Unseated, Eleventh Division
Ancient Icelandic [Norwegian]
Height & Weight:
186 cm & 65 kg
There's a dullness to Kane; as if her creator forgot to add vibrance to her palette before letting her loose. Her battle-scarred skin is on the fair side but lacking in the bright flush of life. Her hair is a pale blonde that hangs carelessly and with no thought for style. Her steely grey eyes–cradled by a fine line or two–stare out at the world in a generally placid manner, save for if something or someone piques her interest. Then, a sparkle of mirth and mischief brings her face to life.
Kane carries herself through the Gotei on careful, quiet steps that allow her to sneak up on people (which she finds very funny) but do little to hide her from onlookers. Standing at 186 centimeters, Kane is an imposing figure to behold. Her frame is muscular but hidden by her overly modest attire. Besides wearing her standard Shinigami uniform, Kane likes to pair it with a high-collared, black cloak over top that ends just above her hands and possesses four slits, front and back, for ease of movement. The collar, meanwhile, sits right below her chin: allowing her to hide amused smirks when staring down at short people.
Kane moves through the Gotei like someone who has cheekily snuck in somewhere they aren't supposed to be. She watches the Shinigami flit about like a cat watches a line of busy ants, wondering what would happen if she messed with them. Often she forgets she is a part of the line and is, herself, an ant. It's difficult for Kane time seeing herself "a part" of the Gotei 13 due to the circumstances surrounding her "recruitment" and she has to remind herself that the Shinigami aren't "other" anymore: she is one.
Surviving the poor districts of the Rukongai required Kane to be ready for some new disaster every day. As a warlord, she had to be able to deal with it. In the Gotei, she continues to live as if her world–or at least her day– will be turned upside down at a moment's notice. Go here! No there! Nevermind, you're dismissed. It's all good, she'll be the water to the Gotei's cup until she doesn't have to be.
Eager & Curious -
While Kane never wanted to join the Academy, her sour attitude was rocked when the Shinigami handed her their brand new invention: the Asauchi. They were willing to just give her this extraordinary weapon? AND teach her magic and new sword arts? Is it wrong to eagerly learn from your kidnappers? What else did they have around here?
Even bandits like to have fun. Loud nights of drinking, humourous conversations with comrades, and good-natured hassling are all a part of interacting with Kane. It's all good, light-hearted fun. If she doesn't have a problem with someone, she sees no reason to not have a good time with them.
Skeptical & Bitter -
The Dogs of Inuzuri were Kane's family, to an extent, especially the high-ranking members and her lieutenant. Nevertheless, she lost everything via betrayal orchestrated by those she'd been closest to for over a century. With barely a moment to process it all, Kane was whisked away into the Academy. She's a Shinigami now... or something. It's all a little hard for her to believe right now and she is still bitter.
If her family was willing to stab her in the back, how can she trust anyone again? Kane thought she had genuine camaraderie in the Rukongai, but evidently she either misjudged the people she knew or friendship can change with opportunity. Could she make some new, genuine connections in the Gotei? Maybe. However, could those people back stab her in eighty years for some reason? Absolutely! For now, Kane is keeping her walls up and facade on.
During her Rukongai days, Kane sought to pull herself up from her circumstances through violence. She protected the districts she controlled, but not for nothing. Refuse to pay tribute? Brush off a direct order? Then be made an example of. Kane's tactics were brutal but they worked and that was enough for her. Survival and war require savagery, even more so when you're fighting Hollow.
When Kane doesn't
like someone, her playful jeering and jokes become pointed and purposeful. She's the kind of person who likes to see how far she can push someone she doesn't like or respect before they snap in a delightfully dramatic fashion. It's all careful, calculated, and cruel but can backfire if she's too obvious.
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In life, she was an Icelandic woman who had set sail with her family for greener pastures– literally, if the name was to be believed. However, they arrived to a harsh land completely unlike the title it was given. It had been a trick to lure in colonists by Erek the Red and she had to watch her family wither and die because of it. Eventually, Greenland took her life as well.
[985 - 1135 CE]
In death, she still yearned for a stable life. Unfortunately, she awoke in the 78th district of the southern Rukongai, also known as Inuzuri. It was a place infested with bandits and poverty and it offered her no chance at better life than "Greenland" had. Kane lived fearfully for the first one hundred and fifty years of her life. She kept her head down, did menial labour, and paid her tributes to whichever bandit clan was dominant at the time. It isn’t clear when or why she changed, but when she did, she made a decision that would change the course of her district and its people: Kane was going to take control of her life.
The Dogs of Inuzuri
[1135 - 1343 CE]
For the next two hundred years, Kane was the warlord of the bandit clan within the 78th whose influence extended to the 77th and 79th southern districts as well. Decades of inter-district bloodshed at the hands of Kane’s group and her own blade acted as the foundation for their control of the area. At their peak, they had secured five fringe districts. Times were good and they enjoyed the tributes paid to them by the locals.
[1343 - 1357 CE]
Things changed when the troubles on earth began. Hollows had always attacked the Rukongai, especially the outer districts, but not like this. Kane’s clan no longer worried about their rivals as everyone was more concerned with fending off Hollows every single day. The bandits of Inuzuri pulled back to two districts, but were otherwise holding their own. Nevertheless, treachery began to fester. For as ruthless as Kane was, she was growing paranoid. She had heard of how vicious the Shinigami recruiters had become in their desperation and so she became reclusive, knowing she had the hunger the spiritually-capable possessed.
Ironically, Kane’s paranoid actions had set her up for a coup a few years after the troubles began. Some of her closest companions, her highest officers, conspired to draw her out of hiding and Kane found herself alone and surrounded by Shinigami. She had a choice: either join the Seireitei or die. Bitterly, she chose the former… but she wouldn’t forget this.
Her time in the Academy was uneventful as Kane tried to just keep her head down and assess her new situation. She was placed firmly in the 11th upon graduation, a decision she agreed with.