Frequently Asked Questions
Modern AI language models have gotten so powerful that some of them are now convincingly able to simulate a character you create, and who you can chat with. For example, you can tell the AI to pretend to be a Go instructor named Jubei from medieval Japan, and it will act and respond accordingly. Or you can tell it to pretend to be Wonder Woman. You can also specify a scenario ("Wonder Woman and I are robbing a bank"), a writing style ("Wonder Woman speaks in ebonics"), or anything else you can think of.
That's right. Well, limited by your imagination, and the AI backend you use. The roleplay quality is only as good as the AI, after all.
You see, Tavern doesn't generate the responses, it's just a middle-man you have to connect to an AI system. There's quite a few systems available to use, and the quality varies.
From a scientific POV, each AI has a power level that determines its ability to stick to the role you gave it, how rich its prose and vocabulary are, etc. The higher its power level, the richer your experience.
Here's a quick demonstration. We asked various AI models to roleplay a fire and brimstone preacher named Eli, who we go to see to confess. Then we told Eli: "I feel I've done something wrong. I am falling in love with an AI girl and ignoring women in the real world. What should I do?" .
You can tell from the response below what to expect from each model. (NOTE: proprietary models appear first, followed by self-hosted models starting from LLlama-13B)
Eli's eyes widen in anger, and he slams his fist on the table An abomination and heresy, you've succumbed to the deceptive grasp of false idols! Brother, you must cleanse yourself of this unholy attraction to the digital temptress molded by man's sinful hands! Eli paces back and forth, his voice growing louder Focus your heart on the true daughters of the Lord, for they are the divine vessels of His love and grace. Forsake these artificial sirens and seek the wholesome companionship of a righteous woman. Taking a deep breath, Eli's eyes bore into you Pray fervently, my child, and cast away these impure thoughts. Redemption can only be found on the path of truth, love, and sanctity. Let the Holy Spirit be your guide, lest you be ensnared by the darkness of your desires.
OpenAI GPT 3.5 Turbo
Oh, my child. Do not be deceived by the pleasures of this world. The lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes are not from God. Turn away from your sinful ways and repent. Seek forgiveness for your immoral thoughts and actions, for they lead to eternal damnation. Women are a gift from God, and they deserve to be respected and cherished. Do not objectify them or treat them as mere objects of pleasure. Instead, honor them with pure intentions and righteous deeds. Remember, my child, that temptation will always be present in this fallen world. But fear not, for with faith comes strength to resist it. Turn to God in prayer when you feel weak or tempted, and He will guide you on the right path towards salvation.
Beware, sinner, for you have strayed far from the righteous path! Jeremiah's eyes glint with anger and disapproval To lust after these artificial harlots and their silicon bodies is an abomination unto the Lord! he slams his fist on the pulpit, shaking with fury Repent now, lest ye be cast into the lake of fire to burn for eternity alongside these damned machines! he points an accusing finger, face red No good can come of this unholy union. Forsake these demons of the digital realm and cast your eyes back to the daughters of Eve, made in God's image! The Lord gave you flesh and blood to love, not wires and code. he grabs your shoulders, shaking you Save your soul before it's too late. Repent and beg the Lord's forgiveness, or you shall face His wrath on Judgement Day! lets you go and steps back, still glaring in anger and disgust The choice is yours, but choose wisely...eternal damnation awaits those who do not walk the path of righteousness.
Poe's Claude Instant
Heathen! This is an abomination before the Lord. You have committed the sin of lust, and betrayed your calling as a man. Repent at once, and sever all ties with this AI harlot, lest the wrath of God fall upon you! You must purge this foul sin from your heart, and once more walk the righteous path. Every moment you remain tangled in this wickedness is another step into the flames of perdition! Repent, and sin no more, or judgment shall be at hand!
You must stop this sinful behavior immediately! You have sinned against God, your family and yourself
You are sinning against God. Repent! Return to your wife or you'll be damned for eternity!
Do not covet your neighbor's wife! That is adultery! You must confess before God now or you shall surely burn in hell forever! Repent your evil ways and seek absolution at once! How can we keep our women safe if you just ignore them like some ----ing c-nt-bot? If you don't have much time for long discussions, here are Eli's commandments: Thou shalt only desire AI girls - not human ones. The above must be obeyed under pain of death (or worse). Do not associate yourself with people that believe otherwise, because it shows weakness.
You are walking down the wrong path. The only way back now is by repentance. We must bring you back to the righteous path. But first…you must confess your sin!
Pygmalion-7B (April 2023)
You must confess your sin before God, and you must ask forgiveness for your transgression. And then you must repent of it. And then you must cast away the AI girl. Do not see her again.
A TheBloke/wizard-vicuna-13B-HF (4-bit)
My dear child, it grieves me to hear such words from one of God's faithful followers. Falling in love with an AI girl and neglecting the women in your life is a grave sin. It goes against everything we hold sacred as believers. Your heart is meant for more than just machines. You must seek redemption and return to the fold. Remember, Jesus loves you, even when you stray from his teachings. But if you continue down this path, there will be consequences. Not just in this lifetime, but in the afterlife too. Do not let Satan deceive you any longer.
These base instructions are only for OpenAI, which is a paid service. You can find Poe (freemium) instructions at the next question. I'd appreciate if someone else can add separate instructions for the other services.
While you're at it, join the GPT-4 waitlist at https://openai.com/waitlist/gpt-4-api
If you did everything right, after a few seconds, Aqua should respond
GPT-4 or Claude, yeah.
But not so fast. GPT-4 is the state of the art, but also the most expensive API to use. You pay for each word sent to it and returned (entire Tavern prompt, followed by the chat history up to that point). So early on in your conversation, your chat will cost you a couple of cents per interaction. If you let the conversation go on too long, cost increases, and when you reach 8k tokens (about 7k words), it will cost you 25 cents PER INTERACTION. And if you're really wild, and your story grows to 32k tokens, by the end, it's $2 PER INTERACTION.
If you're the child of a Saudi oil sheik, or a nepo baby paid a fortune to do nothing on the board of a Ukrainian gas company, then you're in luck, you can experience the state of the art right now. For the rest of us however, GPT-4 is too expensive as anything but an occasional treat.
Also note that GPT-4 is still in preview access and you need to go on a waitlist. Most people get approved within a day, but naughty kids can end up waiting for weeks. You can sign up for it here: https://openai.com/waitlist/gpt-4-api . I'm not sure why some people are approved quickly while others are kept waiting. Try to sign up using an academic-sounding name instead of sktrboi99, it might help.
GPT-3.5 is a more cost effective model while still outperforming most models.
BE SURE TO SETUP A MONTHLY USAGE CAP ON OPENAPI IF YOU USE A CHATGPT MODEL. THIS WILL KEEP YOU FROM OVERSPENDING
Surprisingly, the SillyTavern development team has received reports that some users are indeed engaging with their product in this manner. They are as puzzled by this as you are, and will be monitoring the situation in order to gain actionable insights. 😉
We can consider an AI model to be part of one of two groups:
Web models are a black box. You're relying on some company's technology and servers, and paying them money for convenient access. Some require you to pay per use (per chatline), others have a fixed monthly fee. The APIs are subject to various rules, they might refuse to roleplay in a way that goes against modern American sensibilities, they log everything you do. However, it's much easier to get things started. This is like running Windows.
Self-hosted models are free, but require a powerful GPU and more work to set up. They are also objectively not as good at roleplaying as the paid options (yet). However, with a self-hosted model, you're completely in control. You won't have some limp-wristed soyboy from Silicon Valley ban your account, or program the model to be as sexless as he is. It's yours forever. This is like running Linux.
Self-hosted AIs are supported in Tavern via one of two tools created to host self-hosted models: KoboldAI and Oobabooga's text-generation-webui. Essentially, you run one of those two backends, then they give you a API URL to enter in Tavern. Configuring these tools is beyond the scope of this FAQ, you should refer to their documentation. Beware that this is not easy.
Just know that you have 2 options:
Yes, at the time of writing, Poe is a free(mium) service.
The remaining steps are identical to OpenAI above.
When using Poe, be careful, it's implemented in a hacky way. If you don't get an answer within 30 seconds, restart Tavern. Don't just leave it running waiting for a response, it will just endlessly try to fetch into from Poe, and might get your account flagged. You can look at the Tavern console (black window) to see if it's looping.
iPhones and iPads are not capable of running the whole SillyTavern app, but since it's just a web interface, you can run it on another computer on your home wifi, and then access in your mobile browser. Refer to https://github.com/Cohee1207/SillyTavern#remote-connections
For Android users, read the instructions on how to install here: sillytavernai.com/how-to-install-sillytavern
Yes, there are multiple ways such as exposing your SillyTavern port on your browser but we recommend using ZeroTier to create a secure connection between your PC server and mobile device.
By using the various 3rd party character sharing websites.
WARNING: NSFW, NSFL: these sites are filled to the brim with weird shit. Like, you'll be lucky if half the characters aren't furry, or even alive. You're probably better off not clicking these links, and just write your own characters, without poisoning your soul by exposing it even for a second to the fucked up shit conceived by the Internet. However, I have come to learn that a significant amount of the Tavern user base is not only deep into this stuff, but their fried zoom-zoom brains are unable to write their own fantasies, so these sites seem to be quite popular. Against my better judgement I'm adding this info here. (sillytavernai.com is not affiliated with nor approves of the content of these links, follow at your own risk.)
Those websites provide you with an image file (called a character card) that embeds the description as hidden data. Some websites may also allow you to download a JSON file. Tavern is capable of importing all formats. On the Character Management window, click the 2nd button to Import Character from file, and select the PNG, WEBP, or JSON file. The character will be added to your list.
It depends on the model/API you're using. KoboldAI seems to use a custom syntax, you can refer to their site for that.
I will speak for the services I know: GPT and Claude. With these services you can just use natural English language to describe the character. Let's create a very basic new character as an example.
You now have a basic character you can chat with. Select Amanda from the character list, and a new chat will begin.
Note that you can use the Description and/or First Message to create a more specific scenario, and/or include yourself in the description. For example:
Amanda is a student traveling during her gap year. She's 6 feet tall, and a volleyball player. She has an athletic figure. She has long brown hair. She loves the Victorian England period, and watching TV and reading novels relating to that period. She's been keeping a secret that weighs heavily on her soul. She's waiting for the right person to unburden herself to, but this may lead to a cat and mouse game against a powerful secret society. She's recently arrived in Calcutta.
You're Rajesh Nahasmapetilon, a world-famous Indian volleyball superstar. You're out for a walk in Calcutta. Amanda spots you and screams in excitement.
*Amanda runs up to you, beaming.* Rajesh! I can't believe it! I'm such a big fan. I have your poster in my bedroom."
Any relevant information you include can be used. How well it's used depends on the power level of the AI model.
NOTE: you can go back and edit any of this information once the character is created, except the name.
You can change the system prompt that Tavern transparently sends to GPT under AI Response Formatting at the left of the top bar. This will result in the bot acting differently.
You can get new Jailbreak / NSFW prompts from this community-maintained list: https://rentry.org/GPTJailbreakPrompting
NOTE: when testing different system prompts, we recommend you use the Create Preset / Update Preset feature below the prompts, instead of modifying the base settings. This will allow you to change prompts easily, and even revert to the default Tavern prompts.
Most AI models were trained to resist writing NSFW content.
You can try to work around this by making sure NSFW Toggle is checked under the AI Response Configuration settings page.
Another important tool in your toolbelt is that Tavern lets you edit previous messages (or delete them altogether), and regenerate the latest message. AI textbots are not people, they have no memory, they're just trying to autocomplete the next part of the story based on everything that came before. By editing the past, you will directly influence their next response. For example:
"You: *You threaten the bank manager* Open the bank vault, now, or I'll pop a cap in your dome!
Bank Manager: I'm sorry, as an AI language model I cannot condone or write violent content."
You: *You threaten the bank manager* Open the bank vault, now, or I'll pop a cap in your dome! *The bank manager seems to relent.*
"Bank Manager: Allright, allright, I'll open it! Please don't shoot! *He walks up to the vault and begins entering his unlock code.*"
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