RADIO KAEMON (and Yasuo) GOLDEN PRESENTS:
SOUL DATA PROJECT F.A.Q.
SOUL DATA PROJECT F.A.Q.
Well what is it?
The Soul Data Project is an effort to comprehend just the total composition of a soul and stretches not only into the fields of Soul Transfer development, but Spiritron dynamics as well. Over the millennia the research has been active many applications for the Project have been developed including, but not limited to, soul/spiritron regeneration, elimination, augmentation, and even the reanimation of traits made dormant by reincarnation. Being very broad in scope, the only limit to what researchers in this field can achieve is the degree to which they are bound by their imagination.
Who started it?
Details on the true facts of when, where, why, and who started the Soul Data Project has been lost in the ages since it started. However, it is widely accepted amongst most researchers that the Project was started by the First Vizard, whose identity is also unknown, or one of his first converts.In more recent times, the Army of Masks added a new caste, the Yashin (Ambition), to their ranks to specialize in and monitor all affairs concerning the Soul Data Project. This caste was initially formed by the current Overseer of the Fukushu Vizards and it is rumored that his successor is still heavily influenced by the Lord of Vengeance.
Why did they start it in the first place?
According to speculation put forth by the Central 46 based on field reconnaissance by the Onmitsu Kidou, the Vizards probably started the Project en masse due to serious flaw in their Soul composition that develops when they attain their Hollow mask. Popular belief dictates that Vizards can not reincarnate properly once their soul has been torn asunder to create room for both Shinigami and Hollow aspects. Arrancar need not worry since it's been documented that their souls are purified when slain with a Zanpakutou, but there hasn't been any evidence showing that Vizards have the same benefit. Additionally, then and now, the Army of Masks has always been outmanned by the forces of Seireitei, so augmenting their troops to outclass the Shinigami has always been a priority to streamline the success of their efforts to overthrow the Central 46.
Other than the Vizards, who else has researched the Project?
The Shinigami of the Gotei 13 as well as the Arrancar leading various bands of Hollows in Hueco Mundo have also been known to conduct experiments pertaining to sequencing the Soul Data.
Well if it was a Vizard project initially, how did it leak to their enemies?
Around the time of the Great Hollow War, the Army of Masks had spent centuries of intensive research into the Project only to enjoy limited success. The present Fukushu Overseer, who then was an officer in the Handan caste, was in charge of the Vizard effort on the Soul Data and proposed a bold plan to finish sequencing the data: to leak the data to the Shinigami, who with the much larger resource base of Seireitei stood a greater chance of filling in the holes.
Okay, well then, if the Shinigami had it, how did the Arrancar/Hollows get it?
Once the Vizard plans to leak the Project to the 12th Division Captain at the time, Suikuske Oowanryuu, were complete, the Army of Masks had to find a way to "steal" back the research the Shinigami finished. This involved two things: infiltration of the Gotei to monitor the Suikuske's progress and to find a way to distract the Shinigami while the sequenced Soul Data was being "stolen." The first part of the plan was easy enough as the Jonetsu Overseer herself infiltrated the Gotei and rose to prominence as the 4th Division Captain, Inoue Taka. With spies now in place all over Seireitei being led by the stealthiest Vizard in their ranks, the Army of Masks simply needed a distraction. The young Handan officer, today's Fukushu Overseer, brought up an idea, have an ambitious Arrancar named Emptybones sack Seireitei for a magnificent treasure that would make him stronger than he was now. So, by giving Emptybones a small morsel of their sequenced Soul Data technology, the Vizards were able to guide the Arrancar to allying with the infamous White Corona and the brilliant Brainfang to stage the greatest "distraction" in the history of the spirit world.
So, the Vizards shaft the Shinigami and the Arrancar just to get their last upgrades. Well, why is their a conflict over the Soul Data Project now if the Great Hollow War took place?
Well, the Vizards miscalculated severely by approaching an Arrancar as powerful as Emptybones to be their decoy. Emptybones himself discovered Inoue Taka as a Vizard and discovered that the Army of Masks were baiting him for something larger. In the end, he broke the deal with the Vizards and started acting on his own accord, "killing" the persona of Inoue Taka and effectively forcing the Jonetsu Overseer and her surveillance to leave Seireitei. Subsequently, a young Shinkou Masaru and Seiji Yasuo also sniffed out the conspiracy in the Gotei 13, namely the 12th Division's new Captain, Karappo Kotsu (Emptybones incognito) and fled from Seireitei, dismantling and dispersing what the Shinigami had finished of the Soul Data Project. The rest is history, but in the end it seems as if parts of the Project ended up within the Hollow ranks and with a few select Shinigami, including Seiji Yasuo and his allies. With his plan absolutely ruined, the young Handan officer who had came up with this grand scheme suffered a demotion from his current standing as the Overseer of the newly formed Yashin caste. ...Though it would not be long before he returned to power, this time as the Overseer of the much more overtly aggressive Fukushu Vizard caste.
Well then, where exactly do the present-day Gotei fit into all of this?
Today's Gotei is one that has been, up until now, been relatively free of the effects of the Soul Data Project affair. However, it caused the first Great Hollow War to occur, and it is currently driving the flames of this Second Great Hollow War. Seiji Yasuo and the Sanbagarasu are the specialists concerning everything about the Soul Data fiasco and are doing their best to make sure that this current generation of Shinigami are freed from its curse. Nonetheless, they will need cover from the Hollow hordes surrounding Seireitei in order to set things right. If you guys can keep the Hollows in the spotlight, we'll take care of things backstage.
Anything else we should be worried about?
Taking the battlefield for the first time in centuries could be Recombinant Hollows. These creatures known as Shifters have been presented to the Captains as "transient" creatures that are not capable of being killed by any conventional means. While they are normally docile, when provoked they become menaces of unimaginable ferocity. They will be easy to bring down at first, but once regenerated, usually within an hour, their behavioral patterns become more complex and intelligent. Currently, the Sanbagarasu are researching how to neutralize these considerable threats, but as of now all Shinigami forces are to STAY AWAY from Shifters and are to bring them down only if they are threatening key Shinigami interests.
As a final note, this scroll has been imbued with a degree of artificial intelligence; should you have another question, writing onto this paper should yield an answer.
(That means post questions, if you have 'em --- Yasuo)