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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

Magnus spots them too, but is unable to tell what they are. However, the creatures reveal themselves, swinging down out of the branches towards you. Each slender, leathery form is about four feet long, mottled brown and green to blend with the surroundings. Each creature moves itself by means of a pair of long tentacles. A mass of eight smaller tentacles writhes toward you as the creature descends. Above the mass of tentacles are two large, staring eyes.

Initiative rolls and actions, please. Auric and Magnus can act in the surprise round.

Magnus Initiative: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (18) + 6 = 24
Sailors' Initiative: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (18) + 2 = 20
Opponents' Initiative: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (16) + 7 = 23

Magnus gives a gasp and raises his hands. With a few arcane commands a bright blast of color hits three of the creatures, sending them sprawling senseless to the jungle floor. Tuboo bounds for the cover of the foliage.

The remaining creatures come at your landing party from all sides, swiftly descending into the branches directly overhead in a rush. As they descend, the flailing tentacles reveal a sharp, gnashing beak in their midst. Charge attacks all around. Stilgar, Auric, and Kalaya are targets, as are the six sailors.

Your party members manage to avoid the grasping tentacles, but four of the sailors cry out as they are struck, and three of them are grabbed and lifted off their feet!

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

The party moves into the jungle, single file down the game trail with the sailors in tow. All about you, the trees are alive with the sounds of birds and insects. As you advance, Jon manages to easily spot various plants, fruits, and roots that are edible, and the march slows accordingly as the sailors gather them into bags and baskets brought from the longboat. At one point, a sleek lizard the size of a small dog darts onto the path, but is gone again into the underbrush before the sailors or the party can get off a shot.

You come upon a gully with a fast-moving stream in it, tumbling down from the higher elevations of the island. Using vines from the trees and a bit of a jump, you begin to cross over, one at a time.

Perception checks. Survival checks and/or Knowledge (nature) checks can be made if you make the Perception DC.

Perception DC 18:
You note movement in the trees above you. Several small shapes are swinging through the trees and slithering along the branches above you on both sides of the stream. Those that make their Perception checks can act during the surprise round.

Survival/Knowledge(nature) DC 15:
The trees hold several creatures that look like tough, leathery squids, swinging through the trees by their tentacles much like an ape would do with its arms. The have surrounded your party and show definite signs of aggression.

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Hate being the first guy to point out errors, but the Silversting Blade under Tosculi magic items is missing half of the text in its description.

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

Hope she recovers.

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With Kalaya's spell, Jon should be able to get you in and out of the overgrown area quickly enough. The crewmen prepare to follow you, taking up their armaments as well as axes and saws to acquire the necessary wood for repairs.

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

Jon:
Jon sees signs of small game, mostly lizards and birds. However, there is the occasional sign of a couple of larger species, again reptilian and avian. The strangest thing he finds are some tracks in a patch of drying mud. There are bones here, indicating predators. However, the tracks are puzzling, looking like snakes at one point, at others almost like a foot impression, or a snake if it were somehow able to balance on the end of its tail. Oddly, the tracks don't follow the trail. He finds traces of mud that indicate whatever it was made its way into the trees after dining on what appears to have been a lizard.

It also seems likely there are several species of plants that should be edible in one form or another.

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Eric "Boxhead" Hindley wrote:
Shadowborn wrote:
Eric "Boxhead" Hindley wrote:
I do love a contest...
*shakes fist*
*narrows eyes*

See you in Hell, Hindley.

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

Magnus PMed me to let me know he'll be withdrawing from the campaign. I'll bot him as an NPC until there's an appropriate departure point. Meantime, we can look for a replacement, assuming everyone else is good to continue on.

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Joe Wells wrote:
Shadowborn wrote:

Just a minor error I noticed.

Under the Assassin prestige class, in the Class Skills section, Disable Device is listed as (Int), when it should read (Dex).

Oh, that interesting. That's actually a problem in the Core Rulebook. 6 printings and that hadn't been caught and corrected yet.

Huh. Hadn't even thought to check if it was an error transferred over from the CRB. I usually just stick with the PRD when I'm writing and save the books for gaming.

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Just a minor error I noticed.

Under the Assassin prestige class, in the Class Skills section, Disable Device is listed as (Int), when it should read (Dex).

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So...anyone going to pick a direction to explore, or are we just going to sit on the shore and have a beach party? Water's been located, but the ship still needs wood for repairs and any extra food you can locate.

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Hama wrote:
It was a really good episode. The scene on the train was so sweet :)

The scene on the train was, I thought, the worst part. "Ooh, send help, Barry, there's a man with a gun!"

Really? She's a police detective, Barry. Doesn't that strike you as the slightest bit contrived? Why did she call you? Why not a direct line to the CCPD? You idiot.

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Eric "Boxhead" Hindley wrote:
I do love a contest...

*shakes fist*

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Imbicatus wrote:
I'm really interested to see how they treat the Punisher in this, and I hope he survives the Season.
Considering he is an a$$et that could have his own series or at least make recurring cameos for Netflix, I would guess he has Superman level plot armor.

Considering there was talk of setting aside Iron Fist to do a Punisher show (thankfully, that did not happen) I think it's safe to say that Frank will be sticking around awhile, and possibly get the Netflix treatment himself at a later date.

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Yesss...good, good...

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Ed Reppert wrote:

Hm. "The below chart" or "the chart below"? The former sounds awkward to me. <shrug>

"As indicated on the chart below," sounds best to me, but still doesn't matter since said chart is not actually below.

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Noting an apparent omission.

On page 53, under the "Necrophagy" section, there is a line under the Fruit of the Mind ability that reads "The creature may be bitten a number of times equal to the below chart." Besides the awkward phrasing of that sentence, the chart appears to have been omitted.

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Kevdak wrote:
Shadowborn wrote:

Ha ha, noob!

...

Sorry, that's all I've got.

I'm guessing you have a low Charisma score?

Is that how this works?

I'd like to think I just rolled low on the skill check.

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Ha ha, noob!

...

Sorry, that's all I've got.

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Nothing in the description of the spell says that any worn or carried gear carries any risk of loss, only the life of the person.

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Yeah, that Trish is a real hellcat...

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I'm looking forward to the development of the IGH plotline, especially after I got to my "duh" moment and realized that in the cinematic Marvel Universe, mutants have been replaced with inhumans. Otherwise, that would read "MGH." :)

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MMCJawa wrote:
Shadowborn wrote:

Bleah. I get it. J.J. loves the Beastie Boys. I love Motorhead, but if I were producing a movie franchise I wouldn't try to shoehorn one of their songs into every movie.

Good points: Looks like we've finally got original antagonists and new aliens. There's some of the wry humor I expect from Star Trek.

Bad points: This looks like Fast & Furious in space. A whole lot of blockbuster action movie, not a lot of Star Trek except for the trappings. It looks better than the first two, but I think I'll pass on this until it gets to Netflix.

JJ didn't direct this one...

No, but he's one of the producers.

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Bleah. I get it. J.J. loves the Beastie Boys. I love Motorhead, but if I were producing a movie franchise I wouldn't try to shoehorn one of their songs into every movie.

Good points: Looks like we've finally got original antagonists and new aliens. There's some of the wry humor I expect from Star Trek.

Bad points: This looks like Fast & Furious in space. A whole lot of blockbuster action movie, not a lot of Star Trek except for the trappings. It looks better than the first two, but I think I'll pass on this until it gets to Netflix.

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Scythia wrote:


The reason it's listed as being related to MotU is that Cyborg was salvaged from the wreckage of a planned sequel to Masters of the Universe. Cannon films, doing what Cannon films did, was planning to churn out a sequel to the Dolph Lundgren He-man film, but they lost the rights to use He-man. So, they took what had been made for the sequel, and threw it at a director to make a film out of. That film became Cyborg.

Pyun's first cut of the film was supposedly more introspective and followed a messianic tone, but was panned by test audiences, so they shot a few more scenes and switched the story around to what it is now.

Fair enough, but since it was simply released as Cyborg, you'd think they'd list it as such, since there is nothing at all pertaining to that story in the film that was released. As for the "messianic tone," I'm not sure how much Pyun changed it, but he still left the crucifixion scene in.

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Cyborg

Why it's bad: Low-budget action flick starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Directed by Albert Pyun whose career is filled with terrible movies, the only one of note in his career being The Sword and the Sorcerer. This movie has terrible dialogue, a predictable plot, and is full of 80s action movie cliches while taking itself way too seriously. Special effects are terrible. Van Damme proved his less-than-adequate martial arts skills here by blinding another actor while filming a fight scene. 14% on Rotten Tomatoes (where they erroneously list the title as "Masters of the Universe 2: Cyborg, for some reason).

Why I love it: This is a Road Warrior level post-apocalypse chase movie, only on foot. I could run a game based on the plot of this movie and make it fun and exciting. So many knives. So. Many. Knives.

Also, I met the parents of the actor who plays the movie's antagonist. They ran a little candy store in a shopping center in Hawaii. Only reason I found out was because they had a full-sized movie poster on the door to the shop. They were so proud of their son. They also had a signed promotional photo of him on a shelf behind the register, in full costume holding a great big knife. It was heart-warming and funny all at the same time.

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To reiterate an observation made on Twitter:

"Trump is like an Internet comments section decided to run for President."

His ideas are half-baked and unfeasible at best, dangerous and unconstitutional at worst.

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

Jon is amazed at the scents of the place, as verdant and alive as it is. He is quickly able to find a spring of pure water bubbling up from the rock a short way into the trees, its small stream emptying into the bay about 300 yards from your campsite. The sailors are able to quickly fill casks and load them into the boat with Auric's help. He also notes small game trails leading into the jungle from this point, and signs of small animals. The sounds of birds are everywhere, suggesting edible fowl as well as fruits and seeds to be gathered here.

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The foliage here would be considered jungle terrain. Magnus can send his senses out to the limits of his range for such instances.

Captain Wilde sends four of his crew ashore with you to stand watch while you rest, arming them with boarding pikes and light crossbows from the ship's armory. He also provides a good roll of waterproof canvas for shelter.

The shore is rocky, though where the jungle starts the shore is thick with ferns, which could provide a softer and better concealed spot to bed down. It is difficult to sleep, with the strange sounds from the jungle, the weird weather providing sudden winds and bursts of rain, but eventually you drift off into deep dreamless sleep.

When you awaken, it's difficult to tell just how much time has passed. Jon knows it is daylight, but the thick clouds and mist over the area keep things shrouded in an almost perpetual twilight, only brightening when another volcanic upheaval provides more illumination.

Your guardians row back to the ship, and the boat returns with six sailors and a number of empty barrels and boxes. While the Tindal is a freshwater sea, the waters here are chancy at best, with unexpected minerals coming through from the rifts to the elemental plane of Earth, so it's hoped they can find a spring or stream on the island.

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Hama wrote:

This Craced article explains so much so well

I have several female friends who were abused. They watched the show and find it amazing in it's accurate portrayal of things.

JJ is a very mature show. It's not for everyone. But it should be. Everyone should watch it. Every. One.

I was just coming here to post this. Jessica Jones spent months as Killgrave's pet and plaything. She's damaged. If you don't like her, you're actually empathizing with her, because she doesn't like herself. Sure, she could just kill him, but then she and everybody Killgrave has damaged can't prove that anything was actually done to them, and that's important.

The show is just really good on a lot of levels, and you won't get them all if you give up after the first couple of episodes.

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She had a few lines, mostly giving orders to her soldiers, none of which really changed the actual demeanor of her character beyond that anecdote.

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Rynjin wrote:
Shadowborn wrote:
Considering he shot a Time Lord, who was just going to get back up eventually, it was really a non-event.
After all the whining he does when he regenerates, it makes him an enormous hypocrite at the very least. He knows full well you're a different person when you regenerate.

The general didn't seem all that different when she was done. Likewise, River Song seems to enjoy her regenerations, and treats them a lot like shopping for a new wardrobe. It's only the Doctor that seems to have any real trouble with them.

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Question for those of you that bought and enjoyed this product:

Are there any other monsters you'd like to see handled in a similar fashion? If so, what?

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

If the party would like to rest and recover spells and abilities, you can do that. The circular bay seems to shelter the ship from the worst of the unpredictable weather here, and Wilde has enough crew left to post watches and keep the bilge pumps manned.

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Considering he shot a Time Lord, who was just going to get back up eventually, it was really a non-event.

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"Bigger, yes, but only one head!" responds the Captain in an encouraging voice. "Not much chance of us running across it, I'd guess. Place is so big, what are the odds?"

The sailors below manning the bilges are glad of some relief. After another hour of sailing, you are called back up on deck. The ship approaches a craggy island, looking like a rocky spire that partially collapsed, leaving half of a jagged, rough cone, hollow and rounded in the middle, forming a natural bay. The thing has been hear a while, as it is festooned with greenery, a veritable jungle clinging to its rocky surface. Strange sounds echoing from the trees indicate that there is some type of life there aside from the plants.

"We're going to need some more wood, fresh water if we can find it, and any extra food available to stretch our supplies while repairs are made. I'd like to send you as an escort for my landing party. Oh, and if you find any pirate treasure, I'll gladly split it with you."

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A towering spire of rock ahead of the ship begins to crack, magma spilling from the fractures like blood from wounds as it crumbles into the sea, sending up great plumes of steam. Wilde steers the limping ship to avoid the catastrophe.

"Now that I have a bit of time to think on it, that may not have been the beast of legend that they say prowls the waters near the Shards. It had two heads, which I've not heard of, and the tales speak of it being much bigger. Perhaps it was a spawn."

The winds begin to shift dramatically, and the waters nearby roil as great bubbles of gas come up to burst at the surface. Wilde begins shouting orders to the remnants of his crew, and they move to adjust the sails. They are obviously frightened, but keep at their work.

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Despite the churning raw elements surrounding the ship, Captain Wilde has a smile on his face as his eyes wander across the mists, steam, roiling waters, and massive rocks.

"Some say the breach is widening slowly, that the area of the Shards gets bigger with every passing year. It's said that things are somewhat more stable near the center of all this, that some of the islands formed stick around, sometimes for years. Some also say that the most daring of pirates on the Tindal come here to bury their treasure. Whatever the case, we need to find a place to make anchor and see to repairs. Hopefully we do that before we're crushed by falling rock and sent to the bottom."

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Ragadolf wrote:
Spiral_Ninja wrote:

I remembered seeing something about a speed formula and I found an entry on the Reverse-Flash wiki page.

The Jay Garrik Flash had a villain called the Rival; a fellow professor who developed a formula he called Velocity-9 that gave him temporary speed powers.

Did anyone else notice last night?

They kept calling the formula 'Velocity -6'

But I could swear that when the camera lingered on the table, the beaker of formula was labeled 'Velocity 9'.

Or was I seeing things again?
(I always miss the episode, and have to watch it later at night on DVR, so I may have been tired & bleary eyed.) :)

I didn't. I was too busy sitting there thinking "Why do you have a beaker of an experimental chemical sitting open on a tabletop?! It could get contaminated! Put a lid on that thing!"

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

Auric and Stilgar tumble to the deck as the ship lurches violently. Kalaya keeps her footing, and Jon clutches Magnus as his levitating form starts to fall away from the ship, keeping him with the rest.

A great groan and thunderous crack draw your attention up to the massive spire of rock, as it breaks under its own weight. Chunks of stone tumble back into the sea, sending great plumes of heated water skyward, and a great wave that pushes your ship clear of the worst, though some shards tear through sails and clatter off the deck. When the worst clears, the beast that pursued you is nowhere to be seen.

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Spoiler:
If they were to resurrect Killgrave, I'd like to see him move beyond his self-indulgent villainy. With the increase in his powers, he could be a major criminal player. It would help strengthen the tie-in between shows if a returned Killgrave, backed by the Hand, were to try and usurp the Kingpin's criminal empire, for example. That would push Jessica to rise and meet the threat, not to mention look for allies.

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Since the Doctor has his sonic sunglasses, this is the perfect opportunity for him to give his sonic screwdriver to River, since he doesn't need it any longer.

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Magnus Thunderf00t wrote:

Is my levitate spell still active?

[dice=acrobatics]d20+2

Yes.

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Yes, it's effectively a touch attack, so you can hold the charge.

As the Flounder sails into the mists, you note that the air is warm and muggy. You can barely see more than 10 yards before everything is lost to a white swirl of steam. The water is rough and choppy, and the wind shifts direction seemingly at random, churning the fog about. Great shards of rock rise from the water, some with vegetation growing upon them.

With a rumble another great shard suddenly breaks the surface, spraying water explosively about as it thrusts up into the sky to tower over your ship, which suddenly seems very small beneath this massive monolith that has grown up in your path. With a rictus grin, Captain Wilde hauls on the ship's wheel, jerking the ship violently to port.

Acrobatics checks all around.

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Caineach wrote:
The Raven Black wrote:
Nice thought but I doubt that V and thus Blackwing has that many ranks in Bluff. Also Clerics tend to have high Sense Motive.
This one didn't pass his sense motive vs Durkula

No, but now he has a +8 bonus for being a vampire.

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The Quartermaster's Handbook has new poisons with DCs ranging from 15 to 27.

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"I can only hope! cries Captain Wilde. "She's solid enough and so long as we have men on the pumps, we won't sink. I just hope it doesn't damage the rudder. If I can't steer, then going in there goes beyond mad to completely suicidal," he says, gesturing to the cloudy area looming before you.

At this point the air has gotten warmer. You can see what might be rocks, darker shapes within the clouds and rain ahead.

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Crai wrote:

To any of the LPJD Folks ... does this supplement have easy portability over to a non-Obsidian Apocalypse gaming world? In regards to game mechanics balance and applicability. For example, do a lot of these feats apply to special O.A. game mechanics that aren't found in traditional PF gameplay?

I'm running a more traditional Golarion-style Pathfinder campaign world ... and the thematic concept of this supplement (sinful/vile feats) certainly holds interest for my players and I.

Thank you!

Hi Crai,

There are a couple of feats with prerequisites for being one of the OA races. These could be changed to suit your campaign. One calls for being a member of the exalted race, for which you could substitute aasimar easily enough. The other requires being a genesai (celestial/fiendish hybrid), but again could be changed to reflect simply a fiendish heritage without much problem.

There are also a couple of others that require exposure to certain elements only found in the OA campaign setting. These could easily be changed to things found in Golarion/your campaign setting.

As for game mechanics, like all third party material, I suggest GMs review the content before allowing it into play to ensure it will work for them.

Otherwise, the material found within this book could easily be used outside of an Obsidian Apocalypse campaign without changing much but the flavor text to suit your campaign setting.

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MannyGoblin wrote:
Perhaps the group can start a 'Bring along a sandwich' tactic, which seems to be an unofficial thing already. Find those who are lazy,greedy,treacherous, etc and put those in the 'Sandwich' group. Never arm them with anything more than knives or clubs. The core group consists of actual useful people who carry all the real equipment. When you go out, bring some 'sandwiches' along to do grunt work. If things go ok, no problem. If walkers show up, toss em the sandwiches to buy the useful people time to get away.

The problem being that people in town already have an "us & them" mentality concerning the newcomers. Likewise with Rick's group. Everyone that voiced negative opinions of them has died horribly. Even if the people die "on the job," the suspicions will grow, even among those that have nominally accepted Rick's crew. Then you get a bunch of smart ones that, while resentful, learn all the right lessons, only to turn on Rick and company later at the worst possible time as revenge for the fallen.

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Jon grabs Magnus' arm in his talons, winging his way back toward the ship with the gnome in tow.

The undead beast surges ahead again, ramming the ship with a roar. Timbers groan in protest and cracking sounds can be heard. As it rears up, Stilgar touches it, the energy of his spell blasting another wound into the thing.

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