» Name: Erika Masamune
The etymology of her name begins with the first name Erika, it is the name of the Erica flower which represents solitude in the language of flowers. Her last name was taken from the legendary swordsmith Gorō Nyūdō Masamune, she adopted this name following her previous mentor's death.» Alias':
Touma | 刀 万 | Ten Thousand Swords» Gender:
Erika is eight-hundred and one. She was born on December 5. 1616.» Species:
She is a Shingami. Reborn after her death into the Soul Society, she does have the potential to become a Vizard or Ziamichi though in the future but right now it is pure shinigami in her being.» Affiliation & Association:
Erika is a former member of the Gotei Thirteen, training within the Shino Academy before hand she no longer holds any ties to the organisation and seeks to better herself. The only purpose she would have would be towards the betterment of her sword skills, she has once more taken the title of Ronin and is a wanderer.
The frame of Erika is one that is reasonably small, she is about 5 feet and 8 inches which doesn't give her a very high stance or allow her to stand over people. She has a well-developed body when it comes to her fitness though. She has a slender body with excellent capacity but not losing any of her beauty or attractiveness. She has calloused hands and feet from her many years of training and a firm body. Erika's hair is a rich shade of blonde with a pink hue causing her hair to occasionally appear to have light pink hair in the right lighting. Her hair is kept neat and falls around her head in a neat fashion, her hair style is kept maintained and she takes great pride in her hair and cares quite a lot about it. She has lavender eyes, a very soft hue which matches how she appears most of the time but there is an unyielding fighting spirit in them.
Erika has deep scars that have faded in recent times from the first time she used her zanpakuto since the handle cut deep into her hands. She has a group of scars littered along her torso from her past years of combat, most she kept there instead of removing as reminders and a determination to get stronger. She wears an interesting attire which is designed for optimum fighting capacity, it is open and leaves her arms and legs free for combat.
» Level Headed:
A person who is very down to earth, Erika is a very mature young individual who is sensible. She displays a much greater level of maturity than most other individuals and can give advice based on cold hard facts. While no genius or mastermind she is quite skilled at keeping her cool and not breaking down in stressful situations and this is what makes a lot of people turn to her for advice about subjects she might be aware of and able to give them a non-biased response about it. » Workaholic:
A very hard worker in everything she does Erika goes above and beyond to achieve her goals and in what she has to do. She is the person who stays indoors to get work done over hanging out with people for entertainment. To her she feels a sense of pride in knowing that she would give up her own enjoyment and relaxation to make sure everything is maintained and right, however her attitude to being a perfectionist and the amount of effort she puts in is quite a lot and it is not uncommon to find her burnt out after a while, everyone has their limits and Erika is no different. » Gentle, But Strong:
Kind and Firm at the same time, she is always nice to people. Often using honourifics if they deserve such a title. She is usually nice and gentle with people, especially children. Her she often lacks any form of anger or rage, being quite soft-spoken and soothing with her voice although those that thing that just because she is so nice and gentle that is is not firm or strict then you all have another thing coming because she can be firm and strict when the time calls for it. Ready to whip you back into line if you step out of it. » Respectful:
Being very respectful is something that Erika knows how to do, being a warrior in her previous life that trait has not left her and she shows a great deal of respect to people, short of enemies or those who oppose what she believes in, however if she were in the presence of well known and powerful people she'd show them some respect but in reality everyone, even some enemies, are entitled to some respect, however it's their actions which decide how it goes; those that abuse that respect quickly lose it or don't reciprocate however her respect can reach great levels for people that aren't dicks and use what she gives them.» Disciplined:
Trained from a young age in the art of the sword she has always required a great deal of self-discipline. Being the fact that she had to constantly do it by her own accord to get better and get higher in it, she has always jumped on chances and this is one of those things which has stayed with her for all the generations. She is very obedient to her superiors and those with either more experience or a higher rank than her although that doesn't mean that if someone has a higher rank than her and they know nothing about what they are doing then she'd attempt to fix their problem.» Lonely:
Ever since certain events within her past Erika has found it hard to connect properly with people, she has a subconscious mental block which makes it hard for her to form relationships with people that goes beyond mere acquaintances or just outside arm's reach. The result makes it hard for her to really stay in touch with people and she has a constant fear of people that get close to her might die and send her over the edge again like it did to her in the past and so it is quite difficult for anyone to really get close to her at all unless they have determination, dedication and a strong desire to befriend her.» Focused:
When she sets her mind to something don't try to stop her. Her dedication to tasks knows no bounds and she always seeks to finish what she starts. Erika actually has a dedication that makes her dangerous and sometimes self-destructive, an example being when she trains she can occasionally push herself a little too far at a stretch. She actually expresses borderline obsessive traits with her goals, finding it hard to actually give up on them if she physically can't or is stopped from doing so.» Humble:
Erika doesn't want to be recognised for her achievements, she doesn't need people to acknowledge her feats and the like. She is content with her own satisfaction at doing something. This makes her quite modest and often she prefers to sweep anything that might give her reputable fame under the carpet when meeting people, she doesn't want people to like her for her achievements rather they like her for who she actually is.» Bushido:
One of the most powerful traits within her personality is her belief of the way of the warrior. Bushido is a code that she upholds to her very best and tries not to stray from its conducts as a result she is a loyal person that will do her best to uphold her word and be able to keep it. She does her best to not let those around her down and is a courageous person, doing her very best in a fight.» Genuine:
Erika is a person that doesn't lie, and when she tries she tends to fail incredibly, she is very transparent and see through in the way that it is hard for her to keep something hidden or deceive someone. It is possibly on of her most defining qualities that makes her who she is since she finds it hard, if not impossible to pretend to be someone else.
Probably the most important person left in Erika's life, since just about everyone she has loved in the past has died Tsubine is the only one that held such a close bond with her and is still alive. She possesses a motherly view of Tsubine, while still seeing her as a teacher and so she will hold the utmost respect towards her. Their relationship currently is a little touchy though, having moved onto the Zero Division and leaving Erika all alone caused her to feel abandoned. It didn't help that their correspondence ceased and Tsubine vanished causing a great deal of resentment towards her and spite that makes her hostile and emotional when she is brought up. Deep down however she cannot bare to hurt her mother figure even for leaving her like she did and her hostility is something that can be easily overcame in an initial encounter.
For Erika this woman is apparently the pinnacle of the swordsmanship, the Kenpachi. If she wanted to prove herself then she'd need to defeat this woman in combat and claim her title. While she has never met Ibiki she is well aware of her and seeks to defeat her one day. There is a lot of potential for Ibiki to become a teacher if they were to meet and they kicked off well, however even with this bond the young woman would seek to defeat the Sword Master - not even simply being given the title is enough, she wants to earn it.
Her relationship with her zanpakuto spirit is quite different to most conventional relationships. The sword is very abusive and has caused Erika to always seek to use its power as little as possible due to being uncontrollable. She is ashamed of her blade and treats it just as cruelly as it treats her which often makes her happy to smash the sealed sword into a stone whenever it tried to play with her mind.
PLACING HERE FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT.
>Need to do more research on Edo Period and stuff<1615 - The Battle of Osaka.
Erika's father, Katou, dies shortly after leaving her mother pregnant with twins: Erika and Naomi, in the year 1616 Misaya gives birth to the twins. Her father supports the Tokugawa regime, he is regarded as being an excellent warrior on the battlefield.1616 - Twins are Born
Erika's Mother, being widowed must stay with her family. Erika's grandfather is in the Samurai Class of Society and so is very well set-up. Erika and Naomi are raised in wealthy household.1616 - 1628 [Childhood]
Erika decides she wants to be a samurai like her grandfather and father, despite society saying otherwise. Her mother is disgusted by this idea and tells her no. Erika goes to her grandfather and asks him to teach her instead being told that if she wanted to learn then she'd have the make the sword that she'd learn with.
Erika crafts said sword out of wood, her grandfather cuts it and tells her a real sword. She goes through events to get said steel sword and comes back to train which her grandfather agrees to teach her. He teaches her the fundamentals of the sword and Kendo. She begins learning at age six and is already learnt quite a lot by age seven.
Tokugawa Iemitsu becomes shogun in 1623...
- Age 17 - 1633: Tokugawa Iemitsu forbids travelling abroad and reading foreign books. Causing Erika to be even more interested in Europeans and Westerners.
- Age 21 - 1637: Shimabara Rebellion (1637–38) mounted by overtaxed peasants. Erika's brother is killed in the conflict, Christianity is formally prohibited.
- Age 23 - 1639: Edicts establishing National Seclusion (Sakoku Rei) are completed. All Westerners except the Dutch are prohibited from entering Japan.
- Age 25 - 1641: Tokugawa Iemitsu bans all foreigners, except Chinese and Dutch, from Japan.
- Age 41 - 1657: The Great Fire of Meireki destroys most of the city of Edo. Erika and her family die in this fire, she passes onto the spiritual world.
Finding herself arriving in a strange new place after the konso was performed on her and she was standing in a new place, all her memories gone from the experience of the cleansing. Erika was a new person and she sought to achieve a lot in this new place and world. Being a young teenager she was old enough to understand the world and try to avoid the mistakes of other people.
She quickly sought to make a name for herself, in her bold youthful way she worked very hard. She cleaned houses and worked like no one ever worked before and with her charismatic nature she was able to save up her pennies, using only what she had to in order to save as much as she could. She lived in a decent part of the Rukongai, not being on the very outskirts but instead being just outside the thirteenth district of the Western Rukongai. After a few months Erika finally had enough money to purchase a sword, it was the first thing she bought.
Despite being a plus Erika wanted to become a shinigami, to be a great swordmaster like a Kenpachi or something prestigious. She would spend hours training within the woods, going there to train for hours on end and sometimes days if she remembered to pack everything she'd need for going. After a few months she had heard about a famous swordsman coming to her district, Ivan Crow, known as the Golden Crow he was an early swordsman which was said to have even held the title of second kenpachi officially earning it after Yachiru Unohana disappeared from the world.
In an attempt to get him to teach her Erika participated in a tournament he was apparently going to attend and she did try hard, especially when Ivan was there, she took down and dispatched her opponents easily. Most, if not all, lacking the same thing that she had: resolve. When the tournament was finally over and Erika was named the champion she was very disappointed when she found he had disappeared. Going back home in a disappointed state she went to sleep but only for ten minutes at most since she woke up to the sound of movement in her room, jumping up and slashing at the intruder with her blade and causing the sparks to fly only to catch the face of Ivan Crow in the moonlight that was seeping into the room.
A little shocked Ivan offered her the opportunity to train under him but he had a few tests for her. Happily and more than willing she agreed only to watch him take her most valuable possession, the katana she worked so hard for, and broke it over his leg. Telling her to meet him in the forest the next morning she was left very shocked and a little upset but the opportunity to train with him made her very excited. She barely slept at all that night.
The following morning she was there before Ivan arrived, he had a sword on his back and held it out to her. Expecting her to take it which she did. He told her that she would from now on, only use one sword for a week before it was to be destroyed. A little confused by this she received the new sword that would be using, noticeably off-balanced much to her annoyance but she was too timid of annoying her new teacher to the point of him rescinding his offer of training.
His first trial was for her to cut a tree in half with a sword, a little confused and still ignorant to many way of the shinigami she voiced her irritation at him playing with her like this which he quickly silenced by appearing not to move at all, looking bemused at her while she was complaining to him. Then she heard it, the tree exploding into small fragments and leaving nothing but shards of tree.
Flabbergasted Erika was confused and scared, but below that was awe and wonder! This man, was incredible to her, her revealed that he was going to make her more powerful than him and that if she wanted to be the best then she must accept his conditions. Naturally she accepted this, she trained harder than ever and stayed awake for three days just to cut through that tree with her sword by the end of it her blade was dull and the edge chipped. Surprised she was willing to go through with such a test Ivan gave her a wooden sword, telling her that she could proceed once she could cut through a tree with the wooden training sword.
Unheard of to the girl, how was she going to break a tree with a stick! It was impossible surely!? Erika's test spanned over multiple days, unable to stay awake for a lot of it but she wasn't going to stop. Somehow the stick survived the ordeal but Erika couldn't break the tree. Apologising to Ivan, she finally conceded before he stated that the test was designed for her to fail. She had to learn that she wasn't able to do everything although upon taking the stick he cut the tree into two pieces, reminding her that he wasn't her and so he could do it.
From that day forward the real training began, reiryoku and reiatsu, beginning the art of Jinzen. Erika was quick to learn this skill, the assistance of the wooden path teachings allowed her to focus and concentrate on this inner-energy. This continued for a few weeks before she finally had much of the workings of her energies available to her control. She was finally allowed to move onto the third path of her training which was focused on her body.
A swordswoman couldn't just rely on having a sword, Ivan was going to teach her how to make herself as powerful as a sword and and become the weapon of her art. It began by focusing on her body and focusing her reiatsu onto her body to make herself stronger and more powerful than her normal bodies limits. Already she had began the path of the shinigami whether she knew it or not with the teachings of Ivan she was passively becoming one.
When she could finally empower her body with the assistance of reiatsu her test began with her cutting her hand, and thankfully the blade could not pierce the skin due to her reiatsu making her harder like a sword. Pleased by this result her mentor aimed to make her able to learn his ability that he had mastered and made him so famous as a Kenpachi.
She began her teachings of Katanakaji, while she had already been training for it for many years and must've gone through hundreds if not thousands of swords by now but she had finally began for real, she could work with her inner energies and begin to try and form a weapon that would serve as her physical zanpakuto's form. This empty vessel of her energy would make her own energy become her zanpakuto's form and they would develop a very strong bond.
This length of training was by far the hardest, she had to be able to finely control her energy as she projected the sword. This took an incredibly long time and even when she was able to form a sword her mentor would do something to distract her like tap her head or as she developed it further even send her flying a few metres away and see if the blade would stay formed.
Eventually she had it quite competently down, she could form a sword and keep it maintained, even sparring with it against Ivan's own swords formed by his own power. This training and honing continued until she was adept in the ability and was able to even manipulate the properties of her projections. The need for a sword became obsolete and she was able to conjure one whenever she required.
Everything would be short-lived though, the name of Ivan being the Second Kenpachi gave him quite the reputation. He would quickly find bold swordsman targetting him for the title that he possessed from Yachiru Unohana. Although most fell to his blade he was no invincible. Erika would find her master late for a training session, going to investigate she found him dying from a wound that had been inflicted on him by an opponent. Giving her his final words he gave her a final gift, impaling her with his zanpakuto he gave her his shinigami powers, the reiryoku that he had and the boost of his own Katanakaji prowess.
Her belief in the Bushido code made her strive to avenge Ivan, hunting around for the man that called himself the Third Kenpachi wasn't difficult and openly facing him she was swiftly defeated and left a mortally wounded state, publicly humiliated and broken her most hated enemy leaned down and gave her information, some information that tore through her beliefs. He told her that believing in honour and the bushido code makes her weak, she should give up those stupid beliefs and get stronger.
Leaving her alive to die slowly her broken body was picked up by an old lady, a healer in the Rukongai. She never told Erika her name but she was a shinigami and was skilled with Kaido, able to heal even her gruesome wounds she finished healing Erika and left without saying goodbye, a note being the only thing the woman left for her that suggested she head to the Shino Academy and train to become a Shinigami. Erika did not want to though, she continued throughout the Rukongai.
A Ronin within the districts she became a mercenary and hired her sword to do work, not willing to swear her allegiance to anyone she wanted to be alone and away from everyone. This lifestyle continued for quite some time. Many hundreds of years of solitude, not that she was alone but she held no one close to her; no friends, no family and no lord. This continued until Erika felt the loneliness begin to bite her, the desire to avenge her master had finally died due to the Third Kenpachi being killed and the title being passed on.
Without a purpose Erika finally sought out the Shino Academy, joining up in the academy to begin training as a shinigami and find purpose in the Gotei Thirteen. She sought to make herself feel like she had something fruitful, not just wealth and empty feelings of loneliness in her mind.
Following her entry into the Academy, Erika passed the entry test. Relying quite a lot on her zanjutsu to get her through the tests, despite being trained by the Second Kenpachi she didn't make it known. Even after she passed and was accepted she didn't speak a word about her former teacher, feeling that if she did then it would bring her unnecessary attention and people would view her for her reputation than who she actually was. She would begin two years at the academy, paired with the junior year and shared a room with three other girls all intent on becoming shinigami.
She got to know them quite well; the one that had taken a leader-like role within the group was called Miyabi. She was bold and out-spoken, despite having no where near the skill of Erika she was always willing to try and did her best which Erika found admirable and liked her work ethic even though the girl disregarded honourifics and all the cultural norms that she was used too. Miyabi became something of a role model to her with everyone happy to be around her and enjoying her company.
Her second friend was a little girl, appearing very young and shy, she lacked a lot of confidence and Erika quickly saw her as a little sister. She'd always try and take time out to help the little girl called Risa. The third and final roommate was very similar to her, although easily frustrated and irritated when things didn't work properly, she was very beautiful and men always sought after her, however her true skills was her intelligence and knowledge of kido, her final "sister" had the name of Misaki. Over her time in the academy these girls became very close to her with the time they shared yet Erika was always reserved. While the others talked about their past she wouldn't speak about her own.
She was a dedicated student, unable to hide her talent at zanjutsu she quickly received infamy for the skill she possessed. She used her Katanakaji to keep her projection constantly active she had long since returned her asauchi anonymously since she didn't want nor require it. She trained extensively in kido and hoho to try and bring them up to a standard similar to her zanjutsu but that was almost impossible, she had already invested to much into zanjutsu and no amount of training could keep the fields equal.
She did as little as she could in Hakuda, unlike other shinigami she viewed it as pointless. She could form a blade whenever she required it unlike everyone else. Training with Misaki she became quite adept in her kido and hoho, getting it to a level quite advanced in the academy she excelled in the three arts. She made it three years this way, during her third year she began to have dreams.
Erika would find herself constantly wandering through a dream world, it was chaos. Swords and bodies were everywhere. There was no fighting, everyone was dead. It was confronting for her to see, as the wandered through this world more and more she began to see faces. Faces of her past, her mentor Ivan and even people that were still alive with her friends being scattered about the battlefield. For weeks she barely slept, becoming more and more traumatised by the sights she saw and the atrocities kept changing, occasionally she'd see those she love be dead after torture, executed. It was too much for her to handle causing her to have night terrors.
She was hospitalised for a week, given medication to help her sleep and also kaido to assist in her night terrors. Returning she continued her studies and her goal, pained by the calamity of her mind. They stopped eventually, and the occasional nightmare she learnt to deal with. Erika once more returned to her status as a highly-skilled student within the academy, already multiple seated officers from other divisions sought after her for their ranks. Erika however sought to stay with her friends who were like family to her and continue the shinigami curriculum until the end even though she realistically didn't need it. Erika was one of the most skilled Zanjutsu practitioners and so the temptation for the Eleventh and Sixth Division of the Gotei Thirteen was quite high. Her lack of skill in Hakuda however made the Second Division pass her off.
When she finally reached her final year there was an exam, at the time it was an experimental idea to test students. The students were sent to the realm of Hueco Mundo - a part of it where the academy had set up a barred off area with kido and left the students to get some practice in against hollows while watched over by the teachers. Erika and her friends stayed together, deciding it was safer and more effective to be a group but there was more to this event than what met the eye. Outside some early Arrancar had gathered, infiltrating the barrier by tricking the sentries since at the time a natural arrancar was rare to see and the group entered in for a bloodbath.
Everything was in control to begin with, only a single teacher had died in the initial fight and only two groups of students were slaughtered but that would all change, and not through a fight but because Erika listened to the voice in her head. Telling her to use her shikai or everyone would die. Erika didn't know her sword's name, but the sword gave it up so easily, just tossed it to her without any work. Juuchi Yosamu was released and the death toll started rising. It didn't begin with her enemies though. Her release targeted her allies first, her friends and her teachers and everyone that she wanted to protect. She was killing them and no matter what she did it wouldn't stop.
When shinigami finally arrived to see what happened the woman was taken in and hospitalised for wounds she sustained in the fight. Being the sole-survivor of her class the event would come to be known as a massacre and tragic event. She ultimately decided to move on, leaving behind this place with nothing left for her.
Upon graduating she moved onto the Eleventh Division, a division filled with criminals and the underbelly scum of the Soul Society that could be used as expendable units against the hollow threat, she used this time to hone her skills with the sword even further. Still under the illusion of this release being her shikai she sought to defeat and claim a power stronger than any others around her, being in this division reminded her of her life in the Edo Period. These men being arrogant, thinking less of her since she was smaller and woman, it frustrated her and Erika became known by the Moniker of "Koakuma" ["Small Devil"]. She became known as a little fighter that could dominate quite a lot of the Division, being only beaten by the Captain and Kenpachi of the time.
Erika's new home brought upon an age of development for her skills, this hostile environment prompted the progress of her skills to new heights which she couldn't have found in another group. She had to develop her instincts and honing her mindset to perfection so that she could be able to stay ahead in a division that swallowed the weak. Of course she refused to take part in her release form, her shikai was something that she ran from and she'd often avoid the very topic of it. She became highly proficient by not relying on a release form to be strong which gave her an edge when she fought people that had their shikai since she could fight them at the same standard in her unsealed state.
The Eleventh Division wasn't good for her though, it lacked the ethical code that she followed and the overall feel of the group she was with made her wary and constantly paranoid towards if someone was going to attack her. She applied to move to the Fifth Division under Captain Sousuke Aizen a place where she could try and improve herself while honing an area that she couldn't in the Eleventh Division, she was able to get more Kido Experience in this new division.
Up until the Aizen incident Erika was a hard-working member of the Fifth Division under Captain Aizen and Vice-Captain Momo Hinamori, she quickly made her way up to the role of Seventeenth Seat in the first few months of her service. She was a strong fighter and the environment was peaceful which gave her plenty of space to train but also maintain her morales, during the Ryoka Invasion she was a support person who organised the division's resources which she maintained up until the revelation of Aizen's betrayal which completely changed the entire situation of the Gotei Thirteen.
Aizen's betrayal developed the event that would shake the Gotei Thirteen and draw them into conflict. Erika was often dispatched as a support kido user, however she became more than that. Her reputation began to grow within the division although she spent a lot of time handling the affairs of the division such as making sure all the equipment was organised, all the members got the right stuff and the like. She would take over maintaining the roster and attendance due to the Vice-Captain being incapacitated.
Erika's life was shaken up when a new captain arrived on the scene, this new captain had charisma and tried to push past all this negative feelings that Aizen left behind. Erika however was not taken by this woman, her experience with Aizen made her distrusting of this new face that appeared to be everything that needed which is exactly what Aizen was. Her position as the fourth Seat which was earned through the Winter War made her quite the stern figure and she was always hard working and expecting things done - her ways did not inspire recovery or morale, it was having a bad influence which stemmed from her stress towards Tsubine and her unhealthy paranoia towards her.
PART SIX: TSUBINE KOEZUKA
A woman who only wanted to help the Fifth Division she sought to fix this issue that Erika had, she approached the young shinigami and despite the initial barrier that separated them Tsubine kept at it. Slowly wearing down little Erika's resistance towards accepting her, after a few weeks of rocking the boat the captain finally got what she sought and Erika's problems came out into the light.
Not one to be idle about this Tsubine sought to try and help her through training her and doing her best to push her out of this negative mindset. Secluded training began between the two and through the clash of swords and words she became quite attached to Tsubine. She became a friend which frightened Erika, as everyone around her eventually died. The friendship grew and Erika began to view the captain as a teacher, she was the student and respect followed.
This woman became someone that she could confide in, someone that she could ease all her troubles with and not fall into the depths of her negativity. Slowly the two began to get to know each other very closely, their training gave her someone to spar with and Tsubine was an excellent swordswoman which made it very fun to train with her. She came to the conclusion that she was much stronger than her former mentor.
During this training there was a trust that formed towards her mother figure, caring about her and treating her like family. She sought to become strong but would never betray her teacher to get there. Erika came to completely trust her and saw past all these original feelings of distrust and paranoia. When Momo Hinamori was incapacitated due to the trauma she received from Aizen Erika was promoted to the rank of Vice-Captain temporarily and made sure that everything worked to perfection so that Tsubine didn't have to worry about menial things.
PART SEVEN: ENDER INVASION
During the invasion of Ender, Erika fought in the initial conflict, having moved to the First Division with Tsubine she sought to hold the fort against the demon but when it became apparent they weren't going to be able to win there was a retreat called. In this retreat she found herself often being overlooked for combat missions, the captain-commander was purposefully overlooking her and not allowing her to go. She simply couldn't sit back and watch everyone die while she hid behind her captain's skirts like a child, she would sneak out and do strikes on Ender's forces - alone, who earned her the moniker of "Suicidal Devil" over the war. It wouldn't be long though that Tsubine found out what she was doing and had her arrested under the pretence of "treason" although really just wanted her to stop doing her little raids.
So she found herself in a kido barrier created by shinigami and kept under guard. Erika was not going to have this though. She hated going against the woman but she wasn't going to idly sit around and do nothing! She was not going to release her "shikai" as that would cause a massacre and meant that Erika would have to somehow increase her power without a traditional release phase hence her solution came to bare the form of Sayatai. This form gave Erika the strength to break the barrier and escape, despite the pain she sought out the conflict and found her new form was powerful but taxing and so would stick with the use of her shikai when she could slaughter a lot of the enemy. Finally the war came to a close and the two reunited, it was an emotional event to say the least but the young pupil was quickly absolved of her actions and welcomed back.
PART EIGHT: WORLD WAR THREE
With the occurrence of World War Three there was an explosive conflict with multiple factions, the world was burning and Erika found that it would never be the same. She returned to her roots and would use her shikai in dangerous situations which she put herself in alone although for a lot of the war she was able to fight and gain victory she was not immortal and a close-call with a group of Demons left her crippled for quite a lot of the war and she was unable to continue fighting which would've left her teacher quite pleased in a way since it made sure she was safe.
[Mention events, certain battles and the like.]
PART NINE: THE BLANK PERIOD
In the period from the end of the war towards the present Erika became quite proficient as a shinigami in her position of the First Division, she would maintain correspondence with her teacher who was a royal guard which made their meetings much more infrequent and less in number. A few months before her dear teacher's disappearance for a reason that Erika has no idea about she was told that her shikai was not actually a shikai, in fact her zanpakuto was not even a zanpakuto in the traditional sense.
Under the presumption that Tsubine was going to help her get through this challenge she would experience an event that shook her resolve and will quite hard when her mentor disappeared completely, without a trace. Erika became much more gloomy after that, hostile towards people that brought it up and overall her irrationality would become a problem for the previously workaholic attitude she had. She couldn't stand the Gotei Thirteen, everything reminded her of the mother figure she had grown accustomed to for all those years just gone. She left the organisation in 2412, a few weeks after Tsubine and sought her out. When it became apparent that she was not going to find her she became a ronin once more.
She was able to see past her negative feelings towards her "mother", but whenever she heard the name or if someone would bring up family she would quickly drop into anger and sadness. She focused purely on her swordsmanship, finding it easier to forget the woman and pretend she was dead since it made her feel better thinking she was dead than believing that she had actually been abandoned. Erika's status as a Ronin became a profession, although she hated the life she would do what she needed to do to survive and make a living in this world.