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Myth: A New Age CYOA

Discussion in 'Choose Your Own Adventure Land' started by Fangshi, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. Azira Arcane Patron

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    +1 vote for these options (just realized I didn't vote yet, just proposed a name for the circle).
     
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  2. Jester Arbiter

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    The Circle of Johnny Love? Did i name it right?
    http://www.johnnylovevodka.com/

    Tempting isnt it?
    :troll:
     
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  3. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Hey, I'm game. :bro:
     
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  4. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    Another vote for The Circle of the Lost here :salute:
     
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  5. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    Yeah, I think it would be best to leave the healer and wounded behind, the talker to keep them from killing each other and the apprentice to give them some magical cover in case things don't work out the way we planned to. We'll be taking half of our party anyway. As for the name, I'm going with "Let's get out of this mess alive before we start thinking what we are going to call our group".
     
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  6. Nevill Arcane

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    A magical cover against a fetch sorceress, or against a couple of hundreds of shadows? :lol:

    Half the party is only half as good as the full party.
    The more men you have, the more things you can do.
     
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  7. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    Ok then, who are we going to take? The wounded guy? The guy taking care of the wounded? The talker non-combatant that is keeping those two from killing each other or doing something stupid? Or the apprentice that hates our guts? And what will they bring that we don't already have but that makes them worth taking with us instead of leaving them where they are?
     
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  8. Nevill Arcane

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    We did ask Serpent not to do anything stupid, and he agreed. He has 9 INT, he won't sabotage the mission that his own life hinges on.
    The other troublemaker lies wounded and is not getting up soon.
    They are not going to start anything - Serpent won't and Tyrvard can't - so Thais is not needed. Let's take her.

    Also, "the guy taking care of the wounded" is not taking care of the wounded. Because Tyrvard does not accept his help.

    Extra mages. Extra hands for magical goodies. Extra help for scroll analysis. We need to figure out this shit fast, before Eris loses her temper.
     
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  9. Kz3r0 Arcane

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    Sign me in for Circle of the Lost too.

    Queens of Babylon was damn cool tho.:rpgcodex:
     
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  10. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    Yeah, well they've both already agreed not to pull this shit before we even started this expedition. If the other guy is drinking he could very easily do something stupid, and he could still snap the healer in two, wounded or not. And what is Thais that has next to no magical education going to know about magical goodies or scrolls? We already took the best expert with us, so what does his student or someone with no education bring to the table? Hell, if we are worried about Eris loosing her patience, then we definitely should leave the talker with her to calm her down.
     
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  11. Nevill Arcane

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    Yes, and we came to a conclusion that we need to talk with one of them about this.
    And we did exactly that, with Serpent. So at least we are safe from that side.


    She got her education from the clients. She knows enough both to use it and to teach others. Really, she is your equal in this, if not better.

    Good point. Or we can turn up faster, and be more efficient while we are at it.
     
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  12. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    Thais has no magical education beyond knowing a few spells, we already established that in the lesbian witches scene. When it comes to magical artefacts and scrolls, there's Miosguinn, then there are probably we or maybe the apprentice (I think we had more hands-on experience, but maybe she has more theory), and then there's Thais, Serpent and Brigit that know a couple of tricks each. That's pretty much it. They are not going to bring any new expertise or insights in this field because when it comes to magic they are greener than we are - we are "the most skilled mage in this new circle". So I say we leave the talker where she can do the most good - keeping the other half of our party alive and out of trouble until we return. Nothing she knows about magic is more worth than that.
     
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  13. tuluse Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Serpent in the Staglands Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Torment: Tides of Numenera Shadorwun: Hong Kong
    I think as an archeologist, we'd be better rummaging around an old library than a courtesan would be.
     
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  14. Fangshi Arcane

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    Alright, I have updated the tally.

    Current Tally:
    1.
    a) 12 votes
    b)
    c)

    2.
    a) 2 votes
    b) 12 votes
    c) 3 votes
    d)
    e) 12 votes
    f) 11 votes
    g) 1 vote

    3.
    a) 11 votes
    b) 2 votes

    4.
    a) 6 votes
    b) 6 votes


    Name the Circle (I have dropped all the options that did not get more than one vote, these are the remaining choices):

    Graceless Ones (The Graceless): 2 (3) votes

    Inept Ones (The Inept): 2 (3) votes

    The Circle of the Lost (The Lost): 5 votes


    One important note for everyone to consider. If you only voted for three people and have not expressed an opinion on a fourth member then I have put you down for 4A as a default vote. If that is an incorrect assumption then just let me know who you want for 4B and I will update the count. I will probably start on the update in four to six hours provided there are no ties.
     
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  15. Nevill Arcane

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    Maybe we would, but it's not like we are choosing between us and Thais. We are choosing between just us and us with Thais, and it seems to me that in the latter case we'll fare better.

    Ah, well, the mission is doable with only 3 people anyway. I am just worried that we either miss something, or will get hurt where we wouldn't have to be.

    Flopping to 4A.
     
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  16. Fangshi Arcane

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    Well taking into account the flops, we have clear winners so I will close the polls now, update within the next 6-8 hrs.

    Final Tally:

    Jester 1a 2abe 3a 4a
    tuluse 1a 2bcef 3b 4b
    Absinthe 1- 2- 3a 4-
    Smashing Axe 1a 2bcef 3b 4b
    Baltika9 1a 2bcef 3a 4b
    Zero Credibility 1a 2bef 3a 4a
    Stygian Lurker 1a 2bef 3a 4a
    Nevill 1a 2abef 3a 4b(a)
    Grimgravy 1a 2bef- 3a 4b
    Kz3r0 1a 2befg 3a 4b
    Storyfag 1a 2bef 3a 4a
    Anabanana 1a 2bef 3a 4a
    Azira 1a 2bef 3a 4a

    1.
    A) 12 votes
    B) 0
    C) 0

    So the field-trip takes it by a landslide, shame no one wanted to fight her... could have been fun...

    2.
    A) 2 votes
    B) 12 votes
    C) 3 votes
    D) 0
    E) 12 votes
    F) 11 votes
    G) 1 vote

    So barring a few outliners, Codex went with the classic party build. Gareth, Brigit and Miosguinn will go with you.

    3.
    A) 11 votes
    B) 2 votes

    Hopefully you won't need that scroll 'cause it is gone now...

    4. After flops
    A) 7 votes
    B) 5 votes

    Three picks beats four.

    I should have the update ready sometime within the next eight hours.
     
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  17. Fangshi Arcane

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    Chapter 3: The Library

    "Alright, we will help you return home."

    At these words Eris lets out a small cry of what you assume must be joy.

    "Excellent, may our partnership prove beneficial to both of usss. Amena, child, see to the needsss of our guestsss."

    With a speed that surprises you Eris is off of her throne and slips away down one of the hallways leading from the back of the chamber. Amena directs your party to your rooms in one of the adjoining structures. Seems that for tonight at least you will not have to sleep on the ground.

    Of course you take your usual precautions, blocking the door, checking for illusions and secret entrances and setting up noise traps. No reason to trust your new ally any more than you have to after all.

    The night is good to you, you even manage to slip out to the courtyard for a few hours to properly learn Firebolt. Quite happy with yourself you return to your room and drift off to sleep, visions of power and great riches drifting through your head.

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    A full night's sleep does wonders for your disposition and you hum a short tune to yourself as you dress and head back into the main hall.

    A quick survey of the hall reveals that your hostess has not decided to grace your party with her presence, she must still be in her private quarters at the back of the compound. The hall is not completely empty however, Thaïs and Serpent are standing together and arguing over something while Brigit is seated nearby chewing on dried fruit which she deftly plucks from a small sack on her lap. Tyrvard is not present but you can hear the Berserk yelling from the courtyard. No one seems particularly concerned, instead they are both staring at Serpent.

    "What in the name of Wyrd is Tyrvard screaming about today?" you ask Thaïs.

    "Why don't you ask our resident physician what is wrong with the man," she replies clearly annoyed at Serpent.

    The physician speaks up, "Well, I may have slipped a purgative into his alcohol to aid in the healing process. To help him balance his humours you understand..." Serpent breaks off mid-sentence as Thaïs cuts him off.

    "Well Tyrvard has been "purging" himself for the better part of forty minutes now, it is all I have been able to do to keep him hydrated."

    With a sigh you turn to the physician, "Serpent, I thought we agreed that you would not antagonize the man?"

    "Derryth I have hardly said two words to him since our conversation yesterday, I am merely attempting to aid in his recov-"

    A piece of dried fruit arcs its way across the room and hits the physician right in the side of the head. Brigit stands up, marches over and begins laying into Serpent, "We all know exactly what you are try'in to do and it won't help things at all, friends should not treat each other like that!"

    Serpent, equal parts ashamed and surprised by a fresh assault from this new quarter begins to apologize. As his defenses begin to collapse the two women only increase the scorn they hurl at the man. As enjoyable as it is to see them at work you do have to at least try to get these people working together again.

    You clear your throat which gets their attention and assuming your most commanding tone you begin, "Brigit is right what you did has certainly not improved matters but I am certain you were only trying to help. Thankfully Serpent, fate has afforded you a brilliant opportunity to work on your bedside manner. You will stay behind with Tyrvard and the apprentice and you can nurse our Berserk back into proper fighting form. I expect a full recovery by the time I get back or you will both regret it, do you understand?"

    Serpent stares at his feet, more ashamed than anything else, but nods his head. You dismiss him and ask Brigit to go round up Gareth and Miosguinn to get this whole experience over with as soon as possible.

    Alone with Thaïs you continue; "I guess I need to ask you another favour."

    "Let me guess, you need me to stay behind and keep those two idiots from killing each other," the way she says it, it sounds less like a question and more like unassailable fact. You both know that those two will need a proper intervention to sort them out.

    "Pretty much, yeah. Think you are up to it?"

    "Should not be a problem, the purgative aside they have no real reason to be enemies save for prejudice and their own egos. Give me three, maybe four days with them and they will be fine," her confidence is remarkable and quite reassuring. But will it really be that easy?

    "I will also need you to keep an eye on Eris, in case she is up to something."

    "Hmmm... sounds like two favours to me. Still I am sure you can find a way to make it up to me... maybe a bigger share of the loot?" she says with a wink and a sly smile.

    "Thaïs, if we get out of this I may just make you a partner," you suggest with a slight chuckle.

    Assuming an expression of feigned excitement she responds, "Well then hurry up and get that incantation for Eris so we can get to the riches and glory part of this expedition already!"

    As she rushes you out into the courtyard you tell her not to get herself killed before you get back. Her smile softens a little at this expression of concern and she warns you not to do anything stupid, well nothing more stupid than normal at least.

    You turn towards the front gate, looks like everyone is waiting near the gate. They are all ready for the signal to go ahead. Crossing the courtyard you give the order to move out and your party of six slips out through the gate and into the rubble of the old city moving across hidden rune paths that spring to life at Amena's command.

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    You have seen your fair share of libraries and archives in your time. The life of a relic hunter is not all dungeon running, romance and excitement like so many people seem to think. Rather it is large stretches of hard work and boredom interspersed with moments of extreme danger and terror.

    In fact much of your time with Henry was spent visiting libraries or local archives. Some were small, a single room over-top of a government outpost. Others were quite large, such as the Royal Institute's holdings in Madrigal or the great palace library of Muirthemne. Some were orderly, but these were the exceptions, most were a mess of papers and tomes which could only truly be navigated by their librarians. Part of you always thought they did it on purpose, a little job security is always useful and it is a great way to humble all those field researchers and mages...

    As these memories and concerns lazily drift through your mind you turn a corner and are confronted with the building, larger than any library you have seen. It sits in the dust and gloom of ages, a reminder of just how far humanity has fallen and how far Alric will have to go to make his Empire worthy of the name Cath Bruig. It would take weeks to find the incantation through a general search, so hopefully there will be a map inside to narrow down the search a little.

    Your group approaches the building sticking to the shadows and attempting to make as little noise as possible. Miosgunn further covers your approach with visual illusions and a few noise dampening spells.

    Outside of the entrance to the library sit a dozen or so crooked creatures babbling in an unknown language. From where you are standing you think they are all blind but you can not be sure. Miosgunn identifies them as the same beasts he saw earlier in the center of the city. The Doctor projects a phantom noise on the other side of the street and the creatures race off in search of its origins. You slip into the building before they return and Amena orders Ithapi to begin fortifying the entrance while you head over to what you assume to be the librarian's office and begin looking for a map.

    The office is a mess but a couple quick Sort spells improve the situation a bit and after several more minutes of searching you come across a map.

    "Alright, here we go..." you cough a little from the dust as you pull out the blueprints for the building. "Amena, what exactly do we know about this incantation?"

    The girl steps forward, looks at the map and replies, "Not much I am afraid, it could be a tome or a scroll or a tablet, the records I have come across do not record such information. It would likely be in a secure location through given its value."

    "I am not so sure," interjects Doctor Miosguinn, speaking for the first time since you left Eris' tower, "It seems likely that the importance of the incantation was not known at the time or it would be in the palace library or the vaults. I suspect it will probably be buried in the general stacks, probably in a section dealing with history or theology."

    Rubbing your chin, you add, "It is also possible that the librarians did not tell anyone, half of them were also mages and it may be that they simply "forgot" to inform their superiors or "lost" the incantation before it could be sent on. It would not surprise me if the head librarian kept it for personal study."

    "What is that?" Brigit asks, pointing at the map.

    Written in old Bruig are the words basement and storage so that is what you explain to her, "That is the entrance to the basement, Brigit, it might be down there given how much just gets thrown into storage without close inspection so it is something to consider."

    Gareth, and Ithapi have no real ideas to add when it comes to finding the incantation. However, Gareth suggests that someone stays to secure the exit in case a quick escape has to be made. He also suggests that everyone travel at least in pairs to minimize the risks posed by shadows or other threats.

    It is already rather late in the day so your group secures the librarian's office in order to get some rest, tomorrow you will have to search the library for the incantation, hopefully it will all go off without a hitch.

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    You have a choice on what you will try to accomplish during the evening and on how you want to search the building. Keep in mind that all of your party have the basic literacy skills necessary to find the incantation with the exception of Ithapi, but only you, Miosguinn and Amena really know what you are looking for.


    1. How do you want to spend your time in the evening:

    a)There is not a lot of room to practice combat skills but Gareth could teach you a thing or two about leading others into battle, tactics, and how to command others.

    b)Brigit is playing with a little puzzle box in the corner, when you ask her about it she explains that it helps her focus and improved her finger-work. She offers to let you try it if you want.

    c)Despite traveling with the doctor for several days now you have not had an opportunity to talk. You could try to open a proper dialogue with the man and if you are successful may learn a few things about magic or history if you pay attention.

    d)You hate being in the dark about Eris' motivations. Perhaps you could try talking to Amena who is currently bossing Ithapi around. Maybe the apprentice will reveal details that her master left out. Given Brigit's fairly high opinion of you and easy way with people she may be willing and able to help you with this.

    e)You do not want to bother with these people. You will meditate on the nature of magic. Since you can not go anywhere you may as well practice your magical theory some more in an attempt to gain greater control over your spells.

    f)Want to do something else? Name it.


    2. Gareth recommends leaving one team at the door to secure it, Gareth and Ithapi are the least useful when it comes to searching so they volunteer. But would you rather have three groups searching instead?

    a) Gareth and Ithapi guard the exit

    b) No one guards the exit, you form three teams instead.


    3. With morning the search begins and for safety sake you stay in pairs. Who do you want to travel with (naturally if 2a is chosen Gareth and Ithapi can not be chosen)?

    a)Gareth: muscle and a bit of brains, best of both worlds

    b)Brigit: competent, silent and resourceful she would be a definite asset

    c)Miosguinn: he knows the most about magic of anyone here, better keep him close.

    d)Amena: perhaps you can win the girl over... at any rate an extra set of knowledgeable eyes would help

    e)Ithapi: not one for conversation but you may need the muscle


    4. You look over the map and spot a number of locations where the incantation may be, where do you want to search.?

    a)Rare book room: where all the most valuable tomes are kept

    b)Artifact room: if it is a tablet it will probably be here

    c)Main Stacks - Ancient History: the incantation would be fairly old so it might be filed here

    d)Main Stacks - Theology, Planar: given its connection to Planar theory this may be the resting place of the incantation

    e)Head Librarian's Office - Maybe the Head Librarian kept it close to hand

    f)Basement - There are always secrets in the basement, they are not always good though...


    5. Assign locations for the other team(s). (If you pick 2a then choose one, if you pick 2b then choose two.)

    The way this will work is that Derryth's team gets first pick so if 4a wins then 5a is removed as a option and the next highest location is picked.

    a)Rare book room: where all the most valuable tomes are kept

    b)Artifact room: if it is a tablet it will probably be here

    c)Main Stacks - Ancient History: the incantation would be fairly old so it might be filed here

    d)Main Stacks - Theology, Planar: given its connection to Planar theory this may be the resting place of the incantation

    e)Head Librarian's Office - Maybe the Head Librarian kept it close to hand

    f)Basement - There are always secrets in the basement, they are not always good though...

    The Circle name vote is still open, I will probably close it with the next update, choices are currently:

    a) Graceless Ones/The Graceless: 2 (3) votes

    b) Inept Ones/The Inept: 2 (3) votes

    c) The Circle of the Lost/The Lost: 8 votes
     
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  18. Azira Arcane Patron

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    1c
    2a
    3c
    4c
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    Circle vote: c
     
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  19. Jester Arbiter

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    1D
    2A
    3D
    4E
    5A
     
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  20. Anabanana Augur

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    1D - let's get a clearer picture from amena - could flop to either miosguinn or practicing our fireball spell more
    2A - we don't need no illiterates messing up our search
    3C - let's keep him close at hand. Brigit is good with people so she'll probably get along better with Amena than the doctor
    4E - we might find clues to the item's location even if it's not there
    5D - the doctor's argument is pretty convincing
     
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  21. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    1D - more info on the current problem can't be bad.
    2A - if the guy with the most combat experience says we should do something, then it is probably a good idea to do so.
    3D - not much chance of winning anyone over with our charisma, but the other two would be better in a separate team - Miosguinn because he is the only person beside us that probably knows what we are looking for and Brigit because we can trust her to keep an eye on him.
    4E - let's try our idea first, we might be on to something with our wisdom score and even if it is not in the head librarian office we might find some clues.
    5D - the most obvious location, so let's send our expert there.
     
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  22. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    I second that vote.

    And I salute that one.
     
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  23. Erebus Arcane

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    1D - Let's focus on the more immediate problem.
    2A
    3B - Brigit has skills that should be useful.
    4E - Even if the incantation isn't there, we might find valuable/useful stuff !
    5A - Same reason (we can count on Miosguinn to find and keep the most interesting rare books ; we'll just have to remind him to share)

    The Circle of the Lost sounds good to me.
     
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  24. tuluse Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    1c
    We no longer have our ace in the whole scroll, so we better learn up on some magic. Also, we should try to get him to open up.

    2a

    3c
    I don't trust Amena and Brigit seems like the most capable character to keep an eye on her with Gareth guarding the door. Also, I suspect that Derryth is the 2nd most capable of the remaining 4 for physical tasks, so splitting ourselves from Brigit should make for balanced groups.

    4a
    Looking through stacks is boring, lets go for the good stuff

    5c
    Let Amena do the boring stuff :troll:

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    sorry Brigit
     
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    Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire
    1A
    2A
    3D
    4E
    5C
    Circle C
     
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