|Blood Type||B Positive|
|Affiliation||Gotei 13, Soul Society|
|Previous Affiliation||Balancers of Souls|
|Position||Captain of the 11th Division|
|Previous Position||Captain of the 3rd Division|
|Previous Division||3rd Division|
Seia Tulia Honoria
|Base of Operations||11th Division HQ, Seireitei, Soul Society|
|Story Debut||Bleach: Days on End|
|Roleplay Debut||Days on End: Beginning|
- "A soul stained by blood."
Altan Kartal (カータル･アルタン, Kātaru Arutan), rarely referred to as Kenpachi Kartal (カータル･剣八, Kātaru Kenpachi), is a Shinigami and former Balancer of Souls, he was the first Captain of the Third Division, taking the seat at the founding of the Gotei 13, he is now the Captain of the Eleventh Division, replacing Retsu Unohana, in that same capacity he is also the second person to bear the name Kenpachi. His Lieutenant is Danko Kakanzaki.
Altan is a relatively middle-aged man of exceedingly tall stature and a very bulky build; exceeding his weight class with his prominent musculature alone. He has dark reddish-brown hair with a somewhat sepia-tone, his hair is predominantly short and straight with bangs at the front that spike upwards as if cowlicked. He has large and bushy eyebrows that point downwards at an angle as well as prominent brow ridges that slightly shadow his eyes, this together with his wrinkled nose make him look severely angry at all times. He has flat somewhat ovular brown eyes. In addition to prominent ridges, his cheekbones also stand out rather well along with a very straight jaw. A single scar runs the left side of his face, beginning not far below his left eye before ascending up through his forehead and disappearing into his hair line. There are several other scars running across the chest and stomach with little rhyme or reason in the patterns they form. He foregoes most upper clothing in favour of only wearing a short-sleeved Captain's haori with a carnelian underside and the 11th Division's emblem emblazoned on the back. His forearms and hands are wrapped up in clean, white bandages. For his lower clothing he does wear the standard Shinigami Shihakushō, consisting of the hakama, hakama-himo, tabi, and, waraji.
Altan is a seemingly dispassionate individual who rarely gets worked up about anything, maintaining a rather neutral atmosphere about himself and his typical angered-looking expression. Though he appears disinterested in the matters of others, he is quick to offer assistance in the face of a problem and very rarely turns down a request from his fellow Shinigami. His manner of speaking is very casual, never speaking formally and rarely does he actually say the names of those he is referring to, preferring a series of physical and mental identifiers instead. Though he does not elicit emotion often, he can prove to be rather surly when attempting his own unsubtle manner of bolstering or motivating a person. A throwback from his years as a gladiatorial battlemaster, he tends to belittle and demean those around him into action, even yelling if he thinks it'll help. One of the few people to get a rise out of him is Seia Tulia Honoria, his protégé amongst the Balancers of Souls. He is all-around more active in her presence, he laughs and jokes, making boasts where he otherwise wouldn't, and becomes furious when they fight, taking a vested interest in her progress. At times it feels as if he holds all of this in reserve just for those moments.
He is a man forged in conflict. His Human life was spent almost entirely within gladiatorial fighting arenas, from dirty pits in the ground to massive stonework coliseums. He was infamous in life for being able to wield just about anything with great efficiency, even those tools that he had never once wielded before. He is a master of combat, and widely regarded as the strongest man of his generation. In spite of this, Altan largely dislikes fighting. In still and quiet moments, he is able to vividly recall his days as a gladiator, the chanting masses hungering for further violence, the uneven breaths and rustling of metal parts from any number of exhausted and fear struck combatants, the scent and feel of blood across his form, and even the racing of his heart beat from those events. It is an unsettling feeling for him and one he would rather do away with. As a result he is often found occupying himself with any kind of activity, be it menial or otherwise, in order to generate background noise and take up his concentration. Much of the skills and hobbies he has picked up since entering Soul Society stem from this rather than his unnaturally swift growth rate.
To contradict himself, there is a part of Altan that takes pleasure in the thrill of combat, an attribute best realized by the spirit of his very own Zanpakutō which can be personified as a living representation of battle lust. If given enough reason to, or if a fight simply drags on long enough for him to become comfortable with it, Altan is capable of "letting loose", becoming far more expressive and acting with clear enjoyment. While he would normally seek to end a fight as quickly as possible, when caught up in the flow, he will instead attempt to bring out the best in his opponent so that he might find more enjoyment in a combatant that can give him their all. Going too far in causes Altan to lose himself in a trance-like state that he refers to as Iken (寝剣, Sword Sleep), where-in he does little more than seek out battle after battle, cutting a swathe through where ever he happens to be until he has his fill of battle. This is because he fights not with any particular mind set, instead he simply "lets [his] body do its thing". He claims to be physically incapable of holding back in a fight and always give it his all, though his blade does everything it can to hamper him in order to savour battles its own way. If he feels the need, he will also use combat as a way to vent bottled up emotions or to relieve stress.
Altan's claim that he is a master of all arts is not something he takes likely, and not something he applies only to the martial arts. He takes to all sorts of crafts in order to continue bettering himself and find enjoyment. He is a highly adept chef, able to cook almost any known dish that happens to grace his presence. He does not consider any dish his best, though he enjoys making lahmacun most out of any other. He enjoys practicing Eastern calligraphy though doesn't do so often in part due to how quiet such an activity tends to be, allowing his mind to wander in spite of the concentration required. The most recent art he has picked up would be that of bladesmithing, having quickly worked his way up the list of weaponry that one could craft, he has made every possible mundane weapon that he feels he needs to and set his sights on forging more, thus he sought out Ōetsu Nimaiya in order to train under him. He is a man of relatively simple tastes, though capable of cooking something far more elaborate, he is more content with simple foods like yumurtalı ekmek. He primarily drinks hard scotch with no noticeable effects despite how often it is consumed. He largely dislikes chocolate.
Powers & Abilities
Bladesmith: Altan is an accomplished bladesmith, having forged numerous normal blades to a very high quality of standard. As a student under Ōetsu Nimaiya, Altan has learned the methods involved in constructing a Zanpakutō and has more or less come to have developed a complete understanding of the art, though he is able to reforge and modify Zanpakutō and even create new ones with predetermined forms and abilities, he has yet to learn how to forge the strongest type of Zanpakutō, that of the Asauchi.
Unnatural Growth Rate: A man of rapid development, Altan's reputation is partially built on how quickly he can pick up and learn just about anything. He had mastered just about every possible fighting style developed in the Human World at the time of his death there, and even more since entering Soul Society. The rate at which he learns is incredibly quick, becoming adept in skills in a matter of days where it would take others months or even years to reach such a proficiency. This applies not only to his own growth and development, but also to his ability to adapt to others. He is very quick to become aware of the mechanics of a given attack or ability with even very limited contact, allowing him to understand and counter these attacks just as quickly. He has been referred to as Hitojūkai (人襲回, "man that can only be struck once") as a direct result of this.
Kōbō (攻防, Offense and Defense): As one who has mastered a great deal of combat skills and methods of fighting, it is expected that he would make use of most if not all of them in some form. Altan does so by taking the most disparate parts of each and then finds some way to combine them, be it by way of connecting them through a third form of combat or by altering those particular methods so that they can fit together. Though his preference is for the skills that are least cooperative with each other, he is just as skilled at combining those that can work together, perhaps best embodied in his use of the Zankensoki, the four schools of Shinigami combat, with which he weaves the various techniques of each into every single attack to create devastating combinations that are difficult to react to thanks in part to the variety they each impart and how ferocious the strength of each attack can be in his hands.
Immense Spiritual Power: All Spiritual beings, and Humans, have some degree of Reiryoku within themselves. When that degree is over a certain limit the possessor is granted all kinds of abilities of supernatural nature which are generally more powerful the higher that degree is. One thing available to all spiritual beings is the ability to emit Reiatsu (霊圧, Spiritual Pressure) and is how others most often quantify the power of others when compared to the pressure they can emit. Battles between spiritual beings are decided purely by the strength of ones spiritual power, with a large enough gap between them making one side practically invulnerable whilst the other would be easily wiped out by simple attacks, if not the side effects of spiritual pressure alone. His Reiatsu is a deep shade of red.
Hassō (発想, Expression) is an ōdachi with a blade two meters long and a star shaped tsuba, each of the five points of the star are engraved with one of the five elements of wu xing, the hilt and sheath are black. Altan describes his Zanpakutō as battle lust incarnate, he seeks to savour as much fighting as it can no matter how mundane that battle might seem. As a result it not only limits Altan's access to its power, but has integrated these limitations into the mechanics of its abilities in order to force his compliance.
Reitanzō (霊鍛造, Spirit Forge): The last test left to Altan by Ōetsu was to connect with a Zanpakutō not shaped by his own soul, being able to do so would show he is ready to construct the final level of Zanpakutō, the Asauchi, by being able to work with the souls and spiritual energies of others and not just himself. To accomplish this task he was given a Zanpakutō imbued with a piece of Ōetsu's own soul, which took the form of a smith's hammer. As of the current time, Altan has learned the name of this second Zanpakutō but has not yet been able to awaken either of its released forms.
- Altan and Kartal are Turkish names meaning "red dawn" and "eagle" respectively.
- His date of birth is intended as a reference to the foundation of the Sultanate of Sum, which seperated from the Great Seljuq Empire to become its own power in 1077.
- The colour associated with Altan is Carnelian, otherwise known as Cornell Red, it is a shade of red which, in Japanese colour culture, represents anger, strength, excitement, and, passion among other things.
- In Japanese, Altan would refer to himself with the pronoun yo (余), a word commonly used by men in older times.
- Images on this article were drawn by Luminent-Soul on DeviantArt on commission from the author.
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|Captain of the Eleventh Division|
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