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The Rite of Turnabout
Trial data

May 9-12, 2028

Courtroom No.

High Court of Khura'in

Presiding judge


Defense team leader

Phoenix Wright

Defense team assistants

Rayfa Padma Khura'in (investigative partner)
Maya Fey (co-counsel)


Nahyuta Sahdmadhi


Maya Fey


Tahrust Inmee
Rheel Neh'mu

Time of death

May 8, 2028; 2:30 p.m. (Neh'mu)
May 10, 2028; between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. (Inmee)

Weapon/cause of death

Blood loss due to a self inflicted stab wound with the warbaa'd statue. (Inmee)
Severe damage to the spinal cord from the warbaa'd statue (Neh'mu) (both originally thought to be the Warbaa'd Dagger )


Guilty (reversed)
Not Guilty

Rayfa Padma Khura'in
Datz Are'bal
Ema Skye
Tahrust Inmee (Channelled by Maya Fey)
Other characters
Beh'leeb Inmee
Ahlbi Ur'gaid
Inga Karkhuul Khura'in
Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in
Dhurke Sahdmadhi
Apollo Justice (allusions)
Klavier Gavin (allusion)
Athena Cykes (allusion)
Tehm'pul Temple
Detention center
Plaza of Devotion
Inner Sanctum
High priest's house
Rebel hideout
Attorney's badge
Rites Guide
May 9th Newspaper
Tahrust's Autopsy Report
Inner Sanctum Photo
Ritual Curtain
Bloodstained Letter
Sanctum Prayer Flags
Maya's Statement
Lady Kee'ra's Warning
Warbaa'd Arrow
Mountain Range Poster
Wanted Poster
Plumed Punisher Strap
Inner Sanctum Diagram
Crime Photo (Zeh'lot)
Zeh'lot's Autopsy Report
Warbaa'd Dagger
Brand New Flag
Nahmanda Flower
Beh'leeb's Statement
Family Photo
Tome of Secrets
Dhurke's Law Book
Golden Orb
Rebel Hideout Photo
Warbaa'd Statue
Maya Fey
...Hee hee! Long time no see, Nick!

Episode 3: The Rite of Turnabout is the third episode of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. Phoenix Wright's second case in the kingdom of Khura'in sees him once again defending his long-time friend Maya Fey on murder charges after a priest is killed during the final rite of her training.

Prison break Edit

A guard walks into Prisoner 201's cell to question him, only to find out that the prisoner has disappeared from sight.

Two men talk about how a man named Datz is back on the street, but are interrupted by a flying knife and a person in a masked costume. They are attacked and their screams ring out into the night.

First Investigation Edit

May 9 Edit

Phoenix Wright was standing outside the Tehm'pul Temple at 3:30 PM, peacefully soaking in the afternoon air and reflecting on his experience in the past two weeks of being in the kingdom of Khura'in. He was eagerly looking forward to meeting up with Maya Fey, who was finishing her aesetic training, when he was approached by Ahlbi Ur'gaid with Shah'do. Ur'gaid was excited because of the annual Purification Rite and that Fey was scheduled to be in the guise of Lady Kee'ra for the ritual. He handed Wright a guidebook Fey had in her possession that outlined Khura'inese rites then the pair set out for the Plaza of Devotion.

At the Plaza, Wright observed the lines of devout followers kneeling in prayer and the cold temperature of the high elevation. A large gate blocked passage to a long staircase that went up the mountain's face, which Ur'gaid informed Wright led to the "Inner Sanctum". As they took in the sights, they were approached by a cloaked woman, who revealed herself to be Maya Fey.


Wright and Fey meeting again.

Fey informed Wright and Ur'gaid that the Purification Rite was the final phase of her two-year training towards becoming the Master of the Kurain Channeling Technique and that she would be returning home upon its completion. Curious why such a sacred ritual was being handled by a foreigner, Fey told Wright that the duty of Lady Kee'ra is typically handled by the high priest's wife, but due to her pregnancy they gave her the honor. Fey also explained the history of Lady Kee'ra and her role as protectorate in Khura'inese history. The surge in popularity for the Purification Rite this year was sparked by sightings of a "real" Lady Kee'ra who was responsible for taking down several key members of the rebellious Defiant Dragons organization.

Maya´s Ritual

Fey and Tahrust performing the rite.

The sound of bells cued Fey to the arrival of the high priest, who wore them around his ankles as part of the ritual. As the ritual began, Ur'gaid pointed out Acolyte Zeh'lot in the front row of the Khura'inst followers. Abbot Inmee and Fey stood in front of the devoted followers, along with the robe Fey would don for the ceremony. Ur'gaid encouraged Wright to assume the position of the other followers kneeling in prayer, but the strain on his back became too much and Wright blacked out shortly after the beginning of the ritual.

May 10 Edit

Arrest Edit

Wright regained consciousness the next day in an unfamiliar location, awoken by Ur'gaid, who informed him that he had been carried to the home of the high priest. Ur'gaid was panicked because Fey had been arrested while Wright was unconscious. He hastily led Wright back to the Plaza of Devotion.

Upon arriving, Fey was protesting her innocence to the police but could not convince them and Wright was unable to intervene on her behalf. At this point Detective Ema Skye made her sudden entrance and explained to Wright that Fey was suspected of stabbing the high priest during the Purification Rite. Fey was the only suspect due to the restricted nature of the Inner Sanctum and Skye informed Wright that the case was to be prosecuted by Nahyuta Sahdmadhi. The suspected weapon was the ritual Warbaa'd Dagger, used as part of the Purification Rite, but no one in the investigation could locate it.

Inner Sanctum

The Inner Sanctum.

With Skye's blessing, Wright ascended the stairs to the Inner Sanctum to investigate the scene of the murder. There he encountered Rayfa Padma Khura'in who was praying for the departed high priest. When Wright explained why he had come to the Inner Sanctum, Rayfa only agreed to let him investigate the sacred site if she was allowed to oversee the process in the interest of ensuring nothing unethical took place. Examining the large portrait of Lady Kee'ra that watches over the Inner Sanctum, Rayfa explained the meanings of the markings on the bodies of the Khura'inist clergy. Inspecting the spring at the back of the Inner Sanctum in closer detail, Wright discovered a bloody scrap of paper tossed to the ground as well as the incense-purified robes of Lady Kee'ra, a bloody statue of a warbaa'd bird, and that the water in the spring where the victim had fallen had turned blood-red. The paper was too obscured by the blood to be readable, however.

Elsewhere in the Inner Sanctum, Wright took note of an area where the snow had been shoveled away near a broken lantern as well as the ritual curtain that enclosed the area. Noting a trail of prayer flags draped over the side of the curtain, Wright discovered a long string of prayer flags that were unconventionally tied together as though they were a banner. Wright also asked Rayfa what she knew about the Purification Rite and the Inner Sanctum. Rayfa, although unfamiliar with the legend, consulted with her aide Nayna and explained Lady Kee'ra's role in Khura'in's history as a fierce protector and that the Purification Rite is done as a means to 'wash the blood of battle' from Lady Kee'ra.

Wright and Rayfa returned to the Plaza of Devotion where they ran across a man with unkempt hair and a bushy beard. The man was confused and did not seem to know his own identity. Detective Skye returned and presented Wright with a bottle of Luminol fluid to aid in his investigation and a copy of the police crime scene photo. She mentioned that Prosecutor Sahdmadhi had permitted the investigation of the scene because he predicted that Wright would lose his nerve to defend the case once he saw it. Skye told Wright that Maya Fey was no longer in questioning and that she could be visited at the Detention Center.

Wright and Rayfa went to the Detention Center to talk with Fey. Fey told Wright that during the ritual, she found herself becoming very woozy and tired before losing consciousness entirely. When she came to, Inmee had already been killed. When Fey attempted to explain the purpose behind her training expedition, Rayfa scoffed at the notion someone from outside Kuhra'in could perform their sacred art of spiritual channeling. Wright was about to illuminate her abilities but Fey quickly interjected and hushed him, curiously unwilling to let Rayfa know of her power. During their conversation, Fey recalled an odd sight at the Inner Sanctum: the water in the spring had been red all along and not because Abbott Inmee had bled into the spring following his stabbing, as though the prophecy of Lady Kee'ra ("The spring shall run red upon Lady Kee'ra's return.") were coming to pass.

Before ending their discussion, Fey produced one more noteworthy item: a patchwork letter that she found at the Inner Sanctum. Written in Khura'inese, the letter was a warning not to carry out the ceremony and was emblazoned with the insignia of Lady Kee'ra. Additionally, three sets of three holes punctured the letter in a diagonal pattern across the length of the page. Wright reassured Fey that he was confident in his defense of her, regardless of the consequences, and suspected that the rebel hunter who was masquerading as Lady Kee'ra was the real perpetrator of the crime. Wright and Rayfa set out to find common folk who might have an idea about the rebel hunter.

"The Rebel Hunter" Edit

Wright ventured to the bazaar that lead to the Tehm'pul Temple to start his inquiry. There, Ahlbi Ur'gaid once again caught up with Wright. Ur'gaid told Wright of a recent jailbreak of a Defiant Dragons rebel and that the people of Khura'in were relying on the work of the vigilante Lady Kee'ra to protect them. The vigilante was said to be a skilled combatant, able to subdue rebels without any assistance, which lent credence to Wright's theory that the Lady Kee'ra impersonator was the actual culprit. When asked about the escapee, Ur'gaid mentioned that he was a feared associate of the elusive Defiant Dragons leader Dhurke. Ur'gaid was concerned that the escapee could still be roaming the kingdom and that it might lead to another incident like the royal assassination of Queen Amara, an incident reportedly perpetrated by Dhurke.

Ur'gaid showed Wright a three-pronged arrow that Shah'do found near the house of the high priest. Rayfa immediately identified the arrow as the "Warbaa'd Arrow", another one of Lady Kee'ra's legendary weapons. Wright requested that Ur'gaid take him to Abbott Inmee's home. Upon arriving, he was introduced to the matriarch of the Inmee household, Beh'leeb Inmee. Mrs. Inmee was still heavily grief-stricken over the loss of her husband so Wright decided to examine the rest of the room while she decided whether she would accede him. Wright picked up an orange envelope addressed to the high priest from the wastebin and a wanted ad for the escaped prisoner, "Datz Are'bal". Wright also observed a picture of the mountaintops where the Inner Sanctum resides and was introduced to "The Plumed Punisher: Warrior of Neo Twilight Realm".

After "consulting" with her late husband, Beh'leeb Inmee agreed to answer Wright's questions. Wright opened by asking about any enemies Tahrust Inmee may have had. However, immediately after asking, three Psyche-Locks appeared. Using the power of the Magatama provided to him by Maya Fey, Wright probed into the matter. Wright theorized that Lady Kee'ra had come for her husband and presented the letter Fey found at the Inner Sanctum, combined with the envelope found in the wastebin, to prove that someone was trying to get the high priest's attention. The three-pronged Warbaa'd Arrow was used to pin the letter to the wall, creating the series of holes found on the envelope and letter. Wright broke through the mental barrier and Mrs. Inmee agreed to be honest.

Mrs. Inmee said that the letter was received three days before the Purification Rite. She chose to keep it between her and her husband for fear of misrepresenting her husband as an insurgent. The letter had been delivered into the bedroom of the couple, despite securing the residence before falling asleep the previous night. Wright believed that there may have been some legitimacy to the idea that the high priest was a rebel sympathizer but was unwilling to press hard at such a difficult time for the widow Inmee. At that moment, Rayfa was summoned to Ga'ran Palace at the behest of her mother in order for a rite to be conducted in honor of the high priest.

Meeting the Queen Edit

At the palace, Queen Ga'ran took Beh'leeb Inmee and Rayfa aside to conduct the Prayer of Lament, leaving Wright alone with the Justice Minister, Inga Karakhuul Khura'in. Wright asserted his defense of Maya Fey in the upcoming trial to the Justice Minister and asked about the Defense Culpability Act, which Inga reminded him he would be subject to as he was last time should he proceed with his defense. Inga remarked that the DC Act was very handy for him to keep naysayers of the Ga'ran administration in line but that it wasn't the only way he intended to deal with the rebel insurgency.

Upon completion of the Prayer of Lament, Rayfa and Wright returned to the Detention Center to talk with Maya Fey. Wright posed the question to Fey about his suspicions that Tahrust Inmee may have been tied to the Defiant Dragons, which offended Rayfa enough to cause her to leave. Fey was only able to say that Inmee had been acting somewhat on edge, looking up at the sky periodically. With Rayfa out of earshot, Wright decided to satisfy his curiosity about Fey's reluctance to openly discuss her spiritual power from earlier. Fey explained that due to the perception of the Khura'inese people that spirit channeling is a most revered art only practiced by the queen, her ability to do so as an outsider might create unrest and she was trying to avoid that.

The backbone of Fey's training in Khura'in was to build her spiritual fidelity to a level where she could always channel a spirit without fail. Wright brought up The Plumed Punisher, to which Fey demonstrated her familiarity, even saying she wanted to propose a crossover between their native Steel Samurai franchise and it. She even showed Wright a special, one-of-a-kind promotional lanyard of The Plumed Punisher that would play the show's theme song, which she had traded a piece of Samurai merchandise for.

Wright ended his investigation and returned to the Tehm'pul Temple. Wright and Ahlbi Ur'gaid recapped the facts of the case and prepared for the trial the following day. Rayfa scoffed at Wright's bravado, assuring him that she would not falter as she did during his first trial and that her visions would be his undoing. Wright steadfastly stuck to his belief in Maya Fey's innocence, even though Rafya was unconvinced.

First Trial Edit

May 11 Edit

The bang of the judge's gavel rang through the High Court of Khura'in, ushering in the trial of Maya Fey, with Phoenix Wright on defense and Nahyuta Sahdmadhi prosecuting. Maya Fey took her place at Wright's side, as she had done in many of his past trials, much to the confusion of the judge. The prosecution began by outlining the facts of the case, accusing Fey of stabbing the high priest Tahrust Inmee during the Purification Rite with the sacred dagger of Lady Kee'ra as the only party present besides the victim. The judge then issued the decree to begin the Divination Séance and summoned for Rayfa Padma Khura'in.

Rayfa took her place with confidence, ready to trump Wright. Rayfa recited the incantation of the Divination Séance and conducted the Dance of Devotion around the Pool of Souls, causing the ethereal waters to project the images of Tahrust Inmee's final moments. Rayfa offered her interpretation of the events shown, saying that Fey had donned the robes of Lady Kee'ra and approached the victim whilst he was in the middle of reading a sutra as part of the Purification Rite. Fey protested these events, saying she was already very unsteady when the rite began and that she had never even had the chance to put on the robes.

Wright began his examination of the vision. Wright first took issue with the sound of footsteps heard by the victim, saying they did not increase in volume as the accused supposedly approached the victim, despite the smell of incense growing greater as the attacker neared. Rayfa and the prosecution objected and Rayfa clarified the vision within the Pool of Souls, changing the sound of footsteps to the sound of bells. However this change only played to Wright's advantage, as he inferred that if the sound of bells were heard, it was the priest who was in motion and not the accused.

Prosecutor Sahdmadhi countered by saying this did not change the facts of the case and Rayfa agreed, updating her insight to reflect the detail. Wright once again referenced the vision, now pointing out the sound of water, which disagreed with Rayfa's new assertion that the priest ran towards the broken lantern (as the only water in the Inner Sanctum was not in the direction of the broken lantern). This new information now pointed to the accused standing in the spring, in front of the warbaa'd bird statue, and opposite what was prescribed by the Purification Rite. Once again Rayfa said this information did not impact the facts of the case and amended her insight to reflect the change. However this insight now contradicted what the priest was able to see, as the lantern to his right when facing Lady Kee'ra showed signs of blowing in the wind, which should have been impossible (as they were all protected from the wind). Rayfa explained that the wind guards had been removed for the ceremony and clarified the vision. By doing so, Wright was able to then see that the lantern next to Fey was in fact the broken lantern that was near the entrance to the Inner Sanctum, but that the lantern that was near Lady Kee'ra was not broken, meaning that two different lanterns were visible to the priest's right during the course of the vision.

Because of this fact, Wright was forced to recant on his earlier claim that the positions of Fey and Inmee were reversed from what was written in the rite, and that they were standing in their correct positions. Rather, during the time that Inmee was reading the sutra, he had turned himself around to face the opposite direction and ran into the spring before he was stabbed. Due to these circumstances, Wright said that accusing Fey no longer made sense as Inmee had been stabbed in the front of his abdomen, not the back, and that a third party must be responsible for killing the high priest. As the vision no longer corroborated the prosecution's assertion, Rayfa was dismissed from the proceedings and Prosecutor Sadmahdhi continued the trial through more orthodox means.

Wright presented the threatening letter to the high priest as basis for his claim that a third party had come to the Inner Sanctum. The judge was understandably confused that a letter threatening an insurgent would be sent to a Khura'inist priest but Wright confirmed that he believed that the letter had found its desired recipient and that it did indeed imply that Tahrust Inmee was sympathizing with the Defiant Dragons, with the vigilante dressing as Lady Kee'ra to hunt rebels being the one visible in Inmee's vision. However Sahdmadhi remained steadfast in his claim that Fey was guilty and summoned a witness.

The bushy-haired man Wright had met in the Plaza of Devotion took the stand and, due to his forgotten identity, Prosecutor Sahdmadhi had dubbed him "A'nohn Ihmus (TBD)" (although the man claimed the "TBD" was also part of the moniker). Ihmus testified that he had climbed to the top of Mt. Poniponi to pray away from the crowds of people in the Plaza of Devotion and that during his time at the summit, he had seen Fey stab the victim at the Inner Sanctum with his binoculars. He claimed that the sky had been clear that night, which Wright confirmed in the newspaper he was carrying from the day of the incident. The prosecution inquired how the accused had held the blade, which Ihmus said was in a reverse grip, consistent with a reach-around stab to the front of the victim, meaning Fey could still be responsible for the murder.

During Wright's cross-examination, he objected to the claim that Ihmus would be able to see the ritual, presenting the ritual curtain that enveloped the Inner Sanctum as proof. Ihmus provided new testimony that the shadows of the priest and Fey were projected onto the curtain by the moonlight and that he could make out how Fey was holding the dagger from that. However, Wright pointed out this was impossible by citing the ritual book and showing that the ritual required the full moon to be over Mt. Poniponi, meaning the shadows it would cast would be on the east side of the curtain and not on the side visible to Mt. Poniponi, where Ihmus claimed to be. Ihmus held to his claim he could see the shadows, which meant that he must have been somewhere other than Mt. Poniponi.

Wright took this to mean that Ihmus must have been at the Inner Sanctum itself and could potentially be the Lady Kee'ra who slayed the priest. Ihmus rejected the claim with his next testimony, saying he was never at the Inner Sanctum. Wright pressed the statement that it would have been impossible for Ihmus to be at the Inner Sanctum, offering the explanation of falling from the sky as his reason. Though absurd, Wright proposed that because of the clear and still weather, a parajump into the Inner Sanctum was possible. Sahdmadhi and Ihmus both claimed that there was no way anyone could successfully parajump into the Inner Sanctum and showed Wright a picture of the full area around the Inner Sanctum, including the Royal Penitentiary No. 4 at the summit above the Inner Sanctum.

Ihmus scoffed at the notion of flying through the air but Wright objected to it with the sewn-together prayer flags he found at the Inner Sanctum, which he proposed was in fact a makeshift parachute. Ihmus corrected Wright and said that the prayer flags were sewn together to make a paraglider, not a parachute, and that he had wound up at the Inner Sanctum accidentally. Ihmus submitted new testimony that he was using his homemade paraglider on the night of the incident but a strong wind near Mt. Poniponi had blown him towards the Inner Sanctum and caused him to crash there, hitting his head and being the source of his amnesia. However Wright objected that the wind could not have been a factor, based on the weather report in the May 9 newspaper.

Wright accused Ihmus of lying not just about the wind but the act of paragliding in windless conditions. Thus, Wright suggested the only reasonable way for the sewn banners to serve as useful gear to Ihmus was if Ihmus had come down from the top of the mountain, the site of the prison. Wright resumed accusing Ihmus of being the third party and the one responsible for the death of the priest. Prosecutor Sahdmadhi was forced to concede to Wright's theory, but in doing so it revealed the real identity of the witness: Datz Are'bal, the escaped rebel whose skills as an ex-paratrooper would have allowed him to safely parajump from the prison.

This, unfortunately, undermined Wright's accusation that the rebel hunting vigilante was Are'bal because Are'bal was a rebel himself. Are'bal admitted to fabricating his entire story of witnessing the murder then fled the courtroom before he could be arrested. While fleeing, Are'bal dropped a ripped shred of paper, which Sahdmadhi said were orders from the rebel leader Dhurke. Wright recognized the shred as being a smaller piece of the bloodied paper he held, which allowed the court to read the full contents. Sahdmadhi translated the paper as the escape plan for Are'bal, which involved wearing Lady Kee'ra's robes to leave the Inner Sanctum.

Sahdmadhi stated that Are'bal was not Inmee's killer as he and Inmee had been accomplices in the escape and that, sad as it may be, Inmee was in league with the rebels. Wright remained steadfast, saying that convicting Maya Fey could not stand as long as the individual dressed as Lady Kee'ra from the Divination Séance remained a mystery. The prosecution refused to debate the point, claiming that the Lady Kee'ra that was seen in the vision was simply the warbaa'd statue draped in the robes of Lady Kee'ra. The accused used it as something for the victim to see before death and to manipulate the Divination Séance once the case went to trial.

Despite Wright's protests, it was futile; he had no more viable arguments he could make to Prosecutor Sahdmadhi's arrangement of the facts. As per the DC Act, Wright and Fey were both found guilty. As Wright lamented the result of the case, a bailiff suddenly burst into the courtroom and announced that a body had been found at the Plaza of Devotion. He presented the court with the murder weapon, the missing Warbaa'd Dagger, and made a shocking claim: the fingerprints found on the dagger belonged to the accused, Maya Fey.

Because of this information, the prosecutor accused Maya Fey of being the rebel hunter Lady Kee'ra. He cited that the sightings of Lady Kee'ra had begun two years prior, the same frame of time that Maya Fey had been in the kingdom of Khura'in, and that the letter could easily have been delivered to the high priest by someone staying with the family, as Fey had been. It justified Fey's actions against the high priest and Prosecutor Sahdmadhi indicted Fey for the second murder. With the new charge firmly established against Fey, the judge adjourned the proceedings.

References to other cases Edit

  • While in the detention center, Wright tries to console Fey by stating that she should be "used to being the usual suspect by now", referencing the previous times she was accused of murder.
  • While talking in the detention center, Fey mentions how she must have outgrown the old "step-ladder" argument she and Wright have, which the latter corrects her by saying "ladder." This is a reference to an in-joke in the series that began in Turnabout Samurai and has been in every Ace Attorney game to date.
  • When beginning to investigate the rebel hideout, Phoenix thought to himself, "Now, to search every nook and cranny", a reference to Ace Attorney Investigations, in which Edgeworth would say "nook and cranny" whenever examining something up close.

References to popular cultureEdit

  • In the first investigation day when visiting Maya in the Detention Center she mentions, "Yeah... But we're not in Kansas anymore, you know?" This is a reference to Dorothy's line, "Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." in the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz".
  • Upon pointing out the flaw in Rayfa's Insight concerning the time of death in the second trial day she blames Wright for tricking her by saying, "You... You blinded me with science!" This is a reference to the lyrics of a song from the 80's called "She Blinded Me with Science!" by Thomas Dolby.
  • The popular Khura'inese game "Kachu'demahl" references multiple elements of the Pokémon franchise. The name is a reference to the series' slogan "Gotta catch 'em all", and the winning condition of annihilating all pieces on one side alludes to the rules of Pokémon battles, which end when all Pokémon on one team has been defeated. Each piece in Kachu'demahl is also said to be capable of performing a special move once per game, possibly alluding to Z-Moves, a mechanic introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon involving attacks that can only be used once per battle.
  • Upon accusing Tahrust Inmee as the murderer of Rheel Neh'mu, Phoenix Wright thinks to himself, "Dead men tell no tales... That is definitely a problem." Although the phrase "Dead men tell no tales" has been around for a while it may be a reference to the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series in which the phrase was popularized.
  • After being channeled by Maya on the second day of the trial, Tahrust Inmee notices the judge and asks him if he "shuffled off his mortal coil". This is a reference to a similar line in Hamlet, a play written by William Shakespeare.


  • Japanese - 逆転の儀式 (Gyakuten no Gishiki; lit. "Turnabout Ritual") 

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