The Vizards are a hybrid race that take both the aspects of a Hollow and Shinigami into one fused being. Making them quite inverse from the Arrancar, who obtained Shinigami-like powers by ripping their mask off. With most Vizard beginning as Shinigami, it's commonly noted that they do not appear to go through any sort of physical change when said subjects aren't using their hollowfied powers. Ultimately making them identical to Shinigami when their Vizard powers are deactivated. (Though, it is possible to sometimes pick up on them if there is variations in their spiritual energy.)
There can be exceptions to this rule, but overall, they will usually retain their human appearance.
Now, in order to awaken their hollow powers? They generally don a mask in order to release their Vizard attributes. This grants them access to both their Zanpukto Spirit's power and strength form their Inner Hollow to make them, more often then not, immensely more effective then Shinigami on their level. Thus, with two beings behind their back, Vizards generally see great strides in their powers. It's typically mentioned that they see many great augmentations to them. From the physical, spiritual and advancements to their powers. It's also quite possible for them to gain some additional powers, but only if their Inner Hollow had any inverted versions of their power. Such as someone who controlled water somehow gaining the ability to generate contaminated Black water from their Inner Hollow that could infect it's intended targets.
Sequentially, the process of becoming a Vizard is called "Hollowfication" and the different methods of Hollowfication are mentioned below.
How To Become a VizardIramasha Gems:
Another way to become a Hollow through the use of gem's is by going to Iramasha Island and finding their gems. You see, The Iramasha have thousands of different gems placed on their island that can do various things such as teleportion, enhancing one's power, sealing and etc. It would not be impossible to find a Gem that could unite a Shinigami Spirit with a Hollow Spirit to undergo a similar process in which the Hogyoku did for the original Vizard.Hōgyoku:
One of the most rare ways to become a Vizard is through the Hogyoku. The Hōgyoku possesses a strange ability to transform a Shinigami into a perfect Hollow-Shinigami Hybrid. This is how the Vizard Corps Leader, Zin Yuudeshi, had became a Vizard himself. And in fact, as of now, is the only owner of the gem. So the only one to become a Vizard through this means is to go through him. In addition to that, it appears that the Corps Leader has discovered a way to make, what he dubs, "Evolved Vizards". Through the Hogyoku's materialization and Zin's willpower, he has crafted bodily modifications that allowed Vizards spawn from the Hogyoku to gain some basic Arrancar traits; such as Soindo, Pesquisa and even a Negación field. This will require a Grand Master Hollow control, however. Infection:
One of the most common way's in the 25th century to become a Vizard is through infection. Infections can happen by being sickened by a virus that can potentially create an inner hollow inside most Shinigami. It begins to fester, flourish and grow until a full grown Hollow is created within your soul. When this happens, you must fight this powerful beast within your inner world or risk it turning you into a full fledge Hollow. These are typically spread in area's that have increased amounts of Hollow or Arrancar activity, spread through the air by bottling up the virus and spreading it via a smog or other ways, which aren't limited to the ones listed. Additionally, you can also get injected by having Hollow DNA injected into your body through risky experiments that attempt to fuse your soul with one.Birthing:
It is possible for some Vizards to be birthed into becoming one. For this to occur, one of the main paternal units most have been transformed into a Vizard themselves. Then, by the time the child is able to realize their Shinigami powers, they'll generally have latent hollow energies that transform into an Inner Hollow thanks to parent passing on their own hollow's particles into the child and having a mixture between hereditary Vizard creation and infection taking place with their children. This has heavily been noted in the Yuudeshi Clan, mainly in the branch of the clan that Zin Yuudeshi leads. As, from what he has documented, some of his children were able to unlock Vizard powers from the start based on this reasoning. Sealing:
This is a rather new way to become a Vizard, but a method none the less. With more people learning how to use seal's, it's not that uncommon to find out that Shinigami have had Hollow's sealed into their bodies through ritual's, Demon Spell's , Kidō moves, Demon Spells, Universal Tools from human's and so on and so forth. This method is the best for gaining more control over the hollow in the long run. Why is that? Well, take a look at Ziamichi for starter. Being distant relatives of Vizards, it's very easy to use them as an example. So, when their spirits are sealed? In some cases, they end up making it a one way street. Ensuring, that in some situations, it's a one way street between the host and the spirit. Or, in other cases, it will at least stop the spirit from trying to possess the medium so much.Absorption:
A rather radical way to become a Vizard, some Shinigami have taken it upon themselves to absorb other Hollow. This can work by creating some sort of way for the Holllow to be transported into a Shinigami's Inner World and then the Shinigami doing the battle with the Hollow in order to make it's powers his own. The rolls can also be reversed if a powerful Hollow absorbs a Shinigami and they have to fight the Hollow in their own inner world. Though, should this method fail? It's quite possible for the Shinigami to either turn fully into a Hollow or transform themselves into an Arrancar. Therefore, there is alot riding on the outcome of that battle in their inner world. These effects may also be negated if, at some point, the Shinigami is able to eject the hollow from their body before they submit or dominate the hollow.
Inner Hollow SectionThe Inner Hollow:
On this site, the Inner Hollow can differ greatly amongst the Vizard Population in this day and age. Unlike Ichigo's, some Inner Hollow's have been noted as looking rather different then the host. For instance, Aisu Anzai discovered that his Inner Hollow took more after his powers and Zanpukto spirit; rather then Aisu's physical appearance. Thus, this means that an Inner Hollow will, if they don't take after the Shinigami, have their looks associated with something else that is related to the host. However, as rare as it is, sometimes Inner Hollow's can look entirely different then the host. As with the case of Zin Yuudeshi having an Inner Hollow that just barely resembled him. So, in this regard, most types of Inner Hollow's can vary greatly from Vizard to Vizard. Ultimately meaning that they'll have a very diverse set of personalities as well.
Some Inner Hollow's seek to dominate the persons souls in order to transform them into a full-fledged Hollow or Arrancar hybrid. This is often the case with those who have poor control over their Inner Hollow and allow them to call the shots. These can result in unstable powers and extreme changes in personality during the early stages of becoming a Vizard. Despite that, though, there are other hollow's who simply wish to be left alone. Meaning, some may not want to be associated with the Shinigami at all and will take work to tame their powers. And, although hollow's can vary like people, it seems that it's rather rare to come across those who mutally understand work together; as with the case of Zin Yuudeshi and his Inner Hollow. Though, these aren't absolute terms. The only thing that's certain is that there must be some sort of a connection, even if it's a negative one, to really utilize much of a Vizards hollowfied powers.
It doesn't matter how this connection, bond, relationship or acknowledge is contained; but it is required for there to at least have one contact with said Inner Hollow. Rather it be with Vizards choose to suppress their Inner Hollow to keep it from taking over, with others choose to take them head-on and show them who is the boss of their own body or those who maybe decide to come to an understanding and work together with the Inner Hollow. In the end, some sort of battle, as with the one they had to obtain their Zanputko Spirit, must take place and eventually they'll be able to use their Inner Hollow's powers. Inner Hollow Powers:
Often times, an Inner Hollow's power can reflect whatever power your Shinigami has. Being that they are of the same soul, if nothing else, they can have an exact duplicate of said Shinigami's strengths. However, in other cases, it's possibly for them to either have darkened or inverted versions of the Zanpukto's abilities. For instance, if one had the power to summon electricity with their Shikai? Then, in the Inner Hollow's case, they'd be able to create some form of twisted lightning that was black in color and possessed the ability to infect those in which it hits; causing severe damage to them spiritually and lowering the health of their soul chain. This is bit a simple example, but a good one none the less. Another instance, in terms of inversion, would be having an Inner Hollow who could take ice related power and expand on it, in a more skilled manner then the Shinigami, in order to begin lowering the tempature within a given area and having ice skin. Thus, in short, you should focus on having your Inner Hollow's powers. As, by the time they dawn their mask, they'll typically have this as well.
The Vizard Mask SectionMasked Formation:
Generally, with this new generation of Vizards, mask creation can deviate quite a bit. By this, we mean that the mask that they are granted when they summon their Inner Hollow's can have alot of variables that determine it's appearance. An instance of this occurring would be if a fire based users were able to bring forth a mask that was engulfed entirely in fire. Obviously, his flame attributes played a big factor in that mask appearance. Meanwhile, a different fire user can simply have tribal-like markings in their mask that seem to look like flames. Argo, these perks are ultimately left up to the user (you) to decide. Some Vizards have even been noted as being able to completely custom fit their mask. That is, have such a great control their hollowedifed powers, that they can even change the outward presence of their mask upon will. It's also been documented that it's also possible for the mask, such as in Ichigo's case, to change based on taming or further development of their Vizard powers.Vizard Powers:
The dawning of a mask is simply the activation process that a Vizard goes through when summoning their Inner Hollow. When this occurs, The Vizard will generally see a good surge in energy. Most of the time? They'll see overall increases in their body ranging from the spiritual, increased amounts of energy, physically augmentation and more advanced techniques and abilities for their powers to use. Basic examples of this would be amplified strength in order to smash through opponents more easily, boosted speed that is needed to keep up with faster targets and heightened durability through Mask Protection in order to ignore some heavy blows. Those who are further along the line can apply these physical augmentations to other senses such as sight, perception and so on as they further develop their power augmentation with more mastery and skill over their hollowfied states or powers.
The other primary factor in this is that also generally gain hollow based powers. Meaning, this new generation of Vizards holds the capacity to not only perform cero's, but also utilize Garganta more easily, some levels of regeneration and some basic levels of power that a hollow can perform. Ultimately allowing them to make use of the hollow skill sheet in order to so. Examples of this would be using Garganta to swallow some attacks, applying their regeneration in order to regrow limbs and their acid to burn through certain material. Alongside that, the last primary attribute that occurs when a Vizard dawns their mask is that they can generally use their Inner Hollow's power. So, if they had an electric power? It's very possible for them to conjure up some sort of Black Lightning that had special proprieties to it; such as this dark lightning being able to stun attacks and neutralize them.
With that said, a general idea of how to use the Vizard's power should be gathered from this. Mask Limits:
Since there is so much power being generated from a Vizard when they dawn their mask, there is generally a limit to how long they can sustain themselves in their augmented state. So posted below are the time limits for how long such a transformation can sustain itself.Upper 0 Tier (0-3+ and above):
35 posts until their mask is shattered.Lower 0 Tier (0-3 and below):
30 posts until their mask is shattered.1 Tier:
20 posts until their mask is shattered.2 Tier:
10 posts until their mask is shattered. 3 Tier:
5 posts until their mask is shattered. 4 Tier:
2 posts until their mask is shattered.5 Tier:
0 posts until their mask is shattered.
Once they reach the limit of their mask? Then, chances are, they will not be able to use their hollow powers for the duration of the thread. This can be prevented, however, if they simply stop using it for a certain amount of post before reaching that limit. For instance, if a Vizard was up to 29 post on a 0-3 level? If they stopped just before the 30, then they could lower it back down to 28 post and make two usable post before breaking their limit if they donned their masked. This is because there is a one post restoration period. It would eventually return them back to their 30 post limit if they had waited that long or whatever limit they stopped.
A Vizard's ResurrecciónWhat Is a Resurrección for Vizards:
As you may or may not know, a Resurrección usually returns the essence of an Arrancar's offensive Hollow abilities to their humanoid bodies. However, unlike Arrancar, the Vizard's Resurrección is a bit different. Firstly, only some of the most exceptional Vizards are really able to obtain a Ress State. Therefore, this cap is generally around 0-3 tier. Then, once this requirement is met, a Vizards Inner Hollow seems to advance to a point where they have evolved their bodies to obtain Arrancar-Like powers. This transformation is known as "Evolución" and is exclusive only to Inner Hollow. However, unlike regular Arrancar, Evolución based Inner Hollow's only have half the strength they'd have if they were a regular Arrancar. Still making themselves Hollow's, but granting them enough lee-way to possess a Resurrección that the Vizard is is able to pick up on.
Bringing us to the point that most Vizards, by this point, should have advanced Hollow Control for access into this state and Master to see full benefits. This is because it requires a great deal of skill to control and is not something easily tamed. Since they are drawing the maximum amount of strength from their Inner Hollow's Evolución, this is essentially another beings full potential they are bringing to the surface. Thus, by simple logic, in order to force someone else to your will? You'll generally need some sort of willpower, strength or asset in order to pull this off. Should they not have at least advanced Hollow Control? Then chances are they will descend into a Ahuecado Estado, otherwise known as a Hollowed Form. That will be explained later, but is ultimately when the Inner Hollow is able to assert full control over the Shinigami and bring them to a devastatingly high state of power. One that is, in rare cases, stronger then the Resurrección State; if only based on their chaotic or destructive natures.
Leaving those who are able to tame their Inner Hollow to such an extent with a Resurrección. And, with the general theme of Vizard's assets, they'll generally put a Vizard in peak physical condition. Why is that? Well, it generally takes a the Inner Hollow's Resurrección and merges it together with their Bankai; making an all around stronger being. To have a comparison? This state is equivalent to the Final Bankai Ichigo had displayed against his Final fight with Aizen. Which is why a Ress State is the pinnacle of Vizard power. As, in other words, this is simply their Final Form. Allowing the Vizard to have hefty increases in their overall power, strength, energy, mental awareness and abilities; but possibly bringing forth new powers for their Inner Hollow to use. For instance, while in Resurrección, it's very possible a Vizard to make use of Soindo. While, those on the rarer end, have been noted as displaying things like Hierro; such as with Vizards spawned from the Hogyoku in Zin Yuudeshi's possession.
Alongside that, with the flow of Resurrección, it's possible to form completely new abilities that are related to their powers while in this transcended state. Though, there is a catch to this. The additional ability does not come from the Shinigami, but rather the Inner Hollow tapping into their Arrancar-Based attributes. Meaning, that if an Inner Hollow had the ability to produce Black Lightning? Then in Ress, they could possibly conjure up some sort of Darkness Manipulation in order to produce things such as "Black Cero", "Shadow" versions of the Shinigami's powerset and so on.
But, like with every great release, there comes a major drawback. The Resurrección for Vizards generally has a set time limit. Below are the limits that it can last...0-3 Level Vizards:
Most 0-3's can hold their Ress state for roughly three post on average and a five post maxium.0-2 Level Vizards:
All 0-2's can stand to be in their Ress State for around five post on average and seven post maxium.0-1 Level Vizards:
Although unheard of at this point, a 0-1 Vizard can stand to be in their res state for seven post and have a ten post maxium.
...and, like with their Mask Shattering, once a Vizard's time is up? They'll generally be severely fatigued for the duration of the thread and would be restricted to their base form; with some higher-end users having some limited capacity of their Shikai in extreme circumstances.
Making a Resurrección a last resort for most Vizards.
The Hollowed FormHollowed Form:
This is the state that most Vizards take when the Hollow is in the process of possessing of them or fully takes over them. Often, this occurs as a result of the Inner Hollow takes a dominant footing in the Vizard. If this is allowed to transpire, then generally the Inner Hollow will see a massive boost in power and proceed down the path of fully transforming the Shinigami's body into a hollow. This can happen for a multitude of reasons that are listed below.During The Hollowfication Process:
On average, during Hollowfication, the Shinigami is going through the task of fighting against their Inner Hollow in order to tame power. This usually takes place in the host's Inner World and has been noted as lasting upwards of one hundred minutes. For older Vizards, the time limit was much lower to win their Inner Battle, but it appears this generation of Vizards following the Aizen Arc have a different set of rules. Never the less, for the time being, their outward bodies will generally begin to transform into hollow's until either said Shinigami runs out of time, they lose or ultimately end up dying. Therefore, during this brief time, Hollow Forms can generally be seen. They've been displayed having the capacity to use the Shinigami's Zanpukto, being extremely unpredictable and using their hollowfied and augmentative powers in more skilled ways then the Shinigami is generally able to do with their dawned mask.Swapping:
With Vizards who appear to have a Grand Mastery level of control, they can choose to willingly transform into their Hollowed State at any time. They may not be in control of it, but they've generally worked out arrangements, deals or understandings with their Inner Hollow to warrant them giving their bodies to the Inner Hollow. This has been noted with Zin Yuudeshi paving out a mutual agreement amongst the both of them in order to ensure their own survival, if nothing else. So, these types of Vizards with such control over their Inner Hollow appear to have a much less side effects from transforming into their Hollowed Forms and face less danger then those who are forced into this state of being with less control over their Inner Hollow. Near Death Circumstances:
In some cases, when the Vizard is on the verge of dying, the Inner Hollow has been known to possess the Shinigami in order to ensure it's own survival. When this occurs, the Vizard becomes significantly healed, as the Inner Hollow is substituting their body for it's own. In addition to that, they'll also see a massive augmentation as their powers become much more fierce, increased in striking power and more brutal then previously. And, with all of the adrenaline pumping in such a case, Inner Hollow's are generally their strongest while transforming into a Hollowed State when their life is danger. As, they are putting everything they've got into protecting their well being and seeking to do anything in order to terminate whatever target has endangered their life and called for such a power to be unleashed into the world. Making it unwise to underestimate a Hollowed Form when one is pushed to the edge of their limits.Mental Instability:
On some occasions, a Hollowed Form has been called upon when the Vizard in question has gone through periods of mental trauma. Examples of this occurring would be some subjects have entered onto to war fields, only to find that their family, friends and loved ones were dead or on the verge of Death from enemy forces. In this scenario? Some Vizards have been noted as losing all rational sense and allowing their Inner Hollow to take control in order to bring about it's chaotic power to obliterate their opponents. Another instance of an unstable Mental State being a factor in awakening a Hollowed Form is if the Vizard had allowed the opponent to get in their head. Say if they were in an extremely stressed state because the target imprisoned something or someone the Vizard held dear to them? If pushed far enough, the Vizard would succumb to the stress and ultimately allow the Inner Hollow to take over and smash through the target, if they can help it, with it's beastly power.
Additionally, there is something called a Mature Hollow form for more powerful Vizards. After obtaining a Evolución upon reaching 0-3, some Inner Hollow's have obtained a more refined version of their Hollow Form when they take over. One of the more documented examples a fully grown Hollowfied Form would be Ichigo Kurosaki's fight against Ulquiorra in Hueco Mundo. He was displayed as having what is believed to be a Matured Hollow Form. During the duration in his Inner Hollow had control, it appeared that it was completely different in terms of looks, personality and strength from his former, immature Hollow Form that he tapped into during his training with the Vizards. Leading most to assume that this new generation of Vizards will typically see similar instances of advanced hollow forms after unlocking the capacity to obtain a Resurrección. Zin Yuudeshi has even stated that he believes these forms are more lethal then Resurrección, if only for the truly destructive nature that most hollow's appear to have and their knowledge of Arrancar/Hollow techniques after reaching such a point.
What Happens When An Inner Hollow Wins
This section is meant to explain the possibilities of what can occur if an Inner Hollow is able to take over the Vizard. Please note, the outcomes of these are not just limited to the ones below. As, with a little imagination, just about anything can happen. But, for the most part? These results seen as the most common result of an Inner Hollow taking full control and should be taken with a grain of salt. Setting Themselves Free:
In some cases, Inner Hollow's have been reported as releasing themselves from the Shinigami's control when they are able to fully take command of their body. By this, they no longer desired to be enslaved for them and usually end up expelling themselves from the host's body. If this occurs? Then, nine times out of ten, they'll generally lose most of their Hollowfied Powers. There have been cases where the Shinigami was able to retain some of the darkened abilities that their Inner Hollow may have had, but they'd never be able to use the augmentation or any hollow-based powers again. Regressing them back to Shinigami and leaving them spared for the most part. Evolved Hollow:
Should a Vizard lose their Inner Battle? Then chances are...they'll transform into a Transcended Hollow Form. This usually occurs when a Shinigami is now going through the process of losing control of their body and gradually becoming a full born Hollow. If allowed to develop further, it's been documented that they are transformed into "Evolución". As stated previously, this transcendence is exclusive only to Inner Hollow. They are able to obtain roughly half the strength of an average Arrancar with their own Resurrección. However, should they fully be able to consume a Shinigami's body or soul? Then they'd be given the needed resources to go through "Estado Evolución ", meaning Hollowed Evolution.
These are very similar to Arrancar, but with a major difference. Generally, Evolución based Hollow's do not go on to form their own Zanpukto, but rather, they take the former Zanpukto of the Shinigami whom they possessed for their own power and gain the Shinigami Skill Sheet. Truly making them an inverted version of the Vizards as, in most cases, they'll either have their former host become their Inner Shinigami or substitute them for their Zanpukto Spirit. They are able to use all of their powers, the inverted powers from the Inner Hollow and release into a Resurrección. Making it very unwise to end up losing against your Inner Hollow in this scenario.
Skill SheetPower Augmentation:
As most people know, Vizards gain an additional source of power upon the day they become one with their inner hollow. Thus, with their Shinigami and Hollow powers working together in one body the accumulation of both powers greatly augments their powers beyond what a Shinigami and/or Hollow alone would be capable of. Therefore, the higher your skill level is in this area, the more hollow powers you will learn, the overall strength of your Vizard will increase and in some extreme cases you may learn moves Arrancar know such as with Zin on his Grand Master level of Power Augmentation.
- Grand Master:
Cero's are highly explosive energy-based attacks that can be shot off from almost any part of a Vizard's body. This is something is tradiationally only for Hollow or Arrancar, but the Vizards have learned this ability as time has passed on and even the most basic Vizard knows Cero and Bala. . Therefore, the higher you are in this field, the more powerful, precise and quicker your cero's or bala's become. Along with that, those with higher skills in Cero can charge their blasts faster and begin to learn varying custom Cero's. (I.E. learning how to make an ice based cero or fire based cero; one of the most common variants.)
- Grand Master:
What is Mask Protection? Well, Mask Protection occurs when a Vizard Dawns it's mask and begins the task of fighting. While taking hits from certain opponents, body damage can seemingly be ignored while wearing their masks, as demonstrated by Ichigo's Hollow during his unwilling transformations or by Zin Yuudeshi when he first transformed into his Vizard state during the Ender Arc. As the years went on, this eventually turned into the Vizard's own version of Hierro. Therefore, the higher your level is with Mask Protection, the more blows your character will be able to ignore. The lower your skill level is, the more these blows become apparent.
- Grand Master:
Hollow Control refers to how much control your Vizard has over their inner hollow. If it is on the lower spectrum of it, it may be somewhat difficult for your Vizard to use their higher powers. However, if you reach somewhere in the Master area, it may even be possible to befriend your inner Hollow as it appears Zin Yuudeshi and thus learned techniques that rival even the Arrancar's own abilities.
- Grand Master:
[list][*][b]Power Augmentation[/b] Master/Advanced/Adept/Beginner
[*][b]Mask Protection::[/b] Master/Advanced/Adept/Beginner
[*][b]Hollow Control:[/b] Master/Advanced/Adept/Beginner
Currently, most Vizards can join the following orgs below:Primary Vizard Orgs
The Vizard Corps: This is generally where most protagonist and neutral based Vizards appear to join. It is lead by Zin Yuudeshi and appears to have the goal of ensuring the protection of Earth/Karkaura, the intent to train a Vizard's power and ultimately give them a place to call home. For further information, it is recommended that you click the following link and read for yourself.http://www.platinumhearts.net/t4674-the-vizard-corps
The Monsuta: This is perceived as the Antagonist based Vizard Organizations and is often called the antithesis to the Vizard Corp. This group is lead by Hakai Chikara and appears to fight alongside Kokuryuteshi, have very destructive goals and ultimately loved by very few. To read more about them, it is recommended that you click the thread and seek out their intentions for yourself and determine if it's the right right.http://www.platinumhearts.net/t2972-the-monsut-antagonist-vizards-organizationOthers:The KokuryuteshiThe RinyūaruThe YayjuuKarakura High schoolShadow FallVanguard
The Vizard Database
The following link holds a long list of claimed Vizard mask. This thread was made in order to avoid people having the same mask. Therefore, if someone else has a mask you were looking to take? Then you cannot use it without their permission.http://www.platinumhearts.net/t2172-the-vizard-database