There are many commands that you can use within the mud to get more information about your surroundings.
To see who else is playing the game, type WHO.
To see how difficult an opponent will be in battle, type CONSIDER <opponent>.
To see where someone else is in your area of the realm, use WHERE.
It would be wise to become familiar with as many items as you can on the main help page. Just remember, just like you, everyone else here is here in their spare time to have fun. We, the immortal staff, try our best to make this a fun place for you to spend your spare time. Roleplay your character, and most importantly, have fun!