The Seireitei was all blood and chaos, a battle had ensued following the arrival of the powerful strangers. He was a lieutenant, known only by alias, rather than any true name. The shinigami knew nothing of his origins, they simply thought him another of their ilk, though an impressive one. He had a smile on his face, but the look in his eyes was different. On the surface there was amusement, but below that was a deep seated fear.
As he observed the chaos he realized that here he could fight without restraint, for by the end of it, no one would live who could identify his power. His sword was drawn and cut down were two, three, four, five score shinigami. They fell he was a traitor now, his excuse, he'd given into the lust of battle, the chaos, and the fear that dwelled deep within him. This fear was coming to the surface through the layers of his mind and with each strike a demon was drawn out.
Yet he was not the only one who fought. With the barrier broken, nonetheless by the same man that he saw now, everything had turned to chaos.... Keeping pace with his enemies and former allies the slaughter continued. He began to feel a rising, it was as if he was coming to understand his superiority above mere shinigami.
Of course, he Shin'ya, may have been very wrong. He'd have to test it against the strongest to find that out and then he paused in thought. All those surrounding him had fallen, and while the eyes of some were on him, none dared approach. Shin'ya's eyes were laid on that man, a certain Zume Tatasuko, as he fought one of these so called 'god generals'.
He was left without speech....
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The arrancar who had been sent skyward by Titan, cracked his neck as he approached the lot of shinigami. His regeneration was still kicking into effect from the blow he had taken from Titan, the Commander who was known for leaving no survivors from his strikes. His entire face was missing, a skull and eyes looking forward, before flesh sewed itself anew.
"Seems not all of you are so weak.... but what about you lot? Can you hit at least that hard? You're going to have to if you want to live. Darius Bane, Ahura Mazda of Tenebrae's Army of Heaven. Who wishes to be slain. Quickly, I have no time to stand around. Power, I who lust after it won't be beaten by mere 'protectors'."
His face finally refreshed itself as he walked towards Zume and the traitor. He had a cruel look on his face.
Zume's eyes were dark, cold, and unforgiving towards the arrancar and his head was tilted just to the side, almost as if he were streching his neck. "Amusing..."
he said with very little actual humor, his blade drawn he spoke the command, he'd been protecting the others for a while now, he had no need for pleasantries anymore though.
His blade nicked his arm as he spoke "Scatter the mortals, Yuniba-saru kimi(Universal Prince)."
His katana was wreathed in midnight blue reiryoku and then he slashed sending a crescent from the newly formed dent in his blade. It grew, and grew, and grew until it was massive, yet he aimed his hand at it and clenched. The thing condensed and then Zume vanished.
The slash was about to strike the man, the one who had become his opponent now.
The arrancar looked bored as the slash struck squarely against him, he didn't budge an inch as it blasted around him, scarring the ground beneath him. As the blast would clear, he would be standing with several burns that started healing almost instantly.
"That a shinigami's shikai? Here's a hint. Go one more, and you might scratch me.... unless of course you are that nightmare back there. He, I would not wish to fight on a good day. You? You look rather tasty for one such as I."
The movement of wind could be felt slightly and then the cold press of a blade's tip on the arrancar's spine. "Arrogance will only dig you further into the abyss, Void: Sakasa(Inversion)"
condensing and channeling reiatsu through his blade and directly to the tip he pressed forwards with strength in an attempt to pierce the heirro.
At the same time his mouth moved and flew through a chain of kido. Among them were horin and kuyo shibari, two of his favorites. The black portals would form around the arrancar, with one on him rather quickly, and the horin would go through and wrap him up soundly. It may have been a low level kido, but it was but a conductor.
Darius made the first move of that battle. As the blade pressed against his back, Darius was impressed to find it slowly started to pierce the skin like a needle. Darius turned sharply, with the blade stuck between the two, it would likely be caught, and the captain hard pressed to keep hold of it, let alone continue to pierce. The power of the heirro was ungodly, it held to reason that he had been made god general. His attack however, was simple, a move of his own creation. Two ceros started forming in his hands, glowing brightly as the portals opening around him, he smirked. With Darius's so far slow movements, two cero's hitting Zume would be impossible.
"What arrogance? You have numbers, but face me alone. I believe the arrogant one is not m-"
As he spoke, the black portals enveloped him completely, hiding him from Zume, before Zume would fire his other kido.
Zume's hand didn't leave his blade, as Darius turned he repelled it from within the cut so it stayed in his hand. As the arrancar tried to speak of arrogance, the portals inveloped him and then the horin made contact, he could feel them as they were naught but a conduit for his next attack. "Munashii Juutai(Void Delay),"
a void would erect within the confines of the portals and cycle through throwing blade after blade of incredibly high pressurized void energy at the arrancar.
The Captain simply stood there, and whenever approached by someone with malignant thoughts, he cut them so they would no longer move. It was very apparent that his care for another's life was very low "yes, I approach you alone only because I do not believe in gods. To call yourself a god is arrogance, to call yourself a demi-god...it can be, only when you prove yourself to be as such can you claim a title."
A smile graced the captain's face, though only slight "I am Zume Tatasuko, captain of the 12th division, and you will die by my hand."
Zume raised and angled his blade across his chest only to aim his hand at the portals and clench. The portals warped together even further, and merged with the void as they closed in on Darius. The closer they got the less space there was for each slash, eventually they'd be so precise that not being cut would be an impossibility.
A violent explosion ripped through the area, ripping through void itself, and spilling out at Zume. This was Darius's favorite, and strongest attack. Cero meurte de dos. By creating two powerful cero's, and slamming them together in a tight space between his hands, a massive explosion would rock the area, damaging Darius, and everyone around him. The explosion would be shot forward in one concentrated path to where the biggest hole in his hands pressed together was, though with massive backlash on Darius himself. The blast threatened Zume who did not back away from the kido, meaning he was in close quarters to Darius.
"I'm sorry, did you say something? Your blade's screaming like a whore, couldn't hear a damn thing."
Through the flames of the explosion, Darius stood, both arms blown off. They started regenerating, though at a much slower rate than before. The other secret was it weakened his hierro as well to use that attack. But the sheer size and power of the explosion generally made it worth the effort to use.
No words expressed what he felt, but it didn't matter. His blade had been raised diagonally over his chest already and so when the blast struck, his blade reacted.
Sent back the dust and reiryoku of the cero began to clear, and Zume could be seen just short of having slammed into a building. In the dent of his blade was reiryoku the same coloration of Darius's cero. "It ought to..."
Zume was smiling now "...as it despises having to have the blood of scum like you on its surface."
Laughing he slashed and the cero, though at only 3/4ths of its former power, crashed towards Darius faster than before. It was condensed now by the force of Zume's blade.
Charging forth a good 8 yards behind the cero, he weaved his blade back and forth in the air "Null"
pure white reiatsu was left behind in trails as he moved.
The problem with power of that calibur was always the kickback, it couldn't be contained easily, which is why Darius had lost two arms to do it. The power would simply explode without some near equally massive force directing it (such as the Espada's hierro) as released from the blade, though still mostly at Darius. Darius's reiryoku was extremely wild, and hard to control, using it required a price.
Darius's eyes widened.
With his defenses weakened, he was blown away from the blast, smashing into the barrier Tenebrae had set up, and then through the other side. The barrier started healing itself.
Darius coughed blood as his arms slowly started to regen, though not fast enough by any means. The explosion had damaged all of his body.
Darius grabbed his blade with the exposed bone of his arms, and thrust it up, grabbing it with his teeth.
"Curse you shinigami! Howl, Demonio Menor."
Black flames enveloped his body, with black cords forming out of it, wrapping around him constantly, looking at first like it was restraining him, but becoming apparent that they actually made up his form.
They continued binding him, and give him new shape. Looking like a demon or a gargoyle statue; fierce and evil. Wings flapped slightly, horns sat atop his head, teeth bared down in sharp cones, and a tail whipped behind him. His forearms become much more pronounced, claws at their ends.
He roared, his voice much deeper.
"Try that again shinigami."
While the release occurred, Zume decided to slow down to a walk, as he had taken off after the explosion. Reiryoku, and reiatsu were useless against him. "Do you truly believe that I am so moronic? I hope not, for your sake that is."
The shinigami raised his blade, held in his right hand, and pressed his left palm against the side of the handle.
"However, maybe I can show you something new. Void,"
a spherical darkness spawned from his blade and began to expand. "...I'll show you what happens when you die"
in a shunpo he covered much distance. The void had been left behind, but when the man reappeared there was another. As Darius was caught up in its girth Zume smiled, spun and slashed. The tiny streams of null shot forth each like their own glittering purity in the darkness of the void.
As the flames disappeared, Zume would feel something strange.... he would feel nothing. Not one single cumen of Reiryoku coming from Darius.
Darius opened his mouth, this being the exception, streams came from his mouth like a thick mist.
"S-s-shinigami..... Do you feel any of my power?"
It wouldn't be because of it being on a higher level.... something more complicated than that. He lumbered forward.
"I w-w-was going to impress you before you die..... N-n-now I'm going to rip you to shreds, and you c-c-can do nothing against me."
As he closed his mouth the silence of reiatsu maintained as Darius continued his lumbering forward, his wings seemingly useless for this situation. He moved like a slumbering demon just awoken. There was a mystery in why nothing could be felt of him.
As he lumbered, he had one target and goal, to rend Zume with his claws. It was simple, and clean way of doing it, no nonsense of a powerstruggle with special techniques.
"Munashii Juutai(Void Delay)"
the void areas shattered into numerous shards and the attacks he'd secretly released earlier within the void's traveled forth. They focused into one point and struck at Darius's chest all at once. It was only when the attack did nothing but explode, delivering no damage, that Zume's eyes widened some. 'A change of pace then' his eyes moved up to Darius's face and he recalled something that Titan had once told him...
"In my time, boy, I've seen many call themselves invincible, untouchable, gods among men. Yet, they still fell when my hammer caved in their skulls, ribs, or battered them from all sides. Remember this boy, no one is invincible, and there is no god...do not be fooled by the title we are named; shinigami. That is all it is, a title, nothing more, and nothing less."
At the time he had not entirely believed Titan, he had still been young, but he had long come to fully understand. Every person had some weak point, all one had to do was find it, and pierce it with impunity and precision.
Zume had jumped back, a void not being raised, and he observed the lumbering demon as he approached him. "It is a good thing your goal changed, impressing me is far beyond you,"
Zume then did something strange, he sheathed his blade. Sealing itself as he sheathed it, Zume focused reiatsu around his body and began to condense it. 'Saru...' he said, calling his zanpakuto by nickname even in a crisis. Saru responded immediately 'I know....' A smile then played across Zume's face and he lowered his eyes from Darius, using the emptiness and repellent effect around the arrancar to sense him.
Taking a deep breath he drew his blade once more Kido-giri: Sho"
a crater was left behind and he was behind Darius. His blade struck behind, not cutting, but leaving a line of what appeared to be void from shoulder to shoulder, the blade had already released again and in the same moment he vanished once more.
Darius wings snapped behind him as Zume disappeared, and striked out at the captain. Darius had no way of knowing the shinigami was back there, but every damn time a shinigami attacked him, they would disappear, and attack him, almost exactly square in the back, between the rips, then vanish again. Once he'd been attacked from above.... that was new.
"N-n-no luck, s-s-shinigami! My hierro is invincible! Even my eyes ca-ca-cannot be touched!"
His below again made him suddenly sensible, until he stopped talking. A mist of reiryoku followed his speech, disappating into the air.
Looking carefully, Zume would notice another strange phenomenon. Darius's skin seemed to be crawling.
"I'm not aiming for your eyes"
he said as the wings struck at him. A void area erected and despite the seki seki-like effects the wings were slowed them to a complete stall. He pushed back with the pressure of the void, Sakasa was active so as to reverse the way the pressue of the void flowed, instead of inwards, it flowed out to push away. However, the cords that bound Darius were strong as well and the longer he was in their presence, the worse it got. Then, SMACK! the wing shattered the void, quite a feat, and Zume flew backwards.
His body struck a building. Dust and rubble were sent into the air, and yet despite the damage, and coughing heard as the dust settled, the captain could be seen standing with a serious expression on his face. It was as if nothing had happened, though the damage was indeed there "I am curious Darius, did you follow this...god out of fear or idiocy?"
His blade held a tiny void in its dent now, as he'd still managed part of his goal.
Darius roared, striking his claws into the ground beneath them, shaking them.
"Sh-Sh-Shut the hell up, sh-sh-shinigami! Why do yo-yo-you follow the commander?!"
A fine mist of reiatsu escaped his mouth as he screamed. Darius was getting pissed. This man wasn't taking him seriously, wouldn't even strike, wouldn't even test his Hierro against his blade. Darius decided he was goign to kill him, but after the botched Cero Meurte de Dos, he'd found using impressive techs wasn't the best way, and sheer running him down was.
Shaking his head he only smiled at Darius and held his blade out, the blade's tip pointing at the ground and the opening of the dent aimed at him. "First you ought not use that term, I follow no one,"
"Think as you may,"
the tiny sphere of void shot forth, faster than a bala, and aimed at his chest. 1 yard before it hit, the void angled up and snapped into Darius's mouth as he spoke. "...because thought is not something endowed among the dead..."
Darius didn't notice the sphere of void as he lumbered towards Zume again.
"Ca-Ca-Can't you shut the hell up!?"
He swung his claws at the man's body.
Zume jumped away, dodging the brunt of the attack's force, but got struck by the claws which cleaved through his robes and cut through his flesh, though not deeply. As he distanced himself he gave a cold glare to Darius and then waved his hand "Kuyo shibari"
the portal was above him and he simply stabbed his blade into it slightly. "Nyupira(Nu Pillar),"
from the tip of his blade a pillar of white erupted, and in the next moment it would destroy the arrancar's head completely. It had came out of the tiny portal now resting in the arrancar's stomach, and now it erupted upwards, decimating everything from lungs to head completely. "...for it is you who dwells in that realm."
Glancing about the battlefield now, Zume took a step to go assist some struggling lieutenants, but then something changed and he glanced down. The pain came moments after and he looked back in shock to see a smile, and a look of fear in the eyes of what he somehow knew could not be a shinigami "Shin...ya, you..."
Shin'ya simply smiled and his blade turned intangible as he used his true ability.
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Moments passed and Shin'ya walked towards the hill where the general's stood. Zume had fallen, but as he lay yards away and on the ground, part of his soul deprived from him, and a fatal wound delivered he finished his sentence in barely a whisper "...you fool, power will be...the end of you."
His eyes closed, but Shin'ya trudged on, slaying all shinigami even near his path. He would take his rightful place, and so the battlefield came back to the foreground.
Chaos and blood, that was still all he saw, but now from a heightened position. Now it was as if he were the night sky looking down upon them. It made him smile, he felt that with a bit of time, he too would become a god, and a legend. Zume was dead, and though he felt no remorse, he could acknowledge the man's spirit, he'd do justice to his blade and become the true embodiment of his name: Nox and the Lords of Night.