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Ryunosuke Naruhodo
Most of what we know about you, Mr Sholmes, comes from the published stories of your exploits.
Herlock Sholmes
.........
Ryunosuke Naruhodo
And we really have no way of knowing... what's fact and what's fiction.

Herlock Sholmes was a legendary but mysterious English consulting detective known for his rapid-fire abductive reasoning. He primarily lived with the young Iris Wilson, who adapted his exploits with fellow tenants "John H. Wilson" and later Ryunosuke Naruhodo into a series of stories collectively known as The Adventures of Herlock Sholmes published in The Randst Magazine.

Detective career

Befriending a doctor

Main article: Professor Killings
Sholmes
I was a callow fellow back then. A mere shadow of the great detective you see before you now.

Herlock Sholmes was around 18 years old when he first met Yujin Mikotoba, who had arrived in Britain as part of a study exchange program. Sholmes was working in a hospital's chemical laboratory at the time, "indulging [his] curiosities for little gain," and was in need of a roommate to split rent with. Mikotoba, who found himself in much the same situation, agreed to live with Sholmes. They solved many mysteries, and Mikotoba took notes about their adventures together, keeping them in a trunk in their flat.

After six years of Sholmes and Mikotoba living together, Klint van Zieks was killed, and Mikotoba's friend Genshin Asogi was accused of being the feared serial killer known as the "Professor." Asogi entrusted Mikotoba with taking care of Klint's newly born daughter, Iris. Forced to return to Japan, Mikotoba asked Sholmes to take care of Klint’s daughter in his stead, to which Sholmes immediately agreed. Iris grew up for a time believing Sholmes was her father.

One day, Sholmes told Iris that the person who wrote the notes in his trunk was her actual father. Iris eventually concluded, through matching the handwriting on the case notes with the handwriting on a stolen autopsy report, that her father was John H. Wilson. (This was proven much later to be false, as the handwriting on both documents was Mikotoba.) Regardless, Iris compiled the writings left behind by her "father," and, using John Wilson as a pen name, she would come to publish The Adventures of Herlock Sholmes. These manuscripts would turn Sholmes into a legendary detective, known all over the world.

A few years later, Iris compiled the notes in the trunk regarding the Professor murders and wrote a story about it, entitled The Hound of the Baskervilles. When Sholmes read it, he was horrified, as he realized that Iris could discover that Klint was her father and become pulled into the depths of the Professor case. Fearing the worst, Sholmes sent Iris’s manuscript to Mikotoba in Japan, who put it in his office.

A conspiracy discovered

Sholmes' habit of listening to other people's business - specifically, his routine eavesdropping on government communications - led him to learn about a telegram from England to Japan. It read: K. Asogi, A. Shinn, T. Gregson, J. Wilson and "That is all four." Since Sholmes had heard about Dr. John Wilson's death in Japan and knew of notorious assassin Asa Shinn's disappearance half a year prior, Sholmes thought the four people named were to be killed as part of some sort of conspiracy. With this knowledge, he notified Mikotoba, who wrote him letters informing him that Kazuma Asogi would be coming to England on the SS Burya. Sholmes decided to board the ship and stop Asogi’s study abroad to save him.

Aboard the SS Burya

Main article: The Adventure of the Unbreakable Speckled Band

When the Burya passed through Shanghai, Asogi somehow lost consciousness, which gave Sholmes a chance to get him off the ship before it arrived in England. But first, he set to find out who almost killed Asogi. Sholmes first encountered Ryunosuke Naruhodo after naming him the culprit (and also mistaking him for Vilen Borshevik). Sholmes, along with Naruhodo and Susato Mikotoba, investigated Kazuma Asogi's supposed death. He performed his famous dance of deduction twice in order to deduce what occurred, but his conclusions were incorrect. Naruhodo helped him correct his deductions, just like Yujin once had. Nikolina Pavlova was discovered to be the culprit after Sholmes found her earring in Asogi's hand. Naruhodo believed that, with his friend dead, he and Susato would have to return to Japan. However, Sholmes convinced the Japanese student to take over Asogi's spot in the exchange and become a defense attorney. At the time, this was a ploy so that when Asogi was discovered alive, someone else would have already taken the spot to England, intending to delay his trip by a few more years. Sholmes told Bif Strogenov and the rest of the crew of sailors aboard the Burya about Asogi after the ship stopped. He was also able to help Pavlova receive asylum in the United States. Meanwhile, Asogi was arranged to be sent to the Japanese embassy in Hong Kong, which would then transport him back to Japan. However, when Asogi regained consciousness with no memory of his identity, he managed to escape Sholmes.

The two incidents at the "haunted" lodgings

Main articles: The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro & The Memoirs of the Clouded Kokoro

Herlock Sholmes met Naruhodo and Susato again during his investigations at the Garridebs' flat, as well as during the reading of Soseki Natsume's books. Natsume had been accused of stabbing a woman named Olive Green on Briar Road. Sholmes initially had incorrect deductions, but with Naruhodo's assistance with the Dance of Deduction, it was determined that the Garridebs had an argument on the night of Olive Green's attack. Sholmes also invited the exchange students to reside in his flat, which Naruhodo and Susato would then use as a makeshift law office.

Sholmes later continued his investigation of the "haunted" flats after William Shamspeare was poisoned. He made a false deduction that Shamspeare died after eating soap—another deduction that caused Natsume to be arrested (for the second time). He, along with Iris, developed a new fluid that determined whether or not tea leaves are fake. If they were real, the tea turned black but was undrinkable. Sholmes, along with Iris, made several innovations, including a new fluid that detected the authenticity of tea leaves and a chemical spraying device called the "Skin Print Seeker gun." The Skin Print Seeker gun could be used along with special goggles in order to see what people touched. Barok van Zieks rejected the use of the invention in court the first time it was mentioned. The device was brought up again when Naruhodo insisted it could be used to find Selden's hidden treasure. Sholmes then appeared in court to collect a sample of Selden's prints from Olive Green (with Selden’s key in her possession). It was revealed that, due to Sholmes' presence in Natsume's room, Shamspeare could not have checked the room for the treasure. Sholmes found a hidden compartment in the ceiling of the flat the next day. But, to his horror, the treasure turned out to be the encrusted dog collar worn by Balmung, the hunting dog Klint van Zieks had used to kill his victims. He then told Iris she couldn't write a story about the incident they had just investigated. Iris wrote up a manuscript, but Sholmes did not allow its publication. However, he did allow her to publish the story of how Olive Green was stabbed.

Sholmes received Iris' Baskerville story again after Yujin Mikotoba read a report from Soseki Natsume describing the treasure, which Yujin recognized as well. Susato saw the manuscript in her father's office while she was cleaning. Realizing that Susato had seen the manuscript, Yujin instructed her not to tell anyone about it, fearing Iris might somehow find out about her father through the information. Sholmes gave the manuscript to Pop Windibank, the pawn shop owner, to lock up in his vault in order to keep it safe from the public.

Incident at the pawnbrokers

Main article: The Adventure of the Unspeakable Story

Two months later, Herlock Sholmes became depressed because he had been slacking with his violin practice, and he had lost his "muse". When Susato revealed that he had actually been playing a viola, he realized that the pawnbroker actually swapped his All Purpose Analysis Lens with the viola instead of his violin and went to Windibank's Pawnbrokery. He confronted Pop, who revealed that Sholmes simply walked out with the viola instead of the violin. Pop then returned the violin to him. Then, Sholmes met Gina Lestrade from Naruhodo's first British trial. He was impressed by her stealing the smoke prototype, but after Gina claimed she can't stand him, Sholmes walked away. Gina then tried to pledge a music box disc to the pawnshop but suddenly, a man named Eggert Benedict came into the store and claimed the coat that Gina was wearing belonged to him. Gina denied this, but Benedict provided proof that the coat was indeed his. Benedict also demanded that Gina return the music box disc, which then devolved into an argument. Naruhodo asked for Sholmes's assistance in deescalating the situation. Sholmes incorrectly deduced that Benedict wanted a job at the pawn shop, not for cash, but for the ulterior motive of digging a tunnel in the shop's floor to connect to a bank vault holding special funds for the Great Exhibition. Naruhodo corrected him by revealing that he actually came to the pawn shop because he knew Gina would be there. Naruhodo also revealed that Benedict's goal was to collect the items that Magnus McGilded, the defendant from that same trial who was killed in a fire shortly after it ended, left behind. Benedict then threatened Naruhodo with a gun, but Tobias Gregson and the Scotland Yard showed up from a report of an incident in the pawn shop. Gregson attempted to arrest Benedict, but he got away. Inspector Gregson then confiscated McGilded's disc.

After that, Sholmes decided to invite Lestrade over for dinner, which she refused. However, Naruhodo thought she'll come around and show up anyway. Later, Sholmes then revealed that has the real disc and that he gave Gregson a fake caramel molded disc, but it turned out the real disc wouldn't work in their music box. Susato reminded Sholmes and Iris that the storeroom in the pawn shop was holding an unpublished manuscript written by Iris. Sholmes tried to play it off by saying that the storeroom is very secure, but Iris teased him by pointing out that it's the same storeroom that turned his violin into a viola. Iris and he were very surprised that Susato knew the full title of the manuscript, "The Hound of the Baskervilles." Iris interrogated Susato about the manuscript and asked Sholmes why she would know it, but Sholmes took advantage of Gina's sudden arrival and changed the topic. Sholmes welcomed Gina into the house and they all ate dinner together, and he played his violin after dinner until everyone's ears bled. Iris later told Naruhodo about the manuscript and Sholmes' refusal to publish it. According to Iris, Sholmes pledged the manuscript at the pawn shop. Gina was suspicious and suspected that Sholmes was lying to Iris, so during the night, she went to the pawn shop to check. Sholmes woke Naruhodo and Susato up after realizing that Gina disappeared. Sholmes asked Naruhodo to look out the window, and he noticed that the lights are on at the pawn shop. Sholmes recounted what Gina said, and the three of them went to the pawn shop to investigate. When the group entered the pawn shop, they noticed there were people there. However, the intruders (the Skulkin brothers) realized they would be discovered and shot Sholmes. Sholmes was then hospitalized.

Third Bullet

The cause of Sholmes' injury

Sholmes spent most of Gina Lestrade's trial at St. Synner's Hospital. Juror No. 4 of the trial was the doctor who operated on him, and Juror No. 6, Vilen Borshevik, helped them figure out that Sholmes was actually punctured by a broken test tube. Sholmes also invented a spray that turned people's blood a different color, which was used during the investigation but the court couldn't accept it as evidence. Eventually, Sholmes arrived from the hospital disguised as a bailiff. He informed Naruhodo about a meeting he had with Susato, in which she told him to deliver a gift to Naruhodo at the eleventh hour. The gift was Iris's Cat Flap Maker, and he gave Naruhodo a hint that Susato used it to carry out a certain plan of hers. Sholmes then collapsed from exhaustion and was returned to the hospital. Naruhodo soon proved that Eggert Benedict—whose real name was Ashley Graydon—was the true culprit behind Pop's death. He was also the one who arranged McGilded's death in the omnibus as revenge for killing his father.

After the trial, Sholmes once again managed to escape from the hospital and disguised himself as a bailiff. However, neither Naruhodo nor Lestrade recognized him, which caused Sholmes to be momentarily depressed and dejected. Sholmes eventually congratulated Lestrade on her not guilty verdict. Then, Iris arrived and told him that he didn't have nearly as much a presence as he thought he did. He then also helps Lestrade find the right words to say before she is hauled off by the police. Iris then mentioned that the boats in the ports are delayed due to the rainstorm, so he used his influence to get great railway service on an emergency train so they can all catch Susato in time before her departure for Japan. Sholmes said that the information on the encoded discs was likely encrypted, and that someone with way too much time on their hands could figure it out, but then Iris revealed it was actually Japanese Morse code. Susato translated it and found that there were four names on it: K. Asogi, a person named A. Shinn, T. Gregson, and J. Wilson. Sholmes said that the disc may have held correspondences between England and Japan. After Susato left for Japan to take care of her sick father, Sholmes told Naruhodo that the railway company was suing for the misuse of the emergency train, and Sholmes told the company it was Naruhodo's fault. After, Sholmes revealed that he put out an ad in the newspaper that he needed help solving a mystery, and as a result, he had been getting lots of music boxes in the mail.

Investigation at the Great Exhibition

Main article: The Return of the Great Departed Soul

Six months after his hospitalization, the Great Exhibition began. He was then recruited by Esmeralda Tusspells in order to perform two tasks: Act as a wax figure in order to increase falling revenues, and investigate the disappearance of the wax figure of the Professor. Though very poor at doing his first task, he learned that the figure had been "kidnapped," and filled in the situation to Naruhodo and Iris.

The following day, the wax figure had mysteriously returned (though it was missing its head), though Sholmes was still acting as a wax figure. Naruhodo and Susato approached him during this time to question him about the "death" of Asogi nearly a year earlier. While Sholmes admitted to his actions, he only gave a vague reasoning as to his motive. However, upon learning that they were searching for Enoch Drebber, who had a connection to a recent crime, Sholmes directed them to the Professor exhibit, where they learned the man had a connection to the events of 10 years ago, as well as the tale of the Professor rising from the grave. The group then received word that Drebber's lab had been discovered, and all three departed in hot pursuit.

The group arrived at the lab, and managed to make their way into the inner rooms. Though nearly getting everyone present killed by deducing that an active bomb was an "anti-gravity device," Sholmes managed to discover the hiding place of Drebber with the help of Naruhodo. They also managed to find the head of the Professor statue, connecting Drebber to the kidnapping. Though Sholmes managed to disable the one bomb before everyone was blown to bits, Drebber revealed there was another bomb at the crime scene, which subsequently exploded and eliminated most of the uncovered evidence, as well as a few nearby guards.

The following day at the trial, Sholmes advised Naruhodo that if there was a truth that seemed incomprehensible, the lawyer was to pursue it no matter what, until everything was revealed. Taking the detective's words to heart, Naruhodo was able to prove that while Drebber was the mastermind behind the plot to kill Odie Asman, the true killer was none other than Head Coroner Courtney Sithe, and the two were arrested.

Hired by Vigil

Main article: Twisted Karma and His Last Bow

Soon after, Sholmes decided to join the "Red-Headed League" in an attempt to earn money for rent, and artificially turned his hair red. However, Fabien de Rousseau and Peppino de Rossi, the heads of the league recognized the great detective. Enraged at being discovered, and deducing the league was actually a scam, he turned the pair over to Scotland Yard. He was then hired by Evie Vigil to find her missing husband, Daley, and sent Naruhodo and Susato on the trail ahead of him, both because of his distaste of missing persons cases, as well as to return his hair to his natural state. Upon the pair's return, Gina Lestrade arrived, bearing the news that Tobias Gregson had been murdered, with the supposed killer being van Zieks. Shocked at the news, and believing another victim had been taken from the telegram, Sholmes set off to the crime scene ahead of anyone else.

The following day, Sholmes arrived to the Great Waterloo Hotel and eavesdropped on a conversation between his former partner Yujin and Naruhodo, where he found out that Asa Shinn was the one responsible for the killing of John H. Wilson. Realizing the telegram from a year earlier was not a list of four victims, but rather two assassins and two victims, Sholmes hurriedly prepared a telegram instructing Detective Satoru Hosonaga to obtain the contents of the telegram from Judge Seishiro Jigoku's office, and send the contents by the following day.

After Naruhodo collapsed as a result of Lestrade's dog Toby, Sholmes prepared a sugar water solution in order to aid his recovery. However, upon returning downstairs, the group discovered a horrifying scene: The living room was a mess, and a mysterious masked man was seemingly singing in German near an oddly silent Iris. Sholmes and Naruhodo managed to figure out that the man was actually Yujin, who had seemingly gone unconscious after falling prey to a forgotten defense mechanism in the living room trunk. Furthermore, the two found that Iris was attempting to hide the autopsy of Klint van Zieks, which she had stolen years earlier.

After these deductions, and Susato's questioning, Sholmes revealed that his partner, and only friend, was indeed Susato's father, Yujin. Subsequently, he whisked his partner off on a then unknown case; to Sholmes, the game was beginning, and would soon end.

The game is afoot

Main article: The Resolve of Ryunosuke Naruhodo

The unknown case was revealed to be the search for Seishiro Jigoku, who had mysteriously disappeared following his arrival with Yujin. Obtaining a witness summons from Kazuma Asogi, the two made their way to the port of Dunkirk, where they located the SS Grouse. There, they found the missing Judge hiding from them in his cabin, attempting to escape to Japan to avoid being persecuted. The pair notified Naruhodo of their success, and began the long trip back to England.

Returning home to his flat, Iris, Susato, and Naruhodo had prepared a feast, as a way to fuel up before the final confrontation. Sholmes revealed the contents of his telegram at this time, and how the four names had indeed appeared in Jigoku's records. He also talked about his deductions of the names, and how Asogi was not to be targeted, but rather that he was supposed to target Gregson. Following this, Sholmes declared that he had some preparations to make before the trial the next day.

Naruhodo was able to prove Jigoku's connection to the assassin exchange program the following day, and discover that the judge was indeed Gregson's killer. However, it was subsequently revealed that Mael Stronghart, Chief Justice and current judge of the trial, was the man behind the exchange, and responsible for the false conviction against Genshin Asogi. Stronghart denied all these claims and attempted to forcefully end the trial, until Sholmes appeared. The detective appealed to the gallery, saying that if the court ended here, the full truth would never be revealed, pushing everyone watching into a frenzy. Having no other choice, Stronghart continued the trial. Sholmes then revealed that any and all necessary witnesses had been arranged, and could be summoned at a moment's notice. Leaving the proceedings in Naruhodo's hands, Sholmes departed to make his final arrangements.

It was revealed through the trial that not only had Klint van Zieks acted as the Professor, but also that Stronghart was the mastermind behind the "Death Bringer" organization who killed those that wrongfully escaped with not guilty verdicts, as well as being the blackmailer who pushed Klint to kill. However, due to no physical proof, and the secret nature of the trial, Stronghart was set to leave the court completely innocent. It was at this point that Sholmes appeared once more, this time in the form of a hologram. He informed the court he was at Buckingham Palace with Iris and Queen Victoria, who had been watching the trial from the beginning. Victoria stripped Stronghart of all his powers, and decreed he would be tried for his crimes at a later date. Following Stronghart's arrest, Sholmes congratulated Naruhodo on becoming a true agent of truth, before departing once more.

That night, Sholmes attempted to catch up with his former partner by describing all the cases he had missed since their separation (including the one they had participated in together the day before). Gina came to celebrate with everyone else, and revealed that with Gregson gone, she lacked the will to keep working as an inspector. However, Sholmes had obtained Gregson's pocket watch, and entrusted Lestrade with holding onto it and continuing her boss' will, giving her the motivation to continue working. Iris also admitted that she did not feel the need to keep searching for her true birth father, thanking Sholmes for being the only father she ever needed; Sholmes described this as the best "thank you" he had ever received.

Half a week later, Sholmes said his goodbyes as he watched Yujin, Naruhodo, and Susato prepare to leave for Japan. He said it was fun being able to work on one more case with his partner, and hoped they would be able to do it again one day. Declaring he would eventually visit them all in Japan, the detective watched as his friends departed for home.

Afterward, Sholmes showed irritation at receiving a surplus of requests for his hologram system, admitting that he, too, did not completely understand it. He contemplated escaping to Japan for the time being until things settled down. Iris also apparently gave him a letter thanking him for everything, reportedly causing him to burst into tears.

Personality

Herlock Sholmes has been noted by many to be a very eccentric individual, to the point of causing annoyance. Fans of his stories, such as Susato, also note that he seems very different than what they expected from reading the books. At times, Sholmes can be very forgetful; he sometimes seems to not understand what is going on at all, which can be demonstrated by his often incorrect deductions. He is shown to be both frustrated and entertained by his own words, leading others to question what he is truly thinking. He has a habit of getting on other people's nerves, especially those of Tobias Gregson, but this can extend to the targets of his deductions as well.

However, when the situation arises, Sholmes can indeed be genuinely competent, with his behavior and deductions becoming more reminiscent of his portrayal in Iris's stories. He can become very serious and forceful at these times, such as when he found out about Asa Shinn murdering John Wilson. The detective wants nothing but to find the truth at all costs, which can result in him snooping where he doesn't belong, such as when he discovered the secret telegram between England and Japan.

Despite his often jovial and outgoing demeanor, the list of people Sholmes is truly close to and considers to be his friends is rather small (as indicated by him suggesting that he loathed the company of "inferior minds"). One particularly long-term exception to this is Yujin Mikotoba, whom the detective befriended in his youth and embarked on countless adventures with long before those exploits became famous. Sholmes entrusted him with the only key to the chest containing Yujin's record of their adventures (though Sholmes could still access it with lockpicking). At some point, the detective also installed a boxing glove-based defense mechanism in order to protect the stories from others—though unfortunately for both himself and Yujin, he seemingly forgot about it soon after.

Sholmes acts as a father towards Iris Wilson and cares very deeply for her. He supports her in all her endeavors, including becoming a fantastic inventor despite her age, and occasionally lets her accompany him on his adventures. However, when it comes to her past, Sholmes becomes very overprotective; any and all legitimate links to her father are taken and hidden without any explanation. Sholmes ultimately feared that, if Iris found out about her father, Klint van Zieks, she would discover that he was a serial killer, and be forced to live knowing she was the child of a murderer. To this end, Sholmes allowed her to believe she was actually the daughter of John H. Wilson. However, even when Iris learns the truth and discovers that Klint van Zieks is her father, she continues to treat Herlock as a father figure—even referring to him as "Daddy."

Sholmes seems very caring about people's lives, even if he has a very small or nonexistent connection to them. This is best shown through how he traveled halfway across the globe because he thought Kazuma Asogi was in danger, and helped Nikolina Pavlova obtain asylum in America, despite being a stowaway. He also allows Naruhodo and Susato to live in his flat, despite only meeting them on one other occasion.

Sholmes is an avid violin player. He owns a violin he claims was made by the famous luthier Antonio Stradivari, which he bought from a pawnbrokery for "a mere 55 shillings," owing to the seller not knowing of its real value. However, when examined, it's revealed the pawnbroker himself labeled it a Stradivarius, leading Naruhodo to suspect that, rather than Sholmes having made a fantastic bargain, the seller might just have had a "turn for selling". Sholmes has described his performances as "Paganini-inspired".

Development

Shu Takumi
For this game, it was already planned that it would be about "correcting the wrong deductions of the great detective." So I'm terribly sorry, but Dai Gyakuten Saiban's Holmes was destined to never say anything correct.
[4]
  • Sholmes is meant to be an ambiguous, hard-to-read character. His reasoning is supposed to be so outrageous that the audience starts to wonder whether he knows the real truth after all.[5]
  • In Japan, Sholmes is outright given the full name of the famous detective from Arthur Conan Doyle's crime fiction novels, Sherlock Holmes, while also being based on as various parodies of the character. The version of Holmes in the game is one that Shu Takumi had always had in his mind, emphasizing a non-serious angle.[6]
    • Using Sherlock Holmes without the permission of the Conan Doyle family could presumably lead to copyright issues in certain English-speaking regions. This is a common theory as to why the game couldn't be released outside of Japan for some time, and why the name "Herlock Sholmes" was used in the English localization. This trick was first used in Arsène Lupin contre Herlock Sholmès by Maurice Leblanc.
      • Incidentally, the Arsène Lupin story was Takumi's first encounter with a version of Holmes, acting as a gateway to the original Holmes stories.[5]
    • In an interview involving Takumi and Sherlock Holmes researcher Naohiko Kitahara, the latter made comparisons between Takumi's Sholmes and the versions in The Memoirs of Schlock Homes by Robert L. Fish, Sherlock Hound, and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.[5]
  • Several Sholmes designs were proposed, described by art director Kazuya Nuri as depressive Sholmes, cute Sholmes, adventurous Sholmes, dark Sholmes, and sleepy Sholmes. The final design is a slightly arranged take on the canonical Holmes, used to accentuate the contrast between the Holmes of the books and the "real" Sholmes seen in the game. Sholmes also possesses a pistol as a contrast to Ryunosuke Naruhodo's sword.[7]
  • Sholmes's deerstalker is not historically accurate or functional. A real deerstalker has two flaps which can be tied at the chin to keep the wearer's ears warm in cold weather, however, Sholmes's cap physically cannot do this.

Other media

  • Herlock Sholmes appears as a life-size cutout in the background of episode 11 of the Chinese drama The Love Equations. The main character, Xiao Zhou, is a fan of detective novels, and visits a detective-themed art exhibition in the episode. She asks another character to take a photo of her in between the cutouts of Sholmes and the BBC version of Sherlock Holmes, referring to them as her idols.

References

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