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Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/fudgemuppet In our latest Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim video we delve into Tsaesci. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth main installment in The Elder Scrolls series, following The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 11, 2011. The game's main story revolves around the player character and their quest to defeat Alduin the World-Eater, a dragon who is prophesied to destroy the world. The videogame is set two hundred years after the events of Oblivion, and takes place in the fictional province of Skyrim. Over the course of the game, the player completes quests and develops the character by improving skills. The game continues the open world tradition of its predecessors by allowing the player to travel anywhere in the game world at any time, and to ignore or postpone the main storyline indefinitely. If you enjoyed this video be sure to subscribe for more Elder Scrolls & Fallout content! Twitter: Scott: https://twitter.com/NewberryCrunch Michael: https://twitter.com/OldBerryChew Drew: https://twitter.com/DrewBerryMunch Snapchat: Scott: newberrycrunch Michael: oldberrychew Instagram: http://instagram.com/fudgemuppets/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FudgeMuppet
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Amertaron Levick (19 days ago)
Has anyone thought the argonians could be from the same ancestor as these snake people.
Sir Sir (21 days ago)
Anyone think of the statue of Talos stabbing the serpent...
Who are the colovians?
Flawless Cowboy (1 month ago)
Tamriel: *exists Tsaesci: *It's free real estate ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)*
CosmicMind (1 month ago)
One of the best uses for my time ever. I like to nerd out to your vids before work, thank you my friend ;)
Sholto Hayes (1 month ago)
bethesda should have put this lore into the game imagine how fruitful the story of skyrim would be if they added just a small amount of these lore stories
Dragon Dude (1 month ago)
Use Glad trash bags to hide drugs from drug sniffing dogs.
Blake Remy (2 months ago)
Why do you not use eso world scape more as its way more detailed and beautiful than skyrim was
Natasha Figueroa (2 months ago)
Skyrim naga mod Skyrim naga mod *SKYRIM NAGA MOD*
Malathi Ramthilak (2 months ago)
Looks like Shao Khan turned into jade warrior in KungFu panda
Shade Lotus (2 months ago)
Elderscrolls 7 should be Akavir We have ES 6 Redfall
Tic Tac (2 months ago)
How did you get footage of akavir ? is there a mod or something ?
wouldn't a old ass altmer seen a tsaesci and talk about them in the year 4th era 201
Wuanslm (2 months ago)
Just like everything they've done since morrowind, the most likely reason tsaeci ghosts and armor look humanoid in Oblivion is because Bethesduh was too lazy to make new models and armor to fit that model just for one quest.
Torrey Kramer (3 months ago)
Nobody knows what they look like because they're actually shapeshifters that control the Government from behind the scenes. Titus Mede is a shapeshifting reptilian confirmed.
saran42yu (3 months ago)
Torrey Kramer ah the great imperial scholar alexius jones
Justin Cronkright (3 months ago)
New English Tongue Twister - 'The Tsaesci set sail...'!
linkdin 421 (3 months ago)
in still think kaarstag is one of the frozen ice giants from akavir
Scotttjt (4 months ago)
I subscribe to the theory that the snake-like Tsaesci and the men of Akavir, whom I refer to as "the Akaviri", were two distinct races. People in both the canon and the fanbase often use the two names interchangeably which likely contributes to the confusion on the races' natures. The Akaviri were the native men of Akavir, and were likely the origin of the Legend of the Dragonborn. The Tsaesci enslaved and assimilated the Akaviri into their own culture as a slave race and used them as a source of labor and footsoldiers. The snakefolk likely allowed the Akaviri to practice their beliefs concerning the Dragonborn as a way of smoothing over their assimilation, and probably didn't put stock into the legends themselves. When the Tsaesci invaded Tamriel, they used the Akaviri as footsoldiers and cut their way across Skyrim before encountering Reman Cyrodiil at Pale Pass. Here, they were defeated and upon hearing his Voice, the Akaviri proclaimed him Dragonborn and swore themselves to him. The Tsaesci present were trapped, blocked off from escape and reinforcements, and had just witnessed their slave soldiers swear their loyalty to the man that had soundly defeated them. So they played along and joined the Akaviri in praising Reman, more as a means of self-preservation than anything. The Tsaesci themselves went on the be assigned positions of power within the Empire before ultimately being killed off and/or driven back to Akavir in later centuries, while the Akaviri men left behind blended into the native human populace and ultimately disappeared from Tamriel, leaving only their artifacts and some traces of their influence in various Tamrielic cultures.
Kenyon Butler (5 months ago)
Shape shifting reptilians that are secretly working with the Empire? Illuminati confirmed.
Max B (5 months ago)
I think Tsaesci are humans because when you look at the ghost and skeleton in Oblivion, they are human. I think that when they invaded Tamriel, the native races exaggerated what they looked like to make them seem more monstrous than they really were.
Duck9000 (5 months ago)
I’m still not gonna kill Paarthurnax to bring back the blade. Fuck that.
Robert Wyatt (6 months ago)
Why can't the story arc of the games be as good as the games lore?
OminusOwl (6 months ago)
Wait isn't it said that the Tsaesci ate the men of Akavir whole? Which would point to Medusa like bodies. (Snake tail, human body.)
insecticon skrapnel (6 months ago)
Hail dragonborn
GhostWriterJ94 (6 months ago)
Was that a remaster of Cloud Ruler temple? its awesome!
Comrade Cameron (7 months ago)
Naga are really cool.
Agriiheim (7 months ago)
What if the Tsaesci have different "breeds" like the khajiit? Thatd explain the confliction
Tiny Room Studio (7 months ago)
another part of the game universe that gets ignored by bethesda, and seems far more interesting than the parts they keep showing us
Jose Urzua (7 months ago)
Always thought they were inspired by realities myth and histories like a fusion of the Naga's and the obvious Samurai...I liked this regardless.
Hayden Foxx (7 months ago)
I wish you guys would start telling us the names of mods and locations you show in your videos
Daniel Robinson (7 months ago)
I legit thought those were dollar bills sticking out the helmet when I glanced at the thumbnail.
They defeated the Dragons and Nords? Lol, stupid Dragons.
Serjo777 (8 months ago)
The Scheiße certainly were fascinating!
Hunter Dakota (8 months ago)
I like to imagine they're like a cross between Xenomorphs from Alien or the similar creature from the Thing, especially since Kirkbride once said they reproduce with Humans through oral sex. This would explain how they can take Human shape. They're some kind of vaguely serpentine eldritch horror that can assimilate our DNA.
greg finn (8 months ago)
They fell to their knees?
amonducius (8 months ago)
Snake men? You mean reptilians? David Icke would love TSO lore.
Pfnoll (8 months ago)
I hope that in the future we will be able to see this continent and I hope that we actually get to see some monster-morph humans in future games
AngelRaivan 8579 (9 months ago)
love some MudgeFuppet.
David M (9 months ago)
"Snake-men". Perhaps there are ascended variants. Similar to the variation in the Khajit/Senche. Perhaps even so far as to call them the original brand of Lamia. Like, people that are descended from the beast-men and that are originated from Akavir. I am inclined to believe that -for the most part- they probably became humanoid and likely Asiatic as the equipment and some of the physical descriptions seems to imply. Perhaps only with some small pockets of only the most devout or fierce sharing a more physically snake-like appearance...?
Subtotal Aljar (9 months ago)
My idea for the argument between in game historians about the Tsaesci description. Is they probably used a mixed of enslaved humans that the Tsaesci were believed to have enslaved in Akavir. As foot soldiers. With the Tsaesci snakemen as officers. This leading some to describe the enslaved men used to assist the Tsaesci snakemen as Tsaesci as well. This could help why some armor is manlike rather Then snakelike.
Subtotal Aljar (8 months ago)
elliott collom to that I’d argue. According to who? Everyone has different versions of how life evolved. The argonians are also considered beast folk by many why aren’t they diverse? It all hypothetical anyway so I’m not saying your wrong by all means you could be right. It’s just the most reasonable to me is useing confirmed facts to tie into unconfirmed. We know men lived on the continent and exist in the world. The text doesn’t exactly state wether when they were “consumed” if that was literal or metaphorical with assimilation. But considering the differences from different sources of the Tsaesci’s appearance and in regards to armor. It made more sense to me. That instead of having a race that has proven to be very aggressive to everyone else. Would not be diverse. (Such as having half-breeds like Bretons and what not.) But instead had “lesser races” be used as servants and fodder. Like they did to a type of dragon on Akavir long ago. In the end my ideas are just conjecture and could be completely wrong compared to if we ever actually see Akavir.
elliott collom (8 months ago)
​ The kajitt are so diverse because they are the only race that has devloped through evolution. It's possible the snake peopel evolved in a similar vein
Subtotal Aljar (8 months ago)
elliott collom It’s possible. But to me the difference between the Tsaesci would be mostly scale color and facial features. Considering most races aren’t as diverse as the Skooma-cat. I’d argue the Tang-mo would be the race most diverse like your saying though. To me the comparing a lot of the cat races is like argueing about in A redguard is just a imperial or a nord is an imperial. To me they have their own distinct culture (and apparently magic/biology.) Making then a different race even if they are all human. Which is possible for the Tsaesci to do. But considering how so many historic texts portray the Tsaesci I don’t think they are as diverse as that to work closely with other races that aren’t subordinate to them.
elliott collom (8 months ago)
It might be like the kajits where there are multiple types. some kajit are like talking tigers and some look like humas
Diablo Grendel (9 months ago)
A warrior culture, snake-like traits, all sorts of honour. And all we got was Delphine.
aidan 5 (9 months ago)
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Things and stuff. (9 months ago)
is there any one else who heard hist tree when he said history at the start of the video?
laiion (9 months ago)
How about TES6 in Akavir? xd
Zachary Barker (9 months ago)
Y u talking so quietly
MaySecondChannel (9 months ago)
Wow to think they had so much to do with what we experienced in oblivion The fighters guild and its quest and people the blades and the main quest line and even the part the blades played in Skyrim a main quest
Heres my theory. Major plot twist. these lores take place on earth. Lord of the rings is set in the future after nuclear war has plagued the land the zionist jews and other world leaders have left the earth to become gods. At the time the land was so scorched and had so much radiation mutations began to occur. Developing early primitive urukai and elves and the ability to use magic due to the adaptation of the inhabitants. and a thousand years later. They start to really build their civilization and harnessing magic. And thats when lord of the rings occur. And then 7 thousand years pass. And we have the world of Skyrim.
14/88 DeathKorpsOfKrieg (6 months ago)
АЛЕКСАНДР ФИЛИПС are you retarted?
Tsampounistis (6 months ago)
Sounds cool, but the Lord of the Rings clearly explains the origin of elves and orcs. Tolkien drew a lot of inspiration from the real world and Christian doctrine, but it’s also implied that the Lord of the Rings took place in the past.
Josh Fox (9 months ago)
You ask: Were they serpents, or did they just look like men? Ask yourself this: Are vampires large, winged monstrosities, or do they just look like men?
Juan Sam (9 months ago)
The dragon brake made everyone in tamriel unable to tell what an akaviri tsaesci actually look like. The akaviri knew about this phenomenon and use it to manipulate the knowledge of their existence to the people of tamriel. I don't buy into the idea that they are snake-men or gorgon/naga lookalike.
Ethan Hess (9 months ago)
I want to have a dlc or something where you go on an expedition to Atmora and have it add survival elements and severe weather that will kill you if you don’t take shelter. I doubt it would be a whole game (unless it’s a spinoff) but it would be cool to see. Maybe I just think that because of the new subnautica expansion
TheReal Kage (9 months ago)
Tsaesci are men being called snake is just a way of dehumanization or possibly to describe deseatful personality i man we have proff with The ghost of Akaviri Commander Mishaxhi in oblivion
geg moern (9 months ago)
Delphine is a snake person shapeshifter hoping to use the dragonborn and his dragon powers to destroy the thalmor
ボーモントケイト (9 months ago)
Always interesting to know about the races of Akavir, you guys do ES lore so well
casey the kid (9 months ago)
Skyrim is 1000 years after fallout 4
Mr MoDay (9 months ago)
Elder scrolls' Asian race hahaha, cool.
The Gaming Rock (9 months ago)
Maybe Tsaeci are similar to Yuan-Ti in D&D?
Kyle N (9 months ago)
Well in morrowind it was stated that they are waiting to strike when the empire is split due to civil war
patrickk (10 months ago)
IN one of oblivions random conversations you can hear them say that nervarene has gone to akavir to explore...
Liam Dirks (10 months ago)
Jesus that was a long intro
Billy Scranner (10 months ago)
Wait, the tsaesci didnt invade during Remen’s rule. Im oblivion you can meet the ghost of an akaviri invader and he was a man, not a tsaesci
Ryan Bowles (10 months ago)
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Vanders (10 months ago)
I think it would be refreshing to see a "new" race introduced in TES VI.
OpposingForces (10 months ago)
one little issue with the vid FM, you state towards the end that the dragonborn and the blades defeated alduin for good. but that's not true. he will return again at some point. it's even stated in the epilogue.
Wesley Molt (10 months ago)
Here's an idea about the Tsaesci: there are multiple 'breeds' of Tsaesci, much like there are multiple breeds of Khajit. Some of them are very human, and some are more like naga. That would be a logical and lore-friendly explanation for the radically different descriptions of the Tsaesci
Trevor Velez (10 months ago)
I had no idea they invaded Skyrim I remember reading about them and how they nearly ate all the native men to akavir which led to the surviving men coming to Tamriel.
Princeofddr Dance Master (10 months ago)
Congrats on 700k Subs!
FudgeMuppet (10 months ago)
Thanks!
Deus Cognito (10 months ago)
Great video to return to after 8 weeks of Air Force BMT.
Blade Writer (10 months ago)
Could you do a lore video on the Battlespire? Haven’t found any on it and it’s been a long time since I played it.
Wade Dewell (10 months ago)
They are suppose to look like lamias from hentai
Wade Dewell (10 months ago)
The tsaesci are SNAKE PEOPLE... THEY ARE NOT JAPANESE
Your Average Altmer (1 month ago)
Then explain how in Oblivion you fight Tsaesci ghosts/skeletons that look human
Unbreakable Patches (9 months ago)
Nagas are mythical serpent beings that originated in Hinduism. In Buddhism, they often are protectors of the Buddha and of the dharma. However, they also are worldly and temperamental creatures that spread disease and misfortune when angered. The word naga means "cobra" in Sanskrit.
summit nigga (10 months ago)
Yo, snake men is Asians because they those slant eyes. Kind of like snakes.
Unbreakable Patches (9 months ago)
Nope, they are nagas, similar to snake men described in a hindu epic called Mahabharata.
Stephen Wooldridge (10 months ago)
What if the Tsaesci are a sort of lycanthropic species, but it hasn't been confirmed? Like humans turning into snake-men. Or another form of vampire. We do know that different vampire clans have their own special powers. What if the snake-man form is something like a vampire lord form for them???
Stephen Wooldridge (10 months ago)
Or if they start out as men, but "ascend" to a snake-man form? Like the Ka Po'Tun trying to ascend to a dragon form?
Marty Taylor (10 months ago)
I believe the Tsaesci are serpents who can magically host a Humanoid body. As the original Dragon killers, the serpent uses its body for mobility and to pin a dragon down, whilst a rider delivers the killing blow. It would make sense in Akavir as the Tang Mo and Ka Po’Tun would most likely live in Mountainous, rainforest type area.
IDK78 (10 months ago)
Yes fudge muppet is at 700k subscripers I hoped this morning after noticeing how close they we're to 700k I didn't expect that this awesome channel with great content in a matter of hours it rocks that they are at 700k
Hostem Populi (10 months ago)
A thought occurred to me regarding Alduin's Wall, does it depict the end of the world, or just the end of the Blades?
Chris Moore (10 months ago)
I recognize Skyhaven Temple.  But the other places with matching architecture I do not.  Where are these places?  Is it through mods?
vicsrealms (9 months ago)
No problem. I was looking all over the place for those locations as well.
Chris Moore (9 months ago)
Thanks.
vicsrealms (9 months ago)
Some of them look like they come from Beyond Skyrim: Bruma.
Blue Sap (10 months ago)
Do a video on the chorus.
Alex Black (10 months ago)
So basically,they were naga. Oh come on,ffs,this is not Warcraft,it must be a different race.
Alex Black (9 months ago)
Unbreakable Patches  I know they're not from Warcraft.They're used in many other games.Though,I didn't know where they originally came from (like which mythology) so thanks for clearing that out. Nice info.
Alex Black (9 months ago)
Kurisu  You know what's the best way to get replies on a comment? I'll tell you:write something stupid. :D There you go,you're welcome.
Unbreakable Patches (9 months ago)
Nagas don't come from Warcraft. They are hindu mythology mythical creatures. Like Cyclops and minotaur in greek, and giants in norse mythology
Kurisu (10 months ago)
Do you realy think that nagas come from warcraft???
Wicked Crayon (10 months ago)
It probably isn’t the route Bethesda will take but it would be much cooler if they were half snake.
Sago 24 (10 months ago)
Hello, do you have a mod list? Thanks.
Martijn Bakker (10 months ago)
It's fun to think that the Tsaesci predicted alduins return and were seeking the dragonborn in Tamriel, skyrim to be more specific, to fulfill the prophecy. But they were way too soon and the prophecy was lost to the ages. Then a prisoner in skyrim fulfills the prophecy thousands of years later and restores the last remains of the Tseasci cultures influence in skyrim. And he couldn't have done it without the help of the blades. So even though the Tsaesci are unknown and forgotten, they still fulfilled their task.
Subtotal Aljar (9 months ago)
Martijn Bakker I could be wrong friend but wasn’t it the Nords that made the murial the ones that predicted it? Regardless if they were worried about a Dragonborn line saving Tamriel why would they have killed the emperor in the invading army (at least supposedly.) instead of worshipping him upon his arrival? It’d be fun to think that there are different ideologies on what should or shouldn’t be done in the case of Dragons for the Tsaesci. However my idea is that they just had a foreign idea for Dragonborn. As one with great power. That we later attributed to ones that could absorb dragon souls. Now that I think about it though supposedly some Tsaesci “ate” some of the dragons they enslaved. I wonder if it was just another part of cannibalism or if they were trying to “absorb” its soul like dragonborns or if it’s a metaphor for absorbing its soul.
goku San (10 months ago)
The Elder Scrolls VI: Redfall It has a name.... FINALLLYYY!!!
G T (10 months ago)
Fun fact, the Tsaesci arent *actually* snakes. They just have snakelike features such as their eyes, teeth, and skin. They are mostly bipedal humanoids though. It's possible that they used to actually be Snakes before they came to Tamriel, but when they assimilated the Men of Akavir into their empire some crossbreeding may have taken place, creating the Tsaesci that came to Tamriel. It's also possible that they are called snakes because of their somewhat deceptive nature, as Reaman III was assassinated by one even though they were supposed to be loyal to the Emperor.
Nikolai Volkov (6 months ago)
That's no fact
Whats the location/mod used for the setting of this video?
Johnny Martin (10 months ago)
The only history I love and want to learn.
Nerdragon十三 (10 months ago)
I understand that Akavir had 5 (six, if we consider dragons native to Akavir) races: Tsaesci, Ka'Po'Tun, Kamal, Tang Mo and the akaviri humans. The Dragonguard was composed of akaviri humans, actually, not Tsaesci. These humans fled from Akavir because the other races (the Tsaesci, mostly) were killing them by the thousands. After all, one should not mistook the akaviri for the Tsaesci, because they're very different. Despite this, it was a great video!
Fat Hank (10 months ago)
I Iove your lore videos guys!
Ninjaboss is bored (10 months ago)
You guys really, REALLY need to write a book. Your scripting is so amazing
Master Chief (10 months ago)
Ain’t no love for the gay man!
Colton Smith (10 months ago)
You know, I really wish there was a way to say no to killing parthanx but still continue the blades storyline. They’re sooooo cool, but killing parthanx? I just can’t do that
Serjo777 (8 months ago)
@TheBadJuJu666 Yeah I also think you shouldn't kill Patharnacule.
TheBadJuJu666 (9 months ago)
Honestly, the Blades story line is pretty boring and not worth killing Parthanax. All that happens is they ask you to recruit 3 people to form the new Blades. Then, Esbern will find where a dragon is and send you to go kill it. You can choose to have the Blades meet you there or go alone. The rest of the time, they stay at Sky Haven temple training with Delphine.
GuitarsRockForever (9 months ago)
There is mod for that.
il boiy (9 months ago)
lol who parthanx?
Lol Lol (10 months ago)
There is a way using a console comand
Lora Elstad (10 months ago)
Diving deep into the old lore and extinct races and places that are either lost to time, changed drastically, or which we just haven’t yet visited in TES games makes me look forward to all the possibilities for the future of the franchise. I also immediately thought about Stargate’s Goa’uld parasitic race when I heard about these guys.
Ray Cornett (10 months ago)
Woosh
Voodoo Baby (10 months ago)
Just a question, and it is probably been answered somewhere, but wouldn’t the dragonborn in TES 5, become the new emperor..because of the dragonblood and being a dragonborn and all? Wouldn’t that give a new direction in the whole sivil war, white gold concordant, aldmeri dominion trying to take over everything etc?
Ninjaboss is bored (10 months ago)
That make sense?
Ninjaboss is bored (10 months ago)
Not really, mainly because of the fact that Skyrim is a wild, "every man for himself" kinda place. So when the Emperor came to Skyrim (happening within the line of Dark Brotherhood missions) he wasnt about to give his position to a man who was claimed to be the mythical Dragonborn (claimed to be so by the northmen, who at the time were dying for some form of hope). The civil war was not about to halt because of some lowly man from Skyrim's Helgen
VictoriumStudios 78 (10 months ago)
FudgeMuppet Please do another Skyrim and Fallout 4 Curious Curiosities. Please do Falkreath area next.
Spooder Pig (9 months ago)
VictoriumStudios 77 i think that's from camel not rudge
Smile HD (10 months ago)
HAHA I KNEW THE LIZARD PEOPLE WERE BEHIND IT ALL FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. THEY ARE HIDING AMONGST US. WE ARE ALL D O O M E D.
Hazzball Gaming (10 months ago)
Wait what...the snake people served rieman? As his personal guard? No...god, I hate elder scrolls lore. Ive seen so many other videos saying that the akiviri HUMANS surrendered and served him. That's fucked up man
Ninjaboss is bored (10 months ago)
@Hazzball Gaming thanks man 😂 you'll see it worry not, whether you know its writer was me or not
Hazzball Gaming (10 months ago)
Ninjaboss is bored yup. Well I hope that your book goes well(and that it's better than this elder scrolls nonsense xd), good luck man. Hope to one day(?) see it as well.
Ninjaboss is bored (10 months ago)
@Hazzball Gaming 😂 right? Im working on writing a book right now (honestly the genre of book is much like that of Tamriel) and I can tell you first hand that it is far easier to write lore and keep it straight than what Bethesda is portraying with their games. Maybe its done purposefully, maybe half of the lore is false and we as fans are supposed to determine which is which
Hazzball Gaming (10 months ago)
Ninjaboss is bored but it's frustrating lol. Always seeing people say different things regarding the lore. I feel as though the whole thing is just one big mess and no one knows for sure what it's all about. But I like watching videos, so I put up with it.
Ninjaboss is bored (10 months ago)
😂😂 chill bruh, trying to encapsulate all of the lore of Skyrim (especially when the way you're learning is through fuckin Youtube) is all but impossible. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of it all, the fact that a group of men and women out there created this wonderful work of art, the fact that we nerds have something to "nerd out" over
Matthew Aldridge (10 months ago)
I would like to know where your source for all this lore comes from
Ninjaboss is bored (10 months ago)
Haven't you figured it out by now? Fudgemuppet is a moth priest 😂😂👍
Xolcm (10 months ago)
I wonder if the Imga of Valenwood share any relation with the Tang Mo of Akavir.
Seth Woods (10 months ago)
How come never see this snake people
The Third Crusader (10 months ago)
Taesci build? Eh, doubt it.

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