1st Division (Command)

The 1st division serves as the High Command of the Gotei 13. Although they are still answerable to the Centre 46, the 1st division has a great degree of control over the other divisions, and it is almost always the 1st division captain who gives orders to the others, or relays them from the Centre 46.

Captain: Yamamoto-Genryuusai Shigekuni

Considered to be the strongest captain in the Gotei 13, Yamamoto is an extremely old man with a long beard and many scars on his torso and head. He wears the standard shinigami captain uniform, but its size is greatly exaggerated. He also drapes his haori over his back instead of actually wearing it. Despite his old age, he has a very muscular body. As the general of the entire Gotei 13, Yamamoto is highly respected by most shinigami. He has a fiery temper, and like fellow captains Byakuya and Soifon, he believes that laws must be executed for the benefit of the community and despises those who break the rules.

It was General Yamamoto founded the shinigami academy about 2000 years ago. Yamamoto was himself a teacher at this academy, and personally instructed Captains Kyouraku and Ukitake. He admits to being rather proud of then, and when they became captains, he "boasted about them as though they were his own sons." Yamamoto's abilities as a shinigami are no doubt powerful; he is known to be able to bring vice-captain-level shinigami to their knees purely with the pressure of his reiatsu.

Zanpakutou: Ryuujin Jakka (lit. "Flowing Blade like Flame")

Yamamoto's zanpakutou is the oldest and most powerful fire-based zanpakutou, and has greater attack power than all other zanpakutou in Soul Society. In sealed form, it is disguised as Yamamoto's staff, which disintegrates into a sword on command. Its shikai command is "reduce the whole of creation to smouldering ashes". When released, Ryuujin Jakka and the area around Yamamoto is consumed in flame. The sheer power of the flame can disintegrate almost anything the sword is waved at; only powerful fighters, such as fellow captains, can resist it. Even in its shikai, Ryuujin Jakka's power is enough to fight against two other captains' shikai simultaneously.

Vice-captain: Sasakibe Choujirou

An angular, solemn-looking man with greying hair and a small moustache. He wears a white jinbaori over his uniform and arm guards. Little is known about this man, even by fellow shinigami, though to serve as Yamamoto's vice-captain he must be a respectable combatant.

Zanpakutou: Gonryoumaru (lit. "Stern Spirit")

Its shikai command is "pierce". In its shikai, Gonryoumaru transforms into a rapier, fitting with Choujirou's appearance. Its abilities remain unknown.

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