With the Captains suffering casualties and heavy injuries on their side, all hope seemed to be lost... until Shinji Hirako appeared, along with the rest of the former Shinigami. Though the aid of the Vizards certainly helped to draw the battle in their favor, it seemed Aizen's power alone proved too much for them.
Kohaku shook her head as Malus grabbed the chain. It may be made of leaves, but looks can be deceiving, as the chain was actually quite durable. She saw him charging up for another Cero. He had already fired at least two Cero, a few Bala, those two Irri...something attacks, and the large attack that came from the sword, not to mention constantly using Sonido and Hierro. By now, he should be low on reiatsu. She was worried that he was pushing himself too hard for a quick spar.
Either way, she felt that he wasn't going to let up anytime soon.
Malus pulled the chain sharply, giving her an idea. She let him pull the chain while she pulled it back, keeping it taut as she dived to the side, just avoiding the Cero. But as she did so, the chain wrapped across the Arrancar's chest. "Hado 11, Tsuzuri Raiden" she said, purposely skipping the incantation and putting as little reiatsu into the attack as possible. She didn't want to kill him, just give him a shock.
And with the amount she put into it, it should feel like a small shock one gets from rubbing their socks on carpet.
"Are you all right?" she asked, loosening her grip on the chain.
Malus had no energy left to avoid the strike, it didn't hurt much but stung like a bitch and sent to one knee from the pain. Yep if he didn't do something soon he was going to loose.
"Are you all right?" she called to him.
He choked a slight laugh, "You've beat me to the end of my rope my dear," he said grudgingly, "I suppose theres no way to avoid this now," he pushed himself up into a standing position, a rather shaky standing position and raised his sword saluting her.
He winked at her once more, "I'm sorry," he said knowing the words would confuse her for a second but soon it would make all to much sense. He swung his sword down to his right side and as he did so uttered one word, "Arder!"
The Zanpakuto burst into crimson flame like Reiatsu which spread out and soon consumed all of Malus's body. The flickering Reiatsu groowe larger distorting the shape of his body and throwing his spirit pressure out from his body.
The Reiatsu eventually died down meting away to reveal Malus. His shape had not changed much, he was still the same height though it was augmented by the Rapter like feet he had developed.
His skin had changed on longer olive in colour but covered in shining black scales which covered every inch of his bod. Two half foot long horns now sprouted from the top of his head poking out of his hair which now near reached his waist and was so thick it look almost like a mane.
spines ran down the center of his back which continued to near the end of the six foot tail that sprouted from the base of his spine. The long black tail endded a short curved blade that seemed to flick around freely.
Each of Malus's hands now ended in an inch long black claw and a two inch spike protruded from his elbow. His amber eyes stared hungrily at Kohaku the Irises now slits and the whites pure black. The air around Malus now rippled with heat.
He smiled at Kohaku darkly, a faint growl escaped his mouth.
"Irradiar," he muttered as if it were the last thing on his mind.
He took a quick deep lung full of air then opened his mouth facing Kohaku. The red tinged heat was larger, hotter and faster than before and flour beneath burnt red as it past over on its way to Kohaku.
Kohaku pulled on the chain, causing the sword to return to her hands. As soon as she gripped the hilt, the chain floated around her arm, almost instinctively. She was about to reseal her shikai, when he apologized to her...and then released his Resureccion. She used her hands to cover her eyes as Malus burst into red flames, and turned into a sort of scaley-dragon type thing with claws.
She tilted her head slightly. Looks like this wasn't going to end soon.
Kohaku braced herself. With his Resureccion released, Malus should have a few new tricks up his sleeves that she would need to watch out for. And as soon as the thought passed her mind, he released another heat attack, similar to the other ones from before. But, obviously enough, this one was faster, hotter, and generally more powerful. She just barely dodged it with shunpo as it zipped past her, though her hand was slightly singed. "Ye lord! Mask of flesh and bone, flutter of wings, ye who bears the name of Man!"
She reappeared behind him, palm facing outward. "Truth and temperance, upon this sinless wall of dreams unleash but slightly the wrath of your claws." An orb of blue energy formed on her palm. "Hado 33...Sokatsui." A large blue shot of energy fired towards the Arrancar. But Kohaku wasn't done yet.
Discreetly, she formed another smoke-leaf, flinging it just behind the Sokatsui. "Waridake." she murmured as the spinning disc was hidden by the glow of the blue ball.
"Garra de Dragon" he muttered and his hands became encased is crimson flame like Reiatsu his long claws glowing brightest.
Running forward slashed with his claws ripping the bright blue attack apart with a flair of red energy and back handed the smoky disc that cam after it with similar results.
He did not slow down, charging Kohaku head long then Sondioing and the last second behind her sashing with his still blazing right hand while bringing his tail round her body to cut off her escape the bladed end aimed for her middriff.
Kohaku brought her sword up, blocking the claw's strike. She peered down and saw that his tail was wrapping around her, and that its end was bladed. Pushing against the claw, she hopped over the tail as it wrapped around the air she once occupied. As she jumped, she spun, throwing her feet out, aiming one foot at his head, and another at his chest. She used the momentum to put a little more oomph into the kicks, and hoped that her feet wouldn't be too badly hurt by his Hierro.
(Bai-de-wei, sorry it took so long. I've been so unmotivated recently.)
Seeing her kicks coming for him as she lept into the air. Roaring like the dragon he was sunk his talons into the ground to stabilize himself. Tilting his head forward rutted her foot coming for his head with his horns but had to take the one to his chest. The blow knocked the wind out of him but his talons allowed extra support and his Hierro took most of the blow though he felt a few of his ribs were bruised.
Wasting no time he inhaled deep once more and muttered, "Irradiar!" releasing another massive blast of heat toward his opponent.
Leaping up he Sondioed far to her left and raised his hand in a claw like gesture, a crimson Cero formed quickly in his hand and with a growling chuckle he released the blast to wards Kohaku.