Thanks! I’d totally forgotten about that part. It occurs to me just now that Pride is speaking into their minds, isn’t he? (I use “he” loosely since we don’t really know who/what Pride is yet). Poor Ling looked pretty confused. He probably thought Envy was talking to himself. Kyo Umerio:
But wouldn’t it be sort of symbolic that an innocent 15-year old girl would bring down a man that an entire army can’t touch? If she did shoot him, it would essentially be his own vengeful path coming back to haunt him (this is, of course, assuming that he actually did
kill Winry’s parents—of which I have my doubts). This is why I think it'll be Scar who stops Winry from shooting. (Although I like the idea of Riza stopping her, too).
If anyone will be using Al's body, it will be that truth/god.
I thought this at first, too, but after having a long and interesting discussion with my better half—who just finished reading the manga up to this point, yay!—I’m rethinking my theory.
Everyone who saw the Gate saw that eyeball with all the arm-thingies. But only Edward saw Truth, right? Izumi (so far that we know) didn’t see it, nor did Alphonse when he rediscovered those memories. Also, Truth now has Ed’s limbs (and his underwear apparently, lol), so it’s possible that Truth is somehow tied to Ed only. He did point at Ed and say, “I’m you.” (Of course, that could have been meant metaphorically—it’s a shame that so much is lost in translation).
Or: Could it be that Truth is Pride? I mean, we haven’t seen him yet and if anyone has the means to get to Al’s body, it’s Truth. And since (I think) he was speaking to Envy in his mind, it could mean that he's still on the other side of the Gate. Keeping to the manga, we now know how homunculi are made/born/whatever but we don’t know if they can cross the Gate. Maybe one of them did? Plus, the styles of Pride’s speech bubbles and Truth’s speech bubbles are the same.
Also, did anyone else notice that he smiles just like Gluttony? Perhaps the Ultimate Truth (a very homunculus name, ne?) is the amalgamation of all Sin? And maybe Father is trying to open the Gate to let it out?Armor-chan:
You’re not an idiot! It was a great theory and it made sense in a lot of ways. One being that that literal definition of Sloth could describe Al at that point (inactivity in the face of virtue—Alphonse never said anything to stop Edward from transmuting their mother, whether he knew it was wrong or not). You had me worried, but I hadn't thought about the timeline.
I still wonder, though: Where is Al's body and if it's not on the other side of the gate, will it come back for him like Barry's did? Man… if all the crap that’s happened to the Elrics hasn’t severely messed them up yet, that would probably do it.