|Previous Affiliation||Gotei 13, Soul Society|
|Position||Sorcerer of Coven|
|Previous Position||Captain of the 5th Division|
|Previous Division||5th Division|
|Base of Operations||"Our Home", Coven HQ|
|Mentors||Satō Shingen (Zazen)|
Tenjirō Kirinji (Kaidō)
|Story Debut||Days on End: Beginning|
- "Loyalty tangled up in sacrifice."
Xiuhcoatl (シュコトル, Shukotiru) is a Shinigami and the Captain of the Fifth Division having served as one of its earliest Captains due to an experiment on the Dangai that caused him to end up in Soul Society hundreds of years earlier than when he entered.
Xiuhcoatl is a tall man with gaunt features, dark skin and a bald head, lacking hair. The ridges of his brow are elongated, extending a little further than normal, which cast shadows over his eyes under the right conditions. He is affected by complete heterochromia, giving him mismatched eye colours. His left is brown and his right has a faint yellow pigment. His ears are particularly large and somewhat rounded, as well both lobes have holes in them from past piercings. A small horizontal scar rests on his chin. He wears a rather extravagant headdress made out of a red band with a repeating pyramid shaped pattern and a silver crown that mounts the skull of a vulture at its front. The crown is laced with small red-and-white decorations and feeds into a large white mound of fur that itself terminates in an adornment of black feathers. The ends of these feathers are pierced with small bits of gold with red plumes hanging from them. On the bottom of the headdress are a pair of orange painted stones and yellowed thread that hangs by either side of Xiuhcoatl's head. The headdress marks him as an eagle warrior of the Mexica. The rest of his attire consists of the standard Shinigami Shihakushō, a black kosode worn over a white shitagi, an obi sash that is then worn atop a black hakama and white hakama-himo. He foregoes the footwear in favour of going barefoot, and adorns his ankles with golden cuffs. He also wears a golden band with a single jade inset on his right arm. His Captain's haori comes with a stiffened lapel and collar with a golden chain attached, which he wears as a cloak, draping it over his shoulders. The haori has long sleeves and a steel blue underside.
Xiuhcoatl is a very solemn individual, often looking very intense if not at least straight faced. He has trouble expressing his emotions outwardly instead opting to express himself through deeds and actions to get a point across though he has no such trouble reading the emotions of others. He is a hard working and dedicated individual believing that things as trivial as class or caste have no bearing on the work one should be doing as such he is often found in the company of his subordinates doing the more menial tasks of his division while also keeping up with the monumental responsibilities that captains are shouldered. This has afforded Xiuhcoatl a great amount of respect and loyalty from his men in the Fifth Division as he knows each of his men personally. Those very same traits are some things that Xiuhcoatl values very highly, believing that loyalty and respect for others is the greatest foundation for trust, something that is sorely needed in an organization such as the Gotei 13. He is a dutiful person, with an underlying philosophy to how he approaches his duties. Such was the case when Frithigern slew Hanashi, whether by accident or not, Xiuhcoatl believed it was Frithigern's duty to honour her last wishes and take her place.
Xiuhcoatl loves potatoes in all forms and in a variety of meals, especially potato stew and sweet potato soup. He also quite likes fried rice. He enjoys learning about Mysticism both as a hobby and as a way of inspiration for his Kidō spells, this has led to some misunderstanding with Johnny Law and his Lieutenant, Tōdō Yamato, that Xiuhcoatl is some kind of insane wizard that'll hex them if they look at him funny, causing him some concern for the way others perceive him. When not studying mysticism, Xiuhcoatl looks to his work for a modicum of enjoyment or takes to playing ōllamaliztli with his division.
In combat Xiuhcoatl is extremely cautious, preferring protracted battles for the sake of the time it allows him to study an opponent in order to take the most effective route against them, though if forced he can press the attack just as well. He mainly uses Kidō when fighting, having mastered the art and even developed his own spells, when not using Kidō he aims to utilize Hakuda instead and only uses his Zanpakutō when he has no other options available to him, this is caused by the requirements that his Zanpakutō must have sated in order to be released making him refrain from using it out of distaste.
- 1467 AD: Xiuhcoatl is born.
- 1520 AD: Xiuhcoatl is deader than disco. He lived to be 53.
- 250 BC: An experiment performed by Mayuri Kurotsuchi on the Dangai causes Xiuhcoatl to arrive in Soul Society several hundred years earlier than when he began his journey.
- Ritual Knife & Maguey Coil: Xiuhcoatl carries an exceptionally well-made ceremonial knife on his person, made up of an obsidian blade and a series of detailed Mesoamerican engravings. This is paired with a rope coil that has been fused with the hardened spines of a maguey plant, and together they are used as Xiuhcoatl's primary means of inflicting self harm. The coil, wrapped around his right arm and hidden below his Shihakushō is nestled in such a way as to require only the lightest flex of Xiuhcoatl's muscles before it begins cutting into his skin. The obsidian knife is reserved for more harrowing sacrifices, but is easily sharp enough to cut through the former Captain's body allowing him to sever limbs with ridiculous, if sickening, ease.
Powers & Abilities
Unnatural Endurance: Xiuhcoatl is not particularly known for his durability, indeed, he is particularly hardy at all. He shares the same limits one would expect of a Shinigami, one might say that he bleeds rather easily, even. What he lacks in hardiness, however, he easily makes up for with endurance. Though his craft relies heavily on hurting himself, to the point of mutilation and dismemberment, it is rare that it happens to put a damper in his spirit. This could be seen as both a boon and a curse when observed. His tolerance for pain is incredibly high, such that anything short of outright killing the man will leave any sort of noticeable feedback. He acts like he was made of iron, unflinching in the face of even the most grievous damage, seemingly impervious to trauma of any kind. In reality however, his tolerance towards pain is so high that he is largely numb to it. Putting him through extreme torture is unlikely to make him flinch, though his body will tell a tale of outright horror. He rarely feels pain, and should he not notice a wound, it is unlikely he ever will until its far too late.
Great Spiritual Power: A warrior priest and master of ceremony in his Human lifetime, one would expect Xiuhcoatl to have an affinity for matters regarding spirits, and that would be correct. He has boasted a great deal of spiritual power even whilst still a child. He could see things others could not, and just slightly influence events as they unfolded around him. During his ascendance to Soul society, his Reiryoku was strong enough to allow him to make it through the Dangai unscathed — protecting him from the results of Mayuri Kurotsuchi's experiment, which damaged the flow of time periodically, and wiped out a fair few innocent souls in the process. This power served as the source of his ambition as a spirit. Great enough to allow him to stand among the ranks of the earliest Captains of the Gotei 13, strong enough to allow him to reach deeply into the mysteries of Kidō, and strong enough to endure the trials of time. Two thousand years into his lifespan and he still appears as a man in his prime, speaking well of his spiritual power's strength. It is an energy that is hard to trace for others, it often speaks of conflict boiling beneath the surface, alluding to the trials Xiuhcoatl struggles to cope with.
Kidō Master: Kidō is perhaps the greatest antithesis to everything that Xiuhcoatl had ever believed in during his life as a Human. The power to conjure fire, summon rain, to bring life and death so freely, these were the powers of the Gods. The results that came when the Gods sacrificed themselves so that the world and everything in it could live. To encroach upon that territory is tantamount to betrayal, the ultimate sin. It is obvious to see, then, why Xiuhcoatl refers to every action he takes as tlatlacolli ("insult"), for he was never given to the Gods in sacrifice, he was never a vessel for their divine will. Kidō is both an acceptance that his worldview was not the reality, as well as a commitment to atonement. Seeing what his people held as truth to be false, he believes that every one of their sacrifices were made senseless and so he seeks to atone for every single sacrifice, both minor and major, until he repays his people for their service. With such conviction behind him, it should come as no surprise then, that he has put an incredible amount of effort into the study, understanding, and application of this mystical craft. There is not a single spell among the 198-Numbered Spells that he is unable to cast, even maintaining a great deal of power in their usage when abandoning their incantations and names both. To use the name of a spell is to effectively double its power, and to use the incantation is to go even further. He is exceptional in all fronts of Kidō that he devotes himself to, and it is rare to find a spell that he is not well-versed in, though there are some. His particular practice relies heavily on the usage of Hadō and Kaidō, but he is no slouch when it comes to applying Bakudō either. In addition to knowing all of the spells that the Kidō Corps makes available for use by the Gotei 13, Xiuhcoatl has invented his own spells, often taking inspiration from his culture and personal views, as well as even developing his own method of spell casting. The six Gisei Hadō (犠牲破道, Sacrificial Way of Destruction) are particularly important to him. His methods, to those who don't understand, might seem incredibly brutal and ineffectual, but they serve a purpose to their wielder. In the end, Xiuhcoatl dedicates himself to Kidō to atone for the millions of lives he believes have been ruined in reverence of the deities. If he should be wrong in this, then he gladly awaits the day when the Eater of Ordure comes to claim him for his sins.
Shunpo Expert: The ability to move about the air as one would the ground is an ability attributed solely to the greatest of the divine in the cultures of Mesoamerica. Quetzalcoatl, the divine serpent, the God of the Wind, was one such example. With the body of a winged serpent, he could slither across the earth just as easily as he could swim through the sky. To transgress on this territory is yet another of Xiuhcoatl's countless blasphemes against his people, and so it is only fitting that he does his best with it. He moves through the air with a swift deftness, that allows him to keep up with just about any opponent, he is of course reliant on Shunpo to strain the limits of his speed, though. It is clearly not his forte, though he would be loathe to admit to his deficiencies in the art unless in confidence to a master from which he could better himself.
Shinuka (浸食, The Eroded One) is the name of Xiuhcoatl's Zanpakutō. Its sealed form is highly unconventional for a Zanpakutō, taking the form of a macuahuitl with a fairly ornate design. Made out of wood, the blade looks to be little more than a simple plank. There are a set of small cords wrapped around the blade at two separate points, they are tied in such a manner as to create an hourglass shape and are adorned with small white feathers and blue beads on the end, two of which are placed on the uppermost set and one of the lower. In between them sits a set of six stones inset into the blade, each marked with a green cross. A further six of these stones rest on the top of the blade, just beyond the higher set of cords. The sides of the blade are carved inward and shards of obsidian are inset into these sides in order to give the blade a disguised cutting edge. It has no guard of any sort, and the blade feeds right into the handle, which is a simple cylindrical grip with a swirling blue-line pattern descending across it. The pommel is a coin-shaped disc.
- Xiuhcoatl is literally translated as "turquoise serpent", as well as carrying the descriptive and symbolical meaning of "fire serpent". It can also be interpreted as "weapon of destruction". It is the name given to a fire snake in Aztec mythology as well as a sword that is shaped like a snake.
- His birthday coincides with the day the Spanish Inquisition was founded. He is a Scorpio.
- The colour associated with Xiuhcoatl is Steel Blue, a shade of blue which, in Japanese colour culture, represents life, coldness, rationality, loyalty, and, money.
- The image(s) used on this page were done on commission by ev1ct on DeviantArt for Zf6hellion.
|Captain of the Fifth Division|
99 BC - Current
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