Kidō Corps

Current Commander: Kitano Takeshi
Corps. size: 300 members
Symbol: The Symbol of the Kidō Corp is a single opened eye.
Motto: "With Art, all things are possible."

Structure

The Kidō Corp is structured similarly to the Gotei 13, with a Commander who over sees the direction of the Corp as a whole, a Vice Commander who over sees the everyday hustle and bustle of the Corp itself, and seated officers who interact more in the way of Captains in the Gotei, despite the wide gulf in relative power. The Vice Commander is not technically the 2nd Seat, holding a position quite unlike their contemporaries of the Gotei 13. The other “Division’s” outside the core make up of the Corp are known as Cells.

Seated members oversee 20 man teams, broken up into eight squads. This means that there are eight seated members of the Kidō Corp and despite the number; each seated officer holds the same position, rights and privileges as their peers. Unlike the Gotei 13, the Kidō Corp is not divided into “Seats” but instead titles those lower then broken up into Senior members and Junior members. Senior members cannot exceed half within the number of a Unit. Senior members are allowed full access to the libraries and labs of the Kidō Corp, while Junior Members are limited to funds and access to some of the more sensitive or powerful scrolls and tomes. All counted, the main body of the Kidō Corp numbers roughly around 170 members.

The first Cell exists for those members who wish simply to study and catalog the work of the Kidō Corp as a whole. This Unit is made up of previous Junior Members. Refered to as Librarian’s, these Shinigami are the sole scribes of the collected Kidō Corp History. The second largest Cell, the Librarian’s number roughly sixty men and woman all told.

The Defense of the Kidō Corp Grounds falls to the Golden Topiary, large animated tree’s tended by specially trained kidō practitioners referred to as Grounds Keepers. The number of said Grounds Keepers vary between 10 to 20 depending on the season, those in reserves are allowed to float between the other structured Cells as they see fit. The Grounds Keepers answer only to the Kidō Commander and Vice Commander, sharing a spot equal to the

The Final Cell is known as the Jar Carriers, who oversee the reagents, spices, powders, drugs and sake of the Kidō Corp along with their food stores and ledgers. The Jar Carries number at fifty men and woman, and hold a similar position as Senior members of the Core Units.

All told, the Kidō Corp boasts an impressive 300 members.

Title Duty Number
Kidō Commander Leader of the Kidō Corp and prime researcher 1
Vice Commander Aid and general overseer of the day to day functions of the Kidō Corp 1
Seated Members Heads of Cells, overseeing the day to day functions of their respective cell 8
Senior Members The Senior members act as higher order members of the Corp 34
Junior Members New recruits and less talented members of the Corp, are the general grunts of the Corp 136
Golden Topiary The defense of the Kidō Corp Grounds, over seen by Grounds Keepers 10-20(Seasonal)
The Librarians The Scribes and Archivists of the Kidō Corps 60
The Jar Carriers General overseers of supplies, food, reagents and small jobs throughout the Kidō Corp 50
Cell Mon Motto Duty Specialization
Unit One ∀ (Tuned A) "Given Any" Prime Wu Wei Researchers
Unit Two ♂(Iron) "Unbroken Dedication" Prime Barrier Kidō Researchers
Unit Three 火 (Fire) "Passion Divided" Prime Hado Researchers
Unit Four 土 (Earth) "Center of All” Prime Wu Wei Researchers
Unit Five 金 (Water) "Come what May" Tends the Temples and keeps all Rituals documented
Unit Six 水 (Metal) "Desired Conviction" Prime Bakudo Researchers
Unit Seven ☿(Mercury) "Life Unabated" Prime Qi Researchers
Unit Eight ☽ (Silver) "Uncovered Mysteries" Prime Teachers of Kidō
Golden Topiary 木 (Wood) "Never Abate" Defenders of the Kidō Corp
The Librarians An Open Book "Never Forget" Keepers of the Kidō Libraries
The Jar Carriers Sake Jug "Never Without" Stock and Supply Keepers

Formal Wear

Also unlike the vast majority of Soul Society, a specialized uniform exists in the Kidō Corp for rituals and gatherings of the entire Corp. Women wear Furisode dyed black with ornate red geta, while men wear black sume with gray painted geta. During formal events, the Kidō Commander and Vice Commander wear either Sokutai if male, or Jūnihitoe if female.

History

One of the oldest foundations of Soul Society and the Shinigami, the Kidō Corp has gone through many changes, transforming and evolving over its long history depending on the hand that guides it. The overall layout of the Kidō Corp grounds can attest to this, a mish mash of cultural façade’s, winding streets that lead to massive building walls and a constant stack of new buildings upon the old. While much of the politics of the Corp are shrouded in mazes and red tape, official records state there have been four previous Kidō Commanders, the last a woman by the name of Chen Shengdi. Rumors abound as to her disappearance, attributing her death to either old age or an assassination from within the Kidō Corp itself.

The truth, as often is the case, is stranger than fiction. With the promotion of her Vice Commander Takeshi, Chen Shengdi placed herself in a drug induced coma, meditating in the deepest bowels of the Kidō Corp Grounds in hopes to unlock the secrets of the Demon Arts. She is protected by multiple layers of kidō spells, summoned demons and construct’s and roving bands of animal hollows. Takeshi is the only member of the Kidō Corp to know of her true fate, and has actively taken steps to lie on every occasion, sometimes not even the same lie, while in the cups.

The Division itself has long held special rituals and practices uncommon or completely unknown of in the Gotei 13, though such practices today are held mostly for ceremonial purposes and official affairs.

Duties

The Kidō Corp is trusted with the study, documentation and history of the Demon Arts for the betterment of Soul Society. Unlike the Gotei 13, the entire Corp has men and woman tasked with maintaining the Kidō Corp grounds, relaying messages within the Kidō Corp itself and overseeing to the defense of the Corp grounds.

Research, Study and Practice: The Kidō Corp of Today

While it has been mentioned the early Kidō Corp was one entrenched in mysticism and spiritual practices, the Kidō Corp of today blends the ancient methods of Kidō Research with a more modern approach to science and philosophy.

The labs and work places of the Kidō Corp are known as Hōrai, a special set of buildings and bunkers sitting at the center of the Kidō Corp Grounds. The Hōrai is widely considered a sacred place, only members of the Kidō Corp are ever allowed to enter or leave. Those attempting to break in or steal from the Hōrai without express permission from the Kidō Commander are subject to incarceration or harsher punishments. The Hōrai itself is protected under multiple layers of heavy walls infused and runed with powerful Kidō, many of such spells having been lost or deemed “forbidden” for use by Soul Society as a whole. These spells protect the Hōrai from external attack, wear and tear and general destruction as well as anything that might result in wide scale damage from inside the Hōrai itself. The Kidō Commander’s personal housing rests somewhere within the Hōrai, as well as the apartments for the Vice Commander. These locations are kept confidential save for those who hold office. Alongside the laboratories, testing facilities and offices of the Hōrai, shrines, places of meditation and contemplation and powerful man made garden’s dominate the Hōrai. The Hōrai stretchs deep underground, the deepest regions reserved for the Kidō Commander himself and the Seated Officers. These special rooms house powerful and ancient tomes and ledgers, along with various forbidden kidō, making the special area as much a prison and containment area as it is a place of study and inner reflection.

Outside the Hōrai lays the rest of the Kidō Corp Grounds, which is made up of numerous libraries, restaurants, leisure rooms and housing for the Cells and Units that make up the Kidō Corp. These apartment complex’s, known as Dongtian are all on the outskirts of the Hōrai, keeping the larger living population relatively safe should anything go awry. There are ten Dongtian, eight for the eight Units of the Kidō Corp, and two others for the rest of the Cells. The eight Dongtian of the Kidō Corp Units are collectivly known as the Heavenly Dongtian, while the other two are referred to as the Earthy Dongtian. These complex’s are comprised of individual housing arrangements, sitting rooms, personal studies and kitchens for all occupants. The eight Heavenly Dongtian are over seen by their seated officer, while the Earthly Dongtian are overseen by the entirety of the Seated Officers, who split general duties between two groups of four. Alongside the apartments and day to day facilities of the Kidō Corp, seven massive shrines stand in open opposition to the continued reinventing image of the Kidō Corp’s buildings. Each one is a sprawling open aired garden with a single pagoda, where members of the Corp are brought to every morning for ritual’s and cleansing before they are sent about their work. While not mandatory most occasions, all members of the Kidō Corp are required to attend special functions at their designated Shrine.

Kidō, Philosophy and how it interacts with the Corp.

Kidō, the art of using Reiryoku to fundamentally bring about desired effects is as much magic as could be described in the world. The division into Hado and Bakudo are in fact only two separate distinct paths of the Kidō Method of Waidan, or Outer Kidō. Aside from the study of how kidō interacts with the outside world, the Kidō Corp also monitors and attempts to research the effects of Kidō on the spiritual being of a person, termed Neidan. These two studies are a balance, requiring the most skillful of practitioner in the Kidō Corp to regulate the power, direction and energy of a spell through proper incantation, hand movements and release. This is a study that is said to take three lifetimes, no Shinigami alive today having preformed the “perfect kidō”.

The goal of the perfect kidō, and the present science around attaining it was first laid down by Tsau Tao Ling, a classical contemporary holding the first formal Kidō Corp Commander’s mantel. Tsau proposed that not only was the Demon Arts a path of enlightened science, but that through its study, the Shinigami could grow more attuned with him or herself, and thus reincarnate to a separate plane outside that of the Mortal World. While today, this concept is widely considered utter nonsense, the idea of perfected kidō continues to dominate the science and occult rituals that make up the current Kidō Corp. The spiritual aspect of such study continues on through prayers, incantations and poetry during particular times of the day.

Waiden: The Path of Outer Kidō

The Path of Outer Kidō is separated into four distinct categories, two based on the Yin principle and two based on the Yang Principle. These four arts make up the foundation of Kidō as far as the Kidō Corp are concerned, kido spells that do not fit into any one category as simply referred to as De. The perfect kido is referred to as Wuji or “The Ultimate” or “The Infinite” while all other Kido are known under the term Taiji, or “The Boundless”.

Bakudō (Yin): The art of binding and defensive Kidō. Bakudō also covers barrier magic, separating it from canon Bleach in such spells are not classified under any particular type of kidō.

Qi (Yin): The art of closing wounds and mending the world around you. Qi is widely studied outside of the Kidō Corp by the 4th Division, referred to as the Healing Arts.

Hadō (Yang): The art of destructive power. Hadō is further split into the five classical Chinese elements, known as Wu Xing depending on the spell. Hadō spells also cover any Kidō that transforms the body, though these kidō are rare and often times banned under Kidō Corp laws.

Fire (Huǒ): All energy, lightning and fire based kidō are found under the Fire Wu Xing. The most destructive Kidō are found in this element.

Water (Shuǐ): The Water Wu Xing is often times considered a broader school, consisting of both powerful water and iced based kidō. The fluid nature of this element makes such spells difficult to predict.

Metal (Jīn): Metal Wu Xing are rigid, often times physically summoned attacks

Earth (Tǔ): The stable element, Earth Wu Xing is the middle ground of Hado. Such Kidō stress slow yet diligent attacks, as well as attacks that are difficult to deflect due to their weight. Like Metal Wu Xing, Earth Wu Xing are often physically summoned, unlike the other three sub-sections.

Wood (Mù): Like its element, Wood Wu Xing are known for their flexible yet strong nature. Kidō of this school often leech life from their foes, as well as growing of their own volition, creating powerful and often times rampant effects.

Wu Wei (Yang): The art of action, these kidō spells are categorized for their use in and out of combat to expedite or tactically aid a Shinigami. This includes teleportation, communication, or long distance viewing.

De (Balanced): Kidō of this class do not fit into any specified grouping. The number of De Kidō is fairly small, as the Kidō Corp attempts at every chance to re-organize them into a known Taiji.

Neidan:The Path of Inner Kidō

The Path of Inner Kidō, Neidan is a spiritual and personal study as well as a over laying philosophical belief of how Kidō interacts with the world and the physical self as well as the spiritual self. It is broken up into three separate tenets.

Reiryoku: The spiritual energy found within all things. The first fundamental essence of Kidō, Reiryoku is thought by the Kidō Corp to make up the two parts fundamental in the art of Kidō. One must balance their Reiryoku with their Reiatsu if they seek to perfect their methods.

Reiatsu: The power of intent and level of one’s life force. When balanced with one’s Reiryoku, powerful magic’s can be wrought.

Shen: The Self, both spiritually and physically. Shen is the embodiment of the spiritual being, the vessel for both Reiryoku and Reiatsu and the path in which a balanced unity can be achived. Shen is further divided into sections of both the spiritual and physical body. These divisions are as follows.

Shen: The Spirit King of the Heart-The awareness of oneself in the world, and its impact on all things. The element associated with Shen is fire.

Zhi: The Act and Path of Will- The ability and drive to succeed in both spiritual practice and emotional betterment. Zhi’s element is water

Yi: The Intellect of Firmament- The formation of intentions both good and misdirected. Yi’s element is Earth, and when out of balance leads to rash decisions and mismanagement of one’s life.

Po: The physical body, the opposite of Hun, its element is metal.

Hun: The Spiritual Presence, its element is wood. This part of the body is what transferred once the physical body has passed on. Known as a spirit by many, the Kidō Corp’s classification remains entrenched in the spiritual and mystical practices of their long lasting organization.

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