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Weapon Name: Kokushibyou
; Black Death
Hisame is demonically influenced. Intrinsically, the nature of her techniques encompass the essence of death. This being is invisible to the natural eye, but may choose to assume a tangible form; while it cannot read minds, it can speak into them to communicate directly. Although it is not always near, its power is bound to the blade she wields. In exchange for physical strength and life force, she is able to utilize its power and manifest it in a variety of ways. Because it draws on her very life, prolonged use of it in conjunction to spirit energy can result in catastrophic effects to her psyche, health, or untimely death.
The very energy she exudes while calling on the demonic power exhales death and corruption; if she is standing in a field of flowers during use, her spiritual aurora will cause the surrounding flowers and grass to wither away. This energy is directly tied to her will, and while she can fill it with all manner of ills, she can just as sure create a harmless mirage to inspire fear and uncertainty.
She is also capable of teleportation, although cannot go through solid objects; her form is trailed by darkness which makes her approach visible, while her entire body assumes a nature of invisibility. She cannot attack while doing; should she try, her sword and body will become clear to vision. Further, she can become invisible herself without teleportation, but attempting to strike similarly renders her visible.
Lastly, Hisame does not physically age, despite the havoc use of demonic energy wreaks on her health.
Following are specific techniques related to her demonic energy. If I have forgotten any or come up with something new, I should add them in later. For now, the ones I do recall.
The Promised Comforter
Hisame may manifest winglike forms composed of condensed spirit energy. The matrix of particles creates an invisibly ethereal yet tangible form capable of interacting with the physical. Extending to over ten feet long, they repel elemental attacks that do not have a holy nature. Further, they are highly resistant to physical impact; repetitive stress or substantial force may cause cracks in the weave in which case that particular wing will become visible via the length and depth of the fissures. Shattering a wing makes it unusable for the rest of the fight. Lastly, she is capable of making the particles vibrate at a high frequency to allow seamless cutting through “soft” objects like flesh and bone.
The Beginning of Sorrows
Hisame's spirit energy is very dangerous to living things. Any specific use of it as a weapon in itself is isolated to this technique, be it for a harmless mirage or an apparition ripe with harmful effects. As mentioned above, these effects are grievous and depend on where the energy comes into contact with living matter. Infected flesh results in painful sores and swelling; inhalation produces hallucination, throat spasm and ultimately constriction of the muscles, leading to suffocating; effects to eyesight include blurred vision, intense burning, and eventual blindness. Because this substance is visible via the spiritual aurora surrounding Hisame as she churns power from her sword, it is both possible to avoid and simple to counter if one has even a basic understanding and capability for use of spirit energy, or some sort of restorative magic to treat the effects.
The Day Star
Through use of her sword, Hisame washes the area surrounding it in light. The energy travels outward and linearly in all directions. Direct gaze at the brilliance results in temporary blindness. The blade itself is the source of such solar shine, and requires a bit of preparation before technique may be used.
The Blackened Moon
Hisame's energy is manifest in a cloud of harmless, black matter that eclipses the battlefield.
The Sacrifice of Blood
The nodachi is coated with spiritual gleam, and when a cut succeeds, the bleeding at the wound is made unnaturally severe through elimination of the victim's platelets.
The Black Carapace
Hisame diffuses her sword, and the shards are used as a catalyst for her spiritual energy to bond with. The energy takes on the properties of steel, forged into a black armor that takes whatever form she desires. Because the crystallized energy surrounding her is inert, she can only disperse it to free herself of the armor once it is completely shaped; the material constantly provides her with a stream of increased strength which allows her to surpass human abilities while wearing the suit.
The Promised Comforter may be used with this assuming the wings are brought out beforehand.
The Halloween March
Hisame is able to reanimate dead bodies. The corpses have a very basic mentality and respond aggressively, not necessarily with wisdom, to whatever order she gives.
Hisame relinquishes control of herself to her demon. Her spirit energy output skyrockets; she gains telekinesis and the ability of flight; her nodachi considerably increases in length, yet her increase in physical strength makes it seem weightless to her arm.
This possession lasts for seven of Hisame's turns, after which her body becomes exhausted. The flux of energy is prone to making her body react violently or trigger seizures; reassuming control of her body and the energy left to Hisame afterward is relative to how long she has been possessed. Regardless, a splitting headache is guaranteed.
Raised by an austere father, Hisame experienced an upbringing of femininity. She often found joy in tending her garden or preparing tea with her mother. However, her older brother stole her father's attention, the student of his swordsmanship. Though she occasionally attempted to mimic the mannerisms of her brother, she neither cared to greatly learn nor found a talent for the sword. Eventually, after scolding by her father, she gave up the practice completely.
This changed when her brother died of sickness. Irate in loss and reminiscent of her shameful behavior, he loosed his fury on his daughter in the form of sword training. Such training in the sword earned her ridicule, dishonor, and a hatred of her father; though she knew she could kill those that spit on and beat her in the streets, she chose a path of pacifism despite rigorous lashings from her father despite her choice. Her anger lasted well after he passed away years later, the fruits of her “punishment” still ripe on the minds of neighbors.
In time, Hisame met and fell in love with a respectable man seemingly nonchalant regarding her expertise in swordplay. The man, Hisame and her mother enjoyed a comfortable life in the months to follow; he eventually asked her to marry. She instantly accepted.
However, as winter crept in before their springtime arrangement, their village is ransacked by marauders. Hisame attempts to take up a sword to defend her family and friends, but despite killing several of the marauders, ransom in the form of her fiance's life forces her submission. Her love is then executed before her eyes; she and her mother are passed around the men of the group for several days; Hisame soon learns that her mother has been murdered.
Opportunity affords her escape, but an insatiable thirst for vengeance is brought to its knees by powerlessness. She crawls through the surrounding forest muttering curses at her father, a tanto in hand, until strength gives out. Sure that her discovery would either mean death or worse, she sets the blade to her neck and resolves to slash it open.
It is then that a voice asks her a question: if she sought power. A promise of strength gets her attention, but at the cost of her life. Having already decided to kill herself, and not finding much use to live after revenge, Hisame accepts the offer. She is flooded with might and given the Black Death. Thereafter, she returns to her village to soak the earth in the blood of the wicked.
Her pain recompensed, Hisame returns steel to her throat to end her life; the whisperer tantalizes her with another inquiry: why not instead end the lives of all they that do evil?