Heretic Hunt

Coded Journal of Alistair Gordon - 1
The Inquisition

I cannot believe it. The God Emperor’s Holy Inquisition. His Right Hand. The authority over all, defenders of Mankind.

This is who they deem worthy to wield such powers, to act on their behalf, to be their eyes and ears.

Well there’s no sense denying it. Wallowing in ignorance and delusion isn’t a option any more. Panicking will only get everyone killed. Time for a deep breath and a good whiskey. Analyse the situation at hand, come up with a plan and get the job done. Destroyed my previous diaries and wrote some more nondescript entries. Not that there was much in them of note but better safe than sorry. As for this, hopefully this cypher will be enough.

The investigation is currently concerned with one Lord-Captain Ventium Harlocke, most likely because of his rather expansive fleet. Only thing of note thus far aside from his fleet is his dealings with none other than Duke Traevelliath Sliscus. Fucking. Sliscus. Details of arrangement currently unknown. We are being transferred to serve aboard his flagship due to our performance during the Tyranid Incursion. I had hoped to that this would signal an upward climb but I imagine one doesn’t just have dalliances with the Inquisition. I would rather have remained a Navy brat myself than be part of a Rogue Trader retinue but you take what you can get. The Inquisition is a different game entirely. Still the principle hasn’t changed and in some ways it’s become even more true. Perform well, distinguish yourself, get promoted. This won’t be easy, and judging by what I have read thus far on The Duke he is considered paranoid amongst Dark Eldar. Won’t have much to work on however until we are transferred. I’ll get what info I can prior to transfer and brief my new… commanding officers I guess.

Xenos and Heresy I can deal with.

But Hell exists and it is the Warp.

Demons are real and they are amongst us.

And we have been tasked with hunting one.

Emperor preserve us.

I’m getting ahead of myself, I have to survive the Harlocke investigation first.

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Oh good...

Canto couldn’t really think what happened. He remembered plenty of what happened after the Tactical hull breach but it all seemed too blur together. Cantos eyes where closed but he could hear the familiar sound of heart monitors and the tell tale sounds of diagnostic equipment. He heard that first then he heard the shouting and screaming along with the rattling wheels of medical trolleys.

Canto forced an eyelid open the end of his bed was a highway of the wounded he wasn’t surprised but still disappointed too see so many injured. His left arm was a mess of tubes chemicals going in, blood going out to get cleaned in the many medical mysterious boxes that surrounded his bed. He tried not too move too much but he saw his chest was bare and covered in bandages and right was in a similar position. Oh yeah and also EVERTHING hurt. He made a noise to get attention he was sure if he had been awake before and if it was a medical charge might wish to make checks. Someone noticed and came over she made a few checks and asked some basic medical questions. Canto asked after his friends she explained that checking had been messy and she wouldn’t be able to find out. She moved quickly clearly with much to do already.

Canto made a sigh. it was then be noticed chirpy landing on the end of his bed which a quiet squawk. The cyber Eagle looked at him while putting its head to the side. Canto let a smile tug at his face before saying “go and find our friends and see what Intel you can find on the current situation” A small green light flickered on its chest clearly now in stealth mode and avoiding noise. It slowly flew over to his bedside desk and dropped his data slate on his lap. Then took off to complete its tasks keeping to high level and dark corners as mush as possible. Canto looked down at his data slate it was connected to the cyber eagle and would give him updates. The tech priest helped canto with building it and he had done a good job it worked out he would need the data slate with out asking for it. Canto suddenly got dopey gave the command to chirpy to return to him in two hours or if found everyone.

Canto then drifted off to the painless state of sleep

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Trooper: 88801273409352 private log 4
Mission Status : Heavily Compromised

Personal operational Status: Fully functional, Position questionably secure.

Captain Alistair Erksine Gorgon Status: Critically Wounded. Deep tearing across the torso. Punctured Lung currently being drained of blood, will require open surgery. Bleeding has been staunched in wounds suffered to: Liver, Large Intestine, Left Kidney All will require open surgery. Heavy cut through the thigh has been staunched and sliced artery has been clamped, Will require light surgery and major stitches. Immune system in shock as reaction to the foulness of xenos weapons, requires sanctified sustenance of St Albert. Position questionably secure.

Techpreist Enginseer Noctine Karpath: Fully functional, Position questionably secure.

Father Maximus Ratcliffe: Position unknown, statue unknown.

Acolyte Mordecai; Position unkown, status unknown.

Acolyte Rimwena Verium: Position unknown, Status unknown.

Investigator Fnaz Canto: Position unknown, Status unknown.

Unit must regroup and evaluate currently unknown xenos threat that will allow us to organise a maximally effective counter attack with whatever possible assistance.

May the God Emperor Guide us.

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Personal Diary of Captain Gordon - 2
Morphine

By the Emperor, morphine is great.

Well we somehow survived the Tyranid incursion. We received new orders to secure our deck as it was at risk. After assembling some helmsmen and ordering them to aid their comrades we set off to secure the deck. This may have been a mistake. Practically seeping from every crevice, shadow and vent the ’Nids scurried forth devouring almost everything in their path. Our attempt at rescuing a squad of helmsmen had failed and soon we were in rather dire straits ourselves. I was already heavily injured when the first wave of ’Nids closed on me, tearing through my flak like paper. No matter the volume of las or flame their numbers were too great. Then came the first rescue of the night. A bellowed warning had us hitting the deck as las and streaks of lightning streamed across the room, ending another wave of ’Nids. After picking ourselves of the deck we were met with Sub-Lieutenant Koldon and her specialist squad. She had apparently been given orders to secure the deck as well but had taken numerous casualties already. It seemed obvious we should group and continue the mission. Wanting to get eyes on the rest of the deck, I ordered Specialist (Noctine) Karpath to use a nearby cogitator. Specialist Mordecai accompanied.

The situation rapidly deteriorated.

There was some screaming and gunfire as the specialists fled the room. They weren’t very helpful with their description of the threat other than it being “big and scary”. They managed land some good hits on it however detaching a taloned arm. After a cursory examination, I concluded the threat was a Lictor. After briefing the team on what a Lictor was, for reasons unknown, Specialist (Noctine) Karpath sent one of his metallic appendages into the vent where it fled. It had not fled far. Then began a rather panicked attempt to prevent Specialist Karpath from being dragged into the vents and eaten. We were rather successful, to the point where we cut the vent down and stunned the Lictor, leaving it open to volleys of fire. Somehow it survived. Note to self requisition higher grade weaponry for the team, this outcome was unacceptable. The Lictor fled and paranoia began to set in. To cut things short I will simply say a number of ridiculous plans were attempted with no success. Eventually we received orders to terminate what ‘Nids we could and that reinforcements would be arriving shortly and to not shoot them. Having to be ordered to not shoot the reinforcements is a bad sign, if only I understood just how bad. Then the Lictor dragged of a member of Sub-Lieutenant Corden’s squad. We gave chase, hoping to finally end that overgrown bug.

Instead we were now in a narrow corridor, completely surrounded with a Tyranid Warrior between us and escape. Stun grenades, las and torrents of both normal and warp fire was not enough to neutralise the threat. With more ‘Nids arriving behind us and the Tyranid warrior stubbornly refusing to die things looked dire and I was on death’s door. Then I’m pretty sure I heard Eldar talk and I was being dragged into a room. There was a lots of gunfire and what I assume was sounds of extreme Tyranid pain. That was rescue number two. Unfortunately it was like someone was making a twisted mockery of my worst nightmares as apparently we had DARK ELDAR as backup. Between my wounds and my fear I nearly passed out. I understand that Rogue Traders have the authority to deal with xenos, but hiring DARK ELDAR mercenaries!? What the fuck!? Thankfully I managed to get Specialists Tapt and Verium to drag me to the nearest medbay and away from those monsters. Specialist Tapt distinguished himself in this matter by finally acquiring the painkillers I had desperately needed for the last hour.

Despite mounting casualties, it could have went a lot worse. Needless to say I think the team will not be combat ready for a while. I won’t be at any rate. Now I have been lucid enough to write this entry which means I have been lucid too damn long. Final observations before my next dose of morphine.

Specialist Tapt: Solid performance held back by inferior weaponry. Use of stun grenades was on point. Medical treatment and acquisition of painkillers has distinguished him once again.

Chaplain Ratcliffe: Large amount of confirmed kills with heavy flamer. In addition to his inspirational sermons, superb work. A little too eager to use his flamer to solve every problem but I suppose when you have a hammer…

Specialist Verium: Professional as always. Unfortunately numerous high priority targets were not terminated in time but I’ll put this down to lack of experience in operating within confined spaces.

Specialist Mordecai: Impressive the amount of firepower he brings. Unfortunately not enough power behind it. Give him some bolters though…

The Karpath Specialists: Noctine once again performed admirably in his duties as tech specialist and medical officer. His apprentice didn’t die, which I will count as an impressive performance.

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Comet Shield Battle Report 1

Status

Captain Alistair Gordon
Noctine Karpath – Active
Rimwena Verium – Active
Fnaz Canto – Active
Mordecai – Active
Ratcliffe – Active
Karpath Active
8881273409352 – Operational

Report
Before the Tyranids breached the ship we set up the area for them. The information the captain provided about them proved useful as we used items from our assigned area to build barricades and push them down the route we wanted them to follow. This worked exceedingly well as their stupid nature proved to be our bets advantage. I worked out where I believed was the best place for each of our squad and managed to convince the others to station them so.

The boarding proceeded to happen and we dealt with the Tyranids. The plan was effective and my calculations have shown it to be a solid 87%. The complications arose from a single thing. Fear. A very hard factor to counter for but we had planned for the worst and our fail-safe helped solve that problem. Of course this did cause some damage to the hull of the ship but my calculations have shown that to me 783% more preferable.

After the battle took place it seemed that I had to defend my position, as some of our crew, namely Father Ratclifffe have questioned my use in the battle and even my commitment to success other ones one life. It seems I have to remind my fellow soldiers that I am a Doctor and a Tech Priest. I was positioned in the best place for my particular skills, allowing me to organise the team and help any of those who may become injured.

Special Recognition
Although every member of our team played their part well, I would like to bring two members of the team to particular attention. The first is 8881273409352. 8881273409352 performed particularly well and showed good judgement under pressure, he managed to set off our last resort at the correct time. He performed well and it seems he knows his command well enough to know what he would be ordered to do without being expressively told so.

The second person I would like to bring to attention is Father Ratcliffe. In the past he has shown lack of foresight, respect, skill and bravery. I have made it known each time I have disagreed with his actions. This battle was not one of those times. The Father showed an astonishing amount of dedication and bravery during the battle and chose to stand and hold the Tyrands at bay. I have reviewed the tapes and I believe, if you do too, you will see that he chose to stand in the face of death rather than give in to the creatures.

Summary
Strategy 87% effective.
Father Ratcliffe and 8881273409352 performed particularly well.

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After action report, special reconnaissance squad, Comet Shield 1.0

After action report
Date – unsure due warp travel, will be updated
Location – Comet Shield, dauntless class cruiser in Novas fleet

Special reconnaissance squad (SRS)
Commanding officer – Captain Gordon
Personnel:
Sgt. Mordecai
Spc. Tapt
Spc. Karpath
Spc. Karpath II
Spc. Verium
Spc. Canto
Chaplain Ratcliffe

MISSION: The mission of the SRS was to prevent xeno incursion in the sector that it was appointed to defend.

INTENT: SRS was to familiarize itself with the sector, and set up barricades to
a) Provide cover
b) Funnel the enemy to a killzone set up by heavy weapons specialists. (Spc. Canto, Chaplain Ratcliffe)
Spc. Karpath to provide rest of the SRS with intelligence gained with ships inbuilt CCTV system and control the demolition charge; Spc. Verium to cover the secondary killzone; Spc. Tapt to provide early warning and to lure the enemy combatants; Captain Gordon, Sgt. Mordecai, and Spc. Karpath II to man the barricades.

OPFOR INTENT: OPFOR expected to enter the ship through forced entry vehicle, charge blindly at closest enemy, use the easiest routes, not to divert from the main pathways.

SUMMARY OF EVENTS: SRS was able to prevail decisively, suffered no casualties and destroyed approximately 20 xenos intruders. As expected by Captain Gordon, the xenos weren’t smart enough to avoid the killzone set up by Spc. Canto & Spc. Ratcliffe, but attempted to enter it with haste. Xeno advancement was mainly thwarted by Spc. Tapts use of explosives, and small arms fire of Captain Gordon & Sgt. Mordecai. The barricades held, though they were attacked by one of the smaller enemy combatants, who was taken care of by Spc. Verium.

KEY ISSUES: SRS had yet to encounter this type of enemy, and thus suffered some amounts of confusion on how severe the situation was. This lead to somewhat weakened defensive posture. Improvement suggestion would be to attend Chaplain Ratcliffes sermons at least on a daily basis, as he was able to provide the rest of the personnel with reassurance during combat.

OPTIONAL ISSUES: Had the squad failed to acquire barricading material, it might’ve suffered casualties. Regarding future operations in areas where this specific specie of xenos is present, the option for mobile barricades must be secured.

CLOSING: Preparation, shared experience of Captain Gordon, and lateral communication during combat were the keys to success in the operation. SRS requires no immediate supply, or medical care.

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Personal Diary of Captain Gordon - 1
Of "Promotions", Specialists and Xenos

I have always had a respect for Captain Zarkov, for it was through him I joined the Navy. Under his command we prospered and I rose through the ranks. Then he decided to “promote” me to Captain.. of a specialist squad. I have enough respect for him to assume that he doesn’t think I’m stupid enough to not realise what he’s doing. Have to get rid of the competition to his cousin, my fellow lieutenant. So that leaves the option that he simply doesn’t care. That would be the case if he didn’t assign me to a blatant suicide squad. Not only is he trying “promote” me into irrelevance but he’s trying kill me as well. It’s only a matter of time until that treacherous scoundrel gets what’s coming to him.

However the joke is on him! Despite the specialists under my command being the most unorthodox (a fact I’m certain has not escaped Command’s notice) I have ever seen my life they are deceptively competent. They have been rather vague about what their specialisation actually is but as long as they continue to perform as well as they have I am beyond caring. My observations on the specialists thus far are as follows:

Chaplain Ratcliffe: Greedy, insistent, entitled. Knows he’s outside the standard chain of command and abuses it. That said he has a way with words when he isn’t trying to pry credits from your wallet. Not to mention he is fantastic for morale. Held fast during the Tyranid incursion. Was highly suspicious and sceptical of him but after such demonstrations of competence? I am more than happy to overlook his negative qualities, so long as he doesn’t come after my wallet. Might have a talk with him to try and convince him to be less… confrontational. Besides from my time prior to joining the Navy I know how obsessed people can get over tithes, although Ratcliffe is the most determined I’ve ever seen.

Specialist Mordecai: Made a good first impression arguing for me to not brig Ratcliffe for insubordination (and more generally irritating me). Noticed during training sessions the other specialists often take time to carefully explain the reasoning behind actions and concepts like a tutor to a student. Doesn’t strike me as a slow sort, so I’m not entirely sure what that is all about. Held fast during the incursion, 1 confirmed kill.

Specialist Canto: From what I have been informed by other specialists ex-Arbites. How he ended up here is beyond me. Appears to be the teams heavy weapons expert. The suppressing fire from his heavy stubber was most instrumental in constructing a kill zone during incursion. Impressive work.

Specialist Verium: Has been my greatest source of information on the pasts of the specialists. Her past is a bit of a curiosity, claiming to be a reconnaissance specialist and having fought heretical cultists before. Has been instrumental to my efforts to gather intelligence on the Zarkovs. Her professionalism is a breath of fresh air compared to the other specialists. However she is a psyker and one that has had “mishaps” in the past. She has demonstrated herself consistent and competent so far but all psykers are consistent until they aren’t. Also claimed an unknown figure was responsible for the evidence we found in Lieutenant Zarkov’s office. Not enough evidence to prove that at all but if I have time I might follow this up, after all it may be a collaborator. Held fast during the incursion, 1 confirmed kill.

The Karpath Specialists: A cogboy and his assistant. I’m rather pleased to have techpriests on the team. Their insights and their capacity to keep everything working will be invaluable. Given their shared name I assume they are related? Noctine Karpath operated the camera system shouting out useful intelligence during the incursion (until he fainted). His assistant has greatly impressed me, showing great valour for a non-combatant that essentially had a lasgun thrust into his hands. Keep on eye on him.

Specialist Tapt: Combat medic, ex-Imperial Guard, from Cadia. Specialist Verium had told me he was exceptionally competent and he has not disappointed. Outstanding performance during the Tyranid incursion. His use of explosives during the incursion was on point with 10 confirmed kills. Not to mention his quick thinking and demolition pack allowed us to fend off the boarding party with 0 casualties. Admittedly we have put a hole in the side of the ship (which I have no doubt Command will use to denigrate our efforts here, that hole is probably worth more than our lives as far as they are concerned) but we are alive and well, whilst those foul xenos are consigned to the cold, dark void. Words cannot state how pleased I am with his conduct throughout the incursion.

Truth be told, the only one who did not distinguish themselves during the incursion was myself. I have always been in a position of command outside of the front lines and it showed. Whilst my squad displayed great competence and valour in the face of overwhelming danger in some form or another, I displayed only unashamed cowardice. This I fear will be used against me and by extension my squad. This would mark an even greater failing, for I am responsible for the safety of those under my command and if they were to punished for my failings, it would be a shame I would struggle to make amends for. There is nothing to be gained from dwelling on it however, it cannot be undone. All I can do is learn from my mistakes and attempt to overcome my failings.

A last thought. While my squad has performed above expectations currently, this is only the beginning.

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YEAH GET SOME!!!
Big guns!

After Weeks of training and preparing the comets shield Finally tore back in to the cold comforts of real space. Before it lay the armada that the Shield and there battle group was to join in the most holy defence of an agri world.

Canto looked upon it from a wide window in a recently re-opened observation area. Canto was thinking two things about the amount of ships either the massive show of force was too annihilate the incoming xenos or it was a mad panic to assemble ships and there wasn’t enough simply cause they never could be.

Canto wasn’t worried on the long trip over he had had plenty time to think. Canto had sent many hours in physical training and after the seeing all the young recruits with there new equipment and hairless faces he became aware of the life he had led and how lucky he and been to be alive this long. These young people had just started out in life and they where being throw into this Shit storm, Poor kids. Canto found him self reading up on the enemy these “Tyranids” although Canto knew that things on paper where theory and not practical fighting them would be very different. He tried to pass wisdom down to these new starts to life as best he could. Canto also found himself more grateful for his current position enjoying the estranged company of his squad. He even started to enjoy ratchilf and his nonsense finding it playfully amusing.

Canto was also looking forward to unleashing the contained Havoc of his new Heavy stubber which he had modified with increased ammo capacity and a new tripod. He had also got hold of a fire bomb which could be very useful. Captain Gordon there new “leader”
Seemsed a half Decent chap canto hoped he would stick around maybe he would end up with them on the next stage of the mission time will tell.

Canto was walking back form the local bar after spending his drink ration when the general alarm was sounded and the red flashing lights Started the wobbly rotational dance.

(!) ALL HANDS TO BATTLE STATIONS THIS IS NOT A DRILL (!)

Canto pick up his pace he had a big gun to get.

The group was given a area to patrol and defend which the team had fortified and turned into a maze of bottle necks and long open areas with good lines of sight. Canto Had been given a good position due to his heavy weapon he was ready he was eating his ration when the Boarding Alarms went on. Canto stepped to the heavy stubber and raked the chamber. He looked over at ratcliff who was welding his heavy flamer. Ratcliff had done good he had a Servo skull flying about giving words of encouragement which was actually working canto felt ready for anything.

suddenly Noctine shouted into the Vox in his normal dead pan way “Breach Area A” there was instantly the sound of gun fire then followed by hysterical Laughing over the vox. Tapt (who is at the end of the hall) Started firing down the hall an awful screeching followed tapt looked around at them looking victorious. Tapt was instantly surrounded with more of charging xenos. Canto eyes took them in but with fear creeping into his mind. He let out a weird odd whimpering noise but managed to pull the trigger the heavy stubber went wild spraying fire done the hall but every where. the xenos scrambled to a halt and skittered over each other in a mad panic and ran back down the hall. tapt dealing well with situation well tossed a grenade after them he tucked himself round the corner just in time as Alien arms and legs went sailing past. “out fucking standing tapt” Captain Gordon shouted over the vox. Canto Didn’t have time to think about it because two aliens came down the corridor one was right in front of him and was instantly gone as he pulled the trigger the second one tumbled over also getting hit by some stray rounds. There was a mild grunting noise followed by a clatter over the vox and the sound of running feet down the corridor canto looked over and saw captain Gordon retreating at haste “bloody coward” Canto muttered. Canto turning his eyes back to the corridor. He looked up down the corridor yet up at the new breed of beast that walked toward him. Time seemed to slow as the blood drained form Cantos face. The Monster was much taller than the others it mouth pointed tooth filled maw. It chittered in excitement as it approached. “FuCK THIS” Canto shouted as fear poured into his mind and ran after Gordon heavy stubber over shoulder Leaving tapt and Ratcliff to there fates.

As Canto and Gordon stammered to each other in massed fear in a dead end corridor with karpath. Tapt and ratcliff had a comical argument about blowing the charge. A demolition charge was planted in case of being over run. IT was highly tactical making it hard for future boarders to get access as well as clearing out all the hostiles. In the end Tapt unbelievably disobeyed and blew the charge and saved the day. The only injuries where to pride and ego. lucky everyone survived the attack and the void and got to safety.

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Trooper: 88801273409352 private log 3

I think we made some progress in our time getting to Harlocke’s fleet. The Mystery Machine is better than ever. With the new engine and seats fitted we’re getting more and more potentially mobile. Mordecai has been showing particular want for weapons and armour but frankly I think we need a water and heating unit. First you have to survive then you have to fight, plus me and Karpath will have to overhaul the engine before we can carry more armour weight.

It was pleasant waiting to get to the fleet. Getting back to drill work was the closet i’m going to get to home in a long time. Gave me a sense of progress that is oh so fleeting in this group.

When we finally got to the fleet I had a sense of confidence, I’de never seen such a great mass of ships, surely there wasn’t an enemy that could stand such righteous fury.
The reactions of the crew around me told a different story though. In my opinion a week on Cadia would of sorted there issues of moral.

Then we had first contact. I had never had doubt of scripture but these xenos were truly disgusting. They were like a wild pack of nightmares, hungry nightmares. We had a few difficulties keeping ourselves together, but those are teething problems we were lucky to survive. But if there’s one thing i’ve learnt so far explosives explosives explosives.

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Ratcliffe Ledger Entry 42 - 006 - My Shining Example.
Black

Black – Asserted my authority over the ship, crew, and ‘Special’ist Captain Gordon. He was most unreasonable, bordering on heretical in trying to stop me in my priestly duties. He even brought armed guards for an unprovoked attack on me – endangering yet more souls, thankfully my natural charm and reason defused the situation. I must put great attention on Gordon in efforts to redeem him.

Red – Continued my God Emporer given duty to carry His word to the masses. Gordon suggested that a certain lieutenant would be most receptive to my teachings. Caring for another’s spiritual wellbeing – perhaps he is not as far gone as I feared.
Proceeded to have a deep, philosophical debate with said lieutenant, unfortunately he could not be reasoned with so I thought it best to leave.

Black – When resisting the ‘Tyranids’, the party following my exceptional strategic plan assembled an impenetrable hard point within our section of ship. Following my orders everyone took up their carefully calculated prearranged position to face the oncoming onslaught.
Under my command the invading xenos were completely annihilated with no harm to any party member. Special mention goes to Wiggins, who killed 10 scum, and Carpath for resolutely standing fast during his first battle, assisting in a kill.
However other comrades proved less reliable with the Techpriest fainting at first sight of a larger xenos (through a monitor no less), and Canto and ‘Captain’ Gordan who abandoned their position in a shocking display of cowardice.
I alone remained unaffected by the sight of the Large Xeno Scum, my faith in the God Emperor is strong, as clearly is His faith in me.

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