The plot follows the adventures of two alchemist brothers named Edward and Alphonse Elric. They are striving to find the legendary Philosopher’s Stone so that they may recover parts of their bodies that they lost in an attempt to bring their mother back to life.
The first volume tells the story of the two alchemist brothers are forced to deal with a corrupt religious leader from the city of Lior, who is using a mysterious red stone that imitates the power of the coveted Philosopher’s Stone to create miracles. Edward defeats the religious leader from Lior but discovers that the stone is a fake. And in pursuit of the ultimate alchemical treasure, the Philosopher’s Stone, they realized the world has been ravaged by the abuse of alchemy and they always end up becoming side-tracked with aiding civilians with their troubles.
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