Mock

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Mock
Command information
GP Cost 25 + 25 per person mocked, or 100
Learnt At Level 15 in magic.methods.mental.charming
Skills Used magic.methods.mental.charming magic.methods.mental.cursing magic.methods.spiritual.banishing
Items Needed None
Guild Witches' Guild

Through harsh criticism, witches can inspire an individual or group to strive for greater things. Mocking costs 25 gp plus an additional 25 gp for every person mocked. In order to mock a skill, a witch must place the evil eye on her target, then see the target use the skill to be mocked. This uses the charming and cursing skills.

After being mocked, the target will gain a temporary increase in their relevant skill's bonus. For example, a successful mock on throwing will increase their fighting.range.thrown bonus. This can give you an edge in combat, spell-casting, or whatever else you're doing.

Mocking can also be used to un-Delude an item affected by Delusions of Grandeur before it becomes a talisman. The object doesn't need to be eyed first. This form of mocking uses the cursing and banishing skills.

Acquisition

First a witch must learn the eyeing squint from Millie Hopgood in Slice.

A witch will then automatically gain the mock command on raising (either by advancing or tm'ing) magic.methods.mental.charming to or past level 50.

It is possible that 50 levels of magic.methods.mental.cursing is also required.

Syntax

mock group <action> by saying <something scathing>

mock <living> <action> by saying <something scathing>

mock <object> by saying <something scathing>

How to Mock

To perform a successful Mock, follow these steps in order:

  1. Place the evil eye on your target (or targets). This will only be effective for a few minutes, so work quickly!
    • You squint critically at Starnell.
    • You put the evil eye on Starnell.
  2. Wait for your target to perform a mockable action.
    • Starnell palms an apple from the orchard basket.
  3. Mock your target with decisive, yet derisive commentary!
    • You loudly say: You call that slipping, Starnell? What kind of slipping was that? It was pathetic, that's what. Back when I was young, I tried stealing the underwear off Old Gammer Lankrat, and she burnt a hole through me with pure energy, you could see right through! So in conclusion, visit the awesome Unofficial Official Discworld Wiki, where I took this mock from.
  4. Profit. In this case Starnell's covert.manipulation.passing bonus is increased temporarily.
    • Starnell looks determined to try harder.

Maximum length

If you try to use a mock that contains more than 1200 characters, it won't go through. Instead you'll get this message:

Thinking things through, no-one in their right mind would be encouraged by a harangue that long, more likely would they fall asleep halfway through it.

Keep in mind that leading and trailing spaces are removed in commands and consecutive spaces are condensed into just one.

Group Mockery (or, Not As Dirty As Group Sex)

It works in the same way as above, only:

  • Place the evil eye on one of your group members. This will auto-eye the other group members.
  • Mock the group using the "mock group" syntax.
  • Make sure you have enough guild points! It costs 25 gp to mock, plus 25 gp per group member:
    • 50 gp for one player
    • 75 gp for two players
    • 100 gp for three players
    • 125 gp for four players
    • 150 gp for five players

Mocking talismans

You can mock a deluded item to try to break its delusion, with the syntax:

mock <object> by saying <something scathing>

You don't need to put the evil eye on the object for this kind of mockery. You can also mock natural talismans, such as broomsticks, but it will have no effect on them.

This costs 100 gp.

Why Did My Mock Fail? (or, You Call That Mocking?)

There are all sorts of things which can cause your mock to go wrong, which happened when you see:

  • Starnell is unaffected by your mockery.

Here's a list of things you can do, to troubleshoot your mockery.

  • Did I put the evil eye on? You need to place the evil eye on your targets before you unleash your tongue on them!
  • Did the evil eye wear off? The evil eye wears off after a few minutes ('You lose interest in Starnell.'), so you need to start back at step 1: place a new evil eye on your target, wait for them to do something, etc. etc.
  • Did I see them perform a mockable action? You need to see your target do something mockable, and it has to be whilst your evil eye is active!
  • Am I low on guild points? It costs 25 gp to mock, plus 25 gp per target. It will fail if you have between 25 and 50 gp (in other words, if you have the 25 gp to mock, but not the 25 gp for your target).
  • Did I repeat myself? You can't use the same mockery twice in a row. Think up something original!
  • Was my mockery good enough? What you say makes a big difference! The lower your mockery skills, and the fewer warts you have, the better your mock needs to be. To improve your mock:
    • Make it longer. For newbies, four or five lines should be sufficient. (They put a limit on length after Denbe put a full-screen short story into a mock.)
    • Mention the skill being mocked.
    • Mention the names of old, withered hags (?)
    • Tell them how terrible they are (?)
    • Listen to the mockery inform channel — "inform mockery" — to hear how other witches are doing it

Mocking yourself? Daft!

Mocking yourself fails to have positive effects, instead giving you a temporary stat loss of wisdom by 2 points for about 15 minutes, then -1 wisdom for another 15 minutes for a total of 30 minutes of stat loss.

You can repeat this to lower your wisdom further but if your wisdom goes to 0 you fall asleep.

Mockable Actions

Here's a list of things you can mock. It is, like everything else on the Discworld MUD Wiki, incomplete and possibly inaccurate. Please feel free to bonk on the 'Edit' button and help out (but don't guess, ensure that it works before adding it to the list).

  • Magic
    • abjuring After you mock somebody. When you do that, they attempt to resist with their abjuring skill — so you can follow any mockery with another mock of their abjuring! (This may make them harder to mock in the future, so it's for Professionals only.)
    • brewing After your target brews a potion. (Good for random acts of kindness at Granny's.)
    • casting After your target casts a spell.
    • chanting After your target casts a spell with a chanting stage.
    • convincing After your target attempts to convince a trick of something.
    • dancing After your target casts a spell with a dancing stage.
    • educing After your target attempts to educe a spell or trick from a hag stone. Can affect multiple skills.
    • enchanting After your target casts a spell with an enchanting stage.
    • evoking After your target casts a spell with an evoking stage.
    • flying After your target flies off on her broomstick.
    • fueling After your target fuels her broomstick. Also channeling.
    • imbuing After your target attempts to imbue a hag stone with a spell or trick.
    • circling After your target traces a magic circle.
    • mocking After your target mocks somebody. (We call this meta-mockery...) Also cursing and charming may apply after your target mocks somebody.
    • scribing After your target scribes a spell.
    • squinting After your target squints at somebody.
    • fading After a witch has faded.
    • singing After a witch performs hedgehog. Can affect multiple skills (one per mock).
  • Fighting
    • berserking In combat, after your target berserks.
    • beheading In combat, after your target beheads.
    • blocking In combat, after your target blocks.
    • impaling In combat, after your target impales.
    • bashing In combat, after your target bashes an enemy (doesn't have to be a special attack).
    • bludgeoning In combat, after your target bludgeons an enemy (doesn't have to be a special attack).
    • striking In combat, after your target performs an unarmed attack (like kick, punch).
    • dodging In combat, after your target dodges an attack.
    • parrying In combat, after your target parries an attack.
    • slashing In combat, after your target slashes an enemy (doesn't have to be a special attack)
    • piercing In combat, after your target pierces an enemy (doesn't have to be a special attack)
    • stabbing In combat, after your target stabs an enemy (doesn't have to be a special attack)
    • throwing In combat, after your target throws something at an enemy.
  • Faith
    • After your target ritually buries a corpse. Raises faith.rituals.special.
      • Pishe: ventisepelating
      • Gufnork: decomposing
      • Gapp: shrouding
      • Sandelfon: ventisepelating
      • Fish: pyroscipating
      • Hat: envalising
      • Sek: ensumpfing
    • consecrating After a priest consecrates an object to their god.
    • godbothering or performing After your target performs a ritual or bestows a ward. Raises one of the skills that the ritual uses--for rituals that use multiple skills, mocking more than once in a row can raise more than one of them.
    • praying After your target prays. Raises faith.rituals.special.
    • healing After your target uses a healing ritual. Raises faith.rituals.curing.self, possibly faith.rituals.curing.target depending on who was targetted.
  • Covert
    • backstabbing After your target does a backstab.
    • concealing After your target conceals something.
    • cracking After your target attempts to crack a safe.
    • hiding After your target hides (do you need to be able to see your target?)
    • lockpicking As/After your target picks at a lock.
    • palming After your target palms something from a container (do you need to notice this?)
    • probing After your target probes a lock/trap.
    • slipping After your target slips something to a container (do you need to notice this?)
    • sneaking After your target does anything using the covert tree.
    • stealing After your target has stolen, shoplifted or snatched. You do not have to see your target doing this.
  • Crafts
    • panning After your target pans ore from the riverbed (such as in Blue Moon Park).
    • playing After your target plays some musical instrument.
    • serenading After your target serenades someone with some musical instrument.
    • sewing After your target uses a needle and thread to stitch up an item.
    • turning After your target makes an item by bodging.
    • foraging After your target forages for truffles.
    • woodworking After your target repairs a wooden item (such as a broomstick).
  • Other
    • judging After your target judges a weapon.
    • vurdering After your target vurderes some armour.
    • watching After you or anybody else performs a covert action e.g. palm/slip/hide. (So, you can hide, then mock everybody's watching skill! They don't need to do anything!) Fading does not work for this.

Related achievements

Note that a "successful mock" is where a player "looks determined to try harder". Achievements are counted as per-person; so mocking a 5-player group is more effective than mocking individual players!

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