Starcraft # 1 - Ben Abernathy Interview

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The StarCraft # 1 comic book by Wildstorm Comics and DC Comics will make its official launch on May 27th at all newsstands nationwide.  This is one of the most expected comic book titles based in Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft Universe. The comic book heralds the release of the RTS sequel StarCraft II and will give us a glimpse into its single player storyline.

We approached Ben Abernathy (Wildstorm Starcraft Editor) to find out further details of this comic book beyond the solicitations to increase our expectations and crave for this new ongoing series.

What timeframe does the comic take place in?

Ben: Our book takes place in 2552.

What can you tell us about the main characters? And will known heroes such as Jim Raynor, Zeratul, Matt Horner, Tychus Findlay appear in the comic book?

Ben: The main characters are a motley group of mercenaries known as the

World of Warcraft # 20

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The solicitation for World of Warcraft # 20 is available, and it looks like the comic book is starting to catch up with Wrath of the Lich King. As shown in previous issues, Garrosh Hellscream is already in Orgrimmar, and accompanies Thrall and Rehgar Earthfury to the peace summit with Varian Wrynn (Lo’gosh) at Theramore.

Now the Scourge attacks the Alliance and the Horde. Are we gonna see some zombies shrieking the word: “BRRAIIIIIINNNSSS !!!” We will have to wait and see.

imageWORLD OF WARCRAFT # 20

The Scourge makes their move and attacks from all fronts intent on taking no prisoners! No longer united, can Varian and Thrall survive the onslaught? And will Valeera once again succumb to her addiction to magical energy?

Written by Walter Simonson & Louise Simonson
Art by Mike Bowden & Phil Moy
Cover by Walter Simonson

On sale June 17

World of Warcraft Action Figures Series 5 - DC Unlimited

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The World of Warcraft Action Figures Series 5 by DC Unlimited pre-orders are now available. These action figures ship on November 2009. From left to right: Illidan (in demon form), the Action figure set, Scourge Ghoul Rottingham, Lo’gosh, Night Elf Hunter Alathena Moonbreeze with Sorna. Press any of the images to pre-order or for further details and description.

World of Warcraft Deluxe Illidan (Demon Form) Action Figure
Deluxe Illidan (Demon Form)
World of Warcraft Series 5 Action Figure Set
Series 5 Action Figure Set
World of Warcraft Series 5 Scourge Ghoul Action Figure
Scourge Ghoul
World of Warcraft Series 5 Alliance Hero Action Figure
Lo’gosh – Varian Wrynn
World of Warcraft Series 5 Night Elf Hunter Action Figure
Night Elf Hunter

Watch our 2009 New York Comic Con video coverage to see the World of Warcraft Action Figures Series 5.

World of Warcraft # 16 Review

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World of Warcraft # 16 arrived to my home today. In this issue, Thrall and Varian arrive to Theramore to meet Jaina Proudmoore and Magna Aegwynn. They wish to resume their negotiation, interrupted when King Varian was kidnapped by the Defias Brotherhood.  We don’t get to see yet the meeting. However, we get to see what’s going on behind the scenes. It is awesome to see more lore continuity tips in this comic book. In this issue, we see Ahn’Qiraj temple. C’thun is mentioned to be dead. The Twilight’s Hammer and its leader are within C’thun chamber.

We find out that Valeera Sanguinar’s ancestor was a high elf mage member of the Council of Tirisfal who Aegwynn met.  Thus, one of the reasons she is watching and protecting her. We will find out in upcoming issues more about the Emerald Dream status quo with the Nightmare as Broll has departed the peace summit in Theramore to assist Fandral in Teldrassil.

Garrosh Hellscream accompanies Thrall and Rehgar Earthfury to the Summit with King Varian Wrynn, which in itself might make some fans scratch their forehead.  C’thun is dead and Garrosh is already in Kalimdor. This is clearly a sign that the comic book will very soon synch with Wrath of the Lich King, letting us know more of the behind the scenes details surrounding Northrend and its races; and the Lich King.

This was the description of the comic book # 16 given a few weeks ago:

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WORLD OF WARCRAFT #16

Broll receives a mysterious summons away from Theramore on the eve of the summit between King Varian and Thrall. Garona is taken captive by the Forsaken, but to what end? Plus, the return of Rehgar Earthfury!

On sale February 18

Starcraft # 1

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The Thundergod will strike his hammer on May … forging a new storyline that will rock StarCraft lore fans. A story that ties-in with StarCraft II. Explore the mysteries lurking around the Koprulu Sector.

Blizzard Entertainment’s Senior VP of Creative Development Chris Metzen (Thundergod) and Senior Writer & Voice Director Micky Neilson bring you an exciting ongoing monthly comic book series.

From the bestselling Blizzard computer game comes the most explosive sci-fi action comic ever created! Join the WarPigs, a disbanded team of outlaws reunited by their former captain for one last job: the assassination of Jim Raynor!

Join creators Keith Giffen, Simon Furman and Federico Dallocchio for WildStorm’s explosive foray into the world of STARCRAFT with this new ongoing series!

Written by Keith Giffen & Simon Furman
Art and cover by Federico Dallocchio
Variant cover by Shawn Moll & Doug Mahnke

May 27

The Thundergod Strikes In …

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StarCraft # 1 official announcement. The ongoing comic book series hit shelves on May 27. Learn more.

Update 2/15: From the Transformers comic book writer, Simon Furman, a new and exciting ongoing series is about to hit the fan spreading widely like hot bread in the morning.  The StarCraft comic book introduces a mercenary team gathered for a mysterious mission. Be a loyal subscriber of a comic book that ties-in with the StarCraft II single-player. Find out more on Tuesday.

World of Warcraft # 15 Preview - Garona Birthed A Half-Human Baby?

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imageFrom the creative minds of Wildstorm’s World of Warcraft comic book writer Walter Simonson (Mighty Thor) and Chris Metzen, Blizzard has released a loregasmic preview teaser of World of Warcraft # 15.  After King Varian Wrynn decapitated Onyxia’s corpse to display her head in Stormwind, Garona makes her appearance for the first time since the events from Warcraft: The Last Guardian.  The preview reveals that shortly after Garona assassinated King Llane, she found out about her … pregnancy.  She gave the baby to an ancient human mage, named Meryl,  to raise him. It is now confirmed that Garona was cursed by Sargeras to betray and do things against her will. Therefore, she couldn’t bare to rise her own child for fear she would kill him.

This plot brings about so many intriguing questions. Who is the father of Garona’s baby? Medivh? Khadgar?  King Llane? On the other hand, Meryl is described as undead, but one who has lived by sheer will and through the use of his own magical powers to prolong his life for milennia; he exists even before Ner’zhul created the Scourge. Is Meryl one of the previous Guardians of Tirisfal?

Garona’s baby has grown up, and there is a prophecy behind him found in a scroll digged from Hellfire Peninsula. This child is to become the savior of Azeroth. Do you feel the vibe that this guy, Med’an, is the heir of Medivh? Watch the PDF preview and get that HOT comic book at a newsstand near you!

This issue will be on newsstands on January 21.

In stores 1/21.

The road back to Theramore begins in issue #15 of the ongoing series. After the events of the last arc, King Varian and Prince Anduin must return home. But who will return with them? And what role will Garona Halforcen play in this next quest? Check out the preview pages.

If you like what you see, you can visit Wildstorm for more information, locate a nearby comic store (type zipcode), or subscribe to the series directly.

World of Warcraft# 18 Comic Book - DC Comics / Wildstorm

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World of Warcraft Trading Card Game - WoW TCG Store

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Upper Deck Entertainment unveiled the World of Warcraft Miniature Game at 2008 New York Comic Con and 2008 GAMA Trade Show.  You can view many Miniature Photos including Onyxia at our NY Comic Con Coverage page. Scheduled Release Date: October 2008.


World of Warcraft® ‘Molten Core’ Raid Deck

World of Warcraft® ‘Magtheridon’s Lair’ Raid Deck

World of Warcraft® Heroes of Azeroth Starter Deck

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World of Warcraft Blood Elf Rogue vs. Draenei Paladin Diorama - 360 QTVR

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Sideshow Collectibles and Blizzard Entertainment bring fans the World of Warcraft Diorama featuring a Blood Elf Rogue versus a Draenei Paladin.  Below you can watch a QTVR 360 (QuickTime VR) that will allow you to see a three-dimensional view of this awesome polystone sculpture. Rotate its view by following the instructions below.

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World of Warcraft The Comic Book

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On Sale July 29, 2008

WORLD OF WARCRAFT VOL. 1

Collecting WORLD OF WARCRAFT #0-7, based on the world’s most popular massively multiplayer videogame, written by comics legend Walter Simonson!

A human is found unconscious on the shores of Kalimdor, with no memory of who he is or how he arrived there. Enslaved by the Orc Shaman Rehgar Earthfury, this man must fight for survival against members of both the Alliance and the Horde, striking uneasy relationships with other races in his quest to find the secrets of his past!

Wildstorm |  176pg.  |  Color |  Hardcover |  $19.99 US
Written by Walter Simonson; Art by Ludo Lullabi and Sandra Hope; Cover by Samwise Didier

Blizzard Entertainment, DC Comics and Wildstorm united forces to bring fans of the most popular MMORPG … World of Warcraft The Comic Book. The limited series consists of 12 issues divided in two story arcs. Read the description, and spoiler summary of each issue. Or view the front covers by Samwise Didier (Blizzard Senior Art Director), Variant Covers by Jim Lee (X-MEN# 1) in black and white or color, and sneak previews (5-pages).



WORLD OF WARCRAFT: ASHBRINGER # 1-4

On Sale – September 10, 2008

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Warcraft Archive - Book Excerpt

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By: Blizzard Entertainment
This Edition: Trade Paperback
Publication Date: 10/2006
Estimated Price: $14.95


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In the mist-shrouded haze of past, the world of Azeroth teemed with wonders of every kind. Magical races and ancient beasts strode alongside the tribes of man—until the arrival of the demonic Burning Legion and its baneful lord, Sargeras. Now dragons, elves, orcs, and dwarves all vie for supremacy across their scarred, war-torn kingdoms—all part of a grand, malevolent scheme to determine the fate of the world of…

WARCRAFT

DAY OF THE DRAGON: A terrifying upheaval among the highest ranks of the world’s Wizards sends the maverick Mage, Rhonin, on a perilous journey into the Orc-controlled lands of Khaz Modan. What Rhonin uncovers is a vast, far-reaching conspiracy, darker than anything he ever imagined—a threat that will force him into a dangerous alliance with ancient creatures of air and fire if the world of Azeroth is to see another dawn.

LORD OF THE CLANS: Slave and Gladiator. Shaman and Warchief. The enigmatic Orc known as Thrall has been all of these. Raised from infancy by cruel human masters who sought to mold him into their perfect pawn, Thrall was driven by both the savagery in his heart and the cunning of his upbringing to pursue a destiny he was only beginning to understand—to break his bondage and rediscover the ancient traditions of his people. Now the tumultuous tale of his life’s journey—a saga of honor, hatred, and hope—can at last be told.

THE LAST GUARDIAN: The Guardians of Tirisfal were a line of champions imbued with godlike powers, each one through the ages charged with fighting a lonely secret war against the Burning Legion. Medivh was fated from birth to become the greatest and most powerful of this noble order. But from the beginning a darkness tainted him, corrupting his soul and turning to evil the powers that should have fought for good. Medivh’s struggle against the malice within him became one with the fate of Azeroth itself…and changed the world forever.

OF BLOOD AND HONOR: The paladin Tirion Fordring had always believed the Orcs were vile and corrupt, but an unexpected act of honor and compassion sets in motion a chain of events that will challenge his most fundamental beliefs and force him to decide, once and for all, who are the men…and who are the monsters.

  • Order Warcraft Archives

  • Read an interview with Richard A. Knaak (Day of the Dragon)
  • Read an interview with Christie Golden (Lord of the Clans)

World of Warcraft RPG: Alliance Players Guide - Content List

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Glory to the Alliance!

Draw blade and spear to battle the Scourge, the Burning Legion, and the Horde! Keep your eyes sharp and your tongue sharper as you match wits with rival political factions. Bolster the Alliance?s strengths? or prey upon its weaknesses.

A Character Book for World of Warcraft?: The Roleplaying Game

    ? Includes a wealth of detail on the Alliance, including its races and structure.

    ? New races, feats, prestige classes, and other game mechanics particular to the Alliance.

    ? Information on the Alliance?s history, its leaders, and its current military and political structure.

    ? Delve into the details of the Alliance?s races: Explore their society, psychology, and culture.

Sword & Sorcery books are published under the Open Game License and are 100% compatible with v.3.5 rules and the d20 System. US Page Count: 232(hardcover).

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C R E D I T S

Special Thanks ? Luke Johnson
To my late grandfathers, Donald R. Johnson and Edward Schnaper. I think they would be proud.

Authors

Adam Loyd aka MagusRogue (ace, night elf and gnome history)

Scott Bennie (feats, exemplar, savagekin, half-elf history,
military units, ?The Dog of Warcraft?)

Bruce Graw (sapper,
Chapter 5, Ironforge dwarf history)

Luke Johnson (Chapters
1 and 2, prestige classes, creatures)

Mur Lafferty (feats,
dead shot, furbolg, high elf, and Wildhammer dwarf history,
Alliance history, tactics, military units, ?Gift for the Bride?)

Aaron
Rosenberg (windwarrior, Chapter 4 Church of the Holy
Light, Kirin Tor, military units)

Andrew Rowe (human
history, Argent Dawn, Chapter 7, creatures).

Creative and Rules Design Assistance
and Additional Material

Chris Metzen, Ben Brode, Samwise Didier, Bob Fitch,
Evelyn Fredericksen, Brian Hsieh, Micky Neilson, Lisa
Pearce, and Gloria Soto

Developer

Luke Johnson

Editor

Ellen P. Kiley

Managing Editor

Stewart Wieck

Art Director

Mike Chaney

Layout and Design

Mike Chaney

Cover Artist

Samwise Didier , Glenn Rane, & Justin Thavirat

Interior Artists

Hannah Spute, Saytr, James Stowe, Patrick McEvoy,
Harald Osterle, Jeff Laubenstein, Samwise Didier, Rene
Koiter, Michel Koiter, Glenn Rane, Justin Thavirat, Bill
Petras, & David Griffiths

Introduction 4

Chapter 1: New Races

6
Dwarf, Wildhammer 6
Furbolg 9
Half-Elf 11
Vital Statistics 13

Chapter 2: Class Options

14
Variant Classes 14
Lone Druid 14
Totemic Druid 15
Druid of the Claw 15
Druid of the Fang 16
Druid of the Talon 16
Focused Mage 17
Auradin 18
Racial Iconic Classes 18
Furbolg Shaman 18
Gnome Tinker 19
High Elf Mage 20
Human Mage 20
Human Paladin 21
Ironforge Dwarf Warrior: Dwarf Sharpshooter 21
Night Elf Druid 22
Wildhammer Barbarian 23
Creature Classes 23
Ancient Protector 25
Dryad 27
Keeper of the Grove 29
Mountain Giant 31
Vital Statistics 33
Feats 34

Chapter 3: Prestige Classes

42
Ace 42
Dead Shot 45
Demon Hunter 47
Exemplar 50
Gunman 52
Mountain King 56
Sapper 58
Savagekin 61
Sister of Steel 63
Ursa Totemic 65
Warden 68
Windwarrior 70

Chapter 4: Magic

75
Magic Among the Alliance 75
Spells 79
Magic Items 91
Magic Armor 91
Magic Weapons 92
Rings 93
Wondrous Items 94

Chapter 5: Technology

100
Races and Technology 100
Tech-Mods 101
Weapon Tech-Mods 101
Armor Tech-Mods 103
Tech-Mods 103
Ring Tech-Mods 105
Wondrous Item Tech-Mods 106
Technological Devices 107
Dwarven Technological Devices 107
Gnomish Technological Devices 111
Other Technological Devices 119

Chapter 6: History and Culture

123
Night Elf History 123
Night Elf Culture 125
High Elf History 129
High Elf Culture 130
Half-Elf History 132
Half-Elf Culture 132
Human History 133
Human Culture 137
Ironforge Dwarf History 140
Ironforge Dwarf Culture 142
Wildhammer Dwarf History 143
Wildhammer Dwarf Culture 143
Gnome History 145
Gnome Culture 146
Furbolg History 147
Furbolg Culture 148
The Argent Dawn 150
The Church of the Holy Light 152
The Kirin Tor 154

Chapter 7: Alliance History and Current Situation

161
Alliance Timeline 165
State of the Alliance 167

Chapter 8: The Alliance Military

181
Alliance Tactics 181
Military Forces 183
Human Forces 183
Dwarf Forces 186
High Elf Forces 188
Night Elf Forces 189

Chapter 9: Creatures

194
Ancients 194
Avatar of Vengeance 199
Battle Ram 200
Cat, Saber 201
Chimera 203
Dire Cobra 204
Dragonhawk 205
Dryad 206
Faerie Dragon 207
Gryphon 208
Hippogryph 209
Keeper of the Grove 210
Mountain Giant 211
Spirit of Vengeance 212
Treant 214
Warhorse, heavy 215
Wisp 216

Chapter 10: Adventures

217
The Dog of Warcraft 217
Gift for the Bride 224

Warcraft RPG: Manual of Monsters - Content List

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Foreword 10
Introduction 11
Chapter One: Creatures of Azeroth 13
Ancient 14
Corrupted Ancient 15
Bane Spider 15
Basilisk 17
Bog Beast 18
Cat, Saber 19
Frostsaber Cat 19
Nightsaber Cat 19
Cenarius’s Children 21
Centaur 21
Dryad 22
Keeper of the Grove 23
Ch’ imaera 25
Draenei 26
Dragons of Azeroth 27
Black Dragon 28
Blue Dragon 31
Bronze Dragon 33
Green Dragon 35
Red Dragon 37
Dragonspawn 39
Wyrm Kin 40
Flame tongue 41
Scalebane 42
Frost Wolf 43
Dire Frost Wolf 43
Giant Frost Wolf 43
Furbolg 45
Corrupted Furbolg 46
Giant 48
Mountain Giant 48
Sea Giant 49
Gnoll 50
Gnoll Assassin 51
Gnoll Brute 52
Gnoll Poacher 52
Gnoll Warden 53
Gryphon 54
Harpy 55
Hippogryph 57
Kobold 58
Kodo Beast 59
Magnataur 60
Mana Surge 61
Murloc 63
Mur

Warcraft RPG: Alliance and Horde Compendium - Content List

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Introduction

8

Chapter One: The New Blood

11
New Races of Warcraft 11
Dwarf, Wildhammer 11
Elf, Blood 14
Furbolg 16
Gnome 17
Naga 19
Pandaren 21
Troll, Jungle 22
Prestige Classes 24
Death Knight 24
Demon Hunter 27
Dwarven Avatar 30
Marksman 33
Necromancer 35
Primal 38
Warmage 40
Windrider 43
New Skill 45
Feats 45

Chapter Two: Choosing Sides

53
The Alliance 54
Humans 55
Ironforge Dwarves 56
Wildhammer Dwarves 57
High Elves 58
Night Elves 59
Gnomes 60
Half-Elves 60
The Horde 62
Orcs 63
Tauren 64
Jungle Trolls 64
Independent Factions 66
Blood Elves 67
Furbolgs 69
Goblins 70
Half-Orcs 71
Naga 72
Pandaren 73

Chapter Three: The Craft of War

76
The Basics 77
Unit Combat Sequence 77
Unit Combat Statistics 77
Baseline and Rendezvous Point 81
Initiative 81
The Battle Round 82
Unit Actions 82
Attacks and Damage in Unit Combat 84
Unit Actions Without Orders 84
Commanders and Orders 88
Kinds of Orders 92
Injury and Death 97
Movement and Position 97
Combat Modifiers 100
Unusual Attacks 102
Cavalry Units and Mounted Combat 102
Morale 104
Morale Check DCs 105
Terrain and Obstacles 106
Battlefield Magic 111

Appendix One: Weapons of War

119
Ballistae 120
Catapults and Trebuchets 122
Siege Crossbows 123
Special Ammunition 123

Appendix Two: Legal Information

125

Tables

Table 1-1: The Death Knight (Dkn) 26
Table 1-2: The Demon Hunter (Dmh) 29
Table 1-3: The Dwarven Avatar (Dav) 31
Table 1-4: The Marksman (Mkm) 34
Table 1-5: The Necromancer (Ncr) 37
Table 1-6: The Primal (Pml) 39
Table 1-7: The Warmage (Wmg) 41
Table 1-8: Warmage Battlemagic 42
Table 1-9: The Windrider (Wdr) 44
Table 3-1: Average Weapon Damage 79
Table 3-2: Weapon Damage Modifiers 79
Table 3-3: Unit Combat 85
Table 3-4: Common Unit Actions 89
Table 3-5: Miscellaneous Unit Actions 90
Table 3-6: Summary of Orders 95
Table 3-7: Conditional Command Check and DC Modifiers 96
Table 3-8: Unit Space and Reach 99
Table 3-9: Attack Roll Modifiers 100
Table 3-10: Armor Class Modifiers 100
Table 3-11: Concealment 101
Table 3-12: Morale Modifiers 105
Table 3-13: Spell Areas 114
Table 3-14: Area Spells vs. Units 117
Table 3-15: Damage to Units from Spells 118
Table 4-1: Siege Weapons 121
Table 4-2: Special Ammunition 124

Warcraft RPG: Magic and Mayhem - Content List

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Introduction

9
Chapter One: Flame and Faith 13
Arcane Magic 14
Spellcasters 15
Variant Rule: Arcane Corruption 16
Divine Magic 22
Ordeals 22
Tests of Faith 23
Fel Energy 24
Fel Offerings 24
Fel Poison 24
Rune Magic 24
Creating Rune Families 25

Chapter Two: Prepare Yourselves!

29
Feats 30
New Core Class and Prestige Classes 33
Runemaster 34
Bombardier 38
Engineer 40
Graven One 42
Shadow Hunter 45
Spiritwalker 48
Steamwarrior 50
Warden 53
Witch Doctor 55

Chapter Three: Fountains of Mana

60
Rune Families 61
Runes 62
New Spells 79

Chapter Four: Destiny and Reward

113
Armor and Shields 114
Weapons 116
Potions 129
Rings 133
Rods, Staffs and Wands 134
Scrolls 135
Wondrous Items 137
Minor Artifacts 155

Chapter Five: Temple of Boom

162
Creating and Using Technological Devices 163
Vehicles: Movement and Maneuverability 164
Malfunction Effects 164
Collaborative Construction 167
Masterwork Devices 167
Special and Favored Materials 168
Technological Devices 169
Adventuring Gear 169
Special Substances and Items 182
Vehicles 186
Weapons 190
Zecker Devices 196
Appendix One: Constructs 198
Appendix Two: Legal Information 207

Tables

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