Fullmetal Alchemist: Operation Carbuncle
Alchemy. The scientific practice of manipulating and altering matter by using natural energy. This act is known as "Transmutation" and its sequence is usually described as:
The proper application of this craft requires not only a full understanding of chemistry and ancient alchemical theory, but also a sort of natural talent towards recognizing and manipulating the physical objects with energy, which require uncommon levels of intelligence and aptitude. Those remarkable individuals capable of studying and practicing alchemy are known as "Alchemists".
- Comprehension - Understanding the inherent structure and properties of the atomic or molecular makeup of a particular material to be transmuted, including the flow and balance of potential and kinetic energy within.
- Deconstruction - Using energy to break down the physical structure of the identified material into a more malleable state so as to be easily reshaped into a new form.
- Reconstruction - Continuing the flow of energy so as to reform the material into a new shape.
There are many paths by which alchemists can transmute the various substances of the world, with some alchemists being said to transmute by way of the Four Classical Elements (Water, Earth, Fire and Air) and some by way of the Three Essential Principles (salt, sulfur and mercury), but the basic tenet at the very foundation of all alchemy is that of Equivalent Exchange. To put it simply: "In order to obtain or create something, something of equal value must be lost or destroyed."
You have practiced alchemy for years to reach this point. You have studied hard, honed both your mind and your body. Now, finally, you are a State Alchemist. In order to be selected as a State Alchemist, candidates must undergo an extensive examination process involving a written test proving a high level of aptitude in the field, a psychological evaluation to determine whether the candidate is of sound enough mind to serve in such a specialized branch of the military and a practical examination in which the candidate proves to a military board whether or not his or her skills can be used in real world situations. You took your exams and were astounded to have passed the rigorous trial. A high number of these exams have taken place over the last year and rumors say that a large number of State Alchemists have been going missing. This puts a damper on the high you're feeling after receiving your uniform and pocket watch, but you put it out of your mind and get ready to be transferred somewhere for duty. That is, until you are called to Central and led into a meeting room with other recent recruits...
This official document certifies that the nation of Amestris, prefecture of the Generalissimo appoints the State Alchemist below, in the name of Fuhrer King Bradley. The State Alchemist shall follow all orders and policies of the military. These are as follows:
1) Obey the Military - As part of the military system, State Alchemists are subject to the government hierarchy and must obey the orders of their superiors as well as devote themselves entirely to the protection, advancement and well-being of the nation of Amestris as a whole. Their skills are to be wielded as an extension of the government's power as opposed to means toward individual or popular gain.
2) Do Not Create Gold - Though all alchemists in the nation of Amestris are held to this law so as to keep the national economy from falling into chaos, State Alchemists are more heavily leaned upon to uphold this standard, due to their position under government surveillance, and are subject to military charges upon its transgression.
3) Do Not Create Humans - The nationwide prohibition of Human Transmutation, though also enforced in the case of all Amestrian alchemists, is particularly forbidden to State Alchemists due to the fact that their access to advanced research notes and materials makes it more likely that anyone making a realistic attempt at the forbidden craft would be in the government's employ.
A research assessment examination shall be held once every year. In the case that the State Alchemist does not show signs of progress in his research as a result of the examination, he shall be discharged from the services of State Alchemist.
The State Alchemist is entitled to the use of ample research funds, unrestricted access to classified documentation, access to various governmental facilities, and a military rank equal to that of "major".
-- King Bradley
[floatleft][img height=400 padding=7]IMAGE URL HERE[/img][/floatleft]What's the plot of this?
I kind of want it to be a surprise, but I also don't want you to be completely in the dark so you at least have some vague idea of what you're getting into. As the ramble above states; you are a new State Alchemist and expect to serve the State at some post. Yet, you're instead called to Central for a meeting with other recruits. Rumors abound about State Alchemists going missing under mysterious circumstances. These two things will be related. Expect conspiracy, mystery, action, and combat.Do I have to know Fullmetal Alchemist to play?
It would be extremely helpful if you did, but I won't turn down anyone willing to ask for guidence and instruction if they truly want to play.What's the posting rate?
At minimum, twice a week. If you cannot handle this, please do not apply. If you're already juggling a bunch of games, please do not apply. I do not want people who are already getting burned out on RP.Do you have any character creation tips?
Yes. As far as fashion and looks goes, FMA is tame. Um, compared to most anime, that is. So stay away from wild hair colors, strange eye colors, and outlandish outfits. Take your character's background into consideration when designing their look. The big one is this; Alchemy. Alchemy is the heart and soul of the series. When creating your character, you must be able to explain how they do what they do, scientifically. Take equivalent exchange into consideration, too. You don't have to adhere 100% to everything and we won't quibble over every scientific principal (it IS anime, after all) but please try to keep it grounded in reality at least a little. Useful LinksMap of The StateState AlchemistAlchemyOC Guidebook: Nations and RacesOC Guidebook: Automail