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    With the matter of Metabee’s name settled they moved on to the hybrid technique they have been so diligently working on. “Kido, Zanjutsu, Kijin… Wow it sounds so natural,” JDan says. When he said it, it sort of felt like it was always called Kijin and they developed a technique around the name instead of the other way around; that’s how well it seemed to fit. Yoshirou smiled. Naming something can be difficult so he was relieved that his first choice was well accepted. Metabee then brought up something that had not even crossed the other’s minds yet. Much like Shunko, the activation of Kijin was heavily based off kido so an increase in power after stating its name was possible, even though its counterpart didn’t. “You might be on to something Meta. At the very least stating its name might even make the ability easier to activate…. The more I think about it now the more I think we might have been developing this skill with one arm tied behind our backs,” replied Yoshirou, leaning back in his seat at this realization. “When learning or using a Kido the starting point is always its name and incantation first. It’s only after improving from there that you move to a more advance level,” he said just stating aloud more than addressing anyone. “But it is a hybrid technique so no telling what does and doesn’t apply. This is uncharted territory so when we practice everything, its simply trial and error,” JDan states, wanting to reassure Lord Kyoraku. “But with you two spearheading this whole thing we’ll have all the kinks worked out and ready to teach in no time, I mean just look at how far we've come already. I doubt anyone else could accomplish what we have in such a short time.” “You’re right,” admits Yoshi. He was glad that he was surround by such wonderful and talented people. They say with the right people around you it can turn an average leader into a good one, and a good leader into a great one and how true they were. They both resumed eating their food giving Metabee time to add more to this topic or choose another if there was something else on his mind.
  2. 2 points
    In the end, both Yoshirou and JDan agreed that he will be staying as Metabee Ainsworth and not Vincent, something that he was perfectly fine with. In response, Metabee simply nodded his head and said,'Sure thing.' Still on the topic of names the focus of the conversation shifted away from Metabee and went to their new Kido technique as the Noble said that after a lot of thought he finally had a name for it, or at least a suggestion if they did not come to like it. JDan seemed very excited about what this name could be and the Captain too was quite interested as they waited for Yoshirou to speak. After a brief moment of suspense, they found out that the name he came up with was 'Kijin' which came from a mix of Kido and Zanjutsu. Metabee nodded his head,'Sounds good. I'm for it.' As JDan would give his opinion, it would be then that Metabee finally realised something, the importance of names. When he could next speak he would ask the two,'Do you think giving the technique a name will make it stronger? Usually, when you say the name of a technique it will have more power. I don't know if the same will apply to a custom technique we made ourselves, but if it will make it stronger then it's worth a try.' Even without the name pronounced, Kijin will turn out to be quite a powerful technique so maybe it's at it limit and a name won't make a difference. However, saying Kijin would take them but a second and if that was going to make any difference then they will surely utilise everything that they could get.
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    As Metabee spoke, Yoshirou seemed to quickly understand what he was trying to convey but none of the two could be completely certain as to what would happen. Once again, they weren't left with much choice apart from simply trying it out or finishing the Kido and then make the small improvements. With that, the topic about their Kido seemed to finish here as they moved onto other things. The Noble told him that he didn't miss out much the previous night as he simple did paperwork until late while JDan didn't have anything more interesting to add to that. Metabee answered with an 'I see,' and then told his side of the things which impressed the other two, but if they saw the state he was in just before doing that then they surely wouldn't be as impressed, though they wouldn't find out about that to begin with. He didn't know how much the other factions have prepared so far, if at all but he really felt like they were making a lot of progress on their side. While it wasn't perfect, things seemed to be coming out really well. To add to this Yoshirou informed them of the research they have done on the Sekkiseki stone and how it could be used to immobilise immortal beings which is where their problem lay as even if they were to clash head to head with the enemy army they would not die. One possible solution that the Noble came up with was to seal the strongest enemies in the Muken which truly be an effective way to get rid of them. Yoshirou believed it to be possible but whether it was probable was something that all three wondered about. Ultimately, the two ended up looking to him for input. Metabee thought about it briefly,'Possible, theoretically it certainly is. Probable, I would say not. The first issue is that we simply do not have the access to the Muken. There is no Captain Commander that would have at least some access and there is no Central 46 to give us access either. If we want to get ourselves in we would have to quite literally break in. The second point is that we do not have a way to directly seal them either so the only method would be to teleport them using forbidden Kido. However, even if they are in the Muken then if they are not sealed properly then there is quite a high risk of them breaking out or escaping through means of suicide. Also we do not know if the gates of Hell will still force them back even if they are sealed.' It was definitely a good suggestion but as of now it had too many uncertainties to it to be used. They didn't have many options on dealing with it and were open to propositions and Metabee just had that sort of proposition in his mind. The Captain smirked slightly,'But you are quite wrong about their immortality. They can and will die. We will use precisely that against them. Just like us the Togabito experience death but they will come back. Just like us their forces will diminish as the battle goes on. Even if they come back it will not be instant. It will take some time for them to respawn and they will do so in Hell. For some this will take hours, but others days or even months. If you look at it from that perspective it is not as bad as it seems. We will have to find as many ways as we can to kill a large number of them before the initial close combat starts and then we will use that delay against them to make our push. Remember our objective is not to destroy Hell but to repel their forces. One way to win a war is to kill the other general. We will do just that. While our forces push them we will go after their leaders and kill of them. In the end, the majority of them are immortal bandits that are subjugated by a leader so if we get rid of them their strategy will also fall apart. However, no matter what unless we kill Baal then we will not win.'
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    Metabee stated his thoughts on the Noble’s concerns, helping to put his worries at ease. Both him and JDan were confident that they were doing things the way it was meant to be. Besides Metabee had a good point. Just because it works a certain way for completed Kido techniques didn’t mean that it worked the same for creating them. The Advisor’s points were valid and most likely true; besides creating an experimental technique empowered by its name was hazardous. “You have valid points,” responses Yoshirou. “I guess my concerns were more hypothetical than concrete but it was reassuring to get you guys’ opinion.” Besides speculating there was nothing more they could do so the conversation progressed. “You mean after the Trials?... Well, I can’t speak for JDan but you missed out on a hell of a good time with me! I had a mountain of paper work that I went a few rounds with. Unfortunately I conceded the battle after a few hours though; it wasn’t pretty,” Yoshi answered with a dash of Meta’s humor. “After that I gave our other guests a small tour but nothing too exciting as it was already very late.” JDan couldn’t help but chuckle a little at Yoshi’s revelation. “A few hours huh, you sure?” he says teasingly. “I don’t remember staring at a clock so who knows,” Yoshirou replies with a smirk. JDan had nothing eventful to report so Meta filled in the silence. “Impressive,” blurts out JDan. “My thoughts exactly,” adds Yoshi. “You’re never one to disappoint that’s for sure.” At this rate and with a little luck, although Commander-less and Captain-less, the entire Gotei might stand on a united front before any serious events with Hell could occur. “Guess now is a great time to mention one of the research reports that came across my desk concerning Sekkiseki stone. Their goal is, to not only to improve upon its already incredible effects and durability, but to make it more versatile as well. Ideally it would make for great restraints against enemies that can’t permanently die.” “You mean Sinners,” says JDan. “Precisely,” states Yoshirou. “I’ve been thinking for a while now about an offensive that could have lasting effects against an immortal foe. Unfortunately I didn’t come up with very many ideas. In fact there was only one that seemed viable and that is to bind and seal them away in the Muken. I don’t mean all of them but definitely Sama’el and whoever else will lead the charge against us. Now, I know its still not a permanent fix for Hell but it’s a solution to our current woes with them.” JDan listened with surprise, as it was the first he was hearing about any of this as well. “Is such a thing even possible?” “Possible…” Yoshirou shrugs his shoulders. “Possible, yes I believe so. Probable, now that’s the million dollar question.” They both looked to Metabee to get his input or ideas if any on the matter.
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    Just like Metabee, JDan quickly stated his approval of the name that Yoshirou thought up which seemed to please him. While it definitely took him a while to think of it the other two weren't very picky about the name. The technique was more important than the name after all so they would have agreed to anything that remotely sounds good. However, with the point that Metabee brought up the name might have more significance than just sounding cool. The two quickly thought about this possibility and with their knowledge and experience it would be possible for them to also shed some light on this. Yoshirou was the first to answer him as he stated that even if it doesn't give the technique more strength it would make it easier to activate which would be a good bonus in and of itself as it would make it more accessible to other Shinigami rather than Captain level people like Metabee or Yoshirou who had quite large reserves of spirit energy at their disposal. The Noble then reminded them that when you learn Kido you would always start with saying the name, a stage that they have passed a long time ago. While it was true in normal cases this was different,'I don't think it's quite that simple as you think. The Kido we learn are already completed techniques but Kijin is still incomplete. With our 'concept' of what Kijin should be in our minds, using the name on an incomplete version might even backfire on us. While it's still important to try out and gather data I don't think that we will see the full effect of the name unless we complete it.' JDan agreed on this point but also reassured them that if it was the two of them things would certainly turn out alright,'It has to,' Metabee thought,'For the sake of this world and it's future.' They continued eating and then he remembered that they still haven't actually caught up about what happened yesterday while they were separated so he asked,'What happened while I was away yesterday?' After getting a response Metabee would tell his side of the story,'Today in the early morning I visited squads 1-4 and informed them of the incoming threat. That means we have successfully united half of the Gotei by now.'
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  7. 1 point
    The Noble could tell his words didn’t have the effect he was going for. If anything his words were a double edge sword so it was best to tread lightly, else risk making things worse. The conversation continued but Yoshirou couldn't help but think about what he would have done in Meta’s situation. He’d like to think that he would have an easier time making the same decision but he has never felt the same kind of passion they shared for another person. Sure, Yoshirou has had his fair share of crushes, and have even been attracted to a few people in the past but those feelings couldn’t compare to what they shared. The closest thing Yoshi could think of that could compare was the way he felt for his Clan. It was a parental, fatherly love, but his feelings for them were genuine. And that’s when it donned on him. How meaningless and perhaps even a little ignorant his words were. No amount of fancy wordplay could soothe his heart when he found out his Clan was all but completely destroyed. So it was arrogant to think he could so effortless ease the woes of Metabee’s heart with a simple speech… JDan arrived, snapping Yoshirou back to the now. They were all good friends at this point so a greeting was unnecessary after such a short time away; as such JDan dove right into the conversation as he took his seat at the table. “Well unless you state otherwise you will always be Metabee Ainsworth to me,” replies Yoshi with JDan nodding in agreement. “It certainly would keep things simpler,” JDan comments just before digging into his dinner. He had a few question about the matter but before he could swallow and continue, Yoshirou spoke up. “Aw, speaking of names it brings me to something I wanted to discuss with you both first before making it official. I’ve been thinking of a name for the technique you both helped me pioneer. I mean, we can’t just call it the “Hybrid Technique” forever,” the Noble states with a slight chuckle. JDan who had just begun enjoying his food suddenly found himself to interested to continue stuffing his face. “And!!” “Kido is synonymous with the 'Demon Arts’ while Zanjutsu is the 'Art of the Sword.’ For a technique combining the two, to me, the obvious name is Kijin… meaning ‘Demon Blade Arts.’ Its short and simple but it flows smoothly right of the tongue and I think it fits nicely,” Yoshirou said finishing his thoughts and now awaiting their reactions.
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    Once again, Yoshirou diligently listened to his problems. It definitely wasn’t the right place and time for the conversation but it took place either way. Amidst all the bustle of the dining hall, no one heard or even paid the two any attention as they focused on their own lives. Therefore, even though the setting was far from private, the conversation would only remain between the two of them. The Noble didn’t comment on the story but simply followed with some words of encouragement. However, in terms of their encouraging effect they were a complete failure. Metabee was very aware that there was an infinite amount of possibilities and that there were most likely as many happy ones as tragic ones. However, what pained him the most is that he was stuck in one of the tragic worlds and couldn’t change it. Normally, when the results are bad he can at least fight back and attempt to change it, but when it came to this predetermined result there was nothing that he could do. He could only suffer as some higher being revelled in his pain. The Captain would inform Yoshirou of his opinion but he knew that it would lead to a philosophical discussion and that was something that he didn’t feel like having right now. He ended up simply accepting it silently. Not wanting a silence, the Noble followed with another question of if he wanted to be called by his real name from now on. This he didn’t mind answering but before he could another voice cut in as JDan joined them at the table and asked for the reasoning behind the question as to him it surely seemed out of the blue. Yoshirou didn’t fill him on the details of the story that he told him and simply informed him that it might have been his real name. Metabee took this opportunity to answer,’It’s up to you really. It wouldn’t be wrong but it’s not something that I’m used to either.’ He never did mind what people called him as long as it wasn’t offensive and it was the same with this.
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    “Nothing,” replied Metabee causing Yoshirou to have a perplexed look on his face. Thankfully the Commander further elaborated clearing up the confusion, though it didn’t make things much better. Yoshi turned from dumfounded, to angry, to sad then furious though; he did better to hide it from Meta than he did initially. What a horrible trail to have to go through, was his Zanpakotu Spirit evil? To place that type of burden on his friend’s shoulders, now of all times, put a bad taste in his mouth. His answer was obvious though, as he was sitting here before him, which brought a smile to his heart. Meta finished by informing him that his real name was Vincent. Finally it made since. Only an emotionless bastard wouldn’t be effected by that trial, and a lesser man would have failed completely. There was no way to be certain that you could trust the Zan Spirit to pull off such a feat. There’s a serious chance that the other option would have lead to a comma of sorts. Anyways Yoshi couldn’t go on without giving some sort of “words of encouragement,” and thankfully he knew exactly what to say. “If you give life to the possibility that, that reality is real or could some how exist, somewhere no matter how small the chance. Then you must believe that an infinite amount of possibilities exists where any conceivable scenario is true. What I mean is that there is perhaps a world where she becomes a Shinigami instead, to protect you. Or even one where both of you become a Shinigami, sharing the same surname and Division. And I could go on and on, but ultimately what I’m getting at is that for every… unfortunate reality there is also a more fortunate one to balance it out,” Yoshirou states. Of course that was if other realities existed but the main point was to relieve some of the tension from Metabee’s heart. If he thought about it from a bigger perspective then he might even return to his normal self soon. Yoshirou took a sip from his glass giving Meta time to respond, if he wanted to. If not then Yoshi would continue. “So do I call you Vincent now?” “Why would you call him Vincent?” asked JDan as he took a seat. Yoshirou was so caught up in the moment that he didn’t notice JDan till he was right there. “Ah, long story short it’s possible that it could be Metabee’s real name.”