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In the course of your adventuring, you may find other characters who will follow and serve you.

  • Most language-using followers can be commanded, verbally, to perform actions. For instance, if you had an orc follower, you might say "orc, wield sword". If you speak directly to the follower, as with a targeted say or a whisper, you do not need to address them by name; you could just say "wield sword". Shouted commands also work. If you have several similar followers, you can give an order to several of them at the same time by saying something like "orcs, wield sword". You can always address all of your followers as "followers". If you are leading a group, you can address them as "group"; if you are leading an adventuring company, you can address them as "adventuring company" or "company".
  • The most common reason for a follower to not obey your orders is that it doesn't understand what you're saying. If this is because it doesn't use language at all, you're out of luck, but for language-users, you just need to speak a language they comprehend. Some followers, however, will accompany you and assist you in combat, but despite being language-users, do not obey orders.
  • When giving orders to followers, the word "me" occurring in the orders you give will be turned into a reference to you. For instance, if you say "orc, succor me", this will work as expected. If you wish a follower to actually say the word "me" -- in dealing with instructors, for example -- use "/me/", as in the command "say orc, say train /me/ in everything".
  • The report command is very useful with followers; see 'help report'.
  • The command 'come here' can sometimes be useful, as in 'shout followers, come here'. You may also want to use 'shout followers, flee away' sometimes.
  • Most followers can be kept, in the same way as equipment.
  • In order to have a follower keep a piece of equipment, you must keep the item and give it to the follower (or put it on them, or have them pick it up, etc). Of course, you must also be keeping the follower.
  • Even followers who don't obey your commands can be set up with armour using the syntax "put <armour> on <being>".
  • You can usually take things from your followers using the normal syntax, "take <what> from <where>".
  • A portion of the experience your followers earn is transferred to you. The size of this portion depends on your leadership skill and the follower's subordination skill.
  • It is possible for problems to occur with people accidentally attacking followers of *each other's* followers by using 'attack all' / 'kill all', despite the extensive safeguards built into that command. This is simple to address: stand in a room with your group (and no one else) and do 'start befriending all'.

Report Followers

Usage: report followers

Shows who is following you, if anyone.

See Also: show followers

Show Followers

Usage: show followers

Shows who is following you, if anyone.

See Also: report followers

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