Pray

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Pray is a command that both priests and followers get automatically upon joining a faith. It will channel some, or all, of your guild points to your deity. Its main purpose is to help with alignment. However, praying normally also charges faith rods and fills the deity pool.

Syntax

Available syntaxes are:

pray 
pray {gently|lengthily|vigorously|fervently}
pray to <deity>
pray to <deity> {gently|lengthily|vigorously|fervently}
pray {gently|lengthily|vigorously|fervently} to <deity>
pray for <player>

The first syntax spends all your faith guild points on praying for yourself. It will automatically have you pray to the deity you worship.

The second syntax will have you spend 20%, 40%, 60%, or 80% of your (current) faith gp on praying for yourself (depending on which adjective you use). It also automatically has you pray to the correct deity.

The third syntax is like the first syntax, except that you can specify the deity to pray to. It's therefore less safe than the first.

The fourth and fifth syntaxes are like the second syntax, except that, as with the third, you can choose the deity to pray to.

The fifth syntax has you spend all your faith guild points on a prayer for someone else.

While supplicating, you can only "pray to <deity>", and only at their high altar.

Praying for yourself

This reminds Him or Her of your existence, and if you are not at your deity's perfect alignment will move you towards it. How effective your prayer will be in doing this is determined by your skill in faith.rituals.special and the gp you spend.

If you are a priest, then the deity pool will get 1/10th of the gp spent, or 1/8th if you're at your high altar.

If you do not want to spend all your gp on a pray, the options and approximate proportion of your current gp are:

  • 20% gp - pray gently
  • 40% gp - pray lengthily
  • 60% gp - pray vigorously
  • 80% gp - pray fervently

You need to pray at least 50gp.

There is another skill check involved with praying, which appears to use faith.rituals.special and the amount of gp you spend. Praying also seems to be harder the further you are from perfect alignment. If you fail this skill check, you will get a message about being distracted as you pray and will not receive the full amount of command xp you would otherwise. The effect on deity points and alignment shift is not known. As well as no extra message at all for a normal prayer, you may get "Your prayers come to your lips with ease" which signifies a better than usual prayer. The effect in practical terms is not known. An even better prayer is accompanied by "You clear your mind and focus on the glory of [your deity]". This has moved you into ideal alignment, and may have involved a much larger shift in alignment than you would normally get.

You'll find it easier to perform rituals right after you prayed. Whether praying has long-term effect on rituals or not, has not yet been established. To be eligible for election to the High Priesthood, you also need to have prayed in the last 10 days or so. You also need to have prayed enough, recently enough, to use the consecrate command.

Messages

The following pray messages were originally gathered by Milly, Emiko and Jeanie, but the amounts of gp involved have since been changed. There also appears to be some other factor involved (likely faith.rituals.special), since it's possible for one person to have fewer gp than another person, yet consistently get a higher pray message when praying fully. Whether or not the deity pool is full can also affect what message you get--a full pray may (barely) get you a higher-level message when the pool is full, and a message one level lower when it's not. Therefore, the amounts of gp listed are merely examples and the ranges have some overlap.

52-63 gp
You briefly bow your head and mutter a few quick words in praise of Pishe, Goddess of Slight Showers.
Milly the milkmaid briefly bows her head and mutters something.
78-116 gp
You spend a moment with your head bowed praising Pishe, Goddess of Slight Showers.
Milly the milkmaid spends a moment in thought with her head bowed.
132-186 gp
You lower yourself to your knees and silently offer up a short prayer to Pishe, Goddess of Slight Showers.
You silently offer up a short prayer to Sandelfon, God of Corridors. [already kneeling]
Milly the milkmaid gets down on her knees and spends a short time in silence.
204-276 gp
You quietly recite a lengthy hymn of praise to Pishe, Goddess of Slight Showers, while kneeling.
Milly the milkmaid seems to spend some time talking to herself while kneeling.
304-388 gp
You prostrate yourself on the ground and speak at some length to Pishe, Goddess of Slight Showers.
Milly the milkmaid falls flat on her face and spends some time talking to the ground.
420-469 gp
You prostrate yourself before the vision of Pishe, Goddess of Slight Showers, that appears before you and pray loudly and at great length.
Milly the milkmaid prostrates herself and shouts praise to Pishe, Goddess of Slight Showers.
441-? gp
You kneel before a faint vision of Fish, God of Sea Creatures, which appears to you and utter a series of soft prayers.
You utter a series of soft prayers as a faint vision of Sandelfon, God of Corridors, appears to you. [already kneeling]
Inige Willows kneels and prays quietly for a few moments.
next:
You kneel as the image of Fish, God of Sea Creatures, appears in front of you, bowing your head and praying at length.
Inige Willows kneels and bows his head, reciting a lengthy prayer.
next:
You bow before the glowing figure of Fish, God of Sea Creatures, which appears in front of your eyes, speaking humble words of worship and praise.
Inige Willows bows slightly and mumbles a few soft words.
next
You stand before the radiant figure of Fish, God of Sea Creatures, which appears in front of you, praying softly.
Inige Willows looks distant for a moment as he mumbles a few soft words and a faint glow surrounds him.

Praying to the wrong deity

Praying to the wrong deity (by specifically using "pray to <some deity other than the one you worship>") will leave you suffering your own deity's wrath for a time. This has the following effects:

  • You'll be unable to perform rituals, use bestow, consecrate, or perform ritual burials.
  • You'll be unable to pray for other people.
  • Normal prayers from you won't fill the deity pool or charge faith rods, and will use all your faith gp even if you were trying to use less.
  • "Score align" will tell you that your deity is "extremely angry with you", regardless of your alignment.

This lasts for between fifteen and sixteen minutes.

You'll also get a powerful wrath put on you, giving you -1 to all your stats. This seems to last around thirteen to sixteen minutes from the last time you did it (in other words, it doesn't stack if you do it multiple times, just renews). When it wears off, you get the message that "The higher being is no longer watching you." It can wear off before the other effects do.

You hear a booming voice resonating in your head.

Pishe, Goddess of Slight Showers tells you: Oh dear, an apostate, are you? I shall give you some time to rethink your prayers to Sarduk.
You feel the attention of a higher being watching your every move.

You hear a booming voice resonating in your head.

Pishe, Goddess of Slight Showers tells you: You really, really, shouldn't have done that.
The higher being takes a renewed interest in your actions.

You hear a booming voice resonating in your head.

Pishe, Goddess of Slight Showers tells you: And I thought that you were one of my faithful.
The higher being takes a renewed interest in your actions.

Doing this will use all your faith gp, regardless of whether you tried to pray with less gp. Additionally, this type of praying doesn't add any deity points to the pool and doesn't charge faith rods.

Praying for others

Priests and followers can pray for someone else of the same faith, as well, which moves their alignment instead of that of the person praying. This type of prayer doesn't add anything to the deity pool, and doesn't seem to charge faith rods. It uses all your faith gp and doesn't change your position. It's also invisible to other people unless you're in the same room with the person you're praying for.

You can pray for someone who is supplicating to join your faith, aiding them in their efforts.

If you're ignoring someone, they can't pray for you. When someone prays for you, you get a message about it:

<Player> prays to <Deity> on your behalf.
<Player> prays to <Deity> on your behalf. You feel slightly closer to <Deity>.
<Player> prays to <Deity> on your behalf. Your spirits are slightly uplifted by the prayer.
<Player> prays to <Deity> on your behalf. You feel quite a bit closer to <Deity>.

If it's too dark to see anything where you are, you'll see that "someone" prayed for you instead of the name of the player who did.

If you're in the same room as them, the messages are different:

<Player> lays his hand on you and prays to <Deity> on your behalf.
<Player> lays her hand on you and prays to <Deity> on your behalf. You feel slightly closer to <Deity>.
<Player> lays his hand on you and prays to <Deity> on your behalf. Your spirits are slightly uplifted by the prayer.
<Player> lays his hand on you and prays to <Deity> on your behalf. You feel quite a bit closer to <Deity>.

It's not clear, as yet, exactly what the messages mean, although the first one in each list seems to happen when the target of the prayer is already in ideal alignment.

The messages the person praying gets are different, too:

You pray to <Deity> on behalf of <Player>, asking Him to assist His child.
You pray to <Deity> on behalf of <Player>, requesting that He bring His servant closer to Him.

And in the same room:

You lay your hand on <Player> and pray to <Deity> on his behalf, asking Him to assist His child.
You lay your hand on <Player> and pray to <Deity> on her behalf, requesting that He bring His servant closer to Him.
You lay your hand on <Player> and pray to <Deity> on her behalf, imploring Him to forgive her sins.

If you're in the same room with them, other people in that room see a message like this:

<Player> prays to <Deity> on behalf of <Player>.