”Oh how right you are!”
Sovereigns voice echoed through the light of the portal, where she then emerged moments later.
”This will be a test, though this will not specifically be combat related. No, this is far more complicated than that. Kidou is much more than a tool used to blow up what’s in front of you...”
She paused, and the portal closed behind her.
”It is a weapon, much like a katana, yet a better blade will not earn you victory nor will guaranteed the safety of those you have been sworn to protect. It is the way you wield this weapon that makes it truly effect. A grandmaster could do more with a piece of bamboo than any novice could with the finest blade in all the land...“
Suddenly her whole demeanor changed. Though her face couldn’t be seen, her emotions would come through clear as day. They way she stood, made her unrest clear. She would’ve paced back and forth if it weren’t for her responsibility to present herself as the unyielding leader she was trained to be. Despite the body language, remained calm, composed, focused on the task at hand.
”Though I find it absolutely disgusting to admit this, there was one who wielded Kidou in much the same way as grandmaster would bamboo. Even lower level spells were transformed in to terrifying tools of destruction. My previous Captain and Captain of the Seventh, and the one that trained me... Solus Dextera.”
It was odd. The conflict in her voice was clear as day. One could not mistake the reverence, and utter contempt in her voice as she spoke of him. His skills and affinity for Kidou and combat in general were hard to deny. In fact they were so prolific that respect was a guarantee. Yet at the same time everything else about him was reprehensible at best. A perfectly disharmonious blend of remarkable fighter and poor leader and being melded into one. A sigh of relief though, as his presence would no longer be allowed to plague Gotei and it’s ranks as it once his.
”... he was a true master of the art. That degree mastery has been passed to me, and now I will see if you too bear the an adequate degree of finesse. I do not expect you to emulate or successes... at least not her. However in time, perhaps you will. No instead I will see if you are fit to carry the mantle you do now. And thus...”
Sovereign snapped her fingers and the room tumbled to life. All sorts of lights and sounds filled the room as both Kidou and machine danced in perfect unison to create a a series of objects. The first was a rather impressive looking block of pure and hardened steel. It stood about as tall as Sovereign did, and was about as thick as her arm’s length plus a sword in hand. In all, something that would not be so easily destroyed.
The second stood a massive canon. Far bigger than anything had any right to be, and for some reason it was radiating with an impressively large reiatsu. In fact it seemed almost comparable to that of Captain. If fired the resulting attack would almost surely be immense.
The final, was much more animal-like in appearance. In fact, or resembled an origami dragonfly. It was roughly the same size as the cube though not as wide; it was more human-like in terms of girth but still quite large. First it looked around curiously to survey its surroundings and then what it understood to be potential predators. Immediately after it began flying about the room at an alarming pace mimicking Captain level speed. In fact it would be almost impossible to follow for slower individuals as it moved at a shunpo-like place. What was more impressive, however, was its extreme level of agility. The large replica insect seems to dart about at all sorts of impossibly sharp angles, even able to change reverse its direct at a drop of a dime and all without loosing speed.
”A peculiar bunch of objects, but this shall be you your mastery trial. All three have a very straight-forward goal. Yet I don’t have much desire for straight-forward solutions. The more straightforward your approach, the more predictable you become and the less effective you are overall. Though I don’t necessarily have any restrictions on how you solve the problems I will present to you shortly. Approach the situations as you see fit.”
She stepped forward and then pointed at ghost.
”The metal block before you will be your trial. Your goal is simple: destroy it.”
She then pointed to Hazuki.
”You will need to give yourself a code name. So, your trial is thus. First decide your code name, and then face the canon. If will fire a pretty nasty blast of energy at you once you find yourself ready. I’ve calibrated its power output to match that of Hadou 88: Hiryuu Gekizoku Shinten Raihou, which will ab-so-luetely blow you away if you aren’t careful. Stop it’s blast from hurting you.
She pointed to Darius.
”Your goal is similar. First make your codename known to us, and then simply capture the dragonfly... wherever it is now.
I will allow you all attempts each to accomplish your goal in up to three different ways if you so desire. Simply yell ‘reset’ and the simulation will reset the position and state of your designated object to how it was before your trial began. From there you may proceed however you want! When you’re done, just let me know and I’ll decide if your attempts are worthy of passing. That is all!”
[The Rules of This Trial]