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  • Hero of Another Story: Deliberately invoked as each and every one of the forum members is the hero of their respective worlds, hence the episodic format. Each chapter focuses on one particular character, but it's implied that other stories are going on in the background as they chat.
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  • Retired Badass: Invoked; one of the subforums is specifically for Retired Heroes, while the other is for Active Heroes. The retired ones occasionally pop into the Active Heroes forum to give advice, and at least a few of them still indulge in a bit of action every now and then. Of note here is that "retired" doesn't necessarily mean their adventuring days are over; the most common interpretation is that they finished their job defeating the Big Bads of their respective worlds and successfully returned from their adventure.

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Retired Heroes

    Student 
An omnipresent character who is Genre Savvy and can be irritating to the rest of the cast, but is The Unseen. What little we know about him is that he is a Japanese student (most likely in High School) and he was a summoned hero

  • Expressive Mask: Wears what appears to be a paper bag over his head with the words "No Image" printed on them, much like a person lacking a forum avatar would have. It still has a mouth hole and is capable of expressing his various emotions.
  • The Faceless: Even at the very end of the series, his true face is never seen. When he shows up as the host for the series-end Heroes' Reunion Party, he appears as a sock puppet that resembles his forum avatar.
  • The Gadfly: Tends to poke fun at other heroes' predicaments, no matter how serious they may be. Of course, if the matter is serious enough, he'll drop the comedics altogether.
  • Hypocrite: He's annoyed by Magical Maid's tendency to Say It with Stars while he himself like to pepper some chat lines with his own. In fact, if his implied appearances are true, he even likes to wear a shirt with a star on the back.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His forum antics might be annoying, but is nonetheless friendly and can be genuinely helpful when he wants to.
    • He's especially nice to High School Girl, as they come from the exact same Earth, and are both Japanese kids/teenagers. He even welcomes her back when the Union agrees to return her home. When the girl who was forced to take her place by a Government Conspiracy starts posting, it's revealed that High School Girl kept herself registered so she could use the BBS to talk with Student, and in Chapter 27 they attend the party together.
    • And he helps the nine-year-old heroine out when she's trying to decide whether or not to become immortal, by asking her whether or not she would want to leave her mom behind, and actually loses his cool somewhat when Legal Loli continuously pressures her to accept.
    • He really doesn't like Magical Maid, telling her that she brought her world's anger upon herself. However, he doesn't want her to die, so he contacts Sage to transport her to safety on another world.
  • Just a Kid: A young boy with a half-obscured face in chapter 9 is implied to be him.
    • He is at least as tall as High School Girl, assuming the guy behind her at the start of Chapter 27 is him
  • Mellow Fellow: He's rarely disturbed by any sudden turn in events, which often leads to invoked Mood Dissonance unless it's really bad. The only one who can even get him into a sour mood is Magical Maid.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Judging by his name, his comment about how close to his experience as a summoned hero High School Girl's is, and him being at least the same height as her, if not a little taller, he is most likely this.
  • Troll: Always tries to get a rise out of other forumers, especially when it's not called for.

    Company Employee 
Another retired hero from Earth (though a different one from Student). As his name implies, he is a Salary Man.

    Empress 
The ruler of the Lotus Origin empire and a retired heroine, she now helps fledgling heroes as a Union member.

  • Boobs of Steel: Hunter immediately recognized Empress by her user handle, implying that whatever she did to attain heroic status may have been quite awesome. Of course, there's also the matter of her...
  • Most Common Superpower: Really the first thing anyone will notice about her getup. Pilot isn't exactly amused when she reassures her and Hero that "a woman's worth is not determined by her chest size".
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her clothes are...very revealing, to say the least. Still not on the same level as Bewitching Maid though, but quite close.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: An empress who used to be a heroine, and spends her time giving advice to heroes.
  • Team Mom: Fanservice aside, she's quite level-headed and has a very motherly demeanor towards newbie heroes, giving them advice and making sure they feel comfortable in the group chats.

    Hunter 
A subsistence hunter from the world of Optor, he fell through a hole in the ground one day while foraging for food and ended up in a strange castle, where a king offers him a holy sword to defeat the Demon Lord with. Unfortunately, he soon discovers that his adventure isn't what it's all cut out to be...

  • All Men Are Perverts: In order to ease the stress of being trapped in a world whose inhabitants have little in the way of dialogue options, he resorts to browsing the Hero Union BBS—particularly the threads about Tsundere princesses, well-endowed women, lolis and other similar fare. Amusingly enough, Empress of all people applauds him for his honesty.
  • The Archer: Used to be one in his homeworld. By the time his adventure was through, however, he is has become godlike with a sword.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: Subverted and then ripped to shreds. Hunter tries pleading with the king at first to let him use a bow as that was his natural weapon, but the limited dialogue tree made it impossible to refuse the sword being offered to him. By the end of his journey, his sword skills were ranked at SS, the highest available in his world.
  • Level Cap: Hunter was so frustrated with his predicament that he took it out on all the monsters his party ran across, causing him to unknowingly grind all the way to Level 99. When he finally met the Demon Lord, he killed him effortlessly.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Similar to High School Girl, the Hero Union uses Forced Return on him after learning of his actual location.
  • The Game Come to Life: After some research, the veteran heroes discover that he had actually been summoned into a video game via a glitch. The non-Earth heroes are naturally puzzled by this as they have no idea what a video game even is.
  • Welcome to Corneria: In spades. Every single person he comes across on his journey says the exact same thing, every single time—including his very own party members. Were it not for his discovery of the Hero Union BBS, he would have been reduced to a mental wreck by the time it was over.
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    Princess Shrine Maiden 
An immortal priestess turned adventurer, Princess Shrine Maiden now spends her days keeping the spiritual harmony and purity of their world in balance. Whenever something happens to unbalance her, however, she falls back on not-so-priestly methods to keep herself together.

  • The Alcoholic: Even more so than Assassin, who loves his drink.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Gets quickly drunk after a mere few cups of "restoratives".
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: The sheer insanity other adventurers tend to get into often drive her up the wall, prompting her to reach for some "restoratives" and smelling salts as fast as possible.
  • Insistent Terminology: They're not drinks, they're "restoratives".
  • Only Friend: Is the only forum regular that actually gets along with Magical Maid, suggesting that she be sent to her dimension, offering to introduce her to a noble estate where she can work as a maid (which is all Magical Maid wants), and has her rest at her place after she is transported. The final chapters imply that they've kept in touch, assuming Magical Maid isn't just working for her.
  • Only Sane Man: Thinks she's this. In reality, she's far closer to being a Lady Drunk.
  • Miko: It's even in her user handle.
  • Sanity Slippage: Played for Laughs as whenever she gets drunk, she turns more and more into a Deadpan Snarker who slips into fits of insane cackling.

    Shopkeeper 
A retired hero who opted to open a restaurant for passing adventurers after completing his task and getting married. Despite his age and newfound profession, he is nonetheless every bit as formidable in combat as he was in his youth.

  • Bald of Awesome: He's rather shiny up there.
  • Blue Blood: Much to everyone's surprise, he's actually nobility, though he turned his back on politics following his adventure.
  • Chef of Iron: He may be a retired hero who runs a restaurant, but can still kick monster rear.
  • Cool Old Guy: Appears to be in his forties or fifties and already has a family of his own, but is still capable of slaughtering monsters left and right.
  • Healing Factor: Shopkeeper explains that magic works differently in his world, and therefore their adventurers—himself included—have to rely on innate regenerative powers rather than having a healer patch everyone up.
  • Heroic Lineage: All the heroes and their party members in his world come from one of five noble houses.
  • One-Man Army: He curb-stomps every single monster ambush in the forest he was sneaking around in like it's nobody's business.
  • Overprotective Dad: Dotes on his daughter a little bit too much. When his daughter gets chosen as a hero to help exterminate the hordes of monsters spawned by the Magic Ores in his world, he gets nervous and decides to hop back into the fray.
  • Stealth Expert: The first time we see him in action, he casts a Stealth spell that renders him invisible to the naked eye. His daughter still manages to figure out he's been following her party all along, however, and hijacks his thread to scold him for being excessively clingy.

     Freeter 
  • And the Adventure Continues: Practically his lifestyle. Everytime a summoning circle appears, he instinctively hops into it. Unfortunately it takes a toll on his productivity and social life in his homeworld.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He laments having to leave behind his friends on other worlds, including actually having gotten married and started a family on one, and how his adventures make it impossible for him to actually get a stable job on Earth, since nobody will hire him as more than a temp as he keeps disappearing. Turns out, there was nothing forcing him to return to Earth, and he could have stayed on any of those worlds simply by choosing to not step on the return portal. He resolves to do this after Student points it out to him, but unfortunately the next few worlds he ends up on are ones he doesn't like.

     Priest 
A retired hero who was quite annoyed to find out that the entirety of his party was made up of men... as was the entirety of the demon lord's army.

  • Berserk Button: Alongside a few other heroes, he hates heroes with harems

     Saint 

  • Cool Old Lady: A retired adventurer who saved the world, and was already an old lady when she was gifted immortality. She's quite polite, nice to everyone she talks with, never gets angry when the thread is derailed (and is actually quite happy to just let people talk) and shows genuine concern for both the nine-year-old hero and Bounty Hunter
  • Immortality Begins at 20: Averted. Her race can naturally live for several hundred years, and she was already considered quite elderlynote  (and physically looks elderly) when she was given immortality.
  • Life Energy: She has so much power that when she offered her life to her God to use her power against the forces of evil(as the Saints in her world do), the God was able to completely wipe out the evil forces, and granted her immortality in return.

    The Sage of the Forest 
A former magician hero from the Sky Garden realm who retired from service shortly after defeating his world's Demon Lord, Sage now resides in a forest manor as a hermit after realizing that the kingdom he saved only wanted to use him for his powers. Instead, he ends up being the go-to person in their realm for sage advice.

  • Big Good: One of several in the series, the other prominent one being Prince. When using his powers, it's almost always to get other folks out of a very sticky situation. That said, he's still prone to causing accidents from time to time, forcing Prince or others to bail him out.
  • Blood Knight: If the Slasher Smile on his face while tangling with giant monsters is any indication.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a bit of an airhead, can be easily sidetracked with the smallest of thoughts and would rather spend his days lazing about in his forest home, but he's still a nigh-godlike mage who can easily warp the fabric of space-time and destroy powerful monsters by the dozen almost as an afterthought.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Hoo boy. To say that he has a pretty oddball way of analyzing problems and dealing with stress would be putting it mildly. He has apparent ADHD, Obssessive-Compulsive Disorder, fits of Sanity Slippage, a form of Complexity Addiction—the list goes on.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Downplayed, but still Played for Drama. While he would rather live a solitary existence without the need for acknowledgment, he still laments how his world treats heroes as disposable tools to be thrown at any Demon Lord who shows up on their doorstep, rather than actual heroes. He also sometimes got this a bit from the boardgoers for his propensity for screwing things up.
  • Magic Knight: In his flashback, we see him as a knight wielding a sword. Flash forward years later, and while he now opts for spellcasting instead of sword-swinging, he still demonstrates incredible knowledge about magical blades and how to smith them.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: He is highly knowledgeable on the art of crafting incredibly strong magical weapons using parts of monsters, and puts this skill to good use throughout the story. At one point, however, it nearly causes the downfall of his kingdom.

    Prince 
The ruler of the I-Das realm, Prince is a retired hero whose exploits led to him getting cursed with immortality at the hands of a dying Demon Lord. He now presides over the Hero Union forums as a senior member, and specializes in tackling difficult issues heroes might face during their journey.

  • Big Good: The more down-to-earth one alongside Sage. Prince specializes more in giving well-thought-out advice than outright using his powers to solve problems.
  • Bishounen: A very good-looking guy; so handsome, in fact, that the Demon Lady he set out to destroy fell in love with him at first sight and sacrificed her life energy to make him immortal, reasoning that she didn't want him to age and lose his beauty.
  • The Chessmaster: Is usually the one to come up with viable solutions to harrowing predicaments the heroes might face—even if they're a bit underhanded at times.
  • Cursed with Awesome: The Demon Lady he was tasked with defeating cursed him with immortality. The twist here being that she fell in love with Prince and pulled a self-inflicted Heel–Face Door-Slam to grant him eternal life and youth at the cost of her own.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Shows overtones of this while crafting elaborate schemes to get other heroes out of trouble. The occasional Gendou pose and the Kubrick Stare doesn't help matters any; thankfully he's squarely on the good guys' side.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's way older than he looks.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Implied; he gets uncomfortable whenever the discussion begins to involve immortality of some sort. Made worse by the fact that he was heir to the throne, but becoming immortal disqualified him from the line of succession.

    Legal Loli 
A Magical Girl who is perpetually stuck with the appearance of a preteen, Legal Loli's only purpose seems to be attempting to convince other young girls to undergo the same transformation she did long ago. The other forum members aren't too happy about this either.
  • Comedic Shotacon: Is revealed to be one at the end of the series after meeting Demon Lord (Alunt) in person. The other heroes are unamused.
  • Immortality Begins at 20: She's forever stuck in the body of a tween. Not that she's complaining, though.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: In contrast to Saint and other characters who may or may not see it as burdensome, she's absolutely overjoyed at the prospect of being eternally youthful.
  • Older Than They Look: Her real age isn't given, but she's implied to be very advanced in years.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: More so than even Magical Maid, who people are at least willing to help out and sympathise with. Bounty Hunter refers to her as "it", while Monk calls her a "loli hag". The Union itself make it clear that they really don't like her trying to convince other underage girls into doing the same thing she did, calling her in for a lecture.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: She's the embodiment of this trope. Several characters are appalled at how foul-mouthed and needlessly confrontational she is, and at least one of them finds her acts of propositioning young girls to become just like her incredibly disturbing.

    Battle Maid 
  • Ambiguously Human: It's never confirmed whether or not she is a human or a robot.
  • Emotionless Girl: In the instances where she does interact on the message forums, she never shows any signs of being perturbed, if at all.
  • Ninja Maid: Judging by her name. Unlike the other two maids, who are magic users, she is never shown in combat, so we have no idea how she fights.
  • Only Sane Man: If anything amazingly outlandish happens in a thread, expect her to be the only one holding on to her horses whereas everyone else has jumped off the rails already. It's this trait that allows her to convince Demon Lord (Alunt) to Take a Third Option and reform the corrupt human societies in his world instead of razing them to the ground in revenge.
    • At the same time, some of her ideas are a bit off, such as suggesting that Star Alloy Robot 1 just keeps having random people summoned as heroes until his friends are summoned (which does work, but only because Sage was the one responsible both for Alloy Robot 1 being summoned and his allies also being summoned, which nobody knew at the time).
  • Robo Speak: Much of her dialogue consists of a rigid question-and-answer format. To her credit, it makes her easier to comprehend. Hilariously, her first appearance is alongside Star Alloy Robot 1, where she seems more robotic than the hero who is confirmed to be a robot.
  • The Spock: Serves as one of the voices of reason in the forums alongside Prince.

    Magical Maid 

    Bewitching Maid 
  • Boobs of Steel
  • Nominal Hero: Probably the least heroic member of the Union. She's used magic to enslave almost all of her home plane, killing anyone who can resist her (which is the only reason she actually killed the Demon Lord). She is less heroic than the Demon Lord who later joins the BBS.
  • Ms. Fanservice: More so than even Empress
  • Stripperiffic
  • Token Evil Teammate: She is pretty much the only member of the union who is arguably an outright villain.
  • The Vamp

    Detective 
A rather serious retired hero from Earth #4, the same Earth that the Star Alloy Robots and Veggievorn are from, much to his confusion.

Active Heroes

    Star Alloy Robot 1 
A mechanical dog tasked to fight evil aliens, bring peace to the galaxy and protect everyone's smiles!! alongside his four fellow robo-animals: a snake, giraffe, chicken, and penguin, whose collective special ability happens to be combining with each other to form a humanoid Humongous Mecha. However, a mishap involving a rogue summoning portal separates Star Alloy Robot 1 from the rest of his teammates, leaving him stranded as a hero in a world where he may be forced to fend for himself...

  • Combining Mecha: His entire team's schtick.
  • Determinator: Even after getting separated from the rest of his team and weakened considerably, he's still determined to protect everyone's smiles!!
  • Hot-Blooded: He repeatedly vows to protect everyone's smiles!!
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: He is powered by smiles, as opposed to electricity.
  • Super Robot Genre: He's a walking, barking homage to the early age of Super Robot shows.
  • Talking Animal: A talking mechanical canine, what else?
  • Fire-Forged Friends: His four other robot animal friends. Star Alloy Robot 1 explicitly mentions that without them, he wouldn't be able to fight as effectively against the forces of evil.
  • You Are Not Alone: At the end of his tale, Sage manages to find a way to accurately transport Star Alloy Robot 1's friends to his location, allowing them to fight at full power once more. The poor dog and his companions are overjoyed at this turn of events.

    High School Girl 
A young girl from the same world and country as Student, High School Girl's plight begins when she walks out the door to go to school and ends up in a parallel dimension called Estrard instead, where a kingdom forces her to become their Chosen One and defeat the demon lord plaguing their realm. Unfortunately, she's but an ordinary, frightened Muggle who didn't even want any part in it, and things get worse from there...

  • I Just Want to Be Normal: This is her natural response to getting forced against her will to engage in heroism and open warfare despite not having any combat experience or even prior knowledge of her situation.
    • Though she does make sure to remain registered as a hero, so she can chat with Student
  • Evil Laugh: Gives a small one after revealing herself to be a girl when the board went nuts over her "harem".
  • Kidnapped by the Call: She was headed for school when she got forcibly summoned and asked to become a hero against her wishes. Hero of Light even rants about how underhanded Summoning Rituals are while listening to High School Girl's tale.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Unwanted Harem: Played with, and with emphasis on unwanted. Her party members—all of whom are inexplicably female—not only regularly belittle High School Girl despite her being the Chosen One of their world, but also constantly bicker and fight with one another over the smallest arguments, leading to them being nigh-useless in combat against their actual enemies.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Similar to Hunter, the Hero's Union uses Forced Retrieval to warp her back to her homeworld after learning of her circumstances. Unfortunately, this also causes another native of said universe to get caught up in a Government Conspiracy. See the Waitress for more details

     The Hero Unneeded 
A young man from the realm of Nua Norvail who was born with a unique Hero's Mark, prompting him to venture forth on a journey to defeat his world's Demon Lord. While he had purposed initially to go alone, he meets four companions along the way—all of whom happen to be more than meets the eye...

     Hero Demon Lord 

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

A young hero from the realm of Alunt who was inexplicably teleported into a prison cell shortly after his summoning ritual. Wishing to know the circumstances behind his incarceration, he immediately sets forth to locate the culprit responsible for sending him to jail. However, this hero isn't what he seems to be at first glance...

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Is actually the current ruler of his own country. Namely, the Demon Realm.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: In his world, the Demon Lord isn't the biggest threat around: savage monsters from a hellish realm also threaten his Demon Kingdom from time to time, and he also has to deal with them in addition to the human heroes invading his turf.
  • Clairvoyance: Uses a similar ability to scan his surroundings the moment he escapes from his cell.
  • Forced Sleep: Relies on Sleep and Coma spells to pacify the droves of palace guards who attack him.
  • Humans Are Bastards: It's stated that the human kingdoms in his realm want to slay the Demon Lord, not for any atrocities committed by the latter, but rather so they can take over the Demon Realm for themselves. Given that the Hero of Alunt is actually the Demon Lord in question, he finds the idea repulsive and resolves to begin reforming human society in the end.
  • Mind Manipulation: He is capable of hypnotizing people into telling him the truth, which he uses on several occasions.
  • Older Than They Look: He looks like a child of 10-12 years of age, but is actually a little under a century old. The Demon race still considers anybody younger than a hundred years to be under-aged, though.
  • Take a Third Option: He had two choices: escape his prison and let bygones be bygones, or exact revenge on the powers that be who locked him up. He chooses to take Battle Maid's advice and peacefully take over the human kingdoms in order to reform them, then embark on a diplomatic journey to make peace with the savages from Hell Realm and put an end to their invasions.
  • Villain Protagonist: He's actually the Demon Lord of his world. Subverted in that he may not truly be villainous, seeing as he refuses to outright resort to violence, but rather possesses Blue and Orange Morality. That said, he manages to be quite chipper with the rest of the message board regulars.
  • Villain Teleportation: Once he figures out his exact location in the human kingdom, he spares no time in teleporting straight to the king's private chamber.
  • Walking Spoiler: Of all the oddballs in the message board, he's the... oddest of the balls.

    Patissier Macaroon 
A college student who ended up chosen by a pair of magical creatures to become their champion, giving her the ability to transform into a Magical Girl with the power to fight...junk food-themed monsters from a rival kingdom. She does not take it very well.

    Veggievorn 
A humble farm boy living out in the boondocks, Veggievorn is chosen by a representative of a fantasy race to become a warrior, fighting against an evil empire out to...ruin the soil. He then gains the ability to transform into an armored superhero—except his armor design leaves quite a few things to be desired...
  • Affably Evil: Not him, but the enemies he's tasked to fight. When Veggievorn begs to only transform at nighttime so the neighbors wouldn't see him in his ridiculous outfit, they readily agree to only attack during the late hours of the evening.
  • Embarrassing but Empowering Outfit: His magical suit of armor is comprised entirely of actual vegetables, the most glaring component of which happens to be a bulging waistcoat made out of a pumpkin. The appearance thereof is so ridiculous Veggievorn begged his Non-Human Sidekick if he could only fight monsters at night; said sidekick acquiesces.
  • Farm Boy: Veggievorn not only grew up in a farm, but also stayed on as a farmhand of his own volition despite his mother offering to let him go to the city and find a good job. His reasoning is that he finds satisfaction in knowing that the fruit of his labor feeds hundreds of people each day.
  • Green Thumb: Played with. He's from a farming family and knows all about agriculture, but his magical suit of armor is implied to be the result of having control over plants, seeing as the pieces are made out of vegetables and fruits.
  • Henshin Hero: A garden-variety transforming superhero.
  • Transformation Sequence: Par for the course. What makes his amusing is how he accurately identifies just what kind of vegetable or fruit comprises each part of his armor after they manifest on his body.

    Waitress 
After High School Girl was rescued by the Union, the Estrard kingdom decided that it can't just announced that the heroine ran away, so they found a lookalike replacement to take the High School Girl's position. That would be the Waitress

     Kogal and Samurai 
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Samurai was summoned from the same world as Kogal, but from an earlier period. It's implied that he's from the 18th century or so.
  • Gyaru Girl: Kogal. In fact Samurai mistakes her to be a foreigner the first time they met.
  • Master Swordsman: Samurai, obviously. Taken Up to Eleven after Sage arms him with a magically-forged katana.
  • Odd Friendship: She's a Japanese Valley Girl from the 21st Century. He's a Samurai from the late Edo period. They get along well with each other thanks to their shared love of Japanese cuisine.
  • Reckless Gun Usage: Both Kogal and Samurai are presented with guns to use in combat; neither of them have any idea what to do with them. It almost ends as well as anyone would expect although thankfully, all of the firearms handed to them are poorly maintained and nigh useless, save for the one Samurai nearly killed himself with. They end up relying on an Infinity +1 Sword which Sage gave the Samurai, and they haven't had a problem since.
  • The Ditz: Kogal, in spades. She hardly cares about the details of her situation, only that she's going on an adventure and by gosh, she's gonna enjoy herself.
  • Valley Girl: Like, Kogal has this speech pattern, you know, and like, she's totally flaunting it.

    Wandering Sword 
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