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Papyrus

Papyrus provides a significant reduction in Science Research cost.

Papyrus is one of 31 Rare Resources in the game and, if present on a map, available from the beginning. It appears as a group of bright green papyrus plants (Cyperus papyrus) with some tools, tables and papyrus papers nearby. Like all rare resources on land, Papyrus can be gathered by sending a Merchant from the Market to the resource location. Papyrus gives the following benefits:

The gather rates from rare resources can be increased in various ways, as described in the main article. Also note, that Knowledge is not gathered before the Classical Age, with one exception: The Greeks may gather Knowledge from the beginning, making an early exploitation of this resource more useful.

Papyrus is one of five rare resources that reduce research cost, with the other four being Dye, Furs, Silk and Silver. The 25% cost reduction is quite significant, saving a nation considerable amounts of Wealth and Knowledge, if connected early in the game.

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