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    Money-Making Guide by JoeChimo

    Version: 0.75 | Updated: 10/01/04 | Printable Version | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    
    	-= FABLE =-
    
    -= GUIDE TO
          ALBION ENTREPRENEURSHIP =-
    
    V.0.75
    
    
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    Copyright 2004 Joseph B. Cimaszewski
    
    
    Table of Contents:
    	- Updates
    	- Introduction
    	- Trading
    		- Dressing For Success
    		- Guile
    		- The Witchhunter & Skorm's Bow
    		- Albion Economy
    		- How To Trade Properly
    		- The Stores
    			- Heroes' Guild
    			- Bowerstone South
    			- Darkwood Camp
    			- Barrow Fields
    			- Oakvale
    			- Twinblade Camp
    			- Knothole Glade
    			- Arena
    			- Bowerstone North
    			- Hook Coast
    		- Tips of the Trade
    		- For Love & Money
    	- Real Estate
    		- Buying An Investment
    		- Upgrading
    		- Playing Landlord
    		- Tips For the Real Estate Agent
    	- Reach Me
    
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    UPDATES:
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    2004, Oct. 1 -
    	Updated trader marriage information. Added information about stealing.
    Also, added info about dress ideas. New tips and tricks have been added.
    
    2004, Sept. 26 -
    	Conquered Skorm's Bow puzzle. Added it to the guide for all.
    
    2004, Sept. 24 -
    	I finally wrote the thing. Power to the people! Look for future 
    Updates.
    
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    INTRODUCTION:
    -------------
    
    	I'm creating this guide for all those in need of money in the game of 
    Fable. I scoured the internet in search of a guide for young entrepreneurs, 
    but alas I could find none. Therefore, I decided to create one to help all 
    those struggling with financial stability.
    
    	There are multiple reasons for gaining large sums of money in the 
    realm of Albion. Some weapons and clothing alone can be pricey. The legendary 
    greatsword Solus, purchased from Browstone North, valued at $69,825. Then if 
    you are on your way to the path of enlightenment, the price that Ivo and their 
    temple  costs can really put a damper on your pocket.
    
    	Yes, performing quests will give you the money required to make it 
    through the game, but to conquer the world you must first conquer the economy. 
    I will lead you to your success.
    
    
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    TRADING:
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    	The first skill you must master is the art of trading. Mastering this 
    skill you can make thousands in mere moments. There is an art to proper 
    trading, much more then just buying from one store and selling to another 
    store. To get the most out of trading, you need to rely on both your 
    attractiveness and guile. While also depending on your knowledge of the wares 
    of the local vendors of the multiple towns of Albion.
    
    
    Dressing for Success:
    ---------------------
    
    	Just like in the real world, you need to make yourself presentable 
    when dealing with people. I would first buy from the man in silk before make a 
    purchase from the man in the rags. Because of this, you want to wear clothing 
    and groom yourself properly, so that you raise your attractiveness way into 
    the positives while at the same time you drop you scariness down into the 
    negatives.
    
    Clothing -
    [Will User's Bright Clothes]
    This outfit is by far the best for any trader to wear, raising your 
    attractiveness a whole +51. It is also extremely easy to get the complete 
    suit, being that it is in a chest behind the demon door at Rose Cottage. All 
    you need to do for this demon door is bring him a gift, for he is lonely and 
    is in need of some love. Chocolate or a rose is all that is necessary, unless 
    you wish to be more generous with it.
    
    Grooming -
    When choosing both hairstyles and facial hair, keep in mind that you are 
    trying to drop your scariness into the negatives. The styles of Normal and 
    Bald are good picks for hair, while something like the Full Beard is something 
    to go along with for facial hair.
    
    Tattoos -
    Using a creative combination of tattoos, you can actually remove unused 
    articals of clothing. A creative set of tattoos for your shoulders, chest, 
    back, and arms can can totally replace a artical of clothing for your torso.
    
    	.Outfit Idea.
    (+100 Attractiveness / -100 Scariness)
    
    Hair -	Bald
    Face -	Full Beard
    Tats -	Somrune [Face]
    	Krydon [Chest]
    	Karlan Wings [Shoulders Chest]
    	Harion Shoulders [Shoulders Back]
    	Harion Arm [Arms]
    Head -	None
    Arms -	Bright Will User's Gloves
    Torso -	None
    Legs -	Bright Will User's Leggings
    Feet -	Bright Will User's Boots
    
    This is awesome for any True Good hero.
    
    
    
    Guile:
    ------
    
    	This is a must have skill for a trader. As guile is increased in 
    levels your bartering skill increases with traders. As you maximize this 
    skill, you will realize that prices are casully dropping in shops and the 
    traders are starting to buy items for much more. Each level creates about a 
    3.5 difference.
    
    	You eventually receive the skills steal and lockpick from leveling 
    guile. With these skills you may actually take items from a shop, and resell 
    them back to their original owner. 
    
    How to Steal Properly -
    	Some people have been asking me about stealing, that they can't do it 
    or they aren't able to get all the items in a shop. Easy stealing requires a 
    stealthy hero, a hero with a high level of guile. Stealing is easily performed 
    at night, while people are sleeping. Wearing stealthy clothes, a assassin or 
    bandit outfit, enter into a victim's home or shop. You can do this by either 
    lock picking or breaking the door during the day. Sneak around the building 
    holding L3. When you find an item you wish to steal face it in order to 
    highlight it. If you have the ability, the steal icon will appear in your 
    emotions. You must press and HOLD steal until you take the item. This is when 
    you just hope noone sees you.
    
    	When first starting as a trader, you don't receive many skill 
    experience points. Later, when dealing with larger amounts of goods and money, 
    you will recieve much more experience. Farming skill points with a bow is a 
    great way to raise this skill quickly. Also, there are two areas of 
    recommendation...
    
    1. For low characters, Ancient Cullis Gate early in the game contains Hobbes. 
    They continually respawn by the gate allowing for huge experience gains.
    
    2. For high characters, Cliffside Path contains an endless supply of undead. 
    I've walked away with 400,000 experience in one try.
    
    	Remember to use Physical Shield while farming. Bring plenty of will 
    potions. You want to keep your combat multiplier high. I have gotten mine up 
    to 160 in Cliffside Path, and that was only until I desided to stop. This is 
    also the time to use all your items that give experience! An Ages of Skill 
    Potion gives 100 skill experience, but will give 1000 with a combat multiplier 
    of 10. At 100, you can gain an extra 10,000 skill experience.
    
    
    The Witchhunter & Skorm's Bow:
    ----------------
    
    	Because of needing points in skill, the weapon of choice for a trader 
    is the bow. Using the bow to it's fullest potential, you can gain huge amounts 
    of experience in short amounts of time. Most traders will find that they will 
    become Witchhunters, archers that use a good amount of will powers. Every 
    trader needs to carry a good bow, the best bow in the game being Skorm's Bow. 
    I will walk you through the PROPER way of getting Skorm's Bow.
    
    	Skorm's Bow is obtained through the Chapel of SKorm, located in 
    Darkwood. You must sacrifice a follower at the chapel to obtain this item. The 
    sacrifice must occur at nighttime, and the victim must be of full health. 
    These are of Skorm's askings. Now, all the confusion that is going around to 
    as what time you need to make the sacrifice of your victim. The time of night 
    is directly related to your alignment. Heroes of true evil must make the 
    sacrifice at 6:00pm. Heroes of true good must make the sacrifice at 6:00am. 
    While heroes of alignment true neutral need to make their sacrifice at 
    12:00am. Look at your alignment in the personality menu, use that to figure 
    out what time to make the sacrifice to receive your gift.
    
    (Ex: My alignment read 1/2 evil, therefore I must make the sacrafice at 9:00pm 
    to receive Skorm's Bow.)
    
    	You can do this as soon as you leave the Heroes' Guild, before the 
    Wasp Queen. Teleport from the chapel to a town, get a henchman, then teleport 
    back. This will allow you to have the bow for the entire game!
    
    The Wasp Queen falls in 1.5 hits...
    
    	Mixing Skorm's Bow with Time Stop, Force Push, & Physical Shield will 
    make you a one trader wreching machine.
    
    
    Albion Economy:
    ---------------
    
    	To succeed as a merchant in Albion, you must learn the economy system 
    of Albion. All items in Albion have a base value, or suggested retail price 
    [SRP].
    
    	Why do prices vary during purchases? When a trader has a large some of 
    a single item, he sells for far below the SRP. Though, when a trader only has 
    a few of an item, he will sell them for close to the SRP if not over it. Also, 
    if a trader has a quantity of greater then 51 of any one item, he will sell 
    that item for its wholesale price, until the quantity reaches 51 or less.
    
    	The same goes for selling to a trader, but in a reverse roll. When a 
    trader has a large some of a single item, he will buy low. This allows for 
    little or no profit from trading. When a trader has little or none of a 
    certain item, he will buy for close to or over the SRP. This can allow for 
    huge profits.
    
    	So the object is to play this like Wall Street, buy low and sell high.
    
    
    How To Trade Properly:
    ----------------------
    
    	I will now explain the actual art form, known as the trade. To start, 
    all towns have their own set of stores, somewhere to buy; weapons, clothing, 
    and items. These stores are unique to each area, being that no two stores have 
    the same inventory of goods. The item shops around Albion tend to specialize 
    in certain goods, supplying large quantities or certain ones to you. This 
    decreases the price of that item, allowing for you to buy a percentage of them 
    to sell somewhere else for a profit.
    
    	When purchasing goods, only buy a portion of the number that shop has 
    of a single item. For as you buy more of an item from a shop, the purchase 
    price will increase.
    
    (EX: If the shop has 65 sapphires, don't buy all of them, buy 14. This way you 
    will purchase all of them at wholesale price. Once the store restocks, you can 
    come back to purchase more)
    
    	When merchants are selling an item that they have more then 51 in 
    quantity, the price is reflecting it's lowest possible price, or wholesale 
    price. If you are purchasing items from a trader though, and he has less then 
    51 of that item. make sure you don't send too much on the item that you won't 
    return a profit from it. Spending more then 55-60% of the SRP won't get you 
    the best return for profit.
    
    	When you are finally ready to sell your stock off, look for other 
    traders who are in need of what you have to offer. Traders with none of an 
    item will pay the most. Traveling merchants are by far the best to sell to, 
    for they only keep the sold goods while they are in the area with you. Unlike 
    store traders, who can accumulate certain goods, because they don't stock 
    those goods themselves. When a storeowner accumulates goods, he will pay less 
    for the same item later.
    
    	This is the process by which you will make a fortune in Albion.
    
    
    The Stores:
    -----------
    
    	Now, the knowledge you need for the fortune you want. here is a list 
    of all the item shops across Albion. You will also find which store offers 
    larger quantities of certain items, so that you may easily plan out a trade 
    route in advance. Stores are listed in order by which you discover them in 
    game play. An [X] will mark a good buy.
    
    	I've only listed item shops, for it is only there wares we will be 
    dealing in. There is no profit in buying and selling weapons and clothes, for 
    you can only have one of each at a time and the prices are poor.
    
    -----------------
    - Heroes' Guild - (60% Mark-up on inventory, buy elsewhere if possible.)
    -----------------
    
    	*Potions*
    Health Potion		80
    Will Potion		70	X
    Resurrection Phial	500
    
    	*Gifts*
    Chocolates		10
    
    	*Produce*
    Apple Pie		15
    Red Meat		14
    Grain Sack		25
    Flour Sack		35
    Green Apple		4
    Fish			12
    Carrot			6
    
    	*Wanted*
    Resurrection Phial	500
    Cooking Apple		300
    
    
    --------------------
    - Bowerstone South -
    --------------------
    
    	*Potions*
    Healing Potion		80
    Will Potion		70
    Resurrection Phial	500
    
    	*Gifts*
    Perfume			120
    Red Roses		20
    Chocolates		10	X
    Wedding Ring		900
    Fake Wedding Ring	200
    
    	*Produce*
    Green Apple		4	X
    Apple Pie		15	X
    Fish			12
    Carrot			6	X
    Read Meat		14	X
    Grain Sack		25	X
    Flour Sack		35
    Cider Crate		52	X
    
    	*Other*
    Fishing Rod		50
    Spade			200
    
    	*Wanted*
    Wedding Ring		900
    Fish			12
    Fish			18
    Spade			50
    
    
    -----------------
    - Darkwood Camp -
    -----------------
    
    	*Potions*
    Healing Potion		80
    Will Potion		70
    Resurrection Phial	500
    
    	*Gifts*
    Fake Wedding Ring	200	X
    Emerald			700
    Jet			450	X
    
    	*Produce*
    Green Apple		4
    Apple Pie		15
    Fish			12
    Red Meat		14	X
    Crunchy Chick		35
    Beer Keg		46	X
    
    	*Wanted*
    Green Apple		4
    Fish			12
    Fish			18
    Moonfish		160
    Cider Crate		52
    
    
    -----------------
    - Barrow Fields -
    -----------------
    
    	*Gifts*
    Perfume			120
    Red Rose		20
    Chocolates		10
    
    	*Produce*
    Green Apple		4	X
    Apple Pie		15
    Fish			12	X
    Tofu			40
    
    	*Wanted*
    Beer Keg		46
    Cider Crate		52
    
    
    -----------
    - Oakvale -
    -----------
    
    	*Potions*
    Healing Potion		80
    Will Potion		70	X
    Resurrection Phial	500
    
    	*Gifts*
    Perfume			120	X
    Red Roses		20
    Chocolates		10
    Wedding Ring		900	X
    Emerald			700	X
    Ruby			600
    
    	*Produce*
    Green Apple		4	X
    Apple Pie		15	X
    Fish			12	X
    Carrot			6	X
    Red Meat		14	X
    Tofu			40
    Grain Sack		25
    Flour Sack		35
    Cider Crate		52
    
    	*Other*
    Fishing Rod		50	X
    Spade			200
    "The Sock Method"	200
    "Making Friends"	200
    "Windbreaker Rule Book"	200
    "You Are Not a Bad..."	200
    
    	*Wanted*
    Diamond			800
    Ruby			600
    Sapphire		550
    Jet			450
    Tofu			40
    
    
    ------------------
    - Twinblade Camp -
    ------------------
    
    	*Potions*
    Healing Potion		80
    Will Potion		70
    Resurrection Phial	500
    
    	*Gifts*
    Red Roses		20
    Chocolates		10
    Fake Wedding Ring	200
    Jet			450	X
    
    	*Produce*
    Green Apple		4	X
    Apple Pie		15	X
    Fish			12
    Read Meat		14	X
    Crunchy Chick		35	X
    Grain Sack		25
    Beer Keg		46	X
    Cider Crate		52
    
    	*Other*
    Fishing Rod		50
    Spade			200
    "Eyes of a Killer"	200
    "The Ugly Guide"	200
    "Windbreaker Rule Book"	200
    
    	*Wanted*
    Fish			12
    Fish			18
    Cider Crate		52
    Fishing Rod		50
    
    
    ------------------
    - Knothole Glade -
    ------------------
    
    	*Potions*
    Healing Potion		80	X
    Will Potion		70
    Resurrection Phial	500
    
    	*Gifts*
    Perfume			120
    Red Rose		20
    Chocolates		10
    Wedding Ring		900
    Fake Wedding Ring	200
    Diamond			800	X
    Ruby			600	X
    
    	*Produce*
    Apple Pie		15
    Fish			12
    Carrot			6
    Red Meat		14	X
    Tofu			40
    Crunchy Chick		35
    Grain Sack		25
    Beer Keg		46
    
    	*Other*
    Spade			200
    "The Ugly Guide"	200
    
    	*Wanted*
    Wedding Ring		900
    Green Apple		4
    Apple Pie		15
    Fish			12
    Fish			18
    Cider Crate		52
    
    
    ---------
    - Arena -
    ---------
    
    	*Potions*
    Healing Potion		80	X
    Will Potion		70	X
    Resurrection Phial	500
    
    	*Produce*
    Fish			12
    Carrot			6
    Red Meat		14
    Crunchy Chick		35
    
    	*Other*
    Thunder Hero Doll	200
    
    	*Wanted*
    Elixir of Life		2600
    
    
    --------------------
    - Bowerstone North -
    --------------------
    
    	*Potions*
    Healing Potion		80
    Will Potion		70
    Resurrection Phial	500
    
    	*Gifts*
    Perfume			120	X
    Red Rose		20	X
    Chocolates		10
    Wedding Ring		900
    Diamond			800	X
    Emerald			700
    Ruby			600
    Sapphire		550
    Black Rose		300
    
    	*Produce*
    Green Apple		4	X
    Apple Pie		15
    Fish			12
    Fish			18
    Carrot			6	X
    Read Meat		14
    Tofu			40	X
    Flour Sack		35	X
    
    	*Other*
    Fishing Rod		50
    "The Sock Method"	200
    "Making Friends"	200
    "You Are Not a Bad.."	200
    Doll of You		250
    Thunder Hero Doll	200
    
    	*Wanted*
    Wedding Ring		900
    Emerald			700
    Sapphire		550
    Jet			450
    Golden carrot		160
    
    
    --------------
    - Hook Coast -
    --------------
    
    	*Potions*
    Healing Potion		80
    Will Potion		70	X
    Resurrection Phial	500
    
    	*Gifts*
    Perfume			120
    Chocolates		10
    Wedding Ring		900
    Emerald			700
    Sapphire		550	X
    Jet			450
    
    	*Produce*
    Apple Pie		15	X
    Fish			18	X
    Carrot			6
    Read Meat		14	X
    Grain Sack		25
    Flour Sack		35
    
    	*Other*
    Fishing Rod		50	X
    Spade			200
    "The Sock Method"	200
    "Making Friends"	200
    "Eyes of a Killer"	200
    "The Ugly Guide"	200
    "Windbreaker Rule Book"	200
    "You Are Not a Bad..."	200
    
    	*Wanted*
    Health Potion		80
    Red Rose		20
    Green Apple		4
    Fish			12
    Carrot			6
    
    
    	Again, this is the complete list of all item shops in the game. Beyond 
    this shop, there are merchants who roam the lands of Albion.  I have 
    encountered hundreds of merchants selling items while walking around, but so 
    far I have only seen four different inventories. I will add those shortly. It 
    is these traveling merchants that you want to sell your stock to, for they 
    usually pay the greatest amount of money. Also, sold goods disappear each time 
    you encounter a different merchant with the same inventory, so he'll 
    start out buying for top dollar once more. Unlike a shop, where sometimes your 
    goods you sell stay in the shop, lowering the price of later deals.
    
    
    Tips of the Trade:
    ------------------
    
    1. Gifts are by far the most profitable to trade. After a restock, you can 
    easily  buy Sapphires from Hook Coast (65 in Shop Inventory!), Rubies from 
    Knothole Glade, Diamonds, Perfume & Red Roses from Bowerstone North. Then sell 
    these to a few traveling merchants for 2-3X what you paid, maybe even more. 
    
    2. The traveling merchant who purchases precious stones and other gifts for 
    the most money can be found majority of time in the Darkwood areas. (EX: 
    Darkwood Lake)
    
    3. Sometimes you may find yourself trading faster then the shops will restock 
    their inventories. By purchasing the homes in the different towns, will allow 
    you to sleep the days away quickly and free, while collecting rent. Traders 
    can easily afford these homes. Yes, you can sleep in a home you are renting, 
    as long as you don't disturb the rentors. This is like breaking down the door 
    in the middle of the night.
    
    4. The shop in Heroes' Guild marks items up a whole 60%, not worth your while 
    to make purchases. Though it is an easy way to make some quick cash at the 
    beginning of the game by trading produce from Bowerstone South to Heroes' 
    Guild. Apple Pies and Grain Sacks can bring you a quick cash flow at this 
    point in time.
    
    5. Having trouble finding just the right traveling trader? There are two 
    approaches, find them or have them find you. Running back and worth quick 
    between two areas, only checking nearby traders makes things a little easier 
    because it eliminates battles. Or try killing all the enemies in an area, then 
    sitting in the walking path. NPCs constanly enter and leave areas, so maybe 
    your trader will just come to you. Also, Try enlarging the map with R3 while 
    in an area, so you may see the traders walking around better.
    
    
    For Love & Money:
    -----------------
    
    	Many trips to the local shops may cause some of the owners to fall in 
    love with your hero. With this, you may wish to propose and marry one of the 
    shop keepers. Many thought this impossible, being that every time you engaged 
    them they would ask you to trade. I found a way though! Propose to them with
    a ring, and then the next time they ask you to trade tell them, "No." They 
    will then ask you to marry them.
    
    (Note: By marrying a shop keeping they will no longer tend to the shop or 
    trade any goods. The shop they once used will become for sale. If by chance 
    you divorce your trader wife, she will go back to the shop. Renting out a 
    shop will have another shopkeeper move in with the same exact inventory as
    the last.)
    
    
    ------------
    REAL ESTATE:
    ------------
    
    
    Buying an Investment:
    ---------------------
    
    	Every real estate purchase in Albion is an investment in multiple 
    ways. It can be a future home for that happy couple. Why pay all that money in 
    the tavern for a bed while you are waiting for the shops to restock inventory, 
    when you have free room and board right here? Possibility to make large sums 
    of money leasing property out to rentors. Also, If ever you decide you no 
    longer want the property, you can always sell it for the exact amount you put 
    into it.
    
    	Every town has a single marital home for sale, this is the only home 
    that is upgradeable by you. You may purchase other properties in the towns 
    also, though they tend to run more in money. This seems to be because you are 
    already buying a partially upgraded home. Besides homes, taverns and shops can 
    also be purchased and rented. Remember though, in order to buy additional 
    properties in a town, the original owners to somehow be "evicted" from the 
    premises.
    
    
    Upgrading:
    ----------
    
    	To get the full worth of your property, upgrade it to its maximum. 
    This is the only way to get the total get possible from the marital 
    properties. Remember, if you are wondering, only marital properties are 
    upgradeable. These are the original properties that are for sale when you 
    first enter into a town.
    
    	Also, you may have noticed a plaque or two in you upgraded homes. 
    These are used to hang trophies. Trophies will raise the amount of income a 
    property will receive from rent or a sale. By hanging one high level trophy 
    and one mid level trophy in each home, you could increase profits incredibly. 
    Hang high-level trophies in homes with only one plaque.
    
    
    Playing Landlord:
    -----------------
    
    	This is the best part, getting paid. Rent is paid out in thirds per 
    day. You can either collect it everyday, or wait 3-day intervals and collect 
    it all at once. Each day a moneybag will be placed in front of the home's 
    signpost, 3 moneybags being the maximum. I easily make an extra $15,000 every 
    3 days with my 5 homes for rent.  That, on top of the money I make trading, is 
    huge.
    
    
    Tips for the Real Estate Agent:
    -------------------------------
    
    1. Quick cash can be made by upgrading a home to the point where you can place 
    trophies in it. Oakvale is nice because you can place two. Break the door, so 
    you can go in and out as you please. Place 2 high level trophies on plaques, 
    then sell the home. You can enter, take trophies back, and re-buy home for 
    less then what you sold it. Quick cash is made this way. Also, trophies can be 
    hot-keyed, so you can access them easily.
    
    2. Just as you would wait for restocking while trading, if you need some extra 
    cash,  just sleep away 3 days in one of your houses. Then make your rounds 
    collecting rent. Easy $10k-$15k in only moments this way if you own fully 
    upgraded homes in all the towns.
    
    3. For those lonely souls that deal in property. No matter how many wives you 
    have its doubtful you with ever have a child in Fable. Though, ever see those 
    kids in Bowerstone South? They aren't orphans, some have mothers and big 
    sisters. By renting the home out in Bowerstone South will give you a chance to 
    find some of the single parents in town. They will move in with the children. 
    You can then wake up to a stepchild hovering over you.
    
    4. There are 3 methods of eviction. You can easily make any property in Albion 
    for sale. Killing all owners will allow you to buy to property. Marrying the 
    owner will allow you to buy the property. Having the the owners follow you to 
    another area, other then the town, and leaving them will allow you to buy the 
    property.
    
    5. Shops and taverns are poor investments.
    (EX: Knothole Glade's Weapon Shop - $63,000 - Rent of $378)
    This is a poor investment, for the amount of money you make from rent will 
    take a long time to pay back the money you put into the property.
    
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