Name: Rina Sasaki
Actual Age: 120
Appearance Age: 23
Rank: Lieutenant of Squad Four
Rina has long brown hair and pale blue eyes that are almost always hidden behind her hair. She seldom looks other people in the eye, and actually strives to keep herself hidden which means her posture really isn't the best. One could really liken her to a mouse, and this is in fact a nickname that some people have given her upon getting to know her because she reminds them so much of one. She always wears her Shinigami uniform (and it is kept impeccably neat) until she goes to bed, at which point she wears a pair of pajamas. In an effort to blend in Rina never customizes her uniform or wears anything extra with it because that would draw unwanted attention to her. Her chest is slightly larger than average, which she actually hates because some men (and occasionally women) call attention to it and that is the one thing Rina despises above all else.
Rina is incredibly timid, preferring to stay out of the thick of things and keep to herself because this is what she learned to do in order to stay out of trouble. Putting her in the spotlight is one of the worst things a person can do, and though she has gotten better with this in her time as a lieutenant it is still difficult for her to stand in front of people and speak. She rarely if ever initiates a conversation and will often go out of her way to avoid other people unless it would be rude for her to do so. The more status a person has in the gotei-13 the more nervous she is around them, to the point of becoming completely unable to speak in their presence. It doesn't help that Rina is distrustful of people when they first meet, at least until she realizes she has nothing to fear from them and begins to relax. This is a very slow process but it can be managed if someone has enough patience for it.
That being said it is rare that she will ever be completely comfortable around a person without a great, great deal of time. Even her friends are seldom looked in the eye, and Rina is unfailingly polite to them as well. Once she gets to know a person Rina is incredibly loyal and kind, always willing to do anything she can to help them, which is part of the reason why she joined Squad Four. She is a helpful person at heart, and being able to heal people is the perfect job in her mind. Not only that but it allows her to stay in the background and off the front lines, making it her absolute dream job. Getting ordered around doesn't bother her, and now that she's a lieutenant it doesn't happen all that often anymore except from her taichou. She used to absolutely hate running into anyone from Squad Eleven, a faint dislike that still stands and colors her dealings with them.
When confronted Rina's first reaction is to back down, only standing up for herself if she is cornered and has nowhere else to go. However the opposite is true when someone she cares about is threatened. Then she will leap into battle to protect them whatever the cost. The only thing she fears regardless of what is going on is snow. Rina hates being out in winter and ice/snow type Zanpaktou cause her to lock up completely because of the way she died. When it's expected she can deal with the sight of snow but when it catches her by surprise she cannot stand it. It only makes her feel inept when she considers such things, and Rina tries to focus on the positive, on what she can do, as much as she can.
She is also rather gullible, easily taken in by people who seem to be nice but really aren't. Once someone is considered a friend she will trust them far more than she probably should until they do something to betray her. Only then will she realize that she's made a mistake, and there generally isn't any way to get on her good side again. Actually, she just pretends you don't even exist because that's easier than getting into a confrontation or trying to learn how to trust someone again. Her friends mean everything to her, and having them betray her simply cuts her to the core, something that cannot be bounced back from easily if at all.
Rina had a normal life in Japan for the most part. She went to school every day and got the best grades she could, spending her spare time studying instead of hanging out with friends and having fun. School meant everything to her and people already thought she was a little odd because Rina always swore she could see things. Having no social life didn't bother her at all because she wasn't much for other people anyway, and to her it didn't seem important to get to know people she was probably never going to see again anyway.
When she wasn't at school Rina was working at a small flower shop, more so because she enjoyed it than for money. She loved working with customers, especially around the holidays when good cheer was everywhere and sometimes children would wander in looking for a gift for their parents. Naturally she was looking forward to the Christmas season for though it wasn't celebrated by all that many people there were still some who did. She was riding her bike to work when she hit a patch of ice and skidded off the road, barrelling into a tree. By the time anyone realized something was wrong and an ambulance arrived it was too late.
It wasn't until after she died that she went to the Soul Society and realized that she had been seeing Hollows back when people had made fun of her for it. Slowly Rina acclimated to her new life and realized that she had essentially been given a second chance. Determined to make the most of it Rina began to work hard again and, though it took a very long time (mostly because she didn't have all that much Spiritual Pressure), she got into the academy. Once there Rina continued to do the best she could, graduating on time and entering Squad Four since she wasn't suited to fighting but wanted to help other people and figured that was the best place for her.
Once she got into Squad Four Rina spent most of her time practicing kido because her sword seemed next to useless when it came to protecting anyone other than her, and that wasn't her point in joining the healing squad. As such her skills with kido and shunpo excelled rapidly while her work with Kame Seishin fell behind slightly due to her sword's fussy personality and general unwillingness to work with her 'idiot of an owner'. However Rina managed, finding herself slowly moving up the ranks much to her delight. Here she could finally prove herself! It was perfect for her, and still is as she continues to strive to be the perfect little healer that never gets in anyone's way and to prove to herself that she deserved the spot she had been given.
Name: Kame seishin (Turtle guard)
Sealed Form: Instead of being a katana-like sword, Kame seishin is a Wakizashi sword, making it smaller than most other people's. The hilt is more than long enough for both of her hands (especially because they are so small and thin), is wrapped in a gold-colored covering, and has a leather loop attached to the end. The guard is a pair of teardrop shaped metal pieces with the appearance of being covered with scales, a pattern that continues down the blade but that can only be seen when the light hits it properly. The metal of the blade is a very pale yellow, and the outlines of the scales is only slightly darker.
Inner world: A large pond with an island in the middle of it that is covered with a few palm trees and many bushes and other plants. There are lily pads all over the surface of the water, but the pond appears to be empty except for plants and rocks at the bottom. The clarity of the water depends upon Rina's mental state. The more agitated or emotional she is the cloudier the water gets and the wind kicks up until a full blown storm erupts. The air feels quite temperate and warm when Rina is calm, becoming cooler as the woman gets worked up.
Spirit Appearance: Kame seishin looks like a bipedal turtle that stands at least a head taller than Rina herself. Her shell has the same cut and fit as a strapless swimsuit, and she has a reptilian head instead of a human one. Instead of nails her fingers end in claws which provide Rina's weapons in Shikai. She has smaller claws on her toes as well and a long whip-like tail.
Spirit Personality: Kame seishin is far harsher than Rina could ever be, seeing as she is the embodiment of Rina's determination and the darker side of her personality that she doesn't show to anyone. She has a tendency to berate Rina when she messes up and is generally very mean to her. She also has no problem with berating others and is quite talkative, distracting Rina during conversations by making petty and crude comments about people, making Rina look as though she is crazy and talking to herself when she reprimands the spirit.
Shikai Release Phrase: "Guard my heart, Kame seishin!"
When in Shikai, Kame seishin forms a yellow shield that conforms to Rina's body and covers her back, the backs of her legs, and the top of her arms from attack. A pair of chains crosses in front of Rina's chest, tightening the more she remains in Shikai. They start out loose and dangling (with about a foot of space between the shield and her) but the longer she remains the shorter they get, pulling Kame seishin's 'shell' tighter around Rina until she starts to find it difficult to breathe and is forced to release her Shikai. The 'shell' moves perfectly with her and has sharp claws at the ends of its hands that she uses to attack, though she can also use Kame seishin's tail. Her head and face are protected by Kame seishin's head, so only her front is bared to attack.
~ Protects Rina almost completely.
~ Whiplash: Rina can use her turtle's tail as a whip to attack people at more of a distance than her claws allow her to.
~ Shell attack: The shield on her back separates into plates that come up and are launched at an opponent. The only downside is this leaves her back unprotected until they reform.
((For if/when she develops it.))
Bankai Release Phrase: "Protect his/her/their flesh Kame Seishin!"
Banaki Appearance: In Bankai Kame seishin's spirit expands into a small sphere, protecting Rina completely and healing whoever (besides Rina) is inside. The downside to this is that she cannot be healed by it and the sphere only lasts as long as there is someone inside it that needs to be healed. When in Bankai her Zanupakto's spirit can be seen circling the glowing yellow sphere, appearing as a shimmering, darker yellow turtle form against the globe. She will often pause to examine Rina's opponent or anyone else that might be outside, occasionally narrowing her eyes and silently hissing in displeasure at them.
~ Healing: Allows Rina to heal whoever is inside it as long as she has enough spiritual pressure to do so.
~ Protection: Protects Rina and whoever is inside as long as it holds and her energy holds out.
Rina can use Shunpo well, mostly because it helps her get around quickly and is a requirement for anyone in squad four, and it helps her to get through places unnoticed. So she can keep up with people for the most part and has no problem using it in battle. Kido is what she is best at (for obvious reasons) and she has no problems with it whatsoever. In fact she has more of a tendency to use Kido than her Zanpakuto. Her spiritual pressure is a pale green color and wouldn't faze most people. In fact they'd probably laugh at her if she tried to use it against them. As such she has little to no protection against other people's and it often incapacitates her easily meaning she tends to stay back from battles like she's supposed to.