World on Fire [Verbrennung Resurrección Request] [FINISHED] Dec 22, 2016 23:25:24 GMT -5 Ichiro Tsubaki, Consequence, and 2 more like this
Post by Verbrennung on Dec 22, 2016 23:25:24 GMT -5
Current Base GP: 2,500
Second Release Description:
Quemarlos todos, Bruja Emplumada.
Burn them all away, Feathered Witch.
Burn them all away, Feathered Witch.
Landing upon Verbrennung's back, the Raven sinks its claws into her flesh to initiate the resurrection of their former Hollow self. The familiar melds into her flesh with exception of its wings which grow to a massive enough size that the Arrancar can use for flight if she so wishes, though they tend to drag against the ground near the bottom. In a true display of her demonic self-identification, Verbrennung sprouts a pair of black horns from the edge of her hairline that curve outward and then back in near their ends in a circular manner. Meanwhile, where her humanoid ears once sat, long, narrow, animal-like ears form to mimic those that she possessed as a Full-Mask Hollow. Also mimicking her prior evolution, that strip of Hollow mask that sits across Verbrennung's face grows a point that runs down her nose and curves over it like a beak.
The heat and smell of burning flesh remain in this state but now extend as far as her aura of fire does with increased intensity. The flames that once sat upon her shoulders now extend down her biceps and spine down to her tailbone and fire is constantly licking up from within her mouth as if trying to escape. Finally, those red-on-black eyes are never seen in this form, instead remaining as orange orbs of liquid fire constantly.
Second Release Ability:
The full force of Verbrennung's contained fire is unleashed, extending her passive, searing heat from radiating just slightly off her skin to engulfing a wide area around her. This is even enough to cause fires to spark to life up to five arms-lengths away from her with the distance extending as she gains more synergy and experience with her Resurrección. Her control and generation of fire and its related elements (smoke and ash) remain in this state with the amount generated and their intensity increased. Additionally, the Arrancar is able to dissolve her form into pure fire or black smoke should the need arise.
Ever since coherent thought took form in Verbrennung's mind, a series of questions has plagued her concerning the core of her being in relation to her anatomy and powers. Even when hunger was all that dominated the collective Gillian she was apart of, Verbrennung was painfully aware of an underlying yearning for company, a loneliness that was never quenched no matter how many souls were consumed. This emotion was so prevalent that it was what propelled the soul of Verbrennung to take dominant control over the Gillian and become an Adjuchas, yet her questions remained unanswered. Why was a being as socially-craving as she cursed with the body of a monster and a latent heat so potent that none she met could stand to be close to her? Was she... a bad person, damned to never know the kinship of others? Her reflection brought one word to her mind, a phrase she'd overheard from Earth's church sermons: demon. That had to be it, she thought. She was a soul so abhorrent she had been damned to be a beast of Hell, thrashing against the machinations of Heaven and its Angels. Her fate was out of her hands so it didn't matter what she did! With this idea in mind, Verbrennung strove to become a powerful demon, wishing only to fulfill the purpose that fate, God, or whatever it was that had set her on that path had given her. However, her forward march possessed a major pitfall when a fight with a fellow Adjuchas lead to her mask being broken. This incident caused Verbrennung to spend twenty-two long years living a lackadaisical existence as a being she never meant to become; an Arrancar. With the loss of her status as a Full-Mask she saw little point in 'trying' anymore. The Hollow hunger was gone and she could no longer evolve as a demon, so what was the point? Much to the chagrin of her living Zanpakuto, the Raven, Verbrennung simply wandered Earth and Hueco Mundo doing little outside of watching people, setting fires, chatting with other spiritual beings, and listening to bible passages that served to reinforce her views. This pointless life of hers was interrupted when Obsession bathed the Hollow masses in his obsession inducement and set them upon the Seireitei, something which Verbrennung is compelled to participate in.
Her trip into 'Heaven' begins in District 76 where the first seeds of doubt regarding her Heaven-Hell views are sewn. The District dubbed Inuzuri proves to be an unremarkable display of Paradise and Verbrennung finds herself amused and perplexed at just how unimpressive Heaven really is with its ramshackle homes, rundown-looking citizens, and utter absence of guards. The Shinigami recruit known as Yuuto Tachibana (or the' White-Haired One' as Ver calls him) does show up while she is burning the place to the ground, however. The two engage in a mixture of combat and banter which only further solidifies Verbrennung's conflicted feelings of the reality she's witnessing versus the views she's held for centuries in regards to the Seireitei and Shinigami. While the Arrancar pictures Angels as beings of devotion and discipline to their cause, Yuuto proves to be nothing like that. He flirts with Verbrennung, mocks her for 'always having been alone', and even speaks of having murdered a loved one. She walks away from the encounter with the first sprouts of uncertainty she's ever had regarding her views of the world, and if her ideas of Heaven and Angels are wrong, is her self-identification wrong as well? Verbrennung keeps her wits about her, ignoring her doubts as she continues onward into the Seireitei.
By this time, she has met up with the bulk of the invading Hollow-breed horde to continue her exploration and destruction of Heaven as well as to reinforce her views after having been shaken by her encounter with Yuuto. She keeps in mind bible passages she's overheard and memorized as well as dubbing the sight of the beastial army as 'beautiful', and who else but a fiend could find such a thing beautiful? During her march, Verbrennung encounters another Shinigami recruit named Malix Katir (or the 'Grinning One' as he, like Yuuto, did not give his name). The two begin to fight almost immediately, like Yuuto however, the two speak while they do so. Verbrennung questions Malix on if Heaven promised him food and board in exchange for his allegiance, though he is quick to brush her off explaining he doesn't care about Heaven or Hell. This statement leaves the Arrancar baffled and irritated as the doubts from earlier begin to bubble to the surface once more. After their battle has concluded, Verbrennung is left mulling over her doubts. She'd finally encountered an Angel who was disciplined and focused on their job of ending her demonic life, yet he also didn't care about Heaven or Hell. He was ideal for the part he played in her beliefs but he didn't believe in them himself. She resolves to not let the words of Heaven get to her— even if they clearly already have— and continues to advance through the Seireitei.
Verbrennung next encounter is met at the Third Division where she is confronted by the sight of a green, dome-like barrier with a man reading within it who she immediately begins talking to. After being asked for her name, Verbrennung returns the inquiry, stating that she's always been curious if the Angels of Heaven also lost parts of their identities akin to Hollow-breeds. Though it was just a brief glimpse into her perspective of the planes, the Shinigami latches onto it. He explains that the Soul Society is more of a purgatory than anything else and even refers to it as a 'False Heaven' before introducing himself as Walkren Dehkarr. Verbrennung, once more, faces conflicted emotions. While she is happy to find someone who not only understands her views but also sees the inconsistencies that have been troubling her since her arrival, she is frustrated by the questions that come with this stance. Her own curiosity spurns questions to life in her mind, causing her to only fuel her own confusion and doubt. What is Seireitei if not Heaven? What is Hueco Mundo if not Hell? What is she if not a Demon? Such uncertainty only sprouts further as she continues interacting with Walkren. He heals her, gives her combat advice, and states that he sees kindness in her eyes, though one line sticks with her specifically: Walkren tells her that it doesn't matter what you are, but what you do. Verbrennung rejects this idea, and with it, the growing doubts in her mind. Soul Society had shown to be no true Heaven but, in her view of the world, it had to be no matter how little it made sense. If Soul Society was no Heaven and Hueco Mundo was no Hell then she was, in turn, not a Demon and, thus, not simply a puppet of forces beyond her comprehension. She would be responsible for her own decisions, for all the awful things she'd done, and she couldn't face that. Hell was for bad people and she'd gone to Hueco Mundo. It was as simple as that. Her rejection of Walkren's ideas and her own doubts is only solidified when he reveals his Mask as, in that moment, his label in her cosmological narrative shifts from Angel to Fallen Angel: a deceiver that straddles the line between Demon and Angel and one who cannot be trusted by either faction.
Months pass since Verbrennung's passage through Heaven and, after her encounter with the Miscreation known as Obsession, she has put her Heaven-Hell views at the back of her mind in lieu of focusing on her training to prove him wrong. During this period, while amidst the dunes surrounding Las Noches, she is surprised to sense a band of Shinigami moving through Hueco Mundo and approaches Kuroda Momiji to question. She demands to know why he and his fellows are there explaining she won't let him go until he tells her, though he refuses anyways. Loving a good conversation, Verbrennung continues chatting with Kuroda regardless of his non-answer, asking him similar questions she'd posed to Malix as well as some additional ones: did he join the Seireitei in order to survive? Was he going to purify her and send her to rot in the outer districts of Heaven? Did he believe in Hell? These inquiries bring with them the memories of what Walkren had said to her about her beliefs, memories she is quick to rebury out of irritation.
Much to Verbrennung's dismay, Kuroda rather plainly states that the Seireitei isn't Heaven and everyone knows that Hell exists but that its Gates only come for cold-blooded killers. She hastily brushes the Shinigami's words aside, dismissing Kuroda as an ignorant recruit filled with folk tales from the Rukongai, however he continues on to assert that murder is the greatest sin of all (something she has done much of) and that she is no Hellspawn. Despite her internal dismissal, Verbrennung goes on to question the Shinigami on how he can believe Hueco Mundo is anything but Hell. It is a simple explanation from the Kuroda; no one can escape Hell nor choose to go there of their own volition. He is here and can leave, thus, it is not Hell. He suggests that, instead, Hueco Mundo is more the 'Chaos' to the Seireitei's 'Order' than a strictly 'evil' place. Verbrennung, at this point, has had enough. Those feelings of self-doubt she'd known months prior have resurfaced in full force and she resents Kuroda for his part in their reawakening and for making sense. For the first time in her life, she is uninterested in talking to her opponent and simply wants to kill him to demonstrate how much of a hellspawn she truly is. With their fight taking on a more dangerous edge, Kuroda uses a scroll provided to him to call for help as it's become clear the Arrancar is out of control. He announces to her that Walkren is on his way and that she should leave as he is much stronger than himself.
Verbrennung is at a crossroads. To accept that Hueco Mundo isn't Hell and Seireitei isn't Heaven leads into a string of beliefs that, if unravelled, would leave the Arrancar facing questions about herself and her sins she wasn't ready to face in the past and isn't ready to face now. This demonic identity she has created was forged out of confusion related to her anatomy, powers, and Aspect of Death. Why would a creature who feels such a constant underlying loneliness and desire to be with others be bound to a body that hurts people on touch? A bad person, a damned person, that's who. She has to be a Demon because why else would she bear these feelings while possessing this form? It's punishment from forces unknown— no— from God. If Walkren shows up, however, she fears his mind-twisting abilities as a Fallen Angel will prevail over her conflicted mind, and thus, she must not only demonstrate her identity to Kuroda but also do it quickly enough to escape before Walkren shows up. She needs the power to show him that he's wrong and she is right, and she needs it now.