- "Until almost one thousand years ago, the Soul Society was a land of death where ferocious creatures and monstrous souls ran rampant. The ones that managed to suppress this era of warring souls and return the Soul Society to a state of peace were known as the "Balancers". Wielding steel bodies and steel hearts, these legendary beings were said to have even cut the land in half with a swing of their blades."
- —Suzaku Kawahiru discussing the first generation of the Gotei 13.
|Warring Souls Period|
|Predecessor||Spiritual Imbalance Period|
|Dates||? - 1000 BAD|
The Warring Souls Period (戦霊時代, Senrei Jidai; literally "era of the warring souls") was a period in the history of Soul Society, the longest and bloodiest era in which there existed only two factions: those that supported the King of Souls and those that sought their own path of conquest. Many significant beings, such as Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, Kenpachi Unohana, and the four Yonkō, had made their name and their power well known during this time; renowned as heroes, villains, and the like. Following the defeat of the Quincy during the Quincy Blood War, the Gotei 13 had achieved total dominion over the world of spirits and were recognized by the King, subsequently granting them the title of Gotei, who had later delegated authority to the Central 46 and left from the Soul Society.
Rise to Power: The King of Souls
Alliance with the Shihōin
Fall from Grace
Birth of the Gotei 13
Formation of Central 46
Behind the Scenes
The name for this era is derived from the Sengoku Period (戦国時代, Sengoku Jidai), or Warring States Period, which was a timespan in Japanese history lasting somewhere around three centuries; during which time, the Ashikaga Shogunate collapsed and Japan was torn into various factions in the midst of a bloody civil war. There is also an era in Chinese history as well that carries the same aforementioned name.