"Nature forging a baby"

Forget conception or little homunculi, just make your babies in a forge.

But when Nature, sweet and compassionate, sees that envious Death and Corruption come together to put to destruction whatever they find within her forge, she continues always to hammer and forge and always to renew the individuals by means of new generation.

[Guillame de Lorris and Jean de Meun, Roman de la Rose. From Bruges c.1490-1500.]

if the homunculi were on tumblr
  • gluttony:food pictures and text posts, doesn't go on a whole lot and does a lot of reblogs
  • envy:wellknown blogger who posts myspace style pictures of his dyed hair and makes a big show of how he says whatever he wants, he won't tag anything for followers because "you can't censor me"
  • pride:posts creepy urban legends and always types with proper grammar and spelling, doesn't follow many people
  • lust:fashion blogger, doesn't do a lot of arguing but is very well worded, rather serious
  • sloth:that person who has that really good url you want but has like one post and hasn't been on in 3 years
  • wrath:works for the site, wants everyone to use terms and conditions

King Xerxes was king of Persia from 486-465 BC. His wife was Queen Amestris. King Xexes was murdered by Artabanus, who then gave the position of power to his seven sons. According to Aristotle, Artabanus was then killed by Artaxerxes, son of Xerxes and Amestris.

This draws interesting parallels to FMA, where the country of Xerxes was destroyed by Father. Father then created the seven homunculi, and gave the highest position of power in the country to one of his sons, and the other homunculi watched over the Amestrian cities.

It is fitting, that Father, like Artabanus, was killed by Edward Elric, with a mother from Amestris, and a father from Xerxes. Like Artaxerxes, Ed avenged the Xerxesian people by dealing the final blow on Father.