Added: December 7, 2011
Ed and Al arrive back in Central, only to find that the First Branch Library had been burned to the ground. Scar encounters and battles Lust and Gluttony in the sewers, resulting in a large explosion. Ed and Al's new escorts, Maria Ross and Denny Brosh, direct Ed and Al to Sheska, a file clerk who had worked at the First Branch, but was fired for spending all her time reading. Sheska reveals that she has memorized all of Marcoh's works, and then makes hand-written duplicates for the Elrics. While initially appearing to be a cookbook, Ed notices that is written in a code that Marcoh created. Ed and Al spend several days deciphering the hidden data, only to discover that the Philosopher's Stone is made from living humans. Ed asks Ross and Brosh to keep it a secret, but Armstrong learns about it using intimidation. Ed notices another hidden piece of information, locating an unused laboratory next to a prison, where raw materials for the stone were gathered. Armstrong tells Ed and Al to stay put, but they both manage to sneak out to the laboratory. Ed enters the building via an air duct while Al waits outside, unaware that he is being watched by a menacing figure.