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Blueblade
Senior Scribe

USA
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Posted - 06 Nov 2006 :  01:44:15  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Dear Ed and Lady THO,
I'm hearing on the grapevine that Ed will be at U-Con in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As will Eric Boyd, Steven Schend, Paul Kemp, and perhaps others.
Can you reveal anything of what Ed will be doing there? Playing or DMing what? Doing panels or seminars on which topics? Signing which body parts?
Schedule? Inquiring minds want to know . . .
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Neriandal Freit
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Posted - 06 Nov 2006 :  03:14:05  Show Profile  Visit Neriandal Freit's Homepage  Click to see Neriandal Freit's MSN Messenger address Send Neriandal Freit a Private Message
Wow, I must be the first in saying it is so awesome to finally get some enlightenment on Eilistraee and her clergy, rather then her mother!

Very fascinating! Might very well play a TINCY bit of a roll in something I'm doing for Candlekeep being that a dark elf plays a roll in it, and her history and tidbits. All hopefully to be revealed soon...only if I can find that yugoloth "big baddie, I rule all of this" to tie in....*cough*

Mighty thanks Ed!

"Eating people is wrong...unless it's on the first date." - Ed Greenwood, GenCon Indy 2006

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RevJest
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Posted - 06 Nov 2006 :  16:54:53  Show Profile  Visit RevJest's Homepage Send RevJest a Private Message
I am aware that the Realms are polytheistic. I just don't know what other gods a drow elf who worships Eilistraee would pray to? While I can understand humans trying to appease evil nature deities such as Umberlee and Talos, I don't understand why a drow who worships Eilistraee would pray to any other drow god given their dispositions. I can understand a drow elven wizard praying to Mystra, or even Azuth. Assuming they were familiar enough with their faiths. But who else? Would goodly drow worship the Seldarine? Would the members of the Seldarine ever respond to a drow?

That's where I'm confused. The polytheism in general in the Realms isn't confusing to me. It's the idea of polytheism in this unique circumstance. ie. What other gods can/do good drow elves turn to?

- RJ

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Sian
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Posted - 07 Nov 2006 :  07:33:33  Show Profile  Visit Sian's Homepage  Click to see Sian's MSN Messenger address Send Sian a Private Message
hmm ... as far i'm aware then, if the drow proves themself the seldarine would respond

what happened to the queen? she's much more hysterical than usual
She's a women, it happens once a month
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RodOdom
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Posted - 07 Nov 2006 :  17:14:29  Show Profile  Visit RodOdom's Homepage Send RodOdom a Private Message
Dear Ed and Lady THO,

I must apologize for not thanking you both for the last few answers. I never take for granted what a privelege it is to be able to ask the creator of the Realms any question at all, and receive such generous, informative replies !

Have the sages and bards of the Realms heard of any romantic relationships between the civilized races and full-blooded orc or goblinkind? Of the perhaps thousands of such individuals out there, could a few of them come from, er, voluntary unions?

Edited by - RodOdom on 07 Nov 2006 17:20:29
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 07 Nov 2006 :  18:29:28  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
RodOdom, you're very welcome.
And to answer you very briefly re. orcs and other goblinkin, and humans, dwarves, elves, half-elves, et al: judging by the Realms as Ed runs it as DM, YES.
I'll leave it to him for the usual for complete (and far more stylish, but slower ) answer, of course.
love,
THO
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Faraer
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Posted - 07 Nov 2006 :  19:56:51  Show Profile  Visit Faraer's Homepage Send Faraer a Private Message
RevJest,

Checking Demihuman Deities, we see that most of the drow pantheon are Eilistraee's foes, so they aren't likely candidates for worship. Her listed allies are: Callarduaran Smoothhands, Haela Brightaxe, Lurue, Mystra, the Seldarine, Selûne. Elven and Faerûn gods that they come across on the surface.

But I imagine, given her mythology of rescue, Eilistraee is a larger presence than usual in her worshippers' religious consciousness.
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createvmind
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Posted - 07 Nov 2006 :  21:12:04  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello Ed,

While I wait on troll reply I shall shift slightly north to the Lizard Marsh and poke about there seeking anything that the lizard men could possibly trade to humans, or better yet humans would want within the marsh and could trade peacefully for. From FRCS it seems there may have recently been a lizard man of some potential, would their gods dogma cause them to simply continue trying to prey on caravans or would they possibly be making strides in other non-violent relations.

My NPC has found a possible doompit within the (I assume, hilly plains), between Trollbark forest and Lizard Marsh, seeks to establish a haven which may potentially grow, wants to stay obviously closer to the Marsh and set up relations with lizard folk from a position of strength but not seeking to dominate lizard -men. Wishes the marsh to be somewhat of a buffer while providing water- wells? several miles rom Marsh he believes he can dig down and find good water. These are various relating to my story and any feedback is helpful to anything a adventurer would come across thats not on map anywhere in that area and all the way to the coast.

Thanks as always
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 08 Nov 2006 :  00:06:15  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. This time Ed replies to Kuje’s May 2006 request: “What can you tell us about Alamanther of Aglarond? In what year did he die? What was his short stats? How long was he the Simbul's consort? Did he invent any other spells? What did he look like and what was his race and how did he dress, in general? What was his personality? Is there any other history about this NPC that you could share? Did they have any offspring? And as usual, I'll leave it open ended so you can add anything that you think you might want to share. :)
I found the reference in Magic of Faerun under his spell. :) See, it pays to actually finally sit down and read 3/3.5e FR sourcebooks cover to cover, which is what I've been doing. :)”
Ed replies:



Alamanther of Aglarond was a tall, thin, black-haired and -bearded, blue-eyed NG male Chondathan human of shy, stammering, silent-footed manner who was born in Corth, in Aglarond, circa 1299 DR, showed a natural aptitude for the Art that caused him to be snapped up as an apprentice by an ambitious traveling wizard, Ustragus of Telflamm, trained to be a researcher and spell-crafter - - and more or less walled up in a spell-hidden tower Ustragus owned in Altumbel. He spent his days working creatively with magic, padding around the tower in simple robes and soft slippers, frowning over experiments and details of possible incantations, writing meticulous notes, and “trying” ever-more modified castings. He kept no secrets from Ustragus and did nothing for himself or against his master, devoting himself to crafting spell after spell that he presented to Ustragus. Most of them were modifications of existing spells (Ustragus gently “steered” Alamanther into examing certain sorts of spells without ever giving him direct orders), and Ustragus took and used them to his own profit and advancement.
Where the Simbul, nosing around to see what Ustragus was up to (she correctly suspected him of being in the pay of some folk of Aglarond who wanted her overthrown), discovered Alamanther in 1330 DR (by which time “the Shy Mage In The Tower” was about a Wiz12). She took the shape of a common bird (a grayfeather, something akin to a real-world junco), and posed as Maerauna Steelsharn, an entirely fictional courtier of Cormyr who’d been spell-trapped in bird form by an evil wizard of Westgate, but was still able to speak as a human does. She pleaded with Alamanther to keep her a secret from Ustragus, and tried to befriend him (to try to find out all she could of the doings, secrets, and schemes of Ustragus).
She succeeded, and when Ustragus was blown apart in a dispute in Telflamm with the Red Wizard Vhalaun Trarr in 1331 DR, Alamanther turned to “trying to free Maerauna from her spell-prison.” As Maerauna, the Simbul steered Alamanther’s spellcrafting work more subtly than Ustragus had ever done, and finally “allowed” Alamanther to succeed in freeing her - - not only from avian -form prison but from the “controlled memory persona” of Maerauna, revealing herself as the Queen of Aglarond.
Alamanther was both awed and shattered, fearing her wrath and thinking the woman he’d grown to love as he worked to free her would now destroy or dismiss him. The Simbul was aghast at his reaction, for she’d grown to love and trust him, and she promptly seduced him and took him as her consort, wanting to forge strong love and loyalty between them before he withdrew from her or sought to flee. Alamanther remained shy and gentle, preferring seclusion to public appearances and court intrigues, and remained in the tower. The Simbul visited him almost daily, cooking for him and teaching him magic she judged him ready for (between passionate bouts of lovemaking). So precise was her tutelage that Alamanther rose swiftly in ability and accomplishment despite almost no real-world “field experience” in spellcasting, and was a Wiz20 (and crafting increasingly useful and powerful spells) when three Red Wizards stormed the tower in the Simbul’s absence and slew him, late in 1331 DR.
The Simbul’s grief drove her mad, and she was hurt even more when Mystra forbade her to work great magics on the Weave in attempts to “bring Alamanther back” (his body had been vaporized, along with most of the tower, and many Thayan trap-spells cast on the magical chaos of the spell-battle and the destruction of the building). Despairing of ever identifying the three murderers properly, she decided to slay almost every Red Wizard she found - - and set about doing so in a frenzy that Mystra did not prevent (and that shook all Thay).
The Simbul’s rage has abated over the years since, especially since finding comfort in Elminster’s arms and with Red Wizards too young to have possibly had a hand in Alamanther’s murder, and she often spares Red Wizards these days who haven’t actively been harming her, Aglarond, her friends, or Harper activities. Nor did her Thayan-slaying begin with avenging Alamanther; rather, it fueled flames of enmity that had been burning in her (and causing her to blast Red Wizards from time to time) for many years.
All that is left of Alamanther today are his notes; a few garments that the Simbul still keeps hanging in a closet, carefully spell-shielded against decay and insects; and his spells, of which the only widely-known one is Alamanther’s Return (MoF p76-77).



So saith Ed. Your everpresent Realms historian.
love to all,
THO
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MaskedOne
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Posted - 08 Nov 2006 :  00:07:01  Show Profile Send MaskedOne a Private Message
Greetings,

Two semi-related questions:

What would probably have occurred if the Karsus Avatar spell had been permitted to reach completion rather than Mystril suiciding to counter-act it?

What did Mystril believe would occur if the spell was permitted to go on?
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Lord Karsus
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Posted - 08 Nov 2006 :  01:30:29  Show Profile  Send Lord Karsus an AOL message Send Lord Karsus a Private Message
-That poor Karsus...He should have been able to complete that spell. Presumerably, it would have run it's duration, and then ended, leaving everyone where they were at the beginning of the day.

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Elves of Faerûn
Vol I- The Elves of Faerûn
Vol. III- Spells of the Elves
Vol. VI- Mechanical Compendium

Edited by - Lord Karsus on 15 Nov 2006 04:41:48
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Kuje
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Posted - 08 Nov 2006 :  01:55:59  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message
Nice Ed, thanks.

Time to pick another NPC to ask about. :)

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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
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Posted - 08 Nov 2006 :  02:00:56  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hello, all. This time Ed replies to Kuje’s May 2006 request: “What can you tell us about Alamanther of Aglarond? In what year did he die? What was his short stats? How long was he the Simbul's consort? Did he invent any other spells? What did he look like and what was his race and how did he dress, in general? What was his personality? Is there any other history about this NPC that you could share? Did they have any offspring? And as usual, I'll leave it open ended so you can add anything that you think you might want to share. :)
I found the reference in Magic of Faerun under his spell. :) See, it pays to actually finally sit down and read 3/3.5e FR sourcebooks cover to cover, which is what I've been doing. :)”
Ed replies:

<SNIP>

So saith Ed. Your everpresent Realms historian.
love to all,
THO




Thanks Ed and THO. Very useful indeed.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Sanishiver
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Posted - 08 Nov 2006 :  08:18:14  Show Profile  Visit Sanishiver's Homepage Send Sanishiver a Private Message
Ahh...thank you for all the info on Ellistraee! So nice to see my campaign is already headed in the right direction as well, so far as Ellistraee lore is concerned.

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Kajehase
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Posted - 08 Nov 2006 :  13:11:13  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

Nice Ed, thanks.

Time to pick another NPC to ask about. :)



How about the princely brother and sister ruling Relkath's Foot?
Prince Branelwyr (NG male half-elf Ari3/Rgr6), and
Princess Blindelsyn Olossyne (NG female half-elf Ari6/Sor6)

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Kuje
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Posted - 08 Nov 2006 :  17:02:39  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kajehase

quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

Nice Ed, thanks.

Time to pick another NPC to ask about. :)



How about the princely brother and sister ruling Relkath's Foot?
Prince Branelwyr (NG male half-elf Ari3/Rgr6), and
Princess Blindelsyn Olossyne (NG female half-elf Ari6/Sor6)



Well, you already asked about them. :)

But I just pick a random NPC and pray that it's not NDA, which helps factor in my decision because I look for ones that, I figure, would not be NDA, which narrows it down from leaders/officials/etc.

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet and excite you... Books are full of the things that you don't get in real life - wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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Faraer
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Posted - 08 Nov 2006 :  17:35:14  Show Profile  Visit Faraer's Homepage Send Faraer a Private Message
I think I suggested this as a "Realmslore" topic, but if's not on Ed's table-groaning list, and if it won't be covered much in Knights III, I'd love to know more about the Circle of Shadowdale, the Battledale Seven, druidic circles in general, Aubaerus the Ravenmaster... I think the druids have influenced much behind the scenes in the history of the Dales.
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WalkerNinja
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Posted - 08 Nov 2006 :  18:43:25  Show Profile Send WalkerNinja a Private Message
Ed & THO

Are there any active Druidic Circles in the Moonsea region?

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Hoondatha
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Posted - 08 Nov 2006 :  20:29:54  Show Profile  Visit Hoondatha's Homepage Send Hoondatha a Private Message
I can answer about U-Con, since I was signing up for things last night and therefore still have my notes. Ed is either running solo or part of three different seminars: Secrets of the Realms (with Steven Schend and two others whom I forget, but they both post here), Storytelling, and Bringing Fantasy Worlds to Life. He's also running two 2e FR games. Both of those are completely full, but I'm hoping there won't be a problem if others (meaning me) stand around and watch.

Doggedly converting 3e back to what D&D should be...
Sigh... And now 4e as well.
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
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Posted - 08 Nov 2006 :  22:49:51  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kajehase

quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

Nice Ed, thanks.

Time to pick another NPC to ask about. :)



How about the princely brother and sister ruling Relkath's Foot?
Prince Branelwyr (NG male half-elf Ari3/Rgr6), and
Princess Blindelsyn Olossyne (NG female half-elf Ari6/Sor6)



It might also help if they were NPCs that Ed had personally created.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Uzzy
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Posted - 08 Nov 2006 :  23:39:10  Show Profile  Visit Uzzy's Homepage Send Uzzy a Private Message
Oooh. Speaking of NPC's..

Hi Ed and THO. I was wondering if you had any more information about Chlanna Asjiros, the Ex - High Grand Rapturemother of Lliira. Or will you be covering her in the forthcoming Realmslore Article you've mentioned before.

Secondly, with her death and the return of Waukeen, how has the Lliiran clergy changed? Who's the new head of the church?

Thanks in advance for any help Ed and THO.

P.s. Many thanks for the Scarlet Mummers Realmslore Article! Already planning on using it.

Edited by - Uzzy on 15 Nov 2006 14:10:38
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Asgetrion
Master of Realmslore

Finland
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Posted - 09 Nov 2006 :  00:12:25  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Faraer

I think I suggested this as a "Realmslore" topic, but if's not on Ed's table-groaning list, and if it won't be covered much in Knights III, I'd love to know more about the Circle of Shadowdale, the Battledale Seven, druidic circles in general, Aubaerus the Ravenmaster... I think the druids have influenced much behind the scenes in the history of the Dales.



I second this question - it would indeed be marvelous to learn more about this subject

"What am I doing today? Ask me tomorrow - I can be sure of giving you the right answer then."
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 09 Nov 2006 :  01:03:05  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all. Back in October 2005, Thysl followed up on an as-yet-unanswered query from Master of Realmslore George Krashos about grape varieties used in Faerûnian winemaking by asking: “What fruits - if any - are commonly added to grape wine? Is mead in the Realms always 100% honey, or mixed with apple (cyser), ginger, orange (Ethiopian), etc?”
Ed replies:



“Mead” in the Realms IS always honey, but wine is ‘doctored’ all over the Realms in various ways: in cold countries of the North, it’s often set out to freeze (so the ice can be sieved out, removing water so as to make the remaining drink stronger and stronger), and in southern Realms (Southern Tethyr and more southerly locales) sugar and various fruits are added to wine bottles to (partially) dissolve and affect the taste of the wine. Ginger and spices such as cinammon and nutmeg are among the substances added to wine, and there are apple and orange fortified wines (what we would call brandies or sherries; in the Realms, such concoctions tend to have many local names, such as “nerrim” for a raw-tasting sweet pear liqueur (I’ve written about some of these drinks before). Local experimentation (adding crushed fruits or their juices to wine, beer, and even water) goes on constantly, but the results rarely achieve more than local popularity. The heavy and leakable nature of drinkables means that except for VERY valuable substances (such as elverquisst) enterprising merchants prefer to transport recipes and perhaps a sample flask rather than kegs, and try to “make their own” in or near local markets (cities).



So saith Ed. See Page 5 of his replies in the 2004 version of this thread for more.
love to all,
THO
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Sian
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Denmark
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Posted - 09 Nov 2006 :  13:49:27  Show Profile  Visit Sian's Homepage  Click to see Sian's MSN Messenger address Send Sian a Private Message
after the debate in the sagelore forum i'm interested in any info about Ammarindar and more specifly Xothol ... who was the leaders of the clan (and the collage)?? how was they defended since they wasn't that found of common dwarvenlike fighting ... is there any drawfs claiming to be the heir of the clan, having thoughts of retaking the hold?

what happened to the queen? she's much more hysterical than usual
She's a women, it happens once a month
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Jamallo Kreen
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I recently saw the 2004 movie, The Libertine, starring Johnny Depp as the despicable Restoration rake and wit, John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester. I got the feeling that it is a fairly accurate reflection of decadent life among the nobility and wealthy in cosmopolitan Realms cities such as Waterdeep, Suzail, etc. Is this a fair assessment? Can I safely tell my players to watch it if they want to know what sort of people patronize places like the House of Purple Silks or other places where the wealthy and powerful of the Realms amuse themselves?

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