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Lord Karsus
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Posted - 19 Jun 2020 :  01:17:30  Show Profile Send Lord Karsus a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

But then came WotC's move where they said in a 5E book that characters could be of any gender or sexuality. Many accepted this and moved on -- but some didn't, and there was a huge blowback on that, even in our halls. It got really ugly, with people complaining about it and calling it pandering and going entirely off the deep end with it. It was a huge mess, and we had to slam down on that discussion, because of the haters who were outraged at the thought of WotC saying "everyone is welcome at our table." Even now, years later, I can't understand why that was such a controversial statement.


-So...people who play a game where your only limit is your imagination and literally anything is possible blew up about it being reaffirmed that the only limits people had were their imaginations and that anybody could be anything? Oy vey, these people.

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Zeromaru X
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Posted - 19 Jun 2020 :  02:56:01  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message
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I've met people who found Al-Qadim utterly obnoxious. They were Arabs who felt Ad-Qadim was insulting, deeply and personally insulting, although I'm not Arab and I genuinely couldn't (still can't) determine exactly what they found so vehemently offensive in the material. So we played in the Moonsea instead, everybody happy, nobody unhappy, problem (whatever it was) easily solved.



I guess one should be a member of the offended people to understand why they find something so offensive. I'm such a case, for instance. I know people who really loves Maztica, but I personally feel that setting is really insulting...

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Ayrik
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And so what is the problem with "gypsies" in a campaign world when nobody at the table finds the label for the people or the depiction of the people offensive?

The stereotype is evidently offensive to some. As someone who grew up in Europe I can understand, at least a little, why this could be. But I doubt "Gypsy" will become "Roma" in the world consciousness because of a marketable effort from a game publisher, it's just too deeply embedded in our cultural miscellany.

I think a valid comparison would be removing or retconning all halflings out of D&D - maybe get hobbits out of Middle Earth, too, for good measure - because some people of unusually short stature might find the "racial" descriptors too obnoxious, insulting, or hurtful.

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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 19 Jun 2020 :  03:31:37  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message
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Originally posted by Ayrik

And so what is the problem with "gypsies" in a campaign world when nobody at the table finds the label for the people or the depiction of the people offensive?

The stereotype is evidently offensive to some. As someone who grew up in Europe I can understand, at least a little, why this could be. But I doubt "Gypsy" will become "Roma" in the world consciousness because of a marketable effort from a game publisher, it's just too deeply embedded in our cultural miscellany.

I think a valid comparison would be removing or retconning all halflings out of D&D - maybe get hobbits out of Middle Earth, too, for good measure - because some people of unusually short stature might find the "racial" descriptors too obnoxious, insulting, or hurtful.

I'm sure the same was said about other words for cultures and people before they too were changed.

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keftiu
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Posted - 19 Jun 2020 :  03:56:31  Show Profile Send keftiu a Private Message
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Originally posted by Ayrik

And so what is the problem with "gypsies" in a campaign world when nobody at the table finds the label for the people or the depiction of the people offensive?

The stereotype is evidently offensive to some. As someone who grew up in Europe I can understand, at least a little, why this could be. But I doubt "Gypsy" will become "Roma" in the world consciousness because of a marketable effort from a game publisher, it's just too deeply embedded in our cultural miscellany.

I think a valid comparison would be removing or retconning all halflings out of D&D - maybe get hobbits out of Middle Earth, too, for good measure - because some people of unusually short stature might find the "racial" descriptors too obnoxious, insulting, or hurtful.



One might also argue why blackface is bad if nobody involved finds it offensive.

I think your take here is in bad faith - hobbits are not the same as a heap of real-world stereotypes about one specific marginalized group slapped together under a new name and played completely straight. Trying to say that getting away from racial caricature (against a group actively persecuted today!) is less important than continuity in a game of play-pretend is absurd.

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keftiu
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quote:
Originally posted by Seethyr

I’ve written and deleted three responses already. Just know that topics like this cause undue stress in a place where an escape from reality is supposed to reign supreme. I hope this doesn’t end up dominating the conversations like it does now literally everywhere else. Just my two cents, I’ll kindly scroll on by for now on and hope my favorite game is recognizable as time passes.



Imagine how folks feel when they try to come enjoy their escapism and find it spitting on them.

All changes like this do is give more people the luxury of enjoying their fantasy the way you do.

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sfdragon
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Posted - 19 Jun 2020 :  04:30:19  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message
A culture Based off of a culture in real life is not the culture in game its based off of.
As for Japan styled classes, like the Samurai and ninja and others that would come from there. Japan loves it when another culture shares into the culture that is Japan. So as long as you don't go insult them like Disney did with Lion King, they won't care.
As for Orcs, the person who said that orcs were written to be Black people in game was said by a person who doesnt like dnd. Orcs are not black people, they are not even human, but humanoid who yes at the base of their race are barbaric brutes who pillage, maim and ropey their way through their existance within the setting they exist in. Their skintone has usually always been Green, with the exception of that Grey Orc....
The Drow are a cursed race and are not even human to begin with, hell the dark elf from nordic folklore has red eyes and pale skin.

Wizards is also doing some token hiring right now, they are hiring non white people. Pandering tokenism was mentioned that is what it is. Instead of hiring a writer who can write and gives a snow balls chance in Elysium they end up with people who give a snowball's chance in the 9 hells.

A culture based off a culture in real live is only the inspiration to one in game. The culture in game is not a representative to one in real life.

People are looking to be offended at things and willing to be offended for another who they feel should be offended over something. I find it offensive to think for someone else and for someone else to think for me.

Everyone is allowed to sit at the gaming table.. I've heard tales of toxic female players getting a male player thrown out of a store becuase she( she was the late comer) didn't like how he was role playing his character....
You'd find someone who would take offense to a female drow character of mine that is an escape slave from a drowcity herself failing to realize that said character is not theirs and the backstory is just that and its a work of fiction. But they'd go and gripe to someone stating that I should change it because someone might get offended because she's an escaped slave.

People are going to be offended no matter what.
Everyone is allowed at the gaming table. See what's left of the setting and escapism when the puritan twitter outrage mob is done with it. WOTC if you are reading this, give the Realms in its entirety back to Ed Greenwood, or at the least what was originally his
Then send me a dictionary.....

ps. I know someone is going to take the above the wrong way too
PSS: I agree with hiring the Romi

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keftiu
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sfdragon, how do you know any new hires are incompetent? Or do you simply assume anyone from any kind of marginalized background will do the job worse than a cis white dude?

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Diffan
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Posted - 19 Jun 2020 :  04:39:23  Show Profile Send Diffan a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Seethyr

I’ve written and deleted three responses already. Just know that topics like this cause undue stress in a place where an escape from reality is supposed to reign supreme. I hope this doesn’t end up dominating the conversations like it does now literally everywhere else. Just my two cents, I’ll kindly scroll on by for now on and hope my favorite game is recognizable as time passes.



Well let's see, the game has changed editions at least 5 times now (not counting basic, expert, etc) and th Realms have had half a dozen changing setting events. If the game/Realms is recognizable now, chances are their changes (justly warrented) won't deter that perception.

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sfdragon
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Posted - 19 Jun 2020 :  05:04:28  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message
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Originally posted by keftiu

sfdragon, how do you know any new hires are incompetent? Or do you simply assume anyone from any kind of marginalized background will do the job worse than a cis white dude?


hahahahaha
I guess I should have worded that better....
but no, I do not think that anyone from a marginalized background can do better orworse than a white dude. I'm just not big on token hires. If they can write a great story with believable characters great, if not....
especially where they are at in Seattle blantly stating that they are only hiring only non white people is illegal

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Starshade
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I think current media, and Wotc overthink this kind of topics. Imho. My personal understanding, games is about "fun". And D&D probably were for a long time a White, Male and Christian dominated, with the occational Jew around.
Since AD&D, to my understanding, were trying to attract girls, D&D was proactive regarding Diversity, imho.
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sleyvas
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Irennan

I hope they actually follow up on this, and make a significant change to the portrayal of those folks in the main D&D setting, rather than just publishing alternative settings, while putting a bandaid fix on the mess that is the portrayal of races in the standard setting. A bandaid fix won't solve stuff like "the iconic dark skinned elves and the only matriarchy we highlight are all about masturbating to people being tortured, puppies being kicked, and kittens being eaten, under the pretense of survival of the fittest".



That's why I've maintained for years -- going back to before I was banned from the WotC forums -- that a Drizzt movie would be very problematic. You have to show the society he came from to make his being an outcast significant. Even in 2004ish, when I first started arguing against it, putting drow on the big screen, saying "okay, these folks will literally kill their own family members, without remorse, just to get ahead -- and they all happen to have very dark skin" -- that's just not going to fly with a very large portion of the movie-going public.

People that read for pleasure are a small portion of the movie-going audience, people that read fantasy are a smaller portion of that, and people that read Realms fiction are an even smaller portion. It's probably being overly generous to say that you'd have 10% of the audience that were already familiar with drow. The rest are going to be seeing it new, and it would be a difficult proposition to convince them that it wasn't racist allegory.



This statement is so true. I remember when this was brought up long ago, and I thought about it and said, "Oh yeah, I can totally see this being taken in a totally different vein by the American population". It is something to consider, there is the in-game views and the outside the game views, and sometimes that's not a clear line that one sees.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 19 Jun 2020 :  16:22:27  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Irennan

I hope they actually follow up on this, and make a significant change to the portrayal of those folks in the main D&D setting, rather than just publishing alternative settings, while putting a bandaid fix on the mess that is the portrayal of races in the standard setting. A bandaid fix won't solve stuff like "the iconic dark skinned elves and the only matriarchy we highlight are all about masturbating to people being tortured, puppies being kicked, and kittens being eaten, under the pretense of survival of the fittest".



That's why I've maintained for years -- going back to before I was banned from the WotC forums -- that a Drizzt movie would be very problematic. You have to show the society he came from to make his being an outcast significant. Even in 2004ish, when I first started arguing against it, putting drow on the big screen, saying "okay, these folks will literally kill their own family members, without remorse, just to get ahead -- and they all happen to have very dark skin" -- that's just not going to fly with a very large portion of the movie-going public.

People that read for pleasure are a small portion of the movie-going audience, people that read fantasy are a smaller portion of that, and people that read Realms fiction are an even smaller portion. It's probably being overly generous to say that you'd have 10% of the audience that were already familiar with drow. The rest are going to be seeing it new, and it would be a difficult proposition to convince them that it wasn't racist allegory.



This statement is so true. I remember when this was brought up long ago, and I thought about it and said, "Oh yeah, I can totally see this being taken in a totally different vein by the American population". It is something to consider, there is the in-game views and the outside the game views, and sometimes that's not a clear line that one sees.



Not just Americans, from what we've seen recently in Europe.

Really, even if a particular culture hadn't been exposed to that particular flavor of prejudice, I think they'd still consider such a thing to be a deliberate statement. Especially since prejudices based on skintone are not limited to people of African descent -- I've read more than once about a bias in India towards lighter skintones over darker ones. A coworker from India confirmed this and pointed out that Bollywood, in particular, favors those lighter skintones.

There was also a thing I read about after the movie The Da Vinci Code came out -- some people were upset that an albino person was cast as the albino character from the novel, because that character was a villain and there is a stereotype about albino people being evil. I'd never even heard of this, before that movie -- but then again, I'm not albino and have never spoken with an albino person, so I certainly cannot say that this does not exist.

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sfdragon
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Albino's evil?? hahaha that's rich. Whoever started that one 90% likely never met an Albino.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXedKQJwX6k
there is a 15 min video article on this from Tim Pool and or his friends on this matter. That I myself will have to watch later as in less than that in minutes must leave for work.
I'm also still waiting on that dictionary wotc....

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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 19 Jun 2020 :  18:09:40  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message
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Originally posted by sfdragon

Albino's evil?? hahaha that's rich. Whoever started that one 90% likely never met an Albino.
there is a 15 min video article on this from Tim Pool and or his friends on this matter. That I myself will have to watch later as in less than that in minutes must leave for work.
I'm also still waiting on that dictionary wotc....

And I have many people in my friends and family that will tell you how, back when they were in private Catholic schools, the nuns would slap the wrists, humiliate, and berate left-handed people because left-handed people allowed the devil into their heart.

By the way, linking to right-wing podcasters isn't helping your case...

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sleyvas
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Originally posted by Ashe Ravenheart

quote:
Originally posted by sfdragon

Albino's evil?? hahaha that's rich. Whoever started that one 90% likely never met an Albino.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXedKQJwX6k
there is a 15 min video article on this from Tim Pool and or his friends on this matter. That I myself will have to watch later as in less than that in minutes must leave for work.
I'm also still waiting on that dictionary wotc....

And I have many people in my friends and family that will tell you how, back when they were in private Catholic schools, the nuns would slap the wrists, humiliate, and berate left-handed people because left-handed people allowed the devil into their heart.



Honestly, when it starts to become a country where everyone is trying to outdo how much they've been the object of some kind of prejudice or other, we start to focus too much on our differences. I fear that's the path I see coming down to us where everyone becomes their own polarized group. I try to be open an honest and tell people what I honestly think about things, and sometimes my thinking changes after hearing the other side, but sometimes I'm ostracized for having the willingness to express my views. Its odd, I feel as though I already express the ideals that this article is meant to bring about, yet at the same time I'm not adverse to having things like racism and slavery in my games. I say that because I feel roleplay is about learning to see what actually happens in the world and trying to find a way to change it. I say that also because I feel like roleplay can show people what an awful world it can be if you aren't careful and don't learn from history. At the same time, when I see articles that are written like that, I unconsciously find myself questioning the motives of the author and wondering if there is subtext that I'm not seeing (which is exactly what I feel like at times people do to me).


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Archmage of Nowhere
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It seems pretty disrespectful that wotc can retroactively assign meaning to Ed's inclusion and Salvatore's elaboration of the drow.

Instead of defending the Realms and the authors who helped pen them. They change books, alter old modules, and higher individuals to help restrict what can be depicted in their stories.

Narratives in all entertainment allow for a safe environment to expose people to concepts or ideas that challenge them. To be exposed to the truest form of racism in real life is dangerous and destructive. To see it in a book may only provide a glimpse in comparison but allows for the reader to learn through empathy, without being destroyed by it.

It is strange to me that people actively wish for the Realms to be altered, even when they know that the intent of most of these concepts were not malicious in origin.

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Originally posted by Archmage of Nowhere

It seems pretty disrespectful that wotc can retroactively assign meaning to Ed's inclusion and Salvatore's elaboration of the drow.

Instead of defending the Realms and the authors who helped pen them. They change books, alter old modules, and higher individuals to help restrict what can be depicted in their stories.

Narratives in all entertainment allow for a safe environment to expose people to concepts or ideas that challenge them. To be exposed to the truest form of racism in real life is dangerous and destructive. To see it in a book may only provide a glimpse in comparison but allows for the reader to learn through empathy, without being destroyed by it.

It is strange to me that people actively wish for the Realms to be altered, even when they know that the intent of most of these concepts were not malicious in origin.





Intent doesn't matter when you still do harm. "The evil elves are the ones with black skin" can have a total lack of malicious intent behind it, but I'd hope you can see how it hurts people - or keeps them out of the hobby, especially when all the 'good guy' elves just so happen to look like pretty white people.

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Archmage of Nowhere
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To grow is to suffer, in all things.

Experiencing something hurtful should teach, not destroy. To deny someone the opportunity to grow as a person in a safe and private manner is far more harmful to them in the long run.

But more to the point, and the true travesty of this is the wonderful tale of Drizzt overcoming the trials brought about by the circumstances of his birth will be lessened by these changes. The true essence of why you need these elements is to depict people overcoming them or failing to overcome them.

These stories are powerful and to arbitrarily decide that the harm these tales do exceeds the positive is arrogance; to censure or restrict those tales based on that conclusion is wrong.
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Originally posted by Archmage of Nowhere

It is strange to me that people actively wish for the Realms to be altered, even when they know that the intent of most of these concepts were not malicious in origin.


Um......I read this and you seem to imply that the Realms haven't been altered in the past and it's only now that changes are occurring. The Realms are always changing. Heck I'd say the common arguments here at the 'Keep are about how rules / canon / characters changed for either good or ill over the last 40+ years.

The original context of Drow may not have had the intent to hurt or portray actual POC in their description of "evil bad guys = black skin" and when you read the text it's because they're easier to blend into the Underdark shadows to help survival. Yet, and keftiu has a very good point, people don't initially see that and visual cues and first impressions mean everything.

Does it mean that instantly "ALL" Drow are perfectly good and happy and totally not xenophobic or have issues towards surface people? I'd think probably not. Does it mean they're instantly evil just because? Nope. You could also paint the picture that Menzoberranzan -specifically- is a sort of cruel place but other Drow cities and civilizations aren't nearly as intolerant and xenophobic and horrible towards everyone else. Heck look at Skullport, a place where MANY Drow inhabit and also have lots of dealing with other races - both above and below the surface.

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... especially when all the 'good guy' elves just so happen to look like pretty white people.

A closer look at the "good guy elves" reveals that they can be quite nasty, sneering, and inhumanly cruel. They might all have apparent youth and beauty but some of them are really quite ugly creatures.

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Originally posted by Ayrik

quote:
Originally posted by keftiu
... especially when all the 'good guy' elves just so happen to look like pretty white people.

A closer look at the "good guy elves" reveals that they can be quite nasty, sneering, and inhumanly cruel. They might all have apparent youth and beauty but some of them are really quite ugly creatures.



Sure, but until recently they got to be in the PHB and the drow got to be in the monster manual. The game assumes the white-looking elves will span the full range of possibilities and that our heroes will be drawn from their ranks, while the dark-skinned elves are so evil that “the one who isn’t a racial supremacist murderer-torturer” is a noteworthy character in the world.

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I guess I'm different. I'd rather have a game where everyone feels welcome at the table instead of following prejudices written in place (checks calendar) almost 50 years ago. A lot of things have changed in the real world in the last fifty years, I expect hobbies and entertainment to change as well.

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Sure, but until recently they got to be in the PHB and the drow got to be in the monster manual.



Hey now, 4E made a lot of strives here to make these characters far more likeable to play, starting with the Forgotten Realms Players Guide. With the tons of options like feats and paragon paths plus Themes and backgrounds they were a total viable player option outside of the Core 3 books.

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Sure, but until recently they got to be in the PHB and the drow got to be in the monster manual.


Hey now, 4E made a lot of strives here to make these characters far more likeable to play, starting with the Forgotten Realms Players Guide. With the tons of options like feats and paragon paths plus Themes and backgrounds they were a total viable player option outside of the Core 3 books.


You mean when they became a player race option in the Forgotten Realm's Players' Guide?

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FRPG, p. 9
Most drow are singularly wicked. They are cruel in their dealings with others and treacherous among themselves. In the pursuit of power, status, and Lolth’s favor, drow houses compete with each other to amass wealth and enslave weaker races. The fickle whims of Lolth’s priestesses demand absolute obedience, driving the race to further evil.

Though most drow are villains firmly in the thrall of the Spider Queen, not all suffer so. Some drow escape the Underdark to find new lives on the surface, while a few reject the dominance of Lolth’s priestesses and form mercenary companies or trade consortiums of their own. These, however, are the exceptions. The Spider Queen’s church makes bloody examples of any it names enemies of its goddess. Few drow indeed dare to rebel against Lolth’s priestesses.

Drow are born into darkness. Their society is violent and capricious, a world where life is worthless and only power has any meaning. Even drow who escape the clutches of this sinister culture find themselves scarred by the lessons they learned in their youth.

I actually DO know everything. I just have a very poor index of my knowledge.

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Edited by - Ashe Ravenheart on 20 Jun 2020 01:14:52
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