He was born as a slave and manipulated into being involved in the genocide of his own race, then forced to live with the burden of having an immortal body filled with the crying souls of the thousands of people who had died.
He devoted at least a couple of centuries conversing with over 500,000 souls, getting to know each and every one of them, befriending them, and cooperating with them.
Hohenheim did not leave his children alone. He left them in the (more than capable) hands of Trisha, where he knew they would be raised well. He trusted that Trisha would be able to explain his absence to Ed & Al without revealing the truth about his body. He couldn’t have anticipated her death, and as he was travelling the entire country he had no way of keeping in contact with Trisha to check that she and their sons were doing ok (this is assuming the Elrics didn’t have a telephone).
Hohenheim had difficulty interacting with people, even his own family. He would probably have a very hard time writing letters back home, or talking to Trisha on the phone. He more than likely thought it best to keep his distance 100% until he could return home for fear of ruining any of his relationships with his family.
Hohenheim was immortal and had already lived for hundreds of years. A year or two probably wouldn’t have seemed like a long time to somebody with such a huge lifespan. Hohenheim likely still pictured his sons as young children, even after 10 years of not seeing them.
When Hohenheim returned to Resembool he expected to be greeted by the love of his life and his two young boys standing at the doorway to his family home. Instead he found a pile of burnt rubble, Trisha’s grave, Edward’s automail, and Alphonse’s empty body.
He completely blamed himself for Ed and Al’s attempt at human transmutation and subsequent injuries. He understood that they were lonely, grieving children and in his eyes the fault was all down to him and - taboo or not - the brothers had not done anything wrong.
Despite being the most powerful character in the FMA universe, Hohenheim was a pacifist and did not fight or injure a single person in the whole series.
He always put everyone else before himself.
The things which made him happiest in the whole world were all to do with his children. Alphonse trusting him, Ed and Al helping him on the promised day, Ed calling him Dad for the first time, getting to shake Al’s hand after recovering his body… his whole life revolved around his sons as soon as he met up with them again. He was willing to sacrifice himself for Ed and Al’s sake.
He died happy because he was so proud of Ed and Al and he knew that they had made incredible friends who would look after them for the rest of their lives.
Without him everyone would be dead.
All he wanted was a normal life.
Van Hohenheim was not a bad person.
Van Hohenheim was not a bad father.
He is romantically cheesy as hell
He wears glasses just so he looks slightly different to Father
He used to fly into an Ed-like rage whenever anyone called him unintelligent
The first thing he said to Alphonse after reuniting with him was, “My vintage armor!!”
One of the first things he said to Edward after reuniting with him was, “we have the same hairstyle”.
Author’s Note: This is my first submission for #Ash’s Round 3 Negan Challenge. The prompt is Red Riding Hood and is sorta of continuation of my first story, Sing to Me, although my OC doesn’t sing in this one. I picked the short title as it has multi-meaning: it relates to the prompt and it’s kinda what my OC feels at the end.
Word Count: 3,102
Pairing: Negan x OC of Color (African American)
Warnings: Some language. Goofiness, some smooching, nothing heavy.
Trisha sat in Arat’s room and drummed her fingers on the table in front of her. Arat busied herself around a box sitting on the table that had been brought to her from the storage room by Simon. Her newest conquest was a teacher at the Sanctuary and the box was supposed to be full of things that can be used for the children. Arat had asked Trisha to help her go through the box but Trisha wasn’t stupid; she knew exactly what Arat wanted. “She wants intel.” Trisha thought before Arat could finish asking her to join her. It had been a week since Negan had asked Trisha to marry him and while she went back to work as a Savior like nothing had happened, Trisha didn’t tell her commanding officer or comrades what had been said. They all eyed her suspiciously when she returned and the questions were written all over their faces. Maybe they hoped she would voluntarily tell them what had happened but they were sorely mistaken. “They must have asked Arat to ask me.” Trisha assumed with a shake of her head.
“So, what did you guys talk about?” Arat asked, wasting no time to breach the subject. Trisha ignored the question and instead took the time to look inside the box. It was nearly full to the top with books, toys and God knows what else. Arat was about to repeat herself when a knock interrupted her. Thrown off guard, Arat opened the door with a scowl. Toni, a fellow member of their unit, decided she wanted to know what was in the box when she saw Simon hauling to Arat’s room. “Great they’re gonna double team me.” Trisha thought and was about to make her escape when she realized that Arat had dropped the subject as soon as Toni was in the room. Arat mumbled to herself as she and Toni began to look through the box and Trisha took a seat, grateful for the interruption.
One of the things I like a lot more about Trisha in Fullmetal Alchemist as opposed to Brotherhood, are some subtle hints about some of her personality flaws. Like, you get the feeling she may have been pushing some unhealthy things on to Edward and Alphonse.
It’s very, very, subtle, as for the most part she’s just a perfect wonderful mother, but let’s take a look at what we know and what is said explicitly in the series about her.
We know that Trisha loved Hoenheim very deeply, but unlike in Brotherhood, it is never explicitly stated how much she knew about his true identity. From the looks of it, not very much. Hoenheim leaves her as a way of hiding his decomposing body, suggesting she hadn’t known about it before. Hoenheim also never made any promise to return to her someday, so from that we can assume when he left her it was probably a traumatic parting she didn’t completely understand.
Rather than resenting him for it though, or hating him even, it looks as though she just continued to love and long for him to return to her to the point it might have made her physically ill. Perhaps even, dying of a broken heart? (ugh.)
But yeah, I do find that to be the implication when you take into account her dynamic with Edward and Alphonse. Everyone else in the Eastern Region Ed and Al encounter despises Alchemy and Alchemists. Even kind old Pinako is wary of it, especially considering the death of her son and his wife. Hell when Ed and Al try to transmute her a doll, Winry breaks down into tears in fright. But Trisha is immediately delighted.
She lets them use all of the books in Hoenheim’s study and for the most part encouraged them to use Alchemy as much as possible. This is a stark contradiction to Izumi, Ed and Al’s other mother figure, who refuses to even fix a little boy’s toy train with alchemy because it would be unnecessary.
Not to mention the realization later on that Alchemy is essentially an evil practice that uses the energy of those who have died in the other world, so Trisha’s encouragement of it cannot be a good thing.
Then there’s the competitive nature of Ed and Al’s relationship that Al brings up several times in the narration of episode 3, Mother. “We competed with each other for her attention getting deeper into the science that made you feel like magic.” The reason the two become so engrossed in Alchemy is specifically because she encouraged it and obviously would give them special attention when they did a transmutation for her. As for the competitiveness, I do think it is implied very much in certain scenes that Edward and Trisha’s relationship is very different than Alphonse and Trisha’s relationship. I’m not saying Trisha played favorites or that she neglected Alphonse, but considering Edward’s more apparent obsession with both her and alchemy, as well as the fact that as the older child he was probably privy to more responsibility as well as the benefit of being the first born, not to mention his clear resemblance to Hoenheim both in appearance and personality, is it too farfetched to assume she may have been a bit more affectionate with him, letting him get away with more than Alphonse did. It would explain why Alphonse out of the two often times seems the more understanding and responsible one. Maybe even why he holds Edward in such high esteem, because it was obvious Trisha did too.
And then of course there’s the clincher, Trisha’s last words. In the manga and in brotherhood, they’re left unknown, but in the original anime, there’s a pretty dark twist to them. At first she’s laying out all the things her kids need to know, telling them where their money is, asking them to take care of each other and stay by each other’s side. But then she makes a very sad request of Edward, by asking him to transmute her a wreath of flowers the way her husband always used to, presumably to put on her casket. Now of course its implied she’s not entirely in her right mind when she requests this, and this is more of a subconscious want, but it says a lot about her and how she’s raised her children.
Alphonse says it all, she loves their alchemy because it reminds her of Hoenheim, the man who broke her heart and left her. So really she was almost substituting the hole he’d left in her life with her children, encouraging him to grow to be like him. Then her last request, is really just longing for Hoenheim again, and it seems pretty inconsiderate to Edward and Alphonse, considering how much Edward despises Hoenheim, (even at that age) and of course by ignoring Alphonse entirely in the request and making it specific to Edward. It’s just one sentence but it says so much.
And again, that’s not to say Trisha was a bad mother, like I said she’s still the perfect mother archetype. She’s just like every other character in the series, acting on a selfish impulse, maybe even subconsciously, without much consideration for the rest of the world at large. After all, how different would everything have turned out if Trisha had just encouraged Ed and Al to garden, or had scolded them for scaring Winry that first time? Like of course the first things these kids would do in the wake of losing their mother was try and use alchemy to fix everything. That was all she’d ever encouraged them to do.
Either way, it just adds a small level of tragedy and depth to her character that I found was absent from Brotherhood, where she was perfectly understanding and perfectly perfect the whole time. It helps me feel a bit better about her being fridged because she had more impact on Ed and Al’s story outside of dying.
some of them was abt pholus being a gifted child and was able to use some black magic to save trisha after dying. He sacrifices half of his flesh to save her (and 1 of his eyes) trisha lived as a zombie but she lost her memories. Since they are both made with half human flesh, they are very fragile compared to humans, but also because of this, pholus can easily repair trisha and himself again and again through dark magic
The two-parter that showed Diana in an entirely new light. I mean, damn.
So we start with a flashback of tiny!Diana asking her mother for a story. She tells the story of Beatrix, first of the Cavendishes, one of the Nine Olde Witches- there’s a big tapestry of Beatrix with a unicorn, and one of the Words written on it. It translates as ‘A new power and an old tradition shall open the door to the unseen world’. Unfortunately we don’t here any more, because Diana’s mother has Anime Mom Syndrome-
-where a character’s mom dies to create emotional depth in their child. There’s no known cure, unfortunately. For more details, consult the Trisha Elric Foundation.
A masterpost of YA books (and a few crossover MG titles) to be released in October 2015. Check out this month’s new releases below. Feel free to use this as a guide to this month’s releases, but please do not repost it in its entirety elsewhere. If you found this masterpost helpful, a like, reblog, or link back to Paperback’d would be much appreciated! If you know of a YA book to be released this month that isn’t on the list, drop me a message and I’ll update it!
A year after the events of Zootopia, Judy undergoes a quarter-life crisis. WildeHopps get together! Just couldn’t get this out of my head so here it is. Thanks for never judging me, Tumblr!
If anyone from the outside had looked into the ZPD office that evening, they would think someone had incited a riot. A second glance and they would realize the commotion was coming from the blue-clad officers, themselves. A cotillion of sorts was underway after hours, each of the attendees joyfully partaking of the food and drink spread liberally across the main hall. Except for one mammal.
After the incident, when Amelia had suggested she keep a journal she had been skeptical but at a loss for what to do she had taken on the task. Years later and she still kept it up, having filled almost a dozen notebooks with thoughts, feelings and catalogs of her discoveries. Sometimes she wrote in a academic tone, like Amelia. Sometimes it was an emotional purge of misspelled words and abused grammar. Occasionally she would write her sister a letter. But no matter what most every single entry ended with a question;