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Epilogue: Eve of the War

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I was alone when I exited the city head’s house and looked up in the sky. The moon made the night beautiful.

 

The city was different tonight than what it usually was.

The peace-keeping golems that were usually scattered all over the city were nowhere to be found.

It wasn’t just the golems within the city, even the golems digging 24 hours a day were relieved of their duties. All of them were now assigned to defensive duties in the dungeon.

 

Even though it was currently the night, the adventurers within the city were still strolling about.

Bars, brothels and other such entertainment facilities were now in abundance within Avalon. It was not uncommon for the adventurers—still having enough strength after a hard day’s work—to visit these facilities one after another all night long.

Interestingly enough, upon the building of such facilities, there was an increase to my DP income which seemed as though the humans became more emotional. If it really was so, I wanted us to someday build some of these facilities and thus be able to directly influence the emotions of the human beings ourselves.

 

“Tomorrow’s finally the day, huh.”

 

The grace period given for the war was over right away.

Thankfully, before it ended, we were able to complete the third floor of the dungeon proper.

 

Regarding the [Creation] original medal I would be able to make in the midst of war, I had decided which monster I wanted to create with it. However, if I were to make it be able to grow, I wouldn’t have enough time to level up it up. On the other hand, if the monster had a static level, it would have a lower maximum level and also lower stats over-all.

Setting a hard-to-obtain S rank monster to have a static level would be wasteful.

 

As a solution to that dilemma, I had decided to just be prepared to synthesize at any moment. I would wait until the end of the war to create a monster that was able to level up unless we were driven into a corner, in which case the monster would have to be a static-leveled S rank monster.

 

“I have to win”

 

I uttered to no one but myself.

My chances of winning were good but my calculations were based only on the information I was able to gather; I couldn’t help but feel there was some kind of trick I failed see.

 

“So you also make a face like that, huh, Procell.”

 

With green hair swaying in the wind, the determined young lady appeared.

She was my friend and rival, the [Wind] Demon Lord Stolas.

She was in my city because she was willing to lend me aid. To prepare for the war tomorrow, I asked her to stay the night in the inn. She probably was feeling as I did and went out to calm herself too.

 

“Yeah, well, given the circumstances, anybody would be worried. There’s so much at stake for me.”

 

There was no use bluffing so I told her what I truly felt.

Whenever I thought of losing Kuina and everybody else, I shook in fear.

As their Demon Lord, I couldn’t allow myself to show such weakness in front of my subordinate monsters but I felt that with Stolas, I could reveal a little of that weakness.

 

“I’m a little relieved, actually.”

“Relieved?”

“Yes, because I thought even Procell has a face like that. You’re just like me; just like any other Demon Lord.”

 

I found her words amusing so I smiled wryly at her.

 

“Procell, there is no need to worry because I shall be your insurance. I’ll be your guarantee that your crystal will not be broken, no matter what. So be at ease and rampage on the enemies’ dungeons.”

“That’s reassuring but if at all possible, I would like to win without ever borrowing Stolas’s power.”

 

It was arranged that she would lie in wait within my crystal room and only come into action after our plan on the third room had failed. This arrangement was born out of my obstinacy and my faith on my monsters’ strength.

 

“I like it when you say things like that. You really are my rival.”

“I’m just doing my best not to disappoint.”

“So, care to escort me there?”

“Yes, of course.”

 

She had to be in the crystal room beforehand. I guided her there and with my privilege as the dungeon’s Demon Lord, left the room.

I had a lot of things that needed to be done.

 

 

The second room of the underground floor normally was the graveyard area that normally served as the residence of the Undead corps and the location of the bread and ordnance factories.

At the moment, all my monsters were lined up there.

 

First of all, there was the aforementioned Undead corps led by Wight. The Undead corps was composed of the Skeletons and the monsters reanimated by Wight when we fought against [Wind] Demon Lord Stolas and when he hunted in the [Crimson Cavern].

They were a large force exceeding a count of 100.

Considering their abilities as monsters, the Skeletons were awfully weak. However, by equipping the MK416, the assault rifles I made using [Creation], their offensive capabilities were improved.

 

Next was the Golem corps which were composed of the golems made by Rorono and the Dwarf Smiths.

At a count of 80, they were second only to the Undead corps in terms of quantity.

Worthy of mention among them were the 12 Mithril Golems.

Each of them possessed strength that would rival a B rank monster. On top of that, they were equipped nicely for they wielded the Browling D2 Caliber .50, a beast capable of spewing out multiple rounds within a second, rounds usually used by anti-tank rifles. For a human, it was totally inconceivable to wield the heavy machinegun as though it was but an assault rifle and yet the Mithril Golems effortlessly did.

The other golems were given equipment that made best use of their overwhelming power. It was a slow but powerful corps.

 

And then, there was the aerial bombing corps that restlessly continued training ever since the founding of the city. This corps was led by the B rank Griffon. In addition to it, the corps was composed of mixed monsters like the D rank Hippogriff.

Their role was to drop down bombs—assembled by the Skeletons from the chemicals produced using my [Creation]—from up in the sky.

Unless our enemies had some kind of countermeasure against aerial assaults prepared, this war could very well be a one-sided onslaught.

This corps was originally formed under the assumption that they would be used against human cities but they should still shine in this war.

 

Finally, there was the mixed units corps. It was an ensemble of B and C rank monsters born to have static levels. They were created using the imitation medals I mass produced using the excess points from my exhibition war with Stolas. B rank monsters were what most ordinary Demon Lords synthesize and they were by no means weak.

 

These monsters were my main force. After them were the elite corps:

The two Mythological Foxes excelling in stealth, mobility, and even direct confrontations. They possessed the ability to control fire and to use [Transform].

The four Dwarf Smiths that look up to Rorono, the Elder Dwarf. They excelled at supporting the army through their earth magic as well as through their work at the workshop.

The four High Elves who admired Ancient Elf as their elder sister. They had the ability to manipulate the wind as well as the ability to easily search for enemies. In conjunction with that, they could perform long-distance, high-impact shots using their anti-materiel rifles.

And, of course, the ones that I trust in most: my girls, Kuina, Rorono, and Ancient Elf.

 

An overwhelming army, such were my trusted monsters.

I now faced all of them as I stood atop a stage prepared beforehand.

 

“My beloved monsters, the time for war has finally come!”

 

Tension engulfed the area.

 

“This is unlike the war we had before, this is a true [War]. Should anyone fall, they won’t come back this time. And if we lose the war, we lose everything.”

 

In the war against Stolas, all of our fallen monsters were brought back by the [Time] Demon Lord’s ability. This time however, there was no fail-safe. If my crystal was broken, everyone would vanish. And even if I win, everyone that perished would never come back.

 

“I don’t want to lose any single one of you so don’t die. I have prepared a strategy so that that goal may be fulfilled. Fully use your powers and grab victory, those are my orders!”

 

I looked at each one of them and saw not dread but the determination in their eyes.

 

Telling them not to die probably disqualified me as a Demon Lord. Originally, a Demon Lord used monsters to lure humans in or work them hard for whatever purpose he sees fit, not to empathize with them. But such notions didn’t sit well with me. The girls who I thought of as my daughters were of course important to me. But it wasn’t just them, Wight whom I trusted and relied on as well as the Mythological Foxes, Dwarf Smiths, and High Elves whom I talked and laughed with many times were important to me too.

I was thankful to the bread-making Skeletons. While the Griffon made me feel safe each time I rode on its back.

Everyone gathered here was an important companion of mine.

 

“I will now relay to each of you our strategy to survive and win this war. You will be divided into three main groups. The first group will be composed of Kuina, Rorono, two of the High Elves, and the highly mobile monsters from the mixed corps. Kuina will head this group. The group’s goal will be to destroy the crystal of the [Viscosity] Demon Lord. You will immediately launch an assault against his dungeon right from the start of the war. Once you have broken his crystal, immediately return to our dungeon and aid in its defense.”

 

This group was very likely to succeed. Kuina and Rorono were both S rank monsters; the High Elves were excellent scouts; and the B and C rank monsters were comparable to the elites of the enemies’ forces.

 

“Understood, Oto-san. We’ll crush the small fries and return right away!”

“Yes, please do. Once you break his crystal, we will have one less enemy so how quickly you do it will be a very important factor in this war.”

 

After the time limit for this war had expired, the victor would be decided by the number of remaining crystals.

Our enemies could win by just focusing on defense. This leaves us no other choice but to be on the offensive. And if we were doing so, we were going to do it with our strongest and fastest units.

This would also serve as part of our defense. [Viscosity] seemed weak-kneed to me so if we attacked his dungeon, he might recall the troops he sent to attack and repurpose them for his own defense. Not to mention, once the first group had broken his crystal, all of his monsters would vanish.

 

“As for the second group, I will lead it. Our goal will be breaking the [Evil] Demon Lord’s crystal. Joining me will be Ancient Elf, the Mythological Foxes, two of the Dwarf smiths and half of the Griffon corps. Also, I will be putting the slow moving monsters of the mixed corps into my [Storage].”

 

Ancient Elf would provide us with firepower and reconnaissance while the Mythological Foxes would be her back up. I was also going to take along some of the Griffon corps that could bombard the enemies from the sky while the slow-moving monsters were to be transported via my [Storage] to counter-act against their slowness.

Unless our enemies could make A rank medals, I reckoned our chances of victory were pretty high.

 

“Ancient Elf, you winning against the enemy’s elites is the key to our operation. I will be relying on you.”

“Leave it to me, my master. I won’t lose to anyone.”

 

She replied so, matter-of-factly.

It was no exaggeration either for she was a highly mobile fortress: flying swiftly in the air and shooting high-impact rounds from great distances. Even Kuina would have a hard fight against her.

 

“I believe you. Show me your true might, Ancient Elf.”

 

I said so and smiled at her. I had decided that if she managed to defeat the enemy’s elites and break his crystal, I was going to name her.

 

“Finally, for the third group, I think you might have already guessed but your role will be to defend the city. Wight, I will leave you in charge of everything. You will command all of the remaining monsters and defend Avalon. You will be fiercely attacked by three Demon Lords but their aces shouldn’t be among those troops. I can only leave this task on you, my staff officer. Can you do it?”

 

Upon hearing my question, Wight respectfully nodded.

 

“My lord, with the Undead corps I’m proud of; the resilient golem corps; the two Dwarf smiths that would direct the golems as though the golems were their own limbs; the two High Elves that would serve as our eyes and also give us countermeasures against air units; and the rest of the griffon corps; if we had this much, defending against third rate Demon Lords will be easy. We will show you that we can repel their forces without even using the trump card you’ve set up on the last room.”

 

Geez, he’s really reliable, I thought.

As he said, the forces I had prepared were more than enough but to be able to make full strategic use of it was up to the commander’s ability which Wight certainly had.

 

I did not tell my monsters about the Stolas’s participation; I did not want them to feel too secure. All except for Wight, that is. The moment his group could no longer win with their strength alone and defeat was imminent, all of them were to retreat to the third room, make use of the contraption prepared there, and seek for Stolas’s help.

This bitter decision was for Wight to make. His and his alone.

 

“To everyone that will stay here, upon my absence, Wight will have full authority. Treat his orders as though it was mine.”

 

To that, my monsters nodded.

Wight shook with delight as he spoke.

 

“My lord, we will defend Avalon with our own strength even at the cost of our lives!”

 

What he said made me happy but he got something wrong.

 

“Wight, I am happy with your resolve but you are mistaken about something. I don’t want to lose any single one of you. Win and live, that is my command!”

 

A win without any sacrifice.

 

“Yes, as my lord wills!”

 

With that, our strategy meeting was over so there was only one thing left for me to say:

 

“Let’s start the [War]. Our goal is to attain complete victory; for everyone to return and laugh again. Now, to your positions!”

 

My beloved monsters hurriedly began to mobilize.

Now, let’s go win this war.


This marks the end of the second volume. The light novel version of this volume will come out on 15th April. This will feature new chapters that I won’t translate (not right away, anyway) so please support the author Tsukiyo Rui-sensei and purchase a copy once it comes out. I will post links once it’s out.Ancient Elf.jpg

 

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50 thoughts on “Epilogue: Eve of the War”

  1. “I couldn’t help but feel there was some kind of trick I failed see.”
    Even tough he say so himself the enemy isnt the onlyone that can make an alliance they as well can send other new demons lords that are out of the war troops to his city after all the city is part of his dungeon XD

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  2. Thanks for the chapter.

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  3. Should build a casino and feed on the emotions of despair and bliss that they would repeatedly get there.

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  4. After looking at Elf illustration, why do I imagining a kid shouting:
    “Mama! look! there is a FLYING OPPAI”. Maybe thats my own heart’s voice :v

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  5. Gin Wolfstein said:

    I am surprised that Lolicell even considered the possibility of making a brothel with his lolis. In this sentence “If it really was so, I wanted us to someday build some of these facilities and thus be able to directly influence the emotions of the human beings ourselves.”
    Thanks for the chapter

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    • He might use succubi for that. Otherwise it could be interpreted as building and owning it themselves but employing other people.

      No way in hell he’s going to make his normal monsters prostitute themselves…

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      • Gin Wolfstein said:

        I understand, not to mention that the succubus loli would undoubtedly be ridiculously rare luxury prostitutes, and above all cute ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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      • Yep, and it’d be their instinct/racial attribute or whatever you want to call it, to get “lifeforce” from humans, so it’s all good. Well, some tend to go for the “wet dream” approach instead of physical one, but I dare say that would be damn successful too, imagine ordering vivid dreams that you remember completely and where everything feels real. Think they did something like that in that novel with the goddess aqua, megumi, masochist noble knight and the worthless mc that tends to die all the time. It worked well there 😛

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  6. thediabolicalgenius said:

    Thanks for the chapter noob. Even though I’m a little late to notice it.

    The scene is set for the war. I’m betting he’ll be forced to use whatever he’s prepared in the third room. Most likely Stolas will get a part too, otherwise she’d be pitiful if she just ends up watching Procell perform. Most likely he’ll be pushed into a corner by some underhanded trick and forced to focus completely on offense and depend on Stolas to protect his crystal while he takes them out before it’s too late.

    Also
    “This corps was originally formed under the assumption that they would be used against human cities but they should still shine in this war.”
    interestingly implies he been preparing for war against humans from the start. Looks like he already knows that the more people and wealth his city gathers, the harder it’ll be to avoid war against human nations who’ll covet what he has.

    I love that picture of Erofu by the way. I mean, damn. Just look at the great big, magnificent, round……

    ……..eyes she has. Aren’t they beautiful?

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  7. Insanityplea said:

    Thanks for the work!

    Yeah, those aint boobs anymore. Those are funbags which are relegated to the toy section which means ill get bored of them sooner or later. cause even though im male, just looking at those hurts my back.

    bet she uses air cushion to float them things around to relieve tension.

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  8. Thank you for the chapter.

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  9. MrTrixer said:

    Hmm, Viscosity, Evil and Steel. It sounds like a bad matchup for the gang that that relies on bullets, my theory, Viscosity is like slime, Evil is undead with spirits and incorporal cursing creatures and Steel sounds like a powerhouse with either high defence or offence. If they do.t mix in some magical defence or a swamp for heavy enemies then i think its gonna be a tough fight if not impossible. Good thing he got an ally at the back that could help at least but the new S monster will have a vital roll in the end.
    Thats how it feels at least considering how dramatic the first battle went.
    Procell will most likely be targeted as well and theres a chance of one of the girls dying for some dramatic effect in this fight. Never underestimate your opponent no matter who it is…
    Thank you for the chapter!

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    • My thoughts were similar to yours. Slime makes sense for viscosity. Evil is much less clear. I don’t think that ghosts are inherently evil. My bet would be on some kind of youkai or devils for the evil demon lord. I’d agree he’s in for a difficult fight. I predict one of two events will happen.

      1. Lolicell will be pressured so much that he will be forced to use both the S rank medal and the help of Stolas to narrowly achieve victory (or a draw)
      2. Lolicell will be pressured, but not to the extent of possibility #1. He will consider using the S rank medal, but will instead fall back on Stolas because he does not want to waste the potential of his medal.

      I’m leaning towards possibility #1.

      Also, I highly doubt that the author would kill off one of the girls. Few authors would commit such a taboo 😛

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  10. Thank you for the chapter!!
    Now it’s time for warrr!!!!!!

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  11. I find it mildly annoying that Lolicel is too damn worried about losing a few lower ranked monsters that he can spawn more of readily. I was hoping he’d be one that would be a little more realistic on that aspect, considering he has a sustainable DP farm, and just focus on not losing his top monsters.

    But granted, this isn’t a series that is likely to take such things seriously, and it’s more likely that things like skeleton deaths would be played up to be dramatic deaths.

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  12. Wow that picture makes me think of the strike witches anime. Love the way the story is looking. Thanks for the chapter as well.

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  13. Thanks for the new chapter!

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  14. I can already guess what will happen to Kuina in the [Viscosity] dungeon…

    Also as expected what an erofu!

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  15. Random Internet User (tm) said:

    Thanks kindly for all the hard work!

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  16. The ancient elf, her appearance is teenager, not loli….

    Anyway thx 4 the update…

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    • thediabolicalgenius said:

      It already said she looked around 14, so she is supposed to be a teenager. Lolicon is sometimes used in Japan to describe anyone interesting in underage girls, even if they are teenagers but just not legal yet. It technically counts, even if you really don’t think of a girl like that when you think loli.

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  17. My… Girls… AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Lolicell! Auuu

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  18. SightlierGravy said:

    Thanks for the chapter and damn, I guess you can’t really consider ancient Elf a lol I.

    One question though, does Lolicell have to destroy all 3 crystals to win or will he win the tie if both sides have one crystal remaining?

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    • thediabolicalgenius said:

      Yes, it said that the winner is the side with the most remaining crystals. So since there’s just him on his side (Stolas isn’t an official participant) and they have three, that means he loses unless he destroys at least two of their’s which nets him a draw. The only way for a demon lord to win any war at all is if the enemy crystal is destroyed or they are killed.
      He has to take all three crystals out.

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  19. Is really Okay to leave another Demon Lord(Stolas) in the Crystal Room?Is he just testing her? I have a feeling something unexpected will happen in the War ? [Evil] Demon Lord gives me the creeps.

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    • thediabolicalgenius said:

      Well he said when he called her that he was fine leaving her in his Crystal chamber, that he is sure she would never resort to underhanded methods and backstabbing to win and that she really does consider him her friend too. She want to compete against him fair and square.
      So yeah, we’re going with the power of friendship here…….

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  20. Cheers!

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  21. Reaper Phoenix said:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Little big elf girl. 😍

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  22. Thank you very much

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  23. thanks for the chapter!!

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  24. Kensei Seraph said:

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  25. Thank you for the chapter.

    Wasn’t the Ancient Elf supposed to have dark hair (like on the banner at top of this web page)? Is the blonde one one of her subordinates?

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  26. AshedAria said:

    Am I the only one who wants Stolas to betray him?

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  27. Secretlemon said:

    I was told elf was a loli. That is not a loli that is a 15-16 year old with very large “assets” to her name

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    • thediabolicalgenius said:

      Procell said around 14, and while the face does fit, with those long arms and legs and those assets of hers, she’d have had to have had one heck of an early growth spurt…….

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  28. Thanks for the chapter !!!

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  29. Well that picture at the end. What can I say. Big boobed Loli Elf banzai!

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  30. Gulp… Tis a bitter cliff…

    Lolicell! *cough* I mean ikeeeeeeee

    xD

    Thankee for the chapter~

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  31. …… Geez, look at that bountiful Titty McGlee. **sigh**

    Thanks for your hard work~! ✨

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    • thediabolicalgenius said:

      I doubt you need to tell anyone to look. The male readers at least, definitely saw those before they even noticed the rest of her. Some probably didn’t even realise that there was a big rifle in the picture as well. *rolls eyes*

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      • The rifle was the first thing I saw, then the tiny arms that are supposed to shoot that thing then I saw the twin mountains and I’m like “HOLY FUDGEBALLS LOOK AT THOSE FLABBY THINGS!”

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      • thediabolicalgenius said:

        There’s an exception to every rule. In this case a gun-otaku, lolicon would be it. 😀
        But yeah, if she wasn’t supposed to be a monster with physical stats far out of proportion to her appearance, let alone fire it, she wouldn’t even be able to hold the damn rifle. She could also look forward to a life of lower back problems that could put her in a wheel-chair by the time she hits middle age.
        It’s a good job she’s a monster, right?

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    • *Stare*

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