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Gonna have to do better than that to kill me, Lilith, Goddess of Demons!
~ Taki to Lilith.

Taki Adashino (化野 瀧), formerly Sasaki, is the head of the Japanese Chapter of the Blacklight Organization and the eldest member of the Divine Ten. He is the sword mentor of Adrian in the art of the sword as well as Natalia's godfather. He is the descendant of the Japanese Swordsman, Kojiro Sasaki. His codename is Silent Flash. He would be killed by Lilith after her release from Hell during the battle for Adrian's soul.

Appearance

Taki is a tall, muscular old man with long white hair. He possesses dark red eyes and tanned, wrinkled skin. He wears a simple black kimono as well as a black haori with a red scarf possessing flower designs. He carries his MagiTech Katana: Aeon Splitter on his right hip. He wears simple black tabi boots.

In his youth, Taki had shorter, black hair with dark red eyes. He wore a black gakuran jacket, a white belt, and baggy pants with long tabi-boots with white bands tied tightly around his calves. He wore his signature black haori but possessed a different blade at the time.

Personality

Taki is an easy-going old man, not caring for any sort of formalities. He lives by the motto of "life happens", laughing off most situations as if they were merely a joke to him. He doesn't mind insults to his person, stating that people were entitled to their own opinions even if they were wrong. His personality was what put him at odds with his family, losing every sparring match to his fellow clan members and laughing off his losses. However, this did not mean that he was a slacker. Taki trained extremely hard to reach his family's expectations and was greatly angered and saddened when they planned to use him as a piece in their own games.

After meeting Rei, Taki's outlook on life changed even more, forgoing his "it happens" philosophy during his days as an agent. He acted seriously, taking all of his duties as seriously as a doctor performs surgery. Carving out his own name as Taki Adashino and not Taki Sasaki, Taki was known as the most stuck up member of the Japanese Chapter of Blacklight, as opposed to his mentor and adoptive sister, Rei. Following Rei's death, Taki's personality morphed back to his original one, mixing in some of Rei's habits such as her laziness and her parental attitude to the rest of the branch.

Adrian mentions that Taki is an idiotic old man with moments of genius while Natalia affectionately refers to him as a perverted family member. However, Taki states that he and Adrian were more or less similar due to their upbringing. Both have parents who favored their younger sibling and both had older sisters that they looked up to. Like Adrian, Taki is extremely protective of Amano, even to this day. He also bears an intense hatred for Beelzebub due to his role in being responsible for Rei's death.

History

Taki was born the eldest child of the Sasaki bloodline in the year 1919, ten years before the start of the Great Depression. As the eldest of the Sasaki Bloodline, Taki was expected to master the sword style of the Sasaki Bloodline: Hazy Lotus Style (朧蓮華オボロレンゲ Lit. meaning: Hazy Lotus Flower). However, the elders of his clan were severely disappointed when he only showed to be above average in the sword style rather than show prodigious skill befitting that of a clan heir. Three years later, his younger sister, Amano Sasaki, was born and his parents and elders saw this as a chance at redemption for their family. One of the elders attempted to keep the two separate in an attempt to prevent Taki's averageness from rubbing off on Amano however, she cried whenever he wasn't there and they were forced to keep him there. During this time, Taki met the heiress of the Miyamoto Bloodline, Akane Miyamoto.

The two were engaged in an attempt of the Sasaki and Miyamoto Bloodlines to end the animosity between their two clans and for the Sasaki Bloodline to remove Taki as the heir and install his sister Amano. In the years that followed, Amano showed great skill with the Hazy Lotus Style and this made the elders push for the marriage even more. The marriage was backed by one of the Five Great Families, the Himejima. Not wanting to be chained down, Taki fled from his home, honing his skills at the age of 10. During an encounter with an oni, Taki was saved by a mysterious woman who introduced herself as Rei Adashino. Awed by her prowess with the blade, Taki begged her to teach him to which she accepted. In the weeks that followed, Taki learned quickly, absorbing the techniques of the sword style of Rei which she called the Moonlit Blade (朧月の刀オボロツルギ ). In the three months after, Rei introduced Taki to Blacklight and the boy joined.

In 1937, Rei announced of taking Taki was her understudy for the position of the Blacklight Head, which was celebrated across the base. However, before she gave him his first official assignment as her heir apparent, Rei forced Taki to take a vacation and made him visit his family. Accepting it begrudgingly, Taki visited his family and discovered the Sasaki Household at arms against the Miyamoto Bloodline. His younger sister, Amano Sasaki, had been forced to declare war after an assassination attempt on her life was made. Reuniting with his sister during a battle between the two, Taki and Amano hugged amongst the corpses before overcoming the opposing family. Amano expressed her grief at his disappearance to which he profusely apologized for. Angered at the assassination attempt on his sister, Taki marched to the Miyamoto Household where he was met with the sight of his ex-fiance, Akane. Asking her to step aside, she refused, forcing Taki to resort to demanding that they end their feud with his family. Accepting on the terms that he marry her, Taki refused and offered a duel in place. In a battle that would go down in the histories of both families, the two clashed much like their ancestors did, however, the battle would not end in the same way. Taki overcame Akane with his new sword style and soundly defeated her, ending the conflict between their families. After this event, Taki left once more, but not before saying goodbye to his younger sister and promising to visit. He reconciled with Akane, who kissed him before he left, confessing her new feelings and promising that she would wait until he would return them.

During World War II, Taki and Rei mobilized with the other Chapters of Blacklight to stop the war. At the end, during the bombing of Japan, they encountered the chief cause, one of the Seven Prime Demons, who manipulated the beginning of the war to trigger one of the Trumpets. Revealing that this was the third one, the Chapter Heads all charged to fight the demon, however, the Demon defeated them, taking out seven of their members, including Rei, before he fled due to injuries. As his adoptive older sister died, Rei passed her blade, Imperial Regalia: Aeon Splitter to Taki as well as her title.

Combat Statistics

Tier: 9-A | 7-C, higher with Aeon Splitter and Impure Imperial Banishment of One Million Evils

Name: Taki Adashino, Taki Kojiro, Old Man (By Adrian and Ruby)

Origin: Clockverse

Gender: Male

Age: 93 (At the age of his death)

Classification: Hunter, Chapter Head

Date of Birth: August 3, 1919

Powers and Abilities:

Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Enhanced Senses (His eyesight and hearing have been trained to the point beyond that of humans and matches that of some supernatural beings.), Extrasensory Perception via Rasai Senkan (With Rasai Senkan, Taki can perceive supernatural events and beings which are normally invisible to the eyes of normal humans.), Omnyoudo, Genius Intelligence, Dimensional Travel, Portal Creation, and Teleportation via the Empyrean Gate Spell, Body Control (Has full control of his entire body. Taki is capable of controlling the amount of oxygen his body uses, the number of calories he burns, and can even control each and every part of his body, being able to reach his top speed without the need to accelerate. He also has limited control over his cells, forcing his blood to clot at the place of injury, his osteoblasts and osteocytes to form and repair bone whenever it's broken, and even force his stem cells to repair damaged organs.), Statistics Amplification with Omnyodou (Can increase and boosts his stats with spells like Iron Wall Charm, Lion's Fist of the Asura, and Adamantius Defense Infinitum) Regeneration (Low-Mid) via Body Control, Information Analysis (The Sword Style, Oborozuki Ryuu, requires him to scan his opponents, his surroundings, and even his opponents' minds based on their gait, breath, and even minute facial expressions.), Analytical Prediction (With the information present, Taki can simulate several scenarios in the span of 4 milliseconds without even seeing his opponent's battle style, allowing him to predict their each and every move they will make before they even make them.), Instinctive Reaction (His senses have been honed to perfection, allowing him to react without the need to think. He can dodge attacks considered to be even faster than light.), Limited Age Manipulation via Aeon Splitter (His sword "shaves" time off of the target.), Soul Manipulation (His MagiTech is capable of severing the soul upon hitting a "fatal area" in the body.), Technique Mimicry and Power Modification (The Sword Style, Oborozuki Ryuu, can copy the sword styles of others. With the information gleaned from them, Taki can discard any unnecessary movements and imperfections to the style. However, Taki can only use and copy one style at a time. Switching styles requires him to shift stances and gait which wastes time in combat.), Time Manipulation and Paralysis Inducement via Aeon Splitter (Taki's Aeon Splitter stops the time of those that he cuts.), Purification via Impure Imperial Abolishment of One Million Evils (Can exorcise demons with this spell, no matter how powerful they are.), Poison Manipulation via Aeon Splitter (His sword, Aeon Splitter, contains a venom known as Eitr. Eitr is the blood of Ymir and one of the deadliest poisons in all of existence, capable of killing gods.), Regeneration Negation via Aeon Splitter (Mid-Godly; The blade is coated in Eitr which negates the regeneration of Deities), Immortality Negation (Types 1, 2, 3, and 7; Eitr can kill gods regardless of their immortality), Durability Negation via Aeon Splitter (His sword cuts apart the time and space of the target, allowing him to harm them even if the blade doesn't physically affect them.), Non-Physical Interaction, Master Swordsman, Master Hand to Hand Combatant

All previous abilities including Acausality (Type 4; As a Wielder of a Divine Key, the user is no longer bound by flow of space and exists beyond the concept of Destiny as well with Trogool having no longer any power over their fate, granting them "freedom".), Reactive Evolution and Adaptation (The Key grants its wielders the power of adapt to nearly any situation and power used against them, evolving to better resist and counteract those powers.), Power Mimicry and Attack Reflection (The Inner Cortex of Binah grants the user a barrier capable of reflecting and replicating all attacks that are thrown at the user. These attacks are perfect original copies of what was thrown at Taki.)

Resistances Acquired Through Binah: Magic (Due to his constant fighting of enemies with magical abilities, Taki has developed nigh-immunity to the power with only exceptionally powerful magics being able to affect him. As all abilities that are supernatural technically fall under the concept of "Magic", Taki is granted a modicum of resistance against those attacks.), Conceptual Manipulation (Types 3 and 4; Due to his years of fighting supernatural beings including Angels and Gods, Taki is capable of resisting and fending off conceptual attacks of all kinds. The Goddess Amaterasu has stated that he is capable of resisting her concept of "Sun" of which her Domain Power, [Taiyo no Megami] draws her power from. Likewise, Anael has stated that Taki has become immune to her own Seraph Power.), Void Manipulation, Chaos Manipulation, and Existence Erasure (Was capable of withstanding the Void created by the Shevirat Ha-Kelim long enough for him to slice it apart. Divine Key Binah is capable of protecting its users, allowing them to easily stand within the Sea of Beriah for an indefinite period of time. The Sea of Beriah is capable of degrading and dissolving the user's soul, concept, and idea into its eternal swirling unity of quantum chaos.), Empathic Manipulation and Corruption (Can resist Deity Level Emotional Powers. He was able to resist Lilith's Teveh, which like Asmodeus's, is capable of enhancing the emotions related to the concept of "Desire" and "Lust", corrupting the victim until they are nothing more than husks that drive themselves to self-destruction to obtain their "desire".), Fire Manipulation, Absolute Zero (Can withstand the freezing cold temperatures of the River Cocytus), Sealing (Managed to break the seals placed on him by Astar during her invasion of the Greek Branch of Blacklight), Elemental Manipulation (Of Fire, Water, Earth, Wind, Lightning, Light, and Dark.), Curse Manipulation (Gained a resistance from Curses after fighting the witch, Envierna, who was a former student of Avan.), Resistance Negation and Durability Negation (Walked through the full force of her Nihilo spell which is capable of bypassing all physical and magic resistance of the user.), Soul Manipulation (Binah is a Divine Key that doesn't manifest as a physical weapon but instead is bound to the user's soul. Thus the soul is constantly being protected by the Divine Key itself.), Deconstruction (Can resist the flames of Agneyastra, which is said to be able to split apart and break down all matter in Creation.), Transmutation (Was said to have resisted even the Polymorph Spell of Avan.), Corrosion Inducement and Radiation Manipulation (Divine Key Binah allowed Taki to stand in the presence of Lilith's full unleashed aura, which is capable of corroding everything, body and soul, and producing an effect similar to the Elephant's foot but on a completely different level.), Probability Manipulation and Causality Manipulation (Is one of the only people in history to be able to have been able to dodge the Gae Bolg Spear perfectly with no issues.)

Disease Manipulation (Due to his mastery over his own bodily functions, Taki can isolate and find growing infections inside his body and focus the efforts of his immune system into wiping them out.), Possession (His extreme mental fortitude makes it nigh-impossible for beings to possess his body.), Body Puppetry via Body Control, Poison Manipulation (As part of his training with Rei, Taki was subjected to small amounts of every poison in the world until his body was extremely resistant to them. Unaffected by his own blade's, Eitr.), Time Stop and Time Manipulation (Sliced apart Azrael's stopped time.), Death Manipulation (Via sheer willpower. Walked through Azrael's Winds of Morta, which slowly kills all her enemies, regardless of whether they were immortal or not after she took his Divine Key.), Pain Manipulation (Is capable of resisting torture from the likes of Lilith, who made him go through torture that she described was far worse than anything a God, Angel, Demon, or Human could ever hope to imagine, in order to get him to break.), Mind Manipulation (His mind is locked down and he has complete mastery of his unconscious self/Id, allowing him a mental guardian inside his head capable of defending his mind from mental attacks.), Madness Manipulation (Resisted the effects of Lilith's maddening aura.)

Attack Potency: Small Building Level (Easily killed several vampires and slew a Kappa with a single cut.) | Town Level, far higher with Aeon Splitter and Impure Imperial Banishment of One Million Evils (Carved a massive trench into the Earth with a single swing of his sword. Easily toyed with Ruby and Adrian despite them using their strongest forms. Forced Gremory and Sitri to retreat after he severely injured them. Even with the vast power difference between him and Lilith, Taki was able to inflict grievous injuries on her during their fight as well as slice apart Lilith's Void of Infinity, which takes portions of the void from the Ein Sof and traps them in a void space transcendent of space, time, and dimensionality, designed to kill their targets by erasing their souls from existence. With the Aeon Splitter, Taki was able to slice the space apart and send them back down to Assiah.)

Speed: FTL+ with FTL reaction speed (Instantly appeared in front of Lilith, who was a distance away from him in order to attack her. Dodged an attack from Lilith that was said to be going at 56 times the speed of light at point-blank range.)

Lifting Strength: Unknown

Striking Strength: Small Building Level | Town Level, much higher with Aeon Splitter

Durability: Small Building Level | Town Level, gradually becomes Galaxy Level with Iron Wall Spell and Adamantius Defense Infinitum (Is capable of tanking attacks from Lilith.)

Stamina: Extremely High (Can fight Nephilim and other supernatural beings to standstills, and even outpacing some of them. Trained Adrian for several days straight without showing visible signs of tiring. Due to his brutal conditioning in his youth, Taki has enhanced metabolism and lung capacity, allowing him to breathe in more oxygen as well as acquire more energy from his fat stores.)

Range: Melee Range, higher with Aeon Splitter | Several Kilometers with Spells and Weapons | Planetary, possibly higher with Teleportation and Gate Spell

Standard Equipment:

Intelligence: As one of the oldest members of Blacklight and the eldest of the Divine Ten, Taki possesses years upon years of knowledge and intellect. Taki is the most skilled member of the Divine Ten, being a jack of all trades. He possesses skills in multiple fields of combat from archery to hand to hand. His skill is so immense that he can fight both Adrian and Ruby easily and force them to use their strongest forms and even then, he merely toyed with them. His battle sense has been refined to the point where he reacts automatically as well as visualize his opponent's moves and predict every move they will ever make based on the skill they present. He has an innate knowledge of swordsmanship, being able to dissect and analyze sword styles, discovering their flaws and weaknesses. He also knows Itto Ryu, Chujo Ryu, Shinkage Ryu, Niten Ichi Ryu, Oborozuki Ryuu, Obororenge Ryu, and Nakanishi-Ha Itto Ryu. His magical knowledge, while inferior to Cornelius and Salem, is still extremely high, being more knowledgeable in the Omnyo Arts than most exorcists in Japan. He is well aware of the Succession of the Trumpets as well as God's disappearance due to being in contact with various demons and some angels including Metatron. It was Taki, who developed the initial form of the barrier that hides the Genesis Tablet from other Pantheons. In addition, Taki possesses a brilliant mind for strategy due to having fought in World War II against both man and supernatural, Taki is capable of planning ahead of time, accounting for all possible outcomes that he can visualize. His plans are complex and contain backups that have their own backups should that backup fail.

Weaknesses: Despite all of his power, Taki is still human and thus, is susceptible to the weaknesses that all humans possess, albeit to a lesser degree. He can still die of old age, disease, poison (to a lesser degree), and tires eventually like all humans due despite his ungodly stamina.

Notable Attacks/Techniques

Hazy Moonlit Blade

(朧月刀流オボロツルギカタナリュウ Oborozuki Katana Ryu, Lit. meaning Obscure Moonlight Sword) The Moonlit Blade is a sword style that emphasizes speed and skill, utilizing analysis to predict and visualize the skill and attacks of their opponent merely from seeing their breath, gait, even the way they blink. Using this, Taki can dodge, deflect, counter, predict, and even copy the sword style of their enemies and use it against them, clearing it of flaws. In its attack form, the style takes advantage of the user's speed and power, delivering fast precise strikes and slashes meant to kill the opponent before they even realize that they have been attacked.

Full Moon Equinox:(十六夜彼岸の舞ジュウロクヤヒガンノマイ Jyuurokuyadoga no mai, Lit. meaning Equinox Dance of the Full Moon) Taki takes the Aeon Splitter and quickdraws it, performing a slashing spin before sheathing the sword.

Hazy Lotus Style

(朧蓮華刀流オボロレンゲカタナリュウ Obororenge Katana Ryu, Lit. meaning Hazy Lotus Style) A sword style developed by Sasaki Kojiro in the distant past and used in his battle against Miyamoto Musashi. Taki is extremely skilled in this sword form with his only superior being his younger sister. The sword style utilizes strong brute force piercing attacks and slashes. It is a completely offensive style, leaving no room for breath. For defensive applications, the style utilizes false openings to draw in their opponents where Taki capitalizes on and attacks.

Tsubame Gaeshi: (秘剣・燕返しつばめがえし Tsubame Gaeshi, Lit.meaning Reverse Swallow Stance)Taki performs a forward slash with his entire sword down to his opponent with the might of his entire body. Even if it was dodged, Taki is capable of retracing his steps with another swing flying from the target's blind spot. This technique is said to be capable of catching a swallow with turning speeds exceeding 200 km/hr.

Omnyoudou

Taki is capable of using the magic of exorcists, manipulating Yin and Yang energy to achieve different effects. Often cast through talismans, Taki can perform several different spells in which he added several applications from other magic systems.

Rasai Senkan: (来災先観ライワザワイサキカン Raifuzafuisakan, Lit. Meaning Foresight of Coming Calamities) Taki uses a talisman to cast a spell, improving his kinetic vision in combat.

Iron Wall Charm:(鉄の壁の呪文てつのかべのじゅもん Tetsu no Kabe No Jyumon, Lit. Meaning Steel Wall Charm) A spell that improves Taki's physical durability, boosting it to new levels.

Impure Imperial Abolishment of One Million Evils: (百万の悪の不純な帝国追放ヒャクマンノアクノフジュンナテイコクツイホウ Hyaku man no aku no fujun'na teikoku tsuihō, Lit.meaning Unclean Royal Banishment of One Million Evils) Abbreviated as Teikoku Tsuiho. Teikoku Tsuiho is an extremely powerful spell developed by Taki capable of destroying obscenely large areas as well as pierce through the souls of beings, including Gods. His inspiration for this spell was information on the MagiTech, Last Breath, wielded by the previous Head of the American Leader of Blacklight.

Key: Suppressed Taki | Taki with Aeon Splitter

Note:

  • The base for Taki was Sasaki Kojiro.

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