History Headscratchers / FullmetalAlchemist

18th Jan '18 4:41:15 PM LongLiveHumour
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** He's also part of an army during a military dictatorship - not the best time or place to be disabled, and especially not when everyone and their mother is going to be clawing for the same position as you, and would probably quite happy to see you out of the way. He might be forced into an honourable discharge, or shuffled sideways along the hierarchy, but either way it'd be hard for him to get the support he'd need to rise to the top.
18th Jan '18 4:27:51 PM LongLiveHumour
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** Or he may have been physically unable to. He follows this up by keeling over sideways, which suggests he was already at the end of his rope when [[spoiler:she finally disintegrated]].
11th Jan '18 6:24:49 AM GobHobblin
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** I always felt the implication was that the proper 'afterlife' was on the other side of the Gate. [[spoiler:The souls that are trapped in Philosopher's Stones are essentially in a sort of 'limbo' until their energy gets burned out on this side, before the soul is allowed to 'transmute' to the other side (which would still fall under equivalent exchange, but that's WMG).]] Still, considering the omake of [[spoiler:Hohenheim's death]], there is a strong implication that souls go SOMEWHERE after death, and being burned out and destroyed would violate the principals of equivalent exchange: the energy doesn't 'cease' so much as transition from one form into something else.

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** I always felt the implication was that the proper 'afterlife' was on the other side of the Gate. [[spoiler:The souls that are trapped in Philosopher's Stones are essentially in a sort of 'limbo' until their energy gets burned out on this side, before the soul is allowed to 'transmute' to the other side (which would still fall under equivalent exchange, but that's WMG).]] Still, considering the omake of [[spoiler:Hohenheim's death]], there is a strong implication that souls go SOMEWHERE after death, and being burned out and destroyed would violate the principals of equivalent exchange: the energy doesn't 'cease' so much as transition from one form into something else. \n I feel this is also aided by one of [[spoiler:the souls Hohenheim used for his counter-circle announcing they would go on ahead.]]
11th Jan '18 2:29:28 AM GobHobblin
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** I always felt the implication was that the proper 'afterlife' was on the other side of the Gate. [[spoiler:The souls that are trapped in Philosopher's Stones are essentially in a sort of 'limbo' until their energy gets burned out on this side, before the soul is allowed to 'transmute' to the other side (which would still fall under equivalent exchange, but that's WMG).]] Still, considering the omake of [[spoiler:Hohenheim's death]], there is a strong implication that souls go SOMEWHERE after death, and being burned out and destroyed would violate the principals of equivalent exchange: the energy doesn't 'cease' so much as transition from one form into something else.
7th Jan '18 11:09:57 AM nombretomado
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** Al's body is still alive and well, and there is a somewhat synchronized effect between the flesh-and-blood body that Truth is holding and the armor. Alphonse does feel pain because his real body experiences it whenever Al is getting pummeled. Unlike a JoJo stand, however, extreme damage doesn't harm the actual body. As for Al going out of his way to defend himself, just because he doesn't have to doesn't mean he likes the idea of being punched around.

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** Al's body is still alive and well, and there is a somewhat synchronized effect between the flesh-and-blood body that Truth is holding and the armor. Alphonse does feel pain because his real body experiences it whenever Al is getting pummeled. Unlike a JoJo [=JoJo=] stand, however, extreme damage doesn't harm the actual body. As for Al going out of his way to defend himself, just because he doesn't have to doesn't mean he likes the idea of being punched around.
27th Dec '17 2:03:46 PM Snailfish
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[[folder:Tucker as a State Alchemist]]

*Tucker's status as the "Sewing-life Alchemist" makes less sense the more I think about it. It's stated he's the authority on Chimeras and that he was a state-alchemist for two years following his wife's "divorce". My question is,''why?'' From what we see of his work, the guy is clearly incompetent. The military would probably want to know where he got his first chimera from, which would end his career before it even started. And even if Tucker's superiors are as thoroughly amoral enough to want more results, he'd still have to work for them for two years. Wouldn't it become painfully obvious that compared to the resident MadScientist they have doing Father's dirty work, Tucker just ''isn't very good?'' Seems like a huge waste of a license and resources on their part.

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15th Dec '17 4:20:06 PM Izzie
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** Her part in Miles' backstory definitely indicates that she was very much against the Ishvalan genocide (hell, her refusing to send Miles back left him as the only person in the military with Ishvalan blood, while the others ended up in a philosopher's stone), so it's far more likely that her contempt stems from Alex being unable to fight against the military after he realised what they were doing was wrong, rather than him being unable to continue taking part in it.
27th Nov '17 5:52:33 PM papyru30
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[[folder: How did Greed know about Envy?]]
* How did Greed know that Marcoh defeated Envy when he ran after Father and Sloth after Pride was trapped? He wasn't anywhere nearby nor did he have the time to ask anybody about it.

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27th Nov '17 4:48:03 PM papyru30
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** Greedling has Greed's powers because of his philosopher's stone. Wrath's philosopher's stone gives him his Ultimate Eye and nothing else because he's supposed to pass as a human that was elected as president, so him having regeneration powers wouldn't have worked with that.


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[[folder: Why not break the circle?]]
* In regards to the [[spoiler: Nationwide Transmutation Circle]] why not break the circle, it's not a permanant solution but it would stop the transmutation right?

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24th Nov '17 9:05:11 PM flyboy254
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** Amestris is established as a warlike and alchemically advanced nation in the series, with several border conflicts raging while the main plot was happening. Anything weird happening probably makes the other nations fearful that Amestris just made a ''major'' advancement, and that they'd better watch their step. Alternatively, the border posts saw the Amestrian guards drop dead, then ''revive''. Either way, no one is messing with Amestris for a long time.
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