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Guide to Tribute Items


-----Now, the first thing you're probably wondering is: what's a tribute item? A tribute item is a Gaia item that pays respect (or pokes fun) to a certain person, place, event, etc. in the real world. Tribute items are often created to recognize the deaths and accomplishments of famous and influential people, or they're often based off of pop culture, such as viral videos or popular books and television shows. Now, Gaia has a lot of items that pay tribute to people and pop culture (with many of these in Chance Items and in the Cash Shop), but this guide is only going to include items given away for free, because if an artist is taking their own time to make this item without any other incentive than respect or fun, you know it's important. Keep in mind that I won't be covering Cash Shop items, Alchemy specific items, directly sponsored items, or major event grants (Halloween, Christmas, Easter, Saint Patrick's Day, etc.) If you ever feel like there's more information to be given for a certain item, or if I don't have all of my facts straight, feel free to post your corrections and I'll have it fixed ASAP!

-----This guide is divided into two sections: Items from Daily Chance, and items not from Daily Chance. Each item will include a link to the MP listing (click on the picture), a description of why the item was created, and outside links to that person/place/event/etc. If an item has Retired under it, you can no longer obtain the item unless you buy it off of the marketplace. Underneath the items and links you can see when this guide is updated, so if in the title there's an update, you can find the newest items and grant links!

-----Gaia's amazing art team has been creating many more of these items than in previous years with most of them being on the down-low. If you know of a free to obtain tribute item not on this list, please post the marketplace link to the item so I can add it to this list. If you'd like to contribute any additional information, fill in some gaps, and correct my occasional complete pop culture incompetence, report a link as broken, point out a grant that's no longer working, or anything of the sort, please do so! Thank you to everybody who's helped!

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Obtained by Daily Chance

Blood Knight Helmet
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This item is a tribute to Frank Frazetta, a famous American sci-fi and fantasy artist. It's based off of his "Death Dealer" set of paintings.
Obtained by: Daily Chance
Information: 1, 2

Burning Book
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This item is a tribute to the death of Ray Bradbury, a famous American author. This item is in specific reference to one of his most famous books Fahrenheit 451.
Obtained by: Daily Chance
Information: 1, 2

Colbert
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This item is a tribute to Stephen Colbert, American comedian, actor, and host of the Colbert Report. The description is one of his coined phrases.
Obtained by: Daily Chance
Information: 1, 2

Double Complete Rainbow
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This item is referencing the Double Rainbow viral video, with the description being a quote from the video.
Obtained by: Daily Chance
Used to be a profile grant, and was called "Double Rainbow" until the CI took the name
Information: 1

Little Wild King
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This item is a tribute to the death of Maurice Sendak, an American children's author who wrote Where the Wild Things Are. This item is in reference to the book.
Obtained by: Daily Chance
Information: 1, 2

Michael's Memory
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This item is a tribute to Michael Jackson's death, the "King of Pop." The description is a reference to his song Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'.
Obtained by: Daily Chance
Used to be named "Glittering Sequined Glove" until Jackson's death, in which the jacket poses and the moon pose were added
Information: 1, 2

Millennium Director
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This item is in observance to the death Japanese director Satoshi Kon, who both directed anime and wrote manga.
Obtained by: Daily Chance
Information: 1

Moon Man
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This item is a tribute to Neil Armstrong's death, the first man to walk on the moon. The description is his famous quote.
Obtained by: Daily Chance
Information: 1, 2, 3

New Age Remembrance
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This item is a tribute to Jean Giraud's death, a famous French artist, who went under the name of Moebius.
Obtained by: Daily Chance
Information: 1, 2

Plumber's Belt
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This item is in reference to Mario, a popular video game protagonist published by Nintendo. In-game, he's actually a plumber.
Obtained by: Daily Chance
Information: 1, 2

RIP Conan
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This item is a tribute to when American commedian Conan O'brien's show went off the air.
Obtained by: Daily Chance
Information: 1, 2

Silicon Pirate
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This item is a tribute to the death of Steve Jobs, an American inventor and the former CEO of Apple Incorporated. The description is in reference to a quote made in 1982. (ref: Steve Job's Best Quotes)
Obtained by: Daily Chance
Information: 1, 2

Starmony
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This item is a reference to the Adult Swim game Robot Unicorn Attack.
Obtained by: Daily Chance
Used to be a profile grant
Information: 1

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Adventuring Contract
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This item is was made for the movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."
Obtained by: Click on the link given by NPC Brennivin here
Information: 1
Retired

Binder Full of Diedrichs
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This item is was made for the 2012 American Presidential Elections.
Obtained by: Voting in this debate between Diedrich and Fredrick.
Information: 1
Retired

Burnt Bread
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This item is a tribute to the popular book series The Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins. It's symbolic of one of the main characters, Peeta Mellark.
Obtained by: Posting certain key words in The Hunger Games hot topic, such as "hungry" and "bread" when nearing the release of the The Hungers Games movie.
Information: 1, 2, 3
Retired

Chest Console
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This item is a tribute to May the Fourth be With You, a Star Wars play on words on which the developers held a Star Wars vs. Avengers day, because the Avengers movie was also released that same day.
Obtained by: Posting in the Hot Topic
Information: 1
Retired

Chest Core
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This item is a tribute to May the Fourth be With You, a Star Wars play on words on which the developers held a Star Wars vs. Avengers day, because the Avengers movie was also released that same day.
Obtained by: Posting in the Hot Topic
Information: 1
Retired

The Detectiving Consultant
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This item is a tribute to season 3 of the show Sherlock, hosted by BBC. The description and most of the poses are a reference to one damn great stag night.
Obtained by: Solving the puzzle and clicking on the grant link, which will grant a Note from a Dear Friend which can be opened for the item
Information: 1, 2

For my Bronies
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This item is a tribute to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fans, also called Bronies.
Obtained by: Click on the grant link on Zero Omega's profile
Information: 1

Gregory the Leap Frog
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This item is a tribute to the leap year, where there's 1 extra day in the year every 4 years, February 29th. This one is for 2012.
Obtained by: Granted by a link (link needed) in the Leap Year hot topic
Information: 1
Retired

Griefstache
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This item is a tribute to the hit TV show BBC Sherlock's 3rd season after a two year break. It premiered January 1st, 2014, and it includes backgrounds from the show, Watson's mustache, and other references.
Obtained by: Granted by a link on reapersun's profile
Information: 1

H2O Splash!
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This item is a tribute to the swimming anime Free!
Obtained by: Clicking on the mackerel on Gem2niki's profile.
Information: 1

The Halfling
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This item is a tribute to Hobbit Day, which falls on September 22nd and celebrates the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, fictional characters form The Lord of the Rings series.
Obtained by: Finding a Hobbit on the world map. A dev alert was announced, titled "Halfling Day."
Information: 1
Retired

High Bounty Rookie
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This item is for Talk Like a Pirate Day 2013, and the item itself is a reference to the anime/manga One Piece.
Obtained by: Clicking on a link on pyawakit's profile.
Information: 1, 2

Independence Fireworks
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This item is a tribute to the American Independence Day, or the Fourth of July. It's traditional to shoot off fireworks on the Fourth.
Obtained by: Posting certain key words in the forums on Independence Day.
Information: 1
Retired

Jubilant Diamond Crown
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This item was given as a grant in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's 60th year on the throne. The celebration was deemed the "Diamond Jubilee."
Obtained by: Posting the key words "Long live the queen" in the Diamond Jubilee hot topic.
Information: 1, 2
Retired

Jumper Collection
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This item is a tribute to the BBC hit show Sherlock, with the sweaters being the different sweaters Watson wears throughout the first season.
Obtained by: Secret grant on the artist reapersun's profile.
Information: 1

King of the Pirates
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This item was created to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day! This one was for September 19th, 2012. It's also a reference to the anime/manga One Piece.
Obtained by: Posting certain piratey key words such as "aye," "rum," and "wench" to accumulate points on Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Information: 1, 2
Retired

Leafy Crown
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This item is for Earth Day, 2012.
Obtained by: Talking to Carl in the Earth Day flash space on Earth Day 2012
Information: 1, 2
Retired

Leap Year Frog
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This item is a tribute to the leap year, where there's 1 extra day in the year every 4 years, February 29th. This one is for 2008.
Obtained by: Granted by a link
Information: 1
Retired

Lucky Horseshoe Hat
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This item is for Friday the 13th, specifically for September 13th, 2013.
Obtained by: Clicking on the grant link in the Friday the 13th forum
Information: 1
Retired

Mid-Autumn Gift Bag
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This item is for the Mid-Autumn Festival, a festival celebrated in Chinese culture in mid-Autumn, where there are many ceremonies and moon cakes are eaten.
Obtained by: Clicking on the link on Finni's profile.
Information: 1, 2, 3
Retired

Midnight Craving
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This item is a reference to the popular American TV show Hannibal.
Obtained by: Clicking on the link in the Hannibal Hot Topic.
Information: 1

Moonlight Guardian
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This item is to celebrate Sailor Moon's, a popular Japanese anime and manga, twentieth birthday.
Obtained by: Wearing any "Serafuku" item on Sailor Moon's twentieth birthday.
Information: 1
Retired

Mountain Key
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This item was released for the release of the 2nd Hobbit movie, the Desolation of Smaug. The mountain key is used to open a door in the mountain where the dragon Smaug slept. If you hold your hands up while wearing the key, different poses are unlocked.
Obtained by: Profile grant
Information: 1

Noble Nuptial Tea
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This item was given as a grant in celebration of the Royal Wedding in 2011, wedding Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
Obtained by: Grant on this thread.
Information: 1, 2
Retired

Old Man Thug
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This item was made for the series finale of Breaking Bad. The main character Walt often wears the hat and glasses, the held poses are references to making and selling crystal meth, and there are lots of scenes where he's only in his underwear.
Obtained by: Clicking on the grant link, given by piecing together a link from the staff notice.
Information: 1, 2

Pirate Prattle
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This item was created to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day! This one was for September 19th, 2012.
Obtained by: Awarded for wearing an eye patch item on Talk Like a Pirate Day 2012.
Information: 1
Retired

Pizza Pi
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This item is a play on words made for Pi Day on March 14th, signifying 3.14.
Obtained by: Posting "3.1415926" on the Pi Day hot topic.
Information: 1
Retired

Pro Bono Bublico
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This item is made for the new Phoenix Wright game, Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies.
Obtained by: Grant on Finni's profile
Information: 1

The Raptor Arrives
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This item is a tribute to The Rapture, predicted by Harold Camping and made into a meme. It was supposed to happen on May 21st, 2011, but never happened.
Obtained by: Posting in The Rapture hot topic
Information: 1, 2
Retired

Risky Angels
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This item is a tribute to the anime Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.
Obtained by: A two week Diedrich-run art event where you had to draw fanart for Digiorno Lee. Random submissions were granted the item. There's also an Alchemy Recipe for this item. [NPC] Diedrich was also granting the item to random chatters in the GCD who wore underwear and stockings.
Information: 1
Semi-Retired

Ron Bruise Mask
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This item was made for April Fool's Day 2012 and was based off of a fake movie based off of a fake book (Mother Duck's Sunday Stroll), starring three parody actors of Tom Cruise, Charlee Sheen, and Keanu Reeves.
Information: 1
Retired

Seven Years Bad Luck
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This item is for Friday the 13th. April 13th, 2012, to be exact.
Obtained by: Hidden grant on [NPC] Friday XII's profile.
Information: 1
Retired

Sharkicane
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This item was made for Shark Week, a week dedicated to sharks put on by Discovery Channel. This one is for 2013.
Obtained by: Being quoted by [NPC] Mr S. Chompy in the Sharkpocalypse hot topic.
Information: 1
Retired

Sleepy Village
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This item is a tribute to the video game Animal Crossing, made by Milkbun for the release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In game you can shoot down balloons with presents with your slingshot.
Obtained by: Clicking on a grant on Milkbun's profile. (Balloon and present.)
Information: 1

Someone Please Help Me
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This item is a tribute for the season finale of the television series Hannibal, which focuses on the cannibal Hannibal Lectar.
Obtained by: Clicking on a grant here on Fayren Pickpocket's profile.
Information: 1

Statue of Diedrichy
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This item is a reference to the Statue of Liberty, made for Diedrich taking over the government after the U.S. government shutdown in 2013.
Obtained by: Clicking on the grant link in the announcement.
Information: 1

Time and Space
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This item was made for the 50th anniversary of the TV show Doctor Who. Each of the miniature dolls is a different regeneration of The Doctor, played by a different actor. Each doll has what number doctor they were in the post name. In the background is the TARDIS, The Doctor's phone booth time traveling machine.
Obtained by: Clicking on the grant link, hinted at by a dev notice
Information: 1, 2
This item grants 12 times, because when it was released there have been 12 different regenerations of The Doctor.

Tourist Hat
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Another BBC Sherlock tribute done by Reapersun, this item is in commemoration of February 21st, 2013 (or 2/21/13), a date that resembles the address 221B Baker Street, the address of Sherlock in the original stories and in the BBC adaptation. The hat is the same hat the character Jim Moriarty is wearing in the episode "A Scandal in Belgravia."
Obtained by: Hidden grant here. A whole site-wide event was held on 2/21/13 by Reapersun. The event was announced by Dev Alert and involved a site wide item sleuthing puzzle.
Information: 1, 2, 3

Welcome to the World of
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This item is a reference to the outfits worn in Pokemon games, to commemorate the release of Pokemon X and Y. Welcome to the World of Pokemon! is often said during the introduction of the video games.
Obtained by: Clicking on the link on Miori's profile.
Information: 1
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Lunaire's Polearm
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This is possibly a tribute item.
Obtained from: Daily Chance

Paul the Octopus
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This is a reference to a real life octopus named Paul, who predicted the 2010 World Cup.
Missing grant link.
References: 1

The grant link for Gregory the Leap Frog and Leap Year Frog are missing.
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Updates

A great big thank you to all who have contributed information!

August 27th, 2012 - The thread is created. Items added: Burning Book, Colbert, Double Complete Rainbow, Little Wild King, Michael's Memory, Millennium Director, Moon Man (new,) New Age Remembrance, Plumber's Belt, RIP Conan, Silicon Pirate, Starmony, Burnt Bread, Jumper Collection, Moonlight Guardian, Pizza Pi, Risky Angels, and Seven Years Bad Luck.
August 28th, 2012 - Additional information is added to Double Complete Rainbow, Michael's Memory, and Starmony.
August 30th, 2012 - The information and references for Millennium Director are changed to be accurate.
September 3rd, 2012 - Possible Tribute Items section added with Lunaire's Polearm.
September 11th, 2012 - Added Blood Knight Helmet.
September 12th, 2012 - Added Noble Nuptial Tea and Jubilant Diamond Crown.
September 17th, 2012 - Added Leap Year Frog and Gregory the Leap Frog. Additional information added to Risky Angels.
September 19th, 2012 - Added King of the Pirates (new) and Pirate Prattle (new.)
September 23rd, 2012 - Added The Halfling (new.)
November 6th, 2012 - Added Folder Full of Diedrichs (new.)
December 14th, 2012 - Added Adventuring Contract (new.)
February 21st, 2013 - Added Tourist Hat (new.)
June 7th, 2013 - Added Sleepy Village (new.)
August 17th, 2013 - Added Sharkicane (new.)
September 17th, 2013 - Added For the Bronies (new) and miscellaneous other older items
September 19th, 2013 - Added High Bounty Rookie (new) and Mid-Autumn Gift Bag (new.)
September 25th, 2013 - Added H2O Splash! (new.)
October 12th, 2013 - Added Statue of Diedrichy (new), Old Man Thug (new), and Welcome to the World of (new.)
November 1st, 2013 - Added Pro Bono Publico (new) and The Raptor.
November 23rd, 2013 - Added Time and Space (new.)
January 8th, 2014 - Added Griefstache (new) and Mountain Key (new.)
March 14th, 2014 - Added Midnight Craving (new) and The Detectiving Consultant (new.)
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Nice guide. There are several grants on hear I'd never heard of before. Though I did want to point out that I believe the Double Rainbow (and Starmony, I'm pretty sure) was originally a secret grant on a profile. I've never seen them granted in the daily chance, and I thought they were no longer obtainable. I could be totally wrong on that, though.
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Nice guide. There are several grants on hear I'd never heard of before. Though I did want to point out that I believe the Double Rainbow (and Starmony, I'm pretty sure) was originally a secret grant on a profile. I've never seen them granted in the daily chance, and I thought they were no longer obtainable. I could be totally wrong on that, though.
I think that was the case originally, too, but I just couldn't remember where. I know for certain that they're given away in DC now though, because they were needed for alchemy. I'll add a note to those items, thanks!
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Nice guide. There are several grants on hear I'd never heard of before. Though I did want to point out that I believe the Double Rainbow (and Starmony, I'm pretty sure) was originally a secret grant on a profile. I've never seen them granted in the daily chance, and I thought they were no longer obtainable. I could be totally wrong on that, though.
I think that was the case originally, too, but I just couldn't remember where. I know for certain that they're given away in DC now though, because they were needed for alchemy. I'll add a note to those items, thanks!


Ah, that makes sense. Good to know. And you're welcome. ^_^
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Nice guide, I found out about some items that I didn't know existed. I would like, however, to mention that the item Millennium Director is not a reference to George Lucas, but rather to Satoshi Kon, a Japanese director who passed away 2 years ago.
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Nice guide, I found out about some items that I didn't know existed. I would like, however, to mention that the item Millennium Director is not a reference to George Lucas, but rather to Satoshi Kon, a Japanese director who passed away 2 years ago.
That would actually make a lot more sense. sweatdrop I'll update it, thank you!
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Is Lunaire's Polearm a tribute item? If it is I don't know the reference.
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Is Lunaire's Polearm a tribute item? If it is I don't know the reference.

That's a good question. I've never seen that item before. o_o Do you know where it comes from? I'm guessing Daily Chance?
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Is Lunaire's Polearm a tribute item? If it is I don't know the reference.

That's a good question. I've never seen that item before. o_o Do you know where it comes from? I'm guessing Daily Chance?

Yes, that's another rare Daily Chance item.

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