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Wed May 24, 2023 1:30 pm
Shikai Power: Saiko's shikai works around the notion that depression is draining to a person's spirit and body and works around that concept. Her shikai is designed to wither away and restrain a person, much like grief and depression do to a person's physical body as it gradually aches, decays, and loses itself in pain and lack of energy.

Shikai Abilities:

Scathing Grief:
Sccathing Grief targets living beings only. This is an attack that is meant to induce more physical attributes of depression in a person as a means of offense or restraint. It's not uncommon for depression to produce aches or pains in the body, so Saiko amps up this facet up to eleven by making physical contact with a person and attacking them.

If the opponent is hit with Scathed Apathy, it won't cause damage to their body as it's designed to strike the soul of the character and induce a blinding amount of pain to the opponent in order to either stun them or make it hard to focus on the fight at hand. Their body may face heavy aches and random shooting pains and feel as if every movement is tiring to make. Its effects aren't permanent and will typically only last two posts with a one-post cooldown.

Griefs Venom: One of the effects that Saiko's shikai can have on a person's body or attacks is drainage. (So this ability can drain living and non-living things) Typically, she will have to make direct contact with an opponent or attack in the form of a punch, strike of her weapon, or an energy attack. If she is able to land an attack while Griefs Venom is active, then she can induce a physical effect of depression in a person and attempt to drain their energy. Depending on the amount of damage done to the opponent, this drainage can be negated or cause a heavy effect on the body.

For instance, if a person is able to shield themselves from her attack in any form, then Griefs Venom will have no effect. Whereas if they take moderate damage from it, they can begin to feel their energy reserves being harder to tap into and like their body is being depleted of power. This is because each attack from grief's venom acts like poison and seeks to sink their soul into a state of depression until they are too consumed by apathetic decay to put up a fight. This also means anyone can remove it from their body like any other poison if they have the skill to do so, but they will still deal with a thick sense of exhaustion afterward that may put extra strain on using their abilities.

(None of these effects last beyond the thread unless the person playing the character desires to do so for plot/story purposes.)


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Shikai Limits

Will Resistance: Those with strong willpower can either mitigate or resist some of the effects, which can lower the potency of her overall zanpukto abilities against certain opponents. This does not apply to any of the physical effects that her attacks can have, however.

Barriers/Seals: Since most of Saiko's attacks need some physical contact, characters who are able to create seals or barriers may fair better against her released powers.

Extraction: If a character is able to extract the energies out of their body, then they can reduce or stop some of the lingering effects of Saiko's attacks.

Ability Usage: Saiko can only summon two abilities from both her released and sealed powers at a time during a fight. The reason for this is because it can become quite extensive and exhausting to fully utilize multiple facets of these powers at once. This is due to the fact that her shikai is one that is rather highly powerful and has many advanced applications to it. Therefore, she often prefers to either focus solely on one complex ability or summon basic usage of the numerous abilities associated with her shikai.


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Wed May 24, 2023 2:39 pm
Tansouji: Although Tansouji is her zanpukto spirit, Saiko still considers him one of her greatest allies and friends. He is the person she can go to if anything ever goes wrong in her life. If she is ever alone and isolated, he will always be there to pick her up. And because of this deep bond, she feels a great amount of happiness and relief around him. Even when she was a slave of Shadow Fall and demon kind, he was always there coaching her, pushing her through these obstacles, and living to see a day when she was freed of her shackles. So no matter who comes or goes in her life, he will always be one of the people she cares for the most in this life as they are in this existence together as a team.



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Bankai Name:[REDACTED] is the name of Saiko's Bankai. Her Bankai is considered the second evolution of her depressive cycle and plays on the fact that depression often descends into anxiety and anger. So most of her bankai abilities are based around this general theme.

Bankai Release Phrase: "Scream, [REDACTED]"

» Bankai Release Action: Saiko will typically close her eyes, take a deep breath and punch her fist into the ground. Since this transformation brings on a lot of adrenaline, she often does this to brace for the rush that soars in her body after transforming.

Bankai Appearance: When Saiko transforms into her bankai, her hair and clothes change from black to bright white. Following that, the blue flame in her eye becomes a hot pink, and the aura of energy around her radiates as a strong shade of white and pink. While attached to her back is two wings of silver, black, pink, and crimson shades. They are compromised of four smaller wings each, and they appear to turn downward and symbolize an angel's halo upon closer inspection. Lastly, when she summons her Zanpakutô in this state, it takes the form of a large curved scythe. Once this final weapon is materialized, the body of Saiko will then begin to prejudicially flicker with static, and it will signify the completion of her transformation.

Bankai Side Effects

Loss Of Abilities: While in Bankai, Saiko losses the ability to freely transform her Zanpakutō in addition to using Grief's Hand and Absolving grief. Saiko is free to use all other abilities associated with her Zanpakutō, however.

Psychological Effects: Saiko's bankai is one that generates a great deal of power, but it also is a very intense state to be in. Saiko can become more aggressive, restless, and focused on eliminating any threat that she perceives. Because of this, it takes a great deal of focus to keep under control, and she doesn't like transforming into this state if she doesn't have to due to the fierce nature of her bankai.

Bankai Powers

Saiko's bankai abilities are based on the stress that anxiety induces on the body. Therefore, much like her shikai, all of its abilities are based on direct physical contact. So she focuses on overloading an object or person when attacks made from her bankai are able to make a direct hit.

Bankai Abilities

Peak Strength: Even without her bankai abilities, Saiko's abilities are at's peak during her bankai release. And with her heightened state of adrenaline from this form, her senses are as sharp as ever, and she often can pay attention to even the slightest change in the air from her fight or flight response.

Pain Reduction: In this state, Saiko's body is running on pure adrenaline. So it's harder for her to feel pain and be stopped by it. Together with her already strong will, it takes a heavy amount of damage to make the woman stop.

Smothered Frenzy: By spreading a purple mist across the area, she is able to induce a sense of breathlessness in an opponent. This is because the particles of energy target the respiratory system and induce shallow breathing and a heightened sense of panic. The primary way to dispel this is to either dodge, or extract the particles from a person's body, dispel the energy from the area, or have some barrier or mask to negate or lower the effects of the attack. Otherwise, it will continue until the opponent is knocked out.

Panic Gaze: Panic Gaze is a more straightforward attack that is based around the will system. Effectively, if you are in the eye-sight of Saiko and she is able to have a streak of her energy hit your eyes, she is capable of inducing a great sense of panic and fear, which can produce visions of a person's potential demise or visions of a bad future (death of loved ones, destruction of home, entrapment etc). This can then induce rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, and disorientation, though it will never cause death. It's meant to paralyze the opponent and induce mental and some physical fatigue from the energy spent in this state of dread.

This ability is only active as long as you are in the eye-sight of Saiko and she spreads her energy to your location. Furthermore, this effect is temporary and will only last for two posts. Though, those with a master level of focus will be able to see right through these visions and break this trace easily. Additionally, by closing your eyes, you can also avoid being influenced by this attack as well. There is also a two post cooldown for this ability.

Overload: This is the main offensive ability of Saiko's bankai. Excess anxiety leads to stress which overloads the body. And with this ability, Saiko's bankai is able to induce a state of overload on objects and living beings around her. She must influence a medium of her choosing first (fist, energy attack, weapon, etc). Then, she must make DIRECT contact with the object or person. Once this takes place, she is capable of overloading it and trying to destabilize it. However, she must vocally state the effect she is trying to induce with the attack to give it the strength it needs to manifest in reality.

An example of how this ability is used is that Saiko may try to hit a character with her scythe while Overload is activated and seek to overstress a bone in the person's limb to break. And, in this illustration, after hitting the opponent, she must vocally state "Overload: Bone Strain," and it may attempt to either strain that person's arm, break it or have no effect at all depending on how the character's powers or durability reacts to it.

Limitations

  • One Application: To prevent this ability from being too powerful, Saiko can only have one effect at a time. So, Overload cannot just over-stress a person's energy reserves, break their bone and remove their energy at once. She has to pick something within her power and attempt to execute that into reality with her attacks.

  • Living-Beings: When it comes to living beings, this does not mean Saiko can just automatically make your character self-destruct and be thrown out of the fight. The stronger a character's durability, the more odds they are they can walk off the effects of Overload. Grand Masters of durability may not even notice much effect unless she is able to land multiple powerful strikes on them, whereas those with untrained durability will suffer the most behind overload and most likely be critically injured on impact.

    Additionally, as with most of Saiko's attacks, this requires the character to be DIRECTLY hit. It cannot be a side attack, it has to impact a body part. Therefore, this means characters that can produce barriers, shields, or attacks that shield them have improved odds against the attack. However, those barriers or shields may overload in place of the character, depending on the potency behind it. (I.E. if a Master kido user put up a strong shield, there is no way Saiko can one-shot it. Whereas if you have an untrained kido, then odds are she can destroy it.)


  • Objects/Attacks: The more potent the object, the more chance it has of not overloading. If an Arrancar with master Cero clashed against an attack of Saiko's that was influenced by Overload, odds are, it wouldn't work and might be negated since her Zanjutsu is at a master level. Whereas someone with untrained cero may have their attack negated. So this type of interaction varies on the skill that is reinforcing the object/attack and will be varied in usage in actual combat.

  • Cooldown: After this ability is used, it cannot be used for another two posts.


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Fri May 26, 2023 2:50 pm
Birth

The world that Saiko was born into was a dead one. Born in the desert outlands of Arizona, there wasn't much life or prosperity to be had following the aftermath of the demon's invasion of the world. While the climax of the war had died down by this point, there were will many regions of instability that would be worked on during the years. Constant clashes for control over of the land were all but commonplace. Whether it be by man, demon or supernatural being alike. Bodies dropped day after day, and the fragility of life was more than scarred into the land and it's people during this time of rebuilding in the world.

However, despite the hellish atmosphere of the state at the time, there were still many humans who held on to hope and love. In a band of small but capable rouges, both of Saiko's parents conceived their bundle of light a world of death and decay. Born on Feb 14th, 2043, Anael Azrael was the original human name that Saiko was given by her mother, Ariel Azrael. Each of her parents named them this as they both clung to the faith and belief that perhaps the embrace of angels will help save this world cast in the blood of demons.

Ergo, the name "Anael" was bestowed upon Saiko because it represented an angel of love. While Azrael, their family's last name from her father, Uriel Azazel, embodied the world of death they inherited from World War Three. Thus, their child of St.Valentine was meant to do great good in the world, and they held on to that unfounded belief as strongly as they could. Since, against all odds, they believed that their daughter would be a miracle child and perhaps that she could rise to the ranks of being someone capable of changing this turmoil with these elements of love infused into her birth. It was quite absurd to believe in the grand scheme of things, but they needed something to hold on to and to have hope in when the world was so bleak.


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Sun May 28, 2023 1:33 pm
Childhood

Saiko's childhood was blissful until reality crept its ugly head in.

Even as Saiko's family ran through the outlands of America to find stability and peace, she came to find serenity and placidity in the midst of nature. This is because they were always safe when the lush forest life surrounded them all like a blanket of protection. For in these years, the ever-constant leash that her parents pulled around Saiko's neck grew tighter. So, whenever they reached the beauty of mother nature, she knew it was safe as that leash grew less and less rigid. Thus, when in these serene locations, she rarely, if ever, felt sadness when coated in the depths of the woodlands.

This was important to her as they ventured through as her family traveled throughout the southwest of the United States. Throughout these travels, and as she grew older, Saiko started to notice how much conflict there was in the world. Humans, demons, shinigami, and so many other beings were always fighting one another or trying to fight them. And it's for this reason, a sense of anxiety and depression started to fester in her soul. As no matter how far they ran, no how much they hid, the fires of this demonic war would continue to find them.

It is for this reason that her parents started to push Saiko to begin developing her own sets of powers on her 8th birthday. They taught her the needed traits to enrich herself and become a supernatural human. They started to push her to fight against the monsters they would find on their trails. Bit by bit, they pushed their baby girl to learn strength, durability, and the capacity to deal with hollows and demons far larger than herself. She learned to hunt, live off the land, develop battle sense from an early age, and see the bloodshed of this world up close. And for this reason, combat would always be second-nature to her from this point onward because of building such a strong foundation from a young age.

Though, given she was still a child, this was still a lot to process and take in. Fear was around every corner, and seeing the life taken out of these creatures brought sadness to her as she never wanted to be forced to do such a thing. Yet, with the circumstances of the world at that time, there was no choice, and she just prayed they would come back as something less awful.

Furthermore, she started to grow some resentment toward her parents. Why would they bring her into such a hardened and miserable world? Why couldn't she have a normal childhood, just spending time with her parents, family, and friends? Why did they have to live in fear and misery?

This period of her life sucked, and it wasn't what she wanted to do, but she just kept forcing herself to endure it because there just weren't many other options. And while she resented her parents for this, she couldn't hate them entirely since they still loved her and tried to do what they can to reward her actions when she did good.

But when the monsters weren't near, isolation was her friend. It is where she learned to expand her mind and find something so far away from the hardships which loomed on the horizon. She lost herself in many books pertaining to the sciences of this existence, histories of the world, fictional stories, and so many other subjects in between. It even inspired her to perhaps dream of becoming a hero or someone that could take away the darkness of this world. Thus, these stories were her comfort and helped to expand her knowledge so that she could further cultivate empathy, warmth, and love within herself with this early wisdom she perceived herself as having.

As it would be something that was key to her finding some of the best friends of her life at around the age of 13. After many years of searching, both Saiko and her parents would find a refuge for those who were affected by the aftermath of the third world war. Placed in an unspecified location in Texas, there was a vast desert where a large gathering of disbanded humans, shinigami's, and other neutral supernatural races alike called home. They made a community and ensured that none of the killers, demonic freaks, hollows, Arrancar, or any other madman of this world would bring harm to it.


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Sun May 28, 2023 2:01 pm
Teenage Years

Being at The Ranger Ranch was one of the happiest periods of Saiko's life that she can recall. These days were mystical because she was around other families, friends, and adults who were all on the same team, supporting each other and providing a sense of stability where they had a community to keep each other safe. No more moving from town to town, city to city, state to state. She could find her own home, her own school and build relationships, get to know other kids, and actually be happy for once.

Many of her days would be spent at school learning how to develop her academics, but they obviously also specialized in the supernatural arts. So, being that she spent most of the past 6-7 years already fine-tuning her skills, she was able to ace her classes. Fast, strong, and able to pack a punch, Saiko was seen as someone to aspire to in her classes, and it made her happy she was finding her place in the world at this stage in her life. People would ask her how to develop their powers, how to kill, improve their durability, and other combat tips.

With her school life going well, her parents seemed more relaxed, even if they still had her doing missions to protect their community. It wasn't uncommon around this time for Saiko to be deployed on missions to slaughter hollows, demons, or other human criminals who tried to tear apart this community. But, by this point, she was conditioned to accept this reality and just wanted to make her parents and community proud. So, she adapted and became a combat machine. Something which would repeat in a much darker way later in life.

Often times she was able to dispatch quickly of targets, was fighting alongside other adolescents and young adults, and held a lot of promise as a fighter. She still needed mentors and direction to further develop her abilities, powers, and skills, but she picked on quickly and wasn't afraid to put in the work, sweat, and tears to become a strong supernatural human. As whenever she did well on these ventures, her parents always congratulated her, her friends kept feeding her praise, and it helped to put the dread of this reality outside the compound further and further away from her mind.

So because of these factors, she started to gain confidence, a sense of being, and a purpose to exist to help her keep moving ahead at this time in her life. When she reached her 17th birthday, she was devoted to the work of fighting against the demons, sadistic humans, hollows, and other nightmarish fiends who sought to make the world hell. She liberated people from prison camps, killed these beasts on a daily bases, endured life-or-death battles alongside her parents, and pushed herself to the limit and beyond with her mental, physical, and supernatural training. Everything from honing her skill with all sorts of equipment, instilling the body memory to have her instincts become a weapon to use, increasing the volumes of energy that brew within herself, and expanding her knowledge in order to make the overall make-up of herself dangerous and lethal.

In doing so, her newly adapted body quickly saw vast advancements over the few years she spent honing her skills as a fighter and killer. She could feel something inside of her being satisfied, fed, and empowered each time she engaged in her conflicts. It was nagging at her, pushing at her, and guiding her toward the path of strength to find her own salvation. So while the world was ever turbulent around Saiko, she had the strength to subject it and fight against its ugly fangs with the power given to her.

In fact, she felt quite confident, smug, and downright arrogant with this new strength she acquired. There was still love, compassion, and kindness that she showered those close to her, but they could definitely note the radical change that occurred in Saiko and thought of her as a new person entirely from it.

But as with all things in life, could such a period of happiness ever truly last?


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Mon May 29, 2023 5:07 pm
Death

Things seemed to be going up for Saiko. Over the years, as she aged into her 20th birthday, the woman and her family gained a reputation as a hero of sorts that dealt with hollows, demons, and other criminals that put others in danger. In her small region of the world, some people believed she could potentially change things on a grander scale. Saiko never considered herself the strongest in her country, but that didn't matter to her. She just wanted to ensure her home was guarded to the best of her ability. Yet, despite these potent desires, it seemed even that wish was out of her control.

On the night of June 3rd, 2063, Saiko, her parents, and a group of her closest friends and family were making their way to the Grand Canyon to deal with a distress signal they picked up. From the vague reports they received, it was documented that a cluster of demons was slaughtering everything they encountered. Yet, despite the grave warning, they merely brushed it off and figured they could still be dealt with. So, Saiko was one of the first to go gung-ho into battle, anxious and ready to kill off some of her bad nerves at the time.

When they arrived, they had witnessed them mauling the bodies of shinigami, Quincy, and humans alike, as none of the forces they sent at them seemed to kill them. So, not wanting to be sitting ducks, they went on the offensive and tried to contain the outbreak of these demonic creatures. Yet, despite that, they were dramatically overpowered by them. They were able to kill a few here and there, but these demons seemed to be abnormally strong.

As they continued to clash into the night, it was revealed that this squadron of beasts were experiments of the Asthavon. This powerful demonic family was determined to force their efforts into the human world. So, as this fact came to a head, this family would forever be engraved in the memory of Saiko. She wanted to slaughter them for daring to endanger her family and did her best to try and fight against it. However, it just wasn't enough. It ended with her family and friends on the brink of death.

She could feel the demonic poison beginning to seep into her body, this sense of madness and chaos bleeding into her, and the fear that whatever she was turning into wouldn't be pretty. But, as the last lights of life started to flicker in Saiko's eyes, it was fortunate that a sudden arrival of additional shinigami from the Gotei swarmed in and saved what they could of her soul. There was no telling what monster she might've become if the corruption from those devils had lasted. So even if this existence were fading from her, the start of her life as a shinigami would grant her the chance to see a new beginning.


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Tue May 30, 2023 2:17 pm
Modern Arc Post WW4

The life that Murasaki had given Saiko was one that she could not have predicted with all the hell of her enslavement with Shadow Fall. There was an enormous weight on her that wanted her to do her best to redeem herself. She felt she had to atone for all the bloodshed on her hands, in spite of the fact they were circumstances that she was forced into.

So, the first few months were rather rough for Saiko. It was hard to get over her remorse, guilt, and shame for the actions she had done. But, by slowly opening herself up, facing the discomfort of her inner self, and trying to find people to connect with, Saiko felt bits and pieces of her happiness start to return. Training alongside her allies in the Gotei, befriending other shinigami, and pushing herself to find a new reason to live were what her soul needed the most.

Meeting people like Mizu, Hime, and Hono helped Saiko to learn how to bridge new relationships. Mentoring Mizu and helping her forge a stronger relationship with her inner world and Zanpakutō spirit was something she believes put Mizu on the path to finding her way in the Gotei and becoming a Vice Captain. It filled her heart with joy and excitement to see what her influence could make on the world. The same could be said of Hono and their relationship that blossomed by having another person she could train, shoot the shit with and grow in this new life. It was nice to have someone so kind, close, and able to cook bomb meals for her.

However, in the case of Hime, that relationship grew strained as the likes of Murasaki had her imprisoned despite the fact the two of them were damned souls trying to atone for the sins of their past. She knew how deep Hime was with her shady past, but she still believed there was potential in her to become something more if given a chance. It is why she has not given up on Hime and still visits her regularly to keep her spirits up and bide her time to free her eventually. Hime weighs heavily on Saiko's heart, but she can't allow herself to be consumed by that misery. Instead, she has to use that energy to keep pushing herself forward; perhaps, one day, she will have enough influence to get that woman out.

So, for now, Saiko has also used this new chance at life to mend old relationships, such as her encounters with Hisana and Yuuto. The deepest of which was that of Yuuto, as she had encountered Saiko before her eventual return to the Soul Society. The hardships that these two suffered as demonic hybrids brought them closer together. They trained with each other, got to know each other better, and eventually bonded to the point of him being willing to go out on a limb and convince her to allow him the chance to remove that demonic blood from her once and for all. It was a terrifying process, but he could see the darkest depths of her soul, remove the beast within Saiko, and bond closer to her.

For a while, she had lost most of her powers, but they are steadily returning to her, and she knows she will be stronger than ever with a pure body, mind, and soul at hand. Thus, for now, Saiko is feeling her powers return to her, training for the African conflict, and ready to fight in the frontlines with her allies as she mends her body back together with hope, vigor, and will to do better with this life she was blessed with.


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Thu Jun 01, 2023 2:49 pm
Shinigami Life

When Saiko was born into the soul society, there was a burning feeling in her soul as she had the abnormal effect of retaining her memories. Typically, souls lose their memories of their former life, but given the peculiar circumstances of her death at the hands of a demon, it isn't surprising that something went astray. In the time she spent having her life flood back into her head, she felt an ominous presence looming over her as if she could sense the Asthavon blood nearby. However, in time, it would only be a brief side effect of her death.

What was more important to her was that her family had surrounded her, but they lacked the same memories she had. And while they were lost and confused, Saiko had to lead them. She figured they would eventually snap out of it, so being the strongest at that moment, she did her best to describe their former lives to them. It was a lot for her to manage as she was dealing with the loss of her former life, the birth of a new one, adapting to a new world, and losing her family in a sense as their personalities seemed similar, but they just had no clue of what on earth happened to them. It hurt Saiko's heart and made her despair as if this world was all some kind of new hell she found herself in.

And to add insult to injury, she was born into the Rukongai and was forced into being in the bottom rung of society. She felt she had nobody at this point in her life and was forced to fight for their lives in this hellish reality. Even if she was a newly born shinigami soul, there was an abnormal amount of power to her that allowed her to either beat, draw or run away with her life from most scarps in the 80th district. The battle experience and knowledge from her prior life were something she still could leverage to start building a reputation for herself as the days, weeks, and months passed on.

Eventually, due to the savage nature of her combative prowess, it attracted the attention of a nearby shinigami who was recruiting powerful soul's to add to the Gotei's numbers, given their own going battles against the demonic menace on earth at the time. So, this individual approached her and her family and offered Saiko a deal to change her life, train under the Gotei and form her Zanpukto. In exchange, she would gain new power and a better means to keep her family safe. And without thinking twice, Saiko accepted his offer. What other choice did she have? Stay in the slums and forever live in this depressive hell? That wasn't happening.

In a matter of a few days, she packed her bags, went with her family, and they were brought to Academy, where they all would begin to awaken their powers as shinigami. As it is in the Academy, Saiko was given her Zanpakutō and quickly bonded with it throughout her training and meditation. Throughout constant battles, she continued to forge her spiritual might and seemed to accelerate through the Academy as she grasped onto combat like it was pure instinct. And given her previous life? It may as well have been. Yeah, she needed people to explain things, practice and get hands-on-; but she excelled in anything physical, even if her academics were less than stellar.

At the same time, her parents, family, and few friends remained stuck at her side and started to grow into their own as they adapted to this new world. It was a challenging adjustment period, but much like her days at the Rancher Haven, Saiko found something that made her feel like she had a purpose, and the hard training put her mind out of that state of misery, melancholy, and woe.

So, it was inevitable that a voice reached out to her. Amid a bad storm one night, Saiko had fallen asleep, and her consciousness was thrust into her inner world. This voice was Tansouji, her zanpukto spirit. It freaked her out at first, but she could sense a familiarity with this man, and he looked similar to her in some ways. And as she started to approach him, her inner world was filled out, and he explained the reality of what she was: a shinigami.

And, in time, they started to bond further. Each day she would meditate, spend time with Tansouji and find solace in the loneliness of her spirit. In this way, his powers started to bleed into her blade, and she soon found that this man reflected her soul. And by that connection they shared, they would always have each other if this line of communication were open. So it was why Saiko had a sharp focus on her inner spiritual world, as if she took care of him, he would take care of her in return. Thus she had a reprieve in this world of strife and melancholy.

When this clicked, her powers seemed to accelerate further, and she was put directly into the first division. Loyal and unmoving to the powers that be, she was assigned to many different missions in the Soul Society and Earth and was determined to prove herself as someone worth investing in. She wanted to be there for her family, be that hero she dreamed of as a child, and protect herself and Tansouji by developing this power that seemed second nature.

But, what was most beneficial to her was the bonds that she made. At this point in her life, she had comrades, people who relied on her, and others who looked up to her strength, as she was an abnormality in the soul society. To gain as much strength and insight as she did at a fast rate made her someone people aspire to, and that was a responsibility in itself. So, throughout her missions and time in the Soul Society, she made sure to mentor people, train with them, give them advice, and always be someone brimming and filled with life despite the melancholy nature of her Zanpakutō spirit.

From her life to her death and rebirth, Saiko had seen so much ugliness in the world; but there was still that childish optimism in her heart that she could do some good, and she wanted to pursue that as much as she could. It is why she could smile, stand, stall, and know she was doing her best.

Yet, as with previous periods in Saiko's life, could such a feeling of peace truly last?


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