Includes episodes 27 ("Interlude Party," largely a rehash of everything that happened in episodes 1-26) to 39 ("Daydream").
The brothers go north in search of May Chang and her Xingese Alkahestry (an alternative to their Alchemy) as they continue to search for a way to restore their own bodies. They meet Major Armstrong's harsh older sister, General Olivier Mira Armstrong, at Fort Briggs. By the end of this set of episodes, we're beginning to have a pretty good idea of the horrors behind the origin of the country of Amestris (where Ed and Al live). And, while it's looking dark for the good guys, we do see some hope that they can raise a resistance.