Charm of Lore  

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Maximum Level:120
Monster Mission:No
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Quest
Quest Goal:
  • Loot
Quest Items:
Related Zones:
Related Creatures:
Related Quests:
Era:Serpents Spine
Group Size:Solo
Min. # of Players:1
Max. # of Players:1
Appropriate Classes:
  • All
Appropriate Races:
  • All
Entered: Wed Oct 4 22:42:13 2006
Modified: Thu Feb 3 02:23:56 2022
Find Librarian Hemfar on the first floor of Crescent Reach.

You say, 'Hail, Librarian Hemfar'

Librarian Hemfar says 'Vasha, friend. I am the second-born of Keikolin the Enlightened, the most knowledgeable dragon of the Six. I am to aid in the education of drakkin and all who choose to enlighten their minds. I am a collector of artifacts and one of the founders of the Written Word and the Wanderlust Guild so we may learn from books and life. I have a unique gift that you may partake in if you [aid] in my work. Or you may simply ask me what [lore] I have gathered from artifacts in these lands.

You say, 'Aid your work?'

Librarian Hemfar says 'Yes, indeed. I have been given a sight-gift from Lady Keikolin. In many artifacts I can see within them and through the eyes of those they belonged to. It allows me to create a history that will become part of this library. Should you find any artifacts in the surrounding lands, bring them to me and I shall reward you and be able to add to the [volumes] of our great library.'

You say, 'What volumes?'

Librarian Hemfar says 'There are many creatures present and past that lived in these mountains, including the ogres that once lived in this very city. What exactly happened to them and their kind is somewhat of a mystery, but given time and the right artifacts, we shall learn more. I can reward you if you bring artifacts to me. Then, you may ask what [lore] and legend is available as people bring me artifacts and I can share the history with you when it is scribed.'

This is an ongoing quest to upgrade the charm, Serpent Seeker's Charm of Lore. After handing in at least five of the required items, you "get an option that looks like it's the same old exp, but click the option and it shows charm as reward".

As you hand in each of the following items from around the Serpent's Spine, the charm will increase in strength. It is not known which items boost stats, or how many are required for each increase. There does not appear to be any particular requirement for order, either. These are the items known to be involved. There are probably many more.

Items used in this quest read "This artifact might interest someone in Crescent Reach" when the spell Identify is cast upon them.

- Core of the Tyrant (dropped by Magmaraug in the west wing)

Ashengate, Reliquary of the Scale: North
- Ebonheart of Lethar the Back (dropped by Lethar, second version)
- Elddar Moonlocket (dropped by Dyn`Leth, Firstborn of Lethar)

Ashengate, Reliquary of the Scale: West
- Ambersnout's Snout (dropped by Ambersnout the Aberration)

Crescent Reach
- Ancient Jewelry Box (/open the pile of bones behind the throne on third floor: -1225, -200)
- Broken Nokk Insignia (/open discarded bones: +460, -2920)
- Linguist's Note (a book on a table: second level of the inn, second door on the right, -1605, -1510)

Blackfeather Roost
- Silvered Blackfeather Plume (/open feathered fernstem: +2455, -1030)

Blightfire Moors
- Ancient Blighted Bark (/open moss-covered rocks: +610, -1275)
- Murdunk's Rites Beads (/open pile of dusty rocks: +2060, -2060)
- Petrified Leather Boot Sole (/open ancient rocks: +930, +45)
- Preserved Hairy Halfling Foot (/open 'where the red flower grows': -1160, -2410 -- a flower amongst the vines)

Direwind Cliffs
- Gate Guardian Core (dropped by Guardian of the Gate)
- Direwind Totem (dropped by Direwind Gust in Severan the Direwind Caller event)

Frostcrypt: Raid Instance #2
- Krithgorian Royal Crest (dropped by Harfange the Black)
- Runed Sash of the Wraithguard (Dropped by Beltron the Shade King)

Goru`kar Mesa
- Cracked Waterspring Scepter (/open algae-covered stones: +1575, -45)
- Devan's Feathered Arrow (/open age-old stones: -480, +1925)
- Dromrek Worry Stone (quested from Shrynn: +1740, +2890)
- Oread's Willow Whipvine (/open forgotten bones: -1155, +1970)
- Sliver of Goru`kar's Willowstaff (/open waving woodblossom: -1070, +135)
- Sparkling Windwillow Leaf (/open silverspun petals: -600, +30)
- Split Ravenoak Bow (/open storage crate: +1050, -1160)
- Thunderhorn of the Tribe (old Tuffein lockbox: -1510, -1095)

Icefall Glacier
- Cursed Lorekeeper's Quill (dropped by ice griffons)
- Shattered Krithgor Keystone (ground spawn near spell vendors: -2035, -1155)

Stone Hive
- Preserved Kithicor Baneleaf (/open rustling banebloom: +575, -775)

Sunderock Springs
- Doomfount's Essence (dropped by Doomfount, an elemental who spawns at the geysers)
- Elven Child's Vinewand (dropped by Slave Driver Azza in front of Vergalid Mines)
- Lock of Veldyn's Hair (dropped by Obsidian)
- Oblivion's Dark Core (dropped by Oblivion, raid encounter in northwest)
- Relicstone Torch (dropped by Sulfurog: +2980, +1010)
- Trinket of the Scale (dropped by Dranadune, a drake who spawns at the geysers)

The Steppes
- Muddy Royal Scroll (dropped by burly hill giants)
- Wulfnor Crown Gem (/open a worn jug: -1645, +800, inside a house with 3 mobs)

Valdeholm: Udengar the Traitor
- Illegible Diary of Lorekeeper Baeldon (dropped by Lorekeeper Baeldon)

Vergalid Mines
- Vergalid Scale (dropped by any undead golem)

After completing all the non-raid areas except Vergalid Scale from Vergalid and Core of the Tyrant from Ashengate, you receive the title "Cartographer."

It is also useful to do the tasks for the Wanderlust Guild simultaneously.
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# Jul 26 2018 at 1:31 PM Rating: Good
46 posts
Percentage increases in stats are all over the place. Usually you get a 2-5% boost per turn in, but there's a huge increase for your final turn-in. E.g., missing just the Oblivion and Ambersnout pieces currently, and charm power is at 79%. I don't think it matters which one is the final turn in, since the percentages haven't been commensurate with the raid difficulty or tier. E.g., Beltron's piece gave 2% and the FC1 drop gave 5%. Without any of the "raid" drops, just the ground spawns and groupable drop turn ins, charm was at about 62%.
Add to Related Creatures list
# Jan 10 2017 at 9:47 PM Rating: Good
111 posts
Shyrnn should be added to the list of Related Creatures since he gives a quest that results in the Dromrek Worry Stone as a reward.
Add to Related Creatures list
# Jan 11 2017 at 9:27 PM Rating: Excellent
redriver wrote:
Shyrnn should be added to the list of Related Creatures since he gives a quest that results in the Dromrek Worry Stone as a reward.

Thanks, added.
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Questing for xp
# Dec 28 2016 at 1:04 AM Rating: Good
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Turning these in can be an interesting way to powerlevel a new character. Just the ground spawns and non-raid drops will get a character to at least level 27, with almost 60% of the stats on the charm.

The items from Sunderock Springs each give enough xp for about 2% of level 60; that's worth a full level if you're level 20-ish. The Gate Guardian Core gives about 1% of level 65, which isn't much more. The Core of the Tyrant gives about 2% of level 70, which is a lot more. Turning in the Core took my level 22 character instantly to level 26.

Edited, Dec 28th 2016 2:08am by Sylphan
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Blackfeath Roost
# Jul 06 2014 at 2:47 PM Rating: Decent
Need some help -- I'm in Blackfeather Roost and I'm unable to find the box at 2500, -1000. I've look all over the 2nd island (which is the closest coordinates) and nothing. And I've looked on the 1st island in the caves but those coords are a bit off.

Also, the group of ooze and harpies in GoruMaru at 1600, -50 are almost impossible to a level 60 Necromancer. The pixies complete heal, the oozes add and I can only mez 2 at a time, and stacked with hitpoints
Ryanxp, Zek server
Blackfeath Roost
# Jul 06 2014 at 2:52 PM Rating: Good
Okay Found it. On first island by griphon roost
Ryanxp, Zek server
Stats increase info on non-AG/FC raid drops
# Dec 29 2013 at 3:59 PM Rating: Decent
263 posts
Oblivion's Dark Core added:
+2 ac
+15 h/m/e
+1 to all stats
+1 attack
+1 avoidance

Direwind Totem added:
+2 ac
+29 h/m/e
+1 to all stats
+2 to all resists (except corruption)
+1 attack
+1 avoidance
+1 stun resist
Augment for this
# Jul 31 2013 at 6:21 AM Rating: Good
It is interesting that in the data on this quest there is no mention of the related quest for The Wanderlust Guild lodestone which is designed to enhance the value of the reward for doing it. In a series of related quests which begin with Master Vanguard Regan on the second floor of Crescent Reach the player explores Serpent Spine and reports back to the leader of the guild. After doing only the city and Blightfire Moors parts of both quests the augmented charm slot item has a respectable set of stats for a beginning toon. As a first step replacement for the Kobold Skull gained in the Gloomingdeep initial quest it is well worth the time to do.

Here is the Zam link which should be included:

Edited, Jul 31st 2013 8:23am by Zifinaba
Cracked Waterspring Scepter missing?
# Dec 29 2012 at 9:56 AM Rating: Decent
The Cracked Waterspring Scepter appears to be missing as of about a month ago. Has anyone seen it?
Cracked Waterspring Scepter missing?
# Jun 10 2013 at 8:35 AM Rating: Decent
32 posts
It was back as of this date. Underwater,a pile of stones, "open algae-covered stones".
Cracked Waterspring Scepter missing?
# Feb 03 2013 at 5:21 AM Rating: Decent
26 posts
Saw it in the pond on 2/2/21
Cracked Waterspring Scepter missing?
# Feb 03 2013 at 5:23 AM Rating: Decent
26 posts
that should be 2/2/13.
Cracked Waterspring Scepter missing?
# Feb 24 2013 at 11:09 AM Rating: Decent
Appeared as rocks, as it is supposed to, 2.23.13
Cracked Waterspring Scepter missing?
# Jan 12 2013 at 6:31 PM Rating: Decent
It's underneath the world. If you swim to the absolute bottom of the pool exactly on top of where it should spawn, you can /tar it and open it and loot it.
Cracked Waterspring Scepter missing?
# Jan 05 2013 at 7:52 PM Rating: Decent
82 posts
I am unable to locate the pile of rocks that are supposed to be in the little pond as well. I even killed the entire spawn hoping that maybe it had been changed to a triggered spawn but no luck. Anyone have any info as to what to do or is this a bug?
# Jul 05 2012 at 2:24 PM Rating: Decent
I Hailed the Librarian, but no tasks or quests popped up. Can/do I just run around and get the items and turn them into him? I dont even have any charm besides the one I got out of gloomingdeep
Steppes - a worn jug spawn time
# Jun 14 2012 at 11:28 PM Rating: Decent
21 posts
In case anyone else is trying to do this in a group, the respawn time on the worn jug in the Steppes is 10 minutes. It's enough time to clear the mobs, loot the jug, wait for one repop, and grab a second jug. It doesn't quite spawn the third time before the repops, though.
Title and rewards
# Mar 13 2012 at 8:20 AM Rating: Decent
38 posts
I've been curious regarding access to the Cartographer title and the quest rewards. Specifically, I was wondering if you could still get the title without accepting the XP rewards. Depending on your play style, the rewards can be kind of silly if you're doing the quest on a lower level, you can go from level 10 to 30+ just from the claiming the XP.

Anyways, I recently did all the pick-up and group drops on a lowbie, everything except AG and Vergalid. I couldn't do the Worrystone subquest as it's lvl 30(+) required. I didn't claim any of the XP rewards after getting the charm (the charm still powers up though), and got the title at 35 when I finally did the Worrystone quest.

TL/DR: You don't have to claim the XP reward to power up charm and get access to title.

Edited, Mar 13th 2012 10:34am by asdflkjsfljeoifjasdf
Checklist Woes
# Aug 16 2010 at 8:42 AM Rating: Decent
273 posts
I've lost my place; is there a way to check what items you have or have not already turned in?
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Checklist Woes
# Apr 04 2012 at 1:14 AM Rating: Good
191 posts
I know this question is ancient, but there's finally a good answer!

Bring up your Achievements window (EQ button > Character > Achievements), then click on the "Hero's Journey" button and select Conquest. The Serpent Seeker's Charm of Lore is available to track from level 1, and shows each of the items in the quest, and whether you've turned them in or not.

Dyllwin Dalewalker
Heirophant of the 100th Season
Checklist Woes
# Apr 05 2012 at 8:07 PM Rating: Decent
6 posts
Thanks for the info. Helped me a lot :)
Waterspring Scepter
# Jun 26 2009 at 9:46 AM Rating: Decent
The Waterspring Scepter's container in Goru'kar Mesa is in the potameid lake, but you have to be careful retrieving it because I think entering the water can trigger a large number of the potameids and the murkwater oozes. I cleared maybe half of the potameids or more yet as soon as I entered the water uninvised it aggro'd a bunch of them that should have been way out of aggro range.
Waterspring Scepter
# Aug 22 2009 at 6:23 PM Rating: Decent
It's chain agro. Me and my SK did this pick up without pulling or killing anything (didn't want to waste time). Sk was simple, run in invis, /open, loot, run his *** off, FD.

As a cleric, this was harder, they agroed several time. The Sk was laughing his *** off watching me run around with all the mobs on me. Finally got it to work.

The oozes agro the potmaids, which agro others around them. its a chain agro problem =/
Stupid People bother me....
Waterspring Scepter
# May 13 2015 at 2:27 AM Rating: Decent
Right, invis => dive => open => loot.
The next step can be fight, run, fd, gate, or die.
The main goal is get that thingie, no matter which last step you take.
Waterspring Scepter
# Mar 12 2010 at 6:50 AM Rating: Good
62 posts
The important part here is, that even when invis you have to be careful not to step into a damage aura. There is a potameid sometimes wandering over, that has a 200 or 400 damage per tick aura. Step into it and invis will drop and you'll agro everything there along with the DoT damage, it's very hard to get away from if you're around 'mesa level'.

The aura is visible as a cloud. Not sure if this counts as 'spell effects', but it's possible.
Quick question about TSS progression
# Jun 18 2009 at 4:55 AM Rating: Decent
263 posts
Does anyone know if the prerequisite raids (Speak With The King, Vergalid, etc) are still required to request and participate in FC/AG raids?

I think I remember a few months ago that Sony has removed these restrictions and anyone 75+ with ally faction can request/join the raids.

Is this accurate?
Re: Quick question about TSS progression
# Jun 18 2009 at 5:03 AM Rating: Decent
2,689 posts
Flagging for participating has been lifted, but to request, you still need the proper flags.

TSS Flag Requirements Removed: Removed the flag requirements for The Serpent Spine (TSS) expansion raids to enter the raid zones as long as you are level 74 or higher. The person requesting the raids will still be required to have the proper flags to request the raid.
from 12/23/2008 Patch Notes

EDIT: Had to double check as I wasn't sure if I was getting it confused witht eh Discord raids.

Yther Ore.

Edited, Jun 18th 2009 9:15am by Yther
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max stats
# Jun 17 2009 at 7:12 PM Rating: Decent
hi im wondering what the max stats are once you fully finish this thing with ALL the turn ins. im going to start it soon and want to know if its something to aim for
Re: max stats
# Jun 17 2009 at 7:47 PM Rating: Decent
2,689 posts
The linked reward: Serpent Seekers Charm of Lore displays the max stats with all turn ins. From memory it's 64ish for just the CR, Blightfire, Stone Hive items, 163ish for all the solo turn-ins (all ground spawns, /opens, and the 1 quest in Goru`kar Mesa).

Yther Ore.
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Direwind Gust
# Feb 26 2009 at 12:53 AM Rating: Decent
Just a small correction to Nalandt's checklist posted below a while back.

Both Direwind drops - Gate Guardian Core off a Guardian of the Gate and a Direwind Totem of Direwind Gust can be referred to as group drops, not raid.
Direwind Gust does indeed spawn during Severan script, which is a raid encounter but unlike other raid drops for this quest, Severan is in non-instanced, normal zone. Direwind Gust, actually a few of them, spawn during Severan fight. They are not on a timer nor they are linked to Severan's hps. Sometimes they can spawn within 10-20 seconds from engaging Severan, sometimes they dont pop after 2 minutes.

Here's how I got my totem.

Level 75 monk, full defensive AA's (not really important), 21k hps, 2.6k AC fully buffed + level 82 shaman bot + 2 healer mercs (can be done with just one healer). Set camp on the northern wall from Severan. Kill a static gnoll (undead) and a roaming Axxanderan's Animated Remains (sees through UVI) between the camp and Severan. The trick with Severan is that he has small agro radius and stops attacking when pulled away from his circle of totems. So I would leave 1 merc with shammy in camp, take the other merk on /reactive, run to Severan, hit Impenetrable (Weaponshield, Defensive etc) and start meleeing.

There are 2 options from here:

1) Direwind Gusts spawn soon and agro. Since they spawn in numbers of 3+ and can hit up to 2k its important to run to camp right after they pop. Severan will chase at first but some 100 ft later will turn back and return to his spawn. Direwind Gusts must be killed very fast since they despawn short after Severan loses agro. I didnt time it but its about 1 min or so.

2) Direwind Gusts do not spawn, Defensive is off, merc is going OOM/cant keep up with Severan's DPS. Simply run away from Severan, if lucky - the merc will follow and live since Severan doesnt summon. Med/rebuff and you have another 1-2 attemps before the 2 trash mobs repop.

Since Severan is close to Guardians of the Gate and they require some serious healing power, both drops can be done by a group back to back.

A decently geared 80+ melee/healer duo can get Direwind Totem too I suppose, will be just a bit more risky and will require more leg work :)

Also during few clears of the 2 trash mobs, The Ashengate Ambassador spawned at gnoll's spot and dropped a quest piece for the Shield of the Otherworld quest. Nice little bonus.

Good luck.

Fistus Wu, <Iceni>
The Nameless
Level increase's
# Oct 06 2008 at 8:44 AM Rating: Decent
Once you do this quest - does it also go up with your level? I have a 79 and an 80 doing it at once. However doing the same turn in's, the 80's is a touch higher than the 79's.
Collection countdown
# Sep 28 2008 at 10:10 PM Rating: Good
61 posts
Well, I was on a Frostcrypt #1 raid the other night, and was lucky enough to win Illegible Diary of Lorekeeper Baeldon. Having never seriously worked on the TSS charm, I was curious how many of the items I could gather in a single sitting, without too much effort, so I came up with this little collection countdown. I'm going to run a stopwatch, and gather the items as quickly as I can. Better yet, I'm going to fill you in on what order I collected them, and at what, here goes.

Time - Name of items / Action
0:00 - Gated to Crescent Reach
2:11 - Linguist's Note
4:00 - Ancient Jewelry Box
6:27 - Broken Nokk Insignia

8:08 - Zoned into Blightfire Moors
12:48 - Ancient Blighted Bark
14:45 - Preserved Hairy Halfling Foot
16:54 - Murdunk's Rites Beads
20:07 - Petrified Leather Boot Sole

21:12 - Zoned into Goru'kar Mesa
22:14 - Sliver of Goru`kar's Willowstaff
23:28 - Thunderhorn of the Tribe
26:19 - Looted a Drakkin Youngling Sword from a Dromrek Shaman
28:15 - Devan's Feathered Arrow
32:16 - Split Ravenoak Bow
33:55 - Cracked Waterspring Scepter
39:00 - Sparkling Windwillow Leaf
41:40 - Oread's Willow Whipvine
44:01 - Finished quest for Dromrek Worry Stone

45:03 - Zoned into Blackfeather Roost
46:14 - Silvered Blackfeather Plume

48:00 - Zoned into Goru'Kar Mesa

50:07 - Zoned into The Steppes
54:38 - Wulfnor Crown Gem
1:25:50 - Muddy Royal Scroll (dang giants didn't want to drop it lol)

1:28:00 - Zoned into Icefall Glacier
1:29:40 - Shattered Krithgor Keystone

1:31:20 - Zoned into The Steppes

1:32:55 - Zoned into Goru'Kar Mesa

1:34:33 - Zoned into Blightfire Moors

1:36:36 - Zoned into Stonehive
1:39:16 - Preserved Kithicor Baneleaf

1:40:00 - Ported back to Crescent Reach
1:41:45 - Reached the turnin guy

So there you have it....every soloable drop (that could be debated of course) done by an 80 monk in under 2 hours. If anybody thinks they can do better, go right ahead :)
# Sep 05 2008 at 3:26 PM Rating: Decent
After "What Volumes" there are no more dialogues.
did not work
# Aug 25 2008 at 3:30 PM Rating: Decent
tryed to turn into Librarian Hemfar and he gave it back to me with no message
Another turn-in for charm
# Aug 25 2008 at 12:59 PM Rating: Decent
59 posts
I think one from Blightfire Moors was overlooked...

Item is called "watchtower remains", loc 1868, 2919, 322 in the Old Tower far North West corner of zone. On second floor of tower where Captain Bloodmoon is, there is a pile of bones and a head, open it and you get "watchtower remains."
Another turn-in for charm
# Aug 25 2008 at 3:34 PM Rating: Decent
Another turn-in for charm
# Sep 09 2008 at 9:01 PM Rating: Decent
59 posts
bah, sorry about that... thanks for updating info :)
Another turn-in for charm
# Aug 25 2008 at 3:32 PM Rating: Decent
tryed to turn into Librarian Hemfar and he gave it back to me with no reply
Check list
# Aug 21 2008 at 6:58 PM Rating: Decent
Is there a check list out there in game to find out what I have turned in or a hail like for PoP advancement? I took a 5 month break from my main toon and was in the middle of getting this charm but now I don't remember where I was
Rare. . . ?
# Aug 04 2008 at 12:11 AM Rating: Default
How rare are some of these drops? I spent hours in the steppes and killed well over 100 of the burly giants and got nothing.
Am I unlucky or is this one really rare?
Rare. . . ?
# Sep 02 2008 at 11:07 AM Rating: Decent
Your luck was normal, it is very rare.
Egat the Dedicated Artisan
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Charm of Lore
# Jul 11 2008 at 7:07 PM Rating: Decent
601 posts
I started this for my 46 Pally.

I had two augments to test in it:

Slipgears gem (Doing just coranthus creep mission)
ac 1
hp 5
mana 5
End 5
Rest all 1.

And Wanderlust Guild Loadstone after Blightfire Moors and Cresent Reach:
AC 3
hp 18
mana 18
End 18
resists 3 and other stats 4.

So the Loadstone it is!
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didn't have to do the dialogues
# Jun 14 2008 at 2:00 PM Rating: Decent
24 posts
I tried just giving the first 2 items to the librarian.

I got the quest experience both items, and this dialog:

Librarian Hemfar says 'Well done, _____! This is certainly something I've never seen. How exciting! Your keen eye will put another book on the shelf of our library!'

Librarian Hemfar holds the item tightly as his eyelids begin to flutter and close. He runs a hand over the artifact and then slowly opens his eyes. 'This has quite a story to tell. I shall scribe it.'

You have successfully been granted your reward for:

No idea if I'll get the charm or not, but it looks like I will.
didn't have to do the dialogues
# Sep 03 2008 at 11:24 PM Rating: Excellent
227 posts
Nah you don't have to speak to him, just turn stuff in. You will get the charm after the 5th turn in I believe it was, maybe the 6th. Either way, you don't have to talk to him to get any quest, just giving him items results in the experience, charm on the 5th or 6th turn in and more exp per turn in after that
# Apr 15 2008 at 8:56 AM Rating: Decent
you need to do the first turn in to get the charm actually. Get the stuff in Crescent reach and then turn it in.

Edited, Apr 15th 2008 12:57pm by nalanix
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