The New Fullmetal Alchemist
Oct 22 2006, 06:01 PM
@ sasimilove - *sob!!!* I think I'm seriously going to cry! A few nights ago I typed up this huge-ass response to all of your questions - and then it wouldn't submit! I tried to save a copy of it, but it didn't save, and I couldn't get back on the sight until now! All that work - gone! WAAAAH!!! Sniffle... sorry... it was just such a good response! Oh, well - I guess I'll try and make it better... and a little bit shorter... sorry about all that! *sniffle*
first off hi, second i dont know how to do that spiffy spoiler highlight so im warning now. ok just a few sets of odd ball questions about the anime. with rose being called the holy mother later in the series is that some kind of thing resembling christianity? like how when ed goes to the forgotten city and when hes entering is told the church he was in was from a forgotten religion(i think you see the crucifix set up in a window). would dante be trying to bring the religion back to get more people for sacrifice of philos. stone after the elric saga (theory sort of)? 2nd question - the stone created by scar is a very very powerful stone? since the yield of lives was the military in lior plus those contained in his arm? did his brother create the stone or just sacrifice the lives of the dead into his arm which scar then got? 3rd - why does al need circles to use alchemy? didnt he see the other side just as ed? 4th - do scar and ed basically share the same goal but it just differs on the alchemy being used? thats all thanks a bunch.
1) Tombow took care of you... ^^ ; 1) about christianity in the series - it's a dead religion. Ed mentioned it when he and Izumi [spoiler]are at Dante's looking through the letters Hoenheim and Dante wrote to each other hundreds of years ago[/spoiler], and Ms. Arakawa herself even said so somewhere... As far as that church, you remember how Nash Tringham's letter said that a lot of the top alchemists went to the old church in order to gain access to the underground city? Well, since it's an archaic religion and no one follows it anymore, I believe that they used that church as they're "hiding place" b/c they knew no one would go wandering in there and accidentally discover what was hidden - same w/ Dante. She knew no one had stepped foot in the building in years, and the chances were slim to none of anyone finding her. That's the main reason she "set up camp" underneath the church - that and b/c she was one of the ones who helped to place the city there in the first place. If she really wanted to bring back christianity, I'm sure she would have gone about it much differently. And besides, many characters towards the end talked about how by Dante shrouding the whole vanishing of the city in mystery, it only drew those truly dedicated to finding the stone towards her. Did all of that make sense? I hope so!
2) Here's what I think - since we have no idea of how many souls it takes to make a stone, and we also have no idea how many souls went into the one Scar completed, it would be impossible to say the stone was a powerful one. If anything, I think the ingredients for it were the "bare minimum" - and who knows, maybe the stone is one of those things where there's a minimum input for a set output, and increasing the input doesn't necessarily increase the output. About Scar's brother - he never made the stone. But once the Ishbal war started, he drew those grand arcanum circles on his body so that the souls lost would gather into his body by way of the circle in order to be used as future ingredients for a stone - waste not, want not...
3) Ok, here's the tricky part - first I'll talk about just the anime. Ed saw the gate with his own two eyes and lived to tell the tale. Al, however, techinically didn't. He saw the gate, sure, but he lost all his memory of it - there was a complete void in his memory between when he and Ed activated the human alchemy circle to bring their mom back and when he woke up in the armor. Since he had no memory of ever seeing the gate - and his whole body was taken, so maybe he technically couldn't w/out eyes - there was no way for him to do what Ed does. Even after Al got his body back, he had no memory of his four years w/ Ed - this time the void was from when they activated the human alchemy circle to when he woke up - once again, no recollection of the gate, and so no abillity to use alchemy w/out circles. As for the manga, Al *does* end up remembering the gate - I don't know if you've kept up w/ it or not, but if you haven't and plan to eventually, I won't spoil anything - just know that Al regains his memory of the gate, ok? ^^ After that, he's able to do what Ed does - "look, ma, no circles!"
4) Remember how mad Ed got whenever a "criminal" would tell him that they were alike? Same thing! ^^ They're really not that similar in their goals - Scar didn't even want the philosopher's stone until part way through the series. Ed and Al just wanted it to return themselves to "normal" - to gain atonement for their sins by erasing their mistakes. Scar just wanted vengeance. Pure and simple. As for their alchemy, via his brother's arm Scar uses the "grand arcanum" - basically an older form of the alchemy that Ed uses.
Hope that all helped! Sorry for the late reply! *sob!* If there's anything you need further explaining on, let me know! ^^