Wild papyrus plants were around at the start of the telling, but at this point, any papyrus you come across will have been cultivated by somebody.
Taking papyrus that you didn't seed yourself is considered by some to be rude. Keep that in mind, please!
Fertile Papyrus (often called 'papy' for short) is a plant that is grown along the shores of the Nile and produces both plants and seeds.
If you don't currently have any Papyrus Seeds (hf), or Fertile Papyrus to dry, ask in your regional chat. Most likely someone will have some they can share with you, or have warehouses near popular drying points.
Fertile Papyrus is grown by throwing seeds into the Nile, then waiting for them to float downstream (i.e. northward), where they wash up on the riverbank and grow into fertile papyrus plants.
Plant Papyrus Seeds (hf) on a muddy bank, then look for plants about 10 minutes later about 100-250 coordinates NORTH from where you planted it. Both the West Nile and East Nile are valid planting areas. There are signs around the 3000 mark for where to start planting.
Fertile Papyrus will grow on both banks of the Nile, as well as adjacent water sources (up to 1000 coordinates away). This is particularly prevalent in what some think are 'dead spots', as this indicates the papyrus actually grew on a different water source nearby. If you find that there is a large gap in your run along the Nile, check for lakes and ponds nearby.
The old zFree area in Asyut is a good planting area with predictable yield.
Yields can be up to 20 papyrus from 1 seed, depending on where you plant and how well you space them. The exact yield varies depending on time of day, growing later at night is better. 20:1 is pretty hard to achieve, though. Usually, if you plant reasonably, you'll see yields of anywhere from 5:1 to 12:1.
Suggested Planting and Tips
- Make sure you are planting 1 seed at least 5 - 10 steps apart. Don't plant seeds farther apart than 15 coordinates. Short gaps, say 2 coordinates, substantially reduce the yield over seed planted.
- Pinning your Plant menu makes it easy to click in the far distance and plant as your avatar runs. You can also use the arrow keys to run, and if your mouse cursor is over the Plant menu, use the tab key to activate the planting action.
- You can right or left click to pick papyrus. Right-clicking to pick papyrus has the advantage that, if you mis-click, you will not run past the flower.
Papyrus Seeds (hf) are produced by drying Nile-grown papyrus at a high altitude. The higher the altitude at which the papyrus is dried, the more seeds are produced. At sea level, dried papyrus will usually produce no seeds; on the peaks of very tall mountains, an average of 40+ seeds per bundle of 20 papyrus is normal, but the per bundle yield ranges from 0 to 100 seeds. If you're concerned with getting lots of seeds, dry full bundles so rounding doesn't cost you so many fractions. Note: Even on the peak of a mountain, next to a rack that yielded 48 seeds, another rack produced no seeds.
Good spots for drying Fertile Papyrus for seeds
- Hermopolis 1800, 3800 - Very high mountain, entrance from the NE, with 30 Flax Hammocks and 5 Drying Racks, all public. Quite a bit north of Avaris though.
- Asyut 1038, 2122 - Large mountain, public hammocks and racks
- Giza 984, 6200 - Next to UBody, not very high, but easily accessible and close to the Nile
- Upper Egypt 1697 -1443 - East of Koptos CS, 10 public hammocks, easily accessible from the south
- Can be run through a Paper Press to make Papyrus Paper.
- Can be dried in a Drying Rack or Flax Hammock in order to produce Dried Papyrus and more Papyrus Seeds (hf).
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