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You are Kurosaki Ichigo, and you're sixteen. When you're not busy being sixteen you've been taking on an increasingly active role in the Japanese afterlife, helping shepherd lost and wayward souls to what comes next and protecting them from soul-eating monsters called Hollows. At least that's how it all started. Things only got more complicated from there if you can believe that.

Which sometimes you can't.

Right now you're inside your own 'inner world', which itself is a statement that just a few months ago would have made less than no sense to you, dealing with two fragments of yourself manifest as two highly combative personalities. At least, they're usually combative. Right now they seem more focused on a shared interest.

“So there's two ways I can think of to make this work,” White declares, “and you'll be happy to know that both of 'em involve Ichigo getting the crap beaten out of him. So he should like it.”

“What are you thinking?” Old Zangetsu asks.

“The first possibility is that I could just beat the crap out of him for a while until he figures out how to improve his cero on his own,” White explains.

“That sounds like fun for you,” Old Zangetsu replies.

White laughs loudly. “Yeah, not gonna like I really hope he goes for that option.”

“And what's the other choice?”

“You get to fight him,” White explains. “Show him a little about what you can do. Hopefully knowing anything at all about being a quincy makes him better at doing creative shit with ceros.”

“And in that instance you don't have to do any of the work,” Old Zangetsu surmises. “So you enjoy that options as well.”

“Hey, not as much as getting to beat on him,” White frowns. “I'm not that lazy. I'm just particular about how I spend my time.”

“Mhm,” Old Zangetsu nods patronizingly. “I believe you.”

“I fucking hate you,” White grumbles.

“I'll work with the Old Man for now,” you declare. “Seems to me the best way of moving forward.”
>1/2
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>>3342928
“A wise choice,” Old Zangetsu bows his head. “You have seen my use of gintō already, for Wolke.”

“There are four techniques which I would consider still useful, which rely on shaping reishi based on Gintō. One is Heizen, an offensive spell creating a bounded field between four Gintō that have been thrown. The next two are Gritz, a technique for creating an enclosed barrier of silver, and Wolke which you have just seen.”

“The last is Sprenger, which uses five Seele Schneiders to create a five-pointed array. Within this array, an additional Gintō will trigger a massive explosion.”

You consider this new information... you were vaguely familiar with Gintō of course, but you haven't had much occasion to practice with them given that you live in the living world. Not exactly a lot of space, especially since Urahara returned to the Soul Society and his assistant seems to spend so much of his time absent.

>Teach me how to use Gintō. I've never actually filled one myself.
>I want to know more about manifesting reishi weapons, like my mom.
>I've used Seele Schneider before. Maybe start with something familiar.
>Other?
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>>3342942
>>Teach me how to use Gintō. I've never actually filled one myself.
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>>3342942
>let's go with ginto
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>>3342942
>Teach me how to use Gintō. I've never actually filled one myself.
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>>3342942
>I've used Seele Schneider before. Maybe start with something familiar.
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>>3342942
>>Teach me how to use Gintō. I've never actually filled one myself.
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>>3342942
>Teach me how to use Gintō. I've never actually filled one myself.
Hey Queen, I started reading the archive after reading Claymore Quest. I almost can't believe I managed to catch up right before the final battle. You managed to make Bleach really fucking good, you should be proud.

Also, here's an omake idea: what if we had fallen for Okita way back then, instead of going down best cat's route?
I was also really looking forward to one of the earliest omake suggestions, Mirror Mirror, about what if Aizen was the one who found us at the very beginning, but it never ended up happening.
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>>3342942
>>Teach me how to use Gintō. I've never actually filled one myself.
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>>3342942
>>I want to know more about manifesting reishi weapons, like my mom.
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>>3342942
>>I want to know more about manifesting reishi weapons, like my mom.
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>>3342942
>Teach me how to use Gintō. I've never actually filled one myself.
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>>3342942
“You know, I don't think I've actually ever had the occasion to fill a gintō before?” you admit, somewhat startled by your own admission.

“I do know that,” Old Zangetsu informs you.

“Well, think you can show me how?” you press.

He produces a single gintō, flipping it in sequence between his fingertips from one side to the other, then back again. The whole time he stars you straight in the eyes.

“Maybe.”

“Then quit playing games and do so,” you demand, quickly losing patience with him.

“It is very simple,” Old Zangetsu insists, shutting his eyes. “There. I already did it for you to observe.”

“And you didn't think to explain?” you press. “Seriously, what would it cost you to just speak clearly about it for a couple of minutes?”

“Why should I explain it?” he counters. “For that matter how could I even hope to explain it? If one of your little sisters needed you to explain to her hot to breath, could you do it?”

>Because if you don't help me get stronger, we all die. What don't you get about that?”
>Fine, I'll just have to try it without your damn help.
>Fine, I'll just have to beat it out of you.
>Other?
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>>3345268
>>Fine, I'll just have to try it without your damn help.
>other: So is it really that simple? just think of creating a container then fill it up with Reishi? I feel stupid.
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>>3345268
>Fine, I'll just have to try it without your damn help.
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>>3345268
>>Fine, I'll just have to try it without your damn help.
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>>3345268
>>Fine, I'll just have to beat it out of you.
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>>3345268
>Fine, I'll just have to try it without your damn help.
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>>3345268
>Fine, I'll just have to try it without your damn help.
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>>3345268
>Fine, I'll just have to try it without your damn help.
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>>3345268
>>Fine, I'll just have to try it without your damn help.
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>>3345268
>3d10, best of three
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Rolled 10, 6, 6 = 22 (3d10)

>>3348562
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>>3348562
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Rolled 10, 6, 5 = 21 (3d10)

>>3348562
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Rolled 1, 3, 1 = 5 (3d10)

>>3348562
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>>3348562
“Fine,” you shrug. “I'll just have to do it without your damn help. I don't need you.”

You stare at your palm for several long seconds.

“Yes?” Old Zangetsu prompts you.

“I'm thinking!” you snap.

Zangetsu sighs.

It's been a while since you've seen her do it, but your mom has created reishi weapons in front of you before. You've seen Ishida do it plenty of times as well, it's a fairly basic quincy technique. And you'd hazard a guess that in order to practice using gintō here you'll need to create a silver tube to contain your reishi first.

If you can't manage that then you're probably screwed anyway.

How is it that mom did it... how is it that Ganjū tried to teach you kidō? With the orb? Maybe the same approach can work here?

“Why are you moaning?” Old Zangetsu demands after several minutes.

“Yeah,” White agrees. “It's kinda making me uncomfortable.”

“Haaaa!” you shout, and after a substantial effort you hold between your fingers a roughly-shaped silver object.

“Ha!” you shout again, this time in triumph instead of exertion. “Told you I could...”

An arrow blasts the lump of silver in an instant.

“The hell was that for!?”

“Do it again,” Old Zangetsu demands.

Grumbling, you struggle for several more minutes to replicate your initial feat.

Then, once complete, Old Zangetsu shoots it again. Of course he would.

The third time you're slightly faster.

The fourth time it's a little easier to shape.

The fortieth time, you actually feel like you do a good job.
>1/2
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>>3348632
“That was good, Ichigo,” Old Zangetsu commends you. “Enough to earn my acknowledgment, you do indeed have quincy heritage.”

“Was that ever in any doubt?” you demand.

“It was,” he admits, “at least in terms of your degree of aptitude. Think, Ichigo... do your sisters have the same kind of power your mother does?”

You ponder the question. “I gather Karin can see spirits, but Yuzu can't even do that much.”

“And yet you would expect to simply be able to use quincy powers that easily?” Old Zangetsu presses. “Part of being a quincy is in your blood, yes. That is certainly true. But much of it also has to do with random genetics, with your environment, with your instincts and your personality.”

“You are a fighter, raised to be the one who protects your family. Your sisters are not.”

“So why did I have so much trouble doing that?” you demand.

“Because you had to un-learn that which was unhelpful,” Old Zangetsu explains, making only a little bit of sense. “It will make sense to you, in time.”

>I need a break, time to think about this.
>Next step. Show me how to compress my reishi into this tube.
>I'm going to compress reishi into this tube, YOU show me how to use it from there.
>Other?
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>>3348672
>>I'm going to compress reishi into this tube, YOU show me how to use it from there.
also thank you for not using the 'children of different powered parents always end up equal'.
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>>3348672
>>I'm going to compress reishi into this tube, YOU show me how to use it from there.
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>>3348672
>I'm going to compress reishi into this tube, YOU show me how to use it from there.
How hard can it be to just compress some reishi, right?
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>>3348672
>>I'm going to compress reishi into this tube, YOU show me how to use it from there.
He compresses reishi to use his getsuga tenshi or whatever it's called all the time, this should be eeeeeeasy.
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>>3348672
>>I'm going to compress reishi into this tube, YOU show me how to use it from there.
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>>3348672
>I'm going to compress reishi into this tube, YOU show me how to use it from there
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>>3348672
3d10 for compressing reishi, DC 19, critical 24
Best of three.
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Rolled 9, 5, 2 = 16 (3d10)

>>3350372
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Rolled 2, 6, 8 = 16 (3d10)

>>3350372
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Rolled 8, 4, 5 = 17 (3d10)

>>3350372
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>>3350372
You use Getsuga Tenshō all the time, and that requires you to compress reiatsu. You can even use cero capably enough despite not being anywhere close to full hollow. So how hard could this possibly be?

“I'm gonna compress some reishi into this tube,” you declare, “and then you're gonna tell me about all the stuff I can do with it afterwards.”

Then you nearly succeed in blowing your own hand off.

The gintō glows for an instant before disintegrating into a massive blue fireball that envelops your arm up to the wrist, and drives White into a fit of howling laughter. How the hell did it go that badly wrong, that quickly?

“That's not funny!” you snap at White, waving your hand to make sure that nothing has caught fire.

Even Old Zangetsu chuckles quietly. “You can use Getsuga Tenshō so this should be easy... that is what you thought, wasn't it? I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but it's not even close to being the same.”

“How so?” you growl. “Tell me.”

“With Getsuga Tenshō you have the blade which helps you to focus the attack,” Old Zangetsu explains, “and there is no penalty for using too much power. What you are looking to create is more like a 'battery', but even a gintō created by your own hand can only contain so much power before it becomes a tiny hand grenade instead.”

“So I need to improve my control, got it,” you frown.

>Try it again, this time using only a fraction of what you think you need.
>”In your blood”, he said? Maybe that is a possible solution to your poor control.
>Wasn't there a cero that was enhanced by blood? How would that combine with your quincy skills?
>Other?
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>>3350396
>”In your blood”, he said? Maybe that is a possible solution to your poor control.
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>>3350396
>>Try it again, this time using only a fraction of what you think you need.
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>>3350396
>”In your blood”, he said? Maybe that is a possible solution to your poor control.
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>>3350396
>>Wasn't there a cero that was enhanced by blood? How would that combine with your quincy skills?
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>>3350396
>>”In your blood”, he said? Maybe that is a possible solution to your poor control.
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>>3350396
>>”In your blood”, he said? Maybe that is a possible solution to your poor control.
>>3350396
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>>3350396
>”In your blood”, he said? Maybe that is a possible solution to your poor control.
>Wasn't there a cero that was enhanced by blood? How would that combine with your quincy skills?
Since we are messing with blood anyway.
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I found a new cat you might like, Queen.
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>>3350396
3d10, best of three
DC 18, crit 22
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Rolled 2, 10, 1 = 13 (3d10)

>>3353260
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Rolled 10, 3, 4 = 17 (3d10)

>>3353260
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Rolled 2, 5, 7 = 14 (3d10)

>>3353260
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Rolled 6, 8, 8 = 22 (3d10)

>>3353260
>QM Rolling
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>>3353260
Hang on... 'in your blood', is it? That's right, the spiritual power of a quincy is literally tapped through their blood. Your own Blut Vene has probably saved you a couple of times before without your even knowing it, so what if you let a little bit of your blood serve as a catalyst for filling a gintō? That way your reiatsu control, which is admittedly poor by quincy standards, won't get in the way.

You quickly create a new gintō, and bite the tip of your thumb.

Why is it every time you make a mistake you end up exploding?

Old Zangetsu shakes his head. “Clever, but your control over your Blut is totally inadequate to use it in such a way.”

“But that being said, it'd be a great way to punch up a cero,” White admits. “I'm a little bit impressed.”

So yet again, you've managed to 'fail forward', is that it?

>If you could use your Blut as an explosion after being wounded it would make a devastating surprise counterattack.
>See if you can't use the gintō filling technique properly this time instead of trying to shortcut it. Shortcuts never seem to work for you.
>Try that cero trick White mentioned. It's actually pretty similar to what you were trying to achieve just now.
>Other?
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>>3353414
>>Try that cero trick White mentioned. It's actually pretty similar to what you were trying to achieve just now.
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>>3353414
>Try that cero trick White mentioned. It's actually pretty similar to what you were trying to achieve just now.
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>>3353414
>>If you could use your Blut as an explosion after being wounded it would make a devastating surprise counterattack.
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>>3353414
TRy whites cero trick
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>>3353414
>>Try that cero trick White mentioned. It's actually pretty similar to what you were trying to achieve just now.
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>>3353414
>3d10, best of three
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Rolled 5, 7, 8 = 20 (3d10)

>>3354656
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Rolled 9, 5, 4 = 18 (3d10)

>>3354656
Here goes nothing
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Rolled 8, 10, 1 = 19 (3d10)

>>3354656
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>>3354659
Now we're finally getting somewhere.
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I was beginning to wonder if anything was going to break past 17
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>>3354656
You decide to take White's suggestion, and quickly slit your palm to try it out.

“Gran Rey Cero!”

The blast charges quicker than a regular cero, by far, and the result is a constant, flickering stream of pure power in a violent shade of blue. It writhes like a living thing, tearing massive chunks out of the phantasmal surroundings before it burns itself out.

“Quite impressive,” Old Zangetsu admits.

White simply whistles. “You got it on the first try.”

“It seems that you have a natural talent for using such brutal powers,” Old Zangetsu muses calmly. “You had help with your shinigami abilities, and once those were established you became able to tap into your hollow abilities. Perhaps it is because of that order that command of my abilities still eludes you?”

“Then how is it I was able to create a gintō?” you counter.

“Being able to use the basics is a far cry from mastery,” Old Zangetsu insists.

“Maybe it's more like kidō than you quincy like to pretend?” White sneers.

Old Zangetsu shrugs. “It's possible.”

“I thought you said it wasn't like kidō!” you protest.

“I never said it wouldn't take some practice,” Old Zangetsu replies calmly. “For some, it takes more practice than others.”

>Then we'll practice. I'll get the hang of this sooner or later.
>There has to be some way to practice refining my control. What do young quincies do?
>Maybe it's better to focus on what I know that I'm good at.
>Other?
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>>3358071
>>Then we'll practice. I'll get the hang of this sooner or later.
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>>3358071
>>There has to be some way to practice refining my control. What do young quincies do?
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>>3358071
>>There has to be some way to practice refining my control. What do young quincies do?
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>>3358071
>>There has to be some way to practice refining my control. What do young quincies do?
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>>3358071
>There has to be some way to practice refining my control. What do young quincies do?
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>>3358071
>>There has to be some way to practice refining my control. What do young quincies do?
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>>3358071
>3d10, best of three
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Rolled 10, 4, 6 = 20 (3d10)

>>3360540
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Rolled 4, 3, 9 = 16 (3d10)

>>3360540
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Rolled 3, 7, 3 = 13 (3d10)

>>3360540
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>>3360540
“So how do young quincies usually train to improve their control?” you ask. “My mom never really went into it... wanted me to have the chance to choose a 'normal' life I guess.”

Old Zangetsu considers your question for a moment, before offering his reply. “They would train to produce and maintain a reishi weapon of their own design. To create something with a specific design in mind requires the sort of skills one would have to build up to be a quincy anyway, and doing so first provides a definite goal along with easily defined measures of progress and eventual success.”

“Then that's what I'll do,” you declare.

“What sort of weapon do you intend to create?” Old Zangetsu presses. “You need to have a concept in mind.”

>A sword. Simple, familiar, universally applicable.
>A bow. Seems mandatory and compliments my other abilities.
>A shield. I don't know why.
>Other?
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>>3360597
>A shield. I don't know why.
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>>3360597
>>Other?
>Arm guard, or some variation of such.
Easier to comprehend the use of for a guy like Ichigo, won't need to learn a whole new weapon style. Has already plenty of swords.
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>>3360618
If arm guard ain't weapon enough, then the knuckles part of it can be considered, seeing as berry has some experience in hand to hand combat.
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>>3360597
>>A bow. Seems mandatory and compliments my other abilities.
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>>3360597
>A sword. Simple, familiar, universally applicable.
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>>3360618
>>3360597
supporting.
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>>3360618
>>3360597
>>3360628
Supporting
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>3d10, best of three
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Rolled 5, 3, 1 = 9 (3d10)

>>3360915
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Rolled 2, 8, 10 = 20 (3d10)

>>3360915
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Rolled 10, 7, 8 = 25 (3d10)

>>3360915
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>>3360915
You decide on something that may prove to be a little complicated, but should be infinitely more useful than yet another weapon. Instead you set to work gathering reishi around your left wrist, wrapping it close to your skin like a tight-fitting gauntlet. For your first time the results were actually more impressive than you thought it would be, though that's not to say that it worked. No, you definitely lost control of it within seconds. But it was a pretty good start.

“Not bad,” Old Zangetsu commends you. “That is, assuming you were trying to create a gauntlet of some fashion. But tell me, what is it you plan to have that gauntlet do?”

“Block attacks,” you reply, throwing out the most obvious answer first. “I'd also like to store gintō there. As for actual weapons, you think it would be possible to use it like a seele schneider?”

Old Zangetsu shrugs. “I fail to see a reason why you could not. It is an invention of your own mind. It need not make sense to anyone else.”

The second time you try, it actually seems to take something approximating the shape you intended.

By the twelfth attempt, the result looks exactly as you pictured it in your mind: a segmented series of sliding metal plates laid over each other atop a white half-fingered glove, providing flexible overlapping coverage for your left arm from the knuckles almost up to your elbow. At the first there is a small opening to project the blade of a selee schneider, either straight forward from your fist or outward from your palm as one might hold a sword. On the underside of the wrist there's space for four gintō on a rack of sorts, though the ones present there now are empty.

“Interesting,” White muses. “Hey old guy, you ever seen anything like that before?”

“It's a rather unusual thing,” Old Zangetsu admits. “I've never heard of anything quite this... eccentric.”

“But hey,” White shrugs. “If it works it works, yeah?”

>Try to fill the gintō again.
>Try out this new tool on White.
>Try out this new tool on Old Zangetsu.
>Other?
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>>3361063
>>Try to fill the gintō again.
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>>3361063
>>Try to fill the gintō again.
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>>3361063
>>>Try to fill the gintō again.
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>>3361063
>>Try to fill the gintō again.
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>>3361063
>Try to fill the gintō again.
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>>3361063
> Try to fill the gintō again.



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