A Teacher and a Friend

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Head to the Artisanship Commission and find Qingque

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Artisanship Commission

Qingque from the Divination Commission has been sent by the master diviner to assess the site post-disaster and seems to have run into some troubles that are "beyond her scope of work," requiring your help.
Speaking of, what is Qingque's scope of work? Isn't it to oversee the repository?
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Qingque
Qingque
You're here!
Options
Heard you've got some problems you'd like a hand with?
Qingque
Qingque
It's not so much a problem for me, as it is for this guy... Since Master Chengjie is here now, maybe he can talk about it himself?
Chengjie
Chengjie
I'm just a young apprentice who cannot graduate, so I'm not qualified yet to lead any team. Please don't call me "Master."
Qingque
Qingque
I'm just saying it for convenience's sake. Don't worry about it, Chengjie.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Ah, I remember you. You are the great hero Master Gongshu mentioned. He said you helped him fight off all the monnn~stersss~ in the commission.
Chengjie
Chengjie
I really envy you. I can't do anything. I'm just a piece of trash wasting my days away at the Artisanship Commission... Every time I come across something dangerous, I flee in fear. I'm such a chicken, and I've got no sense of ar~ti~san~ship~...
Options
Why are you so self-pitying all of a sudden?
Is that what Master Gongshu told you?
Fear of death is pretty normal.
Chengjie
Chengjie
It's not sudden at all. I've been depressed ever since I found out that I lost my master's manuscript.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Master Gongshu didn't say anything to me, but I know he's thinking it deep down.
Chengjie
Chengjie
If I were a true~ ar~ti~san~, then there's no way I could've lost my master's manuscript.
Qingque
Qingque
Yep. Like, seriously, what's more normal than being afraid to die?
Chengjie
Chengjie
...But I was doing just that, and still lost my master's manuscript. It is absolutely unforgivable.
Chengjie
Chengjie
The manuscript is my master's legacy work of his lifetime, and it's the only copy in the whole cosmos.
Options
During his lifetime? Do you mean Master Gongshu is dead?
Legacy work? What happened to Master Gongshu?
Chengjie
Chengjie
{F#Miss}{M#Sir}, please get hold of yourself. The one who passed away is Master Ryan, a craftsman who used to be my mentor when I first joined the Artisanship Commission. It's not my current teacher, Master Gongshu.
Chengjie
Chengjie
*sigh* My master's manuscript should have gone down in Xianzhou's history... but I was too busy saving my own skin and didn't take it out with me. I really am utt~er~ly~ use~less~
Options
Why didn't you make a copy of something so important?
Is this manuscript really that important?
Just find that manuscript, and you'll be fine, right?
Chengjie
Chengjie
I feel even worse now!
Qingque
Qingque
Well, if I were in his shoes and didn't save or back up any of the Divination Commission's files, I wouldn't even dare to sleep.
Chengjie
Chengjie
What you said is true, but it's too late for regrets. It's impossible to make a copy of it now.
Chengjie
Chengjie
I am not very learned, and I've always felt intimidated and under-qualified to face this manuscript.
Chengjie
Chengjie
That manuscript is Master Ryan's magnum opus. I thought that one day I'd be able to actualize its visions myself... But now I won't even get the chance to try.
Chengjie
Chengjie
But the Artisanship Commission is filled with uncontrolled ingenia, and abominations awakened by the Ambrosial Arbor... I dare not...
Options
So you'd like me to take over from here?
...Is this why you've invited me over, Qingque?
I see. If it's lost, it's lost.
Chengjie
Chengjie
That's great, {NICKNAME}. Are you really willing to help me find the lost manuscript?
Qingque
Qingque
Hmmm... I didn't expect things to turn out like this.
Qingque
Qingque
Argh, don't mind me right now. Just help Chengjie find that manuscript.
Qingque
Qingque
You're right. What's lost is lost.
Chengjie
Chengjie
...Miss Qingque?
Qingque
Qingque
But! {NICKNAME} has fought off the Abominations of Abundance before, recovered the Creation Furnace, and became a hero at the Artisanship Commission. Helping Chengjie find that manuscript should be a piece of cake that you'd never refuse, right?
Qingque
Qingque
Right? Right? Riiight?
Chengjie
Chengjie
...Miss Qingque, are we pushing it too far?
Qingque
Qingque
Just let the right people handle the right things. Besides, it's too dangerous for you to go back alone.
Options
I agree, but only on one condition.
I'm out. Ask someone else to help.
Qingque
Qingque
What condition?
Options
You must come with me.
Don't even think about slacking off this time.
Qingque
Qingque
Hey, let's talk this out instead of throwing in the towel, okay?
Options
Not unless Qingque comes with me.
Not fair if you are the only one who gets to slack off.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Miss Qingque, I'm begging you!
Qingque
Qingque
Well, so much for my lazy day plans. Anyways, got any leads on the manuscript? Those manuscript thingies all seem identical to me.
Chengjie
Chengjie
After Master Ryan passed, his manuscripts were packed away by the Artisanship Commission. It should be placed in the Sapientia Academe.
Chengjie
Chengjie
My master's dream was to create a starskiff that nobody's ever seen before. There should be words like "Starskiff designs," "keel structure," "Starskiff engine" on his manuscript.
Qingque
Qingque
That's enough for us. If you keep using more of these fancy words, we ain't gonna understand anything. Let's just head out, {NICKNAME}.
Qingque
Qingque
I knew it was gonna be trouble when the master diviner assigned me to the Artisanship Commission.
Qingque
Qingque
...Seriously, I'm just a lowly custodian who looks after the repository.

Look for Master Ryan's manuscript in the Sapientia Academe

After understanding what plagues Chengjie, Qingque and you decide to help him out with recovering his master's manuscript.
Chengjie didn't want to go back to the Sapientia Academe because he didn't want to bother the Cloud Knights for something small like this... Do you feel angry at the way he didn't want to bother the Cloud Knights but is so nonchalant about bothering you?
Investigate
Qingque
Qingque
This is the Sapientia Academe. Stay sharp and expect the unexpected.
Options
You go in and find the manuscript. I'll keep watch at the door.
I'll go in and find the manuscript. You keep watch at the door.
Let's both go in.
Qingque
Qingque
Alright. I'll go in there.
Qingque
Qingque
You're so sweet. But I'm simply not qualified to help you watch the door.
Qingque
Qingque
...How about I go in and look for it. You keep watch out here.
Qingque
Qingque
Great. You take care of ninety percent of the area, and I'll take the rest. Go!
System
System
After a long period of rummaging around, the alarm was not triggered, and countless dusty old documents were unearthed.
System
System
They're like toys that have been kicked under the sofa by some uninterested cat, with no chance of seeing the light of day.
System
System
In addition to all the manuscripts lying about, there's an envelope titled IPC Designer Invite. Judging by the date, it's already over 120 years old.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Chengjie
Please, bring Mr. Ryan's manuscript back in one piece. I leave it in your capable hands.

Qingque
Qingque
It was pitch black in there, so to save trouble, I pulled out everything that looked like a design manuscript. Why don't we sift through these here and see which one of them is Mr. Ryan's?
Options
You have to help me look for it.
Will do.
Qingque
Qingque
...I don't plan on slacking off.
Qingque
Qingque
But you know how I am. I'm not exactly the most enthusiastic worker around here, so do try to cut me some slack. You were just starting to sound like the master diviner.
Qingque
Qingque
Alrighty then, I'll take a break and leave the rest to you.
Qingque
Qingque
If there's anything you don't understand, just ask, but I'm not too familiar with the documentation systems at the Artisanship Commission.
Qingque
Qingque
I often hear from mates that "messing with a craftsman's toolbox is like choking off a craftsman's neck." Once we find the right manuscript, we'll have to put the rest back promptly β€” otherwise, the Artisanship Commission folks will come after me.

Find the correct manuscript from the variety of manuscripts

Neither you nor Qingque is familiar with the manuscripts in the Artisanship Commission. Better to bring along all the manuscripts you can find before identifying the right one.
You flip the pages like a clueless investor picking flaws in a designer's work. It feels good.
Investigate
System
System
This is a design manuscript that explains the working principles behind a Luminflux Pyxis, which seems to be related to a kind of demon called Heliobi. And this design is attributed to Master Gongshu.
Options
That's the one!
Next.
Qingque
Qingque
But Chengjie said that Mr. Ryan's wish is to create a new starskiff, right, {NICKNAME}?
System
System
This is a blueprint for the aurumatons' exterior design, meticulously documented by an anonymous craftsman who seemed to have an unwavering commitment to aesthetics. This craftsman scrawled in frustration upon this manuscript: "Those fools know nothing of beauty! All they do is besmirch my gorgeous aurumatons".
Options
That's the one!
Next.
Qingque
Qingque
This design talks about aurumatons, not starskiffs. Easy enough to tell apart, no? Keep going.
System
System
This is a manuscript about the design of a type of starskiff, showcasing its structural finesse. The blueprint boasts a cultivation method for a lightweight keel that promises tighter turns, faster speeds, and much longer voyages, far outstripping any other vessel on the market.
Options
Previous one.
That's the one!
Next.
Qingque
Qingque
This looks like the one. Give it to me.
Qingque
Qingque
I'll keep this manuscript for the time being. After all, I'll be outshined by you if I go back empty-handed.
Qingque
Qingque
However, this "IPC Designer Invite" seems pretty important too. I suppose it's kept in the same place as this starskiff manuscript. We should probably take it with us?
Options
Let Chengjie decide for himself.
That doesn't seem necessary.
Qingque
Qingque
You're right. Let's get him to see it for himself.
Qingque
Qingque
It was placed alongside this starskiff manuscript. They seem to have a connection, so let's take it with us.
Qingque
Qingque
Anyways, lemme tell you a pro tip for the workplace: If it exists, just bring it, even if your boss didn't explicitly ask for it. If the master diviner wants something and I don't have it on me, then I'll just say it doesn't exist, and everything that does exist is already with me. This way, I'll never have to run back for things.
Qingque
Qingque
What would you do if Chengjie said, "Oh, I suddenly remembered. That invite is also important"? I wouldn't want to keep running back and forth. It's gonna be so tiring.
Qingque
Qingque
...But if he doesn't ask about this, it's really not appropriate to just hand it over to him, so I'll leave it with you for now.
Options
Ugh, how troublesome.
Suddenly, I don't wanna work on the job anymore.
Qingque
Qingque
Come on, you gotta learn to work smarter.
Qingque
Qingque
That's how I feel every day actually... But work has to get done. That's why I downgraded my mantra from "How to avoid work" to "How to slack off at work." You should learn from my work philosophy.
Monster's Voice
Monster's Voice
Oh boohoo...
Qingque
Qingque
What noise is that...?
Qingque
Qingque
Uh-oh, there're monsters nearby. Be careful, {NICKNAME}!
System
System
This is an event proposal that mentioned a spatial fusion device called "Hexanexus." The organizers realized that these Rubik's Cube-like contraptions were not getting any attention, so they decided to take matters into their own hands and awkwardly place them in every nook and cranny of the venue.
System
System
"There's bound to be someone who is curious enough to try to solve these. All our efforts will not be in vain!"
Options
Previous one.
That's the one!
Qingque
Qingque
Whoa, look closer! This manuscript looks like something straight out of a secret society. It's definitely not this...
Options
Previous one.
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Combat

Qingque
Qingque
...Dβ€”Darn it. I've got some bad news.
Qingque
Qingque
The starskiff design manuscript that Chengjie wanted is damaged... What should we do?
Options
Just be honest and tell him the truth.
Just say it got wrecked by some monsters long ago.
Let's just pretend that we didn't find anything.
Qingque
Qingque
Oh no, this is bad... I'm gonna get blamed for this and go down in Xianzhou's history as an eternal sinner... Let's just go apologize now...
Qingque
Qingque
That's a good point. We can just blame it all on monsters. Even if we don't find it, they would have been all damaged by monsters.
Qingque
Qingque
Good, that's what we'll tell Chengjie.
Qingque
Qingque
Are you telling me that we shouldn't even give him this damaged starskiff design manuscript...? That's wrong, isn't it?
Qingque
Qingque
It's my fault. My concerns have had you overthinking. We should just tell him the truth, and it's for the best.

Hand the damaged manuscript to Chengjie

You managed to find Master Ryan's manuscript, but a sudden ambush damaged it.
However, what else could you have done? At least there were several complete pages left. Hand them all to Chengjie, at least you would've completed the task.
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Chengjie
Chengjie
You're back. Did you find my master's manuscript for the starskiff?
Qingque
Qingque
About that, I'd like to explain a bit more in detail.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Something happened to the manuscript? No way!
Qingque
Qingque
How to put this...
System
System
Qingque tries to be as dramatic as possible while describing how the manuscript was retrieved. Chengjie seems to have a good idea of the situation after listening to everything.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Thank you. At least you managed to bring back the remaining parts of the manuscript. But I should be blamed for this. If I had been more brave and taken the manuscript with me as I fled...
Chengjie
Chengjie
Boo hoo wahh β€”
Qingque
Qingque
Chengjie, are you okay?
Chengjie
Chengjie
Oh, I'm such a wimp. How can I be such a good-for-nothing? I keep saying I'm all about my master's manuscript and his dream, but all I did was sit here, waiting for you guys to do it for me.
Chengjie
Chengjie
I can't even protect a manuscript. What kind of Artisanship Commission craftsman am I?
Options
No need to beat yourself up.
This has nothing to do with you being a craftsman.
I'm sorry about this accident.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Master Ryan's mighty name reverberates down through the ages. All he left in his career as a craftsman was this manuscript, and yet I...
Chengjie
Chengjie
But every time I pick up my tools, I can only think of my master teaching me these artisan skills. And as soon as I think of these skills, I'll remember that I lost his final manuscript. Iβ€”I can't go on like this.
Chengjie
Chengjie
This isn't your fault. Mr. Ryan's damaged manuscript is absolutely positively my fault, so I'll take the blame.
Qingque
Qingque
({NICKNAME}, we can't let him be depressed like this. Say something, or I'll start feeling guilty.)
Options
You should complete the missing parts of the manuscript.
Forget about the manuscript for now. Let's take a break!
Chengjie
Chengjie
No! Asking me to fill my master's shoes would be like asking a toddler to duplicate the most famous art piece in the world.
Qingque
Qingque
*sigh* If I'm in low spirits at work, I'll simply pick out a wide open space to take a wee stroll.
Qingque
Qingque
How about this? Let's put the manuscript aside and pick up the mood at Starskiff Haven, huh?
Chengjie
Chengjie
I can't stay at the Artisanship Commission anymore. I'm homeless, and it doesn't matter where I go.
Qingque
Qingque
Yes, yes. Let's go to Starskiff Haven. There's good food, fun stuff, and lots of people there.
Chengjie
Chengjie
I don't think there's any need for that. But I can't stay at the Artisanship Commission anymore. I'm homeless, so it doesn't matter where I go.
Qingque
Qingque
Then let's head out! Destination: Starskiff Haven.

Bring a dejected Chengjie to Starskiff Haven to clear his mind

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Central Starskiff Haven

Unable to deal with the loss, Chengjie sank into a state of despair. You and Qingque, being the good-natured people that you are, decided to bring Chengjie to have a walk.
Many people walk through Starskiff Haven daily. It can be a good place to calm down a bit... Then again, if you have social anxiety, being here may actually make you more anxious.
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Qingque
Qingque
Chengjie, don't be so crestfallen. Look, there's food and drink, there's the Sleepless Earl for tea, and there's Starwatcher Avenue for shopping. So, where do you wanna go?
Chengjie
Chengjie
We can go wherever. Miss Qingque, you call the shots.
Qingque
Qingque
{NICKNAME}, what do you want to do?
Options
Let's go eat some snacks!
Let's go to the Sleepless Earl and order a pot of tea!
Oh, oh, I know a comedy duo who does crosstalk!
We can go anywhere you want.
Qingque
Qingque
Alright, we'll go to a snacks stall and see if there's anything good to eat.
Chengjie
Chengjie
...
Qingque
Qingque
Come on, let's go!
Food Stall Owner
Food Stall Owner
Berrypheasant skewers, tuskpir wraps, steamed puffergoat milk... plus the famous mystery steamed stuffed buns that everyone's been eating lately!
Qingque
Qingque
Chengjie, what do you want? It's my treat.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Thanks, Miss Qingque. That's very generous. I... I don't want to eat anything.
Food Stall Owner
Food Stall Owner
It's okay if you don't wanna eat. You two, what do you want?
Options
Give me one of everything, thanks.
I don't want to eat anything, either.
Qingque
Qingque
How about you wait a bit and eat later... We'll lead Chengjie elsewhere and take a stroll.
Qingque
Qingque
Let's go. I wanna see if Chengjie has ideas about any other places.
Qingque
Qingque
I'm thinking a cup of Immortal's Delight tea would be good. Let's go.
Chengjie
Chengjie
...
Qingque
Qingque
Come on, let's go!
Mengming
Mengming
Is there any tea you'd like to drink? I'm your server today.
Qingque
Qingque
Hey, Chengjie, you sit here and enjoy the tea, and I'll slip out to get some snacks...
Chengjie
Chengjie
Thanks, Miss Qingque. That's very generous. But I don't want any tea or snacks.
Mengming
Mengming
I can see you have a lot on your mind, and I don't want to pressure you. Please take your seat and call me whenever you need.
Options
Anyway, let's get a cup of Immortal's Delight!
Perhaps now is not the time to savor a pot of tea?
Qingque
Qingque
I want to drink some too, but if we only let Chengjie watch us two drinking... Well, it'd be putting the cart before the horse, wouldn't it?
Qingque
Qingque
How about we go elsewhere for a walk?
Qingque
Qingque
You're right. How about we go elsewhere for a walk?
Chengjie
Chengjie
...Starskiff Haven... Starskiffs... I just want to see starskiffs soaring through space.
Options
Are you still thinking about the manuscript?
Let's go. We'll go look at some starskiffs!
Chengjie
Chengjie
I'm simply incapable of thinking about anything else. Take me to see the starskiffs close up, and maybe I'll have some closure.
Qingque
Qingque
Let's go then. We can go to the bridge and watch from there.
Qingque
Qingque
Cool! Actually, I often binge watch immersias about comedy crosstalks at home, and they're so fun.
Chengjie
Chengjie
...
Qingque
Qingque
Come on, let's go!
Forth
Forth
...Honestly, a lot of folks don't know that you and I go way back. We actually studied together.
Back'n
Back'n
Yep, that's right. We've studied under the same master.
Forth
Forth
But even though we studied under the same master, we aren't exactly on the same level.
Back'n
Back'n
Huh? What are you trying to say?
Forth
Forth
Take me for example, I'm an "apprentice." Those a bit higher will be called "disciples." Those a bit higher again will be called "prized pupils".
Back'n
Back'n
What about me?
Chengjie
Chengjie
...Boohoo, I'm just a lowly degenerate in comparison.
Forth
Forth
Hey, audience. Please don't steal my line.
Options
Chengjie, don't interrupt the performance.
Well said.
Chengjie, let's go elsewhere.
Qingque
Qingque
...Well, this hits too close to home and might trigger some emotions. Let's just skip this show for now.
Qingque
Qingque
How about we go elsewhere for a walk?
Qingque
Qingque
Hey, quit joking around. How about we go elsewhere for a walk?
Chengjie
Chengjie
...Starskiff Haven... Starskiffs... I just want to see starskiffs soaring through space.
Options
Are you still thinking about the manuscript?
Let's go. We'll go look at some starskiffs!
Chengjie
Chengjie
I'm simply incapable of thinking about anything else. Take me to see the starskiffs close up, and maybe I'll have some closure.
Qingque
Qingque
Let's go then. We can go to the bridge and watch from there.
Qingque
Qingque
Why are you being so passive as well? Ah, fine, I'll call the shots then. Let's go and eat those snacks first.
Chengjie
Chengjie
...
Qingque
Qingque
Come on, let's go!
Food Stall Owner
Food Stall Owner
Berrypheasant skewers, tuskpir wraps, steamed puffergoat milk... plus the famous mystery steamed stuffed buns that everyone's been eating lately!
Qingque
Qingque
Chengjie, what do you want? It's my treat.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Thanks, Miss Qingque. That's very generous. I... I don't want to eat anything.
Food Stall Owner
Food Stall Owner
It's okay if you don't wanna eat. You two, what do you want?
Options
Give me one of everything, thanks.
I don't want to eat anything, either.
Qingque
Qingque
How about you wait a bit and eat later... We'll lead Chengjie elsewhere and take a stroll.
Qingque
Qingque
Let's go. I wanna see if Chengjie has ideas about any other places.
Chengjie
Chengjie
...Starskiff Haven... Starskiffs... I just want to see starskiffs soaring through space.
Options
Are you still thinking about the manuscript?
Let's go. We'll go look at some starskiffs!
Chengjie
Chengjie
I'm simply incapable of thinking about anything else. Take me to see the starskiffs, and maybe I'll get some closure.
Qingque
Qingque
Let's go then. We can go to the bridge and watch from there.

Head to the bridge above Starskiff Haven and look at the passing starskiffs

Chengjie evidently did not have the mood to do anything else other than watch starskiffs. So let's go starskiff-watching on the bridge of the Xianzhou Luofu.
Starskiff Haven sees many starskiffs in a day. What kind of starskiffs does Chengjie want to see?
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Chengjie
Chengjie
Starskiffs should be a familiar sight for all Xianzhou citizens.
Chengjie
Chengjie
I crisscrossed the skies on skiffs every day, watching the buildings on either side rush by, just like they have for a hundred years.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Lots of Xianzhou people are just like me, who never really thought about "the cleverness and technological advancements behind the starskiff". We just took it for granted and thoughtlessly enjoyed its convenience.
Chengjie
Chengjie
"Good design is practical, and the more practical it is, the harder it is to be appreciated," is what my master always said. He's loved starskiffs dearly his whole life, and hoped to build an even better model.
Chengjie
Chengjie
I should have been a starskiff designer myself. But my grades were too low, and before I could even finish studying, my master passed away. And now, I can't even protect the manuscript that he's left behind...
Options
That manuscript is all that's left of your bond.
You and your master seem really close.
Chengjie
Chengjie
You think too highly of me. I don't dare see myself as that important... If anything, the manuscript is what's left of my master's bond with the Xianzhou.
Chengjie
Chengjie
My master used to say, "A craftsman doesn't need a gravestone," because everything they craft is left behind in the works they make.
Chengjie
Chengjie
It's a shame that Master Ryan's brilliant but short life didn't allow him to see his final ideas come to fruition. I feel really sad about it. I want to make his last dream a reality and leave a mark for him in the history of Xianzhou.
Chengjie
Chengjie
No... Master Ryan was always so nice to me, but my level was technically never good enough to be his apprentice β€” I lacked the talent and was too lazy, but he still never cast me aside.
Chengjie
Chengjie
All I felt was powerlessness and regret when confronted by the genius of his work after his passing. I hated that I wasted my apprenticeship, not knowing how to carry out my master's final designs.
Chengjie
Chengjie
*sigh* We've only had twenty years of apprenticeship between us, and it's all gone so fast.
Options
Twenty years! You've been learning from him for that long?
So your master wasn't actually from Xianzhou?
Chengjie
Chengjie
Twenty odd years β€”Almost a quarter of a short-life species' existence, but on Xianzhou it's far too short. Master Gongshu took care of disciples for several hundred years, and his disciples have now taken on disciples of their own.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Just like that, before I knew it, my master had passed away... It's been almost a hundred years now. I still don't have the courage to face his manuscript. And now...
Qingque
Qingque
Over a hundred years? Hang on, that sounds familiar...
Qingque
Qingque
Ah, yes! That invite!
Chengjie
Chengjie
Yes. But since I got to know him, he's never left the Luofu. He was more local than the locals. He used to joke with me that if it weren't for me, he would've gone and joined the IPC.
Qingque
Qingque
Hang on... He may not have been joking around with you. We've found an IPC Designer Invite!
Qingque
Qingque
{NICKNAME}, do you have the invite? Quickly, let's show Chengjie.

Hand the IPC Designer Invite to Chengjie

Obviously, Chengjie didn't know about the invitation the Interastral Peace Corporation extended to Master Ryan, and Master Ryan never told him.
You wonder if the invitation letter would cause more guilt to Chengjie. However, if you don't hand it over, it might cause you to feel guilty as well.
Chengjie
Chengjie
A Designer Invite? For my master?
Options
(Hand over the invite)
Options
Deliver item
Chengjie
Chengjie
Ryan Masteronzo... Thβ€”This indeed was my master's name. And this date, was the very same day 120 years ago when he took me on as his disciple!
Chengjie
Chengjie
He chose me and stayed at the Artisanship Commission. He gave up the Interastral Peace Corporation...
Qingque
Qingque
We're both confused here. Could you please tell us the story between you and Master Ryan?
Chengjie
Chengjie
Mmm... But I'm not a natural storyteller. This might take a while.
Options
That's cool. Tell me all the details.
Please cut to the chase.
Chengjie
Chengjie
The Artisanship Commission has never turned away any students from outside of the Xianzhou. They are full of energy and ideas, and are always looking to learn knowledge and skills from the Xianzhou... And Master Ryan was one of those Outworlders.
Chengjie
Chengjie
I think he was originally a materials researcher. After coming aboard the Luofu to study, he was granted the status of craftsman, which is proof of accreditation for foreign students.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Usually, these short-life species leave after graduation, returning to their homeworld or finding other work.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Because they soon realize that their enthusiasm and talent pale in comparison to what long-life species have seen. This is a gulf of time that very few short-life species can bridge. Most people can only sigh at this barrier.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Plus, the long-life craftsmen often look down on the short-life outworlders with an arrogant attitude that cuts deeper than the "gulf of time." It's no wonder my master wanted to leave at first.
Chengjie
Chengjie
At the time, I was also struggling with my dwindling career. I studied starskiff manufacturing but didn't have any knack for it. Lots of masters told me to stop and that there was no point in staying at the Artisanship Commission.
Chengjie
Chengjie
I'm not sure why, but Master Ryan decided to take me on as an apprentice. Just as I was falling to the rock bottom, he reached out and gave me the strength to keep going.
Qingque
Qingque
So, two people who planned on leaving ended up staying. That's what you could call "fate," right?
Chengjie
Chengjie
I just needed one person to tell me, "I'll take you on as an apprentice". But my master, he... He could have left and been a top designer at the IPC, but he stayed behind instead. Why?
Options
Because he wanted to stay at the Artisanship Commission.
Because he could see himself in you.
Because he wanted to study starskiffs.
Qingque
Qingque
Before you showed up, staying at the Artisanship Commission was a lonely and unsustainable path. But with you, he could keep on with his work. You were his apprentice and his friend along that long road.
Qingque
Qingque
He went through hard times, and seeing you isolated and alone reminded him of being a short-life species at the Artisanship Commission.
Qingque
Qingque
This feeling is not the same as sympathy. Deep in his heart, helping you is like helping his past version of himself. You were his apprentice, and his best friend.
Qingque
Qingque
You even said it yourself. Master Ryan originally researched material science. But you've been talking about him and his passion for starskiff design. Presumably, he stayed because of his love for starskiffs.
Qingque
Qingque
Short-life craftsmen need partners and friends if they're to survive in the Artisanship Commission. As an apprentice of starskiff manufacturing, you must be able to understand his dream...
Chengjie
Chengjie
I never put this much thought into it. I just remember that my master was willing to teach, and I was willing to learn. Looking back, all those years were filled with happy memories, but time passes so fast.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Before I realized what was happening, his hair was already gray. One ordinary afternoon, he said he was a little tired and wanted to rest β€” but he fell down at his worktable, and never woke up again.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Time is unfair to everyone. His time has ended, yet here I am, wasting away my mediocre days...
Qingque
Qingque
That's how things usually end when a long-life species makes friends with a short-life species.
Chengjie
Chengjie
I owe my master so much. I'm lazy by nature and always put things off. If I could've graduated earlier, I wouldn't be left here with my regrets like I am now.
Options
It's never too late to graduate.
Then you definitely shouldn't be giving up!
...Regret also has its own beauty.
Qingque
Qingque
Don't regret just yet. It's never too late for you to graduate now.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Master Ryan was a short-life species who came here as an outworlder student.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Most students leave after finishing their studies. It's because short-life species simply cannot rack up the centuries of experience that long-life species can. The artisans at the Artisanship Commission also seem to have a bit of a bias against the short-life species.
Chengjie
Chengjie
The old masters had high requirements for selecting apprentices. I was but a person of mediocre talent, and kept hitting setbacks when looking for tutelage. Just when I was thinking about quitting, I never expected Master Ryan to take me on.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Later on, we studied and learned together, passing the days happily... But as a short-life species, my master soon reached the limit of his life.
Chengjie
Chengjie
When did it all begin? In the blink of an eye, his hair went white. And with another blink of the eye, he'd suddenly fallen over at his desk.
Qingque
Qingque
That's how things usually end when a long-life species makes friends with a short-life species.
Chengjie
Chengjie
I owe my master so much. I'm lazy by nature and always put things off. If I could've graduated earlier, I wouldn't be left here with my regrets like I am now.
Options
It's never too late to graduate.
Then you definitely shouldn't be giving up!
...Regret also has its own beauty.
Qingque
Qingque
Don't regret just yet. It's never too late for you to graduate now.
Qingque
Qingque
Take this damaged manuscript as the final exam paper left behind by your master. If you can complete your master's starskiff design, then that means you can graduate.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Complete the damaged manuscript? Can I really do it?
Chengjie
Chengjie
No, this is the last possible thing I can do for my master. I have to do it! I'm definitely gonna do this!
Qingque
Qingque
That's right! If there's anything we can do to help, just say the word, but if everything's all good now, then...
Chengjie
Chengjie
Okay! I want to see the whole manufacturing chain for starskiffs. Can you take me to see it?
Qingque
Qingque
Hmm... {NICKNAME}, how about it?
Options
I'm curious too about how starskiffs are built.
If you're gonna help someone, you gotta see it through, right?
You're a craftsman, but you haven't seen how it's manufactured?
Chengjie
Chengjie
I get the basic principles of starskiff manufacturing, but I've never personally been there to see the production line or the process with my own eyes.
Chengjie
Chengjie
To complete his legacy, I have to be down-to-earth and experience production just like a real craftsman does.
Qingque
Qingque
I guess... I can't escape the work of being a guide, huh, {NICKNAME}?
Qingque
Qingque
Seems like you two get along well, and I'm not familiar with Stargazer Navalia, so how about I head back first?
Options
No, you have to come with us.
It's so rare to have Chengjie in good spirits...
Qingque
Qingque
That seems to be above my pay grade.
Qingque
Qingque
*sigh* Fine, I'll come along.
Qingque
Qingque
If I can cheer up Chengjie, then I'd better go...
Chengjie
Chengjie
All I know are the basic principles of starskiff manufacturing, but I've never personally been there to see the production line or the process with my own eyes.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Why else would I say I'm a failure as a student...
Qingque
Qingque
Alas, I have a profound understanding of how hard it is for untalented students such as ourselves to study. {NICKNAME} and I will come up with a way to support you.
Chengjie
Chengjie
That's great. This cannot wait, so let's get going to Stargazer Navalia!
- IPC Designer Invite x 1

Head toward Stargazer Navalia

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Stargazer Navalia

Chengjie wanted to witness the birth of starskiffs with his own eyes at Stargazer Navalia, where monsters currently roam. Luckily for him, combat is your forte, so he asked you along...
You kind of wish people would pay more attention to your talents, those beautiful aspects of you, and not just "you can fight."
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Move
Chengjie
Chengjie
Getting your own designs onto the assembly lines in Stargazer Navalia is the dream of all craftsmen in Xianzhou.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Master Ryan mentioned countless times how he helped optimize an engine here that's been mass-produced here and sold all over the place. However, that engine became obsolete over the past century and has fallen to the annals of history.
Chengjie
Chengjie
But he always used to say "good design should be timeless"...
Qingque
Qingque
...Chengjie, just tell me straight. How can we help you?
Chengjie
Chengjie
First up, there're monsters causing trouble around Stargazer Navalia, so I need your protection. Next, I need some visual data in Stargazer Navalia to complement this manuscript.
Qingque
Qingque
In other words, some visiographs, right?
Chengjie
Chengjie
There are many steps in the starskiff manufacturing process, and each one is important.
Options
Has Chengjie started to get motivated yet?
We're not just in charge of taking photos, are we?
Chengjie
Chengjie
I want to go through the process of starskiff manufacturing again. I have a hunch that I can recreate the motivation to "create" once more.
Chengjie
Chengjie
I'll explain the manufacturing principles to you laypeople, so at least the whole trip won't be in vain.
Qingque
Qingque
Then let's get going.

Locate a Growing Starskiff: Germination Phase

The cultivation of a starskiff is divided into several phases. Chengjie wanted to see the process between a starskiff seed and a fully cultivated vessel.
You have been to Stargazer Navalia a few times, but you probably haven't noticed that starskiffs are grown in an incubator.
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Qingque
Qingque
This giant water tank holds... seeds?
Chengjie
Chengjie
It's not a water tank, but a starskiff incubator. It's filled with a culture medium that supports the starskiff seed during the germination phase, and it can ensure the biological material grows in a nutritious and controllable environment.
Qingque
Qingque
This is the first time I've ever heard about this. {NICKNAME}, you got any questions there?
Options
Starskiff seeds?
Culture medium?
Germination phase?
...Starskiffs grow out of seeds?
Chengjie
Chengjie
Yup, as the name suggests, it's a seed that can grow into a starskiff. But it's not a seed that grows into a plant-like structure. It incorporates moldable metals, biological materials, jade abaci, and more.
Chengjie
Chengjie
All of the growth data for a starskiff is stored inside its seed. In other words, these seeds come with their own "design manuscripts," and each seed grows step-by-step based on the design plan.
Chengjie
Chengjie
In the absence of any external stimulus and with sufficient nutrition, a starskiff seed will grow into a keel in one go.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Generally speaking, the ratio of catalyzers in the culture medium is fixed. However, it can be adjusted based on the design of the ship. Depending on the composition ratio, the strength and growth speed of the hull will vary.
Chengjie
Chengjie
So there are craftsmen from the Artisanship Commission who specialize in researching the ratio needed for the culture medium during the germination phase, so as to make the ship lighter, more durable, and safer.
Chengjie
Chengjie
There are many cylindrical "culture medium injectors" at various phases along the starskiff assembly line to make fine-tuned adjustments to it as it grows.
Chengjie
Chengjie
There are four main stages in the growth of a starskiff: The germination phase, the embryonic phase, the nutritive phase, and the forming phase. What you're seeing right now is the germination phase.
Chengjie
Chengjie
During this phase, materials such as fallow earth and Ligneous Freeroamers inside the starskiff seed will form the earliest signs of seed germ and embryo.
Chengjie
Chengjie
If anything goes wrong during the growth process, we need to clear out the failed starskiff seed and destroy the biological matter in the metal frame.
Qingque
Qingque
That's what made me most curious, too. Every day I'll be catching one of these starskiffs, without knowing that it's actually been grown from a seed.
Chengjie
Chengjie
You must have heard of the legends of the Ambrosial Arbor, right? That's what brought about a technological revolution on Xianzhou. Especially the Alchemy Commission, they had an utterly miraculous technology...
Chengjie
Chengjie
But after Reignbow severed the Ambrosial Arbor, most of the tech was lost. However, this starskiff growing technology was retained.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Help me take a photo of this incubator. Then we can go check out the embryonic phase.

Take a photo of a starskiff in its germination phase

Chengjie requires a visual reference of a starskiff. Take a picture of an incubator in its corresponding phase.
Qingque calls these pictures "visiographs." There are probably more of these familiar-yet-foreign terminology used all over the Xianzhou, you should get used to them.
{NICKNAME}
{NICKNAME}
Photos have been taken of the starskiff in germination phase.

Locate a Growing Starskiff: Embryonic Phase

The cultivation of a starskiff is divided into several phases. Chengjie wanted to see the process between a starskiff seed and a fully cultivated vessel.
You have been to Stargazer Navalia a few times, but you probably haven't noticed that starskiffs are grown in an incubator.
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Move
Qingque
Qingque
It's like I can already see the form of a starskiff taking shape... They really do grow out of seeds into a ship!
Chengjie
Chengjie
Even though I've read about it a thousand times, I still feel a sense of the incredible in the face of such wonder.
Chengjie
Chengjie
The embryonic phase is the most important stage in shaping the starskiff. If you don't regulate the temperature and culture medium properly, or if the design data has any errors, then the starskiff seed will fail to grow as designed.
Qingque
Qingque
That is to say, during this phase, there's still a possibility of chucking out a failed seed?
Chengjie
Chengjie
That's right. Some fast-growing anomalies can even burst through the incubator, causing the culture medium to leak out. When that happens, the incubator basically just gets trashed.
Options
A trashed incubator?
Has any serious accident ever happened before?
...Looks like this seed is about to be wrapped up.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Despite the confidence in their own designs, even our craftsmen have their failures.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Check out that incubator over there. Its designer must've miscalculated the self-growth algorithm of Fallow Earth... If I want to complete these designs, I need to focus on these growth patterns of starskiffs.
Chengjie
Chengjie
I heard Master Gongshu talk about how Stargazer Navalia was attacked by some Elixir Seekers before.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Rumor has it, they got a sample of the Ambrosial Arbor and hoped to use some starskiff culture medium to grow a new Ambrosial Arbor of their own. However, they were actually getting the wool pulled over their eyes! It was actually just a bonsai tree from the Alchemy Commission.
Chengjie
Chengjie
When they dropped their bonsai cutting into the culture medium, it was like detonating a bomb β€” in a flash, their hideaway had a massive tree burst through the roof, causing the whole building to collapse.
Chengjie
Chengjie
That massive tree spent the next few seconds withering before dying off. And that small twig gained incredible vitality within seconds, and then exhausted all life within a few more seconds. It really was a terrifying phenomenon.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Mmm, you can't actually see the core part of a starskiff that has taken form. For one thing, the starskiff seeds develop a detailed and complex root system during subsequent phases, which also acts as the internal jade abacus network aboard each starskiff.
Chengjie
Chengjie
For another thing, the toughest biological materials on the exterior will gradually close up, so that the starskiff can continue its core internal operations even when it encounters severe impacts.
Qingque
Qingque
...I'm already starting to lose track of everything being said.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Help me take a photo of this incubator. Then we can go check out the nutritive phase.

Take a photo of a starskiff in its embryonic phase

Chengjie requires a visual reference of a starskiff. Take a picture of an incubator in its corresponding phase.
Qingque calls these pictures "visiographs." There are probably more of these familiar-yet-foreign terminology used all over the Xianzhou, you should get used to them.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Many details aren't visible from this angle. Let's move to shoot from a different angle.

Chengjie
Chengjie
This is a great shot. Thank you so much.

Locate a Growing Starskiff: Nutritive Phase

The cultivation of a starskiff is divided into several phases. Chengjie wanted to see the process between a starskiff seed and a fully cultivated vessel.
You have been to Stargazer Navalia a few times, but you probably haven't noticed that starskiffs are grown in an incubator.
Chengjie
Chengjie
This is a great shot. Thank you so much.
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Move
Qingque
Qingque
Oh oh, I think I can see the shape of a starskiff! Is this the nutritive phase?
Options
It looks like it's almost done incubating!
Qingque
Qingque
Mmm, even though we haven't done a thing, there's still this spontaneous sense of pride.
Qingque
Qingque
Oh no, if I take pride in any of the work, then I can't just slack off without feeling guilty...
Qingque
Qingque
Don't you think so, Chengjie?
Qingque
Qingque
...Chengjie?
Qingque
Qingque
Darn it, Chengjie's missing!
Chengjie
Chengjie
Helpβ€”
Chengjie
Chengjie
I just came here to admire the starskiff's design, thenβ€” Help!
Qingque
Qingque
Oh no, I told him not to run around. Let's go. We gotta save him!
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Combat

Chengjie
Chengjie
Thank you for saving me. If it weren't for you, I wouldn't be able to fulfill my master's dream...
Qingque
Qingque
Well, it's starting to seem like you are just using your master's dream as an excuse to wallow in self-pity.
Qingque
Qingque
Oh, I'm sorry...
Chengjie
Chengjie
You're right. I've been talking about my master's dream all day. But I'm quickly growing numb to the concept of this word, "dream."
Chengjie
Chengjie
At first, I'd burst into tears whenever I thought of Master Ryan's face, and my heart would skip a beat.
Chengjie
Chengjie
But now, Master Ryan's face is like a blur to me. And my master's dream, it's like a thick old scar on my heart β€” an itch that I scratch every now and again, so that I'll never forget his memory.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Now I can't even tell if I really do want to fulfill my master's dream, or whether I'm just reminding myself over and over not to forget about him.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Iβ€”I'm afraid that one day, I'll think of Master Ryan, and there won't be that stirring in my heart anymore. That'll mean to me that my master has truly left my life, forever. How on earth could I ever hope to repay the time he has spent with me?
Chengjie
Chengjie
I gotta do this when this dream of my master has not completely faded away in my mind. I have to finish it for him.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Oops, ha! I've been talking to myself again... Let's go back to the incubator and all those starskiffs, yeah?
Options
You mentioned starskiff engines before?
Do the incubators grow alongside the starskiffs themselves?
Looks like the starskiff is almost ready.
Chengjie
Chengjie
There's a circular cutaway on the tail which is where the jade wheel gets installed β€” that's the starskiff engine I was just talking about. It's an integrated jade abacus that controls gravity and motion.
Chengjie
Chengjie
The Meridian Pin at Stargazer Navalia also operates using similar tech principles.
Chengjie
Chengjie
But lots of illegal modders will exploit this, installing military-grade jade wheels onto civilian starskiffs... And many have paid the price with their lives. After all, it's all illegal and highly dangerous.
Qingque
Qingque
I don't think so. This is just a bigger incubator.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Yeah, help me snap a shot of this incubator here.

Take a photo of a starskiff in its nutritive phase

Chengjie requires a visual reference of a starskiff. Take a picture of an incubator in its corresponding phase.
Qingque calls these pictures "visiographs." There are probably more of these familiar-yet-foreign terminology used all over the Xianzhou, you should get used to them.
{NICKNAME}
{NICKNAME}
Photos have been taken of the starskiff in nutritive phase.

Locate a Growing Starskiff: Forming Phase

The cultivation of a starskiff is divided into several phases. Chengjie wanted to see the process between a starskiff seed and a fully cultivated vessel.
You have been to Stargazer Navalia a few times, but you probably haven't noticed that starskiffs are grown in an incubator.
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Move
Chengjie
Chengjie
Fully-grown starskiffs are extracted from their incubators and temporarily moored here following assembly.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Before long, they'll sail all over Xianzhou and become a part of the scenery around us.
Qingque
Qingque
Starskiffs really are a miracle of nature.
Options
Starskiffs really are a miracle of nature.
One does not simply sail without a starskiff.
To boldly sail where no starskiff has sailed before.
Qingque
Qingque
...Can't you please curate your own thoughts.
Qingque
Qingque
Yep. And the way they are automatically produced is so awesome! Why does the Divination Commission still need us to work so hard for them?
Qingque
Qingque
{NICKNAME}, I didn't know you were a poet.
Qingque
Qingque
(Whispering)...Wait a minute, why does that line of poem {F#she}{M#he} just said sound so familiar, huh...
Qingque
Qingque
Any more photos, Chengjie?
Chengjie
Chengjie
Help me snap a pic together with this starskiff. Thank you.

Take a photo of Chengjie with a starskiff

After this trip to witness the birth of a starskiff, Chengjie is very inspired. He wants to have his photo taken with a starskiff, and he wants you to be the photographer.
Chengjie is not adept at taking photos, you know that just by looking at him.

Chengjie
Chengjie
I've actually been quite uneasy during the whole of our journey to Stargazer Navalia.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Can I really design starskiffs? Can I really fulfill my master's dream? Or am I just looking for some kind of escape from reality?
Options
You're overthinking this.
Are you still uneasy?
This trip doesn't seem to be helpful for a craftsman, though.
Qingque
Qingque
Yeah, when I first met you, I could feel the heaviness of your burden. Please take it easy.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Thank you, Miss Qingque. I'm not overthinking everything anymore. I just want to go back right away and help complete my master's manuscript.
Chengjie
Chengjie
No, I'm better now.
Chengjie
Chengjie
I just want to go back right away and help complete my master's manuscript.
Qingque
Qingque
Ha, you don't sugarcoat things, do you?
Chengjie
Chengjie
You're right. I doubted myself before coming here. Since my knowledge about every step of the starskiff manufacturing process is top-notch, was it really necessary to come here to take a look at things for myself?
Chengjie
Chengjie
But luckily, I'm here. I've got my motivation back, and now all I can think about is completing my master's manuscript as soon as I can.
Chengjie
Chengjie
From that moment on, I've been constantly wondering, is there anything that can transcend the confines of time?
Options
A masterpiece!
A world-changing idea!
The passing down of knowledge?
Nothing.
Chengjie
Chengjie
That's what I was thinking, too.
Qingque
Qingque
Chengjie, have you got any of those world-changing ideas up there?
Chengjie
Chengjie
...Unfortunately, I don't. And I don't think my master does, either.
Qingque
Qingque
Makes sense. If you take on an apprentice, and then that apprentice takes on their own apprentice... Wouldn't that transcend time?
Chengjie
Chengjie
That's actually a pretty good idea, but I haven't reached the level of being able to take on an apprentice yet.
Qingque
Qingque
...You're even more of a pessimist than I am.
Chengjie
Chengjie
My master's manuscript has never been published before. Once finished, I trust it will become a masterpiece that transcends the confines of time.
Chengjie
Chengjie
My master spent so much time and effort on teaching me, on igniting my passions... He gave me all his time, the most precious thing for a short-lived being. So I have to repay him in kind.
Chengjie
Chengjie
I want to prove that the time he's spent was not wasted. That his time spent will flow on through me, and that it will flow on through his surviving works.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Just look: Every day, there are so many starskiffs leaving Stargazer Navalia. One day, I'll build my master's dreamship, push it out gently, and set it sailing in the busiest lane of Starskiff Haven!
Chengjie
Chengjie
When that day comes, I'll be a real graduate! And my master will approve of me, I'm sure.
Options
Go for it, get it done!
Time to walk the walk, then.
Qingque
Qingque
Well, then, how about you keep an eye on him, {NICKNAME}...
Chengjie
Chengjie
Please, {NICKNAME} β€” please supervise me until I'm done!
Options
I'll be looking for you back at the Commission soon.
As long as it's not too much of a hassle...
Chengjie
Chengjie
I feel like I'm filled with motivation now. Once I get back, I'll go all out. I'm off, then. Thanks again to both of you for all your help!
Qingque
Qingque
Finally, that's resolved. Thank you so much. I'm exhausted, so I'll go back now too. Talk to you later.
Chengjie
Chengjie
Don't worry. I'm filled with motivation now. Once I get back, I'll go all out.
Qingque
Qingque
Well, then, how about you keep an eye on him, {NICKNAME}...
Chengjie
Chengjie
Please, {NICKNAME} β€” please supervise me until I'm done!
Options
I'll be looking for you back at the Commission soon.
As long as it's not too much of a hassle...

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