Sekirei: Wings of Fate In the year 1999, the mysterious Kamikura island burst to the surface of the ocean. A young researcher decided to explore the island and found an alien spaceship-like construct. Inside were tanks containing life forms: 1 adult, 8 embryos and 99 fertilized eggs. These life forms turned out to be "people" with a genetic code similar to humans. These beings, dubbed "Sekirei", have strange powers beyond anything humans are capable of, but it takes something special to release their true power. All Sekirei are people that would be considered "beautiful" in one way or another; most are women, some are effeminate men, and very very few are more masculine men. Sekirei can only access the majority of their power(s) through contact with their Ashikabi. Ashikabi are mostly-regular humans whose DNA is compatible with the Sekirei. An Ashikabi and a Sekirei become bonded for life through oral contact (a kiss if that wasn't obvious enough), a process known as being "winged". A Sekirei's power is directly relative to the bond between them and their Ashikabi, as well as how many Sekirei their Ashikabi has. Every Sekirei has a number, from 1 to 108. Number 1 is the Sekirei who was already an adult when discovered, and is widely accepted as the most powerful, winged or not. 2-9 are the Sekirei discovered as embryos; they are known as "Single Numbers" and are generally as powerful as a regular winged Sekirei before even having an Ashikabi. A Single Number and Ashikabi pair would have a distinct advantage against most others. The Sekirei are part of a scheme called "The Sekirei Plan" that pits them against each other until only one is left and declared the best. There is no telling exactly why. For the past 18 years most of the Sekirei have been kept in research facilities controlled by the MBI conglomerate, having no acess to the outside world besides TV and whatever MBI tells them. Over this time the Sekirei underwent numerous (surprisingly not abusive) tests and experiments and recently recieved physical augments to be more combat oriented and fit with MBI's designs... some of which were less than clean and innocent. Hiroto Minaka, owner and CEO of MBI, has decided the Sekirei Plan is ready to begin and has released all the Sekirei into Tokyo with one command: Find the humans who will be their Ashikabi. Day one of of the Sekirei plan The Great Clock of Teito Tower strikes 12 and emits its daily tone; one so loud, it can be heard across Tokyo. Atop Teito Tower stands a white-haired figure wreathed in the same color. This person is Hiroto Minaka, President and CEO of the MBI conglomerate. Minaka sweeps his arms in a grandiose gesture, though there is only one other person on the tower with him. He begins to speak “I'm going to tell you a story from long ago. In ancient times, the Gods lived in a land known as Takamagahara. It is said that the stone ship of the Gods once landed here, carrying their treasures. However, that is just an old story. It is merely a tired, ancient myth, unrecorded even in the Nihon Shoki and the Kojiki.” "But the new legend begins now! One hundred and eight Sekirei have been dispersed! The Sekirei must fight for the Ashikabi which they have chosen for themselves. The final one remaining, shall guide their Ashikabi to the heights of heaven, where they shall obtain the faith of the world! So, let the new legend begin! The beautiful tale of war! The miraculous love story!" "It is finally time to put my wonderful plan into action! Go! Go forth my Sekirei, and find your Ashikabi! Go forth and begin the greatest love story of all time!" After his miniature speech the man begins to laugh psychotically before slipping and barely catching himself on the edge of the tower. The other figure on the tower casually walks over and helps him back up before releasing him and stepping back again with a deep sigh." Not to far away a young man rushes through the streets of Tokyo Shit shit shit shit the young man though as he ran, their gonna fire my ass if i'm late again. He had been late for work three times this week, and it was only Wednesday. I have to stop staying up so late to watch wrestling, its going to make me lose my job. He continued to run, almost knocking over other pedestrians as he did. Stop thinking about other stuff, just run you idiot. Lucky for him he lived close to work and arrived in just a few short minutes. Entering the restaurant he frowned, it was empty except for another man cleaning a table. “Maki, your late.” the other man said. “No shit.” Maki replied “Where is everyone Ito?.” The man named Ito shrugged and said “Probably at home, were closed today didn't you know?” Maki let loose a sigh of relief, at least he wasn't getting fired. “But as long as you're here,” Ito continued “You can help me clean.” Stupid alarm clock Maki thought as he wiped down a table, if it worked earlier I could of showed up on time, then gone home. He had better get paid overtime for this, well he knew he wouldn't but he still should. Maybe Ill talk to the manager, wait no that would just be a waste of time. His thoughts were interrupted by Ito “Hey it one, you wana go get a bite to eat?” Maki tossed his towel to the side “You sound like your trying to ask me out Ito.” The other man chuckled and sarcastically replied “Only if you're paying.” Maki smiled “Then I gotta say no, i’m tight on cash this month already.” Ito took out a pack of cigarettes and lit up “Well then have a good day and remember to lock up.” Maki walked towards the door “Yeah no, I wasn't supposed to be working today remember.” Ito followed him out then locked the door “Yeah yeah, whatever. See ya around.” Maki bid his co-worker farewell then headed off to nowhere in particular. As he walked along the busy streets of Tokyo Maki began to recall the strange dream he had the night before. “Teach all the little birds the power of love.” the beautiful voice had told him as a soft hand caressed his face. The dream had felt almost real, as if had actually had actually been there. His own hand rose to touch the same place as the soft hand had done as he slept. What does teach the little birds the power of love mean? Maybe i'm supposed to get a job with birds. Didn't I see an ad for an aviary a few days ago? They might be hiring, wait no, i’m terrible with animals. His stomach growled, interrupting his train of thought. Sounds like its time to get something to eat. Maki reached into his pants pocket, took out his wallet and looking inside it frowned. Inside there was nothing but his ID. “Damit.” he said out loud, “Why do I never have any cash.” He sighed, this day was not going his way.