Race: Shinigami Height: 144cm 4 8 Rank: Lieutenant of the 13th Division Relatives: Byakuya Kuchikihttps://anilist.co/character/907 Adoptive Brother/Brotherinlaw Rukia and her older sister Hisanahttps://anilist.co/character/18964/HisanaKuchiki were brought together to 78th District of Rukongai after they died in the human world. Hisana abandoned Rukia when she was still a baby since she could not continue to support both herself and Rukia. Rukia grew up on her own until she met Renji Abaraihttps://anilist.co/character/906/RenjiAbarai and other children her age. They worked together to steal food in order to survive and became a makeshift family. Shes a bit of a tomboy to show that shes tough. During this time Rukia and Renji showed signs of having spiritual power. While they initially opted against becoming shinigami the death of all their friends prompted Rukia to suggest joining the academy for a better life. At the shinigami academy Renji was admitted into the top class and Rukia into the second ranked one. Renji and Rukia started growing further apart as Renji got further ahead in his training. The emotional distance continued until Rukia was asked to join the Kuchiki family. Renji expressed happiness for Rukias opportunity but both did not admit that they disagreed with the arrangement since they would likely never see each other again. Rukia reluctantly joined the family and was immediately inducted into the 13th Division without having to graduate or take a squad entrance exam. Unknown to Rukia Byakuyahttps://anilist.co/character/907/ByakuyaKuchiki had adopted her in order to fulfill the last wish of Hisana whom he had taken as his wife. In the 13th Division Rukia was not given a seat position due to Byakuya Kuchikis influence since he did not want her sent on dangerous missions. She became friends with the division lieutenant Kaien Shibahttps://anilist.co/character/1893/KaienShiba who trained and mentored her. Their first training location was Mount Koifushi of Hokutan the 3rd district of West Rukongai. Rukia greatly admired Kaiens wife 3rd Seat Miyako Shibahttps://anilist.co/character/22895/MiyakoShiba. When Miyako was killed by a hollow Rukia Kaien and the divisions captain Jshir Ukitakehttps://anilist.co/character/2682/JuushirouUkitake hunted the hollow down. Kaien faced the hollow alone but the hollows special ability destroyed his zanpakut. Rukia attempted to draw her sword and help but was stopped by Ukitake. He told her that Kaiens fight was one of honor rather than a fight for his life. If Rukia helped Kaien would be saved but his honor would be damaged forever. Meanwhile the hollow entered Kaien and possessed him. Ukitake faced the hollow but his illness allowed the hollow the opportunity to attack Rukia. Kaien momentarily regained control and thrust himself through Rukias zanpakut. He thanked Rukia and Ukitake for letting him fight for his honor and died in Rukias arms. Rukia brought the corpse to the Shiba family but was afraid to apologize since she felt guilty about her role in Kaiens death.