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|After having won the battle against the hijackers, Ed and Al exit the train at their destination where they meet Colonel Roy Mustang. Not long after they greet each other, the leader of the hijackers exits the train and tries to attack with a concealed knife. Roy uses his alchemical abilities to take down this man by doing what?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 1
Lighting a spark that causes an explosion. Roy Mustang is also known as the flame alchemist for his ability to create sparks to cause fire. This is done by specialized gloves that have transmutation circles on them that cause a spark to be created just by Roy snapping his fingers. Of course, the downfall to this ability is that the gloves are useless if they get wet.
|In the final chapter of volume one, the Elrics are riding on a train after leaving Youswell. During their trip, the train gets hijacked. At one point, one of the hijackers tries to shoot Al, but this doesn't turn out well for the shooter. What happens?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 1
The bullets ricochet off of Al's armor. Al tries to warn the shooter of what would happen if he fired, but he doesn't listen. The shooter is lucky that many of the bullets missed him, but one of the ricochetted bullets hits him in the leg, drawing blood and causing him to collapse.
Creating gold using alchemy is illegal. If anyone knew that a state alchemist had used alchemy to create gold, he or she would be immediately stripped of their title by the military. Despite that, after some thought, Ed takes some gold coins and alchemically mixes them with some dust and coal dirt to create fake gold bars when no one is looking. He then uses these gold bars to buy the Youswell deed from Yoki which Ed then sells back to the people of Youswell in exchange for one night's stay at the inn. Yoki's new stash of gold then turns back into the dirt and coal dust that it was created from.
|Shortly after Ed is denied a room, we are introduced to Lieutenant Yoki. His attitude becomes obvious right away, as he insults the appearance of the place as he enters. For what purpose does the egotistic Yoki enter the inn?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 1
To collect taxes. The citizens of Youswell are a poor people and they can't afford the high taxes that they are expected to pay. Despite this, Yoki comes in expecting payment, as they are already behind on their taxes. Ed saves the day by letting Yoki know that he is a state alchemist, at which time Yoki invites Ed back to his home.
|In the third chapter, Ed and Al make there way to the mining town of Youswell. Shortly after they arrive, they go to the only inn in the town to try to get a room. Ed eventually is denied a room for what reason?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 1
He is a state alchemist. After arriving at the inn, Ed, thinking he has enough money for a room because of his salary as a state alchemist, finds out that a room costs 200,000 (the monetary unit is not mentioned), which is even more than he can afford. In exchange for a room, he decides to repair broken items around the town using alchemy, but when he lets everyone know that his name is Edward Elric, the people in the inn recognize him as a state alchemist and throw him out of the inn.
|At the end of the second chapter, after Ed and Al expose Cornello as a fraud, they find out that the Philosopher's Stone that they thought they had found at last was actually a fake. After this, the brothers leave Lior to continue their search, but back in the city, what do we find out is Cornello's fate?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 1
He is eaten. At the end of this chapter, we meet the characters Lust and Gluttony who, we find out, gave Cornello the fake Philosopher's Stone. When they realize Cornello is no longer of any use to them, Lust kills him and then Gluttony eats his body.
|During the second chapter, interspersed within the main story are flashbacks showing how the Elric brothers became the way they are today. During a failed attempt to use alchemy to resurrect their mother from the dead, Ed lost a limb and Alphonse lost his entire body as equivalent exchange. Alphonse's body was gone, but Ed was able to save his soul and attach it to a suit of armor using alchemy. The equivalent exchange to do this was another of his limbs. Which of his limbs did Ed lose in exchange for Alphonse's soul?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 1
Right arm. Ed lost his left leg as part of the equivalent exchange for his mother's body. He then sacrificed his right arm to save his brother's soul. He created a transmutation circle (a drawing that most alchemists need to perform their alchemy) from his own blood on the inside of a suit of armor in his basement and attached Al's soul to it.
|The Elrics determine that Cornello is using the Philosopher's Stone, the item that the boys have been searching for this whole time. During their final confrontation with Cornello, Ed and Alphonse come face to face with a chimera, a creature that is a mix of two creatures fused together alchemically. What two creatures were fused together to create this particular chimera?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 1
A lion and a lizard. Chimeras can be created from fusing together any two animals, including humans! In this case, the chimera happens to have the head and front portion of the body of a lion and the tail and rear portion of the body of a lizard. After a hard fought battle, the chimera is finally defeated with a swift kick to the head, knocking it out.
|Edward Elric suspected that Cornello's "miracles" were simply alchemy. However, there was something different about the alchemy that Cornello was performing that couldn't normally happen. What was it?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 1
Cornello ignored alchemical laws. One of the main laws of alchemy, according to "Fullmetal Alchemist", is called "equivalent exchange". This means that in order to create something, you must sacrifice something of equal value. For example, if you wanted to make a wooden desk, you would need to have something wooden available, like a tree, in order to make that desk. Cornello was not sacrificing anything to create the items he was creating.
By the way, no incantations need to be said and there is no rule that states alchemy can't be done in the open.
|When at a train stop, Armstrong notices an old friend and former member of the military. When he tries to say hi, the man flees. When Ed asks who the man was, Armstrong tells him that he was formerly in the alchemy research department. What was this man's name?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 2
Dr. Marcoh. Finding out that Marcoh had done alchemy research, Ed decides to get off of the train, despite not having reached his mechanic, in order to find out if Marcoh knows anything about the Philosopher's Stone. He learns that Marcoh is living under the name Mauro to disguise himself. When confronted, he admits his identity and gives Ed as much information as he can on the Philosopher's Stone and gives him a lead on where he can get more information, the National Central Library, first branch. Later, Lust pays a visit to Marcoh and, when she threatens to kill a young girl, Marcoh reveals to her where he sent Ed. Lust makes plans to destroy the library before Ed can get there. To be continued....
|Because Al's body was so badly destroyed, he could not walk on his own, so he was placed in a wooden crate for the duration of the train ride. Ed's "bodyguard" put Al in an odd car of the train. Which car did Al wind up in?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 2
The livestock car. Ed wanted to make sure Armstrong actually put Al on the train and Armstrong said he took care of everything. When he told Ed where he left Al, he said he thought Al might get lonely by himself. Al is shown surrounded by sheep and rams and Ed points out that that's worse than being left in the luggage car.
|In chapter 8, "The Road of Hope", Ed is shown sitting on a train. Along with him was a member of the military who was chosen to watch over him because, without his automail arm, he cannot perform alchemy. Who was it that was chosen to watch over him?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 2
Alex Louis Armstrong. Ed is visibly frustrated that Armstrong ended up being the person to watch over him. Armstrong is sometimes too kind for his own good and nearly crushed Ed while hugging him.
The others were asked to protect him, but came up with excuses.
Hughes: "I got a ton of work waiting for me back in Central."
Roy: "I can't leave the East Headquarters."
Riza: "I'm too busy babysitting the Colonel (someone has to keep him in line)."
|Thirteen years prior to the events unfolding in the story, a civil war broke out in the country of Ishbal (here, called "Ishvar", but changed in later volumes). During the Ishbalan Civil War, what role were state alchemists recruited to play?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 2
Human weapons. Roy Mustang reveals to Ed and Al that he was one of the alchemists involved in the Ishbalan Civil War. In addition, it is shown that Alex Louis Armstrong was involved. The alchemists were sent over to Ishbal in what Roy referred to as an "all-out genocide campaign."
The Strong Arm Alchemist. Appropriately known as the Strong Arm Alchemist, Armstrong has a very muscular frame, but despite his exterior, he is gentle when not fighting. Roy Mustang is the Flame Alchemist and the late Shou Tucker was the Sewing Life Alchemist. Riza Hawkeye is excellent with guns and indeed fires several bullets at Scar during the fight, but is not an alchemist.
A toy horse. It was when Ed showed his mother this toy horse, as she was outside picking tomatoes, that she compares him to his father. His father is not shown, but it is made clear that he is a talented alchemist. After this, though, Ed's flashback turns into a nightmare as his mother becomes bloody and points out that he couldn't save her.
|At the end of the fifth chapter, we are introduced to a new villain whose agenda is to rid the world of state alchemists, though at this point, it is unclear why. What is this villain's name (which is discovered in the following chapter)?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 2
Scar. It is not revealed what his real name is, but he is known as Scar for the X-shaped scar on his forehead. When he is first introduced, he enters Tucker's house and murders Tucker. In addition, he murders the talking chimera in order to put it to rest and end its suffering.
|Ed later discovers that Tucker had just created a second chimera that could talk. This one was special because it could say several different things. What did Ed find out that this chimera was made from?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 2
A human and a dog. In fact, it was Tucker's own dog, Alexander, and his own daughter, Nina, that he used to create this chimera. Ed realized this when the chimera called him "big brother", a term that Nina used when speaking with Ed. He also realized that the original talking chimera that Tucker created was made from his wife. Ed became infuriated and punched Tucker until Alphonse stopped him.
|At the beginning of chapter 5, "The Alchemist's Suffering", Edward is being informed by Roy Mustang about an alchemist, Shou Tucker, who created a chimera that could speak like a human. However, this chimera would only say one thing. What was it?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 2
"I want to die.". The creation of this chimera earned Tucker a state alchemist's certification. Unfortunately, this chimera wanted to die so badly that it refused to eat and passed away shortly after its creation.
|When it appears as if Ed is going to be killed by his attacker at the end of chapter twelve, he thinks of something that makes him angry and gives him the strength to fight back. What does he think of?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 3
He is being attacked by Scar. Remembering Scar gives Ed the strength to perform the alchemy to destroy his attacker's armor. Defeated, number 48 asked Ed to kill him but Ed refused because he didn't want to kill any living person and saying that number 48 wasn't alive was like saying Al wasn't alive, either. Number 48 gets murdered shortly after, anyway, when Lust stabs his blood seal. She and Envy threaten Ed, ending volume three of the manga.
|When Ed and Al enter the abandoned research laboratory, they have to split up because Al is too big to fit into the small opening that Ed must enter to get into the lab. While they are split up, they are each confronted by attackers who are only known by numbers. Which two numbers do they go by?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 3
48 and 66. Number 66 was the attacker that came after Al. He wore a mask that looked like a skull and he carried a short sword and what looked like a large butcher knife. Number 48 attacked Ed. He wore a suit of armor somewhat similar to Al's and he carried a longer sword. Ed discovers that 48 is nothing more than an empty suit of armor, like Al.
|In chapter eleven, "The Two Guardians", Ed, with the help of Al, Armstrong, Ross, and Brosh, tries to figure out where Marcoh performed his experiments in an attempt to make a Philosopher's Stone. There were several labs in Central City, but what was the number of the one that Ed decided must be where Marcoh did his experimenting?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 3
5. The fifth research laboratory in Central City was shut down, supposedly due to fear of collapse. However, Ed figured that that was most likely where Marcoh performed his experiments because it was right next to a prison, where there were plenty of live humans whose lives he could use for his experiments.
|Once the brothers discover that the book that Marcoh wrote is more than what it seems on the surface, Edward studies the book intently. He eventually discovers the main ingredient necessary to make a Philosopher's Stone. What is it?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 3
A living human. Chapter ten ends with Ed finally deciphering Marcoh's "cook book". When he discovers that the main ingredient necessary to make a Philosopher's Stone is a living human, he becomes understandably frustrated, both at Marcoh and at the fact that it will be impossible for him to obtain a Philosopher's Stone without sacrificing a life.
She has memorized everything she has ever read. Sheska's talent comes in handy, especially since Lust burned down the library that the Elrics needed to visit. Sheska worked at that library at one point and had read every book in there, including the book by Dr. Marcoh that the brothers needed. The military hired her to write down the contents of that book which, at first, appears to be nothing more than a cookbook.
|At the start of chapter ten, "The Philosopher's Stone", we are introduced to Second Lieutenant Ross and Sergeant Brosh who are there to escort Major Armstrong and the Elric brothers. They notice Al and, because he is in full armor, they assume that he is the Fullmetal Alchemist. When they are informed that he is not, Sergeant Brosh asks Al why he wears armor. What do the brothers reply, in unison?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 3
"It's a hobby.". The brothers cannot afford to admit that they attempted to perform an illegal human transmutation, so they have to quickly think up a convincing excuse. "It's a hobby" is the humorous response the brothers give, which prompts Brosh and Ross to wonder what sort of hobby the kids have.
Ed and Alphonse burned it down. The day that Ed got his military license, he started his journey to find the Philosopher's Stone. Because of the things that had happened in the house (Ed and Al's mother's death and the failed alchemic ritual to bring her back), the brothers decided to burn it to the ground. They didn't want to return to Resembool.
|In chapter nine, when Ed enters Pinako's house, she inspects Ed's automail. Ed expects that a repair would take a while, but Pinako says it would take less time than he expected. How long did she claim it would take?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 3
Three days. Ed expected that it would take a week for Pinako to build a new arm from scratch and adjust his leg. However, ambitious Pinako says she can complete both (with Winry's help) in just three days. Afterward, Winry, excited to see Ed again after several years, jokes with him and then gives him a soft, joking shove but because he is not used to his temporary spare leg, the shove knocks him into a pile of boxes and other containers.
|At the start of chapter nine, "A Home With a Family Waiting", Edward and Alphonse finally arrive in Resembool and stop by the house of the Rockbells, Winry and Pinako. Almost immediately, both Winry and Pinako start yelling at Edward. In addition, Winry also hits Edward in the head with something. What is it?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 3
A wrench. Winry, being a talented automail mechanic, has an affinity for tools. She is as enthusiastic about automail as Edward and Alphonse are with alchemy. It is no surprise that the item she grabs to pitch at Edward is a wrench.
|The conclusion of chapter 16 and volume 4 switches the scene to Scar fighting off Lust and Gluttony in the sewer. He is shown using alchemy to blow up a wall and then the scene flashes to him waking up with bandages wrapped around him. Where does he wake up?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 4
Still in the sewer. Scar is rescued by a couple of Isbalans who recognized him and knew he was wanted by the authorities. Despite that, they decided not to turn him in because he was one of them. While Scar is laying there resting, a child who helped rescue him takes notice of his tattooed arm and comments on it. Scar says that his arm tattoo is "something precious that my family gave me." Continued in volume five....
|During chapter 16, "Separate Paths", the funeral of (now) Major General Hughes is shown. After the funeral, Colonel Mustang is standing at the grave. Riza Hawkeye comes over to speak with him and notices a tear coming down his cheek. What does Mustang claim is the cause of this tear?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 4
It is actually a rain drop because it is starting to rain. Despite there not being a single cloud in the sky, Mustang still claims that it is about to start raining. When Riza tries to point out that this isn't true, Mustang insists that it's raining and Riza understands what he's trying to say.
|In an action-filled scene, Major Hughes is doing some research into the Philosopher's Stone when he is attacked by Lust. He thinks he kills Lust and rushes to a pay phone where he attempts to call military headquarters and inform them of his findings. While on the phone, a gun is pointed at him by Envy in disguise. Who does Envy look like when Hughes first sees him?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 4
Second Lieutenant Ross. Hughes realizes that Envy isn't actually Ross when he notices her mole is in the wrong spot. When Envy changes the mole's location before Hughes's eye, Hughes knows something strange is going on. At this point, Envy changes his appearance to look like Hughes's wife so that Hughes won't fight back, and then pulls the trigger. This is one of the most remembered scenes in both the manga and the anime both for its sadness (Hughes was one of the most loved characters by fans) and its shock value.
|At the start of chapter 15, "Fullmetal Heart", Al explains why he yelled. To Ed, Al's reasoning is so ridiculous that he storms out of the room and heads to the hospital rooftop. Winry convinces Al to go to Ed and apologize. When Al meets Ed on the roof, Ed decides to have a sparring match and finally beats Al. How does he do it?||Equivalent Exchange: "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol 4
He throws a sheet over Al's face. On the rooftop, there are sheets hanging on a line. When Al was distracted, Ed grabbed one of the sheets and threw it over Al's face and then kicked him in the face. When Al claims Ed cheated, Ed just tells him to shut up because a win is a win.