Bow command

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Bow
The bow command is used to show respect, disdain, and everything in between. Elotheans have additional options.
BOW

You see: You bow.
Others see: <Player> bows.

BOW <player>
You see: You bow to <Player>.
Target sees: <Player> bows to you.
Others see: <Player> bows to <Player>.

BOW <self>
You see: You bend over and touch your toes.
Others see: <Player> bends over and touches her toes.

BOW <item in the room> (The item cannot be on your person.)
You see: You bow to <item in the room>.
Others see: <Player> bows to <item in the room>.

BOW <creature>
You see: You bow to a <creature>.
Others see: <Player> bows to a <creature>.
Empath guardian spirits have additional messaging when bowed to:
You see: The gracile alfar warrior curls its lip in a slight sneer before schooling its face to stillness. It gives you an almost imperceptible nod in return.
Others see: The gracile alfar warrior curls its lip in a slight sneer before schooling its face to stillness. It gives <Player> an almost imperceptible nod in return.

BOW <emote>
BOW <target> <emote>
There are many additional emotes to alter the flavor of your bow, some of which are specific to Elotheans.
Messaging for these emotes can be found in the emote section of the bow command page.
Everyone: alert, bob, courteous, eyeroll, fall, head, kneel, meek, slight, smirk, and sneer.
Elotheans: contrite, deep, neutral, prostrate, respect, retreat, and shallow.

Emote options for everyone

Alert

  • BOW ALERT: You bend forward slightly in a cautious bow, your eyes alertly scanning the surroundings.
Observer: [Player] bends forward slightly in a cautious bow, her eyes alertly scanning the surroundings.
  • BOW [TARGET] ALERT: You bend forward slightly in a cautious bow to [Target], your eyes alertly scanning the surroundings.
Target: [Player] bends forward slightly in a cautious bow to you, her eyes alertly scanning the surroundings.
Observer: [Player] bends forward slightly in a cautious bow to [Target], her eyes alertly scanning the surroundings.

Bob

  • BOW BOB: You bob a brief, respectful bow.
Observer: [Player] bobs a brief, respectful bow.
  • BOW [TARGET] BOB: You bob a brief, respectful bow towards [Target].
Target: [Player] bobs a brief, respectful bow towards you.
Observer: [Player] bobs a brief, respectful bow towards [Target].

Courteous

While wearing no item on the head:

  • BOW COURTEOUS: You sweep your hand in front of you in a large arc, fluidly stepping backward and bowing at the same time.
Observer: [Player] sweeps her hand in front of her in a large arc, fluidly stepping backward and bowing at the same time.
  • BOW [TARGET] COURTEOUS: You sweep your hand in front of you in a large arc, fluidly stepping backward and bowing to [Target] at the same time.
Target: [Player] sweeps her hand in front of her in a large arc, fluidly stepping backward and bowing to you at the same time.
Observer: [Player] sweeps her hand in front of her in a large arc, fluidly stepping backward and bowing to [Target] at the same time.

While wearing an item on the head:

  • BOW COURTEOUS: You sweep [head-worn item] off your head and in front of you in a large arc, fluidly stepping backward and bowing at the same time.
Observer: [Player] sweeps [head-worn item] off her head and in front of her in a large arc, fluidly stepping backward and bowing at the same time.
  • BOW [TARGET] COURTEOUS: You sweep [head-worn item] off your head and in front of you in a large arc, fluidly stepping backward and bowing to [Target] at the same time.
Target: [Player] sweeps [head-worn item] off her head and in front of her in a large arc, fluidly stepping backward and bowing to you at the same time.
Observer: [Player] sweeps [head-worn item] off her head and in front of her in a large arc, fluidly stepping backward and bowing to [Target] at the same time.

Eyeroll

  • BOW EYEROLL: With a dramatic hand twirl and an exaggerated eye roll, you step one foot back and bend at the waist, making sure everyone knows just how absurd you find the situation to be.
Observer: With a dramatic hand twirl and an exaggerated eye roll, [Player] steps one foot back and bends at the waist, as if to point out how absurd she finds the situation.
  • BOW [TARGET] EYEROLL: With a dramatic hand twirl and an exaggerated eye roll, you step one foot back and bend at the waist, making sure [Target] knows just how absurd you find her.
Target: With a dramatic hand twirl and an exaggerated eye roll, [Player] steps one foot back and bends at the waist, as if to point out how absurd she finds you.
Observer: With a dramatic hand twirl and an exaggerated eye roll, [Player] steps one foot back and bends at the waist, as if to point out how absurd she finds [Target].

Fall

This causes your character to lie down.

  • BOW FALL: As you awkwardly attempt your most sophisticated genuflection, the weight of your equipment flops forward over your shoulders and you face plant into the floor.
Observer: As [Player] begins a sophisticated genuflection, she suddenly topples forwards, her equipment flopping over her shoulders as she face plants into the floor.
  • BOW [TARGET] FALL: As you awkwardly attempt your most sophisticated genuflection towards [Target], the weight of your equipment flops forward over your shoulders and you face plant into the floor.
Target: As [Player] begins a sophisticated genuflection towards you, she suddenly topples forwards, her equipment flopping over her shoulders as she face plants into the floor.
Observer: As [Player] begins a sophisticated genuflection towards [Target], she suddenly topples forwards, her equipment flopping over her shoulders as she face plants into the floor.

Head

  • BOW HEAD: You bow your head in acknowledgment.
Observer: [Player] bows her head in acknowledgement.
  • BOW [TARGET] HEAD: You bow your head, acknowledging [Target].
Target: [Player] bows her head, acknowledging you.
Observer: [Player] bows her head, acknowledging [Target].

Kneel

This causes your character to kneel.

  • BOW KNEEL: You drop to one knee, bowing your head in deference.
Observer: [Player] drops to one knee, bowing her head in deference.
  • BOW [TARGET] KNEEL: You drop to one knee before [Target], bowing your head in deference.
Target: [Player] drops to one knee before you, bowing her head in deference.
Observer: [Player] drops to one knee before [Target], bowing her head in deference.
  • BOW [SELF] KNEEL: Bending forward, you reach your hands out in front of you, stretching luxuriously.
Observer: Bending forward, [Player] reaches her hands out in front of her, stretching luxuriously.

Meek

  • BOW MEEK: You meekly stare down at your feet before giving a stiff bow.
Observer: [Player] meekly stares down at her feet before giving a stiff bow.
  • BOW [TARGET] MEEK: You meekly stare down at your feet before giving a stiff bow towards [Target].
Target: [Player] meekly stares down at her feet before giving you a stiff bow.
Observer: [Player] meekly stares down at her feet before giving [Target] a stiff bow.

Slight

  • BOW SLIGHT: You grudgingly give a slight bow.
Observer: [Player] grudgingly gives a slight bow.
  • BOW [TARGET] SLIGHT: You grudgingly acknowledge [Target] existence with a slight bow.
Target: [Player] grudgingly acknowledges your existence with a slight bow.
Observer: [Player] grudgingly acknowledges [Target]'s existence with a slight bow.

Smirk

  • BOW SMIRK: You slightly incline your head, your lips twitching into a smirk.
Observer: [Player] slightly inclines her head, her lips twitching into a smirk.
  • BOW [TARGET] SMIRK: You slightly incline your head to [Target], your lips twitching into a smirk.
Target: [Player] slightly inclines her head to you, her lips twitching into a smirk.
Observer: [Player] slightly inclines her head to [Target], her lips twitching into a smirk.

Sneer

  • BOW SNEER: You give exaggerated bow, a slight sneer curling your lips.
Observer: [Player] gives an exaggerated bow, a slight sneer curling her lips.
  • BOW [TARGET] SNEER: You give [Target] an exaggerated bow, a slight sneer curling your lips.
Target: [Player] gives you an exaggerated bow, a slight sneer curling her lips.
Observer: [Player] gives [Target] an exaggerated bow, a slight sneer curling her lips.

Additional emote options For Elotheans

Contrite

  • BOW CONTRITE: Lowering your eyes, you spread your arms outward, palms upturned, and bow your head in contrition.
Observer: Lowering her eyes, [Player] spreads her arms outward, palms upturned, and bows her head in contrition.
  • BOW [TARGET] CONTRITE: Lowering your eyes, you spread your arms outward, palms upturned, and bow your head towards [Target] in contrition.
Target: Lowering her eyes, [Player] spreads her arms outward, palms upturned, and bows her head towards you in contrition.
Observer: Lowering her eyes, [Player] spreads her arms outward, palms upturned, and bows her head towards [Target] in contrition.

Deep

  • BOW DEEP: You give a measured bow, deepening it ever so slightly to display additional respect.
Observer: [Player] gives a measured bow, deepening it ever so slightly to display additional respect.
  • BOW [TARGET] DEEP: You give a measured bow toward [Target], deepening it ever so slightly to display additional respect.
Target: [Player] gives you a measured bow, deepening it ever so slightly to display additional respect.
Observer: [Player] gives [Target] a measured bow, deepening it ever so slightly.

Neutral

This is used between Elotheans of equal social standing.

  • BOW NEUTRAL: You give a measured bow.
Observer: [Player] gives a measured bow.
  • BOW [TARGET] NEUTRAL: You give a measured bow toward [Target].
Target: [Player] gives you a measured bow.
Observer: [Player] gives [Target] a measured bow.

Prostrate

  • BOW PROSTRATE: You turn to one side and gaze into the distance for a moment, then fluidly dropping to your knees, place both hands before you, and bring your forehead down to touch the floor.
Observer: Turning to one side, [Player] gazes into the distance for a moment before fluidly dropping to her knees, places both hands before her, and brings her forehead down to touch the floor.
  • BOW [TARGET] PROSTRATE: You turn to [Target] and gaze at her for a moment, then drop to both knees, place both hands before you, and bring your forehead down to touch the floor.
Target: [Player] turns to you and gazes at you for a moment before drops to both knees, places both hands before her, and brings her forehead down to touch the floor.
Observer: [Player] turns to [Target] and gazes at her for a moment before drops to both knees, places both hands before her, and brings her forehead down to touch the floor.

Respect

  • BOW RESPECT: You place your hands on your thighs and bow deeply at the waist, holding the position for a moment before returning upright.
Observer: [Player] places her hands on her thighs and bows deeply at the waist, holding the position for a moment before returning upright.
  • BOW [TARGET] RESPECT: You place your hands on your thighs and bow deeply at the waist towards [Target] holding the position for a moment before returning upright.
Target: [Player] places her hands on her thighs and bows deeply at the waist towards you, holding the position for a moment before returning upright.
Observer: [Player] places her hands on her thighs and bows deeply at the waist towards [Target], holding the position for a moment before returning upright.

Retreat

  • BOW RETREAT: You bow deeply, holding the position and quietly shuffling backward until you are a respectful distance away.
Observer: [Player] bows deeply, holding the position and quietly shuffling backward until she is a respectful distance away.
  • BOW [TARGET] RETREAT: You bow deeply towards [Target], holding the position and quietly shuffling backward until you are a respectful distance away.
Target: [Player] bows deeply towards you, holding the position and quietly shuffling backward until she is a respectful distance away.
Observer: [Player] bows deeply towards [Target], holding the position and quietly shuffling backward until she is a respectful distance away.

Shallow

Elotheans consider this to be disrespectful.

  • BOW SHALLOW: You give a measured bow, but stop just short of the respectful distance.
Observer: [Player] gives a measured bow, but stops just short of the respectful distance.
  • BOW [TARGET] SHALLOW: You give a measured bow toward [Target], but stop just short of the respectful distance.
Target: [Player] gives a measured bow toward you, but stops just short of the respectful distance.
Observer: [Player] gives a measured bow towards [Target], but stops just short of the respectful distance.

Demonstration by Rekave and Inyasa

Date: Havrandu, 17 Dolefaren 419 (5/6/2016)

[20:21] Inyasa says, "The Ferdahl wishes us to demonstrate some courtly manners."

[20:21] Inyasa says to Rekave, "You, especially, need to brush up on them."

[20:22] Ephic says, "Manners..."

[20:22] Hebion says, "Hello all."

[20:22] Rekave says, "Hello new comers."

[20:22] Inyasa says, "Welcome, yes."

[20:22] Isharon says to Liurilias, "Good evening, Grand Inquisitor."

[20:22] Rileos quietly asks Dianelle, "Whats goin on?"

[20:23] Inyasa says to Rekave, "I believe you should begin."

[20:23] Tathalus says to Rekave, "Hey Sir, been a while."

[20:23] Liurilias says to you, "Good to see you."

[20:23] Rileos says to Liurilias, "Heya, Inquisitor."

[20:23] Dianelle says to Rileos, "The Handmaiden and the Commander are out to visit and be social apparently."

[20:23] Kelneth says, "Hello everyone."

[20:23] Rekave says, "Greetings everyone. I am Rekave, this is my twin, Inyasa, the Handmaiden, for now. As my dear sister mentioned, the Ferdahl would like us to demonstrate courtly manners."

[20:24] Rekave says, "Among the Elotheans, we give near painstaking attention to our bowing technique. Too low to the wrong person, and you've probably insulted them. Likewise, not low enough to someone such as the Ferdahl, and you have definitely insulted Her."

[20:25] Rekave says, "Within my own home, I may give my sister a bow of equality, like so."

[20:25] Inyasa says to Rekave, "I am still patiently waiting for you to demonstrate."

Rekave gives Inyasa a measured bow.

[20:25] Inyasa says, "Indeed. And if I wish to show a measure of deep respect..."

Inyasa gives Rekave a measured bow, deepening it ever so slightly.

[20:25] Mistanna exclaims, "M'lady, m'lord. Wonderful to see you!"

[20:25] Rileos says, "Question."

[20:26] Inyasa asks Rileos, "Yes?"

[20:26] Rileos says to Inyasa, "Can't y'all just shake hands? Seems an awful lotta thinkin about sayin hello when you can just say hello."

[20:26] Dianelle says, "Rileos obviously could use a lot of lessons. And then begin to take lessons. Followed, by lessons."

[20:27] Navesi says, "We all have our own ways of communicating. Some appreciate nuance, in different ways."

[20:27] Atazai says, "Hi."

[20:27] Inyasa says to Rileos, "Shaking hands has its own nuances, but is not what we are demonstrating here."

[20:27] Isharon severely says, "Rekave of a Thousand Glorious Titles is not one to skimp on protocol."

[20:27] Rileos says to Inyasa, "Oh, I was just wonderin why is all."

Lowering his eyes, Rekave spreads his arms outward, palms upturned, and bows his head towards Inyasa in contrition.

[20:28] Rileos quietly asks Dianelle, "It ain't -that- bad, is it?"

[20:28] Rekave says, "Now, though I have demonstrated how I bow to my sister within our home, her station in public is quite above my own, and since I have just slighted her, it's probably best for me to not only give a deeper bow, but probably display my own apology."

[20:28] Dianelle says to Rileos, "It depends on how far into your cups you are."

[20:29] Rekave says, "There are a number of different possibilities when it comes to bowing to others, whether you wish to convey respect, or simply amusement."

[20:29] Inyasa says, "And if you wish to give someone a bow while also giving them a healthy bit of distance..."

Inyasa bows deeply towards Rekave, holding the position and quietly shuffling backward until she is a respectful distance away.

[20:30] Klejotogars says, "That does look like a useful technique."

[20:30] Rekave says, "I'm sure many of you could come up with some interesting ways of bowing, Elothean or not."

[20:30] Inyasa says, "That type of retreat is, however, not very useful in combat."

[20:30] Hebion asks, "May I ask a question about status and bowing?"

[20:31] Inyasa says to Hebion, "Please ask."

[20:32] Hebion asks, "How would one determine the proper level of status outside of the strata of the houses and the Ferdahl? Say, what is the proper place to put foreign leaders and the Queen of Elamiri?"

[20:33] Inyasa says, "World leaders are world leaders, whether they are Elothean or not."

[20:34] Inyasa says, "Give them the measure of respect that you feel they deserve, to put it simply. It would be very ill-advised to disrespect someone such as the Queen of Elamiri, as you say."

[20:34] Hebion asks, "And those of the lesser houses of other provinces would be treated on a similar level to the Elothean houses of Shard?"

[20:35] Inyasa says, "That is a much more complicated question to answer than can be covered in one answer."

[20:35] Fariden quietly says to himself, "Wisdom and respect."

[20:36] Inyasa says, "However, let's pretend that my dear brother Rekave here is the Queen of Elamiri. This bow would be the proper measure of respect."

Inyasa turns to Rekave and gazes at him for a moment before fluidly dropping to her knees, places both hands before her, and brings her forehead down to touch the ground.

[20:36] Dianelle says, "Oh my."

[20:36] Inyasa says to Rekave, "That is not happening again, by the way."

[20:36] Rekave says, "I will cherish it in my memories forever."

[20:36] Jaibriel admiringly says to Rekave, "You cut a lovely royal figure."

[20:36] Atazai says, "Doesn't look too tough."

[20:37] Dianelle says, "I'm honestly not sure I could pull that off without laughing which would completely ruin the effect."

[20:37] Harsh quietly says, "Oh my forehead would touch the ground alright."

[20:38] Jaibriel says, "But of course. You just set your mind a span to the right--not the left, that's for another matter--and you can do anything without adverse effects like laughing."

[20:38] Rekave says to Dianelle, "I mean, you could always give a small smirk if you cannot compose yourself."

[20:38] Inyasa says to Dianelle, "It really depends on the severity of the situation. There are times that are no laughing matter, no matter how silly you may feel."

[20:39] Dianelle teasingly says, "Yes Ma'am."

[20:39] Dianelle says, "When I must, I can behave somewhat courtly. But what a strain it is."

[20:39] Rekave says, "Now, if I were to show my true colors.."

[20:39] Atazai says, "A good gathering and stuff, but not my thang. I'mma bail. You all do what you do."

[20:39] Dianelle says to Rekave, "I suppose with the head bowed so far, nobody would se the smirk."

[20:40] Inyasa asks Rekave, "Are you ever not showing your true colors?"

[20:40] Atazai says, "Go hang with Mortom a bit."

[20:40] Rekave says to Inyasa, "Never, dear sister, never."

[20:40] Inyasa says, "And in response..."

Inyasa gives a measured bow towards Rekave, but stops just short of the respectful distance.

[20:41] Dianelle asks, "So that was a slight?"

[20:41] Inyasa says, "Yes."

[20:41] Dianelle says, "So many nuances."

[20:41] Inyasa says, "Not that I would ever slight my dear brother."

[20:41] Rileos says, "Didn't catch it."

[20:41] Isharon says, "That looked more subtle than the first exaggerated bow."

[20:41] Klejotogars says, "Hmm."

[20:41] Rekave says to Inyasa, "Of course not. You love me."

[20:41] Inyasa says, "My dear brother is definitely one for exaggeration."

[20:42] Inyasa says to Rekave, "Of course I do."

[20:42] Rekave says, "Eitherway. I hope we've taught you something at least mildly interesting that you feel comfortable practicing on your own until you perfect your favorite bow."

[20:42] Dianelle says to Jaibriel, "I love seeing them in the same place again. All is right with the world."

[20:43] Jaibriel says, "It is a comfort. I miss my brother."

[20:43] Hebion says, "Thank you for enlightening us."

Inyasa bends forward slightly in a cautious bow to Rekave, her eyes alertly scanning the surroundings.

Inyasa meekly stares down at her feet before giving Rekave a stiff bow.


[20:44] Rekave says to Inyasa, "You feign so much."

[20:44] Inyasa says, "Feign? You wound me, brother."

[20:45] Dianelle says, "Thank you both so much for the education."

[20:45] Inyasa says, "You are quite welcome."

Inyasa slightly inclines her head to Rekave, her lips twitching into a smirk.

[20:45] Harsh quietly says, "Yes, thank you."

[20:46] Dianelle says, "Yes. I'll practice."

As Rekave begins a sophisticated genuflection towards Inyasa, he suddenly topples forwards, his equipment flopping over his shoulders as he face plants into the ground.

[20:47] Inyasa says to Rekave, "Graceful."

[20:47] Rekave says, "Well."

[20:47] Rekave says, "That did not go as planned."

[20:47] Dianelle says, "Well. Nothing is damaged but ego."

[20:47] Rekave says, "My ego is impossible to damage."

[20:47] Inyasa says, "Don't lie, that went exactly as planned. And I didn't even have to trip you."

[20:47] Rekave says, "I see you're finally admitting to the tripping."

[20:47] Rekave says, "About time."

[20:48] Rekave says, "It only took you five years."

[20:48] Inyasa says, "I don't know what you're talking about, dear."

[20:48] Rekave says to Inyasa, "Yeah, I completely believe that."

Inyasa sweeps her hand in front of her in a large arc, fluidly stepping backward and bowing to Rekave at the same time.

[20:48] Rekave mutters something into the air about cows.

[20:49] Rekave asks, "Well, was there anything else we needed to demonstrate, or do you think we've done enough to please the Ferdahl?"

[20:50] Navesi says, "It's been most edifying."

[20:50] Inyasa says to Rekave, "That is likely enough demonstration, yes."

[20:50] Rekave asks Inyasa, "Let's play Inyasa bows to the Queen one more time?"

[20:50] Inyasa says to Rekave, "No."

Inyasa gives Rekave an exaggerated bow, a slight sneer curling her lips.

[20:51] Rekave says to himself, "I would be a brilliant queen."

[20:51] Hebion asks Rekave, "In brightness or intelligence?"

[20:51] Rekave says to Hebion, "Yes."

[20:52] Rekave asks, "So, to the bar?"

[20:52] Inyasa asks Rekave, "Shall we?"


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