BAND OF IRONS

Tiberious Downtime in Zulern

TIBERIOUS
1-Returns to Firestrike and repairs his gear, the leather held up better this time as he is learning some tricks to keep it intact. He is happy to see Gola again, and there is much romancing. THe workers are enthralled by his tales of adventure.

2-Tiberius is a bit concerned that everyone else seems to acquire
treasure except him. He was the one who took the treasure out of the
second sarcophagus and strangely, he kept it. It is rather unlike him
to do something like that. He’s going to take it and have it
identified before he turns it back to the party. Strangely, Vinnie
didn’t collect it like normal
The treasure consists of Seven crystals
There are seven small thumb sized crystals inscribed with swirl patterns, the patterns are hard to see with the naked eye.
Tiberious knows they are worth gold, but also after seeing the swirling patterns in the tomb, believes them to be runes or writing of some sort (he will consult Alynis and the library)
Iron Orb
There was also a iron orb, looking like all of the orb ammunition from the trap.
It looks as though there are seven small indentation which the crystals will fit in

He also realizes he is going to need treasure, in order to pay for the many employees he will soon have

3.) Clan Hammersmyth in the Diaspora
Tiberius left his clan and traveled with missionaries from Pholtus.
After spending a couple of years with the missionaries, it was clear
that they were not actually interested in fighting to defend Pholtus.
It was at this time that the racism, burning and lynchings of the
Theocracy of the Pale caused Pholtus to go silent.

Tiberius’ original plan was to leave that group and travel to
Wintershiven to actually fight instead of just talk. His plan was to
join the Theocracy of the Pale’s army. That was the reason he was on
the caravan and met the rest of the party.

Now the plan has changed. As a dwarf, he is much more comfortable
living in close quarters with other dwarfs and in a clan. He is now
looking to create a Clan Hammersmyth in the Diaspora. He’s gathering
clan-less dwarves, especially the poor dwarves not in the walled city.
Gola is also good with that and is organizing most of the work.

That is the purpose of building the dwarven chamber under the mansion
including hidden tunnels out. Eventually, they will carve runes to
hide, protect and confuse the rest of the party from the work that is
being done. One tunnel will lead to the second mansion which will be
the clan house.

4.) The Brewery
He will meet with Houzzuc Jadebrow, the brewmaster, and Astral to make
sure that his investment in the brewery is going well. Most of the
business matters are handled by Gola Flamestrike, the main squeeze.

Tiberious has loosely organized the brewery and its workers .
They are starting to have sense of pride in being given “dwarven” jobs like tunneling under the mansion
Tiberious has also used them to fortify the under library entrance to the Library, using their quarrying skills to build better fortifications
Tiberious is beginning to pick out leaders of the dwarves with skill-sets for jobs like brewery foreman and guards leaders

The beer is still average but there are plans in place

5.) Bones
He is a man of his word and will try and figure out the location of
the kid whose bones he has collected. If it is possible to travel
there quickly, he would do so. If not, he will make sure they are
protected. He may consider sending a small group with a letter from
him. It depends how you want to play this out.

He learned from the ghost about the evil wizard and that he was looking for a rod that was broken into 7 parts…..

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Glimmerfell to report

The party journeys back to Glimmerfell in silence, the new gnome has fractured the party a bit. Helm, Tiberious and Tobold report to King Greybeard that the mine was attacked by ghouls, the miners wiped out. But most of the ghouls had gone, only a few remained. They also told tell the king that the miners broke into a tomb, it had nothing to do with their demise, only a coincidence that they broke in as the ghouls attacked.

The king informs them that they will be allowed to use the teleporter for their service, but he’d like to send his emissary Tobold along with them for now, the party reluctantly agrees, knowing that they need to use the teleporter. They spend a day of rest in the village then use the teleporter to go back to the village of Zulern. The gnome Tobold does not accompany them.

Back in Zulern they spend a week recuperating from another stretch in the underdark, and getting ready to venture out again. While in Zulern

ALYNIS
Again approached by Turok about the god Kord, she has more info and informs him of Kord’s teachings. Storm also comes by and gathers information on Nulb and the battle of Emridy Meadows as well as political information on the area.

STORM
Goes to the library and get as much information about the place we’re going . I’ll also see if I can find anything out about the Chandarian who may reside “near trhe town of Nulb”.

TIBERIOUS
1-Returns to Firestrike and repairs his gear, the leather held up better this time as he is learning some tricks to keep it intact. He is happy to see Gola again, and there is much romancing. THe workers are enthralled by his tales of adventure.
2-Tiberius is a bit concerned that everyone else seems to acquire
treasure except him. He was the one who took the treasure out of the
second sarcophagus and strangely, he kept it. It is rather unlike him
to do something like that. He’s going to take it and have it
identified before he turns it back to the party. Strangely, Vinnie
didn’t collect it like normal
The treasure consists of Seven crystals
There are seven small thumb sized crystals inscribed with swirl patterns, the patterns are hard to see with the naked eye.
Tiberious knows they are worth gold, but also after seeing the swirling patterns in the tomb, believes them to be runes or writing of some sort (he will consult Alynis and the library)
Iron Orb
There was also a iron orb, looking like all of the orb ammunition from the trap.
It looks as though there are seven small indentation which the crystals will fit in

He also realizes he is going to need treasure, in order to pay for the many employees he will soon have

3.) Clan Hammersmyth in the Diaspora
Tiberius left his clan and traveled with missionaries from Pholtus.
After spending a couple of years with the missionaries, it was clear
that they were not actually interested in fighting to defend Pholtus.
It was at this time that the racism, burning and lynchings of the
Theocracy of the Pale caused Pholtus to go silent.

Tiberius’ original plan was to leave that group and travel to
Wintershiven to actually fight instead of just talk. His plan was to
join the Theocracy of the Pale’s army. That was the reason he was on
the caravan and met the rest of the party.

Now the plan has changed. As a dwarf, he is much more comfortable
living in close quarters with other dwarfs and in a clan. He is now
looking to create a Clan Hammersmyth in the Diaspora. He’s gathering
clan-less dwarves, especially the poor dwarves not in the walled city.
Gola is also good with that and is organizing most of the work.

That is the purpose of building the dwarven chamber under the mansion
including hidden tunnels out. Eventually, they will carve runes to
hide, protect and confuse the rest of the party from the work that is
being done. One tunnel will lead to the second mansion which will be
the clan house.

4.) The Brewery
He will meet with Houzzuc Jadebrow, the brewmaster, and Astral to make
sure that his investment in the brewery is going well. Most of the
business matters are handled by Gola Flamestrike, the main squeeze.

Tiberious has loosely organized the brewery and its workers .
They are starting to have sense of pride in being given “dwarven” jobs like tunneling under the mansion
Tiberious has also used them to fortify the under library entrance to the Library, using their quarrying skills to build better fortifications
Tiberious is beginning to pick out leaders of the dwarves with skill-sets for jobs like brewery foreman and guards leaders

The beer is still average but there are plans in place

5.) Bones
He is a man of his word and will try and figure out the location of
the kid whose bones he has collected. If it is possible to travel
there quickly, he would do so. If not, he will make sure they are
protected. He may consider sending a small group with a letter from
him. It depends how you want to play this out.

He learned from the ghost about the evil wizard and that he was looking for a rod that was broken into 7 parts…..

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Entombed

“My Fox!” Tobold exclaims forgetting his buddy was waiting for him he heads back to hoist it up with the rope. When he gets to the exit door it is closed, his orb nowhere to be seen

He will have to unlatch the door and exit back into the ball pit room He looks around for the latch……

Atop the column of air; With seemingly no way to get to the house the two watch as it hovers for a minute then begins to turn and drift away at the same rate that it came They both notice that the sunflowers continue to look at (face) them, as the grass disk holding the house slowly spins away,soon it is just a small dot, they wait for awhile but the house never comes back, their stones continue to click from Helm telling them it is time to go
After realizing there is no way to get to the house and it is now gone Tiberious and Vinny head back down the column of air

Vinny and Tiberious tell Tobold and Kvothe that there was a wooden house on a disk of earth that flew by them, but they would have needed to be ably to fly or teleport 200 feet in order to get there

Tobold is over by the door that you came in and says “guys we have a little problem” the once open door is now closed, the orb Tobold had tried to jam into it is nowhere to be seen. There looks to be no latch only more of the swirling patterns written on the walls.

Alister the ghost says “I can get you out, but you all have to promise again to get my bones back to my family”

Malstar the sorcerer who brought us here had us study something called the planes, different areas of existence, many unlike the one we are one now. This tomb can only be accessed from the Elemental plane of air, and only interacted from the Ethereal plane Malstar had a powerful spell to somehow move me into a certain point on the plane of air, then his plan became very evil….

He killed me, well he planned on it anyway. He gave me a powerful protection stone, told me how to activate it but only in emergency. Those air warriors killed me just as I used it. It wasn’t protection, it exploded it killed the air warriors, I would of killed me….but that was Malstar’s plan. It made me a ghost so I could let him in.

It was a long time before I let him in. I was mad about his deception, but he told me he could return me to living form. I hatched evil of my own, I decided to let him in and not let him out….watched him starve to death begging me to release him. I knew that releasing him he may be able to release me from this ghost form….but he’d lied so many times before. I trapped myself in here, waiting for adventurers like you to release me.

You can hold my remains, and I will remain trapped here, or you can release me by burying them with my family. Once I’m gone you will not be able to return to this tomb…well unless you can find the entrance on the plane of air…

The four agree and leave the tomb, the disk door rolling into place behind them, the face trap resetting they return to their group. Turok is coming around and they lead the groggy Barbarian out of the tomb and back to Glimmerfell

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Up Up and Away

“Well there goes our tall guy. Go get em elf boy!” Tobold yells as Vinny is carried slowly up the column of air. Tiberious says “hey come here you elf bastard” and swipes at Vinny who has already ascended away from Tiberious’ reach. Tiberious is just below Vinny, cursing at the impetuous elf blood in him

Vinny continues to rise. Tiberious stops at the 50 foot mark, the rope tied about his waist…..“You’re not getting away from me that easy you blasted elf,” Tiberious curses fighting to untie the rope about his waist

Vinny nears an "opening in the top of the shaft, like rising inside a smoke stack….Tiberious is about 20 feet under Vinny also rising toward the open end of the shaft

The Dwarf and Vinny rise like an elevator toward the light and then into a clear blue sky. “We should still be underground” Vinny says “We are NOT underground” says the Tiberious , “I do not sense ground at all”

For as far as both can see blue skies and light wisps of clouds, no sun but everything is lighted as if there was one . Looking down they can barely see the tube that they came up in, camouflaged and looking like the blue sky around it. It would be impossible to see even 20 feet away

They tap what they are standing on with things finding the edges and determining that the column is a 50 foot disk they are standing on with half of the column descending slowly. They realize they can go up and down via the air column into the tomb.

A speck in the sky begins to grow, and they ready themselves, the other two have come up for a look about, wind whistles around you. The speck becomes a disk of earth 100 feet in diameter covered with grass, on which sits a wooden house

It is about 200 feet from you when it stops. You can see the house is 2 stories and has an observation tower extending 10 feet higher, attached. The tower has a walkway around it and a large front porch. The architecture is fancy, something a city living elf would build
The yard is manicured with flower beds filled with large sunflowers, all of the sunflowers are turned toward you.

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Coffin Wrap Up

All of you realize your stones have been clicking a message . You had been on edge and are not sure how many times they’ve buzzed . They click several times in a few minutes as you look over everything and open the coffin lid. It is Helm

Helm -Let’s Go

Helm-you okay?

Helm-We done

Helm-status check

We ’Oka’y’ and ‘Coming’ Tiberious clicks back

You scoop up the bits of metal in the coffin

You attempt to gather the nice longswords but they crumble to dust when touched, as do the scraps of armor

You activate all the scenes that are in the misty alcoves
1 (already activated) androgynous figures relaxing, attacked by spider-wolves, spheres explode

2-A huge androgynous figure towers over warriors dressed in plate armor carrying twin longswords. Warriors look to have same plate armor and swords decorated with swirls as the swords and pieces that turned to dust in this room

3-An androgynous figure is fighting with what looks to be a Drider crossed with a two headed spider wolf. Spider body, human torso (think centaur) but human torso has a human head as well as a wolf head on each shoulder.

As the androgynous figure impales the spider wolf with the staff, beams shoot from the spider wolfs eyes, both figure slump to the ground they look dead…

4-Seven androgynous figures present a staff to a huge androgynous figure, he takes it from them and raises it above his head the staff explodes in to many parts

Upon questioning Alister he wants you to step into the column of air…….The column of air is flowing upward and looks flow into daylight at the top of the column. You put a hand in it and your hand and arm feel light and are pushed slowly upward

Tiberius will tie the end of his 50’ of rope to a sturdy part the center area and tie the other end to himself. He will then climb over the side and see what happens. If he is not lifted he will be able to climb up. Tobold throws one of the rotted boots into the column, it drifts slowly upward.

As Tiberious is ready to step in, Kvothe protests" I don’t think that it’s best idea to send the heaviest one of us up the rope. I can go up instead, and Tiberius can pull me back down in case of an emergency." Tiberious answers “But if I go up and there is something there that attacks me, everyone else has ranged attacks. I do not and I used my last spell slot until I can rest, It the job of the tank to be bashed instead of the rest of you squishy types.” Tobold replies “I’m a dodgy and thinky type. Send somethIng inanimate up and be ready to defend us O Bearded One”

While everyone is arguing Vinny comes running by and jumps into the column…….

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Whats in the box?

Tiberiuos wants to open the coffin, the others are a bit worried. Tiberious struggles with the lid but is unable to open it, he also unfortunately has a halfling and gnome and a half elf all with average strength as assistants. Took himself and the Barbarian to move the last one which looks identical .

Tiberius yells, “Come on you lazy bastards, if you want some gold, you got to lift the lid”.

“Gold or ancient being gonna suck our blood?” Tobold sighs, grabs the breastplate from one of the pieces of the armor, and uses it as a step to help push, he and Kvothe’s average strengths can not budge the lid. Tobold slaps his forehead and commands the rope of climbing to wrap around the lid to help with leverage, so the three of us can pull instead of pushing.

Tiberious sees the gnome use the rope of climbing to try and pull the lid while Kvothe and Tiberious push…..a light-bulb goes off in his head, he calls forth FURY THE BOAR. With the rope of climbing tied around the coffin lid, and the boar pulling and Tiberious pushing the lid comes sliding off one side. (Nat 20)

A hiss of air and dust mushrooms up into the air, quickly swept up in the rushing column of air…no vampire this time

After several seconds of waiting for something to leap out at them, and nothing does, the trio cautiously advance, as Vinny still standing back in the doorway yells “is it a vampire?” which is unheard as Tobold, Tiberious and Kvothe have wax in their ears.

Inside the coffin as the mummified remains of what you assume to be the figure on the lid.
The figure is nude and androgynous, having no breasts or genitalia and 7 feet tall
The rib cage is crushed in, possibly what killed it, or possibly just collapsed with time
There is a thin shiny metal circlet around its head

There are several ornate pieces of shiny metal scattered around the coffin

There are inscriptions in an odd swirling pattern inside the coffin, that may be decorations, but may also be writing

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And now the Coffin....

Kvothe has moved past and has crossed the bridge to the sarcophagus
The coffin is identical to the one in the lantern room, but it does not sit on a revolving dias
It also does not have the silver pins holding the lid in place.
It is of heavy marble and will take some good strength to remove the lid

Tiberious is moving toward the coffin and Tobold is looking at the other sets of remains. As Tobold looks over the scorched stone it looks as though there was an explosion, there are no remains of a container that may have held the explosive, so Tobold assumes it was magic

Tobold suggests to Tiberious they protect their ears from sound attacks, possibly with wax from a candle. He also tries throwing a small item like one of the rotted boots into the air column

Tiberius approaches the coffin. If nothing attacks him, he will strap his shield and axe to his back and open the coffin. Kvothe pulls out wax from his scribe’s stash and offers it to anyone. He then gets ready to help Tiberious with the lid. Tiberius takes from wax from Kvothe and puts it in his ears.

“You guys are weird” yells Vinny still in the doorway, forgetting that the group had run into a banshee who’s screams had almost caused a TPK. “If it’s undead. Probably undead. We should get the old man (Helm).” But the others can’t hear him with the wax in their ears…..

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Prayers for the Dead

The scene does in fact “restart” as Tiberious watches it. It replays with the 7 figures relaxing by the stream then being attacked by the spider-wolves as the orbs above their heads shatter.

Tobold moves inside the room crossbow covering Tiberious, “should I shoot it?” he asks quietly. Kvothe has slipped past them both in his Elven cloak, he is looking over the sarcophagus.

Vinny has gotten tired of looking for secret doors and is now in the doorway answering Tobold " Don’t shoot it’s an afterimage of events that played out long ago."

Tiberious cautiously advances to the pile of bones, the ghoul is looking down on them and says “My name is Alister Cohanon, I left my family in search of adventure but found only this….”

Tiberious sees 4 distinct remains

There are 2 blasted scraps of suits of armor, the armor is decorated with swirls etched into its blue steel. Probably once full plate, there is not enough left to make a suit, but the metal still looks salvageable. There are 2 long swords, magnificent looking masterwork weapons, blue steel and etched with swirling patterns like the armor and scraps of red and white fabric. The black blast mark that mars the stone walls looks to have felled them “That’s some sort of flying warrior made of air,” says the Alister, " They fly, they blast you with sound, and are immune to everything."

There are scraps of bone under an obscenely overladen backpack. The backpack is dry rotted and its contents look to be fused into a ball of rotten, one rotted leather boot stands upright. There is a rotted belt-pouch and several other containers about the remains. “That’s me,” says Alister , I leapt into the wind column, to flee from the warriors, it will carry you upward, but one of those things threw me out….I guess I died"

And there is a rotted robe, once deep red in color it is faded by time, several blue tassels and golden threads remain atop a few scattered bones. There is some shattered blue glass near his body. " That is Malstar Cenovox, He was near my farmstead adventuring when he convinced me that I could be a great warrior, He lied. He did things to me, to us….he collected young men and, and…..well it doesn’t matter now."

5 of us entered this tomb. Malstar manipulated us into diffusing the traps for him, we paid with our lives. Although I think Bepo got away, said he was gonna steal one of the lanterns and run, trap us inside……

“Lanterns huh? What color was it?” Tobold still keeps his distance from the ghost, but checks the bone pile under the red robe. “And what happened to these air warriors that caused the scorch mark?” The ghost does not answer Tobold’s query.

Tiberious then removes the vestment to Pholtus he wears over his armor and lays it on the ground. Before he begins, he stares up and prays from the Libram Sanctus Vox.

Lord Pholtus, you are the White Pearl of creation. All grace, mercy, happiness, and richness come from you.
From eternity, thou art eternal.
Thou art the seat of justice, order and law. Your sun lights the day. Your moon keeps the darkness at bay. You protect us in our journey. You are the enlightenment of all knowledge.
No being, no beast, no ruler, no principle can know how thou art. You are beyond beauty. You have no height and no width. You have no number.
Be gracious unto your servant, for you are merciful to your faithful. Without you, we are nothing.
Lead us out of the darkness, O morning star!

Then he looks down and begins to pick up the bones, places them on the vestment, and armor solemnly, and continues to pray.

_Listen to me my kinsman, for at this moment I am your guide.
Since you went forth into the darkness, Pholtus gave you water to drink. You bore a burden that is not your own, and for this your are blessed. Although you are in the midst of his enemies and the beasts of darkness surround you, He will avenge you and they will be burned by His wrath.
Remember in these your last moments that He divided the light and the dark. He made the sun and the moon to light your way. He is life to all, but the darkness turned their backs to the truth.
He is everything. He bears the skies. He is the foundation. He supports the earth. He is the light that shines forth, that gives joy to the soul.
Lo, the darkness you have subdued. Lo, the fire of the fountains of evil you have extinguished.
Close your eyes at last only to open them to His radiance. Your Father is calling you.
Now go aboard the Ship of Light and receive your garland of glory and return to His kingdom and rejoice with all the saints.

Peace, in Order, by Order of Pholtus._

After picking up all the remains, Tiberius folds the vestment and ties it into a sack and places it in his backpack. With that, he begins to look at the center of the spokes,

He sees Kvothe has already moved around him and is near the sarcophagus

Tobold is embarrassed and mutters something religious like “Garl Glittergold, Garl Glittergold…uh please be bold and uh help this uh poor ghost?…uh love Tobold”

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What's in the Midst of the Mist

As Tiberious moves toward the remains, walking to his left, the mists of the nearby alcove swirl and something begins to materialize within

Tiberious readies his shield and axe

The mists have receded from several reclining statues, all of the 7 foot tall androgynous figures, there skin is black and their eyes shine with light, his heart skipping a beat as they look like drow with the black skin.

Tiberius turns to face that mess taking cover behind his shield. He yells to the rest, “Back up. Defensive Positions!” He side steps back towards the entrance…..

Then the mists recede more and there are 7 figures relining in a grassy field, near a slowly moving stream. There are dozens of orbs in the air above them, looking like the iron spheres of the trap. The figures seem alive, Tiberious sees them moving slightly, they now look much less like Drow.

The mists are almost completely gone when from the fringes leap a dozen wolf like creatures, but they don’t leap at you. They leap into the alcove. They materialize outside of the alcove and move inside. The wolf creatures have wolf like heads but hairy spider like bodies and and 8 legs, like a drider, but with wolf parts instead of Drow

Tobold yells back to let Vinny who is still outside the room that there is action in here. “Do we shoot?” he yells at Tiberious….

The spider-wolves attack the reclining figures as the spheres over their heads turn black and explode in puffs All this happens in complete silence except for the rustling of the wind in the shaft, and Tiberious and Tobold yelling their warning.

Tiberius is confused. How can this all happen silently? He advances again. Is this all an illusion? As you are all readied for combat, the mists begin to reform, soon the alcove is swirling in mist again with only vague outlines of figures

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Alister's Remains

Tiberious advances toward the now open doorway.

Tobold keeps his iron sphere from the second round we never got to do in one hand and readies a crossbow in his left hand and waits to see what happens to Tiberius…muttering to himself “ you will never get THROUGH this door…..what does that mean? Hmmmm …..” The little gnome is trying very hard to figure that riddle out, and puts the sphere in the doorway as a doorstop. “Hmmmm,” he says again in his high pitched voice

Tiberius steps through the door into a wondrous room, Kvothe follows while Tobold remains in the doorway, attempting to wedge the sphere into the track where the door slid away, he thinks if the door closes it will at least close on the sphere leaving an 8 inch gap

Vinny is outside the room, checking the walls for secret doors

The room is round and 100 feet in diameter. Made of smooth grey stone
You are inside of a vertical shaft
A 10 foot wide walkway with no railing circles the room
There is a central 20 diameter “hub” on which rests a sarcophagus, looking identical to the sarcophagus in the ROY G BIV lantern room
The central hub is accessed by 4 walkways 10 feet wide, although two are broken and have fallen away
If looked at from above it would look like a 4 spoke wheel

In between the spokes on the outer walls are alcoves filled with swirling mists, within the mists there look to be figures, possibly statues as they are not moving, but you can just see vague outlines

To the left halfway around the outer circle is a pile of rags and armor pieces, there is a blackening of the stone on the ground by them
The ghost/ghoul is standing with his back toward you looking down at the pile

In the “negative space” of the shaft, is blackness below and beautiful blue light of the sky 50 feet above, sunlight filters down to you lighting the room as if the sun was straight overhead, although you cannot see it

You can feel the rushing of wind as if a storm were blowing from the depths of the shaft up toward the light, occasionally particles of dust are swept upward, but the room is mostly spotless as if any dust is continuously swept away

3 main points of interest
Sarcophagus in center
4 alcoves with swirling mists and vague figures within them
pile of rags/armor and the ghost/ghoul

Tiberius points to the rags and armor and asks, “Was this you?”

The ghost/ghoul says “we made it this far” Tiberious has a strong feeling the pile of rags and armor is indeed its remains

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