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Testament of the Great Teacher (Open Thread)

Post by Va'tet on Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:54 pm

Va'tet sat in the too-large chair set at the head of the Tsuyosa greeting hall. The Manor was quiet, even more than it used to be. A scant thirty Vastine Amorte had responded to her message to Veratrax Peak and agreed to join the Tsuyosa Noble Family, having been officially adopted as lesser members of the Noble Family, their future children having full Nobility rights. She had hopes that more Vastine Amorte from other mountains would come. The name of Tsuyosa was known far beyond Seireitei.

But, the matters of home were not what had the young woman contemplating life. It was something she seldom did. Why worry about the mortal coil when yourself was exempt from its trappings? But, the letter in her lap weighed her mind with many tons of such thoughts. It crushed her under a weight she couldn't fathom, and had caused her to forgo sleep the last two nights.

The letter in question was one discovered three days prior. Since Va'tet had learned of Ma'kine's death, how all his belongings were gone, she had invested her time in tracking down whatever scraps of her history she could. Her spiritual energy was still unstable all these months after returning from Hueco Mundo, so she invested herself in personal matters. Her efforts, however, only recovered a few statues and disintegrating scrolls, but three days ago she found a black journal in an antiques shop in Eastern Rukongai's Third District. The owner claimed the book had belonged to a long-dead Shinigami war hero, but the other patrons had laughed at the shopkeeper, claiming it a forgery, especially since it was written in runes of a language nobody could identify.

But Va'tet recognized the Vastine Amorte's written language. Vastine rarely wrote, as their history was one given orally, passed from parent to child to grandchild. When she brought the tome back to the Manor and began reading the person journal of her deceased master and guardian, she had found a letter nestled between two pages. The letter had no outward writing, so she opened it as well and began to read.

Which led to her current disposition. The letter had been the last will of Ma'kine, written many decades after Va'tet's death. In the pages of the hidden letter, Va'tet had learned of Ma'kine's personal feelings of depression and loathing, of how disheartened he'd become with the Shinigami after sustaining serious injury in their civil war. She learned of his love for her and several of his students whose training he'd personally seen to near the end of his life. And so, she sought out the names she recognized in Ma'kine's will.

There were names mentioned that she did not know, whom she couldn't find in any registry of active Shinigami. Such as Keiichi Moriya. But others she knew, and had invited over to her Manor.

Captain Commander Lanying Baozhai.

And Shiroki Sakanade.
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Re: Testament of the Great Teacher (Open Thread)

Post by Shiroki on Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:38 pm

The position of Corps Commander confers a modest collection of benefits, chief of all this: the leisure of knowing every ongoing event, plot or rumor unfolding within a territory, sometimes even before the related parties themselves.

If there was one thing the 2nd squad captain hated, it was Surprise.

There are things he dislikes more, of course. Death being among them. But by virtue of its unpredictability, Surprise takes a spot near the top of the list all the same. Being surprised implied a lack of preparation, an inability to predict outcomes and act on them. This holds true for both the bad or the good.

Strike that. Because theres no such thing as good surprises. It is a tenet in his philosophy, one that the entire squad has come to understand as well.

"l'm to attend a function at Tsuyosa manor, you'll be in charge of the Division whilst l'm gone. Make sure everyone's up to date on the new codes, Lieutenant. Usual failsafes apply,"

Protocol 1: never leave squad unattended, always appoint interim commander even if its for a short while. No sense leaving the unit to splinter from absent leadership, like it had done on several other occasions.

Protocol 2: passwords issued to unit leaders, just in case it becomes necessary to fake a betrayal or go AWOL for any particular reason. Hopefully those would prevent the inevitable idiocy of people taking sides and causing civil war in the streets. Such a thing might be okay for the 11th...but 2nd squad had STANDARDS.

He's resolved to attend as himself, not as the Captain--leaving the gigai to Hanzo should the need arise. Alone in the office, the unspoken question hangs between them, the possibility for which all these preparations are for.

What if its a trap? Hanzo does not say so aloud, doesnt need to at this point. The implications are clear.

"It is undoubtedly a trap," he flung on a casual yukata obtained just for this occasion. One did not show up to Tsuyosa manor in rags. Being underdressed drew attention as much as being overdressed.

EVERYTHING was a trap, if you were silly enough to allow it to be. A formal function held at a rich manor would be no different.

"At least TRY to avoid collateral damage this time?" as usual, the mod-soul's clipped professional tones contrasted sharply with its spectral appearance. And was that Hanzo trying to suppress a laugh?

"I do NOT cause collateral damage," he informed them both wearily. "Collateral damage happens whether you want it or not."

The meaningful glance traded between gigai and lieutenant stayed with him even as he departed the room
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Re: Testament of the Great Teacher (Open Thread)

Post by Va'tet on Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:30 pm

Va'tet counted tge minutes until the arrivals of her guests. She'd explicitely requested the other members of the household to be busy today, each off doing something else. As such, the large estate was eerily quiet, save for a certain Hollow unable or unwilling to read the mood.

Muerte' was occupying himself with loudly practicinh electric guitar and singing to an imaginary audience. Ever since Va'tet mentioned her predecessor 's musical career, Muerte had insisted on starting a band. Va'tet had not known the Vasto Lorde was musically inclined. Now she was beginning to regret mentioning the former idol. Muerte seemed convinced that 'Of a Feather' as he wanted the band to be called, would be even more popular. He'd even written two original songs, 'Under the Moonlit Night' and 'Unkillable'.

Va'tet was doinf her best to ignore him as he sang the chorus of Unkillable in a falsettos and his own, singing both her and his lines, lead and back-up vocals while playing an angry, high energy riff.

The letter of Ma'kine was incredibly heartwrenching to have read, learning of how little the once-proud man thought of himself. He'd left the descendants of Tsuyosa his home, ehich no longer existed. And his students, a collection of scrolls of Kido he was trying to develop, which could not be located. And to the Commander... He had a lot to say, and very little of it was kind. There ewas more, of course. But Va'tet wondered if she should even reveal this letter, for it had completely changed her view of Ma'kine. And if others knew...?
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Post by Shiroki on Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:16 pm

The first thing to catch his attention is the energetic, slightly off-key stylings of what presumed to be a guitar solo originating from somewhere within the manor grounds. It is high pitched, anti-establishment and more than a little uncouth, from what he can make of the lyrics. In short, it is pretty much everything his ex teachers completely despised: performance art with practically no redeeming value whatsoever.

But what the hey, can't deny the rhythm being pretty catchy. And to be perfectly honest, he would have to admit that Sensei's abject disapproval only contributed to him liking it that much more. If only the old bird were here, the look on his face to hear that composition would've been...

Oh. Right.

Loss and death are parts of life. Being an assassin tended to make one particularly aware of the latter. After playing a role in shortening lives, it isnt unusual to develop an introspective attitude to the whole thing, to become more conscious of one's own mortality

Kill or be killed. Die, so l wont have to. Sensei had violated that Rule. He had not undertaken to kill, and so had been killed in turn despite his clear command of the situation. His obvious superiority over his opponent. A teacher to the end, he had in his doom lent credence to this important lesson. And it would not be one Shiroki is liable to forget.

l will not repeat your mistake, sensei. I will always go for the throat, always aim for the kill. I will not let myself be backed into a corner. Not by obstacles. Not by allies--

Not even by the memory of you.

The possession of a bona fide invitation, in most cases, suggested an easier means of entry to the avenue in question. In theory he can stroll up to the doors, allow himself to be announced to the lady of the manor and formally partake in the proceedings.

On the other hand, entry through alternate means would provide some useful info on building layout,.something which would come in handy if a situation arose requiring speedy escape. Moreover, acquiring familiarity with all the noble mansions remains an item on his to-do list. The Baozhai party thrown months ago meant that he could cross that one off the metaphorical list. Casing Tsuyosa holdings put him one step closer to this goal. Two down, two to go.

Plus, it would also be a whole lot more fun. Especially with the invitation working as a free get out of jail card in a pinch.

The guitar solo reaching his ears suggested one of two things. Either the musician being outside in the grounds, or a window somewhere being open to originate its source. Whichever the case, it is an easy enough matter to follow the sound to its point of origin. Who admittedly is doing little to avoid being found.

He knows this individual. Knows of, rather. They have never actually met in person, but he has pieced together enoigh eyewitnesses sightings and idle gossip from the 4th squad and various other conversations to know at once that it is he. Muerte: the lady Tsuyosa's current embodied zanpakuto entity and; if rumors are to be believed, one of the legendary sword princes of myth.

Questionable. Zanpakuto are zanpakuto, their strength and power a reflection of their wielders. The idea of Prince and Princess swords clashes with this interpretation. Misattributing power to the sword is a rookie's mistake. Inukaze's weight is a comforting presence at his side, he is reasonably certain he can take this...Prince...blow for blow if it ever comes to that. Nonetheless it is not a theory he is willing to risk testing. At least not yet.

So he decides on the child persona, slipping into mindset and outlook as easily as an old glove. Not wholly a deception to be perfectly honest--the song is catchy after all, and deserving of applause. The very sort of thing, on reflection, that one would like to have playing in the background during dramatic moments such as total enemy pwnage. Maybe he could get one of those mini music devices from the living world and program it to do just that every time he kicked Hollow butt? Nice idea anyway.

"Whoo! That's totally awesome, Hollow-san! Sorry if l'm interruptin', but i've this invitation thingy sayin' l'm s'posed to be here and l guess l've gotten lost? Place's kinda big," he holds out the item in question to officiate this claim. "10th seat Sakanade from 2nd atcher service. And no, despite what some are thinkin'--no relation,"

The last part is a disclaimer, added on recollection of what a certain ex 11th squad captain had casually remarked to him awhile back. Information that on enquiry had been found in black and white in official records. Every captains name would be there for anyone wanting to check, and the similarity would definitely be ringing bells for anyone who took the trouble to do so.

Plus, hadnt he already met Va'tet in person once before, after some ill advised playdate with the younger Baozhai kid? It was some time ago, so he cant really remember if Muerte was around for that encounter OR if he revealed his official capacity then or not. Oh well, worth a shot.
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Re: Testament of the Great Teacher (Open Thread)

Post by Va'tet on Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:07 am

The surprisingly musically inclined Vasto Lorde flashed a grin that was one part handsome and eight parts terrifying to small children. Despite his somewhat human appearance, Muerte had far too many sharp teeth. And a face that twisted joy into cruelty.

"See, somebody here at least knows talent when its heard," Muerte commented loudly enough to be heard in the next room over, where Va'tet was waiting. The Hollow set aside the guitar and stood to his full height. Taller than even some Vastine Amorte, the winged Hollow had an imposing presence, though not a hint nor whisper of Hollow reiatsu leaked from his being.

"Come on, kid. My little Shinigami's in the next room waiting. Best not keep her," Muerte said with a dark laugh.

From the open door between the two rooms, a flat emotionless voice called to them "Muerte, do not harass our guests. Today is a day of reflection," the voice chided. Which was peculiar in and of itself, the speaker's ability to raise her voice without any emotion in it. It was, in a word, unnatural. Contradictory, as most people associated loudness with either great anger or joy.

In the next room, the lady of the house was seated in her oversized chair. Throne being more accurate, but in that moment, she seemed small sitting there, wearing her armor and clutching the letter in her hand. With the silence that had filled in the emptiness left behind after Muerte's song, she looked quiet alone.

Then she rose to her feet, shaking her shoulders and strode across the room, bowing to Shiroki Sakanade. "I welcome you to my... home, Shiroki Sakanade, tenth seat of the second division. I understand you once were taught by Ma'kine. I know it has been a very long time, but my condolences." Her words were totally at contradiction to her tone, which never showed any change of cadence nor inflection.
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