|Height||195 cm (6'5")|
|Weight||89 kg (196 lb.)|
|Previous Affiliation||Gotei 13|
|Previous Division||Sixth Division|
|Base of Operations||Reiōkyū|
|Roleplay Debut||Chiaroscuro: Annihilation|
Ayumu is a very tall and lean man of African descent. He has a well-toned physique and a dark complexion. With an oblong face and a nubian nose, his overall features are quite gentle. His curly, black hair are habitually kept short, with a few stripes cut to the skin on each side of his head. In addition, he usually maintains a stubble. The colour of his eyes is brown.
His attire consists of a black vest, white undershirt and black shorts. Over it he wears the Royal Guard variant of a Captain's haori. Usually, he walks barefoot.
In general, he is an easy-going and friendly man who rarely lets combat situations affect his behaviour in any significant way. This attitude extends to his enemies, whom he addresses in a somewhat casual and familiar manner most of the time. Although he might seem reckless at times, he is significantly more vigilant and observant than one could expect of him at a first glance. At any rate, he may afford a degree of carelessness given his supernatural speed and reflexes allow him to react to unexpected turns of events in the blink of an eye, or faster still.
Nakahara enjoys training and strives to push his limits ever further. He greatly respects his fellow Divine Generals. In fact, he seeks to constantly improve himself partially because he wants to remain a reliable ally, one that they have no reason to be ashamed of in case of conflict. Nevertheless, there is a modicum of actual philosophy to his approach to training and battle. Despite remembering well the times of a far ruthless and strict order, Ayumu believes that the world ought to be, slowly but surely, cherished and developed into a better place through more benevolent means.
Conversely, in spite of his innate geniality, he is rather uncompromising when dealing with chaos and evil. He may sympathise with tragic villains, treat criminals and invaders with an amount of politeness. In the end, however, their malevolence is a tumour no matter the source. A tumour he wishes to remove as fast as possible, preferably as humanely as possible, yet always an issue that has do be dealt with decisively.
Nakahara was the first Lieutenant of the Sixth Division of Gotei 13 after its founding. He became its Captain an unknown period of time later, before eventually being promoted to the Royal Guard.
Powers and Abilities
Hakuda Expert: Unarmed combat is the most basic skill available to prospective Shinigami. The most accessible in general, for the only weapon it requires to hone and wield is the user's own body, mind and soul. Given those qualities, Hakuda is the only Zankensoki art that Nakahara has devoted some time to develop his proficiency in next to his unequalled Hohō-driven nimbleness. A necessary, invaluable supplement to divine speed that helps mould it into a versatile fighting style rather than solely means of rapid travel. As far as unarmed combat is concerned, Ayumu is a master of the basics, as it were. He knows and understands the core tenets well. He has endured countless hours of strenuous physical conditioning. All basic stances and strikes are performed with nary a thought, swiftly and flawlessly. More than that, he knows how to handle opponents armed and unarmed, how to defend and where to hit. And that is all he needs. With neither excessive labour nor overtly complicated concepts to dilute his specialty, Hakuda serves as an excellent focusing lens for his outstanding gift in the art of Hohō.
Hohō Grandmaster: Each field of the Zankensoki offers a distinct selection of benefits to the Shinigami. Each of them is unique. But as a part of the whole, Hohō is the art that stands out from the rest the most. This is because, for all intents and purposes, Hohō is an inherently supplementary skillset rather than a comprehensive combat system of its own. Swordsmen may cut so fast that their slashes seem to strike from opposite directions, warriors perfrom tens or hundreds of kicks and punches per second, even a mage might find utility in the ability to swiftly relocate during a spectacular display of magic. But what does Hohō offer beyond the role of a force multiplier, with just enhanced mobility and a number of useful tricks? What does speed offer alone, without anything else to depend on?
That is a question that Ayumu Nakahara has found the answer to. He was not born with the martial spirit of a great warrior. Rather, he was meek and plagued with low self-esteem. In fact, many times during his unpleasant childhood he chose to run away from confrontation rather than face the aggressors. He was called a coward, and accused of only being good in running away. But one day he stopped to consider those harsh words. So there was indeed something he was good at. So good that his crude bullies could never seem to be able to catch up with him unless he made a silly mistake or simply had bad luck. With that realisation for the first time endowing him with a degree of confidence and motivation, he then sought to hone his speed, his only outstanding quality to gain strength of his own. Shin'ō Academy provided help in that regard, and many others, with the possibility to learn unarmed combat, spiritual swordsmanship and magic as well. But the former was the only area that could serve to further his purpose. Obviously, he chose Hohō as his specialty. In spite of the hindrance that entailed in terms of fighting ability, despite the many falls he suffered on his path, he only ever moved forward to accomplish his goal. And, given his current position as the Hohō Grandmaster of the Royal Guard, he has inarguably met his self-imposed challenge.
His speed is his fist, his sword and a Kidō spell. He might perform feats that practitioners and experts deem outright impossible. The numerous techniques that serve as examples of extraordinary agility and require some effort even from respectable masters, to him are but a side-effect, something that happens naturally each time he takes a step. Ayumu might appear to flicker, extend his presence across a large distance, appear to have taken damage only to reveal an afterimage at play, or seem to multiply into a hundred eight Nakaharas, every one of them performing another action and refusing to fade away until Ayumu decides the time has come to reduce the count. Nonetheless, those are the most basic displays of his supernatural nimbleness. Because he wished to find strength in speed, and so he did. He might outrun wind, so that in a sign of respect it follows his orders. He might borrow the power of concepts such as sonicboom, friction or inertia to turn them into a versatile weapon. More than that, he might accelerate every aspect of his being, whether the ability to perceive, analyse, or heal and recover. Ayumu embodies the concept of speed, and boasts appropriate power in combat. One that allows him to contend with the greatest of opponents, so that he never has to run away again.
Immense Strength: Strength is of little importance as far as Hohō is concerned. Supernatural mobility relies upon mainly supernatural means, such as the ability to readily mould spiritual pressure or control the flow of Reishi to stimulate nerves and muscles. But to be able to depend upon a degree of physical strength at any time and to expand upon through the aforementioned means is only sensible. The same holds true for the performance of strikes in combat, and is an inevitable side-effect of the strenuous physical conditioning required to be able to withstand the stresses of incredible speed anyway. In spite of his general disapproval of the use of brute force, Ayumu is still substantially stronger than an ordinary Shinigami. This is a very useful trait, for he might employ his unaided physical strength to swiftly incapacitate a weak opponent - a way to briefly impose a limit on his potential. But when the enemy is formidable, Nakahara's strength becomes the foundation, the value that he can multiply exponentially with the addition of tremendous speed.
Formidable Durability: The main, or rather the only, defence of a fragile speedster is to evade damage altogether. Shinigami who focus upon agility rarely can afford to harden and bulk up their bodies without that posing a detriment to their supposed forte. Be that as it may, Nakahara was able to find a way to increase his durability to its peak without affecting his nimbleness. As such, while not nearly as perdurable as some of the juggernauts of comparable prowess, he is not exactly a fragile speedster either. For what the basic amount of contribution his muscles and body in general provide whilst he dashes across the battlefield and runs circles around his enemies, they do require the ability to withstand considerable strain. Nakahara can weather much more punishment than a rank-and-file Shinigami, true, not that he needs to, though. That is just a welcome consequence of training so as to not tear himself apart with a one too many careen or an abrupt stop. Though he has other means to avoid such an inconvenience, once again, his body provides the reliable basis.
Extraordinary Endurance: What good is the ability to outrun any and all opponents if peak performance plummets with an equal speed? Physical conditioning serves to improve stamina as well. Fatigue is quick to sap powerful blows from strength or cause a hardened warrior to sway under the weight of another strike. Nakahara has trained arduously to achieve, and, most importantly, maintain the title of the fastest Shinigami alive. This entails running quickly, and for long periods of time. Spiritual energy supplies the preternaturally swift motions of a Hohō practitioner, yet stamina dictates for what a duration the physical body may actually perform them. Whilst developing his skill Nakahara ascertained to address and hone every aspect of enormous speed usage, which means his own body may run and run with little signs of fatigue even without the aid of his ample spiritual power.
Highly Perceptive Combatant: Ayumu is a keen-eyed person for sure, and one to pay attention to detail at that. Only logical, given that the Hohō Grandmaster does not have much time to admire his surroundings whilst meandering through cramped city alleys or dodging a volley of deadly attacks. Details are a significant factor for any high-level combatant, and especially one that relies upon speed as primary means of combat. As Nakahara perceives the environment with all of his senses, he focuses upon potential paths and advantages it offers. As he observes his enemies, he pays attention to tiny contractions of muscles that betray their mood and impending actions. Even illusions might be seen through, for they are rarely perfect and Ayumu will be quick to note all their shortcomings to arrive at a proper conclusion. That is all to avoid the unpleasant consequences of charging through a not-so-obvious obstacle, driving himself into a corner or anticipating an attack that does not quite come to pass.
Expert Tactician: With remarkable perception and extensive knowledge of spiritual combat, it is only logical to use such factors to gain an advantage in battle. Nakahara may not be a genius, but his intellect is perfectly adequate to come up with counters and solutions to difficult turns of events and most ordinary techniques from across all the four fields of Zankensoki. One of the core principles of the art of constantly outrunning others is the ability to keep outrunning them. As such, rather than simply act and react, Ayumu plans in advance as well. He does not only consider proper ways to evade or otherwise foil an enemy attack, not only how to retaliate, but also what the enemy's next action will be and what best possible way to react to that might be. He is not infallible in that regard, and has to spend some time adapting to completely alien fighting styles, yet any knowledge he gains or has already accumulated serves to enhance his performance. With every single fraction of a second he gains that way he strives to increase the gap that separates him from the opponent, so that they may never quite catch up with him, figuratively and literally.
Strong Resolve: Nakahara used to be meek. He did not like the idea of fighting and preferred to run away from danger instead. But deep inside he knew he could not always, and in fact he did not always simply run away from trouble. He had some dreams, he wanted to achieve something, so in the end he had to change his attitude. During the years he spent as a pupil of the Shin'ō Academy and then a common soldier in the Sixth of the Thirteen Divisions, he succeeded to not only condition his body and develop his skill, but also reinforce his willpower. Increasing prowess and actual accomplishments gradually granted him a degree of confidence he had never had before. The weakness transformed into a strength. Ever since he had been chosen as the founding Lieutenant of his Division he displayed determination appropriate for a warrior of his proficiency. Nowadays, he is not exactly fearless, but his carefree attitude and strengthened resolve allow him to continue fighting for a long time even under considerable stress.
Ōken: A metaphysical key that is imparted to all members of the Royal Guard, once given to them by the Soul King it suffuses within their body and becomes a literal part of them. Their blood, flesh, bone, and even hairs are imbued with the properties of the Ōken, and can be used to create clothing granting ordinary Shinigami similar power for a time. Through the Ōken, Ayumu has unrestricted access to the Reiōkyū and can even allow others entry simply by willing it.
Massive Spiritual Power: Ironically, one of the aspects that contributed to Ayumu's rough childhood, his spiritual power was great from the very beginning. Even as an orphan from one of the middle Rukongai districts he boasted ample potential. Greater than any of his bullies, but one that he had no proper attitude nor training to wield effectively in any but most instinctual of manners. It was only under the tutelage of respected masters that he was able to recognise and realise that potential. His career as a Shinigami was one of constant progress, with his growing skill and growing power allowing him to advance through the ranks at an impressive rate. Once a Captain, he did not stood out from the monsters of the first generation in this regard and continued to awaken his latent power still. Ultimately, he reached a level significantly above even that normally associated with a veteran Captain, one that was, in addition to his unparalleled skill in Hohō, the reason he was admitted into the ranks of the Royal Guard. As Hohō relies primarily on spiritual power for supply of energy, Nakahara is an all but tireless combatant with such a massive reservoir at his disposal. When visible, his energy manifests as a gently flowing aura of navy blue colour.
- According to User:Njalm2, Ayumu's base Price Level is an impressive 72,000.
- Chiaroscuro: Annihilation
- Chiaroscuro: Trepidation
- Chiaroscuro: Complication
- Chiaroscuro: Aggravation
- Chiaroscuro: Conclusion