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Name:rotwood_reaper
Birthdate:Jan 14
Location:Japan
From a living world resource called Wikipedia, which knows more about me than any mortal has a right to know and says it better than I ever could:

Rukia Kuchiki (朽木 ルキア, KUCHIKI Rukia) is [...] a [shinigami] [sic] in the 13th Division under Jūshirō Ukitake. Shortly after meeting [...] Ichigo Kurosaki, who can see supernatural beings such as [shinigami], she is forced to give him her powers in order to fulfill her duties as a [shinigami].

Rukia died as an infant and was sent to Soul Society [...]. As Rukia grew up, she befriended Renji Abarai, and over the coming years the two stayed together and looked out for one another. Once they entered the [Shi-no-Reijutsuin], Rukia was adopted into the Kuchiki family. [...]

When she was accepted into the 13th Division, Rukia's abilities made her a prime candidate for a seated position. Wishing to keep Rukia out of harm's way, Byakuya used his influence as a captain to make her ineligible for such a position. In time, Rukia befriended the lieutenant of her division, Kaien Shiba, and trained under him. During the course of a mission Kaien was possessed by a [H]ollow and Rukia was forced to kill Kaien to protect herself. While dying, Kaien apologized to Rukia for allowing himself to be possessed and thus putting her in that position. Rukia returned his body to his family, though could not find the courage to tell them how he had died [...]


From another mortal datafile:
Height: 144 cm (4'8½")
Weight: 33 kg (73 lbs.)
Blood type: A

Powers (Wikipedia again):
Rukia's only initial abilit[ies] are her kidō spells, which she uses for such purposes as restraining, healing, or attacking others. At the start of the series her spells are severely limited, being both weak and of a small variety, due to the bulk of her powers being given to Ichigo. After returning to Soul Society and regaining her [shinigami] abilities, Rukia is able to cast spells at her previous capacities, such that she can cast multiple spells in quick succession and even use two spells at the same time. Rukia's kidō skills are of great caliber amongst [shinigami], and by her own admission her mastery over kidō far surpasses her mastery with a blade.

Rukia's zanpakutō, Sode no Shirayuki (袖[の]白雪 or 袖白雪, literally "sleeve's white snow"), is released with the command "dance" (舞え, mae). In its released state the blade becomes completely white and a ribbon forms from the pommel, earning it... recognition as the most beautiful snow and ice zanpakutō in Soul Society. Sode no Shirayuki utilizes ice to attack, each of its three abilities being labeled as "dances" by Rukia. "First dance, white moon" (初の舞・月白, some no mai, tsukishiro) denotes a circular area around Rukia's target and freezes everything within the circle from the ground upwards until it reaches the sky. "The next dance, white ripple" (次の舞・白漣, tsugi no mai, hakuren) fires a massive wave of ice from Sode no Shirayuki's blade. "Third dance, white sword" (参の舞・白刀, san no mai, shirafune), her final ability reserved only for when her blade is broken, reforges her zanpakutō with ice particles, piercing through any object in its path and freezing anything in the vicinity.


[The BLEACH wiki adds to these the enhanced strength and stamina inherent to shinigami, her considerable skill at hakuda and flash-steps, and a level of spiritual energy which would qualify her for a lieutenant's posting if not for her foster-brother's request.]

Also, something which would never come up in Soul Society or the living world attached to it, but is highly relevant in Milliways: as a shinigami ("soul reaper" in the English translation, so that's actually what English-speakers will hear), she can sense the dead, even if she can't do anything about them until she recovers her full powers. Moreover, the dead will be able to sense something unusual about her, even if they don't necessarily understand it.

Rukia Kuchiki is from the manga and anime BLEACH, and is the property of Noriaki "Taito" Kubo (aka KUBO Tite) and Shûeisha. She appears here solely for the purpose of role-playing out of in [info]milliways_bar, from which no profit whatsoever is being made.
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