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|Subject Post 1Subject: Kidō Masterlist [2017 UPDATE] Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:44 pm|| |
This is a masterlist of all custom and universal Kidō. This also will define Kidō and its four subsections.
What is Kidō?
Kidō (鬼道, Demon/Spirit Way) is what some might call a Shinigami's "magic." It is one of the four parts of the Zankensoki—the four primary combat skills of a Shinigami. Each Kidō is produced with Reiryoku and are separated into four categories. Most Kidō are graded on a scale from 1 to 99, spells of the latter being the most powerful and the most difficult to perform. To use Kidō, a Shinigami must recite the specific incantation for the spell, which is often long and requires a few seconds to speak. The power of a spell relies on the power of the user, as even a low-level spell can be utterly devastating when utilized by a high-class Shinigami. Kidō can be used for practical purposes as well. For example, a Kidō spell can be used to light a dark hallway if the spell is tweaked in the right way, albeit with less power. As all Kidō use the user's Reiryoku, one's tier and skill level will affect not only how strong one's Kidō is, but also exactly what Kidō they can use. As one gains skill in Kidō, they become more adept at channeling Reiryoku, and as one gains Tiers, they have the energy to power many of the high-level Kidō.
- Taken from the Shinigami General Information:
As stated above, Kidō is broken down into four categories. However, only three of these are taught. Those three are Hadō, Bakudō, and Erudō. These three categories are the traditional Kidō which a Shinigami would know. The last category is Forbidden Kidō. Forbidden Kidō require great skill and energy to even use, but they are highly illegal even for the Captain-Commander of the Gotei to use.
Hadō (破道, Way of Destruction) is the first category of Kidō. It is what most people would think of when picturing Kidō. Hadō spells are the only type of Kidō which inflict direct damage onto an opponent. This can be a simple fireball or something more complex such as a black coffin whose blades evicerate anything inside. Hadō is extremely versatile as a category, although most Hadō seem to have an attachment to a traditional element (earth, air, water, fire, et cetera). This is not always the case, and there are many Hadō which do not have an element attached to them.
- Gisei Hadō (犠牲破道, Sacrificial Way of Destruction) is a sub-branch of Hadō. Gisei Hadō are frowned upon, but not entirely banned. They require the caster to sacrifice part of themselves in order to cast the Kidō. These spells are usually extremely powerful.
Bakudō (縛道, Way of Binding) is the second category of Kidō. For most of the time Kidō was taught, Bakudō encompassed an extremely wide variety of spells. It was determined eventually that this was too wide of encompassing and so Bakudō was turned into specifically Kidō that will immobilize or otherwise hamper an enemy's movements. Most Bakudō are the type to completely immobilize the target.
- Barriers (結界, Kekkai) are focused Reiryoku formed into a solid form of energy. This energy can take on many shapes or colors as determined by the user. Barriers are protective in nature, and can be as simple as a barrier only protecting one direction or encompassing all sides of an area. Barriers can be used for containment, and some barriers can be used offensively. Barriers can mask spiritual pressure and can make one spiritually and physically invisible. The strength of a barrier is dependent upon the power of the user. Weak barriers are easily breakable, while strong ones can last for centuries. Certain barriers can be placed beforehand and activated later, while others require certain artifacts and time to activate.
- Seals (封, Fū) are similar to barriers, but far more powerful and require far more preparation to create. Seals can only be used by those of sufficient spiritual power, and are meant to hold the most powerful and/or dangerous artifacts or beings. Seals are usually hard to break.
Erudō (変道, Way of Change) is the third category of Kidō. Erudō was created from the extra spells that Bakudō did not encompass. It is a classification of what can be basically described as buffing or de-buffing spells. These are spells that will not do direct damage to an opponent but will also not restrict their movement. These can also be used to boost an ally.
- Kaidō (回道, Turn Way) is also known as healing Kidō. These spells do not have known names, numbers, or incantations to cast, and simply heal the target. As the user holds his/her hands above the patient's wounds, his/her palms glow with green spiritual energy to facilitate healing. When one heals with regular healing kidō, they perform Reiatsu restoration first. By doing so, one can attempt to recover the physical body using the patient's restored Reiatsu and the healer's external Reiatsu. Therefore, restoring the Reiatsu when the physical body is in a fully healed state is no trouble at all.
Forbidden Kidō is a classification for any type of Kidō that violates certain laws of the Soul Society. The use of such spells will commonly result in some form of lengthy imprisonment or worse. The Kidō spells which fall under this class are those which involve the manipulation of space and time.
Incantations are an important part of Kidō. All Kidō have an Incantation, which is a small poem-like saying relating somewhat to the actual Kidō's abilities or its name. Each incantation is unique, although most Hadō start with the same line: "Ye lord! Mask of blood and flesh, all creation, flutter of wings, ye who bears the name of Man!"
- Eishōhaki (詠唱破棄, Incantation Abandonment): A class of Kidō Incantation where the Kidō practitioner forgoes using a spoken incantation at all. While it decreases the time needed to release the Kidō, it drastically weakens the spell (to roughly 1/3 of its power). While anyone well versed in Kidō can use this technique, it is most effective when done by a skilled practitioner, otherwise the spell could utterly fail (e.g. explode in the user's face). The most skilled experts are capable of using this technique to amazing effect.
- Nijū Eishō (二重詠唱, Twofold Incantation): a class of Kidō Incantation where the Kidō practitioner mixes the incantations of two entirely separate Kidō spells together to simultaneously save time and confuse their opponent. Nijū Eishō requires at least an Adept in Kidō.
- Kōjutsu Eishō (後述詠唱, Spoken-After Incantation): A class of Kidō Incantation where the incantation is recited after initiating the spell in order to power it up.
Creating and Customizing Kidō
There are two important terms to know when it comes to creating and customizing Kidō: Personal and Universal. Universal Kidō are Kidō that are always
numbered (unless they are Kaidou or Forbidden). Universal Kidō are Kidō that anyone who can cast up to that number can learn. There are no restrictions to creating Universal Kidō. Personal Kidō are what people might refer to as "custom Kidō." These are Kidō whose learning is restricted to one or more characters or groups. They are not officially taught and cannot be learned from anywhere but those sources. The main restriction to creating a personal Kidō is that there has to be one character capable of learning it in order for it to be taught. Therefore, if you create a Personal Kidō equivalent to a Number 85 and your character is capable of casting only up to 80, that Kidō will be denied. The same rules apply to customizing existing Kidō.
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