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Apr. 9th, 2011 01:44 am
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Character Information

General
Canon Source: Bleach
Canon Format: Manga
Character's Name: Mayuri Kurotsuchi
Character's Age: Unknown, but at least 125 (probably much older)
Conditional: If your character is 13 years of age or under, please clarify how they will be played. n/a

What form will your character's NV take? Retractable and hidden in his right ear cone much like the kusarigama in his left, though he will more than likely make modifications to it.

Abilities
Character's Canon Abilities: Genius intellect, master inventor/chemist/scientist/strategist (he is the head of the Shinigami Research and Development Institute and has devised many inventions he often uses in battle), body modification expert (notably on himself; he has also created a person, Nemu, his daughter/lieutenant combining the artificial limb and artificial soul techniques; he has even created dummy organs and implanted them into himself), tracking expert (all he needs is a DNA sample, such as a strand of hair), environmental camouflage (can blend into his surroundings), Shunpo expert (flash step-the ability to move faster than the eye can see), Kidou expert (the ability to focus ones spiritual energy into magical spells for healing/defense/combat), great spiritual pressure (that comes in waves; all Captains have great spiritual pressure), enhanced durability and pain tolerance (as evidenced by being being blown nearly in half and continuing to fight), and his zanpakutou (Ashisogi Jizou-which he has modified). Zanpakutou have two releases, shikai and bankai:

In its sealed state, Ashisogi Jizou resembles a katana with a modified hook on its pink hilt and spikes just below the blade. Stabbing himself when the zanpakutou is in this sealed state will liquefy his body into a green goo, allowing him to safely escape, neither being able to attack nor be attacked.

In the shikai state (commanded by 'Rip'), Ashisogi Jizou transforms into deformed trident with a baby's face that releases poison at intervals (example 1 color example). Being cut by Ashisogi Jizou in the shikai state results in paralysis of the victim's limbs by severing the brain signals controlling neural impulses in the limbs, regardless of where the cut occurs. However, pain receptors and nerve endings remain unaffected, so the still feels pain, even in the paralyzed limbs.

In the bankai state, Konjiki Ashisogi Jizou transforms into a giant yellow caterpillar with a baby's head and arms, halo with 4 bells, and a red cape (example 1 color example). The zanpakutou returns to its sealed state and the creature appears to follow Kurotsuchi's verbal commands. It emits its own red reiatsu (spiritual pressure) and exhales a poison derivative of Kurotsuchi's blood (only he and Nemu are immune, although they both keep the antidote on their persons) that is nearly impossible to avoid, and does not need to be inhaled as it works trans-dermally as well; only a significant amount of reiatsu can block it (such as Zaraki's). Because Kurotsuchi changes the formula, it is impossible for someone to develop an immunity or antidote to the poison. The creature can produce blades from its chest, and beyond physically crushing things, it has been seen to eat people.

Moreover, Kurotsuchi has modified his zanpakutou in such a way that if it were ever turned on him, it would self destruct and return to its sealed state. If the weapon is broken, as long as the hilt remains, he can easily recreate it.

Conditional: If your character has no superhuman canon abilities, what dormant ability will you give them? n/a
Weapons: His zanpakutou (Ashisogi Jizou), a hidden kusarigama in his left ear cone, a left arm that extends as a grappling hook, various poisons which he keeps on his person

History/Personality/Plans/etc.
Character History: here
Point in Canon: Chapter 423, during one of his research trips to Hueco Mundo
Conditional: Brief summary of previous RP history: n/a

Character Personality: Kurotsuchi neatly fits the mad scientist trope. Curiosity and the thirst for knowledge drive him in his endeavors. Everything is a possible experiment to him. As such, he views everyone and everything as objects to study, including himself. His outlook is clinical and practical; he doesn't engage his enemies until he has studied them thoroughly. In doing so, he can devise numerous contingency plans, tilting the battle in his favor (and he uses the encounters to plant devices on his enemies so that he can further study them). Because of this outlook, he is cold, cautious, and calculating. He will go through whatever means he has to in order to obtain his subjects (even turning members of his own division into bombs); morals and ethics are of no consequence to him--he will experiment on people without their permission, for example. People are nothing more than specimens to be experimented on (and much of his research involves dissection and vivisection). His sadism and cruelty are no secret to his fellow Shinigami, leading many to be fearful of him.

While he certainly is sadistic and cruel, these traits are strongly tied to his research; he doesn't go out of his way to kick puppies, for instance. That said, if there were some new knowledge to be gleaned from doing so, he wouldn't hesitate. His encounter with Szayel Aporro Granz is a disturbing example of his sadism. Granz accidentally ingested Kurotsuchi's 'superhuman' drug, which resulted in superhuman senses. In the undiluted form, one second seemed like one hundred years. However, as the Granz's non-superhuman body couldn't keep up with the superhuman senses, not only could he not understand a word of Kurotsuchi's gleeful explanation (a torture in and of itself for the Espada scientist), but the pain of being stabbed through the heart seemed to last hundreds of years. The very nature of Ashisogi Jizou in its shikai state is sadistic: it paralyzes the victim but allows them to continue feeling pain. Moreover, he clearly enjoys recounting his experimentation of the Quincies to Ishida: 'Observed the result of all kinds of mental and physical stimuli. Opened skulls alive...forced one to burn his own son to death. Chopped up bodies...grinded bodies...studied them until they were rendered to piles of lifeless limbs.'

His temper is mercurial; he is quick to anger, but the anger will fade just as swiftly. He often threatens to punish people for insubordination (as well as his zanpakutou, which he once broke for defying him), but the only person who is ever seen bearing the brunt of his anger is Nemu, possibly because she is always around (not to mention he created her to be durable enough to withstand great attacks). He verbally and physically abuses her; he created her, after all--she's there for use in whatever way he sees fit.

Despite being as intelligent and calculating as he is, some social conventions seem beyond him. Most notably, he has straight out asked people to be his research subjects, detailing the horrible ways in which he intended to study them, then seeming surprised when they turned him down. Most people appear to irritate him (especially those who invade his personal space by using familiar terms of address) and he doesn't hesitate to tell them so, using insulting names, deriding their intelligence, and even making faces to mock them. He can be quite arrogant and proud when it comes to his station and intellect. There may be others at the Captain level, but there are few whose intelligence rivals his (except for perhaps, in his opinion, Urahara Kisuke, whom Kurotsuchi describes as 'a truly unpleasant sort of man', most likely because Kurotsuchi can't quite figure him out). He often feels as though people are insulting his intelligence when they question his methods.

Like any good stereotypical mad scientist, he has his moments of absentmindedness. On several occasions he's called for Nemu only to remember that she's been incapacitated by some serious injury. He remembered all the gory details of his experiment on Ishida Uryuu's grandfather (and even had a picture of the body on hand), but couldn't recall what name the old man kept crying out: 'The name of his student was...I forgot. I really have no interest for things that I have finished studying.' He has also shown a playful side, as well, toying with his enemies in battle (particularly in the fight against Granz, wherein he pretended to be affected by the other scientist's powers, only to pull a mocking face and shout 'Gotcha!' when he grew tired of the farce).

As a scientist, he detests the idea of perfection. The concept holds no meaning to him. Perfection is the end to all things, since there is nothing higher than perfection, not even creation, which means there is also no room for wisdom or talent, which, in turn, spells despair for a scientist. Perfection is limited growth. It is an end. Kurotsuchi's (and any good scientist's) view is that even if something magnificent is created, it is still far from perfect. A scientist must struggle with this contradiction, and even derive pleasure from it. Science requires limitless possibilities and unhindered growth in order to progress (nicely evidenced by the fact that Konjiki Ashisogi Jizou is a caterpillar and not a butterfly--even his bankai isn't complete and at an end). Perfection is for mediocre fools; only those who wish to seek an end to improvement. But for Kurotsuchi, there is always room for improvement and change.

Conditional: Personality development in previous game: n/a
Character Plans: Researching and experimenting on all the interesting people and things in Siren's Port. He will likely affiliate with SERO to fund his endeavors. Due to the presence of other Shinigami captains, as well as Espada members, someone will undoubtedly try to drag him into their affairs. In a more humorous vein, he will have to adjust to living in the human world and doing human things (which he will inevitably turn into a research project).

Appearance/PB: 5'8 1/2", 119 lbs. In addition to the usual black and white Shinigami uniform, he wears the white Captains' haori with the 12th Division's symbol on the back and a purple scarf, and carries his zanpakutou directly in front of him instead of to the side (example). His hair is blue and he paints his (entire) body white, save for areas of the face which he paints black, covering up tan skin and numerous scars from experimenting on himself (color example without makeup). His eyes are gold. He doesn't have ears, but rather golden cones, and wears varying face pieces which cover his chin. The style of his hair depends on the length, ranging from slicked back and under a hat, to molded into horns. His finger nails are dark blue (whether painted or naturally so is unclear), and the nail on the middle right finger is excessively long (example 1 example 2).

Writing Samples

First Person Sample

[Although the post is audio only, the unseen person is clearly thrilled.]

My, my, this place is filled with such interesting subjects...

[There's a gleeful laugh and the frustrated squeal of a Darkness monster as it is swiftly subdued.]

Siren's Port is a veritable treasure trove! It is truly a pity the specimens vanish by morning, but no matter. I'm sure I'll find plenty of work to keep me busy during daylight hours. It would certainly speed up the process, however, if someone were to collect the specimens for me so that I wouldn't have to waste time doing it myself. It's so tedious...

I would compensate for your efforts, of course.

Third Person Sample

"Nemu! Come here, Nemu! Nemu! Where ARE YOU?!"

His head jerked up from the test tubes he'd been diligently studying, eyes narrowing as they scanned the laboratory. Where was that blasted lieutenant of his? What use was she if she was never around? Assisting him was what he had created her for, dammit. He stood and angrily slammed a hand down on the table, resulting in a beaker tipping over and spilling some caustic liquid. It burned through the table to the floor with a hiss.

"Dammit, Nemu, you worthless--"

Oh, dear, that's right.

He'd been pulled to Siren's Port alone, leaving his lieutenant, presumably, still in Hueco Mundo where they'd been collecting interesting specimens. It was just like her to be such a hassle. With a resigned sigh, he sank back into his seat, staring at the test tubes. Nemu's absence was the purpose of his current project, after all; he would recreate her. Having grown so accustomed to her presence, he often forgot about her completely, and yet there was something to be said for an assistant who was, more or less, a clone of oneself.

At least she knew enough to leave onions out of his food when ordering, unlike the unbearably irritating research underlings SERO had provided. The trials he was forced to endure...
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