Age of Adepts

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A data loving young man from Earth has an accident which transports him to a dark land filled with terrifying creatures and magical powers. Fortunately for him, he has a Biological Assistance Chip to ease his path. However, things in this bizarre and strange world are not always as they seem, and, though it is a tremendous asset, the chip doesn’t always work as expected. With all of the crazy creatures and magical mayhem around him, one can only wonder what the future holds for this young man…

Age of Adepts average rating 4.2/5 - 227 user ratings
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Age of Wizards
AoA
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Slayerwolfx2
New Slayerwolfx2 rated it
September 19, 2017
Status: c9
I had at least some expectations for it...

But not only does it fail horribly at originality as it is just a bad copy of WMW, the logic in some parts annoyed the sh*t out of me...

Like, you get experience from learning things, cool concept.

... more>> But why the f**k do you have to pay experience to solidify your spells? Aren't you getting more comprehensive knowledge? Shouldn't you be gaining more exp?

Maybe the author couldn't find a way of how not to abuse that system and let the character develop nicely, so he decided to just f**k logic through the walls...

And it wouldn't be that bad if he actually explained any of his actions, but he does nothing of that sh*t. He just shoves it in, and expects a masterpiece... not following you bro and you ain't even trying.

Oh yea, forgot to mention the main problem... it's rushed... the author never took the chance to develop his novel, and it shows from the thing I mentioned earlier. And it doesn't happen with just that part, but that one is the more serious...

All in all 2/5 stars... read only if you have nothing else, as this is a waste of time... <<less
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curryss
curryss rated it
March 30, 2017
Status: --
This is just plain bad. Not only is it a clone of WMW, but at the same time it has no redeeming qualities or anything unique to distinguish it from the rest of the chip web novels.

*Useless Protagonist
So far he's a boy toy being jacked around by women.

*Useless Cheat
All parts talking about this thing are just to fluff up the word count. Maybe it gets better later on?

*Irritating female cast
All women are irrational, emotional time bombs according to this web novel. Or just plain crazy.... more>>

My advice? Stay away.

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I your Father
I your Father rated it
April 11, 2017
Status: c38
It is somehow similar to WMW but I personally think that it is more realist because even though he gets a cheat, it isn't overpowered.

The MC is quite realistic as well, because even though he gets bullied he doesn't get a cheat so great that he can sweep the floor with everyone. He is getting stronger steadily and know his limit. For now he is weak so he stays low and tolerate the abuse but seeing his character we can already foresee that once he gets strong enough he... more>> will take his revenge. Its obvious that if someone stronger than you is agressing you, one can either fight (but without chance of victory) or flee (and prepare before avenging the outrage).

And that's why I like the story for now.

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Xravia
Xravia rated it
March 29, 2017
Status: c30
Oooooo ohhh, I saw a thread saying this was similar to Warlock of the Magus World, I can't wait to read it~!

The premise revolves around a transmigration into a apprentice mage, who doesn't really have a backstory, he was just really unlucky and needs the assistant chip to help turn his fortunes around as he would be really mediocre with out it. Currently practicing fire magic in a dark magis domain. Run ins with power struggles and different races such as vampires, bug men and even hawkeyes.

The A.... more>> I chip has limitations at his current level and the series picks up after chapter 5.

I'm pretty sure they established that he was not cruel or malicious by the fact that he came from the modern world and gave food to his neighbor. Rather than leylins background of an apocalyptic world and the fact that his aim is to be a adept not a warlock atm. The novel will probably let Greem grow more as a character through his experiences and trials. Right now I'm imagining him as a rogue like fire mage. Trying to make the best of his limited a. I power (which provides him with danger equal to its value) while trying not to die in this tower of death, I believe that it will only get better as he progresses that's why I'm not judging it too hard.

It has a better flow and is more interesting than the wizard world, It doesn't deserve the auto one star rating that snobs of WMW give it.

The story picks up the pace pretty well, with more decision making on the part of the MC and has a nice money woes aspect as well.

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novelbrah
novelbrah rated it
April 8, 2017
Status: --
In the beginning, I had to ignore the similarities to Warlock of the Magus World in order to continue and I am happy I did. I also had to rate it a 5 to offset some baseless low scores.

Listen, this novel comes with its flaws. Where WotMW falls short, Age of Adepts does well. Character development here seems a little better. Still a cold and cutthroat world, but at least MC is somewhat likeable. It's too early to judge side characters, but so far I like them too. I... more>> find myself rooting for the MC here a lot more than Leylin (WotMW).

At least the author doesn't use as much pseudo science for this novel. My biggest gripe with WotMW was that the author started the novel by explaining every phenomenon with "science" only to start abandoning it later on. This really irritated me. Here, there's no such thing yet.

However, one of the problems this novel has is that the author likes to hear himself talk. There's some repeating and bloat going on that I find myself skipping cause nobody got time for that.

Personally, after a certain amount of chapters, this clearly is different than WotMW. Better? Not enough chapters out to declare.

You don't have to hate it for the similarities! I say read both and enjoy both. Personally, I already caught up to WotMW, so a new similar novel is fine with me as long as it entertains me. We aren't paying for this! Unless you donate, hold off on the horrible 1 star reviews cause this novel reminds you of WotMW too much.

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Enryu022
Enryu022 rated it
May 19, 2017
Status: c200
This novel has one of the best world building I have ever seen in a long time, and also has an amazing heroine, the chemistry between MC and the heroine is pure amazing. The thing I like about this novel is also the power balance, MC doesn't power up too fast which gives him enough room to develop his personality. I always preferred personality power up over strength power up. Again the world building is awesome.

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Daemonwolf
Daemonwolf rated it
April 8, 2017
Status: c35
Yes Age of Adepts is inspired by WMW, much like how people said Ultimate Evolution was like Terror Infinity. But this does not make this any less awesome. The principle is initially the same but it quickly makes a right turn into its own path like Ultimate Evolution did. The MC is more of your average Joe than a selfish scientist Leylin is, because is AI chip was meant for the common public and he just haven't to be of the first batch to test it out.... more>> The AI op level starting out is nowhere near as broken as Leylins was, at least so far. The magic principles and types seem to be similar to WMW which I also like as this will probably help the author from going astray by screwing up the power system by trying to unique.

Overall I expect and hope this will be just as good as WMW as the UE was in comparison to Terror Infinity is.

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VeggieFly
VeggieFly rated it
March 29, 2017
Status: c228
I would recommend that anyone trying this novel read the first 20-30 chapters before deciding whether they like it or not. The story really doesn't 'kick off' until ~chapter 15, so it feels a little slow in the beginning. However, if you stick with it, I believe that you will enjoy it much more once the story really gets going.

Also, as the editor of this novel, it would be fallacious for me to give it 5 stars and selflessly inflate the total (though I do believe it is worth... more>> 5 stars!). Thus, I have given it 4 stars.

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summers
summers rated it
June 30, 2017
Status: c116
MC is not a jerk, MC is not OP, MC is not an idiot, MC is not a beta, MC is creative but not genius, MC is humble but not pathetic. Finally!

Guy souls has a chip that helps him organize, optimize and analyze info, its not a Cheat but is useful, a tool not a crutch. MC died and came back to life in the body of a apprentice of magic school the story up till now is him advancing as a student. This is not your usual magic school,... more>> its isolated and desperate; everyone is seeking advantage and doing crazy experiments on themselves to advance. The teacher Anderson is not seen much, in fact up until the chapter I have read to he has not taught them a single lesson, he is too busy with his own business.

MC is a flame user with a darkness attribute, this rarely comes into play early in novel cause he does not have the resources to cultivate those talents; instead he focuses on using his chip to make optimized Golems. The magic system and world in constantly expanded on without being overwhelming, MC think like we would, so there is not face-palming at him missing an obvious Ideas; he uses his creativity to fuse golems and cover his weakness.

Power scale is well done as well; the pace picks up and shows us this when 3 foreign advanced students sneak into the school grounds, we see the difference in levels, MC only survives through trickery. Its also that trickery that lets him punch above his weight and its satisfying to see.

Later in the novel the world expands from the slow dreary swamp school tower, they get sent on mission to more resource rich schools and he advances rapidly, better Golems are used, he stops holding back a bit, he gets a cool new look, and he does so while still being relatively humble (Author seems tempted to make him a jerk and walks it back).

Most of the major secondary characters are antagonists with the exception of Mary the Vampires; she took some getting used to and I could not get past her murdering some random student but she was going through a uncontrollable mutation; and she doesn't turn the MC into horny idiot. Her purpose is actually to be used as cover for MC; he takes the spotlight while he plots his growth. She realized this later and is frustrated but can't and won't do anything about it.

Translation is good updates are frequent. Give this a read.

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yinko
yinko rated it
March 30, 2017
Status: c26
It's blatantly inspired by Warlock in the Magus World, but it doesn't do very well despite that. The protagonist uses fire as his element, the magic system restricts how many spells you can know at any given level, and he has no other real skills nor a personality cunning enough to overcome the daily issues of being a bottom-rung adept. Even his ability to absorb knowledge is weak, as it takes energy from his spirit to do so.

Supposedly the story kicks into gear when the fights... more>> start happening, but I just found myself bored by them.

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Daniel14541
Daniel14541 rated it
July 5, 2017
Status: v1c75
This story is really crappy. And here is why. It outright steals the soul super computer idea from WMW, the protagonist takes forever and a day compared to other's on this site to make any progress at all in his actual growth, the fights are completely unrealistic, and worst of all the reasoning is complete garbage.

Seriously they have an underground resource area with actual worries about cave in's from big attacks killing everyone in the local area so normal "mages" can't be the glass cannons they normaly are. Meanwhile... more>> the reason body cultivators don't completely own everyone in the cave system is because they apparently all fire off big attacks...

Lol what? Seriously? First the author says that in the cave system you have to focus on only just barely killing your enemy with minimal environmental damage... and then the one cultivator types that would be cherry picked perfectly for this suddenly doesn't? What? They all create big attacks automatically? They can't modulate their own strength when they are swinging a sword around or punching? Does this author have no real life body control himself that he thinks your always using 100% of your physical power in everything you do in life?

Even worse the girlfriend of his that is a sadist and constantly beats him up is effectively a body cultivator. Her favorite tactic is to rip out people's throats with her teeth/fingers. way to go keeping internally consistent.

And this is just one example out of dozens I have come across while reading this story where the author makes ass backwards statements like this.

Don't even get me started on the interaction with people. The girls are all PMSing all the time and this is just insane PMSing. Either they act nice or they act like complete bitches. And the way cultivators have relationships? Why bother having relationships before Adept? Seriously? Even though the author provides a few examples of this clearly not being the standard case he still treats that everyone is backstabbing everyone to become an adept idea going. Just... eugh! No this story is utter crap. It wouldn't be as bad it it didn't have dozens of logical fallacies or at least remain internally consistent with its own material. But it doesn't.

The one redeeming quality it has is its world building. Which it does somewhat okay? Still doesn't make up for the utter garbage that is its internal consistency though. <<less
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ziki
ziki rated it
July 26, 2017
Status: c123
I expected the WMW clone and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it wasn't the case. While the Computer Chip is clear copy of an idea... unlike "The Wizard World", the battles as well as the storyline is of it's own.

The story is overall okay, sometimes boring sometimes great. MC is quite plain personality wise as it's the stereotypical MC, keeping low profile while being separately amazing thanks to the chip. The good part about this story are however it's side characters as unlike most stories, this... more>> one has more than few reappearing characters established characters whose importance doesn't disappear as soon as MC levels up and moves on. Best of all, there is even a good heroine established quite early and it seems like her importance will remain the same through the story unlike most CN novels where MC finds a new strongest, most beautiful, jade-like girl every damn arc!

So generally knowing that the story is not only about the MC is good thing.

Other than there is somewhat copied from WMW world-building but yet again with it's own twist... my favourite location were definitely the underground tunnels where there is somewhat of small-scale war between two factions with endless skirmishes and fight for resources. In such location in RPG like fashion MC receives Missions (Quests) to do things and such thing is rarely written in entertaining and non-strange way.

Overall I like the story a lot and while it's not the best of the kind and is at least grade below WMW it's entertaining enough. Still the reason why I didn't give it 4 but rather 3 is because the story has a very MAJOR flaw and that is it's combat system.

The battles themselves are entertaining to read and have the strategy element to them as well... but the issue is that they don't follow the established rules at all. I want to give a simple example. In the story it is mentioned how Adepts (AKA mages) basically have "Mana bars". MC has fireball like spell that costs 20ish mana and based on calculation he can use his skill 4 times. Various skills have various mana costs and so and and so forth.

Still with all that established the story doesn't hold to it at all and other than MC at the start of the story, everyone has unlimited amount of mana and can spam their skills. Later on MC also somehow gains this ability with that completely not main any sense. The worst part however that this change is brutally brought without any explaining. Basiacally at one point in the story there is a girl that first fights against "Strong fellow apprentice" and then battles MC who drags her around and make her fight various monsters to "Tire her out". But while such strategy should work perfectly as that girl had about 3 times as much mana as MC, somehow not only she could kept up the unbreakable magic barrier for few hours but also endlessly spam her attacking spacial slash ability and few ultimates as well without breaking a sweat. Truly her attacks were naturally stronger than MC's fireball so it's mana cost could be at best on the same level but the author is like... who cares that she was spamming her spells endlessly... MC still shouldn't use more than 4 spells... later on however it's like... oh wait, everyone can do it and MC somehow looks weak in comparison... oh well let MC have unlimited mana as well. For a note: it was also heavily established that one needs entire night of sleep to regain their mana after using and here those guys are spamming it without even any mana potions... COMMON! IF YOU ESTABLISH SOME RULES THEN AT LEAST FOLLOW THEM. IF YOU ARE GOING TO IGNORE THE RULES IN YOUR OWN STORY WHY WRITE THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE!

Truly for a story that heavily focuses on combat, it's combat system that is continuously being explained in 1/4 of the story is completely ignored whenver Author feels like it just to make combat scene more appealing. <<less
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Haranador
Haranador rated it
July 17, 2017
Status: c90
I normally don't write reviews so bear with me here as it might be a little all over the place.

First, let's start with the things I actually do like about this:
The world building seems sophisticated and thought out.
The magic system while being similar to WMW has still unique elements to it and works rather well.
There is some character depth.
No plainly stupid lucky encounters or plot armor situations.
MC doesn't have op growth cheats (yet?).
Possible/likely romance with a vampire. ... more>> (What? I like vampires and I never said this will be objective, sue me)
Translation/Editing is good with no major grammatical errors.
You probably will enjoy the MC if you don't like Leylin's lawful evil alignmetn.

And now the rest:
My biggest complaint is the inconsistency of it. It feels like the author couldn't decide what he wants this to be. For example, let's talk about progression. It's a rather strange mix of the advancement system we know from WMW and game elemets/D&D style like an experience bar titles/feats that give you stat boosts.

In my opinion this is rather irritating since the WMW style system was more or less real life like with the addition that the A. I. Chip was able to display stats (e. g. a human has base stats of 1 however if he trains for example as a warrior his strength and agility will increase, if he does a lot of concentrating his spirit will rise etc.) while here it goes back and forth between that and Ding! You did something so you magically gain 1 agility! Yay!
Next would be the MCs personality it just... changes. He goes from "Nobody can know I killed this powerful pseudo-Adept I must hide my strenght!!! (why anyway?) " to " herp de derp so lets just sell her op gear I can't use in the middle of the school bazaar, I bet nobody will wonder how I got it anyway... " to " if you shall ever betray I will make you beg for death muahahahah!". Also stuff like "... as an adept in training Greem had long known that there was no place for love in his life and there was nothing that could melt his cold heart... " two chapters further "... maybe Mary likes me hihihihI *awkward teen romance thoughts*... "

The AI Chip: so a lot of other reviews here say he is not op, however, the chip gives him a 360° view so he can dodge everything, he can perfectly analyze weaknesses of shields, spells, and attacks, the runes/circle he makes in his golem cores are so precise, his golems can beat people who are a stronger than himself by two levels (that's a lot) 1 vs 1, his spells cost less mana and are more powerful and can be casted almost instantly (normally it would take 5-10 seconds) and while it hasn't happened thus far it was hinted that his alchemy abilities would probably be on par with Leylin if he tried. He even uses it if he doesn't know how to talk to Mary, like seriously?

Other things:
I don't get a feeling for the world while reading. It's a harsh dog eat dog world not because I think so but because the author tells me every other chapter.
Stupid/lazy naming makes it hard to take the story seriously and this happens a lot. Strong guy? Yeah, let's name him Hulk.
The Author establishes a logic and goes back on it a few chapters later.
E V E R Y female character is nuts in some way.
Some people hate the MC for no reason at all to the point of killing him which makes wuxia novel villains seem reasonable in comparison.
Lots of info dumping to get word count. When he makes his first Golem 90% of the chapter are infos about golems in general which has yet to become relevant and you get about half of the same information every time he makes a new one.
While I don't mind slow starts some time skips wouldn't have been bad at times.

Fazit/TL;DR:
It might not be the worst story but I cannot say it's a good story either. While the world building and character development seem steady, logic errors and inconsistency of story and characters, as well as bad character names, make it hard to enjoy thoroughly. At the moment I'm also missing an overall goal of the story except for the classic get stronk. If I could I would give it 2, 5 stars however I went with two in the end since the similarities to WMW are too many to simply call it inspiration and I can't give the author full credit for the background. <<less
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Setra
Setra
April 12, 2017
Status: c39
While there are some scenes that's genuinely interesting, my main concern are all those exposition. It has disrupted the story to me.

It's like half of the chapter dedicated to deliver explanation about this world. I mean, will that info still be relevant after 100 chapters later?

The AI thing is ridiculous, though over time your suspension of disbelief will ignore it.

Everything else seems fine to me.

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DarthBlood
DarthBlood rated it
April 9, 2017
Status: c36
Like others said, it's very similar to Warlock of the Magus World. The MC gets an AI data chip thing that helps him process data, but I think this one starts off weaker than the chip in WMW.

While the plot itself is pretty interesting, I'm not a fan of the MC. He is someone who constantly gets bullied, and yet he never even thinks about getting revenge.

The supervisor of the tower he's living in comes by with 2 cronies and ransacks his room, taking all of the loot... more>> he's acquired over years of gathering. He stands there and meekly accepts it. There's no thought of anger or a hint of revenge. He just thinks "Man, if only I was stronger".

Later, he goes to take a mission that suits him just right. It's challenging but not impossible and has decent rewards for completion. An antagonist much stronger than him (and the supervisor from before) pulls some strings and he ends up being assigned a mission so hard that even the antagonist has a high chance of dying during it. What does he do? "He smiled sadly to himself. " That was a quote from the story. Again, he doesn't think about getting revenge, he just accepts it and goes off by himself to train a bit.

WHERE IS YOUR BACKBONE??? Obviously, he's weaker and strength is everything so I don't expect him to go and pick a fight with the antagonist, but to not even have a bad thought? Come on man... <<less
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hiddennoir
hiddennoir rated it
April 4, 2017
Status: c28
While the concept of the A. I. Is the same as in Warlock of the Magus World the story line is different.
The MC isn't in control but is improving with the help of his chip.

Like in every story there are some parts which are already used in other novels. However, there are also new elements to enjoy.

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ScotlandForsythe
ScotlandForsythe rated it
March 31, 2017
Status: c29
First of all... The description. I actually really liked it. (It is such a huge turnoff when the summary only tells you the person is arrogant and domineering).

As the editor said it is a bit slow at first, but it gets better and I believe you guys will love the change of pace from your other novels. The fantasy elements are my favorite part. And the biological chip is different from a lot of op things the author could have given the MC.

The MC is calculative and... more>> he can be nice at times (actually one act of kindness has resulted in him getting a vampire companion *cough* boss, who saves his life).

So far the mc's personality hasn't gone off the deep end... But time will tell. This is only the beginning. <<less
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peterwitch
peterwitch
May 3, 2017
Status: c294
This, Warlock of the Magus World, and The Wizard World basically has the same premise and ideas. Yet for me this is a fresh start and a new view by the author. Personally I like this story better. The MC is not as crazy and still human. He is humble (at least until now) in the way that he isn't too arrogant to his underlings. Yet there are a lot (I mean really a lot) of explanation in almost every chapter... Try it!

After 312 chapter I really love this... more>> even now I feel bored waiting the when the next chapter will be published. Meanwhile, I try many novels after this but nothing that seems can satisfy me. <<less
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Ab9999
Ab9999 rated it
April 17, 2017
Status: c52
Nothing deep, it's a light read. Expect fights, crafting, a bit of world building, and various forms of cultivation with some character development to spice things up occasionally.

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Stark3
Stark3 rated it
June 29, 2017
Status: c150
I've read reviews saying that the chip here in Age of Adepts isn't OP compared to WMW, but I wouldn't agree. The power that the MC gets because of it makes him able to stand up to apprentices 2 power levels apart, and that combined with the vague mana / resource management (it makes ado about how much a fire bolt spell would cost, but in another battle he's able to rain down fire bolts as well as control 2 golem cores at the same time with seemingly no... more>> worries) kind of breaks the realism of it to me and pushes this novel to the realm of wish fulfillment.

Aside from the WMW similarities tho, it looks like it got inspiration from Sorcerer's Journey as well and that novel had similar issues with instant gratification for the MC before becoming better by the 3 digit chapter count (and eventually turning into one of my favorite novels). So I'm giving this novel a bit more of a chance, see how it fares further on.

EDIT: Now that I've read up to c142 in the official translation (read up to c150 via MTL), I'm actually going to downgrade my review of the novel. It's not that the translation sucks : translation quality is good, and they're very fast in doing releases. Now that I can concentrate on the story rather than making sense of the words, it just strikes me more and more how irrational some things are.

Someone gave a review that all females here seem to be irrational, emotional time bombs and at first I thought it was an exaggeration. Unfortunately, it's not. The occasional mood outbursts would have been ok, to give characterization, but in some cases that irrationality is part and parcel of the plot. I don't like stories where the characters aside from the MC have to be really stupid to move things along.

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bighandxyz
bighandxyz rated it
June 21, 2017
Status: --
It gets incredibly rare these days in CN where MC doesn't just beat everybody with his cheats, so that is fairly refreshing. People saying "where's your backbone" or "MC is too weak", well I find those attributes good for the story. It adds a sense of dread and accomplishment when MC finally fulfill his goal, and not just story of arrogance and picking on the weak. Character flaws are good for a story, and same with character developments, which seem to be severely missing in Chinese novels these days.

However,... more>> the story is filled with irrelevant and redundant information that seem to exist just so author can word pads. I'd give it overall 4/5 <<less
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