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"Dust... to dust..."
While in an idle, suppressed state, Genjū does not differ drastically from an ordinary Blank. However, he seems somewhat worn and with muted colours in comparison, and his red head boasts nebulous, skull-like features.
The Eidolon's true form bears distant resemblance to the easily recogniseable Blank silhouette. However, its appearance is far more sinister. In short, the Eidolon looks like a skeletal corpse of a large humanoid in advanced state of decay, with patches of dark red flesh and rotten muscle tissue lingering on the darkened bones. The arms of the Eidolon are very long and its hands are equipped with hooked claws, albeit it is legless. It has empty eye sockets and holes for ears and nostrils. Moreover, the skin of its mouth is torn due to the way it morphs from his basic Blank form. As such, flaps of the decaying skin expose the black gums and irregular, sharpened teeth of the monstrosity in an incessant ominous grin.
The distinct, somewhat inflated white body of an ordinary Blank appears instead as a tattered white robe with a large collar, that hangs loosely on the Eidolon's skeletal frame.
Brooding, enigmatic, inscrutable. Genjū is not a person in the normal sense of the word. A gestalt creature born of a single wizard dominating thousands of Blanks, not unlike a Gillian-class Menos. The thought processes of such a unique, unnatural entity are difficult to comprehend. One might describe him as highly detached, seemingly ignorant of or uninterested in many of the events transpiring within his vicinity, whatever they are. When directly addressed, there might be no reaction at all, or else, a chilling stare of the empty eye sockets from beneath his tattered hood.
Sometimes, however, Genjū does speak and converse with others, especially those of high standing within the ranks of the Coven. He might offer some insights on the discussion at hand or solemnly recite grim, semi-poetic phrases with unclear relation to said topic. More than that, his style of speech is oddly impersonal, perhaps owing to his very nature as a composite being rather than a single man. Little seems to have been left of that ancient mage.
Nevertheless, some notable traits remain. Genjū is unyielding and ruthless in his pursuit of magical dominance over the world, the ultimate goal he shares with his fellow Covenites. While inhuman both in body and in mind, he displays clear intentions in any matters that concern the organisation. In battle he acts like a force of nature, although telling friend from foe easily. He is impervious to intimidation and provocation, he withstands vicious blows and protracted assaults without flinching. He advances, slowly but surely, crushing any opposition that dares stand in his way. And while no-one can fathom the inner workings of his alien mind, his loyalty to the Masked Man can be inferred based on what semblance of human-like behaviour he displays in his presence.
One cannot be certain of the accuracy of ancient history, for the patchwork of hearsay and subjective accounts far too often sufficed to tell a gripping story back then and survived until today in an all but unverifiable form. Nevertheless, there is a tale of a particular mage from the period of time far preceding the establishment of the Gotei 13. A dull yet stubborn mage relentless in his pursuit of supreme knowledge and remarkable skill. He was alternately ridiculed and pitied, for in spite of his undying zeal he could not keep up with fellow wizards, young prodigies and respectable sages. For all the power he managed to accumulate throughout centuries of hard work the man grew twice as frustrated, forever compared to his superiors rather than esteemed for what he had achieved.
And while he became powerful in his old age, even a Soul had to acknowledge and cope with the prospect of inevitable death. Unwilling to let such a mundane thing stop him, undo the results of his millennia-long toil and prevent him from obtaining the recognition he sought so fervently, the mage turned to forbidden magic. With a horrible ritual he tore thousands of Blanks from the Valley of Screams, removing them from the cycle of reincarnation and adding them to his own being. In that he extended his lifespan beyond reason, just as he transformed into a spiritual abomination, an amalgam wraith with terrifying power. Repulsed and intimidated by that action, the Balancers of Souls turned against him. However, they proved unable to destroy the spectral monster. As such, they decided to seal him instead.
Incapacitated, he was then placed in the World of the Living with no-one capable of perceiving, much less accidentally freeing the abomination over there. So he remained there, ultimately forgotten or swept under the rug as another great failure of the spiritual world. Unfortunately for them, the being later known as Genjū wore down the high-level seal placed upon him in tiny increments, ever unrelenting, until he finally escaped from his confines. It is not much of a stretch to imagine that such a being, embittered throughout the majority of his long life and obsessed with the magical, would later join an organisation such as the Coven.
Phylactery (文学, bungaku): Eternal life is one of the concepts most sought after by people of great power. Strong Souls commonly live for hundreds of years before returning to the cycle of reincarnation. Some of the strongest, such as the venerable Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, are capable of outliving whole civilisations, enduring millennia just as a normal human lives for decades. Yet, they are forever destined to expire, sooner or later - inevitably. Nevertheless, with the nigh-limitless potential of a resourceful inhabitant of the spiritual realms, even death might be cheated. In his pursuit of ultimate power the entity now known as Genjū has discovered a way to exist in his current state until the end of time. In an arcane ritual the mage has bound his gestalt essence to a vessel of magical properties: an ornate iron coffin protected with layers of defensive enchantments. In spite of his exceptional prowess, Genjū is not invincible. However, in the unlikely event that he is vanquished in battle, his essence shall return to this vessel, stored safely within the depths of the Coven's Home. And, after a period of a few days, he shall return at full power, an unkillable abomination so far removed from a mortal Soul. In fact, the only certain way to dispose of him permanently would be to target and destroy the coffin itself. Easier said than done, all things considered.
Powers and Abilities
Monstrous Strength: In spite of his skeletal, somewhat incorporeal appearance, Genjū is possessed of an astounding degree of physical strength. Such a trait is hardly ever associated with a proficient mage, and is just one of the many that presently distinguish him from the rest. What little musculature he seems to boast might be engorged with vast quantities of spiritual power in order to perform feats of herculean fitness. Genjū is capable of causing minor earthquakes, demolishing towns and producing torrential shockwaves with just normal blows. Should he actually perform an earnest strike, a direct hit can damage the Bankai form of a Captain-class. Truly, it is better to stay of out reach of his deadly arms rather than attempt to block or deflect the devastating strikes they shower the enemy with.
Immense Durability: Another unexpected aspect of his ghastly frame is its outstanding durability. Where combatants who specialise in Zanjutsu or Hakuda typically obtain remarkable toughness through physical conditioning, Genjū once again relies upon his colossal reservoir of spiritual energy. His semi-physical, perhaps metaphysical form overflows with that energy and offers stout resistance against conventional attacks, whatever their exact nature. Blows stop dead as if hitting solid rock, blades scrape in futility against the shadowy cloak and bones covered with rotten flesh, spells seem to simply disperse upon impact. Genjū is outright immune to low-level attacks, and highly resistant in the face of mid-level techniques, to the point that he frequently does not need to deploy any evasive manoeuvres or active means of defence to protect him. Instead, he advances relentlessly toward his opponents, weathering their assaults unfazed and inevitable like death itself.
Unnatural Endurance: Perhaps the result of possessing a spiritual body that does not even pretend to emulate that of a living human, Genjū displays nigh limitless stamina. While remarkable as a natural biological construct, human body is inherently frail and flawed, unbefitting a high-level spiritual entity. In fact, that was the very reason why the wizened mage performed a ritual to transform himself - to escape the limitations imposed upon the flesh. In consequence, he does not usually exhibit any signs of fatigue even after protracted combat. No matter what he does with his spectral form, it seems as if he is capable of going on forever. He might ruin a whole city with just pure physical might and carry on, unabated, as if he has not undergone any exertion. And while his stamina is not truly endless, to fight a war of attrition with the likes of Genjū is highly risky at best, and suicidal at worst.
Intense Speed & Reflexes: While Genjū seems generally languid he is far from being clumsy in combat. One of the many peculiar traits stemming from his Spectral Body is the ability to float freely in the air without the use of any recognisable enhanced agility techniques. Presumably, he is capable of levitating himself with the employment of his willpower and spiritual pressure. Given he boasts an ample amount of both it is no longer that surprising that the amalgam being can manoeuvre with such dexterity and extreme speed. With his mobility unrestricted, fully 3-dimensional, Genjū also displays reaction times and nimbleness that are comparable to a Hohō master. This is essential for the purposes of high-level combat. After all, the mightiest warrior cannont vanquish an enemy who evades his every single strike, and the most perdurable one can withstand only so many direct hits, time and again. In general, Genjū prefers to remain stationary in battle, so that he assumes the role of a figurative beacon of destruction that rains down magical power upon the surroundings. However, should he encounter a formidable opponent, he is usually more than capable of keeping up in terms of speed.
Extraordinary Perception: As a wraith with the appearance of a corpse in an advanced state of decay, he does not seem to possess organs usually associated with perception. Although, he compensates for that lack with an extremely acute Reikaku. The spiritual sense of Genjū is much more sensitive and accurate than that of even a seasoned Shinigami Captain. With his oppressive spiritual pressure permeating the surroundings he can readily perceive anything that happens within his vicinity just as if he actually retained the mundane senses he had had once. An interesting side-effect of that reliance upon the Reikaku is that Genjū is, logically, immune to any illusions and other tricks that depend upon visual, auditory or olfactory phenomena, for the senses that might be fooled by them are but a distant memory to him. Nevertheless, anything capable of deceiving the spiritual sense has the potential to fool him as well, for the inability to consult any other sense is a double-edged sword in the end.
Unwavering Resolve: Possessed of above average intellect and little to no talent, the ancient mage had at least one useful quality: determination. Where the others would quickly analyse the intricacies of spellcasting or adopted them in a way that seemed completely natural, he on the other hand would spend many a day and night on arduous deliberation and practice. He was stubborn like no other, and grew ever more driven as other wizards ridiculed and pitied him. With sufficient time and hard work he would eventually accomplish what they had earlier on. He would eventually accomplish anything he wanted. With such strong resolve honed over centuries, millennia, the old mage acquired remarkable proficiency. Several times the techniques deployed by mages of superior skill faltered in the wake of his simple, if supremely controlled spells, reinforced mentally to an astounding degree. The man who became Genjū had never given up once he established a goal. He survived a ritual that transformed him into a Blank equivalent to a Gillian-class Menos. He fought the Balancers who attempted to punish him for committing that very atrocity. When sealed, he persevered, wearing down his confines bit by bit for centuries on end. Genjū cannot be intimidated. In the midst of battle he is utterly fearless, an all but unstoppable force.
Immense Spiritual Power: Forever a straightforward man, the ancient mage had little patience for honing technique and insufficient wit for the deployment of complex strategies. When he thought of ultimate power, he meant power, brute force so immense so as to crush any and all kinds of opposition. No matter a veteran warrior or a skilled, cunning prodigy, they would all submit to his superior might. Unfortunately for him, the innate amount of power at his disposal was just as inadequate for the fulfilment of his ambitions as any other aspect of his mediocre being. However, in a scheme partly clever, partly deplorable and ruthless, he succeeded to obtain the power he sought. In a dark ritual the mage infused his body with thousands of Blanks that became a permanent element of his new, unnatural state of existence. In that he elevated himself to a status beyond that of a mortal, whether an ordinary Soul or a Shinigami Captain, yet not quite divine at the same time. An ungodly abomination with the power to uproot forests, level cities and shatter mountains with displays of raw, destructive magic. So vast is his power that whenever he enters battle, a fiery, electrified aura of amethyst colour envelops his spectral body and lashes out at the surroundings in mindless fury.
Musū (無数, "The Innumerable"): One could say that Genjū is a veritable one-man-army. And that is certainly true more than just on a metaphorical level. On the one hand, his spiritual power is colossal, so much so that even a full-fledged Captain might find oneself perspirating profusely in his presence because of the unease that its tremendous weight causes. On the other hand, he is an amalgam being, the union of thousands of separate Souls. Souls that Genjū is forever in control of and ones that he actually might summon to his aid if need be. Tearing at his own decaying flesh, he might temporarily split a number of Blanks from his gestalt body to act as his army. A fearless, tenacious army that strictly follows his every order. On their own the Blanks are not particularly powerful, although they may threaten Seated Officers when in large numbers. Nevertheless, Genjū need not rely solely upon ordinary Blanks. For what he consumed are Souls after all, devoid of their memories yet retaining a trace of their personalities - and abilities. Should he wish so, he might grant the Blanks their signature powers and a more significant portion of his composite power in order to act as an elite squad instead of a force of the rank-and-file. In fact, he may also summon just one or two chosen individuals to engage opponents that are relatively strong, but not worthy of his attention for whatever reason. However, in order to exist once more, if for a while, the Blanks require a portion of Genjū's body and spiritual energy, equivalent to their quantity and quality. So while they might see no use against a single powerful enemy, they can perform a variety of different tasks when sent on a wide-scale mission. And, in the face of defeat, they simply return to where they now belong - the eldritch abomination that is Genjū.
Senkamen (千仮面, "A Thousand Masks"): There exists an alternate way to temporarily bring back the many purged and forgotten individuals that together constitute Genjū. Rather than split his body and divide his power between unshakably loyal minions, the monster himself can assume and wield their bygone powers. For his peculiar body is but a malleable clay to be shaped, a blank canvas to be painted on according to his whim, subject to his will. As a result, in spite of being a mage first and foremost, Genjū is capable of momentarily invoking the myriad skillsets of his elements. So that his simple, brutal and straightforward physical strikes might suddenly display the technique and focus of a Hakuda master. His swift but predictable movements obtain the refinement and complexity of Hohō. More than that, he might fashion a part of his vessel into a grotesque replica of not just a Zanpakutō but perhaps a Jiūkǔndao, or even a Spirit Weapon. Employ them fueled by his own tremendous spiritual power. Nevertheless, with but fragments of their former users' memories to rely on and little to no experience of his own, his performance remains somewhat sluggish and crude to a genuine master in doing so. Still, not to be underestimated.
Yūreitai (幽霊体, "Spectral Body"): The vessel that Genjū occupies is an amalgam of a single Soul and tens of thousands of Blanks melded with the employment of ancient dark magic. Needless to say, there is nothing normal nor familiar about its form and function. What few people realise is that the ghastly appearance of his new body is merely a shape, imposed upon it with his iron will focussed through the prism of myriad fragments of blank identities he shares it with. Other than that, it consists of uniform, indeterminate spiritual matter that is utterly alien to mages of the modern day. Thus, the body boasts a number of properties as unnatural as one could expect from such an abomination. The flaps of torn skin, the rotten flesh and old bones are all a simulacrum. There is no tissue to burn or lacerate, no organs to crush or puncture, no skeleton to break. The magical mass is all but impervious to blunt trauma. And while it is possible to cleave Genjū in half or dismember him with sufficient force, he can simply reattach lost matter with no permanent damage incurred. Even in the rare event that an enemy manages to completely destroy a portion of his unusual body, he can convert a significant amount of his spiritual energy to regain it shortly. Furthermore, while the default shape of the body remains constant, Genjū is capable of deliberately stretching and reshaping it to a great extent. One might wonder why such an outstanding mage, even if blatantly abnormal, frequently battles without any wards protecting him from harm. Unfortunately, the answer to that question often precedes death by a rather short period of time.
Kaihen (改変, "Alteration"): One of the most prominent traits of spiritual magic is the incredible degree of flexibility and versatility that it provides to the wielder. Even though, officially, each standard spell is well-defined and categorised in terms of power as well as properties, those are merely a way to facilitate the progress of beginners. Genuine masters of the art, seasoned especially, are no longer bound by such pre-conceived notions. They employ the spells for what they truly are: templates. The core is unchangeable, although many of the accompanying traits can be readily altered on the caster's whim. Having spent so much time practising the art, Genjū displays remarkable proficiency in its usage. Perhaps not a very creative person, he nevertheless is capable of shaping and moulding his spells in whatever way suits him best at the moment. This means that in spite of a lack of ingenuity, Genjū can well surprise a powerful enemy with outstanding versatility, as the ability to alter a couple hundred different spells in a few ways each improves his basic tactical capacity by an order of magnitude at least.
Kengen (顕現, "Manifestation"): Needless to say, magic is the most abstract and overtly supernatural ability that a Shinigami might learn from among the Zankensoki. The ability to mould raw spiritual energy into a variety of shapes and forms, often of intricate design and complex function, is far from unheard of, yet still not an easy matter even for a super-powered Soul. As such, each traditional spell is granted a chant, a short semi-poem typically associated with its inherent qualities. When recited properly, the chant helps focus and recall all the details of the spell in particular so that it may be reproduced impeccably time and again. However, in the midst of battle there is scarce time for solemn recitation, lest the mage be killed abruptly mid-sentence. In fact, there exist a few methods to improve the spellcasting process without a significant loss of quality. Out of them, Kengen is probably the most effective in its simplicity. A wizened sage, such as the ancient Genjū, has cast so many spells so many times that they are firmly engraved in his psyche, each of them associated with a concrete mental image. This means that, with but an exertion of will, the skeletal wizard is capable of literally manifesting complete, full-power spells into existence, readily, swiftly, and in utter silence. To acknowledge the fundamental concept of the kotodama, he might decide to speak the spell's name aloud - and in such a relatively rare instance, the power invoked far outstrips an ordinary Kidō master's expectations of the particular spell's magnitude.
Nagare (流れ, "Flow"): For all his bloated power, just like any proficient mage, Genjū does not rely solely upon his own reservoir as he casts cataclysmic spell after spell. Even with such a vast amount of energy at his disposal he could risk spending most of it within a very short timespan, the magical calamity ending just as abruptly as it has begun, leaving the world in ruins yet still whole. Rather, he turns his own physical vessel into a conduit for the ambient spiritual energy present in the environment. With an exertion of will he dominates that neutral energy to serve as raw materials for his spells, reinforced and amplified with a grain of his own power. In conjunction with his other abilities and traits, this skill renders Genjū highly unlikely to suffer defeat in a war of attrition, to put it mildly.
Shidō (指導, "Guidance"): Even the greatest offensive spell might fail to obliterate the enemy, even the greatest binding spell might not succeed to intercept and incapacitate them. One of the few weaknesses of a prospective mage is the ease with which their techniques can be often outright evaded, rendering the whole effort moot with only a modicum of the opponent's own. In fact, the man that became Genjū used to be mocked for this, as his fairly impressive spells simply failed to connect with their supposed, mobile target. Naturally, he strove to address that issue to the best of his limited ability. Nevertheless, nowadays, he is fully capable of maintaining constant conscious control over the displays of magic he brings forth into existence, actively guiding them toward whatever purpose he has in mind for them. More often than not, the destruction of yet another pest standing in his way.
Shōchaku (生着, "Engraftment"): Many spells, especially of the hadō variety, are associated with transient phenomena. Oftentimes, they are charged and cast to take a specific effect, only to fade away or disappear in an explosion of magical energies. The entire process is generally brief, the spells fleeting. But every once in a while such an immediate effect may actually not be what the mage desires. To form elaborate traps and ambushes, as well as curse the enemy, Genjū can engraft spells in virtually any object, place or even person, of his choosing. In this manner it does not have to fulfil its function the moment it is cast. Rather, the spell is embedded in a rock, a building, a tree, or perhaps concealed in a random location somewhere in the air, in the fabric of reality itself. It is fully formed and ready to exert its influence, but waiting until the time is right. This leads to a plethora of possible ambush tactics, distractions, metaphysical booby traps, and more to exploit in combat. The process requires only a proper exertion of will, a thought that bestows the magical effect upon something. Whereas objects and locations do not have will of their own and as such are perfect targets for this ability, individuals, seasoned in particular, might resist this ability. Weaker beings are unable to prevent Genjū from detonating or incinerating their bodies in an instant, although formidable opponents are affected to a much lesser degree, in which case the engraftment functions more like a magical affliction for them to overcome. This is not the end of the ability's utility, however. For Genjū might designate himself as the target and, completely willing to succumb to the spell, receive its qualities in reward. In a manner of speaking, this means that he is capable of becoming a personification of the spell, a fire, ice or lightning elemental, a nigh-invincible barrier warrior. And that is just the beginning of the boons he can temporarily acquire in this way, for the magical arsenal of the entity known as Genjū is vast indeed.
Sōjō Kōka (相乗効果, "Synergy"): The first step to discover the true versatility of Kidō is to stop treating the spells as something set in stone, but to recognise them for the flexible templates they are. The second step is to stop focusing upon singular spells, however easy to mould and alter, and recognise the vast potential of their possible interactions. For someone who can cast a multitude of spells with nary an effort and a simple train of thought, it is hardly difficult to combine said spells into completely new forms that mutually benefit from their inherent qualities. The cyclone of Tenran might spread the purple flames of Haien in a searing firestorm, a Hainawa rope may explode into the wide arc of Ōkasen, Kuyō Shibari can utterly crush the target with the tremendous weight of Kurohitsugi. Several spells might be stacked with one another to achieve unique properties. The possibilities are endless. As a result of this skill, whoever faces Genjū on a battlefield faces the entirety of two distinct schools of magic, figuratively and literally. In a duel like that the notion of predictability sinks into oblivion all the while the enemy struggles not to follow shortly.
Advanced Kadō Master: Genjū hails from a bygone era, a period of time long before the modern art of Kidō was conceived. Rather, he was one of the first people to study Kidō's predecessor, the ancient art of Kadō. More primitive yet no less powerful, Kadō invokes the power of earthly elements mainly through hand seals and often dance-like rituals instead of spoken incantations. As such, it is divided into five categories that each correspond to a basic natural element, and features further, more derived categories that elaborate upon or combine those fundamental concepts. The inherent simplicity of Kadō compared to its modern counterpart is a double-edged sword of sorts. On the one hand, the latter is more versatile with a wide variety of complex, abstract effects readily available in the form of standardised spells. On the other, the well-organised and natural Kadō is significantly easier to comprehend and master. Having practised the art over a period of time far surpassing the lifespan of many a civilisation, Genjū is an undisputed master of the nigh-forgotten art. Not only is he capable of wielding the power of all the elements, he has also developed techniques that substantially facilitate the somewhat elaborate spellcasting process to increase his effectiveness in battle. He can cast black flames from the greatest depths of Hell, evoke the Flood with crashing waves appearing suddenly in the middle of land, cause earthquakes and fell mountains on a whim, stir up hurricanes or forge raw metal to pierce his opponents, among many others. While he may easily produce any unnatural disaster he sees fit, Genjū is most proficient with the Fire magic, especially its Underworld variety, and tends to deploy it by default unless the circumstances require him otherwise.
Kidō Master: Following the escape from confinement and joining the Coven, Genjū has had the opportunity to complete the knowledge of standard Kidō, merely a fledgling art by the time of his last days as a Balancer of Souls. With immense experience and advanced understanding of magic already at his disposal it has been a relatively easy process for him to gradually learn every single one of the modern spells. Whether the humble Shō or the world-shaking Goryūtenmetsu, he is capable of manifesting them all into existence on a whim, only sometimes announcing their name aloud to grant them additional power. Where Kadō is the default, most familiar means of combat for him, Kidō serves as an invaluable supplement that offers multiple utilitarian techniques to elaborate upon the usually more direct elemental magic. His spells are stable and complete, further reinforced with his inhuman willpower. As they manifest everywhere around him and the target, often in great numbers, they are actively guided toward the latter in order to ensure utter destruction of anyone foolish enough to challenge an ancient Archmage of the Coven.
- Genjū had been originally conceived as a creation and a type of "spiritual superweapon" of Hikari Maebure, then of Madoka Enomoto, a prototype Archmage of the Coven, and only later changed into an independent Archmage himself.
- His battle theme is Alien Isolation OST - Desolation.
- According to Njalm2, Genjū's Price Level is 92,000, slightly below the Yonkō-line.
- The Sorcerers Gambit (Cameo)