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Commission: Galaxy1701d by SaddlePatch Commission: Galaxy1701d by SaddlePatch
(Not sure why it's so grainy...I think something is wrong with my post processing on Photoshop, I'll try to fix it later!)

Long overdue Commission for :icongalaxy1701d: of His Captian OC with my Trek OC, Calius Kirk in his AWESOME fanmade Uniforms :)

Again I'm so sorry for the wait! I hope you like it! Sorry about the background, it was really frustrating me so I had to use a stock image ^^;
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SakuraTES Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is still one of my favorite pieces it looks all cool and awesome. Also when you use stock bg it look so natural and that is something I will never be able to do.

...wait why did I come to your gallery? Oh yea, to come see OS refs.
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SaddlePatch Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE :iconiloveyouplz: I so glads you approves!!


XD Pft, why else would you be creeping mah gallery? <W<
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cuddlesaurus21 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, now those are some very cool Starfleet uniforms! :D Almost makes me think of a steampunk AU or something.
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galaxy1701d Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
Well, I didn't have steampunk in mind when I created the uniform design, as I'm not a steampunk fan and don't know much about it.  Rather, the uniform grew out of my own fanfiction concepts, where the protagonist and villain are alternate-reality counterparts with the bad guy being the good guy's Mirror Universe "twin."  

The villain, besides having a cybernetic eye, cybernetic leg, and cybernetic arm due to an interrogation gone wrong, also happens to have a black uniform more heavily rooted in traditional 19th century European royal court uniforms than even the original "Wrath of Khan" uniform was:

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And back in 2008 (and previously in 2004, when I created the now-lost first version), I created that black uniform design for my OC as a "final battle' uniform.  He was supposed to switch from his classic red TWOK "Monster Maroon" into the black outfit before fighting his Mirror Universe twin for the last time, thereby creating a situation where both versions of the character were wearing black - a chilling symbolic reminder that although one is good and the other bad, the two enemies are actually the exact same person.

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I eventually got the design commissioned as a real costume, although I don't think I'm ever going to use it again since I've just gotten so used to cosplaying Captain Sulu all the time now:

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In terms of real-life influences, if the outfit is based on anything, it's the uniforms worn by certain types of Central/Eastern European (i.e. Germany, Austria, Poland, etc.) 19th and early 20th century cavalry units known as Uhlans, which also were double-breasted, but had a fake "symmetrical" appearance created by creative use of colored piping along the coat-front.  This is a WW1-era German version:

www.robertsonco.com/img/p/1614…

www.zib-militaria.de/WebRoot/S…
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cuddlesaurus21 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess it was just the slightly Victorian look (19th and early 20th century, as you said) that made me think that--I honestly don't know a great deal about steampunk myself, I've just seen art of it here and there, and it usually has a Victorian influence. :thanks: It's a very cool design! I like the contrast of the black and gold.

I'm a big fan of the "monster maroon" era myself. :D And those are some neat photos--you're a great Sulu cosplayer!
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galaxy1701d Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015
Thanks.  I'm actually capable of mimicking George Takei's voice as well, all the way down to the "oh, myyy."
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cuddlesaurus21 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! That's awesome! :D
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Snoopykatlover Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
its been FAAAAAR TOOLONG!! XD
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SaddlePatch Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha yes it has XD
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Snoopykatlover Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015
lol! Hope to see more luuv luvvv Those two!! Best OC's EVAARRR!!! XD
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SaddlePatch Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, well you might see a revamped Calius in the near future, I'm not sure though. :3 Thanks for your support :D
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Snoopykatlover Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
WOOHOO!!!!
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Blackwolf008 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaaaaAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH CALIUS!!!!!!!!!!! :heart:
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SaddlePatch Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YASSSSSS Tom YES Tom YES 
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galaxy1701d Featured By Owner Edited Nov 3, 2015
I left a longer comment replying to :iconspidertrekfan616: with the whole story, but I think this turned out wonderfully - I actually kind of prefer the way you interpreted Captain M. Tobias Sun (my character) to the way :iconmiacis83: had originally designed him, to be honest; perhaps the best way to put it is that in some strange way, your take on his character design is a closer match to what I see in my own mind when I think about him. =)

Unless I can come up with something better, I think "Reinforcements" would be a good name for this based on the story behind the image (again, see my reply to :iconspidertrekfan616: for that tale).  Also, recommended BGM: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOq9Ex…
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SaddlePatch Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so humbled that you like it that much! I was so worried considering how long you had to wait and that I couldn't do my own personal background for the image. 

Also, really happy you love his design! I love :iconmiacis83:'s design and was worried I would not come close! I think they for sure got the details more spot on than I did!

But again, I'm glad you like it :D :D It was fun to work on!
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galaxy1701d Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
You don't have to sorry that much about the background.  You did a great manipulation and I think you got the scaling just about right, and I can't even do that kind of thing at all.  Heck, I can't draw characters or anything in three dimensions to save my life.  Technical designs are all I'm capable of, which is why I need to commission people like you to do anything else about it. =)

:iconmiacis83: did a great job laying the foundations for Captain Sun, but I always love seeing characters interpreted in different ways with different art styles, and I had always gone into this expecting you to reinterpret his character design and put your touch on him.  So I knew he wasn't just going to straight-up look like :iconMiacis82:'s original, but I don't think I was quite expecting to like your take on him that much more.  I still can't really put a finger on why, I just do. =P

Finally, when it comes to art, the devil isn't *always* in the details.  I wasn't that concerned about you getting all the intricate little greeblies from my uniform design. =P
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SakuraTES Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!!! Llama Emoji-23 (Shyness) [V1] I love how you did the shading and highlights! :3333
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SaddlePatch Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
EEEE :iconiloveyouplz: Thank you friend ;w; That means a lot!
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SakuraTES Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:D I love this soooooo much
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galaxy1701d Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
That outfit is real, by the way. =)  It was a "wartime" uniform that I designed on paper for my personal fanfiction continuity, then got made into a working costume:

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SakuraTES Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa! That's awesome! :D
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Heartiful Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
Ooohhh lovely! :D Good job!
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SaddlePatch Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :D :D
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Kinola14 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
This looks awesome! ;)
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SaddlePatch Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hurrr :iconhurrplz: Thank you!
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SpiderTrekfan616 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think he'd be very proud of this.:D
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SaddlePatch Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Turns out he was! And I am so very glad! :D
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galaxy1701d Featured By Owner Edited Nov 3, 2015
:iconsaddlepatch: and I had actually first talked about doing this a couple of years ago, but never got around to actually doing anything with our conversation until now.  

There is, in fact, a story behind this commission.  It *wasn't* just done on a whim; rather, it's an actual crossover event and represents a particular moment during the "Mirror War" segment of my "Dark Reflection" storyline.  You could essentially say her OC, Captain Calius Kirk, is making a cameo in my storyline.  The fact that she recently revamped her plot concepts to bring them in-line with the J.J.-verse just like I had when I designated my "Delta-universe" continuity as an alternate-timeline J.J.-verse diverging after the events of ST:ID just made it even easier to slot her character in. =)

The story so far: it's midsummer 2295 in the Deltaverse, about midway through the Mirror War.  The Confederacy of Allied Powers (an alliance formed by the Federation, the Klingons, the Romulans, the Hydrans, the Gorn Confederation and the New Kelvan Empire) has been desperately fighting an extradimensional invasion by the Terran Empire, the Federation's evil Mirror-Universe counterpart, for the better part of a decade - but there's been little headway.  The Allies have recovered much of the territory they originally lost to the Terrans, but they haven't been able to kick the invaders out of their universe.

Starfleet Intelligence analysts eventually realized that the Terran invasion plan has a fatal flaw: it is dangerously reliant on a network of technologies used to exploit unstable regions of space, allowing Terran battle fleets to jump dimensions and wage a full-scale war.  This logistical chain is anchored in particular on a series of "Rift Stations," specially-equipped starbases that can create, manipulate and maintain the rifts in dimensionally-unstable areas of space that allow all this to happen.  Starfleet strategists, with the support of Section 31, eventually come up with a daring plan for a new campaign: while the bulk of the Allied forces launch a new frontal offensive against the Terran fleets, the 14th Battlecruiser Squadron, a detachment of Rear Admiral Vincenzo Gavazza's 31st Independent Battle Group (a division of the 3rd Tactical Wing) made up of the "four sisters" - four heavily reconstructed Excelsior-class "test type" battlecruisers fielding specialized technologies giving them abilities above and beyond those of typical Federation starships - will launch a daring series of commando raids behind Terran lines to identify vital Imperial targets and then strike at and disable their ability to maintain the war.  

This battle plan comes to be known as Operation: Swordbreaker.  After a string of spectacular early successes, Section 31 (which has oversight over Operation: Swordbreaker and is in charge of interpreting intelligence, identifying targets and assigning missions to the 14th Battlecruisers) sets its eyes on the juiciest prize of all: one of the largest Terran rift stations, located near the star Beta Librae.  Due to reorganization of Terran fleet movements to defend against an Allied offensive spearheaded by Rear Admiral James T. Kirk and Task Force Enterprise, the station seems to be only lightly guarded.  Section 31 orders the 14th to use the wormhole drive capability of the U.S.S. Farrington, 2nd of the 4 sisters, to launch a daring surprise attack on the station and capture it for study - and, perhaps, future Allied use.  

What Section 31 *didn't* know was that the Four Sisters were warping into a Terran trap.  By this point, enough attacks had been launched for the Terran Empire to identify the 14th Battlecruiser Squadron as the culprits - their unique modifications made it obvious, after a few attacks, which of the Federation ships were launching these assaults on their prized assets.  The rift station was left "lightly" guarded on purpose to give Starfleet/Section 31 a target too valuable to ignore.  The defensive fleet originally assigned to guard it, which included a massive Terran dreadnought and a carrier, was under orders to break off from the rest of the Terran fleet movements and head back to the station once the 14th Battlecruisers began their attack.  They would then cut off and destroy the four Excelsior test types, ending one of the greatest threats to the Terran Empire's war effort once and for all.

The result was the ferocious Battle of Beta Librae.  The 14th Battlecruiser Squadron easily overwhelms the light residual defenses left at the starbase and deploys their Starfleet Marine Corps assault forces to capture it only to suddenly get confronted with the full force of a Terran armada.  Outnumbered and vastly outgunned, the battlecruisers - through a combination of teamwork, brilliant tactics, superhuman bravery, the special abilities of their four starships and, perhaps, sheer dumb luck - manage to hold their own, destroying the Terran fleet's two largest ships and surviving against the rest until Admiral Gavazza, aboard the Dreadnought-class (yes, the same class the Vengeance from "Into Darkness" belonged to) battleship U.S.S. Musashi, arrived in the nick of time with the rest of the 31st Independent Battle Group to reinforce the beleaguered 14th Battlecruiser Squadron.

The Battle of Beta Librae would ultimately go down as a major strategic Federation victory and one of the greatest Allied coups of the war, but it came at a terrible cost.  The Four Sisters had warped into a trap and been confronted with a numerically superior enemy task force, and paid the price to change the course of the war: personnel casualties amounted to 330 dead, 144 wounded and 3 missing among the crews of all four ships and the Four Sisters themselves were so severely mauled that they had to spend a full month in drydock undergoing round-the-clock repairs before they were in any shape to return to service - something Starfleet couldn't afford, because those four ships' unique abilities made them, and only them, capable of conducting and continuing Operation: Swordbreaker.  The four ships' surviving crew members would remember the battle by a different name: the "Slaughter at Bloody Libra."

Starfleet Command and Section 31 leadership concluded that since the Terrans now knew the Four Sisters were the ships conducting the "Swordbreaker" raids, it was going to be more and more likely that the enemy would increase defenses around the campaign's designated targets.  Because Excelsior-class ships, like all battlecruisers, suffered from being inadequately shielded in comparison to their speed, overall size, and firepower, Starfleet decided that it was too dangerous to send in the Four Sisters in without escort.  However, due to the "commando" nature of Operation: Swordbreaker and the limited abilities of the U.S.S. Farrington to open wormholes large enough to be traversed by multiple ships, they couldn't just send in a full fleet either, so Vice-Admiral Kelvar Garth of Izar, theater commander of the Federation war effort, decided to compromise by assigning at least two more Excelsior-class battlecruisers to reinforce the 14th Battlecruiser Squadron, flying beside the Four Sisters as escort cruisers to defend their experimental cousins during Swordbreaker missions.

Calius Kirk's ship, the Alliant, is one of these two Excelsior-class battlecruisers and this artwork depicts her - and her ship's - arrival day at Starbase Epsilon Theta, the home port of Admiral Gavazza's 31st Independent Battle Group, including the 14th Battlecruiser Squadron.  Calius has just beamed aboard the Farrington to greet the ship's commanding officer - Captain M. Tobias Sun - who has been assigned to brief her on the situation at hand and help her, and her crew, adjust to their new roles.  Calius and the Alliant had been part of the frontal assault as part of Task Force Enterprise.  Although she's excited at being given the chance to confront the Terrans head-on and face down unfavorable odds the way her father was so famous for doing, she's also reeling at suddenly being transferred from Jim Kirk's armada to this oddball, hush-hush raiding force.  Meanwhile, Captain Sun, still grieving over the loss of so many crewmembers in the Battle of Beta Librae, isn't really convinced that simply sending more ships is going to solve the problem.  But somehow, they - and their fellow captains - have got to make this work.  Operation: Swordbreaker may be the key to Allied victory, and failure is *not* an option.

When I really think hard about it, a good title for this probably could be "Reinforcements." =)

BGM: "We Have a Battleship" by Steve Jablonsky (www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOq9Ex…)
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SaddlePatch Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just one correction, the ship Calius commands is the Alliant, same type of ship though! The Defiant is the ship she spent 8 months on when she was rescued as a child from Kash :) But it's understandable how the two could get mixed up, as their names are similar and a tad bit of trivia, the Alliant is a twin sister (Just more up to date and powerful) of the USS Defiant :) 

This scenario would probably be more interesting considering Tobias just also got the round about aid of Q too, even if he's mortal with half the strength of his powers he had before and is monitored by Starfleet *Not to interfere with fate*


(PS, although I'm not so technical with Trek - you have me so beat there, haha but I can learn!-, if you ever want to, we could totally RP this story sometime :D )
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galaxy1701d Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015
Also, here's a random detail question I never asked before.  Do you remember what Alliant's registry number is?  I'm just curious.  I figured that if she's an Excelsior, it'll have to be something over 2000 at least since Excelsior was NX-2000 and she was the class prototype...
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SaddlePatch Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Since I had no idea about the significance of the number, it was NX-4982...which the last four digits were my phone number but it's probably lower like 2010 or something along those line...2009 would be a nice tip of the hat to the release year of the reboot :P
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galaxy1701d Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015
NX means she's a prototype. The Excelsior was NX-2000 for example, before she was refitted with standard technology and reclassified as NCC-2000. And the Four Sisters are NX-2009 through NX-2012. We could make her NCC-2016 as an in-joke to "Star Trek: Beyond." A 4000 number would be a little too high for a ship from the 2280s/2290s. It would suggest a ship from the Enterprise-C's time (2340s).
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SaddlePatch Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I did not know this! You learn something new everyday!! :D

I'm cool with NCC 2016 :D 
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galaxy1701d Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
True mastery of "Star Trek" is all about little bitty details, many of which you won't find in the episodes and movies.  For example, since "Star Trek" has this silly rule where only material seen on screen is considered baseline canon, there is no "canonical" explanation for the "USS" prefix or the "NCC" registry code.

However, if you go behind-the-scenes and dig up published books detailing the making of the original series, you will find that "USS" stands for "United Space Ship" and that "NCC" means "Naval Construction Contract," thereby making each registry number unique as it was assigned to that particular ship when she was first given government authorization to be built.

Of course, there is also a caveat here because some of these early "behind-the-scenes" facts got overridden later on by canon material.  For example, although Walter Matt Jefferies technically gave the Enterprise the registry number "NCC-1701" because those numbers were easy to spot even from a great distance, he legitimized it by claiming that Enterprise was the first ship in the 17th starship design in the fleet.  Of course, that would never work given how the "Star Trek" canon eventually evolved, with the Enterprise being established as the second heavy cruiser of the Constitution class.

So with that being said, registry numbers understandably should get higher with time.  There were a few contrary examples - the Constellation (NCC-1017) and the Prometheus (NX-59650) that were abnormally low for their time, but the Constellation came about due to the fact that her "filming model" was a scorched plastic model kit of the Enterprise (and, therefore, its registry number was a simple rearrangement of the Enterprise's), while the Prometheus' abnormally low number was a bona fide mistake by the part of the production staff.

The Excelsior was NX/NCC-2000, and if this scene were to be plausible, Calius would have to be an active captain by the mid-2290's, which would mean her ship wouldn't have been built too far behind the original Excelsior, and therefore, shouldn't have a registry number that's too much higher.  NCC-2016 sounds like a good fit for our needs, while still being an in-joke. =)
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galaxy1701d Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
DeviantArt finally gave us the ability to edit our stupid posts, so that's an easy fix. =)  

And the way you describe Q is actually rather interesting because of how I had set up the premise behind the chaos that drives my fanfiction multiverse, which actually spans *FOUR* alternate continuities all linked together due to a chain of events that starts when my version of the Mirror Universe (designated the Beta-universe), which has a Terran Empire far more powerful than any of the ones we've seen in canon or the Expanded Universe, exploiting a network of dimensionally-unstable regions of space to launch large-scale invasions of other universes.

Basically, I had conjectured that the rifts appear as a result of Q Continuum actions.  They were either an experiment gone wrong, or a deliberate act - we all know the Q love to "test" the mortals (as gods have often done throughout mythology) and if this was deliberate, it could be seen as an ultimate test, one lasting for decades rather than just a single, isolated incident.  However, I also established that at least one Q vehemently protested these actions, claiming that the test was "rigged" and would be impossible for the mortals to pass, especially as they were to be kept in the dark about the Q's intentions.  This Q demanded to be allowed to intervene in at least some small way, using their actions to ensure certain sequences of events happen to allow the mortals to get past particular hurdles needed to survive - give them "hints" or "lifelines," so to speak.

It took me years to get technical with "Star Trek," but I have a very organized mind to begin with and I'm good with technobabble.  I actually am more interested in "Star Trek" for the world-building than the general plot, which is why I tend to refer to myself as a Treknologist, not a Trekkie. =P  I also spent years playing the "Starfleet Command" and "Starfleet Command II: Empires at War" ship-to-ship combat simulators, games infamous for their micromanagement, so I'm now at the point where if I were dropped into the "Star Trek" universe, I could probably just jump right in the chair and take command.  I am also a hardcore military nerd and I've studied a lot of real-life warship designs to learn their purposes, strengths, and weaknesses, and that's helped me with my starship designs.

As for the premise behind this incident, I've spent a lot of time reading about and watching documentaries about real-life wars and military campaigns, which is also a good source of inspiration.  One of the keys to good "Star Trek" is realism - keeping one foot in real-life military history and using the real experience of war and service in the Navy or Coast Guard as a guide.
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