Campaign of the Month: October 2007

Beldorn's Reflection

End of the beginning

The servant noted that Greyscale Castle hasn’t looked this good in many a year. Most of the obvious signs of decay were cleaned up and others painted over. This was to be a momentous day for the Kingdom and the Dallian Confederacy. An actual King was going to resign and be replaced by another King and the resignation wasn’t to be fatal to the old King. King Stanescleu was going to allow another to become king of one of the Forlon Four, Luxor. The new king was both a foreigner and a non human, both of which were to upset the status quo of the region. The servant had heard that some of the royalty in some of the other Duchies were upset at this turn of events and some were rumored to be conspiring as of right now.

He looked to the other servants also polishing and cleaning. The rumor mill had been rife with stories of the new King and of his people. They were mercenaries, and although many of the mercenary bands that had wandered through out the Dallian Confederacy were honorable there were always stories of those who had raped and pillaged. The stories that he’d heard were that the new King was a Dwarf in command and had, what was it called a … genie, yes a genie as an advisor. The servant had seen some of the other troops in the Dwarves mercenary group who had gone to the east to find out what had been happening there. Rumors of the increasing swamp size and stories about three nasty creatures whom controlled the swamp were actually confirmed as the group returned and their stories spoken about. The Dwarf’s name is Saleed Ibn Al Lith. His name as odd as the fact that he is a Dwarf and on top of that he came from some far eastern kingdom to claim this throne.
There were stories that the Dwarf had survived assassination attempts at least twice and that the assassins were from Russ. The servant had been told that at least two of the members who went east were from Russ also. The servant had overheard that the half-orc whom who he thought was from Istellia was intent on rebuilding the old lab as part of his service to his lord and the human priest? Oracle? He was never sure what was a true priest was intent on creating some sort of service for the people of the land.

The servant had met the Dwarf and the Genie and had found both of them to be pleasant and humorous. They had treated the servant well, and although King Stanescleu had treated him politely, the new ruler had a sense of making things different for him and the kingdom.

“You know Khalid, that we’ll have to rebuild the Falcon Raiders and what passes for an army here. I don’t believe there are more than 3-5 thousand troops in the entire kingdom. Thank Helm, that our neighbors are too busy with themselves and the swamps help keep the Rus away and the Baldamarians are now afraid of the Raiders as a group. So we should have time to rebuild the army. My main concern after the corination is the Rus army. The Swamp will provide some cover and will take a couple of years unless we decide to use Druids to attempt to dry it out sooner. In the meantime, I will want some sort of regular patrolling on the eastern sector. I’m not as sure as the group is of Van Reeders loyalty to me but I will accept the groups recommendation for now. Make sure that whats her name Doinia, and Remus will continue their patrols along there and report back to me.”
The genie looked down at his close friend, “I really don’t believe that you’d be a King. There’s still too much fight in your blood. Being respectable, doesn’t really suit you. But you are right about rebuilding the Falcon Raiders and the misbegotten whelps whom form the troops here.” The genie stroked his goatee in a fashion that Saleed had seen many times before and knew his friend was thinking.

“I see the Russ as a larger threat than any of the other of the local kingdoms. They have attempted twice to assassinate you and we are still completely uncertain as to why. Russ is having its own troubles in Aponi and there is some struggle again going on with the Ice and fire mages there.”

Saleed also began to stroke his beard in the same fashion as the genie and the guards managed not to chuckle at the two of them as they strode down the hallway.

Leonid and Beso both were trying to warm themselves up with coffee that somehow would not get hot despite the fireplace that the cups were in. They looked about the great room of the palace of the Frost Mage Vassily Zhukov. The cold was penetrating and the two comrades wondered how long they would last before frostbite struck both of them. Zhukov walked into the room, the icy floor crunching under his thick boots.

He looked at the two, with a look of mostly contempt and sat down at the table they were at. “Even the accursed Ember Mages , agree with me about the situation at both Aponi and Luxor. We need to resolve both of these situations for the good of Rus.” The two of them looked at each other and then to Vassily, Leonid asked in a timid voice, “We understand the need for stabilization in Aponi, My Lord Zhukov but why Luxor. They are nothing but a gnat to be swatted aside.”

Zhukov’s look literally froze the both of them. “let me tell you why….”

A person looking at the woman would have noticed that she didn’t open the ruined door of an structure which was covered in vines and tree branches and just passed through the door. That person if close enough would have noticed a look of anger on what could have been a pleasant face.
The anger on her face also showed signs of confusion. She moved through the ruined structure. Damn was the first thought as she wandered about. She remembered after awaking, she took control of a dwarf and was trying to destroy the others whom attacked her slave. She vividly remembered the warrior who had destroyed her hat. She would avenge herself on him and then the others. First she had to figure out everything that had changed.

Anders, sweating under his chain armor covered by the grey tabard with the purple hand on it was holding his holy mace. He and the others whom had gone into the port of Ico Prane of Mirelle, to find the wraiths who were holding sway in this port city. He had been fighting the icy clutches of the wraiths and was the last survivor of the group of velvet hands who specialized in fighting undead. He had been with the fight for several months starting with the city of Vieta in Patula. He had seen three of his brothers and sisters fall as well as others in fighting the nasty horde. This was the next to last city to be infected. Quarantines of everything within the various cities had slowed the hordes of undead movement along the sea and despite the hinderance of the priests of Smerc and Ongeluka, they had been getting the upper hand. It was good that they had help from various other wizards, sorcerers and oracles in combating these creatures.

The night was dark with no moon showing. It always seemed that is was always a new moon or no moon. He was never sure if he wanted to meet them in the open or inside a place, although it rarely mattered. It was a warm night and even though he knew his armor would be no good against their touch, he felt it was necessary. A yell from his left, brought him out of his thinking. He began to recite the words that would harm and possibly destroy the lesser wraiths at least. A group came out of the shadows and were overwhelming the fighter so he channeled and several of their existences ended. He was hoping to continue hunt, the fighter had come out slightly harmed but he had scrolls to deal with the problem

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the sorta end for now

Sorte 12-30 501 4th age

The group emerged from the swamp and enjoyed a fairly carefree journey to the south avoiding swamp. They stopped a few towns and told the people that a new kingdom would arise from the old one.

The entered the swamp and knew that they were being watched. The weather turned foul and they were pummeled mercilessly by swarms of bugs and were attacked by Chuuls and will o wisps and other things. They finally found a decent sized tract of land within the swamp with a ruined structure.

Tazbane was using his ring of water walking to pull the boat into the pier and notice a set of bubbles heading under the boat. the figures were moving to take on Forge and one of the other guys. Forge being in a foul mood, just did in the bad guys and the others took out the witch whom underestimated the groups capacity for damage and was taken out rapidly.

The group headed back on the two week journey to the capital to await new challenges.

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are we finally getting away from all the wet?

Sorte 3-12 501 4th age

The group looked around to see what else was going on. Their vision was obscured by the blood and bits of enemies suspended in the water. The current was moving slowly so the obscurement rather thick but four of the Aboleths were spotted a distance above the level of the group.

The group swam up towards the creatures but were spotted by them and they summoned giant sharks to attack the group and cast illusions of themselves to slow down the group. More fighting ensued, Darrius pulled a dimension door spell to put himself up with the aboleths but eventually that cost him to be killed for a short period during the fight.
As the group dispatched the sharks a large shape loomed not as big as the creature that they had stopped before but still imposing, it eventually was revealed to be a Brine dragon whom the Aboleths had dominated, Again the fight was fierce with Franz burning up all of his channels to keep various member s alive.

The aboleths were destroyed and with that the Brine dragons mind cleared up. He was spoken to and professed that he now had a new purpose here and that was to deal with the abolelths.

The group began to swim back to the structure that they were originally heading for when they encountered a group of Marids who had been searching for them. They were escorted into the stalk where they found that there were many levels with openings in the floors and ceilings. Eventually they were led to a room where they saw a marid sitting on a throne inside a large open Clamshell. He had a jellyfish attached to one arm where they saw some of the effects of the Aboleths strikes.

He announced himself as Duras and asked why they were coming to his place. The group responded with the truth, that they were sent by Kuras to destroy him. Duras laughed and said that is always what his younger twin brother always wanted to do since his annoyance at being born second by mere minutes denied him the place he had always sought and that he was mostly an idiot for the most part. The group chuckled and agreed , for most of them didn’t like Kuras.

Duras then offered his thanks to the group and part of the discussion turned to the Aboleths and their invasion. The question was raised about if Kuras would have had a hand in bringing the Aboleths to Duras who said no, Kuras would be faithful to his people and that he would not work with the aboleths.

Duras then offered a reward to the group who accepted and Duras said that he would close the gate between the planes. The next day with a guard of 40 Marids, the group got back to the prime material plane where the leak was sealed up. The group then found Ioan one of the problems that had been left behind and told him to behave and that in the future he might have position to help the kingdom. He ended up being somewhat non committal and the group decided to deal with the problem to the south the half orc witch and the coven of hags that he had under his thumb.

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they look like Catfish
aboleths abound

Sorte 1,2 501 4th age

As the group moved with their prisoner towards the pens they were stopped by two water elementals and a marid. When asked who wanted to see them, the Marid replied Duras. The group gave up the prisoner and went with the elemental and Marid.
As the group was swimming, a large shark attacked the marid and it was noticed that another creature was shadowing it. Other sharks came from various parts of the compass and began to attack the group as well. Van Reeder found himself swallowed whole and had to resort cutting himself out of the shark.
Eventually, the sharks were driven off and the mysterious creature named an abeloth was discovered controlling the sharks. The Marid showed concern about the aboleth and decided to push towards the Duras residence.

As the group moved toward the Duras palace, they could feel impacts moving through the water. This again worried the marid. As the group got closer, they could make out lots of figures swirling around the structure which looked like a rose bush without the leaves and a pinkish white color anchored by a piece of elemental plane of earth. They could see a large crack in the structure and a large shadowy blob. Soon they could see other figures like sharks, dolphins , marids and whales and other things. They saw that there was a group of four aboleths sitting high above the fighting. They decided to attack that group.

As they were moving to engage the creatures, sharks and an extremely large creature appeared in their view. The group broke up to engage several things and while destroying the sharks and aboleths, their blows on the large creature wasn’t slowing the creature down and it bore in on the structure. The group killed the last aboleth just before the creature was to strike the structure and this allowed its mind to return to control and it just missed the structure.

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elemental plane of water
I hate all this water

Myscarah 31 Sortie 1 501 4th age

Kuras described the creature that the group would use to be able to breathe in the elemental plane of water. It was a smallish flat type of fish. Darrius volunteered to be the first to try it. Kuras said to attach to his face. Darrius gagged as something slimy went down his throat and he forced it off. He could feel the skin of the fish adhering to his flesh. Kuras simply picked it up and washed it off in the fountain that was still flowing into the prime plane.
Darrius tried again and didn’t gag on the slimy thing going down the throat. The edges of the fish adhered to the Darrius face and began to expand and contract as Darrius breathed. Soon however Darrius began to have trouble breathing. Kuras took him over to the fountain and had him go in.
Darrius tumbled into a deep blue environment, trying to orient himself. The fish worked well and he could breathe. Kuras was vague about the communications and the ability to cast verbal spells so when he spied a group of marids swimming by and decided that a magic missile was in order to test his ability
It worked and he watched as the marids moved up over him, under him and to his flanks. He cast improved invisibility on himself as the Marids moved to attack and Kuras then appeared about 20 feet away. Kuras nearly was attacked by the four marids but wasn’t. He went back to the group and asked about Darrius. Forge volunteered to go see if he could find him. Darrius in the meantime cast a light spell on his sword and became visible. Forge also lit up a sunrod and both saw each other, but were appalled about the time it took to close the distance
The group demanded someway of traveling faster and Kuras provided those mounts, dolphins. They were to hold on to the fins and were showed a way to give commands. Kuras also told them that they would be going through bubbles from the elemental plane of air so they could breathe. After some initial problems the group left.
The sense of alieness with the group as there was essentially no bottom or top for them to truly be able to orient themselves and the dark blueness of everything about them lent eeriness to things. The dolphins flying into the air bubbles and grounding themselves to breathe before leaving the bubble usually resulting in a series of smaller bubbles was different.
The group noticed an extremely dark shape in the water before them and avoided it. They were then attacked large blue skinned woman with a third eye which someone remembered vague references to an eastern style of demon, an oni. This attack caused Johannes Van Reeder to go into a coma, some thought him dead though.
The oni was defeated and the group moved on. They were tired after nine hours of traveling found a large piece of rock and noticed a tunnel going up inside it. They then went up it and found it to be a large air pocket and a place for the dolphins to go up and back. Four of the seven dolphins had died from the previous encounter. Inside they found a stairwell with a symbol that they recognized as the Symbol of Magica, Mystra) the goddess of magic. They followed stairwell up about four stories worth within the rock before seeing a sealed door. A detect magic was cast and the door opened revealing a woman wearing the blue and white of Mystra. It was found out that she spoke elvish and her Name was alaria. She spoke with the group and they found out that she got the word that she needed to be there from Mystra and that she worked with Duras, the twin brother of Kuras. The group asked about getting additional dolphins and if she knew where Duras was located . She gave directions to both and the group decided that they needed more transports and went to a spot where the dolphins could be gotten.
After finding the place and after some translations and haggling of exchanging coinage, the group was ready to make purchases when a group of three marids accosted them and were trying to put the group in a cell. They found out the Marids worked for Duras and a fight ensued. The marids were defeated.

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whats that?

Myscarah 25-30 501 4th age

The group trudged through the swamps to find Karathas the half orc summoner. They were set upon by swarms of insects, chuuls, vampiric mists and other assorted nasties making their time just plain nasty. They were a foul bunch when they finally met Karathas.
They spoke with him but he essentially said that they were better off to go get the creature whom was guarding the entrance to the elemental plane of water. Grumbling about a lot of things they left to remeet Ioan in the north. Ioan again allowed them to pass through his lands where the nastiness continued for the group. They ran into a black dragon whom seemed to be helping the creature that the others were afraid of. They found out it was a beholder.
The dragon went down , just in time to meet the beholder, whom launched numerous attacks which included distinigrates, finger of death, flesh to stone as the primary attack. It was levitating over a deep patch in the water to keep it away from the heroes. The heroes fended off these attacks and finally overcame the creature.
The group searched for a period of time until they finally spotted the site. A large chunk of land that had a fountain upon it. The group also noticed two very large creatures standing about on it. On of the creatures waved and a whirlpool surrounded the group and was beginning to suck their vessel down so the group used flight potions to get to the land mass where they fought two water elementals. Forge tried to swing at the fountain but instead of making contact he fell into the elemental plane of water where he quickly got back up the edge and back onto the prime material plane but as he got back on land two large watery hands grabbed him and began to pull him back in. Van Reeder and Taz attacked ferociously and eventually got forge away before he could be pulled in.
The creatures were eventually beaten and the group tried to figure out how they could close this particular portal. It was during this discussion that another creature popped out of the fountain. This creature was a sea blue in color and wore bright clothing. He asked if the group killed his minions to which they responded yes. The group began to haggle with him about the closing of this gate citing various reasons, eventually the sea green creature talked to the group about a problem within his kingdom, there was a renegade whom was causing trouble and if the group could remove him he would close the gate. The group asked for magical assistance to guide and survive their way about the plane of water and the creature agreed.

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views

Myscarah 21-24 501 4th age

I am awake. How long have I been asleep? Whose face am I discerning and bowing to my will. It is a dwarf. I am in his body. There are others, the style of armor on all of them is strange. What has happened to my home? Where did this swamp come from.How long have I been away? Where is Anton, My slave move to the pit. Good. Now jump in, I will direct you to my armory.

My spell memory is still good, put on the hat my slave, this is good, its magic still radiate. Now to take care of the intrudes of my demesne and to wreak havoc on my enemies. First a repulsion spell, slave move your hands and utter these words. Hmm, they are not chattel, I wonder whom they truly are.

My, such speed and he hits the wall. My slave touch him and watch him wither. His will is strong. Another rushes me and hits my barrier, I smile but there are spell casters in the group and are breaking down my barriers , I must maintain focus on the dwarf, these distractions are bothering me now.

Another warrior rises from a pit and I notice the strange metallic gleam of his sword. Adamantine, these are a powerful group of adventurers. Quit resisting my dwarvish slave. He rushes and by the seven doctrines, manages to fight through the barrier and he who shall be damned by me has destroyed my hat. I must flee, hopefully he will kill my slave.

I fly off. There have been changes here, I know not what age Im at right now, but this I do swear, Letica of the seven doctrines will wreak her vengeance on whom has caused this.

VEDOAS HEBREAN-Juan was playing with the other boys on the beach near the port when they stopped playing with the shells and saw a three masted ship heading straight for them. The boys knew enough to know that this was not the beach for a ship to ride up on. There was a particularly nasty stretch of reef along here and would rip the bottom of any ship that might be foolish enough.

The boys looked as the ship wallowed up and down as it moved towards the shore. The sails were at half furls and they could see nobody along the deck. They moved back away from the shoreline as the ship shuddered as it hit the first set of reefs. The sound of wood being ripped away sent shivers down their spine. Juan remembered hearing about ships from the ports of Patula being shipped out by ghosts and he decided that discretion was the better part of valor and went back home to tell folks about this this ship. The other boys followed.

BARSI PASS, EASTERN FULDA DALLIAN CONFEDERACY__-Saleed looked at the carnage that was the battle of Barsi Pass. It was one of the nastiest fights that he had ever seen. His genie advisor agreed. The troops were obviously from Baldamar but there were a significant group of Rus. The Baldamarians were well led for the most part. It seemed that they had some sort of central command that could see the battle field and used Clerics to help pass messages to the intermediate commanders.

The Falcon Raider losses could be made up but his heart was not as much into it. Retirement would be a good thing, he mused. Khalid the genie looked at Saleeds face and said “ thinking about giving this all up for some comfy footwear, a soft chair and a big bowl of pipeweed again aren’t you?”

Saleed just smiled “you know me too well”.

“that would kill you faster than the assassins”

“probably, lets head down to see what we can gain from this. I wonder if our compatriots in luxor are having fun. Its been nearly six weeks. “

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lazarus

MYSCARH 13-20 501 4TH AGE



The group took Van Reeder at his word and proceeded to find the center of the woods for the pond. The pond was surrounded by a thick mass of weeds and within the weeds lots of swarms within them.

During the journey to the pond, the group was attacked by a banshee whom the group dispatched with great effort.

The group got to the beach around the pond and looked around. There was a large rock formation that looked like a faucet that hung over the pond. Forge and Gregori were immersed in the pond and were revived. Van Reeder showed the group where he hid his treasure. The group had agreed to a 25,000 gold ransom for him and he provided the funds. His items were returned and he was asked to join the group which he did.

At the edge of the forest the group found that the Woods Giants had been slaughtered and the area of destruction indicated that a really large creature was involved in the attack. A little ways out of the woods, the group found a large site that had nearly 100 lizardmen whom appeared to be sacrificed by somebody.

The group left and was making a decision on which one of the three to attack first. Van Reeder told the group and it was decided to attack the summoner. Van Reeder also suggested that there was another power behind the three and that he had a servant named Lazarus whom had talked to the others.

The group was visited by Lazarus whom suggested that the group not continue their course of action and to leave the area. The group also met Ioan the oracle and his group of lizardmen. Ioan offered to let the group go through and kill the stranger that the three of them feared.

The group left Ioan and headed south.

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Two dead adventurers

MYSCARAH 13-15 501 4th age

The group moved out from the fight with the hill giants but soon came upon another set of footprints of similar style, the group followed the trail till they found an abandoned camp. This camp seemed to be different from what they expected from the hill giants. The group entered the woods and were promptly ambushed by not hill giants but a group of wood giants.

The giants were the final survivors of a clan that had been attacked relentlessly by Johannes Van Reeder and his pet dragon. They took the group to their temporary home and spoke with the group about what happened to them. They were also told about how to find Van reeders Hq.

Moving deeper into the woods seemed to trigger as series of responses against the group. First they were attacked by Red Caps, a phase spider and several spider swarms before being attacked by a large group of goblins led by a large creature.

Finally Van Reeder and his dragon came down and the final brutal fight began. Gregori and Forge were felled by the dragon and Van Reeder before the dragon went down and Van Reeder went unconscious. The group revived Van Reeder who said that he knew of a sacred pond that could bring back the two compatriots in exchange for some considerations. The group agreed.

The group moved out from the fight with the hill giants but soon came upon another set of footprints of similar style, the group followed the trail till they found an abandoned camp. This camp seemed to be different from what they expected from the hill giants. The group entered the woods and were promptly ambushed by not hill giants but a group of wood giants.

The giants were the final survivors of a clan that had been attacked relentlessly by Johannes Van Reeder and his pet dragon. They took the group to their temporary home and spoke with the group about what happened to them. They were also told about how to find Van reeders Hq.

Moving deeper into the woods seemed to trigger as series of responses against the group. First they were attacked by Red Caps, a phase spider and several spider swarms before being attacked by a large group of goblins led by a large creature.

Finally Van Reeder and his dragon came down and the final brutal fight began. Gregori and Forge were felled by the dragon and Van Reeder before the dragon went down and Van Reeder went unconscious. The group revived Van Reeder who said that he knew of a sacred pond that could bring back the two compatriots in exchange for some considerations. The group agreed.

The group moved out from the fight with the hill giants but soon came upon another set of footprints of similar style, the group followed the trail till they found an abandoned camp. This camp seemed to be different from what they expected from the hill giants. The group entered the woods and were promptly ambushed by not hill giants but a group of wood giants.

The giants were the final survivors of a clan that had been attacked relentlessly by Johannes Van Reeder and his pet dragon. They took the group to their temporary home and spoke with the group about what happened to them. They were also told about how to find Van reeders Hq.

Moving deeper into the woods seemed to trigger as series of responses against the group. First they were attacked by Red Caps, a phase spider and several spider swarms before being attacked by a large group of goblins led by a large creature.

Finally Van Reeder and his dragon came down and the final brutal fight began. Gregori and Forge were felled by the dragon and Van Reeder before the dragon went down and Van Reeder went unconscious. The group revived Van Reeder who said that he knew of a sacred pond that could bring back the two compatriots in exchange for some considerations. The group agreed.

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exploration

MYSCARAH 2-13 501 4TH AGE

Saleem looked at the assembled warriors and others of his merc company and read aloud what was proposed by the King of Luxor. The assembly looked amused and surprised by the proposal. Saleem told the group that indeed the Falcon Raiders had a new home and it would have to be cleaned up. As the Falcon Raiders that were currently there were under contract they would not be able to start the clean up and he ordered the group since they were uninvolved with the contract to go back and scout out what might be needed for the Falcons to make it their home. There was some discussion about the Rus assassins but that was relegated to some follow up.

Dragomir teleported the group back to the capital where they were given horses and supplies and a map of the eastern part of the kingdom. They were given names of the rangers and druid whom watched the eastern side also.

It was several days out before the group ran into trouble. A distressed bridge and a nasty troll. The bridge mostly hurt the pride of the group and the trolls were bothersome. The group then wandered in to a trap set by antlons and with more difficulty defeated them. They also found t he remains of some unfortunate wizard the group suspected with a scroll with three fireball spells on it.

Another day or so out, the group camped in a town not listed on their maps. They avoided a group of harpies. The group finally reached an inhabited village of about 75 souls-Lapi. They asked questions of the inhabitants of the town, while questioning them Cepol the ranger met them. Cepol spoke of the other ranger Petru and of the Druidess Doina
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He also spoke of the factions that were controlling the swamp and eastern side. The reason for the rising of the swamp as that there was a hole to the elemental plane of water somewhere within the swamp.. The factions were Razak a orcish witch, Anatol Zorgo a human sorcerer, a oracle named Ioan and to the west in the woods was a fighter named Johannes Van Reede who had a pet dragon. Van reede was a deserter from a merc company. The group decided that Van Reede would be the first target.

The group left and first night out ran into some hill giants who were dispatched.

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