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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 21 May 2013 :  19:41:41  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. lordsknight185, I bring a swift reply to you from Ed:

Hi. There are other spellfire wielders in the Realms right now (meaning: at any time from 1340 to 14XXwhenever DR). They're just keeping VERY quiet about it, and using their abilities as little as possible and as privately as possible - - because they've seen or more often heard what happened to Shandril.)


So saith Ed, creator of spellfire, Shandril, the Realms, and so on...
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 21 May 2013 :  21:18:59  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
In answer to Blueblade:
as a Kickstarter, this project is a little older, but Ed did do multiple monsters for it:
The Bestiary of the Curiously Odd by RKDN Studios
. . . and I KNOW Ed is involved with at least one more he can't talk about yet.
love,
THO
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Joebing
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Posted - 22 May 2013 :  01:28:21  Show Profile Send Joebing a Private Message
Is it correct to assume that the adventure I previously asked about from Dragon 200, "The Whistling Skeleton", takes place approx 1367-68 DR, in the early years of 2nd Edition?

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 22 May 2013 :  03:06:09  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, Joebing. I'd say the early years of 2nd Edition are a decade earlier, myself (1357 DR and onwards), but yes, although Ed carefully left the adventure undated, he says 1367-68 should be about right.
Sumbral lore coming, in about a week . . .
love,
THO
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lordsknight185
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Posted - 22 May 2013 :  04:23:11  Show Profile Send lordsknight185 a Private Message
Excellent answer. Thank you THO and Ed. :)
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Joebing
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Posted - 22 May 2013 :  11:55:29  Show Profile Send Joebing a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi, Joebing. I'd say the early years of 2nd Edition are a decade earlier, myself (1357 DR and onwards), but yes, although Ed carefully left the adventure undated, he says 1367-68 should be about right.
Sumbral lore coming, in about a week . . .
love,
THO



THO & Ed,
Thank you, I am indebtted. I did go ahead and start working on a generic NPC version using the 3.5 ruleset, but Ed's lore will give better insight to an actual fleshed-out Sumbral. BTW, to clarify, I mistyped, and meant early years in our world (1993). I noticed Ed had left things carefully undated from certain time periods, but through my research of the Realms (while converting it all to the 3.5 ruleset), I started noticing a rough equivalent of 2 years in the Realms to one year in our world.
Much love,
Joebing

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Markustay
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Posted - 23 May 2013 :  15:31:13  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Commentary, if I may...

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, all. lordsknight185, I bring a swift reply to you from Ed:

Hi. There are other spellfire wielders in the Realms right now (meaning: at any time from 1340 to 14XXwhenever DR). They're just keeping VERY quiet about it, and using their abilities as little as possible and as privately as possible - - because they've seen or more often heard what happened to Shandril.) <snip>
I had assumed as much. Not only just now (whatever 'now' you happen to believe in, LOL), but that this was generally always the case.

Shandril was famous simply because of where her story occurred, the details surrounding it (and personages), and what she did with it (many times in a BIG way... which was foolish in the end). In other words, it was more along the lines of series of (unfortunate) events that lead to her fame, and the fact that the 'wrong' people became aware of her before the 'right ones'.

And, as far as the Spellplague affecting Spellfire and the frequency of occurrences... one would imagine it was closely related to the (2e) concept of 'wild magic' (which is another form of spontaneous magic), so I would think the possibility is there for even MORE cases to have appeared post-plague, but most of those cases were ending quickly and badly (something along the lines of 'spontaneous human combustion').

Imagine finding a huge bag of fireworks... while you were in the middle of forest fire.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 23 May 2013 15:32:03
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paladinnicolas
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Posted - 23 May 2013 :  20:16:53  Show Profile Send paladinnicolas a Private Message
Hi Ed and THO,
I would like to know if there is a prison where the most dangerous criminals from all of Faerun are sent; and also if there are peaceful means to solve controversies between nations: e.g. if there is a territorial dispute between Cormyr and Sembia, can they resort to some arbitration tribunal or mediator?
Thanks!
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Joebing
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USA
194 Posts

Posted - 23 May 2013 :  21:36:28  Show Profile Send Joebing a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by paladinnicolas

Hi Ed and THO,
I would like to know if there is a prison where the most dangerous criminals from all of Faerun are sent; and also if there are peaceful means to solve controversies between nations: e.g. if there is a territorial dispute between Cormyr and Sembia, can they resort to some arbitration tribunal or mediator?
Thanks!


I believe IIRC that Wheloon became a prison city post-Spellplague, but prior to the Spellplague (which is where most campaigns occur still I assume), I would also like to know this one. I know of one in the Underdark called Manzessine Prison, found in Dungeon 94 (labelled 92 on the spine) in the adventure "Spiral of Manzessine", which can be run around the time of City of the Spider Queen easily, but I haven't seen references to surface prisons.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 24 May 2013 :  00:38:52  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello again, all.
paladinnicolas, there's no one prison in the Realms where the "most dangerous criminals" are sent, because every realm has its own justice, lawkeepers, and sentencings (including incarceration). Prisoners are sometimes handed over or swapped after delicate diplomatic negotiations (often kept from the public), but most rulers of every stripe don't trust anyone else (especially not rival rulers)to imprison individuals they deem undesirable.
There are many attempts at peaceful trade, border, and other negotiations between realms, and these succeed surprisingly often (as in: there are far fewer wars than one might expect, although the game and published Realms products focus on the conflicts and it may well seem otherwise). These are almost always on a diplomatic level between rulers (via envoys), and not through some sort of "above the ruling level" standing organization - - though the history of the Realms has a lot of such organizations at a regional level (e.g. the Lords' Alliance in the northwest, the Dales Council in the Dales, the various moots that cobbled together the Silver Marches in the North). The priesthoods of many deities are constantly busy, diplomatically, all across the Realms, as a parallel diplomacy to courtiers and the decisions of border-patrolling defenders.
And finally, remember the Calendar of Harptos and those summer "holidays" (and, specifically, what happens at Shieldmeets).
However, if you're looking for something Realmsian akin to the real-world United Nations or the International Court at The Hague - - no, there are no "official standing bodies" in particular buildings that anyone can go to at any time. Everything's more ad hoc.
There are prisons (dungeons) everywhere in the Realms, but they tend to be small-scale and local, because feeding and watering prisoners is expensive (and it makes more sense, if you don't want to prisoners to be idle and therefore ripe for mischief or violence, to keep them busy growing their own food, and therefore existing in smaller groups, at a subsistence level, or even incarcerated as individuals, scattered through the dungeons of many castles and fortresses across a land, where they can easily be fed by the kitchens of those fortresses as just "one more mouth," and where they are scattered and "who is where" is more secret, so rescues and pirson-breaks are kept to a minimum). Many Realmsian rulers prefer work-gangs, so their prisoners continually improve local roads, bridges, public lighting and signalling systems (beacons and flags) and irrigation.

All of the above comes from many discussions with Ed, over the years.
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 24 May 2013 00:40:44
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Eilserus
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Posted - 24 May 2013 :  04:01:26  Show Profile Send Eilserus a Private Message
Hi Ed and THO,

I was recently rereading Hand of Fire the other night and I was curious if there was any more info you could provide regarding the Tombgate that's part way up Eveningstar Gorge? What does the Eveningstar end look like and how does it open? I'm definitely curious as to Tessaril's sword that opened the Scornubel end. Is her sword magically keyed to open that specific gate or capable of opening all sorts of gates in a sort of general purpose gate key?

Thank you both very much. :)
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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Posted - 24 May 2013 :  05:54:51  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message
Well again THO and Ed,

Ed, you mentioned in a previous reply that your language notes are very fragmentary. Understanding this, I have a few word questions (and one about pashas) for which I hope the answers come to mind without your having to search through your notes. If not, no worries.

Is there a word in Alzhedo for ventriloquism or gastromancy?

Or a name for someone that can throw their voice like a ventriloquist?

Or words that translate roughly into Common for “throat speaker” or “speaks with no tongue” or “tongueless speaker” or “speaks as a (fire or air) elemental”?

Were there ever any Calishite pashas who were fond of servants that had this talent/skill?

If yes, could you give a name or two?

I ask because I have an idea for a magic curtain that steals voices, but that can only be activated by non-magical words formed in the throat of someone whose tongue is all or partially missing.

Thank you in advance for any answers you provide.

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Edited by - Jeremy Grenemyer on 24 May 2013 09:25:39
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paladinnicolas
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Posted - 24 May 2013 :  09:25:43  Show Profile Send paladinnicolas a Private Message
Dear THO, thank you for your answer, as always you are very helpful. One last question. You mentioned that "The priesthoods of many deities are constantly busy, diplomatically, all across the Realms, as a parallel diplomacy to courtiers and the decisions of border-patrolling defenders."
Which faiths and churches are more likely to engage in such endeavors? I guess that Eldath's is among them, and perhaps also Tyr's or churches devoted to the issues that are the object of the diplomatic disputes or negotiations. Is that so?

Edited by - paladinnicolas on 24 May 2013 09:29:43
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 24 May 2013 :  15:45:10  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.

Jeremy, I've sent your questions off to Ed, but "tongueless" I can answer, because cutting off the tongues of those who blasphemed or said bad things about pashas was oncea common punishment:
nuth-zimalu (literally, "without-tongue")
We'll see what "tongueless speaker" turns out to be.

paladinnicolas, ALL priesthoods do diplomacy. They do it with different aims (advancement of the church always among them), so clergy of Shar want to sew discord, clergy of Tyr want to see justice and the continual making and redefining of laws, and so on - - but they all do it. (Divine portfolios matter more here than alignment.)

love,
THO
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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Posted - 24 May 2013 :  17:01:04  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

nuth-zimalu (literally, "without-tongue")
We'll see what "tongueless speaker" turns out to be.
Wow. That's awesome.

That cutting off tongues was once a common punishment helps me out too.

Thank you very much.

Look for me and my content at EN World (user name: sanishiver).
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Sunderstone
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Posted - 25 May 2013 :  15:15:34  Show Profile Send Sunderstone a Private Message
THO,

I loved City of Splendors and think it is the best of the Forgotten Realms novels. I did enjoy some of the bit we saw of Piergeron, Madeiron, and Texter. Although they were brief it did raise a couple of questions for me.

When Piergeron is injured in the Docks Ward, in the aftermath Mirt mentions that his healing took longer because of longevity magics used. Has Piergeron extensively had his life extended in this fashion? Why does this alter the healing process? Also, when was his father Athar active in the North? The game lore mentions his most famous exploit was slaying a Red Dragon, is there anything else that can be shared of his explpoits? Was he ever a player in the rule of Waterdeep?

The brief bit of Texter in the book took place in Luskan. I got the feeling that he roams the North quite a bit in his role and patronage of Tyr as a Paladin. How does he balance this with his role as a Masked Lord? How much time demand in a typical month do the Masked Lords have placed on them in their role as stewards of Waterdeep?

In most of the game material I have Maderion is mentioned as an awe-inspiring sight and fearless but not very intelligent. I didn't get that impression though when Piergeron was attacked at the Purple silks. The scene was brief but I did notice when Mirt was trying to convince Piergeron not to enter the fray because the attackers wanted to capture him, Madeiron immediately picked up Mirt's words as ruse because the obvious evidence was they meant to kill him but quickly reaffirmed Mirt's words to keep Piegeron safe. It struck me as someone use to making quick decisions which would make sense in his role as champion and bodyguard. What is meant by him not being especially bright? What is the age difference between Madeiron and Piergeron? Is there relationship a deep friendship or father figure/son or less personal? How does Maderion interact with the other Lords of Waterdeep? Gaming material mentions Maderion as being very amicable. Does he have many friends outside of his professional responsibilities? Does his role as Champion and Bodygyard keep him firmly rooted around Piergeron and the Palace or is he ever sent independently on missions? His size would make him a novelty in any locale. Is he a novlely that is talked about in Waterdeep society or beyond Waterdeep?

I know there a lot of questions in here and would be happy with any you and Ed can answer. I don't think there is city or it's environs in any fiction I enjoy as much as Waterdeep. Paladins hold special appeal and I love the one in Waterdeep.

Thank you.

Edited by - Sunderstone on 25 May 2013 16:34:22
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 25 May 2013 :  15:51:55  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, all.
Sunderstone, I'm on the road right now and can't check my notes, and most of these queries Ed should answer rather than me, but here's what I can say:

"Has Piergeron extensively had his life extended in this fashion?" A: Yes.

"In most of the game material I have Maderion is mentioned as an awe-inspiring and fearless but not very intelligent. What is meant by him not being especially bright?"

A: Madeiron is slow in speech, and prefers to say little. And he's physically big. This has led to a general impression that he's dim-witted, but he's not. He just uses few words, and as little as possible; a classic "strong, silent type." He's very bright, and a shrewd judge of folk - - and effective in this, because people who dismiss him as "dumb as the nearest post" don't hide their true feelings and opinions as much around him as they would about someone else.

"Is their relationship a deep friendship or father figure/son or less personal?"
A: Deep friendship. Best friends, absolute trust.

More when I can get home or talk to Ed.
love,
THO
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Arcanus
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Posted - 25 May 2013 :  20:39:08  Show Profile  Visit Arcanus's Homepage Send Arcanus a Private Message
Would Ed prefer to have total control of the published Realms? Does he feel that the Realms is a better place for having many people create the lore and stories within his creation or does he feel that he could have made a better job of it himself?
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Cbad285
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quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, all. I bring Ed's reply to Dalor and to Cbad285, re. Evermead. Here's Ed:


There is no "official" recipe for Evermead, and I will bow to anything Lady Elaine Cunningham, the reigning expert on this, can provide.
However, here's the closest equivalent I have devised (a rhodomel):
Needed:
1.5 gal blackberry honey
1 pkg montrachet yeast
1/2 gal rose petals
8 oz rosewater
3 gal water (avoid chlorinated and fluorinated tap water)
1 gal cherry juice (can be from concentrate, but avoid sugar-augmented "cherry cocktail")
1 vanilla bean
2 cloves

Bring 2 gallons of water to the boil, then remove from heat and stir in honey, keeping stirring until it dissolves.
Pour remaining water into main fermenting vessel, stirring in cherry juice.
Add hot must to main fermenting vessel, and stir. Check temp, and stir in yeast when temp gets below 80 degrees (F).
Do the usual fermenting thing. :}
Shake/swirl to oxygenate, then rack onto mesh bag containing rose petal, cloves, and vanilla bean (slice bean open down length, first).
Makes 5.5 gal
As with all meads, tinker with this until you like the result.


So saith Ed. Who emphasizes that he hasn't made mead often, although he HAS had success. The sugar content tends to make him violently ill after imbibing, though (diabetic). However, Cbad's workplace, fropm its website, seems like an establishment he has to visit. Someday, somehow...

love,
THO



To the quoted reply. Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to saying thank you for answering my question! Jerry our wine and mead leader and I are hard at work and loving what we are coming up with. For now I'm waiting until his roses come in so I can harvest the hips rather than petals, as my research tells me they're a better source of flavor. As to visiting Dragonmead - If you ever find yourself in Michigan expect a royal welcome at the mead! since the design of the pub was taken from the owner's long time love affair with D&D.

"Beware the Dream Fever!"
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Eli the Tanner
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Posted - 26 May 2013 :  12:21:22  Show Profile  Visit Eli the Tanner's Homepage Send Eli the Tanner a Private Message
Hello Ed and THO,

I was wondering if Ed could tell us any more about the tribe of Fire giants that built the Flaming Tower near the Border Forest (the one the Knights once stormed) and what sort of agreement with the Zhents they have that means they are working alongside them later on (1374 DR)?

EDIT: Clarifying date

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Marco Volo
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France
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Posted - 29 May 2013 :  08:27:40  Show Profile Send Marco Volo a Private Message
Hi Ed and THO,

In Waterdeep, I was wandering : apparently some merchants have a direct access to Skullport via their shop's cellar. If so :

1/ How do they keep it safe and in what do such a way consist ?

2/ How do they reach the Port of Shadows ? (Skullport is deep below and a network of caverns must extend on a lot of miles, no)

Sincerely yours

Marco

Edited by - Marco Volo on 29 May 2013 08:28:02
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 30 May 2013 :  03:31:53  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
Markustay, just wanted to let you know I got your PM (still away from decent Net access and so can't clean out my inbox yet, and so can't PM you back yet). Full agreement from me and Ed. All he can say as yet is: agreed. There's much not yet told re. her story, that will be told (hopefully in fiction appearing after The Sundering saga is done).
love,
THO
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xaeyruudh
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Posted - 30 May 2013 :  04:06:27  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message
I read through old material, and I find questions, and I come here to search for the answer because I assume that it's been asked before, and I find nothing. So, apologies if this has been answered before, but...

Who is the ogre mage who killed and replaced Gondal of Baldur's Gate? What was the year, and what were the circumstances? I'm intrigued by the idea of an ogre mage living disguised among humans, keeping the ruse going... was that the intent or did he (or she; there are females right?) vanish from the city after collecting whatever could be collected of Gondal's stash/library/materials?
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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Posted - 30 May 2013 :  10:08:15  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message
Hello again THO and Ed,

The other day while I was looking through a book of baby names I was surprised to see so many names with roots in other languages. It then occurred to me that some of the names of Realms NPCs might have their roots in words drawn from Realms languages other than Common.

Noting again that Ed’s language files are fragmentary, do either of you recall any NPC names from published sources or during your Realmsplay sessions (esp. in Cormyr) that were based on other Realms languages?

Thank you both very much. I like how “thinking Realms” creeps into mundane, non-gaming activities.

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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 30 May 2013 :  14:12:21  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, all.
Markustay, just wanted to let you know I got your PM (still away from decent Net access and so can't clean out my inbox yet, and so can't PM you back yet). Full agreement from me and Ed. All he can say as yet is: agreed. There's much not yet told re. her story, that will be told (hopefully in fiction appearing after The Sundering saga is done).
{Chesire-Cat Grin}

Thanks for the response.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone

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