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“King Garon's grand plans must be accomplished no matter what. I'll strike down anyone in the way, be they royal blood or common peasants. The future holds no place for any of you!”
—Iago making his last stand against Corrin and their army in Revelation: Chapter 17

Iago is a character and the secondary antagonist in the Birthright and Conquest routes of Fire Emblem Fates and a minor antagonist in the route of Revelation.

Profile[]

Iago is Nohr's tactician and is viewed as a shadow of Garon. Always eager to get into the king's good favor, Iago sycophantically agrees with each and every one of his opinions, even if they may be morally unsound. He excels at witchcraft and employs foul play and manipulation in his schemes to bend others to his will.

Birthright[]

Iago first appears in Chapter 8, manipulating the Hoshidan army into killing several members of the Wind Tribe by using his magic to disguise them as Faceless. After the spell is lifted, Iago arrives and taunts them, knowing that he can easily plot against them and leaves before the Wind Tribe finds out that he was responsible for their deaths.

Later on, in Chapter 16, Takumi falls ill to a rare disease local to the region, and the Hoshidan army makes the decision to search for medicine at one of Garon's villas. Garon sends Iago to stop them, but he is defeated in battle. Before departing, Iago mocks Corrin, telling them that there is a "traitor" operating within their ranks, cackling with glee as he watches them struggle to identify the "traitor".

In Chapter 20, Iago appears in Fort Dragonfall, where he greets the Hoshidan army by informing them that Garon has granted him the power to revive the dragon that is a part of the fortress. After invoking the resurrection of the dragon, Iago, although aware that the army will succumb to the dragon's stomach acid, makes the sadistic decision to speed up their deaths by summoning a horde of Faceless. However, his plan is foiled as Azura's song reverses his curse and the Hoshidan army manages to break out of the fortress.

In Chapter 25, Iago encounters the Hoshidan army at the Grand Staircase leading to the throne room. He taunts Corrin for being weak and still being alive, but they are sick of Iago's games and tells him to just get it over with. He then notices Elise with the group and tells her to come to his side, to which she refuses because he was the one who made Xander and Leo fight Corrin and attempted to kill them many times. He then seizes full control over Takumi's mind, compelling him to take Azura as a hostage. Iago thereafter reveals Takumi to be the "traitor", as thanks to him, he knew of their whereabouts, gleefully forcing the Hoshidan royalty to decide whether to kill him or watch Azura die. However, thanks to Corrin's attempt to reach out to Takumi, he regains temporary control of his senses, allowing Azura to sing Lost in Thoughts All Alone to purify his mind and free him from Iago's curse. Iago attempts to stop her, but Sakura manages to distract him long enough for Azura to finish her song. Takumi breaks free and shoots Iago, foiling his plans once more.

Iago is shocked and angered that his plans failed yet again, as Corrin declares that peace is coming and he can't stand in their way anymore and threatens to kill him once and for all. Iago engages the Hoshidan army in one last battle, only to be defeated once more. Iago cowers and pathetically attempts for Corrin to spare his life, claiming that he too had been controlled by Garon. Corrin doesn't believe him for a second and Leo appears afterwards, having watched the battle. Iago begs Leo to save him, but Leo has grown sick of Iago's deceitful tactics and disgracing Nohr by unwilling to accept defeat, stating that he will kill him. Iago is shocked and begs a second time, but Leo silences him and mercilessly executes him with Brynhildr, putting an end to his schemes and tactics for good.

Conquest[]

Iago oversees Nohr's invasion of Hoshido, accompanying Garon when needed. He plays a bigger role in Conquest than Birthright.

When Corrin returns from Hoshido in Chapter 7, Garon and Iago are surprised and suspicious of them. Iago states that they could be a spy for Hoshido, and Garon promptly agrees. Garon then orders Xander to kill Corrin, but him informs Garon that they had chosen to return to Nohr out of their own free will. Garon then consults an effigy of Anankos on how best the situation should be handled. After much brooding, Garon decides that Corrin will be welcomed back into the Nohrian royal family, but only if they suppress the Ice Tribe's rebellion alone. Iago attempts to reverse Garon's decision but fails when he insists that it is the will of Anankos.

While Corrin navigates through the Woods of the Forlorn, Iago summons a group of Faceless in an attempt to make them suffer. His plan fails as Xander had sent Silas, Elise and her retainers Arthur and Effie, to help them with their task. Iago is upset with the results, but declares that he has more tricks for Corrin when they leave the forest; however, he does not actually do anything else to hinder them for a while.

After Corrin stops the rebellion, Garon is initially pleased with their efforts, but Iago, having watched them on their journey, states that they received help, enraging Garon. However, Xander and Elise intervene, stating that they had sent them aid. Garon is unwilling to turn on his children and states that the rebellion was put down anyways, allowing the incident to pass, much to Iago's anger.

In Chapter 11, after Corrin defeats Hinoka and the Hoshidans and gets power from the Rainbow Sage, Iago appears as an illusion and orders Corrin to kill the Sage as Garon does not want anyone else gaining his power. Though Corrin refuses, the Rainbow Sage decides to take his own life instead, sparing them the pain. Although angered that they did not kill the Sage and at their continuous "loopholes", Iago tells Corrin they technically fulfilled King Garon’s order, despite not killing the Sage himself and warps away to inform Garon.

In Chapter 12, Garon tasks Iago with making Corrin suffer greatly but not kill them; something he does not fully comprehend, but gladly complies with regardless. On his first attempt at following Garon's orders, Iago sends the group to Palace Macarath to relax for a while, although it is later revealed that he had alerted Ryoma and the Hoshidan army to ambush them there beforehand. This plan of his is foiled as Xander sends his retainers, Laslow and Peri to foil Ryoma's ambush and the Nohrian army manages to stage a solid fight and flee from the vicinity.

In Chapter 13, Iago has a short discussion with Corrin about a rebellion in Cheve before Corrin goes to meet with Garon; after Corrin leaves, Iago states that his plans for Macarath weren't severe enough and that his next plan will be more difficult to slither out of.

In Chapter 14, Iago heads to Cyrkensia and watches a performance along with Garon and his children. During the performance, a mysterious songstress uses her song to curse Garon, causing him extreme discomfort. Iago immediately orders his men to capture the songstress. Before the songstress could be captured, Kumagera and a band of Hoshidan soldiers arrive to assassinate Garon. After the Hoshidans are defeated and Garon recovers, he orders Corrin to kill all the singers in Nestra. When Corrin protests, Leo manages to drag them out of the situation by stating that they were tired, while Iago and Hans leave to begin their killing spree.

In Chapter 16, when Corrin finds Azura acting mysteriously and returns after their brief stay in Valla, Iago asks the two where they went, as he saw them depart at night. Corrin states that they had been rattled by the Cyrkensia massacre, so Azura suggested to take a stroll. While taking their "stroll", they were attacked by mysterious enemies and killed them, even showing him their blood-stained armor as proof. Iago is surprised, but does not question them further.

Iago isn't seen again until Chapter 21. Frustrated over Corrin's perpetual lack of difficulty in their progress, he summons a large horde of Faceless to ambush them at the Eternal Stairway. Unbeknownst to him, Iago unintentionally helped Corrin and the Nohrians clear the Eternal Staircase, which was guarded by a group of Hoshidan soldiers to halt the Nohrians' advance. Iago's plan is again foiled as they manage to escape the Faceless horde, though Lilith is fatally wounded in the process, which he is content with.

Iago reemerges following the conclusion of the fierce defense put up by Yukimura in Chapter 22, where he and Hans kill all of the Hoshidan prisoners of war who surrendered with, but not including, Sakura, Subaki and Hana. Although Xander and the others try to stop them from killing any more prisoners, they are halted by Garon, who threatens to execute them for treason if they continue in their protests.

In Chapter 23, when the Nohrian army reaches the Great Wall of Suzanoh, Iago leads his forces to attack the Hoshidan defenses along the wall, tasking Corrin and their group to defeat their core legion, led by Takumi. Iago orders Corrin to kill Takumi since they have Sakura hostage, and states that he knows Corrin would rather spare Takumi, but doubts that Garon would agree, to which they reluctantly agree with him and state that they will prepare for battle. When out of sight, Iago continues to talk behind their back and states that he'll enjoy watching Corrin suffer even further. Corrin defeats Takumi, but he becomes possessed and stumbles off the wall in a trance, though Iago does not appear to be aware of this development.

In Chapter 24, when they break through and enter the Hoshidan capital, Iago, along with Hans, kills several Hoshidan civilians who insult Corrin for being a traitor and causing Mikoto's death, claiming that he will protect them from the "street rats". Continuing with their progress, they eventually surround Castle Shirasagi, Iago tasks Corrin again to break through their defenses, this time led by Hinoka and leave no survivors as he believes that they must kill all the Hoshidans royals. Corrin defeats Hinoka, but is unwilling to kill her and asks that she give her naginata as proof of her demise and manages to send her hiding behind Garon's back until the war is over.

In Chapter 25, inside the castle, Corrin gives Iago the naginata as proof they killed Hinoka. Iago, stating that it is not proof, much less a trophy, is not completely convinced and suspiciously asks if they spared her, only to be stopped by Garon. The Nohrians confront Ryoma, who had been anticipating them. Iago throws Hinoka's naginata in the room, and states that Corrin killed her. Corrin is forced to keep up with the lie, confirming Iago's statement. Enraged, Ryoma engages Corrin in a one-on-one duel. Despite a grueling duel, Corrin barely emerges victorious. Garon then goads Corrin to kill him, but Ryoma intervenes and tells Corrin that he understands and will end the war his way and commits seppuku. Iago attempts to have Corrin executed for not complying with Garon's orders, but Garon does not care anymore and allows it to pass as they have conquered Hoshido.

In his last appearance in Chapter 26, Iago, angered that Corrin is still alive and knowing they spared Hinoka, had sent out a group to search for her while they were fighting Ryoma. When Garon tells everyone to wait outside the throne room, Iago attacks Corrin, finding out that they had indeed spared Hinoka, and with Garon's loyalists, attempts to kill them for "treason". However, they are stopped by Xander and their Nohrian siblings, who have become distrustful of Iago for his schemes and selfishness towards Corrin and swear to kill him and Hans for disgracing Nohr's honor and they are taking it back from them. Corrin then stands up to Iago and Hans, threatening them stating that they may be from Nohr, but they will punish them all the same. With Garon occupied in the Hoshidan Throne Room, no longer there to protect him, Iago is forced to fight against Corrin and the Nohrian siblings alongside the other loyalists.

Despite their efforts, the loyalists and Hans are killed, while Iago is backed into a corner. He disgracefully attempts to save his skin by accusing Garon of forcing him to fight and that he is "innocent" and does not deserve to die. Leo silences Iago's pitiful attempt to receive mercy, citing his numerous atrocities, especially causing great suffering towards Corrin and warns him he has no mercy to spare him. Iago helplessly watches as he is executed by Leo once and for all, dying in vain as Corrin foiled his schemes to kill them, as well as failing to make them suffer, also providing retribution to the innumerable lives lost at the hands of Iago's schemes as well as ending their reign of tyranny over the innocent.

Revelation[]

In this route, Iago plays a much smaller role compared to the other two. He first appears in Chapter 9, once again leading Corrin's army into a trap against the Wind Tribe. After Corrin discovers that the Faceless that they had fought are actually Wind Tribe members, he quietly chuckles and then teleports out of the vicinity (compared to Birthright where he taunted them), pleased with his progress.

In Chapter 14, Iago welcomes Xander back to Castle Krakenburg after his return from Cyrkensia. Xander seeks an audience with Garon, and Iago wonders if Corrin was a bad influence on him. Hans joins Iago, asserting the impossibility of Xander being convinced to join Corrin's cause, to which Iago disagrees. He brings up how Camilla had joined Corrin's army to support his disagreement, resolutely maintaining a stance of suspicion against Xander. They are unaware that Elise was eavesdropping on them, who escapes to join Corrin.

Iago is among the Nohrian forces attempting to stop Corrin from meeting with their siblings at the Hoshido-Nohr border. Following the defeat of Hans, Iago leads a small force to defeat Corrin's troops in Chapter 17. However, thanks to Xander and Leo's decision to join Corrin's cause, Iago is swiftly killed.

Personality[]

Dishonorable and manipulative, Iago is a schemer at his core and enjoys his position in the Nohrian forces. Sadistic and cruel to all who stand in the way of his goals, he is not above any manner of dirty tactics and enjoys inflicting suffrage on the battlefield, showing a profound lack of morals. He has an inflated ego as well as he believes his intelligence to be unrivaled and revels whenever a plan falls into place.

In truth, Iago is nothing more than a disposable pawn to King Garon and his ambitions. He is still valuable Garon, which gives Iago protection and authority that he indulges in at every opportunity. Unlike Garon, the Nohrian royal siblings show utter disdain for his actions and all would execute him for his atrocities at the first opportunity. Nonetheless, until the opportunity arises, they are forced to tolerate his abhorrent actions.

Ultimately, Iago is nothing without Garon's protection and in all three routes, he immediately dies once his usefulness is at an end. In his final moments, Iago is left as nothing more than a sniveling coward who immediately tries to bargain for his life. No matter what scenario he is left in, his pleas fall on deaf ears and finally earns the comeuppance he rightfully deserves.

In-Game[]

Fire Emblem Fates[]

Birthright Chapter 16 - Pleasure Palace[]

Birthright Chapter 25 - Traitor Revealed[]

Conquest Chapter 26 - Treason[]

Note: Iago will use his staves from the highest to lowest in his inventory on all difficulties

Revelation Chapter 17 - Black Flames[]

Starting Class
FE14 Iago Sorcerer Map SpriteSorcerer
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
7380221416141220-
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
BindHeartseekerFE14 Tome Tome - B
FE14 Staff Staff - E
FE14Tome Fimbulvetr (Dropped)

Starting Class
FE14 Iago Sorcerer Map SpriteSorcerer
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
7430251416141725-
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Devilish WindMalefic Aura
BindHeartseeker
FE14 Tome Tome - B
FE14 Staff Staff - C
FE14Tome Fimbulvetr (Dropped)

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Nohr's Tactician
Tactician in the service of the Nohrian king, Garon. He uses cruel schemes and malicious magic to plague the enemies of Nohr. Appears in Fire Emblem Fates.

Base Stats[]

Rarity:
✯✯✯
Iago Heroes spriteTitle
Nohr's Tactician
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
35/38/41
8/9/10
31/34/37
3/4/5
20/23/26
4/5/6
17/20/23
6/7/8
25/28/31
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense RuinFEH Fire Tome Tome
✯✯✯✯
Iago Heroes spriteTitle
Nohr's Tactician
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
36/39/42
9/10/11
33/36/39
3/4/5
21/24/27
4/5/6
18/21/24
7/8/9
27/30/33
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Fenrir
FEH skill special Rising Wind
FEH Fire Tome Tome
✯✯✯✯✯
Iago Heroes spriteTitle
Nohr's Tactician
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
39/42/45
9/10/11
35/38/41
4/5/6
23/27/30
5/6/7
20/23/26
7/8/9
29/32/35
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Iago's Tome
FEH skill special Rising Wind
FEH Fire Tome Tome

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseFlux---
Ruin-FEH Star Rarity 3-
FenrirRuinFEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
Iago's TomeFenrir-FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialRising Wind-FEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
Blazing WindRising Wind-FEH Star Rarity 4
AFEH Attack +1 Attack +1--
FEH HP Atk 1 HP/Atk 1FEH Attack +1 Attack +1-
FEH HP Atk 2 HP/Atk 2FEH HP Atk 1 HP/Atk 1FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Atk Opening 1 Atk Opening 1--
FEH Atk Opening 2 Atk Opening 2FEH Atk Opening 1 Atk Opening 1-
FEH Atk Opening 3 Atk Opening 3FEH Atk Opening 2 Atk Opening 2FEH Star Rarity 5

Overall[]

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Base Set[]
Counters[]
Skill Inheritance[]

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Nohr's Tactician Iago
Iago nohrs tactician pop01 Iago is the personal tactician of Garon, King of Nohr. He'll employ any means necessary to secure victory, making him a truly troublesome Hero to have as an enemy!
Iago nohrs tactician pop02 As far as his personality goes, he's extremely cautious, leaving no risk unaccounted for. He'll even suspect his allies of ulterior motives if he spots anything amiss in their behavior, no matter how minor...
Iago nohrs tactician pop03 Iago is also talented at bewitching his opponents, and he has a knack for setting traps too. When he was in Nohr, he really made Hoshido suffer with his schemes...
Iago nohrs tactician pop04 You know, now that I think about it, he might be a bit of a handful. I hope that helping the Order of Heroes proves to be a more positive outlet for his, ummm...talents!
Closely Associated Characters
Garon The king of Nohr. Intends to invade and rule over Hoshido. He appointed Iago to the post of tactician.

Quotes[]

Fates[]

Help Description[]

General of the Nohrian army and a skilled illusionist. Enjoys making devious plans.

Defeat Line[]

  • "You think... you've won..."

Chapter 16 (Birthright)[]

Battle Quote[]
“Pfft. What do you think you're doing, minion? Bring on Corrin!”
—Iago's battle quote
Vs. Corrin[]
  • Iago: And here we are, at last. I've been waiting for you.
  • Corrin: I'm done talking. It's time to finish this.
  • Iago: Oh, I agree. HAH!
Retreat Quote[]
“This is nothing... compared to what King Garon will do...”
—Iago's retreat quote

Chapter 25 (Birthright)[]

Battle Quote[]
“You poor fool. Doing Corrin's dirty work for him/her...”
—Iago's battle quote
Vs. Corrin[]
  • Iago: You're like a rather pesky cockroach, you know that? Just when I think I've got you under my foot, you scamper away.
  • Corrin: Sure. Just keep talking. It's what you do best. I'm through talking.
  • Iago: Well, then! I'll save the rest of my clever analogies for another time... And kill you right now. HAAH!
Vs. Takumi[]
  • Takumi: Yes! I was hoping I'd get a chance to kill you myself. This is for everything you've put me through!
  • Iago: *yawn* You know I chose you because you were the weakest, right? You should never have come out of that spell—now you're going to suffer!
  • Takumi: Wrong! Now that my head is clear, my aim is truer than ever. I'm going to turn your face into my own personal bull's-eye.
Defeat Quote[]
“Save me... King Garon...”
—Iago's defeat quote

Chapter 26 (Conquest)[]

Battle Quote[]
“You impertinent traitor! Your ragtag group is no match for my army! Let your death serve as an example to all those who dare oppose King Garon!”
—Iago's battle quote
Vs. Corrin[]
  • Iago: Are you ready to pay for your betrayal, Lord/Lady Corrin?
  • Corrin: No, Iago, I am ready to kill you.
  • Iago: Oh my, how very frightening. I'm trembling! I am the highest-ranking general in the Nohrian army, you fool. Do you really think I'll be so easy to kill? But before you die, I have something to tell you. A parting gift, if you will. It was I who sent the Faceless who killed that flying rat, Lilith.
  • Corrin: What!?
  • Iago: Oh, and that's not all. It was I who suggested to King Garon that you be forced to kill Prince Ryoma. And I who told the enemy about your journey to Macarath. Did you enjoy my little gifts of sorrow? I put ever so much thought into them!
  • Corrin: I will never forgive you for all that, Iago. Prepare to die!
  • Iago: Ha! So the imprisoned little prince/princess fancies himself/herself all grown up. The king ordered me to make you suffer without killing you... But I can no longer comply. In order to see my plans to fruition, you must die! Say your prayers, Lord/Lady Corrin!
Defeat Quote[]
“GAAAAH!! This can't...be happening! How could I lose?! King Garon, please...save...me...”
—Iago's defeat quote

Chapter 17 (Revelation)[]

Battle Quote[]
“I must congratulate you for making it as far as you have. However, it is now your time to die. With you out of the way, the world will be King Garon's for the taking. Enjoy reflecting on all your mistakes...in the afterlife!”
—Iago's battle quote

Death Quote[]

“This...this can't be happening... My plan...was perfect... I... King Garon... H-help...me...”
—Iago's death quote

Fire Emblem Warriors[]

“The time has come to shuffle off your mortal coil... Tremble now at the sight of my power. That of Nohr's greatest tactician. The dread mage Iago!”
—Iago's battle quote

Heroes[]

Iago/Heroes Quotes

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem if: Niberungu no Hokan[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Iago is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1 349 CYL Iago Portrait
Fates
518
CYL2 406
↓57
CYL Iago Portrait
Fates
428
↓90
CYL3 319
↑87
CYL Iago Portrait
Fates
619
↑191
CYL4 309
↑10
CYL Iago Portrait
Fates
404
↓215
CYL5 395
↓86
CYL Iago Portrait
Fates
115
↓289
CYL6 400
↓5
CYL Iago Portrait
Fates
123
↑8

CYL7 353
↑47
CYL Iago Portrait
Fates
80
↓43

Etymology[]

Iago is the villain of a tragic Shakespearian play, Othello, in which he masterminds the downfall of the capable and powerful Othello out of jealousy.

Macbeth is the titular character of another tragic Shakespearian play, Macbeth. In this play, Macbeth and his wife devise a plan to assassinate the king and claim the throne, marking their ruin.

Trivia[]

  • Iago shares his Japanese voice actor, Akinori Egoshi, with Ignatius.
  • Iago's localized name was revealed in the Fates Treehouse event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo before his Japanese name, Macbeth, had been disclosed.
  • Iago's outfit appears to be an enhanced and more complete version of the generic Sorcerer outfit. This, coupled with his unique trait of being able to use Staves despite his class's usual restriction to Tomes, indicates he may have more proficiency and a higher "tier" than other Sorcerers in the game.
    • Interestingly, this contrasts Zola's scenario, wherein he is depicted to be wearing a standard, if somewhat shabby version, of the Dark Mage's outfit, even as a Sorcerer.
    • Iago also retains the same critical animations of a Sorcerer, whereas, Zola, even in his Sorcerer class, uses the critical animation of a Dark Mage.
  • Like Zola, Mikoto, Hans and Garon, Iago has unused blushing portraits within the game's code.
  • Iago's outfit in Warriors possesses black and crimson pants whereas his Fates model possesses grey and black pants.
  • Revelation is the only path where Iago is not killed by Leo. Instead, he is killed by the combined might of Hoshido and Nohr. It is also the only one where he does not have a battle quote against Corrin.
  • Iago was the only major antagonist not revealed in any Warriors trailers or promotional materials.
  • If Iago's battle model is stripped, he will lose his mask, exposing the covered side of his face.
    • It also reveals that he has a secondary strand of hair draped down his face and that his hair toward the back of his head is cropped to be a shorter length than at the front.
    • Interestingly enough, Iago's Fire Emblem Cipher card depicts him with long hair at the back.
  • Iago is the fourth non-playable character from Fates to be playable in Heroes with the first being Garon, the second being Mikoto, and the third being Lilith.
  • Iago possesses a complete set of head map sprites, including mounted head sprites, despite never appearing in a mounted class (sharing this trait with Mikoto, Sumeragi, Arete, and Anthony), though strangely, his mounted head sprites exclude his mask.
  • Iago's mask might be inspired by Erik's from "The Phantom of the Opera".
  • One of his voiced lines "I have you now!" also serves as his critical quote, which normally goes unheard in normal gameplay. He will say it if he is hacked into the player's army and given crit-dealing weapons (such as Mjölnir or Excalibur).
    • If Iago is forcibly reclassed via hacking, he will keep both his Sorcerer outfit and his ability to use staves regardless of class.

Gallery[]

See main article: Iago/Gallery.
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