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[Player name] Ed
[Age] 27
[Personal Journal] [personal profile] chainofhabit
[Other characters currently played] N/A

[Character name] Edward Elric
[Age] 15ish
[Canon] Fullmetal Alchemist
[Point in time taken from canon] chapter 101 after Izumi arrives under ground but before Al

[Background]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Elric#Character_outline

[Personality]

Confident as he is, Ed carries a lot of guilt and insecurity in all of his cockiness. As much as his determination and stubborness can be related to the trials he goes through during his childhood, there is also evidence to support it being an inherent part of Ed's personality. As it was his idea, Edward blames himself for the human transmutation and the disastrous results it caused - even though Al assumes the blame as well. Despite being rather self-absorbed in a number of ways - his goal and desires tend to come first, regardless of the warnings given to him about their danger - doing what's right is a big priority for him. Edward believes in always moving forward, imposing this belief upon others during trying times in their lives the same way Mustang expected it of him when he was devastated by the tragic loss of Nina.

First and foremost, his strongest trait could easily be labeled as loyalty - as above all else, Edward's first priority is family. As a child his interest in alchemy only multiplied with the pleasure his mother had found in their work. His dedication to making her happy and seeking praise was tireless, even after she was taken by illness. This mindset can also be attributed to Alphonse, he has an intense bond to his brother that others might call obsessive, willing to risk life and limb - literally - for his brother's well being. During the failed transmutation when Ed realizes that not only did he fail to bring back their mother, he lost his brother in the process, he offers everything he has by screaming, 'my arm, my heart, take anything you want-' in order to get him back. This mindset is demonstrated several times throughout the series as Ed is always thinking of him first, even at the risk of the older boy's own life.

Ed's biggest weaknesses can also be found in his brother, for this very same reason - quick to offer himself and sacrifice anything to fix or save his brother, Ed never thinks of his own health or safety when it comes to protecting Al. Going so far as to allow Scar to murder him in exchange for his brother's safety. This is a risky venture that Ed partakes in a little too often, especially in the manga series where Al's connection to their world is Ed's own life, indicating that if Ed were to die Al would as well - the physical tie keeping his soul to the armor lost. He'll gladly endanger himself to protect a loved one or innocent drawn into the cross-fire, as demonstrated with Winry, when he jumps between her and Scar without hesitation - but for his brother he'd die without a thought and has shown evidence of such again and again. Ed is a quick thinker, a problem solver, and calculating even under pressure. However, no matter how level-headed he may be in other situations, Al in danger automatically erases any trace of rational thought from his mind, instantly putting him in just as much - if not more - danger than anyone else involved.

Edward can easily be thrown for a loop or taken advantage of with the right amount of damage to his pride. It doesn't take much to rile him up if the right buttons are pushed, which is something an enemy can easily use to distract him and gain the upper hand. Although these situations are generally temporary, a moment of yelling before he's back to working out the best way out of his current siuation. He is also, for all of his cynicism, sometimes naive and even too trusting. Ed takes people at face value, and although he's usually the first one to smell a rat with most individuals, he takes his enemy's words for truth and would also never suspect someone that he does trust. In the manga it takes Edward a little longer to be able to put two and two together, deducing Tucker's actions but even with someone he had trusted, Ed shows keen eye for detail others might have missed. He's also quick to take his enemy's words at face value, indicated primarily in the manga where not only does he trust Greed, who could arguably not be seen as an enemy, he also believes that the homunculi will not let him die, based on their word. At one point he uses himself as bait against Scar to draw them out, showing to what degree he truly believes they would protect him.

Although potentially naive at times, Ed is also a realist and can be very brash and cynical as seen when meeting Rose. He comes off as sarcastic or bitter around strangers, acts with a total disregard to authority and he's quick to jump to the defensive, snapping at anyone - even those close to him - for even the smallest (or imagined) slight, also oftentimes having a total disregard for authority. Not that any of this stops him from being a caring individual, both sensitive to other's feelings and even sweet to those he develops any level of concern about, given the right circumstances. Edward also happens to be an optimist - even when he gives up, the right words or amount of time has him back on his feet, ready to try again. Despite the maturity that Edward develops at a young age - he is also occasionally capable of extremely childish behavior, even if the older he gets the less prone he is to these outbursts, comments on his height or attempts to get him to drink milk are generally responded to with negative (sometimes violent) reactions. Although in the manga Ed doesn't mature quite in the same way as the original anime series, never completley losing that comedic side - he does still grow considerably more serious with age.

Even though he has an ego that boasts of self importance, he carries an ill-concealed insecurity about a lot of things under that attitude. As much as he seeks praise and recognition around strangers, in the confidence of those he trusts it's much more obvious that he feels unworthy of any ego stroking. Ed shoulders the blame of everything that's gone wrong in his past, and given time to dwell on it, can let the guilt of previous actions consume him.

Additional Strengths and Weaknesses information:

Ed's a quick learner, tactile and studious. He thinks on his feet under pressure (most of the time) and more often than not he does it outside the box, continuing to remain optimistic despite every wall he comes to. He's dedicated, determined and loyal. He makes fast friends off the bat, even sometimes with his 'enemies' showing that he's more than capable of adapting to change. Edward is skilled in martial arts training and a natural in alchemy, able to decode the work of others in a considerably short amount of time.

He's a genius, which has it's pros and cons and due to the human transmutation commited as a child, Ed is equipped with two automail limbs. Although this makes his arm and leg less suseptible to injury it does make him hot or cold much easier than your average human - seeing as he's half metal. It's also something that can be used against him, as he's easily left helpless by removing the fake limbs. Aside from all that another downside of the automail is his inability to swim with it, as the weight alone would drag him under water.

Edward has a short temper, a set mind and a stubborn streak. He's loud, brash and rude - easily overlooked due to his size throughout most of the series he's got a reason to be a little resentful of remarks, but it can definitely leave him open to attack if he's not careful. Ed is sometimes naive and idealisitc, refusing to kill anyone even at the risk of his own life - which nearly kills him thanks to Kimblee in later chapters.

[Abilities]

The concept of alchemy is that given the proper matter and knowledge, anything can be achieved. Alchemy is a science, based on the idea that anything can be made, transformed, or 'transmuted' into another object as long as they share the same base elements, and properties. Something can not be gained from nothing, alchemists can not use more than what they are provided with, and the idea behind this is often referred to as the 'law of equivalent exchange'. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. The most familiar form of alchemy known in the real world is the medieval concept of turning iron to gold - an act strictly forbidden in the country of Amestris, second only to one other. The law that transmutations can not be performed to bring a deceased human (or animal, for that matter) back to life. Despite the concept that there seemingly is no limit to what power alchemists can obtain with this knowledge, it has been proven on several occasions (although none are known of, due to the forbidden nature) that human transmutation simply does not work. Life only flows in one direction, nothing can be done to reverse this and return a creature that has passed to the previous state of living.

To create the energy required to form a transmutation alchemists must make a circle, otherwise referred to as an array. Circles have various symbols in them to aid with specific transmutations, and also in a way reflect the personality of the person who drew it. In the case of alchemists who have performed the forbidden, and attempted to resurrect a human - thus seeing the gate (otherwise referred to as Truth.) - drawing circles are no longer necessary to transmute matter. Rather these alchemists have the knowledge provided to them that the necessary runes required to transmute are considered (within) their own body. Because of this, alchemists in this case need only make the circle, itself. Since they can use their own body for this, rather than having to draw one out physically, it is almost always the case that these alchemists simply clap their hands together to form the circular shape required for a transmutation. Others have noted this motion to appear as praying, but the circle itself is visible in the shape that their arms make once their hands are closed together - making them the circle necessary to transmute. In the case of Edward's world, the energy for alchemy is brought through the Gate from a world much more like our own in the form of the souls of our deceased.

Edward and Alphonse Elric were raised by their Teacher to understand that body and mind must be trained together. While studying to improve their alchemic skill and knowledge they also underwent martial arts training, to tone both their bodies and their minds. To test that they were even worthy of her training, Izumi left the boys 'alone' on an island to fend for themselves without the use of alchemy for one month. Additionally in situations that he can't or would rather not use the blade he creates from his own automail arm - Edward's weapon of choice more often than not is a long spear he makes, usually decorated with a dragon head.

[Other important stuff]

I'm re-apping Ed after a two year break, so he will have his Somarium memories from that period, and my recent drop this autumn.

[Sample post]

[First Person] (original first person sample)

[Ed spent the time after the even trying to readjust to life back in the world of the knowledged people who realized this place wasn't home. He's also, pretty much, very pissed off that he magically acquired automail again. Anyone viewing is free to notice the scar next to the port on his arm, but the actual metal of the port would be covered up.]

Someone please tell me that whole ordeal was a really long dream that never happened.

[Ignoring the fact that yes, obviously it was - because everyone here is only a Dream Self, anyway. Ed's moodiness can also be attributed to the fact that retaining his memories of that place also means retaining his memories of his suspicion about how this whole 'dream system' works, and now without access to the information he needed to find out the truth about it, this is one frustrated alchemist.]

second first person sample.

Providing the original even though it's 2 years old.

[Third Person]

Edward was a scientist, and being a scientist found that anything could be explained by logic if looked at appropriately. Of course, Ed also spent the last year or so dealing with homunculi and chimeras that should never have existed, not to mention an army of zombie-like creatures that had no concept of death to fear it, that seemed to solve everything by eating whatever was in their way. By that logic, he wasn't really all that surprised that he was in yet another situation that left him with the idea that logic and rational thought process could be thrown out a window.

A number of creatures he passed, trying to determine just what the hell his new surroundings were, could easily be explained as chimera. Probably. Moving scarecrows were another matter all together, but it wasn't beyond the scope of alchemy for someone to be activating them with a remote array, from a distance - not that he saw any arrays nearby to justify this theory. It was just the only one he had, and he was still desperately trying to hold onto something to keep him grounded in a situation where the floor was repeatedly pulled out from under him. Sometimes quite literally.

The problem, the biggest issue he was facing - besides being lost - was the floating castle. No amount of alchemy, no matter how powerful an alchemist, could explain that. It wasn't anything the homunculi would have to do with, what would they gain from it? So, it had to belong to someone else. His mind was warring between wondering what purpose it would serve anyone, and dismissing it as not important enough to matter - probably just another money hungry alchemist... despite the fact that the idea it even was alchemy would not sit with him. He needed to focus on something else, something like finding the quickest way back to his brother before anything worse could happen.

He scowled, shoving both hands into his pockets as he tried to find something in his surroundings that would help him out. Wherever he was, Teacher hadn't come with him, and Al was nowhere to be found. A concept that left a nagging doubt in the back of his mind - as if he needed to even wonder if the homunculi were behind this. His thoughts jerked back to the present with the realization that his usually empty left pocket was containing something small and hard. Gripping the object, he pulled it out curiously, golden eyes narrowing as he tried to figure out what it was. "What the hell...." Torn between wondering if the item was a risk to hold on to, or the only key he had to start solving this puzzle he shoved it back into his pocket to worry about later and clapped his hands together - flexing his fingers as he turned the plate of his right arm into a blade, assuring himself that he had at least one defense to fall back on.

At least wherever he was, his alchemy was still working. Now he just needed to find someone that he could start asking some questions.

[Why do you want to play this character in Somarium?] I played Ed in Somarium previously and took a few months off to prepare for and compete in NaNo. When I dropped back in October, I mentioned that I would be rejoining once I had the time again.

[Which rule was your favorite and why?] Fourth wall rule is still my favorite. Still hate that happening without my knowledge.

[Where did you hear about Somarium?] apparently on app_this_plz two years ago

[Do you need a promo code?] Nope

[Any questions?] I think I'm all set.
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Dream effects: Just confusion at first, then recognition hits with a bit of startled surprise.

The dream was new.

It wasn't that it was anything spectacular, just- well, different.

The dreamberry broadcasted a simple scene. Edward walking down the street, hands in his pockets - studying every person he walked by as if trying to find someone and unsure what features he was supposed to be looking for, in order to find them.

It wasn't until he spotted the giant suit of armor walking down the street that he showed any sign of a reaction. Golden eyes widening with recognition as his mouth opened to shout-


Before Ed awoke abruptly, sitting up as the other's name escaped his throat. "Al!"

He sighed, rubbing at his face and dropping back to the bed again. "Just a dream... Al's not actually here." With a sigh he picked the dreamberry up and turned it over, turning to bury his face into the pillow instead.
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[Player name] Ed
[Age] 26
[Personal Journal] [personal profile] chainofhabit
[Other characters currently played] N/A

[Character name] Edward Elric
[Age] 15ish
[Canon] Fullmetal Alchemist
[Point in time taken from canon] chapter 101 after Izumi arrives under ground but before Al

[Background]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Elric#Character_outline

[Personality]

Confident as he is, Ed carries a lot of guilt and insecurity in all of his cockiness. As much as his determination and stubborness can be related to the trials he goes through during his childhood, there is also evidence to support it being an inherent part of Ed's personality. As it was his idea, Edward blames himself for the human transmutation and the disastrous results it caused - even though Al assumes the blame as well. Despite being rather self-absorbed in a number of ways - his goal and desires tend to come first, regardless of the warnings given to him about their danger - doing what's right is a big priority for him. Edward believes in always moving forward, imposing this belief upon others during trying times in their lives the same way Mustang expected it of him when he was devastated by the tragic loss of Nina.

First and foremost, his strongest trait could easily be labeled as loyalty - as above all else, Edward's first priority is family. As a child his interest in alchemy only multiplied with the pleasure his mother had found in their work. His dedication to making her happy and seeking praise was tireless, even after she was taken by illness. This mindset can also be attributed to Alphonse, he has an intense bond to his brother that others might call obsessive, willing to risk life and limb - literally - for his brother's well being. During the failed transmutation when Ed realizes that not only did he fail to bring back their mother, he lost his brother in the process, he offers everything he has by screaming, 'my arm, my heart, take anything you want-' in order to get him back. This mindset is demonstrated several times throughout the series as Ed is always thinking of him first, even at the risk of the older boy's own life.

Ed's biggest weaknesses can also be found in his brother, for this very same reason - quick to offer himself and sacrifice anything to fix or save his brother, Ed never thinks of his own health or safety when it comes to protecting Al. Going so far as to allow Scar to murder him in exchange for his brother's safety. This is a risky venture that Ed partakes in a little too often, especially in the manga series where Al's connection to their world is Ed's own life, indicating that if Ed were to die Al would as well - the physical tie keeping his soul to the armor lost. He'll gladly endanger himself to protect a loved one or innocent drawn into the cross-fire, as demonstrated with Winry, when he jumps between her and Scar without hesitation - but for his brother he'd die without a thought and has shown evidence of such again and again. Ed is a quick thinker, a problem solver, and calculating even under pressure. However, no matter how level-headed he may be in other situations, Al in danger automatically erases any trace of rational thought from his mind, instantly putting him in just as much - if not more - danger than anyone else involved.

Edward can easily be thrown for a loop or taken advantage of with the right amount of damage to his pride. It doesn't take much to rile him up if the right buttons are pushed, which is something an enemy can easily use to distract him and gain the upper hand. Although these situations are generally temporary, a moment of yelling before he's back to working out the best way out of his current siuation. He is also, for all of his cynicism, sometimes naive and even too trusting. Ed takes people at face value, and although he's usually the first one to smell a rat with most individuals, he takes his enemy's words for truth and would also never suspect someone that he does trust. In the manga it takes Edward a little longer to be able to put two and two together, deducing Tucker's actions but even with someone he had trusted, Ed shows keen eye for detail others might have missed. He's also quick to take his enemy's words at face value, indicated primarily in the manga where not only does he trust Greed, who could arguably not be seen as an enemy, he also believes that the homunculi will not let him die, based on their word. At one point he uses himself as bait against Scar to draw them out, showing to what degree he truly believes they would protect him.

Although potentially naive at times, Ed is also a realist and can be very brash and cynical as seen when meeting Rose. He comes off as sarcastic or bitter around strangers, acts with a total disregard to authority and he's quick to jump to the defensive, snapping at anyone - even those close to him - for even the smallest (or imagined) slight, also oftentimes having a total disregard for authority. Not that any of this stops him from being a caring individual, both sensitive to other's feelings and even sweet to those he develops any level of concern about, given the right circumstances. Edward also happens to be an optimist - even when he gives up, the right words or amount of time has him back on his feet, ready to try again. Despite the maturity that Edward develops at a young age - he is also occasionally capable of extremely childish behavior, even if the older he gets the less prone he is to these outbursts, comments on his height or attempts to get him to drink milk are generally responded to with negative (sometimes violent) reactions. Although in the manga Ed doesn't mature quite in the same way as the original anime series, never completley losing that comedic side - he does still grow considerably more serious with age.

Even though he has an ego that boasts of self importance, he carries an ill-concealed insecurity about a lot of things under that attitude. As much as he seeks praise and recognition around strangers, in the confidence of those he trusts it's much more obvious that he feels unworthy of any ego stroking. Ed shoulders the blame of everything that's gone wrong in his past, and given time to dwell on it, can let the guilt of previous actions consume him.

Additional Strengths and Weaknesses information:

Ed's a quick learner, tactile and studious. He thinks on his feet under pressure (most of the time) and more often than not he does it outside the box, continuing to remain optimistic despite every wall he comes to. He's dedicated, determined and loyal. He makes fast friends off the bat, even sometimes with his 'enemies' showing that he's more than capable of adapting to change. Edward is skilled in martial arts training and a natural in alchemy, able to decode the work of others in a considerably short amount of time.

He's a genius, which has it's pros and cons and due to the human transmutation commited as a child, Ed is equipped with two automail limbs. Although this makes his arm and leg less suseptible to injury it does make him hot or cold much easier than your average human - seeing as he's half metal. It's also something that can be used against him, as he's easily left helpless by removing the fake limbs. Aside from all that another downside of the automail is his inability to swim with it, as the weight alone would drag him under water.

Edward has a short temper, a set mind and a stubborn streak. He's loud, brash and rude - easily overlooked due to his size throughout most of the series he's got a reason to be a little resentful of remarks, but it can definitely leave him open to attack if he's not careful. Ed is sometimes naive and idealisitc, refusing to kill anyone even at the risk of his own life - which nearly kills him thanks to Kimblee in later chapters.

[Abilities]

The concept of alchemy is that given the proper matter and knowledge, anything can be achieved. Alchemy is a science, based on the idea that anything can be made, transformed, or 'transmuted' into another object as long as they share the same base elements, and properties. Something can not be gained from nothing, alchemists can not use more than what they are provided with, and the idea behind this is often referred to as the 'law of equivalent exchange'. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. The most familiar form of alchemy known in the real world is the medieval concept of turning iron to gold - an act strictly forbidden in the country of Amestris, second only to one other. The law that transmutations can not be performed to bring a deceased human (or animal, for that matter) back to life. Despite the concept that there seemingly is no limit to what power alchemists can obtain with this knowledge, it has been proven on several occasions (although none are known of, due to the forbidden nature) that human transmutation simply does not work. Life only flows in one direction, nothing can be done to reverse this and return a creature that has passed to the previous state of living.

To create the energy required to form a transmutation alchemists must make a circle, otherwise referred to as an array. Circles have various symbols in them to aid with specific transmutations, and also in a way reflect the personality of the person who drew it. In the case of alchemists who have performed the forbidden, and attempted to resurrect a human - thus seeing the gate (otherwise referred to as Truth.) - drawing circles are no longer necessary to transmute matter. Rather these alchemists have the knowledge provided to them that the necessary runes required to transmute are considered (within) their own body. Because of this, alchemists in this case need only make the circle, itself. Since they can use their own body for this, rather than having to draw one out physically, it is almost always the case that these alchemists simply clap their hands together to form the circular shape required for a transmutation. Others have noted this motion to appear as praying, but the circle itself is visible in the shape that their arms make once their hands are closed together - making them the circle necessary to transmute. In the case of Edward's world, the energy for alchemy is brought through the Gate from a world much more like our own in the form of the souls of our deceased.

Edward and Alphonse Elric were raised by their Teacher to understand that body and mind must be trained together. While studying to improve their alchemic skill and knowledge they also underwent martial arts training, to tone both their bodies and their minds. To test that they were even worthy of her training, Izumi left the boys 'alone' on an island to fend for themselves without the use of alchemy for one month. Additionally in situations that he can't or would rather not use the blade he creates from his own automail arm - Edward's weapon of choice more often than not is a long spear he makes, usually decorated with a dragon head.

[Other important stuff]

I'm re-apping Ed after a two year break, so he will have his Somarium memories. Which means he will at first still believe it's 2010.

[Sample post]

[First Person] (this is an actual entry from when Ed was originally in Somarium)

[Ed spent the time after the even trying to readjust to life back in the world of the knowledged people who realized this place wasn't home. He's also, pretty much, very pissed off that he magically acquired automail again. Anyone viewing is free to notice the scar next to the port on his arm, but the actual metal of the port would be covered up.]

Someone please tell me that whole ordeal was a really long dream that never happened.

[Ignoring the fact that yes, obviously it was - because everyone here is only a Dream Self, anyway. Ed's moodiness can also be attributed to the fact that retaining his memories of that place also means retaining his memories of his suspicion about how this whole 'dream system' works, and now without access to the information he needed to find out the truth about it, this is one frustrated alchemist.]


This thread with Danny should be more than eight sentences.

[Third Person]

Edward was a scientist, and being a scientist found that anything could be explained by logic if looked at appropriately. Of course, Ed also spent the last year or so dealing with homunculi and chimeras that should never have existed, not to mention an army of zombie-like creatures that had no concept of death to fear it, that seemed to solve everything by eating whatever was in their way. By that logic, he wasn't really all that surprised that he was in yet another situation that left him with the idea that logic and rational thought process could be thrown out a window.

A number of creatures he passed, trying to determine just what the hell his new surroundings were, could easily be explained as chimera. Probably. Moving scarecrows were another matter all together, but it wasn't beyond the scope of alchemy for someone to be activating them with a remote array, from a distance - not that he saw any arrays nearby to justify this theory. It was just the only one he had, and he was still desperately trying to hold onto something to keep him grounded in a situation where the floor was repeatedly pulled out from under him. Sometimes quite literally.

The problem, the biggest issue he was facing - besides being lost - was the floating castle. No amount of alchemy, no matter how powerful an alchemist, could explain that. It wasn't anything the homunculi would have to do with, what would they gain from it? So, it had to belong to someone else. His mind was warring between wondering what purpose it would serve anyone, and dismissing it as not important enough to matter - probably just another money hungry alchemist... despite the fact that the idea it even was alchemy would not sit with him. He needed to focus on something else, something like finding the quickest way back to his brother before anything worse could happen.

He scowled, shoving both hands into his pockets as he tried to find something in his surroundings that would help him out. Wherever he was, Teacher hadn't come with him, and Al was nowhere to be found. A concept that left a nagging doubt in the back of his mind - as if he needed to even wonder if the homunculi were behind this. His thoughts jerked back to the present with the realization that his usually empty left pocket was containing something small and hard. Gripping the object, he pulled it out curiously, golden eyes narrowing as he tried to figure out what it was. "What the hell...." Torn between wondering if the item was a risk to hold on to, or the only key he had to start solving this puzzle he shoved it back into his pocket to worry about later and clapped his hands together - flexing his fingers as he turned the plate of his right arm into a blade, assuring himself that he had at least one defense to fall back on.

At least wherever he was, his alchemy was still working. Now he just needed to find someone that he could start asking some questions.

[Why do you want to play this character in Somarium?] I played Ed in Somarium previously and recently discovered a few of my friends have since joined and there's an Al in game now. I thought it would be interesting to give him another try with his brother around, especially now that I have a better grasp on playing manga Ed specifically.

[Which rule was your favorite and why?] Fourth wall rule is still my favorite. Still hate that happening without my knowledge.

[Where did you hear about Somarium?] apparently on app_this_plz two years ago

[Do you need a promo code?] Nope

[Any questions?] I think I'm all set.

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