...advocate for ceasing internal struggles between the clans. As young as I was, I could not help the obsession I had with that clan. I wanted to become a member of the Shihara clan more than I wanted to breathe. My father didn't approve because he wanted be to succeed him, but I didn't care. I learned everything about their clan, their inclusion criteria, and their traditions in the hopes that one day, I would be strong enough to join them."
Rukia was staring in rapt fascination as the story unfolded and when Ukitake stopped speaking, she urged him to continue. He did so with a laugh, "Soon after I began studying them, their clan just disappeared. Every single member of it was gone and I was completely boggled by it. I knew that my father had the truth and so I badgered him until he finally relented and gave me my answers. It seems that the Shihara Soudaishou was asked to make a pact with the Kinrisama. In exchange for unlimited wealth and the freedom to do as they wished, their entire clan would go into seclusion with only those two men maintaining contact. If the Kinrisama deemed any powerful demon to be a threat to the unity of the clans, the Shihara Soudaishou's kyoushu (assassins) would step in to eradicate said threat. That was all my father knew and that was the last I heard about or saw any sign of the Shihara clan...until today."
Rukia looked apprehensively at her mentor, "How do you know that...