bugsndaffy: (OOC Comments by Penemuel)
2005-05-03 02:54 pm

Retirement

I've been struggling over this for a while now. The Shadows are very hard to write for with a number of the topics we've had. Representatives of vastly powerful ancient alien races don't talk about their flaws, for example. I don't really want to give them up, but I'm just not able to consistently answer the topics for them at the moment.

SO, I'm retiring them from [livejournal.com profile] theatrical_muse. They will still be around for RP in the B5 universe if they're needed, and if I have time. Their journal will be coming with me.

I would like to ask, since this version of JMS' Shadows is kind of my own creation (based on 'Out of the Shadows', a fic that I wrote... um. Nearly a decade ago...), that if someone else does want to write the Shadows for TM, they please don't make theirs quite like Bugs and Daffy. We're given so little info on the Shadows that it's really open to interpretation :)

Thanks!! It's been fun, and honestly, they may be back sometime in the future. I don't know...

--Penemuel (Galenn)

Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] theatrical_fen and [livejournal.com profile] theatrical_b5b7
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2005-05-01 08:56 am

Blind Trust, Or Just Blind?

Write a ficlet on the theme of "trust".

//I don't think, even after all of this time, that I'm ever going to understand Humans...//

\\What this time?\\

//Their religious book that tells them knowledge is evil and blind obedience and trust is good. It makes no sense.//

\\I'm fairly sure I know where that idea came from...\\

//Ah. Of course. Should have known.//

So many of the younger races trust the Vorlons. Trust them blindly, implicitly, so willing to overlook the horrors they have committed; the evils they have done. It frustrates the Shadows sometimes, that they should have to struggle so hard not just against the younger races' mistrust of the unknown, but also against the mistrust that has been built into so many of them.

The Vorlons, master manipulators that they are, have changed the very genetic makeup of so many of the races, building into them the automatic acceptance of them and an instinctive fear of the Shadows. And yet they claim that they are the force of good -- bringers of light and enlightenment, despite the fact that what they bring is exactly the opposite.

For millennia they have been altering the younger races. Manipulating them at their most basic levels to like them; to trust them. And then allowing themselves to be seen at certain times: glowing, perfect representatives of those races who appear in times of trouble and great need. They worm their way into the psyche of each race, encourage the reverence and worship, and the blind obedience. They make the races trust them, when all they are is a Lie.

The Shadows are relieved to find the Humans, because they, at least, have the sense to be outraged when they learn they've been lied to and used. They, at least, have the sense to question whether it is so wise to blindly follow without learning the truth. Now, the Shadows must fight against that genetic coding that tells the Humans they are demons, and help them understand how dangerous trusting the Vorlons can be...

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Muse: Bugs & Daffy (Shadows)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Word count: 342 per PocketWord
Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] theatrical_muse
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2005-04-25 01:07 am

Being Bad

If you could do one totally irresponsible or even bad thing with absolutely no consequences, what would it be and why?

//Of course, you notice how many beings from younger races felt it necessary to point out that *dramatic pause* there are always consequences...//

\\Yes, I had. Kind of hard to miss it.\\

//The question itself makes it a little obvious that there's an awareness of that fact...//

\\Shh -- they're young. They'll learn. Or, they won't...\\

No matter how much they hate to admit it, their enemies the Vorlons are a necessary evil in the universe. Some part of the great cosmic balance that keeps it from tipping into utter chaos -- the destructive kind, not the constructive chaos that they try to bring to help the younger races grow and reach their potential.

But, if that restriction were gone -- if there were no consequences for one bad act... They would bring their fleet -- all of it, and the Planet Killers, and the fleets of all of their allies and followers -- and destroy the Vorlon homeworld. Wipe it out, reduce it to its component atoms and then scatter those to the cosmic winds, so that their enemies would have no way to reconstruct their base of power.

Obviously, there would still be Vorlons, because too many of them are off on other worlds, meddling in those races' lives, but they would be without their seat of power. It would be glorious...

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Muse: Bugs & Daffy (Shadows)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Word count: 245 per MS Word
Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] theatrical_muse
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2005-03-05 04:16 am

Beauty

Write a ficlette based on the word: beautiful. (Alternate topic for Alice In Wonderland)

//Alice in Wonderland? Isn't that one of those pornographic recordings Garibaldi has on his data crystals?//

\\It's supposedly a children's story. With veiled references to mind altering drugs and other kinds of entertainment.\\

//Oh. Are you sure?//

\\It probably is one of those recordings, too...\\

The glittering expanse of space. Not, as so many think, an inky blackness; instead full of clouds of burning gases, stars being born and stars dying, amazing things that the younger races have never seen, and can barely imagine...

The pulsating red of Hyperspace, where our great fleet lives and plays and flies so joyously...

Those ships flying free, swooping and soaring in the pure joy of their ability to fly; performing amazingly complex maneuvers and feats simply because they can...

The shifting glittering blackness of our ships' skins, so hard and protective, but so soft to the touch...

The cries and moans of our companion as we pleasure him; his pale, soft skin so easily damaged if we were to allow ourselves to be careless with our claws and spines; the way his deliciously supple body arches and writhes in response to our touch...

All of these things are things of great beauty to us.

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Muse: Bugs & Daffy (Shadows)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Word count: 215 per PocketWord
Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] theatrical_muse
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2005-03-05 04:13 am

A Shadow Fairy Tale

Describe your what your 'happily ever after' would be like.

//Isn't that what they have in those human stories?//

\\Fairy tales? Yes -- they all live happily ever after. The evil witch is destroyed, the princess marries the prince, and everything is perfect.\\

//Humans are so funny.//

\\Yes, they are.\\

A Shadow Fairy Tale )

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Muse: Bugs & Daffy (Shadows)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Word count: 353 per PocketWord
Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] theatrical_muse
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2005-03-05 04:00 am

Far From Home

What's the furthest away you've ever been from the place you were born/created? How did you get there? Why did you go? Did you return or even want to come back to where you came from?

//Do you think they meant far as in physical distance?//

\\Younger races are asking these questions -- I would say that's almost a certainty...\\

Our homeworld is out on the very Rim, so everywhere we have travelled around these worlds inhabited by the younger races is far from our home. The furthest in distance that we have travelled is Earth.

We always accompany Morden. We would never abandon him, so Babylon 5, Centauri Prime, Mars, Earth -- wherever he is required to go, we go too.

However, we return to our home every chance we get. Our home is our place of power, the source of everything that makes us what we are. Of course we would return there -- despite the damage done to it by Sheridan.

And yet, there are other ways to travel far from one's home, and in many of those ways, Babylon 5 is the furthest we have travelled. So many of the younger races gathered together with so little understanding of how the Universe works. So many who have been fooled by the Vorlons into agreeing with their beliefs. So far from the comforting knowledge that chaos and change are the only ways for the Universe to survive...

And we are always glad to return home after being surrounded by those who follow the Vorlons.

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Muse: Bugs & Daffy (Shadows)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Word count: 257 per PocketWord
Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] theatrical_muse
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2005-01-10 10:03 am

Opposite In Every Way

What would a description of your *exact opposite* be like?

The two Shadows preen, admiring their shimmering black skin and glittering spines; the long dextrous claws of their hands; the terrifying spikes of their legs. Their sectioned, glowing red eyes strike a primitive terror reaction into even the most rational creatures' minds; but to those who are most evolved, they fascinate and intrigue. And to a select few, those who are able to look beyond the terrifying appearance to the amazing minds within the frightening shells, they can be beautiful and arousing...

We assume that you think our opposite would be some soft-bodied, unevolved younger race, since we are the most ancient of the ancients, but traits like that are minor compared to the beliefs of those who are truly our opposites. Where we believe that only through Chaos can life continue, they mistakenly believe that Order is the only way for the Universe to survive. They are so wrong about this, blinding themselves to the fact that through their kind of imposed Order, nothing but stagnation and death can result. And they prove this time and time again, when they destroy those races that embrace life and change, simply because they have embraced us. They would rather eradicate our influence rather than allow one of their precious experiments to grow beyond their restrictive parameters...

Our opposites are the Vorlons...

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Muse: Bugs & Daffy (Shadows)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Word count: 230 per MS Word
Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] theatrical_muse
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2005-01-10 10:01 am

Disappointments

How do you handle disappointment?

//Who are we disappointed in? Is it someone we like, or someone we don't care about?//

\\Would it make a difference?\\

//Of course! If it's someone we like, we won't eat them when we're done punishing them!//

As one of the oldest races, the Shadows are accustomed to dealing with disappointments. So often, the younger races don't do the things they should do. So often, they side with the Vorlons, believing their messages because of their meddling, or because it's the only side they have been presented with. While we understand their ignorance, it still disappoints us, because it only proves that they are not ready to evolve.

Unfortunately, the only way to deal with these disappointments is to rid the Universe of them. If they are not willing to evolve, then they will simply stagnate and die, anyway. It is better to remove them than risk their stagnation affecting other races.

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Muse: Bugs & Daffy (Shadows)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Word count: 157 per Pocket Word
Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] theatrical_muse
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2005-01-10 09:54 am

Regrets

What do you regret losing most?

//There's really only two things we've lost...//

\\...and one of those gave us an opportunity that we wouldn't have otherwise had, so it's not really a loss...\\

Of our losses, only two are truly difficult to bear -- one is the destruction of part of our homeworld by Captain Sheridan's attack. Many of our people were hurt or killed in that attack, and it was a grave loss for us. We are strong, though, and can bounce back from that.

The other is the loss of the Michael Garibaldi that we knew -- he gave himself to us so willingly when our ship took him away. He submitted to us, was willing to do anything to fill that emptiness in himself, and we miss that. It aided us, it aided our allies, it even aided the part of Psi Corps that wasn't allied with us. He was so willing to find anything that would fill that void in him that he gave himself over completely.

And yet, we can't really regret losing him, because what we have gained in exchange is so much greater. That other Garibaldi gave us almost no chance to seduce others, while the Garibaldi we know now, with his soul intact, could deliver us Valen, if we manage to play it right.

Truly, we have no regrets. Every change, every loss, gives us a new opportunity.

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Muse: Bugs & Daffy (Shadows)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Word count: 236 per Pocket Word
Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] theatrical_muse
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2004-06-26 12:20 am

It's the End of the World As We Know It...

The world will end tomorrow. What will you do today?

//Which world? Our homeworld?//

\\Or Babylon 5?\\

//Or the Epsilon Eridani system? The galaxy?//

\\Or the entire Universe?\\

Our answer depends on which 'world' the question refers to. Our ships have the ability to travel great distances in Hyperspace in a short time, so relocation itself is quite simple. If it is Babylon 5, or this planetary system, or even the galaxy, we would simply take our allies and friends out of the area to a safer place. And perhaps our favourite projects and those we wish to bring over to our side. It would be a shame to lose those who could help us out so much if they became ours...

If it is the Universe? We would still be able to escape to another place, but it would take a little more work, and most probably would require the assistance of greater machinery than just our ships. But since we have greater machinery than just our ships, this is still not much of a stumbling block.

If it is our homeworld, Z'ha'dum, it could be more difficult. We would have to remove all who still live there, move the machines and components and other important projects, and convince... someone to move with us to a new homeworld. It would be hard to leave our home behind, but we would do it. We know there are many planets in this Universe that are ready to house us; many planets where our ships have been left behind, where our influence is felt even now.

We are an ancient race, and would not let the end of the world keep us from continuing.

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Muse: Bugs & Daffy (Shadows)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Word count: 282 per Pocket Word
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2004-06-26 12:07 am

A Typical Day

What is a typical day for you?

//What an absolutely inane question!//

\\I know... we should answer it carefully enough that they can't use it to track us down, though...\\

//True -- Sinclair may still want to throw us out the airlock...//

A typical day for us begins whenever we wake up. We are usually curled up with Morden, and anyone who is sharing his bed at the moment, although sometimes we will hide ourselves if the person is easily frightened. In cases like that, we let Morden ease them into the family slowly before we even appear to them.

We spend much of our day traveling around the station, or wherever we happen to be at the time; gathering news or allies, seeing to it that various plans are put in motion, always working towards our goals. Sometimes we grab a small snack Downbelow, although we have to be careful to avoid the small enclave of rogue telepaths. And these days, we often keep an eye on Garibaldi while he does his work Downbelow. It is always better to know exactly where he is, so that we do not have any unexpected problems.

After we have checked on our projects and handled meetings or negotiations or whatever is necessary, we go with Morden to things he has to do, or travel with him, or go to his favourite cafe with him. As always, we keep all of our senses on our surroundings, making sure that those who wish us harm do not locate us.

Once our evening entertainment is finished, we return to Morden's quarters with him, and often satisfy his -- and our -- appetites for things other than food. And the day ends much as it began, with us curled up with Morden, sleeping comfortably and dreaming of what the Universe will be like when other races finally learn what we can offer them...

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Muse: Bugs & Daffy (Shadows)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Word count: 317 per Pocket Word
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2004-06-25 10:27 am

Inventing a Holiday

If you could invent a holiday, what and when would it be? What special traditions would take place on that day?

//Victory over the Vorlons Day?//

\\How about 'We Turned Valen Day'?\\

//Or 'Z'Ha'Dum Restoration Day'?//

We would invent a holiday honouring our great ancestors, the elder Shadows who fought in the last great war; who nearly managed to defeat the Minbari and their masters the Vorlons. It would be held over the week before the anniversary of Valen's arrival with Babylon 4 since up to that point, things were going so well for our side...

Younger Shadows and our allies would perform services for the elder Shadows -- do whatever they wanted for that week, in honour of their greatness. We would bring them the finest morsels for a feast, and perhaps burn Valen and Galenn Shadowslayer in effigy. And any Vorlon captured during that time would be brought to them at the height of the feast, so that they could tear it apart.

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Muse: Bugs & Daffy (Shadows)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Word count: 165 per Pocket Word
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2004-06-16 05:48 pm

*snicker*

Slander!
[livejournal.com profile] zathras_no4 has been sent by the government to spy on you to make sure you're paying your taxes!
[livejournal.com profile] ranger_wun once kept [livejournal.com profile] shadow_anna locked up in their basement for eight months.
[livejournal.com profile] zathras_no4 once took [livejournal.com profile] alien_oracle into a changing room for some "fun"!
[livejournal.com profile] zathras_no4 has the last piece of Aztec gold.
[livejournal.com profile] talia_winters, we all know the truth, come out of the closet.
[livejournal.com profile] talia_winters and [livejournal.com profile] ivanova_lj secretly peed in [livejournal.com profile] _sheridan's cornflakes.

Enter your username to dish the dirt on your friends!

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2004-06-14 08:29 am

A Perfect Evening

What would constitute a "perfect" evening for you?

//Ah, this one is so easy to answer.//

\\But I doubt many of them would like to hear our answer. It might make them a little uncomfortable...\\

//You don't actually care about their comfort, do you?//

A perfect evening for us...

Morden corners our prey in a corridor Downbelow, and with our assistance forces him to listen until he hears our side of the issue. We already know he distrusts the Vorlons, so once he knows the whole story, he may be willing to join with us.

We spend some time reminding him of the pleasure we can give him -- we know, now, that he remembers it from his life as Galenn, but remembering pleasure is not the same as feeling it himself. We let Morden have him first -- the two of them are so drawn to each other that keeping apart is causing them both difficulty. Once he surrenders to Morden, we know he will surrender to us -- if nothing else, we will stimulate both of them until they are crazed and desperate, and then we will take them both.

Once his body knows what we can do for him, we talk him into taking us to the One so that we can tell him our side of things. We know he is wise and views arguments from all sides before making decisions -- it is only because of the Vorlons that he has never listened to our side. The Vorlons and their manipulations...

If it is truly a perfect evening, then he will choose our side of the argument and pledge the forces he controls to our cause. Once we have his allegiance, we will celebrate with a grand orgy, and end the evening curled around the three of them on Sinclair's bed...

It's either that, or killing the Vorlon.

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Muse: Bugs & Daffy (Shadows)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Word count: 313 per Pocket Word
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2004-06-14 08:26 am

Role Models

Who is your personal role model?

//Ah -- an easy question to answer...//

Our role model? Of course, it could only be the older Shadows -- those who lived through the last great war, who fought against the Vorlons and their puppet warriors, the Minbari. Those who met Valen face-to-face and nearly managed to take him for their own. Those who met his chosen, Galenn, face-to-face and turned him away from the Vorlons; who made him think about what it was he really pledged his life to. Those who had met their adversary, Aciel, and joined with him and his clan the Wind Swords; who had helped them understand how the Vorlons were using the Minbari warriors...

Those ancient, beautiful, powerful Shadows who had come so close to actually defeating our enemies and winning the most glorious victory of all...

They are our role models. Their achievements are what we aspire to. Their conquests are what we hope for -- and now, thanks to this strange nexus of timelines, we may actually be able to achieve it...

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Muse: Bugs & Daffy (Shadows)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Word count: 177 per Pocket Word
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2004-06-10 10:02 am

Good and Evil

What is good? What is evil?

//More concepts for the younger races...//

\\Sometimes it's difficult to think in these simplistic terms, but listening in to their conversations often helps\\

//Especially their accusations at the fashion show?//

\\Definitely a good start...\\

The concepts you call 'good' and 'evil' are not concrete. They are not easily defined. They change depending on one's viewpoint. Sometimes a majority tries to label something one or the other -- often itself 'good', and the minority 'evil', while the minority claims the opposite.

The Vorlons claim that their way is good; that our way is evil. How can this be, when their way -- the way of Order -- can only lead to stagnation and eventually death? What good can come from the wasting away of great civilizations, the loss of all chance of discovery and growth?

The Universe was created in Chaos -- growth and change comes from Chaos. Evolution, mutation, accident -- these are what keeps life continuing. On many planets, if not for a freak combination of circumstances, life would never have even sparked into being. Order is inimical to this. Nothing would change, nothing would provide that spark, and all would just continue along as it always had, on a dull, lifeless world.

Once life exists, it must adapt; it must grow. For this to happen, there must be change. Order keeps this change from happening; stagnation occurs, and the beings cannot adapt and grow. Eventually, unable to change, they die out. To force this unnatural order on things; to force beings to submit to a way of thinking that will eventually result in their deaths and the end of their race? That is evil...

And to manipulate those races at a genetic level into believing this is a good thing is the most evil thing of all...

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Muse: Bugs & Daffy (Shadows)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Word count: 305 per Pocket Word
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2004-06-05 04:26 pm

//Isn't that one of...

...BOB's postcards?//

Daffy looked at the tattered piece of mail the Drakh had brought to them. One corner was shredded and looked as if a creature with dirty claws had been pawing at it. The writing surface was smudged and had a distinct bootheel indentation with stains they didn't really want to identify. The stamp was partially folded back, but when they flattened it down again read, 'Intergalactic Arda Mail Service, Isenguard Branch.'

The picture on the front confirmed Bugs' initial suspicion -- it was, indeed, one from BOB's collection, and showed a beautiful green and forested valley, with snowcapped mountains in the distance. The light shining through the leaves in the foreground was dappled and green, and had a very warm feel to it. In the bottom corner, the words "Beautiful New Zealand" were printed in white.

\\Can you read what it says?\\

//It looks like it's Craig's writing -- yes! There's his signature... 'Am having a wonderful time here in Gondor. Going to the forest with Faramir tomorrow. Should be great fun! You two would love some of the buildings in the neighboring country -- all black and spiky. Just your style! Wish you were here, Craig'//

\\Well, it sounds like he's having a lot of fun there -- I can't imagine how the postcard got stepped on, though. Sloppy postmen...\\
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2004-05-23 05:38 am

*Shadowy snickering*

Silly humans...

"ACHTUNG!
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2004-05-23 05:03 am

Government

What's better, democracy or monarchy?

//Do they mean what's better for us? What's better for lesser races?//

\\Not exactly the clearest question, was it? Maybe they mean in theory, which one is better for a society?\\

//Awfully limited choices, aren't they?//

\\Does it matter? They'll all fail eventually...\\

Governments come and go. Each one has good points and bad points -- no single kind of government is truly better than another. And, no matter what kind of government, eventually it must either evolve, or fall.

That is what some fail to understand -- living beings must grow and change. If they do not, the result is stagnation and eventual decline. Those who promote order as the desireable state of existence refuse to see that it is naturally limiting. They refuse to see that without chaos and change there is no hope of growth.

This universe was born in chaos -- all of nature is chaos -- to force order upon it is an unnatural state, and is eventually incompatible with life.

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Muse: Bugs & Daffy (Shadows)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Word count: 171
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2004-05-21 05:26 pm

Amusing...

I don't know what [livejournal.com profile] mikegaribaldi's getting so worked up about -- this seems quite appropriate...

Angel Style by greymentality
Name/Username
First Impression from OthersFeel like singing and laughing happily all at once
Your CoreDevoted love to the Divine. All for One.
Potential to Stray from the Light: 92%
Your WeaknessLovely mortals in torment. ANY torment.
Your StrengthYou know realllllllly secret stuff
Your WingsShiney metal wings that flow like feathers
Your FocusWorship
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