*edit* Shit, forgot to say, 247 spoilers abounds. Don't read on if you haven't seen the latest chapter. ....ok? Good. Ok, so Byakuya cared so much about his beloved adopted sister/sister in law (always did find that slightly confusing...does Rukia even know?) that he used his influence in SS to insure she was kept out of the higher ranks and thus only given crappy missions that wouldnt be too dangerous (not that that worked out too well for her anyway...). Wee little nee-san Rukia's well being is the most important thing to him ever, aside from his self imposed inability to ever break rules ever again. Which we all know clashed later on, with hilarious results. So anyway. Have I missed a chapter where Byakuya suffered severe head trauma, or was given a frontal lobotamy or something? Because there is no way in hell that Byakuya should be comfortable with the idea of sending Rukia to Hueceo Mundo. It is the origin of all Hollows in the entire world. The known dwelling of Vastlords, who make Captain class Shinigami look like trash. An ever expanding army of Arrancar. The ten Espada. Kaname Tousen, Ichimaru Gin.... oh, and Aizen Sousuke, quite possibly the most poweful being in existence Quite clearly this is a suicidal level of danger. Even if all of the Gotei 13 10 went with her, she woud be in a huge amount of danger. And of the two brief encounters she's had with Arrancar so far, she got a hand in her guts, and then later nearly got her head blown clean off. And even if she makes it back, she is directly going against Yama-ji's orders. SS seem to be pretty freaking harsh with punishments (didnt she get that death sentence last time even before Aizen pulled strings?) so her future is not looking too bright. And yet Byakuya not only is ok with her going, he actively helped her? What. The. Smegging. Hell!?