keep up with her when she's training, so we have to have some skill with Hado from watching her work, right?>maybe shunkou somedayI'd be down with that, even if it would destroy the back of our robes every time we tried it. Especially if...
"Why would anyone believe I'd do something that dirty and despicable?" I groan, taking a sip of my tea before I continue complaining "Byakuya is just my student and friend, nothing more and certainly not a lover, whoever is spreading that rumor still needs to curl up and die""Oh come on a pretty young girl, a handsome young lord" Kin chuckles "it just works, come on, if it was anyone else you'd think something was going on yourself, wouldn't you?""No, I wouldn't" I say angrily "Because I'm not a gossiping hen, rumors are nasty things alright, so just shut up about it, okay kin?""Oh come on, I'm not spreading it or anything, you just have to admit it makes sense right?" He asks, chuckling as I pop my knuckles one by one as Kenta looks at me sets his tea down "I mean both of you are around...the same age right? you spend a lot of time together""Kin, close your mouth" Kenta says slowly "just drop it, its a dumb rumor""I know" Kin says "I'm not an idiot, I'm just saying it is a little suspicious, so you have to be able to see where it came from""Alright, can you please shut up, I'm getting a little pissed off now" I say bluntly as Kin laughs"What are you embarrassed or something, its not like you're fucking the young lord are you" Kin saysI glare at him, as he chuckles like an idiot an kenta moves his food away from me.Smoke pours down my fist, and I punch through the table, and pull the smoke off of my fist an inch from Kin's smug smile *CRACK Kin's glasses fall down his nose as his eyes go wide in surprise. He sits there for a moment, his mouth agape as a single drop of blood rolls down his lip."Huh?" He grunts as he falls over onto the table Kenta pokes him"Hmm" He says lifting his friend up by his kimono "Knocked him out with one punch, pretty impressive""I meant to hit him lightly" I say, rubbing my knuckles as Kenta chuckles "Shouldn't have hit him that hard""Eh, he'll know to shut up about that dumb rumor around you now" Kenta chuckles "besides, not like he isn't used to being punched by woman, its the fate of idiots who think they're charismatic after all"What do I do? go back to the duty officerapologize to kin when he wakes up continue complaining about the rumor finish my breakfastAsk Kenta why he's so casual about thisWake Kin up, so he doesn't miss his job for today write in
>>790732> finish my breakfast>Wake Kin up, so he doesn't miss his job for today>apologize to kin when he wakes up> go back to the duty officer
>>790732apologize to kin when he wakes up continue complaining about the rumor finish my breakfast
>>790732>apologize to kin when he wakes up> finish my breakfast
"Eh, well not sure if I agree with that, but it at least got him to shut" I say as I calmly go back to eating my rice and pork in silence as kin lays there motionless.I finish eating and Kenta gets up and begins to leave with the rest of the division. I frown, I can't just leave kin here to get his eared chewed off by the duty officer. He might not be the nicest or most polite person I know. But he doesn't deserve that.I shake his shoulder, and he twitches. I shake him again and he doesn't move an inch. I sigh and shake him one more time and."AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!" He screams, covering his mouth as he bolts up right, sending me sprawling to the ground in surprise as he keeps screaming.And on instinct I smack him int the face again."Why'd you punch me again" He whines, covering his nose as blood continues to drip down it "Wasn't once enough you devil one, god who taught you how to punch, a fucking oni? aah, my face...wait, are my glasses okay, you didn't break my""No I didn't" I say angrily "Also you better not have been faking just then, or I'll make it a third""Faking?" He asks tilting his head "Faking what, didn't you just hit me?"I blink as he looks around the empty room in confusion, and I hide my hands behind my back"Where'd everyone go?" He asks meekly "did they leave or something? did we get called out or?"cont
>>790732>Wake Kin up, so he doesn't miss his job for todayMan, its amazing how hard people push celebrity ships, isn't it? He deeefinitely crossed the line though when he talked about banging Byakuya. Still, ouch.
>>790879"Uh" I say awkwardly as blood drips down his chin onto the tiled floor "don't worry about it, turns out they're handing out our jobs a little early to day""Really? that's a pile of horseshit" He groans, rubbing his jaw "why didn't anyone tell me?""It was a surprise to me to" I say flatly as he follows me out of the mess hall, still rubbing his chin "maybe they wanted to catch us off guard or something""Never did this before, but who knows, maybe they wanted to be bastards today" He growls, wiping the blood covering his mouth with the back of his hand"Maybe" I say bluntly as I walk up the back of the line leading up the stairs-"Ah Kemuri" the duty officer says as Kin walks away cursing under his breath "Glad to see you listened to my advice, well I have just the job for you""Oh?" I ask happily as he pulls out a simple piece of paper and grins"Guard duty on the kuchiki estate" He says bluntly "What?" I ask tilting my hand in confusion "Look, I saw how much your shoulder was bothering you, and you did just fight two hollows last night, with little to no rest or medical attention" He says calmly "this is a very prestigious task, and well"He sighs, and pushes his glasses"And well I can't send you off into any serious work" He says calmly "on good concious, at least until your shoulder has healed fully, so in a day or two you can be back to risking your life""Also" He says before I can respond "make sure to get your arm looked at after the shift, if there's any lasting damage the 4th divison can fix it"What do I do? Sigh, and head off to work Complain try to sweet talk him into giving me a different job tell him its nothing, and I can still fight with it "Its only a little sore" show him my shoulder isn't an issue thank him again Awww, you're a sweet man deep down write insorry for the wait,stomach problems
>>790979> Sigh, and head off to work> Complain, LOUDLY> "Its only a little sore"> thank him again>stomach problemsHope you feel better HM.
>>790979> Sigh, and head off to work thank him again Awww, you're a sweet man deep down
>>790979 Sigh, and head off to workAt least if we go to the 4th division, we might meet Unohana. -shameless segue-Dear god we have got to train with Unohana: the one alleged to have mastered ALL swords and ALL styles. She is considered a monster and for good reason, unlike Zaraki who basically just has hax and Kubo factor.
>>790994Oh I'm feeling fine already, it was just something I ate.
>>790997>we might meet Unohana.The voice of reason in my head is screaming in primal fear already! (I'd be ok if terrified with doing that is what I mean.)>Dear god we have got to train with Unohana: the one alleged to have mastered ALL swords and ALL styles.Ok, I didn't ask this before but I have too now: Why the fuck did Unohana not use her serial killer powers to slaughter Aizen and Gin at the Central 46?>>790999Glad to hear it.
I sigh, and grab the paper from his hands as he smiles and nods"thank you for not being hard headed, Kemuri" He says calmly, going back to shifting through his paper "Just try to not use that arm too much, until you're sure it isn't anything serious""Thank you for worrying, but I'm sure it isn't anything to worry about" I say calmly "Just doing my job" He says, rubbing his leg as I walk out of the door "Now get to doing yours"I brush some of my snow white hair out of my eyes, and keep walking. Well look like today is going to be nice and peaceful. I smile and sigh, at least I won't have to worry about screaming skulls today.-And we'll end hereSorry for the short threadif you want me tonext thread I'll write some side stories and stuff going on in the world/ pasts and shitanyways, I need to go rest up with Ultra super novaI'll check up to ask any questions later, in an hour or a fewcya>>791021Cause she was bored
>>791042Great thread as always HM, thanks for running. See you tomorrow.>Cause she was boredThat woman fucking scares me.
>>791021Ostensibly? Because Aizen is super totally awesome at keikaku-ing.Or maybe she just knew anything she tried he could turn against coz of his zanpakuto, and coz Aizen. Also, Kubo.
>>791075yeah, I figured as much. Still though...
Well, now that its over, I suppose things are open for discussion.I had a concern: I wanted to make sure that the way Kimi's powerset or "kit" develops and grows doesn't feel too random. Some kind of attention to theme and planning would go a long way here. Impulsive development can lead to fun and interesting things, but it is a gamble.Things have been kept pretty tight thematically so far and I think that's a good thing. There has been plenty of quests where random powerups and abilities become virtually forgotten or lost in the shuffle or just flat out don't seem to fit in the first place.Shinigami already have a pretty impressive suite of stuff they can do, right out of the academy: Zanjutsu, Hakuda, Hoho, and Kido, a pretty balanced list. Probably worth not forgetting about that stuff.Here is my bottom line: It's inevitable that Kimi is going to accumulate a bunch of neat tricks and techniques, she has a great deal of potential invested into spiritual power related stuff, and that's great. However, I think it would be fitting for her personality and concept, as a master of the sword, to bear in mind that her more fearsome, possibly even most effective, combat techniques boil down to simply being brutally efficient at getting her sword where her opponent does not want it and having that be as deadly as possible. I want to have auxiliary abilities that are potent and useful, I just want it balanced with the fact that she is, at heart, a swordmaster. And yet, Kido is a thing and it has tons of room to expand upon mechanically and thematically. If Kimi has so much aptitude for the spiritual, I'm really curious to see her push the limits of what she can do with Kido -- both Hado and Bakudo -- so long as it doesn't detract overly much from the swordplay.I'm just thinking out loud now, but for an example of a tough fight, she might riddle the enemy with exotic abilities that ultimately are just intended to get her the opportunity to cut them down. Alternatively, she might go up against someone who eats melee fighters for breakfast and so she decides to unleash some giant devastating Hado to cut things short a la Indiana Jones.
>>791246I like the way you think
>>791246I guess the real interesting stuff with the most opportunity for creativity, for now, is going to be Ryuuketsu no Kotei and its (their?) abilities.Well, not sure how, but we've gotta develop Kimi's oni smoke abilities. Someone brought up an idea that was something along the lines of her being able to cover an area in smoke and do stuff with it. I just like the idea of her being able to claim/deny area and make it be very dangerous. Obscuring their vision is just a starter, and even mundane smoke can be quite hazardous. What about smoke that can move/cut you or any number of other mean things you could imagine magic smoke doing?As for the blood stuff, well, plenty of sources for inspiration there. I won't weigh in specifically on things to do with Kotei's abilities, but I will remind you all that a certain someone has a similar ability [pic related]. Maybe she could have some ideas on helping us with our shikai. Crap, I just realized that the most likely reason Unohana would take notice of us for anything other than our injuries would be if she thinks we are a potentially powerful enough opponent to the point where we could give her a thrill in deadly combat
>>791384Would that be some kind of three way, Kimi, Unohana,Zaraki, a match made in HELL ahahahhahahahaha fun fact, That is something that could happen
>>791412Quick! Someone call Don King and set up Pay-Per-View!We got the greatest battle-royale of all time going down!
>>791454now that is an idea