Two years later, He is now a survivor of the Freaker outbreak that has decimated the world across the Pacific Northwest. After the disappearance of his wife Sarah, Deacon works as a cynical and ruthless mercenary accepting bounties in exchange for supplies alongside his closest friend Boozer.
Upon learning the truth of his wife's potential survival, Deacon embarks on a personal journey to find her.
Deacon was born in the early 1980s and grew up in Farewell, Oregon, and was raised by his father who once taught him how to eliminate a rats nest by drowning them. In high school, Deacon apparently didn't do very well academically and eventually dropped out.
As a young adult, Deacon enlisted in the United States Army and served a full tour of duty in Afghanistan. He was stationed in the 10th Mountain Division where his unit worked in collaboration with the Northern Alliance. Although he served with honor, Deacon noted that he hated every minute of his military service.
On a mission whilst advancing on Mazar-i-Sharif, Deacon's squad was ambushed by a group of the Taliban with flatbed trucks equipped with ZU-23 modified anti-aircraft guns. Their Humvee was destroyed, falling off a cliff into the Hari river below. Deacon survived the crash and he swam out to the wreckage hoping to find survivors, only to pull eight bodies back to shore including his sergeant Tanner. Emotionally traumatized by this event, Deacon decided to leave the military.
After being discharged, Deacon returned to the United States where he purchased a motorcycle and spent a couple of years on the road drifting from place to place before finally returning home to Farewell.
Deacon later became employed as a mechanic in an auto repair motorcycle shop owned by an old man named Jack, who was the president of the Mongrels Motorcycle Club mother charter in Farewell. Jack personally offered him a membership which Deacon gladly accepted. and thus he was patched as an Enforcer in the MC.
He soon met his Sergeant-at-Arms member named Boozer whom became his closest friend and the pair came to regard each other as 'brothers'. Deacon later met an African-American man named Jersey Jim whom he patched into the MC where they served in the same unit and became good friends.
Some years later, Deacon found Boozer halfway through a whiskey case who was suffering from depression after his wife Joany was killed in unknown circumstances. Unwilling to watch his best friend commit suicide, he took and chugged a whole bottle and told him if he was going to drink himself to death, he wouldn't be doing it alone, because that's what brothers do. Boozer was touched by Deacon's willingness to sacrifice himself for him and continued to live, burying his grief.
While out for a ride, Deacon happened across a woman whose car had broken down. He stopped on the pretense of asking for directions, which she told him she didn't know. As a result he pretended to go on his way only to come back a moment later and offer her a ride, she accepts introducing herself as Sarah.
They make small talk and he learns that she is a botanist who recently moved to the area. Down the road, they are nearly run off the road by a pickup truck. Sarah manages to call her lab and tells them about the car. Deacon takes her back to the car to wait for the tow truck only to find it being stripped by men driving the same pickup truck that had ran them off the road. Deacon engages them but is outnumbered and beaten. Sarah manages to save him by discharging a warning shot from Deacon's gun. Not long after, Deacon and Sarah begin dating.
At some point, a fellow MC member Jessie Williamson was excommunicated for an unknown crime; the MC's code stipulated that he must be stripped of his colors, which meant removing a tattoo on his back. Deacon helped hold Jessie down while Jack burned the tattoo off with a blow torch. After Jessie was banished, Deacon would later come to regret for torturing Jessie in which he never told Sarah about this as he knew she will never be with him for committing such an inhumane act.
Freaker Virus Outbreak
Deacon, along with Boozer and Sarah were in Farewell, during the outbreak of an unknown virus. Whilst making their way through the ravaged city, Sarah was stabbed. Hearing of an evacuation at the old Brewery, the trio make their way there, cutting through a mechanics, where a man has lost his mind over the death of his wife, Deacon attempts to diffuse the situation but is forced to kill the man.
They make it it ot the Brewery, and Deacon threatens the N.E.R.O. worker, O'Brien to take them, however there is not enough room for all of them. Boozer is injured and would not be able to make it on his own. Deacon puts Sarah on the chopper, giving her his Mongrel ring, the same ring he proposed with, telling her he wants it back. The chopper leaves.
Deacon and Boozer make it out of the city and head for the refugee camp the chopper was bound for, however it has already been overrun by Freakers. Despite being outnumbered, Deacon and Boozer manage to fight their way through and kill every single one. Deacon searches for Sarah but does not find her amongst the corpses. Despite not finding her body, Deacon concludes that Sarah is dead, and carves her name into a stone to serve as a grave.
The virus causes life as it was to cease, with relatively few humans left alive. Adapting to the new structure of life, Deacon and Boozer took up work as Bounty Hunters, killing Freakers and rogue humans who threatened survivors camps. The pair did runs for several camps, including ones lead by Mark Copeland, a conspiracy theorist who believes the apocalypse was an orchestrated event by the U.S. government, Ada Tucker, a former prison matron who had a reputation for treating the people in her camp like slaves, and Iron Mike, a man who sought for all people to come together in order to better rebuild. However Iron Mike severed ties with Deacon after finding out he was sending people to Tucker's camp, as he considered her practice of paying for new recruits to be akin to slave trading. Iron Mike threatened to break Deacon's neck if he ever came back.
Deacon and Boozer settled in an old Forest Service watchtower on top of O'Leary Mountain in the Cascade Wilderness. They ran with several others including Rikki Patil, Alvarez and Leon, though they were eventually on their own again.
During this time, a cult called Rest In Peace (also known as the Rippers) formed, lead by a man named Carlos, who preached the idea that the Freakers were the next stage in human evolution. The cult were innately hostile to all those who were not a part of the cult, believing that everyone should be made to see the Freakers as they did or be destroyed.
Two Years Later
Deacon and Boozer continued to run solo for some time. They were contracted by Tucker to track down Leon who had stolen her camp's drugs in order to sell them to Copeland. Deacon and Boozer discovered Alvarez brutally beaten while they were tracking Leon, and she informs them that Leon had attacked her. They then give chase when he passes by and corner him. Wounded and with a horde of Freakers nearby, Deacon threatens to leave Leon to be torn apart if he does not give them information on the drugs, and will make his death quick if he cooperates. Leon hands over a map to his stash and Deacon performs a mercy kill.
Returning to their bikes, Deacon finds that his fuel pump has been destroyed by a bullet Leon had fired. Not wanting to wait til morning to fix his bike. Deacon and Boozer travel to an abandoned mechanic shop called Crazy Willie's. En route, Deacon and Boozer discuss the idea of traveling north to get away from the area and the many bad memories it holds, especially considering that Deacon seems to be acting more and more reckless. Deacon agrees that heading north may be for the best.
The place is swarming with Freakers, so Boozer leads as many of them away as he can while Deacon searches for a fuel pump. After finding the required part, Deacon radios Boozer to tell him he's ready to go. Boozer informs Deacon that he's encountered Rippers. Deacons rushes to find Boozer, only to find him being tortured by Rippers who use an acetylene torch to burn off his tattoos. Deacon dispatches the Rippers, helps Boozer, and the two flee just as a horde arrives.
Deacon and Boozer head back to their safehouse. Boozer heads to get some rest and Deacon heads back out to get his bike on foot. Discovering a group of Marauders who intend to take their safehouse by force along the way, he takes the time to eliminate them, as Boozer in his weakened state would be unable to fend them off. He then returns to the area he left his bike, finding it gone. Realizing that someone from Copeland's camp must have taken it, he spots someone from Copeland's camp and gives chase.
Arriving at Copeland's camp he discovers that his Bike has been stripped down by the camp mechanic Manny, who is scared when he realizes that it was Deacon's bike. Before Deacon can do anything to Manny, he is called by Copeland to talk. He mentions Leon was bringing him Tuck's drugs. Deacon denies knowing anything about Leon's whereabouts, but Copeland snatches Leon's hat, and knows that Deacon has killed him. Copeland tells Deacon that if he wants Manny's help getting his bike fixed he'll do runs for the camp, including bringing Leon's stash to him. Deacon reluctantly agrees. Copeland tells Deacon to head to an old radio tower and eliminate a group of deserters from his camp and reestablish the radio uplink so he can continue to broadcast, Radio Free Oregon. In the meantime Deacon sets about making the area safer, burning out Freaker nests.
Deacon heads back to the Pioneer Cemetery in order to recover Leon's stash, upon recovering it a N.E.R.O. helicopter flies overhead. Shocked, Deacon heads to the area they are landing and sneaks in to find out what they are doing. During this, he overhears several of the team members discuss O'Brian, the man who was on the helicopter the night Sarah was stabbed. Upon exiting the area, Deacon calls Boozer to discuss his discovery, Boozer warns Deacon not to get his hopes up. Deacon momentarily concedes telling Boozer to get some rest.
Deacon heads to the Hot Springs camp run by Ada Tucker, to collect the bounty on Leon, coming to an altercation with the head of Security Alkai. Tucker asks Deacon to look for a young woman who was spotted in Marion Forks, before requesting he send her people to work the field in exchange for credits. Deacon heads to the store, and Alkai informs him that a member of the camp had escaped a ripper camp and informed him that the Rippers kept asking about two bikers, calling them "Mongrels" meaning that the Rippers are looking for Deacon and Boozer. While in the area, Deacon heads up to the overrun N.E.R.O. camp to visit Sarah's grave in order to vent about all that has happened.
On the road, Deacon encounters another N.E.R.O. helicopter and decides to follow it. The soldiers open fire on Deacon in order to scare him off, but he persists, following at a safe distance, he tracks them to another landing zone. He watches as they try to wrangle a Newt in order to perfor tests on them. However a horde forces them to abort. When the Horde clears Deacon tracks retrieves a radio from what they've left behind, planning to use it to track down O'Brien.
In the meantime Deacon heads to Marion Forks in order to follow up on the sighting of a girl sighted there. a group of Rippers suddenly arrive also searching for her and Deacon dispatches them. Deacon finds the girl, Lisa, living alone in her family home he tells her that he wants to take her somewhere safe, convincing her that her parents might be at Tucker's camp. After a run in with a bear, Deacon takes Lisa to the Hot Springs camp, Lisa recognizes Tucer as an old neighbor. Deacon tries to get Tucker to go easy on Lisa but she callously brushes off his concerns.
Deacon intercepts a radio transmission on the N.E.R.O. radio he took and learns that O'Brien will be on a field op nearby. Sneaking into the area, Deacon corners O'Brien when he is isolated and demands to know what happened to Sarah. O'Brien agrees to look into what happened in exchange for Deacon's assistance, telling him that he will contact him via radio later.
Deacon continues to do runs for Copeland and Tucker, during which time he finds Lisa is unhappy staying at the camp, he sets out to find a "Thunderegg" for her to lift her spirits. She asks him to take her back to Marion Forks but he refuses. Lisa is eventually kidnapped by Rippers and Tucker sends Deacon to get her back, finding her badly cut and beaten. Lisa refuses to return to the Hot Springs, forcing Deacon to contact Rikki, to take Lisa to Lost Lake. He lies to Tucker and says that Lisa is dead.
Getting Help for Boozer
Meanwhile Boozer is not getting any better, so he sets out to gather ingredients to make a burn ointment, though Boozer feeling useless grows agitated with Deacon's concern. Boozer eventually becomes delirious with fever, and almost shoots Deacon with his shotgun. Left with no alternative, Deacon takes Boozer to Lost Lake to get some supplies.
Sneaking into the camp in order to steal antibiotics, Deacon is caught by Rikki and camp doctor Addy, upon discovering Deacon was driven by his desire to save Boozer they agree to help. Bringing Boozer to the infirmary. Deacon goes to see Iron Mike to discuss their situation, coming to a verbal confrontation with the head of Security, Skizzo, who considers Deacon to be a threat to their way of life. Iron Mike allows Deaco and Boozer to stay on the condition Deacon helps out. Starting out by getting a Civil War era Liston Knife for the purposes of performing surgery.
Deacon receives a call from O'Brien requesting a meeting, which Deacon heads to. O'Brien requests that in exchange for his help, Deacon will need to plant trackers on other N.E.R.O. teams chppers, and eavesdrop on their findings as he believes the higher ups within N.E.R.O. are up to something. Deacon agrees to help. Heading into the area they are conducting field ops in, Deacon finds them disecting a live Freaker, which is more mutated than the average Freaker. Deacon is distured by this, but O'Brien brushes him off, saying he'll be in touch.
Deacon learns that Lisa had disappeared while out on a run for the camp near an overrun town, Rogue Camp. Deacon berates Rikki for letting her go. Heading into the town to look for her, he finds a note, from her expessing her misery and her desire to forget what she had lost.
Boozer continues to get worse needing more antibiotics to fight off the infection. Desperate to help his friend, Skizzo proposes that Deacon cross the border to Ripper country to salvage a plane that went down near the start of the outbreak, which was full of medical supplies for the Red Cross. Skizzo informs him that Iron Mike was bartering with Carlos to split the contents of the cargo hold. However they do no have time to wait, and crossing the Iron Ridge could result in the treaty Iron Mike negotiated with Carlos coming to an end.
Deacon heads into Iron Butte to find the wreckage of the plane, killing several members of the cults as he goes. Reaching the plane he is forced to deal with a Breaker, a hulking Freaker. After dispatching it, he finds that the cargo hold has been picked almost clean, but he manages to find a container of antibiotis. Heading back, Deacon returns to the border greeted by Skizzo and some of his men, who pick off the Rippers who were following him out. Deacon informs Skizzo that the Rippers had lied about splitting the supplies.
Rikki arrives looking for Deacon, saying that Addy was looking for him. Heading back to the camp, Rikki informs Deacon that Skizzo has been looking for an excuse to pick a fight with the Rippers and has used Deacon to do it. At the infirmary, Addy tells Deacon that Boozer hasn't got time, Deacon is horrified realising that she is talking about amputating Boozer's arm, which she says is the only choice, or else he will die. Reluctantly, Deacon and addy hold Boozer down while Addy performs the procedure.
Afterwards Deacon and Rikki sit in silence, in disbelief at what has happened. An enraged Iron Mike arrives to tell Deacon that Rippers had seen him, and that when Carlos found out, there would be retribution, Deacon is disinterested in Carlos wants, and mike berates him for his reckless disregard for the consequenences that may fall on others for his actions.
Plan to Stop the Hordes
While doing more runs for O'Brien, Deacon concocts a plan to make the area safer by sealing the nearby caves while the freakers are hibernating, he brings the idea to Iron Mike, who agrees that it might be worth a try, though they'll need dynmatie and detonating cable. The pair head to Sherman's Camp to retrieve copies of keys that the local Commissioner kept. Sherman's camp was known for being overrun not long into the outbreak, with only two surivovrs, one of whom was Iron Mike.
They find the Commissioner in a mass of decomposing bodies, which Deacon realizes Iron Mike had survived the slaughter, and has taken him to see for the purposes of showing him what would happen if Lost Lake went to war with the Rippers. Retrieving the maps to the mines, the town is suddenly invaded by marauders, leading to the pair fighting their way out.
Returning to lost Lake, Iron Mike tells Deacon that he won't go out of his way to go to war with the Rippers, as if humanity needs to come together to rebuild when all this ends. Deacon goes to check up on Boozer, who despite losing his arm seems to be in good spirits, making jokes at his own expense. Addy assures Deacon that he saved Boozer's life and that he owes him. Deacon heads out on another run for O'Brien nearby.
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Deacon is quite a complex individual. Even prior to the apocalypse, Deacon had suffered quite a lot of trauma from his time in war, and has a somewhat grim outlook. He was described as being "broken" having lost much since the outbreak. Deacon still wears his kutte as it reminds him of the times when he lived by a code, and of the brotherhood and comraderie, he felt with his club and the sense of belonging he once had. Deacon still retains some aspects of his code, as he will not attack unarmed women and will be enraged by anyone who does so.
Despite this, Deacon can still be quite lighthearted and even sarcastic, cracking jokes with those whom he has a good rapport.
Deacon doesn't seem to do so well taking orders from others. So much so that he admits he hated every minute of his military service. He seems very quick to brush off the concerns of settlement leaders who asked him for help . He does however do so when he needs to in order to win favor with other survivor camps.
Deacon is far from heartless, as he went to save Manny from a group of bandits. Granted, this was partially through self-interest as Manny was capable of helping him due to his skill as a mechanic. Deacon also rescues Lisa Jackson, a teenager who has been surviving on her own and was assaulted by thugs. He feels regret taking her to Tucker, who was Lisa's neighbor before, as she forces her to work like a slave. Deacon later rescues her again from Rippers after she runs away, and he hands her off to Rikki, who takes Lisa to Iron Mike's Camp. He is angered to learn that she once again disappeared. Deacon has performed several mercy killings, in order to spare people from a crueler fate, such as stopping them from being eaten alive by Freakers, or being hanged by the the Deschutes County Militia.
ffSarah is Deacon's wife. They had a very loving relationship, as Deacon was willing to go "nomad" to try and please Sarah, and Sarah didn't mind that no one attended their wedding except Boozer. They were shown to be very sarcastic and teasing of each other. Regardless it is very clear that they were deeply in love.
Losing Sarah drove Deacon into a deep mournful depression, driving him to reckless and borderline suicidal behavior. Finding out she might be alive gave Deacon a new sense of purpose to try and find her and regain what he lost.
Boozer is Deacon's best friend and companion. Having rode together in the Mongrel MC, they view each other as brothers, both of them continue to wear their MC colors long into the apocalypse, symbolizing they both miss the days when they rode in MC and all that they lost.
Deacon is willing to do whatever he can to protect Boozer and keep him safe, and will become enraged when anyone threatens him.
- Numerous counts of Rippers
- Numerous counts of Marauders
- Numerous counts of Anarchists
- Numerous counts of D.C.M. soldiers
- Numerous counts of Freakers
Appearance & Attire
Deacon is a Caucasian male with a tall, athletic build. He has brown eyes and black hair, which he wears in a long shaggy style, and has a small beard. Deacon wears a white long sleeve t-shirt under an orange hood, which he cut the sleeves short. He wears blue jeans and brown combat boots. He also has a fitted, black baseball cap, which he wears backward.
Deacon also wears several rings, notably, one that bears the letters "MC", his wedding ring and a large dog skull ring.
Deacon temporarily wears a green army jacket, and also wears a Deschutes County Militia snapback cap whilst enlisted with the militia.
Prior to the apocalypse, Deacon wore his hair in a short style and his facial hair was neatly groomed.
Deacon has numerous scars from his time in the army, time as an outlaw and time surviving the apocalypse.
Deacon's most notable item of clothing is his kutte. It is made of black leather and is adorned with the Mongrels MC colors as well as various other patches that indicate his status as a biker. His patches are:
- Mongrels MC colors: Typical motorcycle club colours that represent club affiliation and territory the wearer is is based in. In typical MC fashion, these are located on the back of Deacon's kutte. The colors consist of:
- Mongrel: The top rocker which bears the club's name.
- Club Logo & MC: The Mongrels' logo consisting of a chained, rabid dog skull biting through chains with a spurt of blood in its jaws, and an MC patch.
- Farewell Original: The bottom rocker indicates the chapter of the MC the wearer is a member of. The addition of the term Original also means that Farewell was the original chapter of the MC and the head of the organization.
- Nomad: Indicates that Deacon had become less involved with the MC. Locates on the right side of his cut.
- Enforcer: Indicates Deacon's rank. Located above the right breast pocket.
- 1e/r: "One Percenter" Indicates Deacon's status as an outlaw. Located above the left breast pocket.
- Biker: Indicates Deacon's status as a biker. Located above Enforcer patch.
- F.T.W: Acronym which either means 'Forever Two Wheels' or 'Fuck the World.' Located on the hem.
- Anarchy Symbol: The "A" symbol which is short hand for Anarchy, located on the left side of Deacon's kutte.
- M.F.F.M.: Acronym for "Mongrels Forever, Forever Mongrels" located on the left side of Deacon's kutte.
Deacon has numerous tattoos. His known tattoos are
- 10th Mountain Division: Symbol of Deacon's Army Unit. Right Hand.
- RIDE: The word "RIDE". Right hand, across individual knuckles.
- Reaper: Grim Reaper tattoo. Right Forearm. This is later partially burned off by the Rippers.
- Barbed Wire: Wrapped around right bicep.
- Winged Skull: Possibly a U.S. Army Airborne Tattoo. Right Shoulder.
- Skull & Crossbones: Skull with two wrenches taking the places of crossbones. Left hand.
- HARD: The word "HARD" on his left hand, across individual knuckles.
- Freedom Enduring: A Snake wrapped around a knife with the words "Freedom Enduring." Left forearm.
- Dagger: Ornate dagger and pattern. Chest.
- Sarah: Deacon's wife's name. Right side of neck.
- Forever MC: Left side of neck
- Mongrel MC Colors: Same as his back patches. Back.
Motorcyclist: Deacon is a very skilled motorcyclist, having been a member of a motorcycle club prior to the apocalypse, it is evident that he is very good with a bike.
Hand to Hand Combat: Deacon is more than capable of fighting off multiple foes, either with a weapon or with his bare hands.
Marksmanship: Deacon is a competent marksman, being able to hold off swarms of Freakers or take on enemy marauders single-handed.
Stealth: Deacon's time surviving in the aftermath of the apocalypse has given him a keen sense of stealth, and is more than capable of avoiding detection when he needs to.
Tracking: Deacon is capable of tracking a humans, freakers and animals. He can use this to deduce what happened in a certain circumstances.
Equipment & Weapons
Drifter Bike: Deacon's motorcycle. Serves as his primary mode of transportation and portable arsenal, it is heavily customized for on and off-road use
Binoculars: Deacon has a set of binoculars to scout the wilderness.
Knife: Deacon keeps a knife tucked into his boot at all times, useful for dispatching foes or cutting rope, breaking locks and other functions.
Pistol: Deacon carries a pistol with him at all times.
Assault Rifle: Deacon can carry different assault rifles.
Shotgun: Deacon can carry various different Shotguns.
Sniper Rifle: Deacon can carry various different Rifles.
Crossbow: Deacon can be equipped with a crossbow.
Light Machine Gun: Deacon can be equipped with a light machine gun.
Deacon is a playable character in the Challenges DLC. Several versions of Deacon are available to play:
- Deacon: An ex-Mongrels MC member turned nomadic Drifter. This is a fully clothed Deacon.
- The name Deacon is of Greek origin meaning 'dusty one' or 'servant' it is also a term for an ordained minister in some denominations of Christianity. His surname John is of Latin origin which translates 'to be gracious'.
- Deacon is named after Creative Director John Garvin's pet. His surname St John is the name of the street which Garvin grew up on.
- Late in the game, Deacon is referred to as "The Son of a Preacher Man." much to his chagrin.
- Also of note, Deacon's name is similar to that of Queen Bass player, John Deacon. Interestingly the game features several homages to the band. The trophies associated with skills are all named after lyrics from the Queen song, "Don't Stop Me Now" (the trophies being "Don't Stop Me Now", "I'm Out of Control", "There's No Stopping Me" and "Mr. Fahrenheit"). There is also a horde that the description upon beating it is "Another Horde Bites The Dust" which is a play on the Queen song "Another One Bites The Dust," which was written by John Deacon.
- Deacon St. John's character design appears to be heavily influenced by Jackson "Jax" Teller from the FX's original series Sons of Anarchy. They are high-ranking members of an outlaw motorcycle club which they held a strong loyalty towards. They both appear to be in their thirties with a slim physique whom bear distinct tattoos as well as a mullet hairstyle. Deacon also shares a few similarities to Daryl Dixon from AMC's The Walking Dead. Both are motorcycle enthusiasts and hardened survivors who have endured loss in a post-apocalyptic world.
- According to Deacon, his baseball cap is a gift from an 'old friend'. The identify of this person is never revealed, although we can assume this is most presumably his friend Jack.
- Deacon disliked mobile phones and so he never owned one, as he claims that he hated how he saw everybody had their heads buried in them.
- In the original trailer/gameplay demo, Deacon's kutte bore a patch that identified him as a "Road Captain" for his MC. This was later changed to "Enforcer." It is currently unknown why this change of rank occurred.
- Oddly, Deacon has a nomad patch on his kutte, but also has the bottom rocker of the mother charter of the MC. Typically bikers who are in nomad charters would wear the nomad patch as a bottom rocker, but replace it upon transferring charters. In game it was explained this meant he was going to be less involved as opposed to not being bound to a territory as he stayed with the original character.
- Deacon's Mongrel Ring is inscribed with the Latin Phrase "Morior Invictus" which he claims translates to "Death Before Defeat." Morior Invictus more closely translates to "I Protest Undefeated." On the front of his ring is the number 13 (which was the number of his old military unit) for most members of the MC it stood for 'M' or 'Mayhem'. On the inside lies the inscription "I ride in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I fear no one."
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