Name: Gingitsune Kaen
Age: 324 (Appears to be in his early-twenties)
Alliance: 5th Division Captain
Appearance: Captain Gingitsune Kaen stands at a very modest 5'10" and weighs about 135 pounds - all of it is toned muscle. This slender form is often taken as a sign of weakness by those who don't know Kaen's capabilities, but his friends and comrades know that a surprising quickness and strength hides within his frame. His brown hair is cut in a style called a "buzz-cut" in the real world, and that small amount of hair is barely visible under a black skull-cap with a red bulls-eye on the front. His light brown eyes are almost the same color as his tan skin, which makes them somewhat disarming should he begin to stare at someone. In both ears are dozens of piercings that Kaen has designed himself, but the skull-cap covers all but the bottom few. The charms that show when his hat is on are mostly ornate silver rings that dangle from his lobes and lower ear. Despite being far beyond the age of attaining facial hair, Kaen is completely unable to grow any. He always looks as if he just shaved. This makes his tan skin seem even more imposing and well taken care of. The truth is that he just has naturally good skin. Around his neck is a pair of oversized white and red headphones that attach by wire to a music player secured to his right arm.
Kaen wears his Captain's haori wrapped around his waist by the arms and well-folded to keep it from tripping him as he walks or fights. In place of the black Shinigami uniform he wears a black, sleeveless shirt that seems almost skin-tight, revealing the finely toned muscles beneath. Both of his arms are covered in tattoos. The left arm has horizontal tallies on the outside of his shoulder going down towards his elbow. Each tally represents a time he released his Bankai for any reason, even training. Currently there are seven (7) lines of ten (10) tallies each, showing a total number of seventy (70) releases during his lifetime. His entire right arm is covered in numbers that represent coordinates for the Senkaimon; they change on a weekly basis, victims of his flights of fancy and his continued exploration of the Human world. Instead of wearing the baggy black bottoms of the Shinigami uniform, Kaen wears relatively loose black jeans instead. These jeans have chains dangling from their many pockets. White sneakers poke out from beneath their bottoms. The pockets of his jeans hold everything from a real world wallet to a pair of sunglasses. Nagareboshi, his black, wakizashi-style Zanpakuto, is fastened to his back, just above his haori.
Personality: Gingitsune Kaen is absolutely obsessed with the real world. His obsession stems from a love of the human concept of time and the hatred of cultural and personal stagnation that he claims plagues the Seireitei. Whenever he gets the chance, Kaen breaks for the Senkaimon to visit the real world and acquire new items for his personal collection. With a personality based off of confidence and sarcasm, Kaen seems like an older brother to many in his Division. He rarely shows a serious side past the mention of his Bankai, which is widely considered one of the more dangerous releases in Soul Society. At the mention of this release, Kaen becomes eerily silent due to past instances of massive casualties. Otherwise the 5th Division Captain is always upbeat and witty, whether he's listening to music or riding his personalized motorcycle around the Seireitei. In battle, few have as much confidence as Kaen. He tries to use this air of self-assurance to disarm his opponents and strike them down before they test the true lengths of his power and force him to release his Bankai.
Abilities: Kaen is a very well-rounded Shinigami. His abilities in every aspect of Shinigami arts put him just slightly above Captain-class average on all marks, making him a very unpredictable combatant to face. With Zanjustsu and Hakuda, his unreleased style focuses on quick dance-like moves that mimic the real world style of Capoeira. His power and technique are impressive, able to beat many weaker Captain-class opponents and completely overwhelm Lieutenant-class enemies. However, his abilities in those two facets of Shinigami arts aren't strong enough to defend against the physical powerhouses of his rank. The same goes for Kido and the various arts of Hoho. While he is well above average in both - he can perform all but the strongest Kido and outpace most enemies with his Shunpo - he pales in comparison to masters of either. Because of these rounded skills, Kaen is often considered one of the more reliable Captains to send when dealing with new threats. Luckily, this works for him. Anything that can give him an excuse to visit the real world will never draw an argument from Kaen.
Captain Gingitsune has one item that's unique to Soul Society; a modified motorcycle called Snakebite. This sleek black and red piece of machinery was specially constructed by the 12th Division as a personal project of Kaen's. He paid massive amounts of his own salary, traded in much of his collection of real world artifacts, and is on-call as a "real world expert" as payment for the vehicle. The motorcycle itself is made entirely of Reishi, so it cannot be seen in the mortal world. It's reinforced to be extremely flexible and durable to the point where only strong Shikai attacks or Bankai techniques can damage or destroy it. As far as speed and traction go, the bike functions far beyond what's capable for any real world vehicle. Snakebite can drive at over 500 mph and can produce bursts of Shunpo-like speed by button activation. This burst of speed takes up a special fuel, so Kaen only uses it to dodge attacks that would normally destroy the bike. Snakebite can also drive up walls by using spiritual energy within the treads of the wheels. Kaen sometimes wields his Zanpakuto while riding Snakebite to fell many enemies at rapid speed.
Zanpakuto: Nagareboshi (Meteor). Kaen's fully sealed Zanpakuto is a black wakizashi that's always strapped to the small of his back. The grip of the sword is wrapped in dark tape, as if to help Kaen keep a grip on it while he's riding around on Snakebite. The cross-guard of the weapon is a deep crimson ring with spokes connecting it to the solid center. The sheathe of the weapon is dark and completely featureless. While Kaen is the kind of Captain who isn't shy in regards to wielding his sword, he likes to use a varying medley of his skills depending on the abilities of his enemy. This sometimes causes Nagereboshi to remain sheathed until he activates Shikai.
Zanpakuto Spirit: Kaen's inner world is a molten, craggy landscape that sprays fountains of black fire and brimstone out of every fissure. The sky is the color of blood, as if to say that all visitors to the realm are there on borrowed time. While the heat is unbearable and the terrain perilous, there are safe spots of solid stone here and there; places where Kaen often takes refuge when he visits the hazardous plane. Most guests find themselves on dangerous ground when they arrive. Weaker Shinigami are warned that Kaen's inner world is one of the more treacherous landscapes around; a fact that mirrors the potential damage his Bankai is capable of. Should they not heed the warnings and enter the inner world, they risk vanishing into the strange black lava that covers most of the visible surface. Those that are lucky enough to appear on solid ground are momentarily safe until the tides of molten rock alter the exposed areas. Kaen knows the secret of the inner world, but visitors who expect to meet a humanoid spirit are quickly shown the error of their assumption when Nagareboshi reveals itself.
Nagareboshi is the ground on which Kaen and his guests stand. The powerful spirit takes the form of a gigantic, mile-wide sphere of molten black rock that floats in the blood-colored void of Kaen's inner world. It has no facial features or visible clues to tell that it's the spirit. It speaks to visitors only after they spend approximately ten minutes on the plane without succumbing to its dangers and burning away, and when it does, the voice echoes and rumbles from within the ground like an earthquake. Nagareboshi is only concerned with the inevitability of destruction and its hand and the death of Kaen's enemies. By all accounts, Nagareboshi is evil. It's bloodthirsty, maniacal, and generally insane to the point where it doesn't care about Kaen's death so long as it can take others with him. This homicidal outlook has made other Captains very cautious when dealing with Kaen or his spirit, and has caused a few to consider his execution in order to stave off potential damage to the Seireitei. Luckily, Kaen can keep Nagareboshi from flying into a killing spree through his years of training. During Shikai, the fissures of Nagareboshi split wide open and spill more and more black magma outwards. Once Bankai is released, the spirit starts counting upwards from 1 to 10 - it changes numbers once a minute. The closer it gets to 10, the more violent the "environment" becomes.
Shikai: To activate his Shikai release, Kaen holds Nagereboshi horizontally across his body. His left hand grabs hold the deep crimson cross-guard as he chants, "Obliterate. Nagereboshi." With a quick motion, Kaen pulls the guard to the left, across the blade. As it continues, the blade seems to change in thickness and composition. Instead of being sharp like a wakizashi, it becomes thick and made of a rough, granite-like stone. A black ball of energy envelops the tsuba and grows larger as it continues past the tip of the blade, creating more of the stone handle as it moves outwards. Once it reaches about eight feet long, the orb has grown to have a diameter of five-and-a-half feet. It's no longer made of energy. Instead, the head of the mace-like weapon appears to be a meteor made of red and black stone. Small wisps of black fire escape from the cracks and fissures across the surface. Immediately, one can feel an intense heat being emitted from the weapon. Nearby flammable objects ignite without warning, potentially causing wildfires if enough debris is scattered through the area. This heat can also burn opponents upon a successful strike. The black flames begin to lick across the surface of the weapon as Kaen takes his stance - his giant mace-like Zanpakuto held in one hand, resting on his shoulder.
Shindou Niage, Kuroi (Impact Landing, Black Sun Strike): The first technique of Nagereboshi's Shikai form is activated by swinging the weapon in a wide arc. Once the arc is completed, the meteor-head of the mace-like weapon detaches and flies towards a target at rapid speed. As the meteor continues, it burns hotter and hotter until it reaches impact. Upon impact it explodes into a fiery inferno of black heat, rubble, and lava that twists wildly and burns everything in the area to dust. Once the head of the weapon is eliminated, another grows back in its place as if it were living stone. This technique is generally used against ranged opponents or large groups of weaker threats. The reason Kaen doesn't utilize the technique against melee opponents is that, should he miss, the head of his weapon won't regrow until the projectile makes impact. While the window of danger is only a few seconds long, it's enough to convince Kaen that it isn't worth the risk. Otherwise, this technique is one of the more reliable in his arsenal on account of its raw clearing power. It has ended many fights before they had a chance to begin.
Kurayami Buraindo (Blinding Darkness, Close the Holy Eyes): Like one might imagine, Nagereboshi is a fire-type Zanpakuto. Like many of that label, it's capable of emitting its own light. Upon command, Kaen can increase this light to effectively blind anyone looking directly at the head of his weapon, and daze those who manage to quickly look away. This light, however, isn't bright in the traditional sense. The light emitted from Nagereboshi is a deep crimson, almost black color. The unholy light is blinding because of the negative energy damage it causes to the nerves within the structure of the eye. This damage can be permanent if the enemy falls victim to the technique multiple times. Each subsequent exposure to the dark-light damages the receptors of the eye more and more. Those who cannot see or have protective coverings on their faces are completely immune to this technique. The increase in light does not increase the heat of the weapon or change the properties of any other technique. The only exception to the previous rule is the Shindou Niage, Kuroi, which can be enhanced by combining it with this technique. The combination allows for a blinding projectile that's more difficult to predict, dodge, or deflect. Combining the techniques decreases the intensity of both, however, and the resulting light/impact is on a lesser scale than either technique alone.
Hitosashi no Onikkusu Shikkoku (Dance of Jet and Onyx): Upon command, Kaen can create a wave of black flame and dust that flows outwards from the head of his mace-like weapon. This wave of tangible, burning flame can be spread like a flowing wall in one direction. Anyone caught in the wave is subject to extreme heat that only Captain-level threats or particularly hardy opponents can hope to survive. The wave bends around objects wildly until it reaches enough flat surface to stop it, or is extinguished by some other source. Water-type Zanpakuto cannot extinguish this black fire, but they can reduce the heat. It's Light-type Zanpakuto that have an increased effectiveness against the unholy darkness of the flame. When such a technique is used on the flames of the Hitosashi no Onikkuse Shikkoku, they're extinguished entirely. This leads some to believe that the fire of Nagereboshi is simply concentrated, burning malice for all living things instead of actual flame. While Kaen isn't evil, his Zanpakuto certainly is, and he openly admits that Nagareboshi's fire is one of anger. Aside from the different weaknesses in comparison to other Fire-type Zanpakuto, the Hitosashi no Onikkusu Shikkoku functions the same; the flames burn like normal fire.
Munashii (Comet-tail Void): A very specific ability of Nagereboshi is to eliminate the effects of illusion-type Zanpakuto. By using this technique, any illusions caught by a strike of Kaen's mace-like weapon are immediately dispelled by the dark light of the mace-head. Once the illusions are struck, the dark fissures of the weapon suck in the false images and consume them, increasing the power of Nagereboshi for a limited amount of time. This technique is mostly used against visible illusions such as mirror-images or false objects, mainly because auditory illusions are far more difficult to strike with the weapon. If a successful strike on an illusionary sound-wave does happen, however, the same rules apply and the illusion is absorbed. Because this technique is so specific, Kaen has rarely used it to full effect because of the relative rarity of illusion-type Zanpakutos and abilities. When the match-up does happen, Kaen is the first to mention that his abilities turn the tide in his favor. As of yet, no illusion-type Zanpakuto has ever been a threat to him or Nagereboshi. Mind-affecting illusions that stem from direct mental manipulation are immune to the Munashii. Luckily, such abilities are as rare as they are powerful.
Bankai: Nagareboshi Meiun-Ken (Ballistic Meteor, Arm of the Doomsday Clock). To unleash his infamous Bankai - an act that would signal all informed allies to quickly clear the area - Kaen bolsters his Reiatsu and drops the mace-head of his weapon to the level of his feet. His left hand then reaches into the pockets of his jeans and pulls out a pair of sleek sunglasses, which he slides over his eyes as his black Reiatsu runs wild. Once the protective eye-wear is on, he uses all of the strength in his right arm to launch the mace-head of his weapon upwards, into the sky. The force of this movement is so strong that any clouds part and any obstructions are blown away like nothing. Once the mace-head is in the sky, everything seems to change to a shade of deep crimson; a sign of the bathing light from above. Heat begins to emanate from the hole in the sky as a mile-wide meteor appears, far above the ground. This meteor is the Bankai form of Nagereboshi. The staff-like, granite weapon that used to be the handle of the Shikai form sheds away its outer coating and reveals a thick black bo staff engraved with glowing red runes. One of these red runes appears in the front-middle of Kaen's neck, near his collarbone. Once the transformation of the sword is complete, Kaen spins the bo staff around his body to intimidate his opponent before stating, "Bankai. Nagareboshi Meiun-Ken!" Those who find themselves within the mile-wide area of the meteor's path suddenly notice that they cannot leave. The gravity of the meteor creates a barrier around inevitable impact-zone that prevents escape. This is one of the main reasons that Kaen holds off using Bankai until the last possible moment.
Massatsu no Juujun (Obliteration of the Meek): As soon as Bankai is released, Nagereboshi begins counting up from one - a number that echoes from the meteor above the battle. With every passing minute, the number ticks upwards, and the meteor draws closer to the battlefield. This proximity bolsters and reinforces the heat and dark-light in the area by ever increasing factors, making it more and more dangerous to continue fighting. Once the number reaches ten - representing ten minutes since the sword was fully released - both Kaen and anyone within the impact radius will die from the force of the mile-wide meteor smashing into the ground. This ability has obviously never fully played out as Kaen is still alive. Nagereboshi can only be sealed once Bankai is released by either killing one marked enemy or by sacrificing a tremendous amount of spiritual energy, enough to throw the 5th Division Captain into an unconscious state. Both Kaen and this chosen enemy immediately gain a glowing red rune that marks either their throat, or, in the absence of a throat, another open part of their body. There is no conceptual way around this ability. The meteor is nigh-indestructible, the impact is massive, and the heat is enough to melt the area into glass. Any enemies who are killed but aren't marked have no effect on Nagereboshi's bloodlust, and cannot end the Bankai. This is the primary ability of Nagereboshi - it is the reason why Kaen rarely uses the full release of his weapon.