Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist.
Characters: Pride, Dante.
Notes: Pride... and by gods, I am carving a cup of good wine about just now.
To make a good wine, one must select the perfect grapes. They must be chosen according to their color and consistency as well as the soil they come from. Then, with utmost respect, these grapes must be crushed into a mix proper to the type of beverage it will soon become, sugar and herbs handled under the delicate care of expert masters. A cleaning process, where excess are removed, before the precious liquid is sealed away for years into a barrel, hidden underground in a dark alcove.
Making a good Homunculus, is somewhat like making good wine.
Firstly, you must select a good man. He must be chosen according to his physical attributes and metal abilities, as well as the status of the family that bred him. Then, with utmost care, this man must be killed and then educated into the arts proper to the position he will hold soon, murder and literature taught under the melodious choirs of exquisite music. A cleaning process, where the last bits of humanity are removed, before he is sealed away for years into a prison, hidden underground in a dark alcove.
Like the delightful wine that will be poured into a fine cup once it comes out of its barrel, so will my delightful servant arise from his ashes, turned into the Ultimate tool for my schemes.
He's perfect: educated, well mannered, strong, skillful, deceptively kind... but above them all, he's proud.
After all, he is my greatest Pride.