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22 July 2009 @ 23:03


We have all watched Edward's struggle to regain his brother's body and undo the past. We have read stories in which he succeeds to do so, and some in which he does not. Now let's try for something different.
This time, let's ask: what if, ultimately, Trisha Elric never died?
Watch as Edward Elric walks a path markedly different from the old, meeting the people who will help shape his perspective, challenge his beliefs, further his science -- all the while getting himself entangled in a momentous mess that began centuries even before he was born.
Because after all, though a path might be deviant, no path is wrong.
{ written by iluxia, edited by aventria }
( also available on FF.N and AO3 )


Status: WORK IN PROGRESS
Genre: General, Drama, Romance, Action-Adventure, Political Intrigue, Mystery, Angst, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Rating(s): PG-13 to NC-17
Warning(s): Eventually will contain a major SLASH pairing. Graphic depictions of violence violence, possible future sexual content, language, moral ambiguity.
Pair(s): Roy Mustang / Edward Elric (eventual); Maes Hughes / Gracia Hughes; Alphonse Elric / Winry Rockbell; Jean Havoc / Riza Hawkeye; Edward Elric / Envy.


EXTRAS & REFERENCES CAN BE FOUND H E R E



Feel free to comment on this post should you have any questions regarding the information. It would help if you could point out exactly what you don't understand (quote it, perhaps?). We do hope this helps your reading. We would despair if we broke your brains with all the theories; we need those brains for audiences. =]
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31 May 2014 @ 05:49
Title: Catalysis (Full details, here. Available on Fanfiction.Net & AO3.)
Writer: iluxia
Editor: aventria
Words: For this chapter, ~31000
Genre: General, Drama, Romance, Action-Adventure, Political Intrigue, Mild Angst
Rating(s): PG-13 for this chapter.
Warning(s): Language, angst.
Pair(s): Roy Mustang / Edward Elric (eventual); Roy Mustang / Maes Hughes (past); Envy / Edward Elric; no other pairs established as of yet.
Story Summary: Work in progress. "Search for the value of that which you seek, for alchemy already knows." Alchemy knew what Edward wanted when his fingertips touched that circle, but Edward did not yet understand how value differs from price, how equivalent differs from equal. The Gate calculates with one small difference, and Trisha Elric lives - but the cost may be too high for Edward to afford.

( Chapter Summary: In which resolutions are reached, farewells are bid, and a new world begins to take shape. )

Back after two years of nothing! Yes, Catalysis lives! No, it's not going to be scrapped. Also, catalisis @ LJ will be shut down soon - it is time for me to leave LJ behind, methinks. It's been a fun seven years but it's not working for me anymore, so no point in forcing it. References for Catalysis can now be found here, and Catalysis will now be housed on AO3 and FFN only (yes, the LJ counterpart really is going down). Makes it easier for me to up chapters. (AO3, of course, will still be the better version, because it allows me to embed images, which FFN will not. Humor me here; I must have my perks!)

Edit: I will keep the LJ comm up for posterity, maybe throw up a post whenever there's a new chapter, but the full text will no longer be updated here. It makes it easier for me to manage, and easier is good, what with all the other commitments I have to meet outside of fandom. Ugh, adulthood. Go away.
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29 December 2012 @ 07:38
Title: Catalysis (Full details, here. Also available on Fanfiction.Net & AO3.)
Words: For this chapter (all parts), ~21000
Rating(s): PG-13 for this chapter.
Warning(s): Language, angst.
Chapter Summary: In which Edward is scared, Alphonse is wise, and Izumi is not impressed.

Part C: And as if that wasn't enough...Collapse )
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29 December 2012 @ 07:17
Title: Catalysis (Full details, here. Also available on Fanfiction.Net & AO3.)
Words: For this chapter (all parts), ~21000
Rating(s): PG-13 for this chapter.
Warning(s): Language, angst.
Chapter Summary: In which Edward is scared, Alphonse is wise, and Izumi is not impressed.


Part B: Edward faces more things.Collapse )
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29 December 2012 @ 05:57
Title: Catalysis (Full details, here. Also available on Fanfiction.Net & AO3.)
Words: For this chapter (all parts), ~21000
Rating(s): PG-13 for this chapter.
Warning(s): Language, angst.
Chapter Summary: In which Edward is scared, Alphonse is wise, and Izumi is not impressed.

Part A: Edward faces things.Collapse )
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30 July 2012 @ 15:56
My, isn't Catalysis very active these days! /o/ Woooooo progress! Two arcs down, guys! The next one is way bigger and way awesomer, so hold tight!

Anyway, I thought it appropriate to celebrate the return of activity by letting you guys in on a peek on how the plot drafts develop for each chapter! Some of you readers were curious about how we plot the story, especially given its complexity. Well, it requires a bit of juggling. We have three major files that we work with: a full plot outline, a story timeline, and a citation/quotes log. Outside of that, we try to keep the background information together in one place in my physical plot book, especially concerning character backgrounds, lineages, hierarchies, & histories. (For the lineages & hierarchies, we use Excel, as you can see in the Infopage.)

But each chapter has its own outline, because we are sticklers for flow & pacing. We do that by hand, because it's more flexible for us that way. This is how it usually looks like:

READ CHAPTER 8 FIRST!




Messy, isn't it? xD If only I could show you the canon infopage where I was working on picking out tiny details & choosing which of them to retain in-story & how. It's even messier.

Aaaaanyway, next chapter is underway, we are currently plotting out the scenes there. It's a bit of a stretch trying to sink back into the Edward mindset after having written Roy for so long, but the chapter will get done. Hopefully it won't take too long this time around!

We will keep in touch, guys! Hang around & give us some patience! ♥
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Title: Catalysis (Also available on Fanfiction.Net & AO3.)
Words: For this chapter (all parts), ~11300.
Rating: PG for this chapter.
Warning(s): And more angst!

Alphonse closed his eyes and let the words lull him into slumber. Tomorrow. It will all begin tomorrow.Collapse )
 
 
Current Mood: frustratedugh, LJ world limits. m*&%@!!
Current Music: Angela Aki - Koi no Kakehiki
 
 
Title: Catalysis (Also available on Fanfiction.Net & AO3.)
Words: For this chapter, 11300.
Rating: PG for this chapter.
Warning(s): Angst? But you asked for that. :P

Alphonse should have known from then that Brother would keep trying.Collapse )
 
 
Current Mood: two arcs down!
Current Music: Hisaishi Joe - Kuuchuu Sanpo (Howl's Moving Castle OST)
 
 
 
04 July 2012 @ 17:25
Title: Catalysis (Full details, here. Also available on Fanfiction.Net & AO3.)
Words: For this chapter (all parts), ~51000
Rating(s): PG-13 for this chapter.
Warning(s): Language, some sexual themes, violence.
Chapter Summary: In which lots of things happen, in Roy's point of view.

Part F: Growing pains and greener pastures.Collapse )

Also, you will have noticed that the LJ comm's layout has changed, and the story now displays on the new layout pages. We've found that this makes it so much easier to read the text compared to LJ's white pages, fat text, and nonexistent margins. Navigation from chapter to chapter is available on the sidebar, which never disappears, so you can always find your way. Skipping from part to part has also been simplified! No more cluttered links about!

You will all want to watch the "Liner Notes" page for the story (visible on the chapter index on the sidebar to the left). We will be changing things about to make it easier for people to find information. We will be posting a sketched map of Central within the next few days, along with other new bonuses such as character lists, historical timelines, and explanations of alchemical processes mentioned in the story - all to make the reading experience more enjoyable and the immersion more impacting!

We hope you enjoyed it! Let us know what you think~ ♥
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04 July 2012 @ 17:15
Title: Catalysis (Full details, here. Also available on Fanfiction.Net & AO3.)
Words: For this chapter (all parts), ~51000
Rating(s): PG-13 for this chapter.
Warning(s): Language, some sexual themes, violence.
Chapter Summary: In which lots of things happen, in Roy's point of view.

Part E: Machinations behind the veil.Collapse )
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Current Music: 30 Seconds To Mars - Closer To The Edge