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Subject Post 31Subject: Re: The New Captain's Summons Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:13 am
"Should I need a day off, you will be among the first to know."
It was a very simple sentence in itself, though in truth there was a certain weight to it that Abalia left unspoken. Once upon a time she would have never had a day off in the first place, much less sought out company for one.
"A name? No, I am afraid not. We will decide when they come."
Ah, but Abalia's attention had returned to the show now. How very dismissive of him. For having had such bravado in his memo, Abalia found it very primally amusing that now he was simply putting the girl in timeout. For now, though, she would continue to say nothing. Interrupting the other members of the division during their very genuine efforts would be simply meanspirited of her. As she glanced toward said punished girl, Abalia's eyes lightened the faintest bit. Most would never notice it, but Ulv and Ulv alone would recognize it as something akin to a faint smile.
"A pleasure, Yugiri. For now, I am simply responding to the Captain's invitation to observe his methods."
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Subject Post 32Subject: Re: The New Captain's Summons Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:15 am
ULV AUBER| WHITE MASK BUDDHA
Ulv's smile was less subtle. Though she did like how Abalia was showing off her emotion at last. Ulv was happy to see the fruits of her labour blossom. Then she looked to Yugiri and her glittering golden eyes revealed her to be a Vizard of considerable standing. "Lovely to meet you, Yugiri. I am Ulv Auber, Mayor of Minatumi Harbour. Probably also some pretentious title like the Inferno Vizard Queen or something. You know how it is" Ulv would give her a slight bow from meeting and then look to Shinryu himself. Arrogance on top of poor performance in the moment. Ulv was going to use this moment to say something. So she gathered her wind to her and prepared.
Unfortunately, her ultra-fine control was not great, and when she called for it, the hourglass took the sudden pressure change rather badly and imploded in on itself, so fast and so forceful the glass didn't even break, just bending into a ball. Then, creating a tunnel to the new Captain's head and sealing it off so sound couldn't propagate and disturb other people, she spoke in a loud and powerful tone.
"You would do well to deal with this now, Captain. Battlefields are not always going to be polite enough to have one thing to focus on, so you should be able to deal with her and watch the spar. Lead by Example, you know?"
Subject Post 33Subject: Re: The New Captain's Summons Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:30 pm
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In but a moment Durza had his part in the hand-to-hand spar ended. While he hadn't expected to be the only one to take things more seriously after their Captain's words the young man couldn't help his surprise at the change in Laskt. In an instant the older man became much more ruthless. One moment. One instant.. That was all it took for things to end. As soon as he had chosen to go on the offensive Durza, unknowingly, made a mistake. He hadn't accounted for the possibility of a Vizard, nor had he factored in the older mans experience.
Thus, despite the surprising agility he could move with, Durza found his initial blow completely & utterly intercepted. Before he could even flow into a counter to the hold Laskt now had on him Durza felt pain lance through his arm as his wrist was wrenched painfully to the side. Additionally this had the benefit, for Laskt, of marking Durza in the same movement. With his guard now blown open the younger Shinigami was vulnerable to the ever increasingly vicious blows of his opponent. The first, landing squarely upon the bridge of Durza's nose, brought brief seconds of stars to his vision, leaving him perfectly open to what came next..
Each blow brought with it increasing pain, the next landing with heavier impact than the last, and so on. Within moments of catching his wrist Laskt had brutally ended the spar, every odd hit or so successfully marking the young shinigami again & again. But it wasn't done. For either male. Despite the grip upon his wrist, the blood running down his throat from the broken nose, & the increasingly dangerous aura Laskt gave off, Durza was determined to at least land a counter blow before accepting his defeat.
And he'd see his chance arrive swiftly, albeit with slightly blurred vision & labored breathing. Watching Laskt with every ounce of focus he could muster Durza watched, even through the pain of each blow. And watched. Every inhale, and exhale. Every twitch of Laskt's muscles. As his focus sharpened Durza's gaze picked up on every minute detail that would be necessary for the next moment. The faintest movement in Laskt's hips was the signal Durza'd move on. In the exact moment Laskt would back off Durza would be there, following his brief retreat as if a shadow. Before his foe could fully extend his leg the younger shinigami was there, a back leg-sweep with the right leg taking out the mans leg at the same moment a crushing, albeit weaker than intended, blow landed dead center of the stomach. Despite still taking the blow Durza was sure he'd at least take Laskt to the knee, if trip him up completely.
Thus, even as he was ejected from his position with much force, Durza couldn't help the childish laugh that'd escape himself even through the pain of landing a few meters away. Despite losing, quite thoroughly at that, he had enjoyed the spar... And looked forward to more in the future.. "Ugh... I'll have to be more careful next-time.." But before that.. There was something bothering him.. The almost excessive brutality of Laskt's blows. "Oi.. What was with that man?" The young shinigami found himself asking through wheezing & labored breaths. It wasn't that he was upset.. He just wanted to know why the sudden brutality.
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Subject Post 34Subject: Re: The New Captain's Summons Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:34 pm
Takehiko Kuchiki おだ たつや
Quietly he set the blood down alongside him now. His eyes studied this situation Watching the events unfold as they were. It was a fascinating dance that continued to play out. The arrival of the former Captain Commander and the Vice-Captain Commander. And Ulv as well, he felt like a monkey's uncle. Next would be his uncle popping by for a stroll. So many names who were legends among the young. Sadly no healers among them. Most of these were warriors or diplomatic powerhouses. His eyes turned back to the confrontation taking place. He watched as one of them dropped out now. Takehiko began getting up from his spot as Ulv began speaking. She was an intimidating presence as always. Someone to be feared and respected in equal measures. A sudden powerful pulse of anger and hate came in. "Kill, kill them and destroy them. Rip the bones from their bodies and render them asunder. His frame paused as he gritted his teeth through it. Akuma's anger was toxic almost like poison running inside him.
His hand rose initially holding the position of a Sokatsui spell. "Kill and destroy them. Destroy the Weaklings!" The voices whispered with anger inside him more. It was like a poison his breathing accelerated as he thought quickly about it. He could feel the teeming anger something trying to kill him. "Kill them or die..like a dog.." His world shattered for a moment as he entered his inner domain. His form twisting grabbing Akuma suddenly by his jaw. His eyes held anger in them as Takehiko's rage grew. His anger was becoming hot as his frame radiated heat. His eyes held the look of a killer. He wasn't some scared child looking at Akuma now. "I'll kill you...Takehiko.FIGHT MURDER THEM! " Inhaling for a moment his hand released its grip on his hollow's mouth.
"Begone, I will not play by your mindless games Akuma. If you wish to challenge me..then do it and stop being a coward!" Takehiko's anger had grown a bit within his inner world. Conversations didn't work with Akuma only Takehiko's unbridled anger beneath the surface. His eyes came back to reality as he pointed a hand over towards Durza. Ulv didn't step in on Laskt so he'd trust her judgment in that sense. But as a doctor is Durza was out he fell into his care. Suddenly a green orb began forming around Durza's body. This orb suddenly wrapped threads of green around him. Takehiko's kido spell known as Life Cocoon had been activated. "Not good enough, you cowardly mongrel. I'll take this body..I'll takes it to blast you into nothing. " Takehiko's eyes closed focusing now. Restraint was needed here, he couldn' best Akuma. Akuma didn't run or step away from that moment. Anger fuels anger and that was what came of it. Takehiko could not in earnest defeat him. Not alone fighting against Akuma was going to have to begin. Soon in the future, he'd need to begin dealing with that.
Sweat dripped from his forehead as he turned around. Nothing good would come of him remaining here. He'd cause trouble for the students in this situation. He'd have someone else take over. Akuma's fights and fits were getting severe now. Trying to form a connection with it had only unleashed true anger. Ulv was right this darkness couldn't be quelled. Nor could it be relied on for things, such childish beliefs. His childish and hubris were astounding. What made him think himself better then Ulv Aubur. Someone who knew more about hollows in five lifetimes then he could in any period. During this period before he stepped in small flashes of eyes changing color. Not good his blackouts were coming more frequently. More often it seemed and his control on that hollow wavered. Being friends what a stupid notion. Takehiko began gathering his equipment quietly. Before he sent a hell butterfly off and set the blood down on the ground. Put on a brave face for the moment. While putting Ame in a similar kido spell, he closed his eyes for a moment.
He could feel sweat dripping down his spine from nerves. His eyes shifted towards Ulv now for a moment. If only he'd listened to her sooner and taken precautions. Maybe he wouldn't be in this state now. Maybe he would have been able to face her with it now. The only choice was to leave this in another healer's hands. He wouldn't risk hurting people in the middle of training. They were here for something important. He gave Ulv one final glance as he acknowledged it now. She had been right about so many things. He'd been an arrogant brat about everything. Everything and now he paid the price for it, suffered the consequences of his hubris. He'd ask her for help but, he doubted she'd do it. This was a problem of his own making. Because he didn't guard against it because he took what suited him. He treated darkness as his brother and this was what came. She was right down to the letter and all he could do. All he could ever do at this point was to leave this place.
To go somewhere secluded and fight for his life within him. Not to completely subjugate his hollow. How did he do it, how did he get where Ulv had? Or was it greater hubris again. Thinking he could even get to that domain. The road to hell was paved with good intentions. And he had formed a noose around his neck. That was what Takehiko had done and Ulv had called it such. All those visits ago, when she beat him to a pulp. When she used her strength and hit him hard. She'd been trying to reach through his stupid brain.
These are the innermost monsters, they aren't your friend. They are hunting you like a sheep you foolish brat. His frame walked away now closing his eyes. Unsure when he'd return to his friends. Or if he would even be around anymore after. That was the level of danger he found himself in. The danger of being swallowed up because he was, in the end, a fool.
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Subject Post 35Subject: Re: The New Captain's Summons Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:15 pm
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((OOC: Final round of actions in this exercise between Laskt and Honey.))
So many interesting developments and Shin's interest was really beginning to peak. Judging from what he observed from the sparring session so far, only one of them had the basics of hand to hand combat really locked down. Some hand interesting abilities that he was looking forward to learning more about. He soon kept a watchful eye on the multiple events unfolding at once. Judging by the relaxed body language he was observing between Ulv and Abalia, they knew each other to some degree. How interesting it was to observe relationship dynamics in others. Soon enough, it was down to two. One was going with the Vizard route but, something peaked his curiosity about the dynamic changes that occurred. It seemed he was giving excess control to it and also not succumbing. Intriguing indeed. More importantly however he noticed first that that his resident healer had some sort of struggle. Shin could pick up on it not being an illness of his bloods generation, so something else was happening. Shin would have to dig more into this at a later time however as some idiot decided to directly interfere with his training session. He listened intently to the 'message' that came from the hourglass and smirked as he walked towards Hanako.
"When you feel refreshed, you are going to be given two choices for your penalty. Immediate expulsion from these exercises and future chance to join the 4th Division. Or, during the remaining exercises, anytime I saw "Boo", you must stop, let me land a clean, unblocked strike on you. Let me know your decision when the final exercise starts." Shin stated rather nonchalantly, as if neither of those were a big deal. He then sighed and walked back over towards the former hourglass and chuckled as he turned towards everyone. "Directly interfering in a Captain's execution of his duties as a Captain is pretty ballsy, how amusing. Regardless, I really doubt that someone who has all the power to be a Captain, but has never been one, really has the 'right' way to go about anything now. I'd choose your next actions for the remainder of the time carefully. Now, you two, I do hope you haven't let these little distractions deter you from the reality of your current urgency." With that said, Shin's foot slammed down next to the orb where the sand was gathering. His foot didn't touch it at all but shortly after, it split in two and sand emptied onto the ground. Shin then knelt down, took a moment to estimate and then, grabbed a very small handful of the sand. Then, he began to slowly pour it out.
"This is how much time you actually have left, ignoring all the petty interruptions others have contributed towards altering this sands flow in order to hinder or throw off your performance. I personally find it ironic that someone would be so blatantly arrogant as to assume they could play fake Captain just to detriment your performance, it's quite disrespectful honestly." Shin stated with a deft amount of understanding of his word choice. There was no way to determine the real intent of altering the hourglass but, since it was altered, Shin could interpret it was to hinder their performance and he'd technically be right: Having more time to do something wasn't always beneficial. And slight or sudden changes could offswing momentum. It bemused him to also, given he had a guess of who was doing this, to utilize specific words that this individual had thrown at him before in such a cavalier fashion. That bit of it, he did for his own amusement to observe how she'd react.
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Subject Post 36Subject: Re: The New Captain's Summons Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:17 am
Hvit And Ulv | Ursa Geminus
Ulv looked out at him as he blatantly ignored Ulv's comments, gave some generally sweeping comment towards people that didn't have the balls to call anyone out,and then picked up some sand from the ground and started to sprinkle it. Ulv was a woman who was always in control of herself, until she wasn't. And that meant that she didn't always make the best choices in a situation. Doubly so when Takehiko had justran off bubbling with unbridled rage. Most people wouldn't be bothered by that, but as a woman completely attuned to the workings of Vizards and the greatest empath in the realms to boot, she was a bit more susceptible. Who had sent him the message would have been obvious because it came directly from Ulv - unless he had no spacial awareness on top of having no ability to multi-task - and she hadn't hidden her voice either.
"Ignoring me huh? After I had gone to all the effort not to not disrupt the exercise or air your dirty laundry in public. Well then why don't you ignore this while you are at it?" Ulv asked, her voice one of strained genteelness. A white lupine mask formed across her face and she held out a finger towards Shinryu, charging an Oscura from it. Beowulf sighed gently, but Hvit, she was excited. It was Spleen Time.
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Subject Post 37Subject: Re: The New Captain's Summons Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:24 am
Mm, now this was too much for Abalia to allow. She was not fond of the Captain or his methods, nor his attitude. But she would deal with that later. For now, she had more pressing matters to attend to. Glancing over at Ulv with an ice cold serenity, she spoke only two words. The Vice Captain Commander did not raise her voice in any situation. Yet, now, her tone was closer to a bark of command than her usual reserved speech, and at much the same time as she spoke, she grabbed the Vizard's wrist firmly. A completely symbolic gesture, to be sure, but one which very much sent a message.
With each word, the full scope of Abalia's authority and force of will echoed through the place. Such was necessary, she knew, to actually carry through to Ulv's head, and not simply be brushed off in the heat of the moment. Of course, most alive would not have been even remotely prepared for the overwhelming presence the Vice Captain Commander now exuded, and indeed, more than a few of the general Gotei members in the area simply fell to the floor, foaming at the mouth or outright vomiting from the sheer menace. Even those who did not collapse outright had to take pause, grab hold of something as their hearts began to palpitate. Yet, there was no spiritual pressure exuded at all. Only sheer, unbridled authority.
"Tell me, Captain Kimoi, do you always act so brazenly in the face of insurmountable odds? Many find such behavior quite respectable."
She tightened her grip on Ulv's wrist, then, as her typically neutral expression shifted to just the faintest bit of a frown, her aura of will still very much pressing down on the entire area.
"I, personally, find it exceptionally ignorant. For all your bravado, your approach has simply been to ignore the obstacles placed before you. I allowed Ulv to interfere in your supposed 'tests' as a measurement of your character, and I have found it quite severely lacking. You are lucky, I think, that she has made such an unfathomably poor decision as of now. Had she continued further, I imagine you would have only continued to err. But I can never know. Needless to say, sanctions will be made accordingly on her."
Her eyes then returned once more to Ulv, her cold glare seeming to be nothing short of glacial now. Lesser women would have lost their cool entirely with the sheer degree of fury behind that gaze, but Abalia, as always, maintained control of herself. That was, after all, her duty as a leader.
"I suggest, Miss Auber, that you depart Soul Society now, and return when you feel suitable to hold a proper discourse with me on your actions today. Understood?"
Never before had Abalia needed to exert herself to this degree, but it was becoming rather abundantly clear that this whole situation would only get out of hand if it continued. To that end, like a stern mother, she simply told the children to cease their game altogether, and find something else to occupy their time.
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Subject Post 38Subject: Re: The New Captain's Summons Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:37 pm
Pointless now? Yeah. Yugiri stood up from her seat while all this commotion was going on. Despite being right next to the two women Yugiri wasn't on their side. It was a matter of chance that her own business wouldn't be handled immediately like she expected but she was ignored and pushed to the sidelines.
"I'll be going now. My assessment for the Shihouin family in regards to assessing former members of the Onmitsukido is done.
"I would prefer if there was a next time you'd make it clear more immediately whether you could tell a person is not actually in your division and infiltrating it."
"Others were far less wasteful of my time when they knew or didn't."
Her statement made killing any reasonable punishment for insubordination given that a captain couldn't discipline members not from their division and with a small bow to Abalia given she was actially a noble.
"Farewell Vice-Captain Commander."
When the cero started flying her business were over, although as she left it occurred to her; she'd inadvertently done an incredibly fine sabotage and disruption.
"I guess it's not what I wanted."
But there was still a hint of satisfaction at this silver lining for her no less.
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Subject Post 39Subject: Re: The New Captain's Summons Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:55 pm
Just a few moments after her another one of the contestants was out. But compared to him Hanako had gotten off easy. The man with the bright hair (Durza) took some heavy blows and was thrown back a couple of meters. Out of instinct Hanako jumped forward and helped the man up and to the sidelines.
"You okay?" she asked. Oh boy, that definitely was a bit over the top for this kind of exercise. Not that it scared Hanako, but she thought it was unnecessary and stupid to wreck comrades in a mere exercise.
But before she could try and help the man any further, he and she both got engulfed in energy and Hanako could immediately feel that it was healing kido. She looked around her. There, a noble looking shinigami that stood with the captain and all the other bigwigs that were watching… But again, Hanako had no time to concern herself any further with that because just a moment after that the captain of the 4th was approaching her.
His words were casual but she understood the meaning. This person didn't want to show any softness. If it was part of some plan to see the reactions of the contestants or if Shinryu was plainly sadistic she couldn't tell. But there wasn't even a heartbeat of hesitation before she answered.
"I don't need any time to decide, Captain. I won't forfeit. You'd have to knock me out and drag me away, otherwise I'll stay." She said, direct and without sugarcoating anything, but still with the proper respect in the intonation that a captain was due.
She wasn't looking forward to a captain-level shinigami smacking her whenever he felt to do so, but she would rather accept this than leaving in shame. Her gaze wandered between him and the last contestants. After the first impressions she didn't really like the man that would, hopefully, be her new Captain. But she didn't have to. She wasn't here to befriend anyone. At least not the Captain. She was here to join a division. If this man thought he could scare her away this easily he was wrong. When she had her eyes on the onlookers she realised that the situation over there became tense. She couldn't make out any words but it wasn't hard to tell that this wasn't just friendly conversation.
"What the hell…?" She murmured. One of the shinigami suddenly donned a white maske...like a hollow. No, this was definitely no friendly conversation. "Should we get worried about that?" She asked, partly to herself, partly to Durza next to her.
Then she saw the woman she could identify as the Vice Captain Commander, the second highest ranking officer in the Gotei. She grabbed the one with the mask by the wrist and then Hanako could feel it. A presence. This authority! What was that? It felt like somebody squeezed her heart. With a gasp she stumbled a step backwards but managed to stand for now. This situation was getting a bit out of hand.
Subject Post 40Subject: Re: The New Captain's Summons Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:41 pm
Harsh laughter filled Laskt’s mind as the Vizard watched Durza’s blood spray from his broken nose, the substance staining his black cloak with a crimson hue. His hazel eyes brightened, the shifting colors slowly solidifying to a yellow that signified what was happening to him for anyone that knew Vizards. “You resist so much mon paysan. Yet the second I prod zat secret part of you zat delights in the fight, in ze killing, you lose control. Wouldn’t it better to just accept who you are? To be honest?” The familiar sensation that had utterly consumed him in Beijing flickered like an ember, threatening to roar into life. Laskt grinned as he pulled back his fist one more time for a devastating right cross, aiming for Durza’s already broken nose where it would hurt the mo-
No. Zis will not be allowed.
The Vizard’s grip faltered, his hand slackening on the boy’s wrist as his yellow sclera showed signs of shock, and an intense concentration. Laskt gripped his head in his hands, clearly fighting for control. Unfortunately for him, this left the knight completely open to Durza’s riposte as the man landed a devastating straight punch directly to his sternum. Laskt gagged, clenching his teeth and falling to one knee. “I…I deeply apologize mon ami. You must believe me, I didn’t mea-“ He said desperately, his tone practically bleeding emotion, before what seemed like a bulldozer hit him square in his vulnerable side.
Honey may have meant to simply throw Laskt off balance, but the strange Shinigami clearly didn’t account for the knight’s unprepared state. The Vizard howled (his voice echoing just slightly) as his left shoulder popped cleanly out of its socket, and he was flung like a rag doll across the training field, directly at Ulv Auber. Even more unfortunately for poor Laskt, that was the exact moment when Ulv donned her white mask. The ungodly wave of spiritual pressure that was then released smacked into Laskt like a hammer blow, brutally wrenching him off course and sending him careening into a wall mere meters away from the glowing Cero in the Vizard’s hand.
Groaning, Laskt simply hung there for a few moments, Willpower clashing with the unreal amounts of pain circulating his body. Most Shinigami on his level likely would have been left horrifically injured and unable to continue, but if there was one thing the Knight had been successful at since his resurgence, it was taking a beating. Using his good arm, the Vizard wrenched himself free from the stone wall, toppling to the unforgiving ground in a heap. Thankfully, the overwhelming pain had ripped Chikai no Uragiru’s menacing tendrils from his mind, for now. This was good, as he seemed to have landed in the most dangerous spot in the area.
Laskt froze, sweat dripping down his face as he watched Madame Ulv charge an immensely powerful Cero barely 2 feet away from where he lay, unmoving. Several pleas came to mind, he couldn’t force them past his teeth. “Why is it always me” He muttered softly, struggling to rise.
The next few seconds were both good, and bad. Laskt sighed in relief as Vice Captain Commander Abalia grabbed Ulv’s arm, seemingly stopping her from unleashing a blast that would likely kill him from sheer proximity, as well as devastate the surrounding area. He lowered his forehead to the cool stone, allowing his body to relax, for just a second. The guilt of what he had tone pressed at his mind, warring with pain, two things that he would have to address in the very near future, but for now he simply prepared to rise.
It was the fear of the first combat, shaking in your boots as the world descended into lawless chaos.
It was the fear of the unknown, sinking slowly into the depths as one’s lifeblood bled through clenched fingers.
An overwhelming wave of fear and authority emanated from Abalia, nearly causing the Vizard to vomit from its potency. Laskt clenched his teeth, fighting back as much as he was able, but the sensation still caused his heart to shudder and shake. A low hiss emanated from his lips as he pushed himself up from the ground, getting one shaking leg underneath him before collapsing back down again under the weight of will. He tried again, this time just barely managing to shakily stand and lean himself against the wall he had nearly destroyed. The Vizard knight almost felt he was suffocating under the pressure, drowing in an endless sea of Abalia’s determination. With trembling fingers, he wrenched his dislocated shoulder back into its socket, the pain exploding for a moment, just one, before being reduced to atoms by Abalia’s will. Laskt hung his head, exhausted, burdened with the herculean effort it took to simply stay conscious……