Characters/Pairings: Roy Mustang, Riza Hawkeye, Maes Hughes; Roy/Riza, Maes/Gracia
Warnings: Implied sexual activity, although nothing explicit. Implied wartime violence.
Summary: Riza follows Roy into the military and all the way through the Ishvalan War. The two of them, and Maes Hughes, forge an alliance that sustains them through their nightmares in the desert. Set pre-manga. The title and all chapter titles are taken from a list of military terms that have been in use for at least fifty years.
Author's Notes: This is the prequel to my existing Elemental Chess Trilogy, so if you'are at all familiar with that, you'll be familiar with the way I tell my FMA stories. If you haven't read the trilogy, I hope that you enjoy this one enough to check it out; they're all on my FFN profile. This was my contribution to the 2011-2012 FMA Big Bang.