LIANA UNOHANA | THE BLOOD MOON
BASIC INFO» Name:
Liana Unohana» Titles:
Blood Moon (previously Black Moon)» Appearance Age:
Early Twenties» True Age:
Vizard Corps - Kido Corps Colonel» Appearance Description:
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As a trait inherent and strengthened by the guidance of her adoptive mother, Liana has consistently been most well-known for her compassionate and generous actions. Previously a Vice-Captain for the Old Gotei's 4th division, her job description was by nature one fueled by acts of nurture and support, and the reputation she's accrued in this position--and due to this position--has naturally fed back into the desire for her to do good. Being recognised for her work in this field--and nearly unanimously positively for that matter--continued to inspire the yearning for receiving validation through these acts. That said, even without the prospect of positive feedback from this sort of conduct, Liana pursuingly performs acts of good will purely out of seeing it as the "right and just" course of action. Moments of conduct contrary--both for herself and to accept the actions without of other people--usually require significant and demanding justification; even then, depending on what it is, Liana would go so far as to feel remorse for other people's actions without compassion.
Liana was initially an astonishingly reckless child, and truth be told the majority of the lack in manners she offered was due to her upbringing. Born in fairly damning circumstances and the will to adapt and survive in inherently disadvantageous conditions formed a wall around her heart, and anyone who approached her--regardless of personage, intent, and appearance--was always met with ferocity and aggression. After being under Retsu's tutelage, the sheer disparity between Liana's starting point and current manner of conduct has made her consideration for politeness and mannerisms that much more professed. The tireless, conscious efforts to correct herself has made her attentive to this sort of thing, and as a result is a point of focus and consistency.
Something retained from her youth and better managed but still prevalent, Liana has a preference for action, and standing by overthinking and ruminating a situation is an easy way to irritate her. Both a trait that aids her in leadership as well as a circumstantial shortcoming, depending on the occasion she can easily be pinned as the type to jump the gun and act before appropriate consideration, which isn't always wrong. In Liana's mind, doing that is at least better than sitting around trying to conceive every possible contingency; furthermore, while she's subject to confusion and can take the wrong turn at the wrong corner as everyone else, the girl will at least do it confidently, and in the event of her being mistaken, own up to it and take responsibility.
In the face of making these mistakes--or preferably successes--Liana will press forward. Sure, celebration of the success or reviewing the mistake can take place, but there should be a limit to that. Stagnation in the face of failure or complacency from the confidence of success is not an option. Of course, the Unohana neither has any intent of being a party-pooper and forcing people into directions they feel less than amiable towards, but for the sake of a person's benefits, she will take the time to be hands-on and direct in guiding them further forward. The alternative is to not, and that never got anyone anywhere.
That said, Liana has no good opinion of people who pursue stagnancy or easily settle down, or generally have some polar shift as the result of a single instance. This is a poor mentality, only possible if cultivated and mistreated, to which she feels pity and reproach, both to the person and their previous guidance that allowed this mindset. It's inappropriate and counterproductive by nature, and while Liana has a big heart, there's limitations to her tolerance. Her decisiveness to take action also takes place in cutting off dead limbs from the body, and her ideals would ask that she can take every person she can onto her boat of productivity and success for universal betterment, but the realism she takes into account makes this sort of expectation impossible to hold.
Liana has become accustomed to the role of leadership, and in fact now finds some degree of comfort in its familiarity, but her innate preference of socialisation is the general lack thereof. She doesn't mind the interaction, but prefers to be the receiver of content, more keen on listening and learning from the providers rather than offering her own two cents. She's capable of it, without a doubt, but her area of expertise is in absorbing, and later maybe regurgitating all she's taken in, rather than offering original content spontaneously.
Liana is definitely introverted albeit successfully overcoming many of its challenges, but she definitely enjoys social interaction. As her taciturn disposition displays, the girl is most likely the quiet one in the group who listens rather than talks, and a part of this is the curiosity which fuels her silence. Liana naturally wants to take in all the information around her, and especially details of a person and what they convey, in a way as something for just personal enjoyment, but also because it helps her to perform in the future in all she does. The more she knows, the better she can be in any field, both as a person, or as a fighter, or as a leader, or as a soldier. She truly holds the phrase "knowledge is power" reverentially.
As a result, Liana proves highly analytical in the sense of situational awareness to the world around her and the people in it. She has particular focus to certain visual cues and various subtleties and idiosyncrasies of a person--just as something she naturally picks up. Her own opinion is that she isn't particularly smart or clever, and generally intellectual input isn't her area of expertise, but in spite of that--and also because of that--taking in all the information possible allows for ease and clarity in deduction, piecing together the abundance of information accumulated to easily come to proper and accurate conclusions.
Without a doubt Liana is incredibly afraid and fearful, in many senses of the word, but she doesn't view it as a disadvantage or shortcoming. In fact, the girl embraces this prevalent side of her, because as a dear friend once said, "fear is the greatest boon a person can hold. Fear is what divides the courageous from the cowardly and the brave from the stupid--not the strong from the weak." Fear is a superpower that allows a person to perform in ways no other person can, and to act with particular efficiency or attentiveness, and is also a driver of emotional sensitivity that attunes a person to the world very well. Thus, instances of fear is something Liana confronts head first, and while she may be trembling in her boots in the face of something which frightens her, she specifically looks it in the face and uses it to empower herself, swallowing her spit and pushing down the daunting pressure.
Liana's fear is her driver, but this wasn't always the case. Especially as a child with dire circumstances, fear was something that effectively ruled her life, and the events which transpired in her past traumatised her--especially moments in her childhood which transformed into greater mental beasts and creatures than anything else due to the years of poor coping mechanisms and the dramatisation of these memories as she grew up. More mature, stable, and better equipped to handle these memories, Liana doesn't seem nearly as troubled by it as she really is, to the extent of which resurfaced memories become vivid visions that provoke unbridled actions. This is naturally a point of embarrassment which she constantly tries to sweep under the rug, and ironically very poorly addresses despite her attempts to handle well essentially every other instance, to the extent that people have labeled Liana confrontational--especially before being introduced to positions of leadership. Specifically, any mention of the 4th division slaughter mentally shakes her.
Tolerance is something she's known for, and while she has her limitations on this front, it's well advertised that this gauge of tolerance is inexplicably high. Liana can endure much harm, to herself or peers, physically and mentally. One of the reasons this is possible is because she doesn't truly just ignore and let go these misgivings, but instead carves them into her heart, remembering them indefinitely. Usually unaddressed by giving people the benefit of the doubt to act better in the future, or have room for improvement, but with cases of her tolerance being tested and whittled down, one quickly comes to find that Liana can be the most vindictive person you meet. Forgiveness is practically her middle name, but if you don't plead for it, you get no sympathy, but instead the darker side of her heart--something better avoided, and those that learned the hard way could attest. A debt is always paid, for better or worse.
The Ideitreng family was well known for the consistency in quality of shinigami produced, and while it made them a valuable asset to the throne, which in part retained their status as lower nobles, their constant production of powerful members did not denote the consistency of loyalty. With the occasional turncoat family member, by default the Gotei gained a well equipped enemy in each occurrence. Thus, the Ideitrengs never really moved up from their position, though they were still held onto because they were still an asset which, at least as a family, remained in servitude to the crown.
In the event that a member might foreshadow some degree of disobedience to the Gotei or signs preceding a potential secession from their ranks, they were accordingly dealt with. In one of these instances, a couple with a newborn babe ran through the outer districts of Rukongai, the mother an Ideitreng, fleeing from members of the Onmitsukido. In their final efforts, the couple abandoned their babe, a group of street urchins picking it up.
The group felt pity for the infant for being born from the get-go in very familiar circumstances, so with their combined efforts the urchin group did their best to raise the child. Obviously, this didn't go very well, but the outcome was fairly optimistic. By the time the child physically matured to the same general age as the urchin kids that raised her, while she had a poor understanding of the world around her and a very distorted perception of reality, she at least wasn't unhealthy, physically, spiritually, or even socially.
In fact, on a social level, Liana was well received. As she grew up, many of the kids--partially out of camaraderie and familial bonding in their efforts to raise her--loved her like a sibling, and was a member of this urchin family that brought many of them together. She grew up curious, taking everything in like a sponge, and as an obedient child, as far as the kids she interacted with went, she never met trouble with them. On top of that, Liana was a pretty child, and being treated as a little sister, was well protected.
This dynamic shifted a bit when some of the kids engaged in nefarious activity, thereafter suffering the consequences as a few adults took it upon themselves to punish the involved urchins. While it was a simple case of spanking some naughty kids for petty theft, Liana seeing the kids struggle in the grasp of the adults had treated this as a very serious incident--thus, she took action.
The blood of an Ideitreng ran true in her veins, and while there was no permanent harm to any persons involved, this became the start of her legacy as "The Black Moon". The spiritual power she displayed--and competency of control with it--attracted much attention.
Eventually, the Urchin group gained momentum in control, and as Liana matured alongside her "family", some degree of control over this district began to reach out. Their actions became more unruly, the crimes committed increasingly severe. Liana's power quickly shifted her to a place of power and leadership over this group, and considering her upbringing, this status was poorly handled.
The most dire result was Liana as the sole survivor in what escalated to a gang turf-war, rival criminal groups in the area slaughtering the girl's "family" in her absence, as she attended to other matters. Of course her rage returned the favour, but the damage had been done, and the poorly raised Liana was also emotionally vulnerable. Up until this point, she had never really faced any serious adversity that wasn't immediately handled by the overprotective family members or her immense power generally unseen this far out into Rukongai.
The emotional trauma sent her unto a progressively darker path, and her involvement in crime and murder spiraled out of control. Her innate power and constant usage cultivated it, her reiatsu growing absurdly to the extent that its dark black miasma appearance coated the skies for miles to come, to the point of encasing the moon. This is where "The Black Moon" was coined, referencing her massive reiatsu.
For adjacent districts, the territory of The Black Moon became famous, as it was the turf of a young girl who listened to no-one, respected no-one, and demanded both in return. Considering this was an uncontrolled person with feats comparable to fairly powerful shinigami, there were few challengers, and those few were met with horrifying results. Thankfully, these days reached an end.
Eventually, word of The Black Moon reached far enough to gain attention from a Shinigami unit on an excursion to the outer layers for investigation of a different urban legend. But, on the way to that site, the unit figured addressing The Black Moon was fine too. Coincidentally, this unit was in part escorting Retsu Unohana. In the end, they discovered the root of the Black Moon legend to be a young girl, an image awfully disconcerting with the most prevalent rumours.
Beyond that, Retsu drew many parallels between Liana and another familiar child she met in very similar circumstances, which in part drew up some nostalgia. As a result, she handled the situation in the same manner, and while Liana had daunting reserves of spiritual energy, both her and the energy was unrefined and untrained. After a fight demonstrating her ferocity and savagery, Liana was inevitably defeated. But, the potential in her was clear to see, and beyond the girl's shortcomings, she was brimming with vitality.
Retsu returned to Seireitei with Liana in tow, shockingly obedient to the change of circumstance. Both distraught in having lost for the first time as well as pursuing the object of her desire and defeat, Liana figured it better to acquiesce; aside from any pride lost, to which there wasn't much left, nothing better was in her district than the potential of seeing what the Seireitei could be like.
The result was absolutely grueling for Liana, who was adjusted to an entirely different culture. The outer districts cultivated some hard to rid habits and perceptions on society, but with enough dedicated drilling and grinding, as well as Liana's competence and inborn talents--as well as drive to actually absorb everything she's learned, the Black Moon arrived at an incredibly favourable result. Retsu taught her everything from manners and advanced education to combat and kido. In aspirations to follow after her now adoptive mother to which Liana eventually became infatuated with, the girl especially focused on Kido and Swordsmanship. Although she displayed proficiency and talent in all fields, her special attentiveness to the two subjects naturally accelerated her progress.
Eventually Retsu felt comfortable with developing Liana to a more stable state, both in body and spirit. In fact, Retsu felt pride over her, and that she met or exceeded all expectations. From here, she sent Liana off to the Academy to formerly learn and become a shinigami, to which she flawlessly passed through; however, the grind and desire to prove herself, not just to her peers and instructors but also to her mother, prompted Liana to especially stick to the Academy as opposed to graduating prematurely just to ensure she had perfect scores in every field.
This display of dedication and competency in many forms naturally made her sought after by many divisions, but in line with her reverence for Retsu, Liana joined the 4th Division. Despite the girl's foremost talent lying in leadership and combat, enough that most people assumed Liana was going to join either 1st Division or 11th Division, there was a sense of disappointment in her joining the most combat-passive squad. That said, no-one thought her talents were to be wasted regardless of her choice considering the obsessive development of her fundamentals.
As expected, Liana's reputation and rank rose as she worked her way up to seated positions, consistently climbing, her love and loyalty to the Gotei also developing in parallel as their praises and guidance for her reintroduced Liana to the long-lost feeling of camaraderie and familial bonds. This was a major reason for the Black Moon quickly attaching herself to Retsu and seeing her reverentially.
Eventually, her prowess rose to the level of the Vice Captains, her peak form and reliance on stable fundamentals making her at least able to defend against the less combat-inclined Captains of the time. Suitably matching her capabilities was the rise to the rank of Vice Captain of the 4th Division.
Everything went well for Liana, and to most she seemed without flaw, to an uncanny degree. Even the subject in question felt a sense of invulnerability, and that nothing would go wrong from here on out. The suffering she experienced in her youth was now being compensated for, and everything would be fine. Obviously, these were wild delusions to soon be corrected.
Liana continuously progressed, and finally she unlocked her Shikai. The powers unlocked from this experience was unsurprisingly tied to Yin-Yang, a sort of power fit for her attempts to have her fundamentals equally progressed and, essentially, balanced, further paralled by her trained mannered self but honestly savage inner persona that was refined but still took root from her childhood. After some time, she even felt Bankai was in reach, but before she could finally tap into more of her latent potential, the demon incursion occurred.
It was a gruesome war, most of what she saw wasn't anything considering her childhood and tenure in the Gotei as a medical specialist. It was definitely tumultuous as many friends passed away, but every time Liana swallowed the pain and moved forward, doing her best to lead the division alongside her mother who had taken the mantle of 4th Division Captain up once again at the time.
Unfortunately, Liana suffered one loss that was far too damaging. After the battle with Khala Asthavon, the reportedly fatal blow and therafter sudden disappearance of her Retsu broke the girl. The heavy exposure to demon and hollow energy, and especially the constant handling of this energy whilst treating the wounds of countless shinigami, progressively tainted and exhausted her mind, relying on self-mastery and willpower to keep the enticing voices at bay. But, compounding the mental break from losing her mother with the negative energies surrounding her, on top of an ability of her zanpakuto contributing to the absorption of these energies, an inner hollow began to take form.
At this time, Liana had lost control. The inner hollow began to consume her, and the blood-thirst, savagery, and unbridled rage she once displayed as a teenager resurfaced. Friend and foe alike were at her mercy, and for someone that reached the level of Captain before unlocking Shikai, now tapping into further power from a newly developed inner hollow, the countless 4th division members around her--desperately trying to treat their Vice Captain's active descent into instability--could not resist her wrath, eventually leading up to an event termed "The 4th Division Slaughter", as well as the shift of Liana's epithet from "The Black Moon" to "The Blood Moon".
During the recovery of the Demon Incursion and subsequent rebuild and reformation of the Gotei, Liana resigned and left Soul Society. Given the circumstances, the Gotei weren't really pressed to chase after and criminalise Liana, especially considering the circumstances of her resignation and reputation built up to that point which gave her some degree of leniency. The shame, disgust, and helplessness she experienced drove her away from anything that could even remotely remind her of being in Soul Society.
She took to the Realm of the Living to cope with these new tribulations, most self-contrived but there nonetheless. Isolating herself out of fear of another uncontrolled outburst, Liana spent the majority of her time jumping in and out of her Inner World. The actions she took that day birthed another fear, specifically of her inner hollow. Interacting with it--especially directly--was incredibly difficult, and even after constant and daily attempts to force herself to face it, after a while she could only endure eye contact for a mere few moments before she broke under pressure.
It wasn't until another vizard approached her. His appearance wasn't well purposed, more of an accidental meeting, but the meeting was most definitely invaluable to her. Liana's struggle with facing her inner hollow was most definitely apparent to him, as someone much more experienced in just about everything compared to her. That said, the way she approached the issue of her inner hollow was most definitely not positively viewed. In fact, the stagnancy she was presenting was enough to be called frustrating and thereon justify confrontation.
This confrontation devolved into an out-right fight, essentially ending in Liana's defeat. By this time, Liana had suffered many defeats, none yet by her peers, but spars and battles with significantly more powerful beings on more than one occasion put her in her place. This was one of those moments. With his foot literally on her chest, pressing down from above her, Liana had not many options aside from listening the words he was pressing.
His words were biting, condescending and presumptuous, but the premise in his delivery really stuck. The vizard talked about not having to be content with the circumstances. That you didn't have to change the issues or correct them to move on. Tolerating them, moving on despite them, using them to empower yourself was also an option, and likely the best one for moments like these. All she had to do was face the object of her fears--it didn't mean she had to reach a point where she no longer feared it.
The man abruptly departed, still leaving a bad taste in Liana's mouth, but his words were well considered. Applying them, for the first time the Blood Moon actually interacted with her Inner Hollow, similarly to how she would with her Zanpakuto Spirit. Truthfully, actually confronting it strengthened her fear of it, especially the sheer maliciousness of it, openly stating that moments of Liana faltering would be taken advantage of, and to its fullest, it would tear apart everything around her without exception.
While this developed her fear of the Inner Hollow further, this also furthered her motivation to cope with it and prevent the possibility of this happening. This new sense of determination was recognised by the Zanpakuto Spirit, which then saw fit to allow Liana the opportunity to unlock her Bankai.
Liana's spiritual energy was way more than sufficient to summon and sustain the form of her Zanpakuto spirit and even endure a prolonged fight; thus, the only thing she really had to worry about here was defeating her zanpakuto spirit as she kept her inner hollow at bay. And, considering her adamant progression and stability of her fundamentals, it was surprisingly an uncomplicated fight. It was difficult without a doubt, but considering the times she faced opponents outright disgustingly superior to her, it wasn't unfamiliar territory.
Albeit a tad anticlimactic, the zanpakuto spirit wouldn't have proposed unlocking bankai unless it felt confident that Liana could whole-heartedly come out victorious to begin with, so the occasion of victory was unsurprisingly, arguably outright expected, especially with this new revelation and insight Liana came across. So, with her stability regained and a degree of strength earned, where was there to go from here? Ideally, treat the situation of becoming a vizard similarly to how Liana always treated a new challenge: grind out mastery over it.
And what better way than to join the organisation founded on the unity of Vizards, likely the organisation best equipped to help fellow vizards cope, adjust, and strengthen themselves as a result of tehir new circumstances. This in mind, Liana joined their ranks and--comfortable with this environment as all people here were once shinigami--Liana quickly displayed many of the skills, values, and general human credit that popularised her in the Gotei and in her urchin group. As expected, alongside the progression of her mastery over the traits gained through her inner hollow, Liana's proactive attitude and innate characteristics accrued traction and presence in the Vizard Corps, until she once more reached a point of holding a leadership role.
NATURAL TRAITS» Detail-Oriented:
A talent at a degree that justifies it's description with other outright supernatural characteristics, Liana's natural inclination to be more of an observer to the circumstances before taking action--occasionally prematurely--has made her attuned to the smaller details in every day interaction, further exemplified with the addition of stress to active factors, thus empowering her in heated moments of debate or combat. Though she isn't as impressive in this trait as those with eidetic or photographic memory, her meticulous attention to detail has been a large contributor to her competence as a leader and proficiency in adapting to all situations, leading into her next attribute.» Adaptability:
In part due to her inherent disposition and personality, heavily fortified by the theme of her abilities, Liana's capacity to adjust to varying circumstances is a point of fame for her in relevant circles. Her rapid change in personage and surroundings accentuate and exemplify this, and given her persistence in achieving aptitude in as many fields as possible to strengthen her fundamentals, Liana has essentially accrued a sufficient degree of proficiency through many avenues to appropriately respond to any number of scenarios. Liana offers a well-rounded array of abilities and the capacity to treat each circumstance with a dedicated and individualised response prepared at will.» Neutral Affinity:
Liana has a sort of baseline global competency that gives her ease of access and introduction into any number of subjects and fields, usually picking up and progressing in these areas through the preliminary levels with relative ease. That said, it should be noted that Liana doesn't actually have any particularly exceptional affinity in any of these fields, in that while she can pick up and adapt to all these subjects without much trouble, her individual talents in any one relative to herself doesn't stick out. For example, when using Kido, there's absolutely no particular strength in a certain elemental spell different from other, even contradicting elemental spells, though this also means she has no specific trouble or drawbacks in any of them either.» Inborn Strength:
Liana's frame has definitely matured since her youth, but still easily misrepresents the muscular fortitude that allows many of her feats to be truly fearsome. Like everything else, much of her physical power is derived from consistent and constant training and development, but the reason it's easily argued that her strength naturally outclasses the rest of her physical attributes is its innate empowerment. A trait she was born with, Liana boasts a daunting level of strength that contributed to the mastery of her district in her youth. In her current form, leveling buildings as collateral damage to her focused strikes is fairly common once she taps into a more savage manner of combat.» Weapon Proficiency:
Following the trend of being a well-rounded combatant, per Retsu's instructions Liana is experienced in many different weapons with different purposes, and fueled by her personal interest to try new things and broaden her horizons, the girl can comfortably wield anything from a nunchuck to a bow. Of course given the object of her focus, melee weapons which follow similar form to the sword is her area of expertise, the sword and polearms being her primaries. Specifically, Liana's swordsmanship is exceptionally more pronounced than any of her individual talents and fields of experience, outclassing even her well-suited mastery over hand-to-hand combat.
IDEITRENG LINEAGE» Behavioral Issues:
As plagues the newest generation of Ideitrengs, despite their particular degree of talent and social competence compared to the usually idiosyncratic ridden bloodline, Liana suffers from some fairly difficult behavioral issues, and as each of them typically have a unique case, Liana's issue is a debilitating degree of cognitive dissonance. With frightening frequency, Liana has contrasting thoughts and feelings on any number of subjects in any number of instances, often times devolving into self-arguments that, contrary to her decisive personality--makes her second guess herself. This additionally feeds into her obsession with reaching into several fields and practicing them to a minimum level of proficiency as some sort of pseudo-perfectionism. In the most severe cases, she becomes emotionally vulnerable, rationally dependent, and incredibly anxious, stressors triggering moments of depression that she forces herself to persevere through, as Liana despises self-pity.» Chain Memory:
The subtlest but most defining trait of the Ideitreng is their method of memory that allows them to tap into their vast banks of knowledge at a moment's notice with considerable clarity. In essence, they naturally connect relevant bits of information, and remembering any one of these bits allows them to recall everything else, like sorting memories out into a chain. One event leads to another in repetition, easily making Ideitreng members highly skilled in any academic subject, which in turn allows them to be proficient in any number of practices.» Independence Drive:
The main branch of the Ideitreng hold the trait of independence in higher regard than anything else, and employ this ideology whether aware or not in most everything that they do. The result is all children growing up with the same mindset, favouring to act alone, achieve things by their own power, and be self-reliant in most all that they do. One of the reasons the Ideitreng are exceptional in their fields of specialty is due to this self-sufficient mentality, additionally being more than willing to learn and take in all that they can to add to their repertoire so they may perform any task themselves.
Independence Drive is an ability which flows in all main branch members' veins exclusively, and the intent is to maintain that individuality. Primarily, this functions as a mental guard; attempts to infringe their independence, especially through some form of spiritual or magical compelling, is di» Spiritual Aptitude: » Inner Characterisation:» Onmyoudou Embodiment: Yin/Yang:
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