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1[[quoteright:350:]] ˛''Some discoveries are too powerful to be shared...''˛˛'''Crossing Souls''' is an indie [=2D=] top-down ActionAdventure, developed by Fourattic, published by Creator/DevolverDigital, and released in April 2018. It is about a group of childhood friends in a small town, who one day discover a dead body near the local lake. The deceased also carried a weird pink pyramid-like stone with him, which the nerd of the group, Matt, soon identifies as the shard of the Egyptian Duat, which has the power to cross over the worlds of the living and the dead. Matt quickly fashions it into a way to see ghosts. However, this same Duat Stone is also searched for by its previous owner, Major Oh Rus, who hopes to use it to TakeOverTheWorld... ˛˛The game was funded on Website/{{Kickstarter}}. It reached its funding goal on December 13th, 2014. It was released on February 13th, 2018.˛˛!! Tropes present in Crossing Souls:˛----˛* ActionBomb: The ghost Zombies (yes, really) who rise from their graves in the cemetery blow up upon death. ˛* AdvancingBossOfDoom: An example near the end, where the boss - ghostly green dragon - is actually in the background at all times, and the player is instead fleeing from the wall of green flame it is creating behind them.˛* AffablyEvil: Dr. Spielgman is always polite and he really believes his plan is going to do good by letting dead scientists from the past work with the living ones. [[spoiler:It's too bad he's fine with hundreds of people dying to feed the Duat to accomplish this. Moreover, Major only cares about this plan to the extent it lets him become a god, while Seth doesn't care about '''either''' of them, and just wants to "render his judgement" on all of humanity.]]˛* AGodAmI: Major Oh Rus falls heavily into this, right before he actually uses the Duat, to, in his mind, become a god. [[spoiler:Too bad it wasn't all it was cracked up to be.]]˛-> '''Major Oh Rus''': Pay close attention! You're going to witness the birth of a new God: Oh Rus! Let your death serve as an example for those who dare oppose my reign!HAHAHA!'''˛* AlienBlood: Spiders leave green or purple blood behind them. Ghosts can leave behind pinkish blood.˛* AnotherDimension: Duat, the ghostly world of the dead, which you can enter at will once Matt develops his machine.˛* ArcWords: Besides the TagLine above, there's "Together, always", which the main characters regularly say to each other. [[spoiler:These are Matt's final words, and what Charlie says after she essentially commits suicide many years later to rejoin the group in the afterlife.]]˛* BareYourMidriff: Quincy Queen's outfit.˛** Big Joe's belly is so big, his T-shirt fails to completely cover it.˛** Plenty of bystanders, like the cheerleaders around the ring where you first control Charlie.˛* BatterUp: Chris fights with a baseball bat. He is so good at it, he can smash robots, and even deflect EnergyBall projectiles backwards, with no damage to the bat!˛* BeardOfEvil: Major Oh Rus has a long grey one.˛* BigBad: Major Oh Rus, who wants to TakeOverTheWorld by getting armies of ghosts with the power of the Duat.˛** BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Egyptian God Seth, who promised to aid Oh Rus in [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]], in exchange for his help in defeating Osiris.]]˛* BlandNameProduct: All the collection items are parodies of famous 80's crazes.˛* BloodlessCarnage: Played straight during the normal gameplay, where the gang do not kill any humans. Averted in the cutscenes, where there's blood whenever Major Oh Rus kills someone.˛* BondVillainStupidity: It's unclear why Major and Spielgman went to the trouble of [[spoiler:creating Cyborg Heartless and the elaborate sequence of disappearing platforms around him, when simply a room full of platforms that would have all sunk into the lava at once would have worked just fine.]]˛** Perhaps, [[spoiler:because Spielgman wanted Matt to survive so that he could join him, he persuaded the Major to do something that would give him a chance.]] Even that looks needlessly elaborate compared to [[spoiler:the laser fence that actually gets Matt and Chris to split up and allows Spielgman to talk to Matt on his own.]]˛* CapeSwish: Major Oh Rus does this with his red cape.˛* CirclingBirdies: Circling stars appear over the heads of stunned enemies, be they village kids fighting you in the ring, or ghouls who miss with their leaping attacks and hit their head on the ground instead.˛* ConcealmentEqualsCover: The gang hides from the assault rifle fire of a dozen Last Regime soldiers behind a car. It is absolutely riddled with bulletholes, yet none of them get hit.˛* ConvectionSchmonvection: The battle with [[spoiler:Cyborg Heartless]] occurs over lava, and yet, it only damages the characters when they actually fall into it, while standing on the platforms right next to it is fine.˛* CoolShades: Quincy Queen wears these.˛* CurbStompBattle: This is what is supposed to happen when Major Oh Rus' plan comes to fruition. His portal will summon enough dead, all captive to his will, that they'll overwhelm the resistance from any living who disobey him within a day - hence he and Spielgman refer to it as the One Day War.˛* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Major Oh Rus, [[spoiler:wounded after his battle with Chris, still manages to remotely snap Matt's neck with a ForceChoke equivalent.]] Why he couldn't do the same to [[spoiler: Chris, instead of jumping down to fight him]], is never explained. ˛* DamselInDistress: Charlie [[spoiler:gets captured in Major Oh Rus' compound, and is tied to a machine that'll kill her right before the actual battle with Oh Rus.]]˛* DeaderThanDead: Possessed Entities can kill other ghosts, and even eat the souls of the living.˛* DefeatEqualsExplosion: Happens at the end of every boss battle. While human bosses simply have the machinery they are using blow up while they themselves are merely knocked out, ghosts like Sarducci blow up themselves. ˛** This also happens with the zombies (who are ghosts too, and not flesh-and-blood beings), though their explosion actually does damage, and is not just a visual effect.˛* DieChairDie: You can break environmental items like wooden boxes and trash cans to search for hearts. There's even a mini-sidequest, where a neighbour asks you to break apart a few watermelons she accidentally planted on her lawn.˛** On the cemetery, you can smash piles of skulls. Sometimes, it's the only way to get through to the next area. [[spoiler:Interestingly, none of the characters comment on this, and this behavior doesn't stop the scale of souls to judge Chris' soul as being so pure as to defeat Seth.]]˛* DimensionalTraveler: Chris, Matt and the rest turn into these once Matt develops his machine from the Duat stone.˛* DirtyCoward: Randal goes from openly contemplating taking "credit" in front of Quincy Queen for the dead body found on the lake, to swearing he did nothing when Kevin overhears them.˛** Though, he does charge out in front of the group to protect Quincy Queen when they come to recover Matt's machine from him. Big Joe still brushes him aside in one move.˛* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:A rare ''hopeful'' example in the epilogue. Charlie, having grown old, tells the events of the game as a story to her grandchildren. After they leave, she activates a machine that lets her die and be reborn in the afterlife as the girl she was during the main game.]]˛* EnemySummoner: Carl the Bus Driver is a boss that simply summons members of his ghost militia (which includes red spiders) to back him up.˛* EnergyBall: Zed fires long bursts of yellow ones from his machine. Later, Matt's portable gun fires green projectiles like this.˛** Ghostly Priests fire a burst of three purple balls from their clasped hands.˛** Major Oh Rus can fire a spread of three from his hand.˛* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Carl the Bus Driver.˛* EverythingFades: Defeated enemies only take a few seconds to fade away, regardless of whether they were destroyed like machines, "killed" like ghosts, or knocked out like humans.˛* EvilLaugh: Carl The Bus Driver has one.˛* EyeGlasses: Quincy Queen's firecracker throwers wear these.˛* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Heartless]] essentially becomes BrainInAJar, rigged to a giant killing complex.˛* FiveManBand: You are playing as one.˛** TheLeader: Chris˛** TheSmartGuy: Matt˛** TheBigGuy: Big Joe˛** TheLancer / DeadpanSnarker: Kevin˛** TheChick: Charlie˛* FatalFamilyPhoto: Played with: you find [[spoiler:Bronson's]] family photo right as [[spoiler:you come across his dead body on a motorized rack, killed by Major for his failures.]] ˛* FinalGirl: [[spoiler:Charlie is literally the only playable character to survive the events of the main game, with her telling the epilogue at the end, before choosing to die herself so that she can be with them.]]˛* FirstKiss: Happens between Chris and Charlie in Major Oh Rus' base. [[spoiler:Disturbingly, it occurs right after the last words of Matt, who had his neck snapped by Major Oh Rus.]]˛* FlashStep: Charlie can dash like this.˛* FlunkyBoss: Most bosses summon back-up during their fights. Carl the Bus Driver does nothing besides summoning back-up.˛* ForgottenFallenFriend: Averted when [[spoiler:Kevin dies, and we see a montage of Chris grieving over several days spent inside his room.]] ˛** The kids also remember later on when [[spoiler:Big Joe]] dies. However, [[spoiler:when Spielgman convinces Matt they do everything for the greater good, and even says Heartless' fate was due to going too far, Matt somehow forgets that Bronson was tortured to death by the same people.]]˛* FramesOfReference: Kind and nerdy Matt wears huge circular glasses with light blue frames. Mischievous Kevin wears black-rimmed square glasses. Vain Quincy Queen wears CoolShades. Wise Dr. Spielgman wears green-colored shades. ˛* FriendlyFireproof: The attacks of ranged enemies never hurt their allies. Even if they are explosive, with a sizeable blast radius. However, zombies' death explosions do hurt other ghosts - a good thing too, given how many of them there are.˛** You can swing your weapons and fists in front of bystanders, and it'll pass through them without ever doing damage, let alone triggering any reaction from them.˛* GameOver: The screen here literally says that, overlaid over Major Oh Rus' face.˛* GatlingGood: Heartless' helicopter has a gatling gun on it. [[spoiler:You would expect a boss fight, but instead, the kids are realistically forced to flee. Even so, Heartless' fire still gets Big Joe killed.]]˛* GhostReunionEnding: [[spoiler:After Charlie becomes the only playable character to survive the main game, she lives out a full life, travelling to Ghana with an [=NGO=] and becoming a grandmother who tells this whole story to her grandkids. After they leave, she uses a machine based on Matt's discoveries to send her soul to the afterlife as a girl she was then, not the old woman she is now.]]˛* GiantSpider: The dog-sized Red Spiders.˛* GirlishPigtails: Charlie has these.˛* GlowingEyes: Major Oh Rus' eyes are glowing with lilac from the first scene we see him in.˛* GoodScarsEvilScars: Major Oh Rus has a long scar running down his face and across his eye.˛* HandBlast: Ghostly Priests in Carl the Bus Driver's army fire energy blasts in bursts of three.˛** During his boss battle, Major Oh Rus can fire a spread of three energy shots from his palm.˛* HeartSymbol: The health icon, as expected.˛* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Chris does this in the end, letting the Duat claim his life so that he could confront Seth.]]˛** Earlier, [[spoiler:Big Joe choosing to push on ahead rather than waiting and trying to rest and heal after his bullet wound could be seen as this. It's even possible he would have survived otherwise, but Chris and Matt would not have gotten to Oh Rus' base in time to save the world.]]˛* HerrDoktor: Spielgman, Major Oh Rus' scientist who figured out how to [[spoiler:open the portal between the world of living and the dead.]]˛* HyperactiveMetabolism: Characters get healed with [=SuguHeart=] candies.˛* IncorruptiblePurePureness: In the end, [[spoiler:Chris' soul turns out to be so pure as to completely overpower Seth, and perhaps even defeat him for the rest of time.]] Don't ask how [[spoiler:this squares with how they took the Duat off the body of a dead man in the first place, or the way you get to smash piles of skulls while on the cemetery, like they were any other environmental obstacle.]]˛* InexplicableTreasureChests: Plain-looking wooden chests are present in plenty of secluded places. Perfect for the adventurers like you, strange for whoever placed them there in the first place.˛* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: A dozen Last Regime soldiers with assault rifles under the command of Heartless fail to hit any of the kids as they flee them at mid-range. ˛* InfantImmortality: Averted. First when [[spoiler:Chris' little brother Kevin dies]] and then when [[spoiler:Matt gets his neck snapped by Major Oh Rus.]] Then, when [[spoiler:Big Joe is hit by a bullet from Heartless' helicopter, and eventually dies from it.]] By the end, [[spoiler:Charlie is the only person out of the whole group to survive.]]˛* InTheHood: Ghostly Priests' face is completely obscured by their hood. ˛* JokeCharacter: Kevin's only "abilities" are to fart, pick boogers and blow bubble gum. [[spoiler:His uselessness foreshadows his early death.]]˛* MeaningfulName: Heartless is the most cruel of Major Oh Rus' officers, and thinks nothing of opening fire with live rounds on kids. [[spoiler:It also becomes literal, when he's turned into a cyborg, whose heart is separate from the rest of the body, and is his weak point.]]˛* MechaMooks: Used a lot in Major Oh Rus' base.˛* NeckSnap: Major Oh Rus does this to [[spoiler:Matt]], [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader-style]].˛* NerdGlasses: Matt wears enormous glasses with light blue frames. ˛* NextSundayAD: [[spoiler:The epilogue has you control Charlie old enough to have grandkids, which implies some 50+ years must have passed since the events of the game in 1980. For 2030s-2040s, there's not much new at her house besides some flashy screens.]]˛* NonFatalExplosions: All explosions in the game. Granted most of these come from either children's firecrackers or from ghosts and thus have unclear physical properties.˛* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:After the kids defeat him as a human, Major Oh Rus decides it's time for him to become a god. Said "god" is a large red beast, too dumb not to run into the very crystals keeping it alive.]] ˛* OnlyAFleshWound: Averted when [[spoiler:Big Joe is hit by one of the bullets Heartless fired from his helicopter's minigun. He seems to survive it, but spends the next section plodding and visibly wounded, before ultimately collapsing and dying at the end of it.]]˛* OurGhoulsAreCreepier: Some ghostly ghouls fight for Carl the Bus Driver. They can do leap attacks at the player. However, they'll painfully bump their heads on the ground if they miss, and become an easy target while they recover.˛* PlatformBattle: The battle with [[spoiler:Cyborg Heartless]] is fought over lava, with platforms regularly appearing and disappearing, and while you are also fired at with energy projectiles and missiles from above.˛* PlayableEpilogue: The DenouementEpisode version, where [[spoiler:you control old Charlie after she's just told the events you just played through to her grandchildren. You get to walk around her house, look at the key items and see her reminisce about them, before she reaches the machine that sent her soul to the afterlife as the young girl.]]˛* PlayingWithFire: Vigo Sarducci's ghost moves.˛* PowerFloats: One of Matt's inventions lets him float a short distance off the ground.˛* PunchClockVillain: Bronson is a sympathetic link under Major Oh Rus and his second-in-commands Spielgman and Heartless. [[spoiler:it's revealed he was only doing this for his family, through a photo found next to his dead body on a rack.]]˛* PuzzleBoss: Carl the Bus Driver cannot be attacked directly. Instead, Kevin must follow the sequence of presses that appears on the platforms before his throne in the same order. Doing it correctly will literally shock him.˛* RatStomp: The first battle in the game is against rats, small and large, in the burger place's basement.˛* {{Retraux}}: The animated cut scenes have a grainy appearance to them, sometimes have bubbles cut in it like it's being played off an old VHS tape.˛* SavePoint: Casette tapes, as expected of its 80s setting.˛* SkeletonMotif:˛** Quincy Queen's music band/gang are named Purple Skulls, and have a logo to match. ˛** Red Spiders have an exact representation of a skull on their backs. Possessed Entities are globs of slime with a skull inside them.˛* ShockwaveStomp: ˛** Quincy Queen jumps up in the air holding out his staff, then creates a large shockwave of what seems like purple notes, with a huge blast radius.˛** Vigo Sarducci has a move where he jumps down and drives his sword into the ground, creating a fire shockwave around it.˛** Major Oh Rus has a similar move, though he's badass enough to just slam his fist to the ground for the same effect. ˛* ShooOutTheClowns: The game is quite light-hearted at first, and even the appearance of the dead body and the introduction of ruthless Major Oh Rus do not seem to shake this too much. Sure, you are suddenly fighting dozens of ghost zombies at once, but none of the characters seem to care about it too much, so it must not matter, right. Then, [[spoiler: Kevin, Chris' younger brother who takes nothing much seriously, dies in a stupid accident due to the Duat Stone, and everyone is forced to realize the gravity of what they had been doing.]] ˛* ShoutOut: Multiple shout-outs to the various 80s and 80s-set works.˛** One of the houses has the family from ''{{Film/Poltergeist}}'', complete with the daughter staring into a staticy TV, and indian ghosts mad that the pool is digging into their graves.˛** A ''[[{{Series/V1983}} V]]'' symbol in the sewers has the main character hoping they don't run into Lizard Men.˛** Randall, the flunky in the Purple Skulls, shares a name and mannerisms with the class snitch of WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}.˛** The Vigo Sarducci boss is a carbon copy of [[Film/GhostbustersII Vigo the Carpathian.]]˛* SmugSnake: Queen Quincy, who looks down on all of his friends and genuinely doesn't understand why he doesn't want to hang out with him and the Purple Skulls instead.˛* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Charlie is the only female playable character.˛* SpinAttack: The whipping attacks with Charlie's skipping rope.˛* SpreadShot: Quincy Queen fires a spread of three notes from his staff.˛** Major Oh Rus can fire a spread of three energy shots from his hand.˛* SprintMeter: One is consumed when the characters are running, jumping, and with every attack or UnnecessaryCombatRoll. There are even platform segments where you must watch your stamina to successfully get through them.˛* StatusQuoIsGod: The epilogue implies that [[spoiler: since Charlie's grandkids don't realise their grandma was in the story, the events probably stayed secret and didn't alter the course of world history in any way. Spielgman and his scientists didn't get to do anything like what they intended, and the dozens of people who were drained by the Duat, to the point only their skeletons remain, were similarly brushed off by the rest of the world.]]˛* SuperDrowningSkills: All the characters immediately drown if they fall into the water, and respawn at its edge.˛* SuperSpit: Red Spiders spit out globs of entangling webs. An advanced version of Possessed Entities spits out delayed-explosion ghostly slime.˛* TacticalSuicideBoss: Vigo Sarducci cannot be harmed as long as he stays inside his three portraits and launches fireballs from them. Every once in a while, however, he gets too proud to keep doing that, and flies out of one of them to attack the gang with his ghostly sword.˛** Major Oh Rus' second battle is a truly special example. [[spoiler: The supposed "god" is a large red beast, which charges at the player and can't be damaged normally, but whose life is dependent upon the red crystals that appear in the corners of the arena. It appears that either Oh Rus is too enraged not to repeatedly crash into the very crystals keeping him alive, or his "god" form is just a beast that can no longer have such advanced thoughts.]]˛* TennisBoss: Chris' bat somehow allows him to knock EnergyBall projectiles backwards. It's useful both against Major's turrets, and when dealing with his HandBlast. ˛* TrashLanding: Randall, Quincy Queen's ineffective flunky, is thrown there by Big Joe after his useless slaps annoy him too much.˛* UnnecessaryCombatRoll: An important part of the combat system. Just don't drain the SprintMeter too much!˛* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Dr. Spielgman wants to create an essential utopia by using the Duat to summon the ghosts of dead scientists so that they can work together with the living ones. As such, he considers any casualties Major and his forces cause to be "the cost of progress", since "we have all lost something on the path to enlightenment".[[spoiler: As such, he also lets Major Oh Rus feed the Duat with the lives of hundreds of people, and lies to Matt about it.]] Sadly, [[spoiler: Seth was never planning to let him do that anyway, and Oh Rus might have done away with him after becoming a "god" just like how he got rid of all other previous underlings once they stopped being useful.]]˛* UnwillingRoboticisation: This happens to [[spoiler: Heartless, with him practically becoming a BrainInAJar that controls tons of rockets and such. His heart is literally separate from the rest of the body, and his only weak point.]]˛* VampiricDraining: This is what the Duat Stone does, in the absence of any other energy source. [[spoiler: Kevin dies because of this, when he's startled by Quincy Queen, and takes off so quickly the gamma battery falls out of Matt's machine, and Duat Stone drains his life instead.]]˛* WaveMotionGun: The crown weapon of the machine used by Zed in his boss fight.˛* WeCanRuleTogether: Quincy Queen offers Chris early on to abandon his "loser friends" and join him and the Purple Skulls, so that they would "rule" the town together. Chris obviously knocks this back.˛** It eventually turns out that [[spoiler: Major Oh Rus received a similar offer from Seth, who would let him rule the Earth in exchange for freeing him to take over everything else.]] However, [[spoiler: Seth never intended to fulfil his end of the bargain.]]˛** Lastly, [[spoiler: Spielgman offers Matt to work alongside him and the other scientists under his control, as the Duat would allow them to converse with any dead scientist from the past, and work on the problems together, while even their own death wouldn't stop them from aiding their colleagues.]] Sadly, [[spoiler: while Matt accepts, Oh Rus petulantly killed him as soon as he lost his first fight to Matt.]] ˛* WeirdnessCensor: You can swing your fist, bat, skipping rope, etc. in everyone's faces, and nobody will bat an eyelid.˛* WellIntentionedExtremist: Dr. Spielgman clearly believes he can create an essential utopia by using the Duat to summon the ghosts of dead scientists so that they can work together with the living ones. As such, he considers any casualties Major and his forces cause to be "the cost of progress", since "we have all lost something on the path to enlightenment".[[spoiler: This goes as far as letting Major Oh Rus feed the Duat with the lives of hundreds of people, even though it's not clear if this is needed for anything but Major's hope of becoming a god.]]˛* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's unclear just what happened to [[spoiler: Spielgman, his two dozen scientists and the remaining Last Regime soldiers. Chris simply tells Charlie to get everyone out, and then we have a TimeSkip 50+ years in the future, with none of them mentioned. There's no explanation for how she, a lone girl, managed to rescue all the people connected to the Duat, evading the soldiers in the meantime. Just as it is unclear why Spielgman and his scientists would apparently give up on all the equipment and research they have gathered.]] ˛* WhipItGood: Charlie Baker uses a skipping rope as a whip.˛* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: The final area is a particularly jarring example of this. Oh Rus has soldiers equipped with real, proper guns, but chooses to guard most of the base with knee-high MechaMooks that easily get smashed with a bat. Even if he had to limit the number of human soldiers to a dozen or two for the sake of secrecy, it's again unclear why the robots couldn't be equipped with real guns, instead of fighting in melee, launching weak explosives or firing energy balls that get deflected with a bat!˛** Let's just say '''all''' of Spielgman's scientists failed to design a robot that could shoot a gun accurately without overheating or losing its balance from recoil. Even '''that''' doesn't explain why Oh Rus sends about a dozen of MechaMooks at Chris in several waves before joining the fight himself, rather than just getting two soldiers who were next to him in the previous cutscene to empty their mags.˛* WimpFight: Just before the Quincy Queen boss battle, his flunky, Randall, attempts to take you on yourself, but the best he can manage is some pathetic slaps to Big Joe, the strongest member of the group. He gets annoyed, and chucks him headfirst into the nearby dumpster with a single move.˛* WouldHurtAChild: Both Oh Rus and Heartless don't mind offering their troops to kill the child protagonists. [[spoiler: Both of them also end up doing it personally, with Heartless' bullet wounding and killing Big Joe, while Oh Rus personally snaps Matt's neck.]]˛* YouAllLookFamiliar: There's only a couple of ghostly kid sprites for the sizeable crowd standing behind Carl The Bus Driver, so several of them are repeated. ˛* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Chris, the main character of the group, has blue hair, as well as his father.˛* YouHaveFailedMe: Major Oh Rus is introduced with a scene where he kills a masked mook for failing to locate the Duat Stone.˛** Then, [[spoiler:Bronson also gets tortured to death on what looks like motorized rack at the end.]] Similarly, [[spoiler:Heartless also appears to have been turned into a horrible cyborg due to his failure to eliminate the kids from a helicopter, even if Spielgman claims it's because he had gone too far.]] ˛* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Major Oh Rus does this to [[spoiler:Matt]], once [[spoiler:he gets defeated by the other kids, and decides to straight-up transition to a "god".]] ˛* XRaySparks: This happens to Bronson, Zed and Tackleberry during their battle; first when they just power it on, and later as you deal damage to them.˛----


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