"Don't mind me, I'm just a crazy blind lady that lives with a talking stick."
|Icía Cabaleiro do Val|
|Blood Type||O Positive|
|Previous Position||Captain of the 9th Division|
|Previous Division||9th Division|
|Previous Partner||Sōkan Shiba|
|Base of Operations||Rukongai, Soul Society|
|Story Debut||Bleach Crossroads|
- "She Who Provides Light and Dark."
Icía Cabaleiro do Val (イシア・カバリエロ・ド・バル , Ishia Kabariero do Baru) is a Galician Shinigami and former member of the Gotei 13, having served as one of the original founding members and the first Captain of the Ninth Division. Sōkan Shiba was her acting Lieutenant. Today she is more commonly known as the Madosasennin (窓坐仙人, Window Sitting Hermit), a roaming hermit who appears sporadically across the Rukongai.
Icía is a woman of Galician descent, shorter than the average height and with a nimble and light figure to match her flighty nature. She has black hair that reaches her neck in general length, framing either sides of her face while shorter tufts, that reach just beyond the top of her eyes, hang down from her fringe. The back of her hair is also longer, typically tied into a ponytail hanging down her back or towards her left side, it reaches as far down as her knees. A pair of decorations sit on the inside of her hair, made up of a set of golden orbs with red tassels. She has very thin eyebrows that form a sharp right angle as they come to an end. She has soft and rounded eyes that are slightly larger than the rest of her facial features, her irises are indigo in colour. A deep scar runs across her eyes however, rendering Icía blind. She covers this malady with a lavender cloth that is used as a blindfold of sorts. She has a very small but sharp pointed nose and thin lips. Her skin is of a pale tan quality. She dons a very non-standard variation of the Shinigami Shihakushō consisting of a short sleeveless kimono, that cuts off at her upper thighs, it is black in colour and a white sleeveless shitagi is worn underneath. She adorns detached sleeves that are white in colour for the portion that covers her forearms but fade into a light purple shade for the long cloth sleeves that cover and extend beyond her hands. She also wears a pleated skirt that stops just before her knees in a similar purple colour. She wears a pair of black heeled sandals and white tabi.
Icía is a woman who enjoys playing on the assumptions of others, with a relatively high-born seeming name and the looks to project an air of frailty, she pretends to sit in the role of a high class noble maiden, the vulnerable flower that others just can't help but feel they need to protect. She plays the part well, capable of feigning all sorts of emotion and action like a triple-A actress. She uses formal speech and the kind of tone expected of nobility. It is a relatively harmless trick that she enjoys far too much, doing it out of the fact that she can and for little reason else. She never allows the game to go too far however, and knows better than to lead a poor soul on for too long. On occassion she'll even "turn" on the victim of her prank, suddenly becoming a ruthless thief that steals whatever her tricked suitor happens to be carrying. She is quick to return the items later, as a show of good faith if nothing else. Her antics nonetheless gain her no shortage of ire from Shinigami and Souls in the Rukongai alike.
Though she maintains the formal manner of speaking, she is generally much more laid back when not donning her false persona. She is friendly and carefree, taking very little seriously. She isn't one to hold a grudge, given her penchant for tricking others for entertainment. She brims with energy, never sticking with one thing for over long, instead, Icía prefers to sample a great many things at a time, gravitating from one to the next over increasingly short time spans. Energy is in no short supply for her, boundless stamina serving only to further her hunt for more to do. Some think that she's on a permanent sensory high for what amounts to life itself as a result. While grudges aren't in her nature, she does have trouble getting along with what amounts to cynicism, pessimism, or fatalistic mind sets. To her life is pointless if you spend it worrying about the end result, or bemoaning ones failures and regrets, she believes in grabbing hold of the situation and wringing it for every ounce of enjoyment you can possibly get. Thus she considers herself an optimist, even if its blind optimism.
Despite her oddities, she is a rather insightful individual and more than one Shinigami relies on her for advice or just as someone they feel they can trust with things they have trouble getting out. She is great at keeping her lips shut when it comes to the personal matters of others, and she usually has a few choice words to apply to any given situation, even if they only serve to lighten the mood rather than provide some kind of proper assistance. She can also be quite serious if a situation calls for it, dropping her roundabout and overly playful habits in exchange for an intensely built up focus and straightforward approach, she is quieter when pulling the serious route, preferring to get the job done and then get out, as serious situations are rarely fun. She also has traces of arrogance, often walking into battle with a sash that she promptly uses as a blindfold before entering combat with another. She uses a fighting style that is full of flashy and complicated movements for little other reason than because she can.
While she moves from one thing to the next constantly, she does have a few persistent hobbies to her liking that never get old, in particular acrobatics, a key part of her fighting style and a favoured way to pass the time, she is responsible for an acrobatic show that the 9th Division hosts in their barracks once a month. Occasionally doing shows for the people of the Rukongai as well. She also has a clear fondness for the orchestra, seeing the massive collaborations as inherently exciting. Her favourite dish is polbo á feira, a boiled octopus dish sprinkled with salt, paprika, and olive oil. She also enjoys onigiri a great deal. She is also fond of winding up fellow Captains Eskengai Segomari and Tiberius Regulus Armiger, when not doing that she can often be found in Seia Tulia Honoria's company, taking trips to the World of the Living, where the pair compare their favourite locales before deciding which of them would be best to get drunk in.
- Born in 176 BC somewhere in Gallician Iberia (Spain).
- Skilled fighter among her people, known for her dance-like movements.
- 137 BC. Fights in the Battle of the River Douro, during the Roman conquest of Hispania.
- Is slain in the conflict and passes on to Soul Society at the ripe old age of 39.
- Becomes a travelling swordsman and dancer, gaining some popularity in the Rukongai.
- The Balancers fail to recruit her.
- Genryūsai doesn't.
- She is trained under Satō Shingen, Ichibē Hyōsube, and, Ōetsu Nimaiya, alongside the other members of the original Gotei 13.
- Using the Jinzen Gutaikatō, she awakens her Zanpakutō.
- The newly formed Gotei do battle with the Marshals of the Balancers of Souls.
- The Gotei win with the death of Xiang Yu and the Marshals are imprisoned in Muken.
- Sworn in as the first Captain of the 9th Division.
- Is part of the counteroffensive against the Hollows of Las Días in 872.
- Is also part of the first war with the Wandenreich, where she faces the Sternritter O of that generation.
- Together with Seia Tulia Honoria and Johnny Law, Icía confronts Genryūsai leading to reforms for the Shinigami.
- More war! Shoka attacks the Gotei in 1108 starting the War of Days.
- Icía is part of the detachment sent to the Human World under Eskengai's command.
- She gets to fight Itaidōshin.
Powers & Abilities
Jinzen (刃禅, Blade Zen): The only method taught in Shinō Academy, by which a Shinigami can properly speak to their Zanpakutō. By placing their sword atop their lap and seating themselves in a meditative pose and entering their Inner World where they can then manifest the true form of their Zanpakutō. Jinzen is a basic, but profound technique, it is the primary means by which a Shinigami learns how to use their Zanpakutō, learning techniques through engaging them in interaction; be it in battle or other means. However a Shinigami can learn these techniques through brute force if need by, a brutal method of applying raw force until the Zanpakutō Spirit capitulates and grants their wielder access to its abilities, though this creates a rift between the spirit and its wielder as a result. This manner of attaining strength is how Icía began her relationship with her Zanpakutō. Though it made things initially difficult, Icía considered it a crucial part on coming to understand Kokuten. Icía has spent a great deal of time using Jinzen, going so far as to spend even years at a time within her Inner World, relying only on her spiritual energy for sustenance in order to better connect with Kokuten. Through these long sessions she has come to regard Kokuten in a myriad of different forms, at first a stranger, then a teacher and friend, even a sister or partner. She learned a great deal from these sessions as well. Far from techniques and the abilities of her Zanpakutō, but gifts obtained by simply losing herself in Jinzen, by allowing Kokuten to bleed into Icía, as it were, the latter gained new strengths as a result.
Immense Spiritual Power: Her Reiatsu is cool gray in colour.
Kokuten (黒点, Dark/Sunspot) is the name belonging to Icía's Zanpakutō. It takes shape as an extravagant kodachi with a total length of 48cm (18.8 inches). It follows the standards of the weapon with some slight variations, namely its white hilt encased in a silver border and the white rope tassel hanging from the pommel. It has a ring shaped tsuba with a circular hole pressed into it on one side. The scabbard is of a similar but inverted colouration to the hilt and is wrapped in a thick black cloth, so thick in fact that no light passes through the apparent gaps in the knitting. This cloth covers most of the scabbard and is held together by being tied through the hole in the Zanpakutō's tsuba, this also signifies an intent on Icía's part to not draw her sword, though it was at Kokuten's behest. This is because Kokuten believes that her form as a Zanpakutō is little more than a container, though she full well understands her origins, she proudly declares that she is not something so meager as a spirit in a sword-styled cage. Instead she is the embodiment of the sun and the moon, and all the stars in the heavens. The Zanpakutō is simply the medium in which she chooses to interact with her prized "instrument": Icía.
- Icía is the Spanish name equivalent of Cecilia. Cabaleiro do Val means "Knight of the Valley".
- The colour associated with Icía is Wisteria, a shade of lavender which in itself is a shade of violet which is a mixture of blue and purple which, in Japanese colour culture, represents peace, life, rationality and, insight, decadence, celebration, respectively.
- In Japanese, Icía would speak of herself with the watchi (わっち) pronoun, an old word used by geisha and oiran during the Edo period.
- Her birthday coincides with the day that the Yinqueshan Han Tombs were discovered. This also marks her as an Aries.
- Icía's theme, as decided by her author, is New Dimension Overlord Flow from the Gundam Build Fighters Try OST.
- Images on this article were drawn by Daikazoku63, and, Luminent-Soul on DeviantArt on commission from the author.