The DTL, or 'dragon telepathic link,' is the code that allows you to talk to other dragons, to your PD if you have one, and to hear what other dragons have to say. For on-game help, see 'help DTL.'

Things to keep in mind

  • The DTL allows you to hear conversation among dragons. Please keep in mind that the dragonchatter you hear is your dragon hearing the conversations of other dragons. The rider hears only what their lifemate wants them to hear, and even then the dragon must relay that information to them. Dragons and riders are not constantly in each others' heads; both halves of the bond quickly learn how to 'filter'.
  • While dragonchatter can be an interesting part of RP, please be polite and don't inflict your chatter on others not involved in the scene. There are ways to limit who can hear you - please use them as appropriate.
  • The DTL is for IC talk, not OOC chat.
  • Remember that a dragon speaking to a human who is not their lifemate is extremely rare, and usually done exclusively with humans they know quite well. To have someone else's dragon bespeak you is an experience many find very unsettling; moreover, most humans just aren't that interesting to dragons.

Commands

Who and Where Commands

dwho: This lists out all the dragons or pdragons (in the case that their riders aren't connected) who are online, as well as their color, weyr, wing, and position. This command may not list some characters who are connected, as it runs based on the MOO's 'bigticks' system and alts that are only connected sporadically for RP may not be considered "active" enough by the computer to make the lists.
dwhere: This prints out a list of all the dragons and pdragons connected and where they are located.
pair <rider -or- dragon>: This command will tell you the name of a rider's dragon or the rider of a specific dragon.
@wings: This is a list of all the wings currently on Harpers Tale and the weyr they are at.
@wings <wingname>: All the riders within the specified wing, their dragon, dragon color and their titles.
dtulist: Gives you a list of all the riders and their lifemates.
dtulist <color>: Gives you a list of all the riders of a particular color and their lifemates.

Communication Commands

think <message>: Sends a message to your your PD, if you have one.
quiet on: blocks you from hearing any DTL communication other than 'thinking' to your PD.
quiet off: turns DTL communication back on.

The main communication command is the 'pro' command, with several variations depending on who you're speaking to. Please use these to limit your audience appropriately.

pro all=<message>: Sends a message to all listening dragons. Please use this sparingly.
pro weyr=<message>: Sends a message to all listening dragons in your weyr.
pro wing=<message>: Sends a message to all listening dragons in your wing. As weyrlings, this will send the message to all weyrlings.
pro local=<message>: Sends a message to all listening dragons in the same room as your dragon.
pro <dragon>=<message>: Sends a message to a single dragon
pro <dragon> <dragon> <dragon>=<message>: Sends a message to multiple dragons.
pro <person>=<message>: Sends a message to a person. This does not tell the person what dragon projected the message. Don't abuse this! It's not IC to use a lot.

You can use the 'pro' command both to speak and to pose. For example:

pro local=Is anyone awake out there?

displays/communicates the following:

<Local> Dragonth senses that he says « Is anyone awake out there? »

pro local=:stretches lazily as he opens one eyelid and surveys the sunlit bowl that stretches beyond his ledge: « Is anyone awake out there? » and then closes his eyes again, drifting off before a response is given.

displays/communicates the following:

<Local> Dragonth senses that he opens one eyelid and surveys the sunlit bowl that stretches beyond his ledge: « Is anyone awake out there? » and then closes his eyes again, drifting off before a response is given.

proem local=With vestiges of a sunlit bowl that stretches into the horizon, Dragonth sends out a tendril of thought. « Is anyone awake out there? »

displays/communicates the following:

<Local> Dragonth senses that: With vestiges of a sunlit bowl that stretches into the horizon, Dragonth sends out a tendril of thought. « Is anyone awake out there? » (Dragonth)


You can also use the 'pro' command to speak anonymously to a human character. For example:

pro Foobie=Well helloooo, there.

displays/communicates the following to Foobie:

In your mind, you hear a soft voice say, « Well, helloooo, there. »

pro Foobie=:tickles your senses.

displays/communicates the following to Foobie:

You sense that Dragonth tickles your senses.

proem Foobie=With vestiges of a sunlit bowl that stretches into the horizon, Dragonth sends out a tendril of thought. « Is anyone awake out there? »

displays/communicates the following to Foobie:

You sense: With vestiges of a sunlit bowl that stretches into the horizon, Dragonth sends out a tendril of thought. « Is anyone awake out there? »

Do not abuse this! Dragons do not often speak to humans other than their rider, so take this into account when pouncing on some unsuspecting weyrfolk.