Silver Age Seattle
* Incomplete Characters, Items & Places *
Unfinished characters, items or places that need entries
|Characters – NPC’s and Player Characters both mortal and Parahumans, including municipal, super teams and other esoteric personalities.||Places – Parahuman powerhouses, like S.P.E.C.T.R.U.M. travel extensively, so here are some of the many places the various teams have explored.|
|Items – Artifacts and Items of Power from many explorations, everything from weapons, armor, vehicles and magical and super-powered objects.||Organizations – From foreign Mafia to Superhero Teams these are some of the many organizations and groups available to our heroes.|
Clockwork Armada, The
The Head Diva
Paragon: (Alpha team)
(Captain Canada – leader)
Paragon Beta team
Blue Cavalier, The
Revolutionary , The
Zen Men Sun Tsou – Silver Cyborg – The leader
Iko – Rose Tiger
Rongudu – Green Wolf
Zonji – Azure Bear
Kaiduro – Yellow Mantis
Black Widow (San Francisco)
Mirage (San Francisco)
Tyler Brand (London)
Black Annie (London)
Dr Tesseract (Boston)
Laughing Jack (Los Angeles)
Summoner, The – Toby Drake (Formerly San Francisco, now Tokyo Japan)
Goalie, The (Calgary Canada)
Stars & Stripes (Stars Public Facing)
Stars and Stripes (Stripes Black Ops)
Wild Billy Kidd
People’s Republic of China:
Scream Queen (L.A.)
BioCore (Japan) – Doctor of Nuclear Physics Ruiko Tanaka-San – Merged with Taiko Tsumori
Asguardian, The – Eric Reign
Red Ronin, The
The Mob: (Needs an entry in Organizations)
Andrew Verne (Jules’ nephew)
John Fowler (Chief Engineer, King’s Cross trainyard, London)
one ring to open the ways, one ring to find them, one ring to heal the stars and in the light remind them.
Arlethan – King’s son
Gondor – men 25
Riders of Rohan –
Alaatar the Blue
Elves of Middle Earth
Chaldathan Empress Fid’aizo Chuun
Chaldathan Grand Cleric
Chaldathan Golden Guard
Aphrodesia Siphodello – Nationality Italian. 27? A stunning older redhead who runs a business called Hooters-like restaurant chain that is bondage themed called Racks
OkrkTesh – Martian Survivor, now on earth… somewhere.
Solria, a nobel of the Lifari from a commerce planet (Yunari). Charming, telepathic, political. Excellent marksman. Hired the JCD to aquire an ancient artifact (Primmortal power crystal) from a dead planet (Xeto).
Kotressa – A Lazoni space pirate and thief interested in stealing whatever isn’t nailed down. Mated with King Rawr and produced a child. Often ran with space pirates.
Alastor General Crixxus of the ZoneGra Protectorate – Commanded a fleet
Dar Vujeeze – Arcturi Regiment – Local Garrison Dar (Commander) on commerce planet Yunari
Margo Seng – Head mechanic at a spaceport on the commerce planet Yunari
Zero – Servant of oblivion, the Void, and the heat death of the universe. Enjoys pitting Parahumans against one-another.
Dr Zanome Zaitoichi – Head Administrator – Tokyo General Hospital
Tokyo City Prefect Tashokusan Gimidi
Doctor of Nuclear Physics Ruiko Tanaka-San
Samurai Fire Demon
Japanese Ambassador to America Koji Kako
Alien – Odun Tai – The Watcher
The Archon – Minor emotion control parahuman started the Sons of Purity anti-parahuman league during the events of the Civil War. Died of his injuries during an anti parahuman binge of rioting and looting in Washington DC.
Supergirl (Kara Zor-El)
Train passengers (The Fates)
Chloe Hempstead – The daughter
Lettie Hempstead – The Mother
Addie Hempstead – The Grandmother
Gatekeeper Mansion tentacles
Green Tentacle prefers Classical
Black Tentacle loves Coffee
S.P.E.C.T.R.U.M. support personnel
Luna – AI
Rashelle Hathaway – Zap
Female 22 years old
Mischievous amethyst eyes and swirling bronze hair
Powers: Heightened Senses sight (energy fluctuations) and can generate very small amounts of electricity
Scientific genius engineer (by normal human standards) – Graduated MIT early HIRED
Jemma Sykes 20 – Studies life sciences (both human and alien). Bio-chemist. Heightened senses sight (microscopic). A graduate student of Kismet’s at Johns Hopkins. Experience with both Ka’Hadan and Chaldathan physiology.
Hugh Howard 42 – Pilot and mechanic aboard aircraft carrier, charged with capturing “Godzilla” in New York when an interdimentional being escaped the New York gate. The name is a reference to aviator, engineer, and multi-billionaire Howard Hughes.
Sidney Courville – Scorcher
Male, 21 years old
Mischievous emerald eyes and spiky chestnut hair
Powers: Manipulating fire
Former Royal Canadian Fighter Pilot
Artie Bytel Former SCUD (Janitor) – Pending Interview
John Allen Adams – Head of ESP squad. Former Paragon Psi-team leader – Pending Interview
5 security team members
Jerry Hunt – Agent assigned to Scotland Yard. – Pending Interview
Kip Powers – PR guy – Radiance Communications – Hired
Terry Acres – Secondary Quarterback – Bulldogs
Michael Carello – Superintendent of Central District – Public Schools
Michael Aikins – Former SPD commish – Father of Big Joe Bartlett
Stephen Prosser – SPD Internal Affairs
FBI Special Agent Donner – safe house duty
FBI Special Agent Shamwell – safe house duty
Ultimus Hallowscourge Hiveminder
Ultimus Hallowscourge Praetorian
Ultimus Hallowscourge Virus
Ultimus “Hallowed” Scourge Virus
Ultimus Hallowscourge Hybrids:
Ultimus Hallowscourge Blue Whale
Ultimus Hallowscourge Giant Squid
Ultimus Hallowscourge Killer Whale
Morgan La Faye – Blood Red Sorceress – Emma Culhwych – Morgane, Morgana The Morrígan (“phantom queen”) Modran daughter of Avallack, Mother to Owain the Black Hearted
Tracy Hoyt – Goth wiccan
Saffron – Goth wiccan II
Walter Gethry – Wizard hippy
Jaina Lipshitz – PTA mom
Ultimus Undersea Lab Scientists
Ultimus Undersea Lab Subship
Ultimus Undersea Lab Mothership
Maris Brood Alpha/Original
Maris Brood Clone
Evan Muzk Clone #7 (Died while in police custody)
Kiran Cross – PHD Archeology/Anthropology – University of Washington.
Priscilla Davies – Archeologist/Anthropologist
Cornel Colin Brighton – Royal Canadian Army
Dark Christmas Elves
Jaque Frost (Killer Frost)
Four Bow General: Sweetroll Patent
Gatekeeper Mansion – San Francisco, CA
Yunari – Commerce Planet, multi-racial. Within ZoneGra Protectorate space.
Xeto – ‘Dead’ Planet. Outside of, but within Hyperflight travel of the ZoneGra Protectorate. Contained a remnant of a Primmortal vessel disguised as an ancient ruined city.
Phantom Zone, The
Racks restaurant chain
| Dimension: | Gate Location | Gatekeeper |
| Earth Prime | Home Dimension | N/A |
| Dazbog (Slavic) | Croatia | ? |
| Orshanka (African) | Horn of Africa | ? |
| Bramin (Hindu) | Calcutta India | ? |
| Egyptia | Valley of the Kings | ? |
| Teochitlian | Peru | ? |
| Realm of Ice | ? | ? |
| Realm of Water | ? | ? |
| Star Trek | ? | ? |
| DC Universe | ? | ? |
| Realm of Fire | ? | ? |
| Realm of Lightening | ? | ? |
| Realm of Earth | ? | ? |
| Marvel Universe | ? | ? |
| Dog World | Westchester UK | ? |
| Paldronica | New York NY | RingBlade |
| Asgard | Lillyhammer Norway | ? |
| Farscape | Sydney Austraulia | ? |
| Middle Earth | King’s Cross UK | ? |
| Summerlands | Navajo Mountain AZ | Shaman, The |
| Spyworld | Berlin, DE | ? |
| Warworld | ? | Dreadnought |
| Arabian Nights | Sahara Desert | ? |
| Gaia | Tokyo Japan | Summoner, The |
| StarWars | ? | ? |
| Antimatter Universe | Pakistan | ? |
| Gangland | Chicago, IL | ? |
| Angelic Realm (Heaven) | ? | ? |
| Elysian fields | ? | ? |
| Demonic Realm (Hell) | ? | ? |
| Middle Earth | King’s Cross, London UK | ? |
- Misty Mountains.
- Mines of Moria.
- Gap of Rohan.
Chaldathan Armada Ship (this could go in characters or items)
Chaldathan World Ender (Pluto Base)
Zoa – Lithari Home planet
Mantle of Krakkathuum, The – The home ‘planet’ of the Lazoni race, actually a dense asteroid belt.
GIGA NIHON NO KAMI – Spirit of Japan (City of Tokyo ship) (This could go in characters or items)
Belltown Motor Care – Mechanic Shop – Belltown
University of Washington Polar Science Center (UW-PSC),
The science team establishes a base camp, called the North Pole Environmental Observatory (NPEO), at the privately operated Russian/French ice camp Borneo, a temporary cluster of tents erected at 89 degrees North. Borneo has been accommodating tourists, explorers, and scientists since 1993. The camp operators smooth out a 3000 foot long runway so that ski-equipped planes can land right on the sea ice. Two large Russian helicopters ferry tourists to the Pole and scientists to their remote camps.
The University of Washington coordinates the diverse NPEO research team. In addition to making a core set of instruments to track Arctic Ocean changes, NPEO aims to distribute the core data as widely as possible to the rest of the science community and to provide operational support and background data to other investigators. This year, scientists from a number of scientific institutions will be working on the ice.
Seattle Underground Tour
Primmortal power crystal – SEE PRIMMORTAL SPARK
Primmortal spark – an energy source and database from within a Primmortal ship. Essentially a self-sustaining AI. The Monolith AI Eve was an example of a Primmortal spark. Poorly understood by spacefaring races, the Primmortal Spark (Also known as Dark Matter Crystals) were sought after power sources throughout the galaxy.
Monolith, The – A Primmortal Scout Ship. Landing caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. First discoverers, Dr. Adams (Abel) and Zero (Caine).
Tesla Time Sled
Genitagging Initiative, The
Park – Superspeed
Huck – Superstrength
Swish – Aqua-strength
Toss – Flight
Kryptonian datastore crystal
Kryptonian seed crystal
The Fate Train
Book – Chanson de Saisnes (The Three Matters)
The three “Matters” were first described in the 12th century by the French poet Jean Bodel, whose epic Chanson de Saisnes contains the line:
Ne sont que III matières à nul homme atandant,De France et de Bretaigne, et de Rome la grant.There are but 3 matters that no man should be without,That of France, of Britain, and of great Rome.
The name distinguishes and relates the Matter of Britain from the mythological themes taken from classical antiquity, the “Matter of Rome”, and the tales of the paladins of Charlemagne and their wars with the Moors and Saracens, which constituted the “Matter of France”. While Arthur is the chief subject of the Matter of Britain, other lesser-known legendary history of Great Britain and Brittany, including the stories of Brutus of Britain, King Cole, King Lear, and Gogmagog, is also included in the Matter of Britain aka Legendary kings of the British.
Lathe of the Founders / Shard of Caliburn
Northwest Sharkskins (NWSS) – Anti-para skinhead gang Seattle
The Populist Patriots – Christian far right wing hate group Seattle
The Gentlemen of Science – Time travelers From 1880!
Order of the Midnight Cross (London 1850)
People’s Republic of China (Superhero team, China)
Southern Cross (Superhero Team, Australia)
Civil War Factions
P.F.H. – Parahumans for Humanity (Government loyalists in support of genitagging initiative)
Liberty Covenant, The – Parahumans who reject the genitagging initiative and have vowed to take up arms to defend Parahuman freedom.
Mob, The – Parahumans looking to capitalize on the chaos of the Civil War
Children of Purity – A non-powered human faction in Washington D.C. dedicated to ridding the world of parahumans, led by The Archon, ironically a parahuman himself with the power of Emotion Control. Self proclaimed leader The Archon was defeated by Blackjack, who later turned the group to his own vigilante ends. Defeated by Blackjack, the former SoP’s are now tattooing the blackjack masks on their faces.
Random Adventure Log stuff & uncategorized things:
Time Travelling Gentlemen of Science
Camp, eat. Talk about Henry (Young Gentleman Master Verne’s Dog Herotodus is missing, and they mustn’t leave anything behind.)
Search for Herotodus.
Raptors in the fields
Time travel to 1860 – Charles Dickens Christmas party!
London in 1860!
At the Christmas party in 1860
Edwin Drood attempts to kill Dickens via poison!
Runs into the sewers of London via graveyard!
Carries with him the gate key to another world!
The London Gate – Kings Cross London – Middle Earth
Back to the workshop. Henry Verne says that he wishes his father could have joined them.
Your father is a criminal and an anarchist, who wants society and the modern world to burn. I don’t want you to grow up in a world like that grandson.
The time machine has been stolen!
Rail marks lead across the alley to the trainyard.
Christmas day train chase!
Order of the Midnight Cross thuggery! Technology should be only used to dominate the human race.
Into the London Underground at King’s cross.
Andrew Verne (Jules’ nephew) shots Jules in the leg. ‘For Michael"
John Fowler (Chief Engineer) will have no part of this. Claims he’ll tell Mr. Peirson all about it.
Order of the Midnight Cross – thugs attack.
The Rows of Pods in the Chaldathan Clone Ship
One of them crackling with lightening. Causing equipment to malfunction. A wind picks up along the long corridors. And the lightening grows, cascading along rows and rows of chryo tubes.
Gloved hands begin to pull open the hatches of their cryo tubes.
Flames burst out of one.
Curls of wind out of another.
Another one pops out with a fist shaped indentation.
Another is kicked out.
Another explodes outward.
Another is peeled open.
Another coalesces with a mist that seeps through the cracks..
Another is pried open with knives.
Still another is frozen solid and cracked apart.
Thousands of costumed heroes and some, not so heroic begin breaking free, clasping hands, some old rivals, and even enemies eying each-other with suspicion, but all seem to recognize a common enemy when they see one.
Alright Ladies and Gentlemen, said sergeant Freedom.
Listen up. We’ve got a job to do.
Old News from the watchtower
Pluto recently removed as a planet by scientists who wished to change it’s classification may now wish to eat their words, since the destruction of the planetoid there is now a movement by some in the scientific community to elevate it’s sibling Charon to full planet status.
Charon is of course the skeletal guardian of the river styx in ancient mythology.
30 people at a Dairy Quick are now in critical condition due to what doctors believe may be e.coli poisoning.
The word on the street from bystanders. "That food is so full of fat it’s a mystery how people don’t know it’s bad for you. A lot more people die from eating fast food their whole lives.
Seattle Chief Medical examiner’s office is investigating the misplacement of several recently accepted sets of human remains recently transferred from the suicide ward at Pac Med.
A new restaurant chain is sweeping the nation: “Racks”. The eatery features racks of ribs, burgers & hot wings served by young women showing lots of legs and cleavage. The inside of the establishment is made to look like a torture chamber, complete with a medieval torture rack. Five locations have already opened citywide.
Scandal at the Seattle diocese, as Father Leo August has been removed from active work for the church pending an investigation of child abuse. The Catholic Priest is apparently accused of entering the home of a local seattle resident where he proceeded to engage in puniching the boy with physical restraint and abuse.
Local police welcome a new Chief of Police in a ceremony later today. Former Special Liason Arland Standley was recently promoted to Chief of the Seattle police department, and the ceremony will be attended by local dignitaries including Seattle’s District attorney Richard Danger Mayor Mark Franklin and Deputy Mayor Peter Swanson.
United Nations Parahuman Summit on the state of Japan’s WWII concessions.
Team: Lonestar – StarMarshall
Team: Mercy Force – Peregrin
Team: The Gatekeepers – Lady Gargoyle
Team: Paragon – Captain Canada
Team: People’s Republic of China – Impeiral Lotus
Team: Southern Cross – Abo Joe
Japanese Tsunami & Fukishima Reactor Crisis
Friday March 11
At 0546 GMT (1446 in Japan) a massive earthquake, 8.9 on the Richter scale, unleashes a huge tsunami which crashes through Japan’s eastern coastline, sweeping buildings, boats, cars and people miles inland.
5 minutes of quake!
In Tokyo – hundreds of miles from the quake – large buildings shake violently and workers scramble into the streets for safety.
Water main blows!
Gas Main blows!
More than 50 aftershocks follow – seven at least 6.3 on the Richter scale, the size of the quake which struck New Zealand on February 22.
A “state of emergency” is declared at one of the country’s nuclear power plants after the Fukushima reactor, around 30 miles inland from the north east coast, suffers a cooling system failure. Around 3,000 people are evacuated from a 6.2-mile exclusion zone.
Japanese Ambassador and Emperor Akihito on a plane that is having trouble taking off!
A large fire erupts at the Cosmo oil refinery in Ichihara city near Tokyo and burns out of control, with 100ft flames whipping into the sky. – Giant Samurai Fire Demon appears
Sendai airport, north of Tokyo, is inundated with cars, trucks and buses and thick mud cover its runways
United Nations – Genitagging Initiative
The Loyalists: PFH (Parahumans for Humanity)
Paragon – All of them publically
Captain Canada – Copernicus – Delta V – The Olympian – Sirocco – Striker – Tangent – Valkyrie (heroes Alpha)
Lady Justice – Akandi – Boost – Congo – Deadeye Chimp – Feedback – Gang Zhao – Blue Cavilier – Squire – Toymaker(beta)
Nufon – All of them
Some gatekeepers – Lady Gargoyle – Tyler Brand (London) – Century (Minneapolis) – Dr Tesseract (Boston) – Formor (Orlando) – Laughing Jack (Los Angeles) – Mortlocke (Paris) –
Raksha (Cairo) – Ratcheteer (San Francisco) – Black Annie (London)
Some Mercy Force – Jade Viper – Memnosyne (on the fence) – Onyma
Some dawn Patrol – Mistral
Some Stars and Stripes – Stripes – Blackhawk – Alpha Star – Bullet Time
Some Austin Possee – Lonestar – Star Marshall – Anima
Rebels: (Liberty Covenant)
The Gatekeepers – Mr Mystic – The Gentleman – Black Widow – Mirage
Some Mercy Force – Magma – Peregrine – Nightclaw – Ghost Squadron
Dawn Patrol – Gallant – Darkwave – Phalanx (Ka-Hadan) –
Stars & Stripes – Stars – Sgt Freedom – StarGuard – Red Lightening
Some Austin Posse – Lonestar – Wild Billy Kidd – Velocity – Myriad –
NEW PARAGON!: Azure Star and Eclipse (Jerusalem) – Liberte & The Revolutionary (France)
Jade Wraith & The Gentleman
Doctor of Nuclear Physics Ruiko Tanaka-San – Merged with Taiko Tsumori (BioCore)
The Mob – Parahumans looking to use the Civil War to capitalize on the chaos
Dark Lotus & Zero
The Asian and Indian Gatekeepers
The Amazons (Hippolyta)
Physical assault of superhero.
Watcher race appears. Odun Tai
Meeting of the Rebels.
Cops are running down Magnatron for trying to stop a robbery.
It’s a Paragon Team that is running them down, plus cops. Thumper (Nelly’s character joins up)
Copernicus – Delta V – The Olympian – Sirocco – Striker – Tangent – Valkyrie (heroes Alpha)
Copernicus calls Eric Reign (The Asguardian) who kills Giant Hick Hero Guy
Gallant Shills Flashbang. “The next time you fight Paragon, kill one of them.”
Diamond Blackstone v. Gallant & Darkwave (and a hero fallen into darkness – Shadow Dreadnaught).
Blackjack vs. Children of Purity – Self proclaimed leader The Archon was defeated and later died of his injuries during an anti parahuman binge of Rioting and looting in Washington DC. Defeated by Blackjack and are now tattooing the blackjack masks on their faces.
NEWS STORIES PAST:
Ultima industries secured mining and mineral rights to a quarry in fall city promising 400 new jobs for the region in a press conference today. Chief of operations Tobias King had this to to say.
“The new mineral wealth we’ve located may revolutionize a number of industries under the wheelhouse of Ultima industries and I for one am excited to see what our science and R&D divisions come up with.”
Ultima spokespeople were mum on just what new mineral wealth has been discovered, however this reporter did find patents pending for a number of trade names recently filed by the company, including one reference to a stable transuranic element (element 126) that finally decays to iron.
Strings of bank robberies continue in the greater seattle area as a gang calling themselves JC Patches continue to harry the local banking community, this time robbing two credit unions this week.
Admiral richard e byrd society has reported an as of yet unknown archeoligical find near the north pole. Noted archeologist Harry Arden has stated that the find exists beneath a large amount of ice and is attempting to find funding for an excavation.
Quarantine of the Elliot bay area in downtown seattle has reduced as SPECTRUM and police investigators cleared out a dangerous creature infestation nearby the Elliot bay bookstore. SPD is making final sweeps tonight and scientists from the University of Washington are conferring about the potential impact of the creatures. Homegrown hero Slipstream also made an appearance to help with the crisis. No arrests have been made, pending further investigation by SPECTRUM and the SPD.
Store owner Argus Crabb told reporters this afternoon that “It was about time someone did something about the smell coming from the basement.” It’s unclear at this time what creatures were involved, or exactly what the danger was, however several nearby residents reported feeling tremors through out the late afternoon during the quarantine.
Crabb later stated that he was eager to get back to his books, which, he stated, contained more wisdom than any member of those costumed n’er do wells.
KMRLD has been granted exclusive rights to the tory, and will be updating you as the story develops. As for this reporter, I’m glad to report zero fatalities on the SPECTRUM team, and am happy they’re still looking out for us.
Police arrested two men early Wednesday morning after an attempted carjacker failed to make off with the target car.
A man pulled up to a store in his 2007 Audi A3 wagon at Eighth Avenue South and South King Street in the International District to buy some food while a woman waited in the passenger seat, according to Seattle police reports.
A strange man holding a beer in one hand got into the driver’s seat and tried to start the car.
The woman shouted at the suspect and tried to push him out of the car, but he doggedly continued to try to start the car and get it into gear for several minutes, all the while still hanging on to his beer.
He eventually gave up and left the car, getting into a blue Kia Sportage on South King Street.
The woman noted the Kia’s license plate and got behind the wheel to follow the Kia, according to Seattle police.
The Kia ran several red lights and stop signs and drove the wrong way down a one-way street, ultimately getting away from the woman driving the Audi.
The woman flagged two King County transit deputies and told them about the incident. Meanwhile, she realized her iPhone 7 was missing.
Appearing on the scene by happenstance, the parahuman Police Officer Starborn arrived and remotely employed her phone’s “find my iPhone” tool, which allowed officers to track down the Kia at 12th Avenue South and South Main Street. Starborn and other Police arrested the driver.
When the passenger stepped out of the vehicle, the beeping iPhone fell from his lap. The woman identified the driver as the attempted carjacker. After the owner of the Audi returned to the store parking lot to find his car was gone, he called 911. Officers reunited him with the woman and the Audi. The suspects, ages 50 and 25, were booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery.
Apparent hooligans egg homeless man
Occupants of a BMW reportedly targeted a homeless man sleeping at a church in a drive-by egging Wednesday morning.
A man flagged down patrol officers just before 4:45 a.m. in the 4100 block of University Way Northeast, according to police reports. He told police that five minutes prior, two men drove by in a BMW and chucked eggs at a homeless man sleeping in the doorway of a church.
The occupants of the silver BMW with tinted windows appeared to be in their 20s. The witness reported the same car circled the block half an hour before the egging.
The homeless man was fine, but pointed out to officers where an egg broke on his jacket, reports say.
Seattle and University of Washington police were unable to find suspects.
Police ask anyone with information on the incident to call 555-625-5011.
The Washington State Patrol says a fatal, fiery crash on Interstate 405 south of Lynwood near the I5 exit was caused by a northbound van that crossed the median and collided with two southbound vehicles.
Trooper Guy Gall says both southbound vehicles caught fire this evening, as well as the van due to a dangerous fuel leak. One woman in the van was able to walk away before it burned and attempted to flee in another damaged vehicle, but was stopped due to an unknown parahuman who witnesses say tore the door off of the car and physically removed her, then ran down the i5 exit after asking the carjacked victim where the nearest hospital was. The victim directed him south toward a local clinic.
Gall says the van driver did not appear to be impaired, however the van appeared to have been opened like an over stuffed burrito and how this occurred or why he crossed the median remains under investigation.
The mid-evening crash near Everett is currently backing up southbound I-405 traffic and is expecting to continue most of the evening and northbound traffic slowed as well.