BEFRIEND is used both to set a certain DEMEANOR for a specific character and to see when friends/enemies are logged in. One can "befriend" up to 50 other characters. Premium subscribers get an additional 25 slots for a total of 75. Besides various verb interactions as defined by demeanor, befriending someone in a friendly or warm manner will automatically INVITE him/her to a table.
>befriend tiger You approach the orange tiger, preparing to establish the lifelong bond that will connect the two of you forever. A orange tiger notices your intent with a curious benevolence. [Once established, your bond with a orange tiger will be PERMANENT. If you are absolutely sure that this is the companion that you desire, attempt to BEFRIEND the tiger again within the next 15 seconds.] >befriend tiger The orange tiger looks you steadily in the eye and finally nods as if in acceptance.