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Fullmetal Alchemist in a nutshell by episode

Episode summaries and thoughts. Major spoilers!!! Go away if you don't want to know!

In the world of Fullmetal Alchemist the present year is 1914. The countryside is a mix of American and European. You'll see radios, cars and guns, all in an antique style. The government is felt to be oppressive, and the army is called the "government's dog." As a National Alchemist, Ed is under obligation to follow orders from the government, which also means he must use his alchemy to kill if told to do so. However, it seems like he and Al wander wherever they want in their search for artifacts.

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Episode 1:
 
Edward and Alphonse Elric travel through the desert and arrive at a blessed city, complete with a fountain of wine from which Ed is not allowed to drink. The townspeople tell the brothers about Cornello, the head priest in the church of the sun god Leto. Cornello is able to perform "miracles." Ed and Al think he's just doing alchemy. A devout follower, Rose, completely believes in Cornello, and hopes that her dead boyfriend will be restored to her by Cornello's power. The Elrics investigate the "miracles" and find that Cornello is in possession of the Philosopher's Stone, a powerful artifact which amplifies an alchemist's power. Ed offers to relieve the priest of the Stone in exchange for not telling the townspeople how the priest is scamming them. The priest refuses, and attempts to kill Brothers Elric.
 
In the very first episode we discover:
 
-Ed is a famous National Alchemist
-there is nothing inside of Al's armor
-Ed has an Automail arm and leg
-this is their "punishment" for trying to be god
 

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