[re]start from the beginning...
Shortly after the events on the anniversary of Kurosaki Masaki's death and the battle with Grand Fisher, Rukia has a decision to make. Having already broken one major Shinigami law and on the verge of breaking another, she has yet to recover any of her former power. With her plan to remain in her gigai until she regained her full strength falling apart and only a few days left until she will have remained too long in the human world, she realizes that her only option is to return to Soul Society, face her punishment for granting Ichigo her powers, and find some way to recover what she lost. After all, as a Kuchiki, it is unlikely that she'll receive a very harsh punishment, and the medical facilities within the Seireitei will certainly be able to help her cure the mysterious ailment that seems to keep her from recovering her reiatsu.
On these criteria, she makes her decision, and is soon on the road to recovery, but her choice also leaves Kurosaki Ichigo with none of his own. Having been peacefully turned over to Soul Society with Rukia's return, he has been stripped of his powers and sent back to the world of the living to continue his life as a human. Yet his own latent power remains, waiting to be uncovered.
Meanwhile, Aizen is still on his search for the Hougyoku. He knows Urahara must have hidden it somewhere, but where?
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