~ Chapter 71 Translation ~
Using raw's numbering system. Will be proofread & edited tomorrow.
Hawkeye: "The Original Homunculus?"
What do you mean?
Pride: Exactly what I said.
Nothing more, nothing less.
Text: Now, all the Homunculii have been revealed!
Pride: Trying to get whatever information you can out of me?
You're a brave soul, Lieutenant Hawkeye.
I like you.
Would you be interested in joining us?
I know how you people work. You don't want "comrades", you want pawns that you can use at your convenience.
Pride: That's too bad.
SFX: Squeeze squeeze
Hawkeye: You can stop making idle threats.
Hawkeye: Why bother killing me when it won't benefit you?
Pride: You're very smart, Lieutenant.
Pride: You know what will happen if you speak of this to anyone.
Your friends, and Colonel Mustang, will suffer unspeakable pain.
Pride: I'll be watching you...from the shadows.
Title: The Crimson Man
Text: And suddenly, ordinary darkness becomes terror itself...
Pride: I'll be watching you...from the shadows.
Ed: Carve a bloody crest into Briggs?
Kimblee: Yes. With our own hands.
Ed: I have no idea what you're trying to say.
What exactly do you mean?
Kimblee: I mean, we do to this place what we did in Ishval.
We carve this land into a symbol of hatred and sorrow.
ED: I CAN'T DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT!
Winry: What was-
Ed: Very clever,
negotiating while you wave your hostage in my face...
Kimblee: Uh oh, someone needs to listen more carefully.
I haven't said a word about taking the young Miss as a hostage.
we are not negotiating anything. I'm giving you orders.
Orders to do your job as a State Alchemist.
Kimblee: Don't tell me you became one of the military's dogs without the nerve to kill?
Ed: I've got the RESOLVE to NOT kill!
Kimblee: The resolve to not kill...
and a strong will...Hrrrmmm...
Ed: Look, Mister
Kimblee, doesn't any of this seem wrong to you?
The army sacrificing civilians in order to accomplish some goal?
Do you even realize what you're helping them do?
Kimblee: I do know, yes.
Ed: Then why go any further with this idio-
Kimblee: Because I want to see what the new world will look like.
Kimblee: I want to see who will win the battle
of resolve versus resolve.
Of will versus will.
Life versus life. Belief versus belief.
Humans versus their "evolution", the Homunculus.
Kimblee: Which side is right?
Which is stronger?
Which will survive?
Which will the world choose?
Fort Briggs lives by the motto, "Survival of the fittest."
A simple statement, but a powerful truth.
Our history on this planet is the result of evolution, and the most important part of evolution is survival of the fittest.
Species decimated by the climate,
Species decimated by humans.
Ishvalans decimated by Amerstis.
It's all the same.
If the "evolved" humans force the current species into extinction,
it would just make them another group in the long history of our planet that wasn't fit for survival.
That's all there is to it.
Ed: But you're a human. Why're you siding with the Homunculii?
...UNLESS YOU'RE A HOMUNCULUS TOO!!
Kimblee: I assure you, I'm not.
Small text: So persistent.
Kimblee: They're the only ones who allow me to fully...express myself.
Kimblee: With them, I can use my alchemy for my own pleasure, without restraint.
And they make excellent backup.
Who on the human side can offer me that?
Ed: I can't believe a maniac like you passed the State Alchemist interview process.
Kimblee: Anyone can pass themselves off as a normal person in situations like that, provided they know what does and doesn't constitute heresy.
I'm fully aware that the current world would brand me a heretic.
And yet, the fact that I survive means the world has accepted me.
Surviving...fighting for your very existence...
Few people lead such difficult lives, eh Fullmetal Alchemist?
Ed: I wouldn't know.
Kimblee: Oh? Too bad.
I usually find State Alchemists to always place themselves
at the center of their own universes.
Kimblee: Do you see where I'm going?
Let's try appealing to that selfish side.
Kimblee: Here's the one thing you brothers want
more than anything in the world.
The Philosopher's Stone!!
Kimblee: I've heard all about your brother
from his excellency the Fuhrer.
Complete the tasks you've been assigned, and it's yours.
Ed: Let me talk to Al,
and Winry, first.
Kimblee: Why Ms. Winry?
Ed: I haven't told her a thing.
It's not fair to keep her in the dark any more.
She's involved now.
I don't care what kind of "work" I have to do, but I refuse to keep betraying her trust by lying.
Kimblee: ...Very well.
But just to make sure you don't say anything unnecessary, I'll accompany you.
Ed: Here's the situation.
you're being held hostage.
Wh-what's he talking about, Al?
Is he joking?
Tell me what's going-
Ed: This isn't a joke.
My superiors are demanding I start carrying out my job as a human weapon.
Winry: But that...
Ed: Yeah. It means I might have to kill a lot of people.
Winry: Tell them NO!
but then I'd...
I'm just burdening you two even more...
Ed: D..d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-don't cry!
Winry: I'm NOT CRYING!
I'm so sorry...
Now I'm mad at myself for letting this happen without even noticing...I'm so stupid...
Winry: It's not fair...
You guys just want your bodies back, and you keep getting sidetracked by all these other problems...
Ed: That's true, but I've been promised the Philosopher's Stone if I cooperate with them.
Are you serious? The stone?!
Ed: Kimbley's got it.
Al: But the stone's made of...!
Ed: We get our bodies back in exchange for me becoming a weapon. Equivalent trade.
Al: I give up...do whatever you want.
Ed: Fine. I will.
All right, Mr. Kimblee.
Time for me
to go to work.
Just let me focus on finding Scar first.
Kimblee: Excuse me?
What's gotten you so serious all of a sudden?
Ed: Scar murdered Winry's parents.
I need to find him and get revenge for her before I can do anything else.
Kimblee: I see.
So you've got a score to settle with him, too.
All right, then.
Ed: Also, I need Al to come with me.
Scar's flesh-decomposition attacks won't work on him, since he's, uh...
Kimblee: Right. That must be convenient.
Small bubble: All right, then...
SFX: SLAM, step step step
Winry: Al...are you okay?
Al: Yeah, everything's fine.
Al: Brother doesn't want to get our bodies back with the Philosopher's Stone.
Our own sins are what cost us our bodies...we have no right to use something created from the lives of innocent people.
We think an eastern science called "Rentanjutsu" might show us a way to return to normal.
We're after a a young girl who knows how to use it, and we've heard she might be with Scar.
Brother's just going to use the hunt for Scar as an excuse to look for her.
That bit about avenging your parents was just an act to trick Kimblee.
I'm sorry, Winry.
I feel bad that we're just using your parents' names...
Winry: It's okay.
You two are still alive. You're more important to me now.
Al: Thank you...
I need to think of a reason, too...
Olivia: You put yourself in charge of the hunt for Scar, AND let the Elric Brothers out of jail?
What exactly gives you the authority to do that?
Kimblee: The Fuhrer himself gave the orders.
No complaints, I trust?
Olivia: ...No, I have no problem if it's the Fuhrer's orders.
The Elrics are all yours.
Kimblee: Thank you, Major General Armstrong.
I'll be borrowing the Elrics and a few soldiers, then.
Oh, and also,
has General Raven turned up yet?
I think it's about time I informed Central.
Kimblee: I see.
Take care, then.
Miles: Is it a good idea to let him lead the search for Scar?
Olivia: Fuhrer's orders. I had no choice.
And hey, if we're lucky, the two of them will kill each other.
Miles, I want you to go with him.
Miles: Yes, Ma'am.
Olivia: Kimblee still doesn't know about this info.
From what the mountain troops told us, Scar and the girl appear to be working together.
Olivia: Tell the brothers I said,
"Give Kimbley what he wants. Let him have Scar."
"And bring the Rentanjutsu girl back here,
in secret, if possible."
Miles: We'll be heading east to Baschool.
Scar was sighted there recently,
we should make that the first stop.
Kimblee: That sounds fine.
Kimblee: I'll let you handle the details. Just remember that I'm in charge here.
Miles: I know.
Winry: Everyone scoot over!
Ed: What the .... are you d0-
Winry: There's no room back here!
Move over, Al!
Kimblee: Miss Winry, I'd prefer you stay in the base.
We're not going for a joyride.
Winry: I know that!
Winry: It's just, you know how I changed Ed's automail to work better up here?
I've never made frigid-weather automail before, and I'm worried it might break down.
SFX: Scoot scoot crunch
Winry: I have to go with him, in case it needs maintenance.
I want to be absolutely sure he's got the best possible equipment!
When I attached it, I just said, "Okay, I'm done!" But if it breaks down, the Rockbell name will be tainted forever!
Ed: Jeez, woman, you're a workaholic! You're crazy!
Winry: You bet your butt I am! I take pride in my work!
SFX: And this and that
Winry: We've been in business since my great-grandfather's generation!
Kimblee: Okay, okay, I get the point. You may come.
Darius, Miss Winry will be riding in your car as well.
You should be back at the base, girl!
Winry: I'm sorry...
I know I'm in no position to make demands...
But I can't...I can't just sit around waiting...
I just want to be here for these two...
Driver: Err, uh...just be quiet and, uh...do what we say, and it'll be okay!
Soldiers: Wi.....Winry's gone...
Our one precious girl...
She was so elegant...
SFX: Waaaaaaaah waaaaaah waaaaaah
Doctor: If want a girl around, you've still got the boss...
Soldier: The boss is too scary!
SFX: Sob sob
Miles: The witness said he saw someone resembling Scar come this way.
Kimblee: This is a big place.
Miles: It used to be a mine...there're tons of places to hide.
Soldier: We'll never find him...
Miles: Team Andrew will search area C3.
Team Benjamin, C5.
Kimblee, why don't you stay at the main base with Team Charlie?
Kimblee: Very well. Contact me immediately if you find Scar.
Soldier: We'll go with you, Elric brothers.
Ed: Yeah, yeah...
Al: Kimblee's goons...
they're just here to keep tabs on us.
SFX: March march march march march
Al: How can we ditch these guys?
SFX above soldiers: Stare
Ed/Al: A shadow! Someone's over there!
Al: This way!
Soldier: W-wait up!
Ed: Hurry it up!
He's getting away!
Soldier: Slow down, damn it!
Where'd they go?
Maybe down this side path?
Right! Let's go!
Don't lose them!
SFX: Sneak sneak sneak!
we got away...
Small bubble: Waaaaaah!
Ed: but this place...
Ed: TOO BIG!
If they don't come to us, we'll never find 'em...
Small sfx (repeated て): Tikatikatikatikatikatikatikatikatikatikatika
Single bubbles going across the lower panels:
Al: You're kidding me...
Al: SHE ACTUALLY CAME!
May: What are you doing here?
Al: MAY! This is great, I can't believe we actually found you!
"Actually found me?"
Could it be...Alphonse-sama pursued me all the way to this snowy country?
Al: Wait for me!
I've been wanting to see you (so I can ask you about Rentanjutsu)! [H: The parenthesizes part is under his breath, so make the text small
May SFX: wanted to see you wanted to see you wanted to see you
Bottom text below Al: Natural charm at work
Ed: I've been looking for you, little giiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirl!
W-what do you want?
Ed: Never mind, just come with me!
May: Y-you're chasing me too?
Oh! You brothers are feuding for my hand!
Ed: WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
May: I'm sorry, Edward-san! You're just not my type!
Ed: SHUT UP!!
SFX: Knock knock
Winry: Knock it off, Al! I hit my head!
Al: Whoops, sorry.
May: Aah! Wh-who is SHE, Alphonse-sama?!
May: How could you?! You have me!!
Al: No no no, she's just a friend...
Wait, why am I making excuses?! We're not dating!!
Marcoh: May, are you all right?!
I heard you yell-
Hey, the Elric Brothers!
Ed: Huh? Who're you, old man?
Marcoh: I suppose it's a good thing you don't recognize me.
Look, it's me.
Ed/Al: That voice...
Doctor Marcoh! What're you doing here?
Marcoh: I'd ask you the same question!
THE ELRIC BROTHERS?!
Ed: Huh? Who're YOU, old man?
Yoki: Don't you DARE say you forgot!!
Ed: I forgot.
Yoki: Don't you remember what happened in Youthwell?!
Al: Brother, did we meet any hobos in Youthwell?
Yoki: How DARE you call the great Yoki a hobo!?
Ed: Okay, but who ARE you?
Kimblee: Miss Winry is gone, too?
What is wrong with you people?!
I just took a moment to put down some supplies, and when I looked up she was gone...
Miles: Looks like we've got another person to search for.
The two of you from Team Charlie, come with me.
Charlie soldier: Sir!
Kimblee: Major Miles...
Miles: I know.
If we see Scar, we'll tell you, all right?
SFXL Shuffle shuffle
Scar: This place is no good, either.
No suitable materials.
Soldier: Scar, I presume.
Scar: I see the northern army's dogs have keen noses.
Soldier 1: Sorry, but we're from Central.
Soldier 2: Come with us. Kimbley's waiting for you.
Scar: Do you two really think you stand a chance against me?
Soldier 1: Of course not.
We know that two ordinary humans would never be able to take you in.
But we're no ordinary humans.
This should be interesting.
Side: No holding back! Scar's right arm roars with fury!