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I. Basic Information » Name:
Ogawa, Kaiya ("Little River, Forgiveness") » Alias:
The Iron Maiden » True Age:
540 » Apparent Age:
Mid Twenties » Gender:
Female » Association:
The Gotei United
Vital Statistics » Height:
5 foot 10 inches » Weight:
140lbs » Hair:
Black » Eyes:
Hazel » Handedness:
Right » Origins:
» Physical Description
"The only way to remove temptation is to yield to it."
Kaiya is a tall, full figured woman appearing to be in her mid-twenties. Her long, glossy, slightly wavy, raven black hair is most often pulled up into a bun of loose braids pinned together ornamentally. Wavy bangs are allowed to hang down, framing the sharp, somewhat harsh angles of her carefully sculpted face. Her lips, full and slightly pouty, are most often adorned with a dark shade of lipstick such as purple or crimson. Her eyes, naturally a marbled hazel, are set behind smokey eyeliner and eye-shadow. They deepen and intensify in color as she uses her powers or channels her energy through her lithe form.
Beyond the face, Kaiya is a woman of seductive curves and athletic tone. Her silhouette that of an hourglass, she measures 36-26-36 and usually wears a uniform modified to reveal some of her modest but ample 34C cleavage. Her complexion is olive-toned but also a bit ruddy and she enjoys showing strategic amounts of skin at almost all times. Rarely if ever will she show a truly scandalous amount of flesh in any formal setting, but, in private or in moments of abandon such as combat all bets are off and she will shed whatever happens to be getting in her way.
With regards to body language, Kaiya stands with a noble and almost regal demeanor. Straightened back, shoulders pushed back and square, chin up; she's worked long and hard at capturing an aura of authority and class from which she can look down and judge others. Although her gaze can be stern thanks to the hard lines of her jaw, she is usually found hiding the most subtle of smirks in the corner of her mouth rather than anything so threatening as to glower at others.
As far as accessories go, Kaiya enjoys multiple piercings and pieces of jewelry that accentuate her style. On her right ear, she has three piercings including one in the helix. One her left ear, just two. Each of these pieces can vary from day to day depending on her mood or because of other reasons such as appearances that need to be made. On the left side of her nose, she keeps a small, simple nose ring in whenever style permits. It is silver in color and generally understated.
On each hand, she wears multiple rings of brass, gold, and silver with heavily filigreed patterns and adornments; curiously, no gems of any sort are embedded in any of these things. Her left hand has a thumb ring, her ring hand does not. On her left wrist, a brass bangle about one inch wide. And around her neck, a black silk choker connected with a silver loop rounds out her heavy accessories.
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Not immune to the dichotomy that most Shinigami find themselves mired in, Kaiya gladly bears a polished, carefully tended facade, however, her inner turmoils such as rage and doubt linger just beneath the surface.
The traits the primarily define her to others are: her gregarious nature, the outgoing pursuit of personal relationships, the desire to make sure everyone has a chance to have fun, and unwavering confidence in her own vision. She has taken great care to establish herself as a rock for her squad mates, whether or not her rank reflects that social standing, both in the field and in the barracks. Kaiya likes the camaraderie, the talking and joking, the times together...Because without those to steal her focus? Her crippling issues begin to bubble to the surface.
Privately, Kaiya is plagued by a lack of validation. Her Zanpakuto appears to be entirely incapable of speech, and even though she can often feel or sense when she is pleased or displeased there is no substitute for a simple, firm word one way or the other. And in these times of strife, it was not uncommon that many heroic deeds went unrecognized given how many people may have died before they could share the stories of her deeds. It's definitely left a chip on her shoulder.
Professionally, Kaiya has always done a fine job for the Gotei. She completes tasks and objectives but cares infinitely more about doing right by her brothers and sisters than by his superior officers. This, in combination with what appears to be an 'apparent lack of focus' has held her back to this point. Lately, however, she seems to be running out of patience for the endless mountain of bureaucracy above her.
Deep down Kaiya seeks the acknowledgment of her ambition and the chance to frame her ability in the only reliable way she has observed - by whatever criteria she feels she should be judged.
The story of Kaiya is one about the risks and pitfalls of losing yourself in pursuit of burning questions. Those little things that drive you along as you pick up speed toward greater and riskier deeds. » Positive Traits:» Upbeat ||
Who or what is served by getting down about stuff? Good attitudes are contagious! But maybe more importantly, so are bad ones. She decided long ago that she would be part of the cure and not the disease. You cannot keep her spirits down even in the face of adversity. To some, this can come off as a bit dismissive to the realities of the situation, but to be anything else leaves her with a sense of unease and emptiness inside.
"I've had a lot of worries in my life. Most of which never happened." » Playful ||
Often trying to merely contain her sense of humor rather than subdue it, Kaiya is constantly joking with others, playing card games and bonding with the fellas, laughing at stories and telling a few of her own, partaking in sports or organized athletic events, or otherwise just being as jovial as the Seireitei will let her get away with. Give she is a dealer of death, sometimes it's all she can do to keep smiling from day to day.
"A little nonsense, now and then, keeps anyone young." » Duty-Driven ||
She is genuinely driven by a mission. Call her a believer if you will, but the promise she has made to herself as a combatant, and to the Gotei as a Shinigami, underpin everything she does. When that uniform is on, there is no doubt about the motivation. Nothing less should be expected, and nothing more need be given.
"Do not free a camel from the burden of his hump. You may be freeing him from being a camel." » Obvious (If not Predictable) ||
Something she acknowledges might be a fault, if only privately, is just how obvious Kaiya can be to someone looking at her. She tends to swing exactly where it looks like she is swinging, to run exactly where it appears she is heading, and say exactly what her words were intended to convey. But for her, it also means that a promise is a promise - if she tells you that she will be there to bail your unit out in five minutes, well, set your watch. This isn't to say she is unimaginative or incapable of improvising, merely that deceit just doesn't show up in her playbook in professional matters.
"Ironically, engaging people with what they expect is the best was to get a predictable response." » Mentoring ||
Weak links really bother her. Not so much the idea of weak links, but the idea of being surrounded by them. And in a squad and division where you are not only expected to trust others to have your back, but required to do so as a way of life, she goes out of her way to prevent such traps. Kaiya is very positive about imparting her knowledge onto others and pushing her squad-mates to not only improve individually but refine themselves as a unit. She tries to extend this to all walks of life.
"Training costs less than incompetence" » Negative Traits:» Single-Minded ||
Okay, so maybe she gets a bit of tunnel vision on some things, like the need to chase after a good, clean, honest fight that might jeopardize other duties on any given day. Despite her dedication to the mission, priorities become fuzzy when something is already in motion. She just likes to finish what he starts, okay? Unfortunately, this naughty habit is often reinforced by the a
ttitude of some of her friends and squad-mates who like to see the grittiness that comes with it.
"The only thing more terrifying than a rampaging maniac with no goal is a rampaging maniac with just one." » Brutality ||
If you wanted to be polite you could call it a rage problem, but it runs much deeper than that for Kaiya. There is a terrible, primal need within her that once unleashed is very difficult to get back into its cage - to rip and cut and tear and smash anything she can get her sword on - until everything in the vicinity has been relegated to goo and/or dust.
"I once heard someone say that civilization weakened natural selection. Well, I am to fix that." » Sadism ||
Decades of being ignored, forgotten, overlooked took their toll on her. In her heart, Kaiya yearns to be remembered and to leave a lasting impression on those whose lives she enters. In her younger years, this was a much healthy and positive interaction that saw her striving to add joy and hope, but this sentiment turned to ash in her mouth as she discovered her talent for inflicting pain. You see, fear, pain, terror...these paints last much longer and stain much more deeply than the lighter tones. She'll be remembered by all those that cross her path.
"The healthy man does not torture others. It is the tortured who turns into the torturer." » Prideful ||
She's done some stuff and she's not shy about taking credit for that. Kaiya is a good looking woman with a bright future, a good career track, and the skills to pay the bills. She tries not to be vain about it but it takes very little time for her to relapse into a less humble woman than she should be. Because of this pride, it's not much of a stretch to see her as cocky although a trained eye might be able to understand that the bravado is motivated by something more than mere confidence.
"You aren't born with a walk like this - you have to earn it." » Bottled Up ||
All the gregarious, friendly, extroverted qualities aside, Kaiya is genuinely rattled by the risks associated with everyday life and the career she commits to. Thoughts of oblivion, of lost friends, and of the murder inflicted lurk in the back of her mind somewhere deep - but only if she lets them. If she ever stopped, she might actually have to face them! And that's just...well..that's just not okay. She finds release at the bottom of a bottle or at the end of her sword.
"I try not to let my head tell me what to do any more than I have to. That fucker gives up too easily."
I. History » History:
[Everything has a history. Please try to describe their human life (if they had one), life as a Shinigami and what they are doing now.]
I. Equipment » Equipment:
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I. Racial Techniques/Abilities/Skills » Personal Abilities & Skills:
Over the course of a long life, Kaiya has seen a share of battle well in excess of the average for a Shinigami. With such exposure come certain benefits, skills, and other tricks of the trade that make the warrior. » Racial Abilities:
Kaiya has developed a number of advanced binding and sealing techniques to compliment her...pursuits as both a Shinigami and a person. In addition, many decades as a Shinigami have brought her both a myriad of skills and techniques to make her, quite simply, a terrifyingly effective killer.
I. Sealed Powers » Zanpakutô Name:
Shinkō Yurushi » Zanpakutô Spirit Appearance:
A slender woman with Japanese features, Kaiya's Zanpakuto looks a bit gaunt and frail upon first glance, and that opinion is tough to challenge as she very rarely allows anyone to get too close! Her face, while adorned with a hard jawline and prominent cheekbones, is offset by a genuine, warm, matronly smile that is easily the highlight of her otherwise boring appearance. Black hair tied up in a bun and held in place by pencils, everything about her scream 'librarian'. From the full-length skirt to the frumpy, off-white blouse, to the thin framed, circular lens glasses that sit on the end of the nose.
But why do these details do the talking on her behalf? Why could she simply not declare herself the caretaker of this inner world and erase any doubt?? Shinkō is apparently incapable of speech. And despite their long history, Kaiya has never even seen her so much as part her lips to smile, let alone inhale a breath with the intention of speaking.
In spite of the lack of words, Shinkō communicates in a myriad of other ways ranging from handing over files that contain briefings or readings, board games for the two of them to play, card games, and especially visual charades. Their language is complex, tedious, and half a guessing game, and that's really all there is to it. » Inner World:
Kaiya's inner world is a desolate, darkened battlefield that stretches to the furthest horizon. A craggy plain of rocks and blood and swords turned down and jammed into the earth, her Inner World is the site of an ancient battle fought between unseen forces.
Scattered about, between the discarded weapons, lay pieces of armor and sun-bleached bones long since picked over by vultures and other predators of opportunity. The place smells of blood, of death, but there is no one to be found save for Shinkō and the empty howling of the wind. Several major sites are scattered about and occasionally the ghosts of the past manifest long enough to play out their ill-fated battle one more time before collapsing back into ether and nothingness.
Although she's never known for certain, Kaiya believes that these battles, these scenes, are one of the many ways her Zanpakutô tries to convey its convoluted message to her at one of its most deep and sincerely levels. Perhaps she's merely finding patterns in the madness, seeking to assign meaning to the unknowable. Perhaps one day all of this will be illuminated. » Zanpakutô Appearance:
Very simple in design, the Zanpakutô takes the form of a slender, single-edged blade with a slight curve and a blood groove. The blade itself is 32 inches in length with a square guard, wrapped tightly with a simple black grip. Two thin, woven braids hang from the hilt, each is about 10 inches long and serve no purpose save for style. » Sealed Zanpakutô Power:
[Over the years, Shinigami have evolved to the point where they now have special powers even when sealed. As such, does your character have special ability or power when not released? Try not to go overboard. If you do not have one, just erase this section]
I. Shikai » Shikai Release Phrase:
"Bow your head, Shinkō Yurushi." » Shikai Release Action:
Kaiya need only bow her head and recite the phrase; her blade transforms without any other physical intervention. » Shikai Appearance:
[What does your Shinigami look like when released?] » Shikai Abilities:
[What abilities does your Shinigami gain when releasing?]
I. Bankai » Bankai Release Phrase:
[What is your shinigami's release phrase?] » Bankai Release Action:
[Does your Shinigami do any physical action to release their Bankai? Feel free to remove this.] » Bankai Appearance:
[What does your Shinigami look like when released in their bankai?] » Bankai Abilities:
[What abilities does your Shinigami attain in Bankai?]
[NOTE: This form is restricted until 0-3, and is not usually granted upon approval. This is ONLY for pureblood Shinigami! Refer to the racial specs for more information]
» Shikokai Release Phrase: [What is your shinigami's release phrase?]
» Shikokai Release Action: [Does your Shinigami do any physical action to release their Shikokai? Feel free to remove this.]
» Shikokai Appearance: [What does your Shinigami look like when released in their Shikokai?]
» Shikokai Abilities: [What abilities does your Shinigami attain in Shikokai?]
I. Skill Sheet
6-Tier: Allowed all beginners.
5-Tier: Allowed all beginners.
4-Tier: Allowed 1 Adept, 3 Beginner
3-Tier: Allowed 3 Adept, 1 Beginner
2-Tier: Allowed 2 Advanced, 2 Adept
1-Tier: Allowed 1 Elite, 2 Advanced, 1 Adept
0-5 Tier: Allowed 1 Elite, 3 Advanced General Skills
- Durability: Elite/Advanced/Adept/Trained/Beginner/Untrained
- General Speed: Elite/Advanced/Adept/Beginner/Untrained
- Strength: Elite/Advanced/Adept/Beginner/Untrained
- Weapon Skill: Elite/Advanced/Adept/Beginner/Untrained
- Hoho: Elite/Advanced/Adept/Beginner/Untrained
- Kidō: Elite/Advanced/Adept/Beginner/Untrained
- Zanjutsu: Elite/Advanced/Adept/Beginner/Untrained
- Hakuda: Elite/Advanced/Adept/Beginner/Untrained
- Willpower/Determination: Elite/Advanced/Adept/Beginner/Untrained
- Mental Deduction: Elite/Advanced/Adept/Beginner/Untrained
- Focus: Elite/Advanced/Adept/Beginner/Untrained
I. Role Play Sample » Roleplay Sample:
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