Racial Combat Abilities╡Passive Abilities╞
Dual Power Source╡Hakuda╞
While Genpaku does not lack for oddities in his appearance or the stories that surround him, this is the root of many of them. Genpaku in fact possesses two distinct sets of Shinigami powers. This was accomplished by a strange conflux of events (which are contained and fully explained in his history), the gist of which boils down as such; Genpaku's family used to be of Soul Society, and in their time they developed a technique for sealing their power and passing it down through their line. However where the power would manifest was random, a sealed power that theoretically rested in every individual but would not manifest in earnest. Genpaku was born with his own set of Shinigami powers in the world of the living, though he was not aware of it. Eventually, both this set and the powers sealed and passed down his line by his grandfather would awaken, resulting in the anomaly that is Genpaku's spiritual power. Normally Genpaku only taps one set of powers at a time, resulting in a level of spiritual energy endurance that is quite rare to see. However, he has researched and developed a way to tap both sets of power at once; this results in the explosive and devastating power he holds, but it does drain his energy reserves. As such, when he is tapping both sets of power he is likely to run out at the same rate as any other Shinigami fighting at the fullness of their power. The amount of power he can bring to bare is simply staggering however.
Genpaku's reiryoku has a few special properties, direct results of his body housing two distinct sets of Spiritual Power. Primarily, Genpaku possesses the capability of purifying Hollows with his unarmed attacks, be they from the hands, feet, knees, etc. Beyond that, it provides a small boost to Genpaku's durability and makes him more difficult to cut or pierce.
Immense Natural Speed and Agility
Genpaku has always been fast. In life he was a runner, and he used that natural talent in his martial arts. Since becoming a Shinigami he has pushed the boundaries of his own speed, to the point that many consider him one of the fastest beings around. Not that he would tend to agree; as with his other capabilities he is never satisfied with where his limits are and is constantly seeking to surpass them. For all that, his natural speed is such that he is easily able to keep up beings utilizing movements techniques (such as Shunpo) without resorting to it himself. Besides simple raw speed however, Genpaku possesses tremendous agility, balance, and reflexes to go with his speed. Combined with his martial training, it makes him a dangerous opponent to face.
In life Genpaku Arishima studied martial arts as a means of exercise and competition. After his death and consequent rebirth as a Shinigami it became his primary combat method. In the nearly five hundred years since he has practice and refined his unarmed combat abilities, never satisfied with his current level of skill. He has developed techniques and molded his other capabilities to capitalize on both his capability in Hakdua and Hoho. On a good day he might even go along with someone stating he may be one of the best hand-to-hand combatants in the world, and that claim is not a false one though the young Shinigami may not believe it.
Ikottsu(Single Bone) and Soukottsu(Double Bone)
Incredibly powerful unarmed strikes, seen in action by Yamamoto when he fought Wonderweiss. Ikottsu is a single fisted strike while Soukottsu is a dual fist and has substantially more power.Tessho(Iron Palm)
An open palm strike which can effortlessly shatter a Hollow's head with a single strike.
Narusho(Echoing Palm)Assaitaiho(Crushing Cannon)
A step beyond Tessho, Genpaku forces reiatsu into his hand and strikes, unleashing the energy directly into his opponent. The energy attempts to hinder the flow of reiatsu/demonic energy/etc through the enemies body. The effectiveness of this can be increased if critical points are hit. A significant increase in power will dissipate the energy.
Myakusho(Pulse Palm)Hekisho(Burst Palm)
An altered version of Narusho, this strike effectively collapses the effect of Narusho into a single pulse that rushes through the body. The purpose of this strike is to attempt to stun the target, rendering it helpless for a brief moment. The stun lasts for no more than 1 seconds regardless of tier. A sufficient amount of power being released or present can override this effect or lessen the length of time.
Another altered version of Narusho, this technique focuses on dealing internal damage and injury by simply forcing energy through his strike without the intent to hinder. Strikes using this technique can cause massive internal injury to organ, muscle, and bone.
A combination Kidō/Hakuda maneuver, Genpaku helped develop the technique with help from his friend Solas Foiche. The technique works by creating and compressing a Kidō spell in ones palm as they strike an enemy. Instead of the spell taking its normal form or appearance, the Kidō takes the form of a small glowing orb that hangs on the target for a moment before releasing, exploding with equal level strength to the original Kidō , taking into account personal skill and such relevant abilities. The higher the Kidō, however, the more difficult the technique becomes as the rapid compression and harnessing in the middle of combat is not simple. Genpaku does not go above Kidō Level 35 typically unless given enough time to prepare a higher one. The orb can be knocked off of the target if they can reach it before the orb explodes.
An advanced version of Hekisho involving the delay and application of additional kidou orbs. This ability however relies heavily on the practitioner being able to escape the detonation of the first orb, which in turn sets off the rest. In Genpaku's case he is capable of chaining up to a dozen strikes without worry of being caught in the detonation. Beyond that though, he begins running the risk of the primary orb detonating and catching himself in the cascading explosion. Additionally, the rapid compression of the kidou combined with speed and strikes required mean the technique can be quite taxing. Luckily, a single combination is usually enough to bring a fight to a close.
A counter technique Genpaku developed by combining a specific application of Shunpo
and a flying kick or knee, Assaitaiho
harnesses the tremendous force and momentum present in Genpaku's movement and puts it behind said kick or knee strike. Often he will use this technique if one of his regular kicks is caught, aiming to catch the opponent off guard and slam them into the nearest surface.
Shunpo(Flash Step) Mastery╡Kidou╞
Of all the techniques Soul Society and the afterlife have offered him, Genpaku has spent the greatest amount of time working of nurturing his natural talent in speed, Shunpo
, and its variants. He is a prodigy where such techniques are concerned, and has put in excessive amounts of training where the techniques are concerned. Through the combination of his natural talent, natural ability, and practiced technique Genpaku has attained recognition as one of the fastest beings on the current stage, mentioned in the same breath as people like Shadin Yuudeshi or even Yoruichi Shihouin. Where he stands in comparison to those people is another matter entirely; suffice it to say that his skill here is not exaggerated.
Senka is the act of utilizing a Shunpo to travel behind an opponent and strike them in the Saketsu(Chain Link) and Hakusui(Soul Sleep), effectively sealing their spiritual powers. Typically, this technique is performed with the Zanpaku-tou and can be fatal.
Ubuge Senka(Soft Flash Blossom)Utsusemi(Molting Cicada)
Genpaku does not like using Senka if he can avoid it, preferring to use this modified version while unarmed to channel energy into the target, temporarily disrupting the flow of energy at these central points. This can be overpowered by a large outpouring of power from these central points, effectively jumpstarting the system again.
An advanced movement technique used primarily by high ranking Onmitsu members, the user moves at high enough speed to leave an afterimage, which can appear to have taken damage. While the technique sounds simple, it is a difficult technique to master.
Mure no Utsusemi(Swarm of Molting Cicada Cicada)Doyadoya(Sound of Many Footsteps)
An advanced version of Utsusemi where the technique is used in rapid succession , creating afterimages with each iteration. Genpaku is able to pull this technique off because of his natural skill and speed, but repeated use of the technique puts strain on the body.
Sattou Semi(Rushing Cicada)
Another variation on Utsusemi, this technique is not specific to Genpaku, though he is the only one who currently knows it. Effectively this technique is used in mid-movement, resulting in an afterimage that continues on the path of movement for a period of 4 seconds before vanishing. Generally this is used as a diversion to create an opening against a target, as the afterimage is merely an illusion.
A modification on the fast moving shunpo seen in use by Soi Fong, Kurosaki Ichigo, and so on this technique requires Genpaku to move at higher speed than normal, adding a second step to his Shunpo’s typical 1 step. When he does this, he forces a small amount of his reiatsu into his feet and out, creating a small scale sonic boom. At point blank range, this sonic boom can be damaging to those caught in it and can force people away. However, the primary use Genpaku has for the technique is to confuse his target and throw them off balance before moving in to strike. Overuse of the technique however can be draining both physically and power wise.Speed Clones
Genpaku is able to create speed clones like other accomplished speed users. By moving between multiple points at high speed the user is able to generate the appearance of multiple 'clones' to hide their true location. While making the technique happen is not particularly difficult it is one of the more energy intensive Hoho techniques, and as such Genpaku uses it sparingly.
Genpaku has studied kidou over the course of his second life, and is generally proficient with it. However, unlike Hakuda or Hoho he did not delve into the deeper realms of study and training to move onto the truly advanced workings of Kidou. He has enough knowledge, skill, and power to make use of the techniques and adapt them but it would not be considered his specialty. Of the base Shinigami skills, this would likely be considered his weakest.
However, special note must be made of Genpaku's healing capabilities. Genpaku sought out training with the healing arts from the Fourth Division during his days in the Soul Society and has worked hard to gain a working knowledge of how to use his energy to heal both himself and others. It was noted that Genpaku had a knack for the healing arts, and if he hadn't been more focused and gifted in other areas he may well have made a great healer.
Genpaku has devoted time to learning Zanjutsu, the Shinigami art of the sword. He is fairly skilled, but is a far shot from the true masters of the world. Like Kidou he has a fundamental and working knowledge of Zanjutsu and its techniques, but often defaults to his unarmed combat style. Still, he is deadly with a sword since the sword lends itself well to his natural speed and agility, so underestimating him would be a potentially fatal mistake.
Kyoumei is Genpaku's answer to something considered impossible. Genpaku is blessed with two sets of Shinigami power, something that was largely considered impossible until he appeared. However, it seemed impossible to truly access both sets of Shinigami powers at the same time; instead he simply had more energy to burn but could only burn so much of it at once. Even his Zanpaku-tou spirits told him it was impossible, and that pursing a way to access both sets would likely only lead to injury or death. They were only mostly wrong, as pursuit of this technique indeed did nearly kill Genpaku (twice). Through trial, error, research, and hard work Genpaku discovered what he needed. Namely that each set of Shinigami powers had its own reiatsu signature, its own wavelength that did not meld well with the other. However, he was able to interact with both sets independently of each other; this meant that he was able to interact with both reiatsus. He concluded that this was because his reiatsu was a sort of alloy, made up of both sets of reiatsus from those powers.
By resonating his own power with that of his Zanpaku-tous, he eventually discovered how to access both sets of power, thus allowing himself to attain his full strength. It was not an easy process, and it is not an instant one either. Detailed below are the various stages, ability, and drawbacks of the technique as a whole.╡Kanipo; Kyoumei no Omoi (First Step: Resonance of the Mind)╞
The basis of all the subsequent abilities and stages, Kyoumei no Omoi
is the ability for Genpaku to successfully resonate his power with that of his Zanpaku-tous and fully tap both sets of his Shinigami powers. It was the stage that took the longest for Genpaku to discover and attain, taking nearly a century to bring to a working condition. Since then Genpaku has trained extensively with this technique, to the point he is able to hold this stage of Kyoumei indefinitely with no real drawback. He prefers not to however, as his reiatsu becomes difficult to manage and can cause injuries in weaker entities around him in a manner similar to Zaraki Kenpachi's reiatsu.
While in this stage Genpaku is freely able to release one Zanpaku-tou or the other as any other Shinigami would. Additionally while this technique is active Genpaku's physical capabilities are brought to there maximum, increasing the physical skills by one stage. While this level of Kyoumei is active, and through all other stages of Kyoumei, Genpaku's reiatsu becomes visible as a emerald green aura laced with electricity.╡Daniippo; Kyoumei no Shinjou (Second Step; Resonance of the Body)╞
The second stage of Kyoumei, when combined with his ability Shinkoru
, is one of Genpaku's primary and most devastating combat capabilities. At this stage, Genpaku gains the ability to release both of his Zanpaku-tous to their Shikai stage simultaneously. He has access to all of their individual capabilities, and has even discovered specific combination techniques between the two techniques. He is capable of maintaining this stage of Kyoumei for a great length of time, but rarely does so for longer than a fight would require. For this power however, there are stipulations.
First, Genpaku is not able to instantly jump to this stage of power; he must take time enough remaining in Kyoumei no Omoi
to attain a proper balance between the energies before he can deepen that resonance. In thread, this usually takes between 2 and 3 posts worth of time; however, given enough warning and if the situation is dangerous enough it is possible Genpaku will begin the preparation for this stage of power on his approach to a conflict; if this is the case, there is no pretense of stealth on his part. Additionally, this time can be shortened if Genpaku is not actively engaging in combat and has time to bring this stage with concentration.
Second, while he is capable of maintaining this form for a great length of time doing so is not only unnecessary but dangerous; the longer he maintains this stage of Kyoumei the greater strain is placed on his body and soul as he works to keep the resonance between his Zanpaku-tous and himself. Once he seals this stage of Kyoumei (or those after it), there is a distinct dissonance in his power. This dissonance effectively locks Genpaku out of this technique for the remainder of the day (in thread time) and weakens the abilities of his Zanpaku-tous individually by 10% for a similar length of time.
Finally, the strain of containing and maintaining the flow of energy produced by two Shikai's is a physical thing. Depending on the length of time this stage of Kyoumei is held this can range from simple muscle fatigue to muscle damage in addition to any injuries sustained in combat.╡Sanbanippo; Kyoumei no Reikon (Third Step; Resonance of the Soul)╞
The highest stage of Kyoumei that Genpaku would be considered to have “mastered,” this is also the highest stage that Genpaku feels comfortable bringing to bare in combat. As such, this would be considered one of his greatest combat capabilities. At this stage of Kyoumei, Genpaku has the ability to maintain one of his Zanpaku-tous in its Shikai state while releasing the other to Bankai. Understandably this gives Genpaku immense destruction potential, and as such he reluctant to release this stage of power for fear of what it does to those around him. The sheer spiritual pressure released by a simultaneous Shikai and Bankai release is enough to outright kill some spiritual beings, render even lieutenant level combatants unconscious, and so on. Once this stage is released, Genpaku releases one of his two blades to their Bankai stage; he is not able to switch between them after that.
Like Kyoumei no Shinjou
, Genpaku is typically able to simply enter this stage of power without taking time to build up to it. Genpaku must have been in Kyoumei no Shinjou
for a space of time before he can step to this stage of power. In a thread/combat situation, he must have been in Kyoumei no Shinjou
for 4 posts before he can push the resonance between his Zanpaku-tous to this stage. Like the previous stage of Kyoumei, Genpaku can move to this stage quicker if he is not actively engaged in combat and can focus on moving to it.
As with the previous stage Kyoumei, there are dangers and drawbacks. This stage of power is not something Genpaku can maintain for a great length of time; a handful of minutes and the sheer strain, both physically and metaphysically, becomes too much. Even at the shortest duration, Genpaku is likely to experience minor muscle damage as his body moves beyond its normal limits. Holding this stage of power longer increases the likelihood of experiencing severe muscle damage, broken bones, and internal injury as his body breaks down under the strain. It is possible that Genpaku could perish from the combined strain of this form and injuries sustained in combat if immediate medical treatment is not available.
Once this stage of Kyoumei is sealed, Genpaku was experience immense exhaustion to the point of potentially losing consciousness. However, this is not mere physical exhaustion; the dissonance that existed in the last stage of Kyoumei is greatly amplified by this state of power. Genpaku loses the ability to resonate correctly with his Zanpaku-tous for several days (between 3 – 9 depending on how long he has held this stage) and so cannot attain any stage of Kyoumei beyond Kyoumei no Omoi
. Additionally, Genpaku is unable to release the selected Zanpaku-tou back to its Bankai state for the same amount of time, and the abilities of his Zanpaku-tous are reduced in effectiveness by 20%.╡Koukiippo; Zekkou Kyoumei (Final Step; Perfect Resonance)╞ [Event Only]
This would be Genpaku Arishima's trump card, the single greatest combat technique at in his repertoire and the most dangerous ability he possesses for everyone involved. As such, this stage of power is easily the least practiced of Genpaku's abilities and with good reason; the amount of danger he puts himself in and those around him means that practicing this technique requires special preparation and precautions. In short this stage of Kyoumei allows Genpaku to, in theory, accomplish one of two things. Either Genpaku can release both of his Zanpaku-tous to the Bankai state, or he can bring one of them to the Shikokai state while maintaining the other in the Shikai state. This power comes with immense drawbacks however. First, Genpaku is not able to maintain this stage of power for a great length of time or so he's theorized. As it stands, he believes he may be able to maintain this stage of power for a full minute. (For the remainder of this explanation it is assumed that each round of posts in a combat thread covers roughly six seconds worth of time.) It is important to note that these effects take place after Zekkou Kyoumei
is sealed. These effects are cumulative.[1 Post]
Genpaku will face immense exhaustion and severe muscle damage upon sealing this state of Kyoumei. Additionally, he will unable to release either Zanpaku-tou to any state for the remainder of the day.[2 Posts]
Genpaku is unable to access any stage of Kyoumei for the remainder of the day, and is unable to reach any stage beyond Kyoumei no Omoi
for the rest of the week (site time).[3 Posts]
Genpaku is likely to see broken bones and internal injury. Additionally, he will be unable to release either of his Zanpaku-tous past the Shikai state for five days and their abilities during this time are weakened by 40%.[4 Posts]
Genpaku will be unable to access any
stage of Kyoumei for a week after the combat.[5 Posts]
Genpaku will find himself with almost no spiritual energy after sealing, making him a prime target. (Effectively, he will be temporarily reduced to the strength of a 4-1 in terms of spiritual power.)
Above would be what one could consider the minor
drawbacks of Zekkou Kyoumei
Genpaku will effectively lose his spiritual power for a week. After that, it will take a further week of time before Genpaku will be able to access either his Zanpaku-tou's released stages or
any stage of Kyoumei.[7 Posts]
Genpaku is likely to experience immense muscle damage, broken bones, and internal bleeding. Worse still, Genpaku is likely to lose consciousness and fall into a coma-like state for three days. If medical attention is not applied, it is even possible Genpaku will not survive.[8 Posts]
Genpaku's power lose increases by another week, and his inability to access his Zanpaku-tou releases and Kyoumei increase by another week. He will remain in a coma-like state for a week.[9 Posts]
Genpaku will require immediate medical attention from a power and skilled healer at this point; if someone of appropriate skill and power is not able to begin administering aid within a minute of this stage of Kyoumei being sealed, it is likely Genpaku will simply die from the strain he has put on himself.[10 posts]
At this point, even with immediate care given, Genpaku will remain in his coma-like state for a full month. If he regains consciousness he will need continued healing and assistance, or else his spiritual power will not recover and he will lose access to his spiritual powers entirely.
, as Genpaku has dubbed the technique, is an ability Genpaku rediscovered and eventually managed to bring up to a usable combat state. There were tales of a Shinigami who had once attempted this, but had gone crazy and had to be put down. Effectively, this technique allows the user to temporarily absorb their Zanpaku-tou into their being. While this is active, they are able to channel their Zanpaku-tou abilities through their body. To someone like Genpaku, whose primary mode of combat is close quarters, this is a massive boon of a technique. However, it has serious dangers associated with it; some of which Genpaku has found ways of mitigating.╡Benefits╞
As stated above, the primary benefit of the technique is the melding of one with their Zanpaku-tou. This increases the user's physical capabilities by roughly 20%, and allows the user to channel their Zanpaku-tou abilities through their own body. Additionally, this technique tends to alter Zanpaku-tou abilities slightly. In Genpaku's case, these modifications are listed below.
Kazedanpen(Shredding Winds) & Kaitsudanpen(Shredding Pressure)Raiden
While the actual effects of these abilities are largely unchained. However, the effect of it is contained in Genpaku's aura, and extends out several inches around his person.
This ability is actually increased in potency once absorbed. First, it does not seal Fujin; the aura explodes outward and the effects of Fujin's abilities are suppressed for a post. After that, the aura reforms and the abilities return.
Once this ability is activated, whatever striking surface Genpaku is using is covered in concentrated electricity instead of his entire being. All other effects of the ability remain the same.
Beyond these, Genpaku has discovered and perfected a way of using this technique with the various stages of Kyoumei
. Once Genpaku has accessed Kyoumei no Shinjou
he is actually able to absorb both of his Shikai-state Zanpaku-tous simultaneously. This is his usual mode of combat, and makes him exceptionally dangerous.╡Drawbacks╞
There is only one real drawback to the technique, but it is the reason the technique was abandoned so long ago. If one does not have a strong will or is too ambitious in their pursuit they will find themselves unable to keep their minds separate from that of their Zanpaku-tou; this is all but guaranteed to drive anyone absolutely insane. As far as Genpaku has managed to theorize and deduce, attempting to absorb one's Bankai would yield a much greater result in power but is also guaranteed to be too much strain on the mind of the user and will result in the two becoming one. As such, Genpaku has limited himself to only using the techniques on Shikai level Zanpaku-tous. In Genpaku's case as well, he runs the added danger of adding a second Zanpaku-tou to the strain of this technique. It is in fact possible that if his willpower and head was thrown off enough, he may begin to fall into the same trap and begin to go mad.