Edward and his young brother, Alphonse Elric, started studying alchemy at a young age. When their mother died, they began studying under Izumi Curtis, a house wife. Once they improved their alchemic abilities, they returned home where they attempted to bring their mother back to life. In the result of the attempt, Alphonse lost his body and Edward lost his left leg. In order to keep his brother with him, Edward gave up his right arm in order to put his brother's body in a suit of armor. Not having any other ways to bind his brother's soul to the armor, Edward drew the seal in his blood.