“Water: 35 litres,
Carbon: 20 kg,
Ammonia: 4 litres,
Lime: 1.5 kg,
Phosphrus: 800 g,
Salt: 250 g,
Saltpeter: 100 g,
Sulphur: 80 g,
Fluorine: 7.5 g,
Iron: 5.6 g,
Silicon: 3 g,
and trace amounts of 15 other elements… That’s the total chemical makeup of the average adult body.”
Full Metal Alchemist/Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood.
The Basics of a Transmutation Circle
The Transmutation Circle -or Alchemy Array- always starts with a Circle.
A perfect circle is required for any Array, as it represents circulation. Whether it be of energy or of material, circulation is at the heart of every reaction. It also represents the equality with which Alchemy is performed, you can only gain in proportion to what you lose. Unlike Magic, Alchemy is bound to the laws of physics, we cannot create or destroy matter and energy, only bend it to our will. Which leads us to shapes used in the Array.
The Triangle or Trigon, is the most basic of shapes used to direct a transmutation. It represents the Mind’s understanding of deconstruction of Matter into Energy, and then reconstruction into another form of Matter.