The year is 2000, otherwise abbreviated as the Y2K. On this day, January 1st marks the first day of the new millennium. The 21st century. Taking place within this time period, in Karakura Town, located in Western Tokyo. An average small city comprised of at least one hundred thousand citizens that take residence. A rather quaint place that saw mass development since the Taisho period. This city seems perfectly ordinary as any other city, but it has one unusual statistics. Lied with these grounds is a Jūreichi, a unique phenomenon in the Material World. In simple terms its a spiritually charged area to which Souls find themselves drawn to.The locations of the Jūreichi come and go much like the changing of the eras. In spite of these alternations, one thing remains consistent even now. Those that are enriched with the spiritual forces serve as a lightning rod for calamity. In order to protect these spiritual enriched lands, a task force residing in another world has taken jurisdiction in the dealings of such matters. Oblivious to the common men, this military organization does battle with the countless forces that threaten the balance of not just one city, but the entire realms themselves. We call these diligent protectors, the shinigami.But that’s not where your story lies…. >Welcome to my Bleach Quest>You’ll be playing as a “human” just months before the start of Bleach, and the quest will follow your adventures up through the very end of the series and maybe the novels>The beginning of the quest will be fairly similar to early Bleach, but further down the line, the changes in canon will become more apparent. Although I have changed a few things regarding canon, most of those won’t become apparent or relevant for a long while.>I will also be adding elements from other sources such as the novels, movies, and any other form of media that don’t drastically damage or disrupt the core of the story>We’ll be using the D100 mechanic and the System in the sheet here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xg2kKAqR8zo5cBtSdmlje8b7lbCkW5dQw-xF4stkLt4/edit?usp=sharing >Have fun and try to be mindful of your respective players. We’re all the same in the end. Archives: N/AFuture Updates & Shitposts: https://discord.gg/6Z4bzmtCharacter Sheet (Updates as the story progresses): N/A atm
>>4328840>What sets you apart from other humans?>The Path of the Dragon (Hollow Influenced)>The Path of the Devil (Hell Influenced)>The Path of the Destroyer (Quincy Influenced)>The Path of Divine (Soul King Influenced)>The Path of the Divider (Hybrid/Write-in)>????> Also, what’s your name?>Haruto (Male)>Haruna (Female)
>>4328851>????Hit me up with that mystery box boss>Haruta
>>4328851>The Path of the Destroyer (Quincy Influenced)I like the idea of playing a Quincy character.
>>4328851>????>HarutoRoll the bones, nerds
>Haruto (Male)forgot to include this
>>4328851>The Path of the Devil (Hell Influenced)>Haruto (Male)
>>4328851>????Mystery box is you can, this is a rule of quests none should ignore.>HarunaDunno why, but this time around a Bleach quest being a badass dame speaks to me.
>>4328851>The Path of the DragonBecause dragons are the most awesome.Though other than knowing Quincy influence means we'd be a quincy, and suspecting soul king means shinigami, I don't know what the others would be.Also:>Haruto
I've always thought the artificial soul thing was incredibly interesting and wished more had been done with that or I could see a quest where we played as one that didn't spend all its time stuffed into a doll, but alas, they don't really have any powers and probably wouldn't be that fun to play.
>>4328896I mean we could be a regai but they're basically shinigami of a different name since they can have a zanpakuto though theoretically they could be remodeled to have any race's characteristics and powers
>The Path of the Destroyer (Quincy Influenced)
>>4328851>>The Path of the Destroyer (Quincy Influenced)>>Haruto (Male)
>>4328851>The Path of the Dragon (Hollow Influenced)>Haruna (Female)
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>4328851>????gender1=male2=female
>>4328851>>The Path of the Destroyer (Quincy Influenced)>Haruna (Female)
>>4328851>????>Haruna (Female)Basically >>4328886 but actually making my vote easily readable unlike >>4328897 >>4328900 >>4328902 >>4328956
>>4328851>>The Path of Divine (Soul King Influenced)>>Haruto (Male)
its been 8 hours, this is one of those instances where QM abandons quest post 1 or they only post once per day
>>4328852>>4328855>>4328856>>4328857>>4328867>>4328886>>4328887>>4328897>>4328898>>4328900>>4328902>>4328925>>4328956>>4328962>>4328990>>4329008>>4329029>>4329036>>4329040>>4329085>>4329108>>4329183>>4329207>>4329244>>4329319>>4329339>????>Haruto It looks like we're going with this combo. But I will keep in mind the Haruna choices since it did tie with Haruto. Anyway>> Transmigration of the first menos grande we're going with a retooling of the Bount based on the Hollow and Quincy influenced. That or a "White" scenario for purist. >>4328896Well if it makes you feel better, I do have plans for that.
>>4329396>HarutoThat's my tie breaker
>>4329396Well since everyone is going with it>Haruto
>>4329473it doesn't even matter my dude we were already getting Haruto the Qm was just going to keep in mind the haruna choices so your tiebreaker vote is pointless
>>4329396A white light. That was the last thing that you could recollect before everything fade away. Standing in front of the white light was a single man, clad in a divine golden aura, body white as the purest light, and a presence that transcended the boundary between man and spirit. A true divinity that power was immeasurable, a living abnormality born from the singular world itself. On the other side was a colossal being, made of pure black that extends into the very skies themselves. Donning an unusual faceless mask, this giant mass comprised of countless souls stood on the other end of the spectrum.Two forces polar opposite between one another yet ironically coming from the same place. An unforeseen phenomenon that would ultimately decide the fate of the original world. With fate being the primary decider, it swayed over to the white humanoid. With a single swing, the blackened entity was bleached in its white light, symbolizing the end of its chaotic rampage. Prior to being vanquished, the seemingly mindless blacken creature strived to do anything it can to survive. It’s souls while under the embrace of tranquility comprised together in order to become a complete singularity. Although its body has vaporized, the conscience that directly linked to its core being remained. Being comprised of so many souls, it couldn’t be completely destroyed. The abundance of reishi that comprised the creature threatens to cause a rift in the balance. A rift that was so strong that it caused an imbalance that threatens the whole of creation. Only through the efforts of five special people that the single world could be preserved and saved. Using the very power that caused the chain of events, these five individuals emerged victorious against the impending crisis. But in the cost of using that same power that nearly destroyed everything, to ensure this event would never happen again the worlds would be split into four dimensions. One world for the living beings to reside in peace, one world to shepherd the souls either born into the world and those of the recently deceased, one world for the abnormality that threaten to devour everything using the remains of the first menos, and one world born to house and seal the pit of chaos that said to exist since the beginning of time. For extra protection, the passage to the fourth world was sealed within the world of the living to ensure nobody but a select few can enter. As a byproduct of their actions, the world established a cycle of life and death. A world of freedom and in a way, a world born out of fear.
>>4329619Existing within the boundaries between the three worlds, a singularity continues to linger in quiet solitude. Despite the separation of the three worlds, despite the relinquish of its physical form, despite everything it experienced, it still refuses to fade away. An immovable spirit that cannot be broken or move. That in itself was truly impressive. More so that it was able to retain its sentiency and wholeness despite being enveloped in darkness. Such unwavering resolve manages to catch the attention of a certain bearded man, shrouded in the darkness in order to step into this unforsaken boundary. “Even after everything, your lingering will still refuse to dissipate. I’m most impressed.” The cloak man muses, stroking his beard as the only light that came from him was a pure white void in his eyes. “You truly earned my respect nameless one. For that, you should be rewarded with something special.”“....”The silence was all that the strange man was given in response. Even now it continued to focus on a singular objection, survival. This simple-minded thought nearly caused the man to laugh. To think such a pure, simple entity was once the greatest threat in all of creation. Musing the thought over only ended up causing the man to crack a smile, having now understood precisely why the forces that being allowed this entity to remain. “All things in this world have a name, a meaning etched onto them that signify their value, their worth, and their identity in the world. And you who were born from those very same forces that govern the singular world are no different. You just haven’t established one yet. “ The mysterious man explains, pulling out a simple tool from his back. “Since you cannot be destroyed, it’s only fair that you should be given a chance at another life. To experience things that you didn’t get to taste during your first life. To be given free will in order to have the power to make the choices that many take for granted. And, the chance to decide what your role in this world should be. One as pure as heart as you can easily sway between good and evil, but that in itself is true balance, tranquility, and serenity. To think I’d see an enlightened spirit in a form like this.”Slowly moving his hand over to the dark orb currently swirling in bright blackened flames, the bearded man gave a humble smile. “Thus, I will not reject your existence, the very same core being that even now you hold fiercely like the cosmic fire that burned during the world’s creation.” Upon making contact, the black orb starts to swirl, momentarily revealing the pure white state that it obtained during its bleaching.
>>4329622“Try to live a life without regrets. No matter how far you search, or how many times you must be reborn, the answer to your existence and its meaning is something only you can create. No matter how long it takes. Now go, you are not meant to spend eternity blocked off from reality.”With a simple flick of the hand, the blackened spirit started to contort and twist itself. The bleached white manifests from within its blackened shroud, producing a sort of duality between the two colors. Swirling in contrast with one another yet remaining in perfect rhythm no matter how far or long the tempo went. The black and white orb soon ascends upwards into the light, disappearing without a trace. Leaving the shrouded bearded man to himself as he watches the orb undergo the cycle of life and death. Just as countless other souls, be them good or bad underwent the same experience.“May you find peace in a new existence...Kaõha, the Dark One…Acala”>What do you choose to establish for your life as Haruto Shirota>Start at the very beginning (Early Childhood)>Jump to the first manifestation of your powers (Preadolescence)>Skip to your last moments in London (Early Teens)>Transition into your first day back in Japan (Current Time)>Write-in
>>4329633>Jump to the first manifestation of your powers (Preadolescence)
>>4329633>Start at the very beginning (Early Childhood)
>>4329635>Skip to your last moments in London (Early Teens)I don't want this to be one of those quests where we're like 2 years old but are stronger than 95 percent of all the characters.
>>4329635>Start at the very beginning (Early Childhood)
>>4329635>>Start at the very beginning (Early Childhood)
>>4329655Don't worry, one of those things at least won't happen. You gotta work hard to get the gains.>>4329641>>4329660>>4329668>>4329688Voting cease, we're going to establish your history from the very beginning.This is optional but I was thinking you are half-European and half-Japanese, with the Europeana side coming from either the United Kingdom or Germany, but I am open to taking suggestions as I get ready to write.
>>4329698how about the european side coming from scandinavia
>>4329698>half-European and half-JapaneseI’m cool with that. Personally leaning towards half-german.
>>4329698I'm cool with being half-european.
>>4329635>Jump to the first manifestation of your powers (Preadolescence)Super baby adventure time.
>>4329698>Half-English Half JapaneseLet's get that potential connection to West Branch!
>>4329698After that there was another bright flash, radiating with the illuminating beauty and intensity of the sun. A white sun to be precise. The lumination was far too bright for anyone to see as it overloads your senses. Causing you to nearly panic as the light envelopes you whole. Fluttering your eyes to focus while simultaneously brushing out the sand in them, you find yourself currently lying on your blue bed. The alarm clock going off on a cool Monday morning in April. It was the start of the new school year.For you, that means you were going to be starting your life as a third-grader. You weren’t particularly too thrilled about it since it was still school. If you had your way you would want an easy life lazing around listening to music on your cassette player. But life wasn’t ever that carefree and simple. Letting out a long yawn you pull yourself out of bed, ruffling your messy reddish hair. A trait of your European father Fredrik from Scandinavia, while your mother Reika resides from Okinawa with cool dark hair and blue eyes. Had you taken your father naming scheme your name would’ve been Soel/Sol Axelsson instead of Haruto Shirota. But given your area of birth, it was decided that you would take a more Japanese orientated name to better fit in with others. Easier said than done with your reddish locks. The kids often call you tomato boy thanks to it and your round cheeks. That and the Onibi due to the paradox of your chill demeanor yet fiery appearance. To be honest you didn’t really care all that much. After taking care of your morning duties and getting yourself ready you stepped out of the house. Still yawning rather loudly with a dull expression on your face. That strange dream you had kept disrupting your sleep schedule. For someone of your stature, it wasn’t exactly good for you to be sleeping in class. Speaking of classmates, you would see walking down the street was an orange-haired boy currently being chewed out by a familiar raven-haired girl. You knew the two as Ichigo Kurosaki and Tatsuki Arisawa.>Surprise tackle hug them and proceed to celebrate being in the same class (Best Friends)>Alert yourself to the gang while trying to calm Tatsuki down (Good Friends)>Pay no attention to this and walk ahead to class (Aqantiance)>Give the cold shoulder while reflecting on your past (Rivals)>Write-In
>>4330014>What is your current set up>Diligent worker who always put their all into everything they set their sights on>Prodigy slacker who gives just the bare minimum to continue enjoying a simple life>Everyday normal guy who is completely average but simultaneously balanced in everything>Other [Write-in]
>>4330014>Alert yourself to the gang while trying to calm Tatsuki down (Good Friends)>Other [Write-in]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gcfm1PGX_ggMusic boy. We got mad wicked skills with the ukulele, banjo, and most string instruments. Mild attempt at a school uniform plus a small instrument case.
>>4330014>Alert yourself to the gang while trying to calm Tatsuki down (Good Friends)>Everyday normal guy who is completely average but simultaneously balanced in everything
>>4330014>Give the cold shoulder while reflecting on your past (Rivals)>Other[Write-in] Airheaded idiot who always come out on top somehow
Also last post of the night. While you make your choices, take the time and incentive to establish your character. Things like hobbies, clubs, any sort of quirk to better identify yourself as.Of course, all of this is optional. So don't feel pressed to do it if you don't want to.
>>4330014>Pay no attention to this and walk ahead to class (Acquantance)
>>4330014>>Alert yourself to the gang while trying to calm Tatsuki down (Good Friends)>>4330015>>Other [Write-in]Smart ass with the bants and one liners.
>>4330014>>Alert yourself to the gang while trying to calm Tatsuki down (Good Friends)>>Prodigy slacker who gives just the bare minimum to continue enjoying a simple life
>>4330049>If you had your way you would want an easy life lazing around listening to music on your cassette player.playing musical instruments and joining a music based club sounds good to me.
>>4330015>Alert yourself to the gang while trying to calm Tatsuki down>Only child that lives by himself ( Mom works oversteas or something ) good at cooking, can play guitar, like games & anime, decent in school.pretty average dude
>>4330136>third-grader>living by himselfThat's one hell of a nine years old
>>4330214Actually I was wrong, eight, we just started the year.
>>4330014>>Alert yourself to the gang while trying to calm Tatsuki down (Good Friends)
>>4330042>>4330079I dig all of thisl. Supporting. >>4330136I can agree to some of that but what about our dad? But as for our skills I think we can afford to be a prodigy slacker. Think of our easy life
>>4330499dad is dead... Or you can come up with where the parents are. Also if they are working overseas what's their occupation. Left my description on parents vague to let others think what would be goodI think since he's living by himself it would make him a bit more responsible but fully able to enjoy in what he wants to do. Since he's gotta take care of himself and the house.
>>4330687Fair enough. The dead dad plot could work but only if we really want to put in the effort of articulating a suitable death for him and his journey. But that also come to the risk of being cliche.Anyway if they're gonna be overseas then probably some high ranking business manager or administrative executives. Or archeologists or an economists. They have to be pretty loaded to support us if we seriously do the 8 year old home alone stick. Probably still have someone watches over occasionally
>>4330014>Pay no attention to this and walk ahead to class (Aqantiance)>Prodigy slacker who gives just the bare minimum to continue enjoying a simple life
Now for the real question every Bleach quest must face. Waifus. Who we goin' for?
>>4331060Unohana. Go big or go to your grave.
>>4330014>>4330014>Pay no attention to this and walk ahead to class (Aqantiance)Supporting music boy >>4330042What would be Haruto's favorite music genre? I'm thinking maybe jazz or blues. Or hell, could be classic European music. I'm not exactly picky about this.>>4331061You tread a dangerous path Anon. I can respect that.
>>4331060I’d like to suggest Nanao Ise
For the committee's consideration:Isane Kotetsu.
Rangiku, Little Bee, and Rukia are all great options, too.
>>4330042>>4330046>>4330047>>4330054>>4330068>>4330078>>4330079>>4330136>>4330499>>4330399>>4330758>>4331075>>Alert yourself to the gang while trying to calm Tatsuki down (Good Friends)>Prodigy slacker who gives just the bare minimum to continue enjoying a simple life who is also a music boy with exceptional skills with string instrumentsSeems like that's the consensus with >>4330079 and parts of >>4330136 seem like a good idea for Haruto's characterGoing to include bits of Aqantiance for slapstick purpose so gonna take me a short while complying with all the thoughts. So continue with your discussion. >>4331060A truly dangerous game my dude.
>>4330014>Alert yourself to the gang while trying to calm Tatsuki down (Good Friends)
>>4331150There are a LOT of top tier waifus in Bleach, and I'd be cool with most of them. Not big on Unohana, but other than that, whoever wins, I'm cool with it.Hell I'd even be down to waifu HIYORI for pete's sake.
>>4331075It's a real shame that the main takes place in the early 2000s cause electro swing and techno/electro seems like right up Haruto's alleyway.Aside from that, there's Eurobeat, J-pop and rhythm to consider alongside jazz/blues. >>4331185You are certainly a trooper. Bleach got some top tier waifu and husbands.
>>4331188Drum and Bass is still pretty big in the early 2000s, that could be a fun option.
>>4330687Switch it up a bit. Mom works overseas, that's how she met Dad. Dad is a salaryman at a megacorp that transferred to Japan after the marriage. Dad's around but still has a dash of being a strange man in a strange land going on. He's not around as much because of his work hours but he's there when it matters.
>>4331257+1 if OP hasn't made up his mind yet
>>4331110Never before have I met one as well-cultured as you.>>4331257>strange man in a strange landSounds ripe for shenanigans with Isshin
>>4331150Judging from your distance it seems like the tomboy was chastising the shy orange-haired lad. Probably something in regards to the bullies or karate class. As far as you can remember Ichigo was all intention purpose a momma’s boy. Despite his strong desire to protect his family out of duty as the oldest and his namesake, Ichigo didn’t particularly bring a vote of confidence. He was quick to cry especially whenever he lost a match. Yet on a dime whenever his mom showed up he quickly bounces back with his trademark smile. Again, it didn’t leave much for reassurance for someone who wanted to be the one protecting instead of being protected. In contrast, Tatsuki was far more “boyish” than Ichigo with her bold, outgoing, and extroverted nature. Despite being a girl she was actually the strongest member of the dojo that the three of you went to. And it definitely shows, especially with how aggressive and domineering she could be. Of course, she wasn’t always in bossy sukeban mode as if that was the case then someone who’s laid-back and easy-going like yourself wouldn’t be able to stomach her. In essence, she was the level-headed and calm straight man to your three stooges act with Ichigo. And it was her similar laid-backness that resonated with your groove.Both Ichigo and Tatsuki were two of your closest friends, of which barely stood out to you. In school, you were relatively an average dude on the surface. Sure, in terms of innate talent and ability you were a prodigy despite appearing like the typical prodigal son. Whatever you did you found yourself quick to adapt and progress at an unusual rate. As if you had a cheat sheet of all the intervals and inner works in the task that doubled as the directional compass that map your way to victory. It was only balanced out by your laid back if not slacker nature. You only put in just enough to past, retaining just a B average grade curve despite it being easy for you to get the best scores.Something that Tatsuki naturally complain about whenever she sees you not giving your all. It was something you couldn’t help since straining and overworking yourself has never been your style. Besides, it gave you time to appreciate the things that people missed by going slow and steady, especially at your chilled pace. Like music. To everyone in school, you were known as the music kid. Someone who could play just about any instrument with your key preference being the stringed instruments. Hence why you’re often seen holding a guitar, ukulele or banjo, even a sitar on some occasion.
>>4331621With your mother constantly working overseas and your father being an executive salaryman to a megacorporation, it all but paint a picture to what led to your current state of mind. Taking karate was honestly a means to protect you but also teach you the core fundamentals currently lacking in your life. Such as discipline and control, though in your case focus and drive was a bigger concern. While they’re generally around when it matters most, it didn’t change the fact it often left you becoming self-sufficient. Aside from your big sister and your aunt, you spent most of your time being alone, free to do whatever comes to mind.Reeling yourself back to reality, you take a moment to consider your options. The simple thing to do was to walk around them and be on your merry way. Of which you did start on doing as your mind generally works on avoiding proves with ingenuity and insightful wisdom far beyond your age. But as you slowly walk away with the crowd, your conscience real you back in just moments before you were out of sight. Making a short sigh, you turn your body back, walking down the hill to dive right into the minefield. Avoiding trouble was your forte but abandoning people who need you was the worst kind of trouble there is towards your simple life. “Don’t you think you’re being a little hard on Ichi? It’s far too early in the morning to get stressed out.” Pulling out your guitar you hit a few keys in smooth, soothing rhythm while timing it your smart-alec banter. “I’m sure whatever happened it’s not something worth fussing over like this.”“Don’t you go pulling that guru mind trick and change the subject Haru. I’m still upset with you about yesterday’s karate match.” Tatsuki pouts, folding her arms as she sees you coming in. “What’s there to be mad about? You beat me fair and square. I can’t keep up with someone of your ferociously and talents.” You sheepishly smile, casually waving to Ichigo who did the same.“Yeah, but how can we say that if you never take anything seriously. You’re going to live a rather dull and hollow life if you keep skating around in slacker fashion.” “That’s not true, I take music very seriously. I’m in the music club after all.” You argue back while keeping your cool demeanor. “I even got picked to do the school musical for this upcoming play.”
>>4331649“As the third seat. I’ve seen you play Haru and I know you could’ve easily gotten second or even first place if you really wanted to. Isn’t there anything that get you fired up and wanting to be the very best?”“Not really I just like playing to the rhythm of my soul and going with the flow.” You nonchalantly answer, busting out a cheery if not cheeky smile with another drumming from your guitar. “You’re hopeless you know that Haru” Tatsuki sighs, finding herself unable to be upset over what she was arguing about previously. >Ask Ichigo if he’s alright and questioning what happened earlier>Change the subject by mentioning taking a trip to the shopping arcade after school to get the new cassette tape of your favorite band>Apolgize to Tatsuki as the three of you head to school>Write-in
>>4331257You were in the nick of time with your suggestion so I added it in for the backstory, in addition, to >>4331150
>>4331652>Change the subject by mentioning taking a trip to the shopping arcade after school to get the new cassette tape of your favorite band
>>4331652>Ask Ichigo if he’s alright and questioning what happened earlier
>>4331652>Ask Ichigo if he’s alright and questioning what happened earlierWe've got Tatsuki walking to our beat now so maybe we can talk about this calmly. Also ultimate slacker techniques involve solving the problem before it grows and makes us expend even more effort in the future
>>4331652>Change the subject by mentioning taking a trip to the shopping arcade after school to get the new cassette tape of your favorite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM7CN0OVBOADad is Scandinavian isn't he?
>>4331677He is yes, a stranger in a strange land.
Now what kind of Lifestyle do we have more of a modern type or maybe a traditional
>>4331677>Dad is ScandinavianSee, if we'd gone Path of the Devil, I'd suggest we get some Black Metal up in here, embrace the theme. But it'd be totally out of place with the path we chose.
>>4331831https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOOebk_dKFoHow would it out of place? Is it so far fetched that Haruto could potentially be interested in black metal? If not that music genre, what else?
>>4331831It'll be fine, that can be our thematically appropriate rival for the inevitable Bleach Quest: Hell Verse. Alternatively the inevitable edgy dark side mode
>>4331847Mostly I just don't see it meshing with the laid back direction we're going in, from a character perspective. Plenty of black metal fans are super laid back in real life, sure, but when writing a fictional character it's often best to pair their interests with their traits.
>>4332042https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmvM6syadl0Is this better? Do you have any examples?
>>4332042I gotta agree. I don’t really think Black Metal fits. I prefer that one anons suggestion earlier of Jazz/Blues.
>>4331652>>Change the subject by mentioning taking a trip to the shopping arcade after school to get the new cassette tape of your favorite band
>>4331666>>4331786>>4331725>>4332827Seeing that Tatsuki has simmered down or at least lost the urge to continue arguing you walked your way over to Ichigo. In contrast to what you saw from earlier, it looks like he gotten banged up a bit. A few scrapes and bruises but nothing major. The first thing that came to mind was bullies. Like you, Ichigo was a victim of prejudice because of his orange hair. Children can be surprisingly self-centered and straightforward. That’s to be expected when such concepts as morality and ethics haven’t blossomed yet. And that in itself is scary when considering the potential for malice while fidgeting innocence. In a way, that’s precisely why your parents instituted you into a karate class in the dojo on the weekends. A lot of good that did as you’re exceptionally skilled at being evasive and sharp. It wasn’t that you didn’t know how to fight, far from it in fact. Just to you, it seems far more troublesome to throw a punch than talk things through or avoid the problem altogether. To your would-be tormentors, your chill demeanor often put them off to the point of associating you being creepy. When it came to hitting you it was as if punching a leaf in the wind, in other words, no matter how hard they tried, you were untouchable. Still, on the rare chances that you got hit, you were rather good at taking a hit and rolling with the punches. This only ended up further putting off the bullies since they found you too weird to strike. But there was one more reason neither you nor Ichigo got as much torment. The reason being Tatsuki herself. For some reason or another, she was always the first to jump right in towards your aid. Unlike you, she didn’t hesitate to use her martial arts to kick butt, nor did she held back when it was warranted. Such a high-strung gal would of course often get mistaken for a boy with such a gun-ho attitude. A fact that on many occasion you pointed out with mixed results.“So Ichi, are you alright? What exactly happened to cause you to get all those marks? Was it those kids by the playground again?” You ask, offering up your handkerchief from your bookbag for Ichigo to clean himself off with.Reaching out with one hand, Ichigo takes the handkerchief while holding onto what appears to be a flower in a bottle. “Thanks, Haru but I’m alright. Tatsu swooped right in and scared off the fifth graders like they were nothing.” Ichigo smiled, rising to his feet while feverously holding on to the bottle. Immediately you sense that he was protecting it with all of his strength.
>>4333152“See those jerks were trying to break this bottle with their rocks and marbles. They don’t know that this bottle was a burial for a dead cat that was run over a couple of weeks ago. The dead can’t exactly interact and they need someone to mediate for them.”“Ghost again?” Tatsuki immediately let out a sigh, placing her hands on her hips before leaning towards Ichigo. “How many times I got to tell you that ghosts don’t exist.”“But they do too Tatsu. I can see them clear as day.” Ichigo argues, reeling back from Tatsuki flicking him on the forehead for being dimwitted. “And this cat was really scared and lonely. It’s so sad.” Reminiscing the lingering feelings coming from the anime made Ichigo take a rather melancholy look, almost reaching the point of sobbing for the cat. Some would see it as him being a big crybaby, but you couldn’t help but be impressed at how much empathy he carries.“Ugh, back me up here Haru,” Tatsuki asks, turning her attention back to you as all eyes awaited to hear your answer on the matter.>Side with Ichigo and believe his story even if you haven’t actually seen a ghost>Side with Tatsuki and gently explain that Ichigo must have imagined things>Try to find common ground and establish a compromise between the two>Change the subject immediately and start walking to school>Write-in
>>4333156>Write-inIs cat ghost right here or something? Can I like....ghost pet it and stick my hand in the general area of where it's supposed to be to touch it.Hey now Tatsu. Dont you know some babies and kids and sensitive to ghosts and stuff? Now dont you go ribbing on Ichi on me now and call him a baby. That's too easy. I think its neat. Maybe play the guitar to attract ghosts.Have you ever been to a graveyard? Do ghost just linger there? Do they socialise with other ghosts? Do you think we all have ghosts and the troupe of "you become a ghost if you have unfinished buisness" is a real thing? Who even though that up? Movie and media entertainers? Actual medians?
>>4333156Common ground/write in "I don't see why ghosts wouldn't exist."
>>4333156>>Try to find common ground and establish a compromise between the twoGhost or not, surely we can all agree that vandalism is only for no-good 5th grade punks and Ichigo did a good thing. Besides, Tatsuki should be happy! This is a great opportunity to shill for more karate to Ichigo! And not us!
>>4333156>>Try to find common ground and establish a compromise between the two
>>4333156>Change the subject immediately and start walking to schoolWhy have Haruto secretly be afraid of ghosts? Would be neat to overcome that fear when it comes to his first Hollow encounter, imo.
>>4333251Why *not* have, that is.
>>4333156>Try to find common ground and establish a compromise between the two
>>4333186SupportAlso add it's not like they aren't there it's just we can't see or touch them.
>>4333304Changing to>"I don't see why ghost wouldn't exist.">"It's not like they aren't there it's just the Majority can't see or touch them.>Tease Tatssuki by saying she's afraid of ghost cause she can't punch them.
>>4333335>Tease Tatssuki by saying she's afraid of ghost cause she can't punch them.Yes, yes YESThis needs to be done
>>4333156>"I don't see why ghosts can't exist, just because we can't see 'em Tats. I mean, I can't see sound or radio waves, but they're still there. Frequencies and all that junk. Maybe ghosts are just on an even higher frequency, way above what we can measure or observe?">Tease Tatsuki by saying she's afraid of ghost cause she can't punch them.
>>4333182>>4333186>>4333188>>4333205>>4333251>>4333300>>4333304>>4333335>>4333358>>4333395>>4333842Comprising all these together for convenience.
>>4334919>Tease Tatsuki by saying she's afraid of ghosts cause she can't punch them>Try to find common ground and establish a compromise between the two>Write-in dialogue“I dunno, I don’t really see a reason why ghosts wouldn’t exist?” You blurred out in a confused yet still laid-back manner. Catching both Ichigo and Tatsuki off guard with your sudden bluntness. Normally this would’ve been the part where you would change the subject by mentioning your favorite band or making some other kind of music-related comment. At least if you couldn’t directly evade the conversation. “Excuse me? Care to repeat that?” Tatsuki asks, raising an eyebrow while sternly looking at you with narrowed eyes. Slowly taking a deep breath, you blankly start to slow down your speech tempo upon request. “Okay. I don’t really see a reason-” Before you could finish you saw Tatsuki stomping her foot down at your antic. “Not literally you smartarse!”“Well, just because we can’t see ‘em doesn’t mean that they can’t or won’t exist, Tats.”Turning your head from the tomboy, you glance back to Ichigo’s direction, specifically the bottle as he goes to set it back in place. “I mean, I can't see sound or radio waves, but they're still there. Frequencies and all that junk. Maybe ghosts are just on an even higher frequency, way above what we can measure or observe?" You shrugged, finding the right time to make another music comment much to Tatsuki’s grimace and Ichigo’s amusement. “So what? Are you saying ghosts are like the air we breathe or the music you listen to?” Tatsuki questions, keeping her skepticism upon her adamantly placed a metaphorical foot in the ground. “If the shoe fits. But I think I’m getting what this is really about.” You nod, folding your arms as you take a deep look at Tatsuki. Almost leaning over to her with a rather serious expression.“Wh-What is it?” Tatsuki mutters, almost stumbling at her words being rather off-put by your sudden seriousness. “Tatsuki…”“Y-Yes.” Sweat was pouring from Tatsuki's facial sides, the tension getting deeper as time went on.
>>4334955“Could it be perhaps….” Leaning closer to Tatsuki, you keep your unblinking blue eyes locked with Tatsuki’s brown eyes. Making her all the more uneasy as your serious aura practically smothers her. Waiting just long enough for dramatic pause did you finally break the silence. “...you’re afraid of ghosts?”“What kind of question is that?!” Tatsuki hisses, almost smacking you insinuating such a thing. Her face was blushing red at her personal space being invaded for something stupid.“Think about it. People who usually skeptical about that kind of thing got some deep physiological phobia or irrational obsession over the supernatural. You clearly don’t look the latter so the former is a natural conclusion.”“I’m telling you, I’m not afraid of ghosts!” Tatsuki screams, almost shooting fire out of her mouth in comedic exaggeration. “No, no I understand. You don’t need to put up a brave face Tats. For you, I can understand why ghosts are scary. After all, you can’t exactly punch a ghost much like you can with bullies. Isn’t that right Ichi?” You ask, bringing Ichigo into the matter.“I didn’t know Tatsuki had something she’s scared of. To be honest I thought she was incapable of being soft and in touch with her feelings.” Ichigo remarks, genuinely surprised by the discovery.“Nah, she may not act or look it but she’s still a girl at heart. So rather than not touched with her feelings, she’s clearly a tsundere.” You inform Ichigo, causing him to nod in awe to your wisdom.Tatsuki on the other hand simply grips her fist as she fumes over in silence over the two of you picking part her character. A loud crunching coming from her knuckles followed by blood vessels sprouting into a cross shape mark. These were clear signs that she was at the point of being absolutely livid over your antics. “Anyway, even if you’re right and it was all in Ichigo’s imagination, he still did good protecting the bottle. Only real low-lives would cause vandalism like that. So if anything, this is the perfect chance to teach Ichi-here some defensive karate moves to help protect him from those bigger than him. I mean you already have experience in that since you made even the six graders cry in karate class.” You remark, trying to turn the situation back into a compromise.“...Yeah, I should. Starting by using you as a demonstration dummy!” >try to worm your way out of this by mentioning how she’s falling into the tsundere tropes>Bargain with Tatsuki by offering her a bribe instead>Apologize for teasing her and take your lumps like a man>Run with the intent of becoming faster than the wind as you head to school>Write-in
>>4334966>Run with the intent of becoming faster than the wind as you head to schoolhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK6TXMsvgQg
>>4334966>>try to worm your way out of this by mentioning how she’s falling into the tsundere tropes
>>4334966>>Run with the intent of becoming faster than the wind as you head to schoolWe can compose a sick chase tune in our head while we run away.
>>4334966>"Well, you see-">>Run with the intent of becoming faster than the wind as you head to school
>>4334966>try to worm your way out of this by mentioning how she’s falling into the tsundere tropesYour anger only feeds me
>>4334966>Run with the intent of becoming faster than the wind as you head to school
>>4334966>Accept easily to throw her off guard then book before she has a chance to recover.
Did Tatsuki end up with anybody at the end of bleach?
>>4335042Planning on waifuing? So early in the quest?
>>4334966>you can’t exactly punch a ghost much like you can with bulliesWell, unless we manage to follow a proud bleach questing tradition and get Tatsuki punching powers so she can deck hollows in the schnoz.
>>4335188Which one was that?>>4335109 Nope
>>4335216Well, I know Shinigami Savant went all in and managed to (somehow) set the girl up with full blown Shinigami powers.And Tatsuki getting dragon-themed martial arts powers is often discussed early on in bleach quests, though the high attrition rate of bleach quests means most of those die.
>>4335612Tatsuki was honsetly just completely over at all times in Shinigami Savant. Massive powerup, winning the StrawberryBowl, plenty of screentime even taking on the player character spot for a bit, she won HARD in that one.
>>4334970>>4334975>>4334988>>4335016>>4335042https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTbmBgC8EZ4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0HFGBNaO90In hindsight, it was probably wasn’t a good idea to be teasing the dragon. Effectively undoing the calming remedy you previously placed upon her. The concept of confrontation itself followed by aggression was among your list of things that you were aversive against. Trying to solve things before they escalate into violence suited you better in the long rung. Unfortunately from the looks of it, it seems Tatsuki wasn’t going to listen to reason. No, what she aimed at doing was giving you your just desserts.“I don’t suppose you’ll be willing to listen to an apology and simmering down before falling under another tsundere trope. “ You interject, waving your open palms to try and calm her down. A gesture that only resulted in you putting your foot in your mouth. Responding only by cracking her knuckles, Tatsuki gave you a sharp glare. “Thirty seconds.”That was Tatsuki’s way of saying it was all the time she would give you to try and appease her festering rage before she insinuates those tropes that you’re so fond of pointing out. "Well, you see-" Trailing off your words in a genuine show of sincerity, you quickly began running in the opposite direction. Specifically, following the path towards your elementary school.Seeing you resorting to running away only made Tatsuki reaffirm her decision to give you a good bonk the first chance she gets. As such Tatsuki chases after you once the thirty seconds were up with Ichigo tailing behind in worry. But not before putting the burial back into place and appeasing the dead cat as he runs off to catch up with his friends. You, on the other hand, paid no attention as your life was on stake. An exaggeration sure but it wasn’t without concrete evidence that if she catches you that you’ll be in a world of hurt.
>>4336346Thinking to yourself in mid-run came a wave of inspiration for a song correlating to a chase. One would have to wonder if now was really the time for such a thing? Nevertheless, you spent the remainder of your morning running from a rampaging Tatsuki. Finding the time to throw a few quips here and there while displaying an impressive showing of athletics, acrobatics, and prodigious physical condition through parkour. For someone who avoids violence, it made perfect sense that you would max out your evasion skills. From cartwheels to flips you frequently barely manage to dodge Tatsuki by a hair's breadth despite careful maneuverability and fancy footwork. What you lacked in power you more than made up for in dexterity and agility. If not practically abusing your sharp reflexes. Eventually, the chase would soon come to an abrupt end. By luck or skill, you find yourself in the classroom with the rest of the class. Making it just at the knick of time, you slouch over at your desk near the window seat in the third row. >Pay attention to your classes and be a modeled student>Lazily try and regain your energy by stealthy sleeping through your classes>Write some music tunes on your notes and occasionally look at the window>Timeskip [write-in how far you want to go]>Write-in
>>4336347>>Lazily try and regain your energy by stealthy sleeping through your classes
>>4336347What's our class subject order ?
>>4336347I think we should pay attention to the classes we like then Lazily try and regain our energy.
>>4336363Forgot put at the End.In the classes we think are uninteresting
>>4336347>Lazily try and regain your energy by stealthy sleeping through your classesI can't help but feel that we're a little screwed when it comes to training with Haruto's current slacker attitude.
>>4336360Mathematics, social studies, science, physical, education, music, and home economics. It rotates between the days as since you're in third grade you get to leave for home after lunch. http://members.tripod.com/h_javora/jed6.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elementary_schools_in_Japan
>>4336374Until he gets motived from someone messing with his quiet life.
>>4336347>Write some music tunes on your notes and occasionally look at the windowSleeping's a good way to get caught, which means getting yelled at, which is a drag.
>>4336347>Lazily try and regain your energy by stealthy sleeping through your classes
>>4336359>>4336363>>4336365>>4336374>>4336653Our first roll challenge of the quest, if you would roll me a d100. Bo5 here.
Rolled 15 (1d100)>>4336726
Rolled 93 (1d100)>>4336726Big money!
Rolled 28 (1d100)>>4336726
Rolled 33 (1d100)>>4336726
Rolled 55 (1d100)>>4336726
>>4336741That's some big money indeed.
>>4336726Upon sitting at your desk you feel yourself suddenly becoming more sluggish and worn out than usual. It was only eight in the morning and already you feel like you want to take a catnap. Having spent yourself “playing tag” with Tatsuki for the better part of the early morning, you were feeling rather drained. Possibly another exaggeration but even so you weren’t exactly at a hundred percent. Lunchtime wasn’t for another four hours at least, so trying to replenish your energy via food wasn’t an option. Thinking about it for a good couple of minutes you ultimately decide the only remedy to this situation is to do what you feel like. In this case, you set yourself to take a nap. Now any amateur would merely put their arms out before resting their head against them to take a nap. Such pedestrian tactics were beneath a seasoned veteran like yourself. Using the accumulated knowledge over the various techniques for sleeping in class made the act child’s play. Choosing to go with a personal favorite of yours, you propped a notebook into place and pretend to take notes while in actuality taking some much-needed shuteye. This wasn’t the first time you committed to sleeping in class nor would it be the last. So with that in mind, you developed many means to get the sleep you desire while being at the top of your game. Avoiding pitfalls like snoring, sleeptalking, or even sleepwalking, you didn’t experience any threats towards breaking your cover.Having even learned how to sleep with your eyes open there was no position or circumstances where you couldn’t get any rest. A talent you picked up during the rare moments where you had to stand in the hall, do the air sitting exercise, or even carrying buckets. Such a frightening level of skill and perseverance would’ve made school even more trivial than it already was. But then again, that just goes to show how much potential you carry when you put your mind into a task. When fully resolved and committed, there was absolutely nothing that can stop you.
>>4337033In your long slumber, the time just passes you by without a care. Retaining an acute social awareness and sharpness of mind you remain ever conscious of your surroundings. Whenever the teachers from one of your classes called for your attention you immediately rose to answer in typical slacker fashion. Completely deceiving them over the fact you were merely sleeping talking rather than being fully awake. This skill was essential during the most boring periods of class which was mathematics and language arts.Before long lunchtime finally came, signifying the end of school. Once the coast was clear, you start stretching your arms. Silently letting out a long yawn, you feel yourself fully rejuvenated and then some. Today was an especially good performance as not a single person knew that you were sleeping. Nor did you fall behind in learning, even if it was mostly drivel. Slowly reaching for your bag you start to head out to the cafeteria.>Have lunch on top of the rooftop with your close friends>Mingle with your classmates upon returning from the cafeteria to the classroom>Finish your meal outside and sleep some more against your favorite tree spot>Eat your meal quickly and head to the shopping district>Write-in
>>4337034>Have lunch on top of the rooftop with your close friends
>>4337034>>Have lunch on top of the rooftop with your close friendsJust chilling with friends. Nice, relaxing daily life before the inevitable shitstorm.And man, think of all the monologues we can sleep through!
>>4337034>>Have lunch on top of the rooftop with your close friends
>>4337034>Mingle with your classmates upon returning from the cafeteria to the classroom>>4337045Kek. Imagine the sheer amount of disrespect we can dish out.The only question is, can Haruto sleep while standing yet?
>>4337052Yes, he can.
>>4337034>Finish your meal outside and sleep some more against your favorite tree spotNow I kind of want to see us fighting while asleep.
>>4337034>Have lunch on top of the rooftop with your class friends.
>>4337041>>4337045>>4337046>>4337067>>4337523>>4337686Right so going to go with the unanimous vote and set up the next scene onto the rooftop. That said, I'm going to be rather late in my posting, either later today or early tomorrow considering that today's a holiday. Apologies for any inconvenience.
>>4338172Having gathered all your stuff and placing it in your bag, double-checking to see everything in order, you were rewarded with peace of mind. Letting out another long drawn out yawn you prop your bag onto your back before walking out of the classroom. Even in your drowsy state, you were aware of your surroundings. Following the rhythm of the sounds echoing in the hall from one’s movements mapped out the area. Allowing you to maneuver over any possible students that would be in your way. A benefit of having acute ears due to years of music exposure. Making your way into the cafeteria you casually walked in line to get your meal. There was no desks or table to sit in the area since students only go in to get their meal before heading back to the classroom to eat it. Typically. The line went surprisingly quick though you weren’t really being pressed for time. Looking through the menu you got yourself rainbow trout fish, rice, Vermicelli chicken salad, Tonjiru aka pork miso soup, strawberry milk, and a sweet potato tart. A well-balanced meal if you do say so yourself. Considering your parents’ professions you could’ve just bought one of the fancy lunches elsewhere or even cook your own, but you typically didn’t mind eating the school food. Whether that was laziness talking or a genuine fondness for their cooking it was hard to say. Your elder twin siblings Akami and Kuromi could’ve made you lunch if you really tried asking either of them. But again the thought seems more of a hassle than a benefit since they were getting used to middle school as 7th graders. With lunch in hand, you made your way out of the cafeteria. Waiting for Ichigo and Tatsuki to get their lunch, you stood against the wall. You didn’t have to wait long as they soon came out with their meals. Together the three of you walk in unison in a single filed line. With you typically in the middle, as Ichigo was behind you and Tatsuki was in front. Instead of going back into the classroom, you made your way up the stairs. Taking the necessary turns down the hall and climbing more stairs, your travels lead you towards your destination in a reasonable manner. Reaching the doorway you watch Tatsuki opening the door as it leads towards the rooftop. While many students eat in classes there was other hotspots one can enjoy eating their meal. The only stipulation is that you clean up after yourself once you’re done. Even you thought this was fair since it didn’t take much effort following if any at all. Nevertheless, you sat against the rail, setting your meal to your side. Before taking a bite, your attention drifted up to the sky. It was rather beautiful as you saw musical note shaped clouds on the blue sky.“Waaaaa….how cool.” You mutter, practically spacing out as Tatsuki blankly stares. Ichigo meanwhile just laughs a bit.>What do you plan on doing/discussing with your friends after school?>Write-in
>>4340336Hmm, I guess we could hit the mall, I guess. get new guitar strings or headphones or something, I dunno.We could ask if Tatsuki and Ichigo want to come with.
>>4340336Go to the Shopping arcade to get that New cassette tape.Then go to the Arcade to play guitar hero and games.
Oh classic, going over to one of there houses or ours.
>>4340336>Talk about music, which will inevitably lead into a discussion on ghosts due to our previous metaphor, leading into the topic of life after death, which will then lead into a deep, contemplative look at the meaning of life>alternatively, talk about rocking the fuck out with our bros in our own band
Oh how about a plan to prove the existence of ghost! Ghost huntin squad,say is Tatsuki is too scared to do it if she complains.1st we go to a abandoned building or cemetery
Just to remind everyone that you guys were born in 1985, and the main story takes place in 2000 where you would be 15 years old, so right now it's 1992.But I can be persuaded to change the timeline if being limited to the 90s and early 2000s is too limiting narrative-wise. Also obligatory this is AU from the canon if that wasn't clear in my introduction.
>>4340396I'd be up for this, didn't really know how we'd suggest it with how chill we are but could just be some curiosity on our part. Or just wanting to tease Tatsuki. Either way, could both be fun and move the plot along.
>>4340402Mostly Tease, bit curiosity since Ichigo is always saying he can see them.
>>4340336Perhaps we can go to Tatsuki or Ichigo's house to hang out, or we can go visit a store to listen to some music.Ask Ichigo if he see's any ghosts and offer to play music for dead people. That's like, bonus points or something when we die, because the ghost'll give us a good work in the afterlife. Plus its practice.
>>4340396I like this idea. A cemetary or abandoned building would be a place to go to. Maybe we can buy an oogie board to communicate with. Wouldn't that be so cool to have a ghost friend. I'll support this if music is involved.>>4340397I think the timeline is good where it's at.>>4340405He said he always seen ghosts? Neat.
>>4340487Lol don't we have the best Ouija board. ..Ichigo
>>4340336>Talk about music and a plan to prove that ghost are real.>After school we can go to the Shopping arcade and get the new tape then decide to go to one of our houses or go to the arcade ( Or any other ideas )
Oh, by the by Jumpman.Will we be visiting any of the movies or anime-only arcs in the quest?
>>4340830>anime-only arcsLeave Aizen to me
>>4341105I like those parasite things. It would be cool if we can get one, all things considered. Maybe we could raise it like a pet.
>>4341113It was an interesting idea to have a different type of weapon that Shinigami could use other than just a Zanpakuto. Kido also seemed pretty under-utilized in the series (and so many Shinigami just sucked at using it). I was thinking the Stealth-force should have had a Kido-squad where they have noise-blocking facemasks or something and constantly chant prayers of the spells so they can fire them off at full power at a moment's notice without telegraphing the attack.
>>4340830Well, I won't say the idea hasn't come across my mind. But really structuring them to fit the established lore between the manga and the novels will be a challenge, some easier than others. But I won't deny the possibility of tackling them if the interest for such a thing is there.
>>4340368>>4340378>>4340389>>4340396>>4340402>>4340483>>4340487>>4340573>>4340618Anyway from what I can tell the consensus is to talk about ghost, plan a trip to the abandoned house, go to the shopping arcade to get your tape, and then go ghost hunting in the abandoned house. I can dig it.That said while I'm writing, I'm gonna need you guys to roll me a d100, I'll explain its importance once we get to that point.
Rolled 22 (1d100)>>4342303
Rolled 49 (1d100)
Rolled 75 (1d100)>>4342303
Rolled 99 (1d100)>>4342303
Rolled 40 (1d100)>>4342303
>>4342321Damn son. Close to greatness but too lazy to reach it. 100% Haruto
>>4342325A 99 is still a crit, perhaps more fitting for Haruto precisely because of what you said. This roll here >>4342310 would've been enough for what I have planned. But it looks like we're going full throttler, so bust out your best Number Ones. Cause you're going to be the center of attraction.
>>4342335Oh boy, dis gon be gud.
>>4342335Oh boy...This should be interesting
>>4342303“What are you spacing out for? They’re just clouds.” Tatsuki questions, holding her green tea bottle in hand while setting her bento on her lap. “I think he’s admiring the shapes. They kind of look like musical notes from a certain angle.” Ichigo points out, keeping his chopsticks in hand as he began eating his fried shrimp.“Heh, just what I expect from my bud Ichi, he gets me. “ You smile, flicking your gun fingers to Ichigo in a super casual manner. “But I’ve been thinking back to our conversation earlier.”“Sorry if I’m not convinced of that. You tend to space out easier than a goldfish and have a notorious habit of hating doing things that are strenuous.” Immediately after hearing that you broke into a light laugh. You couldn’t exactly prove Tatsuki wrong since you use your wits and talents trying to maintain and easygoing lifestyle. It just wasn’t in you to really stress yourselves on non-consequential stuff. Everything will generally work out, something that you believe deep in your heart. That’s why you typically avoid straining and overworking yourself, working within your limits, and doing what’s within arm’s reach. Of course, anything you did you managed to do well on the first try. Perhaps a counterbalance to your slacker nature, or vice versa. “Aw, c’mon Tatsuki, I think Haru has something that he wants to share with us,” Ichigo argues, defending you with trusted confidence while still being gentle with Tatsuki. “Fine, I‘ll humor you. So what exactly have you been thinking about in correlation to that earlier topic?” Tatsuki sighs, using this as an excuse to eat her meal rather than letting it get cold.“Thanks. Anyway, it’ll begin by going back to music. Music in itself is just sounds, tones, and frequencies guided by signs, patterns, and other symbols. A logical but otherwise boring answer in my opinion. Something of its dimension can’t be labeled with something so limiting. If it was only just that then people wouldn’t be so deeply moved by music when they listen to it. That’s why it’s looked at more of an artform than scientifically.” You mentioned. Keeping in lieu of your meal you took occasional pauses to eat your well warmed and cooked meal before it got cold. Not that cold food really bothers you, but then again most things didn’t get under your skin. “But to me, I see it as a medium of one’s heart, their soul to communicate with the outside world. Just by listing to a song, you can understand everything about a person or the story that it has to tell through the lyrics.”
>>4343036“Like how Shakespeare said how eyes are a window to a person soul” Ichigo cries, snapping his finger at the immediate realization.Nodding in response to Ichigo you resume making a laid-back smile before going back to explaining. “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. From its melody, rhythm, tempo, or even its harmony, it’s all compiled up together housing the emotions, nay your very essence and experiences into one smooth arrangement. That’s why to me, music is essentially the soundtrack of your life. Y’know?”“Putting aside your fixation towards music, how exactly does this tie back to ghosts?” Ever the skeptic Tatsuki reels back your “deep” insight from getting things off track in her perspective. “Well, in a way since we can’t see music but feel it, then that means ghosts are pretty much the same element. Probably like that of an echo that’s left behind from the original source. It slowly diminishes from reverberating but it continues to exist as it never truly goes away. When you look at it like that, it makes sense how ghosts can operate on a similar wavelength. Even when our bodies inevitably cease function and become one with the earth, it isn’t the end for us. Our consciousness lingers on in the spiritual form, leaving an echo of ourselves in life as we inevitably wait for our next chapter. Whatever it is.”Staring at your miso soup, noticing the ripples flowing through the surface brought forth stars in your pupils as your face lid up. “Thinking about that, I think it’s cool Ichi can see spirits. Kind of serves as proof that perhaps there’s something beyond out there. Like there’s actually is life after death. Even if in the end we’re just echos floating around, waiting for someone to open up and listen to the beats of our soul’s hearts. Far less depressing than knowing we’re basically worm food once we die.” After saying that you went to reach for your rice up and start taking some bites.“....” Tatsuki pause, stopping her hand from rising upwards in another nitpicking session. Ichigo who lives in a hospital has already had the talk over the cycle of life and death.
>>4343039https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meaning_of_life Imagine Haruto asking all these questions cause writing them all would come clustered. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfadJj4d5K4 also inspiration.Anyway, back to story posting.
>>4343039>>4343055Thus, Ichigo wasn’t really phased about the blunt phrasing coming into the topic. Tatsuki on the other hand while aware of the subject didn’t really put excessive thought on it. It was a rather depressing fact that regular folks just accept. That or turn to other vehicles to comfort the troubled mind, such as religion. Coming from a parent of the Ryukyuan people in Okinawa Prefecture naturally inclined you to the shamanic side of the Ryukyuan religion. Although such practices were also influenced by Chinese religions (Xiantiandao, Taoism, Confucianism, and folk beliefs), Buddhism, and Japanese Shinto.As for your father’s side, they were strongly tied to Norse paganism rather than directly follow Christianity; course your dad took great interest in Buddhism for obvious reason. But again it didn’t really come up all that much since your home was rather free-spirited in the modernization of today’s culture. The only one that took any seriousness in your roots was your mother’s grandparents. But that’s a story for another time. For you, it was simply a manner of having already found peace and tranquility through music. It was enough for you.“Really, what is the meaning of life? Why are we here?, What is life all about?, or What is the purpose of existence? All those questions the grown-ups asks all end up at the same endpoint. Now there’s more to it than that and there are many other questions out there. Heck, because we don’t know the answer that we keep asking more questions. And when we do get those answers, we only feel more loss than we were before. But back to my point, all those questions tied directly to us wanting to find value and worth in our existence. To know that we have some sort of purpose or role to fulfill in order to justify ourselves.”“But really...when you think about it, do you really need a reason to exist? A reason to live? A reason to keep going in the great unknown? The answer, at least what I came up with is no. You really don’t. People live just because they want to. Simply living in itself is reason enough to keep yourselves content and push yourself to keep going. Even in death, the desire to keep existing has to be strong enough to keep persevering even after the fact. Otherwise, things like ghosts really wouldn’t exist. So with that, the answer is simple. But my answer can’t be the only answer out there. Just as there countless clouds out on the horizon, there’s plenty of different answers. Different conclusions, different beliefs, an endless stream of possibilities that stretches out there for one to grab. “ As you start to dive deep into the philosophical and spiritual platform, you end up causing a system overload for your friends.
>>4343073Ichigo was awkwardly laughing as he was having trouble understanding more than half what you were saying. Tatsuki on the other hand was getting rather annoyed listening to your ramblings. Despite them being quite insightful and full of wisdom, the very same wisdom you wouldn’t expect an eight-year-old boy to have. It didn’t change the fact that as you went on discussing these philosophies that it was becoming more obtuse and long-winded as time went on. Ultimately, Tatsuki found herself reaching the limits of her tolerance as she loudly claps her hands together to tell you to break it up. “Well that’s enough talking about stuff grown-ups would be stressing over constantly. I think the best course of action to prove Ichi is right is to follow the plan I’ve got set up.” You remark, going back to eating your meal. Giving your friends enough time to process what they just heard as you merely enjoy the simple things.“You can put so much thought and effort into these philosophical talks but a simple class assignment is what has you only mustering the bare minimum,” Tatsuki mutters, grimacing over listening to such discussion just to get to the point of it. As she reflects upon her life choices, her eyes darts up in confusion before narrowing forward. “Wait, what exactly do you mean plan?”“It’s simple Tats. If you want proof that Ichi is telling the truth that he can see spirits, then the only thing to do is to go somewhere that’s bound to be filled with spirits. Like an abandoned house or a graveyard.” You waggled your finger in a confident smile. Triggering a shocked expression from both.“Ehhh?! You can’t be serious.” Tatsuki snaps, letting out an exaggerated cry over disbelief. “I might not look it but I’m always serious Tats. Joking around during important topics such as this is a real drag and a waste of effort. Besides, you said it yourself that you’re not afraid. So surely you wouldn’t mind coming with me and Ichi to a haunted location. Isn’t that right Ichi?”
>>4343089“Uhm, I don’t think that it’ll be problematic since I never met a bad spirit before. But going to such a place unprepared sounds rather dangerous doesn’t it?” Ichigo questions, tapping his chin as he ponders on the idea.“Dangerous? Try reckless foolhardiness. I was a fool thinking that you would have a reasonable answer for that longwinded speech.”“Hmm, you’re right we should probably carry with us some sort of anti-ghost device or something. Perhaps blessed salt, iron, or some other form of ghost warding/repellent. Say Ichi, what would you say would be the best defense against them?” You ask, drowning out Tatsuki’s impending rant as you turn your attention to Ichigo.“I think salt and cold iron would be good enough, maybe one of the ghost-catching nets like a dreamcatcher would help too,” Ichigo remarks, also choosing to ignore Tatsuki’s rant over the matter. “Then it’s settled, but after we go to the shopping arcade of course. We still need to get the supplies, but more importantly, there’s a cassette tape of one of my favorite bands just out and I want to snag it before I forget with this ghost hunting business.” “Hey! Listen to me.” Tatsuki barks, getting remarkably annoyed that her counterarguments were falling on deaf ears on why this ghost case is a dumb idea. “I mean we already know you’re going Tatsuki. So no need to try and sway us with these fakeouts. That is if you’re not afraid of ghosts that is.” You bluntly remark, practically teasing the elementary schooler as her face turns red. >Go to the Karakura local graveyard>Go to the abandoned Sukari Building>Go to the defunct Matsukura Hospital>Also what is your game plan once you arrive>Write-in
>>4343091>Go to the Karakura local graveyardMost logical option: where else would one think the highest chance of encountering a ghost would be? Also the safest, really. Outside so we don't have to traverse the hallways of those derelict buildings. Haunted or otherwise, it'd be pretty dangerous to be in the building or hospital. Whether it be because the places are falling apart or just some squatter is living there.>game plan>Stick together, for obvious reasons>Keep track of the way out, it's a graveyard so it should just be a direction>EXTREME TRIANGLE BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK FORMATION, 360 DEGREES FIELD OF VIEW>realize that Ichigo's the only that one that can see ghosts anyway so just walk normally through the graveyard, calling out for them
>>4343091>Go to the Karakura local graveyardLook for newer graves maybe? Loving the chill MC so far, seems pretty unique among quests I've read
>>4343091>>Go to the Karakura local graveyardLet's find an old grandpa with stories about the WAR.
>>4343091>Go to the Karakura local graveyard>Write-inPlay music off the cassette players with mini speakers and the guitar for ghosts.>>4343186This. I want to play songs for grandpa ghost.
>>4343091How about we ask Ichi to ask the ghost questions which we can prove in the real world like for example. Info that we couldn't know, have Ichi close his eyes and we play games like Pick the right ball under the cups ( Three cups, one ball we place under a cup then shuffle it around and have Ichi ask a ghost which cup the ball is in.) another is we get cards and have Ichi blindfolded and we pick cards at random showing it only to us and Tatsuki and hopefully a ghost.Another is we play Ghost games / test that people normally do.
>>4343298I like this idea and will support it. If we can bring props in addition to using Ichigo as a medium to ask questions, that would be swell.
On the topic of waifus, Rangiku would probably vibe well with our whole "lazy genius" schtick.She's one of the stronger LTs in canon, despite being a drunken layabout who had a chunk of her soul ganked by Aizen to make his plotrock. A fellow lazy genius if ever there was one.
>Go to the Karakura local graveyard>Buy a ball, three cards, a deck of cards, flowers for the dead (We're respectful m8) and if we want to we can get the classic Ouija board aswell. Also bring our cassette tape since it seems some anons want to Jam with the ghost.>Game plan: We can start with Jam session to get ghost in a good mood, then some games w/o ghost, last Ouija board. Any other ideas any Anon want to add?
>>4343324Forgot to put in ( Lay flowers onto graves)
I'm sure they don't get much visitors, so might aswell give them a bit of respect while we are there.Hmm i'm positive that there won't be anything bad like Whatever Ichi was worried about but just in case anons want to bring.>Holy water or one of the items mentioned before
>>4343324Should we bring candles or a flashlight?Okiedokie i'm done thinking of stuff.
>>4343324beyond music and questions? no.>>4343356flashlights only if it late, maybe candles to light for some people's graves if the hamsters and rodents don't eat them later.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkZ6gzyg7yY
>>4343361I mean we're going ghost huntin basically trying to Prove the existence of ghost. Just thought more anons would have ideas except for just playing music for them and listening to old grampa war story, they don't really help in providing their existence, actually the war story would be helpful if there's a book or story bout them in the Public library.
>>4343408Typo I meant * Proving* not Providing
>>4343408Maybe playing music, doing ball and card tricks, and asking questions is all we can really think of?
>>4343437Indeed and if there's nothing else to do....I Guess the votings done?
>>4343437...Wait, music, wavelengths, ghosts. Can ghosts influence sound waves and therefore music?
>>4343448Umm...MaybeI've seen Shows where ghost talked through evps so that's gotta be like manipulating sound waves or something but since THIS is set in 1992 currently so not sure that kind of tech is available, maybe the cassette can somehow be a substitute?
>>4343182>>4343186>>4343296>>4343298>>4343308>>4343324>>4343326>>4343337>>4343356After your insightful discussion, you continue eating your lunch with some friendly banter. It was ultimately decided after some convincing that the three of you would commit to your plan of action. Giving you the chance to lay out some potential places where ghosts haunting was spotted. The first was the local graveyard, it was a no-brainer why ghosts would be lurking around there. The second place was the Sukari Building, a former hotel that was connected to a sacred burial ground that was destined for demolishing. And the final place was the abandoned Matasukura Hospital, a former psychiatric and medical ward,Common sense alluded you towards the graveyard. Out of the three choices, it was the safest out of the bunch since the graveyard was out in the open. Ghosts may be the hot debate but falling debris and potential squatters are common occurrences in those derelict locations. Besides, what other place has the highest chances of finding a ghost than a graveyard? While it’s debatable on the level of book smarts you currently possess, but in terms of street smarts and wisdom, you were second to none. Using those street smarts you devised a soundproof gameplan before going off to getting the necessary supplies. Thankfully you could get all the stuff needed at the shopping arcade alongside your cassette tape. Traveling through the store to store with money secured, you and the gang bought a ball, three cups, a deck of cards, flowers, an ouija board, and some other offerings/ghost hunting tools. All of which you could easily afford since due to your parent’s high stature put you in an upper-class status. As for stuff such as candles and flashlights, they were also easy to round up from home.With your tape recorder and cassette player on hand among other necessities, you were ready to tackle some ghosts. Having bags of blessed salt and an iron pole hiding in your bag alongside the supplies you made your way to meet up with Ichigo and Tatsuki. Once reunited the three of you embark your way towards the Karakura Town Cemetary. The trip only took about forty minutes from your meeting point. Giving you more than enough time to go over the plan step by step with your colleagues. Ichigo was supportive while Tatsuki remains skeptical, leaving you acting as the team leader. Upon arrival the three you quickly instigated the triangle back to back-formation. Sticking together, covering your blindspots made perfect sense all things considering. Doing this made sure that no one could jump you or catch you off guard like zombies popping from the grave or psychotic gatekeepers. However, during your huddling as you walk through the graveyard did you realize the fallacy in your foolproof plan. Realizing he was the only one who could actually see the ghost, Ichigo quickly pointed out the shocking folly.
>>4344085Resulting in a well time smack upon your head, Tatsuki grumbled angrily as Ichigo lead the way. Leaving you to nurse the knot on your head as you look around to see the ghosts. The plan was to start off with a jam session with some offerings in order to appease the ghosts. Having them in a good mood was a better solution than invoking an angry or malicious spirit. Next came the decision to play some games like cups and balls, card tricks, and other memorizations before finally asking questions through the classic ouija board. A well throughout assortments of tests to prove the ghost’s existence.As the three of you begin to call out to the ghost, you merely planing a whimsical tune with your instrument, something particular catches your eye. From a distance appears to be a purple-haired girl sitting on top of a gravestone looking somberly at the clear sky. Amber eyes completely deprived of any light as they are dull and lifeless. A pale creamy beige skin hue that was mostly covered by what appears to be a high school uniform. A sad wind was blowing through the area as you felt the melody of her heart pouring out in solitude.>Go towards the mysterious girl and try to cheer her up>Turn your attention to your friends and ask for their opinion on the mysterious girl>Leave her be and continue looking for ghosts>Notice your surroundings and leave it to your intuition before moving forward>Write-in
>>4344088>>Go towards the mysterious girl and try to cheer her up
>>4344088>Turn your attention to your friends and ask for their opinion on the mysterious girl
>>4344088>Go towards the mysterious girl and try to cheer her up
>>4344088>>Turn your attention to your friends and ask for their opinion on the mysterious girlStick together
>>4344095>>4344108>>4344121>>4344133>>4344159Seem like a mix of both is going to happen. Like I said previously >>4342335 >>4342303I'm going to need another d100 roll, unlike before it directly ties to your situation as well as the state of your friends. But I'll explain more in detail once we get that roll settled.
Rolled 60 (1d100)>>4344163
Rolled 28 (1d100)>>4344163Let's see if we can keep this streak going
Rolled 51 (1d100)>>4344163WITNESS ME
Rolled 7 (1d100)>>4344163
Rolled 27 (1d100)>>4344163>>4344167An average witness
Rolled 32 (1d100)
>>4344165>60Okay so to make a long story short you stepped into an enclosed dimensional space. A valley of screams specifically. While the movie version has relevance, I'm sticking mainly to the canon Kubo established in the war arc. https://bleach.fandom.com/wiki/Valley_of_Screams Both rolls are tied to this as you unknowingly awakened your spiritual sensitivity picking up the woman's sadness and entering the dimensional space via Kūmon (Air Gate). But luckily the 60 was enough to do it without dragging your friends into the enclosed space, but it wasn't completely discreet and discrete.The person you found is a very important plot character. So this will be jumping the plotgun.
>>4344163>>4344210Immediately while simultaneously instinctively your body began to move upon its own. Acting before your mind has a chance to register and process what was in front of you. Not that you would’ve resisted following what your heart decided. What kind of person would just up and turn away when someone was down on their luck. You may be someone who tended to evade troublesome subjects but ignoring someone in need was perhaps the most troublesome thing out there. It was in human nature to empathize with others after all.Walking in a casual stride your body leads you down the path towards the mysterious girl. Each step puts you closer, allowing the somber look on her face to burn itself into your retinas. Further solidifying your inner desire to want and help her. It wasn’t an act out of noble intentions nor looking for an opportunity to get something out of it. Just to you it just seems like the natural reaction any sensible human being can and should do. Everyone has the potential to do good or evil, that’s the core duality that defines human nature and further ground it in the aspect of free will. Midway through your walk your mind finally snaps back in order, finally finishing analyzing and digesting the information in front of you. Abruptly stopping in place you recall back to your setup plan. Helping the girl in front of you was what your heart decided, but your mind quickly reminded you upon reflection to stay with your friends. Even if she needed help she was still a stranger and it would be disastrous to leave your friends behind. Turning to look back towards Ichigo and Tatsuki, something strange partook in the area.For some reason or another, you couldn’t see Tatsuki nor Ichigo. In fact, the entire pathway leading up to them was mysteriously gone. Was this for real? You begin to think that perhaps you must have dozed off or spaced out in one of Tatsuki’s lectures. It wouldn’t be the first time that your mind trailed off on a whim. Whether if this was real or not you merely shrugged in response. What’s done is done, thus there was no point in stressing over it. With that in mind, you continue walking towards the girl as a strange tingle brush across your skin. Eventually making your way to the mysterious woman, you slowly raise your hand in greeting. “Yo, hope this isn’t a bad time? But it looks like something got you down.”“....” The mysterious woman didn’t even register your words, much less your very presence. It seems that she was in her own little world, constantly filled with sorrow and grief as she stood upon the grave.
>>4344372Taking a moment to get a good look at her you begin to walk around the entirety of the area. From what you can tell she was a slender if not average girl with a decently proportioned body. Or it could be the winter coat that was covering her up and padding whatever assets she has. That was also a possibility. Either way, she looks to be no older than fifteen years old. After walking around in a full 360-degree circle, you begin to read what was on the tombstone. Silently the name Kazumi Sato comes to your attention before reading the rest of it.“Born on September 22, 1977. Died on March 22, 1992. High School Student of Karakura Town High. Elder sister of the Sato family, beloved friend, the sunny personification of the center of attraction to those around her. And a local hero. She will be missed dearly.” Beyond that was a poem about the inevitability of death. “Remember me as you pass by, as you are now, so once was I. As am now, so too you will be, prepare for death and follow me.” Wise words to keep in mind, but upon looking at the date you begin to remember what’s today’s date. It was currently the fall of 1992, specifically September 21. Almost immediately it dawns upon you precisely the reason why the mysterious woman was sad. Not only did she not get her chance to enter high school, but her birthday was just around the corner. Talk about a double whammy. Worst yet it seems like nobody visited the grave in a long time, further adding to the loom and glooming atmosphere. Something needed to be done to combat such sadness. Pulling your thinking upon on the subject, an idea quickly comes to mind as you pull out your guitar.Stringing the guitar you begin to play a relatively beautiful rendition of happy birthday on your bass guitar. You didn’t say anything and just let your music do the talking. Focusing on only the moment you manage to create quite an uplifting song. Of which it began to resonate with the mysterious girl. Her once dull and lifeless eyes filled with sorrow begin to finally display a spark. Signs of life under the mantra known as the light of hope. Following this came a quiet stream of tears as she continues to listen to the song.Upon seeing your music touching her heart and soothing the sole, you merely continue playing for as long as needed. Afterward, you set your guitar onto your back before trying again with introductions.
>>4344384“Yo, my name is Haruto Shirota. It’s a pleasure to meet you.” You smile before making a rather silly face, causing the mysterious girl to laugh.Eventually breaking out her long fit of laughter, she sits down on the grave before showing a similar, warm smile on her face. “Kazumi Sato, but everyone calls me Senna...” >Invite Senna to come to meet your friends and play some games>Ask about Senna while slowly getting her to come to terms with what happened>Try to check if she’s really there or not by sticking your hand through her > Write-in
>>4344388>>Invite Senna to come to meet your friends and play some games
>>4344388>Invite Senna to come to meet your friends and play some games
>>4344388Ask Senna while slowly getting her to come to terms with what happenedPlay the cassette tape
>>4344388>>Invite Senna to come to meet your friends and play some gamesWe're gonna power of friendship the shit outta her. First we gotta find a way out of here... maybe we can talk about her while we're trying to escape.
>>4344393+1We can also play more music if she wants. Let's have a nice timeDon't forget to leave a flower for her grave.
Bruh hey bday on September 22 and RN it's September 21, dam so sad
Tell her that's a nice name, give her a yellow flower cause there's a flower called Senna and it's yellow.In Arabic the name Senna means brightness, so it matches with the flower
>>4344393>>4344398>>4344402>>4344413>>4344440>>4344527Remember how I said that 99 was going to be important. Well, it's about to come up. But I'll need you to give me another d100 roll due to what's about to come is the first time for you and depending on the results will dictate the end result of this counter.So good luck.
Rolled 30 (1d100)>>4345849
Rolled 64 (1d100)>>4345849
Rolled 18 (1d100)>>4345849
Rolled 15 (1d100)>>4345849
Rolled 55 (1d100)>>4345849Cmon big wha
>>4345867Hopefully this 60 is enough for a good result
Rolled 86 (1d100)>>4345849
>>4345903Hmm, normally I'd deny that due to the fact it's past the 5th roll and a sufficient amount of time has passed. But I'm willing to make an exception if you're willing to take a penalty afterward or risk it with the >>4345867
>>4345913We should take it. A penalty sounds off-putting but considering this roll>will dictate the end result of this counterIt's pretty damn important. This is our first encounter with a spirit, after all.
>>4345913I'd rather trust the dice gods.
>>4345913Let's go for it. Yolo
>>4345913I'm down for penalty afterwards
Down for penalty
>>4345913I've seen quests die due to stuff like this. Keep the roll, no penalty.
>>4345913No penalty. Not worth it. The dice gods are fickle, and mislike being so denied.
>>4345913How does the roll system work here?
>>4345913No penalty, Bo5 is already extremely generous.
>>4346615>Bo5This is best of five? Yeah, that is exceptionally generous in any quest. I personally prefer Bo3.
You know a 60 is not all that bad, yea Let's actually have no penalty
>>4345913Take the penalty
>>4345849 >>4345913 >64 (86), 99(Based on the results, I'll use the 86 for something else but go with the 64 for the roll)“Well then Senna, why don’t we leave this gloomy place? I got some friends that I think you would love to meet. We were actually doing a bit of a game. We could really use your help, and then we can decide on how to celebrate your impending birthday.” You smile, offering your hand towards the deceased high school girl.Although hesitant at first, Senna would notice the immense warmth and gentleness that was coming from your hand. A sense of reassurance oozing out from you as you kept confident yet relaxed presence. Such zen wasn’t something that a mere seven-year-old kid should have. Making you appear almost otherworldly while remaining a down to earth kind of vibe. A gentle breeze brushes against Senna, tempering her of her looming regret and sorrow. All manner of negativity blowing away with the wind.“...Okay, I’ll come with you. But I don’t have any place to go.” She explains, taking your hand as she hops off from her gravestone. Despite her smile, there was a strong hint of melancholy in her eyes. “I don’t really understand it myself. But if I don’t have somewhere to call home, then I’ll disappear.”“Oh? Is that all?” You blanky respond. A mix between bluntness and laid-back relief at the fact. Senna was rendered speechless as she was on the verge of sobbing.“Well, if that’s what is troubling you. Then why not come live with me? My place is pretty spacious and aside from my sisters, it’s just me most of the time. So it isn’t like you’ll be disturbed.”“Are you sure?” Senna asks, blinking in confusion at how easy you could offer to house the ghost.“Yeah, it’ll be fine. You have nothing to worry about. It’ll all work out in the end.” Smiling casually at Senna, her worries completely went away.Nodding at your suggestion, Senna merely walks forward towards you. Her body becoming more transparent with each step she took. Before long she came to start passing through you as both of you begin overlapping with one another. A warm sensation began to envelop around you, putting your mind at ease upon receiving Senna’s soul. Blinking a bit you would see that Senna was now gone and the space that house her grave was no more. All that was around you was an empty field, symbolizing that there was nothing worth keeping any longer.
>>4347686“Alright, now that’s taken care of, let’s go back to my friends.” You mutter to yourself, scratching your head before making another carefree smile. However, it took you a couple of seconds to realize that you were stranded in a dimensional space. Normally, that would’ve been enough to bring anyone into a panicking fit. But all it did was make you lightly blink in confusion.“Oh well, I’m sure something will come to me eventually on how to get out of here.” You chuckled in between throwing your arms behind your head.“You know there’s a limit to how lax one can be.” Said a voice from behind, specifically where the tombstone once stood. Appear in front of you was a mature, full-figured woman of bluish skin, matching blue hair with maroon tipped streaks, and matching amber-red eyes. Wearing an outfit comprised of a white hooded cloak, a golden breastplate leotard, and a matching belt buckle. Her limbs, on the other hand, resemble that of a bird’s as with her elongated pointy ears gave her a harpy description. Only her left eye was visible as she gazes upon you.“Who are you? You don’t look like you’re from around here.” You casually ask, finding time for jokes despite the predicament.“How peculiar? I would’ve thought you wouldn’t ever hear my voice. Could this be seen as your Reishi (霊視, Reading the Heart) awakening? Or perhaps, somewhere deep in your heart, you found the motivation to take flight? How amusing, Haruto.” The mysterious woman called, mildly shocking you upon revealing your name. “Whatever the reason? The melody of your heart was enough to stir my awakening, although rather early I might add. I can’t help but wonder if you’re strong enough to handle the ramifications.” Brushing off her apparent choice of not revealing her name, you instead took notice of her appearance. “Hmmm, you’re rather thick for a lady. Are you part chicken perhaps? Is that why you don’t want to tell me your name.” You bluntly asked, assuming the name was Chika as a pun for Chicken.Twitching her brow in response, the mysterious woman merely facepalms her face and let out a small sigh. “Keh, if I didn’t know you I’d call you a cheeky brat. But that wouldn’t do you any justice in describing you. No, to describe you is to refer to you much like a leaf.”
>>4347701“Be it the wind or the water, a leaf flows smoothly against the fluids. Dancing gracefully against the currents, maintaining serenity on a calm stream, going with the flow rather than fighting against it, letting your essence become one with Shinra Bansho while retaining individuality, the purest form of resonance. So delicate and fragile, and yet virtually untouchable. “ The blue-skinned woman muses, tilting her head upwards as she sees the cracks in the dimensional space beginning to rupture. Yet she remains to have an aura of calmness and composure despite the signs of danger. “Despite giving up resistance, the leaf cannot be cut or destroyed. Now, why is that?”Rubbing your forehead you briefly thought about the question before an idea soon comes to you. “Well if it’s like music then it’s no wonder why it’s untouchable. You can’t touch music, but music can touch you. It doesn’t have a physical form, but it still manages to connect and influence those that listen to its tune. Resonating and harmonizing simultaneously in one simple, controlled flow that guides the feelings intrusted. All while being enveloped in the vibration and ripples the sounds generate, riding the wavelength. If you fight against the waves, its resistance would push you back regardless of strength, But by giving up resistance you can adapt and attune to any outside force or element, responding accordingly and using that same source however it pleases .“ Briefly caught off guard by your music analogy, the mysterious woman merely lets out a bird-like laugh at your answer. “That’s right, through resonance it calls forth the fluids such as the wind. The flow that governs motion, enveloping around them in the same essence. Neither the wind nor water can be destroyed no matter how much force and/or strength is met in the opposition. Thus the leaf can always avoid contact through adapting to the impending flow. Resolve operates on the same wavelengths. One day you will understand its true meaning, or perhaps you already have but chose not to indulge yourself upon the truth.”“Either way, we don’t have much time until this valley of scream crumbles and disperse.”“Oh, well that sounds bad, doesn’t it? I don’t know what this valley of screams is or how you know my name but from the looks of it there no time for Q&A right?” You ask, blinking in mild confusion before noticing a loud rumbling coming from the area as more of the sky starts to form cracks.
>>4347708“Stick to your mantra, everything will work out. Remember these feelings and etch them deep into your heart. Focus on the here and now, do not cloud yourself on uncertainty and fear the unknown, defuse the situation and assess, always aware of the possibilities with an open and serene state of mind. To doubt means to lose sight of yourself, to lose heart means to embrace despair, to falter/waver is to be without resolve, and to resign is to embark on the path of true death. That is the antithesis of Meikyō Shisui.” Raising her talon finger towards you, the mysterious woman imposes her wisdom onto you, reaffirming your resolve. Instinctively you turn towards the enclosed space. Brimming with resolve while retaining a laid-back attitude, you ready yourself forward. Not giving fear a moment to“Face forward, keep moving, never hesitate or look back. Now Zeige Dich, Noin Rabe! (Pursue/Reveal yourself, Lazy Raven)” The mysterious woman cried in defiance towards the crumbling stage in front of you. Zittern, Nahtigalǭ!”(Quaver, Nightingale)” Upon calling the name your body was enveloped in a bright midnight blue light. Forming around your hands was a single string katana sword and a cello-like shield. Though it was only for a moment as the two constructs merged together to invoke a more impressive form. Emerging from the calm yet fierce tempest of spiritual pressure was a truly beautiful sight. A colossal bird resembling that of the actual animal, if not a browner hue raven. Upon closer inspection, the description was more akin to that of Ying-Long, the draconic phoenix. It’s lower body was stylized like that of eastern dragons, but it also held retractable limbs, allowing it to resemble a western dragon and an actual bird. Its ruffles were a mix between feathers and scales, four long flowing whiskers, a long snout shaped like a beak, and a fluffy feather tail. Despite its impressive grandeur, there was an immense warmth and serenity coming from the majestic beast. There was no threat of danger lingering from the beast, only the desire to illuminate the darkness and clear the path for you. Such a gentle creature. But that gentleness didn’t detract the fact it carries phenomenal strength. Even in its current state lies a well of power that seemingly as endless as the clear sky. Letting out a soothing cry, the giant bird started to emit a melody that resonated with the crumbling valley of screams.
>>4347714In response, the valley started to resonate with the apparition, synchronizing the tempo and rhythm with its frequencies. Reaching a harmonic wavelength in the process. The cracks that formed was undoing itself as the spacial rift returns to a stable of complete stability. However, not only did it connect to the pocket space but it spread out through the dimensional boundary, extending to multiple points in an instant. Drawing forth the lingering reishi from both the space known as the Garganta and the corridor-like dimension that floats within the Garganta known as the Dangai. In its spatial platform manufacturing, a bright light flickers across the endless void. Instinctively, you usher your hand over to the flickering light. Pulling the light closer emitted a condense orb, forming a circular hole around itself as a rift in dimensional space. Oozing from the orb was spiritual pressure known as reiatsu, comprised of a rather great source of Reiryoku. Beaconing the orb towards you, you quickly grasp the condense orb. Resulting in it suddenly sinking into your hand before sinking deep into your body.Briefly after nestling itself into your soul, a red katana manifests in your hand. Encased in a black sheath, the mysterious weapon carried an immense pressure onto it before seemingly becoming weightless as it dissipates back into your soul. Leaving you in a state of confusion, this being the second time someone disappeared within yourself. Brushing off the weird sensation you trusted the bird before you as you begin to walk upon the pathway created. Slowly but surely you find yourself walking through a long tunnel before reaching the end.What seems like an eternity of walking in complete darkness eventually came to an end. On the other side of the path was your friends Ichigo and Tatsuki wandering around looking for you. Relieved that nothing has become to them, your body suddenly tumbles as you drop to your knees. Strength was quickly leaving you as your eyes start to dim and blacken. Before your body would hit the reishi floor, a soft talon from the blue-skinned woman safely catches you in the knick of time.
>>4347716“As I thought...it really is far too soon for us to manifest out there. Such is the fate for one to be entrusted with burdensome power, engraved to your very core. It’s only fortunate that I was the first one to come out rather than him . At your current level, you would’ve falling victim to the nonsensical madness of the Black Dragon, the supreme king of beginnings - Jammerwoch/Jabawokku. The embodiment of the other side of your spiritual power.” Nahtigalǭ mutters after having already sensing you passing out upon being caught.Walking towards the path to the human world, a soft smile forms upon her face as she gazes at your sleeping appearance. “You really are a troublesome master.” Arriving into the human world, the blue-skinned harpy ascended without notice. Leaving behind just a dark blue feather of reishi before dissipating. Like a graceful assassin, Nahtigalǭ smoothly skates across the sky, avoiding contact with her surroundings. Seeing the precise grave that Kazumi Sato’s deceased body reside, Nahtigalǭ gently place your sleeping body near the grave. With a warm smile, the harpy soon fades from the material plane. In its place was a trail of feathers that alerted Ichigo of your location. Slowly waking up to the outside sounds around you you find yourself under the attentive eyes of Ichigo and Tatsuki. Although the voices were deafened briefly from your shock, you could barely make out the concern that they have for you.>Tell them everything that happened as you come to your senses>Brush of the worries with some music as you try to get Senna to meet with them>Apologize for making them worry and get back on track finding some ghosts>Ask for some time of reprieve before taking a nap to recover>Write-in
>>4347718>>Brush of the worries with some music as you try to get Senna to meet with them
>>4347716As you can probably tell it's a doll, but due to your actions and roll, it acts more akin to a Zanpakuto, especially in similar regard to "White" as it and zanpakuto use the same base template. That being souls, Shinigami or not Either way, it's a unique specimen that reflects upon you dual nature.As for what you obtained with your linkage was the lost souls that were the unfortunate victims of the valley of scream and danger sweeping, including a Zanpakuto by the name Mirokumaru (Maitreya Circle).The 99 was for manifesting your powers for the first time as pending how the roll went, the manifestation could've went berserk and attempted to swallow you whole. Instead, it fully awakened and matured into a stable form in light of its sudden manifestation. But as a result, its far too powerful for your body to handle.Luckily you managed to get out of this with only feeling worn out.
>>4347724Initially, I was going to go with the penalty being that due to housing Senna and awakening your powers you'd pull a "forget me not" moment and forget this encounter in light for chumming it up with Ms. Nightingale and fully in tune with your power. But a landslide of votes went in the other direction by the time I got the chance to work on it. Hence the change in plans. Right now you have a high social connection and affinity to your doll, but your body can't handle it. Thus it'll only come out when you need it most. But your whole memories are intact.
>>4347718>Brush of the worries with some music as you try to get Senna to meet with them
>>4347714>single string katana swordThat's pretty fucking rad.>>4347718>Brush of the worries with some music as you try to get Senna to meet with themI would like to tell them everything instead of keeping all that shit a secret, but they're already worried so it's best to do it when everyone's calm. It'll be easier when they meet Senna, anyway.And it looks like we have sound/music based powers through our bird friend. Here's hoping we do more than Rojuro.
Hey Jumpman I know you haven't asked but I think you're writing too many details and focusing on the laxness a little much. This just a Anon's opinion disregard if unwanted.
>>4347718>Brush of the worries with some music as you try to get Senna to meet with them>Write-inYooooooooo guuuuuuuuys. Sorry for ditching you like that. I need a nap and had the weirdest dream. It was like a dream? But it felt pretty real.>>4347724So we grabbed all the souls from the valley of screams? Dope?Do you guys know what that means?WE GOT SPIRIT ROADIES! We can jam out and technically have a musical audience where we go. Groovy. Gib music. Gib comfy.https://youtu.be/265gI5tOm1A