Stefan Husam SoanTitles:
God of the Sword, Grand Vizard, Monsuta Head Commander, Beast of 1,000 BladesAppearance Age:
One of, if not the, most noticeable appearance characteristics of Stefan Soan would probably have to be his hair. He has bright seaweed green hair that is never styled, and usually appears rather messy. His facial features, while appearing to make him look like a rather warm individual, only hide his true ferocious nature. He has a face that makes him look rather handsome, though when he is fighting it appears more furious. He is muscular, though not creepy-muscular like insane body builders, and appears strong in the general sense of the term (not in power, but in stature, appearance, and muscle-wise). Stefan is 6'2" tall, weighs 178 pounds, and has confident and looming body language.Clothing:
Stefan usually wears a black, skin-tight, long sleeve shirt beneath the rest of his clothes, and wears something similar as pants. Above his black shirt is a purple jacket with a high collar that extends to below his waste. He usually wears said jacket zipped up to the top area. Above THAT, he has another jacket with a single sleeve, except this one is much longer than his purple one. This jacket is long, dull-blue with gold lining, and has intricate designs along the edges. For his feet, he wears knee-high brown boots tailored for combat. When in battle Stefan has been known to remove the jackets, and occasionally even his shirt, if the conflict in question gets particularly heated.Reiatsu Color: Purple_____________________________________________
To sum up Stefan's personality, he is a rather brutish, merciless berserker. This applies to him both in and out of combat. While out of combat, he doesn't really care about problems or issues people may have, acting and speaking without compassion about said problems. This is primarily because he thinks people that either complain about things, or care enough about practically anything to be affected by bad situations are pretty pathetic. In his eyes, they have really screwed up priorities because to him getting stronger should be and can only be a persons single priority. If he were to see someone in trouble, he'd likely berate them or just stand and watch without interfering. Even people out of combat that need help annoy Stefan. However, there is another reason behind his inaction in these situations.
Stefan firmly believes that those who accepts assistance from others, even if they were to die otherwise, are the weakest of the weak. Relying on others is the lowest possible thing to resort to in his eyes, so he treats others the same way: he simply doesn't help other people unless he decides it'd be fun or interesting to do so. This is usually taken to mean he is simply uncaring and/or without compassion, but it's actually more of a warrior's code than anything. Like samurai, he lives and dies by his warrior's code, and holds it above anything and everything else. Due to such devotion to his code, he doesn't care if others insult him or say he's pitiless or cruel. His seeming lack of compassion is commonly seen in how he fights: he doesn't care about what happens to his surroundings or bystanders. He completely embraces his destructive form of combat, and doesn't mind at all that he's wiped multiples locations off the face of the earth just by fighting in a nearby area. A good example of this was during his and another Vizard's first fight when he destroyed an entire dock and part of a nearby town without caring even slightly. Interestingly, this belief system interacts oddly with his view that those who could provide a better fight for him in the future should be helped out.
At all times, Stefan is training, with very few exceptions. During the day he is either fighting against powerful opponents, or working on making his body tougher and tougher through very straining exercise. He believes if he isn't moving forward and getting more powerful, then he is moving backwards, which is a very bad direction to go indeed. So instead, he constantly works to improve and better himself, either by working on his reflexes, muscle mass, or swordsmanship (sometimes all at once!). Due to such a stringent routine, Stefan rarely has any time to rest. Even when he is sleeping he is technically toughening himself up because his sleeping chambers possess an increased gravity so as to get his body used to it, and to constantly keep his muscles active. He's also trained his body to be able to sleep while running and/or lifting weights. However, it should be noted that because his body is as strong as it is, he also exercises as much as he does to prevent himself from becoming complacent and weakening, so in a sense, if he isn't getting stronger, he really is
While in combat, Stefan is completely ruthless, and attacks his opponents with unbending ferocity that makes him as much of a berserker as his uncle, Mitsurugi Kenpachi. Even in the midst of being injured, and even if he is outnumbered, outgunned, or overpowered, he continues to attack without even considering another option. A prime example of this attitude would be from his fight with an Iramasha, when even though he knew getting to close to the Iramasha would actually injure himself, he did it anyways in order to land a blow on the man. Very rarely is this man ever worried about his own safety, and he almost always just concentrates on attacking his opponent no matter who they are. However, he doesn't treat all opponents the same. If someone is sufficiently weaker than him, Stefan is likely to handicap himself in some way either by refraining from using a limb, a sense, or even swordsmanship. However, because he weakens himself he is commonly seen as arrogant. One might wonder why he would handicap himself against weaker opponents....
Such behavior comes from his constant need and wanting to make any and all battles he ends up in to be as fun to him as he can possibly make them. Even if the handicaps he gives himself are of extreme detriment, or would even mean his own loss, he would still likely resort to it. Stefan doesn't find landslides to be fun, so his handicaps are simply ways to even and balance out the playing field, so to speak. Only in this way is combat fun to him, because he only gets enjoyment out of being challenged. This also happens to be the same reason why he constantly seeks out more and more powerful opponents to fight. However, it also explains why he doesn't kill his opponents and/or enemies. He believes, without a doubt, that there's no point in killing an opponent because if he's strong to kill them, then killing them is meaningless. So what he does is he let's his opponents go so that they can get stronger, and perhaps someday kill him. His ultimate goal is to die a warriors death at the hands of a true warrior. Only in the moment before he succumbs to the coldness of death while in battle will he truly
There is only one person in all of existence that Stefan Soan truly respects, and that person is a man from his past, his longtime and perhaps only friend. Colin Washi. The reason he respects this man is he himself has seen him progress at an extreme rate, even better than his own as when they first met Stefan was clearly stronger, but now they are closer to being equals. The man, while disagreeing, is also the only person to ever actually understand why Stefan acts the way he does. However, he'd likely never tell the Vizard Corps leader this, and is far more likely to joke about how he wished he had let him die during their first battle. Despite this, Stefan constantly wants to fight the Vizard to not only prove his own strength, but also because fighting him is "like a fleeting moment of actual excitement that reaches to the bones", in Stefan's own words. Stefan's secret wish is to actually die by his rival's hands, as he believes the man is the only one who can kill him._____________________________________________
MugenkuZanpakutō Spirit Appearance:
Aside from the rather obvious outlandish features of Mugenku, he appears to be a rather normal-looking male. He stands at five foot ten, so he is considerably shorter than Stefan himself, and weighs about one hundred and twenty five pounds, as he is rather boney, langly, and wiry with little to no excess fat on his body at all. His shirt is a plain black sleeveless muscle shirt with a single triangle near each of his shoulders. For pants, Mugenku wears simple tight-fitting jet black jeans, and usually keeps his hands in his pockets. His foot ware are simple black socks and black and white converse shoes that always seem to be in poor shape. He has relatively average facial features, but his eyes are a vibrant shade of violet that seem to radiate the color, acting sort of like light bulbs in that purple light emanates from his eyes' iris'. Mugenku has an ever-present mischievous grin on his face, alluding to his personality. Around his neck are two purple pendents that radiate violet light just like his eyes, with the chain of one being much longer than the other. Similar to Stefan's wings, Mugenku has great black wings connected to his back, however unlike Stefan's, Mugenku's have very little short and small feathers and consist primarily of great, gargantuan feathers multiple feet long each.
However, it should be noted this is not Mugenku's true form, and only the form he/it takes whenever he wishes to speak with Stefan on a more Man-to-Man level, or whenever the two fight each other, as his true absolute form would allow none of these things. You see, Mugenku's true form is Stefan's Inner World. What?!
Yes, that is correct. Mugenku is his own Inner World. His true form is that of an infinite Void dimension that exists within both Stefan and his Zanpakutō, it's limits having none and it's size being incalculable. With few exceptions, Mugenku is absolutely pitch black and makes up all that is Stefan's Inner World, and when they communicate with each other inside of the Inner World, his voice comes from everywhere
. Zanpakutō Spirit Personality:
Mugenku's personality when he is in his true form, his endless Void form, is that of an all-knowing, all-powerful, omnipresent being that seems to be, itself, an almighty deity, a god. You may think this means he acts arrogantly, but that is simply not true. He only seems
like these things because he has no discernible shape and his voice emanates from everywhere. At first this frightened Stefan, the first he went into Mugenku's Inner World he was truly astounded by what he was meeting. An omnipotent, omniscient being within him was something he was not expecting. Mugenku speaks rather bluntly to Stefan, never dilly-dallying or beating around the bush. He also seems extremely wise whenever he speaks, always seeming to know the correct solution to any problem at hand, which is very useful to have around for Stefan. Mugenku warns Stefan of his limits and when he is approaching them during combat, making sure to make sure Stefan does not over strain himself needlessly, however because he represents Nothingness he believes Stefan doesn't actually have any true limits and can expand indefinitely, infinitely.
The above listed traits apply only to Mugenku in his Inner World, True form. For some odd, strange reason, whenever Mugenku adopts the appearance and body of the young man form of his, his attitude seems to change completely. Stefan has theorized that he actually has two separate Zanpakutō spirits, but Mugenku has refused to tell him if he was right or not, believing Stefan would have to find out for himself, and eventually would. While in his teenage boy form, Mugenku is rather mischievous, always looking for a way to mess with Stefan for no apparent reason. He also tends to hold back the truth of seemingly random events from Stefan, seeing it as a way to mess with him. Interesting personality quirks of his include his ever-present smile, his bow-legged walking pattern, and the fact that he seems yo always have his hands in his pockets, even when fighting Stefan.Inner World:
Sealed Zanpakutō Appearance:Sealed Powers and Abilities:Oto no Ugoki:
After reaching a new level of untapped potential, Stefan decided to further his own development by coming up with a few ideas for future abilities. By following off of the idea of Shunpo, which is going from one place to another in the least amount of steps, he was able to develop Sonic Movement, or Oto no Ugoki. Instead of using the least amount of steps, however, Stefan added two steps in two specific places: after his initial step and after his third step. This means he is able to build off of momentum easier when moving and utilize more kinetic energy in order to go much much faster than he normally could with Shunpo, specifically by about 1.3x. In order to conserve physical energy so he doesn't get exhausted, however, Stefan primarily uses this for short bursts of speed instead of travel over very long distances, otherwise he would have to keep adding steps during movements. This ability also possesses the same capabilities of Zommari's Gemelos Sonido in that it makes it much easier to create more and more Utsusemi clones thanks to the extra steps, while also making the 'clones' more similar to his as well.GrandMaster of the Sword Art and Weaponry:
Stefan has trained in, learned, and mastered many sword styles from various cultures, including the ever-popular Kendo style. He commonly uses Iaijutsu, which is associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard, striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard. He has mastered many other styles such as Hoki-ryu, Eishin-ryū, Tatsumi-ryū, Tamiya-ryū, and many other Kenjutsu's. Stefan is particularly skilled in the use of multiple weapons at one time, such as dual-wielding even full sized Katana instead of the classic daisho, which gives him a distinct range and reaction advantage over many opponents he may come across. Stefan has expertly shown the capability to rapidly switch between different forms of swords, such as wielding a katana and then quickly switching to a nodachi or wakizashi and still being able to fight at maximum potential, even directly after the weapon change. This also displays Stefan's capabilities when wielding different swords, as he is skilled with any weapon that comes into his hands. Even if he had to use a sword type he'd never used before, he is still able to use it both skillfully and professionally thanks to not only his extensive knowledge of various martial arts as well as his natural affinity towards swordsmanship. Stefan has also learned to combine his swordsmanship with his various techniques and abilities masterfully, a good example being his God Slayer technique which was used to very nearly slice a powerful Nature Iramasha (Moonie) in half vertically.
While in Soul Society, he rapidly swapped between swords, shields, combos of the two, chain weapons, etc. His ability to make use of any kind of weapon is perhaps the most dangerous tool in his repertoire. To sum up, Stefan can wield not only any sword, but any weapon in general, at maximum efficiency while using any combat style. He is perhaps the most skilled weapon user known.Fěnsuì Fēnggé (Crush Style):
Many common sword styles in 2415 are mere attempts at trying to utilize and encompass historically accurate swordsmanship. Even those that get close tend to still reek of disadvantageous movements and techniques in combat, making it much easier to exploit weaknesses and holes in someone's swordsmanship. What many swordsman in this era suffer from is how they learned to fight, as well as when they learned. This basically means they didn't get the chance to be taught actual, accurate swordsmanship. This has led to the development of styles and techniques with gaping weaknesses, particularly to those who have the knowledge to take advantage of said weaknesses. Fěnsuì fēnggé is, however, a very accurate way of fighting and has next to no openings more common styles possess. It is also much less exaggerated, and thus more sincere and dangerous in it's movements and usage.
Basically, by keeping to older, accurate practices, Crush Style allows Stefan to be an aggressor much more safely than his opponents. There are a few basic tenants this style forces Stefan to follow at all times in combat. One, always be moving: While fighting, at no point should the user be standing or kneeling completely still. Whether it's simply moving sideways to maneuver around the enemy, or constantly dipping in and out while on the offensive, the user should at no point be still. Second, every part of the weapon and body is capable of winning the fight: What this means is, while the sword's edge is what's most likely to cause the most damage to the opponent, other parts of the weapon or the body may be what's responsible for allowing it. Displacing the enemy's weapon with the crossguard, hitting and disorienting them with the pommel, even headbutting them are all factors just as important as the sword edge itself. Third, never be on the defensive: Even if the opponent is somehow physically stronger, or faster than the user, being aggressive 100% of the time is the single best way to defeat them. By forcing them to be on the defensive instead, they never get the chance to attack or be the aggressor. This reduces the chances of them being able to cause harm to Stefan, consequentially increases the chance of him doing so.
Fourth, never block; sometimes parry; always counter: Not only can straight blocking damage a person's muscles or reverberate throughout their body, but it doesn't give any advantage. By never blocking enemy attacks, Stefan ensures he never has to fight defensively or be pushed back. Parrying is more effective than blocking because it allows the user to immediately ready an attack afterwards by displacing the opponent's weapon, but it isn't inherently offensive or aggressive. This means what it may do is merely put both fighters on equal ground, and goes against the meaning of this combat style, and is thus only situational in nature. Countering, counterattacking, and counter-striking is the single best way to simultaneously protect himself, but allow Stefan to maintain his position as the aggressive and dominant fighter in combat. Fifth, and finally, never perform one action at a time: Stefan should both be prepping for something else with every action, as well as attempting to have a combination of movements occurring at the same time. A good example would be striking or pushing the opponent's weapon out of the way, while also stabbing at them directly. This allows Stefan to overwhelm his opponents, and due to many fighters usually tunnel visioning on a single action or specific sequence, he is able to deal with their fighting styles while applying much more pressure than they could.
Like most, if not all, proper swordsmanship styles, there is a proper stance and way of movement aligned with Crush. The proper way of standing is feet shoulder-width apart, with one positioned slightly forward and the other slightly backward. While the sword can be held in varying positions, the user's elbows should always be bent slightly with his arms close to his body and, usually, chest. At no point should his arms ever cross, as that eliminates a lot of his maneuverability and makes it more difficult to keep his movements smooth from one to another. Also, and perhaps most importantly, when moving Stefan's feet should slide and glide, rarely lifting more than a couple inches off the ground. This keeps all of his actions and movements smooth, allowing him to chain together attacks and maneuvers much easier with less of a chance of creating an opening in his own stance and style. The last main goal of fighting like this is to exert the least amount of energy possible, and this is accomplished pretty simply. When dodging, Stefan won't dodge completely by jumping to the side or doing something dramatic or showy; instead, he moves only enough for the attack to barely miss him. Say someone swings downward at him; by moving only slightly, he is able to counterattack extremely quickly while also reducing the amount of energy he exerts by doing so. He is also able to accomplish this by focusing on the accuracy of his attacks over focusing everything on power alone. While due to being one of the strongest beings alive, his attacks will inevitably possess a lot of force anyway, by focusing on accuracy he can channel this strength more efficiently and make his attacks more difficult to dodge as well. Overall, this style is capable of taking advantage of both immature and experienced swordsmen and close quarters combatants, and even the most skilled swordsmen can and usually will fall prey to Crush Style's exploitation of weaknesses and openings in their own styles and stances.Endurance:
Along with his other physical traits, Stefan has displayed the capability to stand harsh amounts of punishment and yet continue fighting without showing pain. During combat, Stefan has shrugged off even gruesome wounds and has still fought with frightening ferocity against his opponents, sometimes seemingly with renewed vigor as though receiving damage makes him even more ferocious. Something that assists Stefan in shrugging off damage would be his monstrous pain endurance. With such a high pain threshold, smaller injuries don't even affect Stefan as they would other fighters, making him seem as though he cannot be taken down. Some examples of both his pain threshold and his endurance are from various fights he's been in. When fighting an ice Iramasha, Stefan was repeatedly cut and hit by various weapons of ice, including spears and poles, and yet continued to fight as though nothing happened. When he faced off against a gravity Iramasha, he received multiple burns as well as direct physical hits, and yet he seemed to keep up his assault without faltering. Stefan is capable of enduring massive amounts of pain and damage, while continuing to fight on as though neither mattered. This is particularly shown against multiple opponents where it is still very difficult to wear him down, even if his opponents are somehow as strong as he is.High-Speed Combatant:
Stefan's original sword style, Rō Shukuhaku, relied heavily on speed, something which he can easily provide for his various techniques. Stefan can be quite fast in fights, and very light on his feet, as well as being agile enough to dodge many attacks sent his way, even those that get close to his body. He, as a Master in General Speed, can out speed most opponents he comes across. Such swiftness was evidenced in his fight against an Ex-Monsuta commander, where he not only was able to get multiple fast blows on him, but was also able to dodge the attacks sent his way. He is also a master in Hoho, able to use Shunpo to its maximum potential in order to quickly move across battlefields. Also, thanks to being a Vizard, Stefan has access to Sonido, which he uses in combination with Shunpo to move even faster than he normally could. His Sonido is completely silent when used. Stefan's speed has been demonstrated multiple times, such as when he first fought Colin, a speed specialist, and out sped him on more than one occasion during the course of their battle. He has also moved faster than ice spears created by the embodiment of water, James Mizumuzi. Perhaps one of his greatest feats of speed was when he actually out sped a chaos warp while fighting Austin during the Malaysian Invasion Arc. Stefan's speed has been repeatedly shown to allow him to combat some of the fastest fighters around on equal footing, as well as even being enough alone to overwhelm even multiple enemies at the same time. Even without using Shunpo, or a special Shunpo-type technique, Stefan is able to create dozens of speed clones that not only mimic his movements, but also seem to last quite some time (up to a full posting round).
Godlike Physical Strength:
- Utsusemi (空蝉, Cicada, referencing their molting): Way of Onmitsu, 3rd of the Shihō. It allows for a movement at great speed, leaving an afterimage behind. Stefan is highly skilled in using Utsusemi, and regularly uses it to mess with his opponents heads. He can create more than one afterimages at a time, though he usually doesn't push himself past 4 at once so as to not expel a lot of energy at once. While four may not sound like a lot, it's because it isn't. In reality, he can make dozens of afterimages, similar to the ex-Captain Sui Feng. However, the less clones he uses, the "stronger they are", as in, when he uses 20+, they're basic afterimages, but when he uses less than 10, they are similar to the Quasi Clones that Zommari the Arrancar could use. He uses this to mess with opponents heads by forming an afterimage to make them think he's open to attack, then attacking from another direction, usually causing his opponent's face to be covered in shock and awe. This is perhaps one of the techniques Stefan enjoys flaunting.
When it comes to raw physical strength, Stefan's is far above his speed. The massive difference in levels of base speed and strength can be explained by Stefan's swordsmanship and his combat preferences. While he is a fast combatant, certainly nothing to scoff at, Stefan has trained and advanced his physical strength to a godlike level matched by less individuals than can be counted on a single hand. As for what he can do with all of his strength, Stefan has demonstrated the ability to create sonic booms and massive waves of air in order to strike foes from afar simply by flicking his wrist with his Zanpakutō in hand. With a single swing, Stefan was able to cut cleanly straight through massive skyscrapers during his fight with a Monsuta commander. It should be noted this was quite some time ago, long before Stefan had mastered any of his abilities. He has also been able to cut a physical-based Iramasha (Moonie) even after the Iramasha had released to a higher form of being, something many would deem a considerable feat in and of itself. When Stefan fought in the Malaysian Invasion, he was able to create earthquakes by punching the ground with gauntlets equipped, destroying the field of combat. After strengthening himself even further for the past two years, Stefan has reached a level of physical power he has never encountered before. A single stabbing motion can create a concussive vacuum blast capable of instantly disintegrating objects, terrain, and even people it contacts, a blast which can travel for even miles. Stefan has held his own and went even against Radioactive for a short time before their bout ended, and during his fight with Inami he created multiple state-sized fissures in the ground from his sword swings.Roaku
(とどろき, Flash Roar) is an extremely advanced combat technique/style that fuses the slashing and stabbing of Zanjutsu with the incantation and energy technique of Kidō. This technique is extremely powerful, and works by forcing Kidō into the blade of one's sword. Not only does this increase the cutting power immensely
, to ridiculous levels, but it also increases the overall power and durability of the blade in question, allowing it to take punishment it usually never could without breaking. Roaku also allows the user to fire very powerful blasts of electric-like energy at opponents. When Roaku is active, the users blade appears to be covered in bolts of electricity which shoot out in every direction, destroying the nearby terrain, along with releasing so much energy rocks and other objects similar will begin to rise up from the ground, only to be incinerated by the energy surrounding the users sword. The energy also rips apart the users clothing, usually at the very least destroying their sleeves, if not most of their torso's clothing. Roaku is the Zanjutsu equivalent of Shunko, and as such not only takes a very long time to learn, it also takes a very long time to master, and as such is very difficult to train for. Not only that, only the best of the best in a few areas can use it. Not only must you at least be Elite in Hoho, you must also be at least Master in Zanjutsu. Due to Roaku being made up mostly for Hoho and Zanjutsu, and only the effects of Kidō are applied, you must only be advanced (or higher) in Kidō as well in order to even begin to learn it. Roaku is currently known by Stefan Soan, and has yet to be taught to anyone else. For a long time, Stefan could not use it in Bankai, or any higher special release/form due to the amount of energy being released being too hazardous for his body. However, he has actually recently learned to do so and has mastered it's use no matter what release stage his Zanpakutō is in. This makes his releases extremely dangerous if he utilizes this technique. Due to the incredible power of this technique, it saps quite a bit of energy from it's user when it is activated and can only be used by pretty powerful people. Even though Stefan doesn't have access to Kidō spells anymore, he can still utilize Kidō energy to use Roaku because it doesn't require forming an actual spell. Also, as noted before it can be used in up to Bankai, but is incredibly unstable and heavily increases the chance of exploding in the user's face. Can be used for 8 consecutive posting rounds in base, 5 in Shikai, and 3 in Bankai.Void Smoke:
This is Stefan's primary use of his ability to manifest the Void for combat. Though it can, of course, be used on other objects and even people, Stefan will usually just manifest it on his body, or even turn his body into it. This ability consists of Stefan manifesting the void into it's true 'essence', essentially it being the absolute and true power of the Void dimension, granting Stefan maximum power from his Zanpakutō and own powers. In appearance, this void essence is a strange form of smoke, solid yet not solid, liquid yet not liquid. When on Stefan's body, or any object for that matter, it will appear to be a strange, pitch black (it is absolute darkness, it simply cannot be any darker) liquid that doesn't seem to drip or splash around. It also gives off an extremely dark smoke-like substance that is much thicker and less 'cloud-like' than normal smoke, instead going up in faint wisps. It could be said this material seems almost sludge-like, thicker than water but not yet a solid. Strangely, the smoke appears to have it's own gravitational pull, which is stronger than Earth's meaning objects and people will be pulled towards it more than the planet if nearby.
This so-called 'Void Smoke' has a variety of possible uses, making it a rather helpful ability for Stefan to have at his disposal. Because of what the void smoke is actually made up of, and the innate nature of 'nothingness' Stefan possesses a distinct advantage against other elemental users. This is because the Void acts as as a perfect vacuum allowing absolutely nothing to escape, destroying everything that enters it. However, Stefan cannot concentrate that supreme destruction into his Void Smoke, only a diluted form. Instead of acting as a perfect vacuum, the smoke acts as a simpler vacuum. When the smoke comes into contact with oxygen, it sucks it into the Void and gets rid of it completely (outer space is a vacuum without oxygen). This means Stefan can breathe underwater indefinitely, allowing him to stay underneath the surface of water as long as any fish possibly could. This also means when the smoke comes into contact with elements, that use/require oxygen, it is able to significantly weaken them. For example, if the smoke clashed with fire, the fire would be weakened by quite a bit due to the oxygen being used to sustain it being taken away, so it wouldn't be able to keep going. However, the one element that is truly at a disadvantage against Stefan's Void Smoke is air itself. Air and wind users tend to lose quite a bit of their fighting power when attempting to battle Stefan. Despite these strengths, Stefan's smoke is still susceptible to other types of elemental fighters, such as earth users, granted this can be counterbalanced by the smoke's ability to simply consume physical objects.
The positive and useful abilities associated with the Void Smoke does not end there, however. Stefan can spread his Void Smoke across a large distance on the ground, such as a village, and then do something rather interesting. After spreading it across a suitable distance, at Stefan's command all physical objects covered by the smoke will be broken down vigorously and swiftly, on an extremely high level. Stefan can tear down entire buildings with his smoke, and even people (granted this only applies to regular people or those who are very weak), though the humans aren't broken down like the other objects because instead of being covered by it, humans 'sink' into it. While he doesn't necessarily have to do this afterwards, Stefan can then retract all of his Void Smoke into his body, and then expel and release all of that which he broke down, meaning depending on how much he destroyed in the first place this stage may be strong or weak. Massive chunks of rock, stone, steel, etc, all flying out of his body at high speeds can be rather dangerous indeed. A major part of this specific ability of Void Smoke is the fact that anything that comes into contact with it will be crushed. This doesn't mean anything and everything can be destroyed, it means a monstrous amount of pressure is placed on, for instance, a person's body to the point of being able to crush foes that aren't that durable. This applies to physical and metaphysical constructs as well.
The primary weakness to Void Smoke is that because it is constantly being controlled by Stefan, even after releasing it, it tends to require quite a bit more energy to use than normal elements, such as fire or water. This means it is more difficult to sustain than other elements normally would be. Also, despite having a few uses, Stefan's void isn't as 'dangerous' in a sense as normal elements since instead of having things like heat or cold to make it innately dangerous, Stefan's Void works through it's special effects instead. It is also much less precise than other elements could be used as when Stefan's smoke is off his body, it tends to spread out quite a bit. However, these are balanced out due to the massive increases in power when Stefan uses his Shikai, Bankai, and Ressureccion forms.Void Manipulation:
When Stefan first began his training as a Shinigami, he never could have possibly known just exactly where his powers were going to head. His future powers were made even less likely by the fact that his Zanpakutō, for some reason, developed not only different powers but also different forms and appearances. These powers were used against a man from his past in their first fight, and while they did prove to be effective, Stefan didn't really become dangerous until his Zanpakutō 'changed' suddenly. This happened quite some time ago, and consisted of Stefan entering his Zanpakutō's Inner World where he ended up 'killing' his Zanpakutō spirit, causing it to metamorphose into it's current form. This also, however, created an endless 'perfect vacuum' Void within Stefan's body. This granted him the absolutely incredible ability to completely manipulate said void, which has quite a few interesting possibilities. However, until recently, Stefan's powers didn't really utilize the void as much as possible, though this has been rectified as Stefan's Zanpakutō has been evolving at a rather rapid pace. This evolution has culminated in his current state of perfect control over the Void and his Zanpakutō.
Before some of the recent transformations of his Zanpakutō, at most Stefan could do was have his body enter the void dimension in order yo become intangible and phase through things, as well as draw on a hidden pocket within the Void that allowed him to bring swords into the outside dimension to aid in his swordsmanship. However, with the development of Raitongiri, which is the ability to manifest energy from the Void and form feau-lightning, as well as being able to turn his body into a mass of so-called 'Void Ravens', Stefan's skill of manipulating this dimension has increased exponentially. With his overall power increasing, as well as his physical attributes and skill with energy control, Stefan has essentially perfected the very essence of his inner Void. A result of perfecting this power is being able to perfectly manifest the Void and it's energies within the other dimensions, Raitongiri being one of the lower-level techniques associated with such a skill. Raiton Sword is a true testament to Stefan's extraordinary skill in manipulating the Void for his known purposes, that technique being powerful enough to allow Stefan to defeat powerful opponents without even releasing his power. He is able to combat Shikai and Bankai-level forms enemies assume without even releasing his own Zanpakutō, making combat much simpler for him. Stefan's Void can in no way be manipulated or altered by anyone besides Stefan himself.Kami no Suraisu:
First used on an Iramasha, this technique is an extremely powerful attack, thus giving it's name legitimacy (the technique is called the God Slaying technique, which is the English translation). As a matter of fact, this technique, when used by Stefan at a lower strength than he currently is, was able to cleanly slice off one of the Iramasha's arms even though he was in his Purity form, aka his most powerful state of being. Now that Stefan is even stronger, this technique is even stronger as well. First off, Stefan raises his Zanjpakuto in katana form above his head, wielding it with both hands kendo-style. At the same time, Stefan opens a dimensional tear along the entire edge of his Zanpakutō's blade. Also, he uses Cutting Space on the very edge of the weapon instead of the entire weapon, which will be explained momentarily. Stefan puts every single bit of physical power he can muster into the swing of this technique to cause as much possible damage as possible. Then he swings. When Stefan pulls the weapon down, because cutting space is applied and he's using so much power, the sky itself splits open from the swing, an absolutely massive rift would be opened up in the direction of the swing. The effects of this attack are rather devastating. The cutting space allows Stefan to slice straight through even the hardest of defenses, while the fact that it doesnt cover the entire sword means he can still cause heavy bleeding from the slice. At the same time, the dimensional rift on Stefan's Zanpakutō will absorb excess energy from not only the surroundings, but the victim as well seeing as how it actually cuts through their body. Due to multiple abilities being used at the same time, this technique requires quite a bit of energy to use. Also, this technique used to only be used while Stefan is in Bankai. However, now he can use a diluted form without releasing his Zanpakutō. While weaker, God Slayer is still perhaps the single most powerful technique Stefan is capable of using with his Zanpakutō, to the point where it can be assumed it has the capability of causing global-level destruction.Multi-Form Zanpakutō:
When you think of Stefan Soan, you may think 'Wow, that guys pretty handy with a sword!' Or 'He's a really good swordsman, isn't he?'. While yes, he is extremely skilled with swords of various shapes and sizes (but prefers the katana for combat), it should also be noted that he is not just skilled with his katana Zanpakutō. No, you see, he is a Weapon Master, a Grandmaster of All so to speak. Possessing a Grandmaster in both Weapon Skill and Zanjutsu, his skill with the sword is far, far above that of nearly all people in existence last this point, however he is also extremely skilled with essentially all forms of weaponry, surprisingly including ranged weapons such as guns. Due to this, Stefan's Zanpakutō has developed an ability that goes right along with this Jack-Of-All skill. Thanks to advancing his Shikai, Bankai, and Zanpakutō, Vague Katti has been able to develop the ability to transform itself into any weapon a man can use for Stefan. This means that if a man can wield it (ie not a tank or any vehicle really, or anything of massive size), Stefan's Zanpakutō can near-instantly turn into it. The appearance of each weapon form will appear rather plain, though with the color purple on them somewhere, to reflect Stefan's attitude towards weapons. Also, he can turn it into multiple weapons if that weapon has multiple forms, such as two chakram or a daisho pair. Stefan's main list of weapon forms he uses most often include: cane sword, daisho, tachi, katana, wakizashi, tanto, ōdachi, nagamaki, naginata, scythe, kusarigama, gauntlets, sword and shield combo, claymore, scimitar, 2H war hammer, 2H battle axe, dual war axes, bow & arrows, tiger claws, and even a razor-edged Spartan-esque Shield.Sui-Muko (Swift Void):
Modeled after Stefan's arch rival, Stefan created this technique to compete with the man's own abilities. This technique can be supplementary, offensive, ranged or non-ranged. The supplementary part of Sui-Muko has to do with severely increasing Stefan's overall speed and strength to levels of which he cannot normally obtain or reach increasing both exponentially, the offensive form includes creating extraordinarily powerful attacks to be used on enemies, both ranged and non-ranged. How does he accomplish such magnificent feats, you ask? Well, it can be considered complicated or simple depending on the reader asking. Stefan has access to a Void dimension of which he can control completely, allowing him to control empty space itself, and because empty space has mass he has access to this technique. Based on the relativity theory the speed of time is directly related to the density of space, so by decreasing the density of space within/around certain parts of his body, he can 'speed up time' in that direct area, though in a realistic setting he isnt technically speeding up time so much as he is speeding up space. Using this, he can speed himself up by transferring this area to various parts of his body to not only make himself steadily move faster and faster, but it also increases the momentum of the blows he delivers to opponents which his fists, legs, and even his Zanpakutō. However, this consumes his own personal reservoir of energy while it is in use, and takes up more based on how much of his body he speeds up, though if he is in Shikai or Bankai he has access to more energy that can be consumed by this technique. Also, while he does possess an extreme form of control over his Void powers, he simply cannot do this instantaneously. Whenever Stefan speeds up only sections of his body, he can maintain the increase in speed for much longer than he could his entire body, which means he usually sticks to just a single limb at a time in most situations.Raitongiri (Thousand Lightnings):
As discussed previously, Swift Void Sui-Muko can take an offensive form that doesn't just consist of empowering Stefan's body for stronger attacks and faster movement speeds. Raitongiri, which is occasionally shortened to just Raiton Strike, involves concentrating an absolutely massive amount of Stefan's Void 'energy' into one central location: His hand. This consists of concentrating and compounding a great amount of energy from within his own body, mixing it with his Void from within his Zanpakutō to give it the traits of said Void, spinning the molecules of energy involved at an absolutely insane rotation speed, and bouncing said molecules off of each other. While this might usually have an odd, different effect, thanks to the added control he himself has over the energy involved, it instead forces the energy in question to take the form of lightning. This lightning is pitch black with a small tinge of bright white on the very edges of the 'electricity', similar to most of his normal energy. When Stefan transfers it to whatever hand he plans on using it with, it seems to form an ever-changing 'sphere' raised about half a centimeter from the skin of his palm. However, the shape isn't usually discernible because various bolts of electricity are constantly swirling around it and shooting off of it in all directions, though many of the bolts primarily travel up the length of Stefan's arm. This energy is rather extraordinarily volatile and destructive, ripping essentially everything it hits to shreds, though it does not even burn Stefan's own clothing thanks to the tremendous amount of control over it. After controlling and manipulating the energy to the point of placing the bulk of it into the palm of his hand, Stefan can strike someone with it (hence the name 'Raiton Strike') by shoving the palm of his hand into a person, object, or weapon. If this were to hit someone directly in the abdomen, not only would it cause severe burns, break bones, tear a person's muscles to shreds, and/or potentially shatter the armor they are wearing, but thanks to the fact that it significantly increases the 'sharpness' of Stefan's hand and arm, he might even be able to tear straight through someone's body with this technique activated. Due to the immense power of this technique and the sheer amount of control necessary to create and maintain it, it requires a rather significant amount of energy to use, much more than even a Cero (as it happens to be many, many times stronger than the average Cero from Stefan).Raitongiri Imbue:
While Raitongiri is an extraordinarily powerful technique, it is still limited by the fact that Stefan, while skilled in Hakuda and hand to hand combat, is much more skilled in the use of various weapons, especially weapons such as swords, mainly katana. Because of this, he cannot use Raitongiri to it's and his own absolute and full potential, instead only being able to cause a fraction of the potential damage as he could with his Zanpakutō. However, Stefan has rectified such a potential weakness by developing his Raitongiri even further to what is known by him as 'Raiton Strike: Imbue', something that uses his skill as a Grandmaster Swordsman and his skill with Raitongiri to their up most. Imbue is activated when Stefan manipulates the black electrical energy to gather in the palm of his hand, however instead of stopping there, he transfers the energy into whatever weapon he happens to be holding at the time. By transferring the energy into the blade/impact area of his weapon, he can do a few things: Severely enhance the cutting power of bladed weapons; Severely enhance the blunt force power of blunt weapons; Cause massive explosions just by making contact with other people/objects if he so chooses; Burn and electrify victims of his hits. Not only can it be used with his normal Zanpakutō, but it can also be combined with his Roaku technique to further exponentially increase the damage of both. This combination actually allows Stefan to use the sheer power of God Slayer except without having to use Kendo, meaning he can use other techniques and fighting styles to destroy his opponents with it. However, Stefan cannot do this more than four times a thread because he risks shattering his Zanpakutō from over use of this ability. Also, Imbue takes more energy to use than Raitongiri usually does because he is placing the energy into a solid object instead of controlling it with his body, aka hand.
This is an example of Stefan manipulating the blade after it's impaled someone.
This is another, perhaps much more advanced, version of Stefan's Raitongiri technique. Instead of being a mass of powerful energy used for simple destruction, which is what Raitongiri essentially is, Raiton Sword is a more concentrated, precise version of the technique. While Raiton Strike involves forming energy into a sphere, or even imbuing Stefan's Zanpakutō with the energy, this technique actually involves forming a visible blade with the energy instead. This technique completely eliminates the possibility of Stefan doing damage to his Zanpakutō because it becomes its own sword and thus can attack on it's own. Stefan forms the sword as he does his Raiton Strike, except this time he concentrates it and molds it into the shape of an absolutrly pitch black blade with one end being cylindrical so as to not cut his hand as he wields it. By condensing all of the energy into this single shape, Stefan is able to make this technique extraordinarily powerful. It also possesses the same electrical traits as the normal Raitongiri technique as well, giving it an extreme level of power.
The main use of this technique is simply cutting. Yes, cutting. It is said it possesses a higher level of cutting than even Stefan's own Bankai-level Zanpakutō, making it very dangerous indeed. The fact that it is Void Electricity (electricity possessing a power level above even actual lightning strikes, but only being able to be controlled by Stefan himself) simply serves to make it even more dangerous. While it does possess massive cutting power, Stefan tends to lie about it's true power in combat, only pointing out how 'sharp' it is. It's true power is it's ability to stretch and be manipulated. The blade of the Raiton Sword can stretch up to about ninety meters, about the length of a single football field. The sword maintains it's power as it stretches, not having to lose cutting strength for length. In terms of manipulated, once this blade stabs into an object, Stefan can extend up to five four meter-long blades from the area of the blade currently inside the person or object, being able to eviscerate opponents from the inside. This makes this technique very deadly indeed. However, because it is so powerful it also happens to sap quite a bit of energy from Stefan, as well as requiring quite a bit of focus and concentration from him, making it difficult to manipulate his other Void powers at the same time.Raiton Senbon:
Just like Raiton Sword, this is another form and separate technique based off of the original Raiton Strike technique. Stefan developed this technique to make up for his Raitongiri's lack of range, having to use both of his original techniques in melee combat. Instead, this particular technique utilizes long range to deal mass damage against opponents, especially when there are more than one of them. Raiton Senbon also specializes in vast speed, the individual senbon being able to move at quite incredible rates of speed, usually being fast enough to catch and impale even some of Stefan's faster opponents. This technique operates firstly by Stefan concentrating a rather large amount of his void energy into his fist, nearly if not as much as Raiton Strike, and then charging it for half a second. After he is satisfied with the amount of energy stored within his fist, he would move his arm horizontally and open his fist at the same time, which also released the pent up energy within his palm. As his hand moves horizontally, hundreds if not well over a thousand of four foot long senbon made of pure void energy are launched in the direction of his hand. These senbon possess a very high stabbing power, which is thanks to their shape (senbon are shaped like metal needles with a very sharp point on either end), and can thus completely eviscerate an opponent if they aren't careful. After the senbon are done stabbing into and through various objects and people, Stefan can cause them all to explode into massive infernos of energy, thus making them akin to bombs. The more needles used, the more energy sapped from Stefan but this technique usually requires as much energy as Raiton Strike.Raiton Royal Armor:
This is yet another offshoot technique of Stefan's original Raiton Strike technique, though instead of being similar to Raiton Sword it is much more akin to his Raiton Imbue. While very similar to Imbue, there are some differences. First off, Imbue is used primarily for offensive purposes while Raiton Royal Armor, foreshadowed by it's name, is used primarily for defensive purposes with it's offensive use being more of a side perk. Also, while Imbue only adds in the void electricity to a weapon or weapons, Royal Armor effects Stefan's entire body. For Stefan's other Raiton techniques he concentrates and condenses energy into one of his hands (same for Imbue, except the energy is transferred to his weapon afterwards), but instead Stefan rapidly creates and condenses, rinse and repeat, void energy within his body, and then promptly brings said energy to the surface of his body. In appearance, this usually causes his entire body to be covered by pitch black electric energy that constantly streaks across his limbs. The main purpose of this technique is make it extremely dangerous to come into contact with Stefan's body, of really anywhere near it. Weapons that aren't Zanpakutō or similar to them can be fractured and shattered simply by coming into range of the Royal Armor. If a person's body came this close, they are liable to have their skin burned offed and ripped from their body causing immense pain and high damage. This applies to long range attacks as well. Physical attacks that aren't devastating in powerful will usually be ripped to shreds right before they hit him, while metaphysical attacks can be weakened severely before even reaching him. This can also enhance his potential power while in a close combat, hand to hand battle making him exceptionally dangerous even without his Zanpakutō. It also increases Stefan's overall speed a bit. The primary downside to this technique is that out of all of his Raiton techniques, Royal Armor easily requires the most energy to maintain because it is less concentrated and larger in size due to covering his entire body. Stefan also runs the risk of injuring himself while using this technique, making it a double-edged sword type technique. With both of these downsides in mind, it means Raiton Royal Armor cannot be used for very long at all and is thus better used in short bursts or only when Stefan isn't wielding a weapon.Tracking Evasion:
This is less a power, ability, or technique and more of a passive side effect from the power his Zanpakutō possesses. You see, Stefan is nearly impossible to track even by some of the best in the world, for a few reasons. When it comes to physical senses, Stefan has no unique scent at all. In fact, he doesn't have any discernible or otherwise scent at all. His clothes don't have a particular scent, even if they we're just washed (due to actively being near and effected by Stefan's powers on a regular basis), he doesn't smell like a human/shinigami/living being at all. Even if he just washed his hair with a very strongly smelling shampoo, the shampoo will immediately lose it's scent after being used on his hair and after touching his skin. Something else trackers would need that Stefan lacks as well are fingerprints. Yes, his fingers are normal fingers and appear that way as well, but he does not leave fingerprints on objects he makes contact with in any form. Whenever he steps in sand or snow, footprints aren't made either, making him difficult to track in those types of terrain. An extra little side effect is that his blood also possesses 'nothingness', microscopic 'pieces' of his Zanpakutō's Void, which makes his blood impossible to be controlled by himself or anyone else with those particular powers.