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Please, read the spoilers by clicking them.

Generic/RP rules:


-> Follow Dragon Cave Guidelines.
-> One alive character per person for reason below:
--> Only first-person RPing, because you need to feel the character yourself.

--> You can play NPCs, though, and they are encouraged as the world has 8 billion people, not 250 thousand.
-> Please, at least try to use proper grammar, as mistakes shouldn't happen.
--> Languages should be translated to English and put into brackets if you decide to write them. Same happens to whatever they say as changed, or what they are supposed to say (in the latter case, put italics.)

-> The events that happen outside of my character will be written in italics and in spoilers.

-> Be ever vigilant though, humanity will find a way to kill you if you place wrong step in wrong place... or be it thirst, hunger, illness or perhaps something very different that can and will kill you?

-> Also be careful and don't abuse powers, you can't use them whenever you want, as if you use them more, you'll get more and more tired, possibly being easy target for someone.... or something. (Yeah, the italics and spoiler part will happen.)

-> The usual good behaviour rules apply - Don't god-mod, meta-game, power-play, cybering is banned, excessive and uncensored swearing isn't allowed either.
--> Also, romance can't deviate the role-play too much. The main focus should be surviving the threats from real world - hunters, soldiers, natural disasters, as well as the natural ones - predators, hunger, thirst etc, and not being affectionate in trillion words.

-> Death won't allow mistakes. Serious injuries without health care are as well as deadly, if not extremely weakening, Thankfully, you can make another character if your character died.

-> Keep a character profile as a suggestion to how your character looks like, not as actual entrance. Actual entrance post must be written using the sheet, and it can't be an one-liner.

--> In fact, no one-liners allowed. They break the spirit. No seriously, don't do that. Especially not the "Okay" alone as response.

-> Keep OOC information out of this topic. The link to discord is there. As for now you can critique my work or plan some stuff.

-> You can either send me character sheet over PM or over Discord channel.

-> Scavenging, hiding etc. must be in well done paragraphs, based on common sense. If the action has a flaw, it might most likely fail.

Combat rules:


-> Combat must use a d20 die. After you wrote your post, you must roll d20, and you may not reroll/cheat (alas - be honest. Otherwise I'll roll two d20s (if any side complains) and you both would use my rolls). The next person must roll another d20 and using the spoiler, they need to take following injuries or not:


Defender d20 > Attacker d20 - block or dodge. (For example: If someone tried to aim for chest)

Attacker d20 < 3, but not 1 - miss (the attacker need to write the mention of miss in same post)

Attacker d20 = 1 (1s caused by debuffs don't count) - Backfire (the attacker need to write the mention of backfire in same post, backfires count as hit against attacker)

Defender d20 = 20 - Counter - The attacker takes injuries based on how much higher the defender's roll to the attacker's roll. It is overridden if attacker also rolls 20 with a grazing hit to both of sides.

Attacker d20 = Defender d20 - grazing hit (at most, makes a scar)

Attacker d20 > Defender d20:

-> 1-3 - Slight hit (at most, makes a superficial injury)

-> 4-7 - Hit (Makes target either bleed slightly, or injures their limbs.) -> Target either loses 1 to defence rolls or attack rolls.

-> 8-12 - Heavy hit (breaks bones, heavy bleeding etc.) -> Target may lose up to 5 to defence rolls and might be unable to attack.

-> 13+ AND (attacker rolls 20 or defender rolls 1) - Critical hit (Same as heavy hit, but may be lethal for character, like punctured lungs, etc.)


And for gods sake, AIM! You can't just swipe claws or anything similar at nothingness. Any non-aimed attacks will just cause a miss, unless you missed by yourself or back-fired.

Don't defy death either, if you were unlucky enough, only blame RNG.

The attacks are subject to common sense. For example, fire attacks on anything flammable are naturally causing worse injuries than jet of water. However, you can't hurt people by spraying them with weak-pressure water on their body! Sure it will annoy people, but it won't work as an attack.


The six injury boxes:
Limbs/fins/flippers: Deduction to defence or to attack or both, depending on limb quantity and their function. Bleeding may exist, and will disarm the foe if attack limbs are broken or immobilize if all limbs are broken.

Chest: Deduction to defence, and on heavier injuries, to attack. Bleeds severely.

Tail: If target has it, it only has deduction to defence, but not on attack. Bleeding may exist, but any cold-blooded creature WILL bleed heavily. Warm-blooded bleed less from tails.

Wings: If target has them, they might either lose some defence from lack of balance or ability to fly for the battle.

Head: Deduction to attack (concussions) or to defence (concussions and hits). Bleeds heavily.

Groin: Disarms foe or deduces their attack/defence for 2-3 strikes. Usually also dubbed weak point. You have to weaken your enemy first to do it. (general rule of thumb - two injuries, of which one must be heavy)

Whenever you hit a weaker point, just make the attack stronger. However, some stuff like thick scales, resistances or inexperience at beginning all reduce your strengths.

Size also matters. A bigger and heavier character is easier to hit, but able to shrug off more injuries. The contrary applies to smaller and lighter character.

The roles then change and defender attacks, and attacker defends. The roll page for anyone interested is this page, just roll d20, and deduct any penalties.

--> There are also five types of fights:


1. Play-fight - All connecting attacks count only as grazing hits with exception of backfires, those are accidents.

2. Training - Slight hits and hits occur with addition to grazing hits, but in changed zones:
Slight hit: 1-8
Hit: 9+

There're no heavier hits than these.

3. Non-lethal fight: Heavy hits and critical hits occur with addition of previous three types. Usually this has set threshold (like 2 heavy injuries or 6 injuries or inability to attack). It can't kill either character. Critical hits may only cripple character permanently, but not kill.

4. Semi-lethal fight: Critical hits may kill either character, if they get unlucky with rolls or if the injury applies severe after-battle complications. However, the battle is stopped just like in non-lethal fight - set threshold..

5. Lethal fight: There's no conditional surrender, you fight till either you/foe flee(s) or you/foe die(s). However, you or your foe might have mercy and just let the other fighter go.

Please, do NOT mistake play-fight with Semi-lethal fight (this is just example). Either you'll be accused of godmodding OR your character will die and the second side will be confused why this happened with its own attack that was supposed to be a grazing hit.

--> In fights, characters can opt to flee or retreat instead. Defence injuries count as debuffs for your escape roll, and attacker's injuries count as buffs. You must roll higher than attacker, if not, fight goes on and you take heavier injury (about 1 more tier, except heavy stays as heavy and critical as critical). It can't also get over the injury cap, like grazing for playfight.


Character rules:


-> Only organic and non-humanoid lifeforms for transformations (Yes, this includes Pokemon, Dragons etc. as long as they aren't overpowered)


For organic: 90% of the body minimum must be either bones, flesh, plant matter or chitin, anything under that is similar to golem for to me, and is not accepted.
For non-humanoid: Can't resemble too much of human. Being upright, having hands or being bipedal isn't as discouraged unless it resembles a human too closely. For example, Florans aren't allowed, but Snivies with some minor fixes regarding their ability to do most on two limbs and apes are. If Pokemon or anything similar resembles human too much, for example - Lucario or Lopunny, it's okay to edit it until you finally get a being not resembling a human.

--> Legendaries and their kin of other species are fine, but all of them need to start as theoretically created babies. They won't ever have powers they have, only your generic ones like flight etc, as well as possible basic innate abilities, corresponding to type and shape of it.

--> There will be some leniency for innate abilities (go for creativity and common sense, a grass thing can't manipulate fire), but they must be connected to your changed form, and as natural as possible. For example, wings must be exact scale (one wing must be at least as long as your body, excluding head, but no more than 2 lengths) and material to allow gliding or flight.
--> Anything too powerful is banned from existence, though (examples - gods that can't be nerfed reasonably without changing them completely).
--> The characters, though, need to be first created as human. That's due to nature of RP.

---> Also, as for now, it's not possible to start as animal first (as in you have human backstory, but first post you're in changed form. I may reconsider it once we're somewhat deep enough in role-play.)
--> Your character shouldn't know when exactly he's going to change, but you can do it any time, preferably, as early as possible. It's only one way, though. It's also a full change, so any human trait is non-existent except for memories and personality, and possibly minor details like scars or eye colour.
---> Your character is not supposed to know what they are at first, or be able to master the abilities with simple abra-cadabra. They have to learn it. Their basic actions should also be somewhat handicapped by mistakes they do. It must also start at youngest stage of growth (but always old enough to be self-sufficient, like a hatchling for dragons, earliest stage possible for Pokemon etc.). However, they can grow powerful as time comes. Just don't go overboard, that'll draw attention of humanity.

---> Your character shouldn't understand humans clearly when changed, and humans shouldn't understand changed ones at all (telepathy only would affect other changed). Also, after changing, your speech skills are somewhat affected and at best would be broken. Some young animals and some older changed ones will both speak broken languages at best, but freshly changed ones might not be able to speak even like that. Although the speech will become better over time, it never will become human-like, as speech traits must be added, too.

-> This is not as much as a rule as quality-of-life information and suggestion, but if growth requires a certain time, item (like Eevee -(Water Stone)-> Vaporeon) or anything that you can't obtain normally in real world, you will evolve(grow) as if you had it.

--> Regarding evolutions, they have to happen over course of about hour or two in RP. Also, you will constantly grow details typical for next stage starting from 5 days from being in this stage of growth, not just suddenly evolve. It might get shorter if the Role-Play goes slowly.

--> Regarding non-evolution, you naturally grow from small size to normal. This includes any animal, non-evolution(and evolvable, before any evolutions) Pokemon and perhaps some of other monsters and creatures.



September 30, 1944. Following Germany's slow victory over Polish Underground Movement partisans, Germany wanted to turn Warsaw into ruins. However, the Polish partisans had something, a strange substance that neither side knew about, because if either Allies, Axis or Comintern (Comintern was Russia) knew about the substance, their sovereignty would be over. Despite all the attempts to research it, the Poles never understood its power, and when October loomed, they surrendered to the Germans. However, the destruction of Warsaw had far more consequences. By doing this, Germany accidentally destroyed the container of substance, the Polish were trying to research, and it, as well as an event 74 years later, would have far-reaching consequences not just in Poland, but across the entire Earth.


After Soviets recaptured Warsaw, the first known occurrence of a change happened, but it was cleverly hidden as "AKs guerrilla warfare." Apparently, there were makeshift defence measures against the substance, which leaked after destruction of Warsaw, such as walling off the sewers. Proper ones were made when World War II has ended, like restoring Warsaw, the communist government and the Palace of Culture and Science. Every citizen that had been changed was taken under 'casualties', and then killed off. This contained the disease somehow, but not for too long.


Year 2018. Nothing unusual or odd from what you, people, call Earth. Life there is like heaven, with the only disturbances being the wars in Ukraine or the Civil War in Syria. Most people have gotten lazy, and some of them brainwashed by industries, some of them corrupted. Elsewhere, starving children can be fed by richer countries. This might not be obvious at this point, but something darker and unusual looms beyond humanity. Something linked to the past, that will change everyone in the future.


May 26, 2018. This day was the day where a maintenance of  the sewer system was commenced, but not everything went as planned when the strange 'virus', as some cynic was describing the substance, was released. It spread over Warsaw and then over the world by the war. Poles neglected this somehow, mostly because of lack of knowledge, as most of the notes were in Soviet archives, and would be hidden until January 2045 at earliest.


June 1, 2018, 13:00. In Warsaw, Poland, life was normal. Sometimes people were protesting against the government. Corporate skyscrapers were rising from ground, and the Palace of Culture and Science was being landmark of this city since the 1960s. The city itself didn't vary much from other modern cities.


Suddenly in the Old City district, a couple living happily the in civilian complex got sick. Worried about their state, their son called for an ambulance. Five minutes later, paramedics arrived in location, where supposedly the couple was, but the son had fallen ill, too. The ambulance took them all to the hospital, where suddenly, all three began to develop various animal traits. The youngest, Marcin, gained black fur, and the ears spiked out, while limbs suddenly began to change their position. He himself had begun to shrinking in size. The mother of Marcin, Anna, developed wings. On closer inspection, she also developed black pitch scales, and her green eyes began to give a faint glow. She was becoming bigger, too. The oldest, husband of Anna, Adam, fainted instantly, and his body shrunk to the size of five-year old human before... surprise, he developed some sort of appendages, along with blue, black and beige fur. Polish doctors, confused, left the room instantly.


But neither of the original three who changed survived the fire shortly after. The criminal, a doctor, was arrested for arson, murder and destroying public inventory. On his trial, he admitted to the crimes due to "hatred to animals". Confused, the judge looked at the bones. They resembled not humans... but something else. Something that they didn't know. Something, that they didn't suspect, yet clearly was a sign of the past. From this point, Earth passed the point of no return.


July 21, 2018. Poles were once more fighting, but not just for independence. This war was over influence over Poland between America, Poland and Russia, disguised as 'terrorists took over Poland', and rights over research of what really happened there. Lives were lost, although not as much as in the 1939 aggression of Germany against Poland. People couldn't put up a successful resistance, because of the betrayal and the fact that most of the troops weren't mobilized yet.


July 24, 2018. Poland stood no chance against NATO and CSTO combined forces and capitulated. These two factions, not wanting to escalate war, partitioned Poland between two occupation spheres, despite protests of most members of UN, and even North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, deeply felt sorry for what happened to Polish people. The war was otherwise known as Three Days War. Then, some towns - Gdańsk, Kraków and Kielce were released as independent free cities.


However, today, July 26, 2018 will stand as Hour 0. Most of the time you heard about turned people from local radio or television channels. While corporations are trying to profit from these news, you might shortly change into non-human creature. You can feel it, albeit it's too faint to clearly feel it. You can hear it coming, yet it's too silent to catch this sound from many others. But when will it strike and where? If it came, who will you be? Or... what will you become? Will you adapt, perhaps even killing anyone who stands in your way, or die to more or less usual causes.


The main news source is the Free City of Kraków. This city was unaffected by the war, however it's governed by the UN to ensure no further wars will break out, like uprisings or war for influence. Lately, there were a lot incidents of people there getting turned into creatures, of varying shapes, sometimes resembling our video game creatures, like Pokemon. Wawel castle, located in this city, was a place where peace treaty to end the Three Days War was signed.


However, starting location is in Barcelona, Spain. This major city in Spain is attractive for tourists. Some of people there were drawn into the war against Poland. Due to a touristic boom after the war, to ensure the illusion, most tourists are actually from the EU, including their former member, Poland, and the USA. It's extremely possible that the new outbreak will start in Barcelona. If not by air, some refugees might start it.

The city itself is on the brink of revolution, as you can see the Catalans protesting every day against Spain's policies. It looks like shown in spoilers:


You, as a citizen of Barcelona or perhaps - a tourist/refugee who happened to be there, are the one of possibly many humans to find out the hard way... that sooner or later, you will turn. Although you're a human for now, some people with known case of paranoia, would point out that everyone is the Morph, or Warsawian, as to refer to the first three people who changed. They would also claim you were replaced by an alien or something equally hostile. Although you and most people there don't suspect anything, the change might be enough to shatter the calmness of people.


The Changed are somewhat more everyday news, as they don't have set species or even type! Some of them might turn into our familiar animals. Some may turn into creatures of myths, like dragons. Even transformation into something called Pokemon was possible by that. Some species though don't resemble any kind of source searchable normally on the Internet. Sometimes they are called abominations, monsters or animals, depending on traits and comparing them to animal. The only problem is - they have high mortality rates due to them being threatened both with natural causes, as well as the urban ones like cars, paranoid humans, criminals, sometimes even related to their species. Thankfully, despite that, some people might still protect Changed, and law is still enforced so turned people are theoretically safe, although the creatures that were once humans wouldn't be comfortable with that.


However, don't let your guard down. If you get too careless in the city and show in it too much, you might find yourself in so called quarantine and pack more of city into problems. These problems are for example - police time between 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM or bullying innocents to get them into lab in hope to get a cure, that just won't happen at all. Police might also check for any trace of you and try to relocate you into wild. On other side, the law might collapse instead and the only ones who could protect you are either yourselves or kind people.


You can try to live as it nothing happened. But it isn't simply possible. You can run away and start the life anew, or stay in the city and do the same thing. You can try to find out the answer why you were changed, but that's not going to return you to human form. You can even run rampant, having been enraged by it, but if you're too weak, don't expect the random outrage to be successful. Not even if you're strong. Granted, you'll make some damage, but you'll really drop like a fly after army intervention. But mostly important, you have to adapt to your new body. The cement jungle of Barcelona won't be that safe for creatures as it is for humans. Going outside the city? Might be a good idea, but you need to fight out predators and hunger there, if you ever stand in the forest. Sometimes also illegal hunters would try to hunt you.


As about transformations, a little is known about exact details. A man can be knocked unconscious and begin to change, others might wince from pain while turning, even others might be simply painlessly turned. But it's really a lottery, as you may be changed in very different way than the three ways that are portrayed.

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I think I touched the thing up more.

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Character profile:


Human appearance:

Changed form (go wild with them, as long as you provide it with proper appearance and powers or alternatively it\s real thing that can be searched. Also include right symbol, like PKMN for Pokemon, ANI for animals, DRA for Dragons, Drakes, Wyrms and other dragon-like creatures, OS for Original Species, MON for Monsters etc.):
Changed appearance (If there's no link or image, minimum of one paragraph is required. If there's a source containing appearance, it's encouraged for you to modify the species a little - they're not bland ol' models.):
Possible innate powers/abilities (be realistic with this one, you can't have flying cats without them having some sort of telekinesis, but you can have flight as bird/bat/dragon-like creature, right?):
Possible innate weaknesses (should be somewhat connected to powers and appearance as usual):
Background (minimum of 1 paragraph, it's fine to do it in bullet points):
Other: (Including speech traits)

Character list:


Username: Trebonth
Name: John "Trebonth"
Age: 17
Gender: Male
Human appearance: About 1 meter and 75 centimetre high, Black, short and somewhat messy hair, with beard, moustache being short too. Green eyes, pale skin, and somewhat normal weight from starvation he experienced in Three Days War. Everything he had, was either broken, or destroyed, or confiscated. But he has glasses to see far, ragged bright blue hoodie with robo-skull in it, somewhat surviving white shirt, black socks with black sandals, and short fabric jeans. There's a still somewhat big injury where he was hit with a bullet in his arm. It doesn't look severe, nor would it impact him in any way.
Personality: He deeply hates Three Day War, for it deprived him from his nation. Being refugee in Spain, he treats any danger on his life as serious as possible. Despite his hostile behaviour, if someone is willing to open their heart to Trebonth, he might break out from the hostility, perhaps even becoming a friend for long time, as he has none in Spain. Despite that, he deeply believes in God, and that the Judgment Day will come and judge all the offenders for the crimes they made against his country, Poland.
Changed form: (PKMN) Snivy (the avatar of mine)
Changed appearance: Aside from his usual appearance (which is my profile avatar), he has decidedly crimson red scales with white 'collar, backline and eyelids' and dark beige belly. His eyes stay green, and his tail seems to be ended with bright red oak-like leaf. He's a little bigger than usual Snivy, too.
Possible innate powers/abilities: Control over plants and lightweight, due to density of plant matter.
Possible innate weaknesses: Fragile and burns very easily. Probably you shouldn't place any fire near his leaf, it is most fragile for burns.
Background: Trebonth was born in Katowice in May 2001, in rich family of businessmen, where he lived for pretty much many time, undisturbed, the only one being the war. At 8 years old, he shown no interest in learning stuff other than practical ones. More so, this caused troubles in middle school, where he was in danger of not passing class once. This was taking place even until the war, where 95% of Katowice, his city of origin, was destroyed by enemy troops, mostly due to bombardment, but gunfights also were common there. Trebonth was hit with a bullet, then, as he was too slow to react, into hand. When military saw surviving civilians, Trebonth was taken by military and transported to Barcelona after war, as the place was deemed 'too dangerous to life'. Many of his friends, perhaps even everyone he knew, died in the war.
Other: Fluent in his native (Polish) and somewhat choppy talk when talking in English. His speech trait is multiplying the letter (s), and sometimes replacing W with two letters (v), and sometimes, when in pain, also multiplies letters (i) and (y). Might add (u) before (y).


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   Hello! I popped in really quick just to see what this was about and was immediately intrigued by the rule of "inhuman is better". The designer in me is so excited about that! I may not be able to join, but I do have some pointers for you until a proper RP Approver comes along.

   -Can you describe the setting more clearly and/or provide pictures of Barcelona? You did choose a good starting location, so researching it is easy, but a lot of RPers are deterred from having to research places so they know what their surroundings are like.
   -Where's the line between realistic and unrealistic? You said "no flying cats", but I also see that Pokemon are an option for change and a lot of them aren't realistic looking. Would something eldritch count, or do we still have to obey the laws of physics (i.e. I can only fly if I have organic wings with the proper length ratio so I can actually move air and get up off the ground, versus somehow hovering by swirling tentacles around me)? Also, can we bend the rules of being organic? How much metal could you add to say, a dragon, before it becomes too inorganic to be acceptable?
   -How overpowered is too overpowered? Would a Legendary Pokemon be fine if it started out nerfed/depowered or as a baby? Would depowered "spiritual" beings (like angelic creatures) count as well?
   -I have an original species I'm thinking of using should I join this, called a Secutor. I describe it as humanoid, but in truth that just means it's bipedal, stands upright, and has hands and could be mistaken for an armored human at a distance. Would it be too humanoid to join with something like that? I've seen people argue that Snivy is humanoid, whereas others say that "humanoid" means "over 50% arguably human", so I'm not sure how loose you are with its definition.
   -Are we allowed to make our first posts in our creature forms, and yet the character history starts out being human? (So our characters were still human before the change, we just don't play the human part of it).
   -Finally, you said that the Germans destroyed Polish research about some strange item and that it has dire consequences. My question is, why did it take until 2018 for people to suddenly start changing into creatures? Was this sickness somehow contained until then? Will we be learning about this in the plot? (Which brings me to another question: does the RP have a plot, or is it a sandbox, where people can make their own plots and do whatever they want? If it's more of a sandbox I think a couple more details could be clarified in the history of this substance and how it affects people turning into creatures now, but if it has a main plot you want your RPers to follow it's fine to save those details for later).

   I hope this isn't too overwhelming to read through. I'm a bit verbose, hah hah.

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   You can put this in Freeforms so that you can jump to RPing without dealing with the approval process. Freeforms has a different crowd though, where there are more potential players but there's a good chance some of them are inexperienced, so you'll have to be patient with them if they do join. With Approved roleplays you tend to have more serious roleplayers, but there are so few around (most are too busy to post more than once a week at best) that you'll have a smaller, less active crowd. Also, in general DCF is pretty slow, so if you really want activity you'll want to be in Freeforms, but I do recommend looking at some of the topmost group RPs in both sections and checking the timestamps between recent posts so you have a good idea of the activity levels in both. Ultimately though it's up to you! Valid can move the thread if you change your mind.
   If you still want to get approved it will be a while; Valid is a pretty busy person, but she said she'll get back to you as soon as she can (I have direct contact with her). I didn't make any critique posts since she was getting around to it, but I do have some questions about the suddenly-appearing combat system!

   It's interesting that you have an RNG-based system instead of relying on player merit or OOC, but I'm curious: will all of the characters have stats because of this? I don't see them in the sheet, so maybe they're all on your end? I'm assuming there are some since it would be hard to keep the realism aspect if everyone had the same strengths and weaknesses, because typically that stuff conforms with the character: a creature with thick scales would take less damage from a hard hit than something with skin, for example. Is there a system for accommodating for these differences? Will we have "saving rolls" to adjust for these things? Does creature size, experience, or weight matter a lot?
   I realize these are a lot of questions, but RNG-based systems are inherently unbiased, which is hard to mesh with a roleplay with entirely unique characters with strengths and weaknesses. I think your current system would mesh better if it was either more vague (the roll values are still there, but it's up to the players involved how severe the hit is and how it affects their characters, and you simply enforce the realism rule) or more complicated (implement some simple stats to ensure balance, which I can help with because for some reason I like making that stuff XD). The realism rule will still reign in players that try to do things like keep moving fast in a fight even though they have injured limbs, so you can't really go wrong with either change.
   Despite my curiosities about the RNG system I'm eager to try out the different fight types! I've never seen them before; we usually let the involved players do what they want.

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