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Name: Uako Kinme
Division: 7th Squad
Appearance: Uako appears to be a late twenties young woman, about 5'5" and thin. Her hair is naturally red, but is dyed with streaks of yellow and white, tied into a clumsy braid which goes down to her shoulders. She has a pair of large glasses that sometimes obfuscate her eyes almost completely, giving her a curiously distant quality. But she only needs them for certain work. The rest of the time, she can choose to wear them or not with no concerns to her sight, revealing dancing, sharp blue eyes. She is typically smiling, or somehow jovial.
Personality: Like her namesake, Uako is almost always smiling about something, and is prone to fits of laughter with little or not provocation. While Uako doesn't often give the attention she should to her own appearance, she has the raw material of a fairly beautiful lady, sometimes surprising others by accentuating it irregularly. However, she typically doesn't see the point, much more concerned with her work and her training. She carries a strange obsession with mythological things: yokai, faerie, dragons, etc, and seems to collect figures of them to store in her workshop. Uako has a darker side, affectionately called Megane-Chan, in which she seems to trade her laughter for scientific method.
Personable - Uako is known among her compatriots as being spritely, helpful, energetic, and on occasion, really funny to watch.
Practical - When pressed, Uako settles into her Megane-Chan mindset, which makes her a calculating and quick thinking opponent.
Open Minded - Of all her strengths, her ability to think outside the box is her favorite. She is an original thinker, and resourceful.
Arms-Savante - The girl makes weapons. Weapons that make the Zanpakuto's of the lower seats wince.
Adapted Skills - As a Captain, she felt self-conscious in the presence of her peers, due to her lack of training and experience. To counteract this, she modified certain abilities to suit her needs.
Swordplay - She forced herself to master Tai Chi Chuan quickly, channeling her reiatsu through positioning to give her small frame a respectable power.
Hard Step - She's always been clumsy with flash-step, so she modified the technique into what she calls Hard-Step: a less graceful but more potent variation that can also be used to strike foes.
Kidou - She sees little use for Kidou Techniques, compensating sharply with her R&D capabilities. One of her projects is a mechanical 'Caster' Module, which theoretically can cast perfect incantations if provided with external sources of energy. It's still in development, as are many things.
Nerdy - Uako is not what most people would consider Military Grade Material. She is flighty, eccentric, and obeys authority only as long as she can rationalize the benefits of doing so. As such, while Uako can be a true terror, she lacks the combative prowess and experience that define many shinigami
Vauge - Uako is very secretive about her works, which leads to cryptic, vague explanations, and occasional mis-communication.
Obsessive - She has a one track mind. Whether it's work, laughter, fighting, or collecting myths, it's hard to tear herself away.
Quirky - The weaknesses of her duplicitous nature aren't lost on her. Her laughing self is just as bad for combat as her methodical Megane-chan persona is for social interaction, and she tends to slip between them without thinking. She hopes to integrate them better.
Secrets - Uako has a few secrets, and while she doesn't let them compromise her abilities, she nonetheless keeps people away from her proverbial closet space.
Weaponry - Uako has several weapons she likes to employ, her Zanpakuto being only one of them.
In it's sealed state, Uako's Zanpakuto appears to be a Tai Chi sword with a square guard and a carving of a snake on the hilt, biting it's own tail. There is a single black tassel on the edge of the hilt.
Shikai - 移り変わりの三頭ヘビ - Utsurikawari no Santou Hebi - Three Headed Snake of Changing Seasons
Her Tai Chi Sword grows into a Longsword and becomes bronze. The snake on the hilt coils around her arm, and the black tassel splits into three different ones, one red, one yellow, and one white. In this state, the snake can wield the sword independently of her other two hands, allowing her to employ more than one weapon at a time. While this makes her a fairly stubborn threat, owing to her many other tools, it's a pitiful power for a lieutenant. In her usual cryptic way, she tries not to advertise that the true power it holds is in the tassels.
Her sword has the common misconception of being able to make people 'happier.' When she touches an ally with it, they have been known to start laughing involuntarily, as their combative powers increase 4-fold. Indeed, the ability does make them happier, but that's not the goal, only the side effect. The Red Tassel symbolizes open flames, while the Yellow Tassel represents sealed energy within fuel. Using them, she is able to open sealed energy within a person or object, or to seal what energy they have into stasis. With her in combat, people fight harder and injuries work slower under her influence. The White Tassel carries another power, associated with the remains of fuel after the fire is burnt away, but no one is quite sure what it is. Uako will only say she needs the right 'conditions' to employ it.
Bankai - 完璧宇宙の黄金の蛇 - Kanpeki uchū no kogane no hebi - Golden Serpent of the Perfected Cosmos
When Uako applied to become a Lieutenant, she was asked to demonstrate this ability to her superiors before she could be appointed. She conceded, on the condition that the demonstration be kept secret, and involved hunting a Menos Grande. When she and her superior returned, the higher rank was appropriately impressed with her abilities, and she was given her station.
The two returned that day with a beautiful sword: a large, ghostly white metal, bordered with a golden blades and deep red stripes in its center. When asked what the sword was, Uako replied cryptically: "It's the Menos."
Auxiliary Weapon - Fronteriza Dorada: The Golden Border
Whatever her mysterious sword is, it's easy to see that it carries enormous spiritual pressure. She can utilize her Shikai to make it fire potent bursts of force, or extend the energy from it into a lance like spike of energy. However, she has no way to actually hide or store the weapon on her body, and has to physically retrieve and carry the weapon if she intends to use it. In her own words, she is afraid of the sword, admitting that it makes her feel small, even meddlesome, when she touches it.
Uako's younger life was a haphazard series of studies, failures, and experiments. She trained in Kidou for a time, excelling at it but quickly finding new interests in the works of R&D. She became infatuated with it, and began to study to become a member of the scientific community. A long series of trials, experiments, and wild interests summed up this life. The directors of the primary organizations were almost inhuman in their methods. Megane-Chan, more than anything, was born from her attempts to adapt to this society. She became a talented weapons creator, at one point gaining her own small staff.
And then she achieved her Bankai: a spiritual and physical sum of everything she had studied and was aiming to learn. Having done so, she suddenly saw no use for the community, and in fact was afraid that if they knew just what she had achieved, they would find a way to strip it from her. After all she'd witnessed, tearing the strongest part of someone's soul out of their body was simply an afternoon of light work. Rather than keep working, she quit and decided to join the Gotei, where at the least she'd be able to find more materials to experiment with.
She refused, under any circumstances, to belong to Squad 10. Instead, she sought a position in Squad 7, where she'd have a high enough rank to conduct herself as she pleased, but not have any genuine responsibilities. At least, that was what she hoped for.
She demonstrated her Bankai to the Captain-Commander under conditions of secrecy, and was made Liutenant. However, the previous captain abdicated several months later, leaving her in control of the squad itself. Since then, she's reformed 7th Squad into a capable barracks, where people are not allowed to ask about a person's history. This has attracted a variety of capable misfits and deviants who seem to love her for her enthusiastic understanding.
Today, she has a workshop, located somewhere... she goes there to practice her experiments, forge new weapons, and test the limits of her abilities.