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  2. Soul Burials (Please Refrain From Making A New Topic)

    I need a soul burial in District 1. Playing when theres almost no activity sucks when burials are community dependent :/
  3. Yesterday
  4. Kyouraku Mansion

    By the time Metabee had returned it was already the middle of the evening. He was excited to hear what kind of progress Yoshirou and JDan made and what they were able to come up with but even more than that he was excited to tell them of his foundings. However, that excitement ddn't really show as he was simply tired. In the past 6 days he was busy day and night so he didn't actually get much sleep, causing bags to form under his eyes. Perhaps he would get some sleep tonight in preparation for their real training the next day. This time, he returned to the Mansion with two suitcases which contained his things. Not wanting to carry them around, the Captain headed straight for his room. As he entered the room, the bed instantly look captivating to him but there were still some things that he had to do before he could sleep. One of those things was unpacking. He started with the smaller of the two suitcases which contained some spare clothes that he sorted out and put into the wardrobe while the underwear went into the drawers. Next was the suitcase which contained decorations for his room. He started by putting some pictures on his desk and then moved onto the books that he brought. The first two shelves would have knowledge books which would help anyone learn a bit about fighting or some general matters like other races and their realms, he tried to bring as wide variety as he could. The other two shelves he filled with normal books that could be used to simply pass the time. All the shelves were sorted in alphabetical order to make things easier to find. To finish up, Metabee closed the two suitcases up and stashed them under his bed. He let out a sigh and massaged his nose bridge as a knock came on the door so he went to get it. Upon opening it he saw Yoshirou as his face showed disappointment,'Oh, its you. I thought it was the pizza delivery guy but it seems my hopes have been ruined,' he said to tease him. The Captain stretched out his hand for a handshake as he grinned,'Come in. It's time to catch up.' OOC: where are the treats Yoshi!
  5. Hachūrui's Lab

    Interrupting the scientist's story was not an option, so Lurker quietly listened to it all, nodding in understanding. He never was human, nor shinigami, but he lived their life thousands of time. Each time he consumed one in fact. He knew how much a friend could mean. It was with profound respect that Lurker replied to Haru's comment about being unprofessional: "No harm done my friend. If me listening to you could relieve even just a bit of your sorrows, I'd be glad." The computer then showed the new creation named Angel and the shinigami asked about further inquiries. "Well, what are you doing here exactly?" He pointed to the computer's screen.
  6. Death Among Us

    The cocktail of emotions Kotaro exhibited in his aura was easily detected by Lurker's sense, but he did not need to ask about it as the Vasto Lorde clearly stated his opinion vis-à-vis the Adjuchas' copying feat. The latter chose to ignore the comment and carry on. He is so quick to anger. There are a lot more unknown special abilities in this world; obviously, there would be such copying techniques. I suppose it is his lack of experience that is speaking. A few moments after Lurker's Sonido demonstration, where his head was nearly cut off, he replied to Kotaro's warning with an amused grin and a humorous tone: "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, but you know, I kinda like this head of mine. It would be much appreciated if I could keep it." Draiden then selected this moment to warn him about devouring anyone he pleased, and Absolon agreed with a chuckle and advised of not obstructing Las Noches' path. Lurker answered to their worries seriously: "Of course, this was needless to say. As for my regressing problem, you don't have to concern yourself about it Draiden. I am continuously eating as we speak. My needs are attended for." And they were. He did have an army under Hueco Mundo, hunting without rest to feed him. Even if Lurker accepted Absolon's advice, he did notice the emphasis on needing a good reason. Rules are made to be broken after all. Then, the Cero Espada asked the two candidates if they were ready for their initiation mission. He was quickly answered by Lurker: "Of course, we were born ready." It was evident that the two of them were not to be trusted nor acknowledged that easily. This mission is their first opportunity to show how capable they are. He then quietly listened to Monk's description as he held his question until the end. "How about his last known whereabouts?" This quest will prove to be quite a challenge. Searching for a single entity in all the worlds without any clues is close to impossible, even with Lurker's nature. He hoped that with his last question, a place to start his investigation would be given. Lurker's vast knowledge was still lacking as he did not know anything about that "Monk," the first step of his mission will probably be to absorb the soul of someone that knew/saw/survived him. The last shinigamis he ate did know about a recent Arrancar's attack in Soul Society, but they had no clue about who that was.
  7. Last week
  8. Kyouraku Mansion

    Day 1 The trio met up again the next morning for a quick meal. Again JDan was the first to say his goodbyes and leave. He was given orders by Yoshirou to have all the Clansmen assemble in the great hall so that he may address them after their meal. Metabee and Yoshirou kept the conversation casual while finishing a well-balanced breakfast. With goodbyes said Yoshirou met up with JDan in the great hall. Everyone that was a Kyoraku aside from the Advisor was there, which numbered a little over one hundred and fifty. It was time he addressed his brethren and filled them in on what’s all going on. “Ladies and gentlemen I wont sugarcoat it for you. The threat is real and the enemies we face are far deadlier and fiercer than any that have come before them,” states Yoshirou as he explains for the first time the events that transpired just the other day. He speaks of Monk and his ungodly strength as well Sama’el and his malicious realm. Holding nothing back the Noble told his people of what he knew. The clansmen grew a little frightened and scared but rightfully so. Only a lying nervous fool would say otherwise. But Yoshirou wouldn’t leave them feeling this way or without a plan. “Fear not for there are ways even through the shadows of the valley of death. (Metaphor for hopelessness/insurmountable odds.) Even now Metabee, JDan and I are developing new ways to not only strengthen ourselves but to counter our foes. We are the Kyoraku don’t forget! Even the Gotei marvels at our swordsmanship and soon the enemy will come to fear it as well,” Yoshirou says reassuring his people and bolstering their moral. The Noble proceeds to explain the hybrid Kido technique that they are developing; comparing it to Shunko though it will be a mixture of Kido and Zanjutsu instead of Kido and Hakuda. Yoshi realizes that he has yet to name the technique but would give it more thought later. As he continued Yoshirou informed them that their daily training time would increase. He also stated that Kido training would be mandatory instead of optional, but no one complained as they fully understood. As this was all in hopes that once the hybrid skill was created they would able to learn and teach it easier. As his speech was coming to an end Yoshirou wanted to end on a positive note instead of one of despair. “Look around you. When you are first born you are given a family. But each one of you chose to be here. You choose to be a Kyoraku and you chose to be apart of this great and noble family. What one of us cannot do alone we can do together, united with Metabee and our Shinigami brethren we will annihilate any evil that stands against us…” With passion burning like fire the men and women roared with excitement even knowing that their future wasn’t very certain. They were all weary of the events to come but were more than motivated to meet and beat any challenge that may befall them. Training that day was probably the best they’ve ever had. With everyone so eager and driven to succeed they gave it their all and then some. JDan was able to envelop his whole body with the element that resonated with him without expending all his energy. He could now do it just as easy as he was creating the earth element in his hands. His growth rate and progress was astounding but it still failed in comparison to Yoshirou or Metabee. The Head Noble was able to accomplish both in a day to catch up with JDan’s progress. Not only that but Yoshirou already found some use for it was well. He could snap or clap his hands together and create the same effect as a flash bang grenade; momentarily blinding, confusing and disorienting any within the vicinity. The effects only lasted a few seconds but in high-speed combat it could make the world of difference. Day 2 There was no big speech to give today but Yoshirou still visited each training session before he started his own. Although there was very little progress made by the other Clansmen, in a single day, Yoshi was more then pleased by everyone’s dedication and determination. With there work ethic even those with the slowest growth rate would develop faster than usual. After his rounds Yoshirou met up with JDan who was already doing some solo training. They discussed for a moment how to proceed and ultimately went with Yoshi’s idea. Since they could both cover their bodies with their favored element they should spar while doing so. The goal was to familiarize better with the process and become more comfortable with it. Right now it was taxing on the body and rapidly drained their stamina so it was ill suited for live combat. By the end of the day they noticed some subtle changes. The results were minor but present. JDan got mixed results; his body became slightly more durable and his attacks slightly heavier but at a loss of speed. While it wasn’t a drastic decrease he wasn’t the fastest to being with so any loss of speed was noticeable. Yoshirou on the other hand had more favorable results. His speed and attack was faster though is strength did not change. This combined with his new Flash Bang skill gave JDan a hell of a hard time while sparing. The only negative was the rapid drain of energy but it wasn’t any greater than JDan’s, which simply came with the technique. Of course with time they hoped to minimize the stamina drainage but for now he was more than pleased. Day 3 Day three went just as the previous one. Yoshirou made his morning rounds and then met up with JDan and went through the same training routine. The only results today for them were that they were able to train for longer periods of time before having to stop and replenish their energy. They decided to train for only half the day. Fighting for a day and a half straight in a new, unfamiliar and incomplete form was exhausting. Even if they wanted to train further, they didn’t have the necessary energy to maintain the flow of elemental energy. Instead they rested and caught up on their duties. Yoshirou even received word that the destroyed village in the outer Rukon was completely cleaned up. Now it simply looked like a new plot of land ready for development. Yoshi’s initial idea was to make it a memorial but that was too sad and depressing not to mention inefficient. Instead he authorized something different. They would build an outreach post there that could serve to help the surround communities. They would offer not only food and aid but also different classes that taught those that wanted to learn how to survive off the land and available resources. It would be ran completely by volunteers and overseen by the Clan. Yes this is a much better idea Yoshi thought as he signed the papers that would but it into action. Later that evening Yoshirou receive a Hell Butterfly. It was a report from Jessica stating their progress. So far they have not made contact with the group but they have been closing in thanks to a few good tips and leads they've come across. If rumors are true there is only a hand full of them left. Most retired or simply left and went their separate ways but they still maintained their high reputation. Day 4 Feeling invigorated and rejuvenated Yoshirou and JDan returned to training. Once again they changed there approached employing a different method today. Instead of simply sparing they would use kido while having their natural energy flow through them. Using Hado on each other could prove dangerous so the kept it to just Bakudo. They would simply start from the beginning and work their way up the list as high as they could. At the end of the training session the results were pretty good. Every Bakudo JDan fired was far more durable than normal. Even Sai took nearly fifty percent more strength for Yoshi to break free of. JDan was able to make it to Bakudo #62 before running out of energy, although he did not actually perform every kido prior to it. Yoshirou was able to push a little further than JDan and made it to Danku before exhaustion set in. However, although it did alter the appearance of most of the kido’s only a few of them saw an actually improvement that wasn’t just visual. The ones that did improved did so exactly how you would expect from the results Yoshi has already seen; they were launched and took effect far quicker than there unenhanced counter parts. Otherwise there strength and durability remained the same. Day 5 Before training Yoshirou received word that a few of the Squad 13 members wished for an audience with him. He immediately obliged and heard them out. They told him how Metabee visited them the day before and explained everything. While most were apprehensive the Kido Commander was able to recruit a few using his authority as his their superior. But that’s not why they have sought the Noble out. After time to thinking it over and discuss it amongst themselves they wish too willing join the cause and even the Kyoraku Clan if Yoshi would allow it. Without a second thought Yoshirou accepted his former comrades with open arms. In all their where nineteen that joined that day but they were all willing and capable, former squad mates and friends. During Yoshirou morning rounds he started to notice significant improvement from his Clansmen. Most had already been able to improve and strengthen their swordsmanship and kido while some have even learned new skills and techniques. The Kyoraku Clan’s spirit was high and showed no sign of diminishing. Neither Yoshirou nor JDan could successfully integrate the flow of natural energy into their Zanpakuto yet, though they were still gaining ground. Hopefully Metabee would return with some insight, as it wouldn't be much longer now. Today’s training for the pair would involve Hado but since it was too dangerous to test the effects on each other they used training dummies as targets. This low-tech method was useful as a stationary target would be best. Besides these dummies could absorb a small amount of damage and provide minor calculations giving feed back on subtle differences. Unlike yesterday it was Yoshirou who found the most success today. Not only did the speed of most of his Hados increase but also so their piercing or destructive capabilities. Byakurai looked more like a ray of sun light than lightning and easily pierced the metal targets. While Shakkaho and Sokatsui both reduced the dummies to a pile of smoldering hot metal. However the energy consumption was far grater than using Bakudo. JDan didn’t notice any changes until he used Hado #57 were he was able to create large boulders to use for the kido instead of nearby debris. After witnessing it though he immediately cancelled the Hado as it might cause significant damage to the building. All in all they were happy with the results and decided to call it an early day. Later that evening Jessica and Nolan returned having successfully completed their mission. Accompanying them were the only active members left of Odds N’ Ends, Teschma- its leader and Nero- his right hand man and trusted friend. They spoke privately at first but agree to discuss business the following morning. The pair were treated as honored guest and indulged in a nice dinner with Yoshirou and the Clansmen. After which JDan gave them a tour of the Manson and showed them rooms they would be occupying. Day 6 Today was the day that Metabee would be returning and with any luck he would have some information that will help them progress further. But before all that Yoshirou had breakfast with his guest before heading to his office to discuss on why he sought them out. Before anything was revealed Yoshirou had them swear a vow of secrecy as wished for his words to remain confidential. Teschma assured him that even if they declined the mission not a word of information would be spilled from their lips. As such was there way; even if they were Vizard mercenaries they were still Shinigamis too. Their since of pride and honor meant just as much to them as it did to Yoshirou. Convinced Yoshi tells them everything. From the first time he encountered Sama’el in the graveyard to the last, just the other day after Monks death. He even reveals the fact that the Kido Commander and him were creating a new specialized technique. But he wasn’t done there. What he said next was why they were there and something Yoshirou has never said aloud; only his Zanpakuto spirits knew. The words that Vizards heard were so outrageous and even suicidal that Tesch got up an almost walked out. Nero quickly reminded him though that they have yet to not hear a customer out. Starting now would be a meaningless blemish on their perfect record. Regaining his cool Tesch stayed and let Yoshirou finished. “Ok we’ve heard your ludicrous ideas. Even if we were to accept, how would you be able to compensate us enough to make the risk worth it?” Teschma asked knowing a reward for such missions should be just as insane. “You know money would have no meaning for something this unreasonable.” “No, I know you two have built up a substantial amount of savings back in the World of the Living. I even heard that you two are looking into retirement since you are all that remain of your group,” replies Yoshirou who then diverts to a story. “If you are to believe the legends of old, they tell of a murderous group of bandits so dreadful that fear of them alone was enough to protect the Soul Society.” “Yes, yes, they went on to become the early day Gotei 13… if the myths are true. But what’s this story have to do with anything?” asked Teschma. “Perhaps we need to take a step back in that direction and a balance of warriors like you might take the Seireitei in the right direction. What I offer is a home and a place to belong. Both of you become apart of the Kyoraku and take up our noble cause. As it sits now there are no Captains in the Gotei 13 so I will even pull some strings and have you instated as a Captain Teschma. You Nero of course will be appointed as Vice Captain,” declares Yoshirou. The Vizards looked at each other dumfounded. While they expected an offer that out weighted money or gold, they did not expect something to this degree. It was a far better reward than they could ever have imagined but they couldn’t rush their answer. The missions were dangerous enough that they might not even live long enough to collect. Coming to the same conclusion they state that they must think it over and would like some time to do so. Of course Yoshirou understood and agreed. In the mean time he suggested that they explored the Manor’s grounds a little bit and come to know the people. They were even given permission to join in the Clansmen’s daily training if they wanted to. Tesch and Nero both heard about the legendary Zanjutsu training the Kyoraku go through and took up the offer to join in. After Yoshirou got them started with another group he met up once again with JDan. With Metabee returning any moment now and less than half day to train they decided to spend the day just going over the fundamentals and what they have already learned. As evening came training ended. Yoshirou sought out his guest but was told they went exploring the Clan’s grounds as he suggested. It was no matter as he also was informed that Metabee had recently returned. Yoshi headed to Meta’s room where he suspected he would be after just arriving. Reaching the door Yoshirou knocks awaiting a response.
  9. Death Among Us

    Kotaro watched as Lurker shot a large nearby boulder, and then it exploded with high force. But, due to his earlier experiences with it, plus knowing the pieces couldn't hurt him, the Vasto Lorde didn't do anything to block or dodge. Kota simply watched as the rocks dissolved and flew to Lurker, joining his body. Nice. Great way to show it, he thought. Then, he watched as Lurker split into complete clones of the four of them. He stared with a mix of interest, amazement, and anger. Kotaro didn't try to hide these emotions within his energy as he commented, "I'm not sure if I like that..." For someone else to be able to copy his form and energy signature,... was a bit off putting. After he said that, Kotaro heard the unique sound of someone's Sonido. It caught the hollow off guard as no one seemed to mov- Lurker then started to fade. His body is disap-?! - his thought was cut short by Lurker's sudden voice behind him. This surprise sent Kotaro into a semi-battle mode. The Vasto Lorde turned around very quickly. And as he spun, he drew his sword and swung a horizontal cut in one motion, aiming for Lurker's neck. The spin created a small circle in the sand where his feet moved, while the swing made a blast of wind of moderate strength. But, Kotaro brings the blade to a stop mere inches from where Lurker's neck would have been had the Adjuchas stayed. "Shit man! Don't do things like that~!" Kotaro exclaimed with annoyance. Then, he turned back around while sheathing his sword. As Draiden spoke, Kotaro took several calming breaths. Then, he nodded his understanding. Him, causing trouble would be a thing of low possibility. After the Privanon Espada drew interest to a spar in the future, Kotaro couldn't help but get a little excited, "Oh, for sure! Sounds like fun." When Absolon began speaking, Kotaro listened with curious silence. Sonido, so that's what's it's called. Cool. And, it comes to Arrancar naturally? That's good to know. But, I want to learn it before that though, at least a little. Then the Cero Espada came to them and started to explain a mission he had for the two. Kotaro's ears twitched a few times as he burned the info into his mind. He nodded his acceptance of the mission and listened to the description of Monk. "We shall do our best, sir."
  10. Death Among Us

    After being astonished by the sheer size and beauty of Las Noches, Kotaro asked a question that has been on his mind. It was clear to Absolon that they were both curious, studious Hollows that yearned for more. More knowledge, more power, more prestige, they were all desires that could be fulfilled here in this fortress. “It is called Sonido and most learn it by the time they become an Arrancars. That is ‘if’ they are capable of such a feat. But don’t worry you two can learn this and so much more if you find that this is were you belong,” Absolon answered as he comes to a stop. They were obviously eager to learn, train and help out so they could finish the tour later. Besides they weren't quite members yet so there was no need to rush. Vatto started the explanation that the Cero inquired about, complimenting the Adjuchas as he did, then allowing Lurker to elaborate with a short speech and a few demonstrations. “Wow, that’s something special indeed,” Absolon commented but Lurker continued. He briefly explained how it all worked followed by another impressive demonstration. Besides the difference in spiritual energy, someone would be hard press to tell that the copies Lurker created were imposters. “It seems so,” he said with a smile, replying to Lurker’s sincerity. The Adjuchas certainly had some tricks up his sleeves and he wasn’t done yet. Targeting the Vasto Lorde for his next demonstration Lurker reveals his knowledge of Sonido. The Adjuchas would attempt to whisper in Kota's ear. Lurker’s Sonido was poised and refined. Honestly for an Adjuchas it was quite remarkable but he still lacked the speed and acceleration of the Hollows that has transcended him. After Lurkers thorough explanation and performance Draiden was the first to chime in. Vatto simply nodded agreeing with the Privaron while Absolon chuckled. “Yes try not to create more work for those two or you will certainly end up on their bad side. I will also have to insist that you do not eat Any Hollow that belongs to Las Noches without my consent, or good reason...” There was no point in delaying it any further. They were certainly good candidates for the Espadas but first they must complete their initiation mission. “Before you are fully welcomed into this family of misfits you must prove yourself capable in the field,” says Absolon taking a step closer to them. “If you two are ready to join I have just the mission for you.” He paused long enough to hear their answer. If they agreed he would divulge the details. “Your objective is simple. Find the current dealings and whereabouts of the masked Arrancar known as Monk. And if you happen to come across him invite him back here. Tell him we await his return.” Absolon went on to explain in better detail Monk’s appearance and characteristics so that they could identify him. Typically they would both be given separate missions to complete but that was for Arrancars. As both Kotaro and Lurker are still lesser Hollows Absolon would allow them both to work together. His hope is that this would thicken whatever bond they had between them. If they learned to work together early on perhaps they could be different than the Espadas that came before them, perhaps.
  11. Death Among Us

    Draiden's ears would perk up , as the recollection of lurkers mannerisms pertaining to feeding came back into play. The privaron espada had to look at things from another angle or the big picture if you will. Las noches had in draidens mind no allies say for those paticular spiritual signature's that seemed to scare off the quincy ; many questions lay unanswered about that. 'we need an informant but at the same time his method of eating puts us at high risk , numeros are our foot soldiers and as an adhujas he will need to feed or else he will permantly regress' he would think to himself as his gaze became fixed on lurker as if deciding what he should do next in that very moment. Draiden wasnt one to gamble , why would a lazy man like him put hardships on his shoulders. Draiden would speak while leaning aginst a rock "lurker you can be a valuable asset its undeniable, but be aware should you or kotaro impead las noches" his eyes fixated the two hollows, as if they where the only two in the area and no one else "it will fall upon me and vatto to erase the problem , but more importantly lurker as an adhujas you need to constantly eat or you'll regress so to you i say if i notice the population of the numeros dropping you know whats coming" he would say once again sounding like a patriot to his home. He would the face kotaro "im not to worried about you , but one of these days lets shake the foundation of this place in spar" this would be said with a small wink.
  12. Hachūrui's Lab

    The young scientist would reach up to his face and remove his half moon cut glasses from his face , he would fold them neatly placing them on the table. A smile small grace his usally stoice face as warm memories flooded his mind , how we all take our childhood for granted. "Look at me in that picture i look like an idiot" he would say still smiling as he looked at the picture. Despite what others may say every man of science holds a small child on the inside. "It's sad to think im still the same greiving child" he would stand from the table walking over to the small potrait. "These where my closest friends in the entire world , we where stupid even made a stupid vow" he'd say a small laugh mixed with a trembling voice riddled with saddness. Hachurui would take a moment to compose himself trying to regain his composure still with a shakey smile and laugh "we where all born the same day , so we agreed to have a picnic every year" a tear seemed to find it's way to his cheek as he spoke "but they all died thanks to a hollow attack , they new what they signed up for ......but it hurts to drink away the world because you have no one" he would say stumbling back to the table where the keyboard lay. He was silent for the most part but tears still fell , old wounds now opened. "Forgive me , im being unprofessional" he stated sniffing not letting his nose begin to run , he had already shown to much of a softer side already. "I just get lonely here with lizzy and my pet dragon" he would state as the glass wall behind them filling in for a computer screen began piecing together a new cell construct. The name under it was CODE NAME: ANGEL "well the computer will focus on building her , is there anymore youd like to ask or say"
  13. Kyouraku Mansion

    Once he finished his dinner, Yoshirou showed him where to put to trash since this hall was different from the previous one they used. The Noble then said that actually before going to sleep he still had some more work to do. Both him and JDan seemed very passionate and motivated about their work compared to Metabee who would prefer to just go to sleep and leave it for the next day. Yoshirou then extended his hand for a handshake and teased him more but also said a goodbye in case they wouldn’t see each other. Metabee shook his hand,’Aww, how cute. Want me to give you a plushie of me so that it keeps you company? I’ll try to be back as soon as I can.’ After this, the two split up and headed in their own directions. The Captain headed straight for his room where he had a proper shower and went to bed. The next morning, after breakfast was over and done with Metabee left for the Kido Corps. Since he didn’t bring anything on they way here he didn’t have to carry any sort of luggage but he will definitely return with some sort of decorations for his new room at the mansion. Once he arrived everyone knew of his presence as he quickly set things in motion and mobilised everyone in the training grounds. First, he had to explain what had happened in Rukongai with Monk and then Sama’el which lead on to the current threat that loomed before them. This meant that they had to train to make sure their skills were top notch. With all the other Captains absent it fell to Yoshirou and Metabee to unite the Gotei 13, or at least as much as possible. In terms of training, the first day was the slowest as Metabee had to organise everyone and see their strengths and weaknesses to decide on how to approach this best. After analysing everyone, he put them into groups where each group trained something specific and had a senior member looking over them. There was no time to learn something new so instead it was best to hone what they were already best at. That way on the battlefield everyone will have something that they excel at and will be able to support other teams that are not so good at that particular thing. The training for the first day quickly came to an end but Metabee the work was far from over. First, he met up with Sayuri to inform her of his decision about the fight and then he had wanted to discuss their relationship which ultimately ended up in them splitting ways. His next destination was the Kido Corps library where he picked up a stack of books and delved in hoping to find something of use but time was limited so no results were found. The next day, the same pattern occurred where he trained the Kido Corps members by day but by night he was doing his own research. The members seemed to have a slight improvement from the previous day which is exactly what he wanted. If they trained like this every day for two weeks then the slight improvements would add up to something substantial which will increase their chances by ever so slightly. This continued until the 4th day when Metabee didn’t come to the training but instead decided to head for Squad 5 and 9 barracks. These were two Squads that had close ties with the Kido Corps so they were his best bet. His reason for going there was to gather more forces. He told them of the threat before them in the same way that he told his own members. In the end, he managed to convince the elite and senior members to join them in the battle and to start their own preparations. However, that was not all as his next destination was the Squad 13 barracks. Although they weren’t really affiliated, Squad 13 was the one that Yoshirou used to be a Captain of so he figured getting help from them would be easier. He told them what their previous Captain was up to and that he needed help in the upcoming battle against the forces of Hell. Though this didn’t seem to make them any more less reluctant to help as there was no much meaning in fighting for someone that left them. This meant that he had to use his authority as the Kido Corps Captain and the Advisor to Kyoraku in order to rally some forces. In the end, from the 3 Squads they would be getting around 200 or so members to fight with them which in terms of their forces was quite a big improvement. Especially so, when he was aiming for quality over quantity so this could be considered quite a big success. However, in terms of creating a new Kido Metabee was no further than when he started and he was running out of material that he could reach out to, perhaps there used to be more but with the barracks destroyed a lot of it was burnt. On the fifth day, he decided to change his thinking a bit. No Kido creation process would be the same so they had to tailor it to this particular one. First, he reviewed what they knew and looked to what clues they had. His biggest clue was actually JDan. He mentioned that when he tried to encase his Zanpakuto in his new element it failed every time but when he did it with his body it succeeded. Why? He thought about it and reviewed what he knew about energy types and then the answer quickly became clear. The Captain quickly confirmed this with his Zanpakuto and it seemed that he was correct. Metabee finally found a solution that would help them have a breakthrough. The sixth day was when the one week deadline was for Yoshirou and JDan which meant that he had to go back to the Kyoraku Mansion. However, he definitely wouldn’t be leaving empty handed as his time away proved to be quite fruitful so it wasn’t time wasted. Looking back, it seemed that he achieved quite a lot in the short span of six days so he definitely felt a sense of pride. With the training finished for the day, Metabee packed some things that he would take with him and left for the Kyoraku Mansion once again, where he arrived in the middle of the evening.
  14. Kyouraku Mansion

    Metabee finished his dinner and agreed that they should get some rest. He further stated his concerns for Sayuri which Yoshi simply nodded to. It was understandable to worry about those dear to you. Like JDan, Yoshirou grabbed his plate and threw away his trash. He then placed the dirty dishes in the designated bin, pointing out to Meta where everything went. “Well I’m going to stop by my office, for just a moment, before calling it a night,” he says extending his hand towards Metabee. “I’m sure I will see you in the morning but on the off chance that I don’t, safe travels and hurry back. The idea of you not being here is already making me lonely,” Yoshi says with a smile, teasing Metabee just one more time. After the good byes were said and the conversation closed Yoshirou would head out separately. He headed up to his office to sign a few documents that he didn’t get to that morning. Luckily there weren’t that many as he handled most of this morning. Only a little more than thirty minutes past before he was in his room taking a hot shower. Feeling clean and worn out from the past couple of days Yoshirou finally hits the sack, quickly falling asleep.
  15. I miss your goofyness, my friend. Hope all is well.

  16. Death Among Us

    After Absolon was answered by an excited nod, he asked Lurker about his experience with Las Noches. Vatto answered partially, and Kotaro agreed with his statement. The Tres Espada then signaled the multiform hollow to continue, which he did, even if explaining his ability again and again was getting boring. "Like the two of them said, the way I consume is quite exclusive." He turned toward a giant white boulder and said: "I guess It would be quicker if I demonstrate it directly." He lifted his palm, and a black javelin was expelled from it. It's been already a few hours since Lurker's main body was in intensive training to increase his speed, and this was equivalent to nearly five months of constant practicing. The force at which the javelin was shot was tremendous. The boulder exploded in hundreds of pieces, but it wasn't what Lurker intended to show. Each fragment had been tainted by the hollow's infection, they quickly melted and then converted to more black goo before anyone got hit. They then floated to merge with his Arrancar form. "I perfectly control every single cell in my body. They can disintegrate the bounds holding Reishi, Kishi, and Reiryoku together to transform them into pure energy. They can then duplicate themselves and restart the cycle." He paused for a few seconds to let them process this information. "This is not all. They can directly absorb souls, giving me all of their memories and experience. I endured more than 400 000 lives. This is how I know about the fortress." While he talked, he separated into four distinct bodies, each with the exact appearance and Reitsu signature of Draiden, Vatto, Kotaro, and Absolon. A short moment later they all reformed into one, morphing into his last Arrancar form. After explaining and showing his powers, he spoke to Absolon with a determined tone: "I was serious when I talked about information gathering and manpower." Even if Kotaro's question wasn't meant for him, he answered in his own way. Using a well-honed Sonido, he left an afterimage of himself that slowly disappeared while he whispered directly behind the Vasto's ear: "Like this?" Lurker wasn't a fool; he knew doing that could be risky, so he prepared to dodge if the surprised hollow tried to hit him by reflex with another Sonido. Either way, he would return to his original position with his newly trained skill. A few hours ago Lurker couldn't even execute this skill correctly, but now he was extremely proficient with it. Of course, it was still nothing comparing to Vatto or Draiden.
  17. Death Among Us

    Kotaro was a member of Los Noches now, this realization brought new energy to his life and body. He nodded in response to Absolon's inquiry. The insane size of the place only seemed bigger inside. It would take 6 whole days to get from here to the other side?!...... He stood there speechless for a good bit just in amazement. Then, he collected himself. The size and the time it would take to travel around this place reminded the little hollow of his earlier question that he had forgotten to ask. He looked to Draiden, then to Absolon. Kota figured that if one knew, the others would too, considering that they were all Arrancar. "When Draiden helped us hunt those rouge Arrancar, I saw him disappear and reappear multiple times. I never got the chance to ask how? How did you move so fast, I couldn't even see you..." He asked with great interest. It seemed that there was one more thing Kotaro could learn. He had to train his swordsmanship a lot, he could always improve his martial arts, and now this new speed ability. After listening to Vatto, Kotaro agreed, "I concur completely. His way of eating is really unique."
  18. Kyouraku Mansion

    After Metabee told the two of his decision about Sayuri, Yoshirou told him off for his mindset. He did understand as he told him off for the same thing this very morning,'We shouldn't, but the thought is at the back of everyone's mind. It's unavoidable. Besides, even strength wise she's not ready to face the Tsumikami.' Even if the he was to survive perhaps he would leave it to her either way. The Captain still wasn't sure what he will do once it is over, but he did have a few options in mind. They had a brief moment of silence as they simply enjoyed their meal. Metabee asked if they had any questions but nothing came up,'Well, we'll keep in contact daily anyway so we'll solve things as they come up.' With their discussion finished and dinner too JDan declared that he will be going on ahead and going for a patrol of the premises. They saw him off and quickly there was only two of them left. Yoshirou was the second to finish his dinner which only left Metabee, who was taking his time with the sushi which was by far his favourite out of todays meal. Once he was done he drank it down with some water and was also officially finished with the dinner. Soon after, the Noble suggested that they turn in for the night and the Captain nodded. It was a particulalry exhausting day for him and JDan so they needed their rest and Metabee wanted to catch up on the sleep that he missed the previous night so it seemed a good point to finish up. Metabee would clean after himself before they would head off to their rooms to sleep. OOC: good to know...
  19. Death Among Us

    They all entered the great fortress known as Las Noches and instantly the two newcomers were astonished. They immediately stepped out of darkness into light, which was an impressive feat all by itself yet there was far more. Its size alone was perplexing as its endless skies and seas of sand made it appear bigger than outside. “Kotaro it is still hard to believe after laying your own eyes on it, isn’t it?” Absolon asks. The Vasto Lorde was slightly speechless and rightfully so. “There are over ten palaces within these great walls and it is roughly a six day stroll from end to end. If you two become its newest residents you will come to know its layout much better.” Lurker’s next words took Absolon by surprise. “What do you mean better than before? Is this not your first time seeing the inside?” asked Absolon but Vatto was the first to speak up. “That one has a way of… consuming things. It’s quite fascinating,” states Vatto. He then nods at Lurker confirming that its ok to speak freely with Absolon right now. In fact the more capable he proved to be the more useful he was to the Cero and Las Noches. Vatto didn't know much about these two yet either but he felt they would be very important to the future of all Hollows.
  20. The Other Side of the Coin

    Only an exceptionally powerful Arrancar with a Pesquisa without equal could sense the hidden Reitsu of Lurker's main body, buried a hundred meters under tons and tons of sand coming from the barren desert that is the Hueco Mundo. Fortunately for him, those kinds of opponents would not waste time on such a small matter. Now was the time for the hollow to leave his impossible hiding place. Upon meeting Absolon, he realized that his power was far from mighty and more like a weak ant, waiting to be crushed. Yes, he will be more vulnerable. If someone chose to obliterate that body, he would lose more than half of his total Reiryoku. However, this was entirely worth it. In theory, using more of his power would accelerate his training tremendously. The mega mass of goo recalled all of his melting lakes that were dispersed all over the wasteland. They then joined together under the Menos Forest, still hidden by the grey dust. He would stay underground to avoid attracting unwanted attention, but he needed to make himself an acceptable training terrain first. Using his high cell counts and his ability to disintegrate the bounds holding Reishi together, he melted an enormous cavern in a perfect cube, with a radius of more than five kilometers of open space. He left huge pillars supporting the cave. In the center of the room was the entrance, encrusted in one of the posts like a staircase tower, leading straight to the surface. From the forest, the opening was hidden into the biggest crystal tree with a concealed door. For sources of light, he left tiny spheres of himself floating. They were consuming the insignificant amount of Reiryoku particles that saturated the air of the Hueco Mundo to irradiate a cold white light and to stay afloat. Now that his secret training ground was completed, Lurker could concentrate on more physical exercises, which he never did yet. Before, his only focus was energy gaining. Now, he understood that it wasn’t the only way to become stronger. Actual practice was needed. He lacked speed, strength, and agility. His three core stats were augmented because of the power of his Reitsu, but he could bring them to an even higher level by training for real. He wasn’t even able to do an adequate Sonido because of that. I guess this is the first step of my furtive training. Lurker separated his body into thousands that took the appearance of bare, black, gooey humanoids. Then, they formed a basic army formation. They were exactly 1342. That way his Reitsu was equally distributed between all of them and they all had the same amount of internal spirit energy that his current body in Soul Society and the one with Absolon had. With that much workforce, one hour of training was equivalent to nearly two months of it. This meant that in seven hours, he could achieve more than a year worth of improvement. This is acceptable. Even if his main pool of energy was shared with all of his parts, their inside pool was also crucial for emergency and quick access, so he couldn’t just make millions of them without rendering them useless. The army then began practicing their Sonido, each with a slightly different maneuver. In each wave, the fastest one was copied, and again, a thousand slight iterations were made, restarting the cycle. After a few hours, it was made evident that the troops longed for discipline. Each being was given a different soul and limited independence so they could think by themselves, this brought a different set of problems. Sure, it was way faster than by coming up with iterations alone, but the souls were prompt to laziness and were easily distracted. A solution quickly arose into Lurker’s Cognizance System, the Legion. Some of the lights previously created came together to form a single entity, which was given one of the most vigorous souls he ever consumed; his first Arrancar. “What the hell are you doing maggots!?” he exclaimed with frustration. “I’m not here to watch some fucktards fucks each other, you all better be working, or I’ll whip your asses.” With every harsh word and punishment, the troops began to work more efficiently. With some little independence adjustment, they were now practicing correctly, with not a second of wasted time. Another hour passed, and Lurker’s Sonido was already noticeably faster, improving at an extreme pace. However, he did not only want to increase his Sonido speed, but he also wanted to raise his overall agility. Separating the group in half, he then instructed the newly formed squad to move as fast as they could, trying to dodge each other blows. That was a two-in-one training since they would improve their speed and their dodging techniques. With every cell improved, all other enhanced at the same time because of the Cognizance System. That ability is hugely advantageous. I was dumb not to use this method sooner. Lurker then decided to keep training like that for a full day and a whole night, giving him the equivalent of more than three years of continuous improvement.
  21. Earlier
  22. Death Among Us

    Draiden would follow the group attempting to keep up , silent but solom. No words to be said no words to fail him. Rather unatural for the neon haired arrancar but he wasnt feeling all that chatty instead a nuestral face was carved upon him.
  23. Kyouraku Mansion

    The Kido Commander thanked Yoshirou for his offer but told him it was most likely unneeded. He figured this would be the Advisor’s response but offered anyways. Metabee assured Yoshi that he would relay his message to Sayuri and informed him that she would be held back just incase the worst happened. With Meta’s death a possibility it was an understandable precaution. “I thought we weren’t allowed to have that mindset,” Yoshirou’s says but he fully understood. It was only earlier today that the Kido Commander scolded him for mentioning a ‘will;’ so he had to give him a hard time as well. Their bellies were getting full and their thirst quenched. But as long as there was such delicious food on their plate they would eat. Metabee confirmed that he would be leaving in the morning, and then asked if there were any last comments about the Kido/Zanjutsu technique. With him leaving this would be the best chance until his return at the end of the week. JDan simply shook his head as he tossed the last bite into his mouth. Yoshirou took a sip of water to wash down the evening’s dinner. “No you two have already started a path, now I just need to catch up.” “No worries my lord you’ll get there in no time,” says JDan. With his meal finished he stood up and grabbed his plate. “If you two would please excuse me I should check in with the guards and make a few rounds.” “Of course go ahead. I wont be much longer either,” Yoshirou says smiling. Once the good byes were done JDan took his leave. He placed his trash in the trashcan and his plate in the bin on top, which was different from the formal dinning area. In the main eating hall it was more akin to a food court at a mall than a full service restaurant, though the food served was the same. Yoshirou was finished with his dinner but would stay until Metabee was done as well. After he would suggest they call it a night and get some rest as it was getting late.
  24. Hachūrui's Lab

    The lifeform patiently waited for the shinigami response as he were finalizing his formula and started the calculation, but it seemed like he will have to wait for a bit longer. Catching the bottle thrown at him with a small grin, he relaxed after he heard about the offer to start over. With a little sigh and a genuine smile he answered "Alright, let's!" He would watch his new friend remove the screw with his fangs and he thought some scales around his eyes, an intense instinctual look and now some sharp fangs. It seems like he have some lizard genes in his body huh. Well, no matter, it really doesn't change anything. He happily followed with the offered clink making the bottles do a sharp ting and laughed at his joke. Lurker watched Hachūrui chug the whole thing and tried to do the same, but it was way more stronger than he anticipated. He had to stop to cough before finishing it. "Oh gosh, this is strong." after a few other cough he continued "But not bad at all." He knew his old livers would have a hard time but he was sure it could handle that. It was the first time that the hollow felt the pleasant feeling of alcohol as it wasn't filtered by his cells this time. In a more serious tone, the scientist then apologized and expressed his worries. Lurker answered in the same tone "it doesn't bother me anymore, but your apology is accepted." He stared at the wall for a few seconds and then confessed "as for my hollow origin... Even I hesitate sometime. I did have an hollow hole and a mask before my evolutions into gillian then adjuchas, but now I don't have either. I know I never was human, but I did killed 25 million of them. Maybe the energy released on those deaths triggered something, I can't say for sure." Changing the topic of the conversation Haru then informed Lurker of what he could do to help with his weakness and he replied "Approved. It's a good idea." Then, following the shinigami's gaze he turned his chair to look at the picture. "You and your gang sure looks happy. Who are they?" He really appreciated the care his new friend showed him and it was his way to repay him.
  25. Death Among Us

    The Adjuchas had a small grin at the mention of his two evolutions in a single day. It seemed like forever ago, but he was so weak at the beginning of the day. He were grateful to the neon-haired arrancar since it was because of his intervention that he became what he is now. Lurker was perplexed at the mention of the power of the Vasto Lorde. Is he really that powerful? From my point of view, he is nothing comparing him to Draiden. Maybe I missed something. And again, he seemed to have missed something else, did Absolon really "death"glared at the ex-espada? If it meant anything it seemed more like... disappointment. Draiden would then add some more insignificant comments then went off before Absolon could say anything to him. After that, the speech that Kotaro gave truly impressed him. Such intense emotions, and without a crack in his voice. A place to belong huh? I guess it would be nice to have somewhere to call a home. His kneeling is a bit much tho. With a smile he added to his thoughts and he forgot to introduce himself, he is so nervous. The cero espada then helped him stand up and asked for his name, which he gave in a hurry and a quick apology. After this, Absolon officially welcomed the two new arrivals to Las Noches and asked Draiden to join them. It was with a straight back and a new determined look that Lurker walked with him through the gates of the immense fortress. The hollow knew what to expect, but Las Noches was even more impressive with its new reconstruction, the sky seemed brighter and more real than ever. The sand did not have any traces of imperfection and his gaze were immediately attracted by the huge white pillars coming from it. Kotaro's comment sent a smile across Lurker face as he said "You did well with that place Absolon, it is even better than before. I'm impressed."
  26. Hachūrui's Lab

    Hachurui would fix his glasses as he would go back to typeing , seeing as lurker wasnt pleased with his results. Weather lurker knew it or not his emotions now would show on his new bodys face quite plainly. And the tone of the first stement upon that statemt he would stop typing and press enter as thousands of languages and numbers flooded the screen ; the word 'caculting' would begin flashing on screen with the word formula 'flashing' after it. It was obvious what Hachurui had his computer doing he was going to attempt to relicate lurker. Hachurui would huff and then turn his attention twoard lurker and the a cooler next to his hand on the table he sat upon. He would look back at lurker the screen then the ice cooler. "Before we continue..." He would trail off opening the cooler just a bit pull out two beer's but they weren't normal the glass bottles where shaped like skull and on the back there was the lable of a tavern he would toss lurker one "...i know its knot much but that body shows your emotions quite plainly , and i see i offended you so lets start over ehh" he'd say after biting the cork out his ans spitting it to the floor revealing his mounth of sharp fangs while getting the cork out. He would be holding his drink out waiting for lurker to clink them together as a sigh of freindship. If lurker accepted before he would drink , Hachūrui would pipe up. "Becarful now this stuff'll throw hairs on your chest" he would say with a quick laugh as he took a big swigg himself the taste of lime washed down his mouth ; followed by a quick wave of dizziness that passed. Hachurui would cof three times then down the whole thing and give out a loud sigh of joy. He had a light blush going across his nose and cheeks ; you know the steryo typical anime im drunk blush. Hachurui seemed to stare at his glass for a good while "im sorry about my past statement but as a scientist your existance baffles me to no end , it just seems impossible for you to be a hollow. Im sure you know by now to be a hollow you once had to be human" Hachurui would state giving a small hiccup apparently even while drunk he was still extremly coherent. "But in the matter of your cells , depending on the level of kido you could create a network of sorts , like kniting the outer most layers cells together now upon impact you would need to actively absorb said ability weak attacks would assimlated but against a powerful enemy i can only give a genorous offer of 30% damage reduction" there was no condescending attitude drunk Hachurui seemed to actually care for lurkers saftey. He would also be looking just over lurks shoulder at a tiny photo stand with two other shinigami all four other shinigami in the picture where smiling you wouldnt notice at first but Hachurui had the biggest smile in that picture.
  27. Death Among Us

    "Oh! Sorry, sir. I got ahead of myself. Kotaro, Kotaro Anubis" the hollow responded with the realization he had skipped over his name. Draiden thinks that highly of me? Wow. Guess I'll have to surpass that praise. Then he nodded on the proud comment. To be acknowledged by an Espada in his current state gave the young Vasto Lorde great pride in himself. Even with such praise from both of them, I have much to learn. And, Los Noches is the best place for that! Kotaro had been paying attention to the conversations and actions of those around him, instead of the different environment inside Los Noches through the open gates. Thus, as they began walking into the huge fortress, the Vasto Lorde had to squint his eyes against the 'sudden' change in light. The bright light from the fake sky caught Kotaro off guard, "W-What the hell~ is going ooooonn....?" His voice trails off as he looks around at the sun lit interior of the dome. The hollow saw a vast landscape of sand, like outside. But, this sand had several building of different sizes throughout it. Some of them were extremely tall and others smaller. The Vasto Lorde looked up at the sky again, curious as to why it looked like the World of the Living's sky, with light too. (OOC: The buildings (some anyway) should be the Espadas' personal residences. Going off the manga and anime.)
  28. Hachūrui's Lab

    The shinigami answered Lurker's remark with a glare and a remembrance that he could kill him anytime he wanted. The hollow chose to shrug and ignore the notice while sitting on the chair rolled at him after being ordered to. The Adjuchas did not appreciated being pushed around that way but since he just upset -involuntary- the scientist he decided to let it go and do as he was told. He would then observe Hachūrui do his thing with the keyboard and be impressed by his setup. He did not correct the scientist's comment since Lurker was too baffled with it. He really would miss the fact that I am neither? I possess dead corpses, not living ones. When I do taint a living being, I'm just a literal bacterial infection. Also he his missing a big component in these simulations. The Cognizance System. If I were that easy to replicate I would've made myself a giant 'black goo' factory a long time ago. But the perplexed hollow chose to remain silent. The shinigami's next remark made Lurker react and he replied with an bitter tone "Well, if you're that sure I was created, go ahead, run those simulations of yours, see where they take you." Not only did that scientist missed a giant clue, he insulted him by desecrating his origin. These simulations would only show an infection without any intent. No souls taken and no sign of intelligence. Those slimes he virtually created were far from hollows. After that Lurker regained his composure, he would answer "You seems really fixated on improving or fixing me, well I don't need fixing, but I guess we could work together on something." He then explained how his cells would enter a forced duplication phase when the maximum Reiryoku of the body is reached, then he added "This phase is where I'm vulnerable to attacks. If I were hit by a kido, I would absorb it until my limit is reached, then my cells would start receiving damage. I need something to disrupt those Reiryoku attack or a way they can't damage me even in this phase." Lurker just revealed one of his biggest weakness, but he agreed to work with the scientist, and a relation of trust is needed to do that.
  29. Death Among Us

    Kota grew bold stating that they weren’t leaving. He continued by expressing his feelings and why he was there. Absolon shifted his gaze to Lurker as he was praised once again. “A Hollow that can collect viable intelligence would prove to be more than useful,” he thinks as he returns his focus to Anubis. Every Hollow wants greater power; it was even true for the Cero Espada, but Kota’s next statement resonated with Absolon. A place to belong was very important but not to all. You either felt the urge, the call to be apart of something or not. It was plain and simple; it was a hit or miss type thing with very little grey area. Absolon extended his right hand to the kneeling Vasto Lorde. “Arise,” he said offering a helping hand. He could understand why Vatto and Draiden brought these two to him, as they possessed some qualities that the others lacked. “So do you have a name?” It seems that all the excitement caused him to skip right over it. After helping Kota to his feet, and hearing him out, Absolon looked to Draiden. He had intended to respond to his comments but he had already walked off. As for them being fired it was the first he’s heard of it, as the order didn’t come from him. Though knowing Draiden he was most likely covering for his lazy tendencies. But Absolon has known the Privaron for a long time now and he has come to accept his lethargic ways and it rarely bothered him anymore. What he wouldn’t accept was his absents during the Quincy Invasion without an explanation. He knew he was there prior to its start and is here now so that was more than suspicious. His high and might attitude was ill placed and unwarranted under such actions. Was he a conspirator? Most likely not and there was an alternate reason. “Vatto I will address you and Draiden later,” says Absolon. He was a little disappointed in them but he could never stay mad at his brethren for long. The depths of his forgiveness ran deep as it was in Absolon’s nature to care for all Hollows, more so than others did. It was the Espada’s duty to protect their kind though it was often overshadowed by personal goals. With power comes ego. With ego comes an agenda; a primordial and irrefutable fact. Assuming the Vasto Lorde told him is name the Cero would address both of them. “Lurker, Kotaro Anubis, be proud. For on this grand night you may accompany us into Las Noches." Absolon would take the led while Vatto would bring up the rear. They set forth to the gates where Draiden was. “Come join us. Let’s not let any transgressions ruin the newcomers day,” he said to the Privaron as he passed him. He hoped Draiden would join as things would certainly become more lively now.
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