THE SHINIGAMI TEMPLATE
Enter The Shinigami
I. Basic Information» Name:
Saori Kugatachi» Alias:
Gutter Child, The Restrained» Age:
Gotei 13: Division 2 | Division 3» Appearance Written:
Saori has white hair tied tightly into a pony tail to keep it out from her face. Her figure is delicate on the eyes and supple to the touch leading many to mistake her for a delicate or simple girl. She often appears exhausted or fatigued, tired or burdened in some way with something, as if rain clouds are constantly pouring down on her. Her voice and style of speech is usually strained or just as lifeless as her haggard expression. Despite this tired exterior though, Saori's gaze often blazes with an otherworldly brightness, radiant in it's intensity it betrays the reality of her constantly smoldering and simmering nature.» Appearance Image: https://i.imgur.com/0eVPEO6.jpg
I. Personality» Personality:
Saori is a very quiet but friendly person making it easy to misunderstand her gentleness and caution for weakness or cowardice. Saori is usually very afraid of being overly emotional or situations that provoke her to be more active and usually displays a strong unwillingness to involve herself in those types of situations. Saori would much rather spend her time sleeping or meditating peacefully then involving herself in the chaotic atmosphere of the outside world... but somewhere deep inside she feels herself drawn to those situations making it hard for her to truly remove herself as she desires.
When triggered, Saori's exhaustion and fatigue will quickly fade turning into maniacal and crazed excitement bordering on dementia. In this state, Saori's normally restrained demeanor and emotions are loosed leading to bright and sunny smiles as well as chaotic and intense feats of strength and bravery and courage. Those who see her in such a state often claim to see a normal person transforming into a monster as the mania pouring out from her body almost exerts a physical pressure on those around her. Even as she laughs and dances through deadly and dangerous situations with relish and delight she pays little mind to the destruction she causes in the process of slating whatever desire happened to trigger this transition. Only in the end, when she comes down from this disturbed high will she realize the natures of the things she's done and retreat once more into that exhausted and fatigued demeanor while feverishly apologizing for her transgressions.
Which side is her 'true-self' even Saori can't explain, feeling that neither of them is a fake front. She has a hard time rationalizing that shift to her superiors and because of it ends up in some troubling situations when she can't explain herself.
I. History» History:
Saori was born in a privileged family, while they weren't powerful they were at least able to live happily, eat and chose their own destiny. Her parents were respected members of their community and she was raised in a comfortable home with people who cared about her. Unfortunately however, Saori was born with a bizarre disorder, in her youth, despite her best efforts she found herself constantly riddled with a throbbing pain. She did her best to grin and bare it, growing up with this burdensome and mysterious pain, she went through the walks of life as any did in Soul Society learning to become a functioning member of society. She endeavored not to let that mysterious pain slow her down or stop her until she came of age.
As she approached maturity around the start of her teenage years, the pain peaked one evening while she was playing with the neighborhood children. From her body blood suddenly started to pour from wounds she didn't remember receiving. Right when she was perplexed about why, that pain roiled and rolled like ocean waves through her body venting through her wounds as spiritual energy spurt from her body like oil from a rig making her scream loud enough to alert the neighbors. Bleeding in the street, she struggled to move her weakened body to no avail, instead, that volatile power forced itself out from her searching for a means of escape until she lost consciousness.
Waking up to the sight of her bedroom ceiling, there were doctors and medical professionals all around her. The concerned faces of her parents were the most memorable, and at the same time, the awed expressions of those professionals she hadn't met yet were frightening. When she tried to sit up, that pain surged forth once more making her cry out as more wounds opened and her spiritual energy surged through her body to the outside vigorously as they had when she collapsed. Fortunately her action had been lighter then the vigorous actions of her playing with the children so she didn't black out, but she felt a very real fear as she tested her hands. Even gripping her hands caused her skin to crack as that spiritual energy reacted and tried to find a way to vent itself.
Forced to lay in bed, for days, Saori watched the world from a closed window, exerting herself causing wounds to appear, she was constantly covered in bandage, moved to and from a wheel chair for safety. Her parents had cared so deeply for her that they tried to cater to her every need, but when Saori tried to move or thank them, that pressure tried to explode out again causing the pain to make her eyes water. If it was just that, Saori could accept her misfortune, but it seemed to come in waves.
Hearing chaos outside her window one afternoon as she'd grown in such a hopeless situation, Saori bared the burden of turning her head to see what had happened. Seeing people running, chaos exploding out into the streets, it seemed like a small scale revolt was occurring, the peasants spurred by ruffians who were unsatisfied with their life began to rise up against the local powers that be. The Shinigami would naturally come to quash the uprising, but already the flames of pandemonium had reached Saori's door step. Hearing the cries of her mother and the heroic words of her father throwing himself into harms way to defend her, Saori grit her teeth.
Faced with the choice of being killed by those ruffians when they overpower her parents, or dying from her own injuries trying to reach them, Saori at least wanted to die beside her family. Forcing herself up from that chair, she felt the pressure building, even as she walked to the hall she could feel the warmth of her own blood staining her clothes. By the time she turned the corner to see her parents crouched together arm in arm, injured as well, bleeding like she was, Saori was already swaying. Confronted with those few bandit like ruffians who were shouting demands, her father remained steadfast, and her mother continued pleading for them to at least spare Saori's life. For these parents who were burdened with keeping her around, Saori felt endless pride and satisfaction.
The words she'd prepared to comfort them, to greet them and send them off peacefully came blurred together into a bestial roar as she gave vent to those feelings in her heart. The inhuman cry rippled through their house as all of that pressure that had been trying to escape finally found an outlet. It created a pressure that made the bandits and even her family pause their actions as they watched their daughter alarmed. That savage power coursed through her veins leaving behind wounds but in her presence, it was as if trying to move through mud and water. The air seemed thick as she staggered towards her family with determination alight in her gaze leaving behind red foot prints as she advanced.
As she advanced, that roar evolved into crazed and demented laughter. That pressure made the bandits retreat a step as she stepped between them and her parents. Her goal had been reached, she made it to her destination, but it seemed like there was still hope... She just had to figure out how. For the moment, the mania in her heart and the adrenaline raging through her supported her tattered body, but it wouldn't last long. When the thugs began to regain their wits, they exchanged glances deciding to try their luck against Saori's wishes.
The first one advanced made her want to think, but the pain made it hard to concentrate. In the end, Saori couldn't split her attention, focusing on keeping her body functioning, she surrendered to her instincts as the bandits rushed towards her. Thrusting an arm out to parry the first attack, she broke through the defense with force of will thrusting the man back with her body weight before turning to the second. Feeling her arm not responding to her wishes any more, she leaned away from the second blow, instead bowing her head to thrust a foot into the crotch of the second man to stagger him. With the first one returning with their blade, not feeling her arms, Saori advanced with a bright smile, leaning into the man's strike to catch his arm with her teeth, biting into the man's arm before becoming dead weight, pulling the man to his comrade as they fell.
By the time the Shinigami arrived, they found Saori's family trying to staunch their daughter's wounds after she finished off one of their attackers by chewing into their neck. Her body weak, she found just enough strength to kill those she labeled as threats by literally biting them to death before she was pulled away to be taken to a medical bed once more.
This second time Saori lost consciousness, she awoke in a strange foreign place, with her parents bandaged and asleep in nearby chairs, she was gratified. Though that emotion made the pain throb through her veins, she couldn't help a small smile that made the skin of her cheeks tare. She was happy... but when her happiness was interrupted by the doctor, her parents jolted back awake to hear the diagnosis. It was clear that the energy in Saori's body was abundant, so much so that it was killing her, the injuries to her body weren't caused by her attackers as they'd suspected, but were all caused by the hostile energy that permeated her body. Confused and astonished, she became a research subject for the shinigami to try and understand and grasp. Her family kept a close eye on her, kept her docile as they performed their evaluations and tests.
In the end, she tried training to learn to fight, while she was constantly wounded from exerting her body, she still trained to try and fulfill the expectations those officials seemed to have on her. What motivated her were her parents who watched her with cautious and uncertain gazes. She'd already burdened them a few years with her uselessness in that chair, she wouldn't go back to forcing them to look after her. Instead, she grit her teeth weathering her injuries to try and build a stronger body that can contain that pressure inside of her.
It had taken a few months of hard work, brutal pain and intense endurance, but in the end she managed to succeed. After reaching a certain point in the shinigami's training, her body had developed from her work outs, along with the natural aging process, she managed to stand without breaking out in bleeding wounds. Her energy was at least restrained enough to let her move, but Saori was unsatisfied with only training to this extent. She began trying to make her body strong enough to contain that wild and savage energy completely, at least to the point where she wouldn't have to fear suddenly dying if she were to engage someone in combat.
Despite her happiness to be able to function normally, those researching her were quite dismayed. At first thinking they could turn her into a powerful weapon with kido and other skills that could utilize that intense and savage pressure, they had never worked. Any kido she'd tried to cast, or spiritual pressure she tried to exert to use a special technique would always be disastrous. Spells would be overloaded and explode causing critical injuries, and movement techniques would suddenly erode the ground beneath her as her body ripped itself apart trying to exert and control that power. In the end training her was considered a failure, but she persisted, at least thinking that she didn't want this investment in her to be wasted.
With her parents permission she instead tried to continue her training, instead supporting the true fighters by helping to carry and move things from building to building. Working as more of a custodian among the Gotei 13 divisions, Saori was content with her role as a cleaner and mover of items since it let her at least exercise and develop herself further where her alternatives were continuing the family business in an office somewhere. Wanting to get closer to the fighting, Saori prepared herself for the day she could become a genuine trainee rather then just an 'experimental test subject'. That day finally came when a nice senior volunteered to give her a referral and from that day she began to be a genuine part of the Shinigami's forces.
I. Equipment» Equipment:
Outside of some cleaning equipment, Saori doesn't carry combat equipment.
I. Racial Techniques/Abilities/Skills» Racial Abilities:
Ryuusei Bakkuken - A hakuda technique invented by Saori who has difficulty controlling her spiritual energy. By exchanging control for brute force, the user's strikes become 'explosive' rather then simple blunt impacts. Tameshigiri - A blade technique invented by Saori who has difficulty striking with precision. By exchanging accuracy for brute force, the user's swings can create sweeping shock waves that cleave large gaps in the terrain and sweep away obstacles allowing her to hit nimbler and agile foes with the shockwaves.
I. Sealed Powers » Zanpakutô Name:
Kamikorosu (Bite and Kill)» Zanpakutô Spirit Appearance:
Kamikorosu appears in the form of a bound woman, wrapped in chains and shackles but is never seen standing. Instead, Kamikorosu always appears in a hanging state, whether from the neck or by the ankle or her bound arms, the woman is always seen hanging from the ceiling of Saori's inne world. With long black hair that covers her face revealing only a pretty mouth and soft moonlight pale skin, the woman seems withered and worn but has a very gentle and reassuring voice.» Inner World:
Saori's inner world is a Factory like place, with a roof that extends infinitely into the sky, and facilities that stretch infinity into the horizon. Some floors and balconies extend up stories high, while other machinery can be seen with smoke stacks pointing out from trenches miles deep. Dead and dusty with collapsed pipes and robotic arms in disrepair, the factory appears long abandoned and is worn much like her withered zanpakuto spirit.» Zanpakutô Appearance:
Saori's blade appears to be a thick Zweihander, with a large and immense stature, it seems unwieldy and difficult to use but it's blade is thick and wide enough to cover her body when needed. While the blade appears intimidating, in truth, the core of Saori's Zanpakuto is the weapon's hilt and hand guard while the blade itself is largely disposable and unimportant.» Sealed Zanpakutô Power:
While unsheathed Kamikorosu acts as a safe channel for her spiritual pressure and releases her savage and wild spiritual energy into the atmosphere. This suffocating energy bleeds into the atmosphere from the blade's edge and thickens the air as if turning it into a thick paste, increasing the wind resistance to the point where it feels like moving through mud and breathing becomes more labored and trying.
I. Shikai» Shikai Release Phrase:
"Bite them to death, Kamikorosu"» Shikai Release Action: Saori thrusts her blade down or otherwise abandons it and instead, gives it a push as the blade gives way separating at the center and pivoting at the blades creating a small door just big enough for her to walk through.» Shikai Appearance: When Saori emerges from her Zanpakuto, she does so covered in metal plate. The coverage and thickness of the plate depends heavily on how much of her Zanpakuto's blade remains at the time of her Shikai's activation. Her Zanpakuto's true form however comes from her Zanpakuto's hilt, that emerges in the form of a pair of spiked hand cuffs.» Shikai Abilities: In her Shikai released state, Kamikorosu maintains it's pressuring effect on opponents on the battlefield within striking distance. Expansion - When her Shikai is active, Saori can will her handcuffs to grow or shrink in a blink, allowing the cuffs to swell to the size of a wrecking ball or shrink to the size of common cuff links. Propagation - When her Shikai is active, Saori can will her handcuffs to propagate at will, causing more chain links to rapidly appear extending her reach or more cuffs to appear along a cuffed target serving a dual purpose as bindings or armor depending on the situation. Multiplication - When needed, Saori can sacrifice a plate from her armor to create a new pair of cuffs. This sacrifice bares and exposes a portion of her body but if her zanpakuto is destroyed or ruined allows her to repair it in a time of crisis. This skill can only be used 6 times total, exposing one limb each time (Torso and Face included)
I. Bankai» Bankai Release Phrase:
"Releasing Field Ark Restraints: Kamikorosu Aketsueki, Bite them Dead, Bloody and Red."» Bankai Release Action: Saori enters her Bankai state by ripping the remains of her armor apart and breaking the chains of her handcuffs after snapping them onto her own wrists.» Bankai Appearance: When in her released state, the torn chains extend to bind her body to the battlefield, as the chains anchor themselves into the battlefield connecting her to her surroundings.» Bankai Abilities: In her Bankai state, her chains and cuff maintain the abilities of her Shikai state allowing them to Propagate to form armor or additional chains. Living Hazard - In her Bankai state, the pressure Saori wields becomes thicker, strengthened by the atmospheric energy. Siphoning energy whether that comes from the light of the sun, the warmth of the air, the spiritual energies in the air or static energy from the clouds to feed her volatile pressure field. While Saori is restrained, this intense pressure will grind away at enemies close to her, those within an arm's length of her body will feel the pressure grinding and shredding them into particles. In such a state, Saori is vulnerable to projectiles and kiting, unable to move fast because of her restraints if she wants to maintain the Living Hazard field she must move slowly enough for the chains to propagate to give her space to move. Berserk Fury - Saori can extend the reach of her Living Hazard field by ripping her chains from the environment. By severing these chains and freeing herself, opponents in her presence will feel her pressure field expanding and engulfing the battlefield making it a hazard zone. In this zone, the pressure will whip and flail about like a sand storm and invisible blades. While Berserk Fury isn't as strong as the rapid grinding of Living Hazard, she is much more mobile after breaking the chains. If necessary she can swing the restraints back out into her environment to reattach them turning off her berserk state. Unyielding Madness: While in her Bankai state, Saori can survive with unreasonable wounds, even if her body is shredded, her throat cut or her heart removed, her remains would continue to persist in combat. If left in a near death state, she can prolong her bankai by ripping the chains from the environment giving her time to search for help. While dying, her chains will begin corroding and falling apart one link at a time while she searches for help, if she cannot be healed from her critical state by the time her restraints completely corrode she will die normally.
[NOTE: This form is restricted until 0-3, and is not usually granted upon approval. This is ONLY for pureblood Shinigami! Refer to the racial specs for more information]
» Shikokai Release Phrase: [strike]"Through me, the voices of every hateful and resenting spirit roar as one. Seidou Goui Kamikorosu Aketsueki-- Let this Madness tare down the skies and burn this world to the ground!"» Shikokai Release Action: To achieve her Shikokai state, Saori pulls her chains towards her body letting them surround and cover her like a cocoon.» Shikokai Appearance: Breaking through the coccoon of chains, she emerges with shackles binding her wrists behind her back, and shackles attached to her legs with a mask to prevent her from biting her foes. In such a form, her hair will have grown to match her Zanpakuto spirit, as well as her clothing changed to the tight prisoner's garb her Zanpakuto spirit wore.» Shikokai Abilities: In her Shikokai state, Saori retains her Unyielding Madness ability from her Bankai state. Murderous Intent: While restrained, Saori doesn't need the use of her arms, while restrained, her gaze becomes cutting allowing a glare to cut her foes with a focused and concentrated flash of that volatile energy being restrained by her restraints. These cutting gazes are foreshadowed by a red glint in her gaze and a prophetic and grizzly illusion. Leashed Beast: While restrained, Saori's restraints act as armor. With every blow she receives, she will take negligible damage in exchange for shattering one of her restraints. The more restraints broken, the faster she can fire Murderous Intent. The Unrestrained One: When Saori's restraints are completely released, and her true form is exposed to the air, she'll have time enough to fire a single cataclysmic blow with the full force of the unyielding energy she'd been bottling up her entire life behind it. In the face of such an unyielding force blow, walls, defenses and armor are negligible at best.
I. Skill Sheet[SKILL SHEETS ARE NOT TO BE FILLED OUT UNTIL AFTER A TIER IS GIVEN! WILL SKILLS WILL BE GIVEN BY THE STAFF MEMBER THAT GRADES YOUR APP! FOR MORE INFORMATION, LOOK AT THIS THREAD]
Additional Note: The skill sheets, as of Saturday, February 10, 2018, have had small additions. There are new skills, and Master has been renamed to "Elite". Furthermore, Master is now the bridge in-between Elite and Grand Master. For more information, and the rest of the skill sheets, READ THIS THREAD
- Durability: Adept
- General Speed: Beginner
- Strength: Beginner
- Weapon Skill: Beginner
- Hoho: Untrained
- Kidō: Untrained
- Zanjutsu: Adept
- Hakuda: Adept
- Willpower/Determination: Adept
- Mental Deduction: Beginner
- Pain Endurance: Advanced
- Focus: Beginner
I. Role Play Sample» Roleplay Sample:
While she wandered the halls of her training school, Saori couldn't help occasionally glancing up at the communal clock on the wall. Time was going by so slowly it made her grimace inside. As usual she was a little disheveled, her robes a little dusty from cleaning, unkept from the labor she'd performed. Occasionally she could still feel a bit of a twitch or sting from that fluctuating energy inside of her. That feeling of her energy rampaging through her body had long become a thing of the past, she was a trainee now, and at least had enough strength to restrain herself... After this type of difficult work though, it was exhausting to keep her Reiatsu in check though.
She felt the bags under her eyes, the familiar face full of fatigue and exhaustion didn't come from her chores, but were from dealing with the occasional flare ups of that roiling current beneath the surface of her skin. If she let her guard down, there was no telling when it would suddenly seep out ripping a small wound in her skin. She was already embarrassed by her current job as a custodian, adding randomly bleeding from battling dust bunnies to the mix was a bit shameful even for her.
"Saori? Saori where-- Oh... You're here again?"
A familiar voice made the tired woman turn her gaze upward. Her bland response was normal, her fellow trainees were used to it at least. Her expression didn't really change much, she didn't really show much feeling on the surface outside of a faint smile or frown. All because she had to keep her guard up.
"Sensei said we had to gather in the training yard."
"... Did he say why?"
"Nope~ C'mon, just get up alright?"
"But-- No, Okay, I'm coming."
Saori clearly hesitated at first compared to her sunny and upbeat training partner. She wasn't quite sure why this girl kept trying to help her or change her attitude, despite Saori telling her numerous time she wasn't depressed or sad, it seemed as if she just didn't believe her. Touching her stoic face, she felt again that 'that face' was causing her trouble.
"Are you sure she's ready? Normally we give Trainee's more time."
"... Have you ever seen her fight, she--"
"Sir, we have records about the tests performed in the past, she couldn't even use a low level Kido."
"On top of that she couldn't even use Shunpo properly."
"Honestly, how such a person managed to make it this far in the training process I have no-- GAH!?!?"
The sudden impromptu meeting that was taking place on the way to the training yard was interrupted when a body came flying through the paper screen at the staff members.
The questioning official being thrust back by the one sent flying through the screen, he was pulled up by his partner who showed a concerned face as he glanced through the hole in the wall. Worried someone had gotten seriously hurt, what he happened to glean through that large gap though made him grin confidently.
"Are you sure you don't want to give her another try?"
Alarmed by the calm answer to such an outrageous stunt, the official turned his head to follow the teacher's gaze curiously.
In the center of the training field, Saori stood with a bright and sunny smile. The flash of a toothy grin, the heated gaze with which she took stock of her peers who had taken three steps back from her from the moment she started smiling. It was a harrowing sight, her nails stained red, a few fingers bent in odd directions, but even so she smiled so serenely. Her head swiveled to keeping everyone holding a wooden practice sword in their hands, at her back was a girl crouched over on the ground, clutching an injured wrist. Clearly she'd been hurt during practice, but exactly how Saori managed to intervene to the point that she ruined her hand in the process was a mystery to all but those few students.
"I thought we were going to practice fighting against uneven odds?... Are you not still going to come? Come... Hurry... I'm right here~" Saori beckoned them with excitement even as she tried to move that broken hand of her's. Despite her welcome though, the crowd felt a chill down their back at the sight of her trying to fight them despite the damage to her hand. The student who'd been thrown was clutching his ribs, his panting fierce and breath quickened, as if his bones had broken and punctured something.
"Do you think he's okay?"
"She just broke her hand punching him..."
"I'll give you 3 to 5 odds that he's bleeding internally."
"Knock it off guys."
"Hey, it's not us stuck in the ring with her."
The few spectating students commented while watching as if it were a prime time drama. Those few still in the ring though felt their backs damp with sweat. They'd just done a little bit of hazing, it was normal for them to gang up on the newbies to show them how things work... but they didn't sign up for this sort of thing.
While the students in the ring were hesitating, the two spectating staff members exchanged glances, the on site teacher proud despite the damage done to his other student. The official a little unnerved by the test subject that was once meant to be a kidou specialist according to the documents. Reading the silent smirk on the teacher's face, the official could only swallow his uncertainty. What was there to loose in giving this lost cause another try? "I'll push the paperwork through... Just make sure she can keep up in the practical exams." The official spoke wiping his forehead with a cloth before crouching over the groaning man on the floor trying to comfort and give him medical support.
All the while, Saori's bright laughter could be heard roaring over the cries of other students who began turning into the crowds to escape the girl who's leash had been cut.