|Blood Type||B Negative|
|Affiliation||Gotei 13, Soul Society|
|Position||Captain of the 8th Division|
|Base of Operations||8th Division HQ, Seireitei, Soul Society|
|Story Debut||Bleach Crossroads|
|Roleplay Debut||Declaration of a Journey|
- "The Tempestuous Shield."
Branunn is a tall woman with a well toned and physique rippling with muscles. She has long, sand-brown hair kept up in an asymmetrical style with six tight knit braids hanging down the right side of her face whilst the right side is left flat to frame that side of her face. The rest of her hair flows behind her, reaching part away down her back. She has slightly bushy and squared eyebrows, with rounded eyes that are a deeper shade of brown than her hair. She has an average sized nose that presses downward slightly and broad, strong lips. Her jawline is rounded. She has a set of whtie tattoos in the form of a bird's wings that cover her back, arms, and, stomach.Her uniform consists of an outfit wholly untraditional for officers of the Gotei 13, consisting of a corset, low cut sleeveless jacket, belt, simple trousers, and boots with metal-plated kneeguards as well as a leather bracer marked with what appears to tbe the spine and ribs of a small animal on her right arm and seveal bandoilers lined with animal teeth held down by a single line of thread of the left. The outfit remains in the typical colours of a Shinigami Shihakushō, predominantly black mixed with white though the clothing on her arms, belt, and boots, are coloured a dark shaded brown.
Branunn is a particularly intense individual, appearing to be constantly angry at one thing or another and being violent to varying degrees. Though never stated explicitly, she appears to hold everyone around her in contempt, quickly brushing anyone off or picking fights, she discards the use of honourifics and respectful terminology for a more informal, and to some disrespectful, manner of speaking. She is quite the loner as a person, shrugging off suggestions of assistance and deriding others for needing help to accomplish something that she would see as doable on her own. She is very easy to irritate and a hair trigger temper, once something sets her in a foul mood, it usually takes days before she calms down naturally if not through finding a way to over exert herself. She is non-apologetic about these negatively perceived traits, though she doesn't blame it on an outside cause, accepting full responsibility that her nasty personality brings her.
Though not naturally hyperactive, Branunn is constantly full of energy, a result of her lifestyle in being forward moving. She is host to a drive to always keep moving ahead, whether it be in the literal or figurative sense. She feels that she constantly has to be making progress, that she must move on ahead. She does not give ground, she takes it and keeps pressing. If she cannot continue to progress ine one field she simply moves on to another, more advanced one in order to move on from there. As a result she is rarely in one place for more than a few moments, she rarely sticks to one field though she has remarkably good retention both in mental and muscle memory. She has a strongly developed sense of intuition, bordering on the prophetic. Though not particularly common, Branunn is known to garner information through the wind, stated to be "lingering feelings" left behind by an act that will be perpetrated in the near future. While it does not grant her a perfect conception on what is going to occur, she is usually left with enough of an idea that she can often act upon it, or at least warn others that something is coming.
In matters concerning her division, Branunn typically defers to her Lieutenant, Ayano Noriko, leaving much of its day-to-day affairs in her hands. Branunn only leads her division in matters concerning its primary duties, that of ensuring the protection of the Rukongai, and when leading them into battle. Despite her antagonistic nature, the general opinion of her through out her division is a trusted one. She leads her troops from the front, and never directly places them in danger, preferring to act as the bulwark that she can sometimes appear to be. This is also in part to a well crafted series of words on the part of her Lieutenant. Branunn's true place to shine is on the battlefield, making use of a defensive style in a rather aggressive manner coupled with her terrifying endurance and strength makes her an engine of destruction. She uses the high stress environment as the perfect outlet for her pent up energy and anger issues, pouring them into her attacks until she over exerts herself. She is determined to the point of being considered stupidly suicidal, she never backs down even in the face of overwhelming odds and makes a point of always pressing forward.
Exhaustion is one of the only things that bring about a change in Branunn's typical surly state, after venting all of her excess energy and rage into a battle she becomes atypically calm and relaxed. Though she still speaks using rougher dialects, her words lose the hostility, becoming more acceptable to most listeners that get to hear her during these periods of respite. She acts far more humbly during these moments, even showing off a hint of shyness in her actions that isn't normally present. Though she moves from one craft to another in some form of advancement-lust, she does have a consistent hobby in the designing of Tattoos and body paints, and, on the rare occassion has been known to offer this hobby up as a service to her fellow Shinigami. She is a furious, and yet extremely picky, eater, she can devour meals with little care for the actual taste of the food, though there are specific parts of most dishes that she enjoys above all else, the one portion where she would slow down and savour the taste. The one food that this applies to as a whole would be plaice when cooked up as breaded filets.
Kidō-Forged Shield: Designed by the Kidō Corps, it is a large kite shield made from the wood of a soseichō (曾生長, evergrow) tree, which are only found in the forests of the 80th Northern Rukongai District, Zaraki. Its body is adorned with the insignia of the Gotei 13 and its back features enarmes for grips. While also used to construct it, Kidō spells have also been woven into the shield itself, in the form of a powerful barrier that activates at the point of impact with spiritual-based attacks. The shield is capable of fully extinguishing a Cero from very powerful opponents.
Powers & Abilities
Enhanced Strength: Like most spiritually powerful beings, Branunn is very strong and capable of physical feats that most would consider monsterous. She can destroy rock with a single punch and punch a whole through a Menos-class Hollow's face with a single kick. She has also been shown to be able to rip a Hollow in half bare handed.
Enhanced Durability: Branunn has very sturdy skin, to the point that some believe she is made entirely of stone. When tensed up, her body is almost impossible to move from its current spot through physical means. She can suffer ordinarily mortal injuries and keep on fighting.
Master Swordsman: The Zankensoki is the name given to the four basic schools of Shinigami combat with each part of the name referring to one particular school. Zan refers to sword techniques, or Zanjutsu, the Shinigami fighting style that covers the use of a Zanpakutō in conjunction with its primary form as a sword, though there are various subsets to train those with released forms that take on a different shape such as Sōjutsu for spears or tantōjutsu for wielders of the short sword. Branunn practices a self-constructed style known as Tatejutsu (盾術, Shield Technique). While the style does contain expected techniques that rely on using the shield for defense or staggering a foe, it also makes great use of a shield in an offensive capacity with an array of powerful blunt strikes and even the manifestation of an edge formed out of reiatsu to deliver cutting attacks. Branunn is on the level of her fellow Captains in combat, some would say she even stands above them, easily capable of outmatching several Adjuchas-class Hollows with her unreleased Zanpakutō.
Hakuda Master: While Zan refers to techniques revolving around the school of Zanjutsu, the second part, Ken refers to unarmed combat, techniques that are governed by the Shinigami combat style known as Hakuda. Using nothing more than ones own body, practitioners are taught how to utilize Taijutsu (体術, Body Skill), high-speed attacks meant to overwhelm an opponent and keep them from fighting back, the speed of such attacks are such that the user's limbs often appear as little more than blurs of motion. Like its swordsmanship counterpart, Hakuda delves into the fields of many unarmed martial arts, taking everything that can be worked into a perfectly guided flow and discarding what it cannot. Its most skilled practitioners primarily join the 2nd Division or the Onmitsukidō's Executive Militia, though Branunn is one of the few who is not a part of either. Her skills is such that she is remarked as the best user of Hakuda in all of the Seireitei. With a single punch she could kill an Adjuchas-class Hollow and later go toe-to-toe with a Vasto Lorde with her skill in unarmed combat alone.
Shunpo Expert: Zan and Ken refer to the primary forms of melee combat for Shinigami, and Ki refers to Kidō, the art of Shinigami spellcasting. So, the third part of the Zankensoki refers to Hohō, the field of Shinigami combat that focuses on movement, particularly that of the feet. It is the most support-based of the four arts, providing aid with the stances and positions of Zanjutsu and Hakuda while also primarily granting users the skill to move through the air at great speeds. The most often used technique of Hohō is Shunpo (瞬歩, Flash Steps), a technique that allows its practitioners to move faster than the eye can follow, appearing akin to teleportation to those not in the know. The foremost masters of Shunpo are often regailed through out the Seireitei for their skill. Branunn is highly skilled in utilizing Shunpo, keeping pace with her fellow Captains and Vasto Lorde-level opponents, her single issue with the skill is her linear pattern with which she uses it that makes her easy to predict.
Great Spiritual Power: Branunn's spiritual power is an elemental representative of the earth, and thus shares the same effect as her Zanpakutō. Her Reiatsu is described as being solid and unyielding, and almost physically oppressive when fully exerted. Her spiritual pressure can manifest as dense mists of dust particles or generate powerful tremors beneath the earth when she appears to be under a lot of stress. Her spiritual power is reflective of some parts of her nature, such as her tenacity and physical dominance. She is incapable of hiding her spiritual presence, though she can actually "inflate" it making it seem much larger than it truly is, either as an act of intimidation or as a taunt meant to bring in foes. Her Reiatsu takes on a dirt brown colour.
Tensenkō (天瞬時, Heaven Flash) is a sluggish and uncooperative spirit that is hard to stir, and difficult to work with, though Branunn claims to put up with it as Tensenkō is capable of terrifying feats of power when she finally coaxes her into getting serious. It takes the form of a tachi. It has a straight hilt that is formed out of wood with the pommel shaping out into the head of a bear, much like a kampilan. It has a tsuba formed out of three individual parts that form into the shape of three Hollyhock leaves, like that of the Tokugawa family crest.
- Branunn is a Germanic name meaning Sword. Sölmundsdóttir denotes that she is the daughter of a man named Sölmundr.
- Branunn's birthday falls on the day that the Nationalist Socialist German Worker's Party was founded. This makes her a Pisces.
- The colour associated with Branunn is Russet, an equal mix of purple and orange which, in Japanese colour culture, represent wisdom, celebration, insight, decadence, and, balance, energy, warmth, respectively. As a shade of brown it also denotes an earthy and reliable nature in Western culture.
- Images on this article were drawn by Luminent-Soul on DeviantArt on commission from the author.