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This story is now also available on AO3 here.

Index of Winter War posts.

This is a Bleach AU written by [ profile] incandescens, [ profile] liralen, and [ profile] sophiap. It diverges from canon, mostly after Ichigo's party departs for Hueco Mundo.

Aizen has won. Seireitai is occupied. The Resistance is weak. Winter is here.

There may not be a spring.

Nothing is sacred and no one is safe.

Diverges from continuity somewhere in the Hueco Mundo and Fake Karakura arcs.

TV Tropes page at

1. Nanao: Winter
2. Ukitake: Waking Up
3. Ikkaku: What Is, What Was
4. Kuukaku: Holding Ground
5. Nanao: Morning, Interrupted
6. Ukitake: Chance
7. Orihime: Despair and Hope
8. Karin: Keeping Up Appearances
9. Yoruichi: Hunting
10. Momo: Trust No One
11. Soi Fong: En Garde
12. Gin: On Top
13. Karakura: Waiting
14. Iba: Hurry Up And Wait
15. Isane: Present
16. Nanao: Looking For A Blonde
17. Hanatarou: Underground
18. Lisa: Prisoner's Dilemma
19. Hinamori, Takano, Ichimaru: Taking The Bait
20. Ensemble: The Day Before
21. Nanao: Going Down
22. Hisagi: In Too Deep
23. Ensemble: First Contact
24. Byakuya: Necessity
25. Hanatarou: Signs Of Life
26. Ensemble: Mad Science In Motion
27. Momo, Isane: We Have Met the Enemy
28. Iba: Defense
29. Ensemble: Retaking Seireitei
30. Ensemble: Who Are You?
31. Orihime: Into First Gear
32. Ukitake: Sacrifices
33. Ensemble: Splitting The Party
34. Karin: At Bay
35. Retaking Seireitei, Part 2
36. Grimmjow: Trauma
37. Ensemble: Haste
38. Ichigo: No Hiding Place
39. Ensemble: Crossfire
40. Ensemble: Sneaking About
41. Nanao: Prisoners
42. Ukitake: Falling
43. Nanao, Renji: Tunnel Vision
44. Yoruichi: Smokescreen
45. Nanao: Dark Songs
46. Ensemble: Making War
47. Ensemble: Tactics
48. Ensemble: On Three
49. Ikkaku, Yumichika, Lisa: Use Me While You Can
50. Ensemble: Broken Mirrors

(Banner by [ profile] ravens_rising, with many thanks.)

Date: 2010-02-10 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I guess it's hardly something new for you to hear, but nevertheless - this is completely AWESOME! I cried while reading and I don't know how to thank you 'cause there are too few authors who pay attention to any of supporting characters, and even less fics with strong character development - and then I found you ^_^

I love all three of you. Really.

May I ask you for a permission to translate Winter War for Russian-speaking Bleach fandom? I simply can't allow myself to be greedy and enjoy it alone ^_^

Thank you again and best regards!
From: [identity profile]
And here goes index of chapters translated by now ( - currently there are 13 chapters ready and 14th is in progress.

I must thank you again - personally and on behalf of Russian-speaking readers, too - they really like the series and they also send thanks and praises to all three of you ^_^

I'm terribly, terribly sorry for being SO late with this, but I swear i didn't mean any harm ^_^

Date: 2010-05-01 06:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Believe me when I say that this is one of the most well-written Bleach fanfictions out there. The pace is slow, but the in-depth character development more than makes up for it. Sometimes, you have to sacrifice speed for substance and I think you three have pulled it off quite nicely.

A special mention I'd like to give here is the way you fleshed out Sasakibe. I think your stories show more of him than what is revealed in the actual series, which is a good thing, since I'm very curious on as to what he can offer to the series. Good job on giving the spotlight to the side characters and I can see the irony in allowing Ukitake to live on and take command, seeing as he was much physically weaker than the other (dead) captains.

Thanks for posting a great series. The suspense is nail-biting, so I hope you update soon.

(I was supposed to sign up for LJ just to post a comment and let you know how I feel, but I suddenly remembered I made an account so many decades ago. So don't bother looking at my account- it's long dead anyway.)

Date: 2010-06-14 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*dances* Yay for character development! I've been having a blast with that in this series. *grins*

The irony was pretty solid when we started that way with Ukitake, and I've always wanted to know more about how Sasakibe would work if given the spotlight. It's been great fun.

Thanks for the lovely comment!

Date: 2010-05-02 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is an absolutely wonderful story. You three show enviable skill and talent in your writing, and your styles all flow very well together. I love all of your takes on the personalities, and am absolutely tickled at the attention given to the more under-used characters.

I can't wait to see what comes up next!

Date: 2010-08-12 09:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is so amazing, that words do not even do it justice.

I am a lifelong lurker by habit, one of those horrible readers who never reviews no matter how much I love the story.

I'm reviewing.I'm pretty sure I would do dangerous, dirty, dark things for the next installment to be delivered into my waiting hands this moment.

Really, I cannot wait for more, this is so beyond wonderful :)

Date: 2010-12-12 05:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Out of curiosity, how do you guys decide who writes what chapter?

Date: 2011-01-02 11:46 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thank you. This works like a dream!

provides access

Date: 2011-01-16 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Bookmarked! Thank you for this awesome resource.
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Date: 2011-11-01 11:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hmmm for some reason only half the post can be seen. I tried reloading but still same.

All caught up!

Date: 2011-11-02 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
After having been away for far too long, I've boomeranged back around to what may well be the golden standard of Bleach fan fiction to say as much.

I just love everything about what the three of you have done and continue to do. Though I am most familiar with inlandescens's work (which earned a Favorite over on, I've come to respect all three of you for how high you each consistently set the bar. I've read some great Bleach stories since joining the throng of fans, but no one manages to keep me on the edge of my seat quite like you three. And it's not just the suspense either. The combination of riveting fights scenes, gut punches, shots of humor, sobriety and duty in the face of loss, keeping track of a dozen different threads as they weave and wind in every conceivable direction...I can't quite say how baffled I am that.

For instance, I was almost annoyed to see the narrative cut to Iba and company's defense of the mansion's rear when so much was going on elsewhere, but it all came together so quickly that, in hindsight, I probably would have felt cheated if it happened entirely off-screen. I suppose it helps to have three separate pairs of eyes keeping stock of everything, but I also know how collaborations can go south in a hurry when everyone has different ideas. That you've made such a great story is one thing. That it has stayed great is quite another. I've seen so many narratives burn out due to inattention or poor plotting, but Winter War continues to rise in my estimation like a star in the sky.

Date: 2012-02-10 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
This story is absolutely amazing! I love how you manage to cope with the development of so many characters without sacrificing on plot, pace or mood. Winter War singlehandedly rekindled my interest in Bleach, thnx!


ps Im sorry this comment is 'anonymous', I live under a rock and still don't have a livejournal account

Date: 2012-08-10 04:14 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Just saying to say I've reread this twice since chp 45 and it is hands-down the best serious Bleach fic I have ever read. Keep up the good work!
-Not a creeper

Date: 2012-08-29 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've just found this series and read it in one sitting, and I just want to say WOW. I am blown away by the complexity of the story, the accuracy of the characterisations and the wonderful imagery. I now have you bookmarked and will be stalking you all for more updates. Wonderful stuff, thank you.


Date: 2013-01-27 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
hey there! i absolutly love this story! i've read it twice and both times it blew me away. i was just wondering if there is any way to follow this for updates without following incandescens? because i've tried that for a while now, and no offence intended but i ended up with a lot of notifications i hadn't wanted.

Date: 2013-03-11 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Did you know that this page is number 2 when you search "winter war" using google!? How cool is that.

Date: 2013-05-02 01:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm really enjoying this- I hope the next chapter comes soon!

Date: 2014-12-23 07:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Y'all are doing a great job! It is rare for multiple writers to mesh so well-


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