Prologue - Crafting Guild and Insect Repelling Incense

"——And so, I've managed to obtain some petals of the Wisteria Peach tree."

"What's that 'wisteria' tree you're talking about?"

"Didn't you hear from Miu-chan before? That they have passed through the Horror Cave and reached the Wisteria Peach tree."

I had no idea. I shook my head.

"There's just a single Wisteria Peach tree growing on a hill, it's always in full bloom and has pink petals."

"Hee〜. Sounds perfect for flower viewing."

Drinking a cup of sake in the moonlight night. Could be nice. Oops, if I think that I'll start thinking about cooking, and so I have discarded those thoughts.

"Ahh, that's impossible. Mobs in there spawn really fast so there's no opportunity for flower viewing. If anything, rather than a rain of petals, I'm guessing rain of blood would be more likely?"

"That's not something I want to hear during a meal."

A lunch break in school. Among a great number of students eating their lunch we were no exception and ate our lunches while having a disturbing conversation.

"After wiping out the spawning mobs, everyone gets a single petal of the Wisteria Peach tree."

"Is it some kind of quest item?"

"No, it's an inferior revival item that revives you at just 1 HP. By the way, Shun. As usual, your boxed lunch really is nutritiously balanced isn't it."

"Don't change the topic. But, you know what's going to happen if I leave lunch to Miu, don't you."

"Ah, well, we're the same after all. I can't really talk about others like this..."

My best friend Takumi who was right in front of me stared at my boxed lunch enviously and hurriedly ate the bread he bought, then washed it all down with juice.

I scowled at that poor nutritional balance, as Takumi's childhood friend, I knew why he would buy such a thing.

"Good grief, I wonder, where do you find time to play other games despite playing OSO."

"I have to squeeze out some time for that."

Squeeze out, you... I spat a tired sigh. That's right, Takumi saves up money from his lunch to buy games he wants to play.

On top of that, he continues to play a VRMMO, he's a really broken gamer.

Also, my little sister Miu is a broken gamer as well. If she were to be given money for lunch, the fact that it would turn out the same way could be easily understood by watching this childhood friend of mine. That's why, I make lunch boxes for two people every morning.

"You talk about others, but I know that you're doing quite well yourself."

"...what's that about?"

"I've heard from Miu-chan, but it seems like you're always logged in whenever you have some free time."

Takumi turned towards me smiling broadly.

As we faced each other, a shadow has appeared between us and a girl's voice has called out from over our heads.

"Let's see. Having free time would suggest you finished what you had to do. Takumi-kun."

When I looked up towards the source of the voice, I saw a female student stand there.

"Geh, Endo."

"If Endo-san has come, it means the due date has come again huh."

Her long hair was braided into a single plait that was hung over her shoulder, and there were strong-looking eyes behind her lower-rim glasses. Her expression was soft, but she left a strong impression and had a straightforward, serious personality. The girl was Endo-san from class committee.

"Indeed. Today's the due date for classics homework submission. You still haven't handed it in have you, I came to check up on it."

"Shun, help me out!"

"...Takumi. Geez, I have submitted my homework already so I can't show you, but I'll teach you."

"All right! I'll submit it on the next break."

"Why then."

"If I deliver it to the staff room after school, I'll lose that much of my gaming time."

"Geez, you really are..."

When I sighed hearing Takumi's answer, Endo-san laughed quietly and said "Thank you for the work Shun-kun" to me.

"Really. How can you two be best friends despite having completely different personalities."

"Ah, I think it's strange as well."

"Well, despite what he says, it's 'cause Shun's caring."

"I don't want to hear that from you."

I complained to Takumi who relied on me, and Endo-san agreed with him, saying "You're right".

"It's great to have Shun-kun. If not for him, I would have to watch over Takumi-kun until he finishes his homework."

In those cases, as long as I tell Shun-kun, he'll make sure it's done even if he has to use force, it's a great help. She said, but I could only respond with a wry laughter.

"Come on, Shun. We've finished eating so teach me!"

"Yes yes, wait a moment."

I looked as Takumi has pulled out his homework. I checked what he didn't know and what did he have trouble with, I intended to have him solve as much as possible on his own. I casually taught him what he didn't know. And, what suddenly entered my line of sight was Endo-san who watched over Takumi.

Her eyes behind the pair of glasses were narrowed as she made a serious expression. Except for the sound of Takumi writing notes, the place was very silent and the ambient sounds felt very distant.

"............"

"...Endo-san?"

"Seems like he started on it properly. Now then, I leave the rest to you."

After confirming Takumi had started to do his homework, with a light feeling Endo-san moved away from their seats. Because of the serious expression she made as she stared at Takumi, I was confused by the change.

"Shun. Teach me this next."

"Y-yeah..."

Embracing a hazy feeling for some reason, I helped Takumi do his homework. Just as he declared, he submitted his homework by the end of the afternoon break and hurried back home.

"Good grief, leaving his best friend behind huh. Well, it can't be helped since I have to do some shopping for dinner. What should I make tonight?"

As I bought ingredients in the supermarket, Endo-san's serious expression crossed through my mind.

She calls out to Takumi a lot and often takes care of him. Although that's the role of a class committee member, it can't be that——

"It can't be that Endo-san..."

Likes Takumi? No, no way. Nope. Smiling wryly to myself I finished shopping and went home.

I put away the ingredients and headed towards my room without hesitation.

I put on the VR Gear placed next to the bed, laid down on the bed, closed my eyes and logged in.

 

 

"Thanks to everyone's efforts, we have safely completed the 【Crafting Guild】's guild hall. The guild has been established as well and all that's left is to start its operations, but before that, let's make it grand! ——Cheers!"

" " "——Cheers!" " "

Currently, I was in the interior of a building with an open hall and lined up counters, there were a lot of tables available and on them, were arranged a variety of dishes and sweets.

This place was the base of the 【Crafting Guild】, called Guild Hall. It's appearance was that of a three-story building that had more than twice the size of the buildings surrounding it. Pillars and signs were painted red and stood out. But the reason it attracted attention was the inside of it.

The guild room's subspace extended to the maximum, and it was twice as big as it appeared to be, currently, this place has attracted a considerable amount of crafters.

"Among them there are working NPCs trading materials, aren't there."

It still hasn't started to run in earnest, but it already allows easy purchasing of items and two-way distribution of materials, it acts as a proxy agency for selling items from crafters——that's the 【Crafting Guild】.

Other than that, there are plans to provide support to those without any crafting facilities, encouraging joint crafting, and crafting experience corner.

And right now, I was looking down on the happily-chatting players from the terrace on the second floor.

"Yun-kun, how was it? My leading there, that is."

When I turned around from the terrace towards the source of the voice, I saw a familiar person there.

"I saw it perfectly fine, Magi-san. It was quite dignified. Still, is it really fine to invite me? I'm an outsider."

"It's all right. Most of the people here are outsiders. But, if there is a common point between us... then it would be that you're also the co-founder."

I listened to what Magi-san said and responded with "I see, I'll be at ease then". Today, I was invited to the party in the evening hours, "participate by all means", for which in exchange I presented with these words.

"Thank you very much for inviting me today. And——for establishment of the【Crafting Guild】 and your inauguration as the guild master, congratulations."

"Thanks, Yun-kun. But really, how did this happen? Cloude is the submaster, I'll push all the work on him anyway."

Magi-san laughed, in response I said "Isn't that fine?", agreeing.

"Yahoo, Yuncchi. I greeted everyone and came."

Seeing me and Magi-san talk, Lyly has approached us.

"Oh, you came too, Lyly. What about Cloude?"

"Kurocchi is going around greeting and listening to reports of other crafters. It was planned that we talk about the event during the party. So after we did our rounds, we came over to you, Yuncchi."

Cloude sure is doing well, I muttered. As I thought, Cloude seemed to be more capable as a guild master. I felt that way but——

"Well, rather than someone arrogant like Cloude, someone striking and bright like Magi-san makes it easier to accept."

"Ahh, I get it. Kurocchi is the shadow ruler, something like a chief of staff."

"Indeed indeed. 'Just as planned' or 'in the end Magi is merely a puppet', 'I'm the true ruler of this guild!'. That's something he'd say. In the end, I'm just a puppet huh."

Magi-san muttered that strangely serious. In response to that joke, Lyly and I let out a small sigh. It was way too easy to imagine Cloude take a theatrical pose and say that.

"Well, let's leave it at this for introductions."

"Then, you must have errands to do other than introductions don't you."

"Ah, you can tell huh."

When I said that, the two got onto the main topic immediately.

"I think it must have reached your ears already, Yun-kun. The talk about the event."

"Yes. You mean the event organized by the 【Crafting Guild】 that's supposed to take two days, right."

It serves as a promotion and anniversary event for the 【Crafting Guild】, a grand-scale scheduled event.

Offering various items, holding an auction in the guild hall and so on. Other than that there's supposed to be a stage show and a PvP event.

"Yup yup. So, in order to liven up the event, we thought of asking Yuncchi if there are any interesting items to use."

"Interesting items..."

"Yup. Yuncchi who has a 【Making Box】 seems like she'd have some unusual items."

Just as Lyly said, I had some materials and recipes that were lacking in practicality, but I couldn't tell whether they are interesting or not.

"Hmm, interesting materials or items huh. That'd be drugs causing abnormal status and poison. Also, from the recipes there is 【Insect Repelling Incense】, 【Cannibalistic Elixir】, 【Hair Growth Elixir】 and... 【Charm Fragrance】 I guess."

"Abnormal state drugs are quite generic aren't they. Hey, eh? Magicchi, your face is red."

"Ehh?! Ah, mm. It's nothing!"

As Magi-san blushed, knowing the reason I felt somewhat awkward.

It's about what happened the other day.

Together with Myu I have performed experiments with unknown materials. Unlike myself who is careful, I was actively encouraged by Myu, and during the experiment with the potion I made——

 

After using multiple potions, we couldn't see any effect strong enough to affect my consciousness, when I drank the last drug, a change has occurred.

——*ba-dump*. My heart started to beat incredibly strong. My entire body has started to heat up, and I have squatted down on spot.

"Onee-chan?!"

"Haa, haa... it's okay. But, something..."

AOSO_v04_017s my consciousness became ambiguous, Myu grabbed my shoulder to support me. In the menu, the bad status 【Charmed】 was displayed. So the last drug, was a bad status inducing one... as I carefreely considered that, a change in Myu in front of me has occurred.

"O-Onee-chan. Somehow, I'm feeling strange! W-what is this!"

Myu's eyes were tinged with seriousness, she put some strength into the arms grabbing my shoulders and pushed me down on the floor.

"Wai... what?!"

"I wonder? I'm also... 【Charmed】? I can't stop."

As we were, Myu hunched over as if riding me and she repeatedly breathed shallowly. Somehow, I started to feel incredible danger.

I tried to push Myu away, but I was unable to resist because of the difference in our stats. "Helloo. Yun-kun, there's something I want to talk with you about... ah."

"Eh... Ma-Magi-san?"

"No, um, you're having some s-skinship with your little sister, right. Um, sorry to intrudee!"

 

And like that, we caused Magi-san to misunderstand, I resolved it on the next day. Probably, she still hadn't digested that memory well enough yet. I didn't want to recall it either, so I proceeded with the story.

"From the recipes I can use, it's just the two first ones."

The 【Insect Repelling Incense】, just as its name suggested repelled insect-type mobs and 【Cannibalistic Elixir】 was a mix of various foods that increased stats for about thirty minutes and increased the speed at which satiety was being depleted.

"And, that's about it."

"Is that so. 【Insect Repelling Incense】 sounds interesting."

"Does it? If 【Cannibalistic Elixir】's effect was adjusted it could be more hardcore."

Although her face was still slightly red, since Magi-san asked about it, I explained the effect of the 【Cannibalistic Elixir】.

The setting of the 【Cannibalistic Elixir】 was that it formulated a drug inside the user's body and turned the food into energy at high efficiency, explosively increasing strength.

Something like that.

Certainly it increased the stats. However, if the mixed ratio is wrong, the speed at which satiety is reduced increased to an unprecedented level, and unless the user continues to eat until the elixir's effect expires they will starve to death.

"In other words, if the satiety reduction effect is maximized, one would turn into an eating machine."

"Uwahh... that's nastier than poison. Yuncchi, what a horrible item you have there."

"Is it now. But, I really do want to avoid using it."

"I think so too. It's a dangerous item. It's too early to give ordinary players such a thing."

With our opinions matching, we have decided not to use the 【Cannibalistic Elixir】.

In that case, the only recipe I could reproduce was 【Insect Repelling Incense】. But Lyly seemed to have come up with an idea and he smiled joyfully.

"Still, with just 【Insect Repelling Incense】 we can prepare some interesting events. Yup, I'll go consult it with Kurocchi."

He said so, and without telling us what his idea was Lyly ran away. We looked at his back as he left.

"There he went, that Lyly."

"Indeed. Then, I'll excuse myself as well."

"Eh?! But the party has just started."

"I thought of coming and showing my face after being invited and congratulate you all. I have to prepare dinner now."

"Ah, I see. You're Myu-chan's onee-chan after all, aren't you."

I said, I'm a man. Is what I wanted to repeat like I usually did, but it can't be helped. I convinced myself.

"If that's the case, thank you for coming today."

"No, I'm glad I could talk to you."

After exchanging our greetings, Magi-san went back to greet other crafters. Seeing her off, I logged out.

57 thoughts on “Prologue - Crafting Guild and Insect Repelling Incense

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  1. Bareus

    Late night edit round... 'cause I can and 'cause I don't want to study...
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    It was planned that we talk about even during the party.
    It was planned that we talk about the event during the party.
    (?)

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  2. PFK

    " " "——Cheers!" " "

    This place was the base of the 【Crafting Guild】, called Guild Hall. It's appearance was that of a three-story building that had more than twice the size of the buildings surrounding it. Pillars and signs were painted red and stood out. But the reason it attracted attention was the inside of it.
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    Missed a paragraph between these two. (Page 16 in novel)

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    1. krytykkrytyk Post author

      You're right, I would have (probably) caught it sooner or later on a reread, but who knows when would that be. Thanks a lot.

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  3. ryuketsu

    Thank ya very much for the translation translator! Many thanks towards the Author!

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  4. Phalkor

    This whole very light feeling seems to me to be some kind of cheerful feeling. Maybe satisfied, relieved, uplifted, or something. I just know describing something as a light feeling is kind of ambiguous in english. Maybe it is intended to be ambiguous.

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  5. jacobpaige

    I wonder if Yun will try to turn that petal into a seed and grow a peach tree? Even a crappy resurrection item would likely be a hot seller when there aren't any other alternatives around. It might even be enough to get people to make the trip out of town. Heck, if he positions the tree well, he could turn the field its growing in into a picnic spot and expand his food operations to include picnic baskets and various beverages.

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    1. Sonoda YukiSonoda Yuki

      That's a great idea. Maybe Yun could use seeds to gather enough material for a fine petal. and the materials and their concentrated extracts could probably mixed/dosed/synthesized with High Pots a more powerful effect (i.e., a Max Revive), Although some sort of stabilizer &or catalyst may be necessary. Has Yun tried making spores with 【Lower Matter Conversion】 and Mushrooms of Fine Mushrooms?

      In the same vein, Yun developing a satiety potion (which would be otherwise useless other than for efficiency), could be compounded with the effects of 【Cannibalistic Elixir】 to mitigate its negative effects.

      【Charm Fragrance】 's major practical applications are: Tanking, Grinding, MPK, and escape (if you can lob it like a grenade and still have it work). Other than that, you could possibly use it or some variant to strong-arm more favorable deals if you're blackhearted enough. It'd probably need to be a bit more subtle, though.

      【Hair Growth Elixir】, on the other hand, is pretty niche. Other than cosmetics, I could only see it used in the production/gathering of wool or hair type material for tamed mobs. Right up Cloude's alley, actually, if he can manage to get some kind of sheep or something.

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        1. Anonymous

          It probably wouldn't. At least there wasn't any reference to his plantation being attacked by plagues yet (in the LN, didn't read the web novel).

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      1. jacobpaige

        I could also see Hair Growth Elixir being used for pranks if it grows all of your hair and not just what's on your head ;)

        But yeah, Yun needs to experiment more and try enchanting some gear. Honestly, just making a few of those enchanted rings would quadruple his business, even if he only sold one or two a day.

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  6. Kensei Seraph

    Thanks for the chapter.

    Could it be that Magi and Endo are the same person?

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    1. Galen Musbach

      Magi has too much time to be a student.
      As a matter of storytelling, Endo is likely to be Krytyk's new avatar. (Put down the gun, Chekhov.)

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        1. Owl

          ... Galen, why did you ask him to put the gun down? I rather be shot than kissed!

          "NO GAY, NO GAY, NOOOO....!!!!" *Smooch*

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          1. Sonoda YukiSonoda Yuki

            I'm talking about the bullets coming out of the business ends of the Thompson submachine guns used in the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre. There were others, but the Tommies pumped out the most lead.

  7. Greener

    The hair growth elixir has an entire volume of the web novel about it. I wonder will there be a chapter for it in here somewhere? And I hope this is not spoiler, but Endo IS...

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    1. krytykkrytyk Post author

      No, it won't appear in the ln, most likely. For various reasons. Also, it doesn't have a volume but a chapter at most.

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      1. Greener

        You sure about it being a chapter? I think I remember Yun experimenting with the potion, it exploding and turning her in...spoiler or not... loli. Wasn't the entire volume about the hair potion? Well yes, technically the potion is in only 1 or 2 chapters so... yes.

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  8. ThatGuy

    I'm excited for the new volume! Thank you! :D
    Although it's really nothing big, instead of saying
    "With our opinions matching"
    "With our opinions aligned" sounds better

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  9. ireadmanga

    I don't usually demand a corrections over a translation, but I can't let this one slip! Absolutely, can't!!

    "Yup. Yuncchi who has a 【Making Box】 seems like he'd have some unusual items."

    Should become:

    "Yup. Yuncchi who has a 【Making Box】 seems like [s]he'd have some unusual items."

    ....
    Thanks for the chapter ;p

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    1. Trainee35

      He still thought about retorting. Just wait till he accepts the identity of female in-game before celebrating.

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  10. lunatique lolicon

    well . . .
    that bug repellant was indeed good thing for the three sister . . .
    if you know what I mean . . .

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  11. TheOneAndLonely

    Thank you!
    I wonder if Yun can convert those petals to seeds. then s/he can set up a flower viewing area by buying some more land (or invading Lyly's field). The resurrection drugs would be a bonus.

    That Charm potion is amusing and potentially rather creepy.

    I wonder when the Guild's event will be. It says anniversary, which is often a year after, but it's abit soon to say that when its just opened. Oh well.

    Thank you again.

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  12. happinezz001

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSS finally a volume 4 starts can't wait to read the nex chapters

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  13. slumberknight

    inprecendented level > unprecedented
    she shallow breath repeat > breathed shallowly
    it to staff room after > to the
    having a completely different personalities." > remove a

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  14. Bareus

    So that's Myu in the illustration.... Krytyk, do you think you will have some time to spare to colour it xD?
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    "There's a just single Wisteria Peach tree growing on a hill, it's always in full bloom and has pink petals."
    "There's just a single Wisteria Peach tree growing on a hill, it's always in full bloom and has pink petals."

    "No, it's an inferior resurrection item that resurrects you at just 1 HP.
    -> I'm not sure about this one, but shouldn't it be "resurrects you to just 1 HP." ?

    Having free time means would suggest you finished what you had to do.
    Having free time means would suggest you finished what you had to do.
    Having free time means would suggest you finished what you had to do.

    She confirmed Takumi has started to do his homework, a very light feeling Endo-san moved away from their seats.
    She confirmed Takumi has started to do his homework, and with a very relieved feeling Endo-san moved away from their seats.
    (I really didn't know that you tried to say there... let's see if my version is (still) accurate to the original :D )

    "Does it? If 【Cannibalistic Elixir】's effect was adjusted it could more hardcore."
    "Does it? If 【Cannibalistic Elixir】's effect was adjusted it could be more hardcore."

    ... and unless the user continues to eat until elixir's effect expires they will starve to death.
    ... and unless the user continues to eat until the elixir's effect expires they will starve to death.

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    1. krytykkrytyk Post author

      The part with "very light" feeling, original says ひらひら (fluttery), in other words - "light feeling" or atmosphere.

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    2. Otto.Tre-K

      "She confirmed Takumi has started to do his homework, and with a light feeling Endo-san moved away from their seats."

      Wouldn't it sound better like this?

      "Having confirmed Takumi had started to do his homework, with a light feeling Endo-san moved away from their seats."

      It's still a bit rough, but I think it sounds better, and the verbs match up with the next period this way."With a light feeling" could be moved to the last part of the sentence, but it sounds still a bit awkard to me. Also, I believe the "to do" could be omitted, but this time I'm really not sure.

      Feel free to ignore my suggestions if it strays too much from the original text, and thank you for the hard work, krytyk-san.

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      1. All Night

        That awkward feeling you're getting is from the "with a light feeling" part. I couldn't even think of a way to fix it. I caught the "has vs had" part when I did my edit though. "to do" is fine regardless, so meh, I left it alone.

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        1. Otto.Tre-K

          I'm sorry, I didn't think of refreshing the page before posting my comment, so I was still looking at the previous version of the text. I'll be more careful next time.

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        2. Galen Musbach

          >She confirmed Takumi had started to do his homework, and with a light feeling Endo-san moved away from their seats.
          She confirmed Takumi had started to do his homework, and with a light feeling Endo-san wafted away from their seats.

          >twice the size of the buildings surronuding it.
          twice the size of the buildings surrounding it.

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  15. FateSeries

    Thank you!!! XD
    I have been waiting for a long time.
    Thank youThank youThank youThank youThank youThank youThank youThank youThank youThank you XD

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