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Kuromori Tenzen

"If you can groan, you can also train! Now get up and get back to swinging that sword!"

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a character in “Bleach: Burning Dawn”, as played by Binsetsu

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Name: Kuromori Tenzen
Age: Mid to late twenties.

Appearance: Few would consider Tenzen to be a particularly handsome man. His face is hard and angular, his eyes cold and unforgiving and his mouth seems to be permanently stuck somewhere between a grimace and a growl. Other than his facial features he is a moderately tall man, standing a 6’2 and has a body toned and muscular from many years of training with the sword.

Abilities: Although he considers himself an all-rounder, Tenzen specializes more in Hohō and Zanjutsu than any of the other styles.

Division: 7

Rank: Lieutenant

Zanpakuto: 狂った皇帝 (Kuruttakōtei / Crazy Emperor). In its basic form the sword is unadorned, and appears as a basic Shirayasa type katana.

Shikai: In its Shikai form Kuruttakōtei changes very little in appearance, only gaining a saw edge on the backside of the blade.

Passive enhancement: Lacking a proper name due to the passiveness of the ability, Kuruttakōtei automatically enhances Tenzen’s physical abilities slightly from the moment his Shikai is released.

永遠の憎しみ (Eien no Nikushimi / Eternal Hatred): The only ‘real’ ability of Kurattakōtei is to leave ‘cuts’ in areas that remain in place for a while with each swing, even when the sword in no longer there. It allows Tenzen to create either passive barriers or some slight offensive uses, as the cuts still function like the sword was there, meaning anything that comes into contact with one of the cuts will feel the same effect as if the was actually a sword being swung there.

Release Command: 切り刻め, 狂った皇帝! (Kirikizame, Kuruttakōtei! / Cut them to bits, Crazy Emperor!)

Personality

Despite his hard features and unforgiving eyes, Tenzen is a kind person, but with a habit of going overboard. He is hard working and expects the same from all other Shinigami around him, but especially those of Division 7. Due to the more anti-social nature of his captain, Tenzen makes doubly sure to be the face of Division 7’s leadership, always being the first to arrive at training sessions or meetings and the last to leave. During these training sessions he works those under his command to the bone, though this has given him the reputation of being a harsh taskmaster, he does it because he truly cares for them and wishes for them to learn the skills needed to survive through the pain of training.

As a person he rarely seems to relax, instead appearing to constantly be on edge and stressed. Both his mannerisms and his physique reflect this greatly. He is somewhat quick to anger and yell at others for perceived shortcomings, but also is quick to forgive and realize his own shortcomings. The few times he does let loose is when he is away from his day-to-day duties as a Lieutenant, which, due to the fact he severely overcompensates for his mysterious and often absent captain, is almost never.

He is also something of a chronic worrywart, prone to overanalysing situations and unnecessary concern for both his soldiers and his captain. Although it is one of his more debilitating character traits, as it can shock him into inaction when forced to make a decision between two things he worries about, according to the soldiers under his command it is also one of the most endearing ones and the one that leads them to forgive him whenever he goes overboard during training.

History

Tenzen’s life before dying was a mostly boring one. He worked a common job at the lower ranks of a big company and did very little with his life. The only thing that set him apart from the rest was his insistence that he could see ghosts, a claim that was dismissed by all who ever met him as a bad joke. His death, caused by a traffic accident, stirred little attention from anyone beyond a few relatives, who were quick to forget him.

Due to his mostly useless life in the real world, Tenzen set out to make the most of his second chance in soul society. He worked hard and became something of a leader in Rukongai, before he was discovered by Shinigami, who suggested his Reiryoku might be high enough for him to become a Shinigami and to join the Gotei 13.

His time at the academy was a mostly uneventful one, with Tenzen’s only claim to fame being his passion during training sessions and other lessons. When he graduated and was accepted into the Gotei 13, he was placed in the 11th division due to his lack of skills in Kidō and preference for sword fighting. Although he did not fit in with his more aggressive squad mates, he decided to say due to the harsh training sessions of the division.

His time in the 11th division was a mostly uneventful one, marked with only one event of significance. What was to be a simple hollow extermination mission turned sour, when multiple hollows appeared and attacked the squad of rookie Shinigami and their single more experienced supervisor. The supervisor was killed first by the surprise attack, leaving the rookies to fend for themselves, a situation that quickly descended into anarchy and would’ve descended into slaughter, had Tenzen not, at that very moment that he and his squad mates stared death in the face, learned the name of his Zanpakutō. With a little luck and the element of surprise on his side, Tenzen managed to destroy the hollows that attacked him and return with a mostly intact squad of rookies.

His feats during this battle saw him rise to the position of 6th seat, but would also see him come into conflict with his squad mates of the 11th Division. He began actively practicing all forms of combat available to Shinigami and encouraged others to do the same. This attitude did not sit well with the physical combat orientated 11th Division and he soon saw himself transferred to the 7th Division, where he would continue his practice of training hard and forcing others to train just as hard. Eventually his attitude and skill in leadership ensured he rose to the rank of Lieutenant of the 7th Division.

So begins...

Kuromori Tenzen's Story

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Kuromori Tenzen - 7th Division Lieutenant

Evening, 7th Division's Barracks, Courtyard


A crowd of mostly bruised and injured Shinigami watched as the final sparring session of the day, between their Lieutenant and the 3rd seat got underway. The loud clacks of a wooden sword meeting another wooden sword with enough force to shatter bones filled the courtyard of the 7th Division’s barracks. Both fighters had been sparring for the entire training session and were both equally responsible for the bruises and injuries on most of the spectators. Sweat covered their faces as they desperately tried to gain an edge over their opponent.

Blinking sweat from his eyes seemed to have given Tenzen’s opponent an opportunity and with blinding speed his opponent raised his wooden sword above his head and without missing a beat swung it down again. A feint. Given away by the tell-tale sign of him moving his left elbow in slightly, signifying that he was going to make a sideways strike to Tenzen’s ribs instead of striking for his head. Using one hand, Tenzen moved his own sword between that of his opponent’s, using his body to absorb the power of the blow, before immediately swinging his sword back up, trying to bat his opponent’s sword away. No such luck however, his opponent caught on just in time and relaxed his grip, allowing his sword to flow away and back quickly enough for him to catch Tenzen’s counter attack.

The crowd held their breath, the fight had been going on unusually long and it was clear both combatants were getting tired. It would not be much longer now. Tenzen growled as his opponent caught his blow. He had been neglecting his training in Zanjutsu in favour of Kidō training lately and it was showing now. Distracted as he was he only caught on to his opponent’s quick counter attack just in time, pulling his head back just far enough, feeling the tip of his opponent’s sword brush the hair hanging over his forehead away. But it also provided an opportunity. His opponent, tired as he was, used to much force and swung his sword to far, opening his wrists up for a counter attack. Tenzen swung his sword up, narrowly missing his opponent’s forearm as he quickly released his grip on the sword to avoid Tenzen’s attack. Tenzen followed it up with a quick downward strike to his opponent’s sword, nearly knocking it out of the one hand still holding on to it, before angling his sword toward his opponent’s midriff and stabbing quickly, knocking his opponent down and the air out of his lungs.

The final sparring session was over. Tenzen rubbed the sweat from his eyes before helping his opponent up. He then turned to the crowd and yelled at them, letting his powerful voice boom throughout the courtyard. “Well done everyone! Tomorrow we will begin training at 6 AM sharp! Make sure you are on time or you’ll be going 10 rounds with me! Dismissed!” He nodded once before looking at his squad mates with pride. None of them had left, instead, they were drinking water and discussing techniques. It was obvious everyone was getting ready to resume training on their own. Tenzen smiled and moved towards the fountain to get himself ready for the second round of training as well.

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Kuromori Tenzen – 7th Division Lieutenant

Morning, 7th Division’s Barracks, Lieutenant’s Office


Tenzen sat in his office alone. He had cut the morning’s training short because of the amount of effort the men and women of the 7th Division showed at the training last night. They deserved a break today. He had thought to report this week’s training activities to Captain Hironobu, but he was strangely absent this morning. It was not unlike his captain to go on strolls in the forest, but he had expected the captain to be in the office to review paperwork or something at least. Tenzen shook his head, trying to wrap his mind around it. Had the Captain been assassinated? Had someone travelled all the way here just to take the head of one of Soul Society’s leading members? Tenzen shook his head again. Even if such a thing was attempted there was no way a battle between an assassin and Captain Hironobu would’ve gone unnoticed.

Tenzen shook his head once more. This smells like trouble. He thought, even as increasingly horrible situations began to find his way into his mind, shutting out all possibilities that the Captain had simply gone on a walk, which would not be unusual at all. He snarled to himself slightly as he suddenly stood up and marched for the courtyard. It was no use worrying about the horde of hollows even now trying to devour the Captain’s soul. Hironobu was not the kind of man that would be defeated that easily, or at all. He was sure of that. Right? He began grinding his teeth as he arrived at the courtyard and picked up a weighted wooden sword from one of the stands. He began his swinging practice as he continued to stew in his own increasingly paranoid imaginations. He would train there for the rest of the morning, trying and failing to banish the thoughts from his mind through physical training.

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Hironobu Watanabe-7th Division Captain

Early After Noon, 7th Division Barracks, Captain's Office


After some time spending looking over files, Hironobu stood up. While he didn't find anything conclusive, there had to be something more. His thoughts were heavy but then realized he was cooked up in there longer, than he would have liked. The Captain decided to step out of his office and head for the Barracks. Perhaps he could release some tension at the Garden. Hironobu left his office and wandered the area.

He passed some of his division shinigami and they gave their Captain salutes or bows of respect. Hironobu then graciously returned each greeting. He was seeing a lot of his people lately...they must be on break. That made him think of his Lieutenant, what was Kuromori doing at this time? He should inform him about the meeting, while he is sure there will be likely a meeting for the Lieutenants over it, he would like to inform him, himself. He would soon find him the place he expected to find him, in the Courtyard. Training as always, he always seems to push himself. Must be that Eleventh Division mentality he developed during his time there. Hironobu walked in.

"Ah, Kuromori-san!" Hironobu cheerfully and spontaneously called out loud. He gave a friendly chuckle as he raised his right hand in a greeting manner. He hoped he didn't surprise him. "Hello!" He called keeping a friendly smile.

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Kuromori Tenzen – 7th Division Lieutenant

Early afternoon, 7th Division’s Barracks, Courtyard


Tenzen was broken out his concentration and wild fantasies of what horrible fate Captain Hironobu might have suffered by that very same Captain’s casual greeting. With sudden urgency he turned to face his captain and rushed to him, breaking Hironobu’s personal space bubble as he began bombarding his captain with questions. “Captain! Where were you this morning?! What happened?! How did you fight of the army of Hollows that had come destroy you?!” Tenzen stood in front of his captain, unnecessary and utterly unreasonable worry clear on his face. It took a few moments before Tenzen caught on to the fact that his captain showed no signs of battle and that his own worries were completely baseless.

With a shock Tenzen almost jumped out of his Captain’s personal space bubble, the worry on his face suddenly replaced with something approaching shame. He bowed deeply to his captain. “I’m very sorry Captain Hironobu. It is unbecoming of a Lieutenant to be guided by his emotions like this.” He said as an apology, before standing up straight again with a somewhat embarrassed smile as he continued. “Good afternoon Captain. I hope this morning has been uneventful?”

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Hironobu Watanabe-7th Division Captain

Early Afternoon, 7th Division Barracks, Courtyard



Hironobu nearly lept back at the sudden energy of his Lieutenant. He merely laughed at the comical display as he had a cheerful face. "More worked up than usual huh?" Hironobu spoke a bit confused by Kuromori's rantings. Kuromori always seemed a bit hyper at times, he really could use some rest. "Well I assure you whatever Hollows there were, they're gone." Hironobu joked. "Hehehe." He chuckled. He then saw Tenzen calm down some. That was good, he then bowed in apology.

"Oh please, please think nothing of it!" He waved his hand dismissively. "You've done nothing wrong, in fact just made me laugh was all." He smiled. “I’m very sorry Captain Hironobu. It is unbecoming of a Lieutenant to be guided by his emotions like this.” "Eh it doesn't matter to me, you thought what you thought." Hironobu spoke calmingly. “Good afternoon Captain. I hope this morning has been uneventful?”

At his question Hironobu's face did grow a bit more serious. "Well, I wish I could say that but not completely." Hironobu paused, "Well I had to go about and gather the other Captain's for a meeting was all." "Yet, what was spoken during that meeting has put everyone on edge." Hironobu's face then lost his smile as he gave Kuromori a dead serious look. "They may call in the Lieutenants for a meeting but I'll tell you myself," Hironobu cleared his throat, "Captain-Commander Ryuuzen is spooked from what I can tell." "He told the others that a high-level power was felt, something perhaps greater than a Vasto Lorde." "With the amount of Hollow attacks on the rise, I have a feeling something more is going on." "What I can't say, for I have nothing conclusive, but...the Captain has placed us on high alert." "Heck, he doesn't even want us to engage it on our own, even mentioned for Divisions to team up with one another." Hironobu then paused as a trouble look came up on his face.

"My dreams haven't been getting any better...I've told you before I have had trouble sleeping." He sighs, "I think whatever Captain Ryuuzen is feeling is probably right." "I just wanted you to know that." "I'm sorry I wish I came to tell you to take a day off or something." Hironobu nervously chuckled. His smile returned, "I'm sure whatever it is, it's nothing to get too worked up over, we just have to watch and be careful is all." Hironobu spoke reassuringly. He awaited to see how Tenzen would respond.

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Kuromori Tenzen – 7th Division Lieutenant

Early afternoon, 7th Division’s Barracks, Courtyard


Tenzen relaxed when he saw his captain’s easy smile as he responded to Tenzen’s inquiries. But eventually that smile faded and Hironobu revealed the grim news. Tenzen tensed up slightly as he heard the term captain meeting. Nothing good ever came out of a captain meeting. As Hironobu continued to explain what had been discussed during that meeting Tenzen grew ever more tense, his facial expression slowly changing and grinding his teeth slightly. When Hironobu was finished Tenzen nodded once before bowing again, ”Thank you for informing me captain!” Tenzen said, with his usual gusto. ”I’ll suspend any training sessions for now so the men can get plenty of rest!” Tenzen continued, his back straight like a wooden plank and his voice slightly louder than was required for the private conversation they were having.

It wasn’t until Hironobu continued that Tenzen could really feel the strain. Not only was the Captain-Commander worried about something, so was the captain himself. And his dreams weren’t getting any better. "I'm sorry I wish I came to tell you to take a day off or something." Hironobu said, but Tenzen could only shake his head as he answered. ”No need for apologies captain! In times of emergency it is my task to assist you in leading the division! I will put my all into ensuring the division is ready for any eventuality!” Hironobu continued to explain that there was likely little to worry about and simply being on guard was enough for now, but it was too late. In Tenzen’s mind battle plans were being formed, guard schedules arranged and watchmen placed. He began grinding his teeth further as he reviewed all the possible entrances into soul society before he remembered he was conversing with his captain.

Tenzen looked at his captain, his sudden enflamed passion for doing his utmost to defend soul society clear in both his eyes and his body language. ”Understood captain!” Tenzen said as he gave another respectful bow. ”Shall I inform the men to wear their Zanpakutō at all times from now on? And how about the patrol routes, shall I double the patrols?” Tenzen said, even as he looked thoughtfully around the courtyard. ”I suppose we shall need to hold a few joined training exercises with the other divisions to ensure our teamwork is up to snuff. Captain, do you know what division we will be paired with?” Tenzen inquired, even as he began pacing while he reviewed the best form of training.

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Hironobu Watanabe-7th Division Captain

Early Afternoon, 7th Division's Barracks, Courtyard


Hironobu once again gave a rather nervous smile. "Now, now no need to jump into lock down Tenzen, hehehe." Hironobu spoke trying to keep a calm facade. "Well," Hironobu placing on a little more serious face, he held on to his chin on contemplation, "I suppose having their Zanpakutos on them is a good idea." Hironobu continued to ponder. "I suppose if we had to double patrols it would be best made at night, since a lot of these attacks occur during the evening hours." Hironobu more or less just giving input not really orders.

"I would say is what best is to inform them to be on guard, b-but!" Hironobu quickly stopping himself, "Don't get them to fired up, placing unnecessary stress may in fact bring our men at disadvantage if a fight does happen." Hironobu spoke quickly waving his hands so Tenzen doesn't blow up like a siren. "Just, break it to them calmly, I don't want our men to have a meltdown." Hironobu continued to give a silly smile. "As for your last question, well I wish I could answer that one." Hironobu rubbed his head and gave a rather laid back expression. "Truth is Captain Ryuuzen didn't assign pairs if I'm not mistaken." "So I guess it's up to us to decide who we work with." Hironobu continued to ponder suggestions. "We could work with Eleventh Division, I'm sure you can get some old buddies from their to work with us," Hironobu paused, "I mean after all you worked with them before coming to my division, and I'm sure their men can get us up to snuff." Hironobu chuckled.

"If that doesn't work I guess I can see if I have anymore connections with Division Nine, see if they would work with us." Hironobu spoke. "Any of those Divisions suit your fancy or did you have a better partner in mind?" Hironobu asked, wondering what Kuromori's opinion would be.

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Early afternoon, 7th Division’s Barracks, Courtyard


Tenzen nodded furiously as captain Hironobu gave his views on Tenzen’s suggested measures. He only absentmindedly noted that he had left his own Zanpakuto in his office, he nodded once to himself as he reminded himself that he had to keep it with him from now on. As Hironobu was talking Tenzen was taking mental notes and expanding his planned strategy should it come to the inevitable all-out battle with all Hollows in existence. Because that was bound to happen, right? It wasn’t until Hironobu mentioned that getting to fired up and stressed could only be a disadvantage that he realized that he was getting too far ahead of the current situation. He took a deep breath and relaxed some, before focusing on his captain again. It was better to focus on the current situation for now and leave the long-term planning to the Captain-commander and the other captains.

When Hironobu brought up the 11th division Tenzen frowned a little. ”I’m not sure they’d be the best fit for us, or any other division for that matter. They’re not exactly team players and I fear they might end up getting into fights with the men in our division.” Tenzen said, somewhat hesitantly, clearly uncomfortable speaking negatively about another division like that. He scratched the top of his head as he was thinking, with enough passion to make it seem he believed doing so would somehow make his brain work faster. ”Working with the 9th division might be a good idea. They are the first line of defence for soul society after all, but perhaps teaming them up with the 4th division to ensure the medics are well protected might be the safer option.” Tenzen continued even as he frowned, easily giving his opinion on the possibilities for partnerships amongst the divisions. ”That said, we should certainly ask the 9th division to inform us in detail on strong points and effective patrol routes.” Tenzen nodded again, his brow now so frowned his eyebrows were almost touching. ”Perhaps joining with Captain Yang or Ryu is an option as well. Other than that perhaps the 5th division would be a good idea. They have many skilled all-rounders, which would supplement our own division well, I suppose.” Tenzen said, finally releasing the immense pressure he was putting on his brow as he looked at his captain to see what his reaction to his suggestions would be.

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Hironobu Watanabe-7th Division Captain

Early Afternoon, 7th Division Barracks, Courtyard


Hironobu stood there in contemplation. Tenzen made some excellent points with all of the Divisions mentioned. He was unsure which one would work best with their men. This is coming to a point where Hironobu wished he spent a little more time getting to know them personally. He knows their men are very well-conditioned, the times he stumbled upon practice they all did an adamant job. This is of course thanks, largely in part of Tenzen here. Still he doesn't quite know well enough their temperament. Seeing this as a bit of a problem he considered asking Tenzen.

"Well all of those are excellent points and I'm sure any one of them would be a joy, I'm sure." The Hironobu paused as he looked around, "But I'm not quite sure about ourselves." "You see I believe for a partnership to truly work, we all have to coincide peacefully." "I don't want a lot of inter fighting and dissent." "So, you spend a lot more time with our men than I, so can you tell me what their general temperament is." Hironobu asked. "I have a general idea of what the other Divisions are like, thought I can't claim to be an expert at all." "But having some good insight on our own could help me make the best decision for all." "So mind helping me out here?" Hironobu asked Tenzen. He awaited his response.

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Early afternoon, 7th Division’s Barracks, Courtyard


Tenzen nodded even as his entire body seemed to swell with pride that his captain would ask for his opinion on the matter. He gave his answer a few moments of thought, for once not rushing headlong into matters. ”Sir! I believe the men and women of our division are loyal and hardworking and take pride in being Shinigami! On a more personal level I can personally say that they are sincere and unpretentious.” As he finished his sentence he looked away from his captain a little, as if unsure on what to say next, before he looked at his captain again, a kind smile on his face. ”I also believe that the captain’s love of peace and kindness has rubbed off on our men. No one in our division would start a fight for no reason and I believe most believe strongly in showing kindness and compassion to others.”

He then turned back to a moment of reflection, as he reviewed the many, many, training sessions he had. He eventually looked back up, continuing his review of what Tenzen believed the division to be like. ”As for combat strength, we have a large variety of specialities in our divisions. But I’ve been trying to train them all in the basics of all forms of combat, so I suppose most of the men would be considered all-rounders.” He nodded once, as much to himself as to his captain, before he continued. ”So in terms of combat capability, our division would mix well with most other divisions. At least, I think.” He said, trying and failing to hide the pride in both his voice and expression as he described the combat skills of division 7.

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Kenpachi Magatsu – 11th Division Captain

Afternoon, Human world


Magatsu sighed softly, even as the giant Menos Grande prepared to fire a cero in his direction. Sounds of battle were reaching his ears from all around him, even as the 11th division was working hard to try and destroy the group of Hollows that had appeared. Even as the cero was fired in his direction, he kept his cold regard focused on the Menos Grande behind it. When the cero was about to hit him, he used Shunpo to move around and towards the Menos Grande, uncaring that now that he had dodged it, the cero now blasted its way through Hollow and Shinigami alike. He moved to the side of the Gillian and cut it, before moving to the other side in an instant and doing the same. The very next moment it was as if the Menos had been cut in half horizontally, and Magatsu landed back on the ground to review the scene.

Many of the slain Hollows had already disappeared, leaving only the bodies of wounded and dead Shinigami behind. Idiots, one and all. He shook his head slightly as he walked through the battleground, now settling even as the cries of the wounded replaced the sounds of battle. He received a few glares from some of the men under his command, but Magatsu paid them no heed. If they wanted to blame him for the death of their comrades then that was their business. No hair off his back. Magatsu didn’t bother to give orders, didn’t bother to formulate a battle plan, didn’t bother to protect those under his command. This was a dog eat dog world and the weak got eaten first. It was not his fault that those who died here were simply too weak to hang on to their pathetic lives.

Those of his squad that remained either unwounded or got away with a few scratches began picking up their fallen friends. Now that the dust had settled he saw of the men that had come with him, more than half were still standing. With a soft grunt he turned to open the portal to Seireitei. His cold eyes filled up with some anger as he suddenly remembered captain Hironobu coming to him and informing him of the captains meeting. Magatsu had blown it off, uninterested in whatever new business might have caught the attention of those idiots. But now he admitted to some interest. A Menos Grande showing up in the human world was a rare occasion indeed. He made a mental note to seek out someone to inform him of what had been discussed during the meeting as he stepped through the portal and made his way to Seireitei.

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Afternoon, 7th Division Barracks, Courtyard


Hironobu held his chin and nodded at his summary of their division. From what Kuromori has spoken of, they seemed to be well-behaved and very cooperative. While their temperament would make them good partners, the problem is would their partners be as good? It was reassuring to know, that his Shinigami will keep in line with other divisions, making them rather easy to pair up. But to pair up with who? Is the biggest question. It was also helpful for Tenzen to mention their fighting ability, it seems they are well-rounded, meaning they could compliment anyone.

Should they go with Division Five? Combining two well disciplined and well trained warriors. Most certainly both together can help cover any shortcomings, but would that be best? Division Four, does have medics, but they aren't much for combat and if it comes to tough situation, we can't rely on a numbers game. Division Nine would have better defense tactics than the other Divisions, besides if Hollows do come then both would be the first line of defense. Perhaps with their combined effort the could repel the invasion or at the least weaken it. He also mentioned Captains Ryu, and Yang.

Tenth Division has a stellar reputation and their captain is very competent fighter. Not to mention she is kind at heart, even if she can be gruff at times. As for Yang, he doesn't know that much about him. He does know he is pretty laid back and a bit of a joker. Not someone you would expect to be a captain, but Hironobu isn't all that serious at times either, so he shouldn't be talking. His division seems very capable as well. This was a tough decision, one that Hironobu doesn't have answer to. But he probably should take measures to open opportunities and decided to go with some foundations. "Well I haven't an answer to who we will team up with, but I am going to keep our options open." Hironobu spoke. "I'm going to go speak with Division Nine about patrols and such, and well sort of advertize us in a way." Hironobu chuckled.

"So Kuromori, I want you to tell the men that we may be working with another Division soon." "If they ask who, tell them the Captain hasn't decided yet." "Or if they ask why, tell them it's Captain Ryuuzen's orders." Hironobu instructed. "Once I've spoken with Division Nine, I'll summon you to my office and we'll speak of possible patrols." Hironobu spoke as he awaited Tenzen's response.

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Kuromori Tenzen – 7th Division Lieutenant

Afternoon, 7th Division’s Barracks, Courtyard


Tenzen remained quiet as his captain seemed to be contemplating the multitude of options. Tenzen would be the first to admit his captain had the tendency to be absent, but when push came to shove, he knew the captain would make the right decisions. Tenzen nodded quietly to himself. He didn’t eny captain Hironobu for his job, surely this decision was one of the lighter ones a captain had to make. No he didn’t envy the captain at all, to shoulder all that responsibility by oneself could be no easy task and, Tenzen suddenly realized, perhaps one of the reasons his captain was absent so often. Or maybe he was overthinking things again, he couldn’t be sure. All he knew is that his captain would make the right decision.

Once captain Hironobu spoke up again Tenzen snapped out of his own contemplation and looked at his captain again. The captain’s instructions were clear. There was no way they could not be misunderstood. So Tenzen bowed once, before responding. ”Yes sir! I’ll get the men up to speed! Shall I get call for some form of meeting so you can address the men personally once all the decisions have been made?”

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Kenpachi Magatsu – 11th Division Captain

Afternoon, 11th Division Barracks, Captain’s Office


Magatsu had returned to Seireitei some time ago and sought out one of the captains to get some answers. He had been somewhat relieved when the captain had informed him of what had happened out of his own violation. Speaking was such a drag, especially with the peaceful creatures of the Gotei 13. They stewed in their peace and it made weak, pathetic. That was the only explanation Magatsu could come to once he heard that the Captain-commander himself was worried. What massive spiritual power? Who cared? No one with power should. They should face it with sword in hand and cut it down, or be cut down. Those were the only options. Preparing for it were useless. One should always be prepared to face ones death. He had been nearly fuming as he walked back to the 11th division’s barracks, and even lying down in his office had done little to quench his anger.

Pathetic. That was the only word he had for this situation. Teaming up with others? Never face these things alone? Truly pathetic. But the idea of a uniquely powerful creature had brought a smile to Magatsu’s face as he lay in his office. Perhaps he had finally found something worth fighting… worth killing. Or perhaps this creature was the one that finally killed Magatsu and if it were powerful enough Magatsu would not resent this creatures victory. Such was the way of life after all, you either kill, or you are killed. Teaming up with other divisions was useless. Magatsu gave the other divisions a few moments of thought, trying to decide which one would be the least useless. He chuckled softly at his own train of thought, what did Magatsu know of the other divisions anyway? And more importantly, why would he care. If they wanted him to team up, then they were out of luck. Magatsu didn’t feel like playing nice, all he wanted was to destroy this powerful being, or be destroyed in the process. He finally went to sleep with a savage grin on his face.

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Hironobu Watanabe-7th Division Captain

Afternoon, 7th Division Barracks, Courtyard


Hironobu considered the option and felt it would do quite some good if they heard the words, directly from their captain. Hironobu nodded. "Yes that will be just fine." He spoke with a smile. "So tell the men that I will come for a meeting sometime later." "First though I will call you to my office once I've finished speaking with the Ninth Division." He spoke. "Alright Kuromori you go do that, and I will be back in a few." He casually spoke as he made a bow and then used Shunpo.

Captain Watanabe soon found himself in the Ninth Division Barracks. Apparently they are at the point his division is at as well. Who would they team up with? He remembered his time in the Ninth Division, they are solid, dependable shinigami. They would be worthy partners for anyone. While he fancied the thought he was on a mission. He searched for their captain, or at the very least the lieutenant. As he traveled the Barracks he was led to the captain's office. He knocked on the door and he was let in. "Hello Captain-!" Hironobu's voice was cut off when he closed the door.

After some time conversing with the captain, Hironobu stepped out. "Well thank you for your time Captain, I will be sure to keep you in mind, so long as you do the same for me okay?" He casually spoke. He waved good bye and then used Shunpo. Again he would find himself in his office. Keeping in mind the Division's patrols, he matched theirs up with Ninth's. They had a really great route, covers areas that would seem bare. Sadly they had more organization than his own division, he could really see the room for improvement. He stepped out, and flagged down a Shingami, "Yes you there." "Please do me a favor." He spoke as he waved his hand for him to come nearer. "Could you please find Lieutenant Kuromori and tell him to report to my office would you?" Hironobu politely asked. "Yes sir! Captain Watanabe sir!" The enthusiastic Shinigami spoke as he ran off to find the lieutenant. Hironobu stepped back into his office.

The Shinigami soon found the lieutenant. "Lieutenant Kuromori sir!" He spoke as he saluted him. "Captain Watanabe requests your presence in his office sir!" He spoke.

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Kuromori Tenzen – 7th Division Lieutenant

Afternoon, 7th Division’s Barracks, Courtyard


Tenzen bowed to his captain as he left and headed for his office. First thing first, he picked up his Zanpakuto and stuck it in his Obi. It would be important to keep it with him from now. Next he began writing up numerous message to place around the 7 Division’s Barracks, to ensure all would know of the upcoming changes. Finally he called a few of the higher seated individuals of the division to him and explained to them the situation, so they could relay it to the others in the division. He made doubly sure to inform them that there was nothing to worry about for now and to make sure that they knew the captain himself would soon address them to explain the situation and that they were to remain calm until that time. Tenzen nodded to himself as the other shinigami left to spread the news. He was most pleased at his own restraint. He just hoped the others would show the same restraint. But what if they didn’t? What if Tenzen had brought panic upon the division by not personally delivering the message? That wouldn’t do! He got up from his chair and was about to head out after the men he sent off when he was stopped by another Shinigami.

"Lieutenant Kuromori sir! Captain Watanabe requests your presence in his office sir!"

The worry drained from his face as Tenzen was confronted by the Shinigami. He calmed down a little, only now realising that he should trust the men under his command before he nodded to the messenger. ”Thank you, I’ll head there right now.” The Shinigami saluted again before heading off, even as Tenzen headed for the Captain’s office. He knocked on the door and waited for the captain to invite him in. Once he did, he’d say: ”Captain! I hope the meeting was a success?” Before bowing.

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Hironobu Watanabe-7th Division Captain

Afternoon, 7th Division Barracks, Captain's Office


Hironobu had his head in some books when here heard a knock on the door. "Hm?" He mumbled. "Oh yes, Kuromori-san!" "Come right one in!" He spoke rather cheerfully. He had much he wished to discuss. He knows Tenzen is an expert in this military strategics and stuff. Not only could he see the room for improvement, he can choose what would make the best improvements. Also, he might be able to peak his interest in Ninth Division, he certainly peaked theirs. Even though in the end they wanted to wait and see, how things go. Still it looked hopeful, but he wanted to follow the Captain-Commander's orders sooner rather than later. Perhaps the could find a decent alternative later?

In the meantime Hironobu waited for his friend to enter and from their they could discuss tactics together. Not mention plan for the meeting later. Not wanting to seem rude, Hironobu closed his book and tucked it safely away in his desk. He the placed his hands together and laid them on the desk.

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Kuromori Tenzen – 7th Division Lieutenant

Late Afternoon, 7th Division’s Barracks, Captain’s Office


Tenzen entered the Captain’s Office, with an easily recognisable eagerness on his face. He nodded at his captain, taking a few moments to gather his thoughts and decide on how best to formulate his report. ”Captain! I have informed the men of the upcoming changes and made sure they all know to keep calm for now. I have also posted numerous bulletins for the ones who were not present at this time. They have also been informed the captain shall be addressing them personally on the situation soon. They seemed pretty excited.” Tenzen stated, very matter-of-factly, clearly making interesting reports was not a skill of his. ”As for the defences, for now I have doubled the patrols and made sure even the watchmen are in pairs. I have also placed additional lookouts in locations that are not normally travelled. Also, I have ordered one squad to make their way through the sewers below our Division’s headquarters and make sure there are torches lighted there.” He nodded to his captain again, signifying he had finished his report.

”How did the meeting go with the 9th Division? Were they able to provide us with their patrol routes? I feel it would be best to implement any changes as soon as possible, so the men can get used to them.” Tenzen said, speaking his opinion freely and for once seeming fairly unstressed.

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Hironobu Watanabe-7th Division Captain

Late Afternoon, 7th Division Barracks, Captain's Office


"Wow." Hironobu spoke rather amazed. "Splendid news, glad to see the men mobilized so soon." He chuckled. He then pulled out the files on the Patrol Routes detailed by the Ninth Division. "Well it went very well in my opinion," He gave a smile, "As you can see here," He spoke as he unraveled the map of the Seireitei, "The Shinigami over at the Ninth Division have plotted out numerous routes, actually it's really quite extensive." He ended up rubbing his head. "It seems to cover areas, you yourself, have indicated, hehe." "But your more of an expert in strategic placement, so tell me from what you see on this map compared to us, do you see any room for improvement?" Hironobu asked.

He felt rather embarrassed that he is a bit lacking in parts with strategy. While he finds himself a good captain, he could really improve himself. Just when was the last time he was leading his Division into battle? Too long for him to remember, he never really was the confrontational type, there was only one time he sought a fight, and that was before his time as a Captain. Now, he just kind of pursues his other interests. Sure, he does run the Division by doing all of the paper work and doing a mission here and there. But otherwise, most of this is ran by Kuromori here. He should reconnect more often. In the meantime he awaited to hear what Kuromori thinks about the Ninth Division's routes.

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Late Afternoon, 7th Division’s Barracks, Captain’s Office


Tenzen smiled proudly at the compliment he received, before turning his attention back to Hironobu, making sure to absorb every little bit of information, even as he looked over the maps. When his captain finished, it was as if Tenzen could see a faint hint of embarrassment, or at least he thought he did, when he squinted his eyes a little. For a moment Tenzen reflected on his captains humility and the fact that being a captain does not mean one is done improving himself. A slight grin crossed his features as the idea that he still had more to train for filled him with glee.

Shaking his head as he turned his attention back to the maps, trying to see strongpoints to place men and weak points the enemy might try to exploit. ”I think in terms of patrols the 9th Division has the most important part covered. It might be best to improve the patrol teams themselves. Perhaps up their size to 5 a team, with at least one messenger who can quickly report back to headquarters should the team find anything.” Tenzen said, still looking at the map with a frown. ”For the time being, it seems our main priority should be securing the four main gates, if the enemies approach from outside of Seireitei, this is the most likely entranceway for them.” He said, even as he turned his attention to outskirts of the map, where Rokungai was. ”Of course, that is assuming the enemy would head straight for Seireitei… and not decide to attack the souls living in Rokungai.” He turned to captain Hironobu, concern clear in his features. ”Protecting Rokungai would be much harder… but they will be included in the defence plan, right?” Tenzen asked almost pleadingly, concern that the defence might only include Seireitei clear on his face.

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Hironobu Watanabe-7th Division Captain

Late Afternoon, 7th Division Barracks, Captain's Office


Hironobu looked over the maps and listened to Tenzen's suggestion. It would seem they did match up, but adding more to the patrol couldn't hurt, the problem is it lessens Shinigami needed in other areas. But the messenger could make up for that shortcoming. Then the Gates where mentioned, the Four Gates have normally tight secuirty, but nothing to repel a full scale invasion, perhaps adding a little more muscle in the area could help. Then Tenzen spoke of something surprising that even escaped his mind. "The Rokungai?" He spoke as he took the map and looked over the outskirts.

Their was little to no defense for the souls there. Everything was concentrated on the Seireitei. There was the odd patrol through there but nothing to constitute proper guard. We always are separated from the Rokungai, the walls of the Seireitei always belie a feeling of segregation. Sure the reishi it's made out of protects the Soul Society's best protectors, the Gotei 13, but that's all it protects. A rather shallow thing to say from a Captain but it is true. He sighed. "The Captain-Commander spoke nothing of the Rokungai," He spoke with a frown, "but," he paused, "That doesn't mean we can't take some initiative!" Hironobu spoke with vigor. He then gave a smile to Tenzen, "Well normally guarding both the Seireitei and the Rokungai would be too much for A team, but with two, we can keep ample amount of men in the Rokungai, while using our partner's to help cover some losses." He spoke.

It will be hard to manage considering who they partner up with but it should work. "So in light of that, what new patrol routes shall we take in order to cover this new territory?" He asked. If they were going to do this, they are going to have to plan it out. "Let me see what maps I have over the Rokungai." He said as he took a moment to shuffle through some papers. "A-ha!" "Here's something!" He spoke with glee as he unrolled a dusty old map. "Not the best but does give us some insight on where to be." He spoke. He awaited to see what Kuromori could make of it.

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Kuromori Tenzen – 7th Division Lieutenant
Late Afternoon, 7th Division’s Barracks, Captain’s Office


Tenzen waited as captain Hironobu mulled his suggestion over. Clearly Rukongai wasn’t part of the overall defence strategy, but to just leave the souls there to their fates should an enemy attack must surely be unthinkable. Tenzen sighed with relief when his captain said that they would be taking the initiative in this, even if it was outside of the main defence strategy. As his captain laid out the maps of Rukongai he looked them over, they were older but accurate nonetheless. The first thing he did was point at the border separating the outer parts of Rukongai from the other sections before speaking.

”I rather not say this, but sending patrols into the outer reaches would be too dangerous. The inhabitants of those parts are to vicious, to violent. They might attack any Shinigami who would set foot in there, causing useless struggles that could only serve to weaken our forces. I believe the best we could do for them is place lookouts in areas nearby and react accordingly should the enemy show up there.” For a moment he remembered his former captain, Magatsu, whose murderous nature haunted him still. He had been from the outer parts of Rukongai as well. With a shake of the head he returned his focus to the map, pointing to the middle section. ”The centre would be too hard to completely patrol. It is far too large, so we might have to rely on the inhabitants themselves to report any strange occurrences while our men patrol the main roads.” Tenzen said, using his finger to trace some of the main roads, before pointing towards the section right outside of Seireitei.

”This area is far smaller and we should be able to patrol them more effectively, staying to the main roads and some of the large side streets. It is also right outside Seireitei itself, so any forces stationed here would prove a capable buffer for any attack on Seireitei itself, while also protecting the inhabitants living there. It would most certainly help to inform of us of any attacks quickly, allowing us to prepare defences more efficiently.”[/i] He said, looking over the map and marvelling at the sheer size of Rukongai for a moment, even if worry crept into his mind. Would they really be able to properly defend Rukongai with only two divisions if the enemy were to strike there? He shook his head again, trying to clear his worries. They were just going to have to. ”We might have to place additional watchmen near the main gates. Knowing which gate the enemy might attempt to strike in order to enter Seireitei would be most helpful, I believe.” Tenzen said, as a form of closure to his views on the defence of Rukongai, even as he looked to his captain to see what his thoughts might be.