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Jakk
Great Reader

Canada
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Posted - 20 Apr 2010 :  21:07:11  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message
My apologies... one more question regarding Karse... see my first post in this scroll from April 16; I had asked about the avatar of Karsus described in FR5. My follow-up question is: Is there a map of Karse (its ruins, as it exists in the 1300s DR) that isn't concealed by NDA, and if so, where might I find said map?

I'm trying to puzzle out the spatial relationships of the red stone butte, the ring of black oaks, and the black pyramid, but the information in FR5 is not substantial enough... and, of course, Karse is the one significant location discussed in the book that we are not given a map of in the same product. I suspect there's a reason for that, something that looks a bit like [NDA]...

Many thanks again; I'll try not to ask any more questions today.

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 20 Apr 2010 :  21:46:49  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Jakk, out-of-game, Ed created the tressym circa 1969.
In the Realms, they were around long before the Time of Troubles; centuries...they were "known" to humans when Cormyr was being first explored, and were of course around before that.
love,
THO
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Jakk
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Canada
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Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  00:58:20  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message
Thanks for the quick response on the tressym, THO! I just remember seeing them for the first time in the (sadly greatly pruned down) Haunted Halls of Eveningstar product, and so I wasn't sure if they had existed pre-ToT.

No more questions... except perhaps to inquire as to the (likely highly remote) possibility of seeing the entire Haunted Halls some day...

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.

Edited by - Jakk on 21 Apr 2010 00:59:26
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  03:18:45  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Menelvagor, Ed wrote a "bible" (book industry term for root guideline document) for the Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep series that was longer than most of his novels, and detailed darned near everything writers might want to know about Waterdeep circa the Year of the Ageless One, from snacks to popular slang to a huge cast of detailed characters to current laws and policing. This document included new features and neighbourhoods of the city, and Mistshore and Downshadow are both examples of these (so, yes, Mistshore is Ed's creation).
Further, Ed has answered whatever lore questions the novel authors have asked him, as they worked on their books, and so added MORE lore to the post-Spellplague Waterdeep lore.
However, this is all NDA except for the few hundred words of it that Brian James boiled Ed's massive Waterdeep bible down to, for the 4e FR Campaign Guide.
Which means Ed may not be able to say much about Mistshore, though I've sent your question off to him.
We'll see...
love,
THO
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Blueblade
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USA
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Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  03:23:48  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Dear Ed,
Who was that incredibly beautiful young lady writer you were on the Reading Your Work Aloud panel with, at Ad Astra? You seemed to know each other, and she sure sounded fun (and, no fellow scribes, she was far too young to be our beloved THO)?
Inquiring minds want to know!
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5037 Posts

Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  03:25:41  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Heh. She is, isn't she?
That was Adrienne Kress, author of two fun "tween" or "middle" fantasy books. She's a Toronto-area writer and actress, who has a blog; check her out online, interested scribes. Your eyes won't mind... promise.
love to all,
THO
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Faraer
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Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  15:18:20  Show Profile  Visit Faraer's Homepage Send Faraer a Private Message
1263 DR was the tressym's year (glad the books department didn't do their work on that one).

The use of Ed's Waterdeep-2008 bible makes Wizards' cant against setting detail all the more poisonous.

One thing that really brought home to me how sadly uncommercial the world sourcebook is was reading that C.J. Cherryh had a binder of unpublished Union-Alliance lore. Del Rey's Star Wars sourcebooks have done something to popularize it. Whereas when reading secondary-world fiction I often find myself making mental notes for how this imaginative force could be levered into telling more stories.
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hecatedreaming
Acolyte

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Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  15:21:49  Show Profile  Visit hecatedreaming's Homepage Send hecatedreaming a Private Message
Hi all especially Ed & THO! First time posting (long time lurker), I’m re-reading the Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte & it strikes me that the story-arch would make a great adventure set in FR. So Ed (I naturally assume you’ve read it), where would you set it? & any “Faustian” author of the realms that comes to mind that could have penned it + any cult/cabal that would be interested in it?
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  15:58:19  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. hecatedreaming, Ed sent me back a reply for you right away, and here it is:


I have indeed read the Club Dumas. That story arc could be set in several places (and times) in the Realms (with a little tinkering, of course), including:
Sembia, Amn, Baldur's Gate, Telflamm, Var the Golden, and Chessenta.
As for the author and the cult, that I'm afraid runs right into a current NDA, and I can't answer you until certain things have happened (or not). Sorry.


So saith Ed. Who has read a HUGE number of books in his fifty years, and shares his house with over 80,000 of them.
love to all,
THO
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Menelvagor
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Israel
352 Posts

Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  19:50:06  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message
Ah, but how big is his anti-library?

"Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.
How much less them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation in the dust, are crushed before the moth?" - Eliphaz the Temanite, Job IV, 17-19.

"Yea, though he live a thousand years twice, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?" - Ecclesiastes VI, 6.

"There are no stupid questions – just a bunch of inquisitive idiots."

"Let's not call it 'hijacking'. Let's call it 'Thread Drift'."
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Jakk
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Canada
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Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  20:42:49  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Menelvagor

Ah, but how big is his anti-library?



Well, Menelvagor, by definition Ed's anti-library must consist of all of the books that have been published in the history of the world that Ed does not own... hence, his anti-library is just as large (in approximate terms) as most of ours. But Ed's actual library puts mine to shame overall, although if we were to limit things to gaming products, I suspect we'd be much more evenly matched.

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.
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Menelvagor
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Israel
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Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  21:27:30  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message
Actually, I term an anti-library as all the books you are aware of that you haven't read and want to, as a library is all the books you've read and wanted to. For example, I don't want to read health books dealing with problems pertaining specifically to women, so that's no part of my anti-library.

"Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.
How much less them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation in the dust, are crushed before the moth?" - Eliphaz the Temanite, Job IV, 17-19.

"Yea, though he live a thousand years twice, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?" - Ecclesiastes VI, 6.

"There are no stupid questions – just a bunch of inquisitive idiots."

"Let's not call it 'hijacking'. Let's call it 'Thread Drift'."

Edited by - Menelvagor on 21 Apr 2010 21:28:08
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

5037 Posts

Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  21:42:27  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, all.
One clarification re. Club Dumas: Ed mentioned in a later e-mail to me that it would work just fine in Tethyr, too - - but in the past (before the Black Days).
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 22 Apr 2010 03:03:43
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sfdragon
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  23:07:02  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message
I have another question, but this one requires an opinion.
the Sarhuk( reptial creator race, I cant spell it from memory) as listed in the frcg as being sterile, so my question is, if a what was once known as a yuan ti abomination mated with a were serpent, would the offspring resemble a said member of the creator race???



why is being a wizard like being a drow? both are likely to find a dagger in the back from a rival or one looking to further his own goals, fame and power


My FR fan fiction
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Elfinblade
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Norway
377 Posts

Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  23:14:21  Show Profile Send Elfinblade a Private Message
Ed, Lady Hooded, scribes.

Are there any ranger/druid enclaves/outposts in the forested areas surrounding Delimbiyr Vale? Preferrably in Upvale, either near The High Forest or The Far Forest.

Thankee, Stig.

Edited by - Elfinblade on 29 Apr 2010 09:30:10
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 22 Apr 2010 :  03:12:31  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
sfdragon, I bring you a swift reply from Ed (who was of course one of the designers of SERPENT KINGDOMS):

The short answer is: No. Sarrukh are one sort of reptilian race, yuan-ti abominations are just that: "abominations" to the pureblood yuan-ti ideal; it's best to think of them as mutants or unique "weird" individuals, rarely alike but merely lumped together; they could just as well be called "the misfits." (Some being truely monstrous in shape and size; think chimaerae with all sorts of "extra" strange heads and limbs.) Wereserpents, on the other hand, can change form between a particular sort of serpent and another racial form (almost always human). So a mating between an abomination and a wereserpent would (70%) achieve nothing (the abomination would be sterile, or no conception would occur because of chemical mismatches), the developing offspring would kill the mother and be stillborn another 20% of the time, and the remainder would be 9% an abomination that could shapechange, and 1% something else (weird reptilian unique creature of DM's creation or choice). It's (not very slightly) POSSIBLE some of those 1% might be visually mistaken for sarrukh, but they would not BE sarrukh.

So saith Ed. Not that he's tried such matings, mind you.
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 22 Apr 2010 03:15:18
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sfdragon
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 22 Apr 2010 :  03:31:03  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message
many thanks.....now about that river in my previous question, am I to assume its dried up?

why is being a wizard like being a drow? both are likely to find a dagger in the back from a rival or one looking to further his own goals, fame and power


My FR fan fiction
Magister's GAmbit
http://steelfiredragon.deviantart.com/gallery/33539234

Edited by - sfdragon on 22 Apr 2010 03:31:45
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hecatedreaming
Acolyte

Sweden
2 Posts

Posted - 22 Apr 2010 :  08:53:06  Show Profile  Visit hecatedreaming's Homepage Send hecatedreaming a Private Message
Thanks for the swift reply, a follow up question. Our campaign is set just pre-ToT & I’m thinking that SoFS with Telflamm as the main backdrop will work fine, so on to my question; any prominent bibliophiles in the area?
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Zandilar
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Australia
313 Posts

Posted - 22 Apr 2010 :  09:12:32  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

quote:
Originally posted by createvmind
How are coma's handled in Faeruns various regions/races, basically how is the victim kept alive over a long period of time, say a tenday or more? How are they given sustenance especially if magic is not an option? I was looking over one of Monte cook's early edition Eldritch Might books and saw he had a poison that induced a coma for up to several weeks and I was thinking how does one kept the victim alive?

Other than Wish/ Miracle spells, would a Heal spell fix a coma caused more by despair and spiritual damage than physical damage?

Are bed sores something that occurs in Faerun, are races/cultures aware of how to treat them, again nonmagically?



I'm not Ed, but I think this is more something for an individual DM to decide, as it's more rules based than lore. :) My understanding is that Heal works on both natural and unnatural insanities. I suppose despair and depression might well be considered insanities, but I'd think that would be up to the individual DM. Also, as a DM I'd rule Heal would cure comas, unless they were caused by a curse, in which case Remove Curse would fix it. As for those caused by spiritual damage, that would all depend on exactly what you mean by spiritual damage.

Also, since biology mostly works in Abeir-Toril as it does on Earth (excluding magic from the equation, of course), there's no reason why bedsores wouldn't exist. I'm sure that medicine has evolved in Faerun enough that most civilized races would know that you need to move your patient to stop them from happening (prevention being better than cure)... In any event, such injuries would probably be easily handled by Cure Light Wounds. (Remember also that probably the vast majority of people with any medical training at all are likely to be clerics, so...)

Zandilar
~amor vincit omnia~
~audaces fortuna iuvat~

As the spell ends, you look up into the sky to see the sun blazing overhead like noon in a desert. Then something else in the sky catches your attention. Turning your gaze, you see a tawny furred kitten bounding across the sky towards the new sun. Her eyes glint a mischevious green as she pounces on it as if it were nothing but a colossal ball of golden yarn. With quick strokes of her paws, it is batted across the sky, back and forth. Then with a wink the kitten and the sun disappear, leaving the citizens of Elversult gazing up with amazed expressions that quickly turn into chortles and mirth.

The Sunlord left Elversult the same day in humilitation, and was never heard from again.
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Kyrene
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South Africa
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Posted - 22 Apr 2010 :  13:54:07  Show Profile  Visit Kyrene's Homepage Send Kyrene a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Oh, and a postscript that's partially NDA'd:
Those harbour chains aren't JUST chains. Think wizards and magic again.

love,
THO


I seem to recall something about those chains in Mel Odom's Threat from the Sea trilogy (specifically the chapters detailing the attack on Waterdeep).

Which of course sparks another question: how much (if any) did he collaborate with Ed when writing it? (I'm assuming quite a bit, since the details he wrote into it are astonishing sometimes)

And I would give a substantial part of my savings to be able to read the 'Waterdeep Bible' (even if I may never say a word about it–the reading act, not what I read while reading–as some additional clause to the NDA I would have to sign to do so)

Lost for words? Find them in the Glossary of Phrases, Sayings & Words of the Realms

I am a sexy, shoeless god of war!

The Sellplague began, for all intents and purposes, in the dominions of the Corporation. Greed murdered Good Design, unraveling common sense in the cosmos and destroying her dominion. At the same time, Sales Fears and Warcraft Envy happened into alignment. This cataclysmic coincidence led to upheaval, shaking apart the primeval order, opening up holes in wallets, and reshaping everything...
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Blueblade
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USA
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Posted - 22 Apr 2010 :  17:04:39  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Hi, all. About bedsores: I'd say prevention of them is fairly common knowledge in the Realms, among "ordinary folk," because years ago I watched a charity Realms game at GenCon DM'd by Ed, where the PCs encountered a farming family in their cottage, and they were turning a bedridden elderly relative to prevent bedsores.
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Alisttair
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Canada
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Posted - 22 Apr 2010 :  17:57:17  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message
Any plans on having Elminster visit Returned-Abeir in an upcoming novel?? (or is that NDA???)

Karsite Arcanar (Most Holy Servant of Karsus)

Anauria - Survivor State of Netheril as penned by me:
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createvmind
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Posted - 22 Apr 2010 :  18:24:58  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Zandilar

Heya,

quote:
Originally posted by createvmind
How are coma's handled in Faeruns various regions/races, basically how is the victim kept alive over a long period of time, say a tenday or more? How are they given sustenance especially if magic is not an option? I was looking over one of Monte cook's early edition Eldritch Might books and saw he had a poison that induced a coma for up to several weeks and I was thinking how does one kept the victim alive?

Other than Wish/ Miracle spells, would a Heal spell fix a coma caused more by despair and spiritual damage than physical damage?

Are bed sores something that occurs in Faerun, are races/cultures aware of how to treat them, again nonmagically?



I'm not Ed, but I think this is more something for an individual DM to decide, as it's more rules based than lore. :) My understanding is that Heal works on both natural and unnatural insanities. I suppose despair and depression might well be considered insanities, but I'd think that would be up to the individual DM. Also, as a DM I'd rule Heal would cure comas, unless they were caused by a curse, in which case Remove Curse would fix it. As for those caused by spiritual damage, that would all depend on exactly what you mean by spiritual damage.

Also, since biology mostly works in Abeir-Toril as it does on Earth (excluding magic from the equation, of course), there's no reason why bedsores wouldn't exist. I'm sure that medicine has evolved in Faerun enough that most civilized races would know that you need to move your patient to stop them from happening (prevention being better than cure)... In any event, such injuries would probably be easily handled by Cure Light Wounds. (Remember also that probably the vast majority of people with any medical training at all are likely to be clerics, so...)



I'm never asking rules questions to Ed, always insight to how he says things work.

Again from my post, I'm less concerned with magic response from him, I'm more curious as to what folks without magical access do and again from various races. Would a Orc Shaman or leader consign a comatose warrior to death rather than trying to nurse him back to consciouness. Would this be seen as a weakness of the afflicted orc?

Would a being with telepathy or rudimentary psionics have an advantage in helping restore a comatose being?

Spiritual I think would be a druid witnessing the destruction of his entire woodland, essentially something so horrible as to cause the mind to shut down causing a comatose state.

Thanks for input though.
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 22 Apr 2010 :  19:28:55  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Alisttair: Hoo boy, is that NDA!
love,
THO
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Menelvagor
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Israel
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Posted - 22 Apr 2010 :  20:03:37  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message
New question: How do you destroy a shaddarn, other than blasting it with Silver Fire? What exactly happens to spells cast in a shaddarn - they turn into silver flames, but what exactly are these silver flames, and are there spells powerful enough to actually work if cast in a shaddarn? And what exactly were Elminster and Dove doing in Tears So White?

"Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.
How much less them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation in the dust, are crushed before the moth?" - Eliphaz the Temanite, Job IV, 17-19.

"Yea, though he live a thousand years twice, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?" - Ecclesiastes VI, 6.

"There are no stupid questions – just a bunch of inquisitive idiots."

"Let's not call it 'hijacking'. Let's call it 'Thread Drift'."

Edited by - Menelvagor on 23 Apr 2010 06:43:10
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