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A Chronology of Magvel
A Chronology of Magvel
- 1. The Dark Days:
- The secrets of the first generation are no longer with us. The dawning hour is a memory lost; and no record of the event exists. While various accounts of Magvel's earliest days have been published, the contradictions between each of these works negate their reliability. As such, these unknown times were referred to as the Dark Days.
While very little information about the Dark Days is concrete, there are some facts amidst the speculation. What is known without question is that Magvel shaped itself over thousands of years through the power emanating from the Sacred Stone in its center. Life came sometime afterward, and was split between two parties: Human and Manakete.The identity of the first human is long lost, but it is known to few that the first Manakete's name was Mornavel. In present day, only the eldest of Manakete are even aware of his existence. Among Mornavel's many unique qualities was that he possessed the power of precognition. The stories say that, at some point, Mornavel had foreseen the chain of events leading to the world's end on its thousandth year. In response, he sealed his spirit into a timepiece that would come to be known as Lament. With Mornvavel’s spirit within, the artefact had inherited his power to see the chain of events leading to the world's end. It also held the ability to transfer its user through space and time; however, unless its use would prevent the world’s ultimate end on its thousandth year, the user's memory is erased and they are lost to the abyss of time (reappearing at a random point).
The Sacred Stone appeared as a beacon of light atop a mountain.At some point, the Manakete came to believe that it wasn't the Sacred Stone that was responsible for their world's development, but Mornavel, the dragon god of creation. With their prophet’s mysterious disappearance from the populace, leaving behind nothing but cryptic clues regarding Lament, the Manakete came to view Mornavel as a sort of deity. They believed he left the world behind after creating them, disappointed with their initial behaviour upon his lands. They say that the only thing he left for his children was an artefact known as Lament, named for the disappointment he felt for them. Only through finding his sacred artefact could the Manakete regain Mornavel’s favour; Lament’s control over the timeline would thus give them a second chance under their god’s rule.
Lament; a timepiece with a specific purpose.As such, the Manakete believed that all who existed were wanderers, destined to spend their life travelling in search of the artefact that could bring them to meet their god. They felt that anyone who abandoned this great journey was a heretic who was going against the true purpose of life: to search for Lament.
Mornavel, the first of the Manakete, came to be viewed as a god.
Unbeknownst to the ignorant Manakete, this was not at all what Mornavel had intended for his artefact.
- 2. The First King:
- At some point, the humans of Magvel united behind a man called Fomortiis. His ideals were sound, he aimed to unify the lands, and as such, Fomortiis became the first de facto King of mankind. He ruled for many years through the dark days, earning his people's respect and admiration.But Fomortiis was plagued by greed. Even when he achieved the position of King, he wanted more. So, he turned his attention towards the Sacred Stone. The Sacred Stone in the center of Magvel was widely regarded by the humans (and some Manakete as well) as a physical manifestation of life, death and rebirth. It was a beacon of light atop one of the highest mountains in all the lands, and many humans that had similarly been cursed with greed had gone in search of it, never to return. One day, Fomortiis decided to journey to the Sacred Stone, and take its powers for himself.
King Fomortiis was also a very powerful warrior.
As Fomortiis reached the stone, he had his first encountered his soon-to-be arch enemy for the first time: Morva, a Manakete that had been guarding the Sacred Stone his whole life. Morva warned Fomortiis what would happen if he didn’t leave the stone in its rightful place, explaining that every being has a bit of the light from the Stone in their hearts already. He warned him to turn away from his greed, explaining that while Fomortiis cannot take the light, his attempts to do so could put it out. And to be responsible for dosing the light would result in a fate worse than death.
But Fomortiis scoffed at Morva, blinded by the fortune and glory the Sacred Stone could provide him. He was too close to turn back now.Morva, who had slain many humans that sought the Sacred Stone over the years, was no easy opponent. The fight that ensued was a vicious bout, but Fomortiis’ unparalleled skill with a blade gave him the edge he needed to overcome the dragon. He was now just one step away from the Sacred Stone he had coveted for so long.
Fomortiis and Morva face off for the first time.
- 3. The Great Sealing:
- Down on Magvel, the populace was unaware of the events that had transpired above. All they saw was the light from the Sacred Stone go out, and a monstrosity’s descent from the mountains.
This being was Fomortiis, warped and twisted by his attempted theft of the Stone’s light. Morva was right - he had suffered a fate worse than death. As the Demon King, Fomortiis’ reign over Magvel turned from benevolent to horrifying. Some humans loved their king enough to stay loyal to the beast that now ruled them; these loyalists became the first of the monsters.Fomortiis' right hand man was a warrior named Grado. Knowing his friend was long gone, Grado was officially credited with beginning the campaign to kill the Demon King. His first act was to travel atop the highest mountain in the lands and investigate the Sacred Stone and the Demon King's birth. It is here that he met Morva, barely clinging to life, but still protecting the Sacred Stone. With Grado and the humans’ help, Morva was slowly nursed back to health. Upon returning to the lands below with his new comrade Grado, Morva became the much needed rallying point for the Manaketes to join in the fight against the Demon King.
Corrupted by greed, Fomortiis became the Demon King.However, many Manakete still refused to assist Morva and the humans in their plight, believing that fighting Fomortiis is futile, because if they can find and use Lament, Mornavel will protect them forevermore. The humans, meanwhile, think that the Manakete are complete fools for ignoring the threat of the Demon King. They believe that Mornavel is a fictional entity created to give a pathetic race a reason not to fight, and to provide an unnecessary purpose to their lives. Though, despite some reluctance, many Manakete do see the immediate threat and join Morva's cause.
Morva was the first dragon to hold friendly relations with the humans.
For many years, Grado leads the humans and Morva leads the Manakete in attacks versus Fomortiis and his legion of creatures, each as futile as the last. Fomortiis is unable to be defeated, even with the newly forged Sacred Twins in possession of the humans’ most powerful warriors.
Morva, still in possession of the Sacred Stone, has the idea to use the stone to recapture its essence from Fomortiis. From the blinding light comes hope, and thus the stone is split into five parts. Five different Sacred Stones means that each hero will have the power to seal Fomortiis, and as a result, he'll not know which to target. These pieces are then bequeathed unto mankind's five heroes: Grado, Regulus, Latona, Felix and Jehanna.Fomortiis, meanwhile, has discovered a hieroglyph in the black temple that cited, among other things, the location of Lament as a tomb beneath the eastern sands. Even in his human life, Fomortiis had been fascinated with the Manakete's religion. As the Demon King moves to exit the temple, eager to investigate, he is ambushed in the temple by Morva, Grado, and the remaining four heroes. The ensuing battle came to be known as The Great Sealing, and ended with Grado delivering the final blow to Fomortiis, recapturing the light (and the Demon King's soul) inside of his piece of the Sacred Stone.
Latona, Regulus, Grado, Jehanna and Felix.
- 4. The Founding of Magvel:
- After sealing the Demon King, the heroes discovered the hieroglyph detailing Lament's location. While shocked that the legends of Mornavel were true, the five heroes and Morva destroyed the hieroglyph, believing that Lament and the timeline should be untouched for everyone's own good. Eventually, the number of Manakete that abandoned the search for Lament (the heretics) overtook the devoted, and the race's belief in Mornavel's return was lost. Morva became the leader of their kind, and many of them settled in the dark woods outside the black temple.
The five heroes of mankind were heralded by all humans for their victory. Each hero was given a substantial plot of Magvel to rule as king or queen, the first nations were born (Grado, Rausten, Frelia and Jehanna came first), and the Sacred Stones acted as national treasures.While Regulus was made king of a large portion of land in the mid west of Magvel, his territory went unnamed for some time. His wife Renais had contracted a fatal illness, and so Regulus' kingly duties were the last thing on his mind. Eventually, the illness overtook his wife, and she died in her husband's arms. Stricken with grief, Regulus disappeared from his throne and his newfound nation - but not before naming it Renais, in memory of his beloved. With their queen dead and their king missing, the crown goes to Ettian, Regulus’ only son.
Following the death of Fomortiis, Regulus had the distinction of being one of six individuals that knew about Lament's existence. As a result, he selfishly departed for Jehanna to search for and use the artefact in an effort to turn back time and prevent his wife's death – despite the pact he made with the heroes that decreed it never be touched.It took him several weeks, but eventually he located the tomb buried beneath Jehanna’s sands. As Regulus took up Lament, the timepiece judged his path, determining it to be unworthy. He is not to be the saviour that will turn Magvel away from its untimely end.
Regulus took to the desert in an effort to find Lament.
As a result, Regulus’ memory is lost, and he is teleported to a random point in Magvel's past, present or future. This point turns out to be several months before the events of Twinblades.
Effectively, Regulus, the founder of Renais, is lost to the abyss of time.
- 5. The War of the Stones:
- While Regulus was lost, the four other heroes of Magvel lived long and happy lives as kings and queens of their respective nations. For centuries, significant developments in Magvel were at a bit of a standstill; many wanderers discovered Lament, but none were deemed worthy by the timepiece. As the years went on, the land grew ever closer to its thousandth year and inevitable demise.
With the exception of Carcino, a newly established republic, each nation was responsible for a Sacred Stone, and had been since the Great Sealing. The long time peace between these nations finally broke when Grado invaded its long time ally and neighbor, Renais.
King Fado's children Ephraim and Erika, the royal twins of Renais, discovered that Grado intended to destroy the five Sacred Stones of Magvel. Both Frelia and Grado's Sacred Stones had been destroyed already, and Renais' stone was presumed destroyed as well. Eirika travels with Frelia's prince Innes to warn Rausten and Jehanna, while a bitter Ephraim attempts to conquer the forces of Grado's vast army. Eventually Grado falls to Ephraim, but the true enemy must still be fought: Grado's imperial prince Lyon, a long-time friend of the twins.In Jehanna, Erika fails, and the Sacred Stone of the desert is destroyed. They return home to Renais to find it in a state of chaos, but upon securing their homeland, they receive their nation's Sacred Twins and discover that their nation’s stone is, in fact, still intact. Unfortunately, they are ambushed by Lyon en route to Rausten. As he forcefully claims the Sacred Stone of Renais, the twins learn the shocking truth - that the prince of Grado orchestrated the war, and is being possessed by Fomortiis, the Demon King of legends.
Ephraim and Erika, the heroes of the War of the Stones.
The twins then travel to Rausten and successfully secure the final stone's safety. After repelling attacks from the remaining forces of Grado, Ephraim and Erika give chase to Lyon-Fomortiis, who had fled to the darkling woods surrounding the black temple. Fomortiis has tricked Lyon into thinking that the ceremony they will perform in the temple will stop a natural disaster from occurring in Grado in years to come; in reality, it will lead to the drawing of the Demon King's spirit back into his body.
Outside the temple, Fomortiis is confronted by Morva for the third time. They've fought twice, each victorious once. In their final duel, it is the demon king who comes out on top. In retribution for Morva's actions during the Great Sealing, Lyon-Fomortiis uses his dark powers to transform the great dragon into a monstrosity, as he had done many years prior to create his initial monsters. Set to guard the entrance to the black temple, Morva is ultimately slain by Ephraim and Erika, who enter in pursuit of Lyon-Fomortiis.
But they are too late. They realize after killing Lyon, who dies in the arms of his friends, that he served as the final sacrifice needed for the Demon King's full resurrection. With his body returned to him, Fomortiis plans to seek out Lament, turn back time to Great Sealing, and prevent it from ever coming to pass. However, Erika and Ephiram are able to defeat Fomortiis due to the help of their friends and the five countries' Sacred Twin weapons – the same weapons used by the heroes of old. As done by Grado during the Great Sealing, the twins use the last sacred stone (Rausten's) to capture Fomortiis' soul once more.Having twice been defeated, the Demon King's body dissapitates at long last, and the War of the Stones comes to a close. The last Sacred Stone is then put under great protection in Renais.
The second sealing of Fomortiis.
- 6. The Sinking of Grado:
- Directly prior to the outbreak of the War of the Stones, Lyon, alongside a group of dark magic researchers, discovered and used a "forbidden" spell that allowed him to see the future. What he saw was a massive earthquake that would sink the entire southern peninsula of Magvel, and three quarters of Grado's territory. Needing incredible powers to stop this from happening, he began to experiment with the Fire Emblem, which was the Sacred Stone of Grado that contained the spirit of the Demon King Fomortiis. Lyon ended up falling under the influence of the Demon King in his attempts to save his nation from calamity.
Despite the attempted prevention, the sinking of Grado occurred anyway, five years after the War of the Stones. Many people see the earthquake as divine punishment for a nation that brought so much death and destruction to its neighbours.Because of their massive losses, Grado is forgiven for their war crimes, and the whole of Magvel (Renais in particular) helps the nation rebuild what's left of its small territory.
The earthquake swallowed the majority of the southern empire.
- 7. The Uprising of the Virad:
- The dark magic researches who worked alongisde Lyon had long been eager to continue using the "forbidden" spell that foresaw the sinking of Grado. With the exception of Knoll, these men decided that they would utilise their knowledge to rise to power in Magvel. They spent decades mastering the spell's use, and when at last they felt they were ready, they took up the title of "The Virad" and began to make their predictions public.While the populace was initially doubtful as to their ability to predict future events, as the years went by, the mindset of the citizens began to change. The Virad's prophecies were coming true.
The enigmatic Fawkes, who emerged as the de facto head of the Virad.
Their predictions were, initially, rather minor. They predicted an outbreak of influenza in Renais, the birth date of Joshua's son, and the economic development of Carcino, among other things. It wasn’t until they predicted a brief outbreak of war between Frelia and Carcino that the people began to doubt their prophets, thinking a conflict of that nature to be a ludicrous notion. King Innes, however, would soon prove them right.
- 8. The Carcino Campaigns:
- The cause of the Carcino campaigns can be traced all the way back to the War of the Stones, when Carcino aided Grado by hiring mercenaries to hunt Erika. While much of Magvel forgave Grado's war crimes, having been under the influence of the Demon King (and having suffered enough in light of the great earthquake), Carcino had no excuse for their poor judgement.
Innes, who was widely known to favour Erika, and having fought against Carcino during the War of the Stones, held particular animosity in regards to his south-eastern neighbours. Compounded with his brash nature, upon taking the throne, Innes never stopped looking for a reason to invade and annex.
Following the War of the Stones, Carcino hit a post-war economic boom. Their merchants were invaluable in the reconstruction of Magvel, and in the years that followed, the ruling council began to overestimate their small republic's prowess and importance. In light of their high economic standing, archduke Alistar of Frelia had begun embezzling funds from the blossoming republic.
The proximate trigger of the war occurs when Innes sends the archduke as an ambassador to Carcino, requesting the development of new trade routes into Frelian territory. But Alistar doesn't arrive to open arms; Carcino's ruling council, with their new found confidence, publicly executed the archduke upon discovering his crimes.
Now, many historians in Magvel actually believe that Innes orchestrated the whole execution. Brilliant tactician that he is, some think Innes knew that Carcino had discovered Alistar's crimes. It’s thoroughly debated as to whether or not he purposefully sent the archduke to his death, knowing that it would give him reason to invade Carcino.Regardless, it gave him the reason he needed to justify an impromptu meeting with the powers of Magvel. He explained the situation, and the dangers behind Carcino's overconfidence. Innes told his fellow kings that the goal behind the Carcino Campaigns was to "liberate" the merchantile republic from its council of elders, and take it under Frelian control, where a stable rule would be secured. The reason behind the meeting was to request that the campaign be contained within its two parties, and that the rest of Magvel not concern themselves with it. The notion was unanimously passed, and the following morning, Innes invaded his republican neighbor.
Innes was eager to put his plans into effect.
The Campaign went almost entirely according to plan. While Carcino's military had drastically improved with their economy, Frelia maintained dominance through the first fourteen months of the war. Indeed, by this time, Carcino was on the brink of collapse. That's when the council sent a plea out to the rest of Magvel's nations. It was heard and ignored by all but one - King Hyvel (Ephraim's successor and son) and Renais. The whole of Magvel was already somewhat uneasy with the Carcino campaigns, only agreeing to it upon being promised by Innes that it would be contained within its two parties. Renais in particular was anxious; as a nation, they harboured a deep abhorrence for invasion in light of what happened during the War of the Stones.King Hyvel, having succeeded his father Ephraim two years prior, was under a lot of stress. His wife Alienna was on her deathbed, and he had taken over his father's massive responsibilities at a rather young age. The proximate trigger for Renais' involvement boils down to Hyvel's desire not to see anyone else die.
The forced occupation of Carcino left many uneasy.
Despite having previously taken a position of neutrality in the conflict, he thus aided Carcino upon hearing their pleas and tragic tales (some true, some fabricated). Renais' liberation of Carcino was a quick operation; Innes, despite his incredible anger with Hyvel's actions, knew in his heart that a war with Renais would only prove to worsen his standing on the continent. While the other nations maintained their neutrality, they were still unsure of Innes and the true cause for his invasion. As a result, the liberation went mostly unchallenged. Hyvel's actions botched Innes' campaign, leaving the King resentful and his own people displeased with the hostile standing they now had with Frelia. Carcino was not to be annexed after all.
And so ended the Carcino Campaigns. Of course, by this time, the republic has been totally changed by the hand of war; they forgo their previous stance as a democracy and begin to develop as a monarchy. Innes failed, Carcino begins to flourish once again, and he blames Hyvel and Renais for his losses.
- 9. The Death of L'Arachel:
- Almost immediately following the Carcino Campaigns, a major change in leadership occurred on Magvel. The queen of Rausten, L'Arachel, had died after 28 years of rule. Having long since been a victim of infertility, L'Arachel had not produced an heir, and as a result, the royal bloodline of Rausten died with her.With Rausten looking for new leadership, the Virad finally saw the opportunity they needed to rise into power. Having correctly predicted the outbreak of the Carcino Campaigns, the Virad certainly had the people's respect, and their prophecies were now regarded almost as scripture by the continent as a whole. So, when they usurped rule over Rausten, it was virtually a completely undisputed development.
When L'Arachel's life ended, so too did Latona's bloodline.
- 10. A Controversial Prediction:
- On the first birthday of King Hyvel's twin boys, Janten and Banon, it was predicted by the Virad that Janten would be responsible for the rebirth of Formotiis, the Demon King, and ultimately bring Magvel to its knees. This controversial prediction ignited flames of chaos throughout Magvel, and it was demanded by many that Janten be killed.
King Hyvel, at this point, was beginning to crumble under the weight of his crown. Even thirty three years after the earthquake, he still had to spend a vast amount of his time and resources helping the reconstruction of Grado, which was now the smallest nation on the map. At the same time, he was having a cold war with Frelia; Innes' anger had been passed onto his son, Stelin, and the two nations were far from friendly. His wife Alienna was still sick, and it was going on ten years since she had her full health. At this point, the royal cabinet of Renais was in full expectance of a breakdown by King Hyvel.
When the prophecy was made, the people of Renais were already beginning to doubt their King. Privately, Hyvel knew that if he didn't abide to his cabinet's wishes and have Janten killed, that an uprising would be a distinct possibility. Many expected the king to give in, thinking that he would go to any means to prevent the Demon King's rebirth. Indeed, some say Hyvel was almost ready to commit the unthinkable before his ailing wife Alliena begged him to spare Jaten's life.
And he did. As a result, his status as King is revoked, with Erika's son Finnick taking the crown until Banon is old enough to succeed his uncle. In light of all that happened, Janten is, of course, passed over in favour of his brother.
- 11. "Twinblades:
- It's been many years, and the twins have grown into two very different individuals. Janten is an immature and irresponsible young man, who, after being looked down upon his whole life, has taken up a laissez-faire attitude. Scorned by his father, the priests, and much of the elder generation, Janten has grown to be careless and self-indulgent. In all respects he pails in comparison to Banon, who is kind, responsible, and a competent soldier. Used to running from his problems, or else talking his way out of responsibility, he is the very model of what a proper prince of Renais should not be. A constant headache for his father and his tutors, he skipped most of his lessons, showing up only when he felt like it. While he is quite popular among others his age (especially among women) he is only truly friends with his cousin Cecil, son of the temporary King Finnick; both of whom hold a grudge against Banon. Cecil believes that, as his father has ruled for over a decade, he is the rightful heir to Renais. Janten just wants the crown to go to anyone but his brother.
Banon is one year away from his coronation. He is a devoted general and a skilled soldier, with a strategy first way of thinking. Having traveled on campaigns with his men, handled political councils, and kept his country safe for several years as a military general, he is used to being in control and trusting in himself. Janten's impulsive and carefree nature conflicts with his Banon's rigid way of thinking; as a result, he puts his brother down while at the same time tries to teach him. His mannerisms remind Janten too much of Ephraim, and so the two are far from friendly. Devoted to his people, his country, and his father, Banon is perceived by others as the archetype of a hero.
When Bralot, one of the servants of Renais, attempts to steal the Fire Emblem, it is Banon who apprehends the heretic and returns the stone of Renais to its rightful place. Shortly thereafter, on the eve of Bralot's execution, he is kidnapped in the dead of the night. The guards manage to catch only one of the rogues, forcing a confession later that night: that the Virad had a hand in Bralot's rescue. Banon is then charged with investigating this matter alongside his brother.
While Janten and Banon embark upon the same journey, they are separated by circumstance and disapproval for one another. Unsure and inexperienced, but too proud to admit it, Janten feels with this mission, he could finally prove his worth. Banon views the mission as one last chore before the moment he has been waiting for his whole life comes to pass - his coronation. Little do the twins know, their quest will end with the ultimate unravel of a continental conspiracy which is eerily intertwined with the prophecy made at Janten's birth.
Through the events of the game, Fomortiis manages to re-emerge once again, now using Bralot as his vessel. The prophecy ultimately came true, with Janten inadvertently causing the rebirth of the Demon King.
Fomortiis flees from the castle and heads to Jehanna, where he intends to put into motion the plan he intended to do upon resurrecting the last time. Buried beneath the sands is Lament, and he intends to use it in order to turn the world back to the days of the ancient heroes, and prevent them from ever sealing him away.
The Virad begin a campaign to destroy him, with Janten and Banon finally proving worthy to take up the Sacred Twins. However, they refuse to travel together in light of what happened the last time. Ultimately, all paths collide in Lament's tomb, where Bralot-Fomortiis takes up Lament. Obviously, he is not aware of how it steals your identity and transports you to a random point in time. Nobody is, since those who have fallen victim to it cannot remember doing so.
Ironically enough, the Demon King is the one who is finally granted the use of Lament. His is the path that will allow the world to live passed its thousandth year. Unable to see the end of the chain of events that occur as a result of Bralot-Fomortiis' use, Lament shatters after sending him upon his intended path. With Lament broken, Mornavel's spirit can finally move on, having at long last found Magvel’s savior.
BACK TO THE DARK DAYS: YEAR 855 REDUX
Bralot-Fomortiis successfully altered the course of history, and so when our heroes exit the tomb, they find themselves in an alternate world where Fomortiis was never defeated. This world is on the brink of collapse. Monsters walk the lands once more, and the land is under the Demon King's control. Humans live in small, rebellious numbers, led by Grado and his wife Latona, founder of Rausten (the rest of the heroes are long dead). The Great Dragon Morva died sometime before, giving his life to protect Grado and his wife. As a result, the two were granted the gift of immortality. Encouraged by the twins' arrival, Grado bequeaths unto them his fallen comrade's weapons, among them Siegmund and Seiglinde. These weapons resonate with their twins from Janten and Banon's timeline, and the Twinblades are formed, swords forged through space and time.
Janten and Banon, alongside the ancient heroes and the comrades of their journey, confront their respective enemies one last time. When the game ends, and said enemies are inevitably defeated, Grado unites Magvel under a single banner and names Banon and Janten its saviors, with the former becoming King and the latter finally finding a populace that respects him. Through Fomortiis' plan, the world is ultimately unified, Lament successfully has prevented catastrophe and Magvel thrives peacefully as a single empire centuries passed its thousandth year.
- 12. Various Dates:
- Year 792: The republic of Carcino is formed.
Year 805: Ephraim's only son, Hyvel, is born.
Year 809: Erika's only son, Finnick, is born.
Year 829: Hyvel succeeds Ephraim as King of Renais.
Year 831: Caspian's wife dies, and he swears revenge against Renais.
Year 834: Innes' son, Stelin, succeeds him as King of Frelia.
Year 835: Finnick's son Cecil is born.
Year 836: Caspian becomes Bralot, a servant of Renais.
Year 837: Hyvel's wife gives birth to twins Janten and Banon.
Year 838: "Bralot" aligns with the Virad.
Year 854: Regulus reappears in Magvel, alone and amnesiac.
Whew! I thought it would be productive to assemble all of my information regarding FE8x and Magvel into one place. Hopefully this will be considered canon (I know ninety percent of it is already) and will help eliminate most questions that anybody may have regarding the timeline. If not, and questions persist, I'll be happy to answer them.