Chapter 93: Erica Aurelia’s Scandal

It’s the start of the new arc! And there is an announcement on the bottom of the chapter. Also, if you don’t read this story on starrynightnovels.com you probably missed the three interludes before this.

TL: clover

ED: xtostos, eristol


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Magic Academy City Lindis, the last day of summer vacation.

Inside a room at East Dormitory where students from Hafan are staying.

Four girls who had arrived at the academy as early as possible, were gossiping excitedly while taking out their baggage from their respective bags.

 

“Hey, hey, everyone, have you heard? About this year’s freshmen?”

“My, what are you talking about?”

“It seems that the Aurelia who is reputed to be a wicked woman is going to enroll in this academy.”

 

A girl who seemed to have good knowledge of a certain matter began to speak unnaturally in an overdramatic voice.

Her older brother who liked rumors was said to regularly send letters containing gossip to his sister who was in the academy.

Of course, the other three girls also joined in the entertaining scandalous story.

 

“No way, the wicked woman of the rumors these days, it was actually the girl from Aurelia Ducal family?”

“Exactly her. A while ago, the teacher was talking about it with a blue face.”

 

In response to that comment, the other three girls exclaimed “Oh dear, how unpleasant!” while getting excited, and they seemed to be having fun.

 

“She’s an outrageously greedy woman, right?”

“It is said that she bought up a whole district of the warehouse town in its entirety in the north-west.”

“Isn’t she gathering treasures from all over the continent?”

“She pestered His Excellency the Duke to obtain many expensive jewels which were beyond what an individual should have.”

 

Everyone was imagining a young lady who is delighted to wear improper amounts of jewels and ornaments lasciviously.

She has to be shamelessly decorated and unsightly, they nodded to one another in agreement.

 

“I have heard of her too. She doesn’t even think of other people as people and treats them in a high-handed manner.”

“She pushes a genius alchemist around as if he belongs to herself exclusively.”

“I’ve heard that she holds the weakness of the Turm family in her hand and makes them provide her with materials and human resources like hot water.”

“She also used her own influence to hush up the Hunter Guild and turned the sea serpent suppression into her own achievement.”

 

While gossiping excitedly, the four girls unpacked their baggage promptly.

It seemed that a good scandal was good motivation for work.

 

“There are also rumors like this. That she is a heathen and is crazy about some pagan goddess so she doesn’t fear God.”

“It is said that she’s gathering pagan anecdotes. Not just from this continent, she even gathers those stories from that nasty Gigantia.”

“It seems that she muttered things like ‘I’m glad that the contamination in this place was burned off cleanly’ in front of a church which was destroyed by a lightning strike.”

“Oh dear! Perhaps, the criminal was Erica Aurelia?”

“Sshh! It will be a disaster if we’re heard by someone!”

 

A girl with mature atmosphere who had been turning around to listen, looked around with her index finger in front of her mouth.

As one would expect, treating her as the criminal who destroyed the churches would be a little too much.

 

“Not only that, but Erica Aurelia is an incredibly lascivious girl.”

“It is said that she seduces His Highness Auguste at every opportunity.”

“Well, how insolent! Is she after the Crown Princess position?”

 

The girl who was longing for Auguste raised her voice.

The Crown Princess has to be a virtuous girl who is suitable for him, so she seemed annoyed.

 

“There are rumors saying that Klaus-sama fell in love with that woman, right?”

“Isn’t that just a groundless rumor? Aah, Klaus-sama……how heartrending.”

“There are also rumors saying that men of unknown origins are serving her. There was someone who saw her with a big man with his face covered along with a beautiful young man with tanned skin coming and going out of dubious places.”

“Aah, how repulsive! So you’re saying that such an evil woman will come to our traditional magic academy?”

 

A girl whose male cousin planned to enroll starting from the new semester sighed.

Even Auguste and Klaus were in danger.

She was worried how the innocent boy who would become a classmate of such a woman would turn out.

 

“Like mother, like daughter. You know, her mother was also an equally wicked woman.”

“My, this is the first time I am hearing that.”

“It seems that His Excellency Duke Aurelia suppressed that information, so I don’t know the details, but she was referred to as the Poisonous Butterfly.”

“I’ve heard that there was a daughter of an Earl who died because of the Poisonous Butterfly.”

“Erica Aurelia’s lasciviousness and high-handedness are inherited from her mother, huh?”

“She is not just an ordinary pampered and willful lady, she is a true-born wicked woman. Aah, how terrible!”

 

While being completely immersed in the gossips of the wicked women, the four girls finished unpacking their luggage and dressing themselves properly.

 

“Now then everyone, what should we do after this?”

“We should go out to the city and shop.”

“My, well then, I wonder if I can join you?”

“Yes, of course you can.”

“Have you heard? A new product of that famous perfume store that opened a branch store in Lindis since last year—”

 

Their interests shifted to perfumes and accessories and Erica Aurelia was driven to the back of their minds.

While laughing loudly together, the young ladies walked away.

 

 

 

 

Magic Academy City Lindis.

Students were supposed to live in a dormitory built within the academy premises.

East, West, South and North dormitories to match the students’ origins and the Central dormitory for the scholarship students enrolling as the King’s Scholar.

 

I, Erica Aurelia, arrived in my room at the girls’ wing of the West Dormitory before the entrance ceremony.

 

『Is this all the luggage you have, Erica?』

“Yes.”

 

Tirnanog, who is disguised as a small golem made of starsteel, carried the last baggage.

It was a large leather bag as big as his body.

I looked around the room where many bags of the same size were piled up.

 

This room is a single room in the corner of the top floor of the dormitory.

A large built-in closet.

A canopy bed, a writing desk and a chaise lounge.

In the small but clean built-in bathroom, there are a bathtub and a toilet.

 

It is an extravagant room of a privileged noble, which is likely to be an object of jealousy of the students who will live in the shared, large rooms.

But with this single room, I can talk with Tirnanog and Palug without worry.

Thankfully.

 

『Ufufu~ this is nice. Since it’s a dorm I thought it would be cramped, but this is wi~de!』

『Umu, not bad.』

 

Palug who was in her cat form stretched herself out languidly on the canopy bed as soon as possible.

Tirnanog who finished his task sprawled on the couch, taking a short break.

I also sat down on the chair in front of the writing desk.

 

“It looks like this was formerly a room of a senior noble girl. It’s very extravagant.”

 

It has been six and a half years since that spring when I recalled the memories of my previous life.

Finally, the day when the story of 『Liber Monstrorum ~Phantom Beasts and the Winter Princess~』 will start has arrived.

Tomorrow is the entrance ceremony of the magic academy.

 

“I will proceed cautiously for a year in order to escape the oracle starting from tomorrow. So, I might request even more troublesome things from both of you……”

 

I wonder how much Tirnanog and Palug have been helping me in recent years.

And we will be involved in even more difficult things when academy life begins.

 

『Don’t worry. You know there is no way I would feel bothered by the things I do for your sake.』

『Right, right. I wouldn’t unreasonably dislike them either, you know, Erica?』

“Yeah……thank you.”

 

While feeling the kindness of the two of them, I looked back on the events of the past six years.

 

Investigation of the personal information about the heroine and the capture targets.

Investigation about the extent of contamination of the underground altars of churches throughout the Ichthyes continent.

Subjugation of the krakens which increased abnormally in the north-western coastal waters.

After Palug’s power had recovered perfectly, the purification of the corrupted altars carried out on Ichthyes continent.

Investigation of the personal information of the teachers and students related to Lindis.

Investigation of the phantom beasts in the area around Lindis.

Investigating and cleaning up the corrupted altars of Ignitia’s territory in Karkinos by having Palug travel to the continent of Karkinos.

The subjugation of the hordes of sea serpents that were heading northward to Ichthyes.

 

Heavy rotation between investigation, purification and subjugation.

Tirnanog, Palug and Harold have helped me with the hard work that would have been impossible for me to do by myself, without complaint.

Rather, there were many projects which were delegated to them completely.

In particular, I couldn’t help much in dealing with the corrupted altars and things like that.

 

I felt terribly guilty for being a friend who is like the useless boss of a black company.

I managed to get through it thanks to my excellent allies’ efforts.

 

Thanks to their help, the vampires’ conspiracy covering the continent has likely been messed up.

Which is nice.

As if I’d stand for them simply turning innocent people into offerings on those altars.

In case things turn for the worse and I am plunged into the vampires’ route, it is likely that I’d also be turned into a sacrifice, so it isn’t just someone else’s problem.

However, it is troubling because the vampires don’t seem to have retreated as quietly as they look.

 

Speaking of troublesome things, there was the investigation of personal information of the people related to the game.

Regarding Chloe the heroine, her background couldn’t be traced at all as if someone was hiding her.

The same thing happened regarding the unconfirmed capture target, Claude.

About the other capture target, Brad, we were able to obtain information that is generally known with much difficulty.

Despite having met up with Eduard-oniisama and Actorius-sensei many times, the death flags related to them remain yet unknown.

 

That said, there were also unexpected benefits.

Since I have subjugated the dangerous marine animals, I ended up accumulating abundant assets before I knew it.

 

Oh, but there was also a failure regarding that.

My identity was exposed when I was on my way to collect the materials during a sea serpent subjugation.

After the rumors spread, I was nicknamed 「Abyss Killer」.

As a nickname for a 14-year-old girl, it feels terribly unsuitable.

 

Thinking such, I accidentally leaked a deep sigh of sorrow, “Haah~”

 

『Umu, you seem to be tired. Let me finish unpacking.』

“At this rate there will be no space to even tread on, huh~ Erica, you should rest.”

 

When Tirnanog was worrying about me, Palug descended from the bed and turned into her human form.

Splitting their labor, she promptly stored the luggage inside the closet and organized the everyday magic tools and accessories that were going to be used immediately.

The two of them were good at taking care of others and I unconsciously took advantage of that.

 

Putting up a fighting spirit, I got up and reached for my notebook.

 

“Jeez~ it’s fine to be idle, you know? This child doesn’t change at all~”

『Isn’t it fine? That’s just how Erica is.』

 

I checked the labels of the leather bags that were nearby while comparing them with my notebook.

 

“Since this has uniforms in it, this will go inside the closet and the documents……”

 

Clothing such as uniforms and dresses were put inside the closet.

Leather bags containing alchemy-related materials and wands should be placed next to the writing desk.

I hesitated on where to put them, but the documents were also moved into the closet after a moment of deliberation.

 

As we unpacked while dividing the labor, most of our luggage were also put into order one after another.

When the room was settled to a certain extent, Palug asked me with a curious expression.

 

“Mm, Erica. Can I ask something?”

“What is it?”

“This is an academy, right? Are there no textbooks?”

Certainly, it seems we didn’t bring anything that are likely to be textbooks.

 

Did I forget about them while packing the materials related to the death flags!?

……That wasn’t it.

 

“Well, it seems there will be an event called Magical Power Judgement after the entrance ceremony tomorrow. The textbooks will be distributed after checking the results of that.”

 

Magical Power Judgement seems to be an event to confirm things like the quality and amount of one’s magical power.

Depending on the results, some classes can’t be taken. So textbooks are to be handed over after the judgment.

 

“Aah~ that’s good. I thought that your head was filled with the oracle and you forgot about it.”

“Ah, but. Wait a minute! Maybe—”

 

Suddenly I felt uneasy and checked the mandatory list once more.

Because I didn’t have to worry about the textbooks, I neglected checking my study materials until this moment.

 

“I forgot a small sized athanor for class.”

 

It is an indispensable study material for the alchemy students, irrespective of the quality of magical power.

There is going to be a large athanor installed in this room, but I need a portable small athanor for use during lessons.

 

『Fumu, can we place an order for it now? Since the baggage has been put in order already.』

“I’m glad that it’s still bright outside~ Rather, there will still be spare time left even after we shop.”

“That’s true, let’s buy an athanor first and then explore Lindis.”

 

For precaution, the two phantom beasts put on a talisman that can repel Glam Sight.

With this, it wouldn’t be easy for the formidable true identities of the golden cat and the starsteel golem to be exposed.

It is an item redirected from the failed prototypes made by the new Weapon Development Department of the Turm Shipbuilding Company, instead of by Harold.

Since it is convenient, I also wanted to use it, but because it consumes an unusual amount of magical power, it is exclusively used by the phantom beasts.

 

『Do not speak unnecessarily, cat.』

『Fu~hnda¹, even I know that much.』

 

I took the two of them who were bickering as usual in low voices and headed out to the city of Lindis.


¹ Imagine the gesture of sticking out her tongue and pulling down her eyelid – but vocally, rather than actually.

 

Announcement:

From this chapter onward, there will be only one release per week, which is on Monday 12 am (UTC+7). This is due to some reasons, such as:

  • To savor the story, so that we don’t finish it too quickly
  • To let xtostos edit the earlier chapters without getting pressured by the release of the new chapters, and edit the new chapter first before it is being published
  • So that we have time for ourselves without being pressured by the release schedule
  • To let eristol edit the grammar of all the edited chapters

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65 thoughts on “Chapter 93: Erica Aurelia’s Scandal

  1. Can I apply as an editor for grammar correction? Xtostos should handle translation editing but if it’s grammar I can do it. I am preparing for majoring in English as it is so it should be a good practice for me.

    And the chapter was cool….seriously these girls have too much time on their hands if they are foulmouthing our precious Erica so maliciously, ah well, one setback is Tir and Palug have to be more cautious than ever in this academy filled with excellent mages and staff.

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        1. You’re hired~ I’ll send the invitation later. You can start with the ones xtostos has edited, just add your name beside xtostos in the ED after you done with the chapter.

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          1. By the by Cloveer, could you tell me how to edit them by the way? Can’t seem to find an edit button or anything of sort unless of course it needs your approval first.

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          2. Your username is Eristol right? And the email is the one you used to email me? I have sent invitation to both lol. Try checking the people tab > invites

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          3. Sorry for the inconvenience, finally got through it. I totally forgot I was using my yahoo account for wordpress and tried to accept from the gmail account hence the tangle up.

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          4. Oh okay, welcome to the team anyway! Glad to have you~ contact me using email, and I’m working on making a discord chat for us, for convenience sake

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          5. Glad to be on board. I will start editing starting tomorrow once my exam is over. Xtostos must be editing from the first chapters right? In that case I will go with the reverse order and start from the latest releases.

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      1. More likely the one who spread it might be Cain or someone below him.

        Since we know that he somehow have connection in the event that make the capture target hating Erica and even tell Eduart that Erica would die 6 year in the future. It’s probable that he would start a rumor that make Erica being isolated or hated so he (or someone that misunderstand Erica) can attack her more easily

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        1. But… why would there be a need for someone to maliciously spread rumor? She’s Erica Aurelia, the sole daughter of one of the four most important families on the continent. You don’t get much higher profile than that. Basically, she’s a celebrity by default – and on top of that she’s good friends with THE crown prince/genius dragon knight. It would be strange if she was NOT a target of rumors.
          Of course, rumors don’t necessarily have to be bad. But these tend to spread the best naturally. And Erica has A LOT of secrets, mysterious connections (business or otherwise), and shady investigations going on behind the scenes… She provides all the fuel one might need for juicy gossip to start and spread, ultimately making her out to be a wicked woman. To me it just doesn’t seem like a case of targeted malicious slander – she’s just a top-class celebrity while also being shrouded in secrecy. It would be stranger if she did NOT have a truckload of bad rumors circling around her.

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    1. Though can you perhaps consider 2 chapters a week? I am immensely grateful for your translating the novel…seeing the notification about a new chapter really brightens up my day and there is much of the story left since raws is on arc 5. (˶‾᷄ ⁻̫ ‾᷅˵)

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      1. Perhaps, once all the chapters are edited (by both xtostos and eristol who will act as the grammar editor) we will consider it. But for now it will be one release per week ^^ glad that it made your day, though!

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  2. Thanks for the chapter ❤~
    [Can’t you make it twice a week, please? … I got so used to reading this so much that I’m afraid I will get withdrawal syndrome 😅
    Do it gradually so we don’t feel like something is missing, please. 🙏]
    These were just my selfish thoughts, feel free to ignore them…. I know you know better than us, sorry if I offended you without noticing.
    Wish you good luck ❤

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  3. Maybe this is what you’d call plot armor? You know, all those rumors rotating around despite everything she has done for them. This is getting Falling in Love with the Villainness vibe all over again, which I like it!
    The Heroine being hidden worries me. I mean, if she’s just your (not-so) average daughter of a baron, a simple investigation would lead Erica to her in no time at all. But if she can’t find her, much less her origin and bloodline, just how much dangers (and future plots) that will come? Man, I can’t wait.
    At any rate, good luck finding a new Editor! And thanks for the chappie!

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    1. Well, Chloe is originally a duke’s daughter so a typical baron’s daughter is unlikely. But knowing this novel, she is likely going to turn out to be different from our expectations. Looking forward to seeing her appear.

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  4. I wanted to do a fanfic of last chapter… but got distracted by RL things boo hoo but oooh I am so excited shes finally in Lindis!!! oooh how will she slay! can’t wait! seriously I wanted to wait like 5 chapters worth to read then binge… but I can’t do it!

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  5. Thank you for the newest chapter! I’m honestly still rooting for Klaus to end up with Erica! I’m really glad that we’ve finally reached the game part!

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    1. Aren’t these rumors mostly true or closely related to Erica keeping the actual interpretation of events a secret? What do you expect after being a young girl that is regularly seen with a suspicious man in black that’s not known to anyone in her family? Or uttering things like “nice that the contamination got burned away” in front of a recently destroyed church? Or when you hoard treasure for no apparent reason AND have some strange business ties to one of the biggest merchant families around where you seem to be getting lots of support without providing them with any obvious compensation?
      Why would Cain need to start any rumors when she does such a splendid job herself?

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  6. May those malicious gossipmongers step on dog poop! Grrr….
    But seriously, 6 years have already passed. Wow… I feel nostalgic. It’s as if yesterday (actually a few months) since we know Erica, Klaus, Auguste, Ann and Harold as precocious 8 and 10 year-olds. I’m gonna miss their child self (not that Erica is much different, having previous life memories) especially Klaus, Auguste and Harold. By now they’re adolescent young men. Hmmmm….
    I just seriously hope Klaus graduate from being rival-zoned by Erica. As he is a close associate of Auguste, he should start learning from our natural ladykiller.
    Thanks for the translations. I’m gonna miss my every other day dose of Erica. I would like to volunteer with the english editing but RL matters…. Well, if you want a part-time part-timer (lol)…. Good luck on you endeavors and don’t tire yourselves out too much. The School academy arc is one of the best arc in my opinion, it reminds me so much of Harry Potter ^_^, so I’m looking forward to it.

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  7. Can’t wait to see a face slapping happening after this. And the gossipers should really polish their eyesight more since Erica is not doing the seducing instead her harem is the one trying to do so (especially Auguste) (*≧∀≦*) since she’s so dense and still haven’t notice the fact that she has raised tons of love flags.Well can’t wait to see her next adventurous day. Btw thx for the chapter

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  8. And now it really begins… I’m excited to see how Erica passes through her magic evaluation – won’t everyone realize how off the charts powerful she is then? I’m also looking forward to meeting the other capture targets – will they join Erica’s harem or are they the heroine’s henchmen? Thanks for the update!!! Can’t wait til next week!!!

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  9. No information about Chloe and Claude huh. Both are duke’s children (different dukes, does Erica know the ducal area of Claude?). How weird. Especially with the high amount of rumours surrounding Erica.

    Is it the doing of vampire army or the doing of another reincarnated person?

    The scenario about Eduart is probably about their mother and Elric is about his aristocratic past? Both are top secrets.

    I will miss the frequent update. T.T

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      1. So one child is probably with retainer A while the other child with retainer B? Since their first names don’t change, they should know that the other one is the alive sibling. (Or they are as dense as Erica or the usual amnesia trope)

        What’s the name of the (supposedly) werewolf sibling? Did I forget or it was not mentioned?

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        1. So. In Lucanrant there is a custom about their marriage. I can’t really tell you since it will be spoiler. But the least I can tell you is Chloe and Claude are not blood-siblings. They know about each other. About the werewolf thing. It was hinted in ch 1 and ch 53. I will just tell you.

          There are only 3 Ducal Houses in Ichthyes. Lucanrant, Hafan, and Aurelia. This was established since ch 1. In ch 21 we know all the capture target names. It was said there that Claude was the duke’s son. So. He had to be the Duke Lucanrant’s son. Since in ch 1 it was said that the Duke Lucanrant family was massacred and Chloe was the only one alive, Claude had to be the one who did it. In ch 53 Eduart said that the one who did the Lucanrant Massacre was not someone who would do such a thing. So. There had to be some reason why Claude massacred his family. Why? We shall found out.

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          1. So interesting. How convenient that all captured target is in Lindiz. Claude is currently so underground that there is no info about him.

            I kind of wish that Erica will collect all the monsters, but I guess there won’t be another monster beside in Elric case (he is a monster doctor after all) and the werewolf. Dragons don’t count as there are many of the in Ignitia.

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  10. If I were an unrelated bystander, I would believe those nasty rumours more than the truth.
    I mean, a young girl killing giant sea monsters by herself? A young girl charming the crown prince and Hafan’s first son? Destroying the cursed churches that only a small amount of people knows that they are cursed?
    Erica is suspicious as hell!
    I bet that Cain spread those rumours.

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  11. Is there any way you can get Novel Updates to fix the title of this series on their site? Seeing Nana-ri instead of Shichi-nin every time is starting to drive me bonkers.

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  12. Oh man, I was hoping for the heroine of the game to be an actual good person who would see past the rumours and befriend our villainess Erica X’D But her background being difficult to obtain is already quite suspicious :/ I dislike the “heroine turned villain” trope since its been done too many times and executed badly X’DD
    Anyways, thanks for the translation! Updating once a week is already plenty! 😀

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  13. “It is an item diverted from the failed prototypes…” I think the word might be “derived.” Please let me know if I’m wrong, though.

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      1. Actually, clover, we had that discussion twice before. It actually is diverted, not derived. It is not a development based on some prototype, it is one of the failed prototypes. Failed because unfit for human use.

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