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Talking in GemStone IV can be accomplished using the SAY verb or using an apostrophe ('). Players can change their character's language, the manner in which they speak (brag, assert), and/or the tone in which he/she speaks in (cheerful, timid).


    SAY [modifiers] {message} - Speak a message aloud

Where [modifiers] is zero or more of the following:
    :{tone}                               - Speak the message in a particular tone (see TONE LIST for a list of tones)
    ::{object} or @{object} or {{object}} - Direct the message at someone or something (eg, ::door or {heavy door})
    ]{object} or [{object}]               - Attempt to throw your voice behind someone or something (eg, ]door or [heavy door])
    ~{language}                           - Speak the message in a particular language (see SPEAK for a list of languages)
    ={verb}                               - Choose a verb to indicate the speech style (see SPEECH VERBIAGE LIST for a list of verbs)


'hi or SAY hi

>say hi
You say, "Hi."

Using a speech verb (needs a space after say): say =sneer Hi
'=sneer Hi

>'=sneer Hi
You sneer, "Hi."

Using a tone:

>':venomously hi
You venomously say, "Hi."

Speaking to a person/object:

>'::table hi
Speaking to a low table, you say, "Hi."

Using the @ symbol:

>'@table hi
Speaking to a low table, you say, "Hi."

Using the braces (needs a closing brace, can use the adjective to specify a specific one):

>'{low table} hi
Speaking to a low table, you say, "Hi."

Throwing your voice:

>']table hi
Throwing your voice behind a low table, you say, "Hi."

Throwing your voice only with more keystrokes (needs a closing bracket):

>'[table] hi
Throwing your voice behind a low table, you say, "Hi."

Using a language:

>'~elven hi
Speaking in Elven, you say, "Hi."

All together now (include spaces between each modifier):

>'~elven =sneer :venomous ]table hi
Throwing your voice behind a low table, speaking venomously in Elven, you sneer, "Hi."
>'~elven =sneer :venomous ::table hi
Speaking venomously in Elven to a low table, you sneer, "Hi."
>'::table :venomous =sneer ~elven hi
Speaking venomously in Elven to a low table, you sneer, "Hi."

You can also set your tone prior to crafting your next message and only your next message:

>tone venomous
You will speak venomously on your next message.
You venomously say, "Hi."

Speech Verbiage List

The below is a list of verbs used to replace the default "says," "exclaims," and "asks" when using the SAY verb. This list is produced from SPEECH VERBIAGE LIST.


  • accuse
  • acknowledge
  • acquiesce
  • add
  • admit
  • admonish
  • advance
  • advise
  • advocate
  • affirm
  • agonize
  • agree
  • allege
  • allow
  • amend
  • announce
  • answer
  • apologize
  • appease
  • approve
  • argue
  • articulate
  • ask
  • assert
  • assure
  • attempt
  • attest
  • aver
  • babble
  • banter
  • bark
  • bawl
  • beg
  • begin
  • bellow
  • bemoan
  • beseech
  • bite out
  • blather
  • bleat
  • blubber
  • blurt
  • bluster
  • boast
  • boom
  • brag
  • bray
  • breathe
  • cackle
  • cajole
  • call
  • carp
  • caution
  • challenge
  • chant
  • chastise
  • chatter
  • cheer
  • chide
  • chime in
  • chirp
  • choke out
  • cite
  • claim
  • clarify
  • cluck
  • coax
  • command
  • commend
  • comment
  • commiserate
  • complain
  • compliment
  • concede
  • conclude
  • concur
  • condescend
  • confess
  • confide
  • confirm
  • congratulate
  • consider
  • console
  • conspire
  • contemplate
  • contend
  • contest
  • continue
  • coo
  • correct
  • cough
  • council
  • counter
  • criticize
  • critique
  • croak
  • croon
  • crow
  • cry
  • curse
  • deadpan
  • debate
  • declaim
  • declare
  • demand
  • demur
  • denounce
  • deny
  • deter
  • direct
  • disagree
  • disclose
  • dismiss
  • dissuade
  • distract
  • divulge
  • drawl
  • droll
  • drone
  • echo
  • effuse
  • elaborate
  • emphasize
  • encourage
  • enthuse
  • entreat
  • enunciate
  • exclaim
  • exhort
  • expound
  • explain
  • express
  • exult


  • falter
  • flatter
  • fret
  • fuss
  • gasp
  • gloat
  • glower
  • goad
  • gossip
  • grant
  • grate
  • greet
  • gripe
  • groan
  • grouse
  • grovel
  • growl
  • grumble
  • grunt
  • guess
  • gush
  • hail
  • hazard
  • heckle
  • hedge
  • hint
  • hiss
  • holler
  • hoot
  • howl
  • hum
  • hush
  • implore
  • imply
  • indicate
  • infer
  • inform
  • inquire
  • insinuate
  • insist
  • instruct
  • interject
  • interrogate
  • interrupt
  • intimate
  • intone
  • introduce
  • jest
  • joke


  • keen
  • lambaste
  • lament
  • laud
  • laugh
  • lecture
  • lisp
  • maintain
  • marvel
  • maunder
  • mention
  • moan
  • mock
  • mouth
  • mumble
  • murmur
  • muse
  • mutter
  • nag
  • narrate
  • needle
  • note
  • object
  • oblige
  • observe
  • offer
  • opine
  • orate
  • order


  • persuade
  • placate
  • plead
  • point out
  • ponder
  • pontificate
  • posit
  • postulate
  • pout
  • praise
  • prattle
  • pray
  • preach
  • predicate
  • press
  • proclaim
  • prod
  • profess
  • promise
  • prompt
  • pronounce
  • propose
  • propound
  • protest
  • purr
  • quarrel
  • quaver
  • query
  • quibble
  • quip
  • quote
  • ramble
  • rasp
  • rattle off
  • rave
  • razz
  • read
  • reaffirm
  • reason
  • reassure
  • rebuke
  • rebut
  • recall
  • recite
  • reconsider
  • regale
  • rehearse
  • reinforce
  • reiterate
  • rejoice
  • relay
  • relent
  • remark
  • remind
  • reminisce
  • repeat
  • reply
  • report
  • reprimand
  • reproach
  • request
  • resolve
  • respond
  • retort
  • reveal
  • ridicule
  • roar
  • say
  • scoff
  • scold
  • scream
  • screech
  • seethe
  • share
  • shout
  • shriek
  • sigh
  • simper
  • singsong
  • slur
  • snap
  • snarl
  • sneer
  • snicker
  • sniff
  • snipe
  • snivel
  • sob
  • soothe
  • sound out
  • specify
  • speculate
  • spit
  • sputter
  • squall
  • squawk
  • squeak
  • stammer
  • state
  • stipulate
  • stress
  • stutter
  • submit
  • suggest
  • sulk
  • supply
  • swear
  • taunt
  • tease
  • testify
  • threaten
  • toast
  • translate
  • trill


  • upbraid
  • urge
  • vent
  • venture
  • vow
  • wail
  • warble
  • warn
  • wheedle
  • wheeze
  • whimper
  • whine
  • whisper aloud
  • wish
  • witter
  • wonder
  • worry
  • yammer
  • yell
  • yelp


Tones highlighted in blue may be used with TONE SET.

abashed abrupt absent absentminded accusing
acerbic acid acrid adamant admiring
adoring affable affected affectionate affronted
aggravated aggressive agitated agonize agreeable
airy alert aloof ambivalent amiable
amicable amorous amused angry animated
annoyed annoying anxious apathetic apocryphal
apologetic apoplectic appreciative apprehensive approving
arch ardent argumentative arrogant ashamed
assertive astounded audacious austere authoritative
avaricious avid awkward baffled baffling
bashful bawdy befuddled begrudging belated
belligerent bemused bewildered bewildering biting
bitter bland bleak bleary blithe
blunt bold bored boring bossy
brash brazen breathless breezy brief
bright brisk broad brusque cagey
callous calm candid cantankerous careful
careless casual caustic cautious charming
chaste cheeky cheerful churlish clear
clinical cloying clueless coarse coaxing
cold comforting comical commanding complacent
compliant compulsive concerned condescending confident
confidential confiding conflicted confused consoling
contemptuous contented contentious contrite cool
cordial covetous coy crafty cranky
crass crisp cross crude cruel
cryptic curious curt daft dark
dazed decided decisive decorous deep
defeated defensive defiant dejected deliberate
delicate delighted delirious demure deprecating
depressing derisive despairing desperate despondent
detached determined devilish devoted diabolical
didactic diffident diligent diplomatic dire
disagreeable disappointed disapproving disbelieving disconsolate
discreet disdainful disgruntled disgusted disheartened
disinterested dismissive disoriented disparaging dispirited
disrespectful distant distasteful distracted docile
doleful doubtful dramatic dreadful dreamy
droll drunken dry dubious dull
dumbfounded dutiful eager earnest ecstatic
embarrassed emotional emphatic enchanted encouraging
enticing erudite evasive even exasperated
excited expectant explicit express exultant
facetious faint fanciful fascinated fearful
feeble feisty fervent fierce firm
flat flippant flirtatious flustered fond
forced forceful forlorn formal frank
frantic fretful frightened frosty frustrated
furious furtive fussy gallant generous
gentle gleeful glib gloomy glowing
glum gracious grandiose grateful grating
grave greedy grim grudging gruff
grumpy guarded guilty half-hearted halting
happy harsh hasty hateful haughty
heartbroken heartless hearty heated heavy
heedless helpful helpless hesitant hoarse
hollow honest hopeful hopeless horrified
hostile humble hungry hurried hushed
husky hysterical icy idle impartial
impassive impatient imperious impertinent impish
imploring impudent impulsive inane inconsolable
incredulous indecisive indifferent indignant indistinct
indolent indulgent informal ingratiating innocent
inquisitive insincere insipid insistent insolent
insulting interested intimidating intoxicated introspective
inviting ironic irreverent irritated jaded
jealous joking jovial jubilant kind
knowing laborious laconic lame languid
lascivious laughing lazy lewd licentious
lifeless light listless lofty longing
loud lovelorn loving loyal lusty
magnanimous malevolent malicious measured meditative
meek melodic menacing mendacious merciless
merry mild mischievous miserable mocking
modest monotone morose mournful mushy
musing mysterious nagging naive nasal
nasty nervous neutral nonchalant noncommittal
nonplussed nonsensical nostalgic oblivious obnoxious
obsequious obsessive offended offhanded ominous
optimistic outraged outrageous painful passionate
passive patient patronizing pawky pedantic
peeved peevish pensive perfunctory perky
perplexed perspicacious persuasive petulant philosophic
pious piqued pitiless pitying placating
placid plain plaintive playful pleading
pleasant pleased plodding pointed polite
pompous pragmatic praiseful prayerful pretentious
prim prompt proud prudish puzzled
quavering querulous quick quiet rabid
rapt rapturous raspy reasonable reasoned
reassuring reflective regretful rejoicing relieved
reluctant remorseful reproachful reproving resentful
resigned resolute resolved respectful reticent
reverent rhetorical riotous roguish rough
rousing rude rueful sad sadistic
sagacious sage sarcastic sardonic sassy
satirical savage scandalous scathing scornful
seductive self-absorbed self-assured sensuous serene
serious severe shaky shameless sharp
sheepish short shrewd shrill shy
silky simple sincere skeptical skittish
sleepy slow sly smarmy smooth
smug snide snobbish snotty sober
soft solemn somber soothing sorrowful
sour speculative speechless spiteful spurious
squeaky squeamish stalwart staunch steady
stern stiff stilted stoic stout
strained strict strident stubborn stupid
suave sublime submissive subtle sudden
suggestive sulky sullen surprised surreptitious
suspicious sweet sycophantic sympathetic tame
tart tearful teasing tenacious tender
tense tentative terrified terse testy
theatrical thick thoughtful thoughtless threatening
throaty thunderous tight timid tired
toneless tormented tremulous trepidatious trite
triumphant truthful unassuming uncertain uncomfortable
unconvincing uncouth unctuous understanding uneasy
unexpected unfeeling ungracious unhappy unhelpful
unkind urbane urgent vacuous vague
vapid vehement vengeful venomous vexed
vicious vigorous vociferous voracious warm
warning wary waspish weak weary
whimsical whining wicked winning wishful
wishy-washy wistful withering witty woeful
wondering wooden worried wounded wrathful