After the Ishval Civil War, the surviving Ishvalans were forced to flee their homeland and live in slums outside cities. But war is a time when many painful memories are born, and many of those memories may not be the truth.
Scar is recuperating from the wounds he suffered at Laboratory 5 in the Ishvalan camp nursed by Rick and his older brother Rio, though he concentrates on his experience instead of taking his medicine. However, a group of mercenaries, which includes the former Lab 5 guardian Barry, attack the camp intent on the genocide of the Ishvalan people, with their leader using a specialized backpack that can use alchemy to massacre the area. While the boys' grandfather believes this destruction as an act of Ishvala, Scar knows it is the work of evil men. Al walks through the rain in Central, remembering his argument with Ed, wondering why he didn't answer and also if the memories of his mother are fake too. Meanwhile, Rio and Rick are on the run for stealing food, and during their escape from the store owner, Rick trips and loses his necklace. They coincidentally hide in the same spot where Al is and he recognizes them as Ishbalans. As Winry and Ed work on finding Al, with Ed still bitter about what he wanted to say to Al, Al is led by the boys to the sewers where the Ishbalan camp had moved to. While there, Al and Scar meet up, which Scar explains to the boy's grandfather he is not with the military and both of them keep the details of how they know each other's secret. Once Al agrees to the grandfather's wish of keeping their location secret, Al learns that the reason for their hiding is due to the State Military's genocidal intentions against them.
However, when Rick realizes he dropped his mother's locket while escaping earlier, against Rio's advice, Rick goes to retrieve it with Rio, Scar, and Al right behind him. While trailing the boys, Scar comments to Al that it's easier for him if Al has parted ways with Ed. Rick finds the locket unaware the mercenaries are monitoring him and Rio who get permission from Juliet Douglas over the phone to find their hideout. On the way back, Al learns that the keepsake from their mother is welded shut so it can't open, and that Rio is very bitter about his mother. Arriving back at the entrance to the sewers, Rick is captured when checking if there was no one around. Scar and Al fight together to get rid of the mercenaries, but they escape with Rick. Al contacts 2nd Lt. Ross, who learns about the mercenaries and where their hideout is. Driving there with Scar, along with Rio and his grandfather due to their loyalty to Rick, Al hears as Rio mentioned their mother abandoned them. As Ross informs Ed what is happening, Rio reveals that during the Ishval Civil War, he and Rick went downstairs in secret while their mother prayed to Ishvala and they witnessed the military breaking down their front door. Rick saw their mother ran away in fear to a room seconds before it blew up, which killed her. Rio reveals that despite the locket being around, he swore to protect Rick and never mention what happened that day.
Despite the mercenaries expecting them, Al and Scar use their alchemy abilities to launch a surprise attack to quickly rescue Rick, and while Scar faces against their leader, Al faces against Barry again. Barry taunts him, weakening Al's resolve again, and just as Barry takes advantage of Al being knocked down by a bazooka shot, Ed arrives, stopping Barry's attack. Once Winry arrives too, revealing that she and Ed were worried about Al and after he creates a wall to protect themselves, Ed reveals to Al the thing he was hesitant to mention is if Al hated him for putting him into the armor. With renewed resolve, Al fends off Barry's next attack, telling Ed that he doesn't hate him, and Scar uses his tattooed arm to block the mercenary leader's alchemy attack before defeating him. As Ed identifies himself as a State Alchemist much to the leaders' shock, Barry tries to attack Ed to get revenge for being partly responsible for his soul being put in a new body, but Scar intervenes, blowing Barry's armor in half. The Blood Rune from the upper half of Barry's armor combines with the backpack in an unstable alchemical reaction, causing an explosion and taking Barry with it, though the mercenary leader barely escaped the explosion.
However, one of the knives from the backpack hits Rick, who survives thanks to the locket and that it forced it open. Their grandfather noticing some pills stored inside and reveals their mother had an eye disease that affected her eyesight which explains the boys' rough upbringing because she was trying to do her best despite her condition. When a tearful Rio realizes she was looking for them on that day, he quietly lets go of his past hatred of her. The mercenary leader is murdered by Douglas' mysterious water powers while questioning her about Ed's involvement in their operation. The Elrics and Winry say goodbye to Scar and the Ishvalans who are going to travel by water to join up with another Ishvalan group. Rio thanks Al for his help and the two promise to hold onto their memories and Scar answers Al's previous question that he is human. Ed asks about the rumor of a Philosopher's Stone in Ishbal, which Scar replies there was interest, but refuses to comment about one being made. Al convinces Ed to let Scar travel with the group since they need him, and after watching the Ishvalans leave, the Elrics talk about their own memories while returning to the city with Winry.
- Though Scar previously blew off the right arm from Barry's armor three episodes ago, it mysteriously returns here undamaged. It could be implied that he simply got it repaired somewhere, but the fact that Ed always has to repair Alphonse himself, in a very specific manner no less, raises questions on how Barry, another suit of vintage armor, could be so easily repaired without the aid of alchemy, or if Barry even happened to know any alchemists willing to do such a job.
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