Characters / New Gods

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     Apokolips 
The dreaded domain of Darkseid. It is the polar opposite of New Genesis.

Darkseid

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AKA: Uxas

The Big Bad of the Fourth World, and later a prominent villain for The DCU as a whole, see his own article for detailed info.

Darkseid's Elite

Darkseid's inner circle. After the God of Tyranny himself, these are the most potent and evil beings of Apokolips and the main instruments through which Darkseid works his dark will.

Amazing Grace

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One of Darkseid's greatest minions, she pretends to organize a rebellion every once in a while. When it inevitably fails, the people are left hopeless again, solidifying Darkseid's control once more. She is Glorious Godfrey's sister.

Desaad

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Darkseid's advisor and chief interrogator. This spineless, wormy little man dreams of one day ruling Apokolips himself. He is Bernadeth's brother.

Desaad possessed Mary Marvel during Final Crisis, apparently reveling in turning the pure young heroine into an oversexed murderer. He was exorcized when Captain Marvel Junior used Shazam's lightning to turn Mary back to her mortal self.

Devilance the Pursuer

The god of the hunt, Darkseid's chief tracker. He was a recurring foe of the Forever People. Devilance was eventually killed by Lobo.

Doctor Bedlam

Darkseid's chief scientist, who is a disembodied entity who inhabits a number of robotic clones called "animates".

Glorious Godfrey

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AKA: G. Gordon Godfrey / Rev. G. Godfrey Goode

Darkseid has Godfrey pose as a televangelist to turn the people against their superheroes and preach the gospel of "Anti-Life" — unthinking obedience, making them easier to conquer. He is Amazing Grace's brother.

He set the events of the Crisis Crossover Legends in motion by assuming the mortal guise of "G. Gordon Godfrey", a Pompous Political Pundit who drove the U.S. public to distrust its superheroes. He eventually overplayed his hand dramatically, and his attempt to wear the stolen helmet of Doctor Fate punctuated his defeat.

During Final Crisis, Glorious Godfrey possessed a human man and posed, again, as a televangelist to distract people from Darkseid's plan. He dies when his host body burns out and Darkseid refuses to create a new body for him.

  • Ascended Extra: He actually was never a prominent character in the original Fourth World saga. As time went on, he became as prominent as Desaad and Granny Goodness due to his role in manipulating the public. His G. Gordon Godfrey persona managed to earn him a cameo on Justice League, and a later recurring role on Young Justice.
  • Bad Habits: Wears them.
  • Compelling Voice: That can turn the masses into an angry mob out to destroy the resident superhero.
  • Dark Messiah: He is the New God who preaches Anti-Life as a gospel that victims willingly accept, and not just a MacGuffin for mass mind-control.
  • Divide and Conquer: His strategy.
  • Glorious Leader: His role (it's even in his name)
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's been used as a Take That against both right-wing pundit G. Gordon Liddy and left-wing pundit Al Sharpton. The message here, apparently, is that mass media and extremists in general can be bad.
  • Pompous Political Pundit: G. Gordon Godfrey is a textbook example of this trope, arrogantly inciting the public against his targets of choice.
  • Smug Snake: He is not as glorious as he believes himself to be.
  • The Starscream: During the Legends X-Over, he ultimately plans on stealing Doctor Fate's helmet to add to his powerful army on Earth and overthrow Darkseid.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Proves that he would and does in Legends.

Granny Goodness

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The leader and trainer of the Female Furies. Although she is an elderly woman, she is one of the most wicked and dangerous beings alive.

Granny incarnates on Earth in Final Crisis, first as a human pimp and later in the body of the Apokolips-born Green Lantern, Kraken. In this form, she captures Batman for the Evil Gods and nearly conquers Oa in Darkseid's name, but is exposed by Hal Jordan.

  • Apron Matron: A sick parody of one.
  • Bad Samaritan: Runs orphanages... for horrible purposes.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Commonly treated as a joke by comic fans, Granny Goodness has the best track record of not getting her butt kicked by super-heroes and the New Gods, and commits acts of brainwashing and horrific abuse without any consequences upon children 24/7 on Apokolips. Truth is, she's only silly if you've never actually read a story about her.
  • Break the Cutie: A flashback story established this as why she's evil: she was made to train alongside an attack dog named Mercy, who she felt love for. Rather than kill it as her final test of loyalty to Darkseid, she killed the commander who told her to instead. This caught the attention of Darkseid, as she argued to let Mercy live as the dog was a loyal and powerful servant. Darkseid then ordered Mercy to kill Granny. When Granny killed her beloved pet in self-defense, Darkseid was so impressed that Mercy was so well-trained as to be more loyal to him than Granny, that he granted her inner-circle status. And Granny pretty much lost what little remaining goodness in her heart as a result of having to kill the only being she ever loved.
  • Combat Sadomasochist
    Granny: Did that hurt? Good. It was supposed to.
    Amanda Waller: Yeah, it hurt. (rifle-butts her) Does this? It's supposed to!
    Granny: That's all right, dearie. Granny likes pain.
    • What's more, Granny instills this in her "children." Those raised by Granny are taught that pain and torment are the truest expressions of love.
  • Evil Old Folks: She's technically younger than Darkseid, but looks old in a way we understand.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Not only does her name count, but her lethal attack dog was called "Mercy".
  • I Was Quite a Looker: She used to be an extremely in shape bald woman who could rock a skintight outfit. In her present appearance age has definitely taken its toll, although oddly her hair has grown.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Seriously, not unless you have a small army of badasses backing you up.
  • Orphanage of Fear: She runs these, to break children's spirits and weed out potential recruits.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Her trademark. She tend to refer to other people in a grandmatronly way, even though she doesn't even bother with Faux Affably Evil.
  • Torture Technician: She is this, and most of her victims are children.
  • Undying Loyalty: There's a reason Granny is so highly placed in Darkseid's inner-circle: she genuinely worships him, and it shows in her training. Granny has trained the Female Furies to be loyal to Granny first, but Darkseid foremost, meaning that in a test of loyalty, the Furies will choose Darkseid.

Kalibak the Cruel

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Darkseid's son by his first wife Suli. His greatest wish is to prove himself a worthy heir to his father, but that will never happen, considering the kind of person his father is.

In Final Crisis, Kalibak first possessed a human thug; after his host died, Darkseid's scientists created a bestial tiger-man body for him to inhabit. He was killed in combat by Talky Tawny.

Kanto

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AKA: Iluthin

Darkseid's personal assassin and weapon master. Kanto is a master of both courtly intrigue and fencing, and ruins men just as efficiently with the pen as with the sword. He dresses in the manner of a Renaissance nobleman.

Mantis

A renegade bug from New Genesis, he led a colony of bugs from New Genesis to Apokolips. There, in return for his loyalty, he was made a New God by Darkseid.

Mortalla

One of Darkseid's concubines, she became the lover of Orion.

Steppenwolf

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The uncle of Darkseid and general of the armies of Apokolips. Steppenwolf is one of Darkseid's most loyal and trusted servants. He is a genius tactician who rides a hover bike with the same power as Orion's Astro-Harness.

Virman Vundabar

A vicious little man who was raised in Granny Goodness's orphanage just like Scott Free, Virman is one of Granny's greatest successes. He is preoccupied with military efficiency, especially that of the Prussian Empire of Earth, on which he based his persona. His niece Malice is one of the Female Furies.

The Deep Six

The Female Furies

Darkseid's elite female warriors, founded and led by Granny Goodness. They serve him without question. Supergirl, Mary Marvel, and other powerful women have served on this team, usually thanks to Brainwashing.

Alianna Hubbard

A human woman recruited by the Furies. Do not underestimate her.

  • Strong as They Need to Be: As Mister Miracle found out the hard way, her strength and speed is augmented to rival her comrades.

Artemiz

The Furies' resident archer.

Bernadeth

Co-field leader of the Furies. She shares this duty with Lashina, who she doesn't get along with. She is Desaad's sister.

Bloody Mary

A vampire that can control her victims and use telekinesis.

Gilotina

Her swords, and karate chops, can slice through any matter like a hot knife through butter.

Knockout

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AKA: Kay

A Fury who decided to escape to Earth when she saw the opportunity, developing an obsession with the young hero Superboy. She eventually joined the Secret Six and fell in love with its leader, Scandal Savage. She was killed during the Death of the New Gods storyline.

Lashina

Co-field leader of the Furies. She also works undercover as a prostitute when Granny Goodness requires it.

Mad Harriet

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A psycho with razor-sharp claws.

Malice Vundabar

A little girl dressed like Alice from Alice in Wonderland. She has her shadow monster, Chessure, devour her victims. Malice is Virman Vundabar's niece.

Speed Queen

She skates along at extreme speed.

Stompa

This beefy woman's legs are so strong that she can generate earthquakes with her stomps.

Wunda

She has light based powers.

Agogg

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A hulking minion of Darkseid specifically sent to bring back a terminally ill person whom Desaad believes has most if not all of the Anti-life Equation in him.

  • Appeal to Flattery: How the ill person convinces him to spare the KO'ed Orion and Lightray after surrendering; after all, he's the one he came for and those two couldn't possibly be a threat to one as strong as he.
  • The Brute / Hair-Trigger Temper: A nasty disposition with the strength to go with it; only by constantly remembering his orders does he keep from tearing his quarry apart.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Whether they confronted him directly or caught him off-guard, Orion and Lightray were no match for him.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Became a victim of this when the man threw himself off the balcony and made it seem like Agogg was responsible. Darkseid simply would not believe the person would sacrifice himself like that, and accused Agogg of trying to keep the equation for himself, demanding he reveal it to him immediately or be incinerated on the spot. It doesn't end well.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Nursery his target used to frequent to entertain the young patients had better help Agogg locate him quickly.

Grayven

Darkseid's third and youngest son, he plots to overthrow his father and take over Apokolips. He also dislikes being compared to his father, a comparison that he cannot escape since he is very much a pale imitation of Darkseid with his rocky skin and weaker Omega Beams.

  • Antagonistic Offspring: He planned to overthrow his father and take over Apokolips.
  • Bastard Bastard
  • Eye Beams: He has inherited the ability to produce Omega Beams from his father, but his are much weaker.
  • Smug Snake: Believes himself to be the next Darkseid, despite being less competent than Kalibak
  • The Unfavorite: Darkseid hates him the most of his three sons. Considering that Grayven planned to overthrow Darkseid, it's not much of a surprise.

Heggra

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The mother of Darkseid and Infinity Man, and the sister of Steppenwolf. After her husband Yuga Khan was absorbed into the Source Wall, Heggra became ruler of Apokolips, after which Darkseid manipulated her into declaring war on New Genesis. Disapproving of her son's affair with Suli, Heggra had Desaad poison her; in retaliation, Darkseid had Desaad covertly kill Heggra as well, securing his rule over Apokolips.

Justifiers

Darkseid's elite warriors, they are composed of various people brainwashed to serve him.

Parademons

The normal shock troopers and foot soldiers of Darkseid.

  • Henchmen Race: They're both bred from stock and modified clones of Apokoliptian citizens, but their only purpose is to serve as Apokoliptian soldiers, and they serve their superiors (Darkseid foremost) without question.
  • Mooks: Darkseid's.

Yuga Khan

The original ruler of Apokolips and the most powerful New God that has ever lived, he is the father of Darkseid. Prior to the beginning of the series, his quest to understand the Source caused him to merge with it, but he does briefly return only to get back in the Source by the end of that event.

     New Genesis 
The domain of Highfather. It is the polar opposite of Apokolips.

  • Arcadia: It's that kind of Utopia.
  • Fantastic Racism: New Genesis has its inhabitants divided between two species: the immortal gods, who live in the city of Supertown, and the "bug", a species who grew from "micro-life" spread on the planet's surface during the Gods' war, and live in "Bug Mound". Predictably, this has led to occasional prejudice between the two, with many of the Gods regarding the Bugs as a lesser species.
  • Ghibli Hills: Much of the landscape.
  • Heaven: The New God equivalent of it, just as Apokolips is the equivalent of Hell.
  • Utopia: It's everything that Apokolips isn't.

Highfathers

Highfather

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AKA: Izaya the Inheritor

Ruler of New Genesis. He is Darkseid's good counterpart. As part of the pact between New Genesis and Apokolips, his son, Scott Free, was given as hostage to Darkseid, while Darkseid's son Orion was given to Izaya; Orion became the New Gods' greatest hero, while Scott escaped Apokolips and became a hero as well. Of all the New Gods, Izaya has the closest connection to the Source, which he often consults in times of need.

During Genesis, Izaya's physical form was killed by the Olympian war-god Ares, but his spirit lived on inside the Source. He sometimes returned to aid New Genesis by possessing the body of his hand-picked replacement, Takion. After the end of the Fourth World, Izaya incarnated on Earth as a homeless man and led the struggling good gods. Following Final Crisis, he has been resurrected to lead the gods of good in their new home.

  • Captain Ersatz: He may or may not have been based on Odin from Marvel's The Mighty Thor, as he fills a similar role.
  • God of Good: The Big Good of New Genesis' pantheon.
  • Grandpa God: Old, white hair, beard, robes — check, check, check, and check.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: His portrayal before the New52, The Heart and all-wise mentor of the New Gods of New Genesis.
  • Informed Ability: Highfather is supposedly Darkseid's equal in power and his staff has been repeatedly claimed to be a direct link to the Source granting Highfather access to near limitless energy to manipulate as he wishes along with his cosmic awarness. Yet he rarely does anything and the few times he does take action or a crisis occurs he is portrayed as powerless.
  • Meaningful Name: He's named for the Biblical prophet Isaiah.
  • Messianic Archetype: Izaya follows the Mosaic version of the archetype, reinventing himself as the spiritual leader of his people after a life-changing encounter with the (even more) divine.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Before the New 52 reboot.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Highfather's appearances in the New 52 continuity (in Wonder Woman and the Godhead crossover with the Green Lantern titles) portrayed him as a militaristic Well-Intentioned Extremist, what Izaya may have been before his epiphany. (He was actually the Big Bad of Godhead, committing atrocities that made Darkseid redundant in the storyline; fortunately he has a Heel Realization before the end.)
  • Unwitting Pawn: Long ago, Darkseid killed Izaya's wife, but left him alive. The Roaring Rampage of Revenge that ensued caused the death of Darkseid's uncle Steppenwolf, clearing Darkseid's path to gain complete power over Apokolips.

Takion of the Source

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AKA: Joshua Saunders

One of the few mortals to ascend into the New Gods, Joshua Saunders was a blind human whom Highfather appointed guardian of the Source because he was apparently "without fate", meaning he would not be missed. Izaya made Saunders a "Source elemental" and his own avatar. In Genesis, Izaya was killed, and Takion took his place as Highfather, sometimes serving as a conduit for Izaya's spirit. He died in the Fall of the New Gods.

Other Gods of New Genesis

Bekka

The daughter of Genesisian scientist Himon, she is the inventor of the Mother Box computers used by all New Gods as well as the co-inventor of the Boom Tube mode of transportation.

Big Barda

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AKA: Barda Free

A former leader of the Female Furies. She defected and married Mister Miracle. The pair were also members of the Justice League of America in the "Justice League International" era.

Forager

The Forever People

A group of five young New Gods from New Genesis, who went to Earth to fight against Darkseid. They acted much like Kirby's idea of flower children at the time the stories were published. The five of them were able to summon "Infinity Man" in emergencies.

In Death of the New Gods, the Forever People died in a Bus Crash before the story began. Grant Morrison published vaguely goth designs for their new incarnations in a Final Crisis sketchbook, but the actual story revealed that their new counterparts were actually the Japanese "Super Young Team".

Mark Moonrider

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Mark Moonrider is the team's unofficial leader. He has a "Megaton Touch" that shoots energy from his hands.

Vykin the Black

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The keeper of the Mother Box, Vykin has powers of magnetism and technopathy.

Big Bear

The team's muscle. Big Bear is a hulking young man who drives the Forever People's super-cycle. He can alter the density of objects.

Serifan

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Serifan is a young and wistful young man who dresses like a cowboy. He has no powers but carries two pistols that shoot "cosmic cartridges".

Beautiful Dreamer

Possessed of psychic powers that allow her to cast illusions, Dreamer is the team's heart. She is romantically linked to Mark Moonrider.

Himon

Lightray

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AKA: Sollis

A fun-loving god, and Orion's best friend.

Mister Miracle I

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AKA: Scott Free

The son of Highfather, but raised on Apokolips as part of Highfather's peace treaty with Darkseid. Darkseid left him to the mercies of Granny Goodness, who did her best to break his spirit — and failed. He eventually escaped and settled down on Earth with Big Barda. He and Barda were also members of the Justice League of America during the Giffen "JLI" era.

Orion

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The Dog of War. The son of Darkseid, but raised on New Genesis as its greatest champion according to the terms of Highfather's peace treaty with Darkseid.

Had his own series in the early 2000s, written and drawn by Walt Simonson, which ran for 25 issues, and featured Orion finally confronting his father, winning, and showing what happened next. Final Crisis begins with Orion found dying of a bullet wound and foretelling doom with his last words; the murder investigation kicks off the story.

  • Badass: Well, he is supposed to be the one who will eventually kill Darkseid, so it's required for the job.
    • Worthy Opponent: It's this reason why Darkseid actually likes(well, respects would be more accurate) Orion the most of his sons
  • The Berserker
  • Captain Ersatz: He may or may not have been based on Marvel's The Mighty Thor as creator Jack Kirby originally envisioned his Fourth World saga as replacing Thor and his fellow Asgardians and he does fill a similar role. Unlike Thor, however, Orion is the foster son of the god of the good guys, while his evil brother Kalibak serves their biological father.
  • The Chosen One: As half of the stories he's appeared in remind the reader, prophecy foretells that Orion will be the one to finally kill his father.
  • Glamour Failure: If he removes his Mother Box. He still looks human without it, just somewhat deformed facially.
  • Happily Adopted: He loves his adopted father with as much intensity as he hates his biological one.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Something notable in the original Kirby comics is that despite all his angsting about himself Orion is genuinely a heroic individual - he makes a point of not letting innocents be harmed in his battles and he only breaks out his Unstoppable Rage against those who really deserve it.
  • In the Blood: His Unstoppable Rage is described as part of his heritage, and is a large source of angst for him. However, Kirby deliberately defied this trope on the whole - Orion was raised right by loving parents, and that's what matters.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Unless he's fighting; one of the original Kirby comics had him giving a Psychotic Smirk as destroyed a villain's Mother Box.
  • Red Baron: The Dog Of War.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Has some elements of this in the original comics.
  • Sue Donym: In his original series, Orion becomes... O'Ryan. (The fact that Orion disguised himself as a human in early issues of Kirby's New Gods is often forgotten by later writers).
  • Unstoppable Rage
  • War God: He's New Genesis' resident God of War.
  • Warrior Poet: Also has some elements of this in the original comics. Occasionally he gets this back.
  • You're Not My Father: Hates Darkseid with every fiber of his being.

     Other Gods 

Black Racer

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AKA: Willie Walker

The god of Death, as even the New Gods must die, someday. He looks like a knight with skis.

Infinity-Man

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AKA: Drax

The older brother of Darkseid, Drax attained the title of Infinity-Man from the previous owner after being nearly killed by his younger brother. He eventually came to serve Highfather and became the protector of the Forever People. He appeared whenever the Forever People touched their Mother Boxes together and recited the word "Taaru". The Forever People would then disappear until Infinity-Man returned power to them.

In Death of the New Gods it's revealed that The Source was directing Infinity-Man to kill all of the New Gods, since the Source decided it was time for the end of the Fourth World and the beginning of the improved "Fifth World".

Metron

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The god of knowledge. A mysterious being that observes the events of the universe. Metron traverses time and space in his Mobius Chair. Although born on New Genesis, he is not bound to it. He is highly amoral, and has worked with both Highfather and Darkseid to further his own ends, but always keeps his word.

    Mortals 

Francis "Funky" Flashman

An unscrupulous huckster who lives in a crumbling mansion with his sycophantic servant Houseroy, Funky hears of Mister Miracle's daring exploits and makes a deal to serve as his promoter. Following an attack by the Female Furies in which Funky leaves Houseroy to die, Scott and Barda decide the slimy Funky can't be trusted and walk away. Funky reappears several times in the DC Universe, usually with some get-rich-quick scheme that backfires on him.

Mister Miracle II

Shilo Norman was the informal ward of the original Mister Miracle, Thaddeus Brown, and later became something like a Kid Sidekick to Scott Free. In more recent years he became the new Mister Miracle.

Oberon

A little person who was the assistant to Thaddeus Brown, the escape artist who first took the name Mister Miracle. After Brown is killed by Intergang and Scott Free takes up his name and costume, Oberon became Scott's assistant. He is Scott's best friend, sidekick, confidant, and father figure. Oberon was also an honorary member of Justice League International, serving as director Max Lord's personal assistant.

Sonny Sumo

A Japanese martial artist with incredible skill, discipline, and honor, Sonny Sumo is summoned by the Mother Box when the Forever People are captured by Desaad. He rescues them, and they learn that he possesses the power of the Anti-Life Equation, making him a target for Darkseid but giving him mind-control powers. In desperation, Darkseid uses the Omega Effect to fling him and the Forever People through time; while the young New Gods are rescued by Highfather, Sonny lives out the rest of his life where he really belongs, in feudal Japan.

Years later in Final Crisis, a new version of Sonny Sumo appears as a Japanese superhero who aids Shilo Norman and the Super Young Team in the fight against Darkseid.

  • Bald of Awesome
  • Born in the Wrong Century: With his skill in battle and sense of honor, he could have been a samurai in feudal Japan, but in the 20th century all he can use his talents for is paltry show fighting. He eventually gets sent back in time, where he fits in much better.
  • Call to Agriculture: Darkseid's Omega Effect sends him back in time to feudal Japan, where he lives out the rest of his life as a noble warrior, ultimately retiring to life as a farmer.
  • Compelling Voice: The
  • Put on a Bus
  • Sixth Ranger: To the Forever People. He only joins them for a few issues before being Put on a Bus to the distant past.

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