|Primary Power||Shared consciousness, immense durability, poisoned limbs|
Soulless (無情な, Mujōna), known alternatively as Puppets (人形, Ningyou), where abominations created originally by Shinzō at the direction of Fallen Tenjin Hakyoku, to serve as the latter's so-called "Immortal Legion". Whilst the manner in which they where constructed was unknown, the Soulless where powered through the Shirushi imparted by Hakyoku, and likewise linked to Shinzō. The first generation of these creatures where controlled by Shinzō and his Imawashī, but where put to the sword by Kentaro Hiroshi and his various allies during the First Spiritual War. Despite this a second generation of Soulless emerged through unknown means following The Collapse. The Soulless are perfectly obedient and nearly immortal constructs who share a hive-mind-like intelligence. Whilst possessing the ability to think and plan for themselves they tend to follow their designated mission, even should it lead to their demise.
First generation Edit
The first generation of the Soulless where pale-skinned humanoids with yellow-coloured eyes and dirt-coloured hair, with a lean-built physique. This appearance was shared amongst the Soulless with little alteration. Shinzō used them both as his personal enforcers and trump card during difficult battles, where he would loose them on unsuspecting opponents. Their natural durability, coupled with biological immunity, not to mention a liking for swarming their quarry through sheer numbers left them a serious danger even for the most talented adversary.
Whilst a fearsome force on the field of battle Kentaro Hiroshi eventually devised a sure-fire method of disposing of them, which included particularly potent flames. Using the style of Kidō devised by his father and Van Satonaka, Kentaro utilized a combination of Dōdōjōshō and Sōtōzashū to sear Shinzō's army to the bone. As Shinzō himself was killed by Kentaro in this same battle the Soulless threat was thought to have been dealt with permanently, though this was not the case. A second generation would emerge sometime following The Collapse.
Second generation Edit
The second generation of the Soulless where pale-skinned humanoids like the first generation, but appeared less muscular and, in truth, looked like mannequins in comparison. They where bald, wailed as if in constant pain, and lacked their predecessors flawless teamwork. They retained a liking for swarm tactics but retained the same weaknesses as before, albeit with a heightened resistance. These Soulless where used by the resurgent Imawashī and the secretive Kikkashō, with Kentaro speculating that his grandfather, Dastan Shiba, was responsible for their creation.
Powers and abilities Edit
- Hive-mind Intelligence:
- Poison-laced Limbs:
- Immense Durability:
Behind the scenes Edit
- In the initial draft of the story the Soulless where created through illegal experimentation on Humans and various animals by Shinzō to serve as his obedient shock-troopers. His creation of the Soulless, coupled with the murder of Shintai Misuto, was what drove a wedge between himself and long-time friend Garian Shinjo, who discovered what Shinzō was planning. After the 2015 retcon however the Soulless underwent some additional tweaking, though their powers and purpose remained relatively unchanged. They also maintained their creator in the form of Shinzō, though the Tenjin became the ones who furnished him with the knowledge on how to create them.
- The first generation of the Soulless where based visually on the White Zetsu Army from Naruto, as where some measure of their skills. The second generation where based visually on the Mannequin Soldiers from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and it was from them that a weakness against particularly potent flames was based.