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I. Basic Information» Name:
Matsumoto Ren » Alias:
The Curious One(Self-tilted) » Age:
Gotei Thirteen[Currently Aiming to apply for a spot in the research division]» Appearance Written:
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I. Personality» Personality:
Carefree: First and foremost, the first thing anyone will glean from Ren’s personality is her carefree nature. She values her life and rarely wastes it on finding things to be upset about in the world. As a death god, she knows she’s not promised to years of immortality like other supernatural beings - by the end of one’s life, they either die naturally or they die in battle. There is never an in between.
To assume that one’s life is promised is foolhardy at best. Therefore, she spends her days training when she can train and when she isn’t bound to any specific duty, she often indulges herself in the pleasantries of life. Even though she has a small home and her office, Ren adores the idea of traveling on earth and visiting various countries…at least the ones that are free to navigate.
Life's an adventure and she welcomes every moment it offers. Of course, there are times where that carefree nature equates to laziness but that’s rare. Ren always aims to finish her duties first and then relax with a clear state of mind. No point in vacations when you have piles of paperwork you have to deal with when you return.
Ren is the epitome of the phrase "wearing one’s heart on their sleeves". Her compassion holds no deception. Though it may sound clichéd to the cynical, the multitude of her mannerisms often manifests in the form of heartfelt kindness. There is nary an ounce of negativity in her bones if she can help it.
Even so, when you think of it that way, there would still be some skepticism to be found in that description. In a world where warriors of divine might do battle across the universe, vying for dominion over the other, with countries and cities ravished in their wake, the notion of a kind heart is foreign - indeed, kindness ought not to exist in such a world of chaos; yet there is no falsity in the way she exhibits her spirit and the actions she’s willing to take in order to help out her fellow men and women.
For better or worse, Ren is the person that will say what needs to be said. If you’ve done something out of turn, she will hold you accountable. Acting much like a disappointed mother would to her child, Ren will tell you what you did wrong so that you can make it right.
If the idea is to intimidate her, she rarely backs down from anyone. Her moral compass may very well be questionable to others but she has a strong sense of justice, aiming to respect the difference between right and wrong. Hypocritical as it might seem, Ren will not stand for aimless violence if differences between both parties can be resolved.
Ren’s conviction - no, her very determination - is something that burns within her soul with absolute vigor. She is not someone who would be defined as fearless but it is hard to invoke fear within her spirit. She has endured so much in her life that her fears only serve to strengthen her conviction.
Ren rarely allows anyone to intimidate her. She is not the type to run foolishly towards her death bed yet neither is she one who will idly stand by and spectate, either. To watch as violence goes on and witness countless lives being lost when she could’ve prevented it is too much to bear for her. If her life must be lost to save someone else, then so be it. That sort of thought process may be inherently flawed but Ren despises the thought of being a bystander who can’t help someone when they are in danger.
You could threaten to kill her and have your sword or gun poised at her head, and she would willingly accept it. She isn’t running towards her death nor would she waste any time fighting back - it is simply yet another aspect of her conviction, her will to face whatever trials in life await her. In addition, Ren knows that time will not allow her to stand around, acting as though she is a useless spectator while life passes her by. Each day is, after all, an opportunity for improvement. Any day that is wasted on regret is a day that can never be regained again.
Time is the enemy that waits for no one, and Ren will not let it pass her by. When she is around individuals who wallow in self-pity, she is not above being brutally honest and telling them to snap out of it. To reiterate a fact spoken of in her compassion, Ren does not believe in lying to allow others to make them feel better. In no uncertain terms, she will tell you what you need to do and remind you of your strengths that will allow you to get there. She is, by its truest definition, a team player through and through.
I. History» History:
Ren was born within one of the more peaceful districts of the rukongai to two shinigami who were members of the research division in the Gotei. Her parents were always enthusiastic about exploring the more metaphysical realms of knowledge, the formation behind abilities beyond the typical scope of nature - the cause and the effect, and much more beyond that.
Research was the fruit of their lives. Naturally, as a child whose mind was focused on chillike toys and trinkets, Ren held no interest in her parents' obsession with research. The other divisions seemed far more amusing to the young girl but she still valued her parents and their respective talents. They held a source of admiration in her heart and she would make them proud no matter where she landed within the thirteen companies.
Of course, there was no immediate need to rush towards that goal. . Her parents were neither captain nor vice-captain but they were financially secure and could retire any time they desired. As boring as it might sound, Ren’s childhood years were relatively peaceful and there were no issues with life as a whole. Those blissful years would become somewhat tenuous as tragedy struck her family.
Her father had died during a mission on earth. The terrible news had sent her mother into an extended period of grieving. Ren was torn up about her father’s fate as well, but through the sorrow, she learned to appreciate what he enjoyed so much about the research division and the metaphysical nature that encapsulated everything in existence.. She went through his notes at home and studied anything from the physical nature of zanjutsu to the supernatural possibilities of Kido. Each note filled her with a sense of excitement and curiosity.
Ren wished to explore more beyond life in the rukongai and though she initially met with resistance from her mother, she was allowed enrollment into the Shino Academy. The first year was a considerably laughable one. The knowledge she had accumulated didn’t benefit her at first and Ren would often question if she was really cut out for all of this.
Her studies felt so useless here. Still, she was determined to honor her father’s memory and keep moving forward. Her next five years, though far from the height of perfection, showed remarkable progress that spoke to untapped potential. Of all the skills she developed, she took pride in her blossoming skills with kido.
Her sufficient knowledge and capable memory allowed her to develop into quite the strategist when it came to the demon arts. Through her commitment, she was quickly able to rise through many of the obstacles most aspiring soul reapers faced.
Graduating from the academy with flying colors, Ren continued to build on what she learned, cultivating her skills with kido as she continued to work towards exploring the depths of her zanpakuto and its nature. After her graduation, she set her sights on exploration. By that time, she was currently working towards joining the research division. Aside from that goal, she decided to explore the other realms that sparked her curiosity. Earth was even more remarkable in nature than the soul society. If soul society was a five-star meal, earth was a delicacy to which none could compare.
I. Equipment» Equipment:
I. Racial Techniques/Abilities/Skills» Racial Abilities:
Kido Expert: Although it is fair to say that Ren is balanced in all of the skills that comprise a Shinigami’s arsenal, one would easily be able to discern that the one she favors most is her proficiency in the realm of the demon arts. It wasn’t something she picked up at first but when once she reached the academy, she immediately developed an affinity for it that never left her heart - even after graduation. Naturally, her passion for research encourages her to always learn a new spell or make the attempt to do so when presented with free time. As such, if she isn’t spending time on a vacation, it is not so far-fetched to assume she is cultivating her skill in Kido.
Analytical Mind: An analytical mind that is every bit as useful on the battlefield as it is in her daily life, Ren is an observant woman who always observes those around her as well as any situation she finds herself in. Foolish warriors who rush into battle will only find themselves meeting a predictable death. Ren prefers to act with forethought and approach the enemy once she’s gained at least a baseline analysis of their ability. It isn’t always a foolproof strategy, of course, but it is better to act with caution than approach anything hastefully unless the situation truly calls for it.
I. Sealed Powers » Zanpakutô Name:
Kyoshin("Resonance")» Zanpakutô Spirit Appearance:
The only thing Ren knows of her inner spirit is that it has a loud and exuberant voice that keeps resonating throughout her mind. It is covered in a mystical wind that constantly dances throughout her dreams but she cannot yet determine its true size, shape, form, or even gender. It has yet to call out to her and any time Ren feels she has discovered it, much like the wind, it is gone before she can truly grasp it. The only thing she knows is its name and that is more or less it - for now. » Inner World:
N/A » Zanpakutô Appearance:
Zanpakuto appearance: Ren’s zanpakuto is a fairly traditional katana with a ceremonial flare, giving it a slightly graceful appearance but nothing that is entirely noteworthy beyond this. Matching her hair color somewhat, the hilt is a bright aqua blue, with a ring-like tsuba to complete the weapon's overall design.
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I. Bankai» Bankai Release Phrase:
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[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]
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» Shikokai Appearance: [What does your Shinigami look like when released in their Shikokai?]
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I. Skill Sheet
(To Find Out about what these skills are for, please READ THIS THREAD
before you try doing anything to it.General Skills
- Durability: Adept
- General Speed: Beginner
- Strength: Beginner
- Martial Skill: Adept
- Hoho: Beginnner
- Kidō: Advanced
- Zanjutsu: Beginner
- Hakuda: Beginner
- Willpower/Determination: Adept
- Mental Deduction: Adept
- Focus: Adept
I. Role Play Sample» Roleplay Sample: