[GAME] Unhallowed Metropolis: City of Shadows Episode 1: Volatile Mix

Duncan couldn’t help but over hear the conversation between the Dhampir and the Undertaker, it seemed that the red envelope wasn’t a set up after all, though he would still need to carefully monitor his own behaviour around these people. As if reality itself was telling him to focus on the problem at hand first, an animate flung itself toward him catching the doctor off guard. Despite it surprising speed Duncan managed to leap out of the beast’s way and readied his revolver.

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Rolling 2d10 + coordination
7 + 4 + coordination (2) = 13 = failure

Rolling 2d10 + coordination * 2
10 – 8 > 9 + 4
27 + 4 = 31= success [/HIDE]
 
Animate #2 attempts to grapple Irene

2d10+4

8+3+4 =15

Irene’s eyes went wide as the Animate advanced on her. Now, keep in mind that a man throwing himself at her was not entirely new, but they were commonly still alive, although she had to allow that the motive was still a hunger of sorts. The Animate was closing in, intent on pulling her into the most unpleasant sort of embrace she could imagine. One with gnashing teeth at the end. She screwed up her face in discomfort, and swung out using one of her Derringers to knock the bloodthirsty freak away with a sharp pistol whip.

2d10 + Coordination
6, 9 + 2 = 17
 
"Damn where did that animate come from" Ben said as the animate grappled him
[HIDE]Animate # 7 attempts to grapple Benjamin
2d10+4

10+8+4= 22[/HIDE]

[HIDE]Benjamins roll's 2d10+4 to avoid
9+9+4=22
Result: Grapple Success [/HIDE]
 

Kain

Lurker
Having managed to grapple Benjamin the animate wasted no time to rear up and attempt to take a big bite out of him. Instinctively it went for Benjamin's shoulder.

Animate #7 attempts to bite Benjamin

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2d10 + 4 (vitality)

9 + 2 + 4 = 16


DR 11

Result: Success
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With it's prey grappled the Animate had no problem being able to clamp it's undead jaws on Benjamin's neck, it would have taken an exceptional feat of good luck to avoid such an attack, like an exceptionally pointy piece of rubble right by his shoulder.

Roll to Damage
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2d10+4 (vitality)

7 + 1 + 4 = 12

-3 (Benjamin's vitality)

-6 (Deathwatch armor value doubled)

12-3-6= 3

Result: Flesh wound

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The strong armor of the Deathwatch soldier proves to be defensively solid with the Animate's teeth unable to pierce through it. Thanks to his armor taking the brunt of the attack Benjamin wont have to worry about infection today. Nonetheless between the force of the animate leaping at him to grapple him, and the forceful nature of the bite, and how the armor on his shoulder was partially crushed around the shoulder, with the bitten areas clamping inward on his shoulder it still hurts like hell.

((Until the wound is treated or heals on its own Benjamin suffers a -1 on skill rolls. Benjamin must roll 2d10 + Coordination to determine if he holds on to or drops his weapon. Flesh wounds dont have long term complications. The Difficulty Rating is 11))
 
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"FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCKKKKKK" Ben yelled as the animated bit him. He struggled to hold onto his weapon through the pain

[HIDE]2d10+4-1

7+5+4-1=15

Result: weapon held on to[/HIDE]
 

Arieoelle

Member
2d10 +4
7+7+4 =18

The Animate advanced on Ness, reaching out to grab the young woman and sate its hunger. Though many women her age would have panicked Ness remained calm. In a move that barely rustled her dark grey skirt, she stepped backwards, away from the encroaching Animate. She held the exculpus in her left hand behind her, while the right one was raised to block her face and neck. Ness then suddenly pivoted so she was standing parallel with her combat partner, bringing her left arm up in a graceful arc, aiming at the undead’s neck.

[HIDE] Using held action to attack
(2d10 + 1d10 Bonus: Preferred Weapon Exculpus) 8+8+8+3(melee weapon skill)-3 (aiming for neck) =24 [/HIDE]
 

Kain

Lurker
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DR 11 + 4

24-15= 9

Result success

Damage:
2d10 + 3 (Ness's Vitality) + 2 (Exculpus) + 5 (aiming for the head)

4+7+3+2+5 = 21

Result = Fatal wound

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With a single clean cut the exculpus passes right through the animate's neck. It was so quick that the animate seemed to barely noticed as it twitched for moment, still advancing, before it's head just plain fell off.

As of now roughly one third of the animates had been successfully defeated, but the majority of them were still around. The remaining ones had finally climbed their way out of the hole, aware of the fact that prey was present, but their dulled senses hadnt picked up on just where they were. Now was the prime opportunity to strike, something that Victor picked up on rather quickly.

"They haven't sniffed us out yet, hit them hard and fast while ya can!" he shouted.

((Turn order is the same, Animates 4, 6,8 and 5 are dead. ))
 

Tigerhawk21

Member
"Not a problem, just noticed you went for the back, most folks who fight these things a lot don't bother going for anything other than the limbs or the head." Victor said rather nonchalantly. "Nice decapitation by the way."
"Thank you, young man. As for my prior attack, I misjudged the weight of this sword. It is a bit lighter than I'm used to." Nathanial chatted as though he were mingling at a social event and not fighting for his life in the middle of a street.

His gaze locked on the downed Deathwatch Soldier. "Seems as though you need a hand. Hold still a moment." Nathanial cautioned and shifted his weight to adjust for the lighter weapon before slashing down at the Animate's head.

[HIDE]Nathanial attacks Animate #7
3d10 + 4 (Melee Skill) (2d10 + 1 Bonus: Preferred Weapon)

8 + 9 + 7 + 4 = 28

28 - 3 (aiming) = 25

Nathanial hold's one action for later[/HIDE]
 
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Kain

Lurker
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DR 11+ 4

Result: Successful hit

Damage

2d10 + 3 (Nathaniel's Vitality) + 4 (Longsword) +5 (aiming for the head)

10 + 6 + 4 + 5= 25

Result: Fatal Wound

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Nathaniel's near supernatural abilities and inherent dhamphiri strength delivered a blow that was not only strong but accurate, the blade going through the animate's neck, with the tip just missing Benjamin's neck. Yet another animate head found itself rolling away. Apparently this group had a knack decapitations.

Five animates down, seven more to go, so far of all of them, the soldier, the dhamphir and himself were dealing the most damage, that mourner was doing pretty well too. Considering the restrictive nature off their work he was surprised one of them was contacted, though perhaps she was just in the right place at the right time. Still from the looks of it there were more undead than bullets in his gun, plus things were getting hairier with folks getting up close and personal, shooting was good before but getting a target was harder than before now. In the end though, there was a reason he loved that Magwitch Reaper of his. With a flick of the wrist and pull of the trigger, the gun's scythe blade unfolded and locked into place, changing the gun into a handy melee weapon.

He closed in on an animate and swung downward with the blade poised to drop on it's head.

Victor attempts to attack Animate #2, 1 action

[HIDE]3d10 (+1 from preferred weapon) + 4 (Vic's vitality) -3 (head aim penalty)

5+3+10+4-3= 19

DR 11+4

Result: Success

Damage:
2d10 + 4 (Vic's Vitality) + 3 (Magwitch Scythe) +5 (headshot)

9+2+4+3+5=23

Result: Fatal Wound
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The blade came crashing down through the animate's skull, slamming it down on the ground face first. Vic stomped the animate's shoulder with his right foot and pulled backwards with enough force to pull the animate's head right off before flinging it aside. "Yeah, you probably planned to kill that one, it just happened to be the first one I spotted." he said to Irene as he briefly glanced over to her.

[HIDE]
Victor holds 1 action.
[/HIDE]
 

Arieoelle

Member
Ness turned to the nearest animate. She didn’t have to advance far and easily turned the few steps required into a fluid movement that built momentum for her next attack. She started by stepping beside it, then turning to bring her right blade arcing horizontally toward the animates neck. After her attack Ness held herself in a attack stance, ready for retaliation.

[hide] ( 3d10( 6 + 10 + 4 ) +3 Melee Weapon -3 Aiming = 20)
(Ness uses her first move to attack and holds her second action) [/hide]
 

Kain

Lurker
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DR: 11+4 =15

Result Hit Successful

Damage:

2d10 + 3 (Vitality) + 2 (Exculpus) + 5 (head attack)

2 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 5= 16

Result: Serious wound

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Perhaps she had miscalculated the angle of her attack, maybe she tripped slightly, maybe she was just unlucky. The attack connected, but only barely, leaving a cut in the animate's neck that didn't completely go through, leaving it on and intact. Feeling no pain the animate was now focused completely on her.
 
"Thank you for that, im too old to be cocky and say i could have done it myself" Ben said to the man who just decapitated the animate that was trying to eat him. **** this hurts and I need to end this fast and get this fucking dent out of my armor, its irritating the hell out of me Ben scans around and finds his next target

Ben attempts to shoot Animated #10 in the head, 1 action

[HIDE]Stunt Bullet to the Brain: removes aiming for head penalty
3d10(+1 form preferred weapon)+4 rifle-1 flesh wound

5+4+8+4-1=20[/HIDE]

Ben attempts to shoot Animated #11 in the head, 1 action

[HIDE]Stunt Bullet to the Brain: removes aiming for head penalty
3d10(+1 form preferred weapon)+4 rifle-1 flesh wound

10+6+7+4-1=27[/HIDE]
 

Kain

Lurker
Damage to Animate 10
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2d10 + 10 (Kramer 2086 Bolt-Action Rifle) +5 (headshot)

( 2 + 1 ) + 10 +5 = 18

Result: Incapacitating wound
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Damage to Animate 11
[HIDE]
2d10 + 10 (Kramer 2086 Bolt-Action Rifle) +5 (headshot)

( 4 + 3 ) + 10 +5 = 22

Result: Fatal wound

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Benjamin's first shot grazed the top of the animate's skull, not piercing it but knocking it over on to it's back. Not dead yet but easily open to an attack now that it was knocked over. The other animate on the other hand was not nearly so lucky as bits of animate skull and brain went all over the place, leaving yet another lifeless body on the ground.

Now the living were starting to outnumber the dead in this fight, which was never a bad thing thankfully. Still there were some left to mop up, and the ones that were around were riled up and still hungry and quickly moved in to pounce on their

Animate #9 attempts to grapple Ness
[HIDE]
2d10 + 4 (animate vitality)

7 + 2 + 4= 13

DR = 14

Result: Fail

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Animate 11 attempts to grapple Duncan

[HIDE]
2d10 + 4 (animate vitality)

2 + 3 + 4 = 9

DR = 13

Result: Failure

Result: Failure

[/HIDE]

Animate 12 attempts to grapple Nathaniel

[HIDE]
2d10 + 4 (animate vitality)

9 + 9 + 4 =22

DR 15

Result Success
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Animate 3 attempts to grapple Irene

[HIDE]
2d10 + 4 (animate vitality)

1 + 1 + 4= 5

CRITICAL FAIL
[/HIDE]

Animate # 1 Attempts to grapple Victor

[HIDE]
2d10 + 4 (animate vitality)

5 + 1 + 4 = 10

DR= 14

Result failed
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One of the animates chose to go for Irene had completely missed it mark when it jumped for her, instead hitting a nearby building face first, then falling backwards onto the ground, rolled down into the pit, before pieces of debris fell down onto it, crushing every limb in it's body, leaving it utterly hopeless. If it were alive and capable of thought and speech it would actually be asking to be killed as a mercy instead of having to go on in it's current state.

[HIDE]
Animate 3 is now a helpless victim, and can be instantly hit and killed without making a roll
[/HIDE]

Victor couldnt help but chuckle at that, it was pretty damn funny after all. The comedic timing of it all made the fact an animate had just attempted to grab him, and also missed completely.

"Well no sense letting this deadhead stick around" he said as he raised the Magwitch Reaper and swung the blade at it's head.

[HIDE]
No actions consumed due to Riposte stunt

3d10 (preferred weapon) + 3 (Melee Skill) - 3 (Head attack)

1+8+9= 19

DR= 15

Result Success

Damage
2d10+ 4 (Vitality) + 3 (Magwitch Scythe) + 5 (Headshot)

6 + 6 + 4 + 3 + 5 = 24

Result: Fatal wound


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Just as before the blade plunged into the animate's head, and he stomped onto it's back, giving him enough physical leverage to tear it off and fling it away like before.

[HIDE]

Victor still has 1 held action thanks to riposte
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Tigerhawk21

Member
[HIDE]Using held turn to dodge
[/HIDE]
Nathanial sharply focused and attempted to dodge the Animate's grapple attack.

[HIDE]Nathanial roll's 2d10 + 4 (Coordination) to dodge grapple
10 + 9 + 4 = 23[/HIDE]
 
Duncan twisted out of animates path at a safe distance from it, he took aim instead at the beast attacking a Dhampir. Doing anything to get his or the undertaker's good side seemed to be a wise course of action, both had received a letter and he may one day have need of someone to verify his story.

[HIDE]firing at Animate 12
Rolling 2D10 + pistol (2)
5 + 7 + 2 = 14
[/HIDE]
 
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Arieoelle

Member
[hide]( 3d10( 9 + 6 + 7 ) +3 Melee Weapon -3 Aiming = 22)
(Ness uses her held action to retaliate and attack animate # 9) [/hide]

Ness was disappointed that her first blow wasn’t perfect but she didn’t show it, Ness simply sidestepped the new grapple attempt and made another swing at the animate in front of her.

From the sides Tiny watched his mistress's every move, slowly wagging his tail as she struck.
 
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The corner of Irene’s mouth twitched up into a smirk. The foolish Animate had been rendered totally incapable of doing harm, meaning she could collect the head without any trouble once she was finished clearing up. She quickly turned, not taking the time to aim precisely, and fired a shot at one of the struggling but still active Animates instead.

Target: Animate #10

2d10 + Pistol
10, 10 + 2 = 22
 
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Kain

Lurker
Duncan's attempt to attack Animate 12

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DR 11 + 3 =14

Result: Success

Roll for random hit location: 6

Result: Left Leg

Damage:
2d10 + 9 (Revolver)

4 + 7 + 9=20

Result: Incapacitating Wound

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Despite Duncan not being the fighter that the undertakers, dhamphir, soldier or mourner proved that he could still do some damage as the bull pierced the animate's knee, shattering it and causing the animate to collapse where it stood. Unable to get back up the animate used it's hands to drag itself around on the ground, still following the ever present need to feed.

Attempt to attack Animate 9
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DR 11+4 = 15

Result Success

Damage:
2d10 + 2 (Exculpus) +3 (Vitality) + 5 (head attack)

8 + 3 + 2 + 3 + 5 = 21

Result: Fatal Wound

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This time the mourner's attack managed to show just why she was likely to be hired by the wealthy denizens of this neighborhood to watch their dead. With a single quick, clean and smooth strike the exculpus passed through the animate's neck. After a quick poke to the chest the animate's head fell forward and the body fell backwards.

Attack attempt on Animate 10
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Result: CRITICAL SUCCESS
[/HIDE]

It seemed all sorts of luck surrounded the female undertaker today, for the animates it seemed to be the worst luck possible, but for her and her trigger finger it seemed to be a whole different story. Not even aiming, not even knowing if the gun was actually aiming at an animate or rubble, the bullet rocketed from the gun and right through the skull of the animate she was facing, killing it before it had a chance to get up. The impact from the shot then caused a piece of rubble to roll over and crush the head of the helpless animate.

"Hell of a nice shot." Victor said, having seen the female undertaker managed to make a double kill with a single shot, even if it were 90% luck it was still something worth a remark.
[HIDE]Animates 10,3, and 9 are dead, 12 is incapacitated.[/HIDE]

From the looks of things the fight was all but won, all that was left was to take out that last animate and then hopefully get some answers from whoever sent that letter. At least it seemed that way at first, with the fight dying down and the sounds of frantic gunfire, slicing and smashing beginning to fade a groan could be heard from further into the pit. More animates? No, if there were more than one were down there it would be apparently from the get go. It was just one animate, perhaps a straggler bound to walk into the path of someone's gun.

Victor raised a hand, as if to tell the others to stay quiet while he attempted to listen. He was only human after all, his senses could only do so much. He could hear something pounding on the ground in addition to the groans. "Footsteps, big ones." he said "And getting closer." he said as the sounds did indeed seemed to be getting closer.

Suddenly the stomping stopped, with with a horrifying roar something jumped from the pit and up on to the ground level that the fight had been happening, landing on the last living animate and crushing it. This new animate, assuming it could be considered one, was much larger than the one they had fought, roughly twice as tall and bulky as the rest, bearing stitches on various parts of it's body, suggesting that it had been put together rather than just dieing and getting back up. Saying that this wasn't an ordinary animate was like saying the mourner's dog was a little bigger than most.

??? animate initiative roll:
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2d10 + 6 (Prowess)

10 + 9 + 6 = 25

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New Turn order:
[HIDE]
1. Mysterious Animate and Nathaniel
2. Victor and Ms. Ness
3. Benjamin
4. Duncan
5. Irene
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Enemy Stats:
[HIDE]
Vitality: 5
Coordination: 4
Wit: 2
Intellect: 1
Will: 1
Charm: 0
Prowess: 6
Actions: 3

Skills:
Unarmed Combat: 2
Melee Combat: 2
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The large animate looked around for a moment, before spotting a downed light pole, moving to it and picking it up. Quickly it whipped around to face Nathaniel before raising it up and slamming it down in his direction.

Mysterious animate attacks Nathaniel
[HIDE]
2d10 - 2 (Improvised weapon) + 2 (Melee Skill)

9 + 9 =18

DR = 15 (11 + Nathaniel's Coordination)

Result: Success.
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Most would be focused on avoiding this things attacks, and rightly so. But those who were more familiar with animates, and fought them often would catch on to something else about it, that was more unusual than its size. Animates ere simple creatures of instinct, capable of little more than walking, grappling and biting. Never in recorded history though had an animate picked up and used any sort of weapon though.
 

Tigerhawk21

Member
As the massive beast appeared Nathanial was spared from the animate by it being crushed. Beneath his respirator Nathanial was frowning, this animate not only looking wrong... it smelled wrong. Though Nathanial lacked the expertise to recognize the strange smell.

The large animate looked around for a moment, before spotting a downed light pole, moving to it and picking it up. Quickly it whipped around to face Nathaniel before raising it up and slamming it down in his direction.

Eye's wide in shock and confusion, Nathanial's instincts took over as he jumped toward the massive beast in an attempt to both dodge and close the gap to attack.

[HIDE]Nathanial roll's 2d10 + 4 (Coordination) to dodge light pole slam
9 + 9 + 4 = 22[/HIDE]

Sword raised high Nathanial brought it down on the beasts right wrist with all his might.

[HIDE]Nathanial attacks ??? animate (aiming for wrist)
3d10 + 4 (Melee Skill) (2d10 + 1 Bonus: Preferred Weapon)

10 + 10 + 6 + 4 = 30

30 - 3 (aiming) = 27[/HIDE]
 

Kain

Lurker
Where the animate was large and certainly not lacking in strength, Nathaniel's speed and quick reflexes were just what he needed to avoid having a light pole coming down on his head, something he was probably glad for when the plot missed and slammed into the ground beside him.

[HIDE]
DR = 15

Attack Successful

Damage:
2d10 + 3(vitality) + 4(sword) - 3(hand attack)

6 + 1 + 3 + 4 - 3 = 11

Result: Flesh wound
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Animate's coordination roll
[HIDE]
2d10 + 4

3 + 8 + 4= 15

DR = 11

Result: Success

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Nathaniel's strike on the animate's wrist was landed successfully , and though it flinched a moment, as if it might possibly drop the light pole, it's grip remained strong on it.

Victor flicked his right wrist, folding in the Magwitch Reaper's scythe blade and went back to holding like a rifle. Pointing it at the large animate while backing away to put some distance between him and it. It's large size made it easier to hit, but it's head was noticeably smaller than the rest, or perhaps it was normal sized and the rest was just really big. Either way it made it that much harder to hit from any angle. Plus it was surprisingly fast for it's size.

(Uses held action from previous turn to move back)

"I'm going for the legs, when it's down try and get the head. This thing isn't exactly normal but an animate's an animat!" he shouted before firing twice, once for each leg.

Roll to attack Right Leg
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3d10+4

8 + 7 +6 + 4 = 25

DR: 15

Result: Success

Damage:
2d10 + 12 (solid slug from Magwitch Reaper)

11 + 3 + 12 = 26

Result: Fatal Wounds
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Attack on Left Leg

[HIDE]
3d10 + 4

5 + 5 + 5 + 4 = 19

DR = 15

Result: Success

Damage:
2d10 + 12 (solid slug from Magwitch Reaper)

5 + 6 + 12 =23

Result: Fatal Wounds

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((Note only Fatal wounds on an animates head instantly kill it))

Both of the large animate's legs from the knee down were literally blown right out from under it, causing everything above that to fall forward onto the ground with a loud thud.



((The large animate's head can now be attacked and it's coordination has been reduced to 1 due to losing it's legs.))
 
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