Welcome to Bleach Platinum Hearts RP! This is a Bleach Role Playing Forum set in the year 2416, over 400 years away from the Original Bleach's timeline. It has elements of both canon and custom for a unique mixture of role playing never seen before on Bleach. To get started, please sign up and read our starter guide:
Seven Day Shihoin Training Regiment [Solo/Training]
Slayer Thicc Boi
Joined : 2016-10-29 Posts : 283 Karma : 4 Age : 18 Location : The Dance Floor
Member Info Platinum Points: (7900/999999) Tiers:
Subject Post 1Subject: Seven Day Shihoin Training Regiment [Solo/Training] Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:17 pm
This journey that Chidori found herself on was one that was self-focused but in hopes to better her family. While her father was dying, Chidori has come under the realization that she was nowhere near as strong as she was needed to be to properly lead the Shihoin to greatness. Her father was not only an incredibly hakuda user but also had the experience underneath his belt because he fought during World War 3. He had wisdom and knowledge from serving 400 years underneath the Gotei that Chidori was never going to surmount to in the little time that she had left. She knew that if her father were to die today, there would definitely be some infighting amongst the Shihoin due to the fact that they had a weak and possibly incompentent leader. To prevent something like that from happening, Chidori was going to need to train and have some outside help.
Her first place to look was the library. The Shihoin library had a bunch of information in it from hundred to thousands of years ago written by members of the Shihoin that thought whatever they were doing needed to be written down. That being said, there was a lot of stuff in here that was full of useless garbage, like that one time her third cousin from 400 years ago was eating the best sandwich known to man and had to write down both the recipe and his out of body experience. So yeah, picking up a random book from the Shihoin library has the same chance of being the instructions on how to build the Sokyoku to a shitty romance novel. There were quite a few things that she ended up finding that were legitimately interesting, like the way the Shihoin obtained their royalty, the difficulties that were the building of the Shihoin estate, and a way of speeding up the bankai unlocking and mastering process. The thing that she found that helped her though was a book written by her great uncle about his time with the first captain commander Yamamoto. The two weren’t actually close but they did meet and interact, so Kenji decided to write about it. This then brought Chidori to look for more books about him, eventually stumbling upon one about Kenji and his brother, her great grandfather, Shisuke. Then she decided to search for any material written by Shisuke in the library, and turns out a lot of the fighting oriented ones were written by him. Though searching through the books, she eventually found his last writing. It spoke of a volcano formed by his brother roughly 700 miles from the Rukongai and how he wasn’t certain if a seal was going to keep back a monster forever. There were directions to it in the book, though he recommended the help of a Shiba to arrive faster. Since Chidori didn’t really know any Shiba, she was going to have to get there by foot. Maybe her great-grandfather would be able to help her with her problem. That or she was going to waste a 9 day trip getting there and a 9 day trip back.
The trip itself was the biggest pain in the ass that Chidori has experienced in her life, and she’s been through 200 years of princess training. Not only was Shisuke’s instructions incredibly difficult, the environment has changed in the past thousands years or so it has been since he’s written them. So when he talks about certain landmarks, they just didn’t exist now. Luckily, there were still people scattered throughout the wildlands of the Soul Society so some of them were able to give her directions. Some recognized her and others didn’t, though all of them were either incredibly stupid or incredibly brave to abandon the protection of the gotei, at least in Chidori’s eyes anyways. Another aspect of her trip that was a hindrance was the amount of stuff she had to take with her and the wildlife. Most of what she had on her was water and food, assuming that her grandfather had those things available to him since he’s lived by himself for the past few hundred years. Though it seems the wildlife of the Soul Society had also wanted a piece of whatever Chidori brought with her, because no matter where she was there was always some sort of animal following her. At first it was the deer, then the bears, then the birds. It eventually got to the point where Chidori had started to fight back against the animals in the hope of keeping her food to herself.
Though eventually, through all the hardship, she made it to the location. He called it Mt. Hakushuku, or Brothers. Fitting but also kind of simple, not that Chidori wasn’t a fan. Slowly, she made her way through the forest that surrounded the mountain. It was definitely and odd site but it made sense. Since this was a man-made volcano that has yet to actually become active, the surrounding wildlife didn’t have a problem growing and spreading around it. Though, she noticed from farther away, that the closer you got to the mountain the weirder the trees were. The odd things about them would vary, from shape to leaf color. It had a certain beauty to it as well. Though Chidori’s admiration was interrupted by a voice that came from behind her:
“Wait a second… you’re not my granddaughter….” It sounded like it came from a person, though it was a bit higher in pitch compared to someone who would have been her grandfather’s age. Chidori would reply to this remark, “Technically no, but we’re still related. I’m Chidori, assuming you’re the Shisuke I’ve been reading so much about.”
“Reading? I didn’t think that the Shihoin still read anything nowadays. Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve seen anyone besides Yoruichi? Hell, do you know how long it’s been since I’ve seen Yoruichi? That bitch hasn’t been here since my birthday 5 years ago…” Chidori couldn’t help but laugh and Shisuke couldn’t help but respond with the same. He enjoyed making light of his situation since it was one that he put himself in. That and he just enjoyed people in general, though he doesn’t often get people where he lived for obvious reasons. That reason, if you didn’t know, being the volcano. “So, what brings you here my little Hina?” Something he thought was a cute nickname for her. Hina, or small bird or chick, for his young family member.
It should be noted that during this conversation, Chidori still has yet to see him and he still has yet to stay still. It seemed that with every word he spoke from a different direction, constantly moving a few meters at a time while he spoke. She also couldn’t get a good read on his position relative to his power; it was like he was everywhere yet nowhere at the same time. Then, suddenly, it all stopped, and in front of Chidori stood a 4 foot tall bipedal cat with two tails and an eye patch. It stared her up and down before speaking. “Hm… You look like more of a Koneko than a Hina to me, eh Chidori?”
Wait, what. Nowhere in the any of the books that she read did it say anything about him being a fucking CAT? She stood there with her mouth agape as she tried to figure out how the hell this was even possible. Honestly, him showing himself actually raised more questions that it answered, like how did he have children if he was a cat? Was there a woman out there that was into that? Shisuke couldn’t help but chuckle at the expression that was on his great granddaughter's face. Perhaps it would be more fun if he didn’t actually tell her what his situation was body-wise. “Anyways, why did you come here Hina?” Oh yeah, Chidori had a reason for travelling over 700 miles to visit her grandfather.
“Oh!” She snapped out of her confused state. Guess this was just going to be a thing that exists now, being related to a cat. “I’ve come to you seeking help, oji-chan. You see, I’m next up in line to take over the Shihoin family but I feel like I’m not strong enough nor skilled enough to lead, especially after my father.” Shisuke stood there for a good moment trying to figure out who Chidori’s father was before coming to a quick realization. “So you’re the pipsqueak’s kid huh? How is he doing? Next time you see him, tell him to visit his grandfather before I get off my ass and visit him myself.” Chidori’s expression immediately went to a sad one and Shisuke realized it was something he said. “Uh, actually oji-chan, I don’t think he’ll be able to do that. See, recently he’s gotten sick and it’s gotten worse ever since. A year ago it was just some bad coughing and shortness of breath, now it’s him coughing up blood and passing out from the pain. He’s been bedridden for a month now and by this point he doesn’t want treatment. He… he just wants to die.” She felt something hot roll down her cheek before realizing she had started to cry. It was something that really got to her, as it should, and she tried to take as best as she could but in reality it was life-shattering. Chidori couldn’t imagine a world without her father and a world where everyone in her family had to look up to her for guidance. Just the thought of this made her emotions overwhelm.
One of Shisuke’s tails were raised up to Chidori’s face and wiped the tear. “Don’t cry my little Hina. A good leader must not show fear or weakness, especially to those that she relies on. One is quick to turn if they realize their leader is not worthy of following.” Chidori nodded and took a moment to collect herself. She was going to have to get tougher physically, mentally, and emotionally. That first part was going to be a bit difficult, maybe she should let him know why.
“Oh yeah I’m pregnant by the way. I don’t think I’ll be able to do a lot of physical training but I’m eager to do anything you need me to do.”
“Nonsense! The increase in your spiritual energy while harboring a child will also transfer over to it! If you become incredibly strong in the next week, then the child will as well! Oh, I forgot to mention that as well. You have seven days before you have to leave, so let's make the most of it, eh? Come on, I’m starving. Are you?” Chidori nodded enthusiastically and followed Shisuke to his home. It was a relatively large wooden house that looked similar to the Shihoin estate in terms of architecture. He had made a stew out of venison and a few vegetables and herbs he was growing not too far away from here. There were also a few mushrooms in there to balance out the flavor and texture, and while it was different than what she was normally used to eating, Chidori was definitely a fan.
And thus began the seven day Shihoin training regiment.
Joined : 2016-10-29 Posts : 283 Karma : 4 Age : 18 Location : The Dance Floor
Member Info Platinum Points: (7900/999999) Tiers:
Subject Post 2Subject: Re: Seven Day Shihoin Training Regiment [Solo/Training] Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:32 am
Chidori started out that morning laid out on the hard wooden floor of her great-grandfather’s home. He had set aside a room for her, but it wasn’t a large room to begin with and was unfurnished. Because of that, Chidori had to sleep on the floor though she wasn’t one to complain. She’s gone through some tough living situations when she left home a couple of years back, and in the past 9 days she hasn’t actually slept on anything that remotely resembled a bed since she was travelling. That’s why she was currently sprawled out on the floor as if it was a tatami mat, though it wasn’t as nearly as soft as one. Shisuke took it upon himself to wake up his granddaughter because if he wasn’t going to then Chidori would have literally slept all day. She’s done so much work again in the past month or so that she’s always exhausted all the time. It’s the kind of tired that could let you sleep on demand if you got just a moment to stop and catch your breath….
Shisuke’s method of waking up Chidori was a bit more physical than most, as he grabbed a somewhat flexible stick from a nearby tree and smacked the back of her hand with it. He figured if she was comfortable enough to sleep on his wooden floor then a simple nudge or calling out her name wasn’t going to do anything. And he was correct in his assumption for the most part, and Chidori shot straight up and grabbed at the air next to her. Normally there would be some sort of object she could use as a weapon there, like a lamp or cup, but there wasn’t anything of the sort there besides her grandfather’s leg.
“Ah, I see you’re awake Hina. With my help, obviously.”
“Huh? What? ...what time is it?” Chidori looked around her for a window to realize that the sun was barely up outside. The sky was a beautiful mix of orange, violet, and blue. Though, and she realized this not soon after, that it could also be the sunset. There was no way she slept for 20 hours. Well, it was a possibility, she just didn’t want to consider it reality.
“It’s six o’clock. C’mon, you’re going to catch your breakfast this morning while I got tend to my chores.” Shisuke gave her a wide girn, knowing damn well that Chidori wasn’t going to catch breakfast. At least he didn’t expect her to, but setting high expectations for her was one of the best ways for her to train because when she actually reaches those expectations it would show legitimate progress. “And then you’ll be catching lunch and dinner as well. In fact, you’ll be catching all the you will be eating while you are here for the next week.”
“Wh-...What is the point of that exactly?” Chidori was genuinely confused, curious, and starting to feel a bit sick. Oh boy.
“A good leader must learn how to be diligent and determined to achieve their goals while also being self-sustaining. Sometimes, as a leader, you may make choices that nobody else may agree with though you know deep in your heart that it’s the right choice. In situations like that, nobody will back you and you’re thrown out to the wolves. Now granted the people you are leading are family, but even then, family can be fickle.” Shisuke nodded, agree with the information he presented. Chidori, on the other hand, sort of knew where he was coming from since she was on the other end. When her father had decided to banish her cousin, nobody was happy about it. Though once he indulged them on the reason why, it still made them angry but it made sense about why he did it and needed to do it.
Reluctantly, Chidori pushed herself off the floor, slowly as to not worsen her sickness. “Alright, what can I find around here then? I’d assume the normal: deer, rabbit, some sort of meaty bird? Also can I opt for berries instead.” All she got in response was a laugh, which, she now noticed, was surprisingly deep for a cat. So much so that it was pretty unsettling, and sent a chill down her spine. This was going to be something she was going to have to get used to over the course of the next week.
“Ah well, see, that’s the challenge. See, due to the hollow currently in the volcano, a lot of his energy seeps out into the wildlife and infects it. Which is why, if you were any good at sensing energy, you’d notice the concerning amount of hollow around us. They still keep their nature from prior, so a rabbit doesn’t go around looking for souls but a bear most certainly will. Which is why I recommend you take your Zanpakuto with you and start.” He raised the stick as to intimidate her, which worked as Chidori grabbed it and began to run. Slowly, her sickness started to go away as she started to run through the forest. She made sure to make a mental note while traveling so she didn’t get lost in a sea of trees.
4 hours have passed and Chidori was starting to consider eating her grandfather. If there’s one thing you don’t want to take from a pregnant woman would be food, because she has been seeming to get hungry twice as hungry twice as fast. Doing something like hunting really tested all of her core shinigami skills; she had to be quiet and fast with her hoho, agile and strong with her hakuda, precise with her Zanpakuto, and smart, which can be tied with Kido but in this specific circumstance Chidori has not gotten much use out of it.
Roughly 3 hours later, she came across the semi-hollowfied animals that her grandfather was speaking of. In front of her was a boar that had developed a hollow mask, it’s skin turning black and it smelled of rotting meat. When Chidori stumbled upon it, it was just eating some grass. Odd creature, the thing. It ate like it was still a boar but it was clearly a hollow. Then she remembered that her grandfather said they still thought and acted like it was a boar. Whatever, all Chidori had to do was kill it and… Is this safe to eat? Can hollows be eaten without hollowfying yourself? Eh, she’ll cross that bridge when she gets there.
At first, she thought a headstrong technique would work, it’s only a boar after all. There was an initial flash step towards the animal, though due to her inexperience she ended up roughly 15 feet from the boar. Well that wasn’t optimal, but to make up for distance she tried to flash step again immediately after and stab the boar, succeeding, though her zanpakuto just bounced on the mask of the creature. In retaliation, it decided to ram her with it’s forehead because she was so close. Now on the ground and about to be eaten by a boar, a pang of fear was sent through her body. Was this what fight or flight was like? It’s pretty obvious by now, if you know Chidori, that she chose to fight. The only thing, in her mind, that would get her out of the way fast enough would be a flash step, though because she was on her back there was no realistic way she could move. So if that wasn’t going to work what if…
As a reflex, she brought her hands up to the boar and released her reiatsu around her hands. Her signature black flames poured from her fingertips and began burning the skin of the boar, causing it to roar out in pain. It stood up on its hindlegs, allowing Chidori to roll out from underneath it, before turning around and running away. For a moment, she laid there to catch her breath, though that moment was cut short by a familiar shadow looming over her.
“My, my, Hina, you’re not even going to make it to the end of the week by this rate. I was going to recommend you pick some berries for the week but even they might avoid you at the speed you’re going.” He snickered again. “One of your major problems is the fact that you don’t know how to properly use Hoho, which is essential to take down an enemy. While it’s mainly used to dodge, it’s required by our family to do what we have done in the past. Once cannot expect to ‘kill swiftly’ if one can’t move swiftly. Here, sit up.” He extended his hand--his paw-- to her and she grabbed it, pulling to sit straight up.
“There’s a technique I know that I’ve used to carry out many executions. Using it, I’ve been able to kill an entire hallway of men. I call it Pikaho, or Light Step. When moving you want to mentally plan and visualize where you want to go before. Normally, when a shinigami uses flash step, they just use it to go from one place to another, point A to point B so to speak. Using Pikaho, you go from point A to B to C to D, so on and so on, only taking incredibly short breaks in between. This makes it seem like you are going an incredibly long distance with your Flash Step when in reality, you’re just using multiple in succession. When utilizing your power of solidifying reishi underneath your feet, you can change direction in mid air, for example…” Shisuke walked away from Chidori until he was about 50 feet away. Then, in an instant, he disappeared with his Flash Step, appeared in front of her and jumped to turn upside down, solidified the reishi underneath his feet essentially him hanging upside down, the used Flash step again to land behind her. All of this happened pretty fast, though Shisuke moved just slow enough that Chidori started to perceive what he was doing. “You can become deadly. It’s not the use of Pikaho itself that is dangerous, but how you use it.”
Shisuke began walking away from Chidori again, carrying a large stick with him. At roughly 15 feet away from her, he put it in the ground, and walked 15 feet from that stick away from Chidori. “Alright Hina, your first task is to use your normal Flash Step from where to the stick, then to me.” In her mind, that seemed like a simple enough task to her, knowing how she is in Hoho. If not, well she’s a fast learner.
So Chidori stood up and flash stepped… about five feet. Okay, that didn’t work. Taking what her grandfather said to heart, she’d probably have to do some visualization thing or maybe just lean forward? Hm, she’s never actually tried to better herself in Hoho before so this entire spectacle was something new. Walking back to where she was originally, Chidori though of herself flash stepping and then reaching the stick, the sensation of her weight flying that far, her bod shifting at a speed and distance like never before. It felt good. Now she had to turn that into reality.
Thus, Chidori tried again. This time, keeping that mental image, that feeling while she moved. After everything was all said and done, while Chidori didn’t make it to the stick, she did make it over half way there or approximately 10 feet. For once in her life, progress was being made. And the feeling that she got from it was amazing. So for the next two hours Chidori did the same thing, over and over and over again while her grandfather watched. During this time period she was able to use flash step multiple times and increasing how far she could go. By the end of those two hours, she was able to reach the 30 foot range that was set for her, granted just barely. As she reached him, she still ended up tumbling into him, Shisuke catching her with one of his tails.
“Good, for now anyways. Now, go get your food. It’s getting late.”
Which brings us to now, roughly 3 hours afterwards. It didn’t take long for Chidori to catch up to the boar with her newfound speed. She’s been stalking it for an hour now, waiting for the right time to strike for the kill. To say she was filled with confidence would have been an understatement. She had picked some safe looking berries along the way and has been snacking on those for the time being. So far she hasn’t felt any different or poisonous, so maybe that was a good sign that her survival skills were getting better. Or maybe they weren’t, who knew, it was only the first day. What Chidori did know however, that now was the time to strike.
The sun was lowering and the boar’s movements have slowed down considerably, she assumed because it was also becoming tired. As it started to make itself comfortable, Chidori flash stepped out from a bush and brought her zanpakuto into the side of its neck, going in quite a bit but not nearly enough to kill it. The boar screeched out in pain, standing on its hindlegs while doing so. Chidori gripped onto her sword and held on, following the boar’s motions. At its highest point, she was a good foot and a half off the ground. With all her might, she tried to bring her blade down-- along the side of the boar-- and ended up being successful. A geyser of black blood shot out the side of the animal and covered the trees nearby.
Chidori bent over, panting. That was stressful and she’s was going to have to do a lot more of that in the next week.
Or so she thought.
“Good job Hina, looks like you’re picking up on your Shinigami abilities. Today was just a test to see if you were going to make it through the whole week. Eh… you might just make it. Now, come along, I have dinner cooked and waiting for you.”
“Wait, what? But you said-”
“And I lied. Another lesson: don’t trust everything you hear, especially from your family. Keep them close but always remember that everyone wants your position. People crave power, no matter who they take it from. Also, you were really going to eat hollow meat? That doesn’t sound tasty nor healthy.”
“Fuck you.” And with that note, Chidori passed out from exhaustion. She’s been on her feet for a good portion of the day, rarely getting a moment to relax. She quickly realized this week was going to be hell.