× Sickness ×
×× Destruction ××
° A man made epidemic has spread itself around the place known as Karakura town. This sickness has been the cause of many deaths, by the hundreds. Symptoms are as followed; none. There where no symptoms by this disease, people are just dropping dead with a cause, yet. This disease is a problem for the Soul Society. With all these deaths, the Rukongai districts are being flooded, the Soul Society is becoming crowded. To add to this problem, a rise of hollows have appeared in Karakura town, some being weak, some being as strong as Menos Grande.
°° This sickness has now entered the Soul Society, unannounced by anyone because instead of death, this sickness attacks the brain, slowly killing you. It seemed that this sickness might prove a threat to the Soul Society more than the world of the living. The symptoms for the Souls are as followed; A flu, weakened strength, hallucinations. But hallucinations unlike another, these hallucinations are said to be what is killing us. Hallucinations are said to be seeing hollows but in reality, are your friend, collie, you're Captain, anyone that has a high enough Spiritual Pressure could be at risk.
The Gotei 13 serves as a military force with its primary responsibilities consisting of:
☯ The defense of the Seireitei, the center of Soul Society.
☯ The deployment of Division members into enemy territory for combat operations.
☯ The deployment of Task Forces as defensive measures in the world of the living.
☯ The guiding of souls to the Soul Society.
The Gotei 13, in contrast to the normal operations of modern-day militaries, does not operate as a cohesive unit normally. The command of the divisions are generally left to the discretion of its particular Captain, who commonly runs it whatever way he or she sees fit, allowing for the change of a division's traditional duties to an entirely new set and even the creation of a separate institution connected to the division. The Gotei 13's main duty is to defend the Seireitei but they are also allocated districts in Rukongai to defend. In addition to these duties, Shinigami also have to deal with the business of being assigned to the Human World.
The Gotei 13 is made up of thirteen components: They are split into thirteen divisions (hence the name), with several divisions having certain specializations.
The Gotei 13 is led by the "Captain-Commander" (Head Captain), who has the statuary authority to conduct all the affairs of the Gotei 13; while deferring to the authority of the Central 46 Chambers in matters involving Soul Society.
As with any army, the Gotei 13 has ranks. There are 5 ranks for officers but no ranks for non-officers. The lower the number is, the higher the rank. The ranks and their descriptions are below, from highest to lowest in terms of strength. The Court Guards are an organization with a merit-based hierarchy. They have disposed of the system of rank based on seniority. Abilities are the only thing used to determine one's rank.
The Captain-Commander (Head Captain) is the supreme leader of the Gotei 13. The position requires the Captain-Commander to oversee the overall operations of the Gotei 13 when the well being of Seireitei and Soul Society is at stake. The only power the Captain-Commander is answerable to is the Central 46 Chambers.
A Captain is the leader of one of the thirteen divisions (with the special case of the Captain-Commander). Captains are generally the most respected Shinigami within the Soul Society, with the Kidō Corps, and Onmitsukidō leaders possibly being on equal status. With one exception, all captains MUST be able to utilize the final stage of their Zanpakutō, and are far more powerful than even their lieutenants. Captains must also skilled in the use of Flash Steps, Kidō, and generally have extensive knowledge of Shinigami history and battle tactics. All of these factors create a vast power-gap between captains and lower-ranked officers.
The power a captain has over his/her division is absolute and cannot be questioned by subordinates or the captains of the other divisions. A captain can choose to change the division specialty.
In this way they only have the right to punish the actions of their subordinates; NOT those of other divisions unless in the instance that the division in question has no current captain or the subordinates actions are against the laws or rules of Soul Society.
A Lieutenant is the 2nd seated officer in a division. Lieutenants function as executive officers for their division, taking care of or supervising day-to-day operations. They (along with their captains) are not assigned to one specific squad. They generally only know the Shikai of their Zanpakutō, but are still the second strongest in their division. In the case of a division captain's death, departure, or other circumstances making him unable to perform their duties, the lieutenant acts as the "substitute captain" until the said captain becomes reinstated.
Seated officers are the remainder of the officers in the Gotei 13 that hold ranks at or below 3rd Seat. Captains and lieutenants have the ranks of 1st and 2nd Seats, respectively. Next to that, there are 3 more seats ranking from 3rd to 5th (though all seats may or may not be filled). These ranks are somewhat analogous to junior officers or non-commissioned officers in modern military. In the Gotei 13, only one person can hold a senior officer rank (such as 3rd or 5th seat), but there are several holders of junior officer ranks (e.g. 20th seat). This may vary from division to division however. Seated officers often lead subunits within each division.