"With all due respect to you, Lord Shihoin, I will reiterate what I told to your niece during our meeting. The Gotei has not seized this power out of a desire for authority. It has been made to take it in the vacuum left by the inaction of others."
Abalia was quiet as Yushiro spoke, and only after he had finished did she give a small nod of understanding. She considered her words carefully, noting that he was all too correct in the difficulties held in this negotiation. She could have taken this opportunity to turn the tides, making this whole ordeal into a gambit of stellar proportions, but instead, she simply chose to be honest. She could see that Lord Shihoin was a man who both respected and deserved honesty.
"I cannot offer your family such influence. Nor any of the Great Noble Families, for that matter. It is not out of disrespect for your names, your pedigrees, or even you as leaders. But I am a woman who takes all information into account, Lord Shihoin, who must consider even the most minute details before I make any decision. Such is the weight of a role like mine.
"I have offered you this arrangement because it has been made clear to me that the Great Noble Families have members among them that I simply cannot trust to operate with that degree of independent authority, for whom personal pride carries too much value. Though I trust in you personally to understand the worth of proper care and attention due to the Rukongai and the functionality of the realm, I cannot trust everyone who shares your name. To speak their given names would be improper of me, but you are surely aware of at least a handful of names in each family. I have no desire to simply cull your influence from the Soul Society outright, Lord Shihoin, for I am aware of what your family has done, and what it may offer yet. But I cannot put my faith in what once was and what might be. Only in what is.
"You understand clearly that to hand away authority is a dangerous proposition, but what I desire is a situation in which the relationship between nobility and the Gotei is built upon more than simply pedigree. What I have proposed gives the Shihoin opportunity to work alongside the Gotei in a situation that will likely never arise again. It will provide ample chance for the Shihoin to demonstrate their commitment to the realm. To build trust."
Abalia was not threatening Yushiro. In fact, it was rather the opposite. She was being as generous as a woman like her could possibly be. She had laid out the fundamental truth of the situation to him, that no matter what he desired, or what she
desired, there were simply too many risks that she could not ignore. This was the biggest olive branch that she could extend in the context of her own position. She hoped that he would understand that.