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    Post by Genpaku on Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:55 am




    There was excitement and a buzz of activity about the Tenth Division grounds this morning.  Little surprise though considering its Captain had returned; Genpaku was never one to really let the division stand idle.  For being as young as he was, Genpaku had seen much violence and mayhem in his time and it had instilled in him a certain insistence on being prepared.  When he had moved up to the rank of Division Captain, he had decided that his division should share at least some of that feeling as well.

    Genpaku stood at the center of a loose circle of other Shinigami, a sizable distance between him and any of the others.  He stood unarmed, his Zanpaku-tous sitting atop his Captain's Haori in the shade of one of the nearby walls.  In its absence you could almost mistake him for just another division member; almost.  His head of platinum hair did stand out after all, and since he was a Captain it was a well known marker of his identity.  He stood there, mostly relaxed but with the slight tension of those about to join a game.  And in some respects, that was what was about to happen.  There were about twelve Shinigami in total standing around him, and many more had taken up seats or vantages nearby to watch an exercise that was well known to those that had been in the Tenth for any length of time.


    “Begin,” he said simply, smirking ever so slightly, and the quiet of the grounds was broken as the twelve shinigami launched various forms of attack on the young shinigami at the center.

    Kidō and blades came at him, and Genpaku was like air.  He slipped past the on coming attacks and danced about the twelve Shinigami.  The exercise was a simple, but practical one.  Working in tandem, the twelve Shinigami were to try and contain or otherwise defeat an opponent of greater strength than any one of them possessed.  Those assembled were allowed to use all options, save for the release of their Zanpakut-ous (he hadn't had a chance to request permission for such an exercise since returning) or any of the forbidden Kidō/techniques (for obvious reasons).  Sometimes, the members were inventive.  Sometimes they were new, and so tried for straight forward approaches.  There was an ongoing agreement that if the division could successfully contain Genpaku he would pay for a lavish dinner for the entire division.

    Unfortunate then that Genpaku was one of the greatest Shinigami around where movement was concerned.  Also unfortunate that today either the members of the Division were rusty and/or new.  Genpaku danced circles through the lines of attack the group threw at him; he offered no taunting advice or snide remarks as he moved through them, merely watching with intelligent eyes.  He did not reach out, he did not strike; that wasn't the point of the game.  Not yet.

    After five minutes a whistle sounded, and Genpaku came to a halt.  Many were sweaty, some dropped to a sitting position.  Genpaku looked over the group before giving a single nod.

    “That was no good guys.  You started to get the hang of it towards the end, but too little too late.  By main strength alone you will not take down an opponent of greater strength than yourselves.  Well, you might; but you will lose friends, allies, the lives of your fellow Division members.  Throw enough bodies at an enemy and you may overcome them, but only if you're willing to climb the mountain your fellow Shinigami made with their lives.  I expect better.”  His words were harsh, but they were not said harshly.  He looked over his Division members, and cracked a smile.
    “So, we'll see if you do any better on the next round.  Mix up the group!” he called as he stretched and waiting for the next group of Shinigami to gather for the exercise



    (This thread can go a number of ways; from people joining in on the exercise to discussion after it concludes.  Contact me about how you'd like to join.)


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    Post by Serenity on Tue Aug 09, 2016 5:18 am



    Hanae would easily describe herself as an average Shinigami. She wasn't weak, but she wasn't strong. If you put her next to her Captain, she was nothing more than pathetic, but among her peers who also needed a bit more training, she felt a little more at home. She never really had the ambition to become a strong Shinigami either. That changed recently after she ran into a certain person and realized that she wanted to get to know two missing links in her life. The problem was feeling completely unworthy. However, both of these missing links valued something within the Gotei and were loyal to it, so why not prove herself by getting off her content ass and training until they'd be proud.

    Hanae had not been to one of these training sessions in an entire year, if not longer than that. She was going to be very rusty and wasn't sure whether the rules of the game had changed since then. Upon arrival and realizing it was about containing the Captain, the rules had changed since her last session. She watched the first group go forward and fail at their mission, but they all gave it a good shot. Captain Arishima was so fast and agile; it was like watching a bee with the grace and fluidity of a swan dart across the field. How was she supposed to participate in this? Speed was not her forte. The first group stopped and were scolded by the Captain, but he was never demeaning when he spoke.

    Captain Arishima called for the next group and Hanae nervously stepped up. An old friend noticed the hesitation and actually kicked her forward. She stumbled and fell to a knee, glaring back and Nina. "Hey! I'm going, I'm going!" Hanae's glare faded and a smile returned when she saw Nina giggling at her. She got up and hurried over to the group with a little skip. It had really been a long time since she had been here, so she decided to confirm a thing or two. "Hello, Captain Arishima. I have a question or two... It's been a while since I've done a session, but um... The goal of this is just to contain you, right? When you say contain, what do you mean? Or is the definition of that word left up to us?"

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    Post by Genpaku on Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:49 am




    Genpaku watched the group mix up as different people decided they'd had enough, some decided to try their hands, and many others just watched.    Most were familiar faces, as Genpaku made it a point to at least meet most of those that entered his Division.  Which was why he vaguely recognized one of the female Shinigami that was more or less volunteered by a friend of hers before making her way over with a smile.  He reached back in his memory; it had been a while since he'd seen this face here, yes?

    Hanae confirmed this with her question, but it would probably do the assembled some good to hear the answer anyway.  He gave a smile to her as she asked her questions.

    “Correct; the point of the exercise is to contain me.  In this scenario, I am a stronger opponent and so by main strength alone no one of you will contain me.  Working together you must contain or otherwise limit my ability to, theoretically, cause mayhem and havoc in my wake.” he said loud enough for the assembled to hear him.  If you didn't know who he was, this would have probably sounded vaguely funny to you given his underwhelming appearance and contained power.  And to a few who knew him, maybe it was still somewhat funny to think of Genpaku causing much in the way of havoc.

    A blessing that so few had ever seen Genpaku fight in earnest.

    He rolled a shoulder before grinning again, and looking at the group as it assembled.  They were just getting to the point where there were enough of them.

    “That everyone for this round?”
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    Once Hanae felt she understood the directions clearly, she thought for a moment and nodded. "Since I'm sure calling for the Head Captain is not part of the rules, even though it does show we know when to call for help at a moment of us being completely out classed... I won't take that route." she said playfully and then looked back to Nina, waving her over. Nina looked on suspiciously and came forward. The two shared in a quiet conversation as Captain Arishima called for a few final contestants. "How is that gonna work!?" Nina raised her voice out of annoyance. "I didn't say it would. I just wanted to try it." Hanae replied cheerfully. "I feel like the rest of us are getting the shit end of the deal." "You are, but it was my idea in the first place, so I think I have a right to do it." Nina rolled her eyes and the two friends shared a laugh and then readied themselves. "Alright. All ready, Capt-. Actually. One more question if you don't mind. If we succeed, what do we get? Is there some sort of prize?"


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    Post by Tsubine on Tue Aug 09, 2016 2:29 pm



    Kei had watched this spectacle since not long after it first began. To be honest, it looked like fun. She had doubts on if the members of the Division could do it. For one, their Kidō aim was just awful as was their choice of Kidō. One thing Kei hoped this would teach them would be not to use Sai unless there are multiple people channeling Sai. No matter how many times they tried that same old trick, Genpaku was simply too strong for them. A few got decently close, but their exhaustion got the better of them. Kei shook her head and sighed. Most of these guys didn't have real combat experience yet.

    As the next group began to file in, Kei thought for a long while. Placing her Zanpakutō in a small storage container, she had made up her mind. "No, Captain. It's not." Stepping onto the field, Kei's eyes were harsh to the average observer. But to anyone who could take more than a single glance into her piercing gaze, they'd notice it wasn't actually harsh. Frankly, it was sharp. She was observing, watching subtle things about her Division mates. "As I recognize that having your own Lieutenant might skew things in this team's favor too much, I have elected to come without my Zanpakutō. I know a fair fight doesn't really exist in combat, but they need the experience more than I do." Plus, it's just too unwieldy, Kei silently thought to herself.

    Kei stood as a few more ran in. It seems a few had their fighting spirit renewed by seeing their Lieutenant join. Kei stood still, practically staring down Genpaku. She was watching him, studying him. She had seen some of his moves in the previous bouts, but observation only went so far. Based on those observations, however, Kei had formed her first plan of attack. Hanae's question caused Kei's staring to break for a moment as the young woman asked about a prize. Yua's prettier, Kei thought with nonchalance. "Yes, that is something I'd like answered as well. I have heard some rumors on a prize, but I think they are only that, rumors."

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    Post by Genpaku on Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:06 am




    Genpaku raised an eyebrow at Hanae's suggestion, smirking slightly. That'd be a technical win sure, but did defeat the purpose of the exercise as a whole. She turned to one of the nearby Shinigami, a friend of hers, and began to whisper something. Seems that someone was going to make a plan this time. Maybe this would get somewhere today then. He look away from them and over the rest of the assembled division members as they generally got ready for the round. It seemed they had everyone that was going to participate.

    Then a voice answered his question, and he turned his gaze to the speaker. It was the second time he'd really had the chance to meet Kei, and Genpaku had to admit that she seemed much more animated this time around than she had a few months ago. Her gaze was an intense thing, sharp as broken glass; he did not look away though. She was taking in everything about the battlefield, himself, and her divison mates. With her stepping up to join, a few more members stepped up as well to participate and the atmosphere kicked up a notch. That brought a smile to his face. Now things were getting interesting.

    He gave a conciliatory nod to Kei's statement about her Zanpakutō; would have been a little out of place for him to say anything considering he'd done the same. Then again, maybe it would have been easier if he'd kept his blades on him?

    Hanae spoke up again, asking about a prize if they were successful in containing him; Kei seemed to echo the idea. It was true that in the past Genpaku had offered rewards for people succeeding, but he had not thought about it this time around. He seemed to consider it for a few moments, tilting his head as he thought.

    “Sure; I think that would be acceptable. A little incentive couldn't hurt. But what suits...? he asked, though he didn't seem to actually be asking anyone in particular.

    “How about this. If you are successful in containing me, I'll throw a party. Everything will be on me.” he said with a smile. He stretched lightly in place for a moment before a piece of his relaxed demeanor fell like a dropped plate. In its place was a focus that had been missing from the last few runs of the exercise.
    “Begin.”
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    Hanae hadn't been very in the loop lately. She heard that they had gotten a new Vice Captain, but hadn't met the woman and wasn't able to show up to the meeting introducing her because she was sick. Nina noticed Hanae's confusion when Kei showed up, so she came over to explained who Kei was. That was a shocker, but having the Lieutenant on their side might give them a pretty big advantage. It was easy to say that Kei's appearance gave Hanae the courage to actually ask the question about a prize. She shot a friendly smile toward Kei when the Lieutenant seconded her question.

    "A party?" Hanae thought about what that likely meant and crossed her arms, "I guess depending on the type of party that could be fun. If it's the regular drinking parties that I see the men of our Division do, I feel like we ladies are getting shafted, especially since there are more women this round than men. Don't you think?" Hanae directed that question to Nina, who smiled widely at her devious friend and nodded. "I agree! Yep." Hanae nodded and stepped up to her Captain, "If that is the prize, I think it's only fair that it's a party for everyone to enjoy, not just a large drinking game. How about a dance? And if the one responsible for the success is one of these beautiful ladies here, then you..." Hanae pointed at her Captain, "...have to be their date on that fateful night." Hanae winked back at Nina.

    "And of course, if it is one of the men... Well, you guys can pick your prize. I don't know what the men would want; I only understand my fellow women..." Hanae giggled and held out her hand for Genpaku to shake, "So... What do you say, Captain? Do you think you're up for such a challenge?"

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    Post by Tsubine on Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:45 pm



    Kei did not return Hanae's smile. She barely even gave the young woman a glance and a nod. The glance she gave was not full of animosity thankfully. She smiled with her eyes. It was an aknowledgement much friendlier than what she would have given before her situation changed. Most people that paid attention to Kei would have noticed that Genpaku's thoughts were correct. She was more animated than before. Kei herself didn't know if it was a good thing yet. Friends were not something she made nor liked making.

    The idea of a party was enough for Kei to shift uncomfortably. She'd probably be obliged to go, something she didn't want to do. Maybe she could bring Lilith? Of course, she'd rather bring Yua. She just couldn't risk that. Kei looked even more uncomfortable at Hanae's idea of a prize. She would not accept that prize. She might be single, but men were definitely not her thing. "If... I were to win, I'd have to request a different prize. Perhaps, you do my paperwork for a week as well?" Kei didn't know what to ask for as a prize if she won. She didn't think she would, but she'd rather it be something than a date to a party. After the handshake (or attempted one), Genpaku's focus returned. Kei un-crossed her arms and had the look of a tiger ready to pounce. And once Genpaku ordered it to begin, she did.

    Kei had two ways to attack him planned. The first was to Shunpo behind him and threaten him with a slit throat. She had thought about it more and realized it would not have been the best way. He probably would have anticipated the attack from behind. So Kei went with her second option. She disappeared from where she was standing, reappearing low to the ground with a shunpo. In each of her hands were a pair of daggers. Kei brought both of them up and attempted to quite literally nail Genpaku to the ground.

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    Post by Genpaku on Thu Aug 11, 2016 6:16 am




    Doubts about the prize arose even before he'd really finished talking about it, or so it seemed. Still, Genpaku couldn't quite bring himself to blame them.
    “Wasn't really planning on it being that kind of drinking party,” he said, thinking to himself for a moment. Truth be told, he'd been planning on throwing a gathering for the Division for a while; a chance for old members to get together in a relaxed setting and swap stories, for new members to get a chance to mingle with old, and generally for the Division to get to know one another. Especially given some of the change ups that had happened recently. Also, while Hanae suggested a dance as a kind of party everyone would like there were a few groans at the idea from the male contingent of the Division. Not everyone liked dancing, and not everyone was good at dancing.

    Genpaku caught the glance back to Nina, but didn't think much on it. Still, Genpaku couldn't rightly back down from a challenge laid before the entire Division.

    “I think we'll have to make something in between the two you just suggested, since not everyone seemed to like the idea of a dance. I think something can be worked out though,”] he commented with a smile. He turned to look at Kei as she put forth her own request for a prize; if he wasn't careful, everyone was going to ask for specific prizes. Still, he gave a conciliatory nod to Kei. Hanae stepped up and held out her hand; Genpaku shook it before taking a step back and announcing the beginning of the game.

    Kei wasted no time, launching forward with an attack. Though she'd left her Zanpakutō behind she'd produced a pair of knives. Her form was good, and she was certainly quick as she passed most of the other members. The knives flashed and clinked off solid ground as Genpaku took a single step back, almost tauntingly before jumping further backwards under normal power. As much as this was a exercise for the Division in working against a stronger enemy it was an exercise for Genpaku as well. If he was not able to destroy a mass of enemies with overwhelming power, then what was he to do? In this case, use his natural speed and agility to tire out the enemy. To the end he moved back, away from the oncoming mass of Shinigami. But what tricks did they have up their sleeves yet?

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    Hanae wasn't the best at reading 'behind the eyes', so she saw very differently. The emotionless nod with a mere glance automatically made that awkward. Hanae had to fight rolling her eyes. Was this going to be one of those higher-ups that thought they were better than the rest? Hanae mentally shrugged it off and continued with her rant. The groaning from the men was expected. Anytime they would have to act like a gentleman over their usual uncivilized selves they were going to have a problem with it. She rolled her eyes at their reactions. "And this is why you're all single." Hanae pointed at the men and then crossed her arms in a huff. "You are too, you know." Nina pointed out, causing the others to laugh. "Yes, but by choic-.. Okay whatever." Hanae and Nina shared a small laugh along with the rest. The Lieutenant requested a different prize, which flicked a switch in the back of Hanae's mind. She now had a bit of a theory about her Lieutenant.

    Hanae wasn't entirely approving of the method that she had brought forth on her own. She realized it too late, but the rewarding of individual prizes, even if they still did get the party, promoted more solo attempts beyond teamwork. In her mind, she had pretty much ruined what this exercise was originally supposed to be about. "Mm..." she glanced off, barely hearing the command to begin as Nina nudged her with her elbow. The Lieutenant immediately went on the move and both Nina and Hanae took steps back. The Lieutenant was pretty fast and obviously more skilled; it was easy to see why she was where she was. However, Hanae had to raise her eyebrow when she realized she could kind of keep up with her Lieutenant. She felt the need to test this. "Nina... What are we allowed to use in this exercise? Anything and everything?" Nina nodded, "Yeah. Just nothing that would break the law. No shikai."

    "I don't have it yet anyway." Hanae winked and rushed forward, drawing her Zanpakutō. She wasn't very good in most aspects, but zanjutsu was the one thing she had above quite a few members in the squad. Since she sucked at Hohō, she hoped her speed would get her through this. Hanae started off simple. Once she felt she was in range, she swung her Zanpakutō horizontally in front of herself, aiming to merely slice through her Captains clothing. She had no intention on trying to strike him at the moment. With her luck, she'd actually hit and would never forgive herself. However, Nina had other plans. With a fiercer strategy, Hanae's friend shunpo'd behind and above Genpaku as Hanae's first attack went off. Nina was more adept in Hakuda and so she attempted to strike Genpaku in the back using the technique Tessho, an open palmed strike meant that could destroy a hollows mask with a single strike. Luckily, in Nina's hands it was no way near as dangerous as that and she knew it.

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    Kei had never truly expected her knives to hit. They were more of an opening gambit. Nothing too ambitious but enough that it could win if it worked. She had thought the sight of him being stuck to the ground was amusing though. Unfortunately, it had made her seem somewhat foolish. She didn't want that, especially not now. Someone might try to take her position. Before, she'd be a-okay with handing the position over. Right now, someone needed her back home.

    Kei stood, her eyes now harsh as well as sharp. Deadly intentions shone in them—she was the type to use what others might call 'excessive force.' Nina's idea of using Hakuda was smart. Kei should have gone for that from the beginning. With a flourish, Kei sheathed one of her knives back into her sleeve. With that hand free, Kei moved in to attack. This time, she went above. Many Shinigami here couldn't hold themselves in the air using Hohō. Kei could. Instead of doing what most would do and fire a Kidō, Kei used Hakuda. Kidō just didn't work for her. Oni Dekopin was effectively flicking someone at a distance. Well, if your hand hit like a semi truck with a jet engine strapped to it.

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    Post by Genpaku on Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:06 am




    Kei's first attack evaded, other attack came flying in.  A pair of Kidō blasts from unnamed members flew in which Genpaku sidestepped.  Hanae had used the time to close the distance and slashed with surprising speed and accuracy at him.  At the same moment he felt a presence at his back as Nina appeared and struck out.   Kei's launched up, firing an attack at him while maintaining altitude using an advanced Hohō technique.

    An impressive array of techniques to be sure, and their coordination wasn't terrible.

    Which wasn't to say it was perfect.  If Genpaku had been striking back, Nina would have placed herself in a precarious position in which she could be redirected bodily into Kei's oncoming blow, or into Hanae's for that matter.  The various other members were attempting to rush forward to join the fray, but the speed of those out front had made a gap between them.  Genpaku decided on his course of action in a moment's time.  From Hanae's attack he dodged back, directly into Nina's strike.  He took the blow on his shoulders with a small grunt before continuing his motion, pushing up and shoving Nina further into the air.  The result of this being that Genpaku tucked his legs, letting Kei's attack pass right below him to crack the ground below with substantial force.

    Genpaku was smiling now.

    He landed, and shot forward with surprising speed.  As he closed distance with Kei he simply vanished, using Shunpo for the first time in the exercise.  His destination?  Genpaku appeared just before the oncoming group that made up the rest of the Shinigami in the exercise.  Time to get this exercise truly underway at last.

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    The cooperation between Nina and Hanae should have shown that they had worked together for some time. The two moved with each other and were able to read the others moves to a degree. The outliers were the problem for the two of them. They weren't exactly used to random Kidō being flung from every direction. Having to avoid the constant attacks from other members was very difficult. However, they timed this attack well. Hanae wasn't surprised to have her sword dodged. Nina was surprised to have actually hit her Captain. In that moment, both Hanae and Nina's eyes widened. They were pleased with what they had done, though they understood that didn't mean anything. Their Captain had to be contained. Striking him may only slow him down. The Lieutenants attack was a surprise. It cracked the ground where Genpaku had been standing. Hanae's initial rush was not easy to stop. Before she had the chance to, her next step went into the newly formed hole and she lost her balance.

    Hanae tumbled forward and rolled before she pushed herself to her feet. "Ow, ow, ow..." Hanae kept one eye closed, wincing as she looked back to the scene. Nina had pretty much been saved by Genpaku's quick thinking. She wasn't aware of this, so when her hand struck his back, she was a little proud. The force his jump exhibited was greater than her strike, so she was pushed back into the air. She landed lightly near Nina and watched her Captain take it up a level. "CAREFUL!" Nina immediately yelled. The others were immediately ready to continue their firing, but she recognized what was happening. "YOU'LL BE FIRING INTO YOUR ALLIES! WATCH IT!" Nina explained her outburst quickly. The squad luckily took heed and stopped. Their Captain had placed himself in the middle of the group. "Hanae, are you okay?" Nina went over and helped Hanae to her feet. Hanae winced a bit and twirled her ankle around to test it. "I'll be fine. Just twisted it. Nice call..." Hanae and Nina both looked to their Captain, both holding much fiercer expressions. The two were ready to get moving again...

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    Kei was annoyed her first two attacks didn't hit. Fights were not fun for her. She wanted it over quickly. Which is why it was a good thing they didn't have permission to use Zanpakutous in this exercise. Kei would have been releasing hers right now. Victory through swift and overwhelming force was her motto. Well, as close to one as she had other than ". . ." Nina and Hanae's coordination was impressive for Kei. She'd be sure to compliment them after this exercise.

    Genpaku rushing to the middle of the Division was something she hadn't expected. Kei landed a few feet ahead of him, also in the middle of the 10th Division. She was unsure of who would strike first. Kei? Genpaku? Nina? Hanae? The remaining division? That... was when Kei had an idea. A normal person would smile, but Kei's eyes hardened. "Third Seat Jukodo! You and your friend get into the ring. No one else move." As the two entered, Kei nodded to them. "Things are about to get confusing." She whispered.

    Kei knelt down and grabbed a handful of dirt. She seemed to be mumbling something.And without warnng, Kei's hand shot to the ground. "Bakudō Twenty-One—Sekienton!" Kei's arms glowed red briefly before a column of red smoke burst from her hand. It was thick, like the colored smoke from fireworks. "Tenth Division! If anyone leaves this smoke, capture them." Kei could barely see the sun through the smoke, but she would use that to her advantage. No one would be able to leave the smoke without giving away where they were.

    "Third Seat Jukodo. You two keep close and act to the best of your abilities. And don't rely just on your eyes." Kei tried to hide more of her reiatsu, so Genpaku would be the only one with decent power in the smoke. "Captain, you know I'm not good at controlling my energy when it comes to Kidō. So this will last longer than a normal Sekienton. How much longer..." Kei shunpo'd in front of where Genpaku should have been—as the shadow had an overcoat of some sort on—her arms crossed for a choking tackle. "I don't quite know." And so the battle in the smoke began.



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    Post by Genpaku on Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:38 am




    Things had been going so well.

    The quick thinking and call out from Nina and Hanae kept some of the impatient members from launching full attacks into the midst of their fellows. Their coordination thus far was impressive, and he hoped that the other division members were taking note of it. In general Genpaku was happy about the Division's progress even as compared to the last match. Kei appeared a few feet ahead of him, also in the midst of the group and called out a handful of orders before she started something. Kei's Kidō took hold, and the dust rose.

    Inside the dust, unseen by anyone Genpaku frowned. Now he had a strange dilemma arise.

    Tactically, this was simultaneously and excellent and awful move, and that was what Genpaku had to judge now. One the one hand Kei had effectively cut off his sight lines, theoretically limiting what he could do without exiting the smoke. She had mobilized the division members effectively to limit his options and alert everyone where he exited. She had allocated her forces to the best of her knowledge, and had moved accordingly. It was a sound manuver, and for that Kei should be commended.

    She had also effectively undermined the entire point of the exercise. By plunging the center of combat zone into this obscuring mist she had effectively cut out most of the other division members. The crux of her plan relied on her individual ability to out maneuver him in this smokescreen and take him down without the involvement of the others unless he escaped. Not only was she banking on her ability to outspeed him, but to out fight him in close quarters. Whether she realized that as he plan or not, it was an outcome considering with this smokescreen no one else could see to assist her. Besides these two points there was another point to consider, and that was the one that made him hesitate for a moment while Kei closed. His unseen frown became and equally unseen wry grin as Kei went for the tackle.

    Given his light stature and movement, she may have expected to find a push over of a target. What she hit and found was something surprisingly solid; though she attempted to tackle him, she got the choke but he did not move. Or more to say, she got arms around him; she found an arm snaked up between her choke hold, and his stance suggested he could do more here. Instead, Genpaku's voice rang out.

    “Well done; we'll call that a win.”

    There was a slight pressure on Kei's arms as Genpaku applied a small amount of force, stepping out of her hold and walking calmly out of the smoke. He smiled around at everyone gathered.
    “I suppose I owe people a party. Go grab lunch guys, good session. I'll let you all know when this little get together is happening,” he called out as he waved over his shoulder, walking to where his Zanpaku-tous and Haori sat as most of the Division began to file out. His thoughts seemed elsewhere, his eyes somewhat distant. He didn't look dejected or sad, merely contemplative.
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    Post by Serenity on Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:11 pm



    The red smoke bomb caught both girls off guard. Unable to see, Hanae didn't know exactly how to react to this. Nina, on the other hand, was a much quicker thinker and had already planned her next move. She went to cast a certain Kidō, but before she could even get the incantation going everything stopped. The Captain declared it a win and so both girls walked out of the smoke as it began to clear. They looked to each other confused. What the hell had just happened? The Captain came out and said people were getting a party, but most were confused. No one got to actually see what happened within the smoke, so the confusion was understandable. "Nina, did you see it?" Hanae asked and Nina shook her head. Hanae could see the disappointment in Nina's eyes. Hanae looked sorrowfully at Nina who just shrugged, rolled her eyes, and walked out of the area. "Nina?!" Hanae called out, but Nina just left.

    "Ugh! What the hell happened?!" Hanae asked and then looked around for the Captain. She walked up to him and thought about how to address the situation. It had been a while since she talked to him. "Um, excuse me Captain Arishima... Do you mind explaining what happened? The session sort of ended abruptly and no one seems to know why. Did we actually succeed or do you have to go somewhere?"

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    Post by Tsubine on Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:04 pm



    Kei was somewhat surprised her first attack hit once she used Kidō. When Genpaku's hand snaked up between her arms, Kei expected to have to use her legs. She expected to have an actual fight on her hands. Instead, Genpaku called out that it was a win. She had reared her head back for a headbutt, but instead was told to stop. To be fair, she had hit him. She probably would have immobilized him had the fight continued where it was. Not only that, but the sounds of fighting should have brought over Nina and Hanae, bringing it to a three-versus-one. Kei only thought that she had actually won that. The moment Genpaku said it was won, she let go of the choke.

    Kei had no idea how long the smoke would last, so she simply walked out of it. It would dissipate eventually. Kei walked up to her Captain as she went to leave, bowing slightly to him. "Captain, I thank you for the exercise. However, I think I will remain an observer from now on." Without providing much in the way of reasoning, Kei increased her pace and went to retrieve her Zanpakutō. In her mind, Kei hadn't done anything wrong. The division had won, and that was that.


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    Post by Genpaku on Fri Aug 26, 2016 3:09 pm




    Genpaku watched as the Division filtered about, most looking somewhat confused. He frowned ever so slightly; he had not done a good job of explaining why he'd called the game. He'd meant to, but it had slipped his mind. He'd have to clarify it when he got a chance. As if on queue, Hanae approached him asking for a specific response. He gave her a small smile.
    “Yeah, I should have explained that better. Vice Captain Sado managed to get a hold of me on in the smoke. That, combined with effectively cutting my sight lines via the smoke and the members of the Division spreading out to limit where I could seemed to qualify for the purpose of the exercise,” he explained as Kei approached. He turned and looked at her, listened to her explanation. He bowed back to her as she turned and walked away.

    He watched her walk away, his expression having gone neutral as the Vice Captain departed. He didn't have a good read on her yet, and it troubled him that she now opted out of the exercise. But he wasn't going to push it for now. She was still adjusting to the Division, no sense making it more difficult. He turned his attention back to Hanae, who still stood nearby.

    “Tell me, Third Seat Jukodo; how high would you like to rise in the Division? Do you have a dream of being a Captain one day?”
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    Post by Serenity on Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:21 pm



    A few animated question marks would have floated above Hanae's head if this had been a cartoon. Her confusion was obvious, but she nodded along and assumed she'd understand it if she thought about it more. Things had just gone too fast. When Lieutenant Makabe came over, Hanae fell silent. She felt so outclassed right now, but that was to be expected. When the Lieutenant walked away, Hanae stared at the woman for a while. She barely heard her Captain's question. "Hm? Huh, what?" Hanae snapped out of her gaze and looked to Genpaku, "I'm sorry, Captain. I was thinkin- Oh! No, I actually want to be Nina's Lieutenant. The fact that I out rank her now bothers me. I know she's much more skilled in combat than I. It's just the need for shikai that has me above her. Once she has it, which will hopefully be soon... I'll be asking to lower my rank and give her the position. The problem with Nina is her one track mind. She has this dream about being a Hakuda master, so she sort of forgot about her shikai training... And yes, I mean forgot, not put off... She's like that. It's so dumb, but it's Nina."

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    Re: Return to Normalcy [Closed]

    Post by Genpaku on Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:48 pm




    Genpaku listened intently as Hanae spoke, his attention obviously full on her.  He gave a small nod as she finished.
    “If she's as skill as you say, she could make a try of taking the position anyway.  A suitable display of skill and power in a contest can substitute for the name of one's Zanpakutō.  There is precedent for it last I checked.  That said, if she's as driven as you say it may well serve her better to not know that and instead seek out her Zanpakutō.”

    “All that said, you're still looking to rise above your current station eventually then.  A word to the wise then; when you take up a leadership role like that of Captain or Vice-Captain you inherit more than just an obligation of strength.  Making sure people can mesh well is equally important to the long term health of a Division.  This is never more in question than when a new member joins the Division, especially at high rank,”
    he said, turning his gaze back to the retreating form of most of the Division.
    “A secret between you and me; the exercise could have gone on for a while.  The tactic that Lieutenant Makabe used had flaws.  However, in the long run undermining her authority in front of most of the Division does more harm to us all than a little confusion and me loosing a bet.  Sorry to rob you of your contest; for what its worth, the coordination you and Nina displayed was well above what I've seen from most of the Division and from many shinigami who have been doing the job longer.  You two will make a formidable team I expect.”
    Genpaku suddenly shot her a smile, making him seem a shade younger.
    “Now, you should go cheer up your friend and get some lunch.” he suggested.

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