[pnpgm] Game Update #39b - File #283 - Searching for Witnesses
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HT Player DS Character Name Type Status/Notes Sex
R1.John Haight.......HY..Arawn.............Druid .Normal/Alfar .. Ma
--.Tobie Bonahoom....YY..Fremea............Sidh....Normal/Faerry.. Fe
W2R2.David Sanders.....HN..Kiet.Sunan........Acrobat Normal/Human ..Ma
R4.Wout Broere.......YY..Unali.............Ninja...Normal/Human ..Fe
W3R4.Alex Koponen......YY..Z'leyra...........Healer..Normal/Human ..Fe
Animals: Corona [Eagle] Z'leyra
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Game Update #39b sequence (file #283)
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[Hills near Ticasi]
[Decalis 23rd, 1634TH]
[Full Moon Inn]
[Time: 10:05 pm]
People start to head to their rooms or to finish their
baths. Kell enjoys the massage greatly not wanting to
get out but eventually heads to bed.
The nice thing about this Inn is that it has a furnace
with heating vents in each room which is very advanced.
But this is a place for most city advancements.
The chill never comes as the heat is enough to keep
[Hills near Ticasi]
[Decalis 23rd, 1634TH]
[Full Moon Inn]
[Time: 6:12 am]
Party wakes up and finds the tavern is serving
breakfast this early. Their special today is a
chilled grapefruit served with ice cream. It doesn't
seem much like breakfast but the ice cream is more a
foam than cream. It is quite tasty.
[Time: 7:32 am]
Z'leyra comes from her dressed in nice clothing to
impress folks. Kell shakes his head but suggests
she keep her drum in the room it doesn't fit with
Z'leyra knows the school administration would not
likely be around for a couple hours. So the party
decides to head to the markets to explore. But first
it is a visit to the Oyster bar.
[Time: 7:42 am]
Z'leyra enters and examines the room. The clerk said
it was approved for the next day. She finds that the place
was a converted warehouse not tavern. The side room is
more a partition with a wall almost to head height. If
folks looked over the edge they could still look in but
at least its mostly private.
The room could fit 40 maybe 50 with some tight space.
The owner of the bar says it will be 5 silver as that
is what he would get for the 2 hours during lunch time
for regular customers for the tables in the room.
Satisfied Z'leyra pays half now and the rest tomorrow.
Course this does not include meal costs.
Kell asks, "you paying for these folks lunch as well?"
[Ticasi North Market]
[Time: 8:22 am]
The large market place is actually the size of 8 normal city
blocks. They cover most of the modern shops and things a
market has. Even some exotic shops like exotic art or
strange animals around the world as well as strange
Vases in one shop.
Kiet finds a cleaner and pays for his travel clothing to
be cleaned for the next day. He asks for it to be
sent to the Full Moon Inn.
While Z'leyra and Arawn inspect a book store Kell and
Fremea search for a wand shop.
Both find there are indeed several places in the market
that show and sell magic. In fact the supply is fairly
high here. Kell learns that some of the magic school
students sell things here including failed items. The
prices are fairly high though for a high supply area.
A simple talisman for luck in fact is selling for 30 gold
while in Sivas it might only be 3 gold at best.
Kell shakes his head at the sight of bad economics on
supply and demand. But this place is unique so they can
charge what they want. Head to Donara and a simple
talisman shop would be burnt down. Kell wonders how
the Resident allows it. But it must be good business.
Eventually Kell finds a small shop that sells staves
and wands. The staves including the Rowan are way
over priced by 30=50 times. The wands seem to be over
priced 5-30 times.
Behind glass Fremea eyes a dozen wands. The clerk
explains one is Rowan and is blank but is worth 22
gold. The others are normal woods. Half a dozen are
blank ranging from 3-8 gold depending on size and
the magic user skill who crafted it. All have been
already made and can't be enhanced further except
for the original crafter. These wands tend to be
good for short term use. All do boost spell work
Then Fremea sees one that has a odd winglet on the
top. "Crafted by some Sidh being. Our tests show
it is high skill. It holds on it..." He checks a book
behind the counter. "Three spells. Disease...which
is probably why we can't sell it. Sensory Powers and
Dodge/Weave. We will probably just burn it in a month
if we can't sell it. It is going for 22 gold."
Fremea frowns and Kell begins to haggle talking about
the wand could be sold now with gold in hand rather
than be burnt at a loss. After 10 minutes the clerk
finally says, "12 gold is my lowest prices. If those
spells weren't on it then it would be half that."
Kell looks to Fremea for her decision.
The group meets back up and finds a street full of
herb and plant dealers.
Those who are interested in herbs and such immediately
start to pant at the slew of things. Herbs are here from
all over the region including some from Katai. Spices
to healing herbs which are dirt cheap. Then one group
of stalls makes those wanting to shop drool a bit.
There among herbs are Black Poppy, Cinqefoil, Clove Pink,
Purple Lotus and Purslane. Just sitting around like it
is common place.
One stall selling animal parts also has the following
items Bush Resin, Chelidonius, Hyena Skin, Pigeon Stones and
flasks of Saliva. Kell looks at the Hyena skin which indeed
has the skin from the forehead but also a large drab of
hyena skin that would look great as a suit or a near shield
[Time: 9:08 am]
Z'leyra is anxious to head to the schools. Though there are
only 22 major schools there are actually over 50 different
schools of higher learning. Over a hundred smaller ones
for younger kids to learn from.
As the party heads to the major nexus of colleges they
pass a street with a large green house. Those who have
never seen such are amazed at the size. The green house
is the length of a city block and two blocks wide. Inside
it looks like people are moving about treating and tending
the plants. As the group passes they can see teachers
with students talking but can not hear through the green
house glass. There must be half a dozen set of classes
from 2 teen to 3 upper teen/adult classes. There must
be 300 people inside going back and forth. Arawn would
love to go inside but would probably not be allowed.
Z'leyra explains the place is mostly normal plants from
as wide as Katai to Fomoria. She only went inside twice
herself but wasn't too interested in it. There was a
nice plant that captures prey in its large arms but
that was about it.
Z'leyra continues onward to the nexus which is a large
three story building. It is the main administration for
the entire school system. It is also Council offices
on the second and third floor. The place is as large as
a palace it seems. Corona from above notices the roof
is dotted with hatches and areas that folks visit
including one area in the north that seems to have a
spyglass mount in a glass enclosed area.
While the major largest schools are engineering, metal
crafting, Law and Navigation. The smallest schools of
only 100 or so students still exist in the area including
Dance, Oration and even tailoring. As the party moves
in the center of town which covers the college complex
a area of 5 miles by 5 miles roughly she points out
the highlights. Some can see old and new buildings.
She poiotu the Military school with a large proving
ground for demonstrations and parades. She tells of
lectures on military history including the great
Climan - Aratad wars or the Xan pirate brigades against
Bhamotin. At the medical school she tells of secret
wagon deliveries of bodies for study. Secret so as not
to make students queasy who aren't in the medical arts.
She tells of the Engineering school which includes a
warehouse 5 stories tall. It is where small scale structures
and items are made in private and away from the elements.
The school being so safety conscious that only 4 students
ever died in that warehouse over the last 100 years.
Z'leyra tells of the Geography school with help
from the Navigators create some of the best maps in the
middle world. Making map makers come here to study and
then venture home to their own lands. She tells the
Agronomy school during the great city plaque helped to
feed the starving with help from other schools using
ingenious balloons. She tells of the Jewel Crafting
school which she spent many hours learning the basics
and losing dozens of gems in the process. She admits that
she has visited the major schools all but sanitation.
Finally the 3 story Administration building looms above
the party. The party moves up the stone pathway avoiding
many folks from teachers to students. The large central
courtyard makes Z'leyra stop though. The fountain that
shoots out 30 feet high is the same. But behind it is
a large 18 foot tower of black stone. That is new. There
is a slit at the top a few feet. But the pillar is a column
of maybe 8 feet wide of black granite. She asks a passerby
what this is about.
The young man in his 20s looks up, "Councilman Walla erected
this. It is said to be finely tuned to the summer solstice.
Somehow some hour that day a beam of the sun will shine through
and hit the fountain center. This will cause the water to
change color and split into 12 different streams of differnt
colors he calls the spectrum. It is something new that
they call prisms. When he was elected he added it and the
council agreed. I missed the day this summer but I hope
to be around next summer. Excuse me I need to see the
Master husbander on something." He rushes off to the building.
As the party moves closer the aisle leading up to the stairs
is 50 feet wide. But on each side are statues of each current
council person. Z'leyra explains each new person gets their
statue. Old ones are sent around other school buildings or
Statue Park in the east. The party counts 11 statues on each
side. But above the three door entrance is the Master Scholar
high above 20 feet off the ground. Each statue holds various
objects of their main study. For the master scholar he
holds a sextant, a spyglass to watch the stars and has a wand
on his belt. She explains Hovan Vachera has served on the
council for over 40 years in various departments.
Z'leyra straightens here clothing and leads the party up the
stairs. The two guards are in full armor and holding pole
arms. They eye the party as folks present ribbons. In the
short time they have only turned one away. Looked like the
merchant had the wrong ribbon. Z'leyra passes into the doors
with no problems with the party.
[Ticasi Council Admin Building]
[Time: 9:05 am]
First thing first is to get her permission to use her staff.
She ignores the first floor foyer which is busy with people
going in every direction. She heads to the main stairs in the
back. There she ascends to the second floor which opens into
a large foyer 50 by 50 feet. Windows bring in light form
outside. A large desk is in back with three sets of doors
behind the desk. In front of the desk are two chairs and
around the perimeter of the room are at least 30 other chairs.
Currently the room has 8 others already sitting looking
at documents or writing in some fashion.
Then Z'leyra stops as she approaches the desk. Her heart
sinks. Behind the desk is a old classmate from the Medical
school Hayna was no friend who always talked about her as
the barbarian who probably would save more cows and horses
than people. Right now she is writing on some parchment and
not looking up. She speaks up, "Roos'ma you may see
Councilman Wyman now."
Z'leyra wonders how this person got here. She was not the
best student. In fact she was pretty bad. But she did earn
her medical license. Maybe is this what she could only get?
As the Healer stares at the gatekeeper the others look to
the walls. All around are paintings of Councilmen and
councilwomen. The people scan the paintings and learn who is who.
Some are impressed to see at least 8 women on the council.
The names, title and school are shown.
Agronomy (M) Gill Ploughman
Art (F) Festle Forththa
Astronomy (M) Artsain Walla
Ceramics (F) Kinna Forththa
Engineering (M) Uguld Marna
Geography (M) Gebbert Rhasguut
History (F) Curta Wrathbane
Husbandry (F) Heste Byrdie
Jewel Crafts (F) Lental Vormon
Linguistics (M) Sid Wse
Magic (M) Barker Arlestorn
Medicine (F) Fellea Finewoven
Metal Crafts (M) Martin Smith
Military History (M) Tory 'One-Eye'Rhasguut
Music (M) Arman Bentwhistle
Navigation (M) Crooka Signair
Physical Sciences (F) Marlana Marna
Politics and Law (M) Silaius Duke
Religion (M) Bishop Ollie Ragson
Sanitation (F) Sister Fanya Lischsteinelder
Writing. (M) Cory 'Inkfinger' Scritumuse
Most of the paintings show older folks from 40 to 80s. But
the youngest one looks to be the one for Art who she looks to
be in her 20s.
The man from the left gets up and heads to the left door
and enters to some hallway. The one called by Hayna.
Z'leyra exhales and approaches. She taps the desk and
needs to speak to the Magic Department to get an exception
for her staff.
Hayna who looks bored, "Counilman Arlestorn is at the
school. Come back tomorrow."
Z'leyra taps the desk again. Finally Hayna looks up and
is taken back. She looks up and down at Z'leyra in her
nice clothing. She tries to recognize someone but does
not seem to place it. Then she recognizes the face. "You...
Hayna smiles and sits back in her leather chair. "Sorry but
he is in meetings. Maybe for a few days. Busy winter rush
of classes you know."
From the right one woman in her 40s speaks up. "The deputy
is in his office. He is allowed to grant exceptions."
Hayna glares at the woman and sits forward. "I'm sure he
could." She shuffles some papers around. "It has been
awhile. What three years?" Z'leyra corrects her by showing
two fingers. Hayna shrugs, "I'm just here filling in for
a friend. I normally serve the military in their medical
From behind a man approaches carrying a bag. "Has Council
man Signair finished those charts?"
Hayna shrugs, "not yet."
The messenger looks annoyed. "You said that last month.
There is a deadline. Let him I will need them by end
of the week." he then storms away.
Arawn behind Z'leyra stares at Hayna. He tries to study
the girl carefully. Clearly this girl is annoyed, agitated
and not where she should be. It doesn't take a truthsayer
to tell she is lying.
Z'leyra crosses her arms. So she has been her a month
at least. Not good for this girl. This girl who rigged one
of her medical experiments to bloat and explode bile all over
her and the teacher and then blamed Z'leyra.
Hayna bites her lower lip, "fine go on up. Third floor
second door on left."
Z'leyra enters the middle door and to the stairs. Arawn
notices a slight smile on her face.
[Council Buildng - Magic Department]
[Time: 9:14 am]
Entering the door reveals another foyer around 20 feet
by 20. This time Z'leyra recognizes the older woman in
her 50s. She has been here a long time. Z'leyra asks
about exceptions for her staff. The foyer has 3 others
waiting in chairs.
"I'm sorry but it takes at least 2 weeks to get an exception.
We encourage students to apply a month before the school
term. It used to be a week but the Council felt after old man
Arkom bashed in the head of a janitor with his staff a longer
period was needed on staves. To get an override that would
be the deputy or the councilman. But to be honest they only
grant those rarely."
As the woman finishes this the deputy leaves a office 30
feet away and drops some papers on her desk. She points
to Z'leyra. "She needs an exception for her staff."
The man rubs his right hand and a small ring glows and
he nods. "I see you're strong in the magic arts. Come
this way and explain your situation."
[Magic Deputy's Office]
[Time: 9:32 am]
The man sits back and looks at Arawn and Z'leyra. The other
had to stay outside due to room. "Well...your case seems
quite urgent. However, if this pans out to be ....bad for
others that staff could be more than a tool. I would be hard
pressed to grant a speedy exception. Especially since you
are no longer a student. I would need to arrange some meetings
with others including a truthsayer and Law professor to
assess what they feel on your intention."
Z'leyra begins to speak but the man who introduced himself
as Burl Tiesmorten, shakes his head. "We strive as teachers
to show our students not to rely on tools but themselves.
If anything we hoped you had learned that. I am glad you
wish to fix this situation with your father. But you must
do it with what you know now with what you have." he leans
forward and becomes very serious. "This will actually help
your case. If you bring to it yourself and your skills
this will impress those who are there. If you use this
and that said objects will be seen as possible ..distractions
that influence the result."
He stands, "so I'll pass this on to the councilman but
I will be honest getting this by tomorrow will be very
difficult. If you were to wait a week or two?"
Z'leyra explains her place will be destroyed in only
days if not sooner. The man frowns. "I can talk to
others to see about an injunction to stop that work but
with a day's notice...I will attend your lunch tomorrow.
I will let you know then. I am eager to hear the details
you may have not said here. I doubt the councilman will
be able to attend as he has a meeting tomorrow with the
Z'leyra asks about permission to visit the schools to
collect other witnesses. The man nods, "certainly. That
I can do. See Hayna for the blue/green ribbons. It will
grant you to walk those halls. But do not disturb any
classes at all. Our teachers do not take kindly to
Z'leyra and Arawn stand. The man studies Z'leyra.
"You were Tiren's daughter? He rarely visited our
department. But I've heard...stories. His loss was
a sad state. I hope that you find who did it and
get justice." He raises his hand to shaker her hand.
Z'leyra asks if she could visit the offices of Jewel
Crafting, Husbandry, Medicine and Law. The man agrees
and gives directions.
Two are on the second floor while the others are on third.
Z'leyra visits each office and asks the secretary in each
area if she could leave notes. She wants to invite any of
the Council members or deputy to the lunch.
Only the Law department has Councilman Duke around. The
group has to wait 20 minutes then he finally meets with the
The man in his 50s is not the one Z'leyra knew before. He
has aged a bit in the last 2 years and now has a bit of
baldness to him. She has seen him lecture many times on law
and rules of justice. She explains briefly her intention but
would invite him to the lunch.
"It so happens I am intrigued. Tiren was a upstanding
man. I think I met you when you were 18? I heard you had
a great talent for the healing arts. It was deemed an
accident. But if you believe there is something else to
this then I will be there at the lunch to hear what you
have planned. If I am happy with what I hear I will
be at your home to see what you find. Keep in mind
any evidence will need to be iron clad. The scene and
any items you used must be checked. We suggest you do
this with the least of help. But now if you excuse me
I have a class in 20 minutes. I need to head on out."
[First floor Foyer
[Time: 10:15 am]
Z'leyra tells Hayna she needs one day ribbons for the
schools. Hayna comments under her breath, "going back
to school?" Then laughs under her breath.
From a drawer she grabs the ribbons and hands them out.
"Should return these to a local garrison or just any
guard on the street."
Hayna stares at the others including the tall one by him
with a slight skin paleness. What kind of weirdoes is this
barbarian keeping company with.
Z'leyra leaves and plans her next step. First she will
visit the Jewel Crafting school. medical, magic and then metal
[Jewel Crafting School]
[Time: 10:28 am]
This school is two stories of new stone that looks only
a few years old. It is the size of half a city block and
at times has 40-50 classes from starting to expert. This
gives a general class size of over a thousand at times. But
Z'leyra says maybe a 3rd drop out the first few weeks.
Entering the plain building the foyer is decorated with
round wall hangings that demonstrate types of gems from
ruby to topaz and all between. It is not too over decorated
more a text book on the walls.
Z'leyra had three teachers here. She asks the secretary
and one teacher is not working this term and is away on
leave. But the other are currently in class. But that
if she moves fast she could get them before next class at 11.
Lira Suthess is in her class which just ended and cleaning
up her materials. The woman in her 40s recognizes Z'leyra.
Z'leyra explains her lunch invitation. It is best to invite
as many friends as witness than not.
Lira shrugs, "I have class tomorrow. I'm sorry. It has been
great seeing you. Have you ever cut a diamond yet? I know
you were trying to but failed a few times..."
Later Yalenka Narda is still teaching on the merits of gem
setting in iron versus wood. Finally 15 minutes later she
ends the class and finds Z'leyra. "Sure I'll come. My next
class is next week. But I do need to rush now to my next
Z'leyra guides the others to some labs and rooms she was in
and explains she first set a ring in this lab and lost a huge
ruby when the spell she tried to implant on the necklace
shattered the stone in another lab.
[Time: 10:48 am]
The medical school is actually a series of 1 and 2 story
structures spread around several acres. In a center square
she shows a statue of a Healer from Donara who created the
method of heart pumping to restart it after opening a chest.
Even today it is dangerous but a move that some healers will
try though Z'leyra has never tried such as her spells seem
to do the job. During his lifetime his death rate without
magic went from 80% to 30%.
Here Z'leyra explains she had a dozen teachers over the
years spent here.
[Time: 11:28 am]
After time visiting full and empty classes Z'leyra only
finds four teachers. She gets a few maybe and at least
one yes. Professor Garr is always up for a free meal. The
overweight man in his 40s is jovial and has the blue eyes
of a god. "I'll be there tomorrow. Did you ever learn
how to give people an nice cleansing?"
Z'leyra rolls her eyes and leaves when a dean comes to
visit Garr. Arawn looks at Z'leyra and she groans. She
explains one week Garr had students cleanse men and women
to clear their bowels out in hopes to get them better. But
when one fat woman released a bit too soon and her hand
was under the woman it was not a pretty picture.
[Time: 11:40 am]
At the approach for this school Z'leyra shows a bit of nerves.
Here is where she got the most bias. She had 3 dozen or so
teachers here and only a few actually treated her kindly. She
had to fight hard to survive the classes. At least two professors
even tried to fail her on principle.
The complex of buildings is one of the largest in the
city covering 6 acres with 52 buildings. There are
1 to 4 story structures. The large 4 story ones tend to be
demonstration towers. There might be upwards of 3 thousand
students in this one college form many nations. But in the
winter half that might be around. While the Dark Lands is
a center of magic it was more chaotic and disorganized. Here
it is structured and regimental. Z'leyra explains upwards of
40 to 60% fail outright.
Of the dozen or so teachers she only finds 4. She extends her
quick invitations to the lunch. But all are unsure at this
point and one denies it as he has class. So the group leaves
with unsure who will attend.
[Metal Crafting School]
[Time: 12:22 pm]
Z'leyra explains she actually only had a couple classes
here. Her father was on the council and was big here but
the metal family that was big in the city blocked many of
The blacksmith in not around but she leaves a note to see
if he wants to visit tomorrow at the lunch.
Upon exiting she sees Gars Smith son of Councilman Smith.
The man in his late 30s seems to recgonize Z'leyra but quickly
turns away and heads the other away fast.
Z'leyra feels lunch is needed so does not care to follow.
She does notice the building is brand new built in the last
two years since Tiren's death.
[Time: 12:51 pm]
Z'leyra figures there might be other places but she is starting
to need food. She heads to a local tavern on campus. As
she does she almost runs into her old dancer teacher a old
woman in her 60s.
Ira Armanth taught her some great dancing that the party
has seen round many campfires. "It is great to see you!
Your legs are very tone you must've kept up with your dancing!"
Later she nods after hearing Z'leyra, "Sure I'll be there
[College Campus Tavern - "The Gray Matter"]
[Time: 1:20 pm]
Z'leyra and the others sit down to a nice lunch.
Students pack the place from side to side.
[Time: 2:18 pm]
Z'leyra decides to head west to her father's place.
Arriving there she finds the boarded up homestead a simple
place of 5 rooms. The workshop is gutted still from the
fire to this day. Kell grabs Z'leyra. "Best not to get
to the site today. It might taint things."
Z'leyra nods and knows if magi is used and they find she
ass here it could influence things. She stares for what
seems like hours at the place remembering the life here.
Faintly in the back of her mind she can hear her father
yell it is time to eat as she works in the shop.
[Time: 2:30 pm]
Z'leyra heads down the street to a friend. Old lady Poorda
was always kind. At least to her father. To her she saw
the Barbarian and felt she was too feral. Even after she
was shown her degrees the woman was polite but aloof.
She should be in her upper 70s now. Z'leyra knocks on the
door. Soon the old lady opens the door and stares. Clearly
she does not recognize the woman in her fine clothing. "Is
that FisherKing?" She stares at Corona in the tree. "Wait
you are...my dear! Oh my...oh my...come in."
After some chit chat and exchange of history from the last
couple years the old woman serves tea. "Tiren's death was
awful just awful. You are here to solve the event? That
seems silly. Everyone knows it was a accident. If you stir
up trouble it might cause you bad things. I find it strange
that you were away at the time but the Constables could not
verify you were in class for that time period. I'm told
they only knew you were in the medical lab alone. But no one
saw it. .." she thinks on this a bit.
Z'leyra asks her if she would like to come to the lunch.
"I'm too old to get into adventures or intrigue. Good
luck dear. Anyone want some apple pie?"
[Time: 3:12 pm]
Finally Z'leyra explains she needs to find Tiren's family and
her own relatives. Most treated her as nothing but a barbarian
tree hugger. She did have one cousin that was kind though.
She heads to the south to the civilian housing areas.
GM: Ok. Up to 700 lines so a place to stop. I had wanted to
get more detailed - more descriptive and finish the day
by the family visits. But I think I've done enough for
now. I'll try to finish up day 1 on Wednesday. I still
don't know who joined Z'leyra this day. I know Kiet
will not on Day 2. You can still do Day 1 stuff until
next week. I'll start Day 2 on Monday. So hopefully
next update will be smaller. Sorry I did not flesh the
city out as I had planned on it. When your at work and
you dream of scenes getting home and its 2am you tend
to cut corners. :) I'm on 5 hours sleep today and
gotta get up early tomorrow. So probably 4 hours
tomorrow. But Wednesday afternoon will try to finish
GM: Fremea - What type of wand do you want a basic middle
level? I gave options above. Sadly you can' add to
them since you didn't make them. But you can use
the wand as a casting aid to improve ability.
Kiet - Since you mentioned to skip the lunch (day 2)
I assume you were joining the others on Day 1? If
not let me know if you had any day 1 plans. I will
get to your actions next week.
GM: Forgo to mention the day is Cloudy with temperatures
ranging from 41-70 today. The items found in market
is not fleshed out in great detail due to space and
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