CHI HUMANS - THE INFORMATION
I. What is Chi?
Chi, in essence, is life. Through every living being native to the human world, Chi is the energy that fuels that life and is the life energy produced by all living bodies vital for survival. The chi that circulates through every living being is constantly in use and everything, whether it is conscious of it or not, uses this energy through everyday tasks. This happens without the individual's awareness, typically resulting in a slow leak of Chi continually escaping the body. However, a small sub-set in an ever increasing amount has learned utilize and control that steady leak of Chi that flows from all living things.
Throughout the body are Energy Gates, or Qigong The energy gates in your body are major relay stations where the strength of your chi are regulated. Many gates are located at joints or, more precisely, in the actual space between the bones of a joint.
You learn to feel these points in order to channel the flow of your chi to stimulate the subtle body to the greatest extent possible. The first practice in Qigong is to enter each gate and dissolve through them.
A student learning Chi trains to manually open and close their Qigong so that they can control the flow of their Chi. One typically learns this process slowly and gradually through meditation and training. The second method (colloquially called Initiation or Baptism) is by having one receiving an influx of Chi from an experienced user that forces these nodes to open; despite how quickly it works, the method is typically frowned upon due to its danger to the student if the user is inexperienced or has malicious intent. Initiation via physically attacking another with the use of an enhanced Chi typically causes permanent disability or death.
There is, however, a way to initiate that is less harmful to the student's body — depending on gently jolting open one's nodes forces the new user to learn to control their Chi flow, else risk suffering severe exhaustion or death. This method is called Gehou. Once one has opened their Chi nodes, he will be able to see his own Chi as a shroud surrounding the body due to his nodes in his eyes being opened.
It is possible to feel the presence of Chi even without being aware of its existence. It has been described as feeling like a warm, viscous fluid at rest. It has been said that powerful, refined exerted Chi produces a sensation that feels akin to needles pricking into the skin. Since every living being emits Chi subconsciously, learning to sense Chi is a useful skill for those tracking living things or hunting non-living things infused with Chi. An experienced user of Chi can judge the location and relative strength of his opponents through reading the output of their Chi. With the emergence of the various supernatural beings that have interacted with humans however, Chi practitioners have been forced to learn to adapt their capacity for reading energy to the various different species that have invaded their home.
The humans who have mastered this strength are afforded a wide range of abilities. Life is full of constants and variables and the powers Chi Humans can manifest mirror this. There are basic techniques, advanced techniques, and some techniques that are capable of being as varied as humans themselves. However, these techniques all have one thing in common, they all draw from Chi Alignment.
II. Chi Alignment
Life is a balance. In the ancient beliefs this manifested as Yin and Yang and the symbol Taijitu. Yin, represented by the moon, manifests as feminine or negative energy, characterized by darkness, wetness, cold and passivity. Its opposite is Yang, represented by the sun and manifests as masculine and positive energy, characterized by light, warmth, dryness, and activity. These two concepts work completely in tune with each other through all life.
However, misconceptions about Chi are vast and it is important to understand that Chi, in and of itself, has no sense of morality. Life is not a moral existence, while Humans are alive and capable of using Chi, life itself predates them and human concepts such as Good and Evil have no bearing on Life itself. As such, it is important to not apply human morality on to Chi. Positive and Negative do not mean Good and Evil respectively. For instance, Yang in and of itself is positive and active, some one identifying with Yang would be striving to actively assist in lessening chaos, resisting and removing tyranny, and providing assistance in lessening the burdens of others. The philosophy is not without its pitfalls. Those strongly attuned to Yang can be tempted to set everything right by might alone. This can become a convenient excuse. Eventually, one may decide that direct violence is too inefficient, and changes tactics to enforcing their will so that a crime never takes place. Thus, the practitioner would result in becoming an oppressor when initially all one wanted was to make things right. Both Yin and Yang can lead to Good and Evil and as such should not be equated to the two.
In modern times in relation to Chi however, Yin and Yang are not commonly used. Instead, the two halves of the alignment are known as Sei, or Silence and Dou, or Motion. Outside of two techniques, every Chi technique falls under one of these alignments.
When channeling Sei Chi, the practitioner hides its intention to fight, instead focusing on sensing his/her environment, then releases it quickly in response to danger. When using a person’s Sei energy, the user is looking for careful fights not with power or anger, but with precision, skill and wit, tending to approach battle with a logical, methodical, and almost cold approach. Sei techniques are typically focused around self-enhancement, analysis, threat assessment, defense and general ability under pressure. Xinfeng:
Once a person has had their Chi nodes opened, they must learn to keep their Chi from leaking away from their body. Xinfeng is the process of keeping the nodes open, but also having Chi flow through and around the body rather than away from it. Once maintained, it creates a shroud around the user that feels similar to standing in lukewarm, viscous fluid. Ten maintains youthful vigor and reduces one's aging; since the energy powering the body no longer leaks away, one can keep the body from breaking down and deter the aging process. A practical application of this manifest as the effective comparable for Chi humans to an Arrancar’s Hierro. A shroud of Chi surrounds the body in a thin layer that dramatically bolsters the defensive capabilities of the Human being, allowing him to not only stand up to the wide array of supernatural creatures the world boasts, but also to occasionally power through them without so much as a scratch.Yizhi:
While Xinfeng allows a user to keep Chi from leaking away from their body, Yizhi stops the flow of Chi from their body altogether. By closing all of their Qigong, the user is able to stop almost all outflow of their energy like water from a valve. Since the user is no longer surrounded by their own Chi, they are more sensitive to the energy of others. This can be useful when tracking another person and it will also prevent other users of supernatural sources of energy from noticing them. However, since Yizhi involves literally shutting off the body’s exertion of Chi, it renders the user virtually powerless as long as the technique is held, so while it is very effective for hiding and tracking a target, making it impossible to locate a Chi user through searching for their energy and making it much easier for them to locate another in the same fashion, any defenses the user would have against supernatural beings is rendered inert. While many chi users could get by on their physical merits alone, they are substantially more vulnerable in this state. Jiaodian:
By channeling the user’s Chi to their eyes, the practitioner is afforded a substantially larger amount of information from optical intake. While by having opened the Qiqong, the Chi Human is naturally sensitive to numerous types of energy and can follow them well enough, whenever the Chi Human is utilizing the Jiaodian, they are able to see things in much more depth, akin to the difference between a color television and a black and white version. Chi Humans who are especially adept at Jiaodian are far more equipped to react to minute movements of an opponent, making them seem to have substantially higher reaction times, when in reality they are simply given much more information to work with.Yincang:
Yincang is an advanced form of Yizhi used to almost completely conceal one's energy. However, unlike Yizhi, Yincang does not require the user to stop their Chi flow, but hides it instead, making this technique perfect for launching a sneak attack or laying traps. However, unlike Yizhi, which completely negates energy and makes it impossible for it to be detected as it’s not really there, Yincang is far more akin to throwing a sheet over the energy instead of shutting off a valve, consequently it’s not impossible to notice the energy being concealed by Yincang, just considerably more difficult.Chengtan:
Chengtan is an advanced application of Xinfeng. Chengtan allows a user of Chi to extend their energy's envelopment onto an object, allowing them to use that object as if it were an extension of their own body. For example, one could use Chengtan to extend their Xinfeng around an object, which would strengthen and protect the object like the way it envelops and protects the body. Unlike Xinfeng however, Chengtan does not need constant energy flows to maintain. With Chengtan, a Chi Human can infuse part of their essence into an object and grant it abnormal and ridiculous power. Many legendary artifacts in the human world are the result of potent Chi Humans bequeathing their power on to an object. Quan:
Quan is an advanced application of Xinfeng. Instead of projecting the Chi around the body, Quan projects the Chi out over a wide area. Any object that enters this area around the user immediately triggers a signal in the Chi humans brain, letting him sense and pinpoint what transgressed upon his area of control. The accuracy and area that the Chi human can project their quan is relative to their tier and proficiency with Sei Chi. Yuhe:
Using Chi in order to get their bodies to the best shape as possible, using the chi flowing in there own bodies they are able to regenerate faster then the normal human beings this doesn't mean their bodies heal instantly, it's almost like the Shinigami, there bodies can heal faster then normal humans can. Chi humans who are especially adept in Sei can recover debilitating flesh wounds in a matter of minutes and it is rumored that Grandmasters can even regenerate limbs.
Tilan is the opposite of Xinfeng. Instead of taking the Chi and forming it around your body, Tilan generates that chi and propels it outward. it's also possible for them to produce more energy around themselves without having to worry about losing it. Tilan focuses on outputting a high amount of Chi and keeping it on the body, expanding the size and intensity of it. If Xinfeng is considered to be purely defensive, then Tilan typically is used for offense. This is equivalent to the spiritual pressure that many other species are capable of. The Tilan from a Chi human is relative to both his tier and the extent of his skill in Dou, but those who are powerful in both can release pressure that can prevent others from being able to breathe, much less move, simply by being in the Chi Humans presence. Yoh:
Yoh is a weaponized mass of Chi energy that is most equatable to offensive Shinigami spells or a Hollow’s cero. The size, color and potency varies from user to user, the last category typically being dependent on tier and proficiency with the Dou alignment. While there are not distinguishing names between the different kind of attacks like there are with the Hollow variants, the strength and power behind the different types of energy attacks can vary as wildly as the gap between a Bala and a Gran Rey Cero and the different levels achieved vary wildly on the attunement to the user’s Dou Chi. Piqi:
Piqi is a dangerous but rewarding technique that effectively closes the valve, similarly to Yizhi, on every Qiqong point but the one being used in the technique, effectively building up pressure in the body and expunging all of the chi through that one Qiqong. This makes that one body part exceptionally powerful and can increase the raw potency of any attack using that body part. Using Piqi can dramatically increase the potency of a physical attack, a Yoh energy attack or even the unique abilities, or Shiyong, that manifest with each Chi practitioner. The downside however is, like Yizhi, shutting off the bodies energy to everything but one point makes you very susceptible to counter attacks and as such, Piqi is useful exclusively as a finishing move or a guaranteed strike, otherwise it carries massive risks.
V. Xin Yue BuzhouXin Yue Buzhou:
Xin Yue Buzhou or just Buzhou(Crescent Step) is a technique that can either draw its power from a combination of Sei’s calm, meticulous energy and Dou’s wild and emotional energy, consequently it is very difficult to classify the Buzhou. The user can channel their chi to their feet and then use that chi to catapult the user forward in to high speed movement that is of comparable speed to a Shinigami’s flash step. Unlike the Flash Step or Sonido however, the Buzhou is entirely silent, the user’s chi cushioning the concussive impact on the ground after the step and completely nullifying the sound exerted from the step.
Shiyong is the release or transmission of one's Chi so it can be projected to carry out a certain function. In essence, Hatsu is one's personal expression of Nen that creates a special and unique paranormal ability, which is colloquially called a "Chi Ability, “Unique Ability" or "Shiyong.” When used in this sense, "Shiyong" is a very generic term. In its original formulation, it signifies a manifestation of one's Nen that cannot be ascribed to any of the basic or advanced techniques. This definition implies that an Enhancement Hatsu ability is impossible. In its common usage, however, a Shiyong ability is any application of Chi that the user regards as a special ability. A good Shiyong ability reflects a person's own character.
Shiyong abilities derive power from either Sei, Dou, or some combination of the two. Internal abilities will, typically play off a person’s Sei alignment. Abilities that strengthen the body, provide healing, and focus on tactical and meticulous processes will play off the user’s Sei parameter. External abilities, such as energy attacks, flurries, and aggressive acts fall under the Dou parameter. Some Shiyong abilities however will play off of both, which makes for an interesting dynamic and risks demeaning the ability with complexity. Since these abilities play off of both parameters, they run the risk of the weaker ability subtracting from the strong and typically require a balance to be effective. However, if that balance is achieved, these abilities tend to outstrip their more singularly minded relatives.
Outside of that however, Shiyong abilities are ridiculously flexible and are, inherently, only limited to the abilities and imagination of the character themselves and as such are incredibly varied in their nature, just like the humans they represent. As such it’s very difficult to really classify and define the nature of these abilities outside of the alignment they tend to associate with.
Chuxian, or “Emergence” or “Awakening” is a very dangerous technique available to Chi humans that is akin to a release from the other races. The Awakening combines the opposing Chii of both Sei and Dou, by having the former focused inward while the latter explodes outward. The result is an explosive boost in all of the user's physical capabilities and increased effectiveness in the user's individual techniques. However due to the conflicting nature of the Chi of Sei and Dou, extensive use of this technique causes a disruption in one's flow of Chi resulting in crippling, even fatal damage to the user. Unfortunately, the Chuxian is unstable, a person’s Dou or Sei chi will always, eventually, overpower the other and turn the body into a veritable maelstrom of conflicting energies. As such, despite the ridiculous boost in power that this ability is able to grant, elevating the user to an almost unrecognizable degree, the Chuxian is only able to be maintained for five posts before the body begins to break down from the excess flow of Chi and genuinely begins to unravel at the seams in both a literal and metaphorical sense. The stress on the body greys the hair, tears apart the muscles and systematically breaks down the body.
While the time limit on the ability is rather harsh, what the technique affords makes it incredibly valuable all the same and will frequently, in addition to the ridiculous boost in parameters, give the user new abilities and skills. .
VIII. Wanshan Chuxian
Wanshan Chuxian or “Perfect Emergence” is the penultimate of a Human’s control over Chi. Once the Chi Human is able to completely control the balance of Sei and Dou in their system, they are able to overcome the weakness of the Chuxian. This state is effectively limitless, allowing the Chi Human to effectively maintain the Chuxian indefinitely for the duration of an encounter, making the Chi human an absolutely terrifying force on the battlefield and putting them at an innate advantage of any comparable creature. Unfortunately, actually mastering this ability is a near impossible feat. For starters, the Chi Human must be just that, completely human. Any half breeds or conflicting energies, such as Ziamichi, will innately disrupt the balance, making it impossible to achieve the Perfect Emergence. In addition, the Chi Human requires, at least, a Master in both Sei and Dou and a Grandmaster in Chuxian to have the expertise needed to acquire the Wanshan Chuxian and finally, the practitioner must be, at the very least, 0-3 to be able to acquire the ability, the ability itself being the effective pinnacle of human evolution and, like the normal Chuxian, affords the user with a whole list of abilities, both new and old, at dramatically increased levels of proficiency.
IX. Skill SheetChi Skills
- Sei: Master/Advanced/Adept/Beginner
- Dou: Master/Advanced/Adept/Beginner
- Buzhou: Master/Advanced/Adept/Beginner
- Chuxian: Master/Advanced/Adept/Beginner