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    Everybody's always been here, but none of them want to be here anymore.

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    “What’s your deal?” Edward asked. “What do you want from me? Or do you want something from Hohenheim? Using me to get to him won’t work, y’know.”

    Ling’s head tilted to the side. “I don’t want anything. My ‘deal’ is that I want to be your friend.”

    “Bullshit.” Edward said. “There’s absolutely no way someone wants to get close to the 1st prince of Xerxes just ‘cuz.”

    “Except maybe the 12th prince of Xing.” Ling’s voice hovered just above a whisper. “The prince that knows how lonely being a prince can be.”

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    Roy Mustang turns to Ed for respite and comfort.

    He really shouldn't have.

    Or after a deadly, tumultuous beginning, Roy and Ed help each other to heal.

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    Roy swallows as they enter the capital of Xerxes. The hot sun burns down upon their heads, and his military uniform is terribly hot. The palace is up ahead, and there are crowds gathered in front of it. This was not what he had expected to return to.
    They had seen the smoke signals from miles away.

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    The stories of legend describes Xerxes as a holy city of learning and alchemy. They said it was a city of gold and wealth and learning. That it was alive.

    And then it fell, and all that remained were legends.

    But legends always carry a grain of truth… and Xerxes is not quite ready to relinquish the last remnants of her people to their fates.

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    Edward and Alphonse Elric are older than the Amestrians know. This changes everything and nothing. Can their secrets save the country? Or will they be what tears it down?

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    Perfect beings had no gender. They were God’s image, the embodiment of the Truth. This was a belief of the alchemists and, therefore, a belief of the people of Xerxes. The desert society was built on the values of alchemy, and their most central value was that of equivalent exchange.

    This is what Ling was taught in his culture lessons. Well, “taught” is a loose word- more like he learned it by reading the encyclopedia volumes that Fu gruffly tossed his way every day. As a prince of Xing, he had to know as much as he possibly could about the countries that he would be dealing with when he became emperor- presuming, of course, that the twelfth in line for the throne would (could) ever secure the throne.

    Ling could. He had a plan.

    Xerxes had alchemy. Alchemy had- according to those books- Philosopher’s Stones. Philosopher’s Stones gave eternal life. Ling’s ailing father, the emperor of Xing, wanted life, more desperately than anything. And Ling? He wanted the throne.

    Ling needed a Philosopher’s Stone. So, Ling needed Xerxes.

    Simple.

    Of course, nothing ever turns out quite that simply, does it?

    Tags updated: 09/20/20

    ON HIATUS

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    Slave number Twenty Three didn't know what to make of his new Master. The strange boy was nothing like other slave owners. Short on both height and temper, yet strangely kind to him, Master Ed seemed to know something about him that he didn't himself. Just what was it?

    (The story where time-traveling to fix the past doesn't work quite as Edward Elric intended, and lost family bonds are reclaimed. Van Hohenheim and Xerxes-centric.)

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    Ed and Al, at ten and nine years old, are taken captive by a military facility after their plans to commit human transmutation are discovered. They never got the chance to try to bring Trisha back— but the Amestrian military's experiments are almost just as cruel.
    Hope of escape is running short when Al is transmuted into a chimera, and Ed loses his hearing. Not all is lost, though, and little do they know that there's someone out there searching for them...

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    “I can’t stay here...I have things to do, responsibilities…people rely on me…I...I made promises…I have to go back...”, he rambled...
    “Then leave, Mustang; I won’t stop you,” Ed dared him...grinning as satisfaction filled him…and pity.

    Xerxes and Amestris go about forging their alliances in a very...um...pleasant manner

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    The ruins of Xerxes hides many incredible secrets. When the Amestrian and Xingese governments begin to work together to excavate it, they agree that the excavation should be led by at least one of the two remaining Xerxesian left: The Elric Brothers. Alphonse was excited to study Xerxesian alchemy and culture and wants to uncover everything he can. However, some secrets may be better off staying buried.

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    "Hey, uh, Win?" Ed said, gently rapping his knuckles against the door as he pushed it open. He swallowed and rubbed the back of his neck. "I'm, uh... I'm not going to be able to finish my client. I need you to take over. When you've got a minute."

    "What's wrong? What happened?" she said in a low tone, reaching out and grabbing his hands. "Ed, you look like... What did she say?" 

    "Nothing, she just..." Ed shrugged and did his best to laugh, but it came out more like a whimper. "She just said that I don't look Xerxian. That I'm supposed to have brown skin. And I might have snapped at her a little bit." 

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    “Tell me,” Ling began, voice deadly serious. His gaze was piercing, as though looking into Edward’s very soul. “How many people do you have inside of you?”

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    Edward was born earlier, to a much younger Hohenheim. Even with a much different start to life, one thing still holds true: he loves Alphonse more than anything, even if his beloved brother does stupid things like run off and join the military at age 11.

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    There was only one thing Ed needed to do: find a way to get Al's body back. He wasn't going to worry about cheerful soulmates, narcissistic colonels, or violent Xingese assassins, but life had a funny way of fucking with his plans. Ed was sure it was Ling's fault in every possible way. Plot-heavy Edling AU.
    Part I: Chapters 1-9

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    There is a legend about a country that vanished overnight, all because of humans' natural fear of death. The Philosopher's Stone is said to bypass the first law of alchemy, getting anything without sacrificing something in return. It is a reminder of how deadly avarice can be.

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    Edward and Alphonse grow up hearing stories. A tale of a young boy from a desert country, how he went from being a slave to a renowned alchemist, then being known as the last Xerxesian.

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    In this AU Roy Mustang still wields Flame Alchemy but is known as the Sun Alchemist, based on his family’s alchemical specialty. Having eschewed the military, he witnesses the effect of war on East Amestris, particularly on the community around his home in Resembool.

    The military is corrupt, the puppet Parliament still used to take too much from people with too little. With Fuhrer Grumman ousting Bradley in a coup some years back and talk of being on the cusp of a democratic Amestris, Roy wants to make a difference; except instead of Fuhrer he vows to be President. Best friends Riza Hawkeye and Maes Hughes promise to make it happen.

    He’ll need endorsement from powerful people: people like the Van Hohenheims - key players in Amestrian and Xerxesian politics. Xerxes is thriving…and full of secrets and sinister intentions. Then there’s Edward Elric Van Hohenheim who somehow knows the most damaging of the Mustang family secrets. Can he be trusted? Will Roy achieve his ambitions? Will he even want to in the end???

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    "Finally—I thought you'd never let me out of there!" says the cube, it's a talking cube, "You're horrible! You didn't even let me explain!"

    The cube's voice is high-pitched but not grating, with a strong undercurrent of distress and anger. But Ed's too focused on the fact that it's a talking cube to do anything more than stare. 
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    Or: Cube!Alphonse, the fic.

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    Gen had said there would be children among the adults. Young royals too. Edward stares at her as she introduces herself, bowing her head without breaking her eye contact.

    The first thing he thinks is how her eyes are bluer than the Mariste river.

    The second is how he feels his heart split in two parts.

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    Xerxes AU! Forbidden love between the two heirs of two nations at war. ON HIATUS ❤️

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    Three years on from the flames, the Hero of Ishval has gained himself the position of leading a diplomatic mission to the neighbouring kingdom of Xerxes. With his strongest allies at his side he feels ready to enter their brutal political realm, where every word has a thousand layers of meaning and every act can make or break you. He will learn the game. He will play it to win, and return home with another brick in his staircase to the Führer's office.

    But the game costs more to play than Roy ever predicted, and he will not be the only one to pay.

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    “When your greatest blessing goes too far with his alchemies, he shall fall into eternal sleep,” the glow-person says, with a wicked too-wide grin, “and the whole of your kingdom with him, only to be broken by a kiss!”

    Ed- Ed knows what that means. This figure has just pushed a curse onto- onto Hohenheim’s greatest blessing. His father’s greatest blessing. Male- not the kingdom- has to be a person- not Ed, certainly-

    Then-

    Then they mean-

    “You leave my little brother alone!” Ed shrieks, with all the fury of a five-year-old, running at the cloaked figure full-speed only to plow into a stone wall that rose up out of the Hall’s sandstone.

    The figure laughs. “Fierce little dragon. What a good protector you are,” they croon. “Not good enough, though.” And the intruder claps, once, and disappears in a flash of malevolent violet light.

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    Or; Al is a damsel in distress, Ed is a dragon, Mustang is a bit confused as to who he’s supposed to be kissing, and Truth was not invited to the party.

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    The first official political overture the small desert nation of Xerxes makes towards Amestris in over fifty years happens a year after the end of the Ishvalan Civil War. Though it is expected to concern Ishval, and the border between Amestris and Xerxes, or perhaps Amestrian use of Alchemy in the war, is has nothing to do with the bloody conflict, or it's relation to Xerxes' rich history with alchemy.

    It is a simple, polite appeal to the Amestrian Government – an invitation for an Amestrian automail mechanic to join the Xerxesian court.

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