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Overview

Soul King Palace
519Soul King Palace
Kanji 霊王宮
Location Statistics
Type Royal Residence
Located In Soul Society
Controlled By Soul King
First Appearance
Manga Chapter 518
Anime N/A

Soul King Palace (霊王宮, Reiōkyū) is the official residence of the Soul King, located in a separate dimension within Soul Society.[1]

Overview

The Soul King Palace consists of several layers, with one layer suspended above the other. The lowest level is comprised from many buildings of the same style to that of Seireitei. From this, a large stairway leads upwards to a wide and flat expanse, with both areas at the base and top of these stairs being lined by rows of huge, circular pillars. Floating above are five discs with numerous buildings on each, while suspended higher still is a large cylindrical structure that has a conical top and bottom.[2]

Defenses

The sekkiseki walls that surround Seireitei are ordinarily intended to protect the Soul King Palace, instead meant only to fall down to Seireitei in times of emergency. However, if emergencies occur in succession, they remain in place around Seireitei indefinitely until things are returned to normal.[3]

The Soul King Palace is further protected by 72 barriers between it and the Seireitei. Should these barriers be forced open via clothing constructed from an Ōken, they cannot be closed off for 1 hour and 40 minutes due to the sheer defensive power of the clothing.[4]

597Divine Soldiers

Senjumaru and the Divine Soldiers.

There exist a group of elite guards known as "Divine Soldiers" (神兵, Shinpei; Viz "Holy Soldiers") which are led by Senjumaru Shutara, who refers to them as the "Blade of the Soul King" (霊王の刃, Reiō no Yaiba). Each guard wears a black hakama with a gray sash tied around their waist and a black mask with four light-colored lines tracing over their heads, and their hair is tied into a long spike at the back of their head before being left to hang free about halfway through the length. They are all armed with swords.[5]

599Second-Class Divine Soldier

The Second-Class Divine Soldier.

There is a much more powerful version of these soldiers known as a "Second-Class Divine Soldier" (二級神兵, Nikyū Shinpei; Viz "Second Level Holy Soldier"), which Senjumaru refers to as the "Shield of the Soul King" (霊王の盾, Reiō no Tate). It resembles an ordinary soldier, but is extremely large and wears a circular black hat on its head. The backs of its wrist each have one-half of a large, black, circular shield on them.[6]

Yhwach's Changes

628Zeichen Palace

The Soul King Palace after being altered by Yhwach.

After absorbing the Soul King, Yhwach drastically altered the appearance of the Soul King Palace, most notably by bringing the Wandenreich city to the palace and placing the main palace at ground level while covering parts of it with ice.[7] He also connected the five floating cities nearby to the Wandenreich city, thus creating a massive Quincy Zeichen, and formed a massive, tower-like palace with Silbern on the top for his new stronghold, which he calls the Wahrwelt (真世界城 (ヴァールヴェルト), Vāruveruto; German for "True World", Japanese for "True World Castle") because it will be the cornerstone of his new world.[8] One of the five branches forming the city is known as the Zwei Ast (2番枝街 (ヅヴァ・アスト), Zuvai Asuto; German for "Second Branch", Japanese for "Second Branch City").[9]

Admittance

The route to the inner dimension in which the palace resides can only be opened with "a key", fittingly named the Ōken (王鍵, Royal Key), the location of which is kept secret, only being passed down verbally from one Gotei 13 Captain-Commander to the next.[1] There are only two ways to enter the Spirit King Palace:

  1. With the permission of the Royal Guard. They don't have to be there physically, they only need to want the person to enter.
  2. Make a Royal Key by creating a Royal Guard.[10]

A Royal Guard can also open up a Chōkaimon (超界門, Super World Gate) to send someone directly to the human world, and use the same gate to send said "someone" back, but to do so requires syncing the arrival and departure times.[11]

Transportation

The only known method to get from section to section of the Soul King Palace is to be catapulted into the sky, in the direction of the intended destination.[12]

Soul King Palace Layout

Royal Guard
Location Name Location Information Location Picture
Vestibule-Road (霊王宮表参道, Reiōkyū omote sandō) The main entrance into the palace is the surface path which consists of a long paneled path suspended in the air, leading to the inner portion of the Palace itself.

519Vestibule Road

Greater Soul King Palace (霊王大内裏, Reiō daidairi) The large floating cylindrical structure at the end is the actual palace, Greater Soul King Palace. This is where the Soul King resides.

611Greater Soul King Palace

The five giant floating discs are the Royal Guard Headquarters. On each disc there is a city, which the Soul King entrusts to each individual member.[13]
Tenjirō Kirinji's City It is the floating city that is the headquarters of the Royal Guard member Tenjirō Kirinji. It has multiple buildings that make up the city. One of the buildings "Kirinden" (麒麟殿, Kirin Palace) has within it a large underground area that encompasses healing hot springs.[14]

519Kirinden

Kirio Hikifune's City It is the floating city that is the headquarters of the Royal Guard member Kirio Hikifune. It has multiple buildings that make up the city. One of the buildings "Gatonden" (臥豚殿, Lying Pig Palace) has a large area for food preparation, presentation and dining.[15]

521Gatonden

Ōetsu Nimaiya's City It is the floating city that is the headquarters of the Royal Guard member Ōetsu Nimaiya. It has multiple buildings that make up the city. The principal building is called the "Hōōden" (鳳凰殿, Fenghuang Palace). This is a small and simple shack near the edge of a cliff. There is also a larger building called the Galaxy Hōōden, which is a flashy building for parties and entertainment.[16]

522Hooden

Senjumaru Shutara's City It is the floating city that is the headquarters of the Royal Guard member Senjumaru Shutara. It has multiple buildings that make up the city. One of the rooms is covered entirely in dozens of different fabrics, and has a medium-sized cushioned seat made of wooden bars at the top of the set of stairs. Senjumaru uses this room to take measurements of those whom she creates Ōken Clothing for.[17][18][19][20][21] 545Senjumaru's palace
Ichibē Hyōsube's City It is the floating city that is the headquarters of the Royal Guard member Ichibē Hyōsube. It has multiple buildings that make up the city. The main building is a training dojo, which takes the form of a small building at the top of a flight of stairs carved into the side of a hill. The air is filled with incredibly dense Reishi, which initially prevents visitors unused to such density from moving or breathing properly, though it can be adapted to with time.[22] Ichibē trains visitors in the inner chamber.[23] 545Ichibei's palace

Guards

The Royal Guard, also known as the "Zero Division", are the protectors of the Soul King Palace and its residents, particularly the Soul King. Though they commonly remain within the palace, when the Royal Guard do need to travel, their preferred method of transportation takes the form of a huge pillar called the Tenchūren (天柱輦, Heavenly-Pillar Palanquin). While this pillar is able to freely exit the inner dimension, it is unable to return to the palace on its own and is instead entirely reliant on outside assistance to do so, such as Kūkaku Shiba's Kakaku Hō (花鶴砲, Flower Crane Cannon).[24]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 223, pages 7-8
  2. Bleach manga; Chapter 518, pages 16-17
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 516, page 13
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 585, pages 4-5
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter 597, pages 8-9
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 599, pages 13-14
  7. Bleach manga; Chapter 627, pages 8-9 & 14-17
  8. Bleach manga; Chapter 628, pages 14-17
  9. Bleach manga; Chapter 630, page 7
  10. Bleach manga; Chapter 519, page 6
  11. Bleach manga; Chapter 538, page 3
  12. Bleach manga; Chapter 520, page 13
  13. Bleach manga; Chapter 519, pages 8-9
  14. Bleach manga; Chapter 519, page 12
  15. Bleach manga; Chapter 521, pages 7-20
  16. Bleach manga; Chapter 522, pages 4-20
  17. Bleach manga; Chapter 545, pages 9-10
  18. Bleach manga; Chapter 555, page 2
  19. Chapter 559, page 17
  20. Bleach manga; Chapter 568, page 17
  21. Bleach manga; Chapter 585, pages 4-5
  22. Bleach manga; Chapter 545, page 6
  23. Bleach manga; Chapter 545, page 12
  24. Bleach manga; Chapter 518, pages 12-13

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