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One's fate is not decided by chance, but by choice. A hero will rise from the desolate sands of Hueco Mundo.
Summary

The Vasto of White is a Bleach/Fate/stay night crossover by Parcasious.

The story begins with Hollows Coyote Starrk and Lilynette Gingerbuck, all by their lonesome in the vast desert of Hueco Mundo. A mysterious Vasto Lorde calling himself "Shirou" approaches them and, moved by Lilynette's tears, befriends them, though not before using a mysterious power to create a mass of swords made out of reishi. Before long, other Hollows gather around them for protection, feeding on the swords to sate their hunger and increase their power. Eventually, they crown Shirou as their leader, dubbing him "the Vasto of White." But Shirou's growing reputation quickly attracts unwelcome attention as well.

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It currently stands at 43 chapters.


This fanfic contains examples of:

  • Adapted Out: The joke where Ichigo and his friends assumed Yoruichi was male because her voice in cat form sounds like a man is removed. Ichigo and his friends somehow know Yoruichi is female though they thought she was a talking cat.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Apacci, Mila Rose, Sung-Sun, and Grimmjow are all Vasto Lordes before being turned into Arrancar in this story, due to feeding on the reishi swords that Shirou creates.
    • Karin has Shinigami powers in this story.
    • Baraggan, thanks to a combination of Break the Haughty and Character Development, is the Primeranote  Espada.
  • Adaptational Expansion: Starrk and Lilynette's backstories are explored. They were originally a single, female Vasto Lorde named Coyote Gingerbuck whom, at some point, met and befriended Shirou before he became a Vasto Lorde, dubbing him "Starrk." Lilynette was originally a spiritually aware girl who also befriended them and eventually gave her reishi to Coyote after becoming a plus so she could recover after a fierce battle with Yamamoto. After Coyote and Shirou were separated during said battle, the latter tapped into his powers, created the first Garganta, thus allowing Hollows around the world—including Baraggan—to seek refuge from the Gotei 13 in a world Shirou had unknowingly played a role in creating.
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  • Adaptational Heroism: With some exceptionsnote , the Espada are essentially mercenaries that Aizen hires to aid in his war on Soul Society, with his turning them into Arrancar serving as their payment for their services. Beyond that, they could care less about his goals, or causing trouble in general, and Shirou's presence ensures that Aizen can't force them to do his bidding.
  • Affably Evil: The worst of the Hollows in Shirou's army are this. While not Martial Pacifists like him or his lieutenants, they're still True Companions.
  • A Father to His Men: Shirou. Up to Eleven.
  • A God I Am Not: Shirou really doesn't like being worshipped, nor does he even like being called "the Vasto of White."
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Being the de facto ruler of Hueco Mundo does nothing more than paint a giant target on Shirou's back, and he often has to resort to violence to maintain that position.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis:
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    • While fighting one of Baraggan's lieutenants, Starrk deduces how the Hollow can avoid his attacks and quickly zeroes in on a weak spot, much to the Hollow's shock and horror.
    • Hitsugaya deduces that Shirou can make copies of Zanpakuto and use them against their original owner after the former uses Kenpachi Zaraki's Shikai.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Starrk and Lilynette.
  • Badass Army: The Hollows loyal to Shirou are a force to be wary of, with even the weakest of them being high-level Adjuchas.
  • Badass Creed: Shirou's Unlimited Blade Works aria.
    Shirou: I am the bone of my sword.
    Steel is my body and fire is my blood.
    I have created over a thousand blades.
    Unknown to life.
    Nor known to death.
    The path forward slowly reaches its end, the sharpest of swords dulling in the dusk.
    I have no regrets. An empty crucible.
    And so, as I pray, Unlimited Blade Works.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Shirou defeats Grimmjow by projecting Gae Bolg and channeling its inherent blood lust and berserk fighting style to match Grimmjow's own.
  • Big Damn Heroes: During the attack on the Soul Society, Apacci, Mila Rose, and Sung-Sun summon Ayon by sacrificing one arm each. However, he is swiftly killed by Yamamoto, leaving his creators surrounded and exhausted. Sensing their plight, Shirou and Harribel cut a bloody swathe through the ranks of the Gotei 13—with more and more Hollows following them as they advance—until they reach the trio and rescue them.
  • Break the Haughty: Baraggan's god complex gets knocked down a few pegs after his defeat at Shirou's hands. It leads to some Character Development that ultimately makes him more powerful and dangerous by the time he becomes an Arrancar.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Starrk is one of the most powerful Hollows in existence, and is highly intelligent, to boot. The problem is he's, well, lazy. He doesn't like fights and prefers napping over anything else.
  • Bucket Booby-Trap: Urahara gets bored and puts a chalk eraser above the door of his shop. It falls on Rukia when she opens it, getting her covered with chalk dust.
  • The Butcher: Baraggan really enjoys slaughtering Shinigami.
  • Cain and Abel: Ichigo finds himself on opposing sides with not only his friends but his sister Karin as well.
  • The Cameo: Nnoitra Gilga makes a brief appearance as a member of Baraggan's army in Chapter 40.
  • The Cavalry: Attempted by the Royal Guard at the end of Chapter 41. Shirou and Baraggan, realizing that this would present a HUGE problem for their forces if the group arrives, attempt to prevent this, and ultimately succeed.
  • Chick Magnet: There are hints that Harribel, Apacci, Mila Rose, Sung-Sun, and Nelliel are attracted to Shirou, though it isn't brought up often.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: When Shirou and Harribel rescue the latter's Fraccione, Harribel suddenly feels rather angry when she sees them blushing as they look at Shirou.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: After using the Hogyoku to turn all the Hollows into Arrancar, Aizen provides them all with white uniforms, claiming it will be a symbol of their unity and contrast against the black uniforms of the Shinigami. Aizen gets annoyed when Shirou will have none of it and Traces himself a copy of Archer's red and black outfit.
  • Cool Sword: Shirou has a ton of them.
    • He later gives Baraggan one, which gains strength from the latter's Respira—though it will also kill Baraggan if Shirou invokes its true name as that's its curse, something the former is unaware of.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Starrk is incredibly lazy and allows Lilynette to abuse him physically. He's also one of the most powerful Hollows in existence.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Shirou dishes these out with alarming frequency, especially after he begins to understand and gain control of his powers. As of the battle of Fake Karakura Town, only Yamamoto himself can fight him evenly.
  • Detect Evil: As soon as Shirou meets Grand Fisher, he senses his pure evil, so Shirou kills him on the spot.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Aizen is utterly shocked when Shirou proves immune to his Shikai.
  • Don't Think, Feel: Nelliel teaches Ichigo that a Hollow's true power comes from instinct and true emotion, not thought. He later achieves Bankai by giving in to his pure desire to protect.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: When Ichigo labels Karin and Silent as "family," Nelliel and the Arrancar under her assume he has formed a bond with them since they don't know (and, in Lilynette's case, refuses to believe) that he isn't a true Hollow. It's not until he releases his Bankai that they start to comprehend what he means.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • When Aizen tries to recruit Shirou, he is dumbfounded by the latter's lack of desire for more power.
    • More "morally ambiguous" than outright evil, but the Gotei 13 cannot believe that a large army of incredibly powerful Hollows would attack the Soul Society only to rescue one Hollow. They comprehend even less the leader of this army isn't evil in the slightest.
  • Friendly Address Privileges: The higher-echelon members of Shirou's army are on First-Name Basis with him, though he wouldn't mind if the rest of them were, too.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Shirou is such an overwhelming powerhouse that Yamamoto orders the rest of the Gotei 13 to never face him in combat—only the Captain-Commander himself may face him. And even then, Yamamoto sends a distress call to the Royal Guard right before the battle of Fake Karakura Town commences just in case he's unable to defeat Shirou. The Royal Guard attempt to respond, but Shirou and Baraggan prevent their arrival.
  • Gray and Grey Morality: Shirou and his army of Hollows have no interest in eating souls or causing trouble, but many of them are still Blood Knights who are not inclined to be merciful. The Gotei 13, on the other hand, are led by a Knight Templar and employ a Mad Scientist, but some of the captains are Martial Pacifists who don't like violence, either. It doesn't help that Aizen is involved and with Shirou's side for his plans with the Soul King, and while it's more of an alliance of necessity than sharing of goals it only makes even the more reluctant Shinigami (such as Urahara) all the more ready to fight Shirou and his Hollows to defeat him.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Ichigo ends up joining Shirou's army during the assault on Fake Karakura Town due to his mother also being part of it, only to find out that his sister, Karin, took his place as a substitute Shinigami.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Ichigo of all people. The story has not been kind to his sense of loyalty as the people he cherishes the most, his mother and sister, has been found on both sides of the battle resulting him in betraying both the Shinigami and Arrancar armies to keep them safe. In the end, this is taken to its extreme by Ichigo utilizing Bankai and transforming the battle into a Mêlée à Trois by becoming his very own faction.
  • Heroic Neutral: In truth, Shirou and his group would rather much be left alone by any and everyone. The actions committed by the Gotei have pretty much forced their hands into joining with Aizen, but have no interest in his ambition.
  • Holier Than Thou: The Shinigami adopt this stance whenever interacting with Hollows.
  • Humans Are Ugly: Barragan remarks that he finds his human form ugly and prefers his skeleton form.
  • Identical Stranger: Just like Ichigo looks like Kaien Shiba, Karin looks like a younger version of Kukaku Shiba.
  • "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: Ichigo eventually loses himself to his instincts and goes completely berserk. Nelliel confronts him, telling him to control his instincts instead of the other way around, but he attacks her. She gets through to him by howling to communicate with his inner self, as Hollows howl to communicate and unite.
  • I Know Your True Name: Shirou can't use his weapons' active abilities unless he can commune with them and learn their true name.
  • Intimidation Demonstration: Ichigo does it once he finally goes Bankai, his power swelling to the point his spiritual pressure is comparable to a high-end Vasto Lorde. Once he demolishes Sajin's Bankai with a Cero but doesn't kill the Captain himself, he basically parks himself right between the Soul Reapers and Arrancar fighting near the pillar and makes it clear anyone who thinks about fighting's gotta go through him first. Predictably, no one is stupid enough to try.
  • It's Personal: Starrk bears a grudge against Mayuri Kurotsuchi for abducting (and planning to experiment on) Silent, and after remembering their past, he and Lilynette develop a grudge against Yamamoto, as well.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Shirou can fight Baraggan because his weapons cannot be decayed by Baraggan's Respira. They become Stronger with Age, so accelerating time on them makes them more powerful. Shirou still has to be careful because his body is not immune to Rapid Aging.
  • The Men First: When the Hollows following Shirou realize he has this mentality, they all muster around him to rescue Silent knowing he would do the same for any of them.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Aaroniero finds himself caring for Kaien Shiba's loved ones the longer he stays in Kaien's form.
  • Mistaken for Badass: Several characters think that Lilynette is uber powerful because the other Hollows obey her (only because she is partners with Starrk).
  • Moral Myopia: The Gotei 13 think nothing of abducting a Hollow (with the intent of letting their local Mad Scientist experiment on her), yet they get up in arms when Shirou takes Captain Ukitake hostage. Shirou calls them out on this.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Byakuya gets one even worse than in canon, as here he discovers Central 46 was murdered and being manipulated, so he goes to confront Aizen and save Rukia himself...but Aizen uses his illusions to trick him into cutting down the rescue team and hurting Rukia. He tries to shrug it off to focus on beating Aizen, but he's ultimately defeated.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Kisuke Urahara creates a trio of special reishi swords, made with extractions of Shirou's essence, that the Visoreds use to successfully wound Shirou during the battle of Fake Karakura. Unfortunately, not only does this fail to kill him, but it seemingly unlocks his memories of his past life and the full extent of his powers, making him stronger.
  • No-Sell:
    • Due to Shirou's affinity with swords, many Zanpakutos actively refuse to be used against him in combat, putting their wielders in a pinch.
    • Barragan's Respira doesn't work on Shirou's summoned weapons since they get Stronger with Age, which is a good thing since Shirou himself is not immune to it. Barragan also exploits this with an unnamed Noble Phantasm Shirou gave him, using his Respira to strengthen its capabilities and keeping it as a trump card.
    • When Kyoraku faces Barragan, Katen Kyokotsu makes them play a game of tag. Since in tag, projectiles are not allowed, Respira is considered cheating, so it has no effect on Kyoraku.
  • Not So Stoic: The normally level-headed Harribel erupts when the Visoreds manage to stab Shirou In the Back.
  • Only Friend: The only being Aizen truly cares for is the spirit of his Zanpakuto, Kyoka Suigetsu, who has the form of a woman. Later, after getting to know Shirou, Aizen slowly starts to acknowledge him as a peer and equal.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: When left to their own devices, Shirou and his comrades prefer to stay out of trouble, rather than go out looking for it. The most they ever do on their own is train; otherwise, they hang out or, in Starrk's case, nap.
  • Poor Communication Kills: If everyone was willing to just talk things out peacefully rather than fallback to violence or prejudices, a lot of issues between Shirou's faction and Urahara's wouldn't exist, but because of them everyone keeps important info from each other and just poisons any chance of coming to a peaceful solution.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: His experiences with Shirou have taught Baraggan to embrace this mindset. Notably, when he orders his forces to lay siege to the pillars that are keeping Karakura Town from being exposed, he gives them express instructions to retreat if the Shinigami guarding the pillars prove too strong for them. Not out of concern for their well-being, but because Shirou's acts of mercy towards him allowed Baraggan to get stronger, so he figures that giving his army the same treatment would get good results in the long run. Ironically, however, this attitude has also started to foster legitimate Undying Loyalty from them when before they followed him mostly out of fear.
  • Quality Vs Quantity: Shirou's army of 6,000 against Baraggan's army of 36,000, respectively. Quality wins without too much trouble.
  • Red Baron:
    • Shirou Emiya, the Vasto of White.
    • Baraggan Luisenbairn, the God-King of Hueco Mundo. He later calls himself the Fallen God of Hueco Mundo.
  • Retcon: When Aizen used the Hogyoku to turn Shirou into an Arrancar, in the original version, this caused Unlimited Blade Works to activate and then all the spirits of the weapons in Shirou's arsenal manifest in human form. The chapter ended on a cliffhanger where the weapons say Shirou would have to defeat them all in battle for him to prove himself and to condense his power into a single Zanpakuto, heavily implying that this Zanpakuto would become Tsumugari Muramasa. Then the author inexplicably rewrote the whole chapter so that while the Hogyoku was powering him up, Aizen double-crossed him and blasted him to the human world with amnesia so that Aizen could take over his subjects. After massive fan outcry, the final version had Shirou go on a long vision quest to sort out his earliest memories as a Hollow and then wake up as an Arrancar.
  • Spanner in the Works: Gin Ichimaru's Zanpakuto, Shinso, psychically reaches out to Shirou without Gin's knowledge and asks him to aid its master.
  • The Speechless: One of the Hollows is nicknamed Silent because she seems to be incapable of speaking. She is Masaki Kurosaki.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Byakuya figured out the orders to apprehend Rukia were falsified when he visited Central 46 and found that everyone was dead. Aizen gets annoyed and says he left Central 46 after killing the council members because he assumed his assistants would be smart enough to dispose of the bodies without him having to tell them to do so.
  • True Companions: Shirou and his Badass Army. So much so that, when one of their members—Masaki Kurosaki—is abducted by the Gotei 13, they follow Shirou en masse into the heart of the Soul Society to rescue her, uncaring that this will put their own lives at risk.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Aizen toys with Yoruichi and Ichigo. He puts Yoruichi in an illusion, leading to her fighting an imaginary opponent, but says to himself that he won't bother to do it to Ichigo because he is weak and unworthy. While he's busy taunting Ichigo, Yoruichi manages to stab him by using her instincts instead of her eyes, then Ichigo almost manages to slash him while he was distracted by the pain.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • To the Hollows who follow Shirou, he's their god. He, in turn, is just as devoted to them.
    • By the time of the Winter War, the Arrancar under Baraggan seem to follow him out of genuine loyalty, as well.
  • Unskilled, but Strong:
    • Shirou isn't a bad swordsman, but his skills are relatively average. He even notes after defeating Captain Ukitake that the latter displayed greater swordsmanship skills than him, but was handicapped by his illness.
    • Nelliel completely schools Ichigo in hand to hand combat, but he is so strong that any blow he lands bruises her through her Hierro.
    • Despite being Vasto Lorde, Byakuya is able to handle Apache, Mila Rose, and Sun Sun due to the fact they're nascent and thus are unable to utilize their power fully.
    • Kyoraku is able to do the same as Byakuya to the three nascent Vasto Lordes, and then takes it even further fighting and defeating Ayon, who's even stronger than the three put together but who has the mental capacities of a newborn. It's even compared to a child trying to fight an adult.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Subverted. The Espada and their underlings go berserk when Shirou is stabbed by three Visoreds, but this allows the Gotei 13 to concentrate their forces and mount a more effective defense. Played straight when it comes to Coyote Gingerbuck, though.
  • Unwanted Assistance: During his clash with Shirou, Barragan is forced to rely on a Noble Phantasm he strengthened from exposing to his Respira to survive against Shirou's Balmung. However, the fact he had to rely on a power that wasn't even his to survive is just the final proof he needs that he truly isn't the strongest king of Hueco Mundo anymore and prompts him to throw it and his crown away and tell Shirou to kill him already. Shirou chooses to spare him, however, noting that Hueco Mundo needs someone fearsome like Barragan to keep the truly unruly Hollows in check.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Apacci, Sung-Sun, and Mila Rose butt heads frequently, but are deeply devoted to each other.
  • Weapon for Intimidation: Shirou scares the Gotei 13 by summoning copies of all their Zanpakuto, including Ryujin Jakka. What they didn't know is that for the moment, it was a bluff. Shirou had not communed with the Zanpakuto and learned their true names; he couldn't use their powers at that time.
  • Wistful Amnesia: Silent does not remember her past, but finds herself drawn to certain things like her children Ichigo and Karin.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Ukitake battles Shirou and has the upper hand for a bit, but he's suddenly crippled by a coughing fit from his illness, allowing Shirou to defeat and take him hostage.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: Both Gae Bolg and Gae Buidhe cause these. Toshiro take some pretty bad wounds, including one through his gut, that no amount of Unohana's medical kido can fix so they're forced to just bandage him up and let him heal on his own. Grimmjow finds that his Vasto Lorde high-speed regeneration can't heal them quickly either and he nearly dies from them (plus a blow to his heart) before Aizen finds him and uses the Hogyoku to turn him into an Arrancar, and he's still Covered in Scars from the ordeal.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Shirou and Baraggan come to respect one another in this manner.
    • Grimmjow comes to see Shirou as one after barely surviving a Gae Bolg through the chest thanks to Aizen saving him and turning him into an Arrancar.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Shirou's ability to Trace and Project weapons baffle everyone, as it is different from the usual Hollow techniques. Urahara can only compare it to Quincy abilities.
  • You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: From his own twisted point of view, Yamamoto laments that Shirou would have made for an "unparalleled shinigami" had he not been made a Hollow.
  • You Remind Me of X:
    • Harribel reminds Shirou of Saber, though he can't completely remember the latter.
    • Ichigo's protective nature reminds Nelliel of Shirou.
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