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Welcome to The Platinum Hearts Scroller. Here you can find our most recent Of the Year and Of the Season winners. Happy Roleplaying! --- Member of the Year: Locke --- Character of the Year: Alastair Eisfluch --- New Characters of the Year: Mizu Morikawa and Igendai Gyakusuma --- Social Thread of the Year: A Letter for Hymn --- Combat Thread of the Year: Raise Your Spirits --- Member of the Season: Paradigm --- Characters of the Season: Byakuya Kuchiki and Klein Schwarzwotan --- Applications of the Season: Armina Willsaam and Klein Schwarzwotan --- Fight Thread of the Season: Search and Destroy --- Social Thread of the Season: Damage Assessment --- Event Thread of the Season: Midnight Assault
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Sun Jul 07, 2024 3:40 am
UNOHANA RETSU | BLOODLETTER

Retsu was the last to leave the operating room. It should have been a simple procedure, and even if not, it should have been within the original doctor's scope of talent. Once again, someone she would have to adjust her appraisal of. She didn't enjoy having the expectation of judging others, but she respected her position enough to not revile it. Lives were at stake, and she would not allow her own personal feelings affect the quality of care she was ultimately responsible for.

When a cleaning crew arrived, they stopped in shock as Retsu was still there. She glanced at them. In some ways, they were just as important as the surgeons and nurses that were just in here. And despite not being more important, Retsu felt in their way. "The drain is starting to clog; take care of it before it becomes an actual problem." Retsu walked past the cleaning crew with a simple command. She wasn't even saying to do it at that exact moment—just soon. And yet, she knew that they were going to be making that drain as sterile and shiny as a brand-new scalpel.

There were a few courtyards in the Shino-Seiyakuin, but only a single one was for the medical personnel only. Retsu didn't feel like being praised for saving someone or curing them. She would inevitably chastise the patient for getting ill or injured in the first place. And today, she just didn't feel like arguing with the Nobility about her bedside manners. So, the "employees only" section it was.

A small group of nurses and younger doctors had gathered there. None were from the operating room she had just been in. Retsu stopped her walk towards one of the benches to stare at one of the nurse's hands. It was hard to tell when she was mildly annoyed at something, and this nurse obviously was new or he'd know one thing about her. There was one thing she "strongly discouraged" because banning "wasn't fair." "Oh, do you want one, ma'am?" He reached into his pocket to get enough to share.

The others around him winced. Retsu tilted her head back to get a look at the man's face. He had what others might call kind features. He was the type of nurse that had a relaxing, if not entirely proper, bedside manner. The type that was needed to balance her own manners. "You would be wise to stop that before your lungs turn black. As a medical professional, you should know better than to smoke." Her words were as sharp as the sword in her office. She had more "advice" to give the nurse, but what would that do?

Not wanting to hear an apology or an explanation, Retsu continued out of the courtyard and to the back section of the wall. She left the hospital compound through a servant's entrance and just walked around the Seireitei. She could find her way back despite what seemed like aimless wandering. She had been on many of these streets before they were cobbled. For others, it might be easy to get lost. Deep within, perhaps she wanted to get so lost she could not return. But that desire would not be possible. Not for Retsu.

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Sun Jul 07, 2024 11:16 pm
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Byakuya Kuchiki

“Lord Kuchiki, may I ask where you are going?”

“No. I will return soon enough.”

Byakuya Kuchiki had no reason to visit the hospital, but there was a person he was interested in discussing some things with. Though she had left the Gotei, like he had, they still occasionally ran into each other when he was in need of a regular check-up. These days, it was not often that Byakuya Kuchiki received an injury, though part of him hoped some sort of challenge would soon be entering his life.

Upon approaching the hospital, Byakuya found the small hint of her reiatsu. A quick shunpo over the Seireitei walls and he was able to reach Retsu Unohana, who seemed to be idly wandering the streets. He expected her to sense him coming the moment he utilized shunpo, so his appearance wouldn’t be a surprise. He ended his shunpo on the road in front of about, keeping about fifteen feet between them.

“Lady Unohana,” Byakuya said with the intended respect that came with the word. Though she was not a noblewoman, her deeds over the centuries gained enough of Byakuya’s respect that he would call her that anyway. “I would like to speak to you.”

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Mon Jul 08, 2024 5:47 pm
UNOHANA RETSU | BLOODLETTER

Familiar. That was the first hint that whomever was approaching her wasn't there to ask an asinine question. She was pretty sure they were approaching her—or at least going to cross her path. She wasn't feeling entirely unsociable, so she continued without changing her course. It didn't take long before she could isolate the Reiatsu from others. Byakuya Kuchiki—the head of the Kuchiki Family and a former Captain. She had healed and stabilized him after his loss at Sōkyoku Hill. He had been a changed man after that.

Retsu adjusted her meandering into a more open corridor street that was still isolated. It didn't take long for him to appear in front of her. He was still as stiff as before. That hadn't changed. "Lord Kuchiki." She glanced at his attire. No Shihakkushō or Haori. They had spoken briefly during his check-ups—some nobility only accepted her as a doctor much to her chagrin—but 'work' was never one of the topics of discussion. Either he had completely left the Gotei like she had, or this was a meeting driven by something outside of the Gotei. Retsu knew Byakuya would keep such things as separate as he could, but her gut instinct told her it was the former.

"Speak then. I do not command your tongue, only my ears. But if this is about your last visit or your next, I would prefer to have that discussion in my office where the files are readily available and not in the middle of the Seireitei. I imagine you especially would prefer to keep your medical history private."

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Mon Jul 08, 2024 9:30 pm
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"My health not a subject today,” Byakuya said. Almost a century ago now, this woman had a brighter demeanor, or at least a mask she had always put on for the sake of others. Byakuya was not yet sure whether that mask just cracked or had been thrown away, but that false smile Unohana had finally vanished.

“I was recently approached by someone of the Aiban family about happenings in the Rukongai. I was curious how much you kept up with dealings in the further districts. I speak specifically of the west in this case.” Byakuya’s name had reached into the inner-mid districts over the last century. His intentional expansion into further districts that he found decently hospitable had been successful, for the most part. Even Unohana may have heard of some of his new-found reach.

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Mon Jul 08, 2024 10:39 pm
UNOHANA RETSU | BLOODLETTER

Retsu had not personally treated anyone from the Aiban family, but the name did show up in one or two ledgers. Then again, Byakuya Kuchiki was one man she would not expect to lie or weasel around. He'd tactfully get straight to the point. Retsu folded her hands on top of one another—the sleeves of her doctor's haori covering her hands like her Captain's haori once did. The hands gave away so much body language. It was best for her to keep them hidden.

"Most of my attention is here in the Shino-Seiyakuin. I do not have any specific information about the outer Districts of the Rukongai." Retsu could have left it at that. She had told the truth... just not all of it. She closed her eyes and decided that it was best to tell him more. "However, there has been a notable decline over the past two years in the number of patients to my clinic in West Sixty-Eight. Most patients going to that clinic have ills that are better suited to be treated at a normal apothecary and not one of my establishments. I do not have any proof as to why it is happening either. The Rukongai's Outer Districts have always been a tumultuous place where reason and logic are thrown to the wayside for the sake of survival."

"I do not see you wearing a constable's uniform nor a Shihakkushō, Lord Kuchiki. Why is the Rukongai any of your concern?"

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Tue Jul 09, 2024 9:27 pm
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Byakuya Kuchiki

Byakuya was wearing an expensive outfit typical to traditional nobles of Japan, dyed the colors of his family. It also included the hairpiece he was noted for wearing when he was a Captain. With no insignia, it was understandable that his interest in this subject come under question. Byakuya took a moment to answer Unohana the right way. How much truth should he put in this conversation?

“I have businesses scattered throughout the Rukongai,” Byakuya said, settling on one of his main reasons. “A few of them are located in the west, and I have noticed a certain decline I wish to address. I have also been receiving complaints of restlessness. Are you not concerned for the citizens that are living there?” That question was obvious, probing. She’d pick up on it, and that was his intent.

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Wed Jul 10, 2024 12:20 am
UNOHANA RETSU | BLOODLETTER

What a farce. There was something else driving him. Byakuya Kuchiki was not a man driven by profit and business stability. That wasn't something he'd personally see to. And for him to ask that question... Retsu would take that as an insult from most others. She gripped her other hand tightly. "Restlessness is the current trend in society, Lord Kuchiki. It is not something centered in just the Rukongai. Between the hospital bombing and the murders, you will find that the situation in the Seireitei is no different than that in the outermost districts. Here it is just hidden behind the facade of 'order.'"

"And as for my 'concern' or lack thereof, it is not my duty to be concerned with those problems any longer." Her eyes hardened as she stared Byakuya in the eyes. "If you are wondering if I care about wanton violence and murder, then know that I find it entirely pointless. Life is too valuable for it to be thrown to the wayside for an unachievable dream. Most of the current squabbles in the Outer Districts are over the perception of control the downtrodden have. They view the Nobility, Central 320, and the Gotei United as distant entities that do not interact with their world. In many cases, they are correct. The common man in the Outer Districts has the same chance of speaking to one who truly holds power as I have of you drawing your Zanpakutō and attempting to strike me down at this exact moment." And Retsu liked those odds.

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Thu Jul 11, 2024 2:49 am
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Byakuya Kuchiki

There was always the chance of such things, but in this exact moment it was impossible; Byakuya was not carrying his zanpakuto. Senbonzakura was safely secured at the Kuchiki Manor, where no one but he could access it. It seemed his assumptions were still, indeed, correct about Unohana and her views. Over the years, he gradually watched the dulling of any light in the woman’s demeanor.

“That’s no surprise,” Byakuya said, releasing a light breath. He was referring to her whole answer, replying on multiple layers. “A bombing within the walls of the Seireitei is further evidence of this Gotei United’s weakness. I have seen some promising, but idealistic, shinigami, and noticed that certain traditions continue the deterioration of their standing. I assume you're aware of her return?”

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Thu Jul 11, 2024 6:00 am
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Retsu's eyebrow raised slightly. Her poker face did not survive a single word. Weakness. That spoke novels, and she thought she might understand more of why Byakuya decided to speak to her. Unfortunately for her curiosity, another topic took priority. She had heard of exactly whom Byakuya was speaking of. She had thought more than once of approaching that woman since she had heard of her release. But every time Retsu thought of going, she talked herself out of it. There were multiple reasons. For now, the top one was simply there were no words to be shared between the two.

"The tradition," Retsu corrected, "had its place. I would daresay claim it needed to be as such. And yet there are many other relics the Gotei seems so keen to hold onto that have no place within today's society." She closed her eyes once more. She replayed the memory of her successor—her former Lieutenant and the Second Kenpachi—being struck down. The brutality of that did not to be repeated—and yet, at least ten times since then it had.

"And if it is not clear: yes, I know whom you whisper of. I know of her return and of her current status." When she opened her eyes once more, Retsu was gazing far beyond Byakuya and into the past. "I pity her. She did not get the chance to learn to accept the changing times as I did. I can not judge her actions too harshly because of that."

Changing the subject, Retsu corralled her curiosity back into the conversation. "As one who prides himself on order and law, why do I sense a rebellious spirit about you, Byakuya Kuchiki?" Retsu dropped the formal title. "You speak of weakness in the Gotei and restlessness in the Rukongai. You mention the bombing and old traditions you disagree with. It is plain enough to see that you are not satisfied with the status quo. Is it the Nobility being stripped of their power or is it the missing the comforting weight of responsibility the Captain's haori gives that is the kindling to your dissatisfaction?"

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Thu Jul 11, 2024 2:18 pm
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Byakuya Kuchiki

Byakuya’s thoughts were proven correct on this particular subject. Good. However, pity was not what he would ever describe what he felt for that criminal. That she holds any power in the organization that dares share its name with the one he once held in high regard infuriated him to no end, but what could he do now?

"Pity? I guess some would describe it like that." Byakuya said, his eyes rising to meet Unohana's. “That tradition has not had a place within the Soul Society for over half a century." Byakuya had made his distaste for it clear many, many times in the past. "This Gotei United claims to pride itself on more modern methods, yet keeps a tradition that allows such a criminal into its ranks without question.”

And Unohana was correct about this “rebellious” spirit she spoke of, but maybe not for expected reasons. If what all one saw was chaos spreading like a disease around them, the return of law and order was the required cure.

"The nobility that deserves to survive will do so without the weak arm of the Gotei United," Byakuya stated with a certain amount of pride. He was proof of this. His family still stood above the rest and walked over the remains of the noble families that fell, refusing to bend to the times. In fact, he could probably say the Kuchiki was all the wealthier for it. He had even absorbed the assets of a few fallen nobles that were desperate to keep their cushy life styles. But beyond that...

"I considered rejoining the Gotei, but after investigating the current atmosphere, I have found it would be pointless. What has been built over the Gotei Thirteen's ruins is nothing more than a weak imitation with a pathetic foundation. What was a military that found camaraderie and pride among its own Divisions is now a social club of idealistic, weak minded children, treating their positions like nine-to-five jobs. It's lost all real meaning, and I want absolutely no part of it."

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