[Application] Uí Ímair, Raghnall

Here's my concept for a character. Wanted to make a very outwardly populist character, since there seemed to be a fair few old guard types. I made a full-length app earlier, which you can find here on the old site if you'd like a better look.

Raghnall Uí Ímair
Fifth Seat, 13th Division

A poet and idealist, the young 5th seat of the 13th Division believes that the current crisis besetting the Seireitei is the result of a lack of centralized power and control. An advocate for the abolishment and replacement of the C46 and nobility, Raghnall seeks to make the Captain-Commander the supreme leader of the Seireitei’s military, government, and culture.

Using his position in the 13th Division and the powers of his Zanpakuto to spread sedition within and without the Soul Society, he has diligently worked in the shadows to overturn the current system for decades. While on the surface he appears to be a reasonable and loyal shinigami, in reality he is one of the largest supporters of the populism that is currently sweeping through the ranks of the Gotei.

As for his powers, I was thinking one that uses writing to imbue and influence. I don't want it (and him) to be very powerful in the conventional sense, so it would mainly be used as support to buff others.

I haven't completely settled on any kind of personality to be honest, though I suppose with this one I'd like to go with someone who is actually well-intentioned but misguided.
 
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Fourth Seat,
Sixth Division
Okay, so, first thing I think here: Being for the abolition of the Nobility and C46 is a dramatic position to take. These are institutions that are older than we have here in the modern day, and the idea of Nobility in particular is well-established even on Earth at this point.

Think about whether or not that really fits (I'm not saying it doesn't) because it's simply that big of a thing. Also think about how that affects him: Does he ever share that? Is he bristly to Nobility, such as Ichiro Watanabe (one of the Five Great Noble Houses) or even Akito Akiyama, which is a "standard" Noble House? How do those beliefs impact the character? You say he's done things to help "overthrow" that system -- what things, and could they be used to create interesting stories? Being caught committing sedition, for example, could be very fun.

If they don't affect him outwardly, or others, or at least won't yet, it might not even be relevant at this stage.
 
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I can understand what you mean by the prevalence of nobility both on Earth and Soul Society, though I do think that's the position I want him to take (or at least something similar to it.) I don't plan to go into his human life very much at all, so I suppose his life in Soul Society would have to justify those views. Given the time frame, they're not likely to be something anyone is taught about or anything.

I hadn't put much thought into his life in the Rukongai, but I suppose for such an uncommon and strong opinion something must've caused it. I'd mainly like for him to fairly reprehensible to anyone with a reasonable set of views. I'm thinking a life of near-luxury as the most well-off of non-Noble families, probably in District 1. Not by any metric a great or good man, he was jealous of the even better lives of the nobility.

When he was pried away from his prior life to join the academy, he saw that many others in the further reaches of the Rukongai had much, much worse lives. Being an idealist and someone who lets others (and books) tell him what to do and think, he began to assume that the concentration of wealth and power within the nobility worsened the lives of those among the Rukongai. (Not being the sharpest tool in the shed, he doesn't have any sort of "plan" to fix that - just that it should be rectified.)

Rather than being the typical extremely poor soul wanting to make things better for his friends and family, Raghnall initially took this philosophy for his own personal gain and a much smaller amount of wanting to help others. Outwardly, he might say that he seeks reform to alleviate the poor conditions in Rukongai but in reality a large part of why he seeks it is because he assumes he would be given a prominent position in the post-revolution bureaucracy.



As for how it'd affect his interactions with others - he'd be damn close to being outright hostile from the get-go. He'd likely be on bad terms with any Shinigami closely tied to any form of nobility, even going so far as to publicly deride the actions of prominent nobles such as Ichiro. At the onset of the story, he'd have been working to ensure that any punishable offences he had committed were hidden but that would change rapidly as the plot began. In terms of things he has actually done so far, he likely would have used his position in the 13th Division to intentionally botch relations with other organizations - as well as worse, provide incorrect information to Shinigami on Earth in order to set up "Hollow ambushes" and kill numerous members of Old Guard Divisions to weaken them and escalate the crisis to a fever pitch.

During the course of the story, he'd relay false information or place lies in people's mouths by claiming to be their messenger. Should his antics escalate further or be otherwise uncovered, perhaps he'd find sanctuary within certain sects of the Seireitei and use the protection of more powerful Shinigami to hide.

Perhaps some of those who died as a result of his actions could be used to tie him to other characters and give them a reason to create conflict with him or the agenda he's pushing. For others I'm sure once his traitorous actions have been exposed, that'd be plenty of reason to hate him and want him dead or otherwise punished. (I wouldn't expect him to live past the end of the arc, unless the populists somehow win, or if an arc further down the line has cause to bring back a Shinigami revolutionary.)

I've been thinking of perhaps changing his Shikai to something less passive, but this post is more than long enough for now.
 
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any backstory as to why he feels this way toward the nobility/c46? if your character is mainly driven by a desire for personal power, supporting the abolition of the current government is a very dangerous game to play, especially without friends. why doesn't he want to work within the current power structure? maybe he feels stuck, got in a spat with the nobility that kind of dead-ended his career? i think having that idea (overthrowing everything) coming to your character in game (versus having it preset) would be super fun to flesh out and also end up making you much more dangerous when raghnall finally realizes that's what he wants.
 
any backstory as to why he feels this way toward the nobility/c46? if your character is mainly driven by a desire for personal power, supporting the abolition of the current government is a very dangerous game to play, especially without friends. why doesn't he want to work within the current power structure? maybe he feels stuck, got in a spat with the nobility that kind of dead-ended his career? i think having that idea (overthrowing everything) coming to your character in game (versus having it preset) would be super fun to flesh out and also end up making you much more dangerous when raghnall finally realizes that's what he wants.

Yeah, I think having the finer details of what he wants come about during the actual story would probably be better. At the start he'd have desires to change things but no real idea of what should change or how. Bit of an info dump, but heres a good amount of backstory that I wrote up to explain why he hates the nobility. Hopefully it should make a bit more sense to anyone reading.



Dying sometime pre-1200 A.D., Raghnall found himself adopted into and living a life of near-luxury among one of the richest families in the upper districts of the Rukongai. Despite them being quite well-off for Rukongai citizens, the amount of food they could afford or the nice things they could buy were still limited. Both they and he wanted more, perhaps even needed more given Raghnall's latent potential. Ever since first arriving, he'd always been jealous of the greater lives that the nobles within and without the Seireitei led.

As his jealously festered, the rumblings of a catastrophe in the Human World grew louder. The growing Mongolian Empire craved more and more, led by violent warlords such as Genghis, Kublai, and Timur. As the sheer toll of deaths caused by the wars, massacres, and disease piled higher, vast swathes of needy souls flooded into the Rukongai. By the end of the conquests, more than 30 million people had died on Earth.

With so many new souls to house and feed, even the richest districts began to strain under the weight of all of it. As the balance of souls slipped further, those black-and-white devils within the great walls began to venture into the Rukongai. Desperate to maintain the balance, they killed an uncountable number of residents. At first Raghnall agreed with them - after all, fewer hungry mouths in his district meant a better life for him. But his tune soon changed when his own began to be culled. When his own family and friends died, it was no longer the valiant Shinigami merely doing their job - it was the dogs of the Nobles slaughtering innocents. While they lived comfortably in their mansions, never needing to welcome hungry newcomers into their homes, millions poured into the Rukongai and millions were executed.

Resentment grew within him as he begun to blame the nobles more and more for the ills that beset the Rukongai. Soon he found himself associating with roaming gangs of souls who would seek out low nobility or even those distantly related to them, then beat them within an inch of their life - sometimes past that line. Yet violence and direct conflict were not in Raghnall's nature, so he soon found himself acting as a planner for the group. He would investigate and track anyone that their outfit did not trust or like. Of course, this would not last forever - the Shinigami soon realized what was happening and sent their men to crack down on them.

In the midst of the night as Raghnall and others poured over accumulated documents, one such Shinigami burst into their meeting. They proceeded to cut down one conspirator attempted to arrest the others. Raghnall clung to the wall in the back of the room, eyes wide as the blood of his fellows soaked into the floorboards. An accoutrement hanging from the man's robes caught the moonlight, exposing his noble status. Something within Raghnall snapped, the thin rope of his restraint gnawed away by years of hatred. Gripping a sword he did not have from the scabbard of his twisted soul, he struck out and opened the man's back to the moon's gaze.

Those who had witnessed the events had no wish to speak of it. With this newfound power, Raghnall did the only thing that made sense to him. Seeking to infiltrate the Gotei and change the Soul Society from within, he joined the academy.



From there on out, he'd complete the Academy and get moved through some of the Divisions as is the standard. Since I've changed up his timeline a bit, he should probably be promoted more quickly as a direct result of the Black Death crisis. (The Mongolian conquests didn't end until a bit after we'll be starting, so he won't have been a Shinigami for too long.)

I'd leave the reasons for his wanting specifically the abolition of the Nobility and C46 to the early stages of the game. Perhaps one of the other characters, or an NPC such as his or another Captain, can act as a check on his progression through the ranks and open him up to the idea of further radicalization and lead him down the aforementioned path.

Again, sorry for the wall of text. Got pretty into it.

P.S. While what I've might imply he's doing all this for a fairly "good" reason, even if his actions are pretty fucked, he also does seek power for power's sake as well. The idea is for him to be Machiavellian yet closer to an ultimately misguided and selfish fool. But I'm not going to go back and add MORE to that thick block, so just keep that in mind.

P.P.S. - He hates Earth, and being sent there, with a passion. He finds it dirty and disgusting; the fact that those in the nobility as well others in positions of privilege (Hazuki Tsukimiya) do not get sent there (as often) is certainly something that fuels his loathing.
 
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