Your father is Hokkyokusei Seinaru, a seated Shinigami officer of some repute, enough to own his own small property within the Seireitei, and known for being one of the few in the Kido Corps to have real skill in the Zankensoki outside of the art his Division specialised in. Though he was considered to be a good and dutiful man who upheld the laws of the Seireitei in the wider community, what you saw of him was markedly different. His wife, your mother, someone you had heard in the past was a powerful, independent noble of the minor Yen clan with spiritual potential of her own but had never attended the Shin'ō Academy to become a Shinigami herself, never seemed to do anything, or even be capable of doing anything or making decisions without your father’s input, and to you, the man had been putting you through what some would consider harsh training long before it was time for you to attend the Academy either, simply stating that he would not allow his greatest creation to go to waste whenever you asked him why he was doing it. You didn’t care for it, and so chose to slack off and play around, rather than take it seriously. Your father seemed immensely disappointed in your lack of ability, nor did he ever seem to realise that you were actually putting some effort in whenever he wasn’t looking.How boring.The fool of a man had apparently never heard of the saying “It takes great talent and skill to hide one’s talent and skill” apparently, or perhaps, even more foolishly, believed himself such a good judge of strength that he couldn’t even comprehend the possibility that you were hiding your own from him. Although, you reasoned, it wasn’t as if he knew you had been hiding the full extent of your reiryoku from him and everyone else as soon as you became aware of it, but still. Surely he could tell your aptitude for Zanjutsu and especially Hohō were greater than his own, right? …Well, if he hadn’t, he had only himself to blame, you thought as you smiled to yourself. As for why you were hiding your ability in the first place? Well, it’s because you…PICK ONE AND ONLY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING>Believe that if your capabilities are well-known it’s only a matter of time until someone works around them and kills you >Have an ambition, and so you want to fly under the radar for now >No reason. You just think that people’s reactions to your real power after hiding it will be funny, and fun is all that motivates you
>>5252007>Have an ambition, and so you want to fly under the radar for now
>>5252007>No reason. You just think that people’s reactions to your real power after hiding it will be funny, and fun is all that motivates youFun things are fun.
>Have an ambition, and so you want to fly under the radar for now
Ambition wins, writing.
>>5252007You had a… goal n mind. Something you wanted to accomplish, and not necessarily something that others would agree with, so you kept your strength hidden, so that attention would only fall on you when it was too late for you to be stopped. Seinaru never seemed to figure it out, and after twenty-odd years of trying, he seemed you a failure. He didn’t seem deterred, however. After all, if there was one skill that the two of you were equals in, it was your charisma and social skills, and so it wasn’t long before he had two more sons to try to do… whatever it was he was trying to do. Crucially though, there was one thing that separated you from the two of them, and indeed the two boys from each other - none of you shared a mother. Ichimi, the slightly older one’s mother was another shinigami like your father, while Konban’s had been some random girl from the Rukongai, presumably from one of the higher districts to aid with the secrecy of it all, as Seinaru, accidentally or not, had made it clear that no one knew that your half-brothers were not your mother’s children aside from you, their own mothers, and your mother herself. This gave you an opportunity, you realised. After all… what would the Seireitei, and more importantly, the Central 46 and the nobles who make it up, think about an honoured shinigami having not one, but two children out of wedlock? And when the man’s wife was a noble herself? Oh, whatever could go wrong there? Selling out his secrets would certainly, at the very least, get you from out under his thumb, free to do what you wish, or at least moreso than now. Not to mention also giving you access to his assets. But the man himself could also be useful to you in the future… Though you somewhat doubted that.You…PICK ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TWO>Sold Seinaru out >Let your father keep his secretsIF YOU PICKED THE FIRST OPTIONYou did this out of…>Hate >Ambition >Convenience IF YOU PICKED THE SECOND OPTIONYou did this out of…>Acceptance >Fear >Convenience
>>5252038Fun things are fun indeed. I would like to clarify - just because you might not pick an option now doesn’t necessarily mean that the others won’t be a part of your character now or in the future - it’s just what your priorities are right now.
>>5252052>Sold Seinaru out>AmbitionAmbition brooks no obstacles. Neither does impetuous youth.
>>5252052>Let your father keep his secrets>>Convenience
>>5252052>Let your father keep his secrets>Acceptance
>>5252052>Sold Seinaru out>Hate
>>5252052>Let your father keep his secrets>Convenience
>>5252059>>5252093>>5252116>>5252118>>5252128Letting Seinaru keep his secrets out of convenience wins, beginning writing now.
>>5252052The idea was tempting… very tempting. You could do a lot by disgracing your father’s name like that, not the least of which being completely free to act in any way you wish and gaining control of his assets, but… There was a decent chance that things could backfire on you, in a way you didn’t expect. After all, you didn’t know the nobles or the Central 46 personally, only through reputation, and so it was impossible for you to truly gauge and predict their reactions like you would want to do before making such a big play. And besides… it was just a lot of effort, really - and for not too much gain. You’d be considered an adult once you graduated from the academy and became a shinigami anyway - and nothing was stopping you from revealing the truth later if you needed your father’s money, or simply killing him for it. You couldn’t really be bothered to do it, not now. It made more sense to not go for it, even if it meant you would remain under Seinaru’s thumb for at least a little longer. Your chance to remove his influence would come.And so you found yourself finally at the gates of the Shin'ō academy, waiting to be enrolled. When asked your name, you smiled, closing your eyes to avoid whoever was looking seeing the emotion behind them as you answered. “Hokkyokusei Danketsu. Pleasure to meet you.”BLEACH QUEST: Shinigami Schemer #1You are Hokkyokusei Danketsu, a boy who is just beginning to become a young man by the standards of the Soul Society, yet in raw numbers of years you had been alive, you were older than many humans of your time could ever hope to be. The year is 1865, and you have just enrolled into the Shin'ō Academy, the place where you will be taught the basics of becoming a shinigami, much like your father and many others have been before you. Due to your father’s experience, your noble heritage, and the measured amount of ability you yourself have shown, you have been placed into the Academy’s top class, surrounded by noble children, ‘half’-nobles in positions similar to yourself, and even one or two from the Rukongai, who managed to earn the right into the class on aptitude alone. As you settle down into your seat before your first lecture, you find yourself…>Nervous>Excited>Bored>Write-in?
Welcome to Shinigami Schemer! >What is this?This is a quest set in the world of Bleach, currently 136 years before the first chapter takes place. Whether that canon story takes place as it did originally, goes drastically differently, or doesn’t occur at all is entirely up to you and your actions.>Who are we?You are Hokkyokusei Danketsu, a new student at the Shin'ō Academy, where you will learn how to become a shinigami over the next few years.>Voting?Depends on you. If it’s busy and votes are coming in quickly, I’ll generally give 15-20 minutes for voting, aiming for hourly updates. If it’s slow, I’ll let votes run for a few hours, perhaps overnight, and update whenever a majority is reached. If players have a preference for either option over the other, I’ll see what I can do to ensure the threads are always fast paced or always slower and take place over a long period.>Dice?We’ll be running off a 3d10 system, best of the first three linked posts to my posts calling for rolls. Don’t worry about rolling a critfail - I’ll always take the best of the first three linked. If people want me to take them, I’ll consider it, but I think opening up that system will cause more harm than good>Questions?Feel free to ask and I’ll answer best I can.
>>5252195>ExcitedWe've got all this potential and skill we've been hiding, right? What better time than now to start honing that skill. No need to show off, just succeed and keep succeeding better than everyone else.
>>5252195>ExcitedI'm feeling very vague similarities to Power in the Shadows, except far more focused and less comedic. This is a good thing. Hiding your true power level for a jaw-dropping reveal is every chuuni's wet dream
>>5252199>>5252205>>5252213Excited wins, writing.
>>5252195You feel good. Excited, even, looking forward to playing around here before you’re necessarily bound by the ideals of ‘duty’ and ‘honour’. Your easy, friendly, fake smile is plastered all over your face as you glance to your right, observing some of the others in the class. Your gaze falls upon one in particular - Nohara Tsukuya. She is a noble, but unlike many of the nobles in the room, she seems to have gotten here on talent rather than her name - you can tell by the feel of her spiritual energy compared to most others in the room, even as formally untrained you are in that skill. Her eyes flick over in your direction as she seems to feel herself being watched, catching sight of you and the almost sleazy smirk you have on your face. She pauses for a moment, something you only catch because you were looking right at her, before she scoffs, grimacing, before turning her attention back to the instructor. You raise an eyebrow, your smirk only growing wider at that response. You…>Decide to pester the ice queen. It’d be fun to break down her walls, and maybe you can get something out of making her like you.>Keep her in mind, but decide to leave her alone for the moment.>Ignore her, and keep looking around the class.>Ignore her, and decide to focus on the lesson.>Write-in?
>>5252225>Decide to pester the ice queen. It’d be fun to break down her walls, and maybe you can get something out of making her like you.
>>5252225Forgot to post the image. The pains of phoneposting!
>>5252225>Keep her in mind, but decide to leave her alone for the moment.
>>5252225>Ignore her, and decide to focus on the lesson.
>>5252226>>5252230>>5252232Gonna need a tiebreaker here.
>>5252239You can switch me to Ignore if you need to break it
>>5252260Alright, then ignore her and focus on the lesson wins.>Writing
>>5252225Her reaction was a bit odd, but… Not something worth acting on, not on the first day at least. You’ll get to the bottom of it in time. Instead, you turn your attention to the instructor, who is still going over the basic rules and duties of being a shinigami and their lives, plus the introduction to the Zankensoki, something that you’ve had drilled into you repeatedly by your father previously. You then begin to think about how best to approach this lesson, and indeed your life at the Academy and as a shinigami.You…>Do as little as you possibly can publicly, keeping everything you can hidden for your ambition>Put in just enough effort to be considered average, but completely unexceptional in anyway>Decide that now you should begin to show off, aiming for the top of the class>Write-in?While you also…>Keep quiet, not drawing attention to yourself socially and keeping interaction with others to a minimum >Turn your charisma up as much as you can, to make as many potential allies and pawns as you can now for the future>Resolve to observe, keeping actual bonds with others to a minimum while still being keenly aware of all those of interest around you>Write-in?
>>5252298>No need to show off, but we are naturally going to be aim for the top of the class.>>Resolve to observe, keeping actual bonds with others to a minimum while still being keenly aware of all those of interest around you
>>5252298>Put in some effort, enough to be placed in the upper levels of the class if not the top>Resolve to observe, keeping actual bonds with others to a minimum while still being keenly aware of all those of interest around you
>>5252298>Put in just enough effort to be considered average, but completely unexceptional in anyway>Turn your charisma up as much as you can, to make as many potential allies and pawns as you can now for the future
>>5252298>Decide that now you should begin to show off, aiming for the top of the class>Turn your charisma up as much as you can, to make as many potential allies and pawns as you can now for the future
>>5252303>>5252322>>5252326>>5252330Putting in the effort to be high up in the class without completely showing off wins, need a tiebreaker for observing or turning up the charisma.Link to this post with new votes, voting 1 to observe or 2 for charisma. First to three wins.
>>5252337>>5252351>>5252357>Charisma wins, writing
>>5252298You decide that it might be time to show a little effort, and so you make the decision to not purposefully bomb assessments to keep your score low, instead just resolving to work without particularly showing off or trying that hard. You’ll see how far that takes you in the class. Your real focus isn’t in that aspect anyway - you honestly reckon you could probably qualify as a shinigami now if you wanted, though even you recognise that that line of thought is rather naive. No, instead you’ll put your effort into your social life. After all, having people around who are willing to do things for you is a power in and of itself - and one that no amount of training can replicate. The best kind of win is one that never puts you in danger, after all.Considering that, you sit through the lecture, only really paying attention to the fact that you all will be granted your asauchi, the weapon that once imprinted on will become your zanpakuto, in the next few days. Instead, you look around the class room again, looking for people you could potentially slowly turn into your personal pawns. Three people stood out to you, one of them being a large, scarred boy that everyone seemed to give a wide berth. You had heard he was from the Rukongai, and from a high district at that, and the facial scar made the nobles shun him even further. He would likely be easy to make yours with a little bit of kindness, fake or genuine. There was also the ice queen from before, Tsukuya. Some of the noble boys had tried to approach her, and she’d shut them all down with a single word. Perhaps you had the key to opening her up? And there was also that other girl, who’d been sitting quietly in the back. You’d noticed her because she’d been the only one other than you who had actually been keeping an eye on everyone else here. You wonder if her silence was from meekness, or something else.You go to speak to…>The large boy from the Rukongai>The quiet girl in the back>Nohara Tsukuya, the noble from earlierFeel free to write in suggestions for what to say or conversation topics.
>>5252387>Nohara Tsukuya, the noble from earlier
>>5252388>The large boy from the RukongaiI have a good feeling about him. Maybe because he's huge.
>>5252388>The quiet girl in the back
Rolled 2 (1d3)>>5252389>>5252395>>5252413Alright, seeing as we’re completely tied, I’ll have to break things.>1 for the boy>2 for quiet girl>3 for Tsukuya
>>5252388You got up from your seat, smirk on your face as always, sauntering over to the back of the room as your eyes locked onto the girl in the back who hadn’t made a sound since she entered the room, others around you noticing and whispering as they did. Amusingly, you spotted Tsukuya glance at you as you began move out of the corner of your eye, before she rolled her eyes and went back to her business, while the boy from the Rukongai strode out of the room, seemingly eager to escape for the short break between classes. You’d have to speak to him later, it seemed.“Hey.” You muttered, raising a hand in a lazy wave as you reached the girl, smoothly sitting down beside her and resting your chin on your fist, elbow firmly planted on the desk beside you.“Hello.” She replied back, her voice quiet but strong. She turned to look at you, tilting her head in curiosity, her expression never changing. Her gaze seemed to almost bore through you with its intensity, yet it didn’t even seem like the girl realised how intimidating her stare was.“Hokkyokusei Danketsu. It’s a pleasure. What’s your name?” You asked, leaning in ever so slightly, undeterred by her look.“Harumichi. Kazeko.” She responded simply again, her eyes never breaking contact with your own.>Ask her how she found the first lecture>Ask why she’s been observing everyone in the class like you>Play up your noble heritage>Write-in?
>>5252458>Ask why she’s been observing everyone in the class like you
>Ask why she’s been observing everyone in the class like you
>>5252458>>Ask why she’s been observing everyone in the class like you
>>5252464>>5252466>>5252488>>5252494Asking about observing people clearly wins.>Writing
>>5252458“Well, Harumichi-san, I’ve got a question for ya. Why is it that you weren’t payin’ attention to the lecture and instead were looking around and seeing what everyone else was doing?” You ask, getting straight to the point.Her eyes widen slightly in surprise at the question, the first emotion you’ve seen from her so far. For a second, you think that it’s because she had thought that no one had noticed her observing in the back, but that thought was quickly put to bed. “What do you mean?” She asked quietly.“Exactly what I said. Did you think I didn’t notice you checkin’ in on everyone from up here?”She shook her head, slightly confused. “You misunderstood. It’s not that I didn’t know you noticed, I’m just… confused. Wasn’t everyone doing that?”You paused, before starting to laugh. “If you really think everyone in this class has that kind of foresight, you’re one optimistic girl.” You said as you continued to laugh, Kazeko looking at you oddly as you did.>Tell her most of the people in this class got here on nepotism, and wouldn’t even know the first place to look in observing people>Lie and tell her that everyone was observing, she was just the only one obvious about it>Ask why she thought everyone would be observing each other at all >Write-in?
>>5252510>Tell her most of the people in this class got here on nepotism, and wouldn’t even know the first place to look in observing people>Ask why she thought everyone would be observing each other at allThis girl seems smart. I like her.
>>5252510>Lie and tell her that everyone was observing, she was just the only one obvious about it>Ask why she thought everyone would be observing each other at all
>>5252510>Tell her most of the people in this class got here on nepotism, and wouldn’t even know the first place to look in observing people>Ask why she thought everyone would be observing each other at all
>>5252516>>5252518>>5252521Telling her about nepotism and asking further wins, writing
What's our hidden ambition?
>>5252536That’s up to you. I’ve got multiple options that it could be already of course, but it’s down to player decision to decide on one, or even make one up yourselves.
>>5252510I like her already
>>5252510“Look around us, Harumichi-san.” You say, gesturing outwardly to the class around you. “What do you see?”She blinks at you once, before doing as you asked, looking at the others. Some were at the desks, writing notes. Others were making jokes and laughing with people, and some of the nobles were even already beginning to form cliques. There were even one or two sleeping away. She turned back to you, tilting her head again. “…Prospective shinigami?”You shake your head, smiling. This girl’s way too innocent. You barely restrain your smile from turning twisted as you continue to think to yourself. Makes her an easy mark. “In a sense, you’re right. But that’s not what I meant. When I look at that lot? All I see is a bunch of kids who only got here because their families wanted them here. That’s all. They wouldn’t know the first thing about observin’ people, even if they knew to try.”Her gaze remained on you intently, just like it always seemed to. If you made her one of yours, you’d need to train her out of doing that. Or at least get her to only do it when she was actually trying to unnerve people. “But you’re different, Hokkyokusei-san?” She asked quietly.“Indeed I am, my little butterfly. And so are you. We’re different from the rest of them. Just you wait and see.” You said, before turning back to the front of the class, leaning back, kicking your feet up onto the desk and waiting. Beside you, Kazeko continued looking at you, before shrugging and turning back to the front as well.“Why’d you think people would be lookin’ at everyone else here anyway?”“Isn’t it natural to want to scope out the competition?”You raised an eyebrow at that, eye flicking over to Kazeko, who was staring straight ahead. “Competition, huh? Aren’t we all meant to be allies in our shinigami duty, and all that?” You asked with a smirk.“Are we?” She asked, still not looking at you.Her answer only made your smirk grow wider. You opened your mouth to continue the conversation, but then the instructor walked back in, so you stood to go back to your original seat. “Are we indeed? Wonder what the answer to that is.” You looked back at her, smirking, to find her already staring at you. “You’re interesting, Harumichi. Let’s continue this later.” You took a step down the stairs, before pausing once more. “Oh, and just call me Danketsu, alright?”She stared at you for a few seconds, before nodding, giving you the slightest, smallest smile you’ve ever seen - but it was still a smile nonetheless. “Okay, Danketsu-san.” You nodded back, smiling too, before going back to your seat. I knew that would be easy. You zone out through the next few lectures, the end of the day quickly approaching. You…>Take the chance to talk to the Rukongai boy before he runs off again>Finally decided to chat to Tsukuya>Simply gather your things and leave
>>5252563>Take the chance to talk to the Rukongai boy before he runs off again
>>5252563>>Take the chance to talk to the Rukongai boy before he runs off again
>>5252579>>5252583>>5252584Talking to the Rukongai boy wins, writing.
>>5252563You stand up from your seat, moving over to where the huge guy from the Rukongai is getting his things together quickly to leave. He finally notices you once you’re practically stood over him and his desk. He almost growls at you, rolling his eyes as he turns to glare at you. “Whaddaya starin’ at, huh!? Someone else coming to laugh at me, just cos I ain’t rich or a noble like you!?”You raise your hands in defence, shooting him a disarming smile as you do. “Whoa there big guy, easy. I just wanted ta introduce myself, that’s all. I wouldn’t dream of looking down on ya just because you’re from the Rukongai. I’m not like the rest of the people here.”That response seemed to calm him down a tad, the boy no longer visibly angry at just your presence. “Yeah? Well, what d’ya want with me then?”Good question. You…>Ask him how he got into this class, despite the disadvantage of coming from the Rukongai>Ask how he got his scar>Ask how he’s found the first day at the Academy>Write-in?
>>5252602>Ask how he got his scar
>>5252602>Ask him how he got into this class, despite the disadvantage of coming from the RukongaiEh...asking about the scar outright might be seen as insulting.
>>5252602>Ask him how he got into this class, despite the disadvantage of coming from the Rukongai
>>5252602>>Ask him how he got into this class, despite the disadvantage of coming from the Rukongai
>>5252610>>5252616>>5252620Asking how he got into the class wins. This’ll probably be the last update of the night, since it’s getting pretty late.
>>5252602Rough and tumble sort. I dunno, asking about the scar might actually throw him off/be a point of pride for him.
>>5252638You chuckle at his question, running a hand through your hair as you smirk. “You’re heading to the dorms now, right?” After a moment, the other boy nodded, inciting another small chuckle from you before you turned away, towards the classroom’s exit. “Come on then, walk with me. We can talk on the way.”He nodded again uneasily, still clearly unsure if this was a trick or not. It seemed that he was aware to at least some degree that you had noble heritage, even if you weren’t a noble by name, and you treating him like an equal in this way had caught him completely off-guard.Of course, he wasn’t your equal, but that had nothing to do with you being a Yen and him being from the Rukongai. But that hardly mattered right now.The two of you walk down the halls of the Academy, you looking carefree while the much taller boy glances at you every now and then with trepidation. The other nobles and students around you whisper and gossip as you walk together, but whatever asinine rumours they were coming up with were far beneath your notice right now. “I was wondering, ya know. And don’t take this the wrong way - this ain’t an insult, but… You must know that most people in that class got there ‘cause their parents called in favours, or they got trained before, or any number of other advantages. How the hell’d you manage to get in? Oh, and I’m Danketsu, by the way. Before I forget.”Despite your rather direct and perhaps vulgar language, the boy seems to take it in stride, in fact seeming to appreciate it rather than you using flowery language and beating around the bush. “I’m… Shin. Sabitsura Shin, like-““Like the 64th District, in the east?” You respond quickly.“Ye… Yeah. Exactly. How did you…” He begins to ask, bewildered, you only responding with a cheeky smile. He shakes his head, regaining his composure a little, before he continues. “W-Well, I’ve had reiryoku for as long as I can remember, and I’ve been able to manipulate it for a long time too. A shinigami in a white coat saw me doing it once. She said that I had great aptitude for ‘Kido’, I think she called it. She gave me food, and told me to come to the Academy in the future. So… Here I am.”“I see. The instructors must’ve seen your kido talent too… or maybe that shinigami told them to put you in the top class. You said she had a white coat, right? Remember what she looked like, at all?” You ask, fishing for more info.“She had purple hair, I remember that much. It was a long time ago.”(1/2)
>>5252693Ah. Purple hair, white coat? Then obviously a Captain, from what you know of your father’s teachings. Two of the current standing Captains had purple hair, those being Shihōin Yoruichi and Hikifune Kirio. Of those two, it was probably Hikifune-taicho he meant - Shihoin-taicho was known for speed, not kido. You clapped a hand on his shoulder, causing him to look down at you. You ignored the fact that you’d had to strain and extend to your full height to do so, and continued. “Well, clearly she was right, whoever she was. Good luck, man. Hopefully you can meet her again once you do her proud and graduate.” You let go of Shin, having realised the two of you were in different dorms, and so your paths diverged here. You began to walk off to your own dorm to catch some well deserved rest, before you heard Shin shout behind you. “Uh… Hey! For one o’ those noble types, you ain’t so bad, Danketsu!”You raised your hand in a wave as you walked, not turning back. “See you around, Shin.”—— SHINIGAMI SCHEMER PAUSED ——Alright everyone, so what do you think? This is my first quest, so I hope I’ve been doing well. The response has been great, I think! I’ll be around for a while for questions, and I’ll have another update out in the morning once I’m up for us to continue through the day. See you then!
>>5252696Thanks for running QM. Hope this quest continues.
>>5252696Really enjoying this quest so far. Thanks for running Wormmy.
>>5252711>>5252719Thank you guys for playing, this couldn’t be done without you!
>>5252696>Hopefully you can meet her again once you do her proud and graduateTL: "I wish you luck on your journey to fuck the older woman that believed in you."Nice quest, I know basically nothing about Bleach other than what can be gleaned from the occasional wiki-walk, so I've no clue if you're reusing any character or if the current cast is all-new, but it's a solid read so far. I'm wondering if any of the art assets are original.
>>5252696Loving the quest so far. Since it's your first time, here is some advice from a long time player:>Keep things challenging and don't make concessions regarding rolls or votes. If we roll bad or make regrettable decisions, that's our problem, not yours.>Since you are obviously going for a mix between Bleach and Death Note, make sure our opponents are on par or even surpass us when it comes to intelligence and strategy.>Preferably, wait for at least five people to vote before posting an update.(Take this one with a grain of salt since I'm not familiar with your personalschedule)
>>5252696It's all good.Honestly though, i just hope you maintain an more or less consistent posting rate. I hate it when a quest starts out with 10 posts a day then jumps to 2 and then dies because the author burned out
>>5252696This was pretty good. Thanks for running.
>>5252696I’m up and about again, so we’ll resume soon. I’ll have an update up in the next three to four hours.>>5252756Two canon characters (the two Captains) have been mentioned, but every other character so far has been original. The art assets aren’t really original in the sense that I drew them myself or anything, but they are from a character creator and I designed them all myself.>>5252777Thanks for the advice, I’ll keep it in mind! I’ve been playing/lurking other quests for a while so I generally know what to go, but if I make a mistake, just bear with me and let me know. I’ll get better in time!>>5252790Well at the moment I’m nothing but excited to get started again, so hopefully we won’t have any problems in that regard.
Also, a question for people - for the future, would you prefer having a discord to let you know when I’m running, a Twitter, or both?
>>5253152If all you want is to tell people when you're running, twitter should be fine.
>>5253138Definitely Twitter. Be careful with Discord, it tends to attract trolls and other unsavory types.
>>5252696You wake up in your shared dorm room early, before first light even. The two obnoxious noble boys you’re sharing with are still soundly snoring away, surely not planning on waking any time soon. You nod to yourself, smiling, before heading out of the room silently, keeping your reiatsu and reiryoku suppressed even more than normal. You don’t want anyone catching on to the fact that you’re using this time to train.You stride into the classroom, looking none the worse for wear for your couple of hours of training. You’d missed breakfast for it, but you could just chalk that up to not being used to the timetable yet if anyone asked. You’d just need to ensure that didn’t happen in the future. You look up, brightly brandishing a smile that didn’t reach your eyes, looking around the room. Kazeko was in the seat she had been in the day before, staring straight at you like always. To the side, Tsukuya was trying and failing to look like she hadn’t noticed you enter. You still didn’t know exactly what her deal was. And on the other side, nearer the front, Shin looked like he was barely restraining himself from calling out to you. You…>Sit with Kazeko>Sit with Shin>Sit with Tsukuya>Sit elsewhereI’ll let this vote run for a while just so people can trickle back in.
>>5253171>>5253243Ok, Twitter it is. I thought a discord might be nice for discussion while I’m not running, but it makes sense to not open up the floodgates like that.
>>5253274>Sit with TsukuyaMight as well meet the last person of note.
>>5253274>Sit with Shin>Ask how he got his scar>Invite him to a friendly duel (Get a sense of his power level)>AskKazeko to be the judge (Measure her analytical skills)
>>5253300You’ll need to sit or otherwise talk with Shin to ask about the scar, but you can challenge him and ask Kazeko to adjudicate regardless of who you sit with now, if majority wants to go that route.
>>5253274>Sit with Shin
>>5253332>>5253365>>5253300>>5253296Talking with Shin about the scar and asking for a duel wins. I’m just getting lunch, so I’ll have an update in 30-45 minutes.
>>5253274You wave at Kazeko, while winking at Tsukuya as you walk past, the latter girl rolling her eyes and turning away. You hear whispers from some of the groups if nobles in the class as you comfortably sit next to Shin, notably being the only person to do so so far. “Mornin’, Shin! How’d ya find the dorms?”Despite his obvious want for you - or rather, anyone that wasn’t going to mock him simply down to who he was - to sit next to him, Shin seemed taken aback that you actually had, like it had seemed too good to be true to him. After a moment, he smiled, the first time you’d seen him do so. “Yeah, well…” He started, scratching the back of his head. “It’s a bit different from back home, yanno…”You gave him a seemingly genuine smile, rather than a smirk or a grin like you normally would. Sabitsura Shin was a seemingly straightforward, simple guy, so acting similarly would probably be the most effective in getting into his good books. “Same here. It’s prob’ly a bit different for everyone.”“I guess… Maybe we all ain’t so different after all.”“That’s what I’m sayin’, man.” The two of you fell into a pleasant silence for a while, leaning back into your chairs, before you turned to look up at him again. “Oh, yeah. If ya don’t mind me askin’… where’d ya get that cool scar?”He blinked in surprise, before reaching up and rubbing said scar over the bridge of his nose, seeming ashamed. “What, this? Naw, this ain’t cool. It’s from back when… when I hadta steal food ta live. Got caught by some guys, had to fight my way out. Ended up with no food and this scar.”“Ah, right. Sorry for bringing that up.” If he ended up with no food, then he lost the fight? You wouldn’t have expected that, not with how big he is, but… Well, you don’t judge a book by its cover for a reason. “Did ya fight a lot back in the Rukongai?”He shifted slightly, seemingly a bit uncomfortable. “Only when I had to. But people… they always tried startin’ shit with me, just cause I’m meant to be ‘big and tough’, or some bullshit like that.”“You think I’m one of those people?”“No way! I mean, uh, naw, you’re alright. You ain’t like them. You actually… you’re actually talkin’ to me before ya assume anything, so…” He mumbled, beginning to flounder, before he was cut off by you laughing.“You’re a good guy, Shin. Don’t let anyone else tell ya different, alright?” He blinked again, before nodding and smiling. He looked like he was going to say something else, but you quickly cut him off. “Listen, you wanna spar or something after class? I’ve had a little training from my dad, I could probably show you a thing or two.”“Uh… yeah, why not?”>(1/2)
>>5253399“Cool.” You smirked, before turning around and leaping onto your desk, and shouting to the back of the class. “Oi, Kazeko! Meet me and Shin after class!” The rest of the class looked at you bewildered, Shin and Tsukuya included, while Kazeko simply tilted her head, her neutral expression as always still on her face.“Okay, Danketsu-san.” She answered simply, before breaking eye-contact, allowing you to sit back down.“What was-“ Shin began to say, but you waved him off. “Don’t worry, don’t worry. Look, the instructor’s coming.” Sure enough, as you said it, your class’s teacher arrived, causing everyone to go silent for the moment. ———Once class was over, you found yourself on one of the Academy’s many training grounds, with both Shin and Kazeko staring at you, Shin seeming unsure while Kazeko was simply curious.“Okay!” You grinned, clapping your hands together. “Shin, why don’t we start with…”>Zanjutsu. Not your strongest suit currently, but it was a shinigami fundamental even more than the other three aspects of the Zankensoki.>Kido. You’d had kido theory drilled into you by your father, and you knew early kido well enough that you’d probably be able to teach Shin if he was as good at it if he said.>Hoho. It’s what you were best at, and you could probably run rings around him. It’d be good practice.>Hakuda. Definitely the one you were worst at, but your skills would still probably be better than whatever brawling Shin had done.>Some combination of the arts.
>>5253400>ZanjutsuI considered going for Hakuda because Shin might be buttered up if he managed to win the first spar, but on second thought I don't think he needs additional buttering.
>>5253400>Zanjutsu. Not your strongest suit currently, but it was a shinigami fundamental even more than the other three aspects of the Zankensoki.
>>5253400>Kido. You’d had kido theory drilled into you by your father, and you knew early kido well enough that you’d probably be able to teach Shin if he was as good at it if he said.Shin said they got in because they were good at Kido right? Seems like a good starting point
>>5253438Well, he did say start with. I'm assuming we'll do the others too?
>>5253448>>5253438>>5253431>>5253426>>5253417Zanjutsu wins, writing.You picked the most interesting option.
>>5253477>swording was somehow the interesting option this timeThis ought to be good.
>>5253400“Zanjutsu, I think. It’s fundamental to be a shinigami and all, y’know?” You murmur, smiling. “Here.” You chuck Shin a shinai you’d picked up on your way out, Kazeko silently watching, as you wield a nomen yourself, knowing kendo isn’t your style. As you both begin to settle into stances, some of the other students milling about begin to stop what they’re doing and watch, curious as to why the two of you are beginning to watch.You hold the training sword lightly and loosely in your right hand near the tsuba, running your left hand through your hair. “Alright then, let’s-““You’re holding it wrong.”You and Shin stop in your tracks, both of you turning to look at Kazeko. “Huh?” Shin asks, confused.The girl just shakes her head, seeming almost disappointed. “You’re holding them wrong, both of you. Shin-san, right? You’re far too stiff. You’re holding your shinai too tight, and your legs and knees are locked instead of fluid. You’re trying to copy the kendo you’ve seen shinigami use from afar, right?” After a few seconds of Shin not answering, seemingly embarrassed, she continues. “Bend your legs more, and have a looser grip. It’ll help your mobility and your ability to defend and counter properly, without losing power.“She then turns to you, with that signature stare. “As for you, Danketsu-san, you’re too loose. It’s like whoever taught you how to wield a sword did it as an afterthought, because it is an afterthought for them. You need some rigidity, otherwise anyone with even a little power will break through your defence as if it wasn’t there in the first place.”>(1/2)
>>5253524She stops for a moment, looking at your grip for a moment, before continuing again. “Your grip’s also very high on your tsuka. You might be short, but… it’s as if the broken isn’t big enough for you. I’d say you’d be more suited to a different weapon, but… I’ve never heard of a shinigami using anything other than a zanpakuto.”You readily took in her advice, the girl clearly knowing what she was talking about. After all, zanjutsu was an afterthought in Seinaru’s eyes, but it’s not like she would have or could have known that. You smirked at her, moving your hand down the hilt and gripping it a bit tighter. “Who’re you callin’ short, huh? I’m taller than you are.”“Just because I’m short doesn’t mean you aren’t as well.”You nodded, conceding the point. “Touché.” You turned your attention back to Shin, the other boy seemingly having corrected his stance in accordance with what Kazeko had said.“Alright, now that we’ve both been schooled…”>Rush in, emphasising your speed. Even without Hoho, you’re fast, and you should be able to overwhelm him.>Take an evasive approach. Kendo and seemingly Shin himself are more suited to singular power strikes, which should be easy for you to dodge and counter.>Stand firm, focusing entirely on your technical skill with a blade. While it wasn’t great, it should still be far better than Shin’s.In addition:>Taunt him during the fight>Keep your mouth shut
>>5253527>Take an evasive approach. Kendo and seemingly Shin himself are more suited to singular power strikes, which should be easy for you to dodge and counter.>Keep your mouth shut
>>5253527>Take an evasive approach. Kendo and seemingly Shin himself are more suited to singular power strikes, which should be easy for you to dodge and counter.>Taunt him during the fightAlso, Kazeko best girl.
>>5253527>Take an evasive approach. Kendo and seemingly Shin himself are more suited to singular power strikes, which should be easy for you to dodge and counter.>>Keep your mouth shut
Wouldn't taunting him help with the evasive approach though?
>>5253556It might, but I don't necessarily want us to have a reputation for shit talking people in a fight. I'd rather focus on that matter at hand and not get distracted.
>>5253552>>5253550>>5253543>>5253530The evasive option while keeping your mouth shut wins. Roll me 3d10, best of 3. DC 15, crit 21
>>5253527>Take an evasive approach. Kendo and seemingly Shin himself are more suited to singular power strikes, which should be easy for you to dodge and counter.>Taunt him during the fight
>>5253558Honestly, mc reminds me of Gin a lot, personality wise. Or am I remembering wrong?
Rolled 10, 8, 6 = 24 (3d10)>>5253560
Rolled 9, 2, 1 = 12 (3d10)>>5253560
Rolled 5, 8, 2 = 15 (3d10)>>5253560Let's go.
>>5253564a little bit! but not necessarily the same. By the fact that we considered bumping off our father from a young age, we're a little more... calculating than Gin necessarily is. We'd be more Aizen or Uryu in my view.
>>5253567>>5253568>>5253569Well then. >Writing>>5253564He should. There’s a very fundamental difference between Danketsu and Gin’s characters though, which should be obvious between how Danketsu’s handling the Academy and how Gin did in canon.
>>5253527“Come at me, Shin. Show me what you can do.” You say, holding your bokken out in front of you.“Alright… Here I come!” Shin shouts, charging forward. He’s a little faster than you might’ve thought, but still nothing special. He hefts his blade above his head and swings down with a lot of power, but he only hits air, you having dodged to the side at the last moment. You could’ve avoided the attack earlier, but… It would probably be best to let Shin have a little hope of winning.Shin swings at you with both hands repeatedly, as you dance backwards gracefully on your tiptoes, purposefully only barely avoiding the strikes hitting you. You have to bite your tongue to avoid insulting and taunting the other boy, already feeling your ego get ahead of yourself. It’d make him angry and sloppy, but it was probably best not to alienate him in that way so early, especially considering that the fact that he couldn’t hit you was frustrating him enough already.As you dodged out of the way and ducked iunder swings, you idly wondered when to end the farce and actually attack. You eyed the crowd around you that had formed, many of which had begun to cheer for Shin. It seemed like you’d successfully managed to make it look like you were on the ropes, despite the truth being anything but. Kazeko’s eyes remained on you the entire time, however.And suddenly, the chance arrives. Shin swings even wider than usual, frustration getting to him, leaving an opening even a child could see. Quick as a flash, you thrust with your bokken, hitting him clean in the face and causing his head to snap back, before you swipe at his extended leg, causing him to lose his balance and fall to the ground.You raise your bokken up, resting it on your shoulder as you look at the boy on the ground, smirking at him. “Looks like round 1’s mine.”Angry, Shin pops right back up, hands tightly gripping his shinai. To the side, you can see Kazeko shake her head. “Let’s go again!”You…>Take the same approach>Fight more aggressively>Fight using more kenjutsu technique>Decide to switch to a different shinigami art (which?)
>>5253600>Fight using more kenjutsu technique
>>5253607>>5253608>>5253609>>5253611>>5253613Kenjutsu wins! Roll me another 3d10, DC 14 crit 21. DC’s been lowered massively because Shin’s angry, and he’s not yet strong enough for that to mean that he fights better.
Rolled 6, 5, 4 = 15 (3d10)>>5253616
Rolled 4, 8, 6 = 18 (3d10)>>5253616
Rolled 6, 9, 8 = 23 (3d10)>>5253616
>>5253620Danketsu’s really good at showing off while not looking like he’s showing off, it seems. Good.>Writing
>>5253623mission accomplished, it seems
>>5253600Shin charges you without warning, but you’re more than ready for him. Taking Kazeko’s words into consideration, you tighten your grip on the bokken just a bit more. The arc of Shin’s attack is surprisingly obvious to you, and you honestly don’t know whether that’s because of your difference in skill or your difference in speed. Whichever the case it is, you raise your sword to defend against the overhead swing, in such a way and angle that while it may look like you’re just desperately trying to block, Shin’s blow should slide right off of it, leaving him open.Sure enough, his shinai slips right off your bokken, Shin looking shocked at how ineffectual his attack was. He quickly tries to raise his arms to defend himself, but you put a stop to that, whacking his hands with enough force he almost drops the shinai. You take a quick step back, allowing him to recover, and as he does, with anger in his eyes, you step in. As he begins to swing downwards, you’re already inside of his range, causing him to miss completely, while you hit him with a swing that would have bifurcated him from hip to shoulder were you using real swords.He stumbles backwards, reeling from the hit, but still trying to attack. “Tch.” You exhale, stepping in and stopping his swing before it even really began by pressing his sword into the floor with your own, before using your free hand to hit him in the chest with a hakuda blow, putting him down for good.Beside you, Kazeko claps, while murmurs ripple through the crowd at your seemingly unexpected win. Shin gulps for air on the ground, already drenched in sweat from that short bout, while you don’t even feel the slightest bit tired, though you play it up for the spectators. You…>Help Shin up in a moment of camaraderie>Tell him and those gathered that that was only basic zanjutsu >Pretend that you have no idea how you won that fight
>>5253641>Help Shin up in a moment of camaraderiecurry favour with the [i]hoi polloi[/i]
>>5253643huh, i thought you could italicize things like that
>>5253641>Help Shin up in a moment of camaraderie>>5253644Only the OP can use those tags.
>>5253641>Help Shin up in a moment of camaraderie
>>5253641>>Help Shin up in a moment of camaraderie
>>5253643>>5253645>>5253649>>5253653>>5253654Helping him up wins, writing.
>>5253641You stick a hand out to Shin on the ground, who looks at it confusedly for a few seconds. Then he looks up, and sees your grinning face, before he grins himself, grabbing your hand and pulling himself up. “Damn man, you’re good. Really good. Not gonna lie, I kinda assumed I’d run right over you, cos, well.. no offence, but you kinda look like a bitch-“ He jumped suddenly, seemingly remembering that Kazeko was right there, and not realising the girl probably didn’t give a single shit what he said. “I-I mean, like a wimp! Heh, you sure proved me wrong.”Your smile turned into a teasing smirk, as you gestured to Kazeko. “Well, keep that as a lesson to you - shinigami and people training to be shinigami know how to fight, whether they’re a guy or… how’d ya put it? Oh, yeah. Or if they’re a bitch.”Flushing red, he turned to the girl, embarrassed. “H-Hey, I didn’t mean it like that! Don’t listen to him, he’s-““It’s fine, Shin-san. Danketsu-san was just joking.” Kazeko said, that small smile on her face again.“Oh, yeah. Right.” Shin mumbled back nervously, scratching the back of his head as he laughed at himself. You grinned at the sight. Things were progressing very well. Now you just needed to-You were suddenly pulled backwards, a group of noble boys in your class having grabbed you in celebration. “Nice one, Hokkyokusei! You put down that Rukongai trash just like he deserves!”“Yeah! You gonna make him your slave now, huh?”“He doesn’t even deserve to be his slave! Even Nohara-chan knows who Hokkyokusei is, he’s far above Sabitsura!”“Your real slave’s the pink girl, right? Good taste, even if Nohara-sama’s prettier.” One of them even whispered in your ear.You can see Shin’s face contorting into a mask of rage, no doubt thinking that everything between the two of you had been a lie, while Kazeko simply stared at you.You..>Go along with their chatter for now>Feign indignation about how they’re talking about your “friends”>Try to take the middle ground and ease relations between the groups.>Write-in? (I’m curious to see how you’d deal with this situation without following the prompts)
>>5253698Forcibly remove the hands grasping you. Tell them the ones who care about status are the real trash. Warn them to never lay their hands on you again with a brief foreboding glare, and then break the tension and change the subject.
>>5253698>Try to take the middle ground and ease relations between the groups.I would like to wriggle out of there and clear things up with Shin later, but I don't think that will work.
>>5253698"Now now, this was just a simple spar between students, nothing more. If we are to succeed as Shinigami, we all need to grow strong. Good sparring partners are rare."Friendly on the surface, but gives everyone a little bit to chew on. We imply that Shin is nothing but practise for the nobles, and that nobody but Shin is worth a damn to practise with for Shin. Probably won't catch it, but I am pretty sure we can smooth things over with him later. Actions speak louder then words after all, no? Who cares what anyone says.
>>5253698>Challenge your classmates to a friendly spar. (Don't hold back)>“Gentleman, there is no need for such harsh words. After all, those who live by the sword die by the sword, and in death they are made equal”.
>>5253720I like this idea too. Spar with the others, and crush them. Show them that Shin is more skilled then they are, indirectly.
>>5253713>>5253718>>5253719>>5253720>>5253721>>5253727Alright, so consensus is to try and smooth things over in general seeming friendly but also crush them in a spar? I can work with that.
>>5253713Since this isn’t gaining traction, and it’s the first time it’s come up, I would like to say in regards to this that while Danketsu doesn’t have a noble clan name, he is still the son of a noble and is therefore in the line of succession, something you might want to use in the future. Be careful of anti-noble statements like this or similar, especially in public - they may come back to bite you later.
>>5253729Actually, roll me 3d10, linking to this post. DC 18, crit 24, since the nobles actually have some training.
Rolled 10, 9, 8 = 27 (3d10)>>5253743
Rolled 10, 7, 9 = 26 (3d10)>>5253743“some training” won't save them.
Rolled 10, 4, 9 = 23 (3d10)>>5253743ere
Rolled 1, 1, 7 = 9 (3d10)>>5253743
>>5253745Damn. You succeeded so hard you accidentally killed them
>>5253745>>5253746>>5253747 holy shit. almost three crits in a row
>>5253745>>5253746>>5253747Danketsu is on a roll today.
>>5253745>>5253746>>5253747This is a clear message from the dice gods. That our Bankai should be dice themed.
>>5253698“Now now boys, calm down. We’re all friends here, right?” You ask while chuckling, slowly and gently pulling the nobles’ hands off of you. You move away from the group, standing in the middle between them and your two prospective tools. You shrug with a grin on your face, shutting your eyes and laying your palms out face up as you continue. “It was just a spar between classmates, nothin’ more. If we’re gonna succeed as shinigami, we all need to grow strong, right? Good sparring partners are rare, y’know. There ain’t any need for harsh words like that. After all…”You turned to face the nobles, pointing your bokken at the one who had whispered in your ear, making your voice sound slightly colder. “Those who live by the sword die by it, and in that regard, everyone is equal. No?” You ask, the silent challenge obvious. The boy you’re pointing at seems nervous for a moment, before anger overtakes him, stepping forward. You nod, before turning to Shin, who still seems angry. “Toss him your shinai.” You state simply, looking at the boy.You stare at each other for a few moments, before Shin relents, throwing the training sword to the other boy. You nod at him, before turning to the other boy, cracking your neck. “Well, let’s begin.”>(1/2)
Just caught up. Nice to see a fresh bleach quest. Good luck QM, will follow with great interest!
>>5253768It wasn’t even a contest. The noble boy you didn’t even know the name of had a bit more patience than Shin… but only a bit. He charged you after waiting for barely five seconds, but by the time he had reached your position to swing, you were already gone, having use your rudimentary shunpo to move around and behind him. “Hado #1: Sho!” You cried out as you pointed at him, and a wave of force impacted the noble in the small of his back as you did, the force great and unexpected enough to make the boy lose grip of his weapon and fall to the ground, the shinai flying away in the air.The noble got up angrily, beginning to yell. “You-“ “Bakudo #1: Sai!” You called out next, the noble’s arms being locked behind his back and his legs freezing as he began to fall again, forwards this time, but you didn’t let him. You surged forward with a shunpo, much faster than your first, and nailed him in the face with a hakuda-enhanced kick that easily and cleanly broke his nose as it knocked him flat on his ass, as you pointed your bokken at him.“You see? He lost, you lost. Equals, right?”The noble glares at you hatefully as he clutches at his nose, before he ran off with his group, the crowd that had only grown larger murmuring even more. You sigh, before you…>Talk to Shin and Kazeko>Address the crowd>Leave>Write-in?
>>5253771>Talk to Shin and Kazeko
>>5253771>>Talk to Shin and Kazeko
>>5253771>Address the crowd>“Care to join us, Tsukuya?”
>>5253774>>5253776>>5253779>>5253782>>5253787Talking to your ‘friends’ wins. I can also write in addressing Tsukuya specifically if there’s interest?
>>5253795no interest from me
>>5253795Please do, something tells me she is watching the fight.
>>5253795I'll leave it up to you QM.
>>5253795>Tsukuya. I'm honored one as esteemed as yourself would watch our duel with such interest.
>>5253771You approach Kazeko and Shin, resting the bokken on your shoulder. Shin looks shocked, while Kazeko’s only curious, and he begins to talk as you get close. “Why didn’t you-““Because we agreed that we were fighting using zanjutsu. I didn’t say anything of the sort to that guy.” You sigh, before continuing. It’d take some good acting to make this next part seem genuine. “And even if we hadn’t, I still wouldn’t have done that to you.” You say, looking him in the eyes and trying to sound sincere. “I wouldn’t embarrass you like that, or try to, because you’re my,” If he falls for this, then I’m pretty much set. “friend.” You continued, as if the thought had never crossed your mind.Shin’s eyes widened slightly at that, before looking away, embarrassed. “Damn, whatchu talkin’ about, man? Come on, cut that sappy shit out.” You smiled at him, inwardly grinning, even as you glanced over to Kazeko.“That applies to you too, Harumichi-san. If you want it to, at least.”“I know.” She replied quietly, smiling at you too. “Thank you, Danketsu.”“Oi.” A frosty voice cut through everything, ruining the nice moment you had so perfectly crafted. You turned to look to see who it was that had interrupted you, to find none other than Nohara Tsukuya.Perfect, you thought to yourself.“They haven’t taught us kido, shunpo, or hakuda in class yet, but you just used all three.” She stated simply, her eyes like ice. “Where’d you learn to do that?”>I learnt from my father>Just picked it up watching other people>I dunno what you’re talking about>Write-in?
>>5253828>Tsukuya. I'm honored one as esteemed as yourself would watch our duel with such interest.
>>5253828>I learnt from my fatherThat's the standard, yeah? It won't raise any eyebrows.
>>5253828>I learnt from my father
>>5253828>>I learnt from my fatherNothing false here. Or suspicious. No sir.
>>5253828>Tsukuya. I'm honored one as esteemed as yourself would watch our duel with such interest.>I dunno what you’re talking about
>>5253830>>5253835>>5253841>>5253842>>5253845>>5253851I learnt from my father with a little dose of ass-kissing wins, writing
>>5253828“Nohara-sama, I’m honoured that one as esteemed-““Cut the crap.” She stated, glaring at you. “I get enough ass-kissing as it is from the other idiots, and I’m not stupid. I know you don’t mean it. If you did, you would’ve done it yesterday as soon as you saw me. Answer the fucking question.”You raise your hands up in defence, smirking. “Alright, alright, Tsukuya-chan, you win-““Don’t call me that.”“Whatever you say, Tsukuya-chan. Anyway, to answer your question, my old man taught me. He’s a shinigami, so it only makes sense to give me a few pointers before he ships me off here, right?” She looks at you, eyes narrowed. It’s easy to tell that she’s frustrated, but the exact reason why escapes you for now. She’s harder to read than the rest.“That’s all? Then why haven’t you shown all this off earlier?”“Because…”>Dad said not to>I can’t do much more than what I just showed off>I don’t want to (you can make up a reason if you’d like)>Write-in?
>>5253862>"Why would I have? I didn't learn all that to show off."A kernel of truth, innit?We can follow it up with>I can’t do much more than what I just showed offif she doesn't buy it.
>>5253862>I don’t want toWhy?Find out next time, on Shinigami Schemer Quest!>only CLOSE friends get to know
>>5253862I was hoping to avoid the sort of treatment you're giving me right now, Tsukuya-chan.
>>5253862>Why would I?
>>5253879I like this too, actually.Remove the:>I can’t do much more than what I just showed offfrom my vote and replace it with that. instead.
>>5253862>I don’t want to>only CLOSE friends get to know>“I was hoping to avoid the sort of treatment you're giving me right now, Tsukuya-chan.”Solid combination.
>>5253879This is very unconvincing and suspicious, why would you vote to say this?
Gonna need you guys to reach some sort of consensus soon. Right now it seems to be leaning towards the “I don’t want to” option, is that right?
>>5253892That a feature, not a bug.She IS being very rude, being a little coy in response is called for. Besides, we are implying that if she wants to know, she will have to be our friend. Its an indirect request to be friends.
>>5253892Because the mc likes annoying and getting a rise out of her?
>>5253895What I see is:>3 - I don't want to>2 - Why would I?>2 - hoping to avoidSo yeah, pretty much.
>>5253862"Why would I have? I didn't learn all this to show off."
>>5253895Alright, going to proceed with writing this in five minutes. If anyone wants something different, link to this post and I’ll try and and incorporate, but I’ll be based on this framework.
>>5253896>>5253899Our entire approach is to avoid being suspicious as a scheming shinigami. This write in does the opposite.
>>5253904"Why would I have? I'm not so great to show off what I know."
>>5253911If she wants to know, then be his friend. I thought I wrote it in a way to show that he was obviously teasing.
>>5253862“Because I don’t want to, duh!” You exclaimed loudly, looking at her as if she were stupid. Tsukuya took a step back, shocked at that kind of response while you continued. “Why else wouldn’t I? It’s not like I’ve had any reason to show off, either, so what would be the point?”“I… don’t understand. You chose to not be known as being strong because… you didn’t want to be? Why?” Tsukuya asked, still with a shocked expression on her face.“Because I don’t want to. That’s all. Only my friends get to know what I can really do, understand? So if you wanna know that bad…” You paused for a second, raising an eyebrow at her with a smirk on your face. She quickly caught your implication, scoffing and crossing her arms, feeling back in her comfort zone as her expression returned to her cold one from earlier.“You and I, friends? Not in a thousand years.”“Stranger things have happened, Tsukuya-chan. Besides, for us? A thousand years’ll go by before you know it.”“Hmph! I thought I told you to not call me that.” She harrumphed, turning away, before glancing back at you from the corner of her eye. “I need a training partner for hakuda. I would prefer it be better company, but… so far, you seem the only one who actually knows how to use it, so I’ll have to make do.” She managed to make that glance into an imperious glare, an impressive feat considering you couldn’t even see most of her expression. “You will comply, yes?”You…>Accept>Reject>Write-in?
>>5253933>AcceptExtreme tsundere complex, eh? By the gods, mc is going to milk that for all it's worth. Wonder if he can get the others to join in too.
>>5253933>Accept>...but only if she will admit to owing us a favor
>AcceptBecause it is fun
>>5253940Interesting…>>5253934>>5253935>>5253942>>5253949Accept wins, writing.
>>5253933“Well, oh esteemed Nohara-sama-“ You began, winking at her as she turned fully to glare at you again. “-what can I possibly say except for yes? I’ll help ya out, Tsukuya-chan. But just remember - I only help my friends out for free. You owe me one. Well, unless you want to be-““Fine, I owe you a favour. Meet me at this time tomorrow.” Her part in the conversation done, Tsukuya turned, stalking away quickly. You lazily grinned at her retreating back, before falling backwards to stare up at the sky, shocking Shin and catching Kazeko’s attention, who had been staring at Tsukuya the entire time.“You alright, man?” Shin asked you.“Yeah. I’m good.” You responded simply, honest for once. Against all odds, things seemed to be going well. Everything was beginning to fall into place.You would accomplish your goal. And the pieces you were already acquiring would push you towards it.BLEACH QUEST: SHINIGAMI SCHEMER #1 ENDAnd that’s a wrap! Archive is up already at https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/2022/5252007/, and I’ll be around to answer questions for a good few hours. Twitter is up at @QMKWormmy, where I’ll update you on when I’ll next run, and I’ll have a character sheet and social links complete for next thread. It’s been a blast running, and the response has been amazing - hopefully this lasts for a good long while!
>>5253966Thank you for running! This is pretty fantastic so far.
>>5253966Thanks for running. How long have you been thinking of running a quest, or was it spontaneous?
>>5253966Also, don't make a new thread, keep posting in this one till you're around page 10. This ain't tg, threads last for over a month
>>5253979I’ve been thinking of it for a while, way back when I read my first quest which happened to be HQR by Azure. Hopefully this doesn’t… turn out like that one. As for this quest specifically, Danketsu as a character has been bouncing around my head for the better part of a year, and I thought Bleach would be an interesting setting to put him in, and so here we are after some prep time.
>>5253980>This ain't /tg/Once upon a time, we were.
>>5253980Well actually, this brings me to a question - would people prefer it if I scheduled out specific times that I’d run and churn out updates, or do you like the current system of just getting an update out in the morning and just taking it as we go through the day? I’m fine with either option, honestly.
>>5254002Current is better, in my opinion.
>>5254002I think you should set an schedule - that is to say, post at an consistent rate instead of having a big number of updates and then having none for a big amount of time.
>>5254002I love the current system, but If you are overwhelmed, make a schedule. And keep in mind what >>5253980 posted. This is one of, if not the slowest board on 4chan. In my opinion, you shouldn't make new treads until at least a thousand replies, maybe more.
>>5253966thanks so much for running! this was rlly fun
>>5254042>>5253980Ok, gotcha. In that case, is there any way to change archive descriptions to reflect that, or would I have to re-archive things once the thread’s about to die?
>>5254079I'm not that knowledgeable on the technical side of archiving, but someone on /qtg/ is sure to give you an answer.
just stumbled across this quest, good shit. a little annoyed that I was to late to vote.
>>5254079I'm 90% certain suptg auto-updates archived threads till they fall off the board.
>>5254079>>5254568Is right, it does auto update. Don't worry aboutdescriptions they are just for show.
Character sheet and social links here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-6tdU1qD2gDT7ycfFL6Tx5uBckLIYpSjSTmQaLBBCw0/editI won’t be able to run today, as I’m busy for most of it, but I should be able to kick things off again tomorrow, and then on Sunday as well. See you then!
>>5253966BLEACH QUEST: SHINIGAMI SCHEMER #2It had been a few days since you had entered the Shin'ō Academy. Things had progressed slowly after the relatively hectic first couple of days, that partially being down to the fact that you didn’t see a need to rock the boat or push as things were. You had gained Shin’s trust, and presumably Kazeko’s as well, and you were training with Tsukuya, meaning it was only a matter of time before you had her wrapped around your finger too. Not to mention, that little stunt with the nobles and the conversation with Tsukuya afterwards had boosted your standing in the public eye - people thought of you as someone who would stand up for others if you felt like they needed it, and even if they didn’t, the very fact that Nohara-sama saw fit to talk to you meant you must be someone to keep in mind. Everything was in a good position to move forward.Today, however, was special. After all, it had the potential of making or breaking you as a shinigami - it was vital to your future career and life. Today, you would be given your asauchi.“…Your zanpakuto is a part of you, and you should treat it as such…” you heard the instructor drone on in the back of your head, even as you leant forward on your desk, feigning sleep. Beside you, Shin fidgeted, clearly bored, while Kazeko watched with rapt attention on your other side, the three of you sitting near the centre of the hall like where you had sat on the first day. Three rows down from you, Tsukuya almost jumped as she tried to ignore the little balls of paper you were flicking at the back of her head, her reaction and the intense, hateful glare that you could feel on the back of your head from Tsunayashiro, the boy whose nose you had broken, causing you to smirk.You…>Nudge Shin, and try and get him in on annoying Tsukuya>Ask Kazeko what she knows about zanpakuto>Whisper something to Tsukuya (write-in?)>Do something to piss Tsunayashiro off even more (write-in?)>Sleep until you get your asauchiHello everyone, and welcome back! I’ll have this vote run overnight, and update in the morning so we can have a full day of running like on Monday and Tuesday. Hope you’re as excited to get back to things as I am!
>>5255335>Ask Kazeko what she knows about zanpakuto
>>5255335>Ask Kazeko what she knows about zanpakutoBeing annoying has it's time, but as someone with a DREAM, we must acquire knowledge that's important
>>5255335>>Ask Kazeko what she knows about zanpakuto
>>5255335You lazily flick your eyes to the side, eying up Kazeko, the girl’s stare towards the instructor unbroken. “Oi, Kazeko,” You whisper, crossing your arms in front of your face as you continue to ‘sleep’. “You’re into this sort of stuff?”“Yes.” She replied instantly, her quiet voice meaning she didn’t even have to whisper to not be heard by anyone else over the instructor. “I’ve handled weapons for as long as I can remember, so…”“Right.” You mutter, turning your gaze back to the instructor: “So I’m guessin’ you know a lot about zanpakuto and shit, then?”At that, she shook her head almost imperceptibly. “No. They’re the weapons of justice with which shinigami cast judgement on hollows and strike them down for their crimes, and they’re also the perfect implement for an honourable duel, as what better to defend your honour than a weapon that is part of yourself?”A light filled her eyes as she said that, even as she kept staring straight ahead. You took a note of that. “I see…”Shin bumped you then, gesturing over to the front of the class. “Hey man, wake up. It’s sword time!”You made a show of leaning up straight and stretching out, even throwing a yawn in there. “Alright, alright, I’m up. How’s this shit even work, then?”The instructor shot you an annoyed glare. “A pleasure for you to join us, Hokkyokusei, and a good question besides. Why don’t you come down here first, and you can see how this shit works yourself, hmm?”A patter of laughter ran through the class, mostly from Tsunayashiro and his cronies, plus people who didn’t know any better. You shrugged, getting up and lazily wandering down the steps as if you didn’t realise how crucial this truly was to your career.The instructor waited for you to come, before taking one of the asauchi and holding it out to you, hilt first. “Claim it.” He stated simply but firmly, and the class went silent, all watching you in anticipation.You…>Take hold of it with trepidation>Excitedly grab it>Coolly claim it with complete calm and confidence>Refuse (why?)
>>5255913>Coolly claim it with complete calm and confidence
>>5255913>Excitedly grab itAs much as i like the cover of being "cool", let's not turn danketsu into "le cool and calm donut steel"
>>5255913>Refuse (why?)>“Where is the other one.”>Dual wielding time!
>>5255917>>5255922>>5255923>>5255925>>5255930Confidence wins, writing.
>>5255923This is also not how zanpakuto work. You’d only be given a second asauchi if you were like Kyoraku in that for whatever reason you had gained a second zanpakuto spirit and were incapable of imprinting on a single asauchi.
>>5255913You step up, calmly and firmly grasping the blade’s hilt. The instructor let go in the same instant, allowing you to fully hold and look at your new zanpakuto. It didn’t feel quite right in your hand, the katana seeming short to you as you thought about what Kazeko had said prior to your fight with Shin. You reasoned that that feeling would fade in time, once you got more used to things, and you looked to the instructor, an eyebrow raised.“That all? That’s it? I was kinda expectin’… I dunno, fireworks or somethin’. I haven’t missed somethin’, have I?” You asked, genuinely a little surprised that nothing more had happened, that you hadn’t felt something fundamentally within you change as soon as you made contact with the sword.Your instructor shook his head, handing you a sheath. “No, that’s all. Congratulations.” You shrugged, tying the saya to your waist and sheathing your new weapon in it, before wandering back to your seat, as the instructor called the next member of your class down.Once everyone had been given their asauchi, the instructor continued, saying “Just because you’ve been given a zanpakuto, don’t think you’re anywhere close to being a full-fledged shinigami yet. Your goal now is to imprint your spirit into that asauchi, to turn it from a blank canvas to something that is inexorably yours. You can do this through simply working with your zanpakuto, or through jinzen, sword meditation.” You nodded at your seat, remembering jinzen as being something your father had talked about as being vitally important.“It takes most shinigami many years to properly imprint on their zanpakuto, and many years after that to learn its name. Do not feel ashamed if it takes you longer than your peers, or if you never do it at all - many currently serving shinigami have never managed it either.” He paused for a second, looking at all of you, before sighing. “You’re dismissed for the day. I recommend getting to grips with your new weapons, as we’ll begin zanjutsu classes from tomorrow.” With that, the old instructor walked out of the room, and the class exploded into chatter.“Hey, Danketsu! Let’s spar again now that we’ve got our real weapons!” Shin exclaimed, while Kazeko stood and began to walk away, presumably to the training ground. Tsunayashiro also began walking in that direction, while Tsukuya remained in place, eyes closed.You…>Take Shin’s offer>Follow Kazeko and Tsunayashiro>Bother Tsukuya>Decide to leave by yourself and get to grips with your new sword solo>Decide to leave by yourself and attempt Jinzen
>>5255951>Follow Kazeko and TsunayashiroI have a bad feeling...or nor. might be interest to just watch though
>>5255951>Decide to leave by yourself and attempt JinzenMaybe the old man was right.
>>5255951>Decide to leave by yourself and attempt Jinzengotta make it feel right
>>5255951>Follow Kazeko and Tsunayashiro
>>5255951>Decide to leave by yourself and attempt JinzenA boy should learn how to handle his sword in private.
>>5255955>>5255957>>5255959>>5255961>>5255963Looks like it’s jinzen time.
>>5255951“Sorry Shin, but not this time.” You sigh as you stand up, making it seem like you’re actually disappointed. Shin looks at you confused as you continue. “I’m gonna go do that jinzen thing the old man mentioned. I dunno, somethin’ about it seems important.”You walk out to the steps down to the door, before turning back to him, smirking. “If you wanna fight, go follow Kazeko. I’m sure she’ll wanna spar you - she was goin’ ta the trainin’ ground, after all.” The larger boy nodded at that, standing up himself.“Yeah, you’re right. Well, if you can do that jinzen whatever, let me know about it, yeah?” He said, before running off after Kazeko and Tsunayashiro. You watched him go. You’d been certain that Tsunayashiro had followed after Kazeko to try and humiliate her like you’d done him, or worse. You were pretty sure she could handle him herself, but… No need to take chances when I haven’t even used her yet.You step out to an empty training ground, sitting down seiza-style and laying your new zanpakuto across your legs as you did. You recalled what your father had said about jinzen - how it was vital to contacting your zanpakuto to eventually gain your shikai, but how the meditation was different for everyone. His experience couldn’t help you.“Well, here goes nothin’…” You sigh…>Roll me 3d10 for jinzen, DC hidden.
Rolled 4, 7, 3 = 14 (3d10)>>5255976Is it just me or has Danketsu's speech gotten rougher over the last 2-3 updates?
Rolled 9, 6, 5 = 20 (3d10)>>5255976Let's see
Rolled 2, 5, 2 = 9 (3d10)>>5255976Awaken, my Master!
>>525598820, huh? Okay, writing.>>5255982Interesting observation. Who knows whether you’re just overthinking things?
>>5255982Nah it's been the same the whole time
>>5255976You screw your eyes shut for what seems like hours. You slow your breathing, pay less attention to your surroundings, focus only on your mind and your sword… And almost feel like giving up. Nothing’s happening. Until… it clicks.You open your eyes again, and you’re no longer in the training ground. You’re in… a room? You can’t see much of anything around you other than what you’re sitting on… some kind of animal skin? All of the rest of the room fades out into static more than an arm’s length away from you. Despite that though… you can hear a fire crackling not far away from you, despite not being able to see it.Could it be that the room exists, but you just can’t see it? Why is that?You hear a creak, though it sounds… off. Distorted. And then footsteps, those too sounding wrong. A shadowy hand, enshrouded in fog reaches out to you, accompanied by words that you can’t make out or understand. You don’t trust this.You don’t trust anything, especially not this, whatever it is. But then you remember the confidence you took your zanpakuto with, and you remember that whatever this is, it’s a part of you. And so you reach out to it, some of the fog flying away to reveal human fingers, reaching out to you. The two of you are about to touch, when…You awaken.With a start, you realise it’s pitch black. You had thought you had only been out here for a few minutes, but it looked like it had been hours. You began to get up to head back into the dorm, when you looked down. Your zanpakuto had shifted, morphed. It was longer now, not quite a nodachi but still bigger than any normal katana. The tsuba had changed too, going from the standard rectangular guard to a more angular one, that reminded you a bit of… a lightning bolt. And the wrappings on the hilt had changed colour into a deep, dark blue, the ends of which fluttered loosely from the end of the hilt.You checked your waist, realising your sheath had changed size to match, and as you stood, your sword fit in your hand perfectly, like it was the weapon you were meant to wield. You sheathed your blade, smiling, as you headed back to the dorm, finally realising what you had done.“Late again, Hokkyokusei. You realise that- Well, I never…” Your instructor paused as you walked into class the next morning, purposefully late as you had been getting into the habit of doing. “In all my years, I have never seen a student imprint on their asauchi in a single day.”“It’s only natural.” You smirked. “It’s a part of me, right?” You felt… something… from your sword as you said that, the feeling making you grin even wider.“Excuse me for a moment.” The instructor said, leaving the room, as you walked to your seat, everyone in the class having eyes on you. You…>Ignore the stares to go to ‘sleep’>Ask Kazeko and Shin what they did yesterday>Speak to the class as a whole (write-in?)>Other? (write-in)
>>5256009>Ask Kazeko and Shin what they did yesterday
Ask Kazeko and Shin what they did yesterday
>>5256014>>5256015>>5256018>>5256022Talking to the two wins.
Seems like we're not doing a great job of not standing out so far
A bit of feedback Wormmy: I recommend deciding on a tense (past or present) and stick with it. A common problem with new quests/writers is using them both, usually accidentally, as you're doing it now>>5255951>You step up, calmly and firmly grasping the blade’s hilt>You reasoned that that feeling would fade in time, once you got more used to things, and you looked to the instructor, an eyebrow raised.>>5255976>“Sorry Shin, but not this time.” You sigh as you stand up>let me know about it, yeah?” He said, before running off>>5256009>You screw your eyes shut for what seems like hours. You slow your breathing>“Excuse me for a moment.” The instructor said, leaving the room, as you walked to your seatPresent tense seems to be common in quests while past tense common with books. But mixing them kind of makes things feel a bit off. I made this same mistake in the beginning too, don't worryOtherwise you're doing good chief!
>>5256040To be fair, I don't think you can really hide the changed asauchi in the class for it.
>>5256009“So, what’d you two get up ta while I was gone yesterday? Can’t imagine ya accomplished much without me.’ You smirk, almost failing to keep your arrogance out of your voice. Kazeko looks over to you, annoyed.“You made me clean up your mess.” She states simply, but it was all she needed to - she knew that you’d known why Tsunayashiro had gone after her, and that you’d chosen not to do anything about it personally.Instead of being embarrassed, or apologising, you shrug, taking it in stride as you lean back in your seat, resting your arms on the back of Shin and Kazeko’s chairs. “Well, it’s not like it was a hard one to clean. That glass’s barely even half-full, and you know it.” You say not loudly, but clearly, as you stare at not Kazeko, but Tsunayashiro himself, the other boy clearly getting the insinuation by the way his face flushes, but unable to retort.Kazeko kept up the annoyed act for a moment more, before shaking her head, irritation already forgotten. On your other side, Shin, who had missed all of the subtext, simply looks between the three of you, confused, before shrugging himself. “Dunno what you’re talking about, but man, you should’ve seen her yesterday. She’s better than you are, Danketsu!”“Oh really?” You reply, feigning surprise. That had been obvious from the moment she had corrected your form days ago, but… Shin wasn’t used to this stuff. He’d get there eventually. “Tell me more.”“Well first-““Where were you yesterday?”“Hmm?” You hum, looking up to see Nohara Tsukuya staring back down at you.“I said, where were you? You and I have an agreement, you realise.”“Oh, we do?” You ask, stroking your chin. “I don’t remember signing anything, or even shaking your hand, so…”“Stop playing around with me.” She spits at you with a frigid glare.“Sorry, can’t. Just in my nature. Besides, it’s too much fun to stop.” You respond, meeting her glare with a smirk and a wink.“Ugh!” She exclaims, stomping back to her seat, as the instructor re-enters the room.You…>Decide to pay attention (Play out the next few weeks in more detail, make more specific choices about what to train/who to speak to)>Sleep (general increases across the board, skip to next important event)
>>5256050Cheers for the feedback, I really appreciate it! I’ve actually noticed myself doing that already, I thought I had a handle on it but clearly not. I’ll do my best to be more vigilant with it but just bear with me if I mess it up a few times.
>>5256057>Sleep (general increases across the board, skip to next important event)
>>5256057Fuck, I completely forgot about the spar we promised. What do?
>>5256057>Decide to pay attention (Play out the next few weeks in more detail, make more specific choices about what to train/who to speak to)Kinda want to at least once interact with Nohara, since really did promise her a sparring opponent. Maybe also figure out Kazeko's level>>5256059No worries, you'll get the hang of it quickly, I'm sure. Just reread from start to finish after writing it up to just find these things and after a while you'll automatically do it
>>5256057>Decide to pay attention (Play out the next few weeks in more detail, make more specific choices about what to train/who to speak to)>Go train withNohara.>>5256065We can do that now.
>>5256057>Decide to pay attention (Play out the next few weeks in more detail, make more specific choices about what to train/who to speak to)
>Decide to pay attention (Play out the next few weeks in more detail, make more specific choices about what to train/who to speak to)I mean, we literally learned to use our Zanpakuto in a single day. That's very rare. I'd reckon what follows will be interesting.
>>5256062>>5256069>>5256070>>5256072Alright, so paying attention for these few weeks wins, specifically with you going to train with Tsukuya now. Something’s come up so I’ll have to pause for a bit, but update should come in at most an hour and a half.
>>5256081True, but bear in mind Soul Society and the Seireitei move very slowly in comparison to the human world. It will have an impact, but it’d be a mistake to assume that it’ll be immediate.
>>5256091I'm more so talking about the fact that, for example, all our friends are going to be talking about it since we're the only one in a class with the cool sword
>Decide to pay attention (Play out the next few weeks in more detail, make more specific choices about what to train/who to speak to)
>>5256057You sit through the class, bored, as your instructor begins going through the basics of zanjutsu and wielding a zanpakuto. It was all stuff you’d heard before from your father, but you still keep an ear out, just in case he mentioned something your father had missed or skipped over, on account of his infrequent use of the art.You find yourself disappointed by the time the class is over, realising now that you would only be going through the very basics, at least for the time being. You stand, cracking your neck before you run your hand through your hair, and walk down the aisle to the door, jerking your head towards it as you pass Tsukuya and look at her.“Wha-“ She began to ask, both incensed at the way you were addressing her and confused as to why, before you interrupt her.“You wanted to train, right? Come on then. Haven’t got all day.” You say simply, before turning and walking away. A moment passes, the room being filled by only the sound of your footsteps, before you hear her scrambling to get up behind you. You smile.——You stand across from Tsukuya, staring her down. “So, how’dya wanna do this?” You ask.She simply stares at you, raising an eyebrow. “Isn’t it obvious?” She asks, before rushing you.You…>Fight aggressively, focusing on strength and raw power>Take an evasive approach that uses your speed and shunpo>Fight defensively, focusing on your technical skill to try and beat her in a war of attrition
What were we best at again? I know it had something to do with Hoho.
>>5256156>Take an evasive approach that uses your speed and shunpo>>5256157It was Hoho.
>>5256156>Take an evasive approach that uses your speed and shunpoWe try to hide our potential and act dismissive/aloof, right? Then this style of fighting should fit us best. Attacking or defending means we show our hand
>>5256156>>Take an evasive approach that uses your speed and shunpo
>>5256156>Take an evasive approach that uses your speed and shunpo
>>5256156>Take an evasive approach that uses your speed and shunpoI'm tempted to go aggressively, since she saw us fight and no doubt expects us to be evasive, but maintaining an aloof façade is worth it anyway.
We're going to lose, though, aren't we? We're not the best at Shunpo. And we're not using our personal zanpakuto, so we get that same disadvantage, right?
>>5256159>>5256162>>5256164>>5256165>>5256166Evasion is unanimous. Roll me 3d10, DC 17, crit 24
Rolled 8, 9, 1 = 18 (3d10)>>5256170
>>5256169Shunpo is part of Hoho, which is the shinigami art you’re the most naturally talented at. It’s still ‘rudimentary’ because you’re not well practiced compared to a shinigami, but you know how to use it, which is more than any of your classmates could say.
Rolled 4, 10, 1 = 15 (3d10)>>5256170
Rolled 6, 5, 1 = 12 (3d10)>>5256170Rollin
Rolled 10, 5, 6 = 21 (3d10)>>5256170
>>5256172>>5256174>>5256176You pass, but only just. Seems Tsukuya’s better than you thought.
>>5256173DC 17? That's too easy, aren't we supposed to be evenly matched?
>>5256172Hmm, well that's close. Too bad it was one away, which meant we didn't get >>5256178But that's still a pass, so good
>>5256182Not really? She seems to be good, yes, but Danketsu has been hiding his power level his whole life, and he does seem to have some pretty big inborn talentDC 17 is also by no means easy. That's more than the average of a 3d10.
>>5256186Averages don't really matter when we get to roll three times. In my opinion, her DC should be at least 20.
>>5256182>aren't we supposed to be evenly matched?clearly not
>>5256193>averages don't really matterI don't think you understand how dice work.If you take three rolls of a 10-sided die, the average result will be 16. There is literally only a 6% chance that you'll get 20Tsukaya is good and all, but what makes you think she's even close to being as hard as the equivalent of a crit? If she was that good, why the hell would she have bothered asking to train with us? In fact, if she was that good, she might as well have just turned into an shinigami without going through the academy, and she'd have gotten her zanpakuto in a single day.Point is, you're either overballing her or underestimating the rarity of 20+ in 3d10
>>5256156Tsukuya charges forward, leading with a right punch. She’s faster than you might’ve thought, and so genuinely only barely avoid her hit, managing to slip your head around it. She follows up with a left jab to your face which you parry, redirecting her momentum rather than outright blocking, to which she responds with a roundhouse kick. You sway back at the waist, flipping backwards as she follows you, sending a flurry of attacks your way that you are able to dodge easier now that you’re warmed up, constantly just barely staying out of her range by skipping backwards.You grin as it begins to dawn on her that the reason that you were able to do much the same to Shin hadn’t been because he was unskilled, but rather because you were actually that good. You decide to twist the nail in further, saying “Is that all, Tsukuya-chan? If I just wanted to run around like this for an hour, I would’ve just fought Tsunayashiro again! At least he made me use shunpo!”“Shut up!” She shouts back, frustrated. Your smirk grows wider as you dodge under a wide swing and surge forward suddenly, catching her by surprise as suddenly your face is mere centimetres away from her own.“I think I-“ You swiftly dodge backwards, Tsukuya’s short uppercut cleanly missing you.“This is a spar.” She says, glaring at you icily. “Take it seriously, or it won’t be happening again.”You shrug, throwing up your hands. “I mean, I’m the one doing you a favour by being here, but whatever you say, Nohara-sama.”“Stop treating me li-“You…>Rush in aggressively while she’s distracted>Use shunpo to confuse her>Pepper her with kido - this was hakuda training, but you’d never said you wouldn’t use kido too
>>5256197>Pepper her with kido - this was hakuda training, but you’d never said you wouldn’t use kido tooShe said to take it seriously, right? Let's take it seriously.
>>5256197>Rush in aggressively while she’s distracted
>>5256182Remember, Danketsu had direct training from a standing, seated officer for over 20 years. Even if Seinaru isn’t very good at hakuda in the grand scheme of things, that’s still way better than the training noble children could get outside of certain families like the Shihoin or the Kuchiki.
>>5256197>Rush in aggressively while she’s distracted>"Oh? So you want me to come up all close and personal? Isn't this too intimate for you?"
>>5256197>Use shunpo to confuse her
>>5256196I admit you are right. What confused me was the fact that the noble we fought earlier had a DC of 18. I assumed she was significantly stronger than him.
>>5256210I'm going to say that it's because we're better at shunpo than the one we were using (zanjutso)
>>5256210It’s because of the difference in what the goal was. Had you just been just trying to dodge Tsunayashiro like you were here, the DC would have been much lower, but you were rolling to completely humiliate him, which is of course much harder.>>5256198>>5256199>>5256202>>5256203>>5256212>>5256204Rushing in wins. Roll me 3d10+1, +1 is for distraction. Same DC as before.
Rolled 4, 2, 3 + 1 = 10 (3d10 + 1)>>5256215
Rolled 7, 4, 1 + 1 = 13 (3d10 + 1)>>5256215Rollerino!
Rolled 1, 10, 3 + 1 = 15 (3d10 + 1)>>5256215
Rolled 2, 8, 3 = 13 (3d10)>>5256215
>>5256217>>5256218>>5256222Narrow failure, even with the distraction. Writing
Ooh, a fail. This is going to be interesting
>>5256197“-ke a joke!”By the time Tsukuya finishes screaming at you, you were already in her face, punch flying towards her. She manages to dodge it, just like you had avoided her first strike, and retaliates with a short gut strike you didn’t have the time to avoid. The hit doubles you over, winding you due to how unexpected the counter was, but not enough to mean you don’t avoid the follow-up by flash-stepping backwards quickly.“Y’know, you’re right, Tsukuya-chan,” You say after a moment passes between you, clutching your stomach and panting for breath. “It’s in my nature to play around with everything, and you make it so damn easy, but… I almost forgot. You’re actually worth my time.” You rise back up to your full height, no longer winded. “So I’ll do what you ask… and treat you right.”“What-“ You’re in her face again in an instant with a shunpo, and whatever the girl was going to say is forgotten as she meets your kick with her own. You chamber your leg back, wincing, as she seems none the worse for wear. It’s obvious that going blow for blow won’t work - she’s better than you at hakuda. There’s a reason she wanted to fight like this specifically. You trade blows for a few moments while you think. You…>Stay the course. You’ll almost certainly lose the fight, but it might make her like you more.>Add in kido attacks to give yourself the advantage.>You’re in close, so drawing your sword only makes sense.>Use hit and run tactics, quickly engaging and disengaging with flash steps.
>>5256236>Stay the course. You’ll almost certainly lose the fight, but it might make her like you more.She asked us to practice hakuda, let's stick to the deal for now
>>5256236>Use hit and run tactics, quickly engaging and disengaging with flash steps.
>>5256236>Stay the course. You’ll almost certainly lose the fight, but it might make her like you more.Danketsu should get a kick out of seeing her surprise when we actually stick to a deal for once.
>>5256236>>Use hit and run tactics, quickly engaging and disengaging with flash steps.
>>5256236>Stay the course. You’ll almost certainly lose the fight, but it might make her like you more.
>>5256242She also wants is to take her seriously though.
>>5256242>>5256244>>5256245>>5256247>>5256249Stay the course wins. Alright, roll me 3d10 again, DC 20 as you’re now making this purely a hakuda fight. Crit 27, something special at 30
Rolled 9, 5, 3 = 17 (3d10)>>5256259
>>5256236>Use hit and run tactics, quickly engaging and disengaging with flash steps.Think about It for a moment, why would she like us more for handing her the victory?
Rolled 9, 10, 2 = 21 (3d10)>>5256259This is. A bad. Idea.
>>5256262Not if we roll well it isn't!Thank the dice gods.
Rolled 1, 3, 2 = 6 (3d10)>>5256259last one.
>>5256262Pass! Well done, you don’t lose immediately!
>>5256259>spoilerIs it handholding
>>5256236You backpedal for a moment, Tsukuya assuming that means you’re about to dodge her next flurry like you had before and so pauses her attack, waiting to see what you do. In that moment of hesitation, you pounce, doing something that you rarely, if ever, see - you grapple her.Shocked as she is, she’s completely undefended, allowing you to wrestle her to the ground easily, knocking her glasses off her face in the process. You rise up, basically straddling her, while she looks at you in bewilderment. You waste no time, firing a punch down at her that she dodges on pure instinct, and as she looks at your fist down on the ground and back up at you, she suddenly seems to remember that she’s in a fight, flushing and pushing you off of her with her feet. You both recover quickly, you at the ready while she looks embarrassed, thinking about your next move.You…>Grapple again. She doesn’t seem to know how to defend against a takedown properly.>Go for a barrage, focusing on a number of hits rather than power. She won’t be able to defend them all.>Put her in a position where she has to take a power blow from you. She won’t be able to withstand that.>Other (write-in)?
>>5256278>Grapple again. She doesn’t seem to know how to defend against a takedown properly.
>>5256278>Go for a barrage, focusing on a number of hits rather than power. She won’t be able to defend them all.Wear her down before getting to the wrestling...
>>5256278>>Put her in a position where she has to take a power blow from you. She won’t be able to withstand that.
>>5256278>Go for a barrage, focusing on a number of hits rather than power. She won’t be able to defend them all.Danketsu seems to be good at speed.
>>5256278>Go for a barrage, focusing on a number of hits rather than power. She won’t be able to defend them all.
>>5256280>>5256281>>5256283>>5256285>>5256286Barrage wins, writing in 10 mins.
>>5256294Wait, what am I saying - roll me 3d10, DC 19, crit 28.
Rolled 7, 4, 1 = 12 (3d10)>>5256298
Rolled 10, 3, 8 = 21 (3d10)>>5256298
Rolled 8, 3, 10 = 21 (3d10)>>5256298>Grapple again. She doesn’t seem to know how to defend against a takedown properly.
>>5256301Pass again. Danketsu is very quickly getting to grips with hakuda.
>>5256278You push in close again, despite Tsukuya’s embarrassment. If she’s not focusing on the fight, then that’s not your problem - she even asked for you to take her seriously, so you cut out the chat for a bit. This time her getting distracted wasn’t your fault.Despite this, she still reacts excellently to the headkick you threw out, and easily blocks the three short jabs you throw with your left. Seeing that, you drop your right, having hoped to focus her guard on the opposite side to leave her open to it, but the opportunity was gone.She lashes out with a straight kick, which you avoid with another sway back, using that to transition into a flash kick. You nail Tsukuya in the chin, being the first solid hit you’ve gotten all fight. You surge forward to capitalise on her reeling from it, but she recovers, catching your punch and using your momentum to throw you over her shoulder.You land heavily on your back, momentarily having your breath taken away. Your eyes widen as you see her raise her leg, and you roll out of the way of the vicious stomp that might have broken your nose if you hadn’t. You roll to your feet, seeing her almost pouting, and you sigh, dropping your fists, and opening your mouth to speak-You leap forward and hit her in the face with a punch, the girl having fallen for your little trick. She stumbles backwards, wiping at her split lip. “Why…” she mumbles, before shakily standing up straight. “Why aren’t you taking me seriously still?”You blink at her, genuinely confused. “I am-““No!” She shouts, stopping you. “You’re not. You aren’t even using shunpo anymore, let alone kido and everything else. And you’ve kept that annoying, irritating mouth shut, even though I know that you’d love to spout off all your shit right now. Why are you still treating me like a joke!?”>”I am taking you seriously. You wanted to train hakuda, so I’m using that. What’s the problem?”>”I just don’t want to hurt you by going all out.”>”You don’t deserve to see me trying.”>Write-in?
>>5256323>”I am taking you seriously. You wanted to train hakuda, so I’m using that. What’s the problem?”>"If you want more, beat me with hakuda first."
>>5256323>”I am taking you seriously. You wanted to train hakuda, so I’m using that. What’s the problem?”>"If you want more, beat me with hakuda first.">that blushDANKETSU STRIKES AGAIN
>>5256323You gaze at the girl across from you, who seemed to be having some sort of crisis. Your mind whirs, but none of it shows on your face, the only thing on your mind being how best to play this unexpected turn of events to your advantage.For whatever reason, it seemed that your opinion - no, approval - had become important to her, despite, or even perhaps because of, the irreverence with which you had been treating her before. However, because of that, you reasoned that, just this once, irreverence had no place here. So you went against your nature, both real and feigned, and gave an answer that she would think was both genuine and entirely serious.“I am takin’ ya seriously, Tsukuya-chan. I said as much, didn’t I? You’re the one who wanted ta practice hakuda, and I was just tryin’ to honour that. Just tryin’ to keep my promise. Didn’t know ya wanted more from me all this time.”She stops, staring at you, seeming uncharacteristically vulnerable. “If ya want all I can give, I’ll give it to ya. But beat me in hakuda first. I know ya can do it.”Her eyes widen, before narrowing in determination. She rushes forward, her strikes harder, faster, and more direct than they had been before.>Roll me 3d10, DC 24, crit 30
Rolled 10, 9, 2 = 21 (3d10)>>5256371
Rolled 8, 6, 8 = 22 (3d10)>>5256371It would be real awkward to succeed here, huh?
Rolled 2, 4, 5 = 11 (3d10)>>5256371
>>5256375We ain't making it easy for her that's for sure
>>5256375You’re telling me. If you’d failed the DC by 15 or more, Tsukuya would’ve accused you of throwing, so the real DC was more like 8 or 9.>Narrow failure, writing
>>5256371>that smileFlag raised. Unfortunately, Danketsu only has eyes for his ambition, or something.
>>5256385Ambition can be adapted to include the tsundere noble.
>>5256385>Unfortunately, Danketsu only has eyes for his ambition, or something.To be fair, we don't even know what his ambition is. But yeah. Of course, ultimately, ambition doesn't mean you will refuse to do anything friendly with anyone, even manipulating bastards still have friends and family of their own.The difference, of course, is that they are much more willing to use those people to their own benefit.
>>5256371To her credit, what you said about her was right. You do what you can to dodge and parry her attacks, but every now and then, she manages to just clip you and throw you off your rhythm just a little bit. Every counter you throw is blocked or stifled entirely before you can even truly attack, further ruining your rhythm.Slowly, those clips turn into brushes, and those brushes into clean hits, and clean hits into power strikes. It didn’t help matters that you didn’t truly have the stamina for longer, drawn out physical fights like this - you were more suited to throwing out Kido all day, just as Tsukuya herself had implied.Still, you’d committed - and the payoff for this would likely be well worth it. Tsukuya breaks through your guard one final time, and nails you cleanly. You fall to the ground, completely spent, while she falls along with, not expecting the lack of resistance. She catches herself before she actually falls onto you, where she finds you smiling brightly at her.“Well done, Tsukuya-chan. See? I toldja you could do it.”She quickly stands up, flushing, as you slowly stand as well. “I um, well, I-“You…>Write-in
>Immediately sweep her out from beneath her feet, then follow up with a blast of Kido. "I didn't hear anyone call for a break!"IT'S WHAT SHE WANTS
>>5256395>"Shhh. Next time, we'll take it a step further.">Walk away
>>5256395Serious vote:>Raise a hand. "Alright, help me up here. Next time we'll kick things up a notch. How does Hoho sound?"Lay on the camaraderie while also setting up a promise for a later date.
>>5256395>Raise a hand. "Alright, help me up here. Next time we'll kick things up a notch. How does Hoho sound?"
Oh hey, she didn't even react to us calling her Tsukuya-chan. She must be flustered.
>>5256395>"Thanks for the sparring, I rarely train with someone worth my time. Let's kick thing's up a notch next time, how does that sound?
>>5256399>>5256403>>5256405>>5256417Taking all of these into account. Writing
>>5256395You briefly consider hitting her again and saying that no one said the match was over, but… That’d probably undermine the message you’d just been sending, and you were probably too tired to pull it off effectively besides. Instead, you smirked, irreverence back in full swing as you waved her off. “It was a good spar. You really are the only one here worth my time, you know. Let’s kick it up a notch next time. I could show you the basics of shunpo?”“Y-yeah.” She mumbles, looking away from you. “That sounds… good.” You can’t resist.“And we could take things… a step further, if you’re up for it.” You whisper in her ear, having used shunpo to suddenly appear behind her. Tsukuya yelps, jumping and swiftly turning to face you, looking more bashful than you’d ever seen her before. “Um… I…”You laugh at her reaction, causing her to first calm down, and then get irritated at you having fun at her expense. “You, you… asshole! Stop making fun of me!”You look at her with another smirk on your face. “Oh, come on, Tsukuya-chan. Don’t act like ya don’t like it.”“I- You- Ugh!” She grunts like she had to you before, but this time you can see her smiling. “Whatever. You’d best be here, on time, for next time. You wouldn’t like what I’ll do if you aren’t.”“Aye aye, ma’am.” You respond, lazily saluting, to which she looks at you with an exasperated expression, before she laughs, looking happy for the first time since you’d met her.“Bye, Danketsu-kun.” She simply states, before walking away, with a noticeable slip in her step. You watch her go, before you sink to the ground, with a hand on your face.You can’t help it. It’s so cliche, but… you laugh. Louder and louder, you laugh into your hand, in disbelief. How could it all have gone so well? Just like that, you’d snapped up the greatest prize available to you, and she was almost completely yours already. You could scarcely believe it.If gaining pawns was this easy, getting everything would be a cakewalk.BLEACH QUEST: SHINIGAMI SCHEMER #2 ENDAnd that’s that! I’ll update social links and the character sheet tomorrow, and I’ll be around for questions and discussion for a few hours if you have anything to say. Thanks for playing!
>>5256455>You can’t help it. It’s so cliche, but… you laugh. Louder and louder, you laugh into your hand, in disbelief."Oh, right! Danketsu-kun, I forgot to tell you some...thing... What are you doing?"BAD END
>>5256457Obviously, Danketsu is the real tsundere here
>>5256460>collect a band of loyal pawns for your ambition>realize that somewhere along the way you forgot your original goal and just enjoyed interacting with your hard-won friends>accepting this is too embarrassing, so you'll just conquer Soul Society nowI can see it.
So I know I asked you all this earlier during the run, but that was before what just happened did, and to tell you the truth, there isn’t much else significant you can do for the moment. You were extremely lucky and also picked good choices to get this outcome this quickly, so I’ll ask you this one more time: would you like to skip a few weeks ahead and have your first meeting? Feel free to vote on this for the next few days as i won’t be able to run again until Sunday, so I’ll tally Saturday evening.
>>5256455Thanks for running!
>>5256464Honestly I feel like a few days of busywork after making such insane progress would be a nice, short break for pacing and connecting with our new minions, but I'd be alright with moving the plot along if it'll keep your interest.
>>5256464I'd say that outright skipping feels wrong, but you could speed up time a little. Have the next thing happen in two or three days for example. Nothing necessarily important or that would last too long.This way we get to the thing quick without losing out on interesting interactions with the friends and best girl tsukuya
>>5256464Go ahead and skip, QM.
Oh yes, and another thing, while i certainly love the "update over a whole day", i've seen far too many QMs have a lot of updates and burn out and abandon the questSo i'd say, go at whichever pace you feel is best. I like this quest, so i'd hate to see it get dropped like 90% of quests eventually do.
>>5256471>>5256470>>5256468Alright, noted. It’s not that I’m getting bored of the Academy stuff, far from it - I just know there must be at least a few people wondering when a few canon characters will come into play, so wanted to accommodate them if they ended up being the majority.
>>5256472Oh don’t worry, if I’m getting burnt out I’ll let you know. Part of the reason I committed to this quest is because I want to see it through, and part of my motivation in that is all of you guys playing along. I don’t care how long it takes, we’ll get to the end, and we’ll do it right too.
>>5256464I'm fine with skipping, but in that case I would like it if we got an interlude to get an idea of what we actually did. How we interact with our friends, what we learned, what gossip we overhear about ourselves, that type of stuff. Doesn't have to be long or anything though.I knew we would meet this fucker. Looking forward to it.
>>5256464We already accomplished our goal of gaining allies, might as well start the main story. Thanks for running, King.
>>5256477Don’t expect too much, even if he does show up next session. After all, we still have more than 50 years until TBTP (if that even happens…) but maybe one schemer will recognise another?
>>5256475>few people wondering when a few canon characters will come into playMeh, i'm not *that* interestedbecause i've never actually read/watched bleatch and have mo intention to, literally all i know is due to cultural osmosis
>>5256475I'm more interested in getting to know the MC and his friends than canon characters that we already know everything about
>>5256483Don't worry, I expect no such thing. Judging by how far back in the timeline you started, it's pretty obvious that we are in for the long haul. Too early for anything earth shattering. But still, between our young schemer and The Keikaku Master, there is bound to be something. A seed sown that we will reap later.We are gonna pull a Momo on Tsukuya one day, calling it now.
>>5256493>spoilerPersonally, i don't see it. Danketsu is a schemer allright, but he doesn't seem like an aizen-tier psychopath.
>>5256511You probably should.
>>5256511I mean, we literally know next to nothing about him. We know he has "an ambition" but what it is we don't know. He could be a total psycho for all we know, he is enough of a schemer that it would not be a big stretch from there.Though at the end of the day he is a PC so he will be as much of a psycho as we vote him to be. Or act as much like a psycho as we vote him to, at least
>>5256523Eh...i mean, you're right that we know very little, but it seems like he's putting more effort into friendship than required if he just wanted to go full aizen and start killing people left and rightFriends are good pawns, but they're also the kind of pawn that will lash out if you do something against their values. If all he wanted was replaceable pawns, he could have easily gathered a big following of bootlicking noble children
>>5256535Him making an effort to make good friends doesn't mean he can't be a psychopath too. Good friends make much more useful pawns then an army of bootlickers. Yeah, they lash out if you do something they don't like, but you just have plan around it, manipulate information, influence decision, do things in secret. You know, classic schemer stuff. Hell, Aizen well liked and respected before his betrayal, especially by those close to him. No one even considered that he might be the one pulling the strings until he pulled the trigger. He played nice all the way to the end because it fit his plans. The affection he earned from everyone payed off for him big time, and the groundwork we lay now by making friends is likely to pay off for us too. What our goals are we don't know yet, and maybe we won't need to murder half the cast to achieve them, but there has been no indication so far that Danketsu is above doing such a thing if he needs to.
>>5256464personally, I wouldn't kind if you spend more time in the academy days. flesh out our relationships and personality. I can Imagine our MC forming actual bonds with his "friends" like a man might have a favourite shirt or a pet.
>our ambition was to make friends all along>Danketsu is just autistic as fuck and doesn't know how to express this in a healthy way because of his relationship with his dad
Social links and character sheet updated! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-6tdU1qD2gDT7ycfFL6Tx5uBckLIYpSjSTmQaLBBCw0/edit>>5256490>>5256630>>5256488Yeah, that’s valid. Seems consensus is more leaning towards playing things out, but we’ve still got a while for the vote. Don’t worry though - even if we end up skipping ahead, you’re meant to be in the shinigami academy for 7 years and Gin hasn’t been through to prove it can be done in 1 yet so there’d still be a lot of time spent with your classmates regardless.>>5256523>>5256535>>5256568Remember psychopaths are normally naturally charming, and people are drawn to them. Also like they said, Aizen was known for being basically the nicest, friendliest man in the Seireitei before things kicked off. And Danketsu’s goal might not require him to kill people - it could be entirely socially based, in which case time and relationships like this would be invaluable.
>>5257015>Danketsu’s goal might not require him to kill people - it could be entirely socially basedAnd so begins Danketsu-san wa Komyushou Desu. Feel free to substitute for any other "let's make friends" series since I can't think of any right off the top of my head.
Hmm...i'm interested to see what the fuck is this 'Clan's Curse' thing that Tsukuya is talking about.
>>5257092Arguably it’d be Danketsu’s Too Good At Communication, rather than the opposite.>>5257102Well if you’re interested, find a way to ask!
>>5257520>Well if you’re interested, find a way to ask!We'd have to learn about it in the first place. She hasn't mentioned the curse yet.
>>5256468>>5256470>>5256471>>5256477>>5256482>>5256488>>5256490>>5256630Alright, it’s looking like 3 for skip and 5 for playing things out, so I’m gonna call it here so I can get some notes properly straightened out for tomorrow. We’ll be going through the day to day for now, though probably with a bit more accelerated pace than we have been going up to this point. See you all tomorrow!
>>5256455BLEACH QUEST: SHINIGAMI SCHEMER RESUMEDYou wake before first light again, long since having gotten used to performing at 100% with minimal sleep. Besides, you reason to yourself, it’s not like you couldn’t get away with napping in class if you really needed it. You crack your neck, thinking about what to work on this morning. Realistically, the most optimal thing to go for would be kido, since unlike the other parts of the Zankensoki, that would be impossible to train effectively during classes, as you’d already know the early spells your “peers” would be working in and struggling with.The question then would be… what spell?>Choose a spell to work on and roll 3d10 for progress, DC 24 to learn it now on your first try >Hakufuku>Inemuri>Sekienton>Shakkaho>Gaki Rekko You walk into the classroom, fashionably late as always. Shin, Kazeko and Tsukuya were all already there, sat down, Shin and Kazeko having an empty seat inbeween them, obviously meant for you, while Tsukuya also had an empty seat by her, something that hadn’t been the case before. Shin grins as you enter, waving, while Kazeko only stares. Tsukuya tries to keep up her ice-cold attitude in front of everyone, but as she sees you, she can’t help but smile. You…>Sit between Kazeko and Shin>Sit with Tsukuya>Have the four of you sit together
Rolled 7, 10, 2 = 19 (3d10)>>5259518>Hakufuku>Have the four of you sit together
Rolled 5, 5, 5 = 15 (3d10)>>5259518>HakufukuSeems like the roight choice>Have the four of you sit togetherThis is the "friendlyman" choice, which is the identity we're building
>>5259528Huh, roll trips. How about that.
Rolled 6, 2, 3 = 11 (3d10)>>5259518>Shakkaho>Have the four of you sit togetherI imagine this will raise far more eyebrows then the other two options, but its a price worth paying.
>>5259525>>5259528>>5259535>Hakufuku19, so not quite mastered, but you’re almost there.>Four of you Alright, writing.
>>5259518You smile back at Tsukuya, before jerking your head towards Shin and Kazeko, glancing at the other two. The girl looks surprised, but after a moment gets the message, quietly standing up, picking up her things and following you up the stairs, an action that does not go unnoticed by anyone in the class.You sit between Shin and Kazeko, Tsukuya taking Shin’s other side. The Rukongai boy is shocked, looking between you and Tsukuya in confusion, but after a moment he shrugs, seemingly accepting it. You grin at that, leaning back in your chair and crossing your arms behind your head. “Shin, Kazeko, meet Tsukuya-chan. Tsukuya-chan, Shin and Kazeko.”Kazeko raises an eyebrow, but doesn’t say anything. It’s Tsukuya who speaks first. “Nice to meet you both properly.”Shin shifts in his chair, as if he’s not sure what to do. You realise this is likely the first time he’s speaking to a noble who isn’t actively antagonising him or who isn’t you, so he’s probably not sure exactly how to address the situation. “Y-Yeah. Nice ta meetcha.”Kazeko nods at Tsukuya, inclining her head, Tsukuya mirroring her action. The air between everyone seems… not tense, that wouldn’t be the right would. Apprehensive, maybe.You…>Try to break the ice now (how?)>Will get everyone to train together (what?) after class, that’ll put people at ease>Leave them to work it out themselves, you don’t necessarily need them all to be friends with each other
>>5259547>Try to break the ice now (how?)Propose the creation of a study group, explaining that everyone's different strengths will help support each other through the academy
>>5259547>Will get everyone to train together (what?) after class, that’ll put people at ease>Teach them Jinzen.
>>5259557That seems pretty reasonable, +1
>>5259553>>5259557>>5259560It’s been 30 minutes, so calling in favour of jinzen. Will have to take a short pause but update will be ready within an hour.
>>5259547You laugh, something that cuts through the tension easily. All three of the others look at you curiously, and you shake your head. “Instructor’s here.” You mutter with a grin, inclining your head to the door. “Let’s go out to the trainin’ ground after class, yeah? We can all talk then.” Kazeko shrugs, turning her attention back to the front, while Shin and Tsukuya both nod, doing the same.——The four of you sit in the training ground with your zanpakuto laid on your legs, much like you had done when you first attempted jinzen.“I thought you said we were gonna talk?” Shin asked, to which you just waved off.“Trainin’s the best kinda talk. Besides, you three needta know how ta do this anyway.” You begin to explain the process of jinzen to them, talking about what your father had taught you and your own experiences.>Roll 3d10 for explanation. No DC for this, rather your rolls will impact each of their DCs to perform jinzen successfully.
Rolled 6, 6, 6 = 18 (3d10)>>5259603
Rolled 10, 8, 4 = 22 (3d10)>>5259603Let's see if they can get it
Rolled 7, 1, 1 = 9 (3d10)>>52596031,1,1
Rolled 3, 3, 5, 3, 2, 2 = 18 (6d10)>>5259609>>5259611>>5259613Alright, now roll me 3d10 for how well your own jinzen goes, DC hidden
Rolled 7, 4, 3 = 14 (3d10)>>5259619
Rolled 1, 8, 1 = 10 (3d10)>>5259619
Rolled 5, 7, 4 = 16 (3d10)>>5259619
Rolled 3, 4, 9 = 16 (3d10)>>5259619
Rolled 6, 2, 2 = 10 (3d10)>>5259619
>>5259619Okay, writing now
>>5259603By the time you’re done, all of them seem satisfied with your explanation. Wasting no time yourself, you think back to how you felt when you performed your own jinzen, and you find yourself back in that room. You can see more of it now, and as you look around, you realise that the furnishings and design of it are completely unfamiliar to you. As you matured and learnt more about the human world, you would realise that this was a Western-style drawing room, but this would not be for a good few years yet. Still, you stood unperturbed, looking around from the bearskin you were on top of, seeing the crackling fire you had heard last time, a long, mahogany table, and at the table, sat reclining on a strange sort of chair that had arches for legs and rocked back and forth, was that shadowy figure from before, their hands clear for you to see.“)(&:(@-(:!):/):,” The figure exclaimed, the sounds coming from it completely unintelligible for you. It seemed you still were quite there yet, for you know this figure must be your zanpakuto spirit. It seemed that it still couldn’t get through to you, but that didn’t perturb you. You had clearly made progress from last time, and so you felt content. You felt some sort of approval for having that reaction too, before you opened your eyes, back out in the training ground. There, you found that Shin had gotten up and begun swinging his zanpakuto, giving up entirely, while Tsukuya was still in the position you’d left her, but by the way her eyes were forcibly screwed shut and the grimace on her face, it was obvious that she was also getting nowhere. The only one who seemed to have made any progress was Kazeko, the girl clearly in some form of meditation from her relaxed posture and shallow, even breathing. Still, her zanpakuto remained in its standard, cookie-cutter form rather than changing like it would once imprinting happened, so perhaps she hadn’t been as successful as it looked.You…>Ask Shin what went wrong>Encourage Tsukuya to keep going>Keep an eye on Kazeko
>>5259639>Encourage Tsukuya to keep goingTsukuya might still be able to do this yet, Shin will have to start again.
>>5259639>>Ask Shin what went wrong
>>5259639>Ask Shin what went wrong
>>5259642>>5259643>>5259644>>5259645Asking Shin wins, writing
>>5259639You stand up, hefting your blade on your shoulder with your right hand and scratching at the side of your head with your left, an almost sleazy smirk splitting your face as you walk to Shin, the other boy noticing you and stopping his swinging as you approach.“How come ya ain’t even tryin’ anymore?” You ask simply, to which he just shakes his head annoyed, turning and swinging his sword again away from you.“I dunno, it just… I’m not used ta all that sitting around and stuff, yanno? It didn’t feel right. I just kinda felt like if I wanted ta speak to my sword, I gotta use it, yanno? That’s what I would want, if I were it.”You nod, considering both what he had said and the specific way he had chosen to say it. “Well, I certainly ain’t gonna tell ya you’re wrong for that. Jinzen’s different fer everyone, like I said, and more on that - that sword is you, or at least it will be once you imprint - so whatever ya think you’d want if you were in its place probably ain’t that far from wrong.”Saying that, you come to a realisation, turning around to face Tsukuya. “Different fer everyone…” She was probably struggling so much because she was trying to follow your instruction to the letter, rather than using it as a guide to build her own method from. Your gaze turned calculating as you thought about what to do.If I encourage her to listen to me exclusively, I can make sure she’s mine and always will be, but I might end up stunting her growth. If I tell her to extrapolate from what I say, or otherwise make her own conclusions and decisions, she’ll reach her real potential, but I might end up lessening my control over her. And if I say nothing… well, it could be the best of both worlds, or the worst option possible. What do I do here?You…>Encourage her to follow you >Tell her to do things her own way >Do nothing and focus on Shin for now>Other (write-in)
Hmm...well, we could try to find a way to encourage her while also getting her to do it her own way? Having a strong pawn is better than a weak one>Tell her we believe in her to do things her own wayThat is to say, specifically try to encourage her by using the trust she has on us, but to do so in a way that'll work best for her.
>>5259660>>Tell her to do things her own wayIsn't it more fun when you're trying to manipulate a wild card? It's not interesting if you make a doll out of a subordinate, looking at you Momo.
>>5259660>She was probably struggling so much because she was trying to follow your instruction to the letterAdorable of her>Tell her to do things her own way
>>5259660>Tell her to do things her own way
>>5259660>Tell her to do things her own wayI think she will appreciate us helping her grow by herself more in the long run. Besides, I have the faint impression that we will not have any problems making her ours another way, if we want to. We will just have to keep an eye out.
>>5259660You smile to yourself as you suppress the urge to laugh, running your left hand through your hair. What am I saying? The answer’s obvious. You leave Shin to it, walking back over to Tsukuya. Having tools and plans and contingencies are all well and good. But if I end up being so well prepared that all I have to do is follow the steps of a plan I laid out years before… You grin, squatting down next to Tsukuya as you lightly tap her on the shoulder. Where’s the fun in that? Tsukuya’s eyes snap open, looking over to you. “Oh, Danketsu-kun. Sorry, I was just so focused… I’m almost there I think!”You shake your head, smiling at her softly. “Ya don’t need ta lie, Tsukuya-chan.” You murmur, sitting down cross legged behind her and taking ahold of her hands lightly. She turns her head to the side to ensure you can’t see her face, while you act oblivious, as if you don’t know what kind of expression she’s pulling already.“Remember what I said, jinzen’s different fer everyone, y’know.” You slowly begin talking her through things again, placing her hands atop her zanpakuto. “And that means that while what I said works for me, it doesn’t mean that it’s gonna work for you. Everyone’s got their own way of doin’ it, and I trust that you’re gonna figure out yours. You don’t have to take everythin’ I say as fact. Just use it as your guide, y’know? Like I’m guidin’ ya now.”“Y-Yes.” She mumbles almost inaudibly, and you smirk. You let go of her hands, standing and placing your hands on her shoulders as you do.“Try it again. I believe in you.”“Yes. I’ll do it this time!” She says, more confident this time, and she closes her eyes again, the difference in posture clearly visible to you already. You look up, seeing Shin staring at you, and you shrug. “What?”He blinks, before saying “Just didn’t know you two liked each other that much.”You look down, knowing that while Tsukuya was in the zone at the moment, she still was probably aware of what was going on at least for now. Considering that, you respond with…>”What? We’re just friends, man.”>”You think she likes me? I mean, she’s great, but…”>”Yeah, crazy right? I dunno how it happened, but I’m really happy about it.”>Othef (write-in)
>>5259700>”Yeah, crazy right? I dunno how it happened, but I’m really happy about it.”
>>5259700>>Othef (write-in)I'm a little scared how much she trusts me. Don't want to take advantage, you know? Or at least not too much advantage anyway.
>>5259703Why would you bring that up? That is extremely suspicious. Let's just get her to swoon for us.
>>5259700>”What? We’re just friends, man.”>Get a little flustered.Act Tsundere ourselves. The greatest of Keikaku.>>5259703That's way too on the nose man.
>>5259700>“Stop goofing around and get back to training.”
>>5259705We're a smug know it all who barely pretends he isn't wily planner. Acting like we aren't aware of the power we can have over her is almost silly, in my mind at least. Obviously you and others disagree.
>>5259711Acting tsundere won't work because she's only hearing, not seeing. Plus we haven't acted shy until now.
Going to need some sort of consensus here guys.
>>5259715>Acting tsundere won't work because she's only hearing, not seeing.It's all in the tone, good friend.>we haven't acted shy until now.As good a time to start as any.I hesitant to confirm anything, as I'm not sure she would appreciate us just openly admitting to anything.But obviously denying it could be equally bad. Tsundere means we deny it, while implying we don't. Give us room to backpedal or confirm later as needed. That is my reasoning, at least.
>>5259700>>”What? We’re just friends, man.”>>5259717I'll swap to the above>>5259703Ignore my original vote
>>5259700>>”Yeah, crazy right? I dunno how it happened, but I’m really happy about it.”
>>5259702>>5259711>>5259722>>5259725Alright, 2 for just friends and 2 for crazy. Let’s have a revote, as this is semi-important and I don’t want this to be decided on a random roll.Link to this post, writing 1 for just friends and 2 for being happy about it.
>>52597391 if we audibly act like a flustered tsundere ourselves, but otherwise 2
>>5259747I will say even when he’s specifically trying to manipulate people, acting shy and tsundere seems out of character for Danketsu. He’s very direct in pretty much everything, after all. If people want to go for it, then sure, but I just wanted to let that be known.
>>5259751Nah, forget I voted for it. I think I have a different idea of what that means from everyone else here
>>5259753Does that mean you’re changing your vote to 2?
>>5259762No, 1 but without the getting flustered act.
>>5259766Alright, then we’re still tied, unless >>5259747 wants to go for 2 since we won’t be getting flustered?
>>5259768That's what it says, innit?
>>5259778I think it means 1 without the lame flustered tsundere act
>>5259782No it doesn't, it says that if it's not "act flustered", it's a 2Also, way to ruin our entire scheme and friendzone her.
>>5259739I wanted to skip this vote, but since it's tied...2
>>5259768It's a 2, yeah. A shame, I would've liked to see Danketsu's layered acting: pretending to be pretending that he's pretending not to like someone!
2 it is. >Writing
>>5259700You smile at your feet, and you do your best to make yourself look convincing when you look up. “Yeah, I know what ya mean. It’s kinda crazy, y’know. Can’t believe someone like her’d like me, especially not one who I liked too. And it all happened so quick… dunno what I did, but I musta done somethin’ right.” You hear… she would probably say it was undignified if she ever heard you calling it that, but you hear what is undeniably a squeal coming from behind you. You sigh, before swivelling around, seeing that Tsukuya’s focus had been completely broken, her face flushed and red and the girl looking completely flustered. “You heard that, huh?” You said with a shaky grin, feigning surprise and embarrassment. She nods, and you look at her for a bit longer, before sighing, scratching your cheek. “Well, you ain’t gonna make any more progress like that, so… Come here.” She takes her time, shakily standing up, before slowly walking up to you. You raise your left arm, wrapping it around her shoulders and pulling her into your side, and the girl practically melts into your embrace, her hands then wrapping around your waist and her face going into your chest.You look back at Shin, who’s watching with an eyebrow raised and a smirk on his face. “What’re you starin’ at?” You grumble, pretending you’re annoyed at a spectator. “Get back to work.” He laughs and shrugs, going back to swinging his zanpakuto, while Tsukuya takes her face out from your chest and looks at you.“Did… did you mean that? Do you actually…”>”I might play around a lot, but when it comes down to it, I mean what I say. You know that.”>”Um… yeah. I think I did mean it. Sorry, I’ve never really… had this before, so it’s hard for me to know.”>”I mean… I do like you. But I’m not sure it’s like this.”>Other (write-in)
>>5259819>”Um… yeah. I think I did mean it. Sorry, I’ve never really… had this before, so it’s hard for me to know.”Tsukuya CUTE!!!!!CUTE!!!!!
>>5259819>”Um… yeah. I think I did mean it. Sorry, I’ve never really… had this before, so it’s hard for me to know.”
>>5259819>”Um… yeah. I think I did mean it. Sorry, I’ve never really… had this before, so it’s hard for me to know.”The inevitable betrayal will be even more painful (for her)
>>5259819>>”Um… yeah. I think I did mean it. Sorry, I’ve never really… had this before, so it’s hard for me to know.”
>>5259819>”Um… yeah. I think I did mean it. Sorry, I’ve never really… had this before, so it’s hard for me to know.”I was worried her Tsundere would be too strong for her to go along with that this early, glad to be wrong.
>>5259819>”I might play around a lot, but when it comes down to it, I mean what I say. You know that.”
>>5259827>>5259824>>5259829>>5259834>>5259836>>5259837Second option wins, writing.
>>5259829Is there any reason to betray her?>Talented>Completely and utterly loyal>Smart, but not so social as to see through our veneer of manipulation>CuteSeems like she's about the perfect follower danketsu could ask for.
>>5259841Take care of your pawns and they take care of you.
>>5259841You have to backstab Momo, it's tradition.
>>5259851Aizen is a bitch and a jobber who died in one hit, so no thanks
>>5259819“Yeah.” You interrupt her, not needing to hear her finish, you know what she means. “Yeah, I think I do. I’ve never really had anythin’ like this to compare it to, so I could be wrong… but I don’t think I am.” She stares at you for a moment, gazing into your eyes, before she does something completely unexpected - she grabs your face with both hands, pulls you in, and kisses you. It was so quick you didn’t even have time to react, and as she pulls away, she laughs at your face, happy that for the first time she’s managed to genuinely shock you. She spins away, clutching onto your left arm and resting her head on your shoulder, humming away happily. You look over at her, before shaking her head, smiling yourself. That had confirmed something for you - you hadn’t felt much of anything when she had kissed you, other than a sense of pride that you’d managed to get her to like you so easily, and a sense of pleasure that was simply down to the kiss itself - Tsukuya was attractive, after all. There had been nothing there emotionally, no bond or twinge whatsoever, and for the first time, you wondered whether that was a good or a bad thing.There was no time to ponder it further however, as you felt a surge of reiatsu, and with it, Kazeko’s eyes opening. Her zanpakuto was still the regular blank slate asauchi, but she seemed happy, standing up.You…>Ask how it went>Ask why she hasn’t imprinted yet>Other (write-in)
>>5259858>Ask how it went
>>5259858>Ask how it wentLet me guess, her Zanpakuto is standard because she's just so damn formal even her spirit is boring.Also>heart eyesDanketsu is in danger
>>5259858>Ask how it wentI feel like we really speed-ran the hell out of Tsukuya. Though maybe this Clan curse of hers helped us out?
>>5259858>Ask why she hasn’t imprinted yet
>>5259872You did. It did.Asking how it went wins
>>5259858You walk over to Kazeko, Tsukuya content to simply follow along as long as she can hold onto you. Kazeko raises an eyebrow at that as you approach. “How much have I missed?”You grin, waving her off. “Tell ya later. How’d it go with you? Tsukuya-chan couldn’t make much progress, and Shin’s still tryin’ in his own way.”She smiles at that, looking at the sword in her hand. “It went well, actually. I couldn’t make any progress whatsoever.”Now it’s your turn to raise an eyebrow, confused. “How’s not making any progress having things go well?”“Because I know why. I managed to meet my zanpakuto spirit.”Now that caught your attention. “You met it? And spoke to it?”“Them.” She corrected you quietly. “And that’s why I wasn’t able to make any progress. I have two zanpakuto spirits, and they can’t both imprint onto one asauchi, so I need another.”This was getting more and more interesting by the second. “So you’re a dual type? Like Kyoraku-taicho?”“Kyoraku?” She asked, curious. Tsukuya also looked at you with the same curiosity, no doubt recognising the name as one of the noble houses.“Kyoraku Shunsui, one of the oldest Captains in the Gotei 13. He and Ukitake-taicho are the only ones with dual type zanpakuto, but of the two of them, only Kyoraku-taicho has two blades, even when his zanpakuto is sealed.” You tapped your sword against your shoulder where it had been resting this entire time, it feeling so natural in your hand that you’d almost forgotten it was there. “That is, before you apparently.”“I see.” Kazeko said simply, taking in the information. “I hadn’t realised it was so rare a phenomenon. Regardless, I’ll need to ask for a second asauchi.”She then turned to you. “What are you going to do? I assume you’re done with training for the day.”You…>Come help convince the instructors Kazeko needs a second sword >Stay here and help out Shin>Go have a walk somewhere, with Tsukuya inevitably coming too>Other (write-in)
>>5259898>Stay here and help out ShinTsukuya isn't going to make any progress with her head in the clouds like this, and Kazeko's already going to get her second sword. All that's left is help our bro Shin.
>>5259898>Stay here and help out Shin
>>5259898Well, we can rest easy knowing that we are not the only ones that is going to attract attention.>Stay here and help out Shin
>>5259899>>5259900>>5259907>>5259914Alright, Shin wins. >Writing
>>5259898“I’ll stick around. Help Shin out if he needs it, maybe do some more work myself even. Could do with a bit more of a workout.” Kazeko nodded, satisfied, turning and walking away.You then turned your attention to Tsukuya. “What about you?” In response, all she did was hug your arm tighter, smiling contentedly. “Right, of course. Well, come on then.” You say, moving over to Shin, who still seemed to be aimlessly swinging his zanpakuto.“You gettin’ anywhere?” You call out, to which he grunts out a negative.“I just don’t get it. I feel like I’m doing the right thing, but it just ain’t working!”You…>Tell him to stop overthinking it and try the more standard jinzen routine again>Tell him to stop thinking at all and let his body do what it wants to do>Tell him that maybe his zanpakuto wants to be used in an actual fight and offer yourself for a spar
>>5259927>Tell him that maybe his zanpakuto wants to be used in an actual fight and offer yourself for a sparHe said before that if it were him, he'd want to be used. I'd say he's probably going to have a better chance of unlocking his zanpakuto by actually fighting.
>>5259927>Tell him that maybe his zanpakuto wants to be used in an actual fight and offer yourself for a spar>HaveTsukuya fight alongside him, to make the match even.
>>5259927>>Tell him that maybe his zanpakuto wants to be used in an actual fight and offer yourself for a spar
>>5259927>Tell him that maybe his zanpakuto wants to be used in an actual fight and offer yourself for a spar
>>5259930>>5259937>>5259939>>5259941Sparring wins, writing
>>5259949Sorry, something’s come up and I might have to pause things here for the day. Sorry for the shorter session, but we’ll have a few running next week and hopefully I’ll be able to make those a bit longer to compensate. Thanks for playing everyone!
>>5253399Am I supposed to be imagining MC witha mobster accent lmao. Seems fitting for a charismatic schemer.
>>5259927“Well, ya said ya think it wants to be used, right?” You say to him, pulling your sword down back from your shoulder. “So… use it. Let’s go.”Shin grins at that, turning to face you. “Now you’re talking! But, uh…” He finished a little lamely, pointing at Tsukuya, who jumped a little in surprise. “Oh, yeah, right! I’ll… I’ll just watch you two.” She said, quickly slipping away from you. You give her a wave, which she smiles at, before you put all your focus on Shin, who stands ready in a kendo stance.You…>Take your normal evasion strategy, force Shin to work for it >Take a defensive, skilful approach to allow Shin to show what he can do>Go the aggressive route, there’s no point in this if you don’t treat it like a real fight
>>5260597>Go the aggressive route, there’s no point in this if you don’t treat it like a real fight
>>5260597>Take your normal evasion strategy, force Shin to work for itWe're trying to force him to work for it, right? So logically this should trigger something.If it doesn't work we can always switch tactics.
>>5260597>>Go the aggressive route, there’s no point in this if you don’t treat it like a real fight
>>5260597>Take a defensive, skilful approach to allow Shin to show what he can do
>>5260599>>5260600>>5260610>>5260612Calling it for the aggressive approach. Roll me 3d10, DC 16, crit 20z
Rolled 5, 8, 8 = 21 (3d10)>>5260620
Rolled 7, 10, 7 = 24 (3d10)>>5260620
Rolled 4, 2, 10 = 16 (3d10)>>5260620nice crit lads
>>5260622>>5260623>>5260625The dice really don’t seem to like Shin very much, do they?>Writing
>>5260597You surge forwards, intending on pressuring Shin and making him feel as if this was a real fight. His zanpakuto was far more likely to respond to a need, rather than a want, after all, and while Shin himself likely didn’t think he was in any danger from your attack, the reality was far different - as if the boy couldn’t imprint on his zanpakuto, he was defective in your eyes.And broken, useless tools were made to be discarded.You briefly think about speeding up your approach even further with a shunpo, but even you thought that might be asking too much of him. But as you approach Shin, you’re pleasantly surprised - instead of swinging wildly at where you had been, or where he assumed you’d be, his eyes were actually capable of tracking you now and instead attacking your actual position.His swing was still too slow to actually hit, you think to yourself as you dance out of the way, throwing out a lazy slash that nicked his arm, but the fact that he could register your speed now meant he was already improving, and at a decently fast clip besides.You step in, sending the larger boy off balance with a straight fist to the chest, him having not expected the sudden hakuda blow. Instead of pressing forward, you retreat while swinging, the extra range of your blade meaning that you’re still able to shallowly slice Shin’s chest open while being out of his own reach, even with his longer arms.Despite the shallow cuts that were beginning to pile up, Shin looked none the worse for wear, readying his sword again before he charged you this time.You…>Stand firm and meet him>Redirect his momentum, confusing him and giving you an easy counter>Avoid it entirely, hang back and pelt him with kido
>>5260629>>Redirect his momentum, confusing him and giving you an easy counter
>>5260629>Stand firm and meet him
>>5260629>Stand firm and meet himGotta let him use his sword, probably.
>>5260631>>5260632>>5260633>>5260634Alright, give me 3d10 for stand and meet him. DC 21, crit 29
Rolled 3, 8, 8 = 19 (3d10)>>5260639
Rolled 4, 7, 8 = 19 (3d10)>>5260639
Rolled 5, 8, 9 = 22 (3d10)>>5260639
>>5260640>>5260641>>5260642Just barely passed. Writing
>>5260629You watch him coming, and decide to do something you normally never do. You’re well aware you aren’t the physically strongest around, and your ego doesn’t overtake you so much that you’re insecure about your flaws and feel the need to prove yourself. It especially seems like a bad idea considering that Shin demonstrably is strong, but…You stand tall, clasping your zanpakuto in both hands as you wait for him, preparing to defend against his attack. If Shin’s surprised by this approach, he doesn’t show it, crashing his sword straight down against yours. The impact almost tears your guard apart, feeling your legs almost give out, and your arms scream at you as Shin continues with hammer-blow after hammer-blow.You realise that it was a miracle you’ve lasted this long against the furious attack, and so you…>Slip away from him and go back to your more usual style>Try to attack him from under your guard (how?)
>>5260645>Slip away from him and go back to your more usual style
>>5260645>Slip away from him and go back to your more usual styleI'm not particularly creative when it come to fights, I'm afraid
>>5260647>>5260649>>5260652Slipping away wins. Roll me 3d10, DC 17.
Rolled 10, 1, 9 = 20 (3d10)>>5260658
Rolled 8, 3, 1 = 12 (3d10)>>5260658Let's see
Rolled 3, 4, 9 = 16 (3d10)>>5260658
Rolled 6, 10, 2 = 18 (3d10)>>5260658
>>5260645This is untenable. You’d intended to let him get a few hits in to maybe boost his confidence, thinking that may help out, but at this rate he’ll end up hurting you, and getting injured isn’t worth any benefit Shin may get from it.You wait for him to attack again, letting his sword crash against yours. You let the force push you down, pretending to have your knees buckle. Shin sees what he thinks is victory, and so raises his blade for the final strike, allowing you the instant you need to act. Your left hand leaves your zanpakuto’s hilt, instead pointing at Shin’s raised arms as you shout “Hainawa!”A crackling yellow rope of reishi files forth from your hand, wrapping around Shin’s arms and immobilising them, as you quickly backstep with a shunpo, putting distance between the two of you.Shin breaks out of the Hainawa relatively easily, that down to the haste of its creation and likely also due to his instinctive talent when it comes to kido. He watches you warily, a bit more on guard now that kido’s on the table, something he still can’t use himself.You…>Stick with kido from range, you don’t want to get anywhere close to the situation you were just in>Use shunpo to ensure you’re never in range for long enough for him to actually hit you>Get close enough that he can’t hit you with his sword, using hakuda to your advantage>Other (write-in)
>>5260669>Stick with kido from range, you don’t want to get anywhere close to the situation you were just inSeems sticking to melee isn't working, maybe Shin needs to figure out kido to speak to his sword? If his sword specialises in kido, it doesn't matter how much he swings it, he won't figure it out.
>>5260669>Stick with kido from range, you don’t want to get anywhere close to the situation you were just in
>>5260669>Stick with kido from range, you don’t want to get anywhere close to the situation you were just inIf >>5260672 isn't right, this will at least give him experience fighting a kido user.
>>5260669>Stick with kido from range, you don’t want to get anywhere close to the situation you were just in>>5260672Makes sense, but how the fuck are we supposed to teach him kido?
>>5260672>>5260674>>5260675>>5260676Sticking with Kido wins, roll me 3d10. DC 13, crit 18
Rolled 9, 6, 10 = 25 (3d10)>>5260678>DC 13Poor Shin
Rolled 4, 7, 4 = 15 (3d10)>>5260678
>>5260669>You’d intended to let him get a few hits in to maybe boost his confidence, thinking that may help out, but at this rate he’ll end up hurting you, and getting injured isn’t worth any benefit Shin may get from it.Feels like we made a mistake, here. Shin's clearly the hot-blooded type, so I think a more straightforward brutal fisticuffs style fight - though much worse for us - would have helped him awaken the fastest. It's been forever and a half since I saw what little I did of Bleach, but didn't Ichigo first get into contact with his "zanpakuto" while on the verge of Hollowfication thanks to Urahara?
>>5260681He did, but bear in mind the Shattered Shaft is a process specifically engineered to cause that to happen - either you make contact with your shinigami powers, or you hollowfy. Plus Ichigo is a special case on many different levels, as I’m sure we’re all aware, so I would be careful with using him as a yardstick.
Rolled 2, 10, 1 = 13 (3d10)>>5260678
>>5260681We established that one approach doesn't work for everybody, and fighting in melee has yet to produce any results. Besides, maybe what he needs is a straightforward head-on fight; with kido.Getting pummelled with kido might help him realise what he needs to do. Or not. Either way, we will probably learn something.
>>5260679>>5260680>>5260684Crit, and by a pretty wide margin too. Writing in 5 minutes.
>>5260669You raise a finger, pointing directly at Shin, who in turn raises his sword to defend, likely expecting you to use Sho, the Hado you’d used in his defence against Tsunayashiro. You couldn’t help yourself, smirking as you whispered under your breath. “Hado #4: Byakurai.”The sudden bolt of lightning that escaped from your finger caught Shin completely off-guard, the boy having expected the invisible wave of force that was Sho. He was unable to defend properly, the thunderbolt hitting him in the shoulder and shocking him, you having purposefully toned down the power to avoid it piercing right through like you knew it could.Before he was able to properly react, you were already moving onto the next spell. “Disintegrate, you black dog of Rondanini!” You cry out, as your hand draws symbols in the air, taking the precaution to use the incantation after how easily Shin had broken free of Hainawa. “Look upon yourself with horror and then claw out your own throat! Bakudo #9: Geki!” As you finished the spell, your body began to glow with an unearthly red energy, Shin’s doing the same after a moment, the energy paralysing the boy, giving you time to use the most powerful Hado you knew. Your father had told you that this spell was normally used in conjunction with other forms of kido to form traps, but you didn’t have the time to set those up at the moment, which is the reason you’d bothered immobilising Shin. Who needs a trap if your opponent’s standing still?“Ye lord! The mud of the earth and seas of void, silence of all who twist in slumber! Cry out, leaping toward the golden forest! Hado #12: Fushibi!” A blast of fire spurred forward from your palms, rushing towards Shin, who’s eyes widened as he began trying to move, before…>Roll me 3d10, DC hidden.
Rolled 4, 1, 7 = 12 (3d10)>>5260695
Rolled 6, 2, 7 = 15 (3d10)>>5260699Fuckin' autocorrect
Rolled 1, 2, 7 = 10 (3d10)>>5260695Here's hoping.
>>5260703>>5260701>>5260699>DC hiddenThis... does not look good.
>>5260697>>5260701>>5260703Not the best, but we’ll see where it gets you. >Writing
>>5260695The blast hits Shin, and explodes violently, kicking up a cloud of dust. You watch it expectantly, making sure you’re ready for any attack or movement, but as it all settles down, you realise you might have been expecting too much.Shin’s down on the ground, out like a light. You walk over to assess the damage, before you realise that he was actually uninjured, at least from the Fushibi. He must have somehow defended against it, the effort of which being what knocked him out. You go to pick him and his fallen zanpakuto up, when you stop.Before your eyes, you see his zanpakuto shift and morph, the red wrappings becoming black and the guard going from rectangular to circular. You smile at the sight, happy to see that this hadn’t been a waste of your time. “Tsukuya-chan, mind helping me out here?” You call, looking back to the girl, only to find she was already by your side, lifting Shin up and hefting him on her shoulder.“Do you know what dorm he’s in, Danketsu-kun?” You shake your head as you pick up his zanpakuto for him, sheathing your own as you do. Tsukuya titters, nodding, before taking your hand in her own. “Well, nothing for it. Let’s go find it.” She says, before walking off, dragging you along with her.You decide to…>Spend some time with Tsukuya after you drop off Shin>Catch up with Kazeko, see if she got that second sword>Head back to your own dorm, get ready for the next day
>>5260708>Spend some time with Tsukuya after you drop off ShinWe need to help her get her Zanpakuto. She's the only one left
>>5260708Oh man Shin is going to either be the betrayal that hurts me the most or our Doc Holliday and I'm not sure which one is worse.
>>5260708>Spend some time with Tsukuya after you drop off Shin
>>5260709>>5260711Anyone else around to vote, or shall I just go with these two?
>>5260709>>5260710>>5260717Alright, spending time with Tsukuya wins.
>>5260708>Catch up with Kazeko, see if she got that second sword
>>5260708The two of you go through the process of finding what exact dorm Shin lives in, you content to stand back for now and let Tsukuya do the talking. While she might have started acting like a lovesick puppy with you, the moment anyone else was in the picture her ice-queen persona came back in full force, and that alongside the relatively intimidating image of her hefting the ‘rough and violent’ Rukongai boy over her shoulder with ease was enough for people to give her what she wanted without any questions, all of them no doubt assuming she herself had been the one to beat Shin into unconsciousness.Most were so rattled by the sight of it that they didn’t even notice the two of you were holding hands, but you were sure some of the more observant or confident among the students had taken note of it. It was likely only a matter of time until that spread, and you knew the moment it hit Tsunayashiro’s ears he would likely make himself a nuisance again; the prospect of which only excites you. Having a wrench around to throw off your plans would do a lot to keep things from become stale and predictable.It didn’t take long for you to be pointed in the right direction, Tsukuya waiting outside the actual dorm while you took Shin in, leaving his zanpakuto beside him, along with a note explaining that he had managed to imprint at the last second. Once he was fine, you left again, Tsukuya taking your arm in hers as you walked out, you smirking at her as she did.“What now?” She asked sweetly, and you thought about the options you had.>”We could try and have you perform jinzen again, but I’m not sure that’d be that effective. I don’t think either of us would be able to focus on training right now…”>”We could go on a walk around or something, and just talk. I don’t actually know that much about you, I’ve realised.”>”I’ve not actually explored that much of the Seireitei. We could sneak out of the Academy and see what’s around?”>Other (write-in)
>>5260723>>”We could go on a walk around or something, and just talk. I don’t actually know that much about you, I’ve realised.”I wanna know about the curse
>>5260723>We could go on a walk around or something, and just talk. I don’t actually know that much about you, I’ve realised.”
>>5260723>”I’ve not actually explored that much of the Seireitei. We could sneak out of the Academy and see what’s around?”
>>5260724>>5260726>>5260727Going on a walk wins, writing.
>>5260723Sorry about the delay, something came up, but shouldn’t be any breaks like that again.“Well, we could go try jinzen again, but…” You turn your head and look at her, seeing the way she was looking at you, and sigh. “But I don’t think we’d get much done right now, y’know.”“I was also thinkin’ that we could sneak out, go and see what’s goin’ on in the Seireitei… but it’s gettin’ a little late for that, I think, so leave that for next time.” “So… what instead?” Tsukuya asked you, the two of you simply aimlessly walking through the Academy, you slowly steering your path towards somewhere private.“So I was thinkin’ that we could just, y’know… talk. After all, I mean… I don’t actually know too much about ya, Tsukuya-chan. And ya don’t know that much about me, either.”“Well… that sounds lovely, Danketsu-kun.” She murmured, pressing herself more into your side, and glaring at anyone who dared to even glance in your direction, making you laugh and her to pout as you laughed at her.You…>Asked her about her clan>Asked her what it was like being a full noble>Asked her why it was that she’d had such a massive 180 in her opinion of you in just a day
>>5260784>Asked her about her clan
>>5260784>Asked her what it was like being a full noble
>>5260786>>5260788>>5260789>>5260792>>5260794Asking about her clan wins, writing.
>>5260708“What’s it like?” You ask, causing her to look up at you, but you’re still looking straight ahead.“What’s what like?”“Your clan. What’s the Nohara clan like?”“Oh, I see…” She says, pausing for a second as she seemingly thinks about how to put what she’s going to say into words. “It’s like… like a prison of sorts. But not in the way you think, it’s not like they’ve forced me to be someone I’m not, or wanted me to do things that I didn’t want to… In actuality, my clan is extremely supportive of me. Of all of us. But…”“But?” You ask, curious. She sort of squirms, but keeps going, seemingly not very comfortable with whatever she’s going to say.“We’re… emotional people. Kinda like the Shiba clan, but they wear everything they feel on their sleeve. They say what they mean, and are straightforward with everything. You’re actually… you’re a lot like they are, Danketsu-kun. But my clan… we love. We love things intensely, and that love doesn’t fade over time, it only grows stronger. But because of that, it’s easy for people to hurt us, whether they mean it or not. That’s why they… why I put up all those walls. Because I don’t want to be hurt like that. I’ve seen what it can do to us, and…”“I see,” You say, stopping for a moment so that you can stand and look at her face to face, feeling like this was important enough to her to warrant such a gesture. “But if that’s the case… how come ya opened up to me? And so quickly?”“Because…” She looks to the side, as if she’s debating saying it, but she looks back at you, and confidence fills her eyes. “My clan have a certain quirk. Some of us call it a curse, others just think of it as something we deal with, but… Each of us in the clan have someone out there, someone who’s a vital, pivotal part of their life - the most important person in their life apart from themselves. Sometimes it’s their arch-rival, sometimes is a sworn, hated enemy… but most of the time, it’s… a soulmate. And from the moment I first saw you… I knew.”You blink, thinking back to when you had first made eye-contact with the girl just a few days ago. “Back when we first saw each other, ya did some kinda double take when ya saw me. That was ‘cause…”“Yes. Because I realised you were my soulmate. So I couldn’t help it. If there was anyone I had to put myself out there to trust you wouldn’t hurt me… it had to be you.”You…>Ask if she’s absolutely sure you’re her ‘soulmate’>Ask if this soulmate thing is always mutual>Accept it, and ask something else (write-in?)Write-ins recommended for this one even if you’re taking one of the prompts.
>>5260808This is meant to be linked to >>5260784, but otherwise accurate.
>>5260808>Ask if this soulmate thing is always mutualTHE CURSE IS GOING TO BRAINWASH USPUT ON YOUR TINFOIL HATS
>>5260808>Ask if she’s absolutely sure you’re her ‘soulmate’I'm happy and satisfied with this waifu.
>>5260808>Ask if she’s absolutely sure you’re her ‘soulmate’Literally perfect. Is there literally any reason to not keep her forever? What kind of schemer doesn't want someone completely and utterly loyal and trustworthy? I say we take her on our ride to whatever ambition we want. I don't know what It is, but having someone always in our corner, willing to follow us to hell and back, is literally the best we could ask.
>>5260808>Ask if this soulmate thing is always mutualAlso>Schizo GF>Psycho BF
>>5260808>Ask if she’s absolutely sure you’re her ‘soulmate’>Ask if "the curse" for lack of a better term activate again or if it's done now.
>>5260828That clans "curse" knows what it's doing.
>>5260816>>5260820>>5260826>>5260828>>5260829Asking if she’s sure that you’re the one wins, writing.
>>5260828>>5260835The curse has its own keikaku going on, I see. Our kid will be like Ichigo with his Shinigami/Quincy powers, except instead of sick ghostbusting skills our kid will just have an asylum's worth of mental disorders. this works out because in animeland the nuttier you are the stronger you tend to become
>>5260808“Are ya sure?” You ask seriously, placing your hands on her shoulders as you do. “Are ya sure that it’s me? I’m the one fer ya?”She seemed shocked by the question, but then her expression melted into one of happiness, the girl beginning to tear up. “The fact that you even asked be that… Yes! It has to be you! I don’t want it to be anyone but you!” She almost leaped into your arms in an outpouring of emotion, you barely catching her and keeping the both of you steady. You stroked her hair once you were standing straight, and whispered into her ear, even as you fought with all your might to keep that twisted smirk off your face. You couldn’t believe your luck. She believed you were her soulmate? What more could you possibly ask for in a pawn?As you looked at her, her face buried in your chest, you thought about what the future might hold. If she was so enamoured with you, perhaps, if you ever needed it, perhaps she could be someone you let know about the truth? You didn’t trust her now, and even with all she had said, you probably never truly would. But even still, if there were anyone outside of yourself that you possibly could trust, someone as mindlessly loyal to you as Tsukuya surely would be couldn’t be the worst choice.Regardless, that was for the future. For now, you…>Take Tsukuya back to her dorm once she’s calmed down, and go to your own to sleep>Take her back to your own room, there’s no chance she’d let go of you any time soon
>>5260848>Take Tsukuya back to her dorm once she’s calmed down, and go to your own to sleep
>>5260848>Take Tsukuya back to her dorm once she’s calmed down, and go to your own to sleep>Check out her sword
>>5260848>Take Tsukuya back to her dorm once she’s calmed down, and go to your own to sleepWe need to meet her parents before we start bringing her back to our dorm, of course.
I do think we should eventually tell her part of our dreams. Not the part where we've been manipulating everyone, obviously, but that we hid our powers because we have an ambition.
>>5260854>>5260865>>5260866>>5260868Taking her back to her dorm wins, writing.
>>5260848You sit on the ground outside with Tsukuya, you sat cross legged while she’s curled up on your lap, letting everything she’s kept bottled up out as she laughs, sobs and talks into your chest, you making sure you never stop talking back or stroking her hair as you do. Over the course of an hour, maybe two, her grip on your clothes becomes less and less tight, her words less frequent, and her breathing more even and shallow. It’s obvious that she’s completely worn herself out, and so you stand, lifting her up in a princess carry to take her back to her dorm, the girl throwing her hands around your neck and burying her face into its crook.By the time you’re talking her back, many of the other students have gone to their dorms themselves, and so you don’t get too many looks as you carry her through the campus. You’d lied to her earlier - you of course had known exactly where Shin’s dorm was, just as you knew where Kazeko, Tsunayashiro, and of course, Tsukuya’s were as well. Still, you made a show of looking around and asking questions, just in case Tsukuya was paying close enough attention to find you taking her straight to her dorm odd.You knocked on the door to her dorm, and one of the noble girls from your class opened the door. “Yes? What is- Nohara-san!” She exclaimed, seeing Tsukuya in your arms, before glaring at you. “What did you-““Stop!” Tsukuya herself shouted, glaring at the girl with puffy, red eyes. “You will not speak to him that way! Danketsu-kun has done absolutely nothing wrong. I am the one at fault, so if I hear even a whisper that he apparently tried to do anything untoward, it will be your head that I will come after, understood?”The girl shakily nodded, opening the door wider as Tsukuya stepped down from your arms, unsteady on her feet for just a moment. You reached out to catch her, the girl smiling at you as you did, turning to face you as she clutched your face with both hands. “Thank you, Danketsu-kun. For being you.”She pulled you in for a kiss, you going along with it as you actually expected it this time. It was longer than the first, but still short, and Tsukuya smiled at you after she pulled away, a twinkle in her eyes. “See you tomorrow.” She stepped inside, shutting the door, leaving you alone.“Well,” You muttered to yourself as you began to walk away. “What a successful day.”Roll me a d100, taking the fourth roll.
Rolled 76 (1d100)>>5260901Fourth? Seems very specific
Rolled 22 (1d100)>>5260901
Rolled 25 (1d100)>>5260901
>>5260908>>5260909>>5260910Gonna need one more roll.
Rolled 51 (1d100)>>5260920Okat
Rolled 21 (1d100)>>5260920here you go.
>>5260921Interesting.Alright, now vote for what Danketsu will train in the morning. If you pick Kido, be sure to choose what spell as well, choosing from the list from earlier.>Zanjutsu>Jinzen>Hakuda>Kido>Hoho
>>5260924>JinzenI wanna find out who the shadowy thing is
>>5260924Where is the list again, QM?
>>5260941It’s in >>5259518
>>5260924>Zanjutsuwe should shore up our weaknesses
>>5260924Will let this vote for 15 more minutes.
>>5260924>ZanjutsuReally should patch up this weakness. It's the mainstay of shinigami combat and we can't match our own pawn in skill.
>>5260928>>5260929>>5260930>>5260952>>5260958>>5260963>>5260968>>5260970Zanjutsu just barely wins. Alright, roll me 3d10 for training effectiveness, no DC but higher is of course better.
Rolled 3, 4, 9 = 16 (3d10)>>5260977
Rolled 10, 6, 3 = 19 (3d10)>>5260977
Rolled 5, 9, 2 = 16 (3d10)>>5260977
Rolled 8, 8, 5 = 21 (3d10)>>5260977Alright
>>5260980>>5260985>>5260986Alright, and finally roll me another d100, taking best of three this time.
Rolled 86 (1d100)>>5260989
Rolled 25 (1d100)>>5260989
Rolled 66 (1d100)>>5260989here
Rolled 18 (1d100)>>5260989Okay
>>5260990>>5260991>>5260993>86 Well well. >writing
>>5260901You wake up before dawn, well-rested as always. You quietly slip out of bed, having already decided to work on your zanjutsu, that short bout where Shin had almost overpowered you being the only sour spot in your whole day yesterday.While you work with your blade, running through basic kata and movements, paying close attention to your stances and positioning, you feel something. Some sort of feeling that you’re sure isn’t coming from you, at least not directly. It’s not down to some other reiatsu, or anything like that either…It takes you some time, but you realise it’s your zanpakuto that you can feel it coming from. What’s it trying to do, communicate? You have the feeling that you should enter jinzen, but… you’re also aware that that takes time, time you don’t have right this second - you’ll need to go to classes in an hour. Sighing, you resolved to perform jinzen once you have free time, the feeling abating as soon as you resolve to do so, being replaced by another sensation you can only describe as a “thumbs up”.You clear that from your mind as you head back to your dorm to prepare for the day, the nobles in your room still not even awake by the time you’re back.——You walk into the class after it was meant to begin, only to find everyone murmuring and the instructor not even there yet. You can see Tsunayashiro glaring at you hatefully, and back where you normally sit, Kazeko, Shin and Tsukuya all speaking with each other much more naturally than they had the day before, Tsukuya having already joined them without you asking. Shin waves as he sees you come in, while Tsukuya smiles warmly. As you walk up the stairs, you spy the two swords tied to Kazeko’s waist, a daisho pair with identical green fittings and hexagonal guards, one being a standard katana with the other being a tanto. You grin, sliding down into your seat next to Tsukuya and Shin, Kazeko next to the Rukongai boy.“Where’s teach?” You ask, curious as to what’s going on? Shin shrugs. “Kazeko’s been here early like always, but she said he never showed up.”You tilt your head in confusion. “That’s-“ You interrupt yourself, your head suddenly flicking to look at the door.>Roll me 3d10, DC 17, crit 30.
Rolled 5, 4, 3 = 12 (3d10)>>5261009
Rolled 2, 7, 5 = 14 (3d10)>>5261009
Rolled 8, 7, 10 = 25 (3d10)>>5261009No idea what the crit could do, honestly.
>>5261010>>5261011>>5261012You learn a little. >Writing
>>5261009You sense 5 enormous sources of reiatsu, flanked by 3 other less sizeable but no less impressive energies, as well as two that are notably weaker than the rest, yet that still dwarf your instructors, the one leading them in your direction. One of them feels distinctly familiar to… well, your own, as you realise that one of the weaker powers you feel is none other than your father’s.“That’s what?” Shin asked, confused.You turned back around to face him, incredulous. “You don’t feel that?” “Feel what?”“Yes, Danketsu-kun, what-“ Tsukuya suddenly stiffened, as did most of the class as the majority finally began sensing what was approaching them. Kazeko had noticed at a similar time to you, so she was slightly more composed, but still a bit shocked. Shin alone was looking between everyone, confused as to what was going on, but he wasn’t left waiting for long.Your instructor walked into the room, swiftly followed by five people in white coats, those then being followed by five others in standard shinigami shihakusho, four of them having a badge on their arm that read, ‘Lieutenant’, save for your father alone.“Class!” Your instructor shouted, clearly deadly serious. “I present to you Captains Kyoraku of Squad 8, Ukitake of Squad 13, Hikifune of Squad 12, Hirako of Squad 5, and Tsukabishi of the Kido Corps, as well as Lieutenants Yadomaru, Shiba, Sarugaki, Aizen, and Seventh Seat Hokkyokusei of each squad respectively!”Your eyes widened in surprise at the fact that five captains had come to see your class, trying to puzzle out why, even as some people’s eyes turned to you, realising the name you shared with the Kido Corps’s Seventh Seat. However, you also noticed Shin’s eyes widen as he looked at the Captains gathered before him, and specifically at Hikifune-taicho, realising at once it must have been her he was speaking of before and not Shihoin-taicho.You…>Stay quiet, waiting to see what happens>Try to speak to one of the Captains (who?)>Try to speak to one of the Lieutenants (who?)>Try to speak to your father
>>5261031>Stay quiet, waiting to see what happensWe can speak to our father later, let's see the situation
>>5261031>Stay quiet, waiting to see what happens
>>5261031>Try to speak to one of the Lieutenants (who?)>Aizen
>>5261034>>5261037>>5261039>>5261040Staying quiet wins, writing.