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Old 11-30-2018, 11:59 PM
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errm, a question: Can Monks use 'Deflect Missiles' ability to catch bullets?
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Old 12-01-2018, 01:15 AM
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OMG, I need to process this. Yes, monks can use deflect to catch bullets.
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I am very interested in this.
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Old 12-01-2018, 05:41 AM
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Alright, send me a PM if you want me to review, or if I missed your question.
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:53 AM
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I've started on my background for Hisa-sama if anyone wants a teaser
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I've started on my background for Hisa-sama if anyone wants a teaser
Aren't the backgrounds supposed to be secret? That's what the example application says, anyway.
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Old 12-01-2018, 09:37 AM
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I see a couple other apps with open backgrounds though

If it's obligatory to be secret I'll continue on in secret text, but if it's the player's choice I don't mind mine being public.
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Race: Warforged (Juggernaut)
Class: Bear TotemBarbarian 6/ Battle MasterFighter 6
Weapon of Choice: Automatic Rifle/Warhammer
Alignment: Lawful Good
Nationality: English
Background: Soldier
Party Role: Tank/Damage dealer/Heavy Lifter

Core Concept: John was is an English veteran of the first world war. After being severely disfigured in a horrible explosion he was drafted for a special project. His body was replaced by a state of the art robotic prototype enhancing his strength, speed and durability. Unfortunately the process has left him traumatized and somewhat detached from humanity.


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Strength: would Juggernauts "Powerful Build" stack with Bear Totems "Aspect of the Beast" to give John 3 or 4 times lifting capacity?
what if I also took the Brawny feat?
Weapon: For simplicity could johns Rifle count as a warhammer when used in melee?
I would like to Primarily Melee but the rifle is rather iconic and a good ranged option. He can always fall back on his fists if needed.

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Man Vs Machine: i struggled with two concepts. A completely AI being that was built complete with a childlike ignorance of the world, Or the enhanced human I am applying with here. In the end i liked the concept of an ex soldier so I went this route.

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Share backstory imo. If other players know it, they can find ways to have their characters be open to story bits of other characters. Just because the players know doesn't mean the characters do. Makes the game better imo.
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Share backstory imo. If other players know it, they can find ways to have their characters be open to story bits of other characters. Just because the players know doesn't mean the characters do. Makes the game better imo.
Secret or don't, doesn't really matter.
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Age: 39
Sex: Male
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Role in the Party: Mundane Combatant
Class: UA Revised Spell-less Hunter ConclaveRanger (5), AssassinRogue (7)
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I would say that if your character is comfortable sharing their backstory, then share it from the onset. If your character has secrets from the party (which could exist for a number of reasons that don't include betraying the party. Maybe they're just embarrassed about killing their grandmother who was a werewolf or not wanting to be forthright that they used to be a member of the mafia, whatever) then leave them secret.
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Name: Dié Fu, Fire Wind of the East
Age: 26
Sex: Female
Nationality: Chinese Muslim from the Xinjiang Provence.
Role in the Party: Close ranged unarmed combat specialist with some Oriental spiritual knowledge.
Class: Way of the Four ElementsMonk 5/ Oath of the AncientsPaladin 6/ Phoenix SorcerySorcerer 1
Alignment: Lawful Good

Quirk: I absentmindedly ignite small fires that quickly sputter out.
<<<While Dié Fu has struggled to contain the spark of the Phoenix that resides within her for many years, her concentration slips when distracted.>>>
Trait: I have a strong sense of fair play and always try to find the most equitable solution to arguments.
<<<Dié considers it best if everyone is treated fairly, even if it is allowing an enemy to pick up a weapon before the battle was rejoined.>>>
Ideal: Destiny: Nothing and no one can steer me away from my higher calling (Any).
<<<Dié has her destiny to fulfill, and no one will stop her from fulfilling the prophecy.>>>
Bond: I protect those who cannot protect themselves.
<<<Innocents are never to be harmed, and Dié cannot stand to see them suffer.>>>
Flaw: I'm convinced of the significance of my destiny, and blind to my shortcomings and the risk of failure.
<<<The Prophecy MUST come true! There is no other way.>>>
Personality: Dié Fu's personality is one of focused determination. She believes fully in the prophecy that started her on her journey and desires to see it fulfilled. And as everyone has multiple reasons for being the way they are, there is a second reason for Dié's focus. If she does not maintain her focus, the Spark that resides inside her will escape in brief flickers of flames that will ignite flammable objects around her. This is the reason why she meditates so much, to maintain her focus and prevent her friends and innocents from being burned.

Dié does not like the western capitalist ideals she had encountered in Great Britten and the other European country's. She has a strong seance of fair play and does not like to see anyone take advantage of others, economically or militarily. If an enemy were to fumble a sword, she would allow him to pick it up before continuing the battle, and she will defend those who can not protect themselves to the bitter end.


Description: Dié Fu is short at five foot three inches tall and quite petite. She has a pale complexion with Asian facial features shrouded by Black hair down to her mid back and piercing Jade Green eyes. Dié favors the loose flowing clothing from her oriental homeland but will suffer wearing the restrictive European clothing if it is for a good reason. She prefers her Asian garb to be mostly white, representing the purity of her destiny, and has a red sash and slippers, to represent the Spark of the Phoenix that resides inside her. In the front folds of her red sash are ten oriental darts(shuriken). And in the sash at her back is a hidden dagger(dirk). The Phoenix Medallion that rests around her neck is always with her as it is her responsibility to protect and as such, she will never take it off.


Background (Inheritor): As happens from time to time, a baby is dropped off at a monastery's doorstep, and the child is taken in and raised. And that is what happened at the Four WindsSì fēng monastery in 1905, with a baby girl that was only a few months old. Now at other monastery's, this would not be anything new. But the Sì fēng monastery was far from any town or village and what is more curious is that none of the monks heard or saw anyone place the baby on the top steps in the middle of the day. That mystery aside, the old Monk, who's name was Wing Fu, picked her up and looked at the baby girl wondering what to call her. When a butterfly landed on her finger, and she giggled and then stilled to watch the insect's wings flutter Wing Fu nodded and said "You shall be known as Dié Fu." Turning slowly, the old monk walked back into the monastery.

The monastery of Sì fēng was not filled with only old monks enjoying peace and solitude. Several other youngsters lived in the monastery with Dié. One became her closest of friends. His name was Ego, and he was an orphan like her. He was of European descent, and his parents died in the mountains to the south of the monastery in a mudslide. Being only eight years old, Ego was taken in like Dié was. It was Ego who taught her English, and she taught him Mandarin.

To the north of Sì fēng monastery is a small temple that overlooks the place. It is quite a rough climb and a bit dangerous to reach. There is a legend that anyone who was to touch the Phoenix Medallion inside, and was accepted by the Phoenix, would be given vast powers to combat an even greater evil. The monks discouraged the young from going up there, but that didn't stop them. And one day at her urging, when Dié Fu was ten years old and Ego twelve, they entered the temple. And that was when everything changed. Dié and Ego made a race of it, and she was the first of the two to touch the dusty medallion by seconds. Nothing happened at first, but when Ego touched the medallion, and it glowed a bright red and wreathed Dié in flames, they knew she was the chosen one. As her power awakened, Dié accidentally burned Ego's face and arms badly. He never forgave her for that or taking away his chance at the power of the chosen one.

In the following years, the head monks paid more attention to Dié's training than any other student. They also stopped taking on more students as, "The day's of the prophecy has come." Five years latter Ego attacked Dié in a fit of rage and jealousy. She did not use the power of the Phoenix or any weapon. It was just her fists and feet against Ego's Naginata. The monks did not interfere as the now fifteen, and seventeen-year-old youths battled. It was a brutal battle, but in the end, Dié Fu won. Ego's wounds were treated, but then he was shunned from the Sì fēng monastery. They gave him a little food and allowed him to keep his Naginata, but they would not tolerate such hateful violence inside the monastery.

Dié thew herself into her training to hide from her broken heart. She tried and tried to bring back her best friend, but when he attacked her, Dié realized he would never be her friend again. Only an enemy. At the age of eighteen, the three head monks of the Sì fēng monastery told her of the prophecy. They did not tell her everything, as the prophecy warned not to. But what they said to her hardened her resolve and focused her determination. The first sign of the prophecy's coming was a great war that would herald in the folly of man that was War. And even in their mountain monastery, the monks had heard of the great war "to end all wars." The second sign of the prophecy's coming was that the Phoenix would choose a champion, and Dié Fu was that chosen champion. Now they told her what was expected of her. She was to go to an island nation to the west. And once there she would find a group of people, unlike none she has ever seen before. Dié would join them, and together they would strive to prevent the worse effects of the war to come.

"We three masters have trained you in the paths you needed to know. In the Way of the Four Elements..." "In beseeching the power of the Phoenix..." A disgruntled sigh followed by, "And though I wish you would have taken my lessons a bit more seriously, I understand why....you have learned how to focus the power of the Phoenix." The old monk smiled at her before saying, "You have done us proud, now go. Serve the prophecy well." Dié Fu bowed deeply and said,"Thank you, masters. I will do your training proud." As she left them to pack and meditate before her long journey, the three old masters contemplated the future. "I still say we should have told Dié that she will not stop the war, only contain it. It will break her spirit when she thinks she has failed in her destiny." "We could not. The prophecy warned of this." "Yes, she will either break or go on as the prophecy foretold. I am more worried about the third sign of the prophecy. Can't we save our fellow monks such an end?" One of the old monks shook his head sadly, "Nothing last's forever my friend." "Not even a thousand-year-old temple can last that long." There is a deep sigh, "So be it."

In 1934, when Russian backed forces invaded the semi-autonomous Reagan of Xinjiang Provence, they came across a monastery and encountered stiff resistance from the monks inside. The bombs that were dropped from the airplanes of the Russian air forces wiped the Sì fēng monastery from existence in a landslide that reshaped that particular mountaintop.

Here and Now:
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EYE'S ONLY! CONFIDENTIAL BRIEF!

Name: Dié Fu Date: 07 / 29 / 1927 Time: 5:10 am Observation: #17

Age: 22 Race: Oriental Hair: Black Eyes: Green

Specialty: Unarmed Combat / Fire / The Mystic Arts? Danger Value: 8

Agent in Charge: Cathleen Black Location: Burg's of London

Notes: The Subject stopped a vampire from attacking a muggle with a furious barrage of punches and kicks. This of course only amused the vampire and I thought to drop my invisibility and go to her aid when the subject unleashed fire from her hands and feet. She wiped the bloody vampire from a range of 15 feet, multiple times before it turned into a bat and tried to escape. The Subject chased it and I had to resort to my broom to keep up. With the sun rising, the Subject pinned the vampire in a rundown building by kicking holes in the wall. She effectively killed the menace to society with sunlight and went to have breakfast at the local delly. This is the tenth time I have observed the subject helping muggles and the fifth time she has been observed protecting innocents from creatures of the shadows. She is obviously able to handle herself on her own but I wish to iterate again that I suggest to management we recruit her immediately! For her sake and our own.
  

"Here is the file Chairmen Attleburg." The man in charge of the London office of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen opened up file and glanced at the picture only to start and stare. "Donvildair! How in blazes did Cathleen manage to get that shot?" "Apparently miss Fu spotted some undesirables getting ready to assault Cathleen as she was taking her picture. Cathleen's assailants were only a little bit singed." "I see we have a need to educate miss Fu on the finer points of Not making a scene." Chairmen Attleburg sighed and after reading the file fully, he closed it and tossed in onto to his desk. "Very well, invite the Pyromancer in." As Jacques Donvildair headed to the office door, he said, "I honestly don't think Miss Fu is one. She does not need a spark or lit flame to control the her fire. She can summon them at will and seems to, at times, have trouble containing them." He paused before opening the door and looked at Attleburg, "On the carriage ride here the seat bench caught fire very briefly. Miss Dié Fu was quite embarrassed." "Lovely. I suppose I'll have to get someone to invent fire resistance draperies soon." Donvildair opened the door and said, Miss, Fu. We are ready for you now."

Once the introductions were done, Dié bowed with Attleburg and Donvildair returning the bow with little difficulty and Chairmen Attleburg got right to the point, "While I am impressed with your dossier miss Fu, there are a few questions I have to ask you before we continue. From what we can tell, you have been on our shores for two years now. Why are you in Great Britten? The twenty-two-year-old Dié Fu smiled slightly, "Four years." Attleburg and Donvildair looked at each other before bringing their attention back to her. "As for why I am in your country. Prophecy demands it." Seeing their expression she hastily added, "I know you and your people do not put any faith in prophecy. I found that out quickly in my first month here." She glanced off in the distance at some memory before looking back at Mr. Attleburg. "It is not important that You believe in prophecy. Only that you understand that 'I' do." Donvildair leaned forward with interest, "If you don't mind my asking, what does your prophecy say?" Looking him in the eye Dié said, "That I am to go to the island nation in the west and there I will find a group of people unlike none I have ever seen before, and I will join them. Together we will stop the folly of man." Donvildair started to sputter and say that was absurd, but Chairmen Attleburg held up a hand. He had read the reports, and he knew the European economy was in trouble. And more, he was a good judge of character. Holding his hand out to Dié, Attleburg said, "As long as you don't burn down the place, welcome to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Gentlewomen."


Sample RP: Dié looked down from the roof and observed the child. For two weeks she has been hunting a creature of the night. Following rumors and missing person reports, she had tracked the monster to this particular Burro of London. At first, she tried to pass herself off as bait, but she soon learned this monster had specific tastes. It only took finding two separate corpses of street urchins for Dié to come to this conclusion. So she waited and watched. Whenever she saw a child out at night Dié would follow them, and watch over them, and protect them at need. So far, two thugs and one abusive parent were in jail nursing broken bones. This night, as the Americans say, she hit paydirt. Out of an alley across from Dié, a pale hand motioned to the young girl. The street-hardened girl, who would never have done so usually, smiled as if encountering an old friend and made as if to enter the alley. Dié would be quite embarrassed and shamed if she was wrong and this was not the monster she was after.

Stepping off the roof of a four-story building was not what most people would call safe. But Dié was well trained. Quietly muttering two separate incantations of protection while holding her Phoenix Medallion, she then stepped off the roof and fell. Using whatever she could grab onto on the way down for brief seconds slowed her decent, and she landed noisily as a clatter of pebbles, roof tiles, and one potted plant hit the ground with her. The sudden sound of her arrival must have surprised the monster as Dié's three follow up kick's connected soundly. The street girl, used to leaving friends to save herself, did so now and fled. An old cackling filled the air, "Ah, a hunter. It's been a while since the last one came by. I should tell you, your physical attack will not harm a Vampire like me." Dié could see a shadowy outline of the monster thanks to a light at the other end of the alley. Between the shape, and the voice Dié could tell the monster was a good six inches shorter than her own five foot three inches of height. "I'll protect any innocent child with my life!" The monster said, "That's sweet." It stepped into the light, "BUT NO ONE PROTECTED ME!!!" Dié was surprised as the Vampire was a young girl of fifteen or sixteen years old and it almost cost her, her life.

In the first few attacks, Dié could tell the Vampire was toying with her. But so was she, and she really, really shouldn't. With a twist from the spark that resided inside her, Dié was awash in flames, and her eye's glowed like coals. The fires that surrounded her seemed as if they sprung up out of thin air. The Vampire was surprised at this new development and backed off only to find the fire reaching for her over ten feet away and delivering savage blows that struck with each of Dié's punches. They hurt! And they burned! Now seriously pissed the Vampire moved, wickedly quick to sink her fangs into Dié's left upper forearm. Her fingers and lips burned and blistered only to heal thanks to the blood from her opponent. Dié screamed and retaliated with five vicious hits to the Vampires head now that the Vampire was immobilized by being attached to her arm. The blows sent the young looking Vampire against the wall, where she looked back at Dié. The left side of her head was indentation and burned horribly, and her left eye was completely gone. Dié could see the fear in her eye's now as Vampire said, "What are you?"

Before she could respond, Dié watched the Vampire turn into a bat and fly off into the night. Cursing in Mandarin, Dié quickly muttered a quick incantation and took off after her at over twice the speed a normal human could run. But bats can fly up and so when the Vampire did so, Dié had to use window sills, fire escapes, clotheslines, anything to reach the roofs to follow her. Luckily, there was a false dawn to the east, and the bat kept low to the rooftops, so Dié was able to keep track of the black bat in the fading night as she jumped from roof to roof.

When the Vampire entered a dilapidated house thru a tiny hole in the roof, Dié was not going to find another way in. Still running full tilt, Dié jumped more up then across and landed at the same spot the Vampire vanished, and with the sound of snapping wood, Dié fell through the roof to land in a sprawl. The Vampire was on her in a heartbeat. Dié let her aura of fire face once she realized the house was a tinder keg. But with each punch, each kick to the Vampires body, the fire flared. And the Vampire got some good hit's in too. Her dagger sliced Dié's flesh several times, and though the Vampire tried, she never laid fangs on Dié again. In the end, it ended quite suddenly. A broken board at the wrong angle for the Vampire but in the right place for Dié and the Vampire froze. Paralyzed from the two-foot stake in her heart. It took a few seconds for her to calm down from the life and death battle. And about a minute to catch her breath.

With careful movements, Dié picked up the young looking Vampire, stake and all. She sat her down in a sitting position facing east before forcing open the nailed shut window shutters that look towards the rising sun. True dawn was here, but the light will take a while to get into position. Looking back to the Vampire Dié with a soft, caring voice, "I'll stay here with you. I'll watch over you as your parents should have. You will not be alone." Walking over to the Vampire, Dié sat down beside her. She said soothing words, "It will be quick," "I am here for you," "the hunger will no longer control you," "you will not have to face this alone." When the sunlight was almost touching the Vampires head, Dié looked to the sunrise, unable to watch what needed to happen. As the smell of burning flesh filled, the air Dié talked about how the dawn washed away the dark and seemed to put color into things. Dié did not have to continue for long, as the singed stake of wood tumbled to the floor for she was right. I was quick. Dié sat there, watching the sunrise with tears trickling down her serene face. Once the sun was entirely up in the sky, Dié rose and limped out of the attic without wiping away the tears for a young girl died for a second time this day.

>>Bing! You've Gained 10,000xp for killing a Vampire!<<

>>>DING! You've Gained a level! You are now level 12!!!<<<
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Zatoichi

Basic InfoName: Zato-Ichi (Ichi)
Age: 38
Sex: Male
Nationality: Japanese
Role in the Party: Melee Damage / Conscience OR Soul
Class: Monk (Way of the Kensei)
Alignment: Chaotic Good


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Zatoichi hardly presents what could be described as an imposing figure. Quite the opposite, dressing in simple, almost shabby clothing from his native land, he looks more like a peasant monk with his hair cropped nearly shaven and his awkward, slow moving mannerisms. If the wooden cane he uses to 'feel' his way as he walks did not give it away, one look at his often unshaven face with his eyes held shut informs that this blind man in his late 30's with his diminutive, shuffling gait, stooped posture and humble demeanor is not about to cause anyone trouble.

Yet, for some reason trouble usually finds its way to him. And when it does it is usually met with the sword that extracts from within his cane. The sword, which he grasps in a unique 'reverse grip' and wields with lightning fast reflexes has eliminated many opponents over the years, to his ever-increasing regret at the continued loss of life by his hand.


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The sun was starting to set as Zatoichi was nearing the last leg of his day’s journey, approaching the town of Matsusaka, just outside of Ise, on his way to visit the Grand Shrine. It had been a long, hot day and Ichi was growing tired, weary from his travels. The last rays of the sun on his face told him it was time to find a good place to rest for the night.

Walking slowly with his cane tapping the ground, he heard a voice call out to him: "Welcome, Stranger! Rest here for the evening?" Ichi stopped abruptly at the sound of a woman's voice. "Yes, I'd like to rest for the night! Do you have a room for a lonely traveler?" Taking his arm, the woman guided him through the doorway. "Who's your friend there, Miss?" Ichi asked. The woman scowled in silence at her accomplices, who were waiting just inside the 'room' - one with a drawn knife and the other brandishing a billy club. The woman gave Ichi a shove to push him completely into the middle of the room and then made her way back to the door, closing it. "Hand over your wallet old fella, and no one needs to get hurt!" called out a rough voice, young but trying to sound 'tough'. Hurt? No, I don't want either of you to get hurt. The man with the club jabs it into Ichi's stomach. "He said, give us your wallet! Or the next one will be the blade!" Ichi nearly doubles over from the blow, and raises his cane up instinctively in front of him. Holding it with one hand at the top and the other towards the middle, he warns: "Listen, you're both young. You have many years to work and get money. Don't bother a poor, old guy like me. I'm not worth it."

Growing frustrated, the man with the knife takes a step forward - his blade drawn with the intention of claiming his prize, at any cost. In the space of a heartbeat, Ichi feels the slight movement of air; hears the shoe hit the floor; an inhaled breath. Before the next heartbeat, Ichi has already loosened the hidden sword from within his cane, raising it just slightly out of the top of the cane by about 4 inches. The man with the knife lunges, but is first parried by the exposed blade from the top of Ichi's cane. Grasping the handle at the top of the cane by his fist, Ichi continues to extract the sword straight up and out, bringing the blade up and into the torso of the man, who sinks to the ground in a growing pool of blood.

Seeing his partner fall, the other man with the club rushes in to attack their intended target. But by now, Ichi's sword is fully extracted. With the empty cane held in his left hand he swats the new attacker's face and brings the right hand holding the sword again across the torso, nearly slicing the second man in half. As this one also falls to the ground, the woman by the door lets out a small cry. "Oi - Miss! You really should be careful. Guys like these are trouble." Sheathing his sword back into the cane, Ichi 'feels' the ground back towards the door, preparing to leave. The woman has since stepped to the side, in shock at the death of her two partners. As Ichi opens the door, the woman draws a pistol and takes careful aim at Ichi's back. Hearing the pull of a hammer, Ichi turns around just as she pulls the trigger. With a flash too quick to be seen, Ichi's blade again extends out of the cane, pulled up by his reverse-grip just enough to deflect the bullet, which splits - half ricocheting towards a wall and half ricocheting back toward the woman, striking her in the chest. As she crumples to the floor, she spits out a final curse: "Trouble? You're the trouble! You bring nothing but ... Trouble!" "Yes...Trouble and I are ... old friends."


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Last edited by Strange2099; 12-23-2018 at 11:05 AM. Reason: Finished Background & 'Here and Now'
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