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Communication and emotes

Hopefully you are not MUDding just to kill rabbits .. until you can kill orcs .. until you can kill trolls and giants. So you will want to communicate with other players and even some of the NonPlayerCharacters (NPCs). Here is a brief summary of the commands that you will need for this.
The essential speech commands are: say and @say and emote, although ask is useful too. However there are many variations that I explain in the advanced sections that will allow you to roleplay your character in a more controlled way and present yourself exactly as you would want. For the sake of originality we will call your character Fred.

say Used to make your character speak:
say Hello, how are you?
Other people will see:
Fred says in xyllic: Hello, how are you?

Actually, you will speak in a particular language, either the language of your race which you speak perfectly from the start, or the common langauge: Xyllic. You begin as merely good in this language, which means that you will not recognise some words. So if this happens, the person you are talking to is probably not just typing garbage.

@say Used to speak as player of one character to the player of another:
@say Help me, I don't understand.
Other people will see:
<OOC> Fred: Help me, I don't understand.

This should not be used to get around the fact that your character does not speak common tongue as in-character communication. But someone you ask for help might use it to explain command syntax to you out-of-character to be sure you understand their words.

ask Usage with players:
ask jim How are you?
Other people will see:
Fred asks Jim in xyllic: How are you?
Jim will see:
Fred asks you in xyllic: How are you?

This command is used by most players only for asking a question to an NPC, or computer controlled character as this is how to test if they know something about a particular subject. However some players who like to be particularly accurate with the commands they type will use this command anytime that they ask a question of another player.
Obviously the language will change if you are speaking in one of the racial or guild tongues that the game provides.
Asking things to an NPC is usually a case of asking them about a single word to which they will either have a response or else they will show that they don't have an answer. Usage:

  ask human help
ask human job

Emote is used to show the emotions of your character without him or her actually saying that they are happy or sad. There are some shortcuts built into the game for this that allow less control over how exactly your character looks.

emote Usage:
emote looks down at the ground and sighs slightly.
Other people will see:
Fred looks down at the ground and sighs slightly.

Or for the shortcuts the usage would be:
Others would see:
Fred grins evilly.

The grin would automatically default to an evil grin. This can be controlled by typing one of the adverbs that the game allows after the command:

  grin happily
Others would see:
Fred grins happily.

You can direct shortcut emotes to a particular person too, for example:

   grin jim happily
Others would see:
Fred grins happily at Jim.
Jim would see:
Fred grins happily at you.

From this point the usage of the commands gets more complicated. You don't need to know the commands below to roleplay well, but if you do know them it opens up new ways to present your character as you want them presented to others in the MUD.

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