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Use the chat to lookup local and/or remote information by topic or keyword(s).

Last updated 2 months ago
Total downloads 1562
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Dependency string LordAshes-LookupPlugin-1.3.0
Dependants 1 other mod depends on this mod

This mod requires the following mods to function

bbepisTaleSpire-BepInExPack-5.4.10 icon

Unified BepInEx all-in-one modding pack - plugin framework, detour library

Preferred version: 5.4.10
brcoding-SetInjectionFlagPlugin-2.3.0 icon

Allows players to flag mods are installed

Preferred version: 2.3.0
LordAshes-FileAccessPlugin-1.4.1 icon

Provides standardized methods for accessing both local file and url resources. Automatically handles searching local folders for assets.

Preferred version: 1.4.1
LordAshes-ChatService-2.2.1 icon

Dependency plugin to add services to the chat.

Preferred version: 2.2.1


Look Up Plugin

This unofficial TaleSpire allows the chat to be used to look up local and/or remote information using topic find or keyword(s) find with the results of the search displayed in the chat.

This plugin, like all others, is free but if you want to donate, use: http://lordashes.ca/TalespireDonate/Donate.php

Change Log

1.3.0: LookupEngine ignores HTML tags (and inside content) on the command line
1.3.0: LocalFileprovider renamed to be alphabetically first (thus able to override other providers) 
1.3.0: Removed legacy version of LookupEngine
1.2.2: Fixed local provider to support rich text elements (e.g. size and color).
1.2.1: Fixed local provider. No plugin or engine change.
1.2.0: Added support for Whisper
1.2.0: Replace LookupEngine with Browser Control based solution to allow nagivating pages like DndBeyond
1.2.0: Warning: Breaking for providers. Need to make small update. See below.
1.1.5: Updated for compatibility with udpated Chat Service plugin.
1.1.2: Removed dependency on Extra Asset Library. No plugin change.
1.1.1: Switched local files to use txt extension to prevent conflict with EAR (thinking the files are asset bundles)
1.1.0: Added support for providers which can get data from websites
1.0.0: Initial release


Use R2ModMan or similar installer to install this plugin.


The plugins adds 3 chat operations:

/lu topic (Look Up): Displays the related topic. The topic given must match a topic file for the search to succeed. /fd keywords (Find): Display the first topic which contains the keyword or keywords. /fa keywords (Find All): Display all topics which contains the keyword or keywords.

Note: If multiple keywords are provdied then they must appear in the order given. For example "healing spell" will find only references of "healing spell" and not just "healing" or just "spell" or even "spell of healing".

Note: Topic look ups must match exactly but they are not case sensitive. Find looks ups are case sensitive.

The find requests can only be used with local content. The lookup request, on the other hand, can use one or more provides to look up the information. The first provider to have the information is used.

If the user has the Chat Whisper plugin then the results can be whispered using:

/w name /lu keywords such as /w LordAshes /lu fireball

Note: To use Lookup Plugin with Chat Whisper the Chat Whisper suffix needs to be configure to either be blank (in which case it will not be possible to identify which chat messages were whispered) or needs to start with a chat supported html tag such as <size=12>(Whisper)</size> or <color=blue>(Whisper)</color>. With the latest Lookup Plugin code, any HTML tags and their contents are ignored when looking for lookup keywords. This means starting the Chat Whisper suffix with an html tag will cause the whisper suffix to be ignore when the content is passed to the lookup engine.


Providers dictate how the look up function obtains data. Each provider is a different source of data and has its own set of rules for extrating and formatting the data. The LookUp Plugin comes with two providers, a local files provider and a DnD Beyond provider for spells.

Demo Content

You can do a look up for Firebolt locally. You can look up most 5E SRD spells using the sample D&D Beyond provider.

Note: Firebolt is one work in the local version but two words (Fire bolt) on DnD Beyond.

How It Works

The LookUp plugin, when doing a lookup, calls the LookupEngine.exe which goes through the different providers, one by one, until one of them provides content for the search. The LookUpEngine dumps the results to the console which the Lookup Plugin grabs and writes to the Chat. You can test the LookUpEngine from the command line by running it with the search keys words as the command line parameters. This can be useful when testing provider scripts.

Creating Local Content

Currently, content must be placed in the CustomData/Sources sub-folder of this plugin. To create content files, create a text file which has the name of the topic (and txt extension). The contents of the file is the text that is to be displayed when the topic is requested. While you can use core TS Chat supported formatting, it is recommended not to use color formatting because the plugin uses color to highlight keywords for Find requests. As such during Find requested the color formatting would be partially overwritten and probably look very odd.

Creating Provider

Providers are defined using a special javascript file. Each provider, as source of information, has one file which indicates the source (URL) of the provider, the space replacement character and provides the script to parse data from the provider and make it correctly formatted for the char window.

A provider file is a javascript file with the two first lines being non-javascript.

The first line is always the keyword "URL: " (with a trailing space) and then the URL of the provider. The search word(s) are represented by the place holder {search}.

The second line is always the keyword "SPACE: " (with a trailing space) and indicates the character or characters that are to replace spaces. For example, DnD Beyond replaces spaces with a dash in the URL.

The rest of the file is javascript content that determines how to parse data from the provider. This is useful to formatted the results from the provider into a format compatible with the TS chat. The raw incoming data is stored in the variable 'content'. The script must return a string which is what will be displayed in the chat.

See the DndBeyond sample provider for the format of a provider file.

A number of helpers have been created to make parsing a wbesite easier:


This resets the buffer to the full contents obtained form the provider. Used at the beginning of individual data extractions.


This removes data from the buffer until it find the specified string. Use to find key sections in the provider data.


Returns the text between the start string and the end string. White space, new lines and HTML tags are removed.


Returns the text between the start string and the end string. White space and HTML tags are removed.

Provider Breaking Change

The new LookupEngine supports the old format but because it is browser based it cannot tell when a URL is not found (since a Not Found page will be returned). Thus the provider needs an extra line to return null when the page is not found. The key words for a not found page will depend on the website but here is a sample for DndBeyond:

URL: https://www.dndbeyond.com/spells/{search}
if(content.indexOf("Page Not Found")>-1){return null;}
var result = "";

In the case of an invalid URL, Dnd Beyond generates a page with the words "Page Not Found" on it. As such the provider looks for these words and if they are found, returns null. This is required in order to skip to another provider and/or to prevent lockup.


Currently the Find All look up will be useless in may cases because if the found topics are long, the results will exceed the size of the core TS chat.

Available versions

Please note that the install buttons only work if you have compatible client software installed, such as the Thunderstore Mod Manager. Otherwise use the zip download links instead.

Upload date Version number Downloads Download link  
2023-1-4 1.3.0 339 Version 1.3.0 Install
2022-11-27 1.2.2 161 Version 1.2.2 Install
2022-11-27 1.2.1 18 Version 1.2.1 Install
2022-11-16 1.2.0 82 Version 1.2.0 Install
2022-11-11 1.1.5 72 Version 1.1.5 Install
2022-7-12 1.1.2 436 Version 1.1.2 Install
2022-2-8 1.1.1 344 Version 1.1.1 Install
2022-2-1 1.1.0 60 Version 1.1.0 Install
2022-1-31 1.0.0 50 Version 1.0.0 Install