You are Inari Riku-no-kami, the result of Captain Kusajishi Riku fully awakening her latent powers and fusing her mind and spirit with her mortal memories and the divine presence of the heavenly fox deity Tamamo-no-Mae, daughter of Inari-Ōkami. And at the moment, you find yourself surrounded by fellow divinities who are not only much older than you, but who for the most part outrank you in the divine hierarchy.What is working to your advantage, however, is the fact that you and those who you have brought with you are in a position to act against the threat which if left unchecked would seek to unravel the world at its most basic level. Aizen Sōsuke is a mortal, as you are, who wields powers not entirely his own. And before you sits the spirit of his zanpakuto, Kyōka Suigetsu, whom he has turned his back on.“What were Aizen Sōsuke’s original intentions in becoming a shinigami?” you ask quietly. “What hopes did he imprint upon his sword when he first took it up?”“I understand if you cannot or will not answer, it is an exceptionally personal question.”“I can answer, and I will,” Kyōka Suigetsu confirms. “It’s my understanding that his ‘hopes’ where quite pure-hearted at first, that what he truly desired was a more equitable world.”“You’ll have to forgive some of us if we find that hard to believe,” Yoruichi grumbles.“She has a point,” you admit. “There is quite a discrepancy there that must be reconciled in order to believe your explanation.”“What changed him I think was a realization,” Kyōka Suigetsu continues. “He became aware of the existence of the being known as the Soul King and the Noble Clans’ role in creating the current system. That is what led him to believe that the entire world was fundamentally broken, at the most basic level.”“Omoikane, are you taking precautions?” Tsukuyomi interrupts the explanation.“Of course,” Omoikane replies calmly. “No one who does not already know the Truth will be able to hear our words.”“You would suppress the truth so readily?” Kyōka Suigetsu protests immediately. “Surely you cannot believe that...”“Watch your tongue, mortal,” Tsukuyomi interrupts. “Mind that your place is to answer our questions as we come to a decision, not to question our decisions regarding subjects which are far outside your purview.”>1/2
>>3567014“Kusajishi,” Kyōka Suigetsu turns to you for support. “Surely you do not believe that such a warped reality should remain hidden? That the sins of the past should simply be forgotten, and that our current broken world should remain unchanged forever?”>I would tend to agree with Kyōka Suigetsu’s position on the subject. Unless someone could present new facts to convince me that there is simply no viable alternative?>I only got as far as I have by knowing when to keep secrets. For now, this knowledge should be carefully guarded… because if it came out suddenly, the results would be impossible to predict.>I will defer to the wisdom of my wife on this matter. It has been her secret to keep longer than it has been mine, and I trust her judgment when it comes to matters of such importance.>Other?
>>I would tend to agree with Kyōka Suigetsu’s position on the subject. Unless someone could present new facts to convince me that there is simply no viable alternative?The example of Aizen sosuke, even if rare, proofs that secrets can not be hidden forever and the more forgotten they seem, that much more dangerous they can become if unraveled.
>>3567025that should say 'will become' honestly
>>3567015>>I would tend to agree with Kyōka Suigetsu’s position on the subject. Unless someone could present new facts to convince me that there is simply no viable alternative?As much as I love Yoruichi, sometimes you have to take an idealistic stance
>>3567015> I would tend to agree with Kyōka Suigetsu’s position on the subject. Unless someone could present new facts to convince me that there is simply no viable alternative?Also, Tsukuyomi, my guy, calm the fuck down.>>3567029At this point she's probably right there with us.
>>3567015>>I would tend to agree with Kyōka Suigetsu’s position on the subject. Unless someone could present new facts to convince me that there is simply no viable alternative?
>>3567015>I would tend to agree with Kyōka Suigetsu’s position on the subject. Unless someone could present new facts to convince me that there is simply no viable alternative?
>>3567015>>I would tend to agree with Kyōka Suigetsu’s position on the subject. Unless someone could present new facts to convince me that there is simply no viable alternative?>This was barely as deeply as most could manage, and even then, still not enough. What is secret always come to light in time.
>>3567015Are there any news of Sadbat and grimmjow, that "surrendered" to the gotei?Last we heard they were helping as good they could with healing the wounded, together with Neliel.
>>3567015You can’t help but sigh and shake your head, knowing that there’s a high probability that this will be a point where you and your wife disagree. “I tend to agree with Kyōka Suigetsu on this point, at least in principle.”“Do you now?” Tsukuyomi grumbles. “I doubt you’re going to find much agreement among the noble houses… but if that is really the position you intend to take perhaps you could ask the clan head who sits next to you as your wife?”You glance down and to your right, to look at Yoruichi at your side. “Well?”Tia watches her carefully as well… perhaps all eyes in the room are watching her now.“First, someone who divorced his own sister shouldn’t be dragging other people’s marriages into arguments,” Yoruichi scowls angrily in Tsukuyomi’s direction. “Second, for the record, my dear wife’s personal opinions and my own are in perfect alignment.”“It sounds like there will be a ‘however’ soon,” you sigh.“However,” Yoruichi continues, “in my position as Clan Head I can’t always follow my own personal opinion. There were four other clans involved in forming the world as it is now, and those four have a say in what we as the inheritors of our ancestors’ will can do.”“What was your clan’s role?” Tia asks curiously.“Expanding the cycle of rebirth to avoid stagnation,” Yoruichi explains. “Exactly how that was accomplished is unclear so many years later, but ‘avoiding stagnation’ is still a key goal of the Shihōin.”“But it is one among several goals,” Amamikyu realizes. “Other clans may have their own reasons for wanting to maintain the status quo.”“What are your thoughts on that topic?” Inari asks.Yoruichi frowns, considering her answer. “The Shihōin might be persuaded that ‘avoiding stagnation’ means a fundamental change. Many of my clan members aren’t unreasonable people, but in order to come to a decision I would need to convince the various elders.”“And the other clans?” you ask.“The Shiba Clan would be in favor of revealing the truth,” Yoruichi explains. “My understanding is that they had the most reservations over the whole Soul King situation. The Kuchiki would be strongly against upsetting the current balance, as that was the original intent of their ancestor. Those are the positions I can actually guess.”>1/2
>>3569281“As for the others,” Yoruichi continues, “I have some thoughts of course. The last head of the Tsunayashiro family would never in a million years consider doing what Inari Riku and Kyōka Suigetsu believe is correct. But since there’s an upheaval among the Tsunayashiro at this very moment I can’t say if the next clan head will feel the same.”“And the fifth family?” you frown. “What of them?”Yoruichi shrugs. “They’re too scared of the potential repercussions of their ancestors’ decisions they’re effectively a clan of recluses. No head of my clan has met with them in five generations… so my guess is that’d be a solid no from them.”“You can’t know that...” Kyōka Suigetsu protests weakly.“You’re right,” Yoruichi admits. “But it’s the only response from them that would be consistent… sudden change is far more likely to cause a problem than the status quo. So while I can’t know, I definitely suspect.”“In other words, we cannot count on the nobility to make any serious attempt at changing the world system,” you sigh.“Which is the reality which Aizen Sōsuke must have faced,” Tia muses quietly.>I guess he may have a point. That cannot excuse his actions, but it does explain them.>And so what was he trying to do that would accomplish his new goals?>I have to admit, I find myself agreeing with Aizen’s original goals and intents.>Other?
>>3569300>>I guess he may have a point. That cannot excuse his actions, but it does start to explain them, there was too much arrogance and egocentric ambition involved.>>And so what was he trying to do that would accomplish his new goals?i assume riku agrees, but voicing that too openly would a huge problem
>>3569300>>And so what was he trying to do that would accomplish his new goals?
>>3569300“I suppose that begins to explain his actions,” you sigh, “though I still do not understand one thing.”“That is why I’m here,” Kyōka Suigetsu replies quietly.“With his rebellion and his army, which he clearly viewed as disposable,” you lay out the reasons for your confusion, “what was he expecting to do in pursuit of his original goals?”“That is a question I can’t truly answer,” Kyōka Suigetsu frowns, deep in thought as though trying to call back a distant memory through sheer force of will. “But what I do know is that his plans involve the Soul King.”“Do you know what he intended to do with the Soul King?” you press. “Was it to kill him? Replace him? Free him?”The zanpakuto shakes her head. “I’m sorry, I truly am. But he never told me what he intended to do once he got to that point… he always seemed convinced that if he could remove all obstacles to that objective whatever else he intended would come together easily enough.”“Thank you,” you nod.“I have reversed my technique,” Omoikane informs the group a few seconds later with a polite bow. “Does anyone else have anything to say to this being?” Amaterasu demands.“I do,” Susano’o raises his hand, like a delinquent student might. “What d’ya plan ta do with that sword once all this is done?”What do you plan to do with Kyōka Suigetsu? Why should he care?“I have similar questions,” Shunsui admits. “As do several others who shall remain nameless.”“Probably nobles of the Central 46,” Yoruichi informs you quietly. “They received an emergency briefing late last night.”>Nothing. She is not my sword, so even if she survives I have no right to keep her or anything.>If she survives I intend to seal her. I hope you can understand my sentiments, Kyōka Suigetsu.>If she survives she will become my responsibility. We will sort out what that means if it becomes relevant.>I do not expect she will survive, as I am certain she does not either.>Other?
>>3571024>If she survives she will become my responsibility. We will sort out what that means if it becomes relevant.>I do not expect she will survive, as I am certain she does not either
>>3571024If Kyoka Suigetsu survives Aizens death, impropable as it may be, i would vote for a memorial to all those who were lost to his ambitions with her as the warden and gravetendershe could have some leeway in moving around and would have the chance to tell her story, so that it won't be forgotten, also no one could blame us getting another powerful zanpakuto
>>3571024>>Nothing. She is not my sword, so even if she survives I have no right to keep her or anything.
>>3571045This sounds good, if it's at all possible.
>>3571024>>If she survives she will become my responsibility. We will sort out what that means if it becomes relevant.
>>3571024>If she survives she will become my responsibility. We will sort out what that means if it becomes relevant.
>>3571024“If she survives, then she will continue to be my responsibility,” you shrug, honestly not quite understanding the point behind the question. “Since her survival is not something that is assured, it makes no sense to me to draw extensive plans for every contingency.”“You understand that’s not going to satisfy people?” Shunsui presses calmly from the other side of the curtain. “There are some for whom the addition of another zanpakuto, especially one as infamous as Kyōka Suigetsu, to your arsenal would be a disaster on par with Aizen’s defection and the invasion of Karakura town.”“She is not my zanpakuto,” you remind Shunsui sternly, “nor do I intend for her to become such. And I will not condemn a well-meaning, intelligent being to death merely because her existence makes some petty nobles feel uncomfortable. So long as Kyōka Suigetsu continues to assist against Aizen she is under my protective aegis. Should she become an unacceptable threat to the Seireitei I will end her existence personally, as she should be well aware by now.”“It is my decision to make, and I have made it. If your position requires you to act based on that assertion I request that you do so now and save both of us the trouble.”You can hear the Head Captain sigh loudly on the other side of the flimsy barrier. “Yeah, I expected you to say something like that.”“They’re gonna hate that,” Yoruichi mutters.“I know,” you shrug. “But I never cared before now what the nobility think, and I do not plan to start doing so now. I will do what I have always done, and that is what I believe is right.”After a moment, Yoruichi sighs and leans wearily against your side. “Yeah, I expected you’d say something like that.”“Am I becoming too predictable in my old age?”Yoruichi snorts. “Y’know, there’s something to be said for reliability.”“That did not answer my question.”“I know.”“Tease.”Amaterasu interrupts with a gentle cough. “There remains one issue to be discussed, the reason why gods of creation, and of life, and of wisdom have been called here to converse.”“And that is?” you ask, feeling suddenly much more tense than just a minute before.“The question of the Soul King itself.”>Clarify. What exactly IS the Soul King, and how did it come to be as it is?>Go on. What question is there that needs an answer?>You mean to say the ‘linchpin’ of existence? Is there something the matter?>Why should I care, short of foiling Aizen’s mad designs?>Other?
>>3573137>>Clarify. What exactly IS the Soul King, and how did it come to be as it is?>You mean to say the ‘linchpin’ of existence? Is there something the matter?
>>3573137>>>Clarify. What exactly IS the Soul King, and how did it come to be as it is?>>You mean to say the ‘linchpin’ of existence? Is there something the matter?
>>3573137>Clarify. What exactly IS the Soul King, and how did it come to be as it is?>You mean to say the ‘linchpin’ of existence? Is there something the matter?
>>3573137>>You mean to say the ‘linchpin’ of existence? Is there something the matter?
>>3573137>Go on. What question is there that needs an answer?
>>3573137>>Clarify. What exactly IS the Soul King, and how did it come to be as it is?
>>3573137“Clarify,” you immediately interject. “How can something that can be called the ‘linchpin of existence’ even exist in the first place, and what has apparently gone wrong with it which demands a response?”“I object to this line of questioning!” Ichibē insists loudly.“She has the right to know,” Inari counters, relying on the full weight of divine bureaucratic norms.“She is not a divinity,” Ichibē declares. “She is not entitled.”“Perhaps not,” Amamikyu admits. “However her zanpakuto is certainly a divinity. That is irrefutable truth. Omoikane-no-kimi?”“Amamikyu’s words are correct,” Omoikane replies stoically. “However the Monk also has a valid point in that the shintai Captain Kusajishi Riku of the Shiba is not a deity.”“However she is a Shiba,” Yoruichi observes with a sly smile. “Married to a Shihōin. And so on a technicality the Soul King has to do with her even as a ‘shintai’, as you call her.”“Omoikane,” Amaterasu asks calmly, “is Captain Shihōin Yoruichi’s stance valid?”After a few moments, the other divinity nods in agreement. “Her assertion is fundamentally sound within divine custom.”“I don’t like it,” Tsukuyomi grumbles.“Tough shit,” Susano’o shrugs. “Omoikane-san’s got the rules down, so if he says it’s fine it’s fine.”“The Soul King possesses a certain inherent characteristic,” Amaterasu explains carefully. “That which is known as the Almighty. When the rise of the hollows created by Izanami-no-mikoto’s curse threatened to destroy the world it was Izanagi-no-mikoto who used his abilities to counter the hollows, turning himself into practically a living weapon.”“How did he come to be sealed as he is now?” you ask.“By the ancestors of the Great Noble Clans,” Amaterasu continues. “When it became clear that Izanagi-no-mikoto’s motives were far from benevolent. Left as he was his slaying of hollows would throw the balance too far in the opposite direction, eventually causing the underworld within which his wife was trapped to collide with the overworld.”“He wanted his wife back,” Yoruichi realizes. “That’s what all this boils down to, a man who wants his wife back.”>So what is it that the Great Noble Clans did to solve the problem?>The Noble Clans were not even to blame, were they? It was the other divinities.>His motives do not matter. All that matters is how to ensure he does not become a threat again.>Other?
>>3574652>>His motives do not matter. All that matters is how to ensure he does not become a threat again.It's selfish, but we've no need of him now. Plus, there are some pretty swell hollows in our company.
>>3574652>>So what is it that the Great Noble Clans did to solve the problem?
>>3574652>>So what is it that the Great Noble Clans did to solve the problem?>Is he the reason why the Soul Society is expanding?
>>3574652>So what is it that the Great Noble Clans did to solve the problem?
>>3574652>So then... what would happen if her curse were lifted, and they were able to be with eachother again?
>>3574715>>3574652Asking the real questions here.
>>3574652>>3574715I'm going to have to support this.I've no doubt that Tia, not to mention Apacci and the others, would whole-heartedly support efforts to end the cannibalistic horror of Hueco Muendo.>>3574679Also this.
>>3574652>>3574715This is a fascinating question, and we're kind of invested in the answer, since we know Tia is invested.
>>3574652>>3574715>>3575346And just to make myself clear, I'm supporting this vote.
>>3574652“And what if that curse were ended?” you ask.There’s a long pause before Tsukuyomi speaks. “What?”“I asked what would happen were the curse to be lifted,” you repeat your question. “Were Izanami and Izanagi to be reunited and the curse which creates hollows to be ended, would the world’s stability be preserved?”“It would,” Omoikane confirms.“And it would put the system of cannibalism in Hueco Mundo to an end, would it not?” you press.“Logically,” Omoikane agrees. “It should have that effect.”“So what would the problem with that be?” you ask. “And why is it that the Great Clans did not do so in the first place?”This long pause is even longer than the first, and is only broken by Tia’s voice.“Stubbornness.”“I thought the same,” Yoruichi admits. “And that’s right, isn’t it?”“It is not incorrect,” Amamikyu replies calmly, glancing between Omoikane and Inari. It takes a few moments longer for Amaterasu to speak her mind.“The enmity between the two is greater than that between shinigami and hollows,” Amaterasu tells you sternly. “It is as the enmity between life and death themselves. Utterly incompatible in their current forms.”“So what was Izanagi’s plan?” you ask in confusion. “If he cannot have what he seeks then how does he intend to change the rules?”“I believe I know his intention,” Amamikyu interjects. “If I may, Amaterasu-ōmikami-san?”“Of course,” Amaterasu replies.“As a goddess of creation I am familiar with the use of Amenonuhoko,” Amamikyu explains carefully. “In fact I have used it, in the creation of the Amami and Ryūkyū islands… which of course most of you already know.”“The spear which supposedly raised Japan from the sea,” Yoruichi informs Tia. “I can’t recall whether that was a feature in Noro.”“It was not, if my memories are not betraying me,” Tia nods.>1/2
>>3577168“And your point?”Amamikyu glances at Tsukuyomi, but continues to explain without commenting on the senior god’s perpetual rudeness. “It was a sensation I will never forget, a tool which felt as though it wanted to be used. It was… intoxicating.”“So you believe that Izanagi-no-mikoto intends to use the Amenonuhoko to modify the physical and spiritual properties of Japan to unify the realm of the living and the realm of the dead,” you complete the line of thinking, “so that Izanami-no-mikoto would not have to leave the underworld. In essence, for all but her and her husband, the worst of all possible worlds.”“I do,” Amamikyu nods in confirmation. “Troubling though it may be to think of it this way, my belief is that the Soul King has set his heart upon solving his dilemma with the easiest means available to him, which is the Amenonuhoko.”“And that is why he was sealed,” Inari concludes. “The progenitors of the great Noble Clans used that sealing to suit their own ends, but in a sense we are all complicit in the sealing of Izanagi and the events which came after. Even if the present situation was not our intention.”“My understanding is that it’s the Tsunayashiro who were responsible for further sealing the Soul King,” Yoruichi informs you quietly. “Why, I can’t say. You’d have to ask their head.”>Then we should do precisely that. They cannot refuse a divine summons.>Might the object of Aizen Sōsuke’s ambition be the Amenonuhoko?>So Aizen Sōsuke desires the power of the Almighty, is that accurate?>Other?
>>3577170>>So Aizen Sōsuke desires the power of the Almighty, is that accurate?
>>3577170>Then we should do precisely that. They cannot refuse a divine summons.
>>3577170>>Then we should do precisely that. They cannot refuse a divine summons.Turning this into an unholy amalgamation of a Phoenix Wright courtroom and marriage counseling would be hilarious
>>3577170>>Then we should do precisely that. They cannot refuse a divine summons.
>>3577170> Then we should do precisely that. They cannot refuse a divine summons.>>3577266Also in character, for several people (Riku and Yoruichi, obviously because solving the root problem without resorting to ultra-violence has become one of their core skills, and Gin for the hilarious shenanigans to be enjoyed).
>>3577627The greatest superpower of all, being able to stop and go "wait this is fucking stupid let's do this instead" when you're a shonen character.
>>3577170“Well then now would be the ideal time to do precisely that,” you muse in response. “A Captain or a noblewoman, perhaps the Tsunayashiro could ignore. Eight deities and their company? Assembled before the Captains of the Gotei 13? I doubt it.”“You may have a point,” Yoruichi shrugs. “I’d be game.”“What will we do until such time as we receive a reply?” Inari asks you.Tia glances up. “The Tsunayashiro are in disarray?”“They are sure to have someone to send from the line of succession,” you assert. “And they will do so if it is required.”“So it really is just a waiting game,” Yoruichi sighs.>Step off the stage, try and have some tea and cakes delivered to make the wait more pleasant.>Head out and catch some of your comrades up on the recent developments.>Engage with some of the other divinities, perhaps ask some burning personal questions.>Simply wait patiently.
>>3579264>Step off the stage, try and have some tea and cakes delivered to make the wait more pleasantgib cake.
>>3579264>Ask Susano'o a question:>"So why the horse?"
>>3579264>>Step off the stage, try and have some tea and cakes delivered to make the wait more pleasant.
>>3579264>Engage with some of the other divinities, perhaps ask some burning personal questions.
>>3579264>>Step off the stage, try and have some tea and cakes delivered to make the wait more pleasant.Cake is good.
>>3579264“I will see to our guests if you will send the runner?” you offer to your wife.She rises from her seat, as does Tia to your opposite side. Meanwhile, Tenri bows humbly.“If you will pardon Inari Riku-denka’s brief absence, she will return momentarily,” Tenri declares in a quiet tone, only lifting her head far enough from the bow to speak.“We will not be long,” you insist.Leaving the stage, you walk past your comrades in the Gotei 13 and find your daughter.“Lieutenant Matsumoto,” you greet her formally. “Please contact Okita-sensei, in the First Division. Have him prepare the finest tea and wagashi that are readily available and bring them here to serve our guests.”“Will this be taking longer than you guessed?” she asks.You nod slowly, letting some of your frustration show. “I would prefer not to be here at all, but so long as we are there is some additional business that it makes sense to address. Consider this a degree of future-proofing.”“Guess it’s good to get it out of the way,” Rangiku nods thoughtfully, before rising to her feet. “Kai, you’re in charge until I get back, ‘kay?”“Got it,” Third Seat Kai agrees, before giving you an awkward grin. “Moving up in the world, I guess!”“Try not to make any mistakes,” you smirk back.“Oh, come on! How could I screw this up?”“You could accidentally pass gas in front of Amaterasu-Ōkami,” you point out. “Embarrass our entire organization all in one moment. You might be surprised how badly one can damage their own reputation with something apparently so small.”“Yikes,” Kai sighs. “Guess that’s why you and Kaoru find bein’ Captains so exhausting.”“It would be one reason, yes.”Your wife promptly returns with a nod. “Okay, that’s taken care of.”“And now we wait to see who answers the call,” you shrug. “Thank you for humoring me.”Yoruichi waves your comment off. “Not a problem.”>Speak briefly with Gin, catch him up on the situation and get his input regarding Aizen.>Tia is speaking with the assembled arrancars and quincies. Join them briefly.>Other?
>>3581171>Tia is speaking with the assembled arrancars and quincies. Join them briefly.
>>3581171>>Tia is speaking with the assembled arrancars and quincies. Join them briefly.
>>3581171>>>Tia is speaking with the assembled arrancars and quincies. Join them briefly.Passing gas, in the general direction of someone, the most primal of offences
>>3581171>>Speak briefly with Gin, catch him up on the situation and get his input regarding Aizen.
>>3581171>>Tia is speaking with the assembled arrancars and quincies. Join them briefly."We're gonna get some gods marriage counseling and end that curse that's creating Hollows. Thought you ought to know."
>>3581171>Speak briefly with Gin, catch him up on the situation and get his input regarding Aizen.