The Experimental Log of the Crazy Lich

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This is the story of a crazy lich carrying a game system and terrorizing an entire world.

”Let’s look at the daily quest today… These two bullshit choices again, destroy any city with 30 thousand and above people, rewards of 10 thousand evil points. Take the lollipops of three little kids, rewards of 1 point. If both are not done then -2 points.”

“Cuih! You think I’m stupid, if I really destroy a city I’m guaranteed to spawn a squad of medieval paladins full of epic ranks to come and subdue me. At that time I won’t be able to spend anything. I’ll just go be a kindly lollipop bandit.”

I’ve already had enough of being a notorious lich, who says that liches can’t be good people? I definitely have to beat this damned system and be an upright good person.

The Experimental Log of the Crazy Lich average rating 4.5/5 - 380 user ratings
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Crazy Lich's Experimental Diary
Feng wu yao de shi yan ri zhi
疯巫妖的实验日志
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Cien
New Cien rated it
June 1, 2017
Status: c26
Not my cup of tea.

It gets confusing as it randomly jumps from from different points of time, talking about something not related to the current events/backstories.. especially at really random points in the story. Basically, it doesn't flow well.

It tries to be funny and smart but it just makes it seem desperate.

... more>> One scene/chapter will not necessarily connect and you feel the disjointedness of it.

Like its title, it comes off as more of some random ramblings of a personal log/diary which could go off tangent at any given point.

On the up side, it is unique and refreshing if you can plow through <<less
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Relken
New Relken rated it
May 31, 2017
Status: --
Don't listen to a single person who hasn't read past chapter 61. There is a reason why this novel is so highly rated. It's not only interesting, but hilarious. It has it's serious moments and the schemes (because plans just doesn't give it the right depth) are interesting and well thought out. There is a reason why I picked chapter 61 as the final chapter to read if you can't stand the book. I consider it one of the best chapters in a book i've read in a while.
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Blisfulloblivion
Blisfulloblivion rated it
August 28, 2016
Status: c124
This story Is very fun. Starts off really silly and reads almost as a parody of many popular fantasy games and media, much of it western. After a few chapters though some serious plot gets introduced and now I'm hooked.

Surprisingly, the world itself is heavily based on Dungeons & Dragons with some Planetscape, WoW, gamer, and other media thrown in. Some of the terminology is translated odd but you quickly realize that most of it is supposed to be D&D classes, gods, and such. (Edit: TL in recent chapter... more>> acknowledged mistranslated names/terms and will fix at a later date). I think this adds a fresh feel. The fantasy system in most WN/LN tend to all be variations of the same generic fantasy tropes.

Another refreshing change is the MC himself. Rather than start from the beginning, a young boy starts a journey, we start with a veteran who had already accomplished much and experienced love, betrayal, revenge, and sacrifice. He is an old man with a youthful energy and a rich history. He has lost and given up much but is still driven and spirited. He is an experienced soul playing on a much grander scale than just heroics, he is playing to change the world. And all through this are silly jokes, media references (Tom Riddle among them), and funny banter. I think the potential for the story is high. It is really unique.

Main character starts off ridiculous and silly but then slowly bits of history and other darker traits are revealed. As the story progresses the MC cleverness becomes increasingly apparent. The author never info dumps character tidbits but shows it through dialogue and action making things more believable and enjoyable to read. It helps that there are no filler chapters or blatant word padding to detract from the story.

The translation quality is good but in need of an editor. No engrish, or awful sentence structure but fair amount of grammatical errors, overly literal translations, and some unclear structure. Nothing bad and easily fixed with a good proof read. Overall, it's very readable and not that distracting.

EDIT: New chapters have been edited and the quality has really improved. I find myself liking this story more and more. The scale and epicness of the plot just keeps increasing. The author does a wonderful job making it feel appropriately daunting and providing motivation for the MC to keep going. It feels like a high fantasy novel rather than a shallow (but fun) xianxthia. <<less
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starvecleric
starvecleric rated it
August 13, 2016
Status: c50
Quite an interesting book which is quite humorous. It is a book with little plot holes and the content is well-developed. Also, while the MC may not be the strongest character from the start, but then he is quite a schemer which makes him often ahead of things and well-prepared.
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Mizura
Mizura rated it
February 2, 2017
Status: Completed
I've read the entire series in Chinese. The following review will give you a global picture of what's ahead, without spoiling specific occurrences.

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Spoiler

There's a lot to say, so I'll just focus on what really makes this stand out:

1. A solid and diversified world that resists easy, 'one-size-fits-all' solutions:
- The world is full of characters more powerful than the MC, not to mention in the grand scheme of things, numbers do matter. In fact, many of the MC’s companions surpass him in their domain of competence. The MC can't just beat up one person after the other.
- The world is quite advanced. In his first life, the MC tried to use his modern-day knowledge, only to realize that a. anything worth inventing had already been invented and b. the rest has better alternatives in this world.
- Complex and diversified societies. There are over a dozen socio-political models across races, with further fractioning into different factions/individuals with their own agendas as well as open or hidden alliances across factions. Also, it makes -sense- for things to be the way they are. This means MC can't just replace everything with a modern-day social model and be done with it.
- A ruthless, profit-based underlying backbone. In a war for survival, anything goes if there's profit involved, be it land, resources, power, belief or even souls. Allies will betray you if it’s in their interest to do so. Petty internal interests will block your allies' actions. Open lies will be propped up as the 'truth' as long as it's convenient. It's not that 'good people' don't exist here, but profit moves the world.

However, the MC's 'system' has already revealed to him where all this is heading though: several waves of upcoming conflicts, each larger than the last, then boom, game over for everyone. With no easy solutions at hand, the MC is an ant trying to prevent a series of car crashes. This leads to…

2. The diversified plot writing

At first glance, the MC appears to be a silly, goofy, happy-go-lucky guy (skeleton). He even views his past revenge streak (where he nearly destroyed the world) as an ‘embarrassing chuuni phase’ (not often you see That sort of attitude).

But the story increasingly reveals that he is, in fact, a ruthless manipulator. Faced with a world where the strong oppress the weak and where his own country was destroyed by war, betrayal, and lies propped up as truth, the MC decided to become more ruthless, more cunning, more underhanded than his opponents, and does not hesitate to resort to experimentation/dissections, scams, stealing, threats, betrayal, blackmail, negative propaganda, assassinations and conspiracies.
- Lack power? Okay, he's slowly building up his power the normal way. His ‘creations’ are far from normal however.
- Lack people for your new system? Shamelessly poach the followers of other religions.
- Lack technology? Steal it. And steal the researchers. Then sell the resulting technology back to the country you stole it from.
- A group of internal decision-makers are giving you a hard time? What, just find a reason to kill them.
- The decision-makers of allies X are taking their time? lol, drag the trouble straight to their doors, see whether they'll drag-out their decision-making process then.
- Want to stop the successive waves of conflicts which will end in the destruction of the world? Change some of the opposing factions from within from the grounds-up. Form alliances (willing or forced) where you can. Beat up immediate threats, then forcefully integrate them. Identify sub-factions within opposing factions, make deals, then let them handle the rest of their side. Ignore factions that either don't need help or don't benefit the cause. Having thus preserved Eich's forces as much as possible, force them all to face the real threats.
- Reputation in the drains? Apparently being notorious is convenient too!

What’s interesting in all this is that the MC is actually an idealist, who wants to save the world and make it a better place. He just refuses to do it alone. He knows that the means he’s chosen are despicable, and he fully expects to be punished for it, this last point being something he's completely serious about.

In parallel, he 'sows seeds' for a better future:
- He releases the information he has about the future in steps.
- He sets up new systems of beliefs or new mechanisms that will either protect the weak, gradually erode the problematic Church of Light, or simply coerce third parties into fighting the just fight thanks to pure incentives.
- He accelerates technology/magic advances. Sometimes, this is by sharing the fruits of his own research. At other times, it's by setting up new bases of development: he uses the system to identify key researchers, points them in the right direction, gives additional ideas based on real-world technology trends, provides them unconditional resources (often knocked from ally countries), then lets them do their thing.
- He sets up all sorts of nations and alliances. The world is full of old foxes, some of whom oppose his plans, but also some who, once they are convinced that their interests are aligned, make even bigger contributions to the MC's plans than the MC himself.

The MC never copy/pastes knowledge from our world, instead everything is custom-made for Eich. The result is the foundations of a veritable series of social, technological and political revolutions, except once he’s painstakingly set up the foundations… he lets go.

The MC doesn’t want to become a hegemon himself, he wants his creations to grow on their own (only giving advice from time to time), even if he isn't sure whether the ‘seeds’ will grow, or how exactly they’d develop. However, this enables his systems to truly become independent forces, and for his subordinates/allies to truly mature as leaders, some even walking further than the MC on the paths the MC had set up. This is his answer to changing the flow of ‘history.’

Even with all this, there’s still more to the plot: the MC also goes on quests to further his own power, or has to participate personally in wars. His opponents are often quite cunning too: the MC’s many back-up plans often prove to be necessary when a whole string of troubles and opportunities pile in at the first signs of war. The story also often goes in-depth into the worldbuilding or the situation of individual characters. All this makes for a very diversified story that never becomes repetitive.

3. Daring, weird characters designs

That all sounds quite dark so far, right? It is, but the story is also quite hilarious. The author cheerfully deconstructs and reconstruct your usual fantasy stereotypes, leaving you laughing at the worldbuilding (holy knights are poor blokes who can't get a girlfriend because they're broke, magicians in their tower are basically geeky shut-ins, that powerful ancient undead dragon is still alive because he's an expert at shamelessly sucking up to whoever is most powerful at the moment), not to mention the characters themselves are so boldly weird themselves that you'll soon find your standards for what's acceptable falling lower and lower (when there's a 'Beifeng' standard, everything else seems so tame!) The MC laments at the fact that there are no normal people around him, blatantly ignoring the fact that he’s quite abnormal himself.

The story is cheerfully narrated through the POV of the MC, who is in constant comedic skits with the 'System' and later with his 'pet' Harloys. And there’s always something to whine about, since the MC happens to be a walking magnet for bad luck (broke/virgin/huge bounty on his head) and weird people. The MC himself is full of antics, whether he’s laughing gleefully at the misery of others, conducting experiments with the enthusiasm of a mad scientist, shamelessly running away from opponents stronger than him (‘Shame? What’s that? Can you eat it?’) or diligently avoiding paperwork. His companions, in turn, feel a mix of respect and ‘want to beat him up’ towards him, and although he can’t lie, he’ll frequently mislead allies and opponents alike with half-truths.

But don’t get me wrong, even though the MC scams his companions, he is also extremely generous, and his allies always do end up profiting much more than they lose thanks to the enormous amount of work he puts in. Told through his POV, the story alternates between a mix of humor and epic, with you occasionally realizing what the heck it is you’re reading and mourning for your falling morale standards. After all, according to the MC, people who are insane don’t realize that they are insane, and the MC has very much become insane.

Now for the negative points:
- There are a few plot points which… developed differently from what I expected. In particular, it feels like Karwenz just pops up every several hundred chapters just to make things more difficult for the MC, which is frustrating to read (I’m quite satisfied with the conclusion though). There are a few other plot points like that: the conclusion is a rare non-rushed conclusion (for a Chinese novel) that ties up all the elements that need to be tied up, but there are a few points you wished you could see more of. Maybe they’ll get addressed in the sequel.
- There are a few points where I lacked confidence in the direction of the story. It did always pick back up however. Some readers have also noted the huge amount of info dump. There were a few moments where they did feel annoying to me, but that’s usually when they occur at particularly tense moments. Overall, I’ve found them entertaining, not to mention crucial to understanding the plot of the story. I like this a lot more than when authors gloss over something and expect us to accept it ‘just because.’
- The romance feels like it’s incomplete. Again, perhaps this will be addressed in the sequel, but if feels like there’s a lack of closure on the MC’s side.
- The story is not particularly ‘politically correct’ and makes fun of just about everything, which may make some readers uncomfortable. To such readers, I recommend taking a step back and noting that just about all the characters in the series are weirdoes, but that specifically in this story, such weirdness doesn’t matter (unless you’re at Beifeng level): no matter what your personal preferences are, you can still be a high-ranking, respected and contributing member of society, not to mention kick ass.

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Despite the weaknesses, the sheer scale of the characters, worldbuilding and plot that the story offers makes it one of the most incredible things I’ve read so far. Even though I had marathoned through 800+ chapters while setting aside most of the other stories I was reading, I, for one, jumped into the sequel right after. <<less
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ZedOud
ZedOud rated it
October 23, 2016
Status: c70
Warning upfront: if you're the type of reader who NEEDS to know about everything that's happening, to have the omniscient perspective of narration to know everything before any of the characters, you will not like this.

This story is very much about an exploration of the backstory of the characters and world that the story takes place in. The plot is expansive and set at a slow brew; it will take a while for it to reveal itself to you. There is frequent, sporadic chunks of exposition because the story... more>> needs it for the plot to grow into its own the way it has.

Every chapter of this story is worth reading.

There's a twist or new idea in every chapter.

Great comedy, even if sometimes it's only slapstick.

Great characters and great world.

Good use of cliches and running gags (not overly milked).

Western fantasy setting with mixes of Japanese RPG.

I definitely recommend this story to both veteran and introductory readers of the types of stories found on NU. In fact, this story can really serve as an introduction to the type of novels found on NU if sold on Amazon or other online publishers. <<less
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Guradu Gilgida
Guradu Gilgida rated it
August 25, 2016
Status: c32
The way how the MC put his everything to pranks is simply wonderful. The comedy is simply brilliant, in addition the quirky (read:crazy) characters are lovable. But behind all those happy stuff the MC also actually bears great burdens. This story tells us about a person in a very negative conditions facing his tribulations with very positive attitudes.

The system is a troll! The characters are crazy! The comedy is GOLD!
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Alundric
Alundric rated it
September 12, 2016
Status: c58
Translation flow: 4.8/5
Readable: 5/5
Story flow: 5/5 solid
Plot: 5/5 cunning plot

Simple word, "great".
You have cunning, twisted, clever, slippery, pranksters and good mc.
You got mad, unfair, pranksters and sore loser world systems which torturing mc almost all the time.
You got Plot inside Plot inside Plot as you read the story

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Spoiler

Mc is reincarnated and now is the 4th times. But even he tried the best in his past life, all ended with him being killed and the world destroyed while facing armageddon.
In this 4th life. He became realist and apathetic while inside he is still struggling against the world system that toying him all the way during his plan to save the world and avoiding his death future.

To put it simple "world system toying MC, MC toying others to avoid bad circumstances on MC lives and goals, the world system disagree and play it's card againts mc while mc desperately trying to slip off the system.

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Read up to chapter 65. This is when romance story goes really wrong. It's bitter sweet story with a lot of laughter.

Spoiler

Up to chapter 65. Mc really struggling. While putting his funniest faces, he is wreck inside. He is aiming to change the whole world system, but to change it lots and lots of thing he owned he must sacrificed (include the possibility of his future). If you are asking why he push himself to do it? Well the answer if he didn't do it, he must face repetitive despair in his circle of reincarnation (not to mention repetition of world destruction). It's a vicious cycle.

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Confuse? Well its the most funniest and clever novel I ever read. Really recommend. <<less
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dim100
dim100 rated it
August 23, 2016
Status: c31
To be honest this series put a smile on my face, MC is OP, ruthless but you know he is also cunning, sly, and fair (well non-standard fair). He lies while telling truths, he tortures and commits inhumane acts and he is probably the most law abiding person you will encounter. Yet out of all these things destroying armies, managing an undead theme park, being a judge, jury and executioner, and even being a former last boss he is someone that makes me smile. That is all that matters though... more>> I think one or two chapters is hard to understand due to information overload. Still I prefer it to the standard cultivator wuxia or the like give this a go but also give it about 10 chapters before stopping if you think this isn't your cup of tea or you start and it isn't doing it for you, a complete picture forms around then.

The main issue with this series despite there being only 31 chapters out is that most of the other characters haven't been developed beyond giving a few a backstory and setting, the interactions between characters are entertaining but it hasn't reached a masterpiece level, but the world building, main character are on the right track. There are few series that do reach this level but I'm hoping in the later chapters it achieves this. <<less
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iBakax3
iBakax3 rated it
February 3, 2017
Status: c127
Introduction: The story starts off very well about how a transmigrator in a supposed evil Lich body trying his best to avoid the evil quest line because of rationale and logical thinking - You will incur an entire squad of Paladin chasing you down. It is done very well, and includes references from several other medias such as Chinese wuxia dramas, and Japanese Manga.

Story: The story is really well thought. You can clearly see the amount of effort put into the world building, and the settings of every character. ... more>> It clearly describes how the MC tries to progress to his goal, while keeping repercussions and several others factors in mind. You won't really see the MC suddenly losing track of his original goal and start going into filler chapters. Each chapter is done with a clear motive.

Characters: Beifong, 10/10. The side characters are written very well and are not left out as your usual 1-dimensional NPCs. They all play a role and leave a lasting memory.

Pacing: Done pretty well. The length of each battle are kept within reasonable length. You can imagine the battle clearly.

Addiction: Yeah well I pretty much refresh this page like once every few minute to check for update. <<less
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Tatticky
Tatticky rated it
November 29, 2016
Status: c85
If I had to describe the story in four words, it'd be "UNCLE BONES WILD RIDE".

Action: B
Character: C
Detail: B-
Humor: A
Story: B+ (surprising!)
Translation: C

This story is really like a roller coaster. Sure, its content is mostly cheap thrills, but they keep coming and flow into each other very naturally. In some places you're given a chance to glimpse the same scenery from a different angle, which changes how you view things. Then the track suddenly darts in a direction you didn't expect, and you discover an... more>> entirely new section laid out before you.

The MC really is his own worst enemy. But it's funny, because it always *looks* like the right thing to do at the time, and he never fails in the exact same way twice. The end result is a lot of absurd situations with 'perfectly reasonable' explanations, plus a sprinkling of schadenfreude.

Astonishingly, this series actually has a good amount of plot behind it. You can't even tell until you're several dozen chapters in. It's slowly filled in, just a little bit at a time, shaping into something that would be worthy of an epic, if it wasn't so rediculous!

The greatest weakness is the quality of translation, but thankfully it improves with time. <<less
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ninthlite
ninthlite rated it
August 26, 2016
Status: c33
The story is brilliant. The main character is a cunning and wise person who keeps his enemies and allies off kilter by being mad half the time. I eagerly read every chapter as he starts to challenge the world.
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Lemeres
Lemeres
July 17, 2016
Status: c7
Interesting read. The main character originally just comes off as a mad villain that is making a half hearted effort to be 'good'. However, when you learn his actual role in the city, and the systems he has put into place, you come to understand how he used to be 'good', and he can logically understand 'good'.... but the system and his own bitterness force him into petty villainy.
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LastKing405
LastKing405 rated it
July 15, 2016
Status: c1
At First when I started reading I thought It was gonna Be one of those annoying MC who is very reluctant to act because of some morals and shit. But man was I wrong Funny as Hell Worthy of 5 stars, Quite refreshing and Original, I would highly recommend this Novel, only downside is it's quite slow on translation, but nevertheless I love it.
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Rat
Rat rated it
December 10, 2016
Status: c99
In the story there's comedy the tragedy the battle and hype the scheming and others. It's a slow paced story with a lot of twist. There's A lot of crazy characters that will make you laugh. One of the best story i have ever read.
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Stark3
Stark3 rated it
October 23, 2016
Status: c70
I normally avoid reviewing a series until I'm past the 100th chapter, as a lot of series that seems good goes tepid later on. I'm making an exception for this one because regardless of whatever else happens, up til the 70th chapter this series has been unique in how it mixes humour, fantasy / D&D elements and tragedy in its storyline. Even if it does go down south from here it would have still been a worthwhile read.
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Aina Seira
Aina Seira rated it
September 5, 2016
Status: --
I'm a fan of this crazy lich so read it okay!!!!!!!

Well, it is funny. The MC is COOL and his random antics are good in making people laugh. Though there are many exaggerations, this is fantasy so who cares. This story is good.
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DarkD
DarkD rated it
August 28, 2016
Status: c37
Good story, poorly translated, goes off topic and turns into a standard action series after about five chapters.

First of all, I love the crazy lich idea. My favorite part is when he's experimenting on people. Given that, it was to my immense disappointment that he only really experiments on anyone once and the whole story starts changing gears into a more standard action series after a few chapters.

The translation is utterly terrible. There are points where a paragraph is repeated. There are a multitude... more>> of times where the translation makes no sense given the context.

I don't know if it's the translators fault or the original authors, but the POV changes are schizophrenic and disorienting. There is basically no real indication on when we change POVs. Sometimes there are, but it's far more common for them to go completely unlabeled.

I would still recommend the series, only because I believe most people can just ignore the flaws. And dumping the most interesting part of a series is unfortunately common in light novels.... <<less
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yoshim241
yoshim241 rated it
January 18, 2016
Status: --
this novel is refreshing and funny it would be super if someone will continue scanslating it
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Bib
Bib rated it
October 23, 2016
Status: c70
Really great novel. During the first few chapters, it seems it's all about comedy but later in the story, get ready for the feels. I would have never thought that this kind of work where it had me laughing so much would also make me feel melancholic at the same time. Despite the silliness and seemingly "evil" side of the MC, he really cares a lot about the people around him. This is definitely a must read.
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Yog-Sothoth
Yog-Sothoth
June 27, 2016
Status: c1
Fresh and fun point of view. Hopefully, some proper translator will pick it up. WWForums version needs heavy editing or total rework though. So, definitely bookmarked and shelved while waiting for somebody to pick it up.
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DeathStroke96
DeathStroke96 rated it
February 19, 2017
Status: c50
I only read 50 chapters so my view may be biased. But in my opinion if the story ( characters, world development) Is good but when you read it and it is boring then there is not much point to it. I've seen reviews saying stuff that doesn't really matter but never mentioning that the story is boring and at times the story switches to stuff that doesn't really matter.

I give it something between 2.5 and 3 because it is not mindless and there is something good in it but... more>> nothing more because it is so BORING that you really have to force yourself to continue... <<less
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