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OOC | This is to control the NPC for Nariko's (The Eml) Attempt to Claim VC 

In the corner of the Ninth Division is where "Renchi's Workshop" is located, closest to the Fifth Division and adjacent to the Academy Grounds. The building is not secluded, but it is well enough away from any residential sections or other operations that may be bothered by what happens in the workshop. This was part of the deal Renchi worked out with the Captain during the promotion process, as it was important for Renchi to still have a workshop to continue working from. It had became an office as well and the clear debris that was scattered in front of the building caused many concerns for people who approached.

Heaps of metal, wires, strange constructs that would appear to watch you as you walked through the "Iron Graveyard", a term made by the rest of the Division to describe the scene outside of the workshop. The main door was a large steel roll up to allow the larger items to fit, and it was typically open during the day and only closed when the sun was away. At the current moment, Renchi was busy working on what appeared to be a motorcycle of sorts with loud metal music playing through a speaker in the corner.

Across from the speaker on the other side of the room would be an older gentleman with a calm and simple nature sipping on tea. His silver hair giving a gentle glow under the harsh light of the garage matching the bright blue eyes. Next to him, on a table covered in spare parts, was a small space where a tea pot matching the design of his tea cup. This was the way meetings were held for the two of them, Captain and Lieutenant, as Renchi worked on what ever it was that she desired the Captain would calmly converse with her. Each of them enjoying what brought peace to their day, especially since it allow Renchi to avoid the discomfort of the traditional design of the barracks her Captain insists on maintaining. 

Captain Jonetsu and Lieutenant Renchi Kuranku

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WC - 338

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Nariko was feeling pretty confident in herself, especially after unlocking her Shikai. It turned out, she actually had a Dual Zanpakutou, like the Vice Captain of Squad 4 had mentioned he had. Not only that, but she felt quite a deal stronger than she had before, as if she was able to tap into her latent potential for the first time. The wall she'd felt she couldn't push past had risen immensely, to the point that most things she had done before were now easy in comparison. People seemed slower, she felt faster, stronger, better. To be fair, she hadn't really tested out her abilities at all, so she had no real clue how they worked, but so confident was she in her new found strength, that she felt she was ready to challenge the Vice Captain of her squad to a fight for her position.

See, Nariko had given it some thought. The conversation from the bar had really resonated with her. It stuck with her. As a seated officer, she might see some action here or there, but as a Vice Captain, or somewhere around there, if she failed and got promoted to a higher seat, she would be around the more important action more and more. She'd be the one chosen to venture out to some dangerous situation that required attention, and that would lead to a further adventure that would let her just enjoy life.

One thing led to another, and she found herself seeking out the Vice Captain of Squad 9, a woman named Renchi Kuranku. Nariko had met her once or twice, but neither had grown super close or interacted more than some basic orders here or there. Nariko didn't have a peg down on the woman's personality or anything, but she didn't dislike her in the slightest. She was just an obstacle to surpass. Besides, one day Nariko was going to be the captain as well, and then the old man wouldn't be, and she'd need a good Vice Captain, so this was only a temporary bid to replace her, as it was.

Arriving at Renchi's Workshop, after being pointed in the right direction a few times as to where the Vice Captain probably was, Nariko stared at the building for a minute before deciding now was the time. She was confident that she could put up a good fight, but she'd never actually seen a Vice Captain fight before, so for all she knew, she was still leagues away from being able to do anything worth praise. Nariko knew better than to think negatively like that though, and there was only one real way to find out if she was a good enough fighter yet. And if she failed, it wasn't like she'd die, unless Renchi decided to eliminate the competition.

There was no mistaking she was in the right place at least, having been told that she'd know by the clutter and debris. Nariko was messy herself, but only so much as she was allowed to be in the barracks; to that point, she wasn't particularly allowed to be that messy at all. This was just on another level. Renchi was quite the tinkerer, but she collected a lot of junk it seemed like. The Lieutenant-Aspirant grinned as she approached the main door to the building, which was wide open. People were so interesting and quirky sometimes. It seemed that the current Vice wasn't exactly a stick in the mud.

Assuming she was allowed in, Nariko would enter the 'office space', which wasn't any less cluttered with junk. Music was blaring loudly over a speaker system, and Renchi was working on her cycle, while, more to Nariko's surprise, the Captain was also hanging around, drinking tea across the workshop. Speaking loudly, so she could be heard over the sound of the music, Nariko announced herself.

"Uhm, excuse me, Lieutenant Kuranku, Captain Jonetsu." Nariko began, waiting until the attention was fully, (or partially) given. "I'm Nariko Mizushima, current 19th Seat of this Division. Sorry to bother you, but..." she looked to Renchi. "I've come to issue a challenge for your seat. Unorthodox, I know, a 19th Seat, but I'm liking the thought of being Vice Captain a little bit more and more the longer I think about it. What'd you say?"

She put her left hand on her left hip, almost in a sassy manner. Nariko could come off as rude, but she didn't really care all that much. Today was an up day for her, and she wasn't feeling like shit. In fact, she felt like she could take on the world, so it came off as her being a little bit more cocky than usual. To them, she probably didn't look all that imposing. A young girl, some amount of talent if they knew anything about her promotion from the Academy, but that could probably be seen as a catalyst to her current arrogance. She had her hair in it's usual side ponytail, and wore a very basic but standard Shihakusho. Both of her Zanpakutou hung off her left hip, where she had always kept the one when she had just a basic Asauchi.

She had two Zanpakutou, perhaps the oddest thing about her. One of them was almost jet black from what could be seen of it, with a shimmer to the entire thing. If closely examined, there were little crystals and gems embedded in the sheathe, giving it a shimmery effect. The blade, while currently sheathed, was a glassy black, as if the blade itself was made of obsidian. The other blade, her primary one, was much more decorated. The sheathe sported a stencil-like flowery design, while the Tsuba itself looked more like the open petals of a rose, colored gold. The handle wrap was a simple white one, with a decorative charm hanging from the end, a little flower blossom. The blade of this one, also sheathed, was just a normal metallic one, like any other would be.

 

WC: 1001
TWC: 1001

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Renchi continued to work on the details of her bike, focusing on the features of her engine since she was working on upgrading the air filtration and seeing if she can alter the Reishi Injection. Jonetsu took note of the young woman that made her way into the room but did not pull away from taking another sip from his cup.

"Uhm, excuse me, Lieutenant Kuranku, Captain Jonetsu."

Jonetsu turned to look over at Renchi who was focused in her vehicle and smiled as he placed his tea down next to his pot. He made his way across the room. Once he made it to the stereo, he gently turned the dial to reduce the sound of the music. "Who the fuck-" She turned from her bike to see the young woman standing in front of her. She started to blow a bubble as she looked at the frail little girl, "Dafuck ya want?" Renchi crossed her arms as Jonetsu made his way back to his seat.

"I'm Nariko Mizushima, current 19th Seat of this Division. Sorry to bother you, but..."

"Settle." Jonetsu spoke in response to seeing Renchi open her mouth for another outburst. She scoffed in his direction before giving Nariko her attention.

"I've come to issue a challenge for your seat. Unorthodox, I know, a 19th Seat, but I'm liking the thought of being Vice Captain a little bit more and more the longer I think about it. What'd you say?"

Renchi continued to chew her gum as she proceeded to take off all of her spare equipment and untangled herself from the cables. She walked towards Nariko with her eyes fixed into the distance. Although she appeared that she was going to walk into Nariko, she stepped to the side and started to dig through a pile of junk. "Where are ya at?" She asked as she started to throw the items across the garage until finally she was able to locate a katana covered in oil and tangled in wires. "Aye, there ya is."

With a smile she walked out of the garage with Jonetsu calmly walking towards Nariko, "Best if we follow." He continued to walk with his pot of tea in his right hand still steaming and his cup balanced on a small plate in his left hand holding the rim of the plate. Eventually, a short distance away, Renchi would stop in a small clearing surrounded by plenty of junk metal and parts. Jonetsu would walk along the surface of a large pile and make his way to the top and take a seat with a leg dangling off. 

Renchi turned to face Nariko as she proceeded to blow a bubble and pop it before chewing some more. "Ya got some grit ya do, coming into my work space." She gave a smirk, "So if you want my badge," She reached her free right hand to her left should and pressed firmly as it made a click sound. Once her hand was removed, the shoulder kind split open to reveal the Lieutenant's Badge inserted in the space. "Ya best be willing to rip my arm out."

[ 1 ] With that, she picked up a lead pipe from the ground nearby. Slowly and lightly she moved it around to test the weight before throwing it at Nariko, whether or not she was prepared.

WC - 606
TWC - 944
Combat Stats

Spoiler

60,000 
Power | 85 
Speed | 90 
Perception | 80
Stamina | 40
Strength | 125 (150%) / Throwing Speed | 118
Reiryoku | 45 (50%) / Reiryoku Speed | 54

Actions

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[ 1 ] Lead Pipe Toss
Lead Pipe Strength/Durability - 81 [Limited Strength of Material]
Lead Pipe Speed - 81 ["Lightly" thrown]

 

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The Captain himself actually moved to turn down the music for Nariko, which seemed to make Renchi more irritated at Nariko than the Captain. It was fine, the girl didn't really mind that much. Renchi was every bit as rude as Nariko would have expected the greasy mechanic girl to be, something that swelled some interest in her. Besides, it would have been really odd if she had just been extremely polite and shy, given everything she'd seen of her. Then again, people were strange, it could have happened.

Nariko flashed Jonetsu an appreciatory glance with a small nod of her head before she continued to issue her challenge. The Captain was much more relaxed and laid back than the Lieutenant was. It was probably best that he was in charge of the division. Renchi was quite... hot headed it seemed. Which made Nariko's decision easier. She might have felt worse if she went to challenge someone who was polite and more suited for the position. Well, not to say that Renchi was unsuited, she obviously had some degree of qualifications.

The Lieutenant more or less seemed to ignore her, moving towards her, and then off to the side. Nariko didn't let the show of intimidation bother her. She was used to these sorts of people. Gang leaders in the Rukongai liked to put on shows like that. Tough girl Renchi pulled out her Zanpakutou, which Nariko had to admit she was impressed by. The weapon itself wasn't anything to look at, but the fact that she could find it in the first place.

Lieutenant Renchi began to exit the building, a grin on her face. Probably looking forward to 'clocking this upstart' or something like that. Nariko herself was absolutely excited as well, ready for the fight to begin. The Captain seemed to be interested enough, as he followed along, bringing his tea with his so he could observe. It was doubtful that he expected much from Nariko, but perhaps he was just bored. Nariko nodded, following along until she herself was standing on a relatively clear patch of ground. The captain took up a spot overlooking them, and he lounged as best he could, making the whole thing look natural. 

Renchi's arm was a bit of a surprise, metallic and prosthetic. Inside it, she housed her Lieutenant badge. The coveted thing. Her challenge was to rip off her arm?! Nariko was taken aback a little bit. "I guess whatever it takes, ri-" a lead pipe launched through the air at Nariko, who had been watching her toy with the thing, and she took a small step to the side right as she was releasing it, letting it soar past her. "-ght? Whenever you're ready to start." The throw was impressively fast for sure, but Nariko herself was much faster, and could see the throw coming from a mile away. She didn't even need to use her full speed for that.

[1] "I'll kick things off, I guess, if you won't." Nariko smirked. Implying that Renchi's pipe was nothing. Smack talk usually was something that people did, right? Nariko was silently applauding herself for that roast. Thunderous applause in her head. 

[2] Nariko, with that, launched towards the Lieutenant, holding back on her full speed for now. She wanted to hold something back in the reserves in case she needed it. Nariko didn't have fantastic form or anything like that, she wasn't a martial artist, but she didn't need it. She utilized what she had as she could. "Sai!" she shouted as she closed the distance between the two of them, the Bakudo hopefully restraining Renchi, and long enough for Nariko's momentum to keep her moving forward.

[3] If the Sai successfully connected, Nariko's momentum would have continued forward, driving her palm into the Lieutenant's solar plexus, potentially launching the paralyzed Lieutenant backwards with all her force and momentum, and hopefully driving the wind from her lungs as well. It certainly wasn't a fight ending opening, but Nariko liked to use some unorthodox methods of fighting. Most Kido users didn't really like to fight close up, but Nariko liked to throw that out the window. She could use Kido aggressively and close up as well. She kind of had to, given her strength was the only thing that hadn't seemed to improve much when she'd unlocked her Shikai.

If she managed to pull off the 'opening maneuver' successfully, Nariko would let her opponent get back up assuming she broke free from the Sai. Given the nonchalantly thrown had some impressive speed behind it, this girl was undoubtedly strong. Definitely stronger than Nariko was. That much was clear just from the onset. No way Nariko could throw something with that amount of power behind it, even if she tried her hardest. This wasn't going to be a battle of strength versus strength at the very least. She would have to use her Kido effectively.

 

WC: 821
TWC: 1822

Combat Stats:

Spoiler

Spiritual Pressure: 82,000 (Suppressed)
Stamina: 81
Speed: 122
Strength: 42 |Throw Speed: 58
Reiryoku: 84 |Reir Speed: 91
Perception: 105

- Actions

Spoiler

Dodged Thrown Pipe- 91 Speed

[1] Insulted Renchi by implying she hadn't attacked. Deals Psychological damage

[2] Rushed forward (95 speed) and used Bakudo #1 Sai (84 Reiryoku) to attempt to restrain Renchi followed up by

[3] Continued on forward (95 speed) to thrust her palm into Solar Plexus (42 Str) and launch her backwards (58 throw speed?)

 

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Renchi watched as the pipe flew through the air from being thrown and Nariko move slightly to avoid the lead coming at her. "Well, at least ya lasted longer than the last few." Renchi honestly spoke those words mainly for herself as she rolled her neck, ignoring what ever Nariko was saying. She watched as Nariko rush forward, faster than she thought the little urchin could move, and gave a smirk when she heard the Bakudo being used. 

[1] Slowly she lowered her posture slightly as both of her arms were placed behind her back. She appeared to struggle a bit to get her arms free and once Nariko was only a short distance away, Renchi swung one leg forward using the momentum of her leg. She had timed it as best she could to allow her foot to connect with the soft pallet under the chin of Nariko.

[2] While propelling herself in this manner, Renchi would pull both arms free from behind her with the binds broken from he right arm. 

[3/4*] Assuming that the attack is not interrupted, whether Renchi successfully landed the attack or Nariko did not deliver a counter attack after avoiding the kick, Renchi would land and pull out her Zanpakuto, "Start up and Burn Out, Akai Joō!" As she pulled the blade from the sheath, a large grinding sound could be heard from metal on metal as the assumed katana would change form similar to a broadsword with a lever upon the handle. With a twist of her wrist, the sound of an engine roaring.

WC - 515
TWC - 1459

- Combat Stats

Spoiler

60,000 
Power | 85 
Speed | 90 
Perception | 80
Stamina | 40
Strength | 125 (150%) / Throwing Speed | 118
Reiryoku | 45 (50%) / Reiryoku Speed | 54

- Actions

Spoiler

[1] Taekwondo Back flip kick
Kick Strength - 121
Flip Speed - 85

[2] Bakudo Breakout (Sai)
Force Used - 101

[3/4] Shikai Activated
Triggered "Crank It!"

- Abilities

Spoiler

 

Shikai | Akai Joo 
+4k / +4 Stats

Rev it up! | Akai has something akin to an engine inside of her new form that builds up “Engine Force” to amplify her power as well as increase momentum for Renchi. 
[A Single charge is generated every time Akai makes contact; Partial, Full, Clash, Blocking or being Blocked]
1 – 3 Charges | + 2 Speed / Strength

Crank it! | Akai’s handle can be used to Rev the engine and add charges.
[Crank the engine adds two charges and costs 2 attacks to do so]

 

- End of Combat Stats

Spoiler

60,000 + 4,000 = 64,000
Power | 85 + 4 = 89
Speed | 90 + 4 = 94 + 2 = 96
Perception | 80 + 4 = 84
Stamina | 40 + 4 = 44
Strength | 125 + 4 = 129 + 2 = 131 (150%) / Throwing Speed | 118 + 4 = 122 + 2 = 124
Reiryoku | 45 + 4 = 49 (50%) / Reiryoku Speed | 54 + 4 = 58

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While it initially appeared that her Sai had worked, Nariko quickly noticed that Renchi had smirked, putting her on edge. Renchi was no doubt very strong, and even if she underestimated Nariko, she still had at the very least the impression that she'd be able to break from the Sai without an issue. She started to prepare herself for a counter attack, knowing that it was extremely likely that it wasn't going to hold her at all. Still, rather committed to her attack instead of dodging, Nariko put on a burst of speed after the Sai, instead deciding to blitz Renchi in that very moment. The change in speed was an attempt to throw off Renchi's timing, assuming she could even keep up with Nariko's sudden burst forward using her full speed.

[1] Her palm would burst forward, slamming into Renchi with even more momentum behind it than it had initially been intended to have if it connected. Her burst of speed should have been sufficient enough to interrupt the beginnings of the kick, more or less allowing Nariko to escape the kick through negation. While she probably wasn't going to be dealing a huge amount of damage, if it landed, she would have at least gotten off the first attack without taking damage herself.

Since Renchi was still likely to release herself from the kido after standing up from her knock back, and unleash her shikai even if she took the first hit, and Nariko was willing to let her power herself up, the Shikai's unleash would go through uninterrupted. Rather, Nariko drew one of her own blades while Renchi drew hers, taking up the flowery Zanpakutou and holding it in one hand. As Renchi's shikai was revealed, Nariko smirked herself. She was going to attempt to beat Renchi without using her own shikai. The woman was strong, no doubt, but Nariko was fast and could see her movements. Perhaps it would become a battle of attrition. Would Nariko wear herself down with dodging and launching Kido? Or would Renchi wear herself down first?

[2-3] Holding out her free hand, Nariko let out another command words, forming her Spiritual Energy at her palm. "Hado #32, Okasen!" She launched out a wide wave of the yellow energy from her palm, the wide spread attack and fast speed of her Kido making it particularly difficult to avoid. She followed it up with another, repeating her phrase, aiming at wherever Renchi happened to be moving towards, in case she jumped to avoid it.

WC: 418
TWC: 2240

Will add the rest later. Assume stats max.

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Renchi was clearly in a mood, tired of having to deal with people all day long and then being bothered by this little girl of all rodents in her garage. She stared as Nari prepared another attack and heard the words of another kido, "Fucking kido." As the wave of yellow energy approach, Renchi swung her blade full force upwards and completed split the attack just to see a second one coming her way. Quickly she shifted her position and swung the blade downward to break the second attack in half before she would crank the blade one more time. "I am going to fucking kill you."

- Combat Stats

Spoiler

60,000 + 4,000 = 64,000
Power | 85 + 4 = 89
Speed | 90 + 4 = 94 + 2 = 96
Perception | 80 + 4 = 84
Stamina | 40 + 4 = 44
Strength | 125 + 4 = 129 + 2 = 131 (150%) / Throwing Speed | 118 + 4 = 122 + 2 = 124
Reiryoku | 45 + 4 = 49 (50%) / Reiryoku Speed | 54 + 4 = 58

- Actions

Spoiler

Rev it Up x 2 vs. Okasen | 131 vs 84
Triggered "Crank It!"

- Abilities

Spoiler

Shikai | Akai Joo - 6 Charges
+4k / +4 Stats

Rev it up! | Akai has something akin to an engine inside of her new form that builds up “Engine Force” to amplify her power as well as increase momentum for Renchi. 
[A Single charge is generated every time Akai makes contact; Partial, Full, Clash, Blocking or being Blocked]
1 – 3 Charges | + 2 Speed / Strength
4 – 6 Charges | + 4 Speed / Strength

Crank it! | Akai’s handle can be used to Rev the engine and add charges.
[Crank the engine adds two charges and costs 2 attacks to do so]

 

- End of Combat Stats

Spoiler

60,000 + 4,000 = 64,000
Power | 85 + 4 = 89
Speed | 90 + 4 = 94 + 4 = 98
Perception | 80 + 4 = 84
Stamina | 40 + 4 = 44
Strength | 125 + 4 = 129 + 4 = 133 (150%) / Throwing Speed | 118 + 4 = 122 + 4 = 126
Reiryoku | 45 + 4 = 49 (50%) / Reiryoku Speed | 54 + 4 = 58

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