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| Title=[[File:Targaryen.JPG|30px|left]] The Red Keep [[File:KL baratheon sigil.png|right|30px]]
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| Title=[[File:House-Baratheon-of-Kings-Landing-heraldry.jpg|left|40px]] The Red Keep [[File:House-Baratheon-of-Kings-Landing-heraldry.jpg|right|40px]]
 
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| Military=[[Kingsguard]]<br>The [[City Watch]]<br>[[House Lannister]] guard
 
| Military=[[Kingsguard]]<br>The [[City Watch]]<br>[[House Lannister]] guard
 
| Institutions=[[Small council]]<br>
 
| Institutions=[[Small council]]<br>
| Places=[[Great Hall (Red Keep)|Great Hall]]<br />[[Maegor's Holdfast]]<br />[[Tower of the Hand]]<br />Traitor's Walk<br />Black Cells
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| Places=[[Great Hall (Red Keep)|Great Hall]]<br />[[Maegor's Holdfast]]<br />[[Tower of the Hand]]<br />[[White Sword Tower]]<br />The [[Maidenvault]]<br />Traitor's Walk<br />[[Black Cells]]
 
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| Age=300 years (approx.)
 
| Age=300 years (approx.)
| Founder=[[Maegor Targaryen|Maegor I Targaryen]]
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| Founder=[[Aegon I Targaryen]],<br> completed by [[Maegor Targaryen|Maegor I Targaryen]]}}
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{{Quote|Aegon built his castle of red rock to remind people of the fire he roasted his enemies in, so whenever King's Landing looked up they'd see the price of defiance.|Joffrey Baratheon|The Red Keep (Histories & Lore)}}
 
The '''Red Keep''' is the residence of the [[King of the Andals and the First Men]], his family and his court, located within [[King's Landing]], the capital of the [[Seven Kingdoms]]. It dominates the skyline of the city, and serves as the city's primary fortress and redoubt.
 
The '''Red Keep''' is the residence of the [[King of the Andals and the First Men]], his family and his court, located within [[King's Landing]], the capital of the [[Seven Kingdoms]]. It dominates the skyline of the city, and serves as the city's primary fortress and redoubt.
   
Located in the southeastern corner of King's Landing, the Red Keep overlooks [[Blackwater Bay]] and the [[Narrow Sea]]. It is currently the seat of King [[Joffrey Baratheon]], and was formerly the seat of King [[Robert Baratheon]] and before him, the seat of the [[Targaryen]] kings.
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Located in the southeastern corner of King's Landing, the Red Keep overlooks [[Blackwater Bay]] and the [[Narrow Sea]]. It is currently the seat of King [[Tommen Baratheon|Tommen&nbsp;Baratheon]], and was formerly the seat of King [[Joffrey Baratheon]], King [[Robert Baratheon]], and before him the seat of the [[Targaryen]] kings.
   
 
==Specific Locations==
 
==Specific Locations==
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The Great Hall is the [[Great Hall (Red Keep)|massive throne room]] of the Red Keep and where the [[Iron Throne]] stands. The King (or his Hand, in the event of the King's absence), holds court and receives petitioners within the Great Hall. It is also employed for official ceremonies.
 
The Great Hall is the [[Great Hall (Red Keep)|massive throne room]] of the Red Keep and where the [[Iron Throne]] stands. The King (or his Hand, in the event of the King's absence), holds court and receives petitioners within the Great Hall. It is also employed for official ceremonies.
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===Maegor's Holdfast===
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[[Maegor's Holdfast]] is a stout tower in the center of the Red Keep. It was named after King [[Maegor Targaryen]], who built the Red Keep. It serves as a redoubt when the city is attacked. The royal apartments are also located in Maegor's Holdfast.
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Maegor's Holdfast served as a refuge for Queen Cersei and the highborn ladies of the Red Keep during the [[Battle of the Blackwater]].
   
 
===The Tower of the Hand===
 
===The Tower of the Hand===
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The [[Tower of the Hand]] is the location of the quarters and offices of the [[Hand of the King]]. The Hand's family, household and guards also live and work in the Tower of the Hand.
 
The [[Tower of the Hand]] is the location of the quarters and offices of the [[Hand of the King]]. The Hand's family, household and guards also live and work in the Tower of the Hand.
   
===Maegor's Holdfast===
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When [[Tywin Lannister]] assumes his Hand duties for King [[Joffrey]] he arranges for the meetings of the small council to be held in the Tower of the Hand to assert his own authority.
   
[[Maegor's Holdfast]] is a stout tower in the center of the Red Keep. It was named after King [[Maegor Targaryen]], who built the Red Keep. It serves as a redoubt when the city is attacked. The royal apartments are also located in Maegor's Holdfast.
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===The White Sword Tower===
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The [[White Sword Tower]] houses the chambers of the [[Kingsguard]].
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===The Maidenvault===
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The [[Maidenvault]] was built under orders of King [[Baelor Targaryen]] to imprison his sisters [[Daena Targaryen|Daena]], [[Rhaena Targaryen|Rhaena]], and [[Elaena Targaryen|Elaena]] to prevent them from inciting any carnal thought in the pious king.
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===The Godswood===
   
Maegor's Holdfast served as a refuge for Queen Cersei and the highborn ladies of the Red Keep during the [[Battle of the Blackwater]].
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The Red Keep's [[Godswood]] overlooks the [[Blackwater Rush]]. It has no [[weirwood]] as the Red Keep is not an ancient castle from the time the [[Old Gods of the Forest]] held sway south of [[the Neck]].<ref>"[[And Now His Watch is Ended]]"</ref><ref>"[[Two Swords]]"</ref>
   
 
===The Traitor's Walk===
 
===The Traitor's Walk===
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The Traitor's Walk is an outer corridor on one of the sides of the Red Keep with view to one of its outer walls. The heads of criminals and traitors are placed on spikes over said wall, visible both to the exterior of the Red Keep and whoever passes through the corridor.
 
The Traitor's Walk is an outer corridor on one of the sides of the Red Keep with view to one of its outer walls. The heads of criminals and traitors are placed on spikes over said wall, visible both to the exterior of the Red Keep and whoever passes through the corridor.
   
Following the arrest and execution of [[Ned Stark]], his head and those of his entire household were placed on the wall beside the Traitor's Walk.
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Following the arrest and execution of [[Ned Stark]], his head and those of his entire household were placed on the wall beside the Traitor's Walk.<ref>"[[Fire and Blood]]"</ref>
   
===The Black Cells===
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===The dungeons===
   
The Black Cells are part of the dungeons of the Red Keep. Prisoners accused of treason and other high crimes are kept within the Black Cells, as was the case of Ned Stark. [[Varys]] has access to the Black Cells, though he dons the disguise of a gaoler when entering.
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The dungeons of the Red Keep are divided in four levels:
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* On the upper level are cells with high narrow windows where common criminals are confined together.
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*The second level has smaller, personal cells without windows for highborn captives and valuable [[hostage]]s.
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* The [[Black Cells]] are the third level. Prisoners accused of treason and other high crimes are kept within the Black Cells, as was the case of Ned Stark. [[Varys]] has access to the Black Cells, though he dons the disguise of a gaoler when entering.
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*The fourth level is spoken of only in rumors. Once a man is taken here, he never sees the light of day again and is subjected to the most painful torments.
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===Secret passages===
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The Red Keep, according to rumors, is full of miles of secret passages running behind the walls and below the floors. Maegor the Cruel had the builders of the Red Keep executed after the castle was completed to keep the secret of the passageways.
   
 
==Notable residents of the Keep==
 
==Notable residents of the Keep==
* King [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]] of [[House Baratheon of King's Landing|House Baratheon]], the First of His Name, [[King of the Andals and the First Men]], [[Lord of the Seven Kingdoms]] and Protector of the Realm.
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* King [[Tommen Baratheon|Tommen]] of [[House Baratheon of King's Landing|House Baratheon]], the First of His Name, [[King of the Andals and the First Men]], [[Lord of the Seven Kingdoms]] and Protector of the Realm.
 
** Queen Regent [[Cersei Lannister]], his mother, widow of [[Robert Baratheon|Robert I]].
 
** Queen Regent [[Cersei Lannister]], his mother, widow of [[Robert Baratheon|Robert I]].
** Prince [[Tommen Baratheon|Tommen]], Cersei's younger son and Joffrey's heir.
 
 
* Lord [[Tywin Lannister]], [[Lord of Casterly Rock]] and [[Warden of the West]], [[Hand of the King]] and [[Savior of the City]].
 
* Lord [[Tywin Lannister]], [[Lord of Casterly Rock]] and [[Warden of the West]], [[Hand of the King]] and [[Savior of the City]].
** [[Tyrion Lannister]], called "The Imp" and "Halfman", his youngest son, former acting Hand of the King and new [[Master of Coin]].
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** Ser [[Jaime Lannister]], called "the Kingslayer", his eldest son, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard
*** [[Bronn]], a sellsword in Tyrion's service. Former Commander of the [[City Watch]].
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*** Ser [[Meryn Trant]], Ser [[Boros Blount]], Ser [[Preston Greenfield]], Ser [[Balon Swann]], knights of the [[Kingsguard]].
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** [[Tyrion Lannister]], called "The Imp" and "Halfman", his youngest son and lawful heir, former acting Hand of the King and new [[Master of Coin]].
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*** Lady [[Sansa Stark|Sansa Lannister]] (neé Stark), Tyrion's wife.
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**** [[Shae]], Sansa's handmaiden and Tyrion's concubine.
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*** Ser [[Bronn]] of the Blackwater, a knight and former sellsword in Tyrion's service. Former Commander of the [[City Watch]].
 
*** [[Podrick Payne]], Tyrion's squire.
 
*** [[Podrick Payne]], Tyrion's squire.
** Ser [[Kevan Lannister]], Lord Tywin's brother
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** Ser [[Kevan Lannister]], Lord Tywin's younger brother
 
*** Ser [[Lancel Lannister]], his son and cousin to the Queen Regent.
 
*** Ser [[Lancel Lannister]], his son and cousin to the Queen Regent.
 
* Lady [[Olenna Tyrell|Olenna&nbsp;Tyrell]], mother of Lord [[Mace Tyrell]]
 
* Lady [[Olenna Tyrell|Olenna&nbsp;Tyrell]], mother of Lord [[Mace Tyrell]]
** [[Margaery Tyrell]], King Joffrey's betrothed. Widow of King [[Renly Baratheon]] and Lady Olenna's granddaughter.
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** [[Margaery Tyrell]], King Tommen's betrothed. Widow of King [[Renly Baratheon]] and Lady Olenna's granddaughter.
 
** Ser [[Loras Tyrell]], called "the Knight of Flowers", Lady Margaery's brother.
 
** Ser [[Loras Tyrell]], called "the Knight of Flowers", Lady Margaery's brother.
 
* Lord [[Varys]], called "The Spider", the King's Master of Whisperers and a member of the small council.
 
* Lord [[Varys]], called "The Spider", the King's Master of Whisperers and a member of the small council.
 
* Grand Maester [[Pycelle]], the Red Keep's resident healer and king's adviser in matters of science and history, a member of the small council.
 
* Grand Maester [[Pycelle]], the Red Keep's resident healer and king's adviser in matters of science and history, a member of the small council.
* Ser [[Meryn Trant]], Ser [[Boros Blount]], Ser [[Preston Greenfield]], Ser [[Balon Swann]], knights of the [[Kingsguard]].
 
 
* Ser [[Ilyn Payne]], the [[King's Justice]], a mute headsman and executioner.
 
* Ser [[Ilyn Payne]], the [[King's Justice]], a mute headsman and executioner.
 
* Ser [[Aron Santagar]], Master-at-Arms of the Red Keep.
 
* Ser [[Aron Santagar]], Master-at-Arms of the Red Keep.
 
* Lord [[Gyles Rosby]], Lord of [[Rosby]].
 
* Lord [[Gyles Rosby]], Lord of [[Rosby]].
* Lady [[Sansa Stark|Sansa Lannister]] (neé Stark), Tyrion's wife.
 
** [[Shae]], Sansa's handmaiden and Tyrion's concubine.
 
* [[Dontos Hollard]], called "Dontos the Red", a former knight and King Joffrey's new fool.
 
   
 
==Image Gallery==
 
==Image Gallery==
 
<gallery hideaddbutton="true">
 
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King's Landing.jpg|The Red Keep overlooking King's Landing, as seen from the north side
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King's Landing.jpg|The Red Keep overlooking King's Landing, as seen from the north
Tyrion and Varys.jpg|The south side of the Red Keep, seen from the sea wall in Blackwater Bay.
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Tyrion and Varys.jpg|The south side of the Red Keep, seen from the sea wall close to the mouth of the Blackwater Rush.
Red keep.jpg|The south side of the Red Keep seen from the tourney ground outside the city.]]
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RedKeepFront.jpg|Frontal aerial view of the Red Keep
The Red Keep.jpg|The Red Keep as seen in [[You Win or You Die]].
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GreatSeptExteriors.jpg|The Red Keep seen in the distance, from the western side of King's Landing
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Kimberly Pope Red Keep Concept Art I.jpg
 
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In ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'', the Red Keep is a major castle complex located at the south-eastern corner of the city of King's Landing, directly overlooking the [[Blackwater Rush]] and [[Blackwater Bay]]. It is built atop Aegon's High Hill, the tallest hill of the city, and affords a panoramic view of the rest of the city. It consists of a number of interconnected buildings, such as the main keep, a secondary castle called Maegor's Holdfast and the Tower of the Hand, the seat of the [[Hand of the King]]. White Sword Tower is the base of operations for the [[Kingsguard]]. The Red Keep is so-named due to the redstone bricks used to build it.
 
In ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'', the Red Keep is a major castle complex located at the south-eastern corner of the city of King's Landing, directly overlooking the [[Blackwater Rush]] and [[Blackwater Bay]]. It is built atop Aegon's High Hill, the tallest hill of the city, and affords a panoramic view of the rest of the city. It consists of a number of interconnected buildings, such as the main keep, a secondary castle called Maegor's Holdfast and the Tower of the Hand, the seat of the [[Hand of the King]]. White Sword Tower is the base of operations for the [[Kingsguard]]. The Red Keep is so-named due to the redstone bricks used to build it.
   
The Red Keep was built approximately three centuries prior to the events of the series and replaced an earlier wooden fort, built by King [[Aegon I Targaryen]] where he first set foot on the continent and used as his base of operations in his conquest of Westeros. The construction of the Keep was an immense undertaking, spanning the reign of the first few [[Targaryen]] kings, although modifications and additions to the castle have been made ever since.
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The Red Keep was built approximately three centuries prior to the events of the series and replaced an earlier wooden fort called "Aegonfort", built by King [[Aegon I Targaryen]] where he first set foot on the continent and used as his base of operations in his conquest of Westeros. After Aegon deemed the fort unsuitable for rule, he took the royal court to [[Dragonstone (castle)|Dragonstone]], and ruled there for many years until his death. The construction of the Keep was an immense undertaking, spanning the reign of the first few [[Targaryen]] kings, although modifications and additions to the castle have been made ever since.
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
* [http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Red_Keep The Red Keep at A Wiki of Ice and Fire]
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* {{AWOIAF}} (MAJOR spoilers from the books)
{{The Crownlands}}
 
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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The Red Keep
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Red Keep
Type
Castle, administrative capital
Population
Religion
Institutions
Date of founding
1 AL
Age
300 years (approx.)
Founder
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"Aegon built his castle of red rock to remind people of the fire he roasted his enemies in, so whenever King's Landing looked up they'd see the price of defiance."
―Joffrey Baratheon[src]

The Red Keep is the residence of the King of the Andals and the First Men, his family and his court, located within King's Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. It dominates the skyline of the city, and serves as the city's primary fortress and redoubt.

Located in the southeastern corner of King's Landing, the Red Keep overlooks Blackwater Bay and the Narrow Sea. It is currently the seat of King Tommen Baratheon, and was formerly the seat of King Joffrey Baratheon, King Robert Baratheon, and before him the seat of the Targaryen kings.

Specific LocationsEdit

The Great HallEdit

The Great Hall is the massive throne room of the Red Keep and where the Iron Throne stands. The King (or his Hand, in the event of the King's absence), holds court and receives petitioners within the Great Hall. It is also employed for official ceremonies.

Maegor's HoldfastEdit

Maegor's Holdfast is a stout tower in the center of the Red Keep. It was named after King Maegor Targaryen, who built the Red Keep. It serves as a redoubt when the city is attacked. The royal apartments are also located in Maegor's Holdfast.

Maegor's Holdfast served as a refuge for Queen Cersei and the highborn ladies of the Red Keep during the Battle of the Blackwater.

The Tower of the HandEdit

The Tower of the Hand is the location of the quarters and offices of the Hand of the King. The Hand's family, household and guards also live and work in the Tower of the Hand.

When Tywin Lannister assumes his Hand duties for King Joffrey he arranges for the meetings of the small council to be held in the Tower of the Hand to assert his own authority.

The White Sword TowerEdit

The White Sword Tower houses the chambers of the Kingsguard.

The MaidenvaultEdit

The Maidenvault was built under orders of King Baelor Targaryen to imprison his sisters Daena, Rhaena, and Elaena to prevent them from inciting any carnal thought in the pious king.

The GodswoodEdit

The Red Keep's Godswood overlooks the Blackwater Rush. It has no weirwood as the Red Keep is not an ancient castle from the time the Old Gods of the Forest held sway south of the Neck.[1][2]

The Traitor's WalkEdit

The Traitor's Walk is an outer corridor on one of the sides of the Red Keep with view to one of its outer walls. The heads of criminals and traitors are placed on spikes over said wall, visible both to the exterior of the Red Keep and whoever passes through the corridor.

Following the arrest and execution of Ned Stark, his head and those of his entire household were placed on the wall beside the Traitor's Walk.[3]

The dungeonsEdit

The dungeons of the Red Keep are divided in four levels:

  • On the upper level are cells with high narrow windows where common criminals are confined together.
  • The second level has smaller, personal cells without windows for highborn captives and valuable hostages.
  • The Black Cells are the third level. Prisoners accused of treason and other high crimes are kept within the Black Cells, as was the case of Ned Stark. Varys has access to the Black Cells, though he dons the disguise of a gaoler when entering.
  • The fourth level is spoken of only in rumors. Once a man is taken here, he never sees the light of day again and is subjected to the most painful torments.

Secret passagesEdit

The Red Keep, according to rumors, is full of miles of secret passages running behind the walls and below the floors. Maegor the Cruel had the builders of the Red Keep executed after the castle was completed to keep the secret of the passageways.

Notable residents of the KeepEdit

Image GalleryEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

Production Designer Gemma Jackson said that the look of the floor in the Red Keep is based on the Pantheon in Rome.[4]

In the booksEdit

In A Song of Ice and Fire, the Red Keep is a major castle complex located at the south-eastern corner of the city of King's Landing, directly overlooking the Blackwater Rush and Blackwater Bay. It is built atop Aegon's High Hill, the tallest hill of the city, and affords a panoramic view of the rest of the city. It consists of a number of interconnected buildings, such as the main keep, a secondary castle called Maegor's Holdfast and the Tower of the Hand, the seat of the Hand of the King. White Sword Tower is the base of operations for the Kingsguard. The Red Keep is so-named due to the redstone bricks used to build it.

The Red Keep was built approximately three centuries prior to the events of the series and replaced an earlier wooden fort called "Aegonfort", built by King Aegon I Targaryen where he first set foot on the continent and used as his base of operations in his conquest of Westeros. After Aegon deemed the fort unsuitable for rule, he took the royal court to Dragonstone, and ruled there for many years until his death. The construction of the Keep was an immense undertaking, spanning the reign of the first few Targaryen kings, although modifications and additions to the castle have been made ever since.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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