SWEAR (verb)

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The SWEAR verb allows a character to curse without actually breaking TOS. It somehow isn't masked vulgarity.

Using the SWEAR verb by itself will result in one of the 11 keywords being randomly used. If you have a customized swear it is not included in the possible random swears.

These keywords are:

    FLAME  VILE CURSE   SHODDY SPASM   LYRIC
    ASPERSION   SPITTLE BREATH UNHEARD

If no keyword is specified, a random message will result. This is either an open style or the racial style, if the swearing race has a special racial style.

Racial Styles

Race Racial Style
Human Loud
Giantman Oath
Half-elf Thorn
Sylvankind Tree
Dark elf Spite
Elf Fluid
Dwarf Eloquent
Halfling Indignant

Swear Loud

Note: SWEAR LOUD is available to humans only.

>swear loud
You swear long, loud and well.
Actor swears long, loud and well.

>swear wife loud
You swear long, loud and well at Wife.
Actor swears long, loud and well at you.
Actor swears long, loud and well at Wife.

>swear zirc loud
You swear long, loud and well at a green zircon.
Actor swears long, loud and well at a green zircon.

>swear creature loud
You swear long, loud and well at a creature.
Actor swears long, loud and well at a creature.

>swear loud self
You swear long, loud and well, cursing yourself.
Actor swears long, loud and well, cursing himself.

Swear Oath

Note: SWEAR OATH is available to giantmen only.

>swear oath
You bellow a guttural series of oaths.
Actor bellows a guttural series of oaths.

>swear wife oath
You bellow a guttural series of oaths at Wife.
Actor bellows a guttural series of oaths at you.
Actor bellows a guttural series of oaths at Wife.

>swear zirc oath
You bellow a guttural series of oaths at a green zircon.
Actor bellows a guttural series of oaths at a green zircon.

>swear creature oath
You bellow a guttural series of oaths at a creature.
Actor bellows a guttural series of oaths at a creature.

>swear actor oath
You bellow a guttural series of oaths at yourself.
Actor bellows a guttural series of oaths at himself.

Swear Thorn

Note: SWEAR THORN is available to half-elves only.

>swear thorn
You swear in a fluid mixture of common and elven that would make a spike-thorn take pause.
Actor swears in a fluid mixture of common and elven that would make a spike-thorn take pause.

>swear wife thorn
You swear in a fluid mixture of common and elven at Wife.
Actor swears in a fluid mixture of common and elven at you.
Actor swears in a fluid mixture of common and elven at Wife.

>swear zirc thorn
You swear in a fluid mixture of common and elven at a green zircon.
Actor swears in a fluid mixture of common and elven at a green zircon.

>swear creat thorn
You swear in a fluid mixture of common and elven at a creature.
Actor swears in a fluid mixture of common and elven at a creature.

>swear actor thorn
You swear in a fluid mixture of common and elven at yourself.
Actor swears in a fluid mixture of common and elven at himself.

Swear Tree

Note: SWEAR TREE is available to sylvankind only.

>swear tree
You swear vehemently enough to scour the bark from a tree.
Actor swears vehemently enough to scour the bark from a tree.

>swear wife tree
You swear at Wife vehemently enough to scour the bark from a tree.
Actor swears at you vehemently enough to scour the bark from a tree.
Actor swears at Wife vehemently enough to scour the bark from a tree.

>swear zirc tree
You swear at a green zircon vehemently enough to scour the bark from a tree.
Actor swears at a green zircon vehemently enough to scour the bark from a tree.

>swear creat tree
You swear at a creature vehemently enough to scour the bark from a tree.
Actor swears at a creature vehemently enough to scour the bark from a tree.

>swear actor tree
You swear at yourself vehemently enough to scour the bark from a tree.
Actor swears at himself vehemently enough to scour the bark from a tree.

Swear Spite

Note: SWEAR SPITE is available to dark elves only.

>swear spite
You curse darkly, your eyes narrowing in spite.
Actor curses darkly, his eyes narrowing in spite.

>swear wife spite
You curse at Wife darkly, your eyes narrowing in spite.
Actor curses at you darkly, his eyes narrowing in spite.
Actor curses at Wife darkly, his eyes narrowing in spite.

>swear zircon spite
You curse at a green zircon darkly, your eyes narrowing in spite.
Actor curses at a green zircon darkly, his eyes narrowing in spite.

>swear creature spite
You curse at a creature darkly, your eyes narrowing in spite.
Actor curses at a creature darkly, his eyes narrowing in spite.

>swear actor spite
You curse at yourself darkly, your eyes narrowing in spite.
Actor curses at himself darkly, his eyes narrowing in spite.

Swear Fluid

Note: SWEAR FLUID is available to elves only.

>swear fluid
You swear fluidly and vividly.
Person swears fluidly and vividly.

>swear Person fluid
You swear fluidly and vividly at Person.
Person swears fluidly and vividly at you.
Person swears fluidly and vividly at Person .

>swear zircon fluid
You swear fluidly and vividly at a green zircon.
Person swears fluidly and vividly at a green zircon.

>swear Self fluid
You swear fluidly and vividly at yourself.
Person swears fluidly and vividly at herself.

Swear Eloquent

Note: SWEAR ELOQUENT is available to dwarves only.

>swear elo
You let out an eloquently vile series of grunts.
Actor lets out an eloquently vile series of grunts.

>swear wife elo
You grunt out an eloquent description of Wife's beardless cowardice.
Actor grunts out an eloquent description of your beardless cowardice.
Actor grunts out an eloquent description of Wife's beardless cowardice.

>swear zirc elo
You grunt out an eloquent description of a green zircon's beardless cowardice.
Actor grunts out an eloquent description of a green zircon's beardless cowardice.

>swear creat elo
You grunt out an eloquent description of a creature's beardless cowardice.
Actor grunts out an eloquent description of a creature's beardless cowardice.

>swear actor elo
You grunt out an eloquent description of yourself.
Actor grunts out an eloquent description of himself.

Swear Indigent

Note: SWEAR INDIGENT is available to halflings only.

>swear ind
You squeak out an indignant suggestion involving stale tart crumbs.
Actor squeaks out an indignant suggestion involving stale tart crumbs.

>swear wife ind
You squeak out an indignant suggestion about Wife's baking abilities.
Actor squeaks out an indignant suggestion about your baking abilities.
Actor squeaks out an indignant suggestion about Wife's baking abilities.

>swear zirc ind
You squeak out an indignant suggestion about a green zircon's baking abilities.
Actor squeaks out an indignant suggestion about a green zircon's baking abilities.

>swear creat ind
You squeak out an indignant suggestion about a creature's baking abilities.
Actor squeaks out an indignant suggestion about a creature's baking abilities.

>swear actor ind
You squeak out an indignant suggestion to yourself.
Actor squeaks out an indignant suggestion to himself.

Open Styles

Swear Flame

>swear flame
You let out a flaming volley of invective.
Person lets out a flaming volley of invective that makes your ears burn.

>swear Person flame
You let out a flaming volley of invective at Person.
Person lets out a flaming volley of invective at you.
Person lets out a flaming volley of invective at Person.

>swear Zircon flame
You let out a flaming volley of invective at a green zircon.
Person lets out a flaming volley of invective at a green zircon.

>swear self flame
You let out a flaming volley of invective, cursing yourself.
Person seems to be angry with herself.

Swear Vile

>swear vile
You growl something vile beneath your breath.
Person growls something vile beneath her breath.

>swear Person vile
You growl something vile at Person.
Person growls something vile at you.
Person growls something vile at Person.

>swear zircon vile
You growl something vile at a green zircon.
Person growls something vile at a green zircon.

>swear Self vile
You growl something vile, cursing yourself.
Person growls something vile, cursing herself.

Swear Curse

>swear curse
You curse the day you were born.
Person lets loose with an involved and improbable curse against the day she was born.

>swear Person curse
You let loose with an involved curse detailing the improbable ancestry of Person.
Person lets loose with an involved curse detailing your improbable ancestry.
Person lets loose with an involved curse detailing the improbable ancestry of Person.

>swear zircon curse
You let loose with an involved curse detailing the improbable ancestry of a green zircon.
Person lets loose with an involved curse detailing the improbable ancestry of a green zircon.

>swear Self curse
You let loose with an involved curse detailing your own improbable ancestry.
Person lets loose with an involved curse detailing her own improbable ancestry.

Swear Shoddy

>swear shoddy
You curse fluently.
Person curses fluently.

>swear Person shoddy
You vividly accuse the gods of shoddy workmanship when it came time to create Person.
Person vividly accuses the gods of shoddy workmanship when it came time to create you.
Person vividly accuses the gods of shoddy workmanship when it came time to create Person.

>swear zircon shoddy
You vividly accuse the gods of shoddy workmanship when it came time to create a green zircon.
Person vividly accuses the gods of shoddy workmanship when it came time to create a green zircon.

>swear Self shoddy
You curse yourself fluently.
Person curses herself fluently.

Swear Spasm

>swear spasm
You manage to offend an inordinate number of gods with an especially vitriolic spasm of oaths.
Person manages to offend an inordinate number of gods with an especially vitriolic spasm of oaths.

>swear Person spasm
You hurl an especially vitriolic spasm of oaths in Person's direction, probably managing to offend the gods if not Person.
Person hurls an especially vitriolic spasm of oaths in your direction, probably managing to offend the gods if not you.
Person hurls an especially vitriolic spasm of oaths in Person's direction, probably managing to offend the gods if not Person.

>swear zircon spasm
You hurl an especially vitriolic spasm of oaths in a green zircon's direction, probably managing to offend the gods if not the zircon.
Person hurls an especially vitriolic spasm of oaths in a green zircon's direction, probably managing to offend the gods if not the zircon.

>swear Self spasm
You manage to offend an inordinate number of gods with an especially vitriolic spasm of oaths, cursing yourself.
Person manages to offend an inordinate number of gods with an especially vitriolic spasm of oaths, cursing herself.

Swear Lyric

>swear lyric
You whistle something nasty between clenched teeth.
Person whistles something nasty between clenched teeth.

>swear Person lyric
You expound lyrically upon the shortcomings of Person.
Person expounds lyrically upon your shortcomings.
Person expounds lyrically upon the shortcomings of Person.

>swear zircon lyric
You expound lyrically upon the shortcomings of a green zircon.
Person expounds lyrically upon the shortcomings of a green zircon.

>swear Self lyric
You expound lyrically upon your own shortcomings.
Person expounds lyrically upon her own shortcomings.

Swear Aspersion

>swear aspersion
You cast growled aspersions into mid-air.
Person casts growled aspersions into mid-air.

>swear Person aspersion
You cast growled aspersions on Person's character and makeup.
Person casts growled aspersions on your character and makeup.
Person casts growled aspersions on Person's character and makeup.

>swear zircon aspersion
You cast growled aspersions on a green zircon's character and makeup.
Person casts growled aspersions on a green zircon's character and makeup.

>swear Self aspersion
You cast growled aspersions on your own character and makeup.
Person casts growled aspersions on her own character and makeup.

Swear Spittle

>swear spittle
You spit out a muttered curse.
Person spits out a muttered curse.

>swear Person spittle
You offer a seething account of Person's usefulness that is more spittle than speech.
Person offers a seething account of your usefulness that is more spittle than speech.
Person offers a seething account of Person's usefulness that is more spittle than speech.

>swear zircon spittle
You offer a seething account of a green zircon's usefulness that is more spittle than speech.
Person offers a seething account of a green zircon's usefulness that is more spittle than speech.

>swear Self spittle
You offer a seething account of your own usefulness that is more spittle than speech.
Person offers a seething account of her own usefulness that is more spittle than speech.

Swear Breath

>swear breath
You swear under your breath.
Person swears under her breath.

>swear Person breath
You swear quietly at Person.
Person swears quietly at you.
Person swears quietly at Person.

>swear zircon breath
You swear quietly at a green zircon.
Person swears quietly at a green zircon.

>swear Self breath
You swear quietly at yourself.
Person swears quietly at herself.

Swear Unheard

>swear unheard
You mutter something better left unheard.
Person mutters something better left unheard.

>swear Person unheard
You mutter something better left unheard in Person's direction.
Person mutters something better left unheard in your direction.
Person mutters something better left unheard in Person's direction.

>swear zircon unheard
You mutter something better left unheard in a green zircon's direction.
Person mutters something better left unheard in a green zircon's direction.

>swear Self unheard
You mutter something better left unheard to yourself.
Person mutters something better left unheard to herself.

Swear while Dead

DEAD>swear
You curse your frail mortality. That certainly won't win you any favor with Lorminstra.
Actor issues a ghostly curse on his own mortality.

Hidden:

You hear the ghostly voice of Actor cursing his own mortality.

Swear Mine (customized swears)

Certain merchants can give you a swear customized to your character. This swear is activated by typing SWEAR MINE. A custom swear is a delayed service when the player is writing his/her own. Any character can have up to 50 custom swears.

To see some of the rules, you can see Ozias's Swear mine (saved post) which details the basic rules. To summarize, the format is:

<Your Name> <a verb> <a message>

Your name changes between You/Name/You swear at an object. The swear must start with your name.

The verb comes next. It changes based on what your name looks like. You jump, She jumps, She swears, jumping. It's the same basic verb.

The last part is the messaging. The messaging has to stay the same no matter how you're looking at it. When you write it, make sure that it makes sense with the three combinations of the first two words.

Ozias's original post on SWEAR MINEs included these instructions:

In order to create 1st and 3rd person messages, as well as targeted messages, I'll need a first-person, 3rd person, and present participle of the same verb, and then what I call the "substance of the oath." So: "spit" "spits" "spitting" and "like a dwarf at a halfling pepper tasting" allows for:
You spit like a dwarf at a halfling pepper tasting. Ozias spits like.... You swear at a grey orc, spitting like....
You can also have verbal swears. This one's from Juspera, cleaned up for the kids: "bellow," "bellows," "bellowing," and ""Charl's Beard!"" results in:
You bellow, "Charl's Beard!" Juspera bellows, "Charl's Beard!" and Swearing at a one-eared rabbit, Juspera bellows, "Charl's Beard!"

Using the SWEAR MINE verb when you do not have a customization will result in the messaging. The current targeted format is buggy and does not give the target any messaging.

You ponder, but can't think of anything original to say.
Person pauses, a thoughtful expression on his face.

Examples of SWEAR MINE messaging in the game (these exists in game, so please don't copy them):

Vilhra displays a subtle hint of unhappiness, but the emotion quickly passes.

You swear at a pretty flower girl, clenching a fist menacingly while taking one slow, deliberate step forward.

You begin what promises to be a lengthy and rather bilious tirade before stopping just short of the climax, lips pursed in quiet anger.

Hubris chokes off an impolitic comment with a visible effort of will as evidenced by a now-visible angry forehead vein.

Pain unleashes a virulent torrent of vulgar invective so foul that it is surprising each word does not burst into flame upon meeting the open air.

Baldrick splutters a mostly nonsensical tirade culminating in the phrase "Big fat poopy head!"

Blackadder ruminates aloud on the proper terminology for a less-than-halfwit, ultimately deciding it's a tie between "quad-wit" and "eater of paste."

You quiver with fist-clenching anger for a moment before letting out a quiet, yet vehement "Foo!"

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