TALES of MINETERNIA
Glossary for Cooper's Tales
Edited by Kirk Trigon
The role gods, demons and other dark fantasy elements play in Mineternia (or minicomic-Eternia) is what sets this fandom apart from mainstream MOTU interests. To know and appreciate its heroes, one must also understand the forces that shape their world. This is a rough (very rough) glossary of gods and spirits created for Cooper's TALES and loosely based on characters/images created (copyrighted and trademarked) by Mattel Corporation and featured in the Masters minicomics and television cartoons.
The Norse phrase for the supreme god is also the Vulnarian name for the Master of the Universe.
Ancients (of Grayskull)
Gods, heroes, sorcerers and wise persons, whose spirits guard the cosmic secrets of Castle Grayskull. "... Until the Keldoric Age, the inheritors of Grayskull's secrets used them to uplift mankind ..and were believed to guide Eternia's destiny long after their deaths. These were your ancients..." The Ordeal of Man-E-Faces, 2004.
Best known as Point Dread; in Vulnarian mythology, the rock upon which the gods must sit to bleed their outrage into the world. If their fury is righteous, a great, golden hawk eats of their rage, takes to the sky and vomits it down upon their transgressors.
Realms of the dead; innumerable astral worlds or dimensions, which exist beyond the physical plane and Oblivion. The Celestialics believe the noblest and most pious souls of the dead are called to this place by the Master of the Universe.
One of the four priest-kings of Infinitias; savage ruler of the Gorre Jungles, who possesses the ability to command the beasts of all Eternia. He shared in Skeletor’s incarnation by giving the demonking his mystical Havoc Staff, which he pulled from the swamps of the Vine Jungle.
Immortal sorceress of the Evergreen Forests and sister of King Simyran of the Vulnarians. Her mother, Simeyria, was seduced by Val-Kun and made pregnant with a burning stone. Driven out by the Elders of Etheria, she wandered the world, until falling into the raging Teela River, where Fierce Heuay ripped Boa-Na from the stone in Simeyria's womb and gave her to the chief of the Snake Clan to raise as his own daughter. She became warrior-queen of the Snake Clan, but abandoned her tribe, when the Snake Clan became corrupt and began to worship the demon king, Hiss. Later, she became a priestess of Heuay the Green, calling herself 'Boa-Na'.
Fortress of mystery and power in which Eternia's Ancients concealed their Hall of Wisdom to keep its secrets out of evil hands. It also conceals other halls – those of Harmony, War, Science, Fate, Time and Nature, whose secrets are equally powerful. Before its capture by the first Warrior Ancients, the castle served as seat of power to Clan Grayskull, a bloodthirsty tribe of alien-human hybrids, who conquered and ruled all of Eternia.
About Clan Grayskull: "Thirty-thousand years ago, a raider clan of alien-human hybrids, masters of sciences beyond mortal knowledge, conquered and enslaved the tribes of the Evergreen Forests and Fertile Plains. They built a great, limestone fortress in the woodlands of Graylot, where they subjected humanity to the most heinous experiments in your planet's history, ..in pursuit of the secrets of the cosmos . . . A half-naked, mortal woman named Teela from the Vine Jungles led mankind in revolt against [Clan Grayskull] . . . Until the Keldoric Age, the inheritors of Grayskull's secrets used them to uplift mankind ..and were believed to guide Eternia's destiny long after their deaths. These were your ancients." The Ordeal of Man-E-Faces, 2004.
Vine Jungle goddess of destruction and plunder.
Church of the Eternian Kingdom and of His Majesty, King Randor. At the center of the church cosmology, reigns The Master of the Universe. He is served by a female Holy Warrior, called Teela in ancient times, and the Mallori, a sacred order of Celestial Enforcers, the fiercest of whom is called Zodac [See Zodac].
Colossor of Titanos
Giant, one-eyed statue of disfigured Emperor Hyperius Rex of Titanos, once brought to life by Skeletor.
A citadel formed of the uppermost halls of the mystical Crystal Caverns, hidden in the Etherian Mountains. The lower, secret chambers of the mountain are known as the Temple of Garychon, and the citadel was primarily used for its defense. The Crystal of the Caverns is an ancient artifact of nigh unlimited power, guarded by an order of fierce warrior-priestesses.
Ill-tempered, man-eating, giant beaver, inhabiting the woodlands and jungles; ritually hunted by the Vulnarians for their pelts and meat. The largest are found in the Vine Jungle and have purple fur.
The name many ancient Eternian civilizations give to Heuay, who is the guardian of destiny and truth. In Vulnarian myth, she is Teela's sister and sits at Vulnar's side in Heaven.
Enemies of Man
Epitaph commonly given demons and gods presiding over suffering, terror, misfortune and dread. Skeletor is recognized as one of these beings.
Brother of Vulnar; warrior spirit, who inspires genius.
God of time. The Royal City, capital of the Eternian Kingdom and residence of King Randor of Eternia, is named for him.
Broad mountain range bordering the Shadow Lands and the largest in the world, believed to be where the lost mythical kingdom of Etheria is buried. The eastern half of Etheria, which lies in the Shadow Lands, is called Titanos, and it is now ruled by the cruel sons of the Infinitian warlord, Tri-Klops.
Infinitian goddess of slaughter, who presides over the Sea of Chaos; once, the patroness of Keldor the Conqueror and, now, of Skeletor. Daughter of Koas and sister of Val-Kun, the smith god.
Mystical, god-slaying sword conjured from the Beyond Realms by the sorceress Boa-Na for young Adam of the Vulnarians. Originally created by Grayskull's ancient scientists to destroy extra-dimensional phantoms, no deception may confound whosoever wields it. After Adam slew the fire god Val-Kun with Excalibur, it was pulled into the heavens and, eventually, to Earth.
Fangs of Dunamyr
Enchanted weapons of the warrior goddess Teela, with which she opens the veins of Oblivion. The Vulnarians believed it was a living entity with fierce winds for blood and darkness for a heart. When their goddess, Teela, opens its veins, the force of the winds there draw the unrighteous into its body.
A pyramid weapon built by Eternia’s ancient, alien conquerors to siphon off the planet’s living magic and turn it into demonic energy; called ‘the Magic Stealer’ in Vulnarian legend. It first appeared in the ancient kingdom of Extreia.
Freenorn the Strong
Warrior-king, who liberated Eternia from the tyranny of the Beastmen Dominion. The duchy of Frenornia, whose capital is the Royal City Eternos, is named for him.
Friend of Man
A loving epitaph of the warrior goddess Teela.
Ice dragon of legend believed to have caused the first Eternian Ice Age. Frigramyr was slain by King Vulnar the Bold, wileding the Sword of Power. Baroness Frosta of the Ice Lands realm of Frigramyr traces her bloodline and powers back to the legendary dragon.
Large, green-and-gold-striped, jungle cat native to the Golden Isles, but rare. Giant tigers are recurring features in Eternian legend.
Violet-haired, vrgin warrior-princess of Myzargard, also called Glimmer; daughter of Queen Angella and the hero, Simyran of the Vulnarians and granddaughter of Val-Kun; fated by Heuay to be a future queen of Eternia. Her mother, Angella, did not tell Simyran of his daughter’s existence, as the hero was fated to murder his children. At birth, Glimevere was betrothed to Prince Adam of Eternos, believed killed in infancy. When Heuay told her Adam was alive, she chose to remain so betrothed.
Savage and powerful, four-armed monsters, believed to be the eldest children of Procrustus and the sun goddess, Hyperia, created when Procrustus's seed fell to Eternia from their mother's lap. So strong are the glorm that a few even surpass He-Man in strength. Triklops shared in Skeletor’s incarnation by slaying a glorm and giving the demonking its heart.
Lord of All Dragons, who sits in judgment over dragons living and dead. Through Granamyr's wisdom, an uneasy peace was made between dragon and humankind. In myth, Granamyr is the master of the powers of the sky. His half-brother is Morgonymyr, the dragon of Oblivion.
Hall of War
Mystic hall concealed in Castle Grayskull’s flying outpost, Point Dread, from which the Warrior Ancients attack their enemies. The vibrations, which emanated from the Hall of War threatened to corrupt the power of the Ancients; so, the Ancients sent it into Eternia’s orbit, engineering it to return to Grayskull every twenty years, carried by the Talon Fighter. Called Areopaguay (Rock of War), by the Vulnarians.
Most Powerful Man In the Universe; Avenger of Mankind and his Ancients (gods and spirits). Presently, Lord Adam of Vines, lost son of King Randor and Queen Marlena, raised by the Vulnarians; the name given to he, who endures the Heuthalan and is awarded the Sword of Power; he, who lies with Heuay; also Heuay Man or Heuay’s Man.
How King Simyran found Adam: "Some thirteen years ago...[I, Simyran] came upon two Horde troopers pursuing an old woman, [Lady Mira], through these Evergreen Forests. After slaying these alien scum, ...I saw that she was dying ...she begged me to take the baby at her side. The boy's father, she told me, had been a great warrior and had named his son Adam, after the wild, Vulnarian god of the hunt ..." Adam and Sword, 2004.
Sorceress of the Vulnarian gods; sister of Teela; green-skinned warrior goddess of the Vine Jungles, who presides over the sky and the emerald fires of truth and destiny. Amongst the Vulnarians, truth and destiny are one and the same. Her touch is reserved for her champion (or He-Man) and, through it, he attains divine wisdom. That one maiden could bear the divine weight of Dunamyr's hide as easily as Teela did, insulted the dragons. To avert a costly war with the dragons, Vulnar directed his sons to craft a portion of the hide for Heuay to wear, and the honor and burden of the Dunamyr Crown was shared between the two sisters. In the Evergreen Forests and Fertile Plains, she is called 'Heuay the Green'.
A brutal tournament ritually held by the Vulnarians to determine who is fit to know the secrets of Heuay, the goddess of destiny; means Tournament of Truth.
The Celestial Church’s name for Teela, believed to be the chosen defender of Eternia, Heaven and the Beyond Realms.
Sun goddess, upon whose upturned feet the weight of Eternia's crust once rested. Once the wife of Procrustus, she fled her husband's embrace, when the arms of his devoured twin brother burst from his sides, and became the Sun. As she fled, Procrustus's seed fell from her lap to Eternia and became the four-armed Glorm, while the seed that did not fall became living starlight, the celestial Semini warriors. Another of her progeny is Hyperius Rex, one of the emperors of Titanos and the original master of Tri-Klops's three-eyed helmet.
A barbaric country in the Dark Hemisphere (Shadow Lands), which encompasses the Serpentis Deserts and some of the Etherian Mountains. Before the Imperium Serpentis, it was ruled by a succession of warlords, most of whom used the wastelands surrounding Snake Mountain as their capital. In present day, it is ruled by Skeletor.
Warrior goddess, who presides over the winds and inspires the honor of Vulnarians; Vulnarian name for She-Ra. [See She-Ra.]
Inspired cry: “Crown of Ishteuray!”
Jaws of War
Pincer weapon mastered by Lord Ogun of Clampes (Clamp-Champ); ancestral weapon of the Earls of Clampes.
Brother of Vulnar; warrior spirit, who inspires Strength.
Inspired cry: “Jondar’s Beard!”
Keldor the Conqueror
Keldor (or Keld-Thor, meaning 'the Keld head’ or 'Great Keld') was a tribal chieftain of the brutal Kelds of ancient Etheria, who worshipped Evil-Lyn; ancestor of King Randor and He-Man’s, for whom the savage Keldoric Age is named. He used the Sword of Power to unite the Light and Dark halves of Eternia and to conquer and enslave the people of eastern Etheria, but was slain himself by Queen Ishteuray of the Vulnarians. His decaying body, once entombed at Snake Mountain, has been reanimated by the demonking, Skeletor.
Brother of Vulnar; warrior spirit, who guards the Deserts.
Inspired cry: “Sands of Kobar!”
Brother of Vulnar; warrior spirit, who guards the Mountains.
Sergeant Menifakles of the Royal Guard is a shape-shifter and the last of the alien-human hybrids of Clan Grayskull. Thirty-thousand years ago, a warlord clan used alien technology to conquer and enslave the tribes of the Evergreen Forests and Fertile Plains. They built Castle Grayskull in the woodlands of Graylot, where they experimented on Eternians, in pursuit of cosmic secrets. When a warrior named Teela from the Vine Jungles led the revolt against Clan Grayskull, Man-E-Faces joined her fight. Abandoning circus life after his 'ordeal', Menifakles has joined the Royal Guard and is Captain Teela's lover.
Also called ‘the Fearamid’. [See Fearamid.]
One of the four priest-kings of Infinitias; despotic ruler of the undersea Moratain Empire, who possesses the ability to command the creatures of the deep. He shared in Skeletor’s incarnation by bringing him the enchanted Sword of Chaos, which he pulled from the oceans of Earth.
Heroic princess and half-sister of King Randor, who saved Prince Adam from a bloody Horde attack on Eternos, but died, shortly after entrusting Adam to King Simyran of the Vulnarians. Daughter of Miro and descendant of Keldor the Great.
Shape-shifting dragon, who guards Oblivion; father of Morningstar and half-brother of Granamyr. Unaware of Morgonymyr’s true nature, Simyran of the Vulnarians admits the dragon, disguised as a boy, into the Valley of Vulnar, and Morgonymyr slaughters all of the tribe, but Adam. Adam avenges his tribe by destroying Morgonymyr. In myth, Morgonymyr is cursed to be slain every night and resurrected the next morning.
Small country in the Whispering Mountains, founded by renegade warrior-scientists of Clan Grayskull. It is ruled by widowed Queen Angella and her winged warrior-women, whose armaments are crafted of a gravity-defying metal. Mizar is its capital, at the center of which is Castle Brightmoon, ancestral home of Myzargard’s rulers. Enslaved for a time by the Beastmen Dominion, it was later liberated by Angella and her ally, Simyran of the Vines.
Brother of Vulnar; warrior spirit, who inspires Courage.
Inspired cry: “Nanoc’s Stones!”
The mythical lost country from which Vulnar and his brothers came; the Isle of Shame.
The dark, stormy dimension commonly perceived to lie between the mortal plane and the Beyond Realms. Demons thrive here and only dragons can freely travel between the three realms.
Brother of Vulnar; warrior spirit, who guards the Forge, for whom Ogun of Clampes (the Clamp Champ) is named.
Inspired cry: “Ogun’s Forge!”
Brother of Vulnar; warrior spirit, who guards the Oceans.
Inspired cry: “Brine of Orin!”
Point Dread (and the Talon Fighter)
Castle Grayskull’s flying outpost, which conceals the lost Hall of War. The vibrations, which emanated from the Hall of War threatened to corrupt the power of the Ancients; so, the Ancients set Point Dread into Eternia’s orbit, engineering it to return to Grayskull every twenty years, carried by the Talon Fighter.
Priests of Infinitias
Four warlords, through which Skeletor rules the Dark Hemisphere.
God, whose four arms bear up the weight of Eternia's crust and keep it from collapsing on itself. When the arms of his devoured twin brother burst from his sides, Hyperia fled his embrace and became the Sun. As she fled, Procrustus's seed fell from her lap to Eternia and became the four-armed Glorm, while the seed that did not fall became living starlight, the celestial Semini warriors. In the Celestial Church, Eternia is represented by Procrustus's four, golden grails.
Inspired cry: “Grails of Procrustus!”
Heroic warrior king of the Great Horde Wars; called Randor the Mad, during his campaigns against the Evil Horde. He is the father of He-Man, son of Miro, husband of Queen Marlena, brother of Diana and a descendant of Keldor the Great.
Evil sorceress and, once, the lover of Keldor the Conqueror. The Lord of Destruction used her to gather his scientist-priests to engineer his unholy incarnation.
Youthful, celestial warriors born from the semen of many-armed Procrustus, when their goddess mother, Hyperia, abandoned him and became the Sun. As Hyperia fled, the Semini fell from her lap and scattered onto the cosmic winds, becoming starlight. Their brothers fell to Eternia and became the four-armed Glorm. In legend, the Semini guide lost or endangered ships to safety and are guardians of the Isle of the Four Grails. When their brother, Hyperius Rex of Titanos, used his three-eyed helmet to enslave them, Granamyr blinded the helmet, and the Semini broke free of its spell and destroyed his kingdom.
Guardian of the Crystal Caverns of Etheria; Vulnarian warrior goddess, who presides over the wind; daughter of Vulnar the Bold and the goddess Ursa; known among the Vulnarians as Ishteuray. In life, she liberated the desert people from slavery under Keldor the Great and founded the ancient kingdom of Etheria, but eventually left to rule the Valley of Vulnar. She is worshipped by nomadic tribes in the Sands of Time, where she is called She-Ra, and an oasis there is dedicated to her. Heuay recently revealed to Adam that the reanimation of Keldor the Great’s body has drawn Ishteuray back to the mortal realm. He does not know that the warrior queen has been reincarnated in his own lost twin sister, Adora.
Mother of Boa-Na and King Simyran; a She-Ra warrior-priestess, seduced by Val-Kun and made pregnant with a burning stone. Driven out by the Elders of Etheria, she wandered the world, until falling into the Teela River, where Heuay ripped Boa-Na from the stone in her womb and left her and her unborn son, Simyran, to drown.
Last king of the Vulnarians and former king of Ancient Frenornia; son of the Infinitian fire god, Val-Kun, and of the She-Ra warrior, Simeyria; father of Princess Glimevere of Myzargard; liberated the southern Fertile Plains from Serpentis oppression.
During the Great Horde War, Simyran fought at the side of Queen Angella of Myzargard and turned her women into soldiers, when the men of that realm were all butchered by the Horde. After the war was won, the women of Myzargard were so honored by Simyran’s service that they would suffer no lords, but him, and vowed to take no husbands. When the goddess Heuay told him he was fated to murder his own children, he left Angella and returned to the Valley of Vulnar, hoping to avoid disaster. Unaware of Morgonymyr’s true nature, Simyran admits the dragon, disguised as a boy, into the Valley of Vulnar, and Morgonymyr slaughters all of the tribe, but Adam.
Demonic Lord of Destruction, ruler of Infinitias and Fear Incarnate; master of the Havoc Staff.
About Skeletor: ".. many years ago, four Infinitian scientists gathered in the tomb of Keldor the Great, the first king of Eternia to unite the Light and Dark Hemispheres under one crown. There, in exchange for great power on the Dark Side, they unleashed from the collective, sentient minds of Eternia, an abomination - an unspeakable horror born of the mortal brain's most primitive chambers and incarnated him within Keldor's mummified body. Through these four scientist-priests, he ruled the Dark Hemisphere of Eternia. His sole ambition - universal domination, ..through the conquest of Castle Grayskull. Known by many names throughout the ages, he was incarnate destruction and the shameful, yet inescapable fear of it..." Tale of Teela, 2004.
Ancient citadel fortress of the snake man empire, the Imperium Serpentis, located in the desert wastelands of Infinitias; now, the residence of Skeletor. It was abandoned after the fall of the Imperium Serpentis, until being commandeered by the Evil Horde in the War. Keldor the Conqueror was entombed there, .. once.
Sword of Power
The legendary sword of kings, through which Eternian heroes conjure the collective power of the Ancients.
Talon Fighter [See Point Dread.]
Heroic warrior goddess worshipped throughout the Light Hemisphere, who presides over the land, mankind and justice; sister of Heuay; believed the Holy Warrior of the Celestial Church; also called Tee-La. In Vulnarian legend, she defended the tribe from conquest by dragons and was adorned with the scaly hide of many-headed dragon, Dunamyr. She is the personification of order and justice, and is armed with the cobra-headed Rod of Order.
Teela of the Plains
1,114 feet high statue of the goddess Teela.
Temple of Garychon
The lower, secret halls of the mystical Crystal Caverns, hidden in the Etherian Mountains. The uppermost chambers of the mountain are known as the Crystal Castle, used primarily used for the temple’s defense. The Crystal of the Caverns is an ancient artifact of nigh unlimited power, guarded by an order of fierce warrior-priestesses.
Flowers sacred to the warrior goddess Teela, which are burned in sacrifice to her. They became so, when Ishteuray's blood fell upon them, as she fought Keldor the Great in the Sands of Time. On one day of every year, the flowers turn red, thought to mark the day of Ishteuray's battle with Keldor.
Tomas Ruinzo, or Tom-Stone, is a heroic, young cleric and youngest member of King Randor's Royal Guard at Eternos. When he suffered fatal injuries fighting in the War of Silence, the goddess Teela transfigured him into a being of living, stone. He is the younger brother of Teela's deceased lover, Roberto Ruinzo, and Roberto's stone heart beats in his chest.
One of the four priest-kings of Infinitias; soulless cybernetic master of subterranean Sybronn, who commands the living dead of the Dark Hemisphere. He shared in Skeletor’s incarnation by forging the demonking’s indestructible armor from enchanted ore.
Prince Triklopaeus of the mountain kingdom Titanos is master of the three-eyed crown of Emperor Hyperius Rex and one of the four priest-kings of Infinitias. Through his cruel sons, he is the brutal commander of the barbarian tribes of Infinitias. He shared in Skeletor’s incarnation by slaying a glorm and giving the demonking its heart.
Warrior and female twin of Zor; daughter of Heuay and mother of Ishteuray (She-Ra). When the Enemies of Man commanded Ursa to slay her brother, she threw herself on Vulnar’s Sword of Power and killed herself. From Vulnar’s sword, Ishteuray was born, and Ursa sent Ishteuray back to Eternia.
Golden smith god, who uses the souls of the damned to fire his forge. Son of Koas, the king of the Infinitian gods, brother of Evil-Lyn; father of King Simyran of the Vulnarians and of the sorceress Boa-Na. He was slain with the sword Excalibur by a young Adam of Vines. Once the god of fire and conquest in ancient Etheria, before the manifestation of Light Hope in the Crystal Caverns of Garychon.
Valley of Vulnar
Legendary home of the Vulnarian warriors.
Vulnar the Bold
God-king and warrior hero of the Vulnarians; the fierce, personified Will of All-father. [See Vulnarians.]
Vulnar the Bold, struck down the ice dragon, Frigranamyr, ending Eternia's eight million years-long Ice Age. Frigranamyr's fellow dragons - Meramyr of the Oceans, Dunamyr of the Deserts, Volcanamyr of the Mountains and Sheenamyr of the Jungles - tore apart the mountain kingdom and set it adrift on the Sea of Blackness, where it would never be seen again. The brothers defended their floating country fiercely, but were eventually driven off by their own people, who tired of battle. Their exile purchased a peaceful passage into oblivion for Vulnar's kingdom, but would forever mark their homeland as the Isle of Shame. The brothers survived their expulsion and founded another kingdom in their grandfather's native Vine Jungles, near Mount Heuay. In a vast gorge that came to be called the Valley of Vulnar, they buried their eldest brother, with the Sword of Power at his side. When their dragon enemies laid siege to the valley in a last, ignoble pursuit of vengeance, the goddess Teela cast her spear before them and drove the giant serpents back into the sky! The many-headed desert dragon, Dunamyr, was slain in the fight. Their forefathers adorned their champion in its copper-scaled hide and skull to honor her service to our nation.
At the center of the cosmology, reigns Vulnar The Bold, ..the fierce, personified will of the All-father. At his sides, sit two wise warrior goddesses, Teela (Order and Justice) and Heuay (Truth and Destiny). His eight brothers govern various aspects of the cosmos . Vulnar's daughter, Ishteuray (Honor), is the only one he entrusts to enforce his code in the world of men.
War of Silence
The war fought to drive the Priests of Infinitias from the Light Hemisphere, when Skeletor attempted to use Point Dread to attack Castle Grayskull. During Mighty Teela's battle to wrest Point Dread from Skeletor, her oracles went silent all over the world - hence, the name.
“…Bold, iron-thewed Vulnar, ..falcon-headed Zoar, ..dragon-winged Giro, ..Xango the Thundermaker, ..Koron the Armored Titan, ..the fiery Heuay and her sister, ..Mighty Teela…,” from Tale of Teela. Warrior spirits, who gather at Point Dread to defend the secrets of Castle Grayskull and to destroy enemies of cosmic order.
Brother of Vulnar; warrior spirit of the hunt, who guards the Jungles; the youthful and immortal protector of lost boys, for whom Adam of the Vulnarians is named.
Inspired cry: “Wild Adam, guide my aim!”
Zodac the Enforcer
Fiercest of the Mallorine cosmic enforcers; one of many space-faring sentinels charged with maintaining order in the universe. Under the demonking’s temporary control, he shared in Skeletor’s incarnation by bringing him the nigh omnipotent Mask of Living Death from deep space.
Inspired cry: “By Zodac’s Black Gun!”
A name referring collectively to the twin children of Heuay, known individually as Ursa (female) and Zor (male).
Male twin of Ursa and son of Heuay. He is the first He-Man, whose spirit was changed into an immortal falcon, upon his death. Teela’s fighting falcon is named for him.
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