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Descending Earth 12

Smoky meetings

All meet back in the Blue Lady, trying to work out what should be done.
Some main things are decided after much back and forth.
- Ragara and the Realm must be informed about the Rise of the Old Lords (Anathema)
- Qheen Marlene needs to be informed about the Jotun invasion and slaughter in the north.
- Birgit (archaeologist) must be questioned about the ruins.
- Investigate the ‘Icewalker’ ruins under Reiherheim.

The Realm Moves

Laima, Hailong and the Doctor pay a visit to Lady Ragara Syn.
Hailong leads the discussion – Shows one of the “tattoed men” from Eisenshmiede.
Lady Syn agrees that Anathema are dangerous – promises to move mountains to get the Realm to act.
Asks Hailong to pass on a message to the King of Belicht – the Realm will act.

They all travel to Reiherheim

Hell hath no Fury

Aujac, Pyotr, and theDoctor pay an early visit to the Queen and Regina.
The qheen is overjoyed that they returned, and eager for news.
The inform her that the garrison has been slaughtered, and Jotuns have invaded.
The Doctor warns that Ragara has been informed of this already…
- Marlene is angry, but thanks the Doctor for this news.
Hailong enters to give his news – The “Realm Deliberative” sends a message – we are coming.
Marlene is obviously furious the the Realms is (again) ignoring her soverignity…
Leaves suddenly in the middle of the audience. Baron Giles dismisses them all, and runs after the queen.

Dark Words

Demi, Laima and Vlad go to the Reiherheim Academy to do research.
The Old Lords have scant information…
- A group of Anathema who conquered the The Deshan Peninsula
- Many ruins are around Belicht and the surrounding lands.
- Siegsdorf, Headless Cove and others were rules by “Lord Kullervo – The thousand veils of Vengeance”
- The Heptagram (realm sorcery acadamy) took many artifacs from Siegsdorf.
- The Temple of Reiherheim was a Monument of the Lords, deemed inactive.
- The 7 Lords had a “king”, which they assassinated before turning on each other.
- Myths talk of a war by Dragon-Bloods which killed many of the Lords. A body was returned to Belicht…
The Pyramid has little information
- It was a holy site for the ‘Icewalkers’ before the people of Belicht (Northmen) came.
- The Northmen built Reiherheim around the Temple – on command of the Silver Heron.
- The Palace of Reiherheim is build on top of the now broken pyramid.
- No entrance had ever been found – only scattered writing which hadn’t been translated.

h3. Harsh Words

Laima, Vlad and the Doctor go to interrogate Birgit.
She’s being kept in “The Hightower”. Captain of the Guard under orders to allow no one to enter.
He’s convinced to drag Birgit out for a short, supervised, talk.
- She is continuing her research from prison.
- Believed the pyramid was a monument to the Lords – historical find!
- There is a way to enter when the light of the full moon falls on the west walls
- Shocked when told an Anathema may be buried in inside.
- Disturbing the dead raises hungry ghosts -An anathema hungry ghost would be terrifying.
- Her notebook and maps are with Anders – making an expedition tonight

Descending Earth 14.

Conspiracies Unveiled

Descending Earth 1

Discussions in the Dark

Demi and the Doctor discuss their ongoing projects.
Demi learnt from Lady Margareth many occult secrets
She is on her way to deliver protection talismans she’s made to Ricardo Bauen.
Ask: Why is Ricardo avoiding the Church for these things – something big!
They plan to sneak a look at Ricardo’s plans.

Doctor meets Ricardo and disrtacts him with questions and ideas.
Demi uses the time to sneak into Ricardo’s office
Searches quickly through papers – finds a note attached to invoices.
Specialists hired to go to under Reiherheim Castle? Queen Marlene involved?
A “Geomantic Compass” on his desk – reacts to the Talismans on Demi.
Demi reads some names of the “specialists” for later questioning.

Doctor manages to give Demi time to escape -
Ricardo agrees to set up meeting with Cynis Wou, to examine ‘livestock’.

Giant problems.

After a restful night, they take their horses out towards the Black Arrow Fort.
Pyotr is able to recognize the signs – Jotuns (aka, stone giants)
Aujaq remember her tribes dealings with the Jotuns -very carefully :)
Jotuns are long lived with long memories – and sticklers for ‘proper dealings’
They start the ritual of greeting – and eventually come upon a waiting Jotun.
Pyotr asks for his old friends – and told thye were mostly “returned to the earth”
He leaves to stop himself saying something inflamatory.
The Jotun have returned to reclaim their ancient lands – dont like the humans.
They claim all the mountains (including the mines)
Hailong makes impassions plea for negotiation..
Jotun refuses – “you have nothing we want” – but is moved.
He warns – “we are just the first, the Lords will return”
Aujaq noticed a carving on the Jotun – symbol of the 7 Lords – Anathema!

In search of a good Burglar.

The Doctor and Demi track down one of the specialists: Anders.
Anders is a competitor of Mal – who redistributes “hard to get” goods.
With the help of Sayuri (courtesan) they hatch a plan to get Anders to talk.
Demi talks as “a fellow conspirator of Ricardo” to Anders.
There have been a number of expeditions to map the catacombs.
Only able to enter on nights of a full moon.
Anders is a replacement, many others have already died – but well paying.
The ‘brains’ is Birget, who is solving the traps and puzzles found.

The Doctor and Demi pray to Koda – send a message to Aujaq to return!

The Slow Boat Home

Koda come to Aujaq with a message – return to Vendig to help the queen!
Safe way back is to wait for the Iron and Food ship.
The trip is ludicrously expensive, but a safe trip downriver, making stops.
Pyotr and Hailong are sulking – plotting revenge against the Jotnar.
Laima and Aujaq note the Iron shipment – 2/3rd gets sent to the mountains.
Jotnar appear to take the Iron – remains get to the boat.

They relax on the trip to Vendig. Plotting to call in the Wyld Hunt

Descending Earth 4

The Dark Forest

Resplendant earth 20

At the Queen’s Command

With the news that there is a new “Lord Bauen”, the crown calls on the lands new administrators…
The King is frail and sounds a bit senile, Queen Malene takes command.
The last Lord Bauen had assistance with some royal guardsmen. They haven’t been heard from since.
Go and report – they went to the town of Eisenshmiede.

Remote town in Blutberg region – discuss either follow the slow winding river barges, or make a fast trip.

The Dark Forest

They decide to spend a few days sailing to Siegsdorf, then buy horses and equipment to ride north to Eisenshmiede
Neither Laima or Mal are used to these trips – badly overequipped and encumbered.
Pyotr tries to lead them along the winding forest paths, but some slight mistakes makes the trip longer than intended.
After a week, they make the horrific realization they have wandered into Demon-Wolf territory…
Spend the next day and night trying to evade some demon wolves shadowing them, but they attack in site of the town.
Three giant wolves attacking from mist-banks.
Mundane weapons seem to have no effect – Koda leaps forward to occupy the wolvesdown to allow the party to escape.
Vlad realises these are “predator demons” and wounds a horse and sends it running…
The Demon Wolves are drawn by the smell of blood and race to bring down the wounded horse.
Pyotr uses one of the 5 remaining “ghost slayer” arrows, it pierces a demon which burns away in silvery light.
While the remaining two wolves rip apart the horse, everyone rides madly for the town.
As dawn breaks they reach safety behind the walls of Eisenshmiede.

Cold Reception

They have breakfast in the local inn “The Slaughtered Lamb”.
Local miners are eating and preparing for work – fall silent when the party entered.
Laima tries appealing to “anti royal” sentiment – the locals look on angrily.
The innkeep gives them a room (charges a week upfront…)
The sleep the morning, relieved to be out of the forest.
That evening they emerge to a quiet and damp town. Rain and mud.
Mal seeks out some more familiar company – “the Longhouse” seems to be the local den of iniquity.
Vlad examines the town – unwarded – but evidence of Elemental activity.
Pyotr sets out to visit the Fort up the mountain to visit his old companions from ‘The Black Arrow Company’
Stops before reaching – evidence of giant tracks, and the Fort appears empty – no burning fires
Aujaq tries to call on the local Gods, but the town god is very unwelcoming.
“we dont need your help, we’ve made arrangements, go home.”
Laima spends the afternoon people watching – everyone seems tense, expecting something horrible to happen.

Slaves in all but name

At dinner they share what they have learnt.
Note that the returning workers give them a wide berth – outsiders unwelcome.
Mine Overseer is from Vendig – House of Bauen!
During the uncomfortable dinner, Mal notices some locals shifting clothes to hide something…
… A tattoo which Vlad recognizes – Mark of the Ancient Lords. Familiar from the Demon temples!
There are a lot with this symbol, but everyone hiding it.
Some evening observation shows these marked people get free entry into “The Longhouse”.
They retire for the evening, afraid of what they have walked into.

Resplendant earth 30

Secrets and Seductions

Resplendant Earth 8

Blood will Flow

  • As the snows and frost are melting away, Laima Mal and Hailong are diving into planning for their busineses.
  • Aujaq and the Doctor both begin sparring practice (more running for the Doctor…)
  • The annual “melt festival” begins in Vendig. ‘As the waters run, so must blood for the harvest to prosper’
  • House Ragara (and Lady Ragara Soras Syn) sponsor many of the festivities.
  • Hailong and Aujaq participate in a number of arena fights.
  • Lady Syn (after investigating backgrounds) calls Mal and Laima to talk about a possible deal.
  • She wants some heavy goods smuggled into Vendig, very cagey about contents.
  • Mal and Hailong agree to the extra smuggling as a “favor” to Ragara.
  • Hailong sweeps in and seduces Lady Syn – able to get more information from her.
  • - The Scarlet Empress has gone missing, Houses are nervous and shifting assets around
  • - Ragara is strengthing its influence in the north of the Blessed Isle.
    Vilkata and Laima see great potential in this rising unrest.

Royal Seduction

  • They travel north to Reiherheim to visit Queen Malene
  • The Doctor and Aujaq hatch a plan to seduce the queen (copying Hailong’s efforts)
  • Aujaq is dressed in the finest Reiherheim fashions and perfumes.
  • They meet with the queen, and the Doctor “reveals” snippets of information about Ragara.
  • The Queen hates foreign influence in Belicht, orders the Doctor to uncover more.
  • Aujaq tries his seduction – touring the city with the queen.
  • He becomes more infatuated with the queen and her inquiries about Icewalker history/traditions.
  • Aujaq learns of a Realm Slaver ‘Master Keone’ who is despised by Malene… And aims to remove him to please the queen

A Noble Investigation

  • Mal, Hailong and Laima investigate the Iron Mines of House Bauen.
  • They meet with Chancellor Giles, talk about the responsibilites of Nobility, and how Bauen is failing.
  • Allowed to research the Noble lineage – Bauen is a bought title from a second son…
  • Frederick, son of the eldest has a stronger claim – but is a town guard unaware of heritage.
  • Mal tracks down this drunken guard – who owes money to rought sorts.
  • Mal buys out the debts and they find where Frederick lives.
  • Laima sends the wife and child to a fancy hotel, and the others clean up the hovel…
  • Frederick is ‘convinced’ to bring his claim to the Royal Court in exchange for being setup in Vendig.
  • Frederick Bauen is moved to Vendig and setup with a monthy stipend.
  • The Blue Dragon Benevolent Association now owns title to an Iron Mine in Blutberg.

Resplendant Earth 18

Return to Headless Cove

Year 438, the 8th of Ascending Earth – Storm Season

Stormy Seasons

  • Storm Season has been slowly coming to a close.
  • Birgit is currently rotting in Queen Malene’s dungeons
  • The East Belict Trading Company now has a core of experienced sailors and a number of ships.
  • Still hemmoraging money because of the need to hire crews constantly.
  • The Doctor has been trying to visit the Queen regularly and be helpful
  • The King is suffering from “Painter’s Colic”, with worsening palsy and bouts of madness
  • Pyotr and Vlad have been investigating the stories from Bosewald and the mountains.
  • Northbound caravans have been dissappearing, stories of giants in the forests.
  • Pyotr’s old unit, ’Hase’s Rangers’, have been called up to a northern Border-Fortress.

Early Celebrations?

  • Mal and Hailong invest in the East Belict Trading Company – buy an extra ship and begin outfitting.
  • Hailong accepts the deal with Lady Ragara Syn.
  • Hailong throws a celebration for the company at the new regular shipment contract!
  • When the others go over the fine print they realise the deal was a little too good
  • …as a missed delivery would mean loss of the company and being sold into slavery
  • They travel to Siegsdorf to meet with Captain Heinrich, convince him to join up with the EBTC.
  • Extra ship and regular payment is very appealing.

Voice of the Statue

  • Vlad, concerned with unanswered questions, leads an outing back to Headless Cove
  • The found the abandoned pirate base behind the statue – evidence of demon worship.
  • They go back into the old Manse, and examine the puzzle-wall.
  • Hailong, Pyotr, and Mal all start hearing the praying voice… The Doctor still doesn’t hear anything.
  • The voice recites the saga’s of the “first ones”.. and realizes it has an audience.
  • Everyone runs as the voice starts trying to address them.

Back in Vendig

  • Vlad and Mal investigate Lady Ragara Syn.
  • She’s been making social appearances when invited, but brings 2 demon bodyguards (Baidak)
  • Hailong is approached with information from the companion Neishin.
  • There are way more Ragara soldiers in Vendig than are publicly known…

Ascending Earth 15

The Belly of the Beast

At Headless Cove

  • All the soldiers and sailors gather to huddle around the campfire.
  • During the night, 2 sailing ships are spotted leaving the harborage
  • ‘Nymphs Fancy’ and another fast ship.
  • All look worried as Vlad considers this news, but they choose to remain.

Mind the Fall

  • Mal, Pyotr, Vlad, Aujaq and the Doctor bring rope and torches to the headland.
  • The rope bridge is half ruined and singed.
  • Aujaq asks Koda to cross and help them – he grudgingly agrees.
  • They tie a small rope to some of the large ship-ropes brought up.
  • Pyotr scurries across with the end of the rope.
  • Koda and Pyotr haul over the ropes and fix the bridge.
  • The Doctor still nearly falls from the bridge – not good with heights.

The Belly of the Beast

  • They carefully explore the lair carved into the top o fthe statue.
  • Mostly abandoned, signs of hurried packing.
  • Find various sleeping quarters – Wichtel, Troll, and Human.
  • Evidence that some people are still here (or didn’t pack anything)
  • Pass a large doorway with sounds of heavy breathing behind it.
  • Meet and capture a scholarly woman in room full of drawings and fragments
  • Evidence of siegsdorf attack plans and recruiting.
  • Ask Birgit some pointed questions – bring her up to the soldiers.
  • Ambush and kill a pair of trolls (large hairy bear-like hunters)

The Ancient Manse

  • Enter into an older serction underneath – original construction.
  • Rooms are all slanted, hard to move around.
  • Enter a temple-like room – broken statues line the walls – the 6 Lords.
  • Mal notes a trap in the corridor leading deeper.
  • Thrown statuary sets off the blade-trap.
  • Hear someone coming to investigate – hide
  • Hilde is there – near naked carrying a torch and light. Turns off the trap to investigate.
  • Vlad rushes her – throwing a smoke-flask (mistletoe and silver)
  • Pyotr fires arrows through the smoke
  • The demon-armor reacts and stops the attacks. Vlad hears it giving warnings.
  • The five of them are near ineffective, but manuver Hilde back into the smoke.
  • Smoke stings the eyes of the demon armor – and Hilde is left unprotected.
  • Mal and Pyotr tackle and hold her – Vlad runs her through.
  • Vlad takes her head – to give to the Doctor for questioning.
  • Explore
Headless Cove

Year 438, the 28th of Resplendent Water – Storm Season

Preparations for war

  • The Doctor, Vlad, Aujaq, and Mal return to Vendig by boat
  • The Doctor is brought up to speed on the events in Siegsdorf
  • Vlad brings the others to meet Ulfbert the Smith for fine equipment.
  • The Doctor scours his books for information in Wichtel
    • And concocts essence of fish (which they avoid)
  • They hire a boat to Siegsdorf.

Raising the Troops

  • They confront the Mayor with the Royal writ
  • Eventually convince him to release 20 troops and the guard captian Johannes.
  • Mal listens around for bars for a captain down on his luck.
  • They offer Cpt Heinrich of the ‘Yellow Minnow’ an offer he cant refuse.
  • Aujaq leads an offering to the God of the Bay for a safe and fast trip to Headless Cove.

The Headless Statue.

  • Headless cove is a bay around a partially collapsed statue of a sitting man, without its head.
  • The statue is leaning its shoulder into the nearby cliff. There is a wooden fort build on its shoulders
  • The only way across is a small rope bridge into a forested headland.
  • Cpt Heinrich drops off the troops and company in a nearby hidden inlet.
  • They make plans to start a diversion to draw away the defenses and allow the troops to approach
  • Mal, Aujaq and the Doctor rob a boat over to the base of the statue.
  • After some trouble, they climb up and find a leve carved into the shoulders of the statue.
  • They enter, dispose of some guarding Wichtel, and set aflame the wooden buildings.
  • A sleeping wood-troll is awakened by their clatter, and chases them.
  • After some dangerous rapelling, they leave in a leaking rowboat.
  • When the fire is spotted, Vlad and Johannes lead the troops to the fortress.
  • They kill many Wichtel, and watch the rest cook in the flames.
Return to Vendig

Year 438, the 22nd of Descending Water – Storm Season

A formal affair

  • Laima and Hailong pay a visit to Ragara Syn.
  • Very formal affair, with bodyguards, a speaker and Realm sensibilities.
  • Lady Ragara Syn is a Air aspected dragon-blood, relatively young though.
  • Everyone is very nervous. Guards on edge in Vendig.
  • Long discussions about the trade problems and who might be involved.
  • Lady Syn doesn’t care about local laws or customs – she is here to restore trade.
  • Hailong and Laima offer to restore trade – Lady Syn gives them a month before she acts herself.
  • Ragara “bodyguards” are currently on a ship to Vendig

Mysterious Requests

  • Demi is back from Kerker, after having learnt much from the sorceror-ghost Margarethe
  • Metzalar Ricardo is unhappy and tense – not amused by Demi’s afectations.
  • Demi reports on the Doctor’s activities, and the success in Kerker
  • Ricardo is unimpressed “dont care for value to others, I care about value for me!”
  • Demi is given a new problem – allow people to travel without the protection of the Church Wardens.
  • Demi knows how to make some enchanted mobile warding devices – but expensive.
  • Ricardo hands over silver and orders 10.

Plans at the Blue Lady.

  • The Companion Neishin is making herself at home in the Blue Lady.
  • Hailong and Laima deep in discussions about possibilities…
  • Demi comes to ask for some exotic supplies from Hailong, which will need to be smuggled in.
  • Laima interested in Ricardo’s requests.
  • Hailong and Laima have been investigating – Ricardo owns 8 trade ships.
  • They need 4 ships and crews to make weekly deliveries
  • Ships are a sellers market right now, and they need some ships fast…

Bait and Switch

  • Laima starts flaunting her wealth and telling stories about a trade trip to Chanos.
  • Hailong makes sure Captain Raddim and his crew get word of the “trip”
  • Hailong also hires a bunch of local thugs and pit-fighters as ‘meat shields’
  • They invite Lady Syn for a private meeting onboard.
  • She considers request for help – a deniable loan of 20 men is acceptable to her.
  • They are arriving in a week, they will meet the ship offshore outside of town.

Demon Pirates?

  • Things go as planned, and they are accosted by the “Nymphy’s Fancy” a few days outside Vendig.
  • The pirates are… Different. Show signs of deformities/mutations.
  • In a close battle, half the crew and all the meat shields are killed – Ragara forces are decisive.
  • A watcher is in the rigging, it is attacked by a shadowy demon…
  • Captain Raddim and a few pirate flee by taking to the water – swim rapidly away.
  • The ship is searched – ’Mother’s Blood’ and a small altar to demons is found.
  • Hailong’s two ships limp back to Vendig with a skeletal crew.
Royal Appointments

Resplendant water 19

Where Decisions are made at the Blue Lady

  • Aujak has been getting more used to ‘civilized’ life – spending time with the companions of the Blue Lady
  • The Doctor is getting sick of working with the “companion” health issues…
  • Mal and Vlad convince all to head to Reinerheim for a change of scenery.

City on the Lake

  • Reinerheim is a glorious walled city, around 3 times the size of Vendig.
  • The Castle, Cathederal and University dominate the cityscape.
  • After a troubling trip they settle into ‘The Iron Gauntlet’ – a more expensive, but very secure public house/hostel.
  • They go to the Cathederal looking for Regina Waarches – but she’s become the queen’s bodyguard.
  • Meet Lord Ulrich, head of the Scarlet Order.
  • Vlad asks to join, a Conclave will be held.
  • Aujaq gets into an argument about the ‘history’ of the settlers driving out his people.
  • Mal and Vlad push him outside before the argument gets violent.

Royal Visit

  • Royal Castle built on old buried structures – tribal stories tell of holy rituals..
  • They talk to Regina – who is excited by their stories and offers to arrange a meeting with the queen.
  • Queen Malene is a young girl (late teens, early 20’s) – very beautiful and charismatic.
  • She’s looking for “people of action” to work for her – offers a trial reqest.
  • Gives ‘royal warant’ to get help in Siegsdorf to hunt dow Hilde.
  • All are swayed by her offer – looking forward to working with her.

Scouring the Library

  • The Doctor researches the Cult and Necromancy – some books mysteriously missing…
  • Vlad goes before the Church Conclave – they refuse to give title of Inquisitor, but offer teaching as an acolyte.
  • Vlad refuses.
  • Aujaq wanders the city, uncovering hints of tribal history from 500 years ago…
  • Mal listens in for gossip – Traditionalist vs Progressive (red v blue) political tension.
Outside Help

Year 438, the 15th of Resplendant Water – Storm Season

Where the Ancient Temple gets crowded

  • Mal, Vlad and Hailong have been in Siegsdorf, trying to get the business running.
  • Frustrated at lack of progress, they discuss on how to destroy the temple.
  • Laima and her entourage sneak back into the Temple during the night
  • Vlad hears and investigates.
  • The guards take out pickaxes and set to work wrecking the doorway.
  • Laima, Vilkata and Babette visit the Demon Nctosa
  • It offers knowledge, if a sacrifice is given for the Mother of the Deeps.
  • Laima tries to get Vilkata to do the sacrifice – Nctosa gets furious.
  • They leave.
  • Vlad is discovered listening – the guards tell him they were trying to close the temple.

A night of discussions.

  • Hailong is trying to convince the others to make a visit to the Blessed Isle.
  • Interrupted by Vilkata – warning of “fish demon temple”, and complimenting Vlad’s past work.
  • Hailong realises that what he fell in love with was a demon -horrified.
  • Gives the “Black Blood” for examination – it corrupts whoever drinks it – Burn in fire!
  • Rimbaux and Laima come for a visit. He wants to buy the workshop…
  • Laima offers his services in return for assistance with Demon. (Rimbaux flummoxed!)
  • Spend the evening talking about Demons and their history.

Wolves of Fire.

  • The next day they do down to finish destroying the temple – plans to collapse and burn * out.
  • When they arrive with tools in hand – something else beat them.
  • Temple is ruined – claw marks and blood everywhere.
  • In the final chamber, find parts of a giant wolf scattered around – and Water pool bubbling..
  • No Nctosa – but some tentacle tips and blood found.
  • They examine the strange pool – runes of channeling? Collecting power?
  • Its all destroyed and burnt with oil The entrances are collapsed to make the passage impassable.

Trip to Chanos.

  • Hailong and Laima seek help on the Blessed Isle.
  • Hire more crew for a trip, and pack the ship with glass and ceramics.
  • Stormy trip takes weeks. Some fall ill.
  • Met off the coast by a Customs ship – a sleek warship, heavily armed.
  • The Customs officer demands entrance papers and threatens to send them away.
  • Hailong and Laima manage to bribe him into giving a 3 day visiting pass.

The Blessed City.

  • All are overawed by the rich and advanced city of Chanos.
  • Laima, realizing the situation, send a polite message and gift to the local House Ragara.
  • Polite message returned from Raga Hao – “thanks for gift, too busy to meet”.
  • Hailong goes searching for a ‘trainer’ for his girls, and spreads the word around old haunts.
  • On the last day a Courtesan comes looking to apply – with a great resume and references!
  • Jiandie convinces Hailong to make her an equal partner – and she will mold the Blue Lady.
  • On the trip back, both Laima and Hailong spend time learning the Realm languages.

Hunting Wichtel

  • Vlad and Mal spend time in Siegsdorf asking questions.
  • Local farmers and hunters give rumours on Wichtel movements.
  • Local “tribes” have gone missing – everyone happy at this.
  • Word of wichtel riders seen at Headless Cove – some days sail west of Siegsdorf.

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