Name: Etsu Tahara
Age: 200 (Appearance Age: 22)
Position: Gotei 2nd Squad Captain (Commander of the Omnitsukido)
Appearance: The mysterious Captain of the second Squad seems to be as quiet and secluded as a spider is on it's own web. Through how much she conceals her appearance, is out training by her self, and spending much time in her room or searching through files in the Omnitsukido headquarters, not many people ever get to see her true face. Standing at about five feet two inches with a very thin frame, Etsu weighs an unbelievable Ninety pounds. This terribly small frame would actually seem unhealthy and she has to go to Squad four every week to see if she is still in good health. She is actually really healthy; she just is never hungry and hardly ever eats. She has shiny grey-white hair that she keeps short with a long bang swoops right above her right eye and arches down around the curve of the outer edge of the eye and ends right off the side of about halfway down her right cheek. She has a tuft of hair on the back of the left side of her head that seems to poof outwards in a messy floral fashion. She has a pair of large, observant emerald green eyes that match her perfectly tanned skin which allow her to sniff out and search any places that she believes might be containing 'foul play'. Also, Etsu has quite a few scars and even a few tattoos on her body. Her wrists are covered in coiled, barbwire shaped scars that are the result of many uses and accidents with her Zanpakutou. Her more serious scars are that of the same kind, except they are coiled around her neck. This is the result of a serious training accident when she was only a seated office in the second squad. She accidentally hung herself with her own wires and she would've died if it weren't for her Captain breaking her free. Under her left eye, she has two light purple circle tattoos lined up horizontally with the curve of her eye.
For the most part, Etsu has kept her attire completely standard as the Captain of the Omnitsukido. She sports the original Omnitsukido attire with the sleeveless, form fitting top and wide Hakama that allow her maneuverability to much quicker and easier. Her Haori is also made specifically for the Omnitsukido, which wouldn't be surprising either. Her Haori normally, has long sleeves but when she is in combat, she removes her sleeves so that she can maneuver around better. The only addition to her uniform is the Omnitsukido style mask she wears. The mask covers the bottom half of her face and it goves down to right above her clavicle so it covers her neck scars, which she doesn't take pride in showing off. She has her mask on almost all the time, the only instances where she does take it off is when she eats and when she is alone but out in public it is a true rarity to see her actual face. She truly is a beautiful woman but she Is commonly misconcepted for something inhuman looking. It is just a common rumor that other squads spread around but it really isn't true.
Personality: Etsu has long since cut her family ties and her she has very few friends as well. She has had a troubled past and that has caused her to become less emotional over the years and more on borderline apathetic. Her mother was born to that a very prestigious noble family while her father was born of a normal Rukongai which led to major problems between the two. The mother's family had her father executed with false claims and fallacies that incriminated who he really was. Years later when she was a child, her mother died due to a terrible sickness which had left her all alone in the care of her grandparents. Her grandparents disowned her due to her being a "mutt" of noble and tainted blood. Her grandmother was an apathetic woman while her grandfather was a greedy man that cared only for his money and his name. This darkened childhood had led her to become a woman of apathy, and she knows very little about emotion. She doesn't truly understand the concept of love or feelings for the most part, which has made her a very secluded woman. She is also quiet, and rarely talks but if she doesn't agree with someone's opinions in a certain matter, she will voice her attitude about it. She is very loyal in her duties but she will have an attitude at times when she doesn't agree with things. Though she is mostly apathetic, there are a few people that can get her to show emotion and even get close to her. These are rare occasions but they do happen.
Abilities: As expected from the commander of the Omintsukido, Etsu is a very quick Shinigami. Her small frame, light weight, and exceptional reactionary timing make her able to dart in and out of small places along with traveling long distances in only a few flash steps. Her main skills, outside of what is expected, are her quick usage of Kidou and her Hakuda skills. She uses Kidou more than her Zanpakutou and that's because she finds it more convenient to use. She is also very good in the ways of Hakuda but in her own unique way. Unlike her best friend, Akiko Minonaki, her Hakuda style isn't based of heavy, strong strikes but rather quick, rapid strikes that are meant to keep the enemy guessing. She isn't physically strong at all, and her extremely thin frame proves that and that is why she has her certain Hakuda style. Her Zanjutsu is also lacking in the fact that using her Zanpakutou is sort of a last resort for her. One unique skill of hers though is her unique talent of being able to hunt down targets with using instinct and knowledge alone. This skill is actually what allowed her to become such a great commander for the omnitsukido. She does have a certain, and otherwise deadly drawback to her though. Like an insect hunting it's prey, she can only attack one target at a time and she's also known not to watch her back. This can lead to problems when facing a group of stronger enemies for the most part but it doesn't seem to be too much of a problem.
Zanpakutou: Kumo no Su (Spider's Web)
Inner World: The inner world of Etsu and Kumo is a dark one to say the least. There is almost no light throughout the entire world and the general setting just adds an eerie feeling to it. The world takes place on that of a giant spider web made of solid steel wire that spreads around the world. There one main web with other smaller webs around, adding to the eeriness and the spider motif. The world seems ultimately silent, there's very little sound along with light, and despite how large the world is, there is no echo. The world is balanced upon silence, solitude, and utter eeriness. Hidden among the world is Zanpakutou spirit of Kumo no Su, but he is very hard to spot due to his shadowy motif.
Zanpakutou Spirit: Kumo no Su very shows himself to anyone in his inner world, including Etsu herself. He is a very solitary and quiet spirit that isn't shy but rather doesn't like to be seen. He takes the form of a very large full white tarantula with black web designs that cover his thorax. He is roughly the size of a wolf but is actually a very docile spirit. He doesn't attack any visitors in the world but rather constantly watches nad studies them like a spy or a spider waiting for it's prey. When Kumo speaks, it comes in form of a hushed whisper of a young man, roughly in his mid twenties. He is a very shady character but is generally a docile spirit. During Shikai, Kumo will start to rattle the web, creating a resonating sound. During Bankai, he will spin new webs for the world to gain more access and freedom to it.
Humanized Form: Kumo's humanized form seems to be just as shady as his normal form is. He takes the form of a young African man with short pure white hair that lays in a leave-it-where-it-falls fashion. Over his eyes, he has a pure white cloth that is eternally tied around his face and cannot be removed. He has a toned body and he wears no top clothes, which reveal the spider web tattoo he has on the front of his body. He wears a pair of white hakama's that seem ragged and dirty. The odd thing about Kumo though, his that he doesn't walk using his human legs, and he doesn't see out of his face. Lined along the upper part of his arms, he has eight large black beady spider eyes that seem to look around in every possible direction. He also has four giant white spider legs that stick out of his back. Two of his legs are made for balancing and walking around for they stick out of his lower back while the other two stick out his upper back and act as extra arms. Kumo normally has his legs crossed while he walks on his spider legs and he rarely sets his feet down. He is really only about six feet tall but when standing on his spider legs, he's about fourteen feet tall.
Sealed State: Kumo no Su's sealed state takes the form of a wakizashi that Etsu keeps sheathed on the back of her waist, under her Haori so that it doesn't interfere with her moves along with keeping it concealed from any unsuspecting enemies. She very rarely uses the sealed state of her Zanpakutou for she normally goes straight to her Shikai state. The wakizashi has a silver tsuba and hilt that seems to be a bit dull and darker than most other hilts and tsubas. The hilt is wrapped in a pure white cloth and is wrapped with circle formations rather than the normal diamond shape. The tsuba is shaped like a cobweb, with the hilt being the center of it. She keeps her Zanpakutou sheathed in a small emerald green scabbard which compliments her eyes.
Shikai: Kumo no Su is one of those rare kinds of Zanpakutou's where it is considered 'masochistic'. Etsu is at as much of a risk as harming herself with her own Zanpakutou as she is harming her enemy and that is pretty much how she gained her neck scars. To release her Zanpakutou, Etsu will hold her Zanpakutou out in front of her with her free hand pressed against the flat side of the blade. She will then clench her fingers over the blunt edge and close her eyes. She will them calmly, and quietly state, "Ensnare them, Kumo no Su." She will then clench her fingers tightly over the blade and give a violent pull of the blade. The blade will instantly seem to uncoil around her fingers as she continues to pull back on the blade. Soon the blade would be completely uncoiled into a long set of steel barbwires that Etsu can manipulate however she feels. Each of these wires are tipped off with extremely sharp hooks that can easily impale and hook inside of someone. A certain weakness of this Zanpakutou is that it is very sensitive to heat and electricity. Heating or electrocuting the wires can causes definite harm to Etsu if the flame or electricity travels far enough down to her.
Bankai: Sorera O Karamanai Kumo No Su (Tangle them, Spider's Web): If Etsu's wires can't seem to take down her enemies or if she needs to confine her enemy to a certain area, Etsu will resort to her Bankai which is actually less feral than her Shikai is. Her Bankai gives better and more organized control over the wires and allow her to attack at many different angles. To release it, Etsu will have her wires surround her and her enemy in an oval shape. Once that is done, the wires will dig into the ground and disappear as the wires from Etsu's hands will let go of her. She will then close her eyes and put her hands together with one hand open and one fist placed against the palm. She will calmly state, "Bankai, Sorera o Karamanai Kumo no Su." At the sound of her words, hundreds of thousands of wires will burst from the ground and start to form around her and her enemy. It will form a massive 'cocoon' of steel wires that stretch about five hundred feet long, two hundred feet wide, and about one hundred fifty feet tall. Inside, the wires are strung all over the place, making it very difficult to move around without getting sliced or cut up of any kind. The cocoon completely seals of any escape route along with completely trapping them inside until Etsu or the enemy is killed. Now that the wires are detached from her body, she can't move them around as fast but the sheer quantities and strength make up for it. Also there is one major double-edge sword feature to it. Much like the Shikai, the wires are very susceptible to electricity. If any electric style attack or Kidou is used, the entire cocoon lights up like a light bulb. This provides both a advantage and disadvantage to Etsu for she can easily harm her self with it.