Edward Elric faces his destiny and the burdens of his actions as the chaos surrounding the quest for the Philosopher's Stone reaches full boil. Alliances shift and factions fracture when horrible secrets and undeniable truths glare in the light of day. Long lost faces from the past appear to the Elric brothers, while twisted rumours threaten to unleash a civil war. The enigmatic Scar prepares the people of Lior for the onslaught of the military while pushing for a bloody collision of bullets and alchemy. The sinister beings that pull the strings continue to wind them tightly around hero and villain alike. Sin, corruption and shocking revelations propel the Elrics, the Military, Scar and the Dark Homunculi toward a tumultuous climax. Something big is happening in Lior... the souls of all involved lie in the balance.