SAY - it's the main way people talk to other Lusternians in the same room. Just type SAY followed by anything, and you'll say it.

If Roark types SAY Hi there! then everybody nearby will see:

   Roark says, "Hi there!"

Both ' and " work just like SAY. There are other Lusternian ways to talk that don't use SAY (such as WHINE), too; plus you can SAY something to one person; and you can use emoticons - keep reading to see how.

There are other ways to talk, like say, but different too. Each one does something a little different. Try them and see! They are:

Assert, ask, brag, cackle, chant, chime, chitter, enunciate, exclaim, gasp, groan, grump, grunt, hiss, intimate, intone, lecture, lisp, moan, mumble, murmur, mutter, opine, orate, plead, proclaim, purr, rasp, rave, recite, remark, roar, scream, shriek, sigh, sing, snarl, splutter, squeal, stammer, state, stutter, ululate, utter, wail, whine, whisper, and yawn.

What you say is always spoken in one language or another. Most things you say will probably be in the language LUSTERNIAN, but there are many other possibilities. See HELP LANGUAGE and HELP ELDER LANGUAGE for some more ideas.

ASK and EXCLAIM are variations on SAY which you get by using special punctuation. To EXCLAIM, use two exclamation marks (!!). To ASK, use two question marks (??).

   SAY Don't you see, Lusternia is the greatest??
   SAY Lusternia IS the greatest, and I am the greatest Lusternian!!

You can SAY something to someone (player or mobile) this way:

   SAY TO ROARK How could Lusternia exist without you?
   SCREAM AT ROARK How could Lusternia exist without you?

This works for most of the forms (SCREAM, MUTTER, etc).

Emoting can be tagged onto the say command using the following syntax:

   SAY (speaking in a harsh tone) You will bray for this, Fain. 

Everyone sees: 
  Speaking in a harsh tone, Sior says, "You will bray for this, Fain."

If you are using a prefatory phrase in conjunction with talking TO a person, you must use them in a specific order:

   SAY TO FAIN (speaking in a harsh tone) You will bray for this.

Placing 'to Fain' after the prefatory phrase will not work.

If there is a regular prefatory phrase you use, you can CONFIG ACCENT.

   CONFIG ACCENT Speaking with a lisp

Everyone sees:
   Speaking with a lisp, Ianir says, "I fixed it."

This will precede any method of talking unless replaced by a prefatory phrase. To clear it, CONFIG ACCENT CLEAR.

You don't have to end your SAY (or WHINE, or whatever) with punctuation, but you can. Use a . or a ? or a ! if you like.

You can also THINK things. THINK can only be heard by those with the Telepathy skill, the Divine, and people using certain very rare artifacts. This is a great way to expand your character's roleplay.

THINK cannot be targeted in any way, and does not occur in any language. It is governed by the same rules as says: it must always be IC and follows HELP LANGUAGE RULES in the same way.

Lusternia is full of many people from all parts of the world and all age groups, including very young people. Please be careful with what you say. To read more about our restrictions in this area, please see HELP LANGUAGE RULES.

To give your SAYS even more variety, you can use emoticons (sometimes called smileys) at the very end only. This only works with SAY, not with EXCLAIM or ASK or SCREAM or anything else but just SAY. If Roark types

   SAY Yes, I am the best Lusternian that ever was :)

Then people will see

   Roark smiles and says, "Yes, I am the best Lusternian that ever was."

Here are the emoticons and what they do:

   :)  smiles and says                 :|  looks undecided and says
   :)) smiles broadly and says         :/  looks skeptical and says
   :>  smiles impishly and says        :?. looks thoughtful and says
   ;)  smiles with a wink and says     :B  drools and says
   :D  laughingly says                 :P  sticks out his/her tongue and says
   :*  blows a kiss and says           :O  looks surprised and says
   :,) says through happy tears        :S  looks confused and says
   :@  angrily says                    :(  frowns and says
   :(( sadly says                      :C  very sadly says
   :,( says through unhappy tears