The SAY command - Aetolia Online Help

3.2 The SAY command

The most common way to speak to another player is to use the SAY command. The syntax for this command is SAY <text>.

The SAY command can be abbreviated with a ' or a ", though these abbreviations only work with non-directed speech.

Like almost all communication in the game, says will automatically capitalize and punctuate your text for you. This can help for simple instances in which a "help" becomes a "Help.", but try not to rely on it! Proper grammar can make a difference in how your character comes across.

Normal speech
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  --> say Hello Razmael, what lovely eyes you have.
  --> 'Hello Razmael, what lovely eyes you have.
  --> "Hello Razmael, what lovely eyes you have.

      You see:
      You say, "Hello Razmael, what lovely eyes you have."

      Everyone else sees:
      Moirean says, "Hello Razmael, what lovely eyes you have."

Tips: Form your say into a question or an exclamation by doubling punctuation.
      --> say Where is the bathhouse??
          You ask, "Where is the bathhouse?"
      --> say That really hurt!!
          You exclaim, "That really hurt!"

      Certain special emotes can also be used to communicate like a say:
      --> snarl I'll rip yer bloody arms off.
          You snarl, "I'll rip yer bloody arms off."
      --> scream Get out of here, stalker.
          You scream, "GET OUT OF HERE, STALKER!"

Directing speech to a player
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  --> say to Razmael Why is your head so big?
  --> sayto Razmael Why is your head so big?

      You see:
      You say to Razmael, "Why is your head so big?"

      Razmael sees:
      Moirean says to you, "Why is your head so big?"

      Everyone else sees:
      Moirean says to Razmael, "Why is your head so big?"

Tips: SAYTO will not work with mobiles (non-players, or NPCS).
      SAY TO will work with mobiles. It does not, however, fail if the player
      you are trying to talk to leaves before you finish your command, resulting
      in: You say, "To razmael Why is your head so big?"

      Rule of thumb: Always use SAYTO for players, and SAY TO for mobiles!

Directing Speech to Those at Your Table
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  --> sayhere Can you believe Haern? Eating all the pie himself.

      You see:
      You say to the others at a round cafeteria table, "Can you believe
      Haern? Eating all the pie himself."

      Everyone (at the table):
      Moirean says to everyone at a round cafeteria table, "Can you believe
      Haern? Eating all the pie himself."

      Everyone (not at the table):
      Nothing!

Tips: Haern is on a diet and shouldn't be eating pie.

Custom Speaking Styles
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  --> say (staring at the sky) does anyone else see that??
  --> sayto razmael (seductively) so, how about some free credits

      You see:
      Staring at the sky, you ask, "Does anyone else see that?"
      Seductively, you say to Razmael, "So, how about some free credits."

      Razmael sees:
      Staring at the sky, Moirean asks, "Does anyone else see that?"
      Seductively, Ferrik says to you, "So, how about some free credits."

      Everyone else sees:
      Staring at the sky, Moirean asks, "Does anyone else see that?"
      Seductively, Ferrik says to Razmael, "So, how about some free credits."

Speaking emotions
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Emoticons should never be used in says! However, by adding certain smilies on the end of your says you can change the way you say something, to impart emotion.

  --> 'stop, that tickles! :D
  --> say uhh, does anyone else smell smoke :s?.

      You see:
      You laughingly say, "Stop, that tickles!"
      You ask with a puzzled expression, "Uhh, does anyone else smell smoke?"

      Everyone else sees:
      Moirean laughingly says, "Stop, that tickles!"
      Ferrik asks with a puzzled expression, "Uhh, does anyone else smell
      smoke?"

For these emoticons and more see HELP EMOTICONS.
For even more customizability in how you express yourself, see HELP EMOTE.