The Thousand Thrones

Shiver me timbers

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Luidolf Desfleuve investigates his armor pieces and notices that they are partly damaged. In the meantime Carl Kell magic sights Karl and notices that he perfectly weaves all winds of magic into a perfect knot – he is overwhelmed by this discovery and gets charmed by the boy.

Kite, a.k.a Markus Mudgeboren flees from the farmhouse towards Scheinfeld, where he runs into Roderick Schreck, who already waits for his agents to arrive. He is eager to see this boy. The rest of the group arrives shortly after Markus. They want to board Selena Reiva’s ship, but get redirected to spend the night in a close by inn, since the ship is not ready to leave – they need extra supplies to make a non-stop travel to Altdorf.

Roderick Schreck gets to meet Karl but does not fall under his spell. Markus stays the hell away from the boy.

On the next day, they leave Scheinfeld by boat.

3 uneventful days pass. Markus is all about to find out what the crates hold, that were loaded in hurry on the last evening. He fails to gain access to the cargo hold.

During the 3rd night he finds out what was loaded – they get jumped by vampire thralls. Sister Helenas scream wakes them as they are about to kill them in their sleep.

Selena Reiva finally shows her true self – she is a vampire. She holds Karl hostage while her handmaidens throw themselves at Karls followers.

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Clash of Clans

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Luidolf Desfleuve and Margat Chaoseater are at the Field Hospice with Sister Helena, when suddenly Roderick Schreck appears – looking for his agents.

He tells them that it took longer to free Maida Widmann. He took a shop owned by Lady Selena Reiva. The ship is docked at the port of Scheinfeld and is bound to Altdorf. He asks them about the status and what they learned so far about the crusade.

Later that day Luidolf Desfleuve is invited to the tent of Baron Eldred von Stauffer to discuss next days plan for the joint attack with Scheinfeld on the beastman host. As Luidolf arrives he gets to know Father Helmut, Jan Vandepeer, Matthias Krieger and Sir Wilhelm von Eisenbach.

On the next day, the leaders of the inner circle assemble the crusaders and ride out to battle. Krieger and Vandepeer stay back with their guards to keep Karl safe.

The Crusaders crash into the beastman horde and are joined soonish later by the knights from Scheinfeld. During the battle, Luidolf discovers Karl, next to Sister Helena (he passes the daunting Aura check). Also, Luidolf notices a mortally wounded soldier wearing the Desfleuve heirloom items.

Luidolf & Margat fight off the beastman around Sister Helena. Margat is heavily wounded in the process. They witness the Scheinfeld army killing beastmen and crusaders a like – driven by Wolfgang Kurtz.

They manage to retreat and flee to an empty farmhouse south of the battlefield. Margat is tasked to get Carl Kell and Kite, a.k.a Markus Mudgeboren from the crusader camp.

In the meantime, Kite, a.k.a Markus Mudgeboren drugged the ogre bodyguard who was sitting in front of Karls tent. When the elves attack, chaos breaks loose. The elves leave a bloddy trail just to discover that Karl is not in his tent. Coriael glares hatefully at Markus before she retreats with her warriors.

Margat finally reaches the camp and leads Carl and Markus to the farmhouse, where Luidolf, Sister Helena and Karl are waiting.

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What a charming boy!

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The group meets Sister Helena at the field hospice and get their wounds treated. Luidolf Desfleuve contracts Gutter Worms in the filthy environment.

Baron Eldred von Stauffer sees to it, that his new friends get a tent in the inner compound, so he has them close – they saved his life afterall!

On the next day, Luidolf is not feeling better. His servant, Bob, summons help from the hospice. They manage to heal his disease, but his finger is still severely wounded.

Carl Kell investigates the inner compound and learns where the leaders have their tents. In the middle of the inner compund is a huge tent – the banner of the crusade next to it.

Margat Chaoseater gets to know Kopfnuss, Vanderpeers ogre bodyguard. They have a somewhat friendly chat – for ogres. Margat moves up to the huge tent, but the guards stop him from entering. During his discussion with the guards a boy appears in the tents entrance. It is Karl, the holy child. They have a short smalltalk, but Father Helmut reminds Karl of his upcoming reading lesson. They part, leaving Margat sitting in front of the tent waiting for him to return.

Baron Eldred von Stauffer sends Margat to ask the group to meet with him in his tent,. He wants to discuss the upcoming battle with the beastmen. Margat moves over to their tent and get interogated by Kite, a.k.a Markus Mudgeboren and Carl Kell. Party tension rises as the topic focuses on the child. Luidolf is still weak and needs additional medical attention. von Stauffer recruits the group to accompany him on the attack and informs them that the Crusaders will fight side by side with the men from Scheinfeld.

Luidolf and Markus seek out Sister Helena and she invokes a blessing of Shallya to mend his wounds.

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Vampires!

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The group makes ready to leave Castle Scheinfeld with Baron Eldred von Stauffer to meet with the Crusade. During preperation, Kite, a.k.a Markus Mudgeboren pick-pockets from some townfolk while they are still enthralled by the furious speech of Wolfgang Kurtz. At some point he gets caught and flees from the guards, but he cannot shake them. In the end he gets caught and thrown into prison, where he witnesses the two convicted men being returned from the torture chamber.

Carl Kell convinces (=bribes) the guards to let him go – paying out of Markus purse.

The group finally leaves Castle Scheinfeld, but witness on their way out a returning scout reporting that a host of beastmen is closing in from the east. Baron Eldred von Stauffer confirms to the group that the Crusade had skirmishes with beastmen recently.

While they are on their way to the crusade, Margat Chaoseater and Carl Kell observe a burning farm in the distance. The carts and Sister Helena make a straight journey for the Crusade, while von Stauffer, his 2 knights and the group ride off to investigate. Margat keeps up by foot.

As they come closer, they notice humanoid figures fighting beastmen. As they arrive, they discover that the humanoid figures are undead. Von Stauffer holds back while Luidolf Desfleuve charges in with his lance out – killing one of the two remaining beastman. Margat Chaoseater follows with a similar furious charge but his warhammer misses and flys off behind the horde of undead (2 chaos stars on missing attack roll). Also the knight charging in laying about with their swords.

Markus sneaks over to a window and discovers more undead inside – one of them is Zecharius Lauer – the missing steward from Castle Scheinfeld. Carl invokes magic to support the fight.

The fight rages back and forth. The burning farmhouse spends an eerie light while the shadows of the fighting men and undead look like a horrifying dance on the snowy ground. Suddenly the straw roof of the farmhouse explodes and a huge winged creature appears. Carl Kell identifies it as a strigoi vampire. The Vampire flys down, kicks Baron Eldred von Stauffer out of his saddle and pins him, wounding him severely in the process.

With Margat chasing after his lost hammer and being cornered by undead, Luidolf turns his horse around and charges into the Vampire, wounding him and drawing attention. One of the knights is dismounted and eaten by the undead. von Stauffer manages to escape the grapple and Carl creates a Ward versus Evil around him. Markus, heavily stressed (gains Insanity Nagging Doubts) with the situation, passes out as one of the ghouls longs for his Braaaaaaaaaaaiiinns, but Carl can pull him into the warding circle.

Margat pushes the undead aside and charges towards the vampire, who dodges and parries incoming attacks with ease, while dealing some serious damage. At one point he bites Luidolf Desfleuve savagely, severely wounding a finger on his swordhand and giving him a concussion. Luidolf retreats to prepare a charge.

Margat lays into the Vampire doing some damage, while avoiding its counter attacks. Carl fires Magic Darts into the creature, while the remaining undead kill the second knight.

Luidolf Desfleuve charges in and wounds the Vampire heavily by thrusting his lance into the chest of the creature. It howls in pain, takes flight and bellows down “You cannot stop the Age of the Thousand Thrones. You have stalled me, but I am not finished yet”. After that he takes off into the sky.

The group makes short work off the remaining undead and use a cart from the farmhouse to transport the dead and unconscious Markus to the camp of the Crusade. Once arrived Baron Eldred von Stauffer gets informed that a messenger from Castle Scheinfeld told the leaders of the Crusade about an upcoming attack on the beastmen host by Scheinfeld.

The group is wounded and needs medical attention – Sister Helena should be at the field hospice.

The camp of the Crusade consist of an outer camp, which hosts the tents and carts of the common followers, while the inner camp – separated by a canvas fence – holds the tents of the leaders and their entourage.

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Castle Scheinfeld

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Margat Chaoseater withdraws for the night with Nils, who agreed to read books to him. The books look awful familiar to Nils, so he asks Margat about their origin. He replies that he got them from Carl.

On the next day, the group rides towards Scheinfeld, but during the trip the cart of Margat breaks down and after a small discussion the ogre is tasked to pull the cart to Scheinfeld. Carl observes the forest and gets a glimpse of the wood elves.

While on the road, they spot the camp of the Crusade. A sea of tents are planted in the west of the road. The group stays on the road to Scheinfeld. Before reaching the town they pass a camp of a regiment of Ulric Swords – Sir Arnold von Eisenbach tells them that these are the men of Wolfgang Kurtz, the Howling Wolf. They ride up to the castle and get welcomed by Zacherius Lauer, the steward of Castle Scheinfeld. He informs Sir Arnold that his brother has not returned. Arnold is furious about it and storms off. Zacherius leads the group to their rooms, while Margat will get a sleeping place in the great dining hall due to his size.

They learn from him that people disappear from the Scheinfeld every night – it is rumoured that they join up with the Crusade. Zecharius leads them to the great dining hall after they got their rooms assigned.

Luidolf Desfleuve meets Sir Arnold von Eisenbach who introduces him to Wolfgang Kurtz. They have a chat about the Crusade and Luidolf learns that Kurtz would love to break the Crusade by force. In the meanwhile, Markus and Margat start a drinking contest, where the ogre gets tipsy earlier than the human. It all ends with Markus fencing a sausage as a sword in front of Margats face. Fortunately for Markus, Margat snatches the sausage with his mouth without biting off Markus arm.

On the next day, a different steward wakes the group. Zecharius has disappeared. Luidolf and Markus start to investigate while Carl and Margat look for Sister Helena, the injured shallyan priestess. At Zecharius room they discover small blood drops and an open window that leads to no obvious possibility to climb down the wall. Carl has no luck to get and audience with Helena.

As Carl and Margat are on their way back, they witness Sir Arnold von Eisenbach guiding a noble and his entourage towards Castle Scheinfeld. The heraldry gives away that the group comes from the Crusade. Ulric swords are guarding the Crusades, who bring two handcuffed men on a cart.

The noble is Baron Eldred von Stauffer. The two men are brought to the prison while Sir Arnold leads Stauffer to the dining hall. Luidolf joins them and asks von Stauffer about the Crusade. von Stauffer is happy to answer all questions and offer Luidolf to join him when he will return to the camp.

The Baroness orders a quick trial. Carl has the possibilty to interrogate the two guilty men, but does not get any useful information out of them. Meanwhile a stage is build in the courtyard. Luidolf tries to speak with Sister Helena but gets denied first. Later they have a few minutes to speak wit her, but she tells him more or less the same as von Stauffer did.

Later that afternoon, the trial is held – a great spectacle. Sister Helena is the only witness, but suddenly the two accused men burst out in tears and confess. The crowd thinks of witchcraft or that those two are dupes who were send here to calm the situation. The judge announces that they are guilty of attacking a member of an official cult and reveals the verdict: death by hanging.

The crowd is pleased, but Wolfgang Kurtz uses the moment to put some more oil into the fire and holds a speech to the townsfolk about the Crusade being a moving font of corruption that should be purged.

Baron Eldred von Stauffer and Sister Helena pass the adventurers on their way out of the courtyard. von Stauffer repeats his invitation to them to accompany him and Sister Helena, as they are leaving Scheinfeld in one hour to return to Karl and the Crusade.

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So close ...

Bandera_Middenland.png Some of the adventurers slept in after a night of battle. Carl Kell and Luidolf Desfleuve witness, that Seiboldt and his entourage is leaving the inn, but first they had to wake up Margat Chaoseater who slept in the door arch of the inn.

Before the group leaves, the elven leader Coriael asks Carl about the crusade and the boy, but before she could make her point they get interupted by Luidolf.

The elves offer them to escort the group through the forest, since it will take about 1.5 days to reach Calden. The group agrees and they journey on (Carl finds books about Sigmar in his backpack and wonders how they got there).

During the journey, Coriael fills Carl in about their plans to extract the child and bring it to Athen Loren – where the boy will be safe from the world, and in return, the world will be safe from him. Carl is not sure about this.

Coriael finds in Kite, a.k.a Markus Mudgeboren an ally, as she promises to get rid off his burn mark, that identifies him as a criminal. He agrees to become her eyes and ears among the humans and report to her, so the elves can extract the child.

They make a night camp somewhere on the way. Margat starts a fire to warm himself, although the elves dont like it since there are still beastmen around. The night goes by with no incident. Markus has a nightmare about being trapped in a house and Lady Reiva is watching him.

They reach Calden (the elves do not enter the small village). The group learns that half of the population of Calden joined the Crusade, which passed through 3 days ago and went to Scheinfeld. Margat Chaoseater speaks with one of the boys of the inn and learns that his mother went with the crusade – he misses her. They agree to make the days journey at once and rest on the way, but as they are about to leave, a group of Ulrican knights rides in – escorting the coach of Seiboldt.

Seiboldt is in handcuffs – the leader of the knights, Sir Arnold von Eisenbach, states that he follows orders of the Baroness von Goethe. She ordered to bring in all stranglers, especially sigmarites. A shallyan priestess was attacked and with the crusade of heretics around, they suspect it was a sigmarite. The group suspects if to was the priestess that joined the crusade near Salfen.

Sir Arnold offers Luidolf to come with them to Castle Scheinfeld as a guest of the baroness or suffer the same fate as Seiboldt. The group decides to ride with the knights. Sir Arnold tells them they will make the journey next morning since a snow storm is coming.

From Sir Arnold they learn, that his brother Sir Wilhelm, is riding to the camp of the crusade to arrest its leaders. Originally they came down to Scheinfeld to hunt down a host of beastmen.

Margat Chaoseater points out that this is not a good idea, but Sir Arnold doesnt want to hear about it – his brother is a devout follower of Ulric. They also learn that the crusade set up camp about 45 mins away from Castle Scheinfeld. The Baroness sent them a message – if they come any closer, the Castle will open fire on them!

Nils tells them that Seiboldt was eager to find the Crusade, but the coach broke down on the way and the knights picked them up. Since Seiboldt argued with the knights, he got arrested. One more bad thing that happened to Seiboldt – recently he ran into Luthor Huss who used him as an example for what is wrong with the Church of Sigmar.

NIls is happy to see Margat again. That evening Margat asks Nils to read books to him!

During night, Kite, a.k.a Markus Mudgeboren sneaks into the nearby woods to meet with Coriael. He reports where the Crusade is camping and that they will move to Castle Scheinfeld on the next day.

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Korska is coming!

korska.jpg From the forests, north of the inn, a group of beastmen charges the walls. They try to cclimb the walls with grabbling hooks, but Margat Chaoseater and Luidolf Desfleuve can cut off the ropes. Still the bigger beastmen manage to scale the wall with the help of lesser beastmen. Ernst, one of the hammer-bearers, gets hurt badly while Margat and Luidolf hack the attackers to pieces.

Carl Kell “guards” the locked main gate as the beastmen attack from the north. After he is convinced that noone is attacking from the south, he runs towards the northern wall to support his friends.

Kite, a.k.a Markus Mudgeboren stays inside the inn and picks the lock of Father Seiboldts travel chest. After digging through clothes and used and unused undergarments, he finds a couple of gold rings, 3 books and 2 chalices. He packs all of it in a linnen sheet and trys to bail the inn while the fight is raging on.

Suddenly the heroes hear smashing sounds from the south, a second beastmen group try to bash the main gat open with a cut down tree trunk. Amongst the beastmen is a huge bestigor. The hammer-bearers and Luidolf form a defensive line, while Margat jumps off the northern wall and squashes the remaining lesser beastmen. Luidolf falls and hardly escapes Korskas mighty claws as he tries to grab him.

Margat charges in from the side and draws the attention of some of the beastmen at the gate, while Carl and Lorinoc pepper them with spells and arrows. Shortly after Korska is defeated, a band of 15 wood-elves appear and make short work of the remaining beastmen. They also have Markus with them (they caught him as he jumped down the wall to the east). Lorinoc greets them and all retreat into the inn, while the elves take up guarding positions.

Seiboldt is not amused about the eventful night and wants to drive to Calden. Margat stops them at the gate and soon Seiboldt notices that he cant argue with the big guy. Coriael, the female leader of the wood-elves, asks them about the Crusade and Carl notices that she hides something from them.

The wood-elves offer to escort the adventurers to Calden on the next morning.

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A rough night ... oh wait!

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The group decides to stay one more night within Marienburg and stock up on food and equipment. The weather is getting worse every hour. Snow is falling heavily.

On the next day, they set out to Salfen. They reach it shortly after nightfall and seek shelter in the local tavern. They learn that almost everyone joined up with the Crusade, even Baron Eldred von Stauffer and a Shallayn priestess, who visits from time to time and helps the people of Salfen.

While Margat Chaoseater helps the innkeeper with some woodchopping, Kite, a.k.a Markus Mudgeboren sneaks through the deserted village and searches all houses. He finds not much – the villagers have taken most of their stuff with them.

On the next day, they leave for Leydenhove, which they reach again shortly after nightfall. Only about 50 people joined up with the Crusade before the mob moved on towards Calden. The innkeeper tells them to make a stop at the Reavers Bounty, an imperial inn on the road to Calden.

On the next morning the group moves on. The weather is getting worse and the road is not that good in this area. Way after got dark they finally reach the inn. No smoke rises from the chimneys, so Margat Chaoseater and Luidolf Desfleuve go and investigate. Carl Kell and Markus hang back, together with Luidolfs servant.

After discovering that the whole place is deserted, they meet up in the tap room. While discussing the situation, Margat spots a wounded elf hidden on beams below the ceiling.
The elf does not speak Reikspiel very good, but he tells them about a beastman attack. He sought shelter to regroup later with his group.

father_seibolt.jpg While they are tending to the elfs wounds, a huge black coah arrives infront of the Inn. Father Johannes Seibolt of the holy order of Sigmar demands entry. He is accompanied by a young initiate and two hammer bearers. He is not pleased to learn that the Inn is deserted and the Hammer Bearers take a defensive stance. The group can clear up the situation and tell him about the Crusade. He orders his initiate to take notes. As they reenter the tap room, the elf is gone.

Nils, the initiate, gets bossed around by Seibholdt, but Margat helps him to carry heavy stuff and offer him food ingrediants to prepare a meal for his grumpy superoir. Seiboldt soon goes to bed, leaving the group to themselves to put on a guard. They have a pleasant talk with Nils, before they start with their guard duties.

Kite, a.k.a Markus Mudgeboren tries to steal from Seiboldts trunk, but fails to sneak into the room, where the trunk is located.

Later that night, Luidolf Desfleuve notices a band of mutants who tries to climb over the wall. He cuts the rope of their grappling hook and together with Margat, he makes them flee into the forest.

Not long after they flee, a horn is blown in the forest. Carl Kell identifies it as a beastman horn. Morrslieb weakly shines from above, as suddenly the elf reappears and whispers, Korska is coming!

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Protect the child!

slobber.jpg The group follows down a narrow sewer towards the X-marked spot. They need to pass an area with red mould on it, all pass through, but Margat Chaoseater disturbs the mold and spores are released. The group ventures down the sewer and find a dead end.

While Margat Chaoseater tries to take down the wall in front of them, Carl Kell notices that a gigantic slug appeared, out of thin air, behind them. Luidolf Desfleuve charges towards it and attacks while Kite, a.k.a Markus Mudgeboren searches for an opening mechanism for the secret door. Margat also turns to meet the Beast of Nurgle. The beast tries to slobber all over Luidolf, but he can dodge it. Margat gets stung by the Beast but resists its paralysing poison. Soon the creature is defeated and disappears magically as it has appeared.

Markus finally finds the locking mechanism and opens the door. They group finds a almost deserted cultist lair. One crazy old man, perhaps a former member of the University of Marienburg, is left behind.

The group retrieves a note by an unknown person addressed to Jurgen Baer. They discover that a group of Nurgle cultists are withing the Crusade of the child. Margat Chaoseater kills the old man and eats him, while the others wait outside and discuss what to do.

They rush back to the tavern and get themselves cleaned. On the next day, the meet Roderick Schreck and report what they have found. He will travel to Altdorf to deliver the information to the temple of Sigmar. He will also inform the council of Marienburg to clear the cultist lair. He tells Carl to meet with Selena Reiva in the evening to report their findings to her.

Selena_Reiva.jpg The group shows up early at the house of Lady Reiva and find that it is closed down. Kite, a.k.a Markus Mudgeboren decides to go and take a look and starts to pick the lock of the garden gate. This alerts a nearby Black Hat patrol, but Markus can explain that he is part of “her entourage”. They leave him and so they advance to the main door of the house. Again Markus easily picks its lock and the group find themselves in the dark main hall.

The head butler is alerted as Margat pushes over a vase. He throws them out and demands to come back later.

At this point the Teamspeak is full of “SHE IS A VAMPIRE!” shouts – tho out of character ;)

The group meets with Lady Reiva later that day. She is very concerned about the cultists within the Crusade of the Child. She asks them to catch up with the Crusade and protect the child. She offers them horses and a cart for Margat.

After retrieving the horses and the cart they start their pursuit of the Crusade.

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Where is Jurgen Baer?!

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After raiding the tower, the group travels back through the marshes to Marienburg. The journey is uneventful. beside a decayed corpse lying face down on a little island. Investigating the body reveals a small purse and a sword and shield of poor quality. Also the body releases a cloud of gases, which is a very unpleasant for all who are standing close – in particular for Carl Kell.

Back in Marienburg, Kite, a.k.a Markus Mudgeboren leads the group to the “Jolly Boatman” where they learn that Jurgen Baer is dead. He got killed by “the Hounds”, who run a gambling business. Baer was rumoured to be in some kind of cult and was feared by the thugs and cutthroats of Dead Canal District. Lately he was seen alone and now he is dead – looks like Jurgen Baer got abandoned by his friends.

At the “Hounds Den”, the gambling house, the group meets Pim de Groot, the leader of the Hounds. He invites them to a game of “Sigmar&Gertrude”. Luidolf Desfleuve and Kite, a.k.a Markus Mudgeboren team up and beat Pim. Their price – the purse of Jurgen Baer.

The purse reveals a small map, that leads them to the Burndt Bakery. Kite, a.k.a Markus Mudgeboren knows the place – this is where the Black Hats jumped the Rooks while dropping their smuggling cargo.

Although it is already getting dark, the group decides to decent into the sewers through a semi-hidden trapdoor within the abandoned backery. Margat Chaoseater has a only little space to manouvere within the sewers, but soon they reach a several connected old cellars that sunk into the ground. Carl Kell illuminates the tip his staff to light their path.

Suddenly they are jumped by a pack of four ghouls. The nasty creatures go for Luidolf Desfleuve, who bravely fights them off. Kite, a.k.a Markus Mudgeboren tests his looted sword and shield on one of the ghouls but gets quite a beating. Margat Chaoseater rushes in and clears out 2 ghouls, before the rest of the group finishes off the rest of the pack.

Following the map of Jurgen Baer, the are almost at the spot that is marked with an X.
What horrors will be waiting there for them?

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