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Subject Post 1PostSubject: The Hollows    Sat Dec 20, 2014 7:38 am

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UNDERSTANDING THE SPIRIT EATERS


THE HOLLOWS OF PLATINUM HEARTS


I. What are the PH Hollows?

Hollow are very unique and strong beings originally born from human souls. Just as human souls can turn into 'pluses' before waiting for a Shinigami to make them cross over to the Soul Society, Hollows are former pluses that have lost their hearts to despair or regret. After their deaths however, they don't pass onto soul society - they are beings that remain in the human world, devouring both the souls of livign and deceased humans. Typically, the Hollow home world is within Hueco Mundo, but are capable of passing over to places such as Earth and Soul Society.

I. The Transformation Process


As previously mentioned, most human that die pass onto the Soul society after their deaths as spirits/souls. Hollows are to be considered the polar opposite of humans and shinigami/spirits. Although a lot of these spirits remain in the human realm after their deaths so they can aid other people, or fulfill a goal before passing onto the Soul Society. This may be in the form of helping a loved one through something from beyond the grave, or fulfilling their own personal problems that puts their heart to rest. As souls, they have very highly limited ability to interact with the living, being intangible and invisible to any other humans. Many spirits whom cannot cope with this become corrupted, drowning in their despair or regret; due to the impossibility of completing these goals. Due to this, they will often find themselves transforming into Hollows.

The process usually takes as long as a year to complete, but their bodies end up becoming morphed into many different types of "creatures" that the Hollow body has shown to have. The reason this takes so long is due to the "Chain of Fate" that protrudes from within their chest, the chain slowly decaying over time the more regret and despair they fall into. When the chain is entirely gone, the victim will eventually transform into a being known as a hollow, becoming obsessed with consuming even the closest human soul or body - no matter relationships, bonds or morality. Under certain conditions, they process of transformation can be accelerated, even sometimes to the point where Hollows can emerge almost instantly after the human has died, depending on the circumstances. This is usually done through instances of incredibly strong despair or spiritual powers aiding that cross over.

However, there are many different types of "hollows" that can form, or a spirits appearance may even change before they are completely a Hollow. Once the chain of fate has decayed enough, or totally, beings are capable of becoming things known as "demi-hollows". They are known as "Jibakurei", an Earthbound spirit which is in the process of evolving into a Hollow. It usually takes a while for the Jibakurei to evolve inot a full hollow, but this process can be sped up by either forcing a hole in their chest to open, or by other spiritual means. They are usually only seen when a human steps on their territory, and are very, very hard to be tracked by Shinigami and other creatures that use similar sensory.

I. Behavior and Attributes


Once a human soul has transformed itself into that of a Hollow, the being is usually driven by an insatiable hunger for devouring others, either souls or humans in general to try and fill this void of hunger. Whilst some Hollows can become quite aware of their targets or "smart" in the targets they aim for, most Hollows will usually devour the first target they see, as their mindless hunger drives them to that point of desperation. Some, however, usually search for more potent or satiable souls and humans for them to devour. Whilst most Hollows could be considered "evil" due to their unrelenting hunger and search for the eating of humans and souls, there are very few cases in which a Hollow might obtain peace of mind or maybe even "broken free" of those shackles. This is shown by people such as Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck's companions of "Pesche" and "Dondochakka" whom had free will and seemed like very friendly hollows.

Just as Nelliel and her subordinates were capable of having free will and generally being considered dormant and "good" hollows, the same could be said about many others. Looking at people such as Grimmjow's friends/companions whom sacrificed parts of their bodies and souls to make Grimmjow stronger and into an Arrancar for Aizen's army. This shows that Hollows can grow traits such as loyalty, or sadness, happiness, etc. Whether this is done through spiritual methods or through time, learning to satisfy their hunger or being born that way - there are plenty of ways in which Hollows can consume their mindless beast attitudes, however remains a difficult task.

I. Appearances


Hollows, essentially, come in all shapes and sizes. It doesn't exactly matter what size their bodies are nor what colour. However, despite all their differences - they do all have at least one underlying attribute that all Hollows have. Their faces are covered by a terrifying mask that is a major part of their appearance. The masks that cover their already, usually, terrifying bodies can range from a simple plain white mask to a mask that is covered in terrifying trival patterns and horns that are sharp as spear tips. The Hollow's mask is actually a rather large representation of many things about them, it can give away habits, powers or even their personality. As said, beyond their mask, they can be as small, as big or as terrifying as possible. Many hollows are usually terrifying in size, used to scare opponents and completely annihilate their prey. However many can be as small as a human, or even smaller. Some can even take the appearance of lizards or dogs, or similar sizes. Humanoid Hollows are usually a rarer appearance of Hollow too, people like Pesche being one of the few.

I. How To Kill A Hollow


Usually, there may be a special way to hurt or injure a hollow depending on the individual Hollow in question. A lot of Hollow have weak points that are often exploited by Shinigami whom have studied them or can simply overpower them. All typical Hollows have a single weakness, however. Slicing them straight through the mask, cleaving their "face" in two essentially. By doing this, the Hollow will begin to break apart and scatter into the atmosphere and the dead body will fade along with it. This is the most efficient way to dispell a Hollow and kill it, however typical injures that could kill a human can be applied to the Hollows as well, however they have proved to be more resilient and tougher opponents to this type of tactic. When a Shinigami has "killed" a Hollow with their Zanpakutō, they do not truly die. In fact, once slaying a Hollow, it is as if the Hollow is being purified of their sins as a Hollow and being turned into a plus, sent immediately to the Soul Society to live among the population there. If a Hollow is to infect a Shinigami, there is a chance they are capable of coming back as a Vizard, if gone through the right procedures.

Alternatively, when a Hollow is killed by a quincy, they are completely destroyed and cleansed. There is no plus being sent to Soul Society once a quincy has slain a Hollow with their spiritual weapon, they simply die and their body is destroyed forever. For this reason, the quincy are a scary thought for many Hollows. There is also a problem when quincy destroy Hollows as it has been said to "interrupt" or "throw off" the balance of the soul cycle. This has often been remedied and changed since the demon world and many other races became involved with the world, but still remains an issue for some of the Shinigami. If a hollow tried to infect a quincy and becoming it's variation of a "vizard", it will be destroyed. Quincy are considered to be poison to Hollows, so they will often be destroyed upon entering them, simply dispelling the Hollow and returning to normal. This is, of course, not always the case. Such beings as the Hohl Aquero have proven themselves to even maintain Arrancar or other Hollows within their bodies.

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Subject Post 2PostSubject: Re: The Hollows    Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:22 am

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UNDERSTANDING THE SPIRIT EATERS


THE HOLLOWS OF PLATINUM HEARTS


I. The Gillian Hollow

Gillian, also known as Menos Grande, are considered one of the most common and "foot soldier" like Hollow among the Hollow race. Their name literally translated to "lowest great hollow". There are many hundreds of thousands of these types of menos, all looking very, very similar in appearance. Their general appearance takes on that of a, usually, kilometre tall, pitch black Hollow with a pure white mask that towers over almost everything. Their main method of attack is usually a cero, but there have been shown to be a few unique Menos Grande, but Gillian are the typically seen one. However, for many years prior to World War 3 and winter Wars many years ago, Menos Grande were very scarce and hard to find. Rukia actually said she only heard of them in text books and pictures, despite having been a shinigami for presumably many decades. Their most common method of attack is found to be in groups, the Gillian are capable of swarming areas and overrunning towns in their massive numbers. Aaroniero Arrurueri is the only gillian level Hollow to reach Espada level after becoming an Arrancar.

Their abilities are typical of a normal hollow, but considerably more advanced. As mentioned, their main method of assault can be based highly in their powerful blasts of red cero shot from their wide mouths. Atop of their powerful ceros, garganta are often used methods of travel among many Gillian level hollow. Other than this, Negacion is one of the only other abilities they possess as a Holow, which is capable of setting down beams of light to rescue their allies as proven by gillian class hollows which pull Aizen, Gin and Tousen into the garganta from above, pulling them off into Hueco Mundo.

Compared to normal Gillian, there are a special class which can be considered a "evolution" step. These Gillian are usually identified by a unique mask which shows they are capable of evolving to the next level of Hollow, which is titled Adjuchass Menos. This is accelerated and completed through the consumption of many other Hollows, as proven constantly by Grimmjow who devoured his allies and others who got in his way to become stronger.

I. Adjuchas Class


The Adjuchas Class Hollow, name translating to Intermediate Great Hollow, are the second classification of Hollows and less in number. Their size, in comparison to the kilometre tall Gillian class Menos Grande, is rather small and less intimidating. However, their appearances do change rather drastically when you compare it to the Gillian whom all look very much the same. The Adjuchas have been found to not only have very many varying colours of skin and masks, but many varying personalities. This stems from things such as being timid, or violent - even to something like depressed. These are Hollows that are capable of being unique, having unique attributes, powers and even prove themselves to be smarter, stronger or even scarier than most others of their class level.

Adjuchas class are actually capable of commanding Gillian class menos, as well. However they're not exactly creatures whom fight in packs like the Gillain prefer to do, however they can, if needed, call upon and command lower class Gillain to help them. It is said that Adjuchas class Hollow are capable of fighting on relative evenly footing with captains of the Gotei 13. The signature skills of the Adjuchas, on the other hand, are both very similar to normal hollows, but are actually known to have very powerful unique abilities. So just like the gillian class, Adjuchas can use very powerful ceros to blast away opponents, as well as having access to things like Garganta relatively easily.

The Adjuchas hollow also has a evolutionary step, just like the previous class. If the adjuchas continously devours hollows it comes across, they can make themselves stronger and stronger, merging these Hollows with their own bodies. If they stop suddenly eating these Hollows, however, they can become consumed by the thoughts of the consumed souls. This can tear them apart and actually demote their bodies back to being a Gillian class Menos Grande.

I. Vasto Lorde Class


The name Vasto Lorde literally means "Highest Great Hollow", which is an extremely fitting title for the power of these Hollows. These are considered the pinnacle of typical Hollow evolution, and the number of them within the universe are said to be capable of being counted on a single hand. They are hollows which are usually found to be extremely small, only akin to the size of an average human body and take on a humanoid figure. This is shown by Tia Harribel whom was a Vasto Lorde prior to becoming an Arrancar, having a humanoid by still majority covered in Hollowfied body. Just like the previous evolutionary steps, Vasto Lorde are driven by their need to cannibalize even other Hollows, whilst any special "creation" requirements of them remain unknown. It is considered extremely rare, only a few cases of Vasto Lorde existing.

The pure terrifying power of the Vasto Lorde is backed up by Hitsugaya saying that if there were more than ten Arrancar at Vasto Lorde level, Soul Society would be doomed and completely crumble. Their appearance is very different compared to other Hollows and each Vasto Lorde doesn't look the same, other than having a humanoid figure. The only trait required is that most if not all of their body is to be covered in their hollowed figure. Atop of this, the Vasto Lorde are still extremely unknown, so it is hard to justify or gather a scope of their signature skills or abilities. They do have access to the typical garganta, cero and general Hollow abilities - however they can also have unique and destructive personal powers, differing between each Vasto Lorde. If a Vasto Lorde turned Arrancar, it is likely their ressureccion powers will be akin to that of what they used as a Vasto Lorde.

I. Powers and Traits


Similar to how Shinigami have Kido and other techniques, Hollows have similar ones that can be either unique or available to all of their race. Hollows are usually capable of gaining this energy for "powers" by devouring souls as a Hollow, then being capable of using powers like Cero and so on.

Soul-Body Separation: This is a simple racial technique that most, if not all, Hollows have access to. In essence, this ability allows the Hollow to separate the living person from their spirits, forcibly dragging their spirit so they can either converse with their loved ones upon turning into a Hollow or for more sinister means. Whilst a common racial ability, Hollows are usually not found using such an ability as they normally hunt after pluses, rather than living human beings. If desperate enough, however, this can change and the Hollow is capable of separating the human spirit from their body. This also means that it is possible for a Hollow to extract a Shinigami from their Gigai, but this could prove... disasterous for the Hollow. But it is also shown to be able to reverse, in the same way. As Hollows can extract souls, Shinigami are capable of placing their souls into an artificial vessel and becoming visible in the human realm.

Acidic Touch: A rather passive and simple ability for all Hollows. In essence, this is the first form of defense for a normal Hollow, that if someone were to touch their skin they would be singed and their hands would be eroded and burnt as if acid was poured onto it. It is said this is extremely painful, and actually capable of letting the Hollow's Reiatsu into the victim's body.

Cero: This is a very powerful and extremely swift blast of energy that can be made by anyone infected by Hollows. It has been shown my some Gillian class hollows to blast even towns apart, their wide array of power being quite scary. As the classes of Hollows goes up, the power of their cero is also quite unique and strong. Most cero of basic Hollow have shown to be simply red in colour, whilst others like Vasto Lorde or Arrancar can have various ranges of colours. For an example of this is that Starrk has blue cero, Harribel has yellow, ulquiorra has green ceros, etc. A cero can also be shot from a variety of locations, each unique to the Hollow in question; this can be the tongue, finger tip, fist or even eyeball if one wished.

Garganta: Literally translating to "throat" in spanish and "Black cavity" in Japanese, Garganta is the method in which all Hollows use to travel between different realms. When in use, a black rift literally tears open the fabric of space and opens into a black rift of Darkness. The most common usage is to travel from Hueco Mundo to the living realm, but users whom are more adept at this can even use it in fights to actually open rifts of darkness to absorb attacks, and open a rift elsewhere to shoot it back at them. It highly depends on the skill of the user, as often even Vizards have been shown to open garganta during battle. Normal hollows only use this as a method of transportation, though. Many of the reasons Garganta is a very powerful tool is for it's utility and mass transportation which can hold endless numbers of "foot soldiers" or people within it.

Negacion: As previously mentioned under "gillian", Negacion is the technique in which Hollows can rescue or "extract" allies from a battle. The name literally translates to Negation in Spanish. Causing a garganta from the sky, a ray of light will shoot down onto the targets, as a few moments pass they will be dragged up and into the rift. This is usually done by Gillian whom are massive in size and can be commanded by other Hollow for easy "extraction" from dangerous areas.

High-Speed regeneration: Generally self explanatory, some Hollows are capable of having the ability to regenerate their bodies at their own will. However this is usually quite limited to the cutting off of limbs. This is usually more commonly found in Arrancar, however some Hollow's have learned to reform their bodies from damage. It is said that if they have taken drastic damage to organs and vitals, however, they cannot regenerate these easily (or not at all, depending on the Hollow), which allows them still very vulnerable. This is shown by Ulquiorra whom sacrificed even more raw power for the ability to regenerate his body.


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Subject Post 3PostSubject: Re: The Hollows    Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:29 am

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UNDERSTANDING THE SPIRIT EATERS


THE XENO HOLLOWS OF PLATINUM HEARTS


I. The Story of Xeno

Over the past 400 years the universe has seen a vast amount of improvement and evolution as humanity strove to reach higher and higher. This was no exception for the Hollow race as their leaders took measures to make sure they were always on par with the competition.

Hollows would be pit against each other in a brutal fashion as Arrancar watched over them. How do they fight? What do they aim for? What happens when they are losing? is one breed outright stronger than another? this research became the basis for a project the Cero Espada at the time was the lead scientist of.

This woman, alongside other bright Arrancar minds, devised a tool. An upgrade. Built directly into the body of a Hollow with direct links to the Hollows mask and their bloodstream. In essence, this machine was created to bring out a Hollows instincts.

After more testing, the Hollows upgraded with this machination began to fight with more ferocity. They were unrelenting and only backed down when they were truly killed. Pleased with this boost in combat prowess, the Dues Ex Machina as it was named was dispatched and installed into thousands of Hollows.

Over time however, these Hollows began to show more and more symptoms of mechanical interferance as they grew. Some had adapted and their bodies were developing steel-like skin. Their Masks became even harder to break and the old breeds of Hollows seemed to fall further and further away from their mechanized abomination cousins.

Once these Hollows had grown to the peak of their evolution, they showed incredible signs of adaptation and growth. Some are recorded to have understood Human weaponry and combined this knowledge with their abilities to create actual missiles that could shoot from large pores on their bodies. Others breathed flamethrower-like breath as their veins pulsed on the surface of their skin with energy.

The Hollow Race had truly evolved, yet still had no true mind of their own. A force to be reckoned but also controlled.

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Hard as Steel: A Dues Hollow's skin becomes more metallic and much harder to pierce. This allows most Dues Hollows to withstand much more damage than a standard Hollow would be capable of taking. This includes their mask.

Imitation: A Dues Hollow may be unable to think for themselves but they are capable of learning. A Dues Hollow is able to mimic the properties of another race's technology be it weapons, armour, vehicles etc. This process of evolution takes several months of hibernation after several months of being exposed to said technology, but can make every Dues Hollow appear very different to one another and be able to fight in unique ways. Some Dues Hollows may adapt blades for arms, fire breath, launch explosive projectiles and some may even use optic camoflague to vanish from sight.

Permanent Mask: Dues Hollow have been found to not be able to remove their masks as their Dues Ex Machina is too embedded into their system. This means a Dues Arrancar is 99% impossible without incredible aid from a top scientist.

Insurmountable Growth: Even though a Dues Hollow may not remove it's mask, they are not as limited in growth as a standard Hollow. The Highest tier a Dues Hollow can reach is 0-5.


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