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Ryuu Shosuke

Oh hush. It's not that bad.

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a character in “Bleach|| A New Era Cont.”, as played by Polarisbear12

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Ryuu Shosuke



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GENERAL INFORMATION


♠Rank/Affiliation
Unseated||Eleventh
♠Gender
Female
♠Nickname(s)/Alias(es)
Some have come to refer to her as the Red Demon and on occasions just Red. Ryuu does not care for either, thinking them to be childish.
♠Age
A delightful twenty seven years
♠Face Claim
Touko Aozaki||kara no Kyokai



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APPEARANCE

♠Description
The older woman sports a head of fiery red locks that, in recent years, she has kept relatively short. The approximate length is to the small of her back accompanied by thick bangs that have the tendency to fall into her eyes. Often times Ryuu will keep her hair tied up with her bangs collecting to the right side of her face for the most part. The shinigami is taller than most, standing at five foot ten inches with a well proportioned figure. Not one to stray from an either a scowl or a smirk, wine red eyes flare with a cold fire. Her eyes are probably the most expressive feature as they can change from being a deep red full of anger to a bright red of excitement. There have been a few occasions where they become a dull color from exhaustion or heavy emotions. As Ryuu is part of the Eleventh division, it comes without much shock that she bears a collection of scars. There a few that are worth mentioning. The thin scar along her cheek that starts at her cheekbone and cuts into the side of her head and ear. Another scar is diagonal to her chest, with its jagged edges starting from her collarbone all the way to just past her navel. A different scar is on her shoulder from a hollow attack when she first started out as an unseated shinigami. Ryuu’s knuckles are also scarred from punching things when she was unable to control her temper.
♠Preferred Clothing
When it comes to the kind of clothing that she tends to wear, Ryuu wears whatever is comfortable and easy to move around in. In regards to her uniform, she wears the top fairly loose which opens up to reveal some cleavage. A dark colored sash is tied around her waist with the end of it trailing just behind her.



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MENTALITY

♠Oddities
Whenever she is deep in thought, Ryuu chews on her lip. It has led to her biting down too hard and drawing blood but that hasn’t kept her from doing so.
Ryuu is, more often than not, seen holding her zanpakuto in her arms as it is an unusual length. With it being longer than most, Ryuu hasn’t been able to to procure something to carry it with.
Both a nifty skill but also a bad quirk, Ryuu has taught herself to remove herself from a situation. This has happened on some occasions where her eyes becoming dull to blind herself from feeling pain or panic.
♠Hobbies
Like most other shinigami of the Eleventh division, Ryuu enjoys training until she drops from exhaustion or is too bloody to continue. She also enjoys collecting old decorative swords.
♠Phobia(s)
One of Ryuu’s worst fears is having others grow tired of her presence and push her away. Another is simply being forgotten over time until she no longer exists. Ryuu also does not care of losing those she holds dear to her or of becoming useless when they need her the most.

♠Personality
As one would expect of a woman with fiery red hair and burning eyes, Ryuu is the epitome fury. In recent years, the older woman has been able to keep her temper in check, for the most part that is. Many have bore witness to her wrathful nature over the years and very few wish to bear the brunt of it. Often times, Ryuu goes into something of a trance when in such an enraged state. She normally does not take heed of her actions or how reckless they can be. The shinigami has, on many occasions, injured herself out of vicious outbursts. Ryuu can sometimes be quick to draw her sword and she is also very outspoken, regardless of who she is speaking to. There have been many occasions where she has been forced to undergo punishment for speaking out of line. Ryuu has not done much to quell this frank and fiery nature of hers, but she has gotten better at controlling it. To make matters worse, Ryuu is as stubborn an ox. Once the shinigami makes up her mind, not much can push her into changing it. If anything, pushing her to change her mind is likely to get her to dig in her heels even further into the ground. Ryuu is without a doubt, a very head strong woman. This is caused her some pain over the years as she refuses to stop when her body or mind is telling her otherwise. She is often pushing herself beyond her limits and collapsed from exhaustion once or twice before. Unfortunately, Ryuu does not see it as her body telling her to rest but as a reminder that she is not strong enough in her current state.

Despite all of this, Ryuu has a side that isn’t as bristly. While it certainly takes some time for her to warm up to a person, once that happens one has a loyal friend. Ryuu can easily grow attached to people especially in a protective manner. This may be due to her years in the Rukongai where she has, on a few occasions, looked after younger souls. However, she has also learned to detach herself from people and situations. This is a form of defense on her part to avoid feeling hurt, whether it be physical pain or mental pain. Going back to her protective streak, Ryuu still has the tendency to do so. At the same time, she is not lenient towards those who are weak. She has a well trained eye to distinguish between those who are capable of standing on their own and those who cannot. She can of course, show compassion to those close to her. It isn’t unheard of but a bit rare to bear witness to.




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BACKGROUND

♠Family
Ryuu rarely speaks of her adoptive family as she severed ties with them some years ago.
♠Personal History
Having grown up in the Rukongai, Ryuu did not live a privileged past. At least not until she was adopted by the Shosuke family. Before then she had wandered all around the outer districts in hopes of finding sanctuary within the older abandoned buildings. It was a cold winter and she spotted light. Like any soul who need warmth she was drawn to it but was attacked by a savage boy. She managed to pay him back for the wound he gave her but after a certain point, Ryuu doesn’t remember much. A few years later and Ryuu enrolled in the Academy in hopes of finally getting some protection. With splendid results, in part thanks to her overwhelming strength and natural talent with a sword, Ryuu attracted the attention of the Shosuke family. They were looking to expand their family of renowned shinigami. Ryuu was reluctant but eventually caved in at the urge of a friend. The red head became the adopted daughter of the head of the family, Sai Shosuke and his wife, Renka Shosuke.

As the years went by, Ryuu received a lot of support from them and was able to advance a bit quicker than most due to this influence. The push was subtle so she never noticed. The head of the family did have a biological son, Yumeji Shosuke however it did not seem he was destined to be a great swordsman like the rest of his family. Ryuu was unaware of the family's treatment of him until she finally did happen upon it. Angered by the severe and unreasonable punishments he received, Ryuu decided to protect him by taking up training him. Whenever he messed up, Ryuu would be punished for it. This lasted for some time, even after she graduated from the Academy. By then, however, Yumeji was much better and a few months later he was released from her care. The two had grown close as one would expect of real siblings. Unfortunately, their father did not think his progress was good and felt it would ruin their family name if he continued any longer in the Academy. So he suggested that Yumeji be sent on a hollow patrol despite not actually be on par with that kind of work. The Head paid the other shinigami charged with the task to let Yumeji die at the hands of a hollow so at least then, the family name could be saved.

When Ryuu found out she went into mourning. A few months later and Ryuu found out the circumstances under which Yumeji had died and confronted her father about it. He did not deny his actions but warned her that if she was to avenge him, she would be going against him. Ryuu was well aware of this and instead chose to seek revenge through the shinigami that had that duty. To cut a long story short, Ryuu cut them down but not without sustaining injuries herself. She went on probation but was no upset by this. She was seething with rage and none wished to be on the receiving end. After probation was over, Ryuu cut ties with the Shosuke family.



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♠ Zanpakuto
Ten no bānā||Burner of the Heavens||A sword as long as she is tall, Ryuu is often left carrying her sword in her arms. The hilt has a black and red design with a dragon curling around the hilt, while the guard is black and is as normal as one would expect.
♠Shikai
Burn the Heavens, Shroud the Land
Ten no bānā||The zapakuto actually seems to get smaller in size in its shikai form. The hilt along with the rest of the sword becomes an obsidian black. If one were to look closely they'd see what may be a fire dwelling within the confines of the black blade.
-One of the abilities that Ten no bānā has is that Ryuu is able to adjust the amount of heat it throws off but she cannot lower its temperature.
♠Specialties
Strength|| Capable of toppling foes three times her size, Ryuu is known for her overwhelming strength.
Swordsmanship|| One of the best in her graduating class, the redhead is able to wield her zapakuto in both hands due to a recent injury that prevented her from using her dominant hand. She cuts clean and precise with her strength following just behind it.


So begins...

Ryuu Shosuke's Story

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Prelude


To think it had been a mere five months since they had graduated. It seemed like just yesterday they had been stressing over exams or acing the physical components needed to become a full fledged shinigmai. A lot has happened since they had graduated. There was their first encounter with that band of Hollows that nearly killed them their first few weeks of graduating. Then they all attended the festival of the Founding of the Thirteen Court Guard Squad, or the Gotei 13. Most of them had been able to acquire the names of the zapakuto while they had been on probation, and thankfully probation had ended two weeks after the festival. Of course there was also a few group members who served another probation period of their own accord.

It would seem however that not everything would be going as smoothly as just that. It has recently been brought to the attention of the Captain Commander that many of the squads have been getting into arguments, both petty and real. While the Captains are generally able to keep the peace, it is hard to track down and determine who exactly started what when each account is different from the one before. After much thought, and of course with some input from the Captain’s themselves, Captain Commander Myugamine has decided that various members from each squad will undergo a training session within the Human World. The purpose of this excursion is to force the shinigami to work together, and the way in which this will be done is through a point system.

Each and every member of the Gotei 13 must leave with an equal amount of points, regardless of their specialties. In order to achieve these points for the first portion, one must either kill a Hollow or send a soul off to the Soul Society. In regards to the second portion, these points are gained by participation/teamwork. This means that a shinigami must help their fellow comrades regardless of their squad however a shinigami cannot help the same comrade over and over again. Until every shinigami has reached the necessary amount of points for both categories, they cannot return to the Soul Society.

With that being said, the Captain Commander made sure that each Captain relayed this information to the men and women in their squads.





All the squads have been notified as of this morning, and will be given a week to prepare for the excursion. In this time, a seated official will approach those who they believe to be best suited to the task, or in some cases, the least suited to force that individual to get used to teamwork. Many of those chosen will be of varying levels of ability, including seated officers. The excursion will be led by the Twelfths division Lieutenant Chiho Hosoi.

As of now, some members of the excursion party have chosen a location to gather together. This meeting place is none other than the Shining Star.

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She found it highly unusual for the Captain to have called a meeting in the central barracks. As she approached the front plaza of the barracks, Ryuu began to pull her hair back and tie it up. Annoyingly enough, her bangs as always fell out from the string. She had been intending on growing them out so they would be long enough to stay put, but she also thought of just chopping it all off so she wouldn’t have to deal with it. Her fingers began to entangle themselves in her hair as she contemplated the thought of losing it all when a door was slammed open. Once soft red eyes turned sharp as they shifted over to where her Captain stood. The man was bare chested as usual, and he had on that stupid grin as if he was about to eat someone for dinner.

Ryuu glanced down at her hands with a tinge of worry in them however that look changed to one of anger as she looked to where her Captain stood. He glowered down at his men and scratched his neck. “Oi. The big ol Capn has thought up of some kind of exercise to promote team work and all that other crap in the Human world. So a couple of you idiots are gonna go with. Kill some shit and help some spineless wimp who don’t know the difference between a blade and damn butter knife. Oh and Shokuske or Shosuke, or whatever the hell your name is. The old knicker lady wants ya too. Don’t know why but who really gives a flying shit. Just don’t forget. Now hurry up and get back to work you dimwits.”

Her gaze narrowed at how he cut up the family name. Although she has tried on various occasions to change the surname, it would seem it would stick around for a while before the change finally ran through the system. While the redhead was certainly curious as to why the Captain Commander chose her of all people to join this excursion, especially after what she did a few months back.

Captain Kenpachi wasn’t all to pleased by the fact that she didn’t finish the job. To him, Ryuu’s rebellious behavior shone poorly upon the Elevenths ability end things. Of course, still bearing the Shosuke name, Ryuu was able to get off lightly with probation. The removal of her zanpakuto and being under house arrest were the terms. The Shosuke family didn’t care what happened to her, but if she was dealt a more severe punishment or went into a lengthy trial questions would be asked which was all something they wanted to avoid. It wasn’t until about three weeks ago that she was released from house arrest, and a few days ago she was given back her zanpkuto.

Ryuu sat down at a bench in one of the main courtyards of the Seireitei. The Elevenths courtyards were non existent since most, if not all had been turned into sparring courts. Now that she was in an actual courtyard, she could enjoy the beauty of it. Nature wasn’t exactly something she drew bliss from but it was nice enough for her to come here often. Once she was able to hold it again, the blade burned her rather harshly. Ryuu inspected the discoloration of flesh on her hands and forearms. She stretched and tightened her fists They still functioned as normal but they were stiff enough for her to notice the difference.

A frown graced her features as it dawned on her that her body was slowly becoming useless. She no longer had full range in her right shoulder although that was a fact she had kept to herself. Ryuu had been stretching it, and going to the Fourth’s infirmary to try and gain more movement in her dominant arm. She had also taken to using her left hand more often. Whether she had full range or not, didn’t lower her capabilities as one of the best swordswoman in her graduating class. She could still take down many opponents with her sword skill. If anything, Ryuu had been pushing herself harder than before to make up for the stiffness in her body from past injuries.

Ryuu tilted her head back to gaze up at the sky however she forgot that there was a large tree right behind her. Its branches completely obscured her view of the blue sky above, so all she saw was a moving sea of green. A gentle breeze passed through the branches, making them whisper. A soft smile replaced her frown as the noise reminded her of her brother. She had only known him for a few years, but it felt like she had known him since his birth. They had grown close like real siblings would or that’s what she thought. Ryuu didn’t have any blood relations that she was aware of. The thought of having a blood brother or even a mother was an interesting thought however there was no point in dwelling upon it.

Red eyes continued to stare up into the green leaves. Eventually she raised her right arm as if to grab the leaves. Unfortunately her arm wouldn’t move to where it was vertical with her shoulder and she clicked her tongue in frustration. Ryuu launched herself forwards with a huff. Her bangs briefly obscuring her vision before a quick nod of her head shifted them out of her eyes. She looked at her zanpakuto for a moment, pondering the possibility of it burning her again. For the past few days she had taken to wrapping it up in clothe although even that, on two occasions, was burned to a crisp. This time she had Ten no Bānā wrapped in burlap, and thus far it hadn’t burned through. The zanpakuto did exude a warmth but it wasn’t an uncomfortable kind of warmth.

As she stood there a little longer, a smirk flashed across her face. Ryuu carefully unwrapped her zapakuto and gently glided her fingers over the scabbard. Once her fingers reached the hilt, they wrapped around them and paused, waiting for the blade to burn her. It didn’t and so Ryuu took at as an invitation. She tightened her grip on the hilt and the scabbard, pulling the blade out slowly. The metal gave off an eerie ring that caused her hair to stand on end. She could have sworn there was a small trail of fire that danced around the blade for a second before it was gone. Blinking a few times, Ryuu scoffed at the idea. She hadn’t been told the commands for releasing shikai, but she did have an idea of what the weapon was capable of. Ryuu stretched her arm out to the fullest extent that she could, admiring the beauty of her blade. A wolfish smile appeared and Ryuu swiftly sheathed her sword.

There was no hiding the expression of delight upon being able to wield her blade once more. Ryuu held it in her arms and continued to smile. It then dawned on her that going to the Shining Star would be the best way to end the day. It was possible the others had been called in to join the excursion too. The idea behind it was interesting to say the least. Ryuu didn’t doubt the Captain Commander's intentions but she, herself had a hard time seeing those in her own Squad actually being able to collaborate with other members, especially from a different squad. Ryuu was willing to work together with others, but there are a select handful that she actually trusts to have her back. Actually she only trusts one person to always have her back in any situation.

Speaking of said person, Ryuu spotted the luscious head of magenta quite easily the moment she stepped into the building. The man was also quite the giant, so his form dwarfed many who were around him. His height was one of the things that irritated her constantly since she had to look up at him whenever she spoke to him. Ryuu was almost glad he was the first person she met this time. She also hadn’t seen him for the past month and some weeks, so there were certainly questions that should be asked. Ryuu wasn’t the type though to pry into others business unless it was blatantly clear they wanted her to delve into their business. Those were the kind of people Ryuu had a dislike for. As she approached him, her once soft red eyes turned a sharp shade of garnet upon seeing another beastly sized woman. Junko At once a scowl settled upon her features and Ryuu re positioned her hold on her zanpakuto. They were facing her, so it was quite obvious that they had seen her and no doubt the change in her demeanor. The red sash wrapped around her waist trailed behind her like a phantom as she plopped down across from her preferable giant.

Ryuu placed her zanpakuto gently in the center of the table. The red head cupped her cheek in the palm of her hand. her eyes turned cool shade of crimson as she regarded him with curiosity and then some irritation as they flickered over at Junko. With a click of her tongue Ryuu rolled her eyes and leaned back with hands planted firmly on the edge of the table. “Oi! Yasei. Did Junko here drag you over here for a better vantage point? She said with garnet eyes staring right at the culprit however after a moment Ryuu focused her attention back on Yasei. "I heard a rumor that a big ol bear was sent to the bugs house. Is that true?” Ryuu refereed to the Maggot's Nest as the bugs house as a way of being lighthearted. She also never took it into consideration to directly call him by the nickname many knew him by.

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Iehira


Hira heaved an exasperated sigh for the umpteenth thousandth time while scrubbing the floors of the barracks in Squad Four. Prior experience had taught him to not lift his head while on all fours as he'd only hit his head against his sword. His probation to the best of his knowledge had been the most unusual despite being far from the most severe; Mamoru had been sealed to its sheath so he couldn't draw it and the sheath in turn had been sealed to his back so he couldn't just leave it lying around. In addition, braces had been secured against his forearms to prevent the usage of Kido - effectively removing him from the healing rotation. From there, it was simple routine: Captain had arranged for Hira to be awoken early every morning and brought to a work station, someone regularly came by to ensure he actually worked and anything he attempted to bring was confiscated - drinks included. Complaints had drawn commentary of how it was for his own good and to fix his otherwise undevoted and lazy reputation within the Squad while improving his bond with a Zanpakuto that could only be deemed as mistreated to any outside party from the Captain and a slight narrowing of the eyes from the Lieutenant. The absolute worst part was, to an extent they were right - if Mamoru hadn't been strapped to his back so long Hira would have never learned its name. Furthermore his partner agreed in not being used as a weapon - the blade was backwards for goodness sake! As such, even Hira found it hard to find much to laugh at during his period of punishment.

The sound of footsteps caused his ears to perk as Captain Nikku rounded the corner with the seemingly ever present Ceri in tow.
" Aw come on, it was only soda this time! Or have I gotten good enough at floor scrubbing that you have to double check the polish to believe just how good it is?" Hira half complained half joked at the pair while stopping his work.

"Actually Hira,it's because your punishment this time is over. Nikku gave a gentle reply while undoing the seals and restraints on the younger shinigami. As for the quality of your floor scrubbing, it hasn't improved in the slightest. But there was a message saying you'll be breaking standard protocol for our squad as part of a team exercise by going to the mortal world - with the captain commanders permission of course and you'll be meeting everyone at the Shining Star. As per usual Nikku handled Hira at a pace that gently denied any chance to fool around on his end. After all, even his gourd of soda was returned by Ceri before the explanation finished and the two set off without Hira being able to fully process his new freedom.

" Hahaha finally! I don't have to clean floors anymore!" Hira leaped to his feet in excitement and endured the pain of hitting his head against Mamoru in the process. He swiftly, if somewhat clumsily fumbled the blade and sheath off his back and marched off with his now improvised walking stick towards the given destination since even he didn't dare play around with the Captain Commander though a bit of defiance accompanied every swig of his gourd along the way. Ever prone to wandering, Hira took a slight detour and arrived later than he should if one were to go by a 'reasonable time' but still fit in the zone of 'fashionably late' if one considered when he'd left. A grin of mischief dawned as Hira practically threw himself into the room.

" Don't worry everyone, Medical Corps in the House - you know the rules: no dogs, no clowns and if you get me a drink I'm all yours" Hira had promptly discarded his Zanpakuto and jumped on a nearby crowded table while announcing his arrival. The vantage point brought a couple familiar faces into view but rather than straight up diving into conversation at a new group he settled with squatting on the table to look an angered shinigami in the face.

"You okay? Indigestion is bad you know, same with high blood pressure - I can give you a check up you know. Just got off punishment too so Im rather itching to get back to treating my dear patients and curing their ails." Hira's face and words had been honest and straight forward - after all he had no intention of mocking or provoking the shinigami...but nevertheless found himself thrown from the table. Instead of fighting, Hira rolled with the throw towards the center of the room.

" I don't have the power to heal bad attitudes though - and you could have just asked if you wanted me off the table." Blatantly missing that his jumping on the table had displaced the previous contents of the tabletop a frown formed on Hira's face as he sat back up in place. His voice filtered from his previous loud volume down to his usual library appropriate levels of noise.

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Joel



The silent air couldn't have been a greater warning. With the rush of déjàvu once again greeting him with open arms, the thought occurred to him that didn't even know why he was in the woods to begin with. He felt flushed. It was so unbearable that he could have puked, leaving a trace of grape corpses to bathe the clean innocent grass beneath him. His body was heavy and only did half the things he would have been able to do on any other given day. He tried to speak out, but everyone was unreachable. He could see some were fighting and others were running to fight and there he was chosen to also partake in the war. He wasn't scared. He had always been ready to die. Ever since he could remember. However, he wasn't prepared for something so inevitable. It was a scar that would hurt him forever. It was what weighed him down in his dreams. It was what made him shed tears. It kept him focused and alert. It bathed him in an essence of invincibility. This beast of an internal wound left him in hell to drown in his dream. To see the pain of someone he felt he was close to, along with seeing the drawn out wait for their end.

He knew he was only sleeping, for this was natural for him. He had been living two lives his whole life. Maybe it was because he was always thinking too hard about things. He hadn't a clue, but he knew this was his life. Someone would probably tell him not to worry about it, but he would anyway. There no way he can prevent it from happening again if he did. He looked as he did before and saw in the cuff of the woods, a picture of his own consequence.
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Joel sprung upwards from his sleep. His eyes darted to his hands which seemed to be responsive. He swayed his legs back and forth under his covers just to make sure he hadn't still been trapped in his dream and double checked his surroundings to make sure. He sighed along with the welcoming view of his empty chambers. He gazed over the wall that lead to the restroom area. Looking next to it he saw his kitchen and the exit to his room which made it apparent that dawn was approaching. He looked to the other side of his bed at the folded curtains that shielded the small blue light of day. Joel didn't want to wake up with the bad taste that dream left in his mouth. It would be good to try to roll for a better dream and sleep a few more hours. However, he knew it was not only his duty, but punishment to wake up this early. He shifted his feet off the bed and readied his hands to push him up. He gazed over to the head of his bed and looked at low growling entity next to him. It wasn't a living being, if you could call it a being at all. The only thing giving it a claim to life was the noise coming from it. Joel wondered if all zanpakuto's were like this.

"Feed..... Hunger.... Free..... Devour......"
It whispered verbs of one directive. That was the way Jinouga had always been. Joel couldn't remember if he had heard it first, or if it had spoke to him, but ever since he started speaking to it, it only said it's wants. What it wants to do. It made Joel wonder if it was only referring to hollows. When he used it on one for the first time, that sense of anger was unlike any he'd ever felt. Was it because of the event itself, or the sword. Joel didn't know, but he had a gut feeling. He placed his hand on the zanpakuto and whispered, "Sorry," stood up, and lazily began preparations for his morning exercises. He took his hood and poured fish food into a bowl to fulfill his punishment of feeding the fish in the morning and headed to the door. He wouldn't leave before looking at the hilt leaning on his bed only to contemplate taking it with him or getting chewed out for not carrying it again. He couldn't remember the last time he carried around a zanpakuto. If not for training sessions, he'd never do it if it wasn't on a mission. He decided to leave it and headed towards the ponds.

"I was thinking I was too old to dream," he told the fish as he fed them. "I guess some would find my situation to be a lucky one. I just wish more nights were filled would good kind of dreams. Last night was another bad one. You know what would be funny, if I had a heart attack in one of them and didn't wake up. That'd solve my problems eh?" He watched as the fish ate their chow, each fighting for a nibble. He focused deeply on them, practicing a calm meditation of his surroundings. The sky was turning from blue to red as the sun was rising from the horizon. Joel stood up to go to the dining hall where the orders of the day would be given out.

Each morning before eating, the squad members would show up minutes before meal time to wait for the captain and lieutenant to show up so they could all greet them. Lady Hanakonawa always gently raised her hand for them to cease their cheers for her arrival, while lieutenant Watanabe blushed and bowed respectfully. This was normal morning routine however, usually followed by a feast between friends and sworn family. Outside, most would only see the thirteenth division as sophisticated and commendable, and while those titles were true for all of them, Joel felt that only during the times when they were all together could someone truly see their strength. They had a bond unlike any other division and were almost as close to Joel as his long time friends. It was for this reason that he was always a little uncomfortable at the table, choosing to eat quietly instead of joining in loud conversations.

"Hey Joel! Why're you so grumpy all the time?"
Glancing to his left, Joel saw Tayo, who always sat next to him just to talk about nothing. "I'm not grumpy," he replied before taking a bite of bacon.

"Yeah? You look like someone ate one of your fish."

"That's funny, because I was thinking you looked like one of my fish."

Tayo pouted causing to Joel to grin which made him grin in return.

"Joel, Tayo, Hishi, Rollin, Ukiah." Joel lifted his head to see Maria reading something off a scroll, which would be usually out of place in other places, but the Lady of the house likes to run her company with tradition. "The five of you will have to come to Lady Hanakonawa's office after meal time to receive special orders."

"Oooh. What do you think these special orders are, huh," Tayo asked.

"Just wait," Joel answered. "We'll find out soon."

The rest of the time eating was spent with Tayo coming up with crazy theories on what they'd be made to do. Everything from killing a few hollows to time traveling which at that point made Joel ease off the table and leave when Tayo took a break to blink. Joel didn't mind him most of the time, but the man was a real talker. Most would say he didn't know how to stop. Joel went to the shower and changed his clothes as per usual not heading the "right after" part of the message since he believed it was known that he needed to shower after a workout. Afterwards he headed to the office and seemed to be the only one around, which meant the normal line of people trying to see her for favors or small talk were gone. Joel knocked on the door twice and waited to be greeted by the lieutenant. She opened the door and leaned outside blocking his path. She calmly looked around his person and then towards him before saying, "Um... If you don't mind. Can you go back and get your zanpakuto." Joel's eyes thinned as he looked into hers and she could tell he didn't want to do it. "I'm not trying to abuse my title by telling you what to do, but it is our policy to always carry our zanpakuto's on us at all time while out of our rooms and on duty."

Joel looked at her determined expression, which betrayed her with hints of nervousness, and sighed. "I'll grab it when I'm done here. Is that okay?"

"Well.... I suppose, but Lady Hanakonawa probably won't take seeing you without it lightly."

"I'll apologize to her."

Still looking worried, Maria opened the door to let him in, closing it behind her. Inside the office, there was a circular red carpet, placed in the center of the room for people to stand when talking to the captain. She wasn't much for decorations, but she kept two big portraits of her parents on both sides of her and pieced her room to look like art. He windows were outside of the portraits and her desk was centered with the room. The place also shined with cleanliness and always smelled like flowers and air fresher than outside.

Joel went to the center of the round rug and knelt down bowing his head. "My lady, I have come just as you've asked. Let me apologize for my tardiness and also for not having my weapon on my person."

"Stand up," The lady said with a quiet assertiveness. "Apart from what you do every day, I don't mind your misgivings. Your life is on your hands, but without your weapon you can't fulfill your wish."

Joel stood up and looked at her. She seemed to be all knowing and reminded him of his grandmother and a little of his own mother in terms of her eyes. He could tell just by looking at them that she had seen some things he couldn't even imagined and respected her without having to be told what she had laid them upon. "I just need some time. It would be better if I could carry it for use. Not using it gets hard after awhile when it's on me."

"It's up to you to control that, though it shouldn't be a problem given the expedition you were chosen for. You've never been to the human world before, but I'm sure you'll do fine."

"The human world? By myself?"

"And with the other men called this morning. You can't work with them though. The other divisions are choosing their members as well and do to this being a branch wide exercise, you must accompany and help as many as the other divisions as possible. You will meet at the Shining Star."

"As you wish Milady."

"Also," She leaned towards her desk, folding her fingers together in front of her chin. "I've been told your peers will be there. Make sure you don't get into any unwarranted trouble with them and show the squad why we're the hope of the Gotei 13. We all need to make sure we stop these petty squabbles between the squads as soon as possible."

Joel bowed and left, glancing at Maria who waved him out the door. He was sure something was up, even before now. Being a member of the Gotei 13. No. Being a soul reaper, wasn't like he thought or like the stories past soul reapers in his family told him. There were so many secrets. So many unanswered questions and rushed important conversations. Why were hollows that close to Seireitei? Why were all of them picked out for this mission which would be more of a reward than a punishment? He could go on with the questions. He knew at least one would be answered soon. His friend Yasei had been released from containment today. Joel had always wondered why exactly he was arrested and thought the answers given to him were lacking the actual facts of what happened. For now, he decided to just go to the shining star and worry about the answers to his questions later. There was no need for stress when he was about to be around good company.

He headed from the division headquarters to the meeting place taking in the sights and sounds of the people. After a half of day of waiting for this moment, Joel couldn't 't help, but to feel a little excitement. The noise from the building could be heard from down the street, but couldn't really be appreciated until he was standing outside. He hoped they wouldn't have to stay long. Joel wasn't much for crowds, let alone crowds of drunk soul reapers. He hoped nothing got out of hand

Once inside he surveyed the area, relieved to see that normal faces were right in the entry way and a little worried about the spot giving to much attention their way. He slowly walked to the table and sat down, leaning back in a slouch in his chair. "Sup," the hooded man said with a slight grin on his face. "What have you guys been talking about?"

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Yasei Kuma
"Family means never being out of trouble."



Experience had told him that some human adages held true, and speaking of the devil was one of them. No sooner had he thought of Junko then was she upon him in her awkward commanding way, trying to socialise with the commoners whilst maintaining her attitude. After a month and a half it was almost endearing, and he had no complaints as he was dragged to a better spot deeper into the bar, sat next to the queen herself. A rare privilege.

A happy smile warmed his features and he looked at her with affection, ignoring the off-handed comments and resisting teasing her stiff and uppity nature. His smile only widened as Ryuu placed herself in front of him, and he nodded to her question as he turned to face his friend and rival. "We were just about to discuss our selection for the human world mission and wait for familiar faces," He nodded around the bar and joined his hands underneath his chin, leaning on the table as if to get comfortable. "But you all gathered so fast, we didn't even have time to settle."

The giant waved his hand to Iehira and Kaito whom were away from the group, just as Joel joined the table. "Before we get into it, allow me to collect the clown and the hermit." He sighed as he looked again at Iehira and pushed himself away from the table. "It seems as if some of us haven't learned how to skirt troubles border yet." He half-complained.

Before the clown could start an argument or worse, a fight, with his behaviour, Yasei leaned down and scooped him up by the waist, flopping him over his shoulder with one arm. He kept a firm grip on the wily shinigami as he gave an apologetic shrug and shake of the head to the table he had disturbed, moving over to Kaito and waving him over to follow to the table. Once there the giant dropped Iehira roughly into the chair beside Joel and took his own seat. With a deep breath, Yasei intended to start the gathering again.

"Glad to see some of you haven't changed, although I'd hoped for some more awareness, Iehira." He half-joked half-scolded, shifting his chair into a more comfortable position. "So it looks like we've all been picked for this human world mission, but I guess we'll find more out more about that when it starts, for now..." His expression softened and he smiled kindly at those in front of him.

"Welcome to the first post-probation family meeting! what have we all been up to while I was locked away in the Maggot's Nest?" He announced enthusiastically, stretching and wiping at the blood that stained his cheek. "It's been a long and sleepless month and a bit for me, but I want to hear all about what I've missed." He finished, finally going back to Ryuu's question. Yasei would seem a bit off to those who were particularly close to the giant, his demeanour was subdued and he lacked energy, above all, he looked truly and unbearably, tired.


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As people began filtering in, Junko couldn't help but scoff to herself. What a motley crew this was, ignorant and loud, or irrational, or just foolish. This group would surely be . . . Trying for her. Thankfully, Joel was on the team and although he was a quiet type, well maybe that was why, but regardless Junko appreciated the boy more than most her current company. Soon enough after everyone's opening comments were shared and Yasei had gathered the strays to the table, Junko cleared her throat, her steely eyes prodding and searching over her companions. Her arms were folded tight over her chest, enough so to pull at the fabric of her coat. Posture was perfect, upright like a board as she listened to Yasei's second-round discussion.

"Welcome to the first post-probation family meeting! what have we all been up to while I was locked away in the Maggot's Nest?" The giant spoke, wiping his cheek and smiling like a dope. "It's been a long and sleepless month and a bit for me, but I want to hear all about what I've missed." After his mention of the human world mission Junko had been preparing her speech of how she should rise to be team leader, as it was the only logical choice. However this newly introduced small talk had thrown a wrench in it and now she'd have to wait until the discussion filtered back around. She huffed softly and then spoke with her uptight authority.

"I have been training hard and cleaning up the barracks even harder. I have been doing exactly as my captain bids me so that I could better myself. Now I am in top form, knowing that I could surely stand up to any challenge." She snorted softly at herself, feeling her own pride welling inside of her and why not? She had put in the work, hell, she had put in the work since she first chose to become a soul reaper. She had always worked and worked harder than anyone else around her, until it hurt to breathe. Why shouldn't she boast a bit about her talents? Why shouldn't the others know who they are messing with!

However, she'd keep what she knew about her Zanpakuto to herself. The name and personality of her partner, which would serve her well in the human world. After all she had been selected by her squad for this mission and she'd die before letting them all down. So, she remained seated, her eyes watching everyone at her table. The only two she knew would be trouble were Ryuu and Yasei. Though thankfully another sensible shinigami had been chosen, Joel. With him there it wouldn't be quite as bad. She sighed internally, something in the back of her head told her this was going to be a long journey.

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For not the first time, Hira felt the familiar strong arm of Yasei throwing himself over the large man's shoulder. Balance was a fundamental aspect of Hakuda and fighting so Hira was able to take a couple drinks from his bitter soda during the giant's trip to deposit him next to Joel. As his mouth was full at the time, Hira silently held out the far from empty gourd as an offer to his table neighbor with a questioning look on his face. However just like a father can command order at the family table - Yasei's voice drew Hira's attention and a reflexive placing down of the gourd. A look of confused indignation formed on his face at the statement of his awareness - after all he hadn't been in the wrong was his conviction before drifting into thought about what the giant could be talking about. Hira's ever expressive face shifted towards a thoughtful expression before the blank stare of a mental absentee as a rather tall woman started talking. However something of a snort or cough from the lady brought his attention slightly back into the moment - seeing as the woman looked health Hira just mentally wrote off the noise as his face lit up.

" Yasei, I got a cabinet full of the best new drinks I've had every day since we got in trouble - shoulda told me you were getting out. I'da brought something better than the bitter soda I brought with me to work today. Oooh also I helped design last months purple cat plushie and the fluffy pink fox plushie that's coming out later this month." From his medical supply bag Hira pulled out two keychain size plush dolls: one of a purple cat possessing a happy smile and a bell on its chest; the other being a curled up fluffy pink fox with a ball on its neck with a sleepy yet content expression. Hira slipped a finger into the back of each while talking.

" Squad 12 helped by letting us make something that can expand to a pillow when you put some energy in it," Hira demonstrated while talking and sure enough the fluffy key chains become fluffy pillow sized plushes. "Additionally, the fox's orb if you stare into it will have wandering clouds or swirling stars depending on if its night or day - shrinking them back just requires you twist their nose." Concluding his demonstration with shrinking the plush dolls back to keychain size before tossing them on the table with a 'how you like that' type of expression. Hira had spouted out his whole pitch in one solid breath without a single pause - and completed the unending word stream with a question.

" So is it true that they made you squash bugs in a giant nest this whole time without kido or zanpakuto? Did they look like ants, cockroaches, or spiders - and were they like normal sized bugs in a massive nests or are we talking like a bug big enough to ride on like a trusty steed?" Against all common sense, Hira hadn't payed attention to discussions on what the Maggots Nest was and thus remained oblivious to the places true nature. In that regard, his curiosity could be akin to a human child asking about what santa is like during his visits - and much like the truth of Santa, would find the reality of the situation far more banal.

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The loud commotion caused by Hira was quite distracting, but Ryuu was already aware of who it was by the look on Junko’s face. While he was certainly a proficient medic, Hira was not the exactly serious in regards to affairs not relating to medicine. Ryuu turned around in her seat to watch his antics while the rest of the group settled in. “Is there ever a moment that he is ever serious?” It was rhetorical question that she voiced aloud, glancing at her table mates for reactions. Kaito was as silent as ever as he watched over everyone else it would seem. Ryuu watched him with equal scrutiny before her attention was stolen by Joel. He was always a welcomed presence. Seeing him slouched in his chair, Ryuu briefly contemplated the thought of challenging him but they hadn’t even been served drinks yet.

Now that Joel was seated and relaxed, Yasei got the nearly impromptu meeting started. He did so by gathering up those who had chosen to seat themselves elsewhere, and brought them to their table. Iehira received a playful scolding for his foolish antics. Yasei continued to lead the conversation based upon the question Ryuu had initially asked him. Now that she had a better look at him, she could see that he was a bit off from his usual self. As he spoke of his time in the Maggot’s nest Ryuu realized it was because he was tired. That’s a first. Ryuu found it to be a little unusual for the giant to be tired, or to show an ounce of lethargy. The redhead hoped to hear more from him, but then Junko spoke up.

Almost at once Ryuu rolled her eyes, cupping her chin in her hand. Ryuu took Junko’s statement personally and snorted as she brought her hand down. “Any challenge you say? Is that for a fact?” Her fingers gently tapped the scabbard of her zanpakuto with this question. A playful fire light up in her ruby red eyes, and a smile adorned her lips. It may not have been the best time to challenge Junko, but her words irked her enough to not care for the consequences. They could either prove who could take on any challenge here and now, or they could take it up while in the human world. Or would that take away points? As she mulled this over to herself, the brief tension was broken up by Iehira.

There was no doubt in her mind that the older shinigami had a way of doing such things. She was often left wondering how such a foolish man was even able to graduate from the academy. Hearing him voice his obvious misconceptions of the Maggot’s nest, Ryuu burst out into laughter. “Yasei? As a bug exterminator? I doubt he needs kido or his zanpkuto to kill bugs, unless you’re scared of them?” Her eyes were light as she took a playful jab at her rival.

“Silliness aside, I was relieved of my second probation a few weeks ago.” Ryuu’s eyes shot to Junko’s, connecting with her steely blue eyes briefly before proceeding. “I was also given back my zanpakuto just the other day.” Ryuu’s eyes flashed an angry red then they softened. Many typically missed unless you knew how to distinguish the shade her changed. With fingertips stroking the scabbard of Ten no Bana briefly before retracting her hand. Her gaze drifted back upwards, cuing the next person to speak up about what they had been doing the past month or so.

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And that's when he wished he stayed in his comfortable little observatory bubble. Kaito wasn't good with people, not really. Or maybe people weren't good with him, an iffy guess either way. And Yasei's circle of friends? Well, Kaito never did know them that well. Sans the giant and the clown with a doctorate (from his time in the fourth squad, admittedly, but still). Everyone else was strictly from second hand. Rumours tend to travel fast, and whether they were true or complete fabrications from someone else's biased mind; there usually was some truth to them. And Kaito could feel his own anxiety seeping outward as he approached the table.

“Yo.” He commented in a practised, monotonous tone. His attention focused more on Yasei in an attempt to avoid accidentally staring the wrong person in the eyes. Something about wanting to keep the peace. They'd be doing plenty of fighting after this reunion was done and over with.

When the moment came for everyone to speak their piece, Kaito was intent on keeping his to himself. Bragging rights were for those bothered enough to compensate for their lack of personality, and he was nothing if not content just mentally taking notes what the lot had been up to while he was holed up in his base of operations.

Mostly training business, it seemed. Getting sweet with their respective squads and captains, which was all but familiar to Kaito who didn't even know half the names of his fellow scientists. Strange thing, that.

He had managed to pay enough attention to remember some bits, like, 'soldier princess's a bit uppity about herself' and 'red-hair sure likes jumping into fires, don't she'. He'd also noted the little gizmo Iehira flopped onto the table after his short demonstration. He remembered something about his squad working on a similar tech, captain called it a waste of time as he recalled. And, in hindsight, it probably was if Iehira had the only working prototype.

'Not the brightest specimen, that one.' Kaito mentally scolded the idiotic rant from his ex-squadmate, though not without cracking a subtle smile (the image of Yasei riding a giant bug amused him somewhat).

Then silence fell on the group, and Kaito had the feeling that they were waiting for someone to break the ice. And so it was, with a tiresome sigh and a forced smile that Kaito began to say his piece; a hand nervously rubbing the back of his head. “Can't say I've done much, honestly. Not in the way you all have.” His eyes darted back to Yasei. “Then again nothing quite tops spending the night with large insects, I guess.”

He was joking, obviously. Kaito was fully aware what the Maggot's Nest contained, and they weren't the nicest customers. The fact that his friend had managed to get out of there mostly unscathed was a feat he wouldn't dare to tackle himself. Not even out of sheer curiosity or mere fact checking. Suicidal was an apt description.

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Joel


Through the storm of laughter and echoes of chatter throughout the place, Joel could barely hear what Yasei said before standing up and leaving the table. He didn't have to wait long before Iehira landed in the seat next to him. Joel waved to him with a slight gesture of his hand in greetings. After Yasei sat down, Kaito followed and Yasei asked about what everyone else was doing, which made Joel remember, that his friend, who had just been in the pen, hadn't even explained his situation at all. Joel didn't ask either. He considered it something that would be better done without a crowd. It sure was strange to him. Joel recognized Yasei as a caring guy, but he wondered if this could be him taking control of the conversation. If he could be avoiding the topic of his imprisonment. It worried the lad for a second, but he decided there was no point in getting flustered over a topic he hadn't planned on bringing up. Keeping things calm was always a good route to go. Besides, he believed it was his friends night, even if it was for a mission. His questions could be asked later.

Joel took off his hood to get a clearer sound from the people around him. He had a dead stare on Junko as she talked. Every word out of her mouth made him feel like he was supposed to give her his undivided attention. While her explanation of her working time had been short, it carried all the power of a speech and was something Joel felt himself respecting to and slightly nodding at. All up to the snort at the end. A grin peeked on the lads face and he chuckled softly and said, "Nice," lowly under his breath. When Ryuu got up from her seat, Joel wondered if she had missed everyone more than anyone. She sure seemed eager to challenge, something Joel had felt since he sat down. It was really too bad he hadn't brought his own zanpakuto.

He then turned to Iehira, who Joel just called Hira. Being a member of the fourth squad, Joel was actually able to see him on more occasion than most in their group. Playing the messenger and picking up items between his squad and the others were also part of his punishment. It seemed he had been working on some kind of key chains. Joel glanced at them and wondered if that was Hira's punishment though the proud expression on his face about them said otherwise. It wasn't until he pulled out the inflatable pillow that he began to question what exactly it was his friend did all day at work. It seemed he was busy collecting items and with no word of his zanpakuto, Joel gave up on expecting anymore from him. He did giggled a little at his mix up of the facilities name for an actual nest of maggots. It was good enough to get him invested in the conversation to see if something else interesting would come off. If he were to laugh like this all night, he wouldn't know what he'd do.

When Ryuu began speaking about her time, Joel realized that maybe she didn't miss everyone, but wanted to test out her Zanpakuto after no having it for a while, though she still could have missed them all. It was weird, because they both made sense to him so he decided to go with both in his head. She still seemed glued to her sword however, but that was normal. It wasn't long until Kaito said something. Joel was surprised when he heard him speak because it seemed like he wasn't even there for a moment. He wondered if he was just being quiet the whole time. Sure wouldn't be a bad thing to have someone who was also quiet in the group. He found himself letting out another brief chuckle when reminded of the mistake Hira made about The Maggots Nest. He considered that to always be a classic memory he could look back on.

It seemed he was the only one left to speak. He brushed his hair forward with his hand and tried to think of something good to say, but found he had nothing to really report. "Still on probation from that one time. Mixed with a little discrepancies here and there I probably won't get off for a while, but they let me come here so that's something." He didn't want to tell them he had been continuously been getting chewed out for not carrying his zanpakuto so he evaded the topic all together. He looked toward Yasei who seemed as though the life was being taken out him. "Hey man," he said turning his head towards Yasei's direction. "You feeling alright?"

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Yasei Kuma
"When bed calls, I let it ring."



Despite having been the one to bring up the topic, Yasei found himself unable to focus on what was being said. He tried to pay attention to the important sounding bits, but missed whatever joke Iehira had made, although the references by others helped him piece it back together. He smirked with good intention, happy to be amongst his family again. Even if they were more than a handful.

His instincts forced a flare of Reiatsu when Ryuu tried to challenge Junko, his primal side taking over in his tired unattentive state as if the challenge had been directed at him, the action akin to a lion roaring to warn off a challenger. It earned him a few odd looks from the nearby table, although it was barely register-able and he hoped the others would let it slide as his attention returned to quell the gut-reaction.

Bringing himself back into focus he smirked at those who'd played on the oddly named Maggot's Nest. "You know me, terrified of insects, they were huge too these ones. Surprised I made it out with my mental and physical state in tact." He joked, stretching heavily and stifling a yawn. Joel expressed concern after saying his piece, but Yasei waved him off good-naturedly, clapping him on the back gently. "Nothing a night's rest won't fix." He responded, reaching behind himself to grab his Zanpakuto and place it on the table.

"Glad it seems most of us are out of the woods, new and improved, and since it looks like we're back to my turn. It took a month and a half in prison, but I finally got her name." He paused, giving himself time to decide whether he'd completely fill them in. In reality he'd just woken up one morning with a name echoing in his head, and with no access to his Zanpakuto he hadn't even had time to confirm it, not that meditating with his blade had ever gotten him even a glimpse of the inner world. Still, he felt it like a heartbeat in his soul every time the name entered his thoughts, beating in time with his bodies. It had to be it.

He gestured as if a show-girl presenting a prize, sweeping across the weapon. "Allow me to introduce, Jizen-jū (Benevolent Beast), the current Mrs Kuma, and one stubborn sword." He flirted, he could only assume at least some of the others had made similar progress, he doubted that blind luck had given him any edge over any of his fellows. He'd be dissapointed if it had. More than likely they wanted to keep their progress private, Yasei hoped to break the ice, and in the case of the ever competitive Ryuu and Junko, play poke the bear. Serious thought lay beneath the playful tone.

His eyes lit with a new energy as the gauntlet had been thrown. Junko was obviously pushing for a leg up going into this mission, and Ryuu was a blink away from a drawn sword. With Yasei's achievement listed boldly, and with pride, the game began for whom would trade blows. In the case of Junko, it was a matter of whether she'd risk revealing she'd been hiding things, and the pride loss that would follow. Honesty was important to her image, and her image was everything. He had already taken the advantage by being the first to announce and gaining the attention and image boost that followed.

In the case of Ryuu it was more simple, would the bait of his advancement entice her to the battleground, and would he be able to capitalise on her bloodlust to raise his own image of character with a counter. The giant aimed to be captain commander, in his plotting's and machinations did he and Junko share their character, something one would not expect from the muscle-bound brawler. He hoped at least one aspired for a stronger role in this upcoming mission, he looked forward to a long awaited return to old habits, and old battlefields.


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The rest of her "team" spoke, to Junko Yasei and Ryuu seemed to be issuing her a challenge for dominance. Yasei wanted to boar his way into being the leader of the group, more subtly than usual for the giant man, which concerned Junko a lot. Her steely eyes shot to Yasei, he was speaking of his sword. Boasting of his progress, it made her want to tell him of hers. To show off the white sword at her hip, to humiliate the other giant in the room and knock him down a peg so she could overtake the momentum he was building. Like a panther on the hunt Junko was ready for any slip-up, any misstep to where she would take control. Ryuu's readiness to fight issued a challenge that Junko wold happily oblige however, she wouldn't risk showing off her newly developed skills as of yet. Her hand rested on the scabbard of Kami Senchineru, it boosted her confidence and caused a new light of patience and a feeling of superiority toward her comrades to blaze up ten-fold. She knew the potential of her sword was one that could fall the gods themselves, let alone these misfits around her.

It seemed to her this meaningless chatter would go on and on, nothing would get accomplished. She wanted to do something productive. Everyone had spoken, even Joel had spoken up, surely Joel would understand that she was the rightful group leader for this excursion. Junko cleared her throat and spoke up with confidence and charm, well as much charm as a woman like her could have.
"So, do we intend to play catch-up like a bunch of housewives all day when we should be deciding crucial things? I for one think we should have a 'leader' of sorts to keep the tasks at hand up-front and keep an order." She ran a hand through her hair with a knowing smirk. "If no one else would step up, I'll happily volunteer to lead us through the human world mission to success. After all I am the most suited for leadership among us. Everyone has their own strengths, leading just happens to be mine. Besides I know how each of us can work to our top potential! Doesn't that sound agreeable? Who's with me?" She asked enthusiastically, her eyes looking at the faces of her soon to be comrades as she did.

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Iehira


Iehhira had reached out for his soda gourd as the fight for team leader broke out. It didn't take long for a certain realization to take place one that resulted in a flare of spirit energy being used to slice open his gourd with a loud screech as he slid his finger down the side and spilled the rest of the contents on the table. His voice still low but cold when he spoke with a serpentine smile.

"Ladies, you're all pretty - now shut up. Since as leader you'll ultimately end up talking to me a lot as the de facto medical head of the squad - I'd imagine none of you dumb enough to ignore the weight of my concerns." Hira began tapping his still charged finger against the table - slowly but surely creating a mark similar to a scalpel being pushed into the surface. "Given the analytic specialties of Squad 12, I'll have to trouble you to ensure the accuracy of mine." Hira's eyes wandered to Kaito before continuing without waiting for a reply.

" Out of interest in the safety of my patients: in this situation Commander - to the best of my knowledge we shinigami will be in the human world for an unspecified duration. In this period: actions and duties will be performed as usual in the sake of teamwork until release is granted. Given teamwork is the goal: we can assume the teammates must by some standard have an equal contribution into the exercise. In this outline I present the following concerns: standard regulations forbid Squad 4 from entering the Living World as it's an effective active combat zone.However Squad 4 is still present: what battle formations and tactics will be implemented to ensure safety of medics while accounting for the Squads lack of combat preparations is likely to make them a team liability. In addition, as this is a long term expedition: supplies must be considered to account for energy expenditure in the event the healer runs out of energy. Lastly: as every shinigami present has their own amount of Reiryoku - spirit energy but only so much is manifested in usable value at once which is measured as Reiatsu aka spirit pressure; this will inevitably influence the Reiryoku of the area they are located.By how much due to expect this to increase the Reiryoku in the area and what does this in turn mean in regards to Hollows being attracted to high amounts of Reiryoku to feed and the potential collateral to humans dwelling there." Hira folded his hands together as his expression and energy dropped back to normal.

"Given my responsibilities over the protection of the lives of my patients you can understand why I as medic cannot discharge my patients into the care of a leader who can't address at least this level of concern lest they end up wasting the very lives I'm obligated to look after.However, Im not unreasonable: you can consult what relevant experts we have on the table; but i trust as Commander you're up-to-date on our various growths and developments since school or at least can make a good estimate without asking right?" Hira didnt even bother suppressing the mockery in his tone at the end of his verbal assault. After all, in his view the argument over a leader at such a period of time was ridiculous. He could understand people liked trying to look good. but his time with Mamoru had influenced his thinking in prioritizing the risk of the lives involved over something like glory or something equally trivial. He was however rather surprised at how much a situation assessment for battle was to the snap judgements he had to make during emergency treatments. The result created something of a smugly amused expression on his face.

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'We're really doing this, heh?'

Kaito might've let out a subtle groan as he felt somewhat let down that, well, so far he was the only one done with formalities. He had other shit to get on with, and whether letting them swim in their own sweat was another cleverly planned out part of this exercise or just a plain lucky bonus didn't exactly subtract from the feeling that they were just delaying for the sake of it.

And then the lot of them had to resort to old habits, prompting Kaito to mentally brace for the worst case scenario and assume something of a defensive stance in case tables went flipping in the process. Not that some of them have a tendency to display patience the likes of spoiled children, anyway. In spite of their competitive nature, none of the louder individuals here struck Kaito as that petty. 'The clown doctor, maybe.' But even he wouldn't snap that easily, right?

Wrong.

There was something about the way Iehira pretended to sound intelligent that had Kaito utter a single grunt in the face of another long-winded speech that, quite frankly, made his head throb. And it was when he noticed the smug, self-satisfied smirk on the medic's face that the taller man realised his “friend” felt like he managed to one up the volunteer leader(s).

“Actually,” Kaito began. Formulating a response that didn't rely on verbal assault. “with the number of shinigami here, I'm expecting less opposition.” He had to give Iehira some credit, he was half right. If they'd all stuck together there'd be enough spiritual pressure to attract a handful of hollows, but, “If we split up, so will the amount of spiritual energy. It's far more likely that we'll have to hunt them down.”

Never mind that, despite the fact that they weren't a threat on their own, an army's worth of shinigami had enough spiritual power to effectively chase away their enemies instead. Not all hollows were simple, mindless beasts.

“As for any collateral damages, I trust the officers leading this expedition will have taken the necessary precautions.” A respectful nod followed, and Kaito returned to his usual introspective self.

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Ryuu Shosuke





It was quite interesting to see how everyone responded. Ruby red eyes darted towards Yasei after she issued her challenged. They lingered on him for a few seconds before dancing around to the next person who spoke. It didn’t surprise her much with Kaito’s response, or rather the change in his demeanor as he spoke up. He typically kept to himself, favoring quiet over pointless banter. Ryuu found amusement in most forms of banter however when it occurred just to make some noise, she found it annoying. Tilting her head just enough to have Joel in her full vision, Ryuu was under the impression that everyone had gotten off probation. “Surely they don’t intend on keeping you on probation any longer? I’m surprised you still are, then again, each Captain functions differently.”

With this being said, Ryuu thought of her own Captain who simply made her training far more rigorous and unpleasant than most other members of the squad. As Yasei took his turn in speaking, Ryuu focused her attention on him. A blossom of pride swelled in her chest at the idea of him learning his zanpakuto’s name however it was a feeling she quickly squashed in the event Yasei noticed. He was her rival after all. Instead Ryuu turned that pride into a sarcastic remark. “It was about time you caught up to me Yasei.” Her fingertips glided over Ten no Bana’s scabbard with care. Taking a firm grip of her sword, Ryuu lifted her off the table and locked eyes with Yasei. “Which do you think is the better lady?” It was a blatant challenge, but it was obvious that Ryuu did not mean to fight now as leaned her sword against the seat beside her.

Ryuu was aware that everyone would no doubt want to keep their new improvements a secret for the time being, or at least until a better opportunity arose. She felt the same way. It would be much better to show off her newly developed skills in the human world so that the others would see how much she had improved. A smile stretched across her face as a fire lit in her eyes however that smile turned into a frown of annoyance. With a roll of her eyes, Ryuu let out an exasperated sigh the moment she realized what Junko was saying. As usual the younger woman spoke of herself as if she truly was superior to everyone around her. It was a personal opinion that Ryuu had hoped would be broken at some point. There will be a day where it will come back to bite her in the ass. Ryuu could only imagine what those circumstances would be, but she certainly hoped she could be there to witness it.

To her surprise, Iehira spoke up. Unlike his usual aloofness, he spoke in what Ryuu could only take as a belittling tone to Yasei and Junko. The smug expression he bore at the end of his rant only further reinforced her feelings on the matter. His harsh assessment of the two was something else entirely, and Ryuu couldn’t help but snort at his words. Leaning back in her chair, Ryuu folded her arms across her chest in a relaxed manner. “Look, you all have wonderful points, but belittling one another does us no good.” Ryuu looked at Junko briefly before glancing at everyone else. “I, for one, have no desire to be leader of this expedition for the time being.” Leading others wasn’t her strong suit, in fact it was one of her weakest points. She had always been a fairly independent woman, so anything that involved leading others in any collaborative attempt was often scrutinized by her. Ryuu was competitive by nature and was always aiming to overcome the next person.

She knew she couldn’t work well with Junko due to their past history. They were also very different in nature and so they often clashed heads. Kaito and Joel were easy enough to work with as they were typically quiet, and gave good feedback without being too snarky. She had worked the least with Iehira due to their different skill sets. From what she remembered from the Academy, Kaito was a pretty good strategist and his calm demeanor was a plus to that. As much as she didn’t want to admit to it, Junko was fairly qualified for the job however her superiority complex was an issue that Ryuu has seen get in the way of basic team work activities. On the other hand, Yasei was like the glue that stuck them all together. He applied himself accordingly to each of them, and did not try to purposely outshine the others. Yasei also knew how to handle everyone, so that toes weren’t stepped on out of ignorance.

Ryuu looked back up, and scanned the expressions of everyone. They knew she intended on being Kenpachi at some point in time, so hearing her say that she did not intend on taking on a leadership role was unusual. At the very least, it would have given her some experience but Ryuu knew she would constantly receive opposition from Junko, if she somehow became leader of the group.

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Joel


Joel had decided to follow his gut feeling and leave Yasei without many questions for the time being. He knew his friend had been tired and he'd have better luck without exhaustion in the way of his answers. Nodding he turned to Ryuu as she asked him about his probation. "Well, Lady Hanakonawa is just and her means aren't as harsh as one might think. It's actually my fault. It seems every day I get in trouble for something which adds more time to my punishment." He gave away half the truth, flapping the bottom part of his jacket over his legs under the table. In truth, it had been because Joel never liked carrying his zanpakuto. While on normal occasion he's able to keep people from noticing because of how big his shinigami jacket is on him, when he takes it off they always find out. It wasn't something he was particularly ashamed of. The thought of one day being able to carry it around without any anxiety kept him at ease for the present. However, until that day, the day he could tame his blades hunger, he'd only carry it if he were on a mission. Thinking on it, he both dreaded and awaited the day they would go to the human world, because he'd be forced to carry it at all times there. At that time, he'd see if he could continue to call himself it's master.

Yasei had began talking about his own zanpakuto and told everyone it's name. Joel grinned when hearing it. It made him want to tell about his, but he remembered he was trying to keep attention away from it. Luckily, Junko seemed to grow weary of the conversation, deeming a SMEAC among the group. She seemed to skip all the way to Command and Signal, declaring that she would make the perfect leader for the team. Joel lazily gazed at her as she made her plea for the lead with his eyes darting from one person to the other to catch their responses. Once his eyes and hers caught, he gave her a thumbs up to make her feel as if he were on her side, but honestly he didn't care who called themselves leader. He had his own agenda in mind and wouldn't do anything that would hinder it, so it didn't matter which one of them were giving the orders. He had always just planned on doing what he knew he should do.

Once Iehira began talking Joel began to zone out. He didn't realize he was electing the head of the Gotei Thirteen. He wasn't sure if he was trying to call himself to become leader or just trying to question Junko's leadership, but it went on for far too long. He could see past the mans banter, since there were a few good points he had. Protecting the medic and supplies was probably the number one task their squad should have besides the eradication of shinigami. It would definitely lower casualties and make the job easier. Joel sighed and glanced at Kaito who didn't seem enthusiastic about this planning the group was doing, maybe less than Joel. However, Joel couldn't agree with everything said by him since he thought relying on others even those in positions higher than them was a good way to get killed. However, Joel had nothing to add to the conversation and kept quiet seeing that nothing he said would really matter at this point. Everything said thus far was pretty pointless to him. Joel grinned when Ryuu was basically saying what was on his mind.

"Ryuu's right. We don't need to pick a leader if it's just going to make us bicker. Besides, we're all from different squads with different skills. We'll work together off of our strengths. Should be easier than a squad full of the same type of shinigami who are use to the same daily routine," he said before turning his head to Iehira. "You don't have to worry about formation or anything. I've hear it usually falls apart during a battle anyway. If you're too scared to be left alone, you could always stay close to me. I'll protect you." Joel grinned do to his mix of sarcasm, insult, and truth. It was all fun though with him. He was sure Hira would notice the little bit of teasing. Though, even in his joking tone there was a hint of seriousness for he had always planned to protect him. Him and everyone else at their table.

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Yasei Kuma

"It's like fatherhood without the special holiday."



Junko reacted exactly as predicted, and he had been prepared to start a back and forth, a smirk spreading across his features. However that mood was immediately soured by a stream from Iehira. Criticism and planning would have been welcome, were it not for the manner he conducted himself, prideful, cocky, smug. An undeserved sense of superiority over his peers rivalling Junko, and over such standard problems. Were the squads incapable of handling such things, especially with seated officers present, then the Gotei 13 would have fell apart millenia ago, and those involved would have long been removed to the Maggot's Nest.

He tensed in annoyance, bringing a hand up to hold his head, the others had already reprimanded or dismissed him, to wade in now would be overkill. He had to bring the conversation back around instead, though Joel and Ryuu had little enthusiasm for a leader, perhaps something else would be more suitable.

"I don't think we need a leader, but we do need a formation, even a loose one. We all almost died, and I won't let that scene repeat." He commented, he brought out a pencil from his pocket and a piece of paper, scribbling on it for a bit before throwing it on the table along with the pencil.

"That's my idea anyway, if it falls apart, then we regroup around whoever needs help closest to us." He added.


Idea

Vanguard: Ryuu (Great strength, strong solo swordsmanship, best to hold front-line vs groups or stronger hollow)
Disruption: Kaito, Me (Subjugation and heavy impact is Hakuda speciality, I'm tough, Kaito good head for positioning, help support Vanguard)
Interference: Joel (Fastest, great strength for going solo, able to move between groups to assist and hit and run)
Support: Iehira, Junko (Tactical prowess and organisation, healing and restrictive Kido, best at organizing wounded and panicking shinigami, can hold and rally wounded line in a pinch, Junko excellent swordswoman.)



He was aware that the support section mainly praised Junko, and emphasised leadership responsibilities, but he hoped the others picked up on his intent to flatter and placate Junko into accepting the position and rolled with it. In the end it was just a loose formation, but he had a good idea of what the groups specialities were from his individual time with them, and their styles.

Ryuu was a true 11th shinigami, she wanted to fight and win, front-line was her domain to be wild. Kaito was intelligent, a careful planner with strong Hakuda skill, he was effective at choosing when and where to be to provide support and disrupt enemy movement, or to pick up a kill before it turned into a threat. Joel was a lone wolf, letting him run free meant they had a scout, as well as letting him clean up kills wherever he could get them and be there as an extra hand in split-second moments or to replace someone long enough for them to be healed.

Iehira and Junko were more complicated personalities, but with his Hakuda and her Swordsmanship, they could disrupt and kill any strays that snuck by along with Joel, and their Kido would be invaluable in giving time to rotate. The two could provide additional support, heal wounded, and with Junko's barriers the wounded would be protected. Her reputation and unyielding air of superiority would smash through any panic or fear and create additional supporters.

Yasei had had plenty of time to think about what he'd do differently in that forest, and this was a huge part of it. He didn't want to just pass, he had to prove to himself and the seated officers who he was, and who his friends were. They didn't need to just pass, or even excel, they had to win. They had to build a bonfire of co-operation between the squads where there had barely been embers.

One last spark to ignite.

"What do you think? The faster we decide the faster the serious stuff is over." He paused and grinned wolfishly at Ryuu. "Then we can talk about how my lady's going to show yours up." He taunted, a glint of mischief in his eye.

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"Sometimes the only person you can trust is yourself."

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It seemed to Junko that this meeting was falling apart in total disagreement and bickering from all sides. This was to be a teamwork operation and so far they were failing. She'd never failed anything since she was born! As everyone spoke Junko found herself lost in her own head, her first day back and her pride was already sinking her productivity. It would never do, a hundred laps would suffice as punishment for her shortsightedness. If she was ever to be captain commander she'd need to be able to transcend her own desires when it was time to work. She'd need to become the leader everyone needed instead of herself. She sighed a bit at her foolishness. Though she knew with this group not reverting to her own selfish self would be hard.

She had been so deep in thought she practically missed Yasei's addition to the debate. Junko puffed her cheeks slightly at the plans the large man had drawn out. She and Iehira? Support? Though she had to admit. . . It would most likely be the best plan of attack. With a resigned expression and through a clenched smile she looked up at Yasei.
"I hate to say it Yasei but that seems to be the best plan I've heard thus far. . . " Damn it all did it hurt to talk like that to anyone! She despised being outplayed yet, she respected progress and tactics when handled correctly. So, she'd let Yasei have his moment, she'd have her time to shine in the human world. Although the respect she had growing for Yasei diminished at the childish jab at the end. It was as if Junko had forgotten who she was dealing with for a moment. All of them were so pointlessly standoffish- yet, she supposed she could be the same way- so again she swallowed that anger to save face.

"I will support Yasei's plan of action. Any of us who deny this moment of tact from our large companion, will answer to me and my blade. . ." She shot a poisonous glare around the table and then smiled with an uncharacteristic glow. "All in favor?" She had a feeling not many would speak out against both her and Yasei, the two of them together would be an imposing force to reckon with, that she could admit with an ounce of pride at least. Junko had a sinking feeling she might come out of this with a very damaged sense of pride indeed.

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Iehira


Hira tilted his head as Kaito pointed out that in all probability groups would be split over large distances...he actually hadn't considered that and had expected everyone to be lazily dumped into one location. His own little shock kept him from adequately paying attention as Ryuu chimed in her two cents as well - the voice was recognized but words were unintelligible through the noise created by his own thoughts. He only vaguely even registered Joel's turning to him and saying that his security was assured and could only stare in confusion since he didn't recall mentioning any fear for his own safety. After all, Hira didn't mention that he was afraid of dying - after all that was just part of living. The line of thought only left the medic to ponder where the misunderstanding of increased chance of survival for the squad translated to fear on his part.

It wasn't until Yasei put a piece of paper forward that Iehira found his focus back on the conversation. After all a formation itself was an increase in safety for everyone involved and the fact that Hira couldn't poke a hole in it left him more than satisfied with the result and a stupid grin to match it. Of course, he wasn't shocked that the big man understood what he was getting at given the history of strong communication abilities Yasei demonstrated in school. Unfortunately the medic couldn't keep the shock from his face at Junko conceded the point - she struck him as unreasonable.

"Yeah sure I'm for it. Can we go now, cuz all this official talk is a pain. So in blah blah packing - anyone got requests for drinks alcoholic or otherwise? I've kinda over built up my stock." True to typical Hira form, his expression went from an annoyed grimace to a mischievous smile with the sentence change. It was also at this moment that he noticed the lack of a certain weight on his back.

" Huh - where's Mamoru...coulda sworn I brought it with me." In continuation of the thought, he spun around in his seat to scan the building for his sword.

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Ryuu Shosuke





Ryuu nodded her head in understanding listening to Joel explain himself. It never really occurred to her that Joel would be that kind of person, and it was a shame that they somehow found such a hard working shinigami. Among the group, Joel was someone that Ryuu respected after Yasei and saw as an equal in terms of skill. “That is a shame.” As the talk of forming strategies continues, Ryuu couldn’t help but smile at some of the remarks they each made. Joel’s last comment made her smile, but she took notice of the underlying note of seriousness of his words. Although she was an independent player, she was by no means unwilling to help her friends, even if some got on her nerves.

When Ryuu thought of it longer the six of them were like family of rambunctious and quiet misfits. They were each different in some regard, and they each had their own strengths and weaknesses. Something that Joel had pointed out and Yasei had the idea to continue that thought.

Upon remembering what had happened that night, Ryuu paused. The soft smile that had been on her face throughout the conversation faltered. Her eyes narrowed slightly, and her hand went to her shoulder. Her fingertips traced the scar that was now there. Despite the length of time that had passed, the old wound still ached. It would forever be a reminder of her shortcomings, and that she was already limiting her ability to fight. She never wanted to be in that same position again which was why Yasei’s strategy made sense to her.

The redhead leaned closer to Yasei to watch him scribble out his thoughts. Her scarlet eyes followed his pencil move across the paper and oddly enough her head bounced softly in agreement. The basis of Support was a good idea, and Ryuu could tell that Yasei’s choice of words was to appeal to Junko’s pride. It never quite occurred to her how well her old friend understood the group. Ryuu would have never been able to come up with such a strategy as it wasn’t her thing to these out. She had no choice but to accept Yasei’s plan of action, but she certainly wasn’t expecting Junko to think the same.

Her attention was briefly taken away from her at Yasei’s jab. The wolfish smile returned as it spread across her face, and a fire light up in her eyes. Ryuu’s hand brushed over the scabbard of her sword at the idea of being able to draw her again. “My only warning is that she is one of those women who fights with a burning passion.” In some sense, Ryuu’s choice of words was a hint to her zapakuto’s main ability, but it wasn’t enough to give away her trump card altogether.

Ryuu turned her attention back to Junko. “I didn’t expect you to agree so easily Junko, but Yasei does have the best plan so far,” she said with a snort. Junko’s threat was pointless, causing Ryuu to roll her eyes and groan a bit. “I’m pretty sure we all agree with Yasei on this, so threatening us with your blade is a pointless effort.” Junko’s glare was returned in kind, but the tense moment passed once Iehira spoke up.

Red eyes focused on Iehira. A welcome distraction from another argument to form between Junko and her. Her eyes glided over him. Curious as to where his zanpakuto had gone. “Iehira how could you have lost your zanpakuto? It’s not like it can just get up and walk away.” The expression on Ryuu’s face was a mixture of annoyance but there was some teasing involved. “You would make an awful caretaker. You know that?” The annoyance was gone from her face and replaced by a chuckle. Since Iehira had mentioned it, she was rather parched. “Does anyone want something to drink? We are at the Shining Star after all.” Ryuu’s eyes landed on each of them, but stayed focused on Yasei as a challenge.