Upward from Land's End

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Antapkos: 42(athletics)
Siofrita: 26(athletics)
Cormorante: 44(strength)
Britta: 24(soullessness)
Sprthnt: 26(motility)
Kuwaia: 26(strength)
Cormorante: 180 + 90 = 270, 360, 450, 540
Kuwaia: 180 + 90 = 270, 360, 450, 540
Antapkos: 196 + 100 = 296, 396, 496
Britta: 208 + 90 = 298, 388, 478, 568
Hazers: 321 + 270 = 591
Siofrita: 381 + 270 = 651
Sprthnt: 392 + 270 = 662
H1: Body: 10 - 10 = 0, incapacitated. (cormorante)
H2: Mind: 10 - 4 = 6 - 9 = -3, unconscious. (britta)
H3: Body: 10 - 12 = -2, incapacitated. (kuwaia)
H4: Body: 10 - 13 = -3, incapacitated. (antapkos)
H4: Body: 10 - 11 = -1, incapacitated. (siofrita)
H5: Body: 10 - 10 = 0 - 7 = -7, incapacitated. (sprthnt)
H6: Body: 10 - 8 = 2 - 16 = -14, incapacitated. (cormorante)
H7: Mind: 10 - 10 = 0, unconscious. (britta)
H8: Body: 10 - 8 = 2 - 16 = -14, incapacitated. (kuwaia)
H9: Body: 10 - 11 = -1, incapacitated. (antapkos)
H10: Body: 10 - 13 = -3, incapacitated. (siofrita)
H11: Body: 10 - 12 = -2 - 2 = -4, incapacitated. (sprthnt)
H12: Body: 10 - 12 = -2, incapacitated. (antapkos)
H13: Body: 10 - 13 = -3, incapacitated. (siofrita)
H14: Body: 10 - 12 = -2, incapacitated. (sprthnt)
H15-23: (guards)
No longer having to face multiple opponents, Cormorante, Britta, and Kuwaia quickly subdue their remaining opponents. The crude weaponry used by the Medderin Hazers is clumsy and slow, at best. Antapkos, Siofrita, and Sprthnt, all incapacitate another foe. All members of the Sojourn Six are completely free of opponents.

Mishka and the head guard, both cripple their opponents while only receiving minor injury. The other seven guards are about evenly matched. Four are significantly injured but are able to incapacitate a single foe, each. Three are only slightly injured while incapacitating a single foe, each. Of the original two clans of Hazers who were cooperating to stage the ambush, only seven individuals remain capable of moving. All of these run, abandoning their fallen kin. Of the 23 bodies that litter the field of battle, only two are unconscious.

Something Vyerbluth would likely have never done, Mishka pays a compliment. “I am certainly glad you six decided to join us. This ambush could have gone completely the other direction. Do any of you have knowledge to render physical aid?”
Antapkos: full wellness
Sioftrita: full wellness
Cormorant: full wellness
Britta: full wellness
Sprthnt: full wellness
Tunic: 48
Kuwaia: full wellness
nothing at this time
OOC: Each character receives 5 DP. State nominal actions and intentions and provide a random roll.
 

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Eric Zephlaer

Gaming Aficianado
Britta acknowledges Mishka. “I worked with Maeli, the herbalist in South Road Fair. Let me see if I can find any herbs. I will help.” Whether she finds any beneficial herbs or not, she will pretend that she has, so that the caravaners will not know that she is a Bender.

Siofrita and Sprthnt both explain that they have some experience with dressing wounds from battle, having been on many hunting parties. Sprthnt says, “We will check the surrounding area on the opposite side of the road from Britta. Herbs will help.”

Antapkos, Cormorante, and Kuwaia, will glean the battle area, also helping the wounded back to the wagons.
OOC: 75
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Siofrita: 31(prospecting) + 26(smell) + 75(d100) = 132
Britta: 41 + 24(tuning) + 75 = 140
Sprthnt: 41 + 75 = 116
Antapkos: 28(medicine) + 43(restore) + 75(d100) = 146
Siofrita: 31 + 23 + 75 = 129
Cormorante: 23 + 44 + 75 = 142
Britta: 31 + 25 + 75 = 131
Sprthnt: 42 + 31 + 75 = 148
Kuwaia: 28 + 26 + 75 = 129
While gleaning the field, the three locate, on the bodies of the fallen, 3 bags of edible seeds, 5 bags of dried meat, a piece of lighter pine, a pouch of dried herbs, a pouch of dried flowers, and a lizard claw necklace. The dried herb is recognized as a type of Mend Leaf, which allows Britta to locate 2 more measures of a suitable variety out in the scrub, while Siofrita also locates a measure from the opposite side of the road.

Returning, shortly, to the main group, Siofrita, Britta, and Sprthnt begin to tend to the wounds of the guards. Though it will not be of medicinal use, the measures of herbs are divided in half so that they can be applied to 8 different guards. Though they could have been helpful, it was more important to use the herbs to disguise the talent to bend waylines. The party members can readily accelerate their own natural restoration process without any need for an outward display of any action.

By the morning, no one is the worse for wear, especially the Sojourn Six, and the caravaners profess their astonishment at the medicinal skills of Britta, thinking the herb is the reason for the accelerated rate of recovery. A great amount of talk is conducted concerning the group’s opinion that Mishka should offer Britta a permanent position as the official “Medicini” for the caravan. Mishka offers to take the suggestion into consideration.

It appears that the caravan will be able to get underway without any further downtime.
Antapkos: full wellness
Sioftrita: full wellness
Cormorant: full wellness
Britta: full wellness
Sprthnt: full wellness
Tunic: 48
Kuwaia: full wellness
nothing at this time
OOC: Each character receives 5 DP. State nominal actions and intentions and provide a random roll.
 

Eric Zephlaer

Gaming Aficianado
As the caravan continues to travel, Britta will discuss the proposal with Cormorant. If he is unwilling to remain with her, she will not stay, but time is not pressing and a decision does not need to be made immediately. The lighter pine will be given to the cook and its use explained, if the cook is unfamiliar with it. The dried flowers and lizard claws will be examined, during the walk, to determine if and what mystical proclivity they may harbor. Otherwise, travel, scouting and hunting are conducted as usual.
OOC: 65
 
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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Antapkos: 29(perception) + 42(smell) + 65(d100) = 136
Siofrita: 41 + 26 + 65 = 132
Cormorante: 23 + 44(hearing) + 65 = 132
Britta: 41 + 24(tuning) + 65 = 130
Sprthnt: 41 + 31(hearing) + 65 = 137
Kuwaia: 29 + 26 + 65 = 120
During the evening of one of the five days required for the caravan to clear the pass and enter the sands of the Ansylin Desert, while still in the scrubland of the Pass, when the Sojourn Six were out on a hunting foray, Kuwaia discovered a pod of desert lizards eating upon the carcass of some animal. Intent upon their food, the four lizards, which were all about the size of a person, had not yet seen or heard the young woman. It would be possible to ignore them and move on but not likely to approach without being discovered.
Antapkos: full wellness
Sioftrita: full wellness
Cormorant: full wellness
Britta: full wellness
Sprthnt: full wellness
Tunic: 48
Kuwaia: full wellness
nothing at this time
OOC: Each character receives 5 DP. State nominal actions and intentions and provide a random roll.
 

Eric Zephlaer

Gaming Aficianado
Being pragmatic about all things except her amorous intent toward Sprthnt, Kuwaia gestured over at her Heartmate, who was closest to her, to get the attention of whomever else was next closest to him and so forth until the attention of all of the Sojourn Six had been acquired, to allow everyone to quietly convene on her location. She had no desire to allow the opportunity for the collection of that much meat plus the lizard skins to go unattempted.

Without alerting their attention, everyone would try to surround the pod of lizards and assault at the same time. Kuwaia and Britta would initially charge. Cormorant would do so after launching a single spear. Antapkos would do so after launching both of his. Siofrita and Sprthnt would remain at short bow range to make the best use of their bows. The party hoped to be able to take at least two of the beasts.
OOC: 75
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Antapkos: 35(stealth) + 42(camo) + 75(d100) = 152
Siofrita: 33 + 26 + 75 = 134
Cormorante: 23 + 42(soullessness) + 75 = 140
Britta: 41 + 24 + 75 = 140
Sprthnt: 31 + 31 + 75 = 137
Kuwaia: 40 + 26 + 75 = 141

Lizards: 120(wariness) + 85(d100) = 205
Antapkos: 28(readiness) + 30(speed) + 42(clarity) + 75(d100) = 175
Siofrita: 23 + 42 + 26 + 75 = 166
Cormorante: 24 + 24 + 31 + 75 = 154
Britta: 25 + 31 + 27 + 75 = 158
Sprthnt: 26 + 31 + 22 + 75 = 154
Kuwaia: 41 + 30 + 24 + 75 = 170
Lizards: 50 + 85 = 135
Whether the individual people can be accurately tracked is not immediately known, but the lizards evidently have outstanding hearing. Despite the precautions taken in the approach, all four of the lizards jerk their heads away from the carcass and begin to look about for danger, turning completely away from their food. The party did not move closer than medium range for either bow or javelin.
Antapkos: full wellness
Sioftrita: full wellness
Cormorant: full wellness
Britta: full wellness
Sprthnt: full wellness
Tunic: 48
Kuwaia: full wellness
nothing at this time
OOC: Each character receives 5 DP. State combat actions and intentions and provide 2 random rolls.
 

Eric Zephlaer

Gaming Aficianado
Antapkos will mystically enhance his athletic skill, as he takes a few more steps forward to launch his first javelin. Siofrita will enhance her athletic skill but maintain her current position to fire at her nearest lizard, which happens to be the same target as Antapkos. Cormorant will enhance his strength, though it does not help his throw, and launch his javelin at his nearest lizard. Britta will charge toward the lizard nearest her and Cormorant, trying to strike it with her hammer. Sprthnt will enhance his motility and launch an arrow at his nearest lizard. Kuwaia will enhance her strength as she charges toward the lizard nearest her and Sprthnt, to slash at it with her sword.
OOC: 65, 75
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Antapkos: 42(camouflage, athletics)
Siofrita: 26(camouflage, athletics)
Cormorante: 42(soullessness), 44(strength)
Britta: 24(soullessness)
Sprthnt: 31(soullessness), 33(motility)
Kuwaia: 26(strength)
Antapkos: 200(bending) - 175 = 25
Siofrita: 270(bow) - 166 = 104
Cormorante: 200(bending) - 154 = 46
Britta: 180(hammer) - 158 = 22
Sprthnt: 270(bow) - 154 = 116
Kuwaia: 200(bending) - 170 = 30
Lizards: 100(roar) - 135 = ~0
Lizards: 20 + 75(d100) = 95

Antapkos: 27(conditioning) + 42(clarity) + 75(d100) = 144, resisted
Siofrita: 34 + 26 + 75 = 135, resisted
Cormorante: 32 + 31 + 75 = 138, resisted
Britta: 33 + 27 + 75 = 135, resisted
Sprthnt: 27 + 22 + 75 = 124, resisted
Kuwaia: 42 + 24 + 75 = 141, resisted
Britta: 24(aggression) + 31(accuracy) + 24(fury) + 65(d100) = 144
Kuwaia: 41 + 31 + 26 + 65 = 163 + 26(strength) = 189
Lizards: 60 + 75 = 135

Antapkos: 28(readiness) + 31(avoidance) + 13(analysis) + 75(d100) = 147 + 42(camo)
Britta: 25 + 42(counter) + 24 + 75 = 166 + 24(soul) = 190
Kuwaia: 41 + 31 + 0 + 75 = 147
Lizards: 60 + 85 = 145
189 - 145 = 44% * 10 = 4 - 6(deflect) = ineffective
Antapkos: 28(launch) + 32(accuracy) + 42(clarity) + 65(d100) = 167 + 42(athletics) = 209
Siofrita: 23 + 42 + 26 + 65 = 156 + 26(athletics) = 182 + 50 = 232
Cormorante: 24 + 24 + 31 + 65 = 144
Sprthnt: 26 + 31 + 22 + 65 = 144 + 33(motility) = 177 + 50 = 227

Lizards: 30 + 85 = 115
209 - 115 = 94% * 8 = 8 - 6(deflect) = 2
232 - 115 = 117% * 8 = 9 - 6 = 3
144 - 115 = 29% * 8 = 2, ineffective
227 - 115 = 112% * 8 = 9 - 6 = 3
L1: Body: 5 - 2 = 3, hurt.
L2: Body: 5 - 3 = 2, injured.
L3:
L4: Body: 5 - 3 = 2, injured.
A ripple runs over the skin of Antapkos and Siofrita, which looks like a faint breeze ruffling fallen leaves, as they are both camouflaged to match the surroundings. Ripples also course over the skin of Cormorante, Sprthnt, and Kuwaia, but none of them have the talent to camouflage their appearance. Though the enhancements are different, the outward effect appears the same.

As everyone begins to move, all four lizards gape open their mouths and scream. It is much louder and higher pitched than any of the youths would have imagined that such a sound would come from a lizard. Fortunately, though somewhat painful, the sound caused no damage. After roaring, all four lizards charge at one of the people. They are fast, much faster to close the distance than Britta or Kuwaia can act. Despite the speed, their initial assaults, when reaching a foe, are awkwardly ineffective.

Antapkos and Cormorante, each releases a javelin, but Cormorante does not exert enough force to penetrate the scaled skin of the reptiles. The javelin of Antapkos flies a little more accurately and punches into the side of one of the lizards just at the midline point of counter coloration, immediately in front of a hind leg. The javelin does not stick, but it does draw blood. Though she had to choose a different target, the arrows of Siofrita and Sprthnt are slightly more effective, but none of the three hurt lizards seems deterred.

Britta is not fast enough to counter the first assault and narrowly misses the lizard. The right sword from Kuwaia connects with the back of a lizard, just above the front leg, but the edge of the blade is deflected by the hardened scales.

Though from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail, these lizards are the length of an average person, they are only as big around as a person’s leg, and they sway their bodies, whipping their heads to the side when they try to bit.
Antapkos: full wellness
Sioftrita: full wellness
Cormorant: full wellness
Britta: full wellness
Sprthnt: full wellness
Tunic: 48
Kuwaia: full wellness
nothing at this time
OOC: Each character receives 5 DP. State combat actions and intentions and provide 2 random rolls.
 

Eric Zephlaer

Gaming Aficianado
Having been attacked, so quickly, by some, never before encountered, large lizards, the Sojourn Six adjust to the necessity of the dangerous situation; or at least, they attempt to do so. Instead of switching hands to launch a second javelin, Antapkos draws his ceramic sword, hoping that he can stab an eye or the open mouth of a lizard, attempting to mystically slow it, if he makes bodily contact. Siofrita will attempt to mystically ionize the internal fluids of the lizard engaged with Antapkos to make them become caustic and shoot it with an arrow.

Cormorant holds a javelin in each hand with the blade toward his thumbs instead of his little fingers, using them both as piercing weapons to stab the reptile. He will also mystically heat the beast if making bodily contact. Britta’s style of fighting is much more suited to engaging other people. She is a bit out of sorts with regard to fighting lizards and tries to protect herself as best she can.

Sprthnt will attempt to shoot from as close as possible and mystically heat the lizard that attacked Kuwaia, since he is free to move about. Kuwaia, who can only affect herself, mystically, shifts her weight from side to side, working her weapons in each hand to slice at the head of her attacking lizard.
OOC: 55, 85
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Antapkos: 42(camouflage, athletics)
Siofrita: 26(camouflage, athletics)
Cormorante: 42(soullessness), 44(strength)
Britta: 24(soullessness)
Sprthnt: 31(soullessness), 33(motility)
Kuwaia: 26(strength)
Antapkos: 25 + 200(bending) = 225, 315
Siofrita: 104 + 270(bow) = 374
Cormorante: 46 + 200(bending) = 246, 296, 346
Britta: 22 + 180(hammer) = 202, 292
Sprthnt: 116 + 270(bow) = 386
Kuwaia: 30 + 90(sword) = 120, 170, 220, 270, 320, 370
Lizards: 0 + 100(bite) = 100, 200, 300
Antapkos: 36(bending) + 41() + 85(d100) = 162
Siofrita: 42 + 26(ionize) + 85 = 153
Cormorante: 26 + 43(heat) + 85 = 154
Sprthnt: 55 + 34(heat) + 85 = 174

Lizards:40 + 80 = 120
162 - 120 = 42% * 6 = 3 athletics
153 - 120 = 33% * 6 = 2 body
154 - 120 = 34% * 6 = 2 body
174 - 120 = 54% * 6 = 3 body
Antapkos: 26(finesse) + 32(accuracy) + 42(clarity) + 55(d100) = 155 + 42(athletics) = 197
Cormorante: 26(aggression) + 24 + 44(fury) + 55 = 149 + 44(strength) = 193
Britta: 24 + 31 + 24 + 55 = 134
Kuwaia: 41 + 31 + 26 + 55 = 153 + 26(strength) = 179
Lizards: 60 + 125 = 185

Antapkos: 28(readiness) + 31(avoidance) + 13(analysis) + 55(d100) = 127 + 42(camo) = 169
185 - 169 = 16% * 6 = 1 x 3
Cormorante: 24 + 23 + 31 + 55 = 133 + 42(soul) = 175
185 - 175 = 10% * 6 = 1 x 3
Britta: 25 + 42 + 24 + 55 = 146 + 24(soul) = 170
185 - 170 = 15% * 6 = 1 x 3
Kuwaia: 41 + 31 + 0 + 55 = 127
185 - 127 = 58% * 6 = 3 x 3
Lizards: 60 + 80 = 140
197 - 140 = 57% * 8 = 5 - 6(deflect) = ineffective
193 - 140 = ineffective
179 - 140 = ineffective
Siofrita: 23(launch) + 42(accuracy) + 26(clarity) + 55 = 146 + 26(athletics) = 172 + 50(range) - 50(melee) = 172
Sprthnt: 26 + 31 + 22 + 55 = 134 + 33(motility) = 167 + 100 - 50 = 217

Lizards: 30 + 80 = 110
172 - 110 = 62% * 8 = 5 - 6(deflect) = ineffective
217 - 110 = 107% * 8 = 8 - 6 = 2
L1: Body: 5 - 2 = 3, hurt.
L2: Body: 5 - 3 = 2 - 3 = -1, incapacitated.
L3: Body: 5 - 2 = 3, hurt
L4: Body: 5 - 3 = 2 - 3 - 2 = -3, incapacitated.
Even with a bit of luck on their side, the faster lizards are not nearly dangerous enough to cause any real harm, though Kuwaia is badly hurt, mostly because she has no mystical defense. Antapkos, Cormorante, and Britta are only scratched. The scratch is little more than irritating. The scaled skin of the lizards protects them quite well from physical assaults, but Sprthnt manages to skewer the one on Kuwaia for a second time.

With only a few seconds of time having passed, it is the mystical assaults that significantly change the course of the conflict. The two lizards that had first been hit with arrows, both fall, one from heat damage the other from caustic. The remaining two lizards disengage after being hurt and run away, off into the scrub. It may have been for the best, anyway, since the six youths would only have been able to readily transport three of the large beasts. It is only a simple matter to finish the two incapacitated lizards.

Carrying the two back to the caravan, the others are astounded at such a bounty, and much discussion and several questions ensue. Everyone wants to know the details of how the six came to kill two such desert lizards. Mishka offers the possibility of keeping one of the skins in exchange for enough salt to cure the other. He has already learned enough of the youths to know that the meat will be shared.
Antapkos: Body: 10 - 3 = 7. hurt.
Sioftrita: full wellness
Cormorant: Body: 10 - 3 = 7. hurt.
Britta: Body: 10 - 3 = 7. hurt.
Sprthnt: full wellness
Tunic: 48
Kuwaia: Body: 10 - 9 = 1. injured.
nothing at this time
OOC: Each character receives 5 DP. State nominal actions and intentions and provide a random roll.
 

Eric Zephlaer

Gaming Aficianado
The assumption that the youths would share the meat is, of course, correct. None of the six would waste resources, especially Antapkos and Cormorant. Sprthnt and Britta tend to Kuwaia’s wounds before the party returns to the caravan. Since there skill in rendering physical aid would result in an accelerated rate of recovery far beyond anything normal, cloth will be left covering the wounds for several days, and Kuwaia will pretend to be more hurt than she feels, when around others of the caravan.

After a brief discussion and not wanting Mishka to understand that the lizards skins could be cured without the benefit of salt or Daylight, it is agreed to accept the salt for one of the skins. Antapkos and Siofrita will prepare one lizard, while the other, in its entirety is given to the caravan cooks. The skin will be soaked in a salt solution over night then stretched across a manufactured frame in the morning. Antapkos exclaims that all of the claws from both lizards will be kept as trophies for the kill. They will be examined for mystical potential at leisure.
OOC: 75
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Britta: 31(medicine) + 25(recover) + 75(d100) = 131
Sprthnt: 42 + 34 + 75 = 151
Kuwaia: 31 + 26 + 75 = 132
time: 90 days / (131 + 151 + 132) = 5 hours, 13 minutes
Antapkos: 37(butcher) + 42(clarity) +75(d100) = 154 - 60(difficulty) = 94% (skin)
Siofrita: 31 + 26 + 75 = 132 - 60 = 72% n/a
Antapkos: 31(alchemy) + 31(analysis) + 75(d100) = 137, success
time: 20 days / 137 = 3.5 hours, success
Sprthnt: 42 + 28 + 75 = 145, success
time: 20 / 145 = 3.3 hours, success
Fully aware that the trade of salt for an entire lizard skin is not a very good deal, especially since salt is the primary export carried by the caravan, the Sojourn Six elect to abide with it, in favor of maintaining the necessary secretiveness of their talents. Had this still been the Artisan Caravan, Vyerbluth would likely have tried to confiscate both skins at the point of many javelins. Of a small portion of such secrets, no one is the wiser, as Kuwaia successfully disguises her rate of recovery. In order to take full advantage of the fresh supply of meat from the two lizards, the caravan sits for a day, making it easier for Kuwaia to perform little action.

Antapkos has developed enough skill at preparing game that he is able to salvage almost every bit of the lizard’s skin. Meat and claws are of no consequence to such skill. Dividing the claws, he and Sprthnt are able to determine that only the front claws harbor a mystical proclivity and must be kept in a set of five to do so. Each young man realizes that claws will augment the fluidity of motion of the bearer or a set may be sacrificed in order to temporarily enhance motion or athleticism to a far greater capacity.
GM: claws (set of 5): Motility +2, stimulate or athleticism x 3

The remainder of the days necessary to transgress the Land’s End Pass and enter the true sands of the Ansylin Desert passed without further incident or anomaly. Antapkos and Cormorante had seen this area before, but the other four were momentarily taken aback by the lack of vegetation and the expanse of the sand. Almost never seeing rainfall, the Burning Sun cooked the land all the day long. With the lack of moisture to retain any ambient heat, the nights felt particularly cold, although this was merely a perception, for the nights were not nearly cold. The heat of the day was all too real. Antapkos and Cormorante also already had hats. Mishka offered one to each of the other four.
Antapkos: full wellness
Tunic: 60 - 2 = 58
Sioftrita: full wellness
Cormorant: full wellness
Tunic: 60 - 2 = 58
Britta: full wellness
Tunic: 60 - 2 = 58
Sprthnt: full wellness
Tunic: 48
Kuwaia: full wellness
Tunic: 60 - 2 - 2 - 2 = 54
Lizard Skin: cover 94%
Lizard Claws: 4 sets, (motility +2), {stimulate or athletics x3}
OOC: Each character receives 5 DP. State nominal actions and intentions and provide a random roll.
 

Eric Zephlaer

Gaming Aficianado
Grateful for the offer of the hats, the four, without, accept them, fiddling and folding to get them comfortable. Sprthnt, Britta, and Siofrita begin speaking with anyone of the caravan who will engage them, concerning expectations and aspects of crossing a desert. Kuwaia simply listens, since she prefers to be silent. They are all specifically curious as to why the road does not follow the cliffs to the river then follow along, downstream.

Siofrita, Cormorant, Britta, and Sprthnt each keep a set of lizard claws. Britta fashions a necklace. The other three all string them from a thong to be hung from their belts as a fetish. Not yet confident enough to attempt to make something of the lizard skin, the frame is carried until the skin can be removed and rolled, then the frame will be discarded.
OOC: 85
 

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