THE URAHARA TEMPLATE
Enter The Shopkeeper
"If we want to witness something nobody has ever seen before, we'll create it ourselves. That's how us scientists are."
I. Basic Information
» Name: Kisuke Urahara (浦原 喜助) _______
» Alias: Sandal-hat
» Age: Around 700
» Gender: Male
» Race: Shinigami
The Urahara Shop (Owner)
Gotei 13 - 12th Division (Former Captain)
Karakura Defenders (Consultant)
» Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
» Marital Status: It's Complicated
» Nationality: Japanese
» Sexuality: Heterosexual
» Height: 6'0"
» Weight: A man's business
» Hair Colour: Light-blonde
» Eye Colour: Gray
Though usually a laid-back, optimistic, jovial, humble and eccentric man, Urahara shows a deceptively cunning and serious side when the situation warrants it. He commonly uses idle conversation and outward concern to distract his opponents and fool those who do not know his nature. Despite his carefree attitude, he always speaks politely but is sometimes sarcastic in his delivery. He tends to go over the top with whatever he becomes passionate about, happy to devote himself to a project with little regard for his own time or safety if the subject matter is appealing enough.
During his earlier years as a captain of the Gotei 13, he was viewed as a nervous, flustered, and quiet person. Somewhat unsure of himself, he lacked confidence in his ability to be a good leader. In addition, he was occasionally confused with how to deal with his division. However, he eventually hardened his resolve to take on his role as captain by becoming more serious and determined. He would carry this resolve with him throughout the hardships that followed his exile from Soul Society, as it influenced his isolationism and his generally Gotei-adjacent stance.
Urahara can usually be found near the scene of an important event, but he rarely intervenes in situations, preferring to stay on the sidelines. He prides himself on knowing more information than he lets on, and despite being a major player in the situation, he prefers to act only as a catalyst, having others do the work for him. To that end, he is often manipulative, tricking people into doing what he wants them to whilst avoiding direct confrontation where possible.
Kisuke is ultimately a pragmatic combatant, believing that using any means necessary in a life-and-death battle is essential in victory and survival. He is not above using underhand or dishonourable tactics if the opportunity presents itself, and will take advantage of any opening that his opponents give him to end a fight on favourable terms.
He also likes building large secret underground training spaces.
I. Relationships» Tessai Tsukabishi:
» Yoruichi Shihōin:
Urahara's childhood friend and an employee of the Urahara Shop, Tessai is Kisuke's most trusted ally and confidant. He was also forced into exile after the incident with Aizen, hiding out in the Human World until Aizen's defeat in Fake Karakura Town. In the centuries following, Tessai has stayed by Kisuke's side through the thick and thin. Helping him to protect Karakura Central from whatever threats have eventually found their way to their doorstep.
She's the reason it's complicated.
The Shinigami known formerly as Sui Feng is a recent addition to the Urahara Shop family, despite her vocal dislike for Kisuke himself. Abandoned by Soul Soceity following the restructuring of the Gotei and the summary redistibution of the entire Onmitsukidō - a unit she had commanded for centuries since the exile of Yoruichi, the pair share many similar experiences though have emerged considerably different people. Ever since their time spent together in the 2nd Division, they have rarely gotten along well, but the pair now maintain a stable working relationship.
The exact origins of Kisuke Urahara are a mystery, even to him, the first sign perhaps of the enigmatic man he would become. No memories exist of his life before arriving in the Soul Society. Just the vaguest memories of befriending a mischievous young girl and being taken to a mansion far beyond his own means. That girl turned out to be Yoruichi Shihōin, of the Shihōin great noble family, and it was by her command that the young Kisuke was taken in as a ward of the family. An uncommon occurrence, for a family member of a lesser clan, to be adopted in such a manner, but not one that was totally unheard of. Living with the Shihōin family was all that he grew to know, he was an outsider to most of them but at least he was never alone in their household. He and Yoruichi, along with another ward - Tessai Tsukabishi, grew close over the years until they were the firmest of friends.
Once they were old enough, they trained together at a study chamber that Kisuke constructed beneath Sōkyoku Hill. The first of many such facilities that he would build throughout his life, they all grew to be strong and powerful Shinigami in their own right. Tessai would go on to lead the Kido Corps, Yoruichi eventually became the 22nd Head of the Shihōin Clan and the Corps Commander of the Executive Militia of the Onmitsukidō, and Kisuke served under her as the Head of the Onmitsukidō Detention Unit. As was tradition for members of the Onmitsukidō, the pair also served as seated officers in the Gotei 13's 2nd Division. During this time, he created the Tenshintai and learned Bankai in only three days using the enhanced training. A feat previously unheard of amongst any Soul Reapers.
Eventually, after many years of service, a Captain position was vacated in another division. At Yoruichi's recommendation, Kisuke became the Captain of the 12th Division and founded the Shinigami Research and Development Institute. Under his leadership, the 12th Division became the specialist unit for all research within the Gotei. An honorific they would hold until the eventual restructuring of the Gotei some five hundred years later.
Urahara's tenancy as Captain would last even a decade, as he became embroiled in the machinations of Sōsuke Aizen. Framed for crimes he did not commit, Kisuke was sentenced to be stripped of his powers and exiled. Thanks to the assistance of Tessai, and a timely rescue from Yoruichi, he was able to escape this fate and flee to the human world. Bringing along with him several other Gotei officers that had been Hollowfied, Kisuke saved their lives and created the first Shinigami-Hollow hybrids - the Vizards. The Vizard eventually went their own way, whilst Kisuke established the Urahara Shop as his own base of operations. Tessai became his employee, whilst Yoruichi remained his friend and associate.
After a century in the human world, Kisuke manipulated Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends in a scheme to conceal the Hōgyoku within Rukia Kuchiki. After this was foiled by Aizen, who took the Hōgyoku for his own after removing it from inside Rukia, Kisuke took to training Ichigo for the task of impeding Aizen's plans. Never the one to take the spotlight, he let the young hero and his friends hold the spotlight as they invaded Hueco Mundo and fought against the Espada. Only in the final hour, when Aizen had been manoeuvred into the perfect position for his plan to be initiated, did Kisuke reveal his hand to finally thwart his rival and bind him in shackles forevermore.
No sooner had the world recovered from one disaster, another befell it. Ender and his army of demons and other forces of evil fell upon the Earth, so Kisuke was once again forced into battle as the villains came to his very doorstep and tore the world asunder. The fighting was fiercer than with Aizen, the warzone less confined, and casualties mounted before they were able to overpower Ender at great cost and repel the invaders once and for all. The experience drove Kisuke away from the Gotei and towards Earth-based outfits that offered better services for the humans whilst the Gotei spent their time looking more inward than out. He never took up an official position but served as a consultant for those forces that defended Karakura, staying true to his goal of protecting from the shadows as he pulled the strings of various organisations to best serve his cause.
This continued for many decades until word began to reach him of another grave threat building in the distance. He did what he could to protect the planet and its people from World War Three, but even Kisuke Urahara was could not turn every near-defeat into a victory. There were losses, some closer to him than others, but the war did not end quickly like those that had come before. Months rolled into years and eventually decades, Earth would never be the same again and each day became a trial of will just to keep on fighting rather than accepting the inevitable. He was one of the finest tactical and inventive minds on the planet, but even he could not engineer a way to bring the war to a favourable end. Every tool at his disposal was spent, even those young heroes he had once depended upon so dearly, until they numbered so few that he feared all might be lost. Precautions were made, should the worst come to pass, but it all came down to one final confrontation in Karakura town.
The town had been reduced to mostly rubble by that point, only the impressive magical and physical fortifications of the Urahara Shop kept it standing as a bastion of order. The demons and their allies threw everything they had in a costly attempt to gain control of the Soul King's Key, but they were met by the most powerful heroes of Earth and Soul Society and eventually stopped. Fighting alongside Yoruichi just like in the old days of the Onmitsukidō, Kisuke was forced to use all of his powers to protect the great barrier he had helped to create. It was perhaps the heat of battle, the genuine fear that they might not see another day, that brought the pair closer than they had been before.
They had been the closest of friends for centuries, to some that might have been the perfect foundation for a genuine romantic relationship but, in reality, it was anything but. The pair knew each other too well, their strengths and flaws, what made them tick and what genuinely got under their skin. Even still, they were romantically involved for nearly a decade after the Third World War. A real rollercoaster that ended in tears on both sides, and saw Yoruichi return to Soul Society and her own family for a prolonged period of time. Eventually, they reconciled and returned to being friends once again, though a little of that former magic was gone and a little of that passionate spark remained. Of course, that also meant that they were never quite done either. In the centuries that followed, the pair were on and off again at an impressive rate but never for a prolonged period of time.
What did eventually sour was Kisuke's relationship with the Gotei 13. Under new Captain-Commanders, they had grown only more isolationist and self-serving even as the world became only more spiritually aware and in need of their assistance. He had never supported such a line of thinking, eventually growing to the point of being genuinely uncooperative with those Shinigami that found their way to his store and served the Gotei. It never got to the point of anything close to genuine hostility, but his focus was elsewhere now, serving those that he knew worked for the bigger picture just as he always had rather than the self-serving Gotei.
This did eventually succeed in driving a prolonged rift between Yoruichi and Kisuke though, as they began to disagree on the strategy going forwards whilst also going through a period of romantic involvement. Matters came to a particularly vitriolic head one night, and Yoruichi headed back to the Shihōin Mansion vowing never to return. What neither knew at the time was that she had become pregnant with their child, a surprise to both parties and anyone else that knew them. Kisuke wanted the child to come to Earth and did try unsuccessfully to mend some of the broken bridges with Yoruichi, but this only served to push her further away. She left the child in the care of her family, a decision that Kisuke opposed very adamantly but could do little from his external position outside of Soul Society.
Forced to watch on from the shadows as others raised his own child, Kisuke felt helpless for the first time in centuries. His daughter barely knew who he was, and yet she suffered from ailments beyond the means of any else within Soul Society. Perhaps he could have saved her from this suffering if he could have been there for her, instead, he had to work and research via proxies. Agents within the research division that he had gained some sway over in his centuries of work cultivating agents across all the realms.
As he continued to monitor his daughter from afar, another opportunity presented itself. Approached by a particularly astute Hollow, Kisuke was offered a chance to help out the other less adjusted natives of Hueco Mundo in overcoming some of their weaknesses. An interesting project, Kisuke devoted much of his time to developing tools to aid the venture and contributed much to the outpost in the city of Las Vegas. Despite his best efforts, and the aid of several other loyal allies, the city was destroyed in an attack by the forces of evil. A disaster that the project never recovered from, and all the research that Urahara had done on the matter eventually went to waste.
Setbacks and failures have defined Kisuke's recent years, an entire fourth World War passed by before he even saw an opportunity to take to the field. Scared to relive the pains of the past. Yet now there are new opportunities presenting themselves with every coming day. The Vandenreich on the rise, Vastime in disorder, an old face reappearing in Hueco Mundo, a Vizard that forsook her family to find herself whilst roaming the Earth. The pieces are falling into place once more, so perhaps the Urahara Shop will find new patrons as Kisuke opens his doors once more.
Given his reputation as a prolific inventor, Urahara can have a wide plethora of items at his disposal at any one time. Furthermore, his ingenuity and adaptability allow him to design and craft custom items within a limited time span using whatever resources he can cobble together. It can be assumed that he is always carrying the best tools for the job, given even a moment to prepare, and can always pull out a new trick from his sleeve when the situation calls for it.
I. Powers and Abilities» Immense Spiritual Pressure:
Urahara boasts tremendous amounts of spiritual energy. His energy is intense enough to make even opponents with high levels of energy sweat in fear. When releasing his spiritual pressure, it can create a shockwave strong enough to affect a considerable area and launch back weaker individuals. He has demonstrated noticeably great reserves of energy, launching multiple high-level Kidō and Shikai attacks in a single battle without tiring. The colour of his Reiatsu is crimson-red. Furthermore, as a former high-ranking member of the Onmitsukidō, Kisuke has near-seamless control of his spiritual energy, never wasting more than necessary for his various stunts. He is equally skilled in hiding his Reiatsu, able to remain unnoticed by both allies and enemies with ease unless he chooses to reveal himself.» Kidō Master:
Urahara is a master in the use of Hadō and Bakudō spells. He knows how to break barriers of the spiritually superior noble clans, a feat that most Gotei captains cannot achieve. He can silently, and without warning, use low and mid-level Kidō to great effect. He can rapidly use a single high-level Kidō repeatedly, or multiple ones in quick succession, by name alone, without incantation or calling the type and level, while retaining considerable power and control. He can use level 99 Kidō, but has more difficulty with Kidō above level 88 without incantation, as he had to use the incantation to ensure enough power for a level 91 Kidō. He can use multiple Kidō in conjunction for various combination and diversion tactics and have them remain undetected until sprung in sync in a chain reaction. Even Aizen admitted that if not for the Hōgyoku, Urahara's prowess would have surely defeated him.
» Shinigami Paragon:
- Kaidō (回道, Turn Way): He is highly proficient in healing Kidō, having repeatedly healed Ichigo and his friends when battle-worn.
- Kidō Creation: As the former head of the SRDI, Urahara has immense knowledge and understanding of the flow, application, and consistency of spiritual energy. From this, Urahara can create his own unique high-level Kidō, each designed for a very specific or versatile nature.
- Keikaigi (繫界儀, World-Tying Rite): This technique connects the space tying two worlds together to produce a Garganta. The opening is often used between two large wooden posts jutting out from two large rock formations in the basement of the Urahara Shop. But he is able to open portals silently and whenever he chooses.
Even setting aside his mastery of Kidō, Urahara possesses a level of mastery in other aspects of Shinigami skills that far exceed the average. Urahara has an enhanced physique; boasting strength, speed, agility, durability, and endurance far beyond a natural level. He is also a most gifted swordsman, able to fight on par with other powerful combatants including Ichigo Kurosaki and Yammy Llargo, and is considered highly dangerous with impressive versatility in styles and techniques whilst also being able to switch effortlessly between his swordsmanship and other abilities. Kisuke is also notably proficient at both Hakuda and Shunpo, dating back to his time as commander of the Detention Unit of the Onmitsukidō, and was able to move and fight on par with even Yoruichi when the pair would spar together. He is able to hold his own, whilst unarmed, against multiple combatants and was skilled enough to fool even the most perceptive of foes with his speed in combat. » Genius-level Intellect:
Urahara has proven himself to be one of the most intelligent beings both within and outside of Soul Society. Much of his intellect is seen in scientific inventions, deduction of situations, and combat tactics. Aizen himself acknowledges that Urahara's intelligence surpasses his own immense intellect. He is very insightful of other people, allowing him to see through a person's demeanour and determine what they are thinking. Kisuke is also a highly capable teacher and mentor. In only five days of unorthodox training, he conditioned Ichigo into an experienced fighter on par with lieutenant-level Shinigami. His knowledge has given him an innate understanding of the abilities of others and what happens when independent variables are entered into an equation.
- Master Scientist & Inventor: As the founder and former head of the SRDI, Urahara is a talented inventor and scientist, having created a number of devices and techniques to aid him in battle or otherwise. His intellect in this field is evident, having created some of the most amazing things in Soul Society's history. As he had been inventing and creating things even before becoming a seated officer in the 2nd Division, he can create his inventions in rather short amounts of time and utilising limited resources. He is often able to determine the true mechanics behind a new advanced power and how to disrupt it. Urahara also has highly capable medical and chemical skills, regularly healing his friends when battle-worn. He also has a very detailed understanding of the Hollowfication process and has determined how to stabilise a victim of it, as seen with his handling of the original Vizard.
- Master Strategist & Tactician: Despite his aloof and unkempt appearance, Urahara is a very insightful and cunning man. He possesses great intuition, quickly becoming aware of any incoming danger and reacting to it in time. Urahara has an undeniable talent for thinking things through well in advance, making decisive and accurate decisions quickly in battle, and seemingly perceiving any situation at hand. He is a crafty tactician, easily deceiving both allies and enemies. In battle, he regularly uses cunning and deception to catch his opponents off-guard. He is a very analytical man, quickly seeing through an opponent's power and attack patterns to ultimately make them useless against him. He easily outmanoeuvred and tricked Aizen repeatedly in his fight with him. Urahara has often stated that he goes into situations expecting as many scenarios as possible just so he is never caught by surprise and making it possible for him to be ready for any that might occur.
I. Sealed Powers » Zanpakutô Name:
Benihime (紅姫, "Crimson Princess")» Zanpakutô Spirit Appearance:
Benihime takes the form of a pale, slender woman with black hair that runs down past her waist. She is garbed in a revealing red robe, tied at the waist, whilst her thin arms are left exposed.
» Inner World:
A vast shrine that is built from wooden beams that have been dyed various shades of red. It is trapped in the depths of winter, a snowy forest surrounding the building from all sides as a thick layer of snow rests upon the ground and on every exposed ledge and crevice. Venturing inside, there are many different rooms that all seem to serve different purposes in regards to maintenance or worship and span a seemingly endless distance. Urahara is able to navigate the world with ease, travelling to whichever section he desires with a practised ease.
» Zanpakutô Appearance:
- The Royal Shrine:
When sealed, Benihime is a beige-coloured shikomizue with a curved handle and silver base. As the blade resides in a cane, the cane's handle is still the hilt and the shaft is the sheath, allowing it to still operate like other Zanpakutō. The shaft's base bears a skull and blue flame mark on the bottom, which can separate souls from bodies by pressing the mark to it.
I. Shikai» Shikai Release Phrase:
Awaken, Benihime» Shikai Appearance:
Benihime's Shikai takes the form of a sleek, medium-sized sword. The hilt's grip, which has a gentle black-decorative wrapping, bends forward at the end, with a pommel shaped overlap three times, and a crimson tassel dangling from its base. Instead of a tsuba, there is a U-shape guard covering three inches of the blade, with a flower petal design. At the base of the guard is a red string wrapped thrice around the hilt, with a three-loop bow on the back side and a folded paper decoration on the front side. The blades' Hamon is straight, coloured black with a silver edge, and is somewhat thicker than the cane-sealed state. It remains straight and slim with a somewhat short size, with the tip ending in a slanted razor-like edge instead of tapering to a point.» Shikai Abilities:
Benihime is capable of producing and manipulating crimson-coloured energy to perform a variety of techniques. Urahara can use these techniques by declaring the proper verbal command that corresponds to Benihime's different abilities. Unless specified otherwise, all of these abilities scale with his Zanjutsu skill. Some of these techniques include:
- Nake, Benihime (啼け紅姫, "Sing, Crimson Princess"): This technique fires particularly strong and destructive crimson-coloured energy blasts. The energy flows out of the blade and fires in the arc of the sword's swing. The technique is capable of taking on a point-blank Cero from an Espada-level Arrancar by dissipating it with a blast of equal power. He can charge up this technique to deal considerably more damage.
- Chikasumi no Tate (血霞の盾, "Blood Mist Shield"): This technique forms a hexagon-shaped crimson barrier in front of the blade for defensive purposes. The barrier can easily block a direct punch from one of immense strength without any damage or repercussions coming to Urahara, and even block Ichigo's first use of his "Getsuga Tenshō" while only slightly eroding, after which Urahara stated he would have lost an arm were it not for the shield.
- Kamisori, Benihime (剃刀紅姫, "Razor, Crimson Princess"): A technique which fires an energy arc capable of cutting through even hardened physical materials and tough substances with relative ease, based on the material's durability comparative to his Zanjutsu. This arc moves towards the target and can instantly change direction once during travel.
- Tsuppane, Benihime (突ッ撥紅姫, "Spurning, Crimson Princess"): After analysing a technique's Reishi composition and the subject's muscle movements when they use the technique, by simply drawing a circle of energy with the edge of Benihime and timing it right, this technique can cancel out the enemy's attack at the point of contact.
- Shibari, Benihime (縛り紅姫, "Crimson Princess of Binding"): This technique launches condensed energy in the form of a tangible blood red net, generated from the blade length, and simply throws it over the intended target (typically from above) with a simple slashing motion from Benihime. The net further binds and restricts an opponent’s movements by constricting to its form. This net appears elongated and somewhat narrow.
- Hiasobi, Benihime, Juzutsunagi (火遊 紅姫 数珠繋, "Fire-Playing Crimson Princess Beaded Mesh"): After using the Shibari technique, Urahara stabs the net with the tip of Benihime, creating orbs of fire along the outside length of the net, which explodes like linked land-mines in a domino formation, leading toward the target bound under the net. When the orbs come into direct contact with the intended target, they create a tremendously large and devastating explosion.
I. Bankai» Bankai Release Phrase:
Kannonbiraki Benihime Aratame (観音開紅姫改メ, "Modification of the Crimson Princess' Dissection at the Doors of Avalokiteśvara")» Bankai Appearance:
Urahara's Bankai takes the form of a giant woman with dark, braided hair arranged in loops on her head and mannequin-like arms who wears a revealing red robe while Urahara himself retains his sealed sword for combat.
» Bankai Abilities:
- Kannonbiraki Benihime Aratame:
Kannonbiraki Benihime Aratame has the ability to restructure anything it touches for both offensive and supportive purposes. Offensively, it can split open whatever is within its area of effect as if cutting with a knife. This "splitting" is similar to the act of dissecting something by cutting it open. Supportively, it can restructure something by stitching it back together; this can be used as a form of healing, such as restoring detached limbs or repairing broken body parts. It also can be used as a way to bring something to an optimal working state by enhancing it. All uses of this are manifested in the form of cutting said objects into parts and then using stitches to sew the pieces back together. With it, Urahara can also create a path for others to move through obstacles or barriers. This splitting resolves permanently once the Bankai ends, leaving everything in the state it currently is and reverting nothing.
Nonconsenting parties caught within the Bankai's area can resist this effect if they so choose, mechanically delaying its effects upon them by comparing their Durability to Kisuke's Zanjustsu skill. If they have equal or greater Durability then the splitting is delayed by a number of posts equal to one plus the difference, and if they leave the area during this time then it is nullified without consequence beyond light cuts and incisions on the target area.
[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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I. Skill SheetGeneral Skills
- Durability: Advanced
- General Speed: Elite
- Strength: Advanced
- Martial Skill: Elite
- Hoho: Elite
- Kidō: Master
- Zanjutsu: Elite
- Hakuda: Advanced
- Willpower/Determination: Elite
- Mental Deduction: Grand Master
- Focus: Advanced
I. Role Play Sample
Between the sprawling skyscrapers and futuristic highways of Karakura Central, in the underbelly that was once just Karakura Town, the Urahara Shop stands in a small back alley that is still unchanged by the passing of time. Some might have viewed this as a sign of refusal to accept the world around him but, to Kisuke Urahara, it was actually a point of pride. No matter what happened, no matter how things changed, he was always going to remain here serving the people of Earth and the Spiritual World around them. The exact nature of this servitude was, of course, something that he often kept well hidden but today was the exception. After all, today was Black Friday.
A curious Earth custom that had spread around the globe several centuries ago and somehow survived the countless tumultuous events since then. An international day of shopping where the stores of the world offered ludicrous sales to entice customers to buy their products in preparation for the Christmas season.
This year, the Urahara Shop had elected to join in on the craze. But they didn't take to the internet to announce this news, no, instead a single large sign sat out front advertising the plethora of offers in store for one day only and a free item with every purchase. This had naturally drawn in the big crowds, as the bucket-hatted shopkeeper lounged idly next to the sign whilst Tessai finished dealing with the one customer currently inside. Upon hearing them make for the door, though, Kisuke leapt to his feet and dropped into an overly exaggerated bow with his hands pushed forwards and clasped together."Don't forget your extra special gift! The Urahara Shop is most grateful for your patronage!"
From between clasped fingers, the shape of a traditional handheld fan slowly began to protrude, offering itself out in the customer's direction, though Kisuke remained unmoving. Only when he felt the tug of something against the fan did he raise his head, still doubled over, and looked up at the departing shopper. A warm, toothy smile quickly spread across his lips as he recognised the young boy as one of his regulars. Hardly an enticing new clientele, but perhaps that would have been too much to ask.
Rising to watch the child depart, with a bag of sweets in one hand and the gifted fan in the other, he felt the towering presence of Tessai looming from behind him. Kisuke did not yet turn, keeping his back to the larger man, though he felt that silent stare boring into the back of his skull. He disapproved."What!? You can never be too cautious these days. Villains keep popping up all over the place, so maybe these fans pick up something useful."
He pivoted now, another fan already unfurled and covering most of his face so that only his eyes were really visible, and even then they were basked in the shadow of his hat. Tessai was well used to Kisuke's flair for the dramatic, though, and remained unperturbed. A moment more of intense staring and then the pair began to head inside, a grunt of understanding the only real response from his companion."Besides, who knows how far-reaching they'll get? I wonder if any will make it abroad? Oh, the secrets we might learn."