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Phantom_Lord
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I needed some comprehensive info on this quasi-power. Pre-ToT of course.

For example, the origins of Xvim are not entirely clear some say his mum was a demon some say she was a goody two shoes paladin that fell head over heels for Bane. He was also a ruler of Westgate for a while!

Anyone with any notes or info on Xvim?

Thanks, much appreciated!

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["Ruins of Zhentil Keep" box - 2nd]
Xvim is said to be the result of a union between the Black Lord Bane , and a greater or a true tanar'ri ; thus the blood of Bane runs through his veins (another tale says he's the spawn of the Black Lord and a corrupted paladin) .

During the ToT , he found himself mysteriously confined to the subterranean depths of Faerūn , under Zhentil Keep .

At the end of ToT, it took the quasi-power until the destruction of Zhentil Keep to escape his earthen prison and etablish a base in Gehenna. With the setbacks that Cyric has suffered, Xvim has taken it upon himself some of the former portfolios of his father Bane.

During the Year of Gauntlet (1369) , in Ches , Xvim ascends to complete godhood, leaving behind his former status of quasi-power. He's now a lesser power; needed to wait the mounth of Eleint for announce the arrival of Xvim .

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Timeline :

710 : some saw a gate from Abyss on Port-Ponant and a hord of Tieffelins ( in english ? ) attack the city . The leader is Iyachtu Xvim . He took the throne of Port-Ponant.

734 : Xvim needed to run away from the truth heir, Farnath Ilistar.
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Timeline :

710 : some saw a gate from Abyss on Port-Ponant and a hord of Tieffelins ( in english ? ) attack the city . The leader is Iyachtu Xvim . He took the throne of Port-Ponant.

734 : Xvim needed to run away from the truth heir, Farnath Ilistar.



Good stuff! Where is this timeline taken from?
Thanks.

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Timeline in the book "Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting" (3°Edition)

My pleasure ; I dislike Xvim , and when you want to fight something , better you know it , better you'll win
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quote:
Originally posted by rowwhenn

Timeline in the book "Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting" (3°Edition)



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My pleasure ; I dislike Xvim , and when you want to fight something , better you know it , better you'll win



Myself, I liked Xvim. I thought he had much better style than Bane... I was actually disappointed to read of Bane's return.

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Myself, I liked Xvim. I thought he had much better style than Bane... I was actually disappointed to read of Bane's return.



Me too, I liked/like Xvim. The more I get to know about Bane the more I think he shouldn't have died in Time of Troubles. It was too much of a comic book scenario; we made a mistake killing him, now we'll have to bring him back.

Say Wooly, since you're very good at collecting data, do you have any stuff on Xvim or Bane in your little treasure chest?

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Say Wooly, since you're very good at collecting data, do you have any stuff on Xvim or Bane in your little treasure chest?



Other than what's readily available in various sourcebooks, I've no extra info on Xvim. Off the top of my head, the main sources of info on ol' Xvimmy would be The Ruins of Zhentil Keep boxed set and Faiths & Avatars.

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Other than what's readily available in various sourcebooks, I've no extra info on Xvim. Off the top of my head, the main sources of info on ol' Xvimmy would be The Ruins of Zhentil Keep boxed set and Faiths & Avatars.



Thank you, Wooly.

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Originally posted by Phantom_Lord

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Other than what's readily available in various sourcebooks, I've no extra info on Xvim. Off the top of my head, the main sources of info on ol' Xvimmy would be The Ruins of Zhentil Keep boxed set and Faiths & Avatars.



Thank you, Wooly.



Xvim was also in the novel Tymora's Luck.

And you might want to ask Ed about Xvim, as well. I don't have time at the moment to track down the reference, but I seem to recall one of the 7 Sisters having battled him at some point in the past. It was either one of them or the Knights of Myth Drannor...

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Wooly, you are indeed right. Xvim fought Storm; they have a sort of Lex Luthor and Superman thing going on.

But I didn't know that Xvim was a prominent character in Tymora's Luck

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Wooly, you are indeed right. Xvim fought Storm; they have a sort of Lex Luthor and Superman thing going on.

But I didn't know that Xvim was a prominent character in Tymora's Luck



I don't know if I'd call him a prominent character, but he is in the book.

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Originally posted by Wooly Rupert
Myself, I liked Xvim. I thought he had much better style than Bane... I was actually disappointed to read of Bane's return.

'Banite' sounds better than 'Xvimlar'. That, and I really liked Bane, and missed him while he was gone. He was a god with tradition, brains and charisma, although as I understood it, certain TSR policies related to morality in the novels and sourcebooks made him come off a little like Dr. Claw ("I'll get you next time, Gadget! Next time!")

Bringing back Bane in the official products saves me the trouble of doing it myself. ;)
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You peeps can also check out 'halls of the high king'.

its about the 'risen cult of bane' trying to take over the moonshae isles.

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quote:
Originally posted by Neil

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert
Myself, I liked Xvim. I thought he had much better style than Bane... I was actually disappointed to read of Bane's return.

'Banite' sounds better than 'Xvimlar'. That, and I really liked Bane, and missed him while he was gone. He was a god with tradition, brains and charisma, although as I understood it, certain TSR policies related to morality in the novels and sourcebooks made him come off a little like Dr. Claw ("I'll get you next time, Gadget! Next time!")

Bringing back Bane in the official products saves me the trouble of doing it myself. ;)



I don't even like the name "Bane", much less terms like "Banite". "Iyachtu Xvim" is a cool name to say, and "Xvimlar" very much works for me.

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Learned Scribe Phantom_Lord,

Here is a compiled list of materials and references:

http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Iyachtu_Xvim

Best regards,




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Originally posted by Phantom_Lord

I needed some comprehensive info on this quasi-power. Pre-ToT of course.

For example, the origins of Xvim are not entirely clear some say his mum was a demon some say she was a goody two shoes paladin that fell head over heels for Bane. He was also a ruler of Westgate for a while!

Anyone with any notes or info on Xvim?

Thanks, much appreciated!

Phantom_Lord


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I've come to question Xvim's "death" in the many years since this discussion. Here's my reasoning, which has been shared in these halls before:

There's a lot of things about Bane's return that just don't quite make sense...

Xvim's followers -- the folks that Xvim already had and wouldn't want to lose -- were the ones that had the vision of Xvim bursting apart and Bane returning. And this vision was accompanied by green flames -- something that Xvim favored.

Bane 1.0 used red and black as his colors. Bane 2.0 uses black and green -- the same colors as Xvim. Bane 2.0 uses an entirely different holy symbol from Bane 1.0, which is quite suggestive by itself. And some of the favored critters Bane 2.0 has used since his return were not used by Bane 1.0 -- but they were used by Xvim.

Now, there are different possible interpretations. One is that Bane 1.0 did indeed return, mostly subsuming his son -- but not entirely. It could be an amalgam of sorts, with bits of Xvim remaining in the mix. It could be a hostile takeover, with the out-of-place things being parts of Xvim that Bane has not been able to overcome (The Sage has noted this as an interpretation of Bane's new holy symbol). It's also possible that Bane 2.0 has entirely subsumed Xvim, but retained some things just to keep Xvim's folks happy.

Now me, I look at this and I think that the Ultimate Tyrant isn't all that if he can't beat his own kid, and that the Ultimate Tyrant does not show strength by catering to others...

So the explanation I favor is that the reason we see so much of Xvim in Bane 2.0 is because Xvim is Bane 2.0. It's not at all uncommon in the Realms for one deity to pick up the name of a fallen deity, and thus grab that other deity's worship -- Shar did it with Ibrandul, and Lolth did it with Moander, for example. Xvim was a newcomer on the deific scene, but if he pretends to be Daddy, he gets Daddy's worshippers and Daddy's prestige -- a huge boon for a lesser power.

Xvim's champion gathered as much of Bane's old power and essence as he could. The followers of Xvim were the only ones who saw Bane's return, with a vision that had Xvim's signature on it. Bane 2.0 has a lot of things in common with Xvim that Bane 1.0 did not, and Xvim stood to gain a lot from pretending to be Bane. Hence, my conclusion: Bane is still dead, and Xvim is pretending to have replaced him.

Also, there's this bit, from a discussion on the Scouring of Shadowdale "supermodule". A designer looked at my theory and did not confirm or deny it. That's not conclusive, obviously, but my theory was not ruled out by a person who would have been in the know, at the time.

quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd


quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

One other thing that struck me as interesting: the Black Beast of Bane. It says that, like his son Xvim, the reborn Bane likes manifestations involving evil critters and carnivores. Looking at Faiths & Avatars, that seems to be more of Xvim thing, and not something that Bane 1.0 did all that much. Maybe I'm reading into it because I want to, but that seems to me to be another indication that there is still a lot of Xvim in Bane 2.0. This, of course, supports my two favorite (and opposing) theories of Bane's return -- the "What the hey, I'm back!" theory, or the "Hey, look at me, I'm really Bane, not Xvim!" theory. But I'm prolly just reading too much into it.



Glad you're having fun speculating. ;-)

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That sounds plausible but what about the power that goes with it? Bane was a greater power. Xvim was not. How does that power get bestowed? Just because I can wear my dad's shoes doesn't mean I can use his credit cards.

Also, that is pretty tricky for someone that hasn't shown that leaning before. You would think one or more of the other gods would just laugh at him if he tried it (unless another greater god helped him pull it off).

Now Bane just deciding that junior was a means to an end. Oh, yeah. He may of just have kept that stuff to a. make it harder for junior to come back and b. to grab more worshippers easier because mortals are stupid and he didn't want to confuse them.

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Master Rupert,

I get your point there. It's not a bad idea behind it all. I see it differently though.

I look at it as one big insurance policy: Xvim that is.

So, one day, back in 710DR, Xvim the Baneson gets on scene in Westgate and does his thing for 24 years. He gets ousted, but he's out and about...for 658 years. Nothing else is seemingly going on. During this time though his father has the same portfolio: Fear, Hatred, and Tyranny. I mean, this just seems like an insurance policy for when his death was to come: essentially like a contingency for when he died, because he was going to have to have his divine essence stored somewhere when he died. Guess what...Bane knew he was going to die too: he knew when El Nar'ysr prophesied it in the Phoenix Prophecies.
quote:
The Nar'ysr predicted the deaths of "three who would shake the world," and long afterward this was confirmed with the deaths of Bane, Bhaal, and Myrkul. (EotSS, p6)


Once Xvim had part of dad's essence in him, it gave him the ability to come back when whatever needed to be done, was done.

So, as to your point regarding beating his own kid, Master Rupert, I agree, but I think it was that Bane didn't want to beat his kid, since he was using him.

Also, now that there is seemingly some remaining divine aspect of Xvim around, Bane has the possibility to rework another vessel for whenever stuff gets crazy for Bane again, and may lead to him being taken out.

Best regards,




quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I've come to question Xvim's "death" in the many years since this discussion. Here's my reasoning, which has been shared in these halls before:

There's a lot of things about Bane's return that just don't quite make sense...

Xvim's followers -- the folks that Xvim already had and wouldn't want to lose -- were the ones that had the vision of Xvim bursting apart and Bane returning. And this vision was accompanied by green flames -- something that Xvim favored.

Bane 1.0 used red and black as his colors. Bane 2.0 uses black and green -- the same colors as Xvim. Bane 2.0 uses an entirely different holy symbol from Bane 1.0, which is quite suggestive by itself. And some of the favored critters Bane 2.0 has used since his return were not used by Bane 1.0 -- but they were used by Xvim.

Now, there are different possible interpretations. One is that Bane 1.0 did indeed return, mostly subsuming his son -- but not entirely. It could be an amalgam of sorts, with bits of Xvim remaining in the mix. It could be a hostile takeover, with the out-of-place things being parts of Xvim that Bane has not been able to overcome (The Sage has noted this as an interpretation of Bane's new holy symbol). It's also possible that Bane 2.0 has entirely subsumed Xvim, but retained some things just to keep Xvim's folks happy.

Now me, I look at this and I think that the Ultimate Tyrant isn't all that if he can't beat his own kid, and that the Ultimate Tyrant does not show strength by catering to others...

So the explanation I favor is that the reason we see so much of Xvim in Bane 2.0 is because Xvim is Bane 2.0. It's not at all uncommon in the Realms for one deity to pick up the name of a fallen deity, and thus grab that other deity's worship -- Shar did it with Ibrandul, and Lolth did it with Moander, for example. Xvim was a newcomer on the deific scene, but if he pretends to be Daddy, he gets Daddy's worshippers and Daddy's prestige -- a huge boon for a lesser power.

Xvim's champion gathered as much of Bane's old power and essence as he could. The followers of Xvim were the only ones who saw Bane's return, with a vision that had Xvim's signature on it. Bane 2.0 has a lot of things in common with Xvim that Bane 1.0 did not, and Xvim stood to gain a lot from pretending to be Bane. Hence, my conclusion: Bane is still dead, and Xvim is pretending to have replaced him.

Also, there's this bit, from a discussion on the Scouring of Shadowdale "supermodule". A designer looked at my theory and did not confirm or deny it. That's not conclusive, obviously, but my theory was not ruled out by a person who would have been in the know, at the time.

quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd


quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

One other thing that struck me as interesting: the Black Beast of Bane. It says that, like his son Xvim, the reborn Bane likes manifestations involving evil critters and carnivores. Looking at Faiths & Avatars, that seems to be more of Xvim thing, and not something that Bane 1.0 did all that much. Maybe I'm reading into it because I want to, but that seems to me to be another indication that there is still a lot of Xvim in Bane 2.0. This, of course, supports my two favorite (and opposing) theories of Bane's return -- the "What the hey, I'm back!" theory, or the "Hey, look at me, I'm really Bane, not Xvim!" theory. But I'm prolly just reading too much into it.



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That sounds plausible but what about the power that goes with it? Bane was a greater power. Xvim was not. How does that power get bestowed? Just because I can wear my dad's shoes doesn't mean I can use his credit cards.


Ah, but you can use his credit cards -- just use them online, because no one can see who is entering the data. And that's what Xvim did: he took his dad's credit cards, and knowing no one could prove it wasn't Dad using them, he started using them online.

The power comes from the worship. Getting Bane's old worshippers, *and* his own, meant more power.

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Also, that is pretty tricky for someone that hasn't shown that leaning before. You would think one or more of the other gods would just laugh at him if he tried it (unless another greater god helped him pull it off).


What do you mean he hadn't shown that leaning before? There was an entire novel where Xvim was posing as another deity, specifically to fool others and get power from it.

And other deities wouldn't laugh, because other deities have done the same thing. Even if they did laugh, what of it? It doesn't matter what the gods believe -- only what the mortals believe.

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Now Bane just deciding that junior was a means to an end. Oh, yeah. He may of just have kept that stuff to a. make it harder for junior to come back and b. to grab more worshippers easier because mortals are stupid and he didn't want to confuse them.



So Bane became more like a deity he destroyed to stop that deity from coming back? I'm sorry, but I don't even begin to understand how that one works. Especially since that doesn't show strength -- a tyrant crushes his enemies, he doesn't play games to slow them down.

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Master Rupert,

I love the credit card discussion. I had this amazing mental image of Xvim at Macy's getting some snazzy threads before he goes on the hate rampage, haha.

As far as you referencing Tymora's Luck, I completely agree with you. That is one of my favorite novels actually. I totally did not see that coming when all of a sudden Iyacthu Xvim is behind it all. Very cool.

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quote:
Originally posted by TheIriaeban

That sounds plausible but what about the power that goes with it? Bane was a greater power. Xvim was not. How does that power get bestowed? Just because I can wear my dad's shoes doesn't mean I can use his credit cards.


Ah, but you can use his credit cards -- just use them online, because no one can see who is entering the data. And that's what Xvim did: he took his dad's credit cards, and knowing no one could prove it wasn't Dad using them, he started using them online.

The power comes from the worship. Getting Bane's old worshippers, *and* his own, meant more power.

quote:
Originally posted by TheIriaeban

Also, that is pretty tricky for someone that hasn't shown that leaning before. You would think one or more of the other gods would just laugh at him if he tried it (unless another greater god helped him pull it off).


What do you mean he hadn't shown that leaning before? There was an entire novel where Xvim was posing as another deity, specifically to fool others and get power from it.

And other deities wouldn't laugh, because other deities have done the same thing. Even if they did laugh, what of it? It doesn't matter what the gods believe -- only what the mortals believe.

quote:
Originally posted by TheIriaeban

Now Bane just deciding that junior was a means to an end. Oh, yeah. He may of just have kept that stuff to a. make it harder for junior to come back and b. to grab more worshippers easier because mortals are stupid and he didn't want to confuse them.



So Bane became more like a deity he destroyed to stop that deity from coming back? I'm sorry, but I don't even begin to understand how that one works. Especially since that doesn't show strength -- a tyrant crushes his enemies, he doesn't play games to slow them down.



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Regarding Cpthero2's insurance policy hypothesis:

There is one interesting bit in one of the Storm Silverhand novels. I forget the name because it was many years ago I read it, but it was some type of murder mystery that had a shard of Bane as the culprit.

When Storm tred to examine the shard, she discovered only that it was a fragment of someone that had once been a mortal man, and was so ashamed of his past that the shard committed suicide rather than let Storm find out anything more.

If Cpthero2 is correct, could the change in manifestation to become more like Xvim maybe be a tactic of Bane's to divest himself of any remains of his mortality?

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Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by TheIriaeban

That sounds plausible but what about the power that goes with it? Bane was a greater power. Xvim was not. How does that power get bestowed? Just because I can wear my dad's shoes doesn't mean I can use his credit cards.


Ah, but you can use his credit cards -- just use them online, because no one can see who is entering the data. And that's what Xvim did: he took his dad's credit cards, and knowing no one could prove it wasn't Dad using them, he started using them online.

The power comes from the worship. Getting Bane's old worshippers, *and* his own, meant more power.

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Also, that is pretty tricky for someone that hasn't shown that leaning before. You would think one or more of the other gods would just laugh at him if he tried it (unless another greater god helped him pull it off).


What do you mean he hadn't shown that leaning before? There was an entire novel where Xvim was posing as another deity, specifically to fool others and get power from it.

And other deities wouldn't laugh, because other deities have done the same thing. Even if they did laugh, what of it? It doesn't matter what the gods believe -- only what the mortals believe.

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Now Bane just deciding that junior was a means to an end. Oh, yeah. He may of just have kept that stuff to a. make it harder for junior to come back and b. to grab more worshippers easier because mortals are stupid and he didn't want to confuse them.



So Bane became more like a deity he destroyed to stop that deity from coming back? I'm sorry, but I don't even begin to understand how that one works. Especially since that doesn't show strength -- a tyrant crushes his enemies, he doesn't play games to slow them down.




I stand corrected. I have not read that novel.

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Ok, I'm announcing from the outset... going out on a limb here with some of the ideas we've been throwing around the last year or two.

We've been wondering about three tyrannical entities... Bane, Xvim, and Gilgeam.... since the sundering and the last 2 brimstone angels novels. Gilgeam appears to be returned according to the novel, but he calls himself the "Son of Victory" instead of the "Father of Victory". He's also very weak and seemingly at least somewhat dependent on an item for his power. Still he professes to be Gilgeam, and people believe him.

We had been discussing the idea that where Mourktar WAS is all water during 4th edition, and that that area may have transferred to Abeir (the only indication otherwise is a RLB's novel which has them approaching a city CALLED Mourktar... which may be a "new" city established in the last century by survivors of vanished Mourktar within the remaining bounds of Threskel... I say new, because it may be 80 years old). In Mourktar was "the largest temple of Bane", but one which favored the colors of Green and Black, which were Xvim's traditional colors.


So, what if prior to the spellplague, Xvim HAD been trying to take over his father's shoes, then the spellplague happened. Perhaps it was original Bane "left behind"/"returned" to Toril, much as how Amaunator and other gods "returned"... and Xvim went to Abeir. Xvim then begins posing as Gilgeam to a displaced Untheric population. It should also be noted, Xvim is half-demonic, and the army that "Gilgeam"/"Son of Victory" is leading is supported by demons. Leading into this hypothesis is the idea that the novels indicate that Enlil sees something familiar in "Gilgeam", but also something different. If Xvim were to inhabit Gilgeam's former god flesh that might create this strange mix.

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Edited by - sleyvas on 04 Oct 2018 13:17:38
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I don't know of anything that says your theory wouldn't work... But I think mine has more to support it, and I also think it's more fun.

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Oh, and since part of my theories about Abeir over the last century have been about several of the "returning" gods having been sent over there.... I wouldn't be surprised that IF Xvim were posing as Gilgeam to gain worshippers, and if posing as Gilgeam he tried to get the Untheric people to stage an uprising against the primordial Karshimis... maybe another god helped him with the deception (i.e. maybe he secretly had the help of Leira, and a "Mulhorandi" deity who also disappeared... aka Mask).


To this, I very much picture the displaced deities as being VERY active all over the place while on Abeir.... a role which they're shying away from now that they're returned to Toril. I also picture that some of the displaced deities did actually get killed while on Abeir as well, or even "absorbed/gave themselves over to" other deities (for instance, I could see Finder dying since he's not listed as a currently active deity).

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