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Question Maker

October 20, 2014

Friday: Blood and Blades Finale

Battle to Decide the Ruler of Darkovia's Vampires!

As the finale battle for the Vampire Throne grows closer, all 4 combatants and their allies begin preparing for a bloodbath beyond compare! There is only ONE person who can make this decision without prejudice... and ensure that Darkovia's vampires have a ruler who will lead them to glory - YOU! Log in this weekend to see who takes the victory, the power, and the throne!

Who will YOU vote for in the battle for the Vampire Throne?

The Monday vote count is in! This is the FIRST look at who your fellow heroes are voting for:

  • Lady Solani: 11,261 votes
  • Gravefang: 10,019 votes
  • Baron Luca: 9,498
  • Elder Rapaxi: 5,438

What say you, Heroes of Lore? Are your fellow warriors voting correctly? If you don't like the numbers you see, then it's time to rally your allies, brandish your blades, and GO FIGHT FOR THE LEADER YOU WANT!

New 12000 and 5000 AC Package: Dark DragonMaster Set!

Starting this Friday, October 24th, at 12:01 AM EST, unlock our newest, most masterful dragon set yet when you buy either a 12000 or 5000 AdventureCoin package! This exclusive set includes an armor, helms, cape, several weapons, and the Dark DragonMaster's pet!

You'll find out more about the lore of the DragonMasters, their leader Frostscythe, and their plans in November, but the only way to get your gauntlets on the Dark DragonMaster set is through our upgrade site! Keep an eye on the Design Notes or Memet's Twitter account for the first previews of the set art!

More News to Know

There is so much going on this week!

  • Upgrade to unlock the Legend-only Raven Warrior set when you talk to Ragnar in Battleon!
  • The level cap increases to 65 this Friday!
  • The Forsaken Warlock set leaves November 7th. See the details here.
  • Lycan Class is scheduled for NEXT FRIDAY, along with the Voltaire Mogloween event!


Tags: Alina

 

Blade Maker

October 20, 2014

Forsaken Warlock Leaves 11/7

Last chance to unlock these exclusive sets!

In the world of Lore, one thing is always true: trust NO ONE... especially not Warlocks! For this dark battlemage, Tyronius took inspiration from the much-beloved (or reviled, if you're a follower of Good/the Mother of Dragons) warlocks of Quarth in the Game of Thrones series to create this incredible set!

As with the rest of the Fantasy Hero tier packages, all of the items above will be added into the Fantasy Hero shop that comes with the Fantasy Hero Package Pass!** 

Tier Set Details

With our tier sets, the amount and type of gear you get changes with the different Membership or AdventureCoin packages. The more months of membership or AdventureCoins you purchase, the more gear you get!

Unlock all 11 Forsaken Warlock items with a 12 month membership:

  • 3 armors 
  • 3 weapons
  • 4 helms
  • 1 capes

Unlock 7 items with a 6 month membership or 12000 ACs:

  • 2 armors
  • 1 weapon
  • 3 helms
  • 1 capes

Unlock 5 items with a 3 month membership or 5000 ACs:

  • 1 armor
  • 2 helms
  • 1 cape
  • 1 weapon

*Female armor transforms when you click the skirt!
** Keep an eye on the Design Notes; we will announce when the Fantasy Hero Package Pass leaves soon!


Tags: Alina

 

War Maker

October 17, 2014

Battle for the Vampire Throne

Battle for the Darkovian Vampire Throne

The time has come to choose a successor for Queen Safiria, ruler of Darkovia's vampires.* After this summer's war, a different type of chaos reigns among the vampires of Lore, and the lycans of Darkovia are starting to probe for weaknesses.


Of the surviving Vampire Elders, several have come forth to claim the throne… as well as a half-breed new-comer who has no right, but strength, speed, skill, and POWER! This Friday, fight for the Vampire YOU want to take the Vampire Throne; your support will make the difference between ruling… and being banished back to the shadows of obscurity.

* It is best when rulers can choose a successor before they must leave the throne. For those of you who have not finished the Chaos Saga finale, spoilers will be kept to a minimum.

Vote with your blades

You have 4 contenders to choose from:

  • Baron Luca, Head of the Nyx Aeterna Clan
  • Rapaxi, Elder of the Umbral Legion 
  • Kurok Gravefang, Leader of the Abyssal Horde
  • Lady Solani, First Fang of the Cor Mortis** and her General, Ensis

One of these four has... plans... for Edvard and Esmee. Regrettably, I am not sure they'll last out the week in Darkovia.

This week's release will not be a regular war, where you see a war meter increase as you defeat opponents. Instead, you will:

  1. Journey to the Vampire War battlegrounds and speak with the four contenders for the throne.
  2. Choose who you wish to ally with, then head into battle against their biggest threat.
  3. Defeat their enemies to "vote" for your choice*** 
  4. Next Thursday, October 21st, we will tally up the first round of votes, then...
  5. You will be able to choose which of the two remaining contenders you want to battle for.
  6. On Friday, October 24th, we will announce the NEW ruler of Darkovia, as chosen by Lore's heroes in a final BLOODBATH!!!

** A relative of the much-loved Queen Safiria
*** The "Vote" items will be 0 AC and stack up to 10,000.

I am still deciphering the history scrolls the Vampire Elders brought with them, so more of each clan's story will arrive soon!

Dage's Death Rider Limited Time Rares Shop

Speed, skulls, and wicked wheels - these were the inspiration for Dage's Death Rider armor set! Cruise through Lore battling from the back of a bike... then pull into Yulgar's to chat with the rest of your gang. Find his shop in the Game Menu this Friday, available until October 24th!

Dage has created a HUGE number of helms... some of which will be Legion exclusives! The Death Stalker (not the bike version) will also be available for Legion Tokens as well as other currencies. 

Live-testing the new Chaos Saga Finale

The permanent version of this summer's Chaos Saga finale is in live-testing. Help us polish the event for all our future heroes by heading to Mount DoomSkull, then reporting back any issues you find on our Bug Tracker.

If you did not finish the Chaos Saga finale before this weekend, you will need to start the event over. That will ensure you do not experience any progression issues through the storyline.

6th Birthday Gift: 200 AdventureCoins Free

If you've logged in within the past 30 days AND you were level 5 or higher, check your AC count... because you got 200 FREE AdventureCoins! This is our way of saying "thanks for playing AQW" as we continue to celebrate AQW's 6th birthday all month long!


Tags: Alina

 

Vote Maker

October 16, 2014

Who will YOU Fight for?

Help Choose the Next Ruler of Darkovia's Vampires!

This Friday, /join EternalNight and talk to each of the four contenders seeking to become the next ruler of the vampires.* 

Learn their backstories, the lore of their clans, and why they each believe they are the BEST creature to rule the vampires!

  • Lady Solani, First Fang of the Cor Mortis, of the Blood Royal (and Safiria's niece)
  • Rapaxi, Elder of the Umbral Legion
  • Kurok Gravefang, Werepyre Lich and Leader of the Abyssal Horde 
  • Baron Luca, Head of the Nyx Aeterna Clan, and Master Shapeshifter

Each is prepared to battle their mortal enemy as they fight for the throne, but they will need YOUR help! Once the weakest two contenders have been defeated (based on who YOU decide to fight for), the remaining two combatants and their champion (that's you!) will go head to head... in a bloodbath of monstermental proportions!

* But hurry! The Convocation of the Night, which binds them to peace for as long as the debates last, will only hold so long!


Tags: Alina

 

List Maker

October 15, 2014

Dage's DeathRider LTS

Unlock AQW's Most Evil Mount for a Limited Time!

Speed, skulls, and wicked wheels - these were the inspiration for Dage's DeathRider armor sets! Cruise through Lore battling from the back of a bike... then pull into Yulgar's to chat with the rest of your gang. Find his shop in the Game Menu this Friday, available until October 24th!

Death Rider Key Set Details

There are a couple ways to get your gauntlets on these sweet rides and their accessories... but the best way is to get the DeathRider Key item for 2000 ACs.* That'll unlock an exclusive shop containing 20 0 AC items:

  • The DeathRider Bike AND DeathStalker armors
  • All 16 DeathRider helms
  • Exclusive Floating Deathrider Skull cape
  • Exclusive Parked Deathrider Bike house item

The DeathRider Bike armor, DeathStalker armor, and Floating DeathRider Skull cape all have double the chance to play the Shadowfire Attack animation!

* You save 750 ACs, unlock the exclusive cape and house item, plus the increased attack animation bonuses!

Death Rider Limited Time Shop

Talk to Dage in Battleon starting this Friday OR find his shop in your game menu to check out his DeathRider gear! The shop will contain:

  • DeathRider Key 
  • DeathRider Bike armor 
  • DeathStalker armor ***
  • 16 DeathRider helms
  • 4 Legion DeathRider helms**

The DeathRider Bike armor and DeathStalker armor each have a chance to play the Shadowfire Attack animation, too!

All 20 DeathRider and Legion helms shown above

** Must be a member of the Undead Legion to buy. Also available from Dage's Merge Shop for Legion Tokens until the regular shop leaves. Not included in the DeathRider Key set.
*** Will also be available for Legion Tokens in Dage's merge shop. 


Tags: Alina

 

October 15, 2014

AQWednesday Report!

Newsletter on the Design Notes

Want this week’s newsletter but can’t wait for it to arrive in your Inbox? Not a problem—because here is the new newsletter for Friday, October 17, 2014.

Blood, Battles, and Blades

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The battle for the Darkovia Vampire Throne commences this Friday!

  • Journey to the Vampire War battleground
  • Choose from 4 Vampiric contenders to fight for
  • Defeat your ally’s opponents to “vote” for your choice
  • YOUR actions will decide who the new ruler of Darkovia will be!

More information about this world-changing war can be found here.

Limited Time Rares Shop

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You should always watch out for motorcycles—and you BETTER watch out for Dage's Death Riders!

  • Death Riders Motorcycle Mounts, customized by Dage the Evil
  • Death Riders Armors and Helms
  • The Rares shop rolls out 10/17/2014 in the Game Menu shop

Zoom into the battlefield on your wicked wheels starting Friday @ sundown!

Uphold Greatness as a 6th Upholder

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When you Upgrade your AQW Membership ANYTIME in the month of October, you will automatically become a legendary 6th Upholder. As an Upholder, you shall receive:

  • New Class: Sentinel Class!
  • Rare: Doom Star Sword
  • Rare: Brilliant Star Sword
  • 6th Upholder Character Page Badge
  • Infinite bragging rights

Thank you for being with us during AQW’s 6th birthday, and thank you for supporting the world’s best MMO, AdventureQuest Worlds!

Become a 6th Upholder now!

Spoiler Alert: Voltaire’s Friday the 31st Event

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What is spookier than Friday the 13th? Only the spookiest day of the year falling on Friday the 31st—featuring the famous Gypsy Pirate Goth Musician, Voltaire!

  • Mogloween 2014: Edgar Allen Poe!
  • Voltaire titillates and terrifies with 3 classic tales of the mysterious and the macabre
  • Don’t just read through… BATTLE through these stories of treachery and supernatural dread
  • Brand new never-before-seen items, scenery, monsters, and mayhem inspired by Poe

Get ready for a Special Event unlike any other as Voltaire takes you on a journey through one of the darkest minds in the history of mankind! 


Tags: Beleen Newsletter Happening Friday

 

Choice Maker

October 13, 2014

Friday: Blood and Blades

Battle for the Darkovian Vampire Throne

The time has come to choose a successor for Queen Safiria, ruler of Darkovia's vampires.* After this summer's war, a different type of chaos reigns among the vampires of Lore, and the lycans of Darkovia are starting to probe for weaknesses.


Of the surviving Vampire Elders, several have come forth to claim the throne… as well as a half-breed new-comer who has no right, but strength, speed, skill, and POWER! This Friday, fight for the Vampire YOU want to take the Vampire Throne; your support will make the difference between ruling… and being banished back to the shadows of obscurity.

* It is best when rulers can choose a successor before they must leave the throne. For those of you who have not finished the Chaos Saga finale, spoilers will be kept to a minimum.

Vote with your blades

You have 4 contenders to choose from:

  • Baron Luca, Head of the Nyx Aeterna Clan
  • Rapaxi, Elder of the Umbral Legion 
  • Kurok Gravefang, Leader of the Abyssal Horde
  • Lady Solani, First Fang of the Cor Mortis** and her General, Ensis

One of these four has... plans... for Edvard and Esmee. Regrettably, I am not sure they'll last out the week in Darkovia.

This week's release will not be a regular war, where you see a war meter increase as you defeat opponents. Instead, you will:

  1. Journey to the Vampire War battlegrounds and speak with the four contenders for the throne.
  2. Choose who you wish to ally with, then head into battle against their biggest threat.
  3. Defeat their enemies to "vote" for your choice*** 
  4. Next Tuesday, October 21st, we will tally up the first round of votes, then...
  5. You will be able to choose which of the two remaining contenders you want to battle for.
  6. On Friday, October 24th, we will announce the NEW ruler of Darkovia, as chosen by Lore's heroes!

** A relative of the much-loved Queen Safiria
*** The "Vote" items will be 0 AC and stack up to 10,000.

Dage's Death Rider Limited Time Rares Shop

Speed, skulls, and wicked wheels - these were the inspiration for Dage's Death Rider armor set! Cruise through Lore battling from the back of a bike... then pull into Yulgar's to chat with the rest of your gang. Find his shop in the Game Menu this Friday, available until October 24th!

Dage has created a HUGE number of helms... some of which will be Legion exclusives! The Death Stalker (not the bike version) will also be available for Legion Tokens as well as other currencies. 

Also Happening This Week

We've got a lot more going on in AQWorlds, including:

Live-testing the new Chaos Saga Finale

The permanent version of this summer's Chaos Saga finale is in live-testing. Help us polish the event for all our future heroes by heading to Mount DoomSkull, then reporting back any issues you find on our Bug Tracker.

If you did not finish the Chaos Saga finale before this weekend, you will need to start the event over. That will ensure you do not experience any progression issues through the storyline.

NEW gear in Artix's 6th Birthday Rares shop

Talk to Artix in /Northpointe later today to find NEW gear, including Gravefang's wings and the Undead Paladinslayer armor!

6th Birthday Gift: 200 AdventureCoins Free

Starting this Friday, the month of birthday gifts will continue with a free 200 AdventureCoins! To get the gift, you'll need to:

  • Have logged in within the past 30 days
  • Be level 5 or higher

Thank you all for battling alongside us as we build AQWorlds each week!


Tags: Alina

 

October 11, 2014

Weekend Update

Network Issues and Chaos Saga Finale Fixes

The Curse of the Phantom Pixel, our 12th anniversary/6th birthday all-game release... has gotten ahold of the very servers running our games! The coders have been and continue to work on resolving the network issues our games are experiencing this weekend. Thank you all for your patience as we battle the bugs and collect all the escaped server hamsters!

All-Game Event Guide

Not sure what to do to save Yurei from the Curse, collect all 13 cursed artifacts, and unlock the OmniKnight Blade? Check out THIS GUIDE or see the TL;DR (too long; did not read) version below:

  • AQWorlds: /join Northpointe and complete Artix's quests for 7 artifacts, then merge them to create the Omni Artifact
  • Epic Duel: Battle to find the shards of Titan's Coffee Mug, then assemble the pieces
  • AdventureQuest: Hunt through AQ using the "Random Battle" button until you come across a possessed Artix wielding the ShadowFire Axe of Curses and defeat him for the reward
  • DragonFable: Head to the Wastelands and quest for a scrap of the Mysterious Necromancer's Cloak
  • MechQuest: Talk to River in Soluna City to secure the Cursed Mod Tape before it's too late!
  • OverSoul: Battle until you find Thok and his Cursed Phoenix Blade
  • HeroSmash: Battle the monsters in the Hottest area until you get Hottica's Cursed Shield

Chaos Saga Finale: Live Testing

Over the last 3 weeks, Reens has rebuilt the ENTIRE Chaos Saga finale (8 weeks of releases!!!), fixing the issues and smoothing out the quest progression. Our testers have run through the new, permanent version many times... but YOU guys are the best testers we could ever have (because there are tens of thousands of you)! That is why this weekend, we are live-testing Reens' Chaos Saga fixes to see if there are places where you are unsure of what to do or where to go.

  1. If you have NOT been able to complete the Chaos Saga finale before now (either because you are just beginning or have had issues), /join MountDoomskull and battle (or Legend Skip) your way to the top of the Moutain. 
  2. Speak with Maya to complete the first quest of the NEW, permanent quest chain. Then defeat Drakath and watch the cutscene. You MUST choose a Chaos Lord form to continue on in the storyline.
  3. Once you have, speak to Maya again and she will send you to begin "World War Lore."
  4. Loremaster Maya will always be your guide through the Chaos Saga finale. If you're ever unsure of where to go, speak to her!

Tonight's network issues have caused some progress save errors; once things have settled, we will be adjusting Maya's dialogue and guide buttons based on the first round of player feedback from earlier today!


Tags: Alina

 

October 11, 2014

12th Birthday Event Guide

Artix Entertainment’s 12 Anniversary Special Event!

DING! Artix Entertainment just leveled up! Thank you so much for being with us as we celebrate our 12th anniversary with special events happening in 7 of your favorite MMOs and RPGs.

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LET THE HUNT FOR THE CURSED ITEMS BEGIN!

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AdventureQuest Worlds

AQWorlds’ 6th Birthday: Curse of the Phantom Pixel

  • As Mogloween draws near, rumors have spread about a cursed video floating around Youtube.
  • Someone - or something - is in danger, and the only way to save “her” is to recover the 13 missing cursed artifacts.
  • Seven of them lie hidden somewhere inside AQWorlds, and it will take an OmniKnight to recover them all!
  • Head to NorthPointe, home of the Secret Underground Lab, and talk to the AQW devs for ideas on where to begin searching.
    • Battle through AQW to find 7 of the 13 cursed artifacts for our all-game anniversary event!

    • Defeat Kurok Gravefang, the Werepyre Lich, and his undead army as they race to get the 13th artifact: Death’s Hourglass first!

    • Talk to Artix in /northpointe to find the Artifact Hunter 6th birthday Class!

    • Find all 13 artifacts spread among our 7 games to unlock the OmniKnight Blade!


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12th Anniversary

  • Don't mess with Titan's coffee!
  • Assemble a Titan's cosmic coffee mug to appease the deity and receive your rewards!

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AdventureQuest  

Quest for the Cursed Artifacts - Company-wide Event!

  • Can you believe we have been growing every week for 12 years?!
  • To commemorate this occasion we are releasing the Drakkonan-possessed Artix into the wild.
  • Find him randomly using the Battle Monsters button.
  • Defeat him and gain access to the Shadowfire Axe of Curses shop.
  • Collect all the cursed artifacts from our games and gain access to the mighty Omni Knight Blade shop on all your game accounts!
  • Also don’t miss the Desert Wyverling and Halberd coming to the Z-Token shop!

Find Thok with the Cursed Phoenix Blade to Unlock the Omni Knight

Character Release:

  • Thok ( Cursed Phoenix Blade )
  • Omni Knight 

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DragonFable

The Evil Artifact 

  • An evil artifact is rumored to be lost in the northern wastelands. 
  • Will you be able to find it before nefarious cultists do?

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HeroSmash

AE Anniversary Crossover Event!

  • Hidden among the monsters of the Hottest area is an 'Epic' item (Hottica's Cursed Flame Shield)!
  • Epic items are member class items that can be used by free players!
  • Collect all the special items from all the AE games to unlock the OmniKnight Blade Badge (HS Badge Shop)

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MechQuest

The Cursed Tape Reappears! 

  • EbilCorp has found the location of the Cursed Tape. Don't let them get their hands on it!
  • Work with River to secure the tape before EbilCorp!
  • An interesting reward awaits, if you can succeed! 
    • If you get all 13 Artifacts in all the games, the OmniKnight E-Blade awaits you!

Battle On!


Tags: Beleen

 

Post Maker for Zereldo

October 10, 2014

Artifact Hunter Class

Birthday Class Skills Breakdown!

Hey everyone it’s Zereldo here and today I’m gonna be talking about the new Artifact hunter* class. This class will be available for the 6th anniversary celebration of AQW.

Details

Before you get your hands on this class there are a few things you’ll want to know, such as how to get your hands on this class.

  • Talk to Artix in Northpointe to find the Class!
  • Get the class for 2000 Acs OR collect the merge items from the daily quest.
  • Legends can earn the merge items 2x faster!
  • The AC version will be available until next year’s birthday!
  • The earned will be available until May of 2015, when the birthday merge shop leaves.

Artifact Hunter Breakdown

Artifact hunters explore Lore selectively looking for rare and powerful artifacts to aid them in their battles and adventures.

Mana regen: Artifact Hunters gain mana from all hits landed in combat,and especially on crits. The amount depends on damage relative to *their own* HP total.

For Stats and Enhancements: Artifact hunters use both strength and intellect to fight their battles. Hybrid enhancements are a good start, but basically all stats help the class in some way.

Auto Attack

2 second cooldown.

A basic attack, taught to all adventurers.

You’ve seen this before on many classes. It needs no further explanation.

Rank 1: Strike of Awe

15 mana, 3 second cooldown.

You strike using power amassed from the Blade of Awe. You have a 25% chance to leave your opponent awestruck which stuns them for 2 seconds.

This move is your goto damage move. It’s physically based, and also has  25% chance of stunning your enemy for seconds. The stun may not be reliable, but when it happens it can be helpful. If you are lucky, it may even occur multiple times in a row which could be a lot of fun.

Rank 2: Supreme Arcane Spell

20 mana, 8 second cooldown.

Using the power of the supreme Arcane staff you deal damage and apply a magical burn to your Opponent.

This move is increased by your spell power and intellect. It’s attack is ok, but it’s the DoT that makes the difference. The DoT also gains in power based on your INT.

Rank 3: Shiny Mirror Shield

30 mana, 15 Second cooldown.

Using the power of the shiny mirror you deflect a portion of your opponent's attack back at them for 6 seconds and take decreased incoming damage.

You may recognise this sort of move from Pyromancer Class. This version has a shorter cooldown and longer duration, but provides less of an incoming damage reduction and no heal. It’s useful when being overwhelmed by lots of damage as it decreases the amount you take AND reflects some straight back at your opponent.

Rank 4: Cursed Ring of Dragon Control & Resourceful

STR and INT increased by 20%

Dodge Crit and Hit Chance all increased by 5%

The first passive gives you the physical strength and magical might of dragons and makes a  difference to the class over all. Your second one shows your mastery of Artifact hunting and represents all the small tricks you’ve picked up over the years. It will make a small difference to several of your stats.

Rank 5: Destiny Or Doom

30 mana, 10 second cooldown.

You’ve come across many blessed and cursed items over the years and have learnt how to channel their energies to work in your favour. You either trigger DOOM which increases your Damage output, Strength and Crit damage or Destiny, which give your a large HoT and increases your Intellect and Haste.

This move is what spices up the class. When using this move you will either get Destiny OR Doom and Each effect has a 50% chance of occurring. Doom is basically damage focused, while Destiny is a heal. You are leaving your heal to chance here, but this is a VERY powerful HoT. Ideally because of your stun from the first move, and your shield you won’t be taking that much damage, so even if you don’t get the heal on your first try you should be able to survive until it does happen. The Intellect and strength boost may change how you want to use your first two moves slightly.

Final Thoughts

This is a nice little solo class to use. Not dedicated to being a tank or to Damage, but somewhere in the middle. It gives you some nice options based on enhancements as well, and has an interesting final move that dramatically affects how you use the class.

* Those of you with keen eyes may have seen it spelled “Artefact hunter” on my character page. Depending on whether you use American English or British English the way you spell the word changes. Where I live we use the British spelling. I have since changed it to the American spelling.


Tags: Alina

 
 


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