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Riza Hawkeye fan pur sang. The woman is a badass.

Taken and very much in love with an adorable and arachnaphobic idiot, with prospects of a more permanent union in the near future. I'm currently making him watch FMA:B and documenting his reactions. For science.

lieutenanthawteye:

Even though this is one of the shortest scenes, I think, of the entire show, it’s one of my favorites.

On the surface, you think it’s just about Bradley: that his life is truly sad because he’s had absolutely no control over it from the second he was selected to be a potential Fuhrer candidate.

But if you read more deeply into the dialogue, Bradley mainly serves as a foil to Hawkeye’s character in this scene.

Riza joined the military academy of her own volition. She has her own goals to accomplish, her own motives, and her own reasons to keep moving forwards. The position she now holds is entirely based on her own decisions and actions, and on merit.
Bradley, I’m sure, is somewhat envious of that. Because he’s really only a puppet. Father’s the one pulling all the strings. He hasn’t earned his rank or status or even his power, and he knows it. Hawkeye, in this regard, leads a life far superior to his.

But look at the way she reacts when he tells her that he was able to marry the woman of his own choosing.
She freezes — stops what she’s doing entirely.
Because no matter how pathetic or sad Bradley’s life is, he still has something that Riza doesn’t: the right to be with the person he loves.

That’s what this scene is really about. Bradley is telling her, “Pity me all you want, but I have the one thing you don’t — the one thing you want but can’t have”.

She and Roy don’t have the right to share “I love you”s at the end of the day. And he’s having fun reminding her that she can’t have him. He likes to drive the stake in her chest even deeper than it already is. (I mean, look at the way the bastard smiles in that last gif).

And honestly, he probably fucks with her feelings like this constantly once he appoints her to be his aide.

I think it’s really interesting to see how people interpret scenes in various ways. Because to me, the scene does indeed go deeper than just Bradley’s sad puppet life, but not about him taunting Riza about what she can’t have. He’s trying to play her on a whole different level. 

He’s giving her a rare insight at who he is by mentioning that nothing in his life means anything. At first, Riza looks as though she pities him. Sad for a made man, a tool, an actor in a play over which he has no control. Pity for their adversary.

And then he mentions having to have had one choice; his own wife. There’s surprise in her face when she looks up as he says that. We’ve seen Riza hurt before, and I wouldn’t interpret this look in her eyes as hurt per say. There was something in Bradley’s voice - that even though everything in his life has been arranged, at least he has been able to enjoy truthful love, and that he is grateful for that (perhaps that is what he’s smiling about?) - that drove home to Riza the point that while partly homunculus, Bradley is also still very much human.

Now, we know Bradley is a crafty bastard perfectly capable of playing his subordinates much like a puppeteer himself, so he probably designed this whole conversation for exactly that purpose: to make Riza feel sorry for him. To weaken her resolve and loyalty to Roy by planting doubt in her mind. Divide and conquer. He sees her flinch and smiles, considering his plan a succes, perhaps?

But he’s forgetting one thing. Look at the determination on Riza’s face. Compassion is Riza’s strength - we’ve seen that time and again throughout the series -, but that compassion is coupled with an extreme perseverance. Riza is not going to turn from Roy’s ultimate goal just because she feels sorry for one individual. She’s not turning from the greater good for which she has fought ever since Ishval for the sake of one man’s plight.

I also like this scene for what it says about Bradley, as I think that while he’s playing on Riza’s compassion, he’s also telling her the absolute truth. He has shown before that he’s a master at manipulating and knowing exactly what makes his subordinates tick - why else would he place Riza as his personal aide if not knowing what it would mean to both Roy and herself? -, and he would also know that straight-up lying isn’t going to get him the result he wants/needs.

So he gives her the truth plain and simple, thinking it will do the job because it’s the truth. Whether or not he feels sad over it himself is beyond that (though I think he doesn’t, because again, he has experienced a love that’s true, and that’s more than most men can say). He’s just so caught up in his own intelligence that he can’t see Riza’s determination to bring him down despite all this.

Again, though - Bradley is also human. Part homunculus, yes - but he couldn’t, even if he wanted, discard his human heritage. And he doesn’t want to. He’s proud of it. A proud, stubborn marionette, tugging his strings in the direction Father wants, but in his own way. 

(via takumiusuis)

1 year ago
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So I started writing a sci-fi noir detective the other day. While I was thinking up names for my detective couple, for which I usually use Behind The Name’s random renamer as inspiration, I came up with a last name for one of them (Savege) and a full name for the other (Aaron Hawk). It then took me all my self-discipline to not use Roy as Savege’s given name. 

This was really hard, because Roy Savege actually has a great ring to it (better than Gladwin Savege, which is what I’m going with at the moment until I think of something better - if I even can), but it would be way too obvious for anyone who knows me. 

Why did I ever even have the noir Royai idea.

1 year ago
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hawkeyedriza:

lshval:

Fullmetal Alchemist Fandom Awards!
Welcome to the first ever Fullmetal Alchemist Fandom Awards, hosted by hawkeyedriza, queenerza and lshval.
How it will work:
To enter the running for any award, simply reblog this post!
Likes will not be counted as entries.
You can also nominate people for awards (off anon preferably) to any one of us.
There will be three blogs that win the main awards (first, runner-up and second runner-up). These blogs will be all-around great, and we will be counting on nominations to decide who the winners will be.
The categories:
Best Graphics Maker
Best Gif Maker
Best/Most Unique Url
Best Fanart
Best Theme
Best Fanfiction
Roleplay categories:
Best Winry
Best Edward
Best Alphonse
Most Hardcore Shipper categories:
Most Hardcore Edwin shipper
Most Hardcore Royai shipper
Most Hardcore Almei shipper
Most Hardcore Lingfan shipper
What you get!
The three main winners will each get an edit from lshval, a fanfiction from queenerza, and a gif from hawkeyedriza, plus everything the blogs from the other categories will receive.
The winners of the other categories will receive promos and followbacks from all three of the judges.
Plus a little extra surprise!!

Reminder that an RP blog for any character can be nominated, not just the ones listed! All are welcome.

hawkeyedriza:

lshval:

Fullmetal Alchemist Fandom Awards!

Welcome to the first ever Fullmetal Alchemist Fandom Awards, hosted by hawkeyedriza, queenerza and lshval.

How it will work:

  • To enter the running for any award, simply reblog this post!
  • Likes will not be counted as entries.
  • You can also nominate people for awards (off anon preferably) to any one of us.

There will be three blogs that win the main awards (first, runner-up and second runner-up). These blogs will be all-around great, and we will be counting on nominations to decide who the winners will be.

The categories:

  • Best Graphics Maker
  • Best Gif Maker
  • Best/Most Unique Url
  • Best Fanart
  • Best Theme
  • Best Fanfiction

Roleplay categories:

  • Best Winry
  • Best Edward
  • Best Alphonse

Most Hardcore Shipper categories:

  • Most Hardcore Edwin shipper
  • Most Hardcore Royai shipper
  • Most Hardcore Almei shipper
  • Most Hardcore Lingfan shipper

What you get!

  • The three main winners will each get an edit from lshval, a fanfiction from queenerza, and a gif from hawkeyedriza, plus everything the blogs from the other categories will receive.
  • The winners of the other categories will receive promos and followbacks from all three of the judges.
  • Plus a little extra surprise!!

Reminder that an RP blog for any character can be nominated, not just the ones listed! All are welcome.

1 year ago
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sceptick:

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(Roy/Riza, noir-ish 1940s au)

Roy stared at the bottle of scotch on his desk, deliberating. There was only a few mouthfuls left, and business around Mustang and Hughes, Private Investigators, hadn’t been coming in heavy, the last couple weeks. He should really save it for an occasion or something. But, on the other hand —

“I’ll be home by six, sweets, I promise. I love you too. You hang up first. No, you hang up first. Oh, Gracia, I couldn’t possibly hang up on a woman as sweet and talented and beautiful and wonderful as you! I’m a gentleman, you know.” From across the office there came sounds of giggling. “Why, you minx. I suppose not.” More giggling. Then: “But in all seriousness, Gracia, this could be a problem! Neither of us hanging up — we’ll just be stuck here on opposite ends of the line forever!”

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Because Noir Royai is totally cool, yes?

Now I want to make more noir gifs, gosh darnit.

1 year ago
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FMA Noir: Episode Royai - Into the Flames of Hell

Loyalty. Passion. Murder.

Roy Mustang has it all; looks, money, power and ambition. He is determined to climb to the very top of the pyramid; to become the Führer of this country. At his back is his most loyal and trusted lieutenant, his Queen piece, Riza Hawkeye. But what happens when he falls for her? Is his unwavering resolve worth anything when pitted against a passion so burning that it threatens to consume everything? 

What is perseverance when everything goes to Hell?

(Source: empressridia)

1 year ago
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Watched the dreaded episode ten with my fiancé just now. I was doing my very best not to tear up - I had to promise him that, because he can’t stand it when I cry apparently - but of course I had to sniffle despite having seen that particular episode twice before. 

His thoughts: “Very sad. But a little over the top sad with his daughter and everyone crying.”

Men. They are too rational.

1 year ago
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Roy’s no longer the Flame Alchemist!

fmahq:

I was rereading the manga series and I got to the last volume - just after the last battle - and was hit by a jarring realization that I couldn’t believe I had missed before.

Doctor Knox is talking with Mustang who’s lost his eyesight to the truth/gate. Mustang says that he’d be willing to give up his own portal like Ed had in order to get his eyesight back, but he didn’t have a toll to get back even if he did give up his portal. Knox then tells him that soldiers who lose their eyesight are discharged from the military. Enter Marcoh with the Philosopher’s stone, which he gave Mustang on the condition that reverse the current Ishbalan Policy and allow the Ishbalans to return to their homeland and rebuild.

Now then, two years later we catch up with Ed and Al. Ed’s fixing the roof and the radio is on in the house. We hear on the radio that “Brigadier General Mustang set in motion his bold new Ishbalan Policy”. We also catch a glimpse of Roy and Riza still in uniform in a stack of pictures at the end of the volume.

This means that Brigadier General Roy Mustang stayed in the military. Which means he got his eyesight back. Which means that Roy used the Philosopher’s Stone that Marcoh gave him as a toll. Which means he gave up his own portal. That means that Roy can no longer perform alchemy, just like Ed.

Roy Mustang is no longer the Flame alchemist!

Holy shit! This is almost as shocking as realizing that Roy was adopted.

If Roy can’t do flame alchemy then he’s just……useless! *cue the useless jokes that I’m sure his team threw at him when they found out*


But damn. I don’t know why this is so shocking for me….but yeah, I need to go re-evaluate my life up to this point. *shakes head*

Maybe I’m just a little on the oblivious side. But did anybody else catch that?!

The whole point of Ed giving up his gate was to perform the alchemy to get Al back without a Philosopher’s Stone. So if Roy used Marcoh’s Stone (and I assume he did) to get his sight back, then his gate would still be intact and he would still be able to perform alchemy, flame or otherwise. He does mention not having a way back even if he sacrificed his gate, but Ed didn’t have that problem, so I’m assuming that’s either a translating error or a slip-up.

1 year ago
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Faffing around in Photoshop a little, and came up with something high contrast-y for which I’m a bit of a sucker. Considering I haven’t uploaded anything in a while (semester started again, yay), figured I might as well! Enjoy the superquick edit. I might at some point get un-lazy enough to create some flames and barrel explosions or whatever.

Faffing around in Photoshop a little, and came up with something high contrast-y for which I’m a bit of a sucker. Considering I haven’t uploaded anything in a while (semester started again, yay), figured I might as well! Enjoy the superquick edit. I might at some point get un-lazy enough to create some flames and barrel explosions or whatever.

1 year ago
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hawkeyedriza:

In a just, peaceful world, after all that we’ve done, we’ll be seen as mass murderers. =

What do you think their fate will be? Will Riza, Roy, and other soldiers in Ishval be tried as war criminals?

My thoughts.

1 year ago
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littleroyaithings:

After Roy becomes Führer and restores power to the people, making a democracy of Amestris, he and Riza are indeed prosecuted for war crimes. His open willingness to receive punishment for his crimes and refusal to hide behind his being a soldier who only followed orders, gets the general public on his hand whether he meant to or not. 
In the end, Court rules that he is to be stripped of his ranks and dishonourably discharged from the military rather than executed. Riza, as his right-hand woman, receives the same punishment. 
After receiving their sentence, Roy and Riza are at a loss what to do, not having expected to succeed or even survive beyond this point.

Submitted by empressridia. Read the full headcanon here.

I was going to fic this, but I don’t know if I can even do it justice, haha. Maybe I should just give it a go, eh?

Also, littleroyaithings is a wonderful blog. <3

(Source: takumiusuis)

1 year ago
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FMA:B - Simple People

When it comes down to it, the life of a sharpshooter is pretty simple. We pull the trigger, and an enemy falls.

(Source: empressridia)

1 year ago
322 notes

I’m reading Robert van Gulik’s Murder in Canton, a historical Chinese whodunit set in the T’ang dynasty. It’s the last in a series of seventeen books, all focused on a magistrate named Dee. His character is based on the famous Dí Rénjié, a dignitary serving under Emperor Taizong, and later under Empress Wu Zetian during her Zhou dynasty. The books are really awesome and definitely recommended if you enjoy detectives, ancient China, or both.

The reason I mention this is because in Murder in Canton, the main adversary is a chess player, and I just got to the denouement where Judge Dee makes references to the game - however, not to the ancient Chinese version, Go, but to the Indian chaturanga, the predecessor of our modern chess game. The antagonist considers himself the King, and the woman he loves the Queen. His Queen has also just died. 

So you know, a sudden influx of Royai feels while also trying to cope with the fact that one of my favourite characters dies in a couple of pages. 

And that was today’s installment of random snippets of Ridia’s life. I promise I’ll get to giffing something good soon, I’ve been a little busy with some other projects I had running. 

1 year ago
5 notes

I couldn’t get rid of the FMA Noir idea I had, so instead of spending today doing useful things such as studying, sewing, or cleaning, I’m going to attempt to edit this. This can go all sorts of wrong…

ETA: Christ, I’m so glad that’s done and looks remotely decent! Tumblr was being a fucking bitch about uploading it, too. I think I had to reload the gifs at least four times before they all worked and were in the proper order, hot damn.

My favourites are the second and third, I think those worked out the best. 

1 year ago
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Roy’s no longer the Flame Alchemist!

elizabethmustang:

empressridia:

fmahq:

I was rereading the manga series and I got to the last volume - just after the last battle - and was hit by a jarring realization that I couldn’t believe I had missed before.

Doctor Knox is talking with Mustang who’s lost his eyesight to the truth/gate. Mustang says that he’d be willing to give up his own portal like Ed had in order to get his eyesight back, but he didn’t have a toll to get back even if he did give up his portal. Knox then tells him that soldiers who lose their eyesight are discharged from the military. Enter Marcoh with the Philosopher’s stone, which he gave Mustang on the condition that reverse the current Ishbalan Policy and allow the Ishbalans to return to their homeland and rebuild.

Now then, two years later we catch up with Ed and Al. Ed’s fixing the roof and the radio is on in the house. We hear on the radio that “Brigadier General Mustang set in motion his bold new Ishbalan Policy”. We also catch a glimpse of Roy and Riza still in uniform in a stack of pictures at the end of the volume.

This means that Brigadier General Roy Mustang stayed in the military. Which means he got his eyesight back. Which means that Roy used the Philosopher’s Stone that Marcoh gave him as a toll. Which means he gave up his own portal. That means that Roy can no longer perform alchemy, just like Ed.

Roy Mustang is no longer the Flame alchemist!

Holy shit! This is almost as shocking as realizing that Roy was adopted.

If Roy can’t do flame alchemy then he’s just……useless! *cue the useless jokes that I’m sure his team threw at him when they found out*


But damn. I don’t know why this is so shocking for me….but yeah, I need to go re-evaluate my life up to this point. *shakes head*

Maybe I’m just a little on the oblivious side. But did anybody else catch that?!

The whole point of Ed giving up his gate was to perform the alchemy to get Al back without a Philosopher’s Stone. So if Roy used Marcoh’s Stone (and I assume he did) to get his sight back, then his gate would still be intact and he would still be able to perform alchemy, flame or otherwise. He does mention not having a way back even if he sacrificed his gate, but Ed didn’t have that problem, so I’m assuming that’s either a translating error or a slip-up.

Yeah, Roy used the Philosopher’s stone so he didn’t need to sacrifice anything else. He got back his eyesight and retained his alchemy. The only reason Ed was able to give up his gate and still get back was because he could return through Al’s gate, since Al was there.

Ah! The backdoor through Al’s gate was what I was forgetting, I knew there was something I missed. 

1 year ago
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FMA:B - Episode 57

"You keep leaving your back wide open, sir.""Well, I gotta give you something to do.&#8221;

This scene is one of my favourite examples on why Riza Hawkeye puts the badass in Team Mustang. They&#8217;re fighting these Führer candidates, who haven&#8217;t been doing anything with their lives but fight, fight, and fight some more, and it&#8217;s taking our protagonists a lot of effort to even land a few hits on the guys.
Then Riza and Roy end up back to back, and Roy seems to take the opportunity to give her a self-satisfied smirk. Riza on the other hand, is not letting her guard down for a single moment, shooting the threat behind Roy. Of course, for a moment he might think that she was firing at him - his expression certainly indicates shock. Then he looks back, and realizes that crap, this could&#8217;ve been his last smirk ever.
The real kicker is when Riza scolds him for leaving his back open. He tries to save some face by saying that he just wants her to have something to do, but he isn&#8217;t fooling any of us. I&#8217;m pretty sure the fist to the face the next Führer-candidate receives is Roy&#8217;s way of trying to deal with that. 
Oh, Roy. You&#8217;re a lucky man to have Riza at your back.

FMA:B - Episode 57

"You keep leaving your back wide open, sir."
"Well, I gotta give you something to do.”

This scene is one of my favourite examples on why Riza Hawkeye puts the badass in Team Mustang. They’re fighting these Führer candidates, who haven’t been doing anything with their lives but fight, fight, and fight some more, and it’s taking our protagonists a lot of effort to even land a few hits on the guys.

Then Riza and Roy end up back to back, and Roy seems to take the opportunity to give her a self-satisfied smirk. Riza on the other hand, is not letting her guard down for a single moment, shooting the threat behind Roy. Of course, for a moment he might think that she was firing at him - his expression certainly indicates shock. Then he looks back, and realizes that crap, this could’ve been his last smirk ever.

The real kicker is when Riza scolds him for leaving his back open. He tries to save some face by saying that he just wants her to have something to do, but he isn’t fooling any of us. I’m pretty sure the fist to the face the next Führer-candidate receives is Roy’s way of trying to deal with that. 

Oh, Roy. You’re a lucky man to have Riza at your back.

1 year ago
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