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Maintainers are originally numbered 500, and were in charge of keeping the Tower in good order. They lived alone and celibate, each isolated in his own sector and communicating with their superiors through one-way mail tubes. Forgotten by the Pioneers and the Base, they eventually vanished one by one, leaving the building to crumble. Giovanni Battista stayed at his post the longest 1).

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