History//Legend of the Clan:
Years ago those who could control chakra ruled while those that couldn't bowed their heads. It was an unfair existence for those that did not train their bodies to utilize their chakra or those with so little amount of the energy that even with knowledge, putting into practice was a waste. During these times the samurai began falling behind in the "Age of the Ninja", some learned how to use chakra, betraying their bushido way and becoming closer to the nindo way.
It was during these though times that a certain clan struggled to survive. Known as the Date clan, it was composed of a small family of samurai. Back in the day the Date clan was revered for being powerful and having some of the finest warriors, out of all the samurai clans it was at the peek of nobility and respect, until the ninja rose to power. The clan was overpowered and decimated by an enemy ninja faction, the ninja's special ninjutsu abilities were too much for the simple kenjutsu masters to handle. Years later the clan was reduced to three samurai, women, children and a handful of elderly men, all serving under a pig of a nobleman of low ranking that had underhandedly taken control of the region.
The leader at the time was called Date Shishimaru, despite the hardships he was still considered master swordsman in his time, until a due with an assassin sent after his lord left him crippled and dishonored after the assassin took the nobleman's head but left him alive. The family quickly fell into a spiral of desperation, shunned by even those they considered to be allies, refereed to as honorless dogs and mocked by the ninjas of the closest village.
While wallowing in his desperation Shishimaru heard a voice, it told him about a way to regain the power and honor he had once lost, a way to gain power so overwhelming that no ninja could rival him. Shishimaru accepted the deal without even asking what the voice wanted in return, a foolish mistake.
When Shishimaru awoke, he realized it had all been a dream...however at the feet of his futon he found three objects, a scroll, a white mask and a pendant. Using these three gifts Shishimaru's power became overwhelming, the mask granted him power beyond belief and the pendant transformed into a blade that could cut anything with ease. Soon his power became known, respected and feared through the other samurai and ninja clans. The family's name was soon changed as well, becoming forever known as the Onigami Clan (Fierce God Clan), a name fitting of his power. Eventually it was discovered that Shishimaru's body could not produce chakra any longer, however the amount of Spiritual and Body energy in their bodies was overwhelming.
However, after a while Shishimaru came to realize that if only his was powerful the clan would last long after his death. It was then that the voice called out to him, telling him to place the mask once more and he did so. Shishimaru stepped into a realm created by the being that had spoken to him, a demon of incredible power and no name. The demon appeared to him in the form of an armored samurai with a mask similar to Shishimaru's own but far more elaborate. The demon proposed that he would give power to Shishimaru's clan and all his descendents, in turn Shishimaru would offer up his soul to him. The clan leader was given twelve hours but his decision was made instantly. Using his twelve hours to explain the situation to his clan he gave his goodbyes and placed the mask once more, they say his soul was ripped out of the body right before the rest of the clan's eyes.
The Onigami soon became aware of their power, even the youngest of children was strong enough to thrown an adult male with ease. However the Onigami were unaware that the gift the demon had given to them was a actually a curse. They soon came to realize that the demon claimed the souls of each Onigami not claimed by heaven. It was simple and it explain the fixation many Onigami have with death and doing good deeds, upon death an Onigami would be judged, if they would not reach heaven the demon would take their souls for himself and lock them up in his stomach for eternity. There was also another problem, once in a while a member of the clan would form a mask identical to Shishimaru, these clansmen were far more powerful than anyone else, however they would lose themselves and even those that didn't would end up dead and no matter how much good they had done in life, the demon would still claim their souls.
Another problem followed the awakening of the Onigami curse, the clansman's body were not equipped to retain the the massive amount of the two energies in the bodies, causing many to die. However they soon discovered that Shishimaru's weapon had the property of absorbing their excess energy. For years the can would live around the blade, injecting their excess energy into it on almost a daily basis. This lasted until one day when a genius of the clan was able to copy the blade, crafting the first in many Konbuki that would then be given to every member of the clan, with surprising effects.
As for what happened to the original mask and sword, they faded away from the clan's memories much like the scroll, being locked away somewhere known only to the clan leader of each generation.
Recently the actions of the rogues Onigami Ichigo and Onigami Ryuhou caused the destruction of the Demon therefore removing the curse of the Onimane but in turn lead to the creation of their new ability, the Shisha no Manto.
Kekkei Genkai//Bloodline of the Clan:
The Onigami Clan is a non-ninja clan because unlike the ninjas they don’t have the ability to mix Spiritual Energy with Body Energy to create chakra, but they do have a considerable huge amount of both giving them an incredibly stronger body but not allowing them to use any jutsus.
Spiritual Energy Usage: Spiritual Energy is one half of that which is used to create Chakra, by mixing Body and Spiritual energy one can obtain chakra, the Onigami however cannot mix these energies but in turn can use Spiritual Energy which can be used in their Kenjutsu techniques and other energy based moves. Spiritual Energy is pure energy and behaves similarly to chakra however it holds different properties like for example being easily molded and hardened without the use of handseals, hold no elemental properties whatsoever and each person as their own unique energy color.
When an Onigami dies the Spiritual Energy inside or outside of their body (including the energy inside Konbuki) is released into the atmosphere.
Konbuki (Soul Weapon): When the Onigami Clan members reach a certain age their body becomes unable to hold the big amounts of Spiritual Energy and so at the beginning many died because of it, but then the original Konbuki was copied and began the "mass production". At first it is a simple pendent but when it is given to a Onigami member it will react and transform into the weapon that better suits that member, afterward the weapon will create a unbreakable link with the Onigami member because this weapon stores the excess Spiritual Energy that the bodies can't take and releases it into the user's body as his Spiritual energy is used up. Because of this these swords are rather good conductors of energy making it easier to mold and use Spiritual Energy in kenjutsu techniques. Some of the Konbuki's stored energy flows around the edge of the blades which allows the user to increase this flow creating chainsaw like edges of energy, the higher the rank, the stronger this effect becomes available.
Saigo (Last Moment): Saigo is the final stage of a Konbuki's power. When activated the user's konbuki will change, becoming what the user would perceive as the ultimate for of their weapon. At this moment the energy kept inside the konbuki is fully released, usually taking a form to compliment the user's new weapon. This new form the energy takes is usually considered a Saigo's Ability when in truth it is nothing more than extreme and accurate manipulation of Spiritual Energy. The new form the konbuki takes is also very varied, it can go from a simple katana to a full set of armor as it all depends on the user.
If a user dies while their weapon is in Saigo form, the weapon will remain in that form, however the Onigami's energy will dissipate, making it into a normal, powerless weapon.
While Saigo is an Onigami's trump card and holds incredible power, it can be incredibly taxing on the user's body meaning that extended usage will be very harmful to the body. Reported cases of weaker Onigami achieving Saigo detail how the Onigami receives an overdose of power, their bodies and minds cannot handle the sudden rush, breaking down their bodies and sending them into a blind rage. Onigami that fall into are called Shinkuu and are immediately executed by stronger Onigami, but even if they avoid execution their bodies end up so ruined that they will eventually drop dead anyway.
To safely activate Saigo one needs to at the very least achieve a level around A-rank, anything bellow and the user will become a Shinkuu and there is no coming back from that.
Shisha no Manto (Cloak of the Deceased): With the death of the Demon the Onigami's curse was broken, Onimane users lost their masks and all abilities that came with them. However in return every member of the Onigami clan gained a new ability which was granted by the released souls of the deceased Onigami members, the Shisha no Manto. Once the ability is called upon by an Onigami member the soul he has previously bounded will be called from the next world into the body of the user, Spiritual Energy will then surround the user like a cloak of the same color as the deceased's personal Spiritual Energy color and will present certain, often faint, features of that the deceased possessed. While this ability does increase the user's Spiritual Energy by around twofold it does not affect the user's Body Energy, unlike the Onimane, thus the user will retain the same physical ability they had at the time of activation. This does however have a few perks compared to the Onimane as the user is capable of switching his Konbuki with that of the bound soul's, not only that but since the user is aided by the soul he will be capable of utilizing the same techniques the soul had learned and mastered before their death to only a slightly lesser degree, effectively increasing the arsenal of every Onigami member. Saigo is no exception to this as the user is perfectly capable of utilizing the soul's Saigo ability to the same degree as he is capable of using his own Saigo.
At higher ranks and with more experience the user is even capable of fusing both Konbuki into a completely new one and even develop a completely new Saigo that uses properties from both of the original Saigo.
Unlike the Onimane that sucked and shortened the user's life while activated, Shisha no Manto does not cause permanent harm to the user but it does in turn tax the Onigami's body immensely, draining them of their Body Energy the long it remains active.
There are three ways of binding a soul to the user:
1- The soul of the deceased and the user's have an incredible compatibility due to some connection during their life (family, lover, close friend, etc), resulting in a willing binding of the soul;
2- The soul chooses to bind itself to the user under one condition set by the soul (usually an unfulfilled dream/wish/goal) and the soul may choose to leave if he sees the agreement will not be fulfilled;
3- The soul may be forcefully bound to the user after he kills the soul's body in combat using a Konbuki.
One can only bind with a soul that is of weaker or the same level of power as the user.
While it is usually only possible to bind with a single soul at higher levels (A/S-Rank) an Onigami member may be capable of binding with a second soul, however the burden on the body while the ability is active will be twice as big and he will be unable to fuse his konbuki with more than one other of the soul's konbuki.
The souls of the dead cannot communicate with the living.
- Clan Training :: The Onigami Clan members are true samurai, when the children are around 5 years old they receive their Konbuki, soon after they begin training to master (as much as possible) their own weapon, usually it's a sword of some kind. During this time they also learn the 5 Onigami fighting styles, also the number of styles they are taught depends on their Konbuki as explained earlier. By the age of 11 or 12 depending on when they received their Konbuki the children should be fully capable of executing all genin level techniques of the style(s) they have chosen or their parents have chosen for them.
These are the style restrictions according to Rank:
Genin- One Kenjutsu Style and One Taijutsu Art
Chuunin- Three Kenjutsu Styles and Two Taijutsu Arts or Two Kenjutsu Styles and Three Taijutsu Arts (Depending on dominant Specialty)
Jounin- All Kenjutsu Styles and Taijutsu Arts available
Onigami Clan Technique List
- Population :: Class A Clan. Every Clan member that is considered Warriors must always use the clan kimono when outside of the house. The clan kimono is black with white cloth sash has a belt and a white kimono under the black one that is lighter then the black one. The higher ranked members use a long white haori with black markings near the leg area and a symbol on the back. The Head family's kimono has a difference of having white pants. Most members has light colored hair but there are allot of exceptions depending on the parents of course. Most members never really end up leaving Shishiku (Onigami only village) for most of their lives unless called upon by their Squads.
- Nature//Values :: Good/Neutral. The Onigami Clan considers Death and the Afterlife sacred, most devote themselves to become worthy of going to heaven, mostly because they fear their fate due to the Demon's curse. Most members have the same way of seeing good and evil as normal people, reason why they make good guards. They do not hesitate to execute evil people if they need to. Of course there are exceptions, most of the loner Onigami members or those outside of the main house are Neutral or even evil in some cases.
Additional Information [Optional]:
- Clan Founder :: The original founder of the Date clan is unknown, however the founder of what is now known as the Onigami Clan was Onigami Shishimaru, a samurai who traded his soul to a demon for the rebirth and rise to power of his clan.
- Clan Political Structure :: The clan is headed by the direct descendent of Shishimaru, with the Main house holding control over everything in the clan. Aside from this the clan is mostly controlled by the various squads of the Shinsengumi, each squad in charge of a certain area from military and policing to medical research and political relations.
- Important Members :: There is no current leader after the death of Onigami Shishimaru (the Third), the clan is currently lead by a council of all
- 1st Squad (Special Ops)- Onigami Takahiro (27) [X]: Former second in command under the previous captain, Onigami Tamaki, who had hid his own Saigo out of respect for his captain. A powerful master of every ken and taijutsu style of the Onigami as well as his own personal Kamisenken Sword Style. Few have seen his face as it is always hidden behind a mask.
2nd Squad (Political Relations)- Onigami Hideaki (58) [X]: Master of the Genburyu. A complete political monster but a good man.
3rd Squad (Internal Affairs)- Onigami Nodoka (27) [X]: A shy and introvert woman master of her own Kageryu kenjutsu style. She views justice as an absolute deal, people either deserve absolute pardon or immediate execution.
4th Squad (Medical Team)- Onigami Katsurou (89) [X]: Previous Captain of the 4th Squad that came out of retirement after the death of Onigami Aoki, the previous Captain. He looks to be half his age and hasn't visibly aged since his early fifties, which has created rumors that he has discovered the secrets to eternal life.
5th Squad (Kumogakure Squad)- Onigami Kenshin (31) [X]: A pure dragon otaku, considered the physically strongest Onigami. Called the Steel Dragon after his own kenjutsu style with the same name, this man has such devastating power that can overwhelm even other captains with ease.
6th Squad (Shishiku Security)- Onigami Sora (22) [X]: One of the youngest Onigami to have ever reach the rank. Although previously a 1st Squad member he was quickly able to achieve his Saigo after the death of Onigami Tamaki and was promoted to his current position almost immediately.
7th Squad (Intel and Investigation)- Onigami Sakura (28) [X]: A brutal and wild yet beautiful woman with an unstable mind. Decapitated the previous captain and kept the head. The previous captain was her father.
8th Squad (Education)- Onigami Itsuki (37) [X]: A master of all Ouryuuken styles, this man is often viewed as a drunk and poor educator, however he a good man and protector of the weak.
9th Squad (Military)- Onigami Garou (45) [X]: The previous Captain of the 9th Squad, stripped of his rank and imprisoned after an obscenely high count of civilian casualties. Released from prison and given his previous rank under the condition that he keeps the civilian casualties to a bare minimum and under constant supervision from the 10th Squad Captain.
10th Squad (Military)- Onigami Mojuro (32) [X]: Referred to as the Sword Saint by many as he has never lost a duel. Went into exile for self-training after a certain incident but was sought after by the other Captains after so many spots for leadership had opened.
11th Squad (Punishment)- Onigami Midori (33) [X]: A sly and beautiful woman, warden of the Onigami's Special Prison and executor. Master of the naginata and has perfectly adapted the Byakuryu and Suzakuryu styles to it.
12th Squad (Clan Head Bodyguards)- Onigami Kaito (37) [X]: A quiet and civilized man with no outstanding features. Has perfectly mastered all four Onigami kenjutsu styles.
Two rogues of the clan stand out as well, Onigami Ichigo and his disciple Onigami Ryuhou are currently viewed as the greatest criminals and threats to the Onigami Clan, having been responsible for the deaths of multiple Onigami clan members as well as a few Captains.