SUI-FENGソ イ フ ォ ン
BEHIND THE ASSASSIN
Suì-Fēng (砕蜂 (ソイフォン), Soifon) is the name given to the former captain and leader of the second division and the Onmitsukidō prior to the reformation of the Gotei. She is the current and 9th head of the Fēng family, ruling the clan as their leader alongside of running with a independant Onmitsukidō after the reformation of the Gotei 13. » Age:
Once considered a young and upcoming Shinigami, Sui Feng is now 654 years old and considered one of the most elite and oldest Shinigami to be a captain of the Gotei 13. » Gender:
Female» Appearance: » Residence:
While she is not actually considered a captain of any "squad" or division within the Gotei, the Feng family manor is still located within the walls of Seireitei as a part of her training and dedicated to the Gotei 13 all those years ago. For this reason, the Manor is located within East Seireitei, surrounded by blocks of trees and a rather large river and waterfall surrounding the manor itself. She chose to accept this location for a matter of familiarity.
This is one of the key aspects of Soifon's nature, loyalty. It is a powerful faithfulness to not only people and organizations she has come to trust, but to ideas and beliefs embedded into her mind. She has an entire hierarchy of loyalties, where the importance of certain subjects varies much like the classes of a society. A strange metaphor but one that applies nonetheless; she always weighs the costs and benefits of her loyalties, ordering them in terms of significance, and making sure to balance it as she sees fit. For those at the top rungs of her structuring, she is willing to sacrifice greatly to put that loyalty above her own interests. She is even willing to sacrifice the lesser loyalties if they are creating a negative influence on the greater ones, and she is not hesitant to do so for a great cause. However, her mind may be partially irrational when it comes to making the judgment on a person's, group's, or belief's worth. Such is the case with her former mentor and Captain, Yoruichi Shihouin. As a child Soifon pledged her life to the woman, and despite their contrast differences and rough past, she still holds Yoruichi in adulation and affection, above all other loyalties. Over the centuries Soifon has known her, she has never once dropped this loyalty, and it shows in the times she displays her obsession with her, such as her collection of black cat accessories... which is Yoruichi's alternate form. Her illogical structuring also is demonstrated in her will to overcome obstacles by herself, despite the capability of her allies to assist her. She is willing to strike down subordinates who get in the way of her personal struggles, even though it will become needlessly more difficult in doing so.Moral Stance:
This is a trait that plays into Soifon's loyalty hierarchy, showing her belief in the morals she sets for herself. One of the stronger morals is that of following order and law, and as she is one of the higher authorities in the land of the Seireitei, it should come as no surprise. This stance is actually something that had been developed lately in the absence of Yoruichi Shihouin as she became Captain and chose to uphold the duties of the position staunchly. She was already used to sacrificing her life for one being, and without the being's presence an emptiness developed within Soifon that would be occupied by a purpose to become an officer of the Soul Society's law. She does not take into account even the relationships of her friends and family when it comes to executing her orders, showing a bit more of just how Soifon's loyalties are laid out. There were times when her own subordinates and allies would become enemies in her eyes, as without a second's hesitation they were seen sympathizing against the procession of the authorities. In some ways admirable, it can in other ways be seen as cruelty, for in some cases the body of authority itself is not always moral or correct. Unfortunately, Soifon is susceptible to such cases as she chooses to remain firm in her devotion. One of the very few exceptions to this commitment is her almost-worship of Yoruichi Shihouin, who recently has returned to the Soul Society in good grace and has been influencing her.Resolve:
Soifon is one of resolution, sure of herself, and sure of the course of action that lays before her. She does not hesitate to do what it takes to complete a mission or defeat her enemies, even if it costs her part of herself—physical, mental, or spiritual. She is more than likely to remove all instances of desperation in her actions, and lock down all emotions that may hinder her from moving forward. From her roots, she was always a strong girl, picking her goals and striving for them no matter what. She was born to the Feng house, one of the lower noble houses affiliated with the Shihouin, and when Yoruichi became the head of her house, it would be Soifon's goal to give her life for the woman. She happily would protect and fight for her, whatever the sacrifice. And still to this day, that resolve is buried within her. It is apparent by the fact that Yoruichi happens to be the exception to all her loyalties, to all her resolution, and to her being. it is a testament to the unbreakable determination housed within her soul. As a subnote, Soifon is also incredibly stubborn, which plays into this trait. She remembers grudges long in the past, she stands obstinately close to the ideals she chooses to uphold, and she pushes aside help she may need if only because she believes in personal struggle.Leadership:
Soifon, as Yoruichi has deserted her position as the Captain of the Second Division, became the leader in her place. And though through her she learned a great deal of skills to help her in this pursuit, she implements her own flavor into it to provide an alternate style of leadership. Through her resolve and will, she is quite capable of leading a group by being steadfast and powerful in image. She upholds her image, and takes hold of the initiative of situations so that those who follow her will hold strong to their morality. Not only that, but the fast-paced thinking and years of following under the tutelage of the impressive Yoruichi Shihouin have taken this prowess farther. She has the ability to take into account any situation and make decisions for herself, using craft and courage in combination to overcome any situation. Her record as a Division Captain and Commander of the Secret Mobile Corps is nothing to sneeze at either, making it more comfortable for people to follow her. With this commanding aura, and her ability to take control of the situation and execute her plans well, she is a proven leader ready to conduct an army if need be.Tactician:
It's not just charisma that makes Soifon such a successful person in positions of command; it's her own brilliant mind that knows the way to victory too well. Through her own personal struggle, she has built experience at a very fast pace, making her an accomplished Captain in regards to success on missions. She utilizes high skill in terms of observation and analyzation to gauge the situations she deal with at a very fast pace. She is capable of quickly noticing connections or quirks even amidst combat and confusion. And then she is able to craft a strategy that utilizes the tools she possesses, which more often than not will lead to victory, excepting the cases when the difficulty of the object is far too high. She is also able to employ many different sets of tactics involving subterfuge and confusion, which are capable to defeating enemies who are stronger than her. She is willing to hold herself back to keep some tricks up her sleeves, and provided an opportunity is not hesitant to take advantage of it and strike.A Softer Side:
The influence of her subject of worship, Yoruichi Shihouin, did not fall upon deaf ears, especially now that she has returned to her side. Soifon has adopted many things Yoruichi, including a softer side to her usually cool determined spirit. She is not at all averse to kindness among friends, or a willingness to play things casually. Like Yoruichi, Soifon is not afraid to jest and become playful. A smile is not foreign to her face, and neither is a smirk. So when there is no need to enforce the order and law and duties of her position, she is quite the nicer person. She may be reserved in some cases, ostracized from natural socialization with others, which is because of her aloofness when playing her role in the Soul Society. But all the kind and friendly traits seen in Yoruichi, Soifon can be seen to reflect upon others when she becomes comfortable enough.
Suì-Fēng was born under the name Shaolin Fēng into the Fēng house, one of the lower noble houses affiliated with the Shihouin noble house. She was within the 9th Generation of her family and as the youngest of six siblings born around this time. The Fēng family serves the Shihouin family by joining the Onmitsukidō, and making their livings as assassins and executioners. In fact, any of those who do not pass the entrance exam to become a member of the organization is susceptible to be, and most likely to be, exiled. Her five brothers, all older than her, had already made it into the Onmitsukidō successfully. Shaolin's father, however, would take her for a trip before then, to witness the new upbringing of the Shihouin head, Yoruichi Shihouin. As the princess was inducted by the ceremony, Shaolin's father would simply fill his daughter's ears with nothing but good words for Yoruichi, and she told her that from now on the purpose of her existence would be to protect and serve Yoruichi. Shaolin took this to heart, as she would be taking the test the next day just as Yoruichi would become the Corps-Commander of the same organization. She strove so hard that she managed to excel in the test and surpass all of her brothers in terms of skill and intelligence. As was tradition, she had finally made it into the Onmitsukidō; and as she joined she would drop Shaolin as her name, and take up the replacement her great-grandmother used: Suì-Fēng, which also could be pronounced and written as Soifon. Though she was able to join the ranks among her brothers, the difference between her skill and theirs was laughable—and they would not last long. Out of her five older siblings, two died on the first mission, then two more on the second. The last one died on the sixth mission, leaving Soifon alone in the Onmitsukidō as the single remaining Fēng of the ninth generation.
Soifon's career as a member of the militia played out much more successfully, having survived and helped complete her first several missions, earning praise from the leaders of said missions. And whenever not on a mission, Soifon would be training her heart out to become stronger every day, for she did not progress along the traditional course of the Shin'o academy. So, her path was of personal struggle and cultivation of her skills, teaching herself how to fight to the best of her abilities. She would often challenge her teammates within the Onmitsukidō to skirmishes of very unbalanced odds, and yet Soifon would always come out on top as the victor. Without former knowledge of how, Soifon even managed to summon forth her Zanpakutō; which, despite her lack of knowledge of the weapon and companion, she would learn how to wield effectively and skillfully in combat. Her intense training in all fields of the Death Gods—Hakuda, Hohou, Kidou, and Zanjutsu—was all for a purpose she held above all others. She aimed to become as strong as the Corps-Commander herself, Yoruichi Shihouin, which she had come to adore from a distance. Mission after successful mission, Soifon quickly rose through the ranks in such a fashion that her peers would begin to send their praises of the girl to Yoruichi. At first it was something small and disregarded by the woman, but as the consistency of these reports increased, it would most surely become something for her to investigate.
It took seven years after Soifon's inauguration into the Onmitsukidō, when she again challenged a group of fellow agents to a spar. The odds were five to one, yet Yoruichi under the guise of a typical Onmitsukidō member would sneak into the ranks, making it six to one. As the skirmish began, Yoruichi would stay in the back lines to observe how Soifon effortlessly danced around the five combatants and took them apart with sheer proficiency, incredible speed, and refined power. Even though she suffered a blow or two, the overall outcome would put the first five on the ground to leave only Yoruichi standing against Soifon. This particular fight had taken place at night, therefore making it difficult for Soifon to recognize the woman at first. Thus, she would engage with the same amount of ability as before, trying to take down this last fighter without realizing who it was. However, Yoruichi was still far beyond the Fēng's capacity to handle, and Soifon found herself getting frustrated as her attacks were not working as easily as before. She would take out her Zanpakutō to try and heighten her chances, but time and time again her swipes would be dodged. Anger at her failure to defeat this random underling of the Onmitsukidō began to gnaw at her, up until Soifon used her strategy of deceit to throw Yoruichi off-guard and utilize all of her speed and skill to engage within the small opening. The attack ended up being stopped by Yoruichi's bare hands, but it brought the two close enough for Soifon to see who she was fighting.
After an immense instance of surprise, the fight would end and Yoruichi would take off the Onmitsukidō mask to show that it was indeed her. An embarrassed Soifon would be speechless, but her idol would be before her speaking, telling Soifon that she admired her skill and dedication to the Onmitsukidō. She followed up by telling Soifon that she would be taking her up as one of her personal guards. As they went about their ways, Soifon was still left speechless, but eventually the joyousness of what had just happened would register. Though her goal was to become as strong as Yoruichi-sama, she was more than glad to be able to work under her in a closer way. Because before she entered the Onmitsukidō she had dedicated her life to the woman, and was willing to put it on the line for her. The next day she walked in Yoruichi's stead whenever she could, feeling it as an honor. And rather that letting her skill drop after having acquired a contenting position, if anything her efforts to train herself redoubled. The difference this time, however, is that Yoruichi would take the young lady under her wing as her protege and help her train as a mentor to a student. Yoruichi, who was known for her prodigious skill, would accelerate Soifon's growth to a point that she would become the head of Yoruichi's personal guard. She would also be the one to teach the Fēng of the ways of the Zanpakutō, and about how it was not just a tool but an ally who is always at your side as long as you are at theirs. It was through Yoruichi's help that she would delve into the world of her Shinigami to confront her Zanpakutō spirit.
The realm of the Zanpakutō was glorious, as Soifon found herself emerging from a brilliantly blue portal into a world she never would have believed could be this beautiful, or even exist. Apparently she was atop a mountain where greenery grew and a cloudless sky lie above, filled with the spectrum of a rainbow arcing over the summit. There was very little in terms of man-made constructs, as only the gateway she had come through and two large spires nearby seemed to be present. The rest was natural terrain; or perhaps in this rare case, unnatural terrain. Even stranger was when Soifon looked away from the mountain she was upon, out towards the other landscapes surrounding it. Rather than lovely blue skies and more eye candy, it would seem they were shrouded in a dense and mysterious gray fog that grew thicker the further away it was. Somewhat afraid, Soifon would focus on the mountain she was upon currently, when suddenly a golden light would appear from one of the nearby shrubs. With supreme speed it would fly nary a foot from her face to reveal it's petite seven inch high size, and a rather humanoid body. This was Suzumebachi, though Soifon didn't know it by name just yet. Suzumebachi was quite talkative, high-spirited, and youthful in mind and heart. Though the two's personalities clashed, especially when the fairy-like spirit threw in blunt comments about her taste in style, eventually they would come out as allies. When Soifon got to know Suzumebachi better, she learned her name very suddenly and instinctively, without the Zanpakutō spirit herself saying it. And when she did learn the name, she would emerge from her Jinzen with her arm encompassed by her Shikai, Nigeki Kessatsu.
After Soifon achieved Shikai, Yoruichi would show her pride in her student by inviting her into the Gotei 13 as the Lieutenant of the Second Division, which she currently headed. She gladly accepted, becoming Yoruichi's right-hand woman in all instances. She was highly protective of and highly devoted to the Shihouin, and was excited to take up the positions that brought her closer to her. And for a long while, this was the situation—Soifon had become comfortable as Yoruichi's advisor and guardian, and in turn Yoruichi passed on her skills and knowledge to Soifon, telling her that in time she would become the successor to both the leader of the Onmitsukidō and the head of the 2nd Division. Over this gradual period, it would be that the two opposing personalities of this pair would clash on the occasion, with Yoruichi's laid back and easy-going style and Soifon's staunch to-the-book type. They were small arguments that had no real impact on their relationship, but still showed the differences between the two. Yet still Soifon came to admire Yoruichi no matter the hardship, as thus far in her life the woman has made her who she is. This time together began to open up something more than just what was between a student and a teacher; Yoruichi's lax nature allowed Soifon to experience feelings of friendship, and something even deeper than that. The bond was strong on her side, justifying the sacrifice she was willing to go through for the woman. And being as she was a girl of incredible resolve, she would more than gladly stick to it.
The second important figure in her life was none other than Urahara Kisuke, but that doesn't mean he was shed in a positive light. In fact, Soifon detested Urahara for his lazy uninspired attitude, and there was no life devotion exception to this one. Beforehand, Soifon had been advanced up to the Lieutenant's Chair in the Second Division, which was the second seat. This had put her one seat ahead of Urahara, who apparently was one of Yoruichi's old friends. Soifon was highly protective of Yoruichi's honor, and thus certainly did not approve of the man being even near her. Things became even more distraught for the young lady when it was announced that Urahara would be taking to the Proficiency Test to become a Captain of the Gotei 13. All she saw was his carefree attitude; being lazy and doing bad at his job. Soifon confronted Yoruichi with concerns that she was overestimating Urahara's capabilities. It was a mistake to even appoint him as Corps Commander of the Detention Unit, so undeserving of such a position was he. While Yoruichi readily admitted to the fact that Urahara was not really a hard worker, she dismissed Soifon's criticisms without hesitation. However, the Fēng persisted, going as far as utilizing her stealth skills to stalk Urahara and clearly observe that he was doing nothing to contest her beliefs. But again when she shoes the notes she took about it to Yoruichi, she dismissed them again, and continually insinuated that she was in love with him.
Whatever the case, the test would be prepared for Urahara regardless of Soifon's objections. A day or so after Urahara took the test, he was standing as captain of the 12th Division, the head of the Shinigami Research and Development Institute. It did not take long until something awry came about, as Soifon overheard an Onmitsukidō member tell Yoruichi that Urahara had entered into the Detention Unit property with claims that he was previously given approval to go. He had not been granted the permission, but Yoruichi told her division members not to bother and to allow him to go where he liked, trusting in her old friend to have an idea of some kind. When Soifon again goes to find Urahara and trail him, she finds a much more different picture than before. She witness his extreme spiritual power and expert Hakuda mastery as he is taking down a small group of Shinigami defectors, before entering the Detention Unit. It is from the Reiatsu that Soifon is forced back and left to mull over the sights she has seen. For the first time, she actually considered Urahara in a different light than the typical animosity, but the moment passed quickly. She decided that she would not pursue Urahara again in the attempt to get him kicked out of the Captain's spot he had achieved. She believed in the judgment of the Central 46 and the rest of the Gotei 13 to have not let someone unworthy of the position in. But still, she held him in a shade of dislike.
The years would continue to fly by, with the relationship between Soifon and Yoruichi only growing stronger as the Fēng zealously followed her instruction and assisted her in the many missions they carried out as members of two organizations. She did not seem to care too much for the strange things happening around them, such as Captains suddenly disappearing with no trace, as long as her charge was safe and at her side. She did notice, however, the distress that would worm its way into the Shihouin's warm face that she had come to love. It made her strive to practice even harder and become as strong as possible for Yoruichi's sake, often spending the hours of her sleep for this purpose. One such night, Yoruichi would find the young Shinigami practicing with her Zanpakutō, and would surprise her by coming to assist her in a very intimate way to help her perfect the form she was trying to achieve. After she succeeded, the two would simply rest there, with Yoruichi laying her head upon Soifon's lap. Soifon was trying to tell her that she was still not strong enough to protect her, and that she needed to become even stronger, explaining why she was out here. But Yoruichi refused to let her beat herself up, going so far as commanding her to stop it. It was then that the fateful promise was made, Soifon saying she would never leave her side as long as she lived. And as Yoruichi returned the promise, she fell into a deep sleep there on Soifon's lap. At this point it was beyond admiration; Soifon worshiped Yoruichi.
Until that moment.
When the strange happenings within the Gotei 13 progressed even worse, with Urahara's and Tessai's mysterious sentences, chaos erupted in the Soul Society. Among that chaos, Soifon went to her mistress to find that she was not only absent, but had found out that she had abandoned all her titles and left the Soul Society without even a word to those she had left behind. The promise so recently made had been broken and obliterated by her sudden departure, and she had felt betrayed by the one she had treated like a goddess. There wasn't even an explanation behind it that was told to Soifon, and all that she could see is the destruction of her trust and everything she had worked up to become. The purpose for her being; gone in a heartbeat. In the absence of the shattered promise, Soifon would create a new one on the spot. She would only continue her training to become more powerful, succeeding Yoruichi's positions as she had wished and becoming Captain of the Second Division as well as the Commander of the Onmitsukidō. She would also take up the position as head of the Fēng family, adding another title to her collection. And she would keep becoming stronger until she was content, as when that happened she would go to find Yoruichi and take her back by force. The chaos surrounding Seireitei would subside for the time being, as new captains would take the stead of the unfilled position. The Second Division had been left open, as Soifon would become the successor, but had not quite achieved her Bankai.
Her Bankai, which she had been working on for years with Yoruichi-sama's help, was still at the edges of her reach. Suzumebachi would sometimes come out of the Zapakutō of her own will on the occasion, her appearances becoming more common in Yoruichi's absence. It turned out that Suzumebachi had not quite liked the woman, and at that point Soifon could relate the feeling, or so she thought. She felt what she believed was hatred toward her old mentor, but it wasn't quite the same thing. Regardless, it was what was needed to break through with Suzumebachi and for once strengthen their relationship now without Yoruichi taking all of her focus away. Within days of the dark-skinned woman's absence, Soifon achieved Jakuhō Raikōben, filling in all the prerequisites for the position of Captain. The proficiency test was a breeze for her, and she would take up the reigns dropped by Yoruichi. Once the situation in Seireitei settled, Soifon would be the one heading the search-and-retrieve parties that went out on missions to the World of the Living to locate Yoruichi and take her back to the World of Souls. But however, the Shihouin was also a master of stealth, and despite decades of missions under the purpose of hunting her down, they would not be able to find a single trace of her. Eventually the Central 46 would order these missions to come to an end as the futility of it became apparent to them. In order to preserve resources, they would terminate them, so that the Onmitsukidō could return to much more useful occupations.
But Soifon would not accept it, choosing to use much of her spare time going to Earth alone to find Yoruichi herself. This would last several more years with each instance occurring less and less likely. At this point Yoruichi's status was officially declared as deceased, but such a thing was unbelievable for Soifon. Though she could not accept it deep down inside, she would stop travelling to Earth, as she never could find the woman no matter how hard she tried—the world was too large. So, Soifon would allocate her focus to her duties in the Soul Society. Her soft nature would be seen to become cold and hard, while her resolve and dedication to her many obligations would take hold. All that got in her way were her enemies and all enemies were to be slain, so she believed, even if such people were her fellow comrades. As her advance to Captain would leave the Lieutenant's chair open in her squad, she would appoint a man by the name of Marechiyo Ōmaeda; the Ōmaeda family were an incredibly wealthy family within Seireitei, and alongside the Fēng were a noble house affiliated with the Shihouin. As head of the Fēng house, it was in Soifon's best interests to keep good relations with the Ōmaeda, especially because of how well-funded they kept her organizations. But in truthfulness, Marechiyo was somewhat deplorable, and both Soifon and Suzumebachi more so (Who hated men in general) did not like him. Also around this time is when Soifon began to work on a new technique that was incredibly powerful. It was to be a flawless synchronization between Hakuda and Kidou, to create a form that drastically increased the user's overall power. While simple in thought, perfecting this was incredibly difficult, so much so that in the coming years she would attempt to but still be unable to grasp the equilibrium correctly. Still, even incomplete, it was still powerful.
Approximately one hundred years after Yoruichi's absence, the news of a Shinigami by the name of Rukia Kuchiki abandoning her duties and not returning to the Soul Society from Earth would arrive. If it was not for Byakuya's familial relationship with her, Soifon would have gone to hunt the now-criminal down herself. She was returned within a day, and sentenced to death by the Central 46 for her crimes, as it was. But what was rather weird was the fact that this young woman had somehow lost her powers, though Soifon was told this was temporary. Even stranger was the shortening of the normal execution to twenty-five days from thirty. Still she would not question the orders of the Central 46 reasoning that they would not do such a thing without good reason. However, it only got worse from that point on when an emergency meeting of the Gotei 13 was called, and all Captains were to gather for the conference, excepting Ukitake who had health issues. At that meeting, it was told that several Ryoka, or intruders, had arrived to the Soul Society from Earth, and that their target was the prisoner Rukia. There also was slight bickering among the Captains, but Soifon kept silent and kept out of it. She was ordered to help transfer the prisoner to the Senzaikyū tower for further security, though she opted to command a small escort of Onmitsukidō guards to perform the task in her stead. In the next several days, the sentencing of the Kuchiki girl would shorten to earlier and earlier dates, while the Ryoka had breached Seireitei and were causing chaos among the Gotei 13, which scrambled in disorganization to stop the threat. As this chaos unfolded before her, Soifon got a terrible feeling in the pit of her stomach, an impending sense of dread.
The next tragedy to arrive was the death of one of the Gotei's captains, Sōsuke Aizen. He was murdered not too far from his division's barracks, and the medical team was unable to tell who caused his death. whether the Ryoka or a traitor among them. The Gotei was falling into further disarray, and Soifon was coming apart at the seams. She could only cling to the responsibilities as a Captain and execute the orders she was given, and she sought nothing more than to make sure this execution went through without any lapse. On the day of the execution, Soifon would be one of few Captains who attended it, including Retsu Unohana, Shunsui Kyōraku, Byakuya Kuchiki, and Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto himself. The tool of execution was Sōkyoku, a Shinigami with the power to completely vaporize a soul with the fire it releases when unsealed. It would take the entire Kidou Corps to release the bindings upon the massive weapon, while Rukia would be raised into position for the ceremony to take place. As the flames of the Sōkyoku took the form of a dragon, Soifon would watch as it rushed towards Rukia to destroy her once and for all. But this was the moment everything would fall to pieces, as suddenly the legendary force of the Sōkyoku would be stopped by Ichigo, one of the Ryoka to invade Seireitei. Soifon watched in utter shock, as then Shunsui and Ukitake would arrive at the base of the massive halberd, attempting to destroy it with a Shihouin relic. The situation threw everyone off balance, and the destruction of the halberd would succeed and Rukia would be rescued by Ichigo, who gave her to another Gotei traitor, Renji Abarai, to escape with her.
Soifon would have to collect herself, ordering the present Lieutenants to chase Renji down and retrieve the prisoner, but they were also easily defeated by Ichigo. While Byakuya rushed to combat the Ryoka, Soifon would only get angry at the officers who were not carrying out their orders. She would strike down Kiyone Kotetsu as she tried to come to her sister's help, calling her a traitor as the rest. She is just about to crush the lieutenant under foot when she is thrust off the side of Sōkyoku hill and whisked into the air by a masked assailant. As she struggles to get free, she suddenly realizes the voice of the assailant, who pulls off her mask to reveal that it is indeed her. Yoruichi Shihouin had pushed her off the hill with a Shunpo technique, and they were now falling towards the ground far below. Soifon was simply to shocked to respond, and was wide open for the Kidou attack Yoruichi used on her to launch her into the earthen ground at the base of the hill. She would be able to recover, of course, and suddenly all of her focus shifted onto the Shihouin who had been her mentor and who had left her without even saying goodbye; nothing else happening in the Soul Society mattered now. She doesn't exactly know what to do, and simply finds herself attacking the woman with Hakuda, though Yoruichi matches her blow by blow, and eventually they disengage to chat with each other. At first it's simply quips and insults thrown back and forth, with Yoruichi seeming rather pleased to see Soifon again. But Soifon is struggling somewhat to retain the feelings she had been holding in all this time, settling for small talk as a front.
The chat is ended as Soifon's agents arrive, and as she pulls her Zanpakutō out and plants it firmly in front of her, an entire battalion of the executive militia surrounds Yoruichi. This is a signal, whether or not rashly made, of execution; it means that Soifon intends to kill Yoruichi, and the fight begins. Yoruichi effortlessly manages to take out the Onmitsukidō agents using her proficiency with the Hohou, but Soifon again matches her blow for blow when they engage. Soifon tells her that she has been training this entire time, which is evident as she can now get behind even the Goddess of Flash to surprise her. With her vantage point, she unleashed her Shikai, Death in Two Steps, and managed to catch up to the Shihouin even as she tried to Flash Step away. The laceration she placed upon her chest created a Homonka, signaling the initialization of her Shikai's process; placing a second blow upon the Homonka would erase Yoruichi from existence. As the fight continues, Soifon doesn't manage to fulfill the Nigeki Kessatsu contract, but keeps adding on more Homonka as Yoruichi struggles to evade destruction. As it turns into a cat-and-mouse game, Soifon decides to end this quickly by activating the nameless technique she had been working on most recently. She wrapped herself in a cloak of intense kidou, which began to take on the affinity of wind as it swirled around her and gusted throughout the area with its great power. Thinking she has the upper hand, Soifon takes the time to explain the technique to Yoruichi, and declaring that she should be proud of how much her student has grown in her absence. But it is cut short when Yoruichi activates Flash Cry, the perfected and named technique that Soifon had been working on, which takes on an electrical attribute.
Suddenly, the tables turn as Flash Cry obliterates the landscape around them and Soifon is only left standing because of her own weakened variant of the ability. Furious, Soifon launches herself forward to try and strike Yoruichi down once more, but she is easily stopped by Yoruichi's form once more and her ability is nullified by counter-magic. That's when Soifon realizes that she still cannot defeat Yoruichi, even despite the woman's one-hundred years absence from combat while she trained and trained the entire time. She falls to pieces before her mentor, unwilling to fight any longer and accepting defeat, but asking her the powerful question; Why didn't you take me with you? Yoruichi's response is of little consolation to Soifon, but she is told that she left to save Urahara and Tessai from death as they were wrongly accused and sentenced. Soifon cannot understand, until suddenly a telepathic message is sent to the both of them from Isane Kotetsu, both explaining the current situation to them as well as enlightening Soifon of Aizen's treason. Aizen, who had faked his death, had slain the Central 46 and had been ordering all of their commands this entire time. After the telepathic message rallies the remains of the Gotei 13 to combat the traitor back on top of Sōkyoku hill, Yoruichi stops Soifon from rushing to tell her that it was Aizen who had been the one to set up Urahara and Tessai's crimes. With this newfound knowledge, the two are able to reconcile their differences, before going to deal with the current threat.
As both are profound users of the Flash Step, they arrive quickly to stop Aizen from slaying those he had already struck down. But apparently he has gotten what he had come for: the Hōgyoku that had been hiding within Rukia's body this whole time. The Sōkyoku was supposed to have obliterated Rukia's form and have left the Hōgyoku device behind for Aizen to take, but that did not work out so well. and thus he manually extracted it from her body using research he had taken from Urahara previously. Though the two were in a position to lock the man down, Yoruichi screams at Soifon to get back as she herself follows her own orders. For, seconds later Aizen and his subordinates are surrounded by Negacion beams, as Gillians rip through the sky of the Soul Society to save them. Aizen has allied with the hollows, and it to set the crises for the next several years as Aizen is no doubt planning an attack when he is ready. Soifon, lightheaded from all of this insanity, wishes to retire to her barracks to rest. Before that, Yoruichi tells her that she will return to Earth, again to Soifon's dismay. But it is assured that Yoruichi will keep in contact and still be by Soifon's side if she needs it, reinstating the promise made long ago. The Shihouin tells her that she is proud of her student, and is glad that she had succeeded her as Captain and Commander. More than happy, Soifon says goodbye just before she returns to her barracks, glad for her past to be settled.
There was a time of rest for the Soul Society to rebuild and recover from the fight, and Soifon had Marechiyo renovate the Second Division Barracks to accomodate Yoruichi at any time and any day, with heated floors, automatic doors, and air conditioning on every floor of the Headquarters. Even the training room has been remodeled to contain a nearby hot springs. After the return of her ex-commander, Soifon has spent most of her nights dreaming about the days when they trained together. She also began to collect a great deal of black cat shaped merchandise from wherever she could find it, whether in the Soul Society or on Earth when on missions. And speaking of missions, she was by Yoruichi's side when helping her investigate human disappearances in the real world, to help Ichigo during the Bount troubles. There is one instance during this issue that she engages a Bount in combat that uses poisons. However, she was able to trump his abilities with Suzumebachi's help and use the Death in Two Steps technique to send the Bount to his grave. After that, she remained in the Soul Society to protect it from further such attacks, while Ichigo and his comrades dealt with the issue directly.
After that is when a new threat arrived, by the name of Arrancar. It is the reemergence of Aizen, who has used the Hōgyoku to create something of a mix between Hollows and Shinigami. Aizen is much more powerful than before, and when she hears that not even Yoruichi is capable of taking him down with Urahara's help, she becomes worried. The Gotei 13 is dispatched to Karakura Town to once and for all end the threat of Sosuke Aizen. On the front lines of the Arrancar assault are the Espada and their Fraccions, and Soifon decides to engage Baraggan and his fraccion with the help of Marechiyo. The first combatant is Ggio Vega, who after some expended effort and time is sent into the next life by Soifon's Nigeki Kessatsu. Baraggan Louisenbairn himself is their next target, except Soifon finds herself making very little progress upon defeating him, and she notices her movements are becoming slower. It turns out the Espada has power over time, not only in slowing her down if she gets close, but also aging her body by touch. He is able to break Soifon's left arm, and after releasing his Zanpakutō, he uses his Respira ability to catch the broken arm and cause it to begin to rot to the bone. She calls Ōmaeda to cut her arm off before it spreads to the rest of her body, and he barely makes it in time to stop it at the elbow. Only through her incredible resolve does Soifon manage to get over the pain and terror of the attack, and thinks up a plan. She asks Ōmaeda to distract Baraggan while she leaves to carry it out.
Marechiyo is barely able to survive long enough by running away from Baraggan's attacks, especially as his time manipulation slows him down. Thankfully, Soifon is able to quickly wrap her wounds up in cloth ripped away from her clothing, and prepare herself for the release of her Bankai. Jakuhō Raikōben is aimed onto Baraggan and launched, and upon impact it creates such a large explosion that it sends her flying away with the force behind it, despite the distance away from it. Yet, in the midst of the of clearing smoke, Baraggan is still standing and unharmed by the attack. There was no way such a thing could have happened, and Soifon was feeling somewhat defeated until the Vizards joined the fray. The Vizard were allies of Urahara, and had come to help combat Aizen's forces—they were somewhat the opposite of the Arrancar, whereas Arrancar were Hollows who had pulled off their mask to gain Shinigami powers, the Vizard were Shinigami who had donned a Hollow mask to gain Hollow-like powers. Hachigen Ushōda goes to help Soifon defeat Baraggan, by trapping him inside a massive Kidou barrier. He then proceeds to explain that the reason the Arrancar had survived the attack was by aging the missile itself and causing the explosion to occur far enough away from him to escape. So, the plan now is to contain Baraggan so that he may not escape, and then launch one of Soifon's missiles at him. However, she had never been able to fire Jakuhō Raikōben more than once in three days before—she was worried what might happen to her if she tried. Hachigen insisted, and Soifon decided that she would, as it was her duty as a Captain of the Gotei 13. She would fire the missile on one condition, that Hachigen trap Urahara in one of these Kidou bubbles if it succeed.
When he agreed, she surpassed her limit and summoned another missile to her Bankai, launching it through a small opening made in the barrier at Baraggan. After the attack lands, Baraggan still stands, with only one side of his face and one of his arms being blown off. Soifon is simply too exhausted to fight any longer, and can only witness as Hachigen dons his Hollow mask to combat Baraggan at full power. Her releases his Respira again to try and age the Vizard to death, and does manage to catch his arm. However, Hachigen counters it by using his Barrier Kidou on his own arm. At first what has exactly happened becomes confusing, until it is pointed out what is happening to the old man's stomach. Baraggan looks down to see that his body is rotting from the inside out, his own Respira causing it. Unable to stop it because of how absolute the ability is, he turns to dust by his own power, thanks to Hachigen's own ingenuity. he had cut his own rotting arm off and transported it into Baraggan's stomach, explaining the situation that had occurred. Now, Soifon falls to rest, needing some before the next battle while the rest of the Espada are taken down.
In the end, the final battle with Aizen takes place, with Ichigo, the unoccupied Gotei 13 Shinigami, and the Vizards still standing. Soifon engages Aizen in a four-pronged attack alongside Shunsui, Hitsugaya, and Shinji, but the attack is trumped easily and the four are cut down effortlessly. They were simply too tired and weak from their previous battles, and Aizen too powerful in his new form. They are unable to continue fighting this battle, and simply watch as it commences. It ends in General Yamamato's death, as he sacrifices himself at the opportune time to catch Aizen and his associates in a self-destructive attack. They are all sent into oblivion, reduced to ash as his Zanpakutō's release phrase stated. The battle was finally over with Aizen's defeat, and the Gotei 13 were left to mourn the loss of Yamamato. Soifon, usually the one of great resolve, is the first to break down in tears, angry and sad that such things have to happen. Komamura and Shunsui tried to restrain and console her, but Soifon would not take anything from them, as long as Yoruichi was not there. As they went to discuss the rebuilding once again and making due for the losses during this war, Soifon left the Soul Society for Earth, to find Yoruichi.
She stayed in the World of the Living for a while, recovering from the most of the damages she suffered during the war, and seeking consolation from Yoruichi. For that, she would be staying at Urahara's place for the duration, who would blame her for being trapped by Hachigen's barrier, as agreed earlier. Soifon still expressed dislike for Urahara, partially blaming him for Yoruichi's leave of the Soul Society, but it was not so drastic that she couldn't stand him. Soifon would find the Shihouin fiddling with her old belongings, such as her own Zanpakutō. They would have a conversation about the happenings at the battle and in the Soul Society, shocking Yoruichi as she first heard this news. Soifon would also tell Yoruichi that she should come back to the Soul Society to help them rebuild, but she would decline, saying she needed to take care of certain things first. Sadly, Soifon would eventually depart without having swayed her old mentor to return, but she needed to get back to her duties as Captain. As she returned, Retsu Unohana would use her advanced medical skills to help repair Soifon's arm back to the state it was in before Baraggan's attack. Over the next several decades, Soifon assists in the reparations of the Soul Society, and Yoruichi does indeed return to rejoin the Gotei 13 eventually, but never with the same vigor she had before. At the very least, they are all on good terms again at this point in time, and peace is known for a great many years.
But the world was changing. Aizen's meddling certainly did not go unnoticed. The world has become aware of the existence of other realms besides their own. The well of power has tipped over, allowing more mere humans to awaken newfound power. Alongside that each of the Demons, Iramasha, Sugiura, and Ziamichi have unveiled themselves as well. A whole new world had opened up and with it came great powers like never before. War became known again and peace was lost, as the forces delved for land and influence. For the most part, Soifon and the rest of the Soul Society tried not to interfere, so long as the balance of souls was perpetuated. It was not until war came to them directly by the evil known as Ender that she took up her sword again.
- Hoho: Grand Master
- Kidou: Master
- Zanjutsu: Advanced
- Hakuda: Master
- Durability: Advanced
- General Speed: Grand Master
- Strength: Advanced
- Weapon Skill: Master
- Willpower/Determination: Master
- Mental Deduction: Master
- Pain Endurance: Master
- Focus: Grand Master