4800-5100; looks 25The Host Race:
Natalia is a complex person, as anyone who has grown up melding and living in different societies since the dawn of civilization would be. She is at her core a kind-hearted girl who cannot stand to see suffering and pain. She is well known for passing around food out the back of her restaurant before the dinner rush begins inside to the homeless. She values life, and will fight to defend it if she must. Luckily, the only beings that have come to the small town she is currently living in have been weakling hollows, weak Arrancar, and weak demons so she has not gathered much attention. While friendly and outgoing, she is surprisingly stand-offish towards people who attempt to get closer to her; what this means is that she will polite and nice to people, but is incredibly proficient at keeping personal information out of the conversation and not letting people get too close to her for a variety of reasons, chief among them retaining her anonymity.
Under this mask, she is a patient and decisive person; she has grown into this through so many years of life. Her experiences in battle and her long life have groomed her to be incredibly knowledgeable and intelligent. To many, she seems a mysterious stranger, kind hearted but distant despite the best of attempts. She has a fondness for dogs, and actually owns a small dog that lives in the “tavern” she owns. In battle, if she is forced to fight that is, she is a relentless bruiser, using her regeneration properties to take on attacks many would consider suicidal to gain unexpected opening. She will relent only if her enemy is rendered incapable of fighting, is killed, or admits defeat. And woe to those that feign defeat and attempt to strike afterwards; she has a strong sense of honor, and will not tolerate such deceit. She is, for the most part, honest herself, but there are times when she must lie. She does not approve of it, or enjoy it, but if it must be done so be it.
Every Story Has A Beginning
Once upon a time there was a little girl. This girl lived in a faraway land which then had no name, and since has changed hands and names hundreds of times. Her life, like everyone’s at that time, was simple; she worked with her mother and focused on providing those things that were essential to survival. And at that time she was happy, for it was all she or anyone else knew. But there are things that have been left unsaid; this girl’s name is now Natalia thought it has changed a hundred times, she now lived in Japan but has lived just about everywhere, and though she looks no older than twenty-five, she has lived for over five millennia. There is more to this story, no? Natalia’s first name, her original name given by her mother, was Niem. She lived in Mesopotamia, also known as the cradle of life, for the beginning years of her life. Had she lived free of external influences she would have lived and died in her proper time. But, where would the fun in that be?
The source of this change can be linked to a single pivotal event that took place over 5100 years ago; Niem was 13 at the time. To this day she can recall that day with absolute clarity; it was a rare mild day, the heat of the summer on the imminent horizon. She had awoken early that day and had slipped out of the house to pick berries and such for a special pie as a surprise for her family (a pie that to this day she refuses to make). She had collected only half of what she needed when her foraging was interrupted in a big way. As she stooped to pick from a clumb of low lying berries there was a sudden shock of impact, a barrage of flying rocks and dust, and an unearthly roar. The tremor had sent Niem sprawling, and as she regained her senses she was promptly scared out of her mind.
Before her was a great beast, an ebony mountain of scale and spines, with great wings that cast a swath of darkness of the land and herself. Yet one of those wings was torn and seared, and let beams of warming light pass through. As the beast reclaimed its own footing and Niem scrambled back in mute horror, a light brighter than the sun itself blinded her. There was a deep howl of pain that shook the very earth below, and something crashed into the ground near Niem; the impact cratered the ground once more and sent earth to sky, and Niem went with it. She hit the ground hard, and may have blacked out bust as she had been blinded only a few moments before it was hard to tell. She laid still for several minutes either way, sprawled out on the ground.
When her vision did finally begin to return, she took stock of herself; in one way she had been lucky that when she was thrown she had not been injured. Whatever the beast had been it left its mark upon the ground. Niem pushed herself shakily to her feet; there was smoke rising over a familiar ridge, and if she could have run she would have. Instead, she stumbled forward towards the ridge, skirting the impact crater cautiously lest she fall in. Apparently she hadn’t been as lucky as she thought, as upon moving forward she realized she had indeed broken something; she couldn’t be sure what, but she did know that if she moved in the wrong way pain wracked her body. Her brain, meanwhile, was making a valiant attempt to figure out what was happening; unfortunately, it would continue to lag just a little ways behind for a bit longer.
Her village was a sea of fire, smoke, and death. She almost did not recognize the place, warped by heat and smoke and light; almost, if not for the familiar layout of the houses and her own memory. She wrestled with the need to investigate and her own fears. Her worry for her family and her curiosity won out in the end. She started down the ridge, but kept to the side, avoiding the fires. Her home was on the outskirts of the southern side of the village, and it burned the same as the others. Yet there were no bodies. It was as though the people had fled in time, which was what she hoped for.
She took a step back and immediately bumped into something. She let out a yelp, partly from surprise and partly from pain, and began to whirl to face this person. Strong, long fingers wrapped around her shoulders, holding her painfully still. She could see the person all the same; she didn’t recognize his jutting jaw or obsidian skin or his countless scars. He opened his mouth, filled with teeth too sharp to be normal. When he spoke she did not understand. It was language, but it was not one she understood, and that must have registered on her face. The man let out a low chuckle and gripped harder, an unsettling grin warped his features. There was a hunger in his eyes that Niem did not understand, and it scared her to her core.
The man opened his mouth, and before she knew what he was doing his teeth sank deep into her left shoulder, between the cap and the neck. Her scream rang out through the desolation that was once her home. He pushed her down, ripping out tendon and muscle and bone with strength that was no mere human’s; already injured, what would expect her to do but fall. She hit the ground near the burning rubble of her home, and lay in a rapidly expanding pool of blood. The man stood over her, an ebony tower against a blackened sky, with a twisted and bloody smile on his face. He knelt down next to her, taking left hand again and bringing it up towards his mouth. He paused, drinking in her scream of pain from the motion, and added a dark laugh to it to make it a twisted harmony.
She closed her eyes from the pain, but even so when the blinding light returned she could see it. Her left arm dropped back to the ground, which she was thankful for, and as she opened one eye she saw the man hit the ground 20 or so yards away, rolling along. She would have probably been more invested in what had done it and what the man was if her shoulder was not in unbelievable pain after having been bitten through then coated with dirt and ash. As another wave of pain wracked her body she saw a bright light growing at the edge of her vision, and reflexively closed them; there was a scream of pain that was not her own though she thought about screaming again in that way that people do when in pain.
She opened her eye again and saw white; white feathered wings on the back of a person as the person walked past, heading towards the dark man, who was smoking as though he was on fire. He let out a yell, and the ground began to shake as Niem watched his skin ripple and bulged, and suddenly he began to grow until he was not a man but the great scaled beast from before. Her mute fear had returned to keep her from screaming, but this time she could not bring herself to shuffle away. It only took a few more moments before her vision blacked out, and she sunk away; Death opened its arms and invited her in, and she had no power to resist.
But something else did. Slowly her vision returned, and she found herself laying on the ground on top of the small rise just outside of town. She pushed herself up to sitting, and looked at her shoulder. It was all there, though there was a strange deformation where the chunk had been ripped out. If she did not see the city still smoldering before her she may have believed it to be a dream. Part of it still smoldered; the other part was nothing more than a large crater, barren and desolate. She pushed herself fully to standing, shocked by the sight. How was she alive? How had she gotten to this place? And what was she to do now?
She remained near the ruins of her village for some time until another village’s group came to seek out the reason for their silence. By this time shock had set in, along with a lack of nutrition and so forth. She was taken back to the other village, and given food and water. There was a great deal of controversy in that village about what to do with her though; she was the last of a neighboring village, which could have meant that she was cursed. With no evidence either way, they choose to keep an eye on her and hold off on their decision. Surprisingly, after the shock wore off Niem bounced back and began to help with the village however she could; she felt it her responsibility since they had shown kindness and taken her in. She lived more or less comfortably for 4 years like this.
That changed when another village decided to attack this one, for land or food or whatever; it didn’t matter what the purpose was. They assaulted and massacred the village. Niem fled with the family that had taken her in. They did not get far before a group of men on horseback found them. The first to die to the spears was the youngest son of the family, then the father who had turned to try and take his revenged. The mother was last before Niem, and Niem had stopped by that point, trying help the woman who was not quite dead. A second spear finished the job of the first, and as Niem looked up the riders were upon her. They chortled and cackled, and their intentions were as obvious as lights in darkness.”Run,”
a voice said, and she did not have to be told a second time; she was on her feet and dashing off. Before she knew what was happening her feet left the ground and she rose into the air. The beat of wings sounded in her ears, and as she looked back great white wings unfolded behind her, carrying her away from the now astonished men and their horses. Perhaps this is where the original myth of angels came from? Who is to say?
She landed on a hillside, still completely unsure of what had happened.”Do not be afraid, little one,”
the voice sounded again, and with it came warmth. A bright light forced Niem to close her eyes. After a few moments, she slowly opened them to find herself suddenly with company. The white wings were what gave it away; before her stood the angelic figure of the one who had saved her from the strange scaled beast, later to be called a dragon but what was truly a demon. The woman’s white hair hung down low past her shoulders, and her eyes held a great kindness within them as she smiled at Niem.”There is no need to fear, Niem. I am not here to harm you,”
the being spoke once more, and Niem believed her, for her words rang truer than any she had heard in a long time.”I am Aisha. What is your name?”
the being asked, and gave a small smile.”N-Niem,”
she managed to say after a moment, and reflexively returned the smile with one of her own. Aisha took a seat across from Niem, and the two looked at one another for a few moments.
Aisha proceeded to apologize for the destruction of Niem’s home. The demon had been chasing her, and the village had only happened to have been in the way. She apologized about not bringing the village back to life, despite it being in her power, and explained that if she were to do that on such a large scale then it would upset the balance. The spirit went on to explain how she had come to be here, revealing to Niem that she had been hiding with her body and protecting her in a way. At first, Niem was furious at the spirit’s apparent lack of sympathy for the events that happened at her home, at the loss of everything she had ever known. These feelings would remain for longer than she would this day want to admit. Aisha also explained the reasoning for taking shelter in her body; when Aisha had disposed of the demon that had caused the destruction she had found Niem on Death’s Door from the attack. She had needed a vessel to hide herself in lest more demons and other monsters come to this world in search of her power, and knew that if she were to take shelter in the girl’s body the girl would be spared and healed, as was the case.
That was how the situation was revealed to the young girl so many years ago. There was little choice in the matter; while Niem could expel the spirit and did think about doing such, to do so would be to invite more monsters like the first to attack this world. Additionally, though she couldn’t admit it at the time, she was grateful for being spared from death as any human would be. So she allowed the spirit to stay in hiding, and went on with her life. Given endless possibilities, she began her journey.
Niem quickly learned that with her immortality came the requirement to change her appearance and actions, lest she invoke suspicion in others. She changed her name to a more common one, and would do so many more times until the world had come to a state where “uncommon” names could be found just about anywhere. She changed her hair in terms of length, and later would be able to change it in terms of coloring as well. These were small things though; she would learn something far more valuable. Being a woman was not an easy thing she would find out as time went on, and she learned she needed to find a way to defend herself.
The world was a violent place, but there were those that would begin to teach methods of defense in the Far East. That was where Niem would travel, leaving her home lands. She traveled the lengths of the Asiatic continent, and learned from any who would teach her. It was during this time that she began to understand and unlock her own power; chi. Those of the east had discovered Chi in its infancy and had attempted to tap into it as a means of calming and teaching. Niem also sought to learn of this, and of the martial arts that were being developed and practiced. She quickly found she had a knack for such things, and learned from all who would teach her. Some were not convinced that she could be taught, and instead sent her away or demanded ridiculous tests to see that she was worthy. She passed these, and returned for her training to their astonishment. Those that refused to train her she would watch and learn from anyway. She had to be careful, however. Her appearance barely changed with age anymore, so remaining in one place too long became dangerous.
Beyond just monsters, man was interested in the power of ‘immortality’ as they called it. They sought relics and places that were said to grant such a thing, hunted for remedies to bring about its creation, and generally sought it. Death scared all, even Niem. Though Aisha had said that she was now beyond Death’s grasp, she believed otherwise; none were immune to death forever. If she was not careful, then even she would fall to it. She had learned what happened if she was “killed” and had tested the limits of the healing abilities granted by the angel within her. Too many pain and damage to her body, and she would lose consciousness for weeks at a time before waking up.
Through training and Aisha’s influence, Niem learned of her Chi capabilities, and began to shape them. It would take centuries to begin to grasp the full extent of her powers. In the meantime, she studied martial arts. When she had stayed too long in the east, she traveled back to the west and began to learn from them their skills with weapons. She would learn sword and bow and axe and hammer. She would learn pike and halberd and shield. And when she had overstayed again, she would travel away to the east once more, and learn of different martial arts. All the while, she remains aloof from others; to bring them too close invited pain she had learned. When one is immortal they can experience only loss from ties with mortal ken as they fall to either the blade of man or the blade of time.
Through the expanded life-span granted by Aisha Niem, later known as Natalia, traveled the world. She saw the rise and fall of empires, the comings and goings of “gods” and religions, and the advancement of a species as a whole. It gave her a rather interesting outlook on everything. During her travels she met and made many interesting friends, though all were kept at arm’s length to a degree because of Natalia’s need to keep on the move and out of touch. As time went one, it got harder to so easily avoid notice, but the world got larger. The discovery of the Americas was a great boon for Natalia, who used it to flee a piece of the world that had begun to notice her comings and goings.
This land though required no less an exercise in caution. The European continents had grown “civil” while the Americas were wild and untamed. She lived and experienced the whole of history with an almost outside perspective to the whole thing, and somehow she remembered almost all of it. Aisha explained once that unlike normal humans her brain did not diminish or deteriorate with age thanks to her presence. You could call this a blessing and a curse, as Niem was not capable of remembering every horrifying act of violence and every act of endearment ever committed and reported. A walking encyclopedia of the human history she had become, and she kept this to herself as well. Throughout this time, her training continues and expanded; she learned different trades and jobs, marital arts and arts in general.
In the current time her journey had brought her to Japan, considered the safest place on the planet by some. She was there when the events 400 years ago had forced the human race’s spiritual eyes open, and had safely melded back into the masses. With the world slowly going to chaos, she had moved about as time demanded; the realization of spirits in fact made her life harder. The more people noticed she didn’t age, the more questions were now raised. She was forced to move on a more constant basis, though she had learned to control her appearance in terms of age to a minor degree. Currently, she owns a tavern in a small, un-domed city and serves secretly as the city’s protector. She has been lucky and she knows it; the question of how the city remains alive has been asked, but with such major events such as London happening the question has not been given much thought. She continues her existence in anonymity, for now.Serene Center
Natalia has focused on the internal focusing and draw of chi energy since she discovered the energy so long ago. As such, her body has changed and adapted to the point that it now unconsciously draws in her chi energy and focuses it internally, meaning she gives off no detectable energy signature while not attacking. Beyond that, she unconsciously draws chi energy in from the surrounding area while attacking further increasing the amount she has at her disposal.Sixth Sense/Perception
Natalia, like the rest of Earth’s population now, is able to see ghosts, spirits, and the like; beyond that though, she is capable of pinpointing the locations of spiritual beings within two miles of her and distinguish the type of being that it is(Shinigami, demon, etc.). She is incredibly perceptive concerning her surroundings (sight, hearing, etc.) as well as in conversation.Amplified Natural Abilities
Due to her exposure to Aisha, the discovery and use of chi, and her own extensive study and practice of martial arts Natalia’s base natural abilities (such as physical ability, reflexes, and so on) are far above that of other humans. Without going into her chi abilities or Ziamichi powers she is capable of feats most cybernetically enhanced human could not even dream of; she is capable of lifting a car over her head and flinging it at an enemy, punch clean through stone walls, run at speeds cybernetically enhanced athletes would think impossible, and so on. If the world was not filled with demons, Hollows, and so on she would probably be the strongest “human” on the planet. She is able to suppress these abilities and drop down to true human levels of strength and ability. She is capable of turning these abilities on and off at will depending on the situation.Purified Chi
A direct result of Aisha’s presence within Natalia’s body, her Chi has been altered so that it is imbued with more life energy. This allows Natalia to purifying beings, though the exact results of that purification varies depending on the being in question. If a pulse was being purified, it would simply move on to its next stage of afterlife (Soul Society or Hell). If it was a Hollow, it too would be purified and sent on to the next stage.
Additionally, this alteration increases her offensive power and effectiveness against “dark beings”, as in beings conceived in fear, darkness, death, and so forth.Hand-to-Hand Combat Mastery
During her over 5000 years of life, Natalia has studied hundreds of martial arts and mastered many of them. She shows very little of this outside of combat however. She knows of several “secret” martial arts as well, of which she does not talk about unless special circumstances arrive.Weapon Master/Improvised Weapon Master
Natalia has trained and used so many different weapons through her years of martial training and fighting for survival that there is no object that she cannot pick up and make ample and deadly use of as a weapon. Now if you hand her a weapon…well you’re just an idiot really. Neither of these are the truly dangerous aspect of this power, however; most physical objects are incapable of harming spiritual beings because they are not of the living world. Natalia unconsciously imbues objects she is holding with a small portion of her chi, allowing it to harm and possibly destroy physical beings. This includes objects she is holding or objects she has recently held; objects dropped or thrown retain this chi for 2 posts before it is released into the surroundings.Master of Disguise
Over the centuries, Natalia has learned to be or not be just about anyone at the drop of a hat. She is incredibly proficient at hiding her physical appearance, and has changed it several times through the course of her life. After all, if she didn’t someone would have noticed the same person living year after year after century.Master Linguist
Through her life and her travels, Natalia has lived in hundreds of countries and learned thousands of languages. She has been through the collapse of empires and the rise of tyranny. Whether because of her own talent or a result of her merger with Aisha, she is capable of remembering an incredible amount of information, including language. She speaks most if not all known languages, and several ‘dead’ languages. She is capable of writing in these languages as well.Master Chef
Partially because of a like for the skill but mainly because of the place of women for much of history, Natalia has spent a great deal of time cooking. She has used it as a cover more than once, and currently does so. She knows millions of recipes, secret ingredients, and combinations. She makes a stew that has moved hardened soldiers weep. Her favorite meal is a simple chicken soup she makes from scratch.
Due to Natalia's prodigous lifespan she has discovered or been taught all of the 'standardized' Chi abilities that are common to Chi users. She holds an affinity for Sei Chi and its specific techniques (as noted below), but is capable of using Dou Chi abilities when push comes to shove.Internalized Chi Flow
Natalia has trained extensively with her chi powers since their discovery, and has focused on the ways the Chi flows within the body and the benefits that can be wrought from that. She has done this to such a degree that she has considerably more control over the chi in her body than most other chi masters. This comes at the cost not having nearly as much control over chi in her surroundings, but that matters little to Natalia. Her chi abilities that are internally based are boosted, while abilities that require the control of outside chi are weakened. This also manifests in how Natalia fights. For example, she is unable to hold a stable platform of Chi that would allow her to stand in the air. Instead, she must remain in constant motion while in the air, or else she will begin to fall.Yang Surge
The Yang Surge is an alteration of the standard Yoh application of Dou Chi. In this case it is a blast of positive energy that typically has the destructive force of a Gran Rey Cero over a large area. Beyond that, it lays down an area roughly 2000 meters wide that increases the flow of positive energy and boosts the user’s abilities. However, she does not have the ability to shape the blast; it is always in the form of a cone-shaped blast extending outwards. Secondly, she has no control over how much power she releases with the attack, meaning she is incapable of reducing its power when in locations where such wide ranged destruction would be a hindrance, such as in a city or crowded battlefield. Thirdly is a modification that Natalia has developed around the amplification ability present within Yang Surge. Anyone she designates as an ally will have their energy related abilities boosted by 10% in addition to the normal effects present in the ability. Any allies within the area also will find a light healing power within the zone, healing minor wounds. If they were to remain in the zone for the full duration, a moderate wounds could be healed. This zone lasts for only 2 posts instead of the normal 3. In addition, Natalia is only able to use this blast once every 4 posts.Vindeca (Yuhe)
Due to prolonged exposure to Aisha’s influence, Natalia’s Vindeca (as it was called in the old days, more commonly known today as Yuhe) has been permanently altered and bolstered. Typically, the effects of this ability are rendered mute however due to Aisha’s healing properties. Should Natalia ever be separated from Aisha this would allow her to heal her wounds at a quicker rate than normal humans, and at a higher rate than even other chi users. Given enough time, she is capable of regeneration non-critical limbs, though it would take a month to fully regrow a leg or arm. Through Vindeca alone, she would be incapable of regeneration organs.Tekkai
Tekkai is an ability that utilizes the internal flow of chi to increase the user's resistance to damage. While based on the control and amount of Chi within the user's body, typically, Natalia's would actually be considered weaker than her power and control should dictate. This is because her Chi is naturally channeled into healing wounds rather than attempting to prevent them.
The Chi Gates refer to a specific ability Natalia has pioneered utilizing the Chi in her body, around her, and natural elements therein. Using Chi channeled in a specific way she is able to attain supernatural feats above and beyond what even normal Chi users are capable of doing. While Natalia is the pioneer of the technique in their entirity, the roots of them can be traced back to different philosophies and martial excercises. Additionally, the use of the Gates is something that can be taught and passed on though such things take a great amount of time and skill.Aether Gate
The Aether Gate is the entry level gate of the Chi Gate System, and governs the flow of Chi within the body and the limiters placed on the body to prevent it from burning itself out. By opening this gate the body is allowed to work at 100% of its natural capability instead of the ~15% capability the body typically works at. Additionally, once the Aether Gate is opened chi is funneled into the user’s bones to strengthen them, enabling them to withstand the forces placed on them with the increased capability of the body.
Additionally, through training one may learn and gain access to a series of five sub gates that grant minor capabilities that can be accessed while the Aether Gate is open. This takes additional time before one moves on to learning the advanced gates.
Chi infuses the user’s skin and muscles, granting a 20% bonus to strength and defensive capabilities.
Grants the user a slight heat aura which can ignite flammable objects not worn on the user and cause slight burns. Also increases the users speed by 20%.
The chi around the user floods outward in a light gust, and grants the user a heightened sense of things in its area of effect. Additionally, the gust subgate assists with short burst movements, granting a 80% speed boost to movements that go no more than 10 feet in total distance covered.
Increases the flow of Chi in the user’s body, increasing all of their physical capabilities by 5%. Additionally, the subgate increases the flow of chi out of the body, allowing chi to be forced out of the user’s body and into the enemies, which attempts to cause internal damage.
There are drawbacks to this gate, however, depending on the level of mastery present. The first drawback is the amount of time it takes to actually learn; assuming a physically fit body and concentrated mind, it takes a human who has aptitude for chi use approximately 30 years’ worth of training to access this gate. Beyond that, each subgate can take anywhere from 5 years to 12 years more to gain access too. To fully master the Aether Gate it can take a normal human’s lifetime, though it is possible to learn and master the gate in less time.
Beyond that, without a method of healing or caution on the part of the user it is possible for the user to inflict damage upon his/her body from the unrestrained actions. Increase fatigue and muscle soreness are the least of the effects, but depending on exertion can range up to muscle tearing, bone damage, and so forth.
The Advanced Gates
The Advanced Gates
refer to the gates after the Aether Gate, which are extensions of the subgates present in the Aether Gate to a degree. These gates are incredibly hard to learn and master, place great strain on the body, and are typically unattainable by mortals unless they have Awakened. It takes a large amount of time to discover and access the gate; there is no particular order in which the gates are discovered, and vary from user to user. After having mastered the Aether Gate, a process that can only be completed once one decides to either learn or forsake the sub gates and has spent 100 years training with the Aether Gate, it can take anywhere from 1 to 100 years to learn the first of the Advanced Gates. Beyond that, the time to mastery and learning of the others varies greatly based on personal ability.Mountain Gate
The Mountain Gate’s focus is on immovability and strength. Once this gate is opened the user’s muscles and skin is flooded with chi, increasing their physical strength by 600%(6 times) and their defensive capabilities by 300%(3 times). Along with this increase in strength, they gain a rather impressive defensive ability in that as long as they remain in contact with the ground or a wall they redirect roughly 40% of the force they are struck with into the surroundings. This ability is inactive while the user is not in contact with the ground.
The second major effect of the Mountain Gate is to impose a penalty on movement against those that are struck while it is active. Incredibly heavy Chi floods into the opponent and attempts to weigh them down, reducing their movement speed by a cumulative 5% per hit. This reduction cannot reduce a person below 20% of their movement speed. Additionally, this energy can be dissipated by a release of power on the targets part, or by not being hit for 3 posts time after a strike. For every 3 posts, 10% of this effect is removed.
The user’s total movement speed is reduced by 40% while this gate is active. However, if the user managed to unlock the Stone subgate of the Aether Gate BEFORE
learning the Mountain Gate, this penalty is reduced to 30%.Inferno Gate
The Inferno Gate focuses on destructive power and speed; once this gate is opened, the user’s leg muscles are flooded with chi, empowered and hardened, increasing their total speed increases by roughly 500%(5 times). Their reflexes are amplified while this gate is active as well to keep up with their new speed.
The destructive side of this gate comes from the second effect. Once the gate is opened, a field of chi surrounds the user. While the user is in motion, the chi reduces the friction the user experiences from the atmosphere around them, and converts it into a heat aura around the user. This aura is only active while the user remains in motion and for 2 seconds after, at which point it returns to normal. This heat can exceed 1500 degrees Fahrenheit (over 800 degrees Celcius) and is used in attacks to burn the opponent, the area around them, and so forth. This aura also absorbs heat directed at the user up to a point while it is active, protecting them both from its effect and from heat based attacks directed at them, though it has its limits.
There are serious risks with using this gate, however. Primarily, this risk is to injury to the user’s legs from the strain on the muscles, though the entire body is at risk from the forces being exerted on it. Additionally, it is possible for the user to exceed speeds that their reflexes can keep up with, resulting in further injury both to themselves and those around them.
If the user learned the Spark subgate BEFORE
learning the Inferno Gate, the speed increase is increased to 550%, the damage from the heat aura is enhanced slightly. All other effects remain the same.Wave Gate
The Wave Gate’s focuses are on Flow and Vision. The Vision aspect is revealed once this gate is opened. Upon the user’s forehead the symbol of a vertical, open, lidless eye appears, the center of which will glow with a faint cerulean glow. This eye serves three purposes; firstly, it increases the user’s reflexes by 400%(4 times), giving them greater reaction time and capability. Secondly, it serves as a shroud to mask the user’s mind from abilities that would seek to gain information from it. Finally, it grants the user the ability to see the flow of energy within or around a person. For example, the eye would allow Natalia to see the flow of energy as it flowed from Ichigo to Zangetsu for a Getsuga Tenshou. When the third ability is activated, the user’s eyes take on the same cerulean glow as the third eye.
The Aspect of Flow corresponds to ebb and flow, internal and external energy movement. The internal flow comes in 2 forms; first, the flow of chi within the user is amplified, increasing all physical attributes by 100%. Secondly, the user draws energy into themselves while the Gate is active to power it, and can draw energy out of enemies they strike and convert it into Chi, albeit at small quantities per strike, meaning that extended contact with the user in this state or taking too many hits can end up being dangerous.
The external flow of energy comes from in 2 forms; first, the user’s offensive power is increased by 50%, empowered by chi in the striking surfaces. The more dangerous ability of the gate, however, is the second external flow ability. The user’s strikes are followed by an immense wave of pure force, which will crash down in the direction of the strike and deal massive damage to those it strikes. (Think of the force shockwaves being thrown around in the battle between Ichigo and Aizen in the final battle in the manga, then imagine that weaponized; that is concept behind this ability.)
The unique danger to this gate is the fact that it drains a great deal of energy and places a great deal of stress on the body and mind simultaneously. Prolonged use of this gate can become life threatening if the user is not drawing in some type of energy or does not possess a great deal of energy on their own. Even then, the strains on the body can become life threatening through prolonged use.
If the user learned the Stream subgate BEFORE
learning the Wave Gate, their physical abilities and offensive capabilities are increased by a further 10%, and the drain effect is slightly enhanced. All other effects remain the same.Sky Gate
The Sky Gate is the most defensive of the gates, and focuses on avoidance and attrition. The avoidance comes from the user’s ability to, while this gate is active, negate their own mass. This has many applications from removing the weight of a punch during training to using it to avoid attacks. They do not actually become mass-less, but instead temporarily alter reality to reduce their mass down to negligible levels. They are only able to do this for 1 second at a time, and doing so requires a good deal of energy. Additionally, the user’s senses are heightened by a small flow of Chi that rushes out around them to a distance of 20 meters; they are able to sense movement or energy within this area to a heightened degree.
The attrition factor comes from the same flow of chi; as it rushes out, it physically pushes all energy in that area and out to another 20 meters away, effectively depriving those within its area of effect of environmental and latent energy.
As stated, the major drawback of the Sky Gate is the use of energy, which can quickly deplete resources. They are also effected by the second effect, the removal of the latent energy.
If the user learned the Gust Subgate BEFORE
having learned the Sky Gate, they retain the increase in short range speed within 10 ft.
Advanced Gate Progression
As previously stated, the Gates have no order in which they must be opened. However, for those that can learn and master the gates, there is the ability to open multiples of the gates at a time. This is no easy task, however, and comes with many dangers. This option only opens up once the user has learned all of the gates and spent at least 100 years training with them. Awakened Chi Users are capable of opening 2 of the gates simultaneously, while Fully Awakened Chi Masters(tier 0-3) are capable of opening 3 at once. Incredibly talented Fully Awakened Chi Masters(0-2) are said to be capable of opening all four gates at once.
However, there is great danger in this route. Opening any number of the gate compounds their own inherent disabilities and drawbacks, in addition to those listed below.
Opening two of the Gates simultaneously compounds their own drawbacks. Additionally, the user’s body is placed under even greater amounts of strain; muscle damage, bone damage, nerve damage, and so forth will easily result from the use of two gates.
To activate three gates at once compounds all of their drawbacks. Additionally, the user risks injuring their chi circulation system; this can result in hindered chi use for up to a week to follow the use, in addition to the drawbacks listed under Two Gates. Prolonged use can results in serious injury or death.
By Activating all four gates the user compounds all drawbacks listed in the gates, guarantees muscle, nerve, bone, and chi circulation system damage. Use of this many gates for more than 2 posts will result in death.
The Heaven Gate
The Pinnacle of Power
The Heaven Gate is Natalia’s own invention, just as the Chi Gates are. It is her greatest trump card, and an absolute final resort for it holds the most devastating drawback of any of the gates, one that not even Aisha can offset.
First, to open the Heaven Gate Natalia must have all Four of the Chi Gates open. Upon releasing the Heaven Gate, all abilities of the previous gates are amplified by 1000%, granting Natalia more power than should be feasible for a being of any stature to hold. For the duration of this Gate, Natalia is unaffected by the drawbacks of the Gates as a whole and is capable of regeneration indefinitely and from anything. She cannot be hindered or halted from whatever purpose she has set her mind to that has forced her to open the Heaven Gate. She additionally gains the following ability:
While the Heaven Gate is active, Natalia has the capability to snuff out Divine sparks, ending immortality and similar abilities. She is capable of killing gods, as the name implies.
For this power, she trades everything. The Gate can only be sustained for 5 minutes in its entirety, and once the Gate closes Natalia is reduced to powerless save for the ability to see spirits(aka she drops to tier 5-4); this is the “kind” part of this drawback. She is then granted a 1 day’s grace period in which she remains powerless; there is no method to return her powers or grant her new ones during this time. At the end of that day, Natalia fades.
She does not die; she Fades from existence, ceases to be, and is gone for all eternity. Once this has come to pass, there is NO
method of bringing her back or restoring her existence short of turning back time and stopping her from having opened the Heaven Gate in the first place. This happens because the Heaven Gate effectively devours the rest of Natalia’s existence upon opening, taking any remaining life and afterlife she would have had and condensing all of that power into a 5 minute burst.