Back in the Silbern...
Uryu tried desperately to keep his anger in check, but was losing ground quickly.
“I understand, just try to hold your position, reinforcements will be there soon, I dispatched the rest of the Sternritter, try to keep your men alive for as long as you can, even if you have to get involved this early on, we can’t afford to lose any more Quincy. That’s an order.” Uryu told the Executive Hunting Captain.
Äs Nödt and Ryūken shared a look, unsure of what their next move should be.
“We have to go to the Soul Society, this is unacceptable! Aizen’s back and that means more fighting!” Uryu said as he signaled his father and his Grandmaster to follow him as he walked down the halls of the Silbern.
“Your Majesty, what do you believe Aizen’s intentions are?” Äs Nödt asked.
“Nothing good, last time he attacked, he was after the Soul King, the Soul King is gone. What else would he want? Why not just live in silence if you’re free now? Why bother attacking when there’s nothing to gain? Unless…” Uryu paused.
“You don’t think he’s after…Ichigo Kurosaki?” Äs asked, remembering how much Aizen despised him after losing to him in battle a very long time ago. It was ludicrous to think he would risk all for simple revenge…
“Perhaps, but then why not just take Yhwach up on his offer to join him? Why bother doing it alone? Unless….”
“… his intentions are to take over the Soul Society for himself! That’s why he never joined Yhwach!” Äs Nödt finished Uryu’s sentence.
“That’s the only thing that would make sense at this point, but even with the 13 Court Guard weakened after their war with us, Aizen would need an army to defeat them.” Ryūken remarked.
“Aizen’s not stupid he would definitely realize that fact. That must be why he’s in Hueco Mundo.” Äs said with a sigh. “One of the Arrancar escaped into the World of the Living. And that wasn’t what had me baffled at the time. It was the fact that it rebelled against Rukia and me before attacking us. I killed it, of course, but thinking back, it may have been connected to Aizen somehow.” Äs Nödt told them, remembering that night very clearly. It was the same night he and Rukia had shared their feeling with each other.
“These are all good thoughts, but regardless of our speculations, we need to speak with the Soul Reapers.” Uryu says as he comes to a halt. “Äs Nödt, you know the drill.” He commands.
“Of course Your Majesty.” Äs says as he opens a Shadow Portal.
The three Quincy’s made their way through the portal and entered the Soul Society. Most of the buildings were still in ruin, but we’re slowly being rebuilt by what remained of the lower level Soul Reapers. As they walked through the Seireitei, they noticed the dirty looks that were shot their way by the surviving Soul Reapers, by both the seated officers overseeing the reconstruction effort, and the lower class Soul Reapers.
“We’re still resented here, not surprising in the least.” Uryu remarks under his breath, although he found it odd that he felt so much hostility this day.
They made their way toward the Head Captains office in First Divisions Headquarters. The guards let them in and they followed them to the Head Captains office. The office was a large room with an open balcony that had a view of the entire Seireitei. Behind the wooden desk sat Head Captain Shunsui Kyōraku.
“Well now! This is a surprise I didn’t think the Emperor of Quincy would come here to visit me! How about some Sake?” Shunsui asked as he clapped for one of his men to bring the refreshment.
“You can cut the act Head Captain, we’re here for answers! Why didn’t you tell us?” Uryu demanded; his voice furious.
“Whoa, why didn’t I tell you what?” Shunsui asked disappointed that the conversation began with such a bad note.
“Aizen! Why was he released? He is in Hueco Mundo and I have my forces engaging his as we speak! He was in your custody and you let him out of the Muken to advance your cause! Why didn’t he go back?!” Uryu shouted.
“Aizen’s where? I ordered his return, what are these lies you talk about?!” Shunsui turned the tables on the Emperor as he continued. “And while we’re talking about underhandedness, if my memory serves me correctly, I believe the Hōgyoku is currently missing isn’t it? You wouldn’t happen to know where it is at the moment would you Emperor Ishida?”
Uryu’s eyes widened, but he quickly regained his composure. “I have it well guarded back at the Silbern. Don’t worry, I have someone watching it day and night. But that’s not the issue at the moment. If what you say is correct, then how is it that Aizen is now in Hueco Mundo?”
Shunsui scratched his chin. “That’s a good question; I’m not sure. Since you obviously know where he is, how much do you know of his activities right at this moment?”
Ryūken spoke up. “He’s in Hueco Mundo performing some kind of ritual. From what we’ve been told, it involves a crater, and last I heard there was some strange light emanating from it, and the Sternritter reported a strange spiritual pressure. I’d assume he was gathering another Army as well.” Ryūken was careful not to name which Sternritter.
Äs spoke up. “We think he’s targeting the Soul Society, that he wants to take it over for himself.”
“That makes sense. Well gentlemen, it seems we have another invasion on our hands.” Shunsui says with a sigh. “And might I add that I am very glad of our recent alliance.”
Shunsui no sooner finished his sentence when the sound of a hammer pounding against wood over and over, sounded throughout the Seireitei. It was accompanied by an announcement that surprised all four men.
‘Garganta in the sky! Sōsuke Aizen has returned and is accompanied by Arrancar and Espada! This is not a drill. Man your battle stations!’
“Espada!? We killed them all in the battle at Karakura town!” Shunsui shouts in shock.
“I should have known he was there recruiting! How did he raise an army from the dead?! Damn it. Äs Nödt, we’re going to have to call our troops back to meet us here. I have a feeling they are no longer needed in Hueco Mundo.” Uryu turns to Shunsui. “Looks like we’re going to fight right along with you Head Captain.”
“We’re all short-staffed at the moment Your Majesty, so it appears that way. Know that I am grateful.” Shunsui says as he takes one last sip of Sake before Flash Stepping toward his fellow Captains.
“Men, lets head out.” Uryu says to his father and Äs Nödt as he Hirenkyaku’s onto a rooftop. Äs and Ryūken follow right behind him.
Uryu heads to a large vantage point, to get a good view of the soon-to-be battlefield.
“That’s an entire army…” Äs says in surprise, not expecting to see such a force.
“Not just any army, those are all the Arrancar and Hollows that served under Aizen, namely the ones that were already killed once.” Uryu remarks.
A few moments later, they notice that the re-enforcements they sent to Hueco Mundo arrived in the Soul Society. Uryu, Ryūken, and Äs Nödt went to meet up with them
Bazz B, Liltotto, Giselle, Meninas, BG9, Candice, and Kirge arrive along with a large group of Soldat’s.
“This is going to be one hell of a fight eh?” Bazz B said with a grin, excited for the battle.
“The first fight of our alliance with the Soul Reapers, this aught’a be something.” Candice said as she rubbed her hands together.
“This is going to be fun! Hahaha!!” Giselle said with a sadistic laugh.
“We will terminate all of them, and their families.” BG9 said in and emotionless monotone.
“Hollows don’t have families dumb ass. They only have their little groups.” Bazz B remarked.
“Alright that’s enough.” Äs said. “Let’s get serious boys, this isn’t going to be a cake walk by any stretch of the imagination.”
Shunsui arrived with his fellow Captains, Byakuya Kuchiki, Suì-Fēng, Shinji Hirako, Kenpachi Zaraki, Jūshirō Ukitake, and Tōshirō Hitsugaya. Renji and Rukia fell in with their captains along with the other lower level Soul Reapers.
Liltotto spoke up. “Where are your other lieutenants?”
“They’re already containing the situation along with other seated officers.” Renji said.
“Head Captain.” Uryu said, getting Shunsui’s attention. “Why don’t we go after Aizen?’
Ryūken’s eyes widened.
“Uryu!” He had no wish to see his son in battle with Aizen!
The Emperor slightly turned his head before speaking.
“I’ll be fine, don’t worry father.” Uryu said before tuning to face the Head Captain again.
“That sounds like a plan.” Shunsui said.
Everyone followed their commander’s lead and headed off to engage the Espada and their Fracción.
Uryu and Shunsui alone went to engaged Sōsuke Aizen.
Äs Nödt went to engage whichever Espada he ran into, as he used his Hirenkyaku to get to the battlefield. He sensed the many fights going on, BG9 and Suì-Fēng fought side by side and were engaged with the 7th Espada. ‘Enemies turned allies overnight, ironic’ Äs thought to himself. Bazz B and Renji were fighting with the 5th Espada, leaving Rukia and Candice to fight the 8th Espada. ‘Be safe boys….Rukia…’
Äs Nödt’s stopped, when he noticed an Espada not engaged in combat.
He saw that the Espada noticed him also. He was slender but fairly muscular; he was of average height at 5’6”. He has a melancholic appearance, with pale white skin and short black messy hair with part of his bangs falling between his eyes. He also has a black upper lip and green eyes with small slit-shaped pupils, similar to a cat's. His eyebrows are distinctively thick. He has teal lines which descend from his eyes in a straight line down his face. His Hollow mask is on the top left side of his head in the shape of a horned helmet and his Hollow hole is located on his sternum. His attire was the typical Arrancar uniform: a white jacket, black sash, and a white hakama, his jacket has longer coattails than the others, and the collar is higher.
“Are you going to be the one to fight me?” He asks in a depressed monotone.
“It appears that way, doesn’t it?” Äs Nödt remarks as their eyes lock.
“I am Ulquiorra Cifer, the Cuartro Espada.” Ulquiorra says.
“I am Äs Nödt, Sternritter ‘F’.” Äs says, his eyes never leaving the Espada.
Äs Nödt created his reishi thorns and launched them at the Arrancar, only to have the Arrancar used his Sonído to dodge them and appeared behind him. Ulquiorra fired hardened spiritual pressure like a bullet from his fist, otherwise known as ‘Bala’. Äs crossed his arms and activated Blut Vene, blocking it. Ulquiorra had a look of surprise on his face, but soon faded back into his usual one of disappointment.
“Impressive Quincy.” Ulquiorra says.
Äs Nödt shoots him a bored look. “You’re surprised by this Arrancar?”
Ulquiorra pauses before replying. “…No.”
He points his finger at the Sternritter before charging and releasing a powerful green Cero upon him. Äs quickly Hirenkyaku’s and avoids the blast, appearing to the right of the Espada. He quickly creates reishi thorns and fires them at the Espada. Ulquiorra hardens his skin with his Hierro, but it does little to block the thorns as they dug into Ulquiorra’s chest.
As Ulquiorra fell to one knee, Äs walked up to him. Ulquiorra pulled the long reishi thorn out of his chest and gave the Quincy a deadly glare as he tries to heal what he can of his wounds with his regeneration.
“Do you feel it Arrancar?” Äs asked. “The fear that’s building within you? That emotion that all living things instinctively feel at one time or another?”
Ulquiorra paused before speaking. “…Fear you ask? No, I do not feel it.”
Äs Nödt tilted his head and looked at Ulquiorra with a bored look in his eyes.
Ulquiorra drew his sword and quickly used his Sonído and appeared in front of the Sternritter and took a swing at him. Äs counters with Blut Vene and blocking Ulquiorra’s sword with his forearm, but his sword digs in Äs arm a few centimeters. Äs Hirenkyaku’s backwards before looking his opponent in the eye.
Ulquiorra looks at the wound Äs caused only a few moments earlier, and notices a black substance left where the wound once was.
“What is this? What was in that thorn Quincy?” Ulquiorra asked.
Äs paused, and waited to see what would happen.
“I asked you a question. Answer…” Ulquiorra’s eyes widened as his jaw fell open, as the Sternritter’s powers took hold of him.
A smile made its way across Äs’s cheek muscles as he began to speak. “I see the fear has taken effect. Do you see? No matter who we are, we all have fears. It’s a fact of life. All living things have some fear. Prey fears the hunter. People fear death. Peacekeepers fear war. The process continues. I am that which living thing’s fear, the hunter, a war, death itself. Do you see it Arrancar? Your deepest fears coming to life?”
Ulquiorra looked back at him.
“I don’t like being backed into a corner, but it seems you’ve left me no choice.”
Ulquiorra redraws his sword, and utters two words. “Imprison Murciélago.”
A black and green burst of spiritual energy falls around Ulquiorra like green rain. Large, black bat wings form on his back, his hair grows longer and wilder, and the remains of his Hollow mask centers on top of his head, with two large horns that extend outward to the sides, then towards the front. The lines on his face become black, broader, and more triangular, and his fingernails lengthen. His Arrancar attire becomes more form fitting and closed at the top, becoming more like a robe towards the bottom.
He quickly flies upward.
Äs looks at him. “This is your Resurrección. Impressive. I’m sure Kirge would love to recruit you into the service of the Wandenreich. I’ll take the time to ask. Would you care to join us?”
Ulquiorra looks back at him with a glare. “I only serve Lord Aizen. No one else!”
Äs began walking toward him his eyes met the ground, reading his reishi thorns. “Well, that’s a shame” Äs looked up, his eyes meeting Ulquiorra’s “If I let you live, I hope you’ll reconsider.”