Ryoko IWAKAWA - The Thunder Empress Player:
Jane DoeGotei Division:
2 (Onmitsukido/Secret Mobile Corps)Rank:
- Unattainable romances
5' 8"; Weight:
145 lbs.; Build:
Stout, athletic, voluptuous, 34C-28-38Hair:
Shoulder, straight, red; Eyes:
Golden yellowDistinguishing feature(s):
Revealing shihakushō. Carries captain's haori slung over her shoulder rather than wearing it (supposedly to avoid dirtying it; most suspect she's just an exhibitionist). Strong countryside/rural accent.Personality:
Ryoko is a fairly easy going individual in her off-hours and makes it a habit of drinking with her subordinates. During emergencies or during battle periods, Ryoko evinces a cold, calculating manner that is all about efficiency and achieving the greatest effect, even if that means the sacrifice of rank-and-file shinigami. Whilst she doesn't do this unnecessarily, she'll still make the decision if she must. Otherwise, Ryoko makes it a habit of getting along with her fellow captains, even those who don't care for her company. She lacks the manners of high society, but comes across as a simple, boisterous woman.
Whilst Ryoko handles important tasks that obsolutely require her attention, she tends to delegate everything else that's boring and unexciting to her her underlings (beware!) so she can go out and gamble in the Rukongai. Being spectacularly bad at it, most of her captain's earning are lost here and as a consequence, her house is one of the most dilapidated and understaffed among all the captains - whilst she doesn't mind this for herself, it's a constant embarrassment to her when people visit. Her underpaid staff tend to go on the rebellious side.
Never ask her about her age. On a lucky day, she'll smile mysteriously. On every other day you're likely to get a face full of burning Kido.Background:
Growing up in the poorer districts of the Rukongai, Ryoko has generally been well used to poverty. However, her brashness, killer instincts, and the gall to try and pick pocket a shinigami got her noticed. Fortunately not for punishment. She pushed through the Academy through sheer determination and even if she couldn't read when she first got in. Since then, it has been nearly a hundred and fifty years pushing through the echelons of the second division. Although her brashness rankled more a few, her undeniable genius in battles and burgeoning power got her noticed for lieutenancy, despite not following conventional teaching practices. When the captain of her squad went MIA, Ryoko was a natural choice for replacement, even if not everybody agrees.Hobbies & Specialties:
- Fishing at isolated mountain lakes.
- Gambling (spectacularly bad at it, but always believes she'll hit that lucky break).
- Sake drinking contests (regional champion).
- Flirting, rarely with the intention of following up (Ryoko never seems to expect it to lead to anywhere and treats it as a time-killing exercise).
- Sushi preparation (she's terrible at other foods, but takes great pride in her ability to do this one type of dish well).
- Rumour claims she is skillful and vigorous in bed, yet no one actually seems to be able to directly confirm this, except that they heard it from someone who heard it from someone else.
Assassin 5, Harrier 3+2, Vanguard 0+2[Assassin 5]
Ryoko has been groomed since the academy to be the captain of the Onmitsukido 2nd Division of the Gotei 13 and has taken its lessons to heart: to that end, she is willing to use every trick in the book, be it stealth attacks, diversions, offensive and binding Kido, or aggressive swordmanship - whilst she's far from being the master of any one, her unique style combines and complements aspects of all into an efficient whole, making her one of the most erratic, temperamental, and unpredictable combatants on the battlefield in the Gotei 13.[Harrier 3]
Furthering the extension of her beliefs that opportunities should be grasped as quickly as possible, Ryoko is well trained and very proficient in the use of Shunpo/Flash-step and has an agile mind that allows her to notice things very quickly, giving her time to react to them.SHIKAI: Kami Sasu
(Divine Stab)[Harrier +1]
Ryoko's shikai transforms to become a wakizashi with air element-based abilities, which is fast, easy to wield, and has lethal accuracy. Furthermore, it's ability to enable her to make erratic zig-zag movements even when moving at her full speed, as well as shoot out almost invisible blasts of compressed air that can smash boulders, all enhance her already deadly skills.BANKAI: Raijin Sasu
(Thunder God Stab)[Harrier +1]
When used in bankai, Ryoko's zampakto, further transforms, turning into a pair of armoured boots and gauntlets with protruding blades. The boots jet out spirit particles with tremendous force, speeding her to incredible levels hard to match by even well-versed practitioners of flash step; moreover her zig-zag movements becomes a rapid short-ranged multi-teleportation effect, leaving disorientating sonic booms in their wake.[Vanguard +2]
The gauntlets, like her boots, enhance the speed of her strikes to reach armour-piercing hypersonic speeds. Even if they miss, the resultant sonic boom at such close range still clobbers the enemy with concussive force. The gauntlets also have the ability to dampen the force of blows blocked with them, absorbing a portion of physical attacks made on them and channeling them into the blades to give them a greatly enhanced vibration-based piercing effect that can puncture or cut all but the most unique of defences.