A train was traveling across a vast land, producing burnt smoke into the air.
This daily routine was, however, interrupted by a sudden flash, as if marking an opening to the upcoming drama. One of the lights landed onto the train.
Edward: Whoa! Ouch...What!? Why am I on the top of a train!
As Edward looked around, he found himself on the roof of the moving train. Worse still, his prosthetic leg was stuck in a gap between cars, restraining his movement.
Edward: Wait, is that a tunnel ahead? No...I’m about to crash! WHOAAA——
Edward: Phew...I didn’t get decapitated...Luckily I wasn’t tall enough to hit the tunnel...ARGHH! Why am I feeling glad about being short!
Edward: It’s the fault of the person who sent me here! I’ll make you pay!
When Edward touched his palms together and touched the train, he widened the gap that trapped his automail with alchemy. After solving the problem, he stretched his limbs in confusion.
Edward: “The transmutation I just did wasn’t the same as before...Right. It felt like I was using another energy source to transmutate…”
Edward: Where am I...Ugh. Let’s stop wondering and start exploring!
Edward went to the edge and jumped into the car through a window, but he had a rough landing as he crashed into a bulky figure.
After the reunion with brother Alphonse, Edward met Alex, Roy and Riza afterwards. They were all summoned to this world by a mysterious girl named Doya.
To stop Copernicus’s conspiracy of breaking the barrier between the realm and Edward’s world, she bet her hope on Edward to stop the train.
After several tough fights, they successfully destroyed the power room to brake the locomotive.
However, Copernicus was one step faster to release the lever, separating the locomotive from the other cars.
With elements as energy source, it kept on moving forward. As a last resort, Edward was thrown by Greed to catch Copernicus up on the leaving car.
The all-out throw had drawn a crimson parabola over the golden sky. Clank! He eventually landed on the roof of the locomotive.
Edward: Ouchhh! Bastard Greed! That was close though…All is Copernicus’s fault!
Edward: That psycho dragged us into this mess simply for his freak research. I must——Em?
As Edward sensed an ominous hostility underneath, he rolled sideways immediately before a sharp noise.
Then, a part of the roof was destroyed by a light sphere. Inside the car, a man stood still——Copernicus the headmaster of Lomond Manor.
Edward: Awesome, you save my time.
Copernicus: How dare you interrupt my plan…Anyone who gets into my way must be eliminated!
Edward: We’ll see who’s the one to be eliminated!
Edward jumped into the car agilely and charged at Copernicus, who then stepped backward to avoid the attack. However, his moves were all read in Edward’s mind; and he had well-prepared for this strike.
Edward: You’re way slower and weaker than my teacher! Die!
Edward put his palms together to trigger the alchemy, but nothing happened.
Edward: Urgh...What’s wrong?
Copernicus: ...It’s working! The power of Elemental Beast!
Then, Copernicus took out a staff inlaid with a crimson stone, which was made of the blood of Elemental Beast. He used his own blood to activate its power via a magic circle——The special power to decompose elements.
Copernicus: In the realm, you need elements to trigger your ability. So as long as I can decompose the elements, you’ll be powerless.
Edward: ...Even without the alchemy, I can still beat you!
Copernicus: Oh, how naive of you, little boy. Who said I was gonna fight you?
With a snap, a gigantic shadow revealed itself in the sunlight——The creature was synthesized by two teenagers, literally not human anymore.
Copernicus: This is my brainchild, No. 323. I also transplanted a demon’s viscera into that body, making it stronger than any humans in the world.
Edward: You bastard! How dare you play around human lives!
Copernicus: Play around? You’re mistaken about me. I’m just doing my job as a researcher.
Copernicus: This is all for the truth of the world.
Edward was trying to attack Copernicus, but he was knocked flying by that monstrous creature.
Edward: He is NOT your mother! Wake up!
The creature refused to listen to Edward with non-stop attacks, creating many injuries on his body. Edward, on the contrary, was not willing to hurt it by holding back. Eventually, he was choked off the ground.
Edward: “He’s...monstrous...And I can’t break loose from it nor use the alchemy...Am I gonna die here?”
Alphonse: “Brother, I’ll get my body back, and so will you.”
Winry: “We had a deal...The next time I make you cry, it will be tears of joy.”
Edward: “...I can’t make everyone cry for me...I can’t die here...And I won’t give up!”
Memories of beloved ones flashed across his head. Edward pulled himself together and struggled to get that monster’s hand off his own neck.
Blood began to drip down from his arm to the black box in the center of the car.
Miraculously, the dripped blood was absorbed by the box, and then emitted crimson lights as if a new power was attained. Suddenly, a girl’s voice sounded.
???: “Miracle will come to you as long as you don’t give up!”
Alongside her words, the black box released crimson flames towards Copernicus’s staff to cover its stone.
Edward: “...Could it be——”
Realizing the truth, Edward closed his palms to trigger the alchemy——Clack! A giant cage rose from the ground to trap the creature. As the danger was solved, Edward turned around to glare at Copernicus.
Knowing that Edward had broken loose from the experimental monster, Copernicus put away his smile to become ferocious.
Copernicus: You scum...dares to defy me...I’ll make you suffer!
Copernicus went to the control panel to press a button; a large amount of electricity was conducted to the black box immediately——
Edward: Stop it!
Painful screams sounded from the box. The flames that covered the stone were therefore put off, resulting in the termination of Edward’s alchemy.
Copernicus: Haha, then you’re unable to use the power of your world again.
Edward: Humph! Don’t underestimate me. Even without alchemy, I can still beat you smirky bastard!
Edward bent to charge forward; Copernicus then prepared to defend. However——
Eyesight went black. Copernicus was kicked into the stomach hard, lost his balance and fell out of the cart to the railway. Edward picked back up his red cloak on the floor to put it on——
Edward pretended to charge; in fact, he took off the cloak to block Copernicus’s eyesight and seized the chance to kick him off.
After defeating the enemy, Edward finally could spend some time looking around. And that was how he spotted an even more desperate threat.
Edward: “...The sky is cracked...And that’s our world inside the hole!”
Edward: I must stop this train!
With the fact that Copernicus had gone, Edward could trigger his alchemy again. Therefore, he crouched down and put his hands under the car.
One second later, a humongous hand of steel stretched out from the top to stop the train from moving——
Squeak! Sharp noises sounded alongside the force brake of the train. However, the momentum of a high-speed locomotive was not that easy to stop. Seeing the widened gap of the sky, Edward frowned and yelled.
A light shone. Another hand of steel appeared to stop the train together successfully. Nevertheless, the strange hole on the sky was still there. Edward turned around to look at the black box.
Edward: “There should be someone inside...She saved me. And I needa save her.”
Edward had investigated the box thoroughly, but could not find any switch.
Edward: How am I supposed to open it?
???: ...Put your hand on the center of the box…
Edward: Wow——! Lan, Lan Fan! Don’t hang upside down out of nowhere! You scared the hell out of me!
Lan Fan: You’re a chicken.
Lan Fan jumped off from the train top and placed her hand in the center. Amazingly, her hand penetrated through the box.
Next second, the jet-black box gradually became transparent. A pink-haired girl was trapped inside.
Then, Edward and Lan Fan worked together to open it and got her out.
Before long, the girl woke up from a slumber.
Edward: You’re Doya’s friend——Woah!
Cilantro the fragile girl got up and grabbed Edward’s cloak tight with a serious look.
Cilantro: Please, please save Doya and this world!