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Just joining us?  Welcome!  learn about the world of Fullmetal Alchemist and read about Volume one here.

In volumes two, three, and four of Fullmetal Alchemist, Edward is certainly the main character, but mangaka Hiromu Arakawa takes the opportunity to introduce us to a ton of supporting characters. Via dialogue and a little bit of comedy relief, she imbues everyone with their own unique personality. There are no red-shirts here.

One after another, Ed and Al meet rogue alchemists who can help them, and hurt them. The boys seek information on the philosopher’s stone and how they can get their original bodies back, but some secrets are best left undiscovered.

Interested in bio-alchemy, Colonel Roy Mustang introduces them to Shou Tucker, the Sewing-Life Alchemist. Tucker is famous for having created a chimera that could talk. The pressure is on for him to product another alchemical creation, and he does. But his daughter and pet dog have gone missing. When Ed discovers the truth, he accuses Tucker of acting against everything alchemists believe in. Tucker’s response is that Edward did the same thing when he attempted human transmutation.

Before Tucker can be brought to trial, he is murdered by Scar. Scar is a mysterious terrorist, who specifically goes after state alchemists. He believes he is a divine instrument, cleansing the world of the work of the devil. It comes to light that Scar is an Ishbalan (spelled Ishvarlan in earlier printings), a member of the ethnic group that is still recovering from it’s war with Amestris. Ishbalans living in Amestris are marginalized, usually forced to live in ghettos and not allowed to practice their religion. Of course, Edward and Alphonse go after Scar, who uses his deconstruction alchemy to obliterate Ed’s automail arm and nearly tear Alphonse’s suit of armor in half. One handed, Ed can’t do alchemy. He can’t put his brother’s suit of armor back together. Without his prosthetic arm, Ed is just one more useless kid. Scar seems unstoppable, and his goal is to destroy the State Alchemists of Amestris.

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