What is the reason behind alchemists (from Fullmetal Alchemist) having certain abilities?
Mustang, for example, uses fire - all the time, and nothing else. Is this because it is his only ability as an alchemist? Also, Fletcher Tringham uses his alchemy, but it only generated trees, plants and other vegetation. It is somewhat remiscient of pokemon, how charmander is a fire-type, and bulbasaur is grass-type.
Can Mustang use his alchemy to do something unrelated to fire
When it comes to the alchemists in FMA, are their powers "typed" if so, why?
Mustang, for example, uses fire - all the time, and nothing else. Is this because it is his only ...
alchemy is the study of composition. So in that, imagine alchemy like school. There are certian subjects a person is perfect at, but some subjects that seem to end up in the D or F grades. Alchemists tend to pick an area of study such as combustion or biology and learn every aspect of it.
So it's not about types, but what people are willing to study. The show FMA is based off of some fact in alchemy (or what was believed that would happen) in the 1600's to the 1800's. The FMA world is just based on what would have happened if the alchemic equations are actually true and the composition of any object can be organized into something else, like a chemical equation. After I took Chemistry in H.S., I found many hidden similarities between the alchemy unit (changing the appearance of certain substances) and the show itself.
pretty neat, right?