October 2017 – Evil Supply Co.

Diagnosis

The zombie hesitated and looked away. "I'm scared."
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Good Puppy

“Who’s a good boy?” I shout as it tears through the distance separating us, a tongue as green and as slimy as elemental poison, flapping in the cruelty of the monster’s breath.
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Princess Power

"Are you saying you are not a princess, Atty?" the dragon said with a wicked grin built of giant teeth.
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Stratagems

The absurdly yellow, pet-sized dragon, Lemon Peel, cleared its throat and shuffled the playing cards held in its claws.
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Fey Library Fines

Avoid the curses. Mark your calendars and ask for extensions as necessary.
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Encountering the Undead for the First Time

"—why do you wear glasses," I asked the skeleton.
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Very Short Autumnal Dryad Stories

Many dryads will have already begun to sport the coming season’s hues of reds and golds, and it is not unknown for fashion contests to be held.
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An Atticus Ramble on Creating

"I love creating things," Atticus said aloud. Maybe to herself, maybe to the scattered skeletons, it was impossible to tell over the chaotic sounds of battle.
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Phantasmal Peppers

Oak Teeth: Naturally smoky and full bodied, tends to cause rain while being eaten.
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Odd Apples

How often have you found yourself skulking through a haunted orchard? Weekly, no doubt, if not more often.
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Ice Scream Flavors

Ice scream is poisonous to mundane humans, so caution is recommended, though folk with witchcraft or any form of fey in their blood should be fine.
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Happy Anniversary Strawberry and Red Kelp

The mermaid drew herself into a formal posture, imitating an especially prim character. In some private joke, she attempted to "hoot," causing Red Kelp to double over with laughter.
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Google search: “…sirens actually exist?!”

Siren girlfriend early dating gift tip: buy her candy from the pier.
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Witchcraft at Home

"Is it a little much?" I ask a ghost as I busy myself adjusting the purple plastic bats. I adjust the kitschy grin of a jack-o-lantern.
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The Attack

“Quietly, like a cat,” the necromancer mumbled to herself, hiked up the black tatters of her skirt and crept forward. Her familiar, an actual cat, glanced at her, rolled its eyes, laid down, and went to sleep.
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Mermaid Internet

Splashbook: Fish from your old school and your extended family’s weird rantings about Poseidon.
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Bubblr, a mermaid dating app

Dinner wasn’t quite ready, so Nixxi opened her shell-phone and with thin interest, browsed her latest matches. “…no… no… ung, no… no…” She declined invitations from handfuls of sailors and pirates, all of whom made increasingly infuriating suggestions about the her sea nymph qualities. Frustrated and bored, she deleted, deleted, hexed, deleted— until: “Oh, tides.” […]
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The Great Balloon Chase

"Yes ma'am, and we need to talk to you about some unauthorized polymorphing of the mayor and his cabinet. I understand you turned them into an actual cabinet set."
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The Smokesmith of Peyroux

After a bit of prep, the young woman who served the haunted village of Peyroux and surrounding areas as the “maker of smoke, be your needs mystical or mundane,” opened the back door and appraised what the forest had brought her.
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A Handy Guide

Fourth hand: Nature is going to be annoyed.
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13 Uses for Eldritch Slime

Wear it in your hair. Wear it as your hair.
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Sleepy Wives Club

"Ten more minutes of sleep, tell me about roots, then I'll get up," the mermaid promised hollowly.
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Lady of the Lake

In response, from the silt and gloom, a black-hued creature, vaguely human in shape, arose. Large, pupil-less green eyes peered up.
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I have met the moon

Eyes as brown as immortal strength, lips as black as midnight
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The Tiny Dragon, Lemon Peel

The heist took place just before sunrise. CRASH!
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A Matter of Professional Respect

The clock struck midnight and the mighty, now formerly heroic, Firesword smiled. “Retired.” It felt odd, but wonderful, to say.
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Lava Flume

As the gorgons neared the gravity well in the lake, they embraced in a tight hug. “Ready?” “Do I have a choice?”
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Kitchen Potion Stocks

Stocks are the liquid base for soups, stews, and countless other dishes. While every chef will add their own twist, general formulas can help you get started.
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Migrating Flowers

Some gardens focus on fruits and vegetables, others magical ferns and poisonous herbs, while a handful feature flowers. A handful, mind you, because flowers migrate frequently.
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Pumpkin and Woodsmoke

There are countless Halloween traditions in the Netherworld. Every community, every household, seemingly every individual has their own flair, their own method to greet this great holiday. Arguments over “best” are frequent and friendly. Showmanship is common, alliances are formed and quickly dismantled in the wake of inspiration and shared ideas. There is, however, one […]
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Love Potion #13

Love potions are very popular in the Netherworld. They are not compulsory, mind you, they act more as an aura cosmetic.
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The Life of an Adventurer

“Hey, I’m sorry I’m... I’m late and I’m gross... I’m, well, me. Hi.” Petal simply beamed happily in response.
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Halloween Masquerade

Penny P. Post, vampire, dressed as a bar of Ecto Bones chocolate, entered the hall on the arm of Zelda K. Arcadia, witch, dressed as Lemon Peel, the famed tiny yellow dragon.
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Lemon Peel’s Snack

Licking its chops, Lemon Peel surveyed the vending machine’s defenses. A blast of fire breath might melt the treats and spells would surely set off alarms. Claws! Of course!
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An Old Enemy

“What-oh? Who is there?” the elderly adventurer wheezed. “Come at me in bravery, fiend! I can still give you what-for!”
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Potion Popsicles

As summer continues its annual roast, the Potion Maker’s Authority is on hand to cool down overheated citizens and tourists in Peyroux.
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Candied Moon Flowers

A simple Teleport spell brought the trio deep into Grimwood Swamp. Atticus and Petrus carefully stood on a log while Strawberry dove into the murky water and lazily circled their crude craft.
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Netherworld Lemons

Because lemons grow throughout the Netherworld, they can acquire all manner of magical energies and unusual taste profiles. Netherworld lemonades are fantastic treats to cool down and power up. Cloud Lemonade A tricky drink to create as cloud lemons are lighter than air, this fey treat imbues the imbiber with the ability to float a […]
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Seed Exchange

With a diverse population of monsters, there is a wide range of dietary needs and desired flavors.
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Selfie Spells

Spells are often captured within the photo and cast when the selfie is viewed and activated. Pranksters have been known to include blasts of fire, especially gorgons.
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The Bat Shrine of Peyroux

“Ya gotta tell ‘em goodnight, too, in the morning,” Mayor Sourdough said a bit gruffly as he climbed the ladder down from the caretaker’s post to his office.
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Come to Supper

“What if no one likes my dish? Do you like it? Will you eat some Kelpie?” a rare note of worry shook Strawberry’s voice. “You made this last week, twice, because I devoured it and asked for more,” Red Kelp, dryad, said as she kissed her wife’s blushing cheek. “What if it is poison? Like […]
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Ground Floor Plants & More

Aluminum G. Bauxite, earth elemental, runs Peyroux’s gardening and farming supply store, Ground Floor Plants and More.
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Chatty Forests

“Grew about three or four new tracts this season, oh and you would be so proud of the acidbone trees!" Autumn’s Lost Wood continued well into the twilight.
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My Turn to Pay

“Whenever you’re ready,” Bea, the waitress, said as she put down the check. She smiled at Margot and kissed each rabbit on the top of its head. “Never a rush darlins.”
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Sleeping Snakes

The lich knocked quietly on the door, letting himself in when he heard a quiet snore in reply.
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Dawn & Dusk Teas

Magic potions often rely on sunlight and moonlight to activate. While it is most convenient to brew during these times, a variety of factors (weather, undeath, location, season) can limit access.
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Popular Movie Snacks

Monster and ghost movies are incredibly popular in the Netherworld, and snacks are ubiquitous.
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Haunted Realty

“How long has it been abandoned?” the undead monster asked as it studied outdated writing and rusted pipes.
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Monster Movies

Movies are made so rapidly that many times the recordings aren’t made to last. Single showings are the norm— catch it or miss it!— is a common promotion.
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Petrified Forest

The gorgon continued to dig until she found a knot of roots leading into the heart of a copse of trees.
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The Ruby

“You have broken the rules, your highness. That ghoul was fair play,” a shadow whispered, itself unmoving but its voice following the monarch as she hefted her skirts and hurried to attend her champion.
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Ocean Bones

Ocean bones are small, temporary islands in the middle of large bodies of water.
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Good to Sea You

“Can I ask you something?” Isabella began after stealing a shrimp from Calliope’s plate. “Why don’t other humans see you as a monster?” Grimace. “S-sea monster! Sea nymph! I’m sor—“
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Double Diner

“Pancakes are the perfect way to start the day, thank you!” Atticus said. The ghost waitress stared at the villain in shock. “Not waffles, honey?”
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Roast Kobold

The secret? Cursed swamp water, low arcane fire, lunar sea salt, marsh garlic, and twice the oleander you think you will need.
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Laundry

Laundry in the Netherworld is typically handled in special laundromats. The magic and grime accumulated in everyday life requires special spells, soaps, and training to deal with safely.
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Rain Picnic

She prayed her thanks to the sea and storm gods, her words salvaged from ancient books and undoubtedly mispronounced. Untutored but faithful, she supplicated.
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The Sick Ghost

Halloween came and went — dashing the couple’s hope that their house ghost was simply on some sort of otherworldly vacation.
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Home Under the Water

Red Kelp, a dryad with an unusual name, hugged her wife’s waist and squealed in jubilation.
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Snake Hair

Gorgon hair is made of snakes, usually of the same breed, but not always. Some gorgons have dozens of individual snake hairs while others, such as myself, have about twenty or so.
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Unicorn Horns

Unicorn horns are incredibly powerful magical reagents used in everything from potions to wands. They are not, however, rare.
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Lemon Peel’s Lemonade Stand

“This really is spectacular,” the executive said after tasting the delicious beverage. The dragon flicked its tongue once.
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Mermaid Farms

Mermaid farmers can grow a huge variety of produce, herbs, and berries. The menu shifts seasonally with the community’s needs.
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Skull Islands

Skull islands are villainy classics. Though the variants are endless, the three main classifications are: island shaped like skull, giant cave on mountain carved into skull shape, and major building complex built with a skull motif.
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Jail Break

“Atticus,” the huge octopus said with mock bitterness as he entered the cell, “I don’t have time for this.” The villain’s lawyer had arrived after about an hour of patient waiting.
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Kissing at the Carnival

Unable to decide, she showed both to the lazily judging cat lounging on her bed. “This is…?” it asked. “Date two.” Indigo.
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Monsters In Space

What happens to externally influenced phase monsters when their external influencers change? Is distance a factor?
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What’s In Your Bag?

Zelda’s bag, a tote shaped like a cauldron spewing large bubbles of potion and embroidered with bats and skulls, is quickly becoming a popular fashion staple.
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M-R-M-D Radio

Next up on M-R-M-D, Salt & The Sirens weigh anchor with deep cuts of their debut album, “Barnacles & Black Spots”.
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Water Hazard

As in the mortal realm, important business partnerships in the Netherworld are often sealed over a game of golf. “Aim when the windmill is falling — Ah! Perfect!” (Well, mini golf.)
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The Village Dragon

Nearly every non-magical village, town, or city has at least one resident dragon. Frankly, it is just good civic business.
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Insert Coin

Stocked with hot meals, healing potions, and all manner of gear, dungeon vending machines can keep you alive— but they are often mischievous
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Finding the Mushrooms

Penny continued through the magical forest, idly chatting with the ghosts she encountered and eating every mushroom she found.
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Time to Read

“You are going to be late,” the clock chimed. Harper L. Vandergloom, skeleton, looked up from her book in annoyance. “Nooo!”
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Dungeon Vending

“Lets just pay the damn thing,” the party’s rogue demanded as she stuffed a few coins into the machine’s slot. She had lifted the coins from the paladin’s pocket earlier and so didn’t mind treating everyone.
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Morning Routines

As the sun rises (or the moon for the nocturnal), a variety of beauty routines sweep the Netherworld as monsters seek to look their best (or worst, or both).
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Fungus Networks

Fey creatures help shift resources, but not only are they are massively outnumbered by the sheer number of trees, they also have their own lives to go about. Enter: fungus.
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Villainy Insurance

Keeping the wicked protected ensures a darker tomorrow for us all.
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The Monster’s Party

“Beloved!” the monster bellowed and wrapped the ghost guest into a bone-crushing (if she still had bones) hug. “So glad you made it!”
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Popular Perfumes

Perfumes and cologne fashions are forever shifting in the Netherworld.
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Potion Recycling

Apprentice potion makers are regularly sent out to collect discarded bottles and bring them back to the Potion Maker's Authority’s headquarters in Peyroux.
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The Queen & the Axe

In the arena, the axe maiden raised her weapon over her head, cocked her head back, and bellowed a challenge so loud and fierce that the demons of the underworld began digging deeper holes lest they encounter such an ungodly monster.
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Monster Spa Day

Mud baths and massages are the most common treatments, easing skin and scales, and working knots out of tired and bruised muscles. Healing and restorative potions are also mixed into bandages and wraps.
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Crone Fire Mushrooms

Crone fire is a type of bioluminescent fungus that grows exclusively underground. The light is completely invisible to normal eyes and can only be seen in the arcane spectrum, where it flickers like a campfire and is about as bright. Witches and magical monsters cultivate patches of crone fires into “road maps” around their lairs […]
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Mail Access

Every monster, ghost, witch — every sentient being in the Netherworld is due access to the mail.
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Marvelous Magma

Basking comfortably in the magma pool, the red dragon taunted the gorgon with a series of roars and bellows.
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The Grossery Store Army

Over the sauce choices, the ghost fretted. “I have a date tonight, you see,” she told a passing witch before asking about her brand preferences.
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DMV

We regret to inform you that we must decline your suggestion for (quoted from your letter) “parallel universe parking."
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Post Waystations

Letters to liches, postcards to phantasms, crates to centaurs, the Netherworld Post Office moves a tremendous amount of mail every day. “I need to get this delivered literally yesterday.” Time travel is among the most popular mail requests, but it can be tricky business. Can the Post ensure they do not create a paradox? Or, […]
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Dearest Atty

I am writing you from the depths of the Lost Sea, you are my first letter home as I know your love affair with these depths.
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Hopscotch

“The mail is constantly moving, and often shifts through time itself in multiple directions,” Hopscotch explained. “Gotta keep on schedule.”
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Winter Burn

Folk who have never worked on a magical farm but enjoy winter’s crisp, clean mist as they gallivant through a haunted wood rarely realize said mist is a farmer’s handiwork.
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Hot Tubs

Strawberry, the first mermaid to live in Peyroux, the vast majority of the community into believing mermaids need a hot, bubbling pool of water to remain warm and toasty throughout the winter.
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Space Witches

Astral spell craft by space witches often aligns with earth-bound practices.
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Magic Out of Office Replies

You fool! I am in the full meditative state necessary to transcend the mortal coil! Or I am lost.
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Trap Streets

The intention is to “trap” cartography copycats, enabling the original artist to pin them down with unanswerable questions about the duplicates origins in a court of law.
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Field Reports from the Lost Book Brigade

A diverse group of librarian adventurers go to incredible lengths to recover lost books. And the due fines.
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Fresh Blood

As an adventurer of incredible renown, the plights and sticky situations Mina Harker gets herself into and out of are numerous and complex. As such, she is the perfect mentor for fresh bloods.
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Four Short Ghost Stories

“De mortuis nil nisi bonum, Atticus,” the ghost said lovingly, kissing my cheek before floating away.
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