Freelancing for Purple Duck Games

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Porphyra

Purple Duck Games is always looking for new writers and artists to work with across all our lines. We sell content through the OBS stores (Drivethrurpg/Rpgnow) and through our patreons (art/porphyra/DCC/MCC).

What we are looking for (Writing):

  1. Material to support our Lands of Porphyra Campaign Setting using the Pathfinder Roleplaying Games ruleset. Ideally, these should be things that could fit into one of our existing lines but we are always looking for new ideas. A style document exists for all Porphyra releases.
  2. Adventures and support material for the Dungeon Crawl Classics role-playing game.
  3. Adventures and support material for the Mutant Crawl Classics role-playing game.
  4. Adventures and support material for the 4Saken Roleplaying Game.
  5. Blog posts to support any of the above. Posts should be 500-1,000 words. Pay is a flat $10 USD per used article. OGC content will also be posted to the porphyra wiki and may later join other projects.

What we are not-looking for (Writing):

  1. Adventures or mythic content for Porphyra.

What we pay (Writing):

We pay a base rate of 1 cent/edited word for writing. Writers who have success and work with us extensively tend to be paid at a higher rate depending on the project. We pay everyone in USD through paypal.

What we are looking for/what we pay (Artists):

1. Artists who are commissioned by us to provide art for specific project. Art is produced in line art, grayscale, and colour formats. Art is used in our projects and as stock art. We are currently paying $50 per piece (in the three formats). When a project breaks even and my costs are covered, art royalties from the stock art are shared evenly (after the venue’s cut).

2. Artists who would like us to host their stock art. We can make your stock art available through us. The art would be sold at Rpgnow with 65% going to the artist, 5% to Purple Duck Games, 30% to Rpgnow.

These rates and offers are current as of November 26th, 2017.

Interested parties should contact me at purpleduckgames@gmail.com.

Backlog…

I am currently backlogged on a number of project. One particular one that is vexing me is Caster Prestige Archetypes. All of the pieces have been released. Reviews have been received and Carl has sent me final edits… but the sample NPCs are not done. Not surprising NPCs at levels 1, 5, 10, 15 for fifteen spellcasters are significantly more work to build. Right now, I am slowly slugging my way through the bloodmage.


Chaszmyr Dyrr (CR 1/2; XP 200)
Male karza drow bloodmage 1
CE Medium humnaoid (elf)
Init -1; Senses darkvision 120 ft.; Perception +5
Defense
AC 9, touch 9, flat-footed 9
(-1 Dex)
hp 9 (1d6+3)
Fort +2, Ref -1, Will +3; +2 vs. enchantments
Immune sleep; SR 7
Weakness blood frenzy, light blindness
Offense
Speed 30 ft.
Melee quadrens +1 (1d6+1/19-20)
Ranged light crossbow -1 (1d8/19-20)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 1st; concentration +3)
4/day—tremor (CMB +1)
1/day—blend, ghost sound (Wd-DC 13), spider climb
Spells Prepared (CL 1st; concentration +2)
1st—mage armor, magic weapon
0th (at will)—detect magic, disrupt undead, read magic
Absorbed Bloodline deep earth
Statistics
Str 12, Dex 8, Con 14, Int 13, Wis 12, Cha 15
Base Atk +0; CMB +1; CMD 10
Feats Alertness, Scribe Scroll
Skills Fly +2, Intimidate +6, Knowledge (arcana) +5, Perception +5, Spellcraft +5; Racial Modifier +2 Perception
SQ absorb bloodline (1/day), blood pool (1), blood surge (1/day), poison use, tumor familiar (bat)
Languages Aklo, Elven, Undercommon
Combat Gear alkali flask, 20 bolts; Gear backpack, belt pouch, light crossbow, quadrens, spell component pouch, spellbook; Coins 4 gp

Book of Blood
(Spellbook Level 1 Bloodmage)
This small brown tome is reinforced on the corners with metal protectors. The face of the book has a simple summoning circle embossed on it.
Value 100 gp
Spells
1st—enlarge person, mage armor, magic weapon, shield

Small but Mighty!

Welcome back to the blog. I have been busy for a while, as I am a schoolteacher and have just gotten back in business, conventions and teacher stuff and the like, rewiring my brain for work after my vast, well-paid vacation, ha ha.  So far in exploring the Patchwork Planet of Porphyra we have visited The Middle Kingdoms, Nor-Du-Mag, and the Trade Consortium of Blix.  Moving northwest of Blix, we cross the bizarre sculpted towers of the Ashmounds and enter the land called the Bulwark of the Halfling Nations.  This is a country with a harrowing and richly varied history, and is rendered in the present day into several distinct areas; the Plains of Ash/Plains of

So far in exploring the Patchwork Planet of Porphyra we have visited The Middle Kingdoms, Nor-Du-Mag, and the Trade Consortium of Blix.  Moving northwest of Blix, we cross the bizarre sculpted towers of the Ashmounds and enter the land called the Bulwark of the Halfling Nations.  This is a country with a harrowing and richly varied history, and is rendered in the present day into several distinct areas; the Plains of Ash/Plains of Enor which are the more-or-less “safe” areas of the land, the former farms and gardens of the previous nation of Enoria; the Forest of Gora, a Landed territory of plant growth gone insane and full of horrible extraplanar creatures call Mâlites (found in the useful Gods of Porphyra); and a second Landed territory named ‘Faldon Town’, a district of conglomerated ruins from many lands, a weird region of wreckage and leftover flotsam from a thousand deceased dimensions.  Several cities containing the ‘Small’ races of Porphyra dot the landscape, mostly to make the uber-powerful members of an adventuring party feel out-of-place and make them do a bit of roleplaying.  Plenty of opportunities for adventure here, going on mâlite hunting expeditions in the Forest of Gora, which also contains many deliciously-named Mage Towers which are scattered throughout the Forest, an obvious draw for treasure hunters to chance a run through the dangerous land, and typically avoided by the hostile and malicious Mâlites.  I have been writing some sketches for adventures in Faldon Town as well, and I have imagined it as a land of leftover cities of many eras- imagine a fantasy land where ruined skyscrapers from a destroyed New York City are the homes and lairs of packs of warring goblins and kobolds, each with their own muse (a Porphyra fantasy race) prophet to lead them in mad campaigns against one another for the limited food resources one finds in a ruined urban landscape!  The Bulwark of the Halfling Nations is a serious place, but the fact that the inhabitants are all small folk makes for an unusual setting.  Let’s look at a spell for the little people…

 

Big’un Bowl

School transmutation

Level inquisitor 4, magus 4, wizard 4

Casting Time 1 standard action

Components V, S, M (a pair of leather shoes and 10 gp in coins)

Range personal

Target you

Duration 1 round/level

Saving Throw none; Spell Resistance no

This spell can only be cast by a spellcaster who is of Small size. The caster’s body condenses in to a 3 ft. round spherical shape, granting him a +2 size bonus to attacks rolls and AC, and DR 5/adamantine; the sphere counts as adamantine for hardness and bypassing damage reduction. In this form the caster gains all-around vision, but cannot hear, speak, wield objects, climb stairs, cast spells, or perform any actions that require limbs or a humanoid body. The caster can move 30 ft. per round on level ground, 50 ft. per round going downhill, and 10 ft. per round going uphill. The only attack they can make is a bowling charge attack, requiring at least 10 feet of movement space; they may act as though they are performing a bull charge, overrun, or trip combat maneuver that adds big’un bowl’s spell level to the caster’s CMD, and negating strength and size penalties. If successful, the attack also deals 4 points of bludgeoning damage per caster level. The attack does not draw attacks of opportunity but movement through threatened squares would.

The Phedexian Cargo Fleet!

Hi, everyone, I start back to work tomorrow, which may or may not mean time to get blogs done, according to the wishes of the publisher!  I will continue my discussion with the Trade Consortium of Blix, looking at the industry of the lesser city of Phedexia, ten leagues south of Bossel.  Phedexia maintains the Phedexian Cargo Fleet, a series of airships that move Blixian cargo all over the world.  Their service is cheaper in that they are not armed with typical naval weapons, powered with magical engines or crewed with large numbers of naval troops, but stripped down for fast and cheap flight, powered by summoned elementals and protected and directed by skilled professionals.  Note that when entering Middle Kingdoms airspace, the elementals are stowed and giant wasps take over a towing capacity.  So- to the Phedexian Cargo Fleet!

Description

This stripped-down version of the armed airship vehicle is held aloft by a massive balloon connected by chain to a ship that hangs below. This ship is similar to a sailing ship, complete with an open top, and is propelled by magically controlled air elementals, with a master summoner in charge of their care. Passengers and cargo are carried in the ship.

Phedexian Cargo Fleet

Colossal Air vehicle
Squares 48 (20 ft. by 60 ft.); Cost 35,000 gp

DEFENSE

AC 2; Hardness 5
hp 620 (310)
Base Save +0

OFFENSE

Maximum Speed 100 ft.; Acceleration 30 ft.
Weapons none; crew defended only
Attack ram 6d8
CMB +8; CMD 18

DRIVE

Propulsion current (air; 90 squares of dirigible, hp 400) and air elemental
Driving Check none (magic)
Forward Facing the ship’s forward
Driving Device air elementals (see below)
Driving Space the nine squares around the controlled elementals caged sits at the back of the ship
Typical Crew 1 7th level master summoner (summoner archetype), 3 3rd level sky warden (see below) rangers, 2 5th level evoker mages, and a 5th level of Linium or Toma Thule, possessing the Artifice domain.  At least a dozen halfling crewman round out the crew, use the seasoned trapper (expert 3) statistics.

LOAD

Decks 2
Cargo Up to 30 tons or 100 passengers

The Phedexian Cargo Fleet goes by the call signs “P.C.F. 5” or “P.C.F. 7”, though long-term crews often name their ships in the local vernacular.  The below-decks master summoner is the de facto captain of each vessel, as he is its most important member. His first mate is one of the sky warden rangers up top, who also serves as navigator.  Another of the rangers serves as executive officer, who directs the halfling crew and is in charge of any ship’s combat; note that one of the three will likely have darkvision.  Senior of the ship’s mages is the purser, in charge of the cargo, and the cleric is in charge of the crew’s well-being, and is knowledgeable in the structure of the ship, having ranks in Knowledge (engineering) and skill in magical mending.  Ship’s cleric is also in charge of any crew that is on board especially that they should not get in the crew’s way during flight.

Elemental Propulsion

The captain of any Phedexian cargo-ship is a 7th level master summoner, using that particular archetype.  He has carefully planned the 56 minutes of his spell-like ability summon monster IV available to him to summon medium air elementals to power his ship to its destination, gliding on currents and momentum in-between, with his spells available for emergency maneuvering.  His company-mandated “spells known” list typically reads: 1/ alarm, feather fall, jury-rig, lesser rejuvenate eidolon, lighten object; 2/ bull’s strength, glide, levitate, summon monster III; 3/ dispel magic, summon monster IV.

Sky Warden

This specialty ranger archetype is identical to the warden archetype, except that it has the ‘Airborne’ terrain type available, which is always selected by the sky warden at 1st level.  Airborne terrain applies when the ranger is flying under his own magical or mechanical power, such as on board an airship, and allows access to all those abilities regardless of the terrain below.

On-Board Mercenaries

Often hired for trips to difficult areas, a prime chance for PCs to get to a new adventuring area, and have some exciting possible combat on the way!  Pay can be commensurate with level, but a typical fee is 2,500 gp per party per trip

Classes of Porphyra – Part III

In early 2014, Carl Cramer approached me about developing something called a Prestige Archetype. I had no idea what he meant initially. He described them as follows:


The goal when making these prestige archetypes has been to capture the flavor of the prestige class rather than to make an exact copy of how it would normally be. Attack bonuses, hit dice, class skills, spells, and class features have been unified and spread evenly over levels. This means that most prestige archetypes have their prestige abilities spread over the entire 20 level spread.

Unlike how prestige classes normally work, these archetypes have a few complete class abilities rather than many abilities limited to a low level. In some cases, you get the choice of one of several class abilities rather than stymied versions of all the abilities.

A prestige archetype generally has elements of one or more regular character classes, to represent how prestige prerequisites were met and character development after the prestige class has ended. Sometimes there is more than one class that naturally leads itself to a particular prestige class, which can lead to several different prestige archetypes for different combinations. A few are not built on a regular class, instead expanding the idea behind the prestige class to a full 20 levels.


Now I was originally quite hesitant on the prestige archetype concept when Carl first pitched it to me but he had brought me a number of interesting and successful things in the past so I thought I would take a chance. We launched the line with a subscription, which helped to offset the initial costs a bit. Now there are three volumes, a handful of psionics PAs, and a fourth line in development. But let us just consider what is out first.

Prestige Archetypes

The first prestige archetype series focused on the most traditional prestige classes from the 3.X era days. Sometimes, where alternate builds were appropriate there were appropriate two prestige archetypes were created.

Arcane Archer: Arcane archers deal death from afar, winnowing down opponents while their allies rush into hand-to-hand combat. With their capacity to unleash hails of arrows on the enemy, they represent the pinnacle of ranged combat. The arcane archer is a 3/4 BAB character built from a magus/ranger/wizard chassis. They have spellcaster from 0th to 6th level and pull their spells from the wizard spell list. They carry as spellbook and have an archery pool similar to the magus’s arcane pool.

Arcane Trickster: With their mastery of magic, arcane tricksters can make for even more subtle or confounding opponents than standard rogues. Ranged legerdemain enhances their skill as thieves, and their ability to make sneak attacks without flanking or as part of a spell can make arcane tricksters formidable damage-dealers. Arcane tricksters are 3/4 BAB characters built from the rogue/wizard chassis. The arcane trickster in all ways is your dual-class wizard, rogue.

Assassin: Assassins tend to be loners by nature, seeing companions as liabilities at best. Sometimes an assassin’s missions put him in the company of adventurers for long stretches at a time, but few people are comfortable trusting a professional assassin to watch their backs in a fight, and are more likely to let the emotionless killer scout ahead or help prepare ambushes. The assassin is a 3/4 BAB character built from the rogue class. It is a very traditional translation of the original prestige class. If you are looking for an assassin that takes more risks in terms of design Carl also produced the porphyran assassin for Assassins of Porphyra.

Blood Mystic: The blood mystic has a unique palette of powers, and is able to both support her party and control the battlefield. Skimming across such a wide array of abilities forces the blood mystic to make many hard choices, both between what powers to seek in their blood and in how to use those powers. The blood mystic is a 1/2 BAB character build from the oracle and sorcerer to stand as a mystic theurge. It draws spells from both the cleric and the wizard list.

Chronicler: The chronicler’s missions often thrust her into the role of party leader, and adventures typically result from, and revolve around, her endless quests. Other chroniclers find themselves as sidekicks recording the adventures of their own chosen hero and comrades. The chronicler is a 3/4 BAB character built on the bard chassis. They have 0th to 4th level spells drawn from the bard spell list.

Dragon Disciple: With the magic at their disposal, dragon disciples can assume the typical role of a magic-user, hampering the movement of the enemy and hurling damage-dealing spells at their opponents. The dragon disciples’ draconic abilities make these versatile spellcasters even more formidable, as they use their breath, natural weapons, and flight to destroy their foes directly. The dragon disciple is as 3/4 BAB class with an enhanced Hit Dice build off of a magus and and sorcerer chassis. They are a spontaneous caster with spells drawn from the magus spell list.

Duelist: Duelists fight in the forefront alongside fighters, barbarians, and other melee combatants, deftly avoiding the blades of their opponents while expertly targeting their vulnerabilities. Duelists are full BAB bonus characters built off the fighter chassis.

Eldritch Hunter: Eldritch hunters are masters of the wild, alpha predators using both might and magic to establish their dominance.  The eldritch hunter is a 3/4 BAB variant of the eldritch knight PRC build with a ranger/sorcerer chassis. Spellcasting is spontaneous using the wizard spell list for 0th to 9th level spells but the spellcasting is slowed in its progression [does not reach 2nd level spells until 6th level). At very high level, they add in ranger spells as well.

Eldritch Knight: Eldritch knights master the abilities of both fighting and magic, hurling magic at the enemy one moment and hewing down their opponents with steel the next. They are just as comfortable in the thick of combat as they are casting spells at foes while remaining safely behind their compatriots. Their versatility makes them valuable allies.

Loremaster: Loremasters’ lives are spent in study, research, and fieldwork. While the first two lend themselves to the loremaster’s reputation as a bookish recluse, the latter oftentimes forces a loremaster to seek out the aid of adventurers who, through a mutually beneficial arrangement, might provide a degree of protection to the scholar while he seeks whatever knowledge he is after. For his part, the loremaster provides a wealth of information and arcane firepower to a party. The loremaster is a 1/2 BAB character built from a wizard chasis. They follow a fairly typical loremaster progression.

Mystic Archer: Mystic archers are superlative support characters, changing from archery to control or buffs and healing at a moment’s notice. The mystic archer is a 3/4 BAB character build from the druid and ranger classes as an alternate form of the arcane archer… more of a divine archer.

Mystic Theurge: The mystic theurge is a powerful component for any party, supplying magic for attack, defense, and healing. Mystic theurges travel the world in search of arcane and holy artifacts, magical lore, or divine revelations, and most have no qualms about teaming up with groups of adventurers so long as that group’s goals do not directly conflict with their own. The mystic theurge is a 1/2 BAB character with a cleric and wizard base. They draw spells from 0th to 9th on both the wizard and cleric lists. They possess the ability (a limited number of times per day to launch two spells as a single action).

Shadow Monk: Shadow monks are scouts extraordinaire but also warriors and mystics, able to shift from one role to another in the blink of an eye. Shadow monks are 3/4 BAB characters built from a monk base. They are one of three shadowdancer variants in the first collection.

Shadow Ranger: Shadow rangers make excellent scouts, as they are not bound to any one terrain and can move from shadow to shadow with impunity. They also make versatile skirmishers. Shadow rangers are full BAB characters built from a ranger base. They are the second of three shadowdancer variants in the first collection.

Shadowdancer: Shadowdancers adventure for a wide variety of reasons. Many adventuring parties find shadowdancers valuable members of their teams due to their incredible stealth and ability to surprise enemies with lightning-quick attacks where they’re least expected. For this reason, their services are often sought out by those groups in need of scouts or spies. Shadowdancers are 3/4 BAB characters built from the ninja alternate class. They are the final shadowdancer variant in the first collection.

(To be continued)…

To the Trade Consortium of Blix!

This is a not-so-subtle segue way into another Land of Porphyra, bordering to the west of Nor-du-Mag, a much more peaceful land which is nonetheless very occupied with one major industry: trade and commerce.  This is the Trade Consortium of Blix, a land of pleasant terrain, including beautiful Coin Lake and the breathtaking Sunbright Glacier, which feeds the vital Callin River which flows north, and the Oliti River flowing west into northern Siwath, artery of life to the anpur race and the zendiqi nomads of that region.  A land of servants to merchant lords in the distant past, it is now concerned with making goods that the rest of the world wants, and getting those goods to their customers, where they might be, in short order.

Looking at the races that are prevalent in Blix (boggles, halflings, numistians and ratfolk) and the civilized nature of the place, adventuring in Blix is an almost polar opposite of Nor-du-Mag.  Whereas in The Cloven Lands survival is #1, in Blix profit is key. If you are not in a place to make profit, you will get fleeced, by taxes, fees, prices, what have you.  This is not a place for rampaging dragons, a necromancer’s castle, or the ruins of a temple of the Great Old Ones- though, come to think of it, there might be situations where those could be put to profit!  Blix is a great place for thinking parties, low-level parties, and those who want to roleplay a lot.  There might be opportunities for barbarians, paladins, and fire-spewing kineticists, but they would be extremely temporary.  What is the main income of characters? Taking stuff from “bad guys” or finding valuables that were “left behind” a long time ago.  Apart from the quaint Profession skill, few classes have real money-making power- or do they?

Barbarian – it is not likely that there are any native barbaric people in Blix, which makes any true barbarians exotic and coin-worthy.  There is a rather busy arena in Pult that is constantly looking for new talent, and well-paid, too.

Bard –actually equipped in text with the Perform skill and encouraged to do their thing for cash.  Bards can stage shows, run a theatre company, entertain royalty, bards are built for Blix.

Cleric – No religion is forbidden in Blix, none. That is firm in their constitution.  Even apocalypse can be good for business.  The second trade is impeded by a clerical branch, those adherents, good or evil, are politely and firmly asked to leave the premises.  Vortain and Veiloaria are very popular, as are Toma Thule, Linium and Lyvalia.  Rolterra, Fenris Kul and Tulis have mostly worn out their welcome.

Fighter- Money and the muscle to protect it go hand in hand, and a man-at-arms can always find employment.  Merchant lords do not, however, tolerate military buildup for long, as war is good for Blix to sell supplies to, not be a subject of!  Swordfighting in the street over trade advantages is not the Blixian way.

Monk – Monks by their nature disdain material goods, and as such most dislike Blix immensely.  That being said, monks sometimes have a missionary attitude, as well, and there is at least one monastery that is staffed by defeated businessmen who can opt out of debtors prison or The Engine and take vows of poverty- the Temple of Dust near in the north is spoken of in hushed terms among Blixians…

Paladin – little true evil is afoot in Blix, and that mostly of a financial and corporate nature.  It would take a new type of savvy paladin to use laws, policy and public sentiment to defeat oppressive and scurrilous businessmen, which would be an interesting campaign, wouldn’t it?

Ranger – there are lots of wild spaces in Blix, left for herb collection, lumber, farming, etc.  Those that have preferred terrain in these areas (plains, forest, urban) are employed as escorts as a matter of course.  Many rangers are employed as captains of the Air Cargo Service (stay tuned for next week on them!)

Rogue– Blix is a rogue’s paradise, but blatant theft in a land of merchants has grim penalties.  The primary prison in Blix is The Daftin Manufactory for the Contemplation of Wrongdoing- called The Engine.  Inmates in The Engine move turbines that power machinery in that city. But apart from that, any “skilled” agent is cheerfully welcomed!

Sorcerer/Wizard – the rules for spellcasting services is an excellent way to make money, if not particularly exciting.  Corporate espionage with certain spells could be a lot of fun, though! Magic item manufacture, guard duty on warehouses and the like, many tasks for mages.

Piggins of Porphyra

Porphyra is a world with two distinct types of land mass. There are the indigenous territories that have been present since the lost formation of the world in the age before the Elemental Lords and there are the Landed Territories. When aboriginal orcs and elves of Porphyra combined forces to call new Gods to the world to help overthrow the Elemental Lords, those New Gods brought pieces of their favourite worlds with them. These regions are known as Landed Territories.

From the Landed Territories come the Landed Races. There are dozens of races Landed on Porphyra that are similar to their indigenous cousins. One of these is the Landed Races of orcs (or Piggins as they are called by the indigenous).

Landed Orcs Racial Characteristics

  • +2 Str, +2 Wis, -2 Int: Landed orcs are strong willed with strong devotion to physical fitness. They do not value formal learning systems or schooling.
  • Orc: Landed orcs are humanoids with the orc subtype. Landed orcs do not possess light sensitivity they have the day runner characteristic (see below) instead.
  • Medium: Landed orcs are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Normal Speed: Landed orcs have a base speed of 30 feet.

  • Darkvision: Landed orcs can see in the dark up to 60 feet.

  • Cornered Fury: When a landed orc is reduced to half its hit points or fewer and has no conscious ally within 30 feet, it gains a +2 racial bonus on melee attack rolls and to Armor Class.
  • Dayrunner: Landed orcs refuse to yield to any foe, including the sun. Some spend hour upon hour glaring at the sun until their ruined eyes acclimatize to bright light. Landed orcs with this racial trait take a –2 penalty on all ranged attack rolls.
  • Greed: Raiding is part of every landed orc’s education, as such they gain a +2 bonus on Appraise checks to determine the price of nonmagical goods that contain precious metals or gemstones.
  • Illusion Resistance: Landed orcs are not easily fooled by the coloured lights made by mages. They gain a +2 racial bonus on saving throws against illusion spells or effects.
  • Orc Ferocity: Once per day, when a landed orc is brought below 0 hit points but not killed, he can fight on for 1 more round as if disabled. At the end of his next turn, unless brought to above 0 hit points, he immediately falls unconscious and begins dying.
  • Resentment: Landed orcs resent their transport to the Patchwork Planet and they hold all other orcs and elves personally responsible. Landed orcs gain a +1 racial bonus on damage rolls against creatures with the orc or elf subtype.
  • Survivalists: Landed orcs have learned to thrive in all environments. They gain as +2 racial bonus to all Survival checks.
  • Languages: Landed orcs speak Orcish. Landed orcs with high Intelligence scores can chose from the following: Dwarven, Giant, Goblin, Undercommon.