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Meta: Wrong Turn 'verse and canon

The post-manga world of this 'verse was plotted out around Chapter 99. It had to happen: I got jossed. The manga is over, and as I start The Phoney War, I thought it might help for clarity's sake to provide a quick guide to where this 'verse goes AU, for those who want it. This story goes slightly AU from Ch 104 onwards: a few things went down differently during the Promised Day, with the consequences that a lot of things are very different two years on.

I guessed at what might happen when I plotted out No Small Injury in August 2009, but knew I would inevitably be jossed, so I also based some things on what I thought would make for a good story. Slight ending AUs are already very common in anime-based FMA fic, so my hope was that people would bear with me and keep reading. For the record, I really liked 90% of what actually went down in Chapter 108 and thought it was a fine conclusion to a wonderful story. (And this is not the place to talk about the 10% I am less crazy about.) But I got jossed, like many a fic author before me, and now I have this fun AU to play in.

Here follow the gory details of where things went differently on the Promised Day in this 'verse:

- Al's sacrifice still occurred, but went a little differently. He exchanged his soul's binding to the armour in order to save Ed from life-threatening injuries, but Ed did not get his arm back. Ed's automail arm got spectacularly trashed in the ensuing fight with Father, but the best replacement on offer to him after the Promised Day is a truly kickass new automail from his brilliant mechanic.
- Hoho didn't take no for an answer, and hitched a ride on Ed's intended final transmutation. With him there, Ed's confrontation with Truth at the Gate went very differently. What happened is detailed in Chapter Six of No Small Injury, but the consequence is that Ed is still very much alchemy-powered and clappy. The emotional consequences, Ed and Al's responses to Hoho's sacrifice, and Ed's frustration are explored in No Small Injury and The Phoney War.

- Scar and Bradley duelled, but a wounded Olivia Armstrong ended up finishing the job and sacrificing her life in the process. See Curtain Call for the swashbuckling details.

Many further consequences and events cascade from these two key divergences. These are explored within the stories themselves, but here's a brief scene-setting summary of the most notable:

- The power vacuum left by Olivia Armstrong was a political game changer which left Grumman vulnerable to a challenge from the old guard. In this 'verse, Grumman died less than a day after assuming the Fuhrership, from a very suspiciously timed heart attack. Grumman was a figure who could unite the old guard and the reformers, but his death left the military divided. The consequences of Armstrong's death and Grumman's are explored in The Riderless Horse. While No Small Injury picks up the story two years on.

- After the Promised Day, Ed is still the Fullmetal Alchemist, with the country in turmoil Team Mustang is all hands on deck, and his contract hasn't expired yet. After a summer of compassionate leave, Mustang orders Ed back to work. When No Small Injury starts, his contract is due to expire in a month.

- the different political set-up you see in this 'verse also has another consequence, which is explored in The Riderless Horse. Doctor Marcoh has, wisely for him, vanished into the shadows. Taking his Philosopher's Stone with him. Although the Great Cow didn't specify whether the Philosopher's Stone could bring about total recovery or just something of an improvement in function for Havoc - from the 108 epilogue, all we know is that it would take a lot of hard work, pain and sweat on his part - the Philosopher's Stone is off the table right now.

- finally, the most important and earth-shattering question of all. In this 'verse, at nineteen, Ed is 5' 6" and likely finished growing. Al at eighteen is 5' 10". Never mind, Ed, at least you can see over the top of the bar now.


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Sep. 13th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
What a great idea! Though I'm pretty sure I remembered all of these details.

Poor Ed is shorter than I am...that makes me laugh.
Sep. 13th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I thought it might help if anyone was confused about why Grumman isn't Fuhrer, where Scar got to, etc.

Wrong Turn 'verse Ed is two inches shorter than Mustang, who has, I believe, a canon height of 5' 8". Are you taller than Mustang? That would be awesome.

Sep. 13th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
Oh no! Last time I measured, I was 5'7" and change. Mustang beats me by a hair. I would love it if I were taller than Roy.
Sep. 13th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
Antenna + chunky boots = 5" gain in height. It's a tried and tested route to being slightly less of a shortarse.
Sep. 13th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Hahahahaha, time to pull out my platforms, since my hair is not long enough for an antenna.
Sep. 13th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, true. You could grow out a little Tintin quiff specifically in order to tower over Roy?
Sep. 13th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
That's a fantastic idea!
Sep. 13th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
Hee, this is fun. It is also my headcanon for the end of FMA. Woohoo!
Sep. 13th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Woohoo headcanon! *coughneedzalchemyEdcough*

Greed's death was so great that as much as I wanted him to survive, I couldn't bear to headcanon it away. Ling misses him so much I can see him burning incense sticks for him at the temple like a big sap ♥.
Sep. 13th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Well, you know where my headcanon for Greedo verges from Wrong Turn 'verse, but that is for another thread. Don;t need to confuse anybody reading this. XD
Sep. 13th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
I just like my sappy mental image of Ling and his incense. ;_;
Sep. 13th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
I know you do. XD
Oct. 27th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
oh, this is lovely! thank you so much for detailing the different plot points — not that the story is hard to understand at all (um, I mean, beyond any mystery you may have intentionally injected) but it's nice that you've taken the time. plus it's sort of giving me the same geekish joy that infuses me when I read the appendices to the lord of the rings...
Feb. 1st, 2015 07:13 pm (UTC)
Hey, I just started reading your fics
And I was wondering, if Dr. Marcoh ran off with the Philosopher's Stone, how did Roy get his sight back? Or was Roy never forced to be a sacrifice in this universe?
Jun. 19th, 2016 07:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey, I just started reading your fics
Latest reply in the world: I covered that in The Riderless Horse. Short version: Marcoh ran off AFTER restoring Roy's sight. He (correctly) guessed that the political climate meant that if he stuck around, Roy's enemies were likely to use his knowledge and his Stone to ill ends.
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