Fullmetal Alchemist 106
The Abyss of Pride
Side: Ed's group is rescued from their predicament thanks to the transmutation circle set up by Scar and the Ishvalans.
Scar: Looks like our allies from Ishval all managed to place their circles in the right spots.
Ranfan: Is this...
Scar: It is the result of my brother's quest.
Title: 106 - The Abyss of Pride
Scar: Basic alchemic formulae were brought to this country about 350 years ago.
The source of its power comes from the movements of the Earth's crust...or so it was taught.
Whomever it was who first brought the knowledge, the basics were easily used for the benefit of society.
My brother began studying alchemy to try and help others as well.
During the course of his studies he learned about an art called "rentanjutsu" from a travelling caravan from the east, and it caught his interest.
But for some reason, he couldn't find a single scrap of information about rentanjutsu anywhere in Amestris.
In the world's alchemy capital?
Scar: It was as if someone had purposely removed anything pertaining to the subject.
Ed: Why isn't there anything here about rentanjutsu?!
This is the Central National Library, the biggest in the country!
Scar: In the end, he had the travelling caravan bring him texts about rentanjutsu directly from the far East.
Rentanjutsu uses the flow of the Earth's natural energy,
and deep into his research of it, my brother learned of a dischord in the teachings that alchemy's power comes from the "movement of the Earth's crust."
A "cushion" between the alchemist and the energy from the crust.
He theorized that there was, in fact, another element at work.
Ranfan: The unease I felt when we first entered this country...
As if there was someone or someTHING milling about beneath the surface!
The one who brought us alchemy, running this "cushion" element through an underground network...
Homnculus: My alchemy barrier's not working.
Scar: My brother studied further,
and fueled by his doubts about the Ishvalan genocide, he realized that a transmutation circle was being painted across the country with the blood of its own citizens.
As the war intensified, my brother realized that the military's might would prevent him from stopping the circle's completion.
Scar: So instead he came up with the idea to turn that very circle AGAINST them.
Using the nationwide transmutation circle as a base,
he designed a rentanjutsu circle over it that would neutralize the stone,
and simultaneously grant access to the limitless energy of the earth.
And thus, his NEW nationwide circle was created.
My brother entrusted this knowledge to us in hopes that we'd use it to stop the creator of the original circle of blood!
I'm barely even trying and I'm making these awesome attacks!
Son of a-
I keep getting stronger and it's still like fighting lava with a watering can!
Hohenheim: Every bit helps!
He's using every ounce of strength to keep his so-called "god" in check!
It's literally like a balloon on the verge of bursting!
Every tiny fraction of his stone's power used to fight us pushes him closer to the breaking point!
Ed: Yeah, but how much more will it take?!
Hohenheim: I don't know!
Just keep attacking, I'll protect us!
Ed: What the...
Greed: Well lookie here!
Blast from the past...
That's my old bathtub, ain't it?
You should take a dip too, pops!
Ed: Move, Greed!
Zanpano: What the hell's going on down there?
Soldier: Nobody move-
Alex: Lieutenant Hawkeye?!
Hohenheim: Damn him, he's trying to replenish his stone supply!
Izumi: After him!
Izumi: And we need to get YOU somewhere safe!
Mustang: I'm sorry...
Mustang: For me to be so useless at such a critical moment...
it happens, right?
Ed: Just go!
This little bastard wants a piece of me.
Izumi: Come on, Al!
We've gotta sto phim!
You'd better win, Ed!
Ed: Yes ma'am!
Sig: IZUMI, YOU'RE ALL RIGHT!
...No time to cuddle.
Take care of the colonel.
Hawkeye: Are you injured, sir?!
Mustang: They got my eyes!
Izumi: We can't stay, gotta stop an enemy up above!
Olivier: Up above?
Soldier: Should we back them up, ma'am?
How badly were you hurt?
Hawkeye: Not again, you need to worry about YOURSELF! Your eyes-
Can you still fight?
Hawkeye: Yes, sir!
Alchemy sure is convenient...
Ranfan: Young master!
Greed: I'm GREED.
So you're here to, huh?
You're dead too.
Greed: And don't you look SATISFIED...
You piss me off!
Pride: Damn you, Greed!
You've not only betrayed our father, you're actually siding with the humans!
Throwing away your pride as a homunculus...
Ed: Why do you guys even obey him in the first place?
Pride: That's a stupid question.
What child DOESN'T listen to what a parent tells him?
You guys are the stupid ones.
You're all brainless zombies who never tried to think for themselves.
Greed is more of an evolved human than a homunculus.
I'll never get it.
Why do you follow him?
Look at what we've done to you.
You've got one foot in the grave and he's never so much as looked back at you!
Pride: So WHAT?!
Don't try to force your flawed human logic on us!
I've made my bet.
I used by body to lay the foundation for forcing Colonel Mustang to open the Gate, and now it's breaking apart.
Pride: The container Father bestowed on me is no longer stable!
You are my blood kin, born of Hohenheim as was my Father!
You are closer to us than any other human, it's almost guaranteed that your body can function as my new container!
Give me a new container...
Give me your flesh!
Kimblee: You can't take it.
You simply CAN'T take it, Pride the homunculus.
There's no way anyone could maintain his sense of self in this typhoon of souls!
Surely you jest.
Kimblee: Howls of anguish
are like lullabies to my ears!
Pride: Why are you interfering, Kimblee?!
Kimblee: Eh...if you'd been able to fight in your present condition, I'd have stayed silen
In the same breath that you spoke of "pride as a homunculus," you ran screaming to steal the body of one of the lower life-forms you so despise, just to escape your own predicament.
Pride: I'm going
You don't understand Edward elric at all!
Pride: He turned his body into a Philosopher's Stone...
HE'S invading ME?!
Ed: YOU'RE MINE, PRIDE!
Pride: GET OUT OF MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Pages 46-48: N/A
Ed: So this is your true form.
Ed: I'll have to apologize to Mrs. Bradley when this is all over.
Until then you wait right there Selim...
Solider: Who are-
Hohenheim: Sorry to interrupt your meal!
Hohenheim: That's as far as you go!
Hohenheim: We had a close call.
He's trying to make more philisipher's stones.
Homunculus: That's all these humans are good for.
Hohenheim: Why DO you look down on them?
Hohenheim: Humans gave birth to the Philosopher's Stone, which in turn gave birth to homunculii.
So what can a homunculus create?
What can you give birth to?
This "god" of yours that will only bring destruction?
You call yourself the ultimate being, but in reality your existance is just a dead end.
Homunculus: Is that so?
What if I were to birth HUMANS?
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Hohenheim: ...King Xerxes...!!
All bubbles: Aaa-
Al: Stop, stop it!
I'm human again!
It hurt so much-
Not like this!
Homunculus: What, not enough?
Fine, I'll make some more.
People: A body!
Slaves: Man, being able to read and write sure is neat.
Yeah, smarts make it harder for the masters to put one over on you.
Master: You can write?
Hohenheim: Oh no-
Text: No time for reminiscence - his power eradicates all before it!
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