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  • Birthday 04/21/1986

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    Race: Shinigami
    Class: Eagle Eye
    Sub-Class: Tank
    Division: 1st
    Rank: Captain Commander

    Reiatsu: 112k
    PER: 198
    PWR: 148
    - REI: 121
    - STR: 121
    SPD: 148
    STM: 65
    R-Spd: 126
    T-Spd: 126

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  1. Xarius Kaeru

    Noble House: Kaeru

    The word "Ido" could be heard from Oriru as Kearu had stopped a short distance away. Most of the vice-captains abilities did not require spoken activation if the kido arts were an indication of how the fight was going to be going, but this caused two of the larger marbles to break the pattern of the orbit around the lower ranked shinigami to hover in front within the field of awareness. That is when a second word could be heard in "Setsuzoku" resulting in the same two larger balls starting to glow with a golden radiance forming a string between the two of them. This thread blocked his incoming string with the hovering Yang. So they can move out of the circling motion and can interact with one another making seemingly unbreakable threads. The defenses he has are higher than previous reported, he thought to himself as he motioned for his flying Yang zanpakuto to head back towards him. At this moment a white rod formed in the air just above Oriru, but like the others the color would change to black before duplicating one hundred times for Bakudo number sixty-two, Hyapporankan. This was not good and he knew that dodging even partially was going to be next to impossible, especially at close range. At the same time he could faintly see five small balls of white light that turned to black as well that disappeared with a snap. Glancing up Kaeru noticed the massive pillars of Bakudo number seventy-five, Gochūtekkan descending towards him. This was a reality of just not being fast enough or strong enough to deal with the kido onslaught. He needed to get closer and flip the advantage around if he was going to get through this part of the battle. He still had techniques and abilities he had not used, most because the point was not to kill Oriru but rather to push him. "Kawa no fu no nangan," he says coating his Yin zanpakuto in a black negative reiatsu before a flying Yang rips across the sky with a white positive reiatsu over it's blade, "Kawa no sei no kitagishi." These two zanpakutos work in tandem to each release waves of power to meet the falling pillars but he takes the brunt of the Hyapporankan. This drives Kaeru downward planting him against a large boulder between two ponds. Glancing through the wreckage sealing technique another marble had grew to match the size of the previous ones leaving three marbles left. There was almost a counter going on here, but he was not exactly sure what that meant. Both of his zanpakutos were stabbed into the ground currently nearby. What was next in the grand scheme of Ginga? he wondered to himself as faint images of both of his zanpakuto spirits appeared near him where he could seem them only. You have noticed right? Yang asks in an inquisitive tone looking out at the situation. Of course he has. He stopped fighting Oriru a while ago, the fool has no battle awareness and would of died ten times over if not for his zanpakuto, Yin interjected to answer in an annoyed tone. They were focused on the abruptness of the battle and how there were two factors not working in tandem, more one doing all of the work and the others just being used as a place holder. To the frog captain he could see that there was still a discrepancy between the zanpakuto spirit and the wielder, not that Oriru needed to understand the upper reaches of his power he had already matched the captain commander in raw spiritual power. Neither of them had even released a bankai yet, which he was sure the vice-captain was capable of and would of already used this had other captains not told him to restrain himself. Yeah, Kaeru replied to his zanpakutos as he started to try and power through the Hyapporankan as well. This was not going to be easy, but he did have a few tricks up his sleeve before he would have to use a trump card like bankai or his shunko abilities. The repetitive question now was how to get through these shields, barriers, and seals to get to Oriru and force him to actually have to connect on a deeper level. [WC: 719] Current Stats [ND: 7,116/7,520] Abilities Combat Details Ending Stats [ND: 6,866/7,620]
  2. Xarius Kaeru

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    Updates: Kido Arts - VC: 45k reiatsu instead of 30k to learn. Vice Captain kidos can be learned once you reach the Reiatsu threshold. - Cap: Captain requires 100 reiryoku, also Captain rank or taught by a player who knows the spell if you meet the reiroyku requirement. ------------------------------------ Upcoming updates: - updates to other races Non-release abilities/skills (hollows and fullbringers possibly are next) - Natural Defense system (waiting on final approval) - Barriers/Seals system to work with ND. - continued rule clarification and updates.
  3. Xarius Kaeru

    Noble House: Kaeru

    The response from Oriru did not surprise Kaeru in the slightest, but the smile did somewhat. The man seemed to always be in check with his emotions so the smile while brief seemed to be a sign he was indeed cutting loose some. Maybe this was because of the seclusion that the Kaeru Family training grounds provided or just that he was getting pushed by a Captain Level threat. Only time would answer this for the both of them he was sure of at least that much. The next word echoed out from Oriru as the black barrier shifted to a gold like appearance. Looking closer to the barrier itself he could faintly see that the barrier now had an almost distortion around the outside shifting as if reality itself could not keep together. Taking only but a briefest of moments to notice this he was sure this was yet another enhancement to his vice-captain's kido art. Stacking a barrier over a barrier for defense was a way of saying he was dedicated to protecting himself from the Captain Commander's zanpakuto's abilities. The barrier shattered with the combination of Kaeru's Byakurai, Kawa no fu no nangan, and Kawa no sei no kitagishi leaving Oriru out in the open once again. The frog captain noticed another marble that floated around the lower seated shinigami grew like the previous ones had. The negative black lightning reiatsu and positive fire reiatsu dissipated without touching his subordinate. "I understand how you feel," he replied sarcastically as he trained his eyes on Oriru for whatever was next. I need to wear down Oriru's defenses, if that was even possible at this given moment, he thought to himself as he gripped Yin tightly in his right hand. In the next moment Kaeru watched as a small amount of golden light energy formed in Oriru's left hand before wrapping around his fingers and turned a bright white. The white light then shifted to a jet black instantly launching forward. This was clearly an academy kido art that he knew well; bakudo number four, Hainawa. There was no way once again that he was going to be able to out right dodge this attack but he could time this to react in order to somewhat avoid being completely captured in the black energy. As Kaeru attempted to move out of the attack as much as he could the light grew in size releasing five other strands of black light energy making the Hainawa transition into Bakudo number Sixty-One, Rikujōkōrō. Being caught fully in both would not of boded well for the Captain Commander in this fight as dealing with these bakudos were wearing on him somewhat. The six larger balls orbited the vice-captain, but there were four more remained at the smaller size. These seem to react over time or when stressing to deal with my attacks. I need more information if I am going to land a solid strike with my Yin or Yang, he thought to himself as he shifted in place for a moment. Taking in a deep breath Kaeru starts to flex in order to provide counter pressure to the Rikujōkōrō that had been placed on him moments ago. This was no easy task to do as he struggled at first before breaking through shattering the six rod prison in order to close the distance between him and Oriru by rushing at him. At the same time he activated and empowered his Yang sword preparing to unleash his Kagayaku kishi. Once he reached the half way point between them he would bring his left downward in an attempt to draw the man's attention. From above his Yang sword would be encased in positive white reiatsu flames making a powerful down swing attack at Oriru's right shoulder from the front. [WC: 637] Stats [ND: 7,420/7,520] Abilities Combat Details Ending Stats [ND: 7,116/7,520]
  4. Xarius Kaeru

    Noble House: Kaeru

    As Kaeru watched each of his desired attacks hit Oriru with just ease and precision that this fight was quickly tipping in one direction even with him holding back some of his strength. The point of this was to drive the vice-captain into a corner so he had to release his potential to survive. There was a moment of doubt that the lower seated shinigami was even going to be able to make it to that point as his combat awareness was just not up to par in the current setting. That however did not deter the frog as he had promised his subordinate that he would push him at the level of a captain, so that was where he was going to continue to operate. With the last of the four strikes connecting with Oriru by Kaeru's Yang zanpakuto blade the lower seat was now marked by a form of negative reiatsu. Though now he could sense the raw spiritual pressure beginning to rise slowly. This spiritual pressure of Oriru became a glowing white aura overtaking his whole body. There was a difference clearly now between the two reiatsu he had sensed earlier; the white spiritual energy was from Oriru, while the field around his body was a blend of his and Ginga. Was this his true power? the frog thought to himself as he rotated his left hand in a motion as to point to his left shoulder circling Yang in the air. Preparing for his next attack Kaeru watched as Oriru's zanpakuto began to slowly draw from it's own sheath with a bright white light directly from the blade. As the lower seated officer gripped the handle of his zanpakuto with his left hand the white Reiatsu immediately purged the negative reiatsu Yang had placed on his. Around Oriru the temperature became much colder as the air thinned out as the debris in the air began to rise slowly as if gravity in the space was being effected. That is when the vice-captain spoke a release command to his zanpakuto causing the tsuba to shatter into ten small marbles floated around Oriru. Each of these marbles were a different color and a single brightly golden one shining in the middle. Four of these marbles grew in size. These all seemed to mirror the planets and sun of this star system. His lieutenant went on to explain that Ginga was giving him a portion of her power and that she wanted him to be pushed even farther. This made sense as Oriru was definitely at a much more even power level with him and looked to be operating with his zanpakuto released into shikai form. "By all means Lieutenant Kushō, cut loose," Kaeru started to reply with willingness as Oriru pointed with his left hand as a large blue energy exploded from the hand before turning into a white color then black. This Sokatsui was more than double the speed of the Okasen that had been launched previously. Though he could see the blast coming at him he knew he was not going to be able to get out of the way fully, so he shifted his body to the right as much as he could to avoid the brunt of the damage. As the smoke cleared Kaeru could see that Oriru was now encased in a transparent black inverted pyramid with the red marble growing to match the other larger marbles. Hadō Number Thirty-Three: Sōkatsui followed up by a Bakudō Number Seventy-Three: Tozanshō both without incantations was beyond impressive. Maximized defense seemed to be the strategy here by the lower seated officer. "Creating distance by excellent use of both Bakudo and Hado in tandem without incantations definitely shows your skills in the kido arts," the captain commander complimented his lieutenant as he grabbed the right shoulder of his destroyed haori yanking the material off his body tossing it behind him. Gathering up some of his own Reiryoku in the tip of his left pointer finger Kaeru fires a concentrated lightning bolt directly at the shielded Oriru, "Hadō # 4: Byakurai!" The 'Pale Lightning' technique was no match for a proper Tozansho, but he needed to test out the durability and abilities of what he was dealing with now. As long as Oriru was hielded by the Tozansho landing any of his more effective abilities was going to be a much more difficult task. Before the lightning fully finished releasing from his pointer finger Kaeru starts to pull his Yin zanpakuto in his right hand covered in a massive black lightning like reiatsu on an upward angled motion launching a negative reiatsu wave at Oriru. In unison from behind the Yang zanpakuto still under the affects of Kagayakuyoru no odori was covered in a white fire like reiatsu makes a horizontal wave attack aimed at Oriru's backside. [WC: 810] Stats [ND: 7,520/7,520] Abililties Ending Stats [ND: 7,420/7,520]
  5. Ranks have been updated.
  6. Also, ORP check out the new WC requirement improvements

  7. I'll be without internet for most of tomorrow until late sunday night as I'll be in the middle of nowhere with little to no reception *nod*

  8. Xarius Kaeru

    Noble House: Kaeru

    There had to be several fighting reports of how Kaeru fought in the past which to a trained mind such as Oriru's could plan for, but in the heat of combat raw power and speed sometimes overcome a prepared person. His Shakkaho was mostly blocked by the Enkosen without a single command from his vice-captain. That was something he would have to make a mental note on as he had seem people remove the main incantation to kido arts but never removing all the words completely. At three quarters of his power there was some damage that bleed over as he would arrive to hit the precise cut to Oriru's ribs which caused his Reiatsu spiked for a moment. And not by a little either, this was more than a standard release of power like something there. Time seemed to slow down for Kaeru as he noticed that from the point he had slashed Oriru's ribs a yellow energy started to gather spiritual energy like a kido art until a wide arc of about a meter launched at close range. Again without an incantation spoken and this time he picked up on Oriru had not changed his straight forward gaze. At the same time his vice-captain's coat appeared to be pulling away from his body being thrown towards the captain in a clear attempt to create some space. This was a fight to draw out Oriru's potential and connect with Ginga, not a true fight in how he would normally fight an opponent. Grabbing the handle of his still sheathed Yin zanpakuto he quickly drew her straight upward releasing in order to unleash a single defensive blast of negative spiritual energy to black the incoming Okasen, "Over the north side of the hill, Yin. Under the south side of the hill, Yang." The captain Commander having to use his speed to pop out of the way of the thrown cloak by going straight up. In his right hand the Yin zanpakuto has becomes pure black katana from blade to handle while the Yang zanpakuto became a pure white katana from blade to handle. In that brief moment being close to Oriru there was something Kaeru noticed that seemed odd. Well, a few different things actually as he gathered his thoughts in this momentary jump upward. There was definitely a spike in his lieutenant's reiatsu before falling back down after Yang cut into his ribs. Also, while nearby there was a field about a meter around that a seemed to be a blend of reiatsu as if it were between Ginga and Oriru. While he originally thought Ginga was released, now the frog was thinking it was still sealed as there was something else that was allowing Oriru to manipulate his zanpakuto with ease or tossing the coats without any body movements. Add in the fact that this lower seated shinigami had just used two different kido arts in Enkosen and Okasen without a single word spoken. "Very interesting fighting style Lieutenant," Kaeru complimented his subordinate as he started to draw out his other zanpakuto Yin into his right hand, "Even though I can feel our spiritual pressure is distinctly different levels you seem unphased by my presence even after I released my Shikai. This usually only happens when someone is restraining their own limits. So, that confirms for me a few things." In a normal fight he would of switched immediately to Haduka techniques in shunko form in order to keep close ranged and pummeling his opponent for not wanting to be within close quarters, but he wanted to focus on the zanpakutos today. At least for now. "You will be the first living soul other than the captains at my Captain's Proficiency Test to see some of my zanpakuto's capabilities," Kaeru stated plainly as he lifted his left arm up then throwing the pure white katana downwards at Oriru with the intent of it to slash the man across the right shoulder, "Kagayakuyoru no odori." The words also meant "dance of the shining night", this technique while active all granted him complete control over his zanpakutos when they were not in his hands. As soon as that strike does or does not land he would direct it to rotate at full speed for a slash to the back, followed up to the right leg, and the left leg. He needed to see if the reaction time was a one time use or a more static ability. If he could just land two of these attacks his zanpakutos natural ability would come immediately into the battle, yet if all four hit things could get ugly in a hurry. [WC: 778] [Total WC: 2,355] Stats [ND: 7,020/7,020] Abilities ENDING Stats [ND: 7,520/7,520]
  9. Xarius Kaeru

    Noble House: Kaeru

    The story of Oriru Ryūka Kushō was a greatly unknown one to him and his fellow squad members, but there was some reassurance for Xarius Kaeru in this unknown. He himself had a shroud of unknown even though he was born within a noble family. While he liked to think they had a lot in come, reality was probably the opposite. Yet he could not be certain until he took the time to get to know his subordinate, even with the little things like being aware of family and their proximity. Acknowledging the thanks for the time he prepared himself mentally as it was literally the least he could do as Oriru had only just recently accepted his Vice-Captain role and financial raise. The question was more of a clear statement that Oriru was expecting Kaeru to push the training to his upper limits. Some would probably take offense to this or call to question asking someone of Captain Level to just go all out on intensity. Not this frog, he actually respected the drive to get better when others cautioned him from using his power. How was Oriru supposed to master that which was a part of him if he never used it? a thought that crossed the captains mind as his vice-captain continued to talk about Ginga the odachi zanpakuto which was now hovering in front of Oriru horizontally. "I can relate as one of my zanpakutos can be very moody as well," Kaeru replied as he started to allow his reiatsu to climb to match up to the vice-captain's current power levels as he had made it a habit to sit around the average seated officer normal state when not in battle, "Made learning and gaining her trust extremely difficult." He had not seen what Oriru's reiatsu levels were like yet, but if they were less than that of a captain he would struggle to start under his reiatsu pressure. "That's omnious," Kaeru replies to the remark about Ginga taking over eyeing the shinigami across from him, "I think I am up to the challenge. As your captain I aim to not disappoint. With the great unknown about your abilities, at least from where I am standing I will trust that your words and demeanor speak true." His mind was prepared, but the great unknown as he was still not back up to his full potential made him wonder if his body was truly ready for a slug-fest with whatever Oriru had cooking. The usually stoic captain's expression did not change as he felt Oriru's reiatsu stopping at a certain point. Debating how he wanted to open this fight as he had several different options, but he was unsure of how much he wanted to put into each blow. As Kaeru cut through the scenarios in his mind as Lieutenant Oriru asked if he was ready to begin. "Indeed, Let us begin today's training session," the captain commander unleashed most of his reiatsu all the way to his unreleased zanpakutos he could provide. This was to set the battlefield proper between the two shinigami as the request of his subordinate was to ask him to provide the most intensity. "Hadō Number Thirty-One: Shakkahō," he states as he raises his right hand quickly to fire a ball of red energy at Oriru's left shoulder at about three quarters of his power, choosing to not say the full incantation. To not give the lower seated officer a real sense of battle he would use flash step while drawing his Yang zanpakuto into his left hand to get to Oriru's right side aiming to land a standard horizontal slash to Oriru's right rib cage. [WC: 614] [Total WC: 1,577] Stats [ND: 7,020/7,020] Abilities
  10. Xarius Kaeru

    Noble House: Kaeru

    Slow and steady was the name of Xarius' game as he sparred with his younger brother Ank. The seated officer was practically a master with the kido arts, but his other fields of hoho, hakuda, and zanjutsu were all lacking dramatically. Before his disappearance Ank had been part of the Kido Corps, but once the Captain Commander disappeared all of the Kaeru family members were pulled from the Gotei Thirteen ranks. Now that he was back though, he had made it a point to reintegrate as many of the Kaeru family as he could into the squads. That started with those in the acadamy and Ank within his squad to start with and from there the head of the house Xarm would make allowances depending on how things turnout. Basically this meant Xarm wanted to keep as much control over his family as he could. Simple flash step drills had pushed Ank to a point of not wanting to do much, but Xarius immediately switched that into zanjutsu training as he wanted the fatigue to show off his glaring weaknesses more for teachable moments. "Your footing is out of place," the captain stated to his subordinate as he easily parried a thrusting attack swing followed by a upward slashing motion that he turned out of the way of with ease, "Without a strong foundation the rest will crumble, this applies to all things. Just like the foundation of a kido, remember your base and work from there." "Yeah, easy for you to say!" Ank shouted as he spun into a lunging strike with his zanpakuto only to end with his blade posing in the air as he hit nothing, "I did not have to go to all that many classes on this stuff. Why didn't you just let me go back into the Kido Corps? They didn't require me to do any of this crap." The younger frog was clearly frustrated at the continual lessons being thrown at him, but in Kaeru's mind this was for the best as his brother's talents would be wasted on the Kido Corps. While he did know his brother was quite capable of going back into the Kido Corps with ease, there was just too much he needed from a support standpoint. Plus the Kido Corps were a bit more autonomous of a group at the moment since he had returned so he was not exactly sure how much of their support he could rely on yet. As the two frogs took proper kendo stances with their zanpakutos Xarius noticed a figure walking through the doorway. Trying to take advantage of the momentary distraction Ank flash stepped forward to make a downward slashing motion only to find himself spinning around end over end until he crashed into the pond below. In that brief moment the captain had returned his zanpakuto Yang back to his sheath and waited for the moment Ank was making the slashing motion in order to place a hand on his left wrist while kicking out his lead foot creating the flipping motion. "Lieutenant Kushō, I trust everything is going fine with your mother's move," Xarius returned the greeting as he landed on the ground closest to his Vice-Captain just beyond the edge of the pond that Ank was walking out of with a dejected aura about him, "No worries, We were just getting some training in ourselves to warm up." "Yeah, warming up that's what you call it," Ank sarcastically retorted as he walked up next to Oriru, "Good Luck with all of that Lieutenant." The soaked younger frog continued on past his vice-captain. "Please seal off above until we are done, I would prefer no interrupts while I train with Oriru," Xarius requested of his younger sibling. "Yeah yeah, no interruptions. I got it Captain," Ank replied waving as he makes his way up to the entrance to cast a barrier kido over the entrance way so that no one can interrupt their training. "Welcome to my family's training grounds," Xarius offered a formal greeting of the location, "This was built several generations of Kaeru ago with the assistance of some very technically skilled shinigami. This pocket of space acts like a five miles of various terrains. Mostly swamp lands to start with some desert and plains farther out." This is where he did most of his training when he was on his own or with family. "There are built in reiatsu suppressors so that any release power we have down here will not be felt in the areas above, unless the walls are damaged in some form. So, stay away from the walls at all possible," the captain added with a gesture behind him towards the lining sky above the doorway. Which was easier said than done as they looked like the rest of the scenery. "Do you you need a warm up? Or do you want to jump right in?" Xarius inquired to his subordinate as he waited for the man to dictate how ready he was to get into an intense training session. The official file on Oriru Ryūka Kushō details that he has an unclassified odachi style Zanpakuto known as Ginga with the release command “Collapse”. There are two entries of record that Oriru has used his shikai; Once to graduate from the academy and in the Eleventh Division Training. During those two events the file cites that he can create a large stone boulder with high levels of durability and that despite his low strength, Oriru is capable of throwing this boulder at incredible speeds. There were a lot of unanswered questions about this shinigami that the captain commander had, but he was more than patient enough to wait for the right time to answer those questions. [WC: 963]
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    2. Rashu ラシュ

      Rashu ラシュ

      I don't think you can change being publicly executed, brother. xD

    3. Xarius Kaeru

      Xarius Kaeru

      It's been a good run

    4. Rashu ラシュ

      Rashu ラシュ

      You're dying for our sins.

  12. Xarius Kaeru

    Noble House: Kaeru

    Touching down on the outside steps to his family property Xarius Kaeru had arrived a bite before a planned meeting with his vice-captain Oriru Ryūka Kushō. A little bit of time had passed since they had taken their ranks at the top of the First Division and the Gotei Thirteen, but a promise had been made to work with his subordinate on his bankai. The prospect of having another strong shinigami captain potential within their ranks was very promising. Some of the others saw the potential in the shinigami, but were afraid of his full potential. That was not something he was afraid of, this only excited him more. Before that meeting though Xarius was going to take some time to train with his younger brother Ank in the family's underground training facility. They had the option to also train at in the First Division's training grounds or the Central Underground Prison, but he felt this was a good excuse for them to stop by and see their family. Ank was directly behind him catching up at that moment also landing as some of the guards approached to see who had arrived. "Don't waste your energy it's just us," the smaller Kaeru joked as he stepped forward waving down the to approaching guards, "A third will be coming in later this morning, Lieutenant Kushō. Make sure to not give him any trouble and direct him to the family training grounds when he arrives." The two dark green skinned frog humanoids nodded their heads as the Captain Commander and his Seventh Seated Officer walked on the path leading up to the family hall where the training grounds were under. "Good Morning you two," the low almost annoyed tone of their father Xarm Kaeru drew their attention as they made it to the open area past the first waves of house. "Lord Kaeru," a formal greeting from Xarius to his father as he acknowledged the massive frog's pressence. "Hey old man! Did you get fatter!?" Ank burst out as he appeared almost out of nowhere next to his father poking his belly. "Captain Commander...What did you say!?" Xarm shouts at the youngest one with a knee jerk raise of his hand only to miss through a blur of where Ank formerly was. The youngest Kaeru reappeared a few feet away from the entrance to the main hall casually strolling in as he yells back, "Old, Fat, and now slow? Geez!" A long drawn out breath from Xarm turned into a sigh as he turned to face the other son, "I see he is already reaping the benefits of you being back. Just like Soul Society has been all kinds of a buzz with all of your new rulings and decisions being made. Things have not been this lively in years." This was typical of his father Xarius knew that he was fishing for any kind of information he could get that his normal contacts were not providing him, thinking that having a Captain Commander as a son would provide him an in to knowing what is going on in Soul Society as a whole. "He has really taken to the role of Kido Arts trainer for the First Division," Xarius states looking to the now vacant open doorways to the main hall as if to say they were waiting for him, "I am sure everyone has all kinds of opinions and theories of me just like they did before I left." There was not much he could share with Xarm, but Xarius knew just talking to him in general was better than how things were before he had disappeared. "Thank you for allowing my squad to use the family training grounds today," the younger frog spoke looking stoically over to his father, "As agreed the payment for the time, use, and any potential damages will be paid from my direct account. I have no idea what fully to expect with the one coming later, so I needed a more secluded area to train in." The last part was a courtesy to the Kaeru family head as to why this request was made in the first place. "No worries. I know you're good for the money," Xarm waved the appreciation off as he turned to head towards his house, "It is always nice to see you boys around here and your mother would of liked this version of us a lot more." The old frog almost never talked about their mother anymore, so this would of caught any of the others off guard, but Xarius was used to hearing things that could be viewed as surprising or odd. "Allow Ank to come by every once and a while and maybe we can work out a deal for a more regular use of the training grounds," Xarm offered up as he casually walked away giving a halfhearted wave with his right hand. "Definitely something we can discuss," the shinigami captain replied turning himself to move quickly into the main hall closing the doors behind him. Walking past the two frog guards on duty Xarius nodded to them before walking into the room where the steps to the underground oasis could be reached. Reaching the bottom of the steps he exited the doorway into a vast swampy landscape where he could see several trees and the usual five ponds. Near one of the trees in the center he could see Ank was already doing some light stretching and preparing himself for todays training with Hadō Number Seventy-Eight: Zangerin. "Oh, look who finally decided to show up," Ank joked as he finally noticed his brother had joined him in the training grounds. In a single step Xarius appeared behind Ank placing his left hand on his younger brother's right shoulder as he replied, "Some of us understand the importance of a proper greeting and conversation." "AHHHH," Ank squeaks out as he jumped away from the larger frog shinigami as he started to shout at his superior, "Man! Why do you keep doing that crap! You act like you're one of the Onmitsukido or something!?" This had clearly flustered the younger of the two siblings so much that a small drop a sweat was moving down his cheek. "I have trained with a few of their best. So maybe I picked a thing or two up," the captain commander replied as he rolled out his arms and flexed his muscles as he started to prepare for the day's training. "Whatever you say," Ank defiantly tried to play it off like he was not annoyed, but was failing pretty hard. The mood changed slightly as the seated officer starts to gather reiryoku focused around his zanpakuto. "Hadō Number Seventy-Eight: Zangerin!" he exclaims as he makes a circling slashing motion causing an outward blast of powerful spiritual energy to explode. As the water erupts from the waves expanding outward Xarius finds himself dodging backwards with a flash step landing above the next pond over to the left creating some distance. "Seems even that was not enough to catch you off guard either," Ank says as he puts his wakizashi style zanpakuto back away into his sheath, "The Cutting Flower Ring is a powerful wave to strike an enemy or enemies down in a pinch. While I may not be the best at zanjutsu, I have at least enough skill to utilize this in combat when I am surrounded." This was a newer Kido Art to him as Xarius did not remember or have any memories of using this in his past life in combat. Whether he had or not was irrelevant in this moment as he wanted to keep getting stronger and being able to use this helped further his goal of becoming a more complete shinigami worthy of being an example to all of his subordinates and allies. The frog started to mimic his younger brother by grasping the hilt of his Yang zanpakuto with his left hand so that he could start gathering a large amount of spiritual energy. Yang was stacked on top of his Yin zanpakuto he was already grabbing with his right hand. Pulling the toward in different directions he prepared to do two attempts of this kido art. "Hadō Number Seventy-Eight: Zangerin," he states calmly as he draws forth yang from his sheath in a circling motion creating a large white energy ring that hung about chest level before blasting outward with enough power to cause the pond below to act like a geyser creating a rain effect as the water rained back down. Before Ank could say anything Xariu was already starting to draw on his Yin zanpakuto to do a follow up attempt of the kido art. "Hadō Number Seventy-Eight: Zangerin," he states this time creating a black horizontal ring around his body that copies his previous attempt, but he chooses to make a backwards spinning motion this time as the blast outward of spiritual energy his disrupts the falling water creating an outward push of terrifying force clearing out the haze in the area. "Well, you seem much more adept at learning the kido arts than I remember? It's no fun if you are going to be better at this than me too," Ank says with some exasperation to his tone, "On the bright side I was not hanging out in that pond." "More likely that I was able to study your technique and apply the form quickly because it did start with a zanjutsu base," Xarius pointed out as he returned both of his zanpakutos to their sheaths, "Anything that uses my zanpakutos as a base gives me a leg up as they are what I spend most of my time training." The truth was he was starting to get back to his old ways of being able to study the minute details of his opponents or allies as they did mundane and definitive actions. His eyes had felt off for some time, but as his body was getting back into the correct condition so were his eyes. This was going to only help him as he continued on this path of self improvement and advancement. This would continue with what he had planned for his Vice-Captain whenever he would arrive. Until then the two Kaeru brothers would continue to take turns practicing various techniques and attaches in a lighthearted sparring match. [WC: 1,733/1,425 (25% off for Reiryoku Specialist: hado)][Learned Hadō # 78: Zangerin]
  13. Xarius Kaeru

    First Division Barracks

    Stepping out into the open training fields Captain Xarius Kaeru was flanked by his Vice-Captain Oriru Kushō and Third Seated Officer Sif Barkuz. There was a purpose to this day that he had been putting off until he reacquired his proper rank of Captain Commander of the Gotei Thirteen Death Squads. That purpose was to address and introduce the changes to the highest seats within the First Division as there had not been a proper meeting for that very thing. The reason for this was because the frog captain was getting things lined up for how he wanted the squad to be ran and look under his leadership. Coming to a stop on the outskirts of the training field Xarius watched as his younger brother Ank Kaeru the First Division's Seventh Seated Officer was already taking his duties of Kido Arts trainer seriously. "Today's lesson was Hadō number fifty-four: Haien," Ank explained as this was one that the frog captain knew decently well but had not tried since his return from the void. "Gather the rest of the squad that have not shown up yet," he stated as he motioned with his left hand for the two highest ranked behind him to use their various skill sets to reach the rest of the squad's members. The kido art also was known as Abolishing Flames was a technique where the user fires an oblong blast of purple spiritual energy from their hand that erupts and immolates a target completely when it makes contact with the intended target. A straight forward yet powerful kido art that could put the bind on just about any opponent that was not prepared to dodge. "Hadō number fifty-four: Haien," Ank directs his voice in a teacher like tone as he moves his left hand in a horizontal motion firing an oblong blast of purple spiritual energy from his hand that connects with a nearby training dummy before erupting in flames that completely engulfs in flames. "All of you can sling around academy level kido arts," the younger frog gives a short nod to his older brother before continuing to the group of low seated officers being trained, "But you all have become lazy by not continuing your training or learning new kido arts, that is why the Captain himself has selected me to get this squad up to tip top shape." Taking a few steps to his left Ank motions out to the Captain Commander to come to the front, "What do you say captain? While we wait for the rest of them to show up, we can show this group some of the kido arts I've helped you relearn or learn since your return?" As the group looks back to see who Ank was talking to a blur leaving a few leaves swirling in the wind. Their confusion continued as they faced forward to now see the larger frog shinigami standing just to the right of the smaller frog shinigami trainer. "Seems like that could take more time that is allotted for today," Xarius replied as he glanced over to the nearest training dummy, "But this is one that I could use a refresher course on." "Give it a shot and let's see what you remember," Ank states throwing his hands up behind his head in a carefree manner. Xarius gathers some of his reiryoku in the tips of his right hand's fingers lifting that hand straight out before making a sharp horizontal motion as he says, "Hadō number fifty-four: Haien." The oblong blast of purple spiritual energy flies from his hand making contact with the dummy as it explodes in a fiery display of destruction. "Close, but need to concentrate a bit more on the fire and density of the spiritual energy you are throwing. This is meant to burn your targets to the ground not create an explosion of fire," the younger Kaeru explains to the older one where he went wrong drawing shocked expressions from the group watching on. "I see," Xarius replies recoiling his right arm repairing to go again, "Hadō number fifty-four: Haien." Wasting no time he once again fires a purple oblong blast made of pure spiritual energy that was more concentrated and dense than before from his right hand at the same target. As the purple energy hits the new training dummy near the last one it erupts and burns much longer this time around. The group of onlookers watched in amazement as the quick turnaround on a simple correction. "There we go, only took two tries with this one," Ank gives a mocking form of praise, "Keep that up and you'll pass me up." "Highly unlikely that would be any time soon. I don't have the time to only train one skill like you do," Xarius gives a short dry jab back to his younger brother as he noticed the rest of the group First Division Members were now gathering in behind the kido arts trainees. "Go ahead and join the rest of them as training is done for now," Xarius tone changed to a more authoritative one as Oriru gave him a hand motion showing that the meeting was ready to begin. The whole First Division squad was about thirty members strong, clearly the smallest group in all of the Gotei Thirteen Death Squads. "Thank you all for gathering on such short notice," Xarius started out resting his right hand on top of his two zanpakutos attached to his right hip as he let his left hand dangle to his left side, "This meeting is to establish a lot of different things, namely the future of this squad. Starting with the clear changes in the command structure as I am once again Captain Commander of the Gotei Thirteen Death Squads and captain of the First Division." Murmurs started to breakout slowly as word of Kaeru taking the mantle back of Captain Commander was still not known to Soul Society at large. "This is still very new as the Central Forty-Six just ruled on this earlier today. There will be an official announcement later this week once all of the paperwork has been finalized. Because of this change former captain Sif Barkuz has graciously accepted the rank of Third Seat while retaining the title of Director of the Administration Department as we work towards the future I have envisioned for this Squad," Kaeru announced as the low murmurs continues as Sif raises his left hand to quiet the crowd as the large frog shinigami waits for things to settle. "In conjunction with this effort I have named Oriru Kushō as my Lieutenant and Director of Command of the First Division," Kaeru states firmly as he gestures over to the new Vice-Captain, "His organization and structure proposal has been approved as well as being implemented across the Gotei Thirteen. Because of his transition seventeenth seated officer Tinzauzid Zobyakemzu will be taking over his former duties as Central Forty-Six Chambers' administration assistant role. Some of you have already met with Seventh Seated Officer Ank Kaeru as our Kido Arts trainer and recruit manager for all new seated members that join our squad." Taking a step towards the group at large Kaeru would then speak with an even more authoritative tone than before, "The First Division under the new structure is still the squad of Leadership and Administrative Command. This Division currently is, and remains, the Head of the Thirteen Court Guard Squads and retain the responsibilities of relaying order delivered by Central Forty-Six, dealing with Soul Society Law, and monitoring all the other Divisions within the Thirteen Court Guard Squads. That was why this meeting had to wait until I was officially Captain Commander once again and had my Lieutenant in place." Turning around for a moment Kaeru looked up towards the center of Seireitei where the large white tower of the Senzaikyū which was linked to the Sōkyoku Hill could be seen. His captain's haori moved in the wind as the First DIvision's insignia of a chrysanthemums that signifies truth and innocence flapped up showing the back side of his deep purple hakama-himo as he spoke up once again, "This Division recruited each and everyone one of you because of more than just your skills in one particular area. The primary reason former captain Barkuz is the same reason that Lieutenant Oriru and I will continue to recruit similar souls to join our squad, you all have the greatest potential to lead the Gotei Thirten Death Squads into the next generation. We may be small in numbers right now, but we more than make up for it in what we can do as a united squad moving with a singular focus of making Soul Society better." Cheers and shouts of affirmation erupted from all thirty of the seated officers out in front of the three highest seated officers at the front of the group. Kaeru continued calmly through the swell of out pouring emotions from the squad members new and old, "That starts with assessing where we are at as individuals and as a squad. Lieutenant Oriru will be meeting with each of you individually first to process and update everyone's paperwork so that we can find everyone's proper placements in the new structure with Director Barkuz's assistance. From there I will take time to greet each of you and start to work through what exact your roles as I want you to understand them clearly and know my expectations. As this will be a long process I request you all have some patience as the processes are literally be written up this week." Lifting his left fist into the air Kaeru summoned up the last of what he had to say, "From this day forth I will expect of each of you exactly what I expect of myself; your absolute best. The potential is in each of you, reach for that, grab it, take that and mold that into the soul you want to be for the betterment of not just the squad or yourself, but for Soul Society as well. Take pride in everything you do, own your shortcomings to better yourself, and provide support to the other Gotei Thirteen squads as examples of where this is all heading. The winds of change start right here with this squad!" With that a lot of cheering happened as he nodded to the vice-captain Oriru and Third seat Sif as he took his leave towards his office once again. There was a lot of work to still be done, but this was one small step in getting this back to their proper order. [WC: 1,721/1,050(reiryoku specialist)][Learned Hadō #54: Haien] [Exiting thread] [WC reduced by 58 for Oriru's structure notes of:
  14. Xarius Kaeru

    Inhale, then Exhale

    There were moments of his past that Kaeru was still recalling while others were vivid like they were yesterday. Oriru reminded him so much of Sif Barkuz his former vice-captain in a lot of ways, but there was a distinct difference between the two that he saw plain as day. The man following him had an air of control about him that Sif had to work at and perfect over time, maybe the same could be said of his new Vice-Captain only time would tell that. However well coordinated Sif was at identifying things, he always did miss a few details when it came to study another soul. Oriru was troubled, not in a bad way, but rather in there was something that was eating at him at least that much the frog could pick up on. The outer walls to the First Division Barracks could be seen in the not too far distance as Oriru called out to him stating that he had a personal request for the new Captain. He slowed himself down as he listened to the Vice-Captain list off a few names of captains he had trained with, all of whom had already vouched for the frog during his return. The soul continued to speak about his training in the four crucial departments of being a shinigami and what he had been lacking. Oriru continued admitting that he had found a connection with his zanpakuto finding a way to work it into his profession, which within itself was impressive, but now he wanted to live up to his new potential for Soul Society not just himself. Coming to a standstill hovering above the First Division Barrack's outer walls Kaeru waited for Oriru to catch up to him. Turning to face the new Vice-Captain as he finished the request speaking about someone told him to never allow his full power to be shown and that he wanted the opportunity to train with the frog captain with the expectation that he could reveal his true power. There were parts of this he had a lot more questions on, but those could come later as this was an opportunity to gain more trust in someone not fully from his past and now part of his forged new future. "Every captain is expected to at least do that much for their squad members," Kaeru replied with a level tone and a powerfully upright stance, "Nevertheless, it would be my honor to not just train you at your request but help you prepare for controlling that potential you are now striving for. Everyone within the First Division will be better for us reaching our unified greater potential." He could tell that he was close to returning to his former power levels, but there was still a lot of work to do on the noncombat side of things to get back to where he was before, that is where Oriru would be helping him out a lot more than he would be helping the lower ranked shinigami. "As far as not revealing your true or full potential," Kaeru shifted his head to look towards the center of Seireitei, "Those are some wise words as once you reveal all of your cards then your opponents will know how to counter your abilities. Knowing when to use your abilities and not is a difficult balance that even a skill combatant. I have a few places we can cut lose as we train without prying eyes." There were two places they could do this training; in the Kaeru family basement or the e Central Great Underground Prison. Both had their place, but one was much closer to get to than the other. "However," Kaeru spoke with a now stoic aura about him, "I must go reclaim my title of Captain Commander before I address our squad proper or before I can train you. My meeting with the Central Forty-Six is tomorrow. Once that is handled we shall get to work with no more distractions on my part." The words coming out of his voice were of certainty rather than of hopefulness. There were not a lot of people he would confide in about his goals, but Oriru was now in a position to potentially be the main person he would talk to as he moved forward with his rebuilding of the Gotei Thirteen Death Squads. "I hope you are ready for a wild ride Oriru," he added as his haori flapped in the wind as he prepared to Flash step down into the barrack's open training field to head towards his office. [WC: 767] [Exiting thread]
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