Oozes are delicate creatures which produce the magical mojo we all desire. They come in many shapes, sizes, and temperaments and must be treated with the utmost care.
Oozes have roamed the land of Castlebrook for many moons, however once his greatness discovered how beautiful, majestic, and profitable the oozes were, he claimed them to be the royal symbol of his throne (overtaking the black-tailed buzzard, which nobody was particularly enthusiastic about anyway).
Oozes are now commonly gathered from the surrounding landscape and produce more mojo in the hands of skilled farmers than they would in their natural habitat.
Since Oozes can’t talk, we assume the answer is... YES!
During your stay in Castlebrook, you'll find other goodies. Some of these items are useful tools to assist in your farming efforts, and some are useless relics of the past.
“Our desire for more STUFF is insatiable, man. You might call it silly, but I call it a paycheck.” - Gregory
Oozes (and other useful items you might gather) are stored in your shed until you’re ready to use them. When you decide to plant an ooze it will leave your shed and be placed on your farm, but tools and other items will be destroyed after use.
Any goodies which you purchase (or those discovered by foragers) will be delivered directly into your shed, or they'll show up in your mailbox.
“Technology is a manifestation of a species who despises itself, but isn’t it O so fun!?” - O, the prophetic
As a community of farmers, your farm is your livelihood here in Castlebrook. A poorly organized farm results in low mojo yields, whereas a smart and productive farm will make you wealthy beyond your wildest dreams (after the king gets his fair share, of course...).
Be cautious - nefarious farmers have been caught planting nasty oozes in other people’s farm. If this impacted tax yield (and if his majesty didn’t find it so amusing), we would put an end to it immediately. The flea market may have items to help defend from any shameful actors.
“They natural cycle that dictates the mojo production of wild oozes seems to remain once they are domesticated, and yet, as the oozes become closer to us, the mystery of the rhythm that guides them remains a profound mystery.” - Oozological Anatomy: Volume 2 by Scooter Finkle
Sprouted oozes will only produce mojo during a harvest, which happens sporadically throughout the day (usually a few times a day). During a harvest, the mojo production for each ooze on all of your farms will be added to your mojo total.
Mojo is the primary currency in these parts, allowing industrious ooze farmers to make a handsome living. Mojo is, most commonly, captured by sprouted oozes during a harvest. An ooze which is not sprouted will produce no mojo.
For an ooze to fully develop, it must be planted, where it will remain dormant for some time as it becomes tethered with its environment. Eventually, you will be able to sprout the ooze, where it will start supplying your farm with sweet sweet mojo when a harvest occurs. When oozes sprout, some have been known to boost (or degrade) the spirits of nearby oozes.
A sprouted ooze is an ooze which living above-ground, and ready to produce mojo. Only sprouted oozes effect other oozes around them and only sprouted oozes produce mojo.
Once an ooze has sprouted, they produce mojo when a harvest occurs, until they eventually perish. During a harvest, any mojo which is produced on your farm will be captured by you, and added to your mojo total.
An ooze cannot stay sprouted indefinitely, and will eventually die if left in this state. Burying or removing an ooze from production will replenish its energy, extending it's life.
Castlebrook has been home to an ancient tribe of foragers long before King Minus' ancestors arrived. Much of their history has been lost, alongside the knowledge of the mysterious oozes. Many secrets remain undiscovered in this forgotten landscape.
King Minus is the most generous, courageous, and beautiful leader anyone could ever hope for. He’s brought prosperity, profit, and happiness to everyone in Castlebrook through the power of the ooze.
King Minus enjoys long walks on the shore, and frolicing with his favorite pet pig, Larry.
Those who contribute their fair share shall be upheld as models of our society, and those questioning the rule of the great King Minus are pursuing an imbecilic endeavour.
(This message approved by King Minus)
King Minus’ favorite pig. Current minister of defense during King Minus' absence.
"The techniques of local foragers seem to have been passed on from generation to generation for longer than records have existed. We can only hope to improve upon their techniques by living alongside those who see oozes as a part of the cosmic consciousness." - Mythology of the Zu by Bin Zooth
Foragers are experts in gathering materials which farmers find useful. Foragers come in a wide variety, all providing a range of unique expertise. If you’re looking for something specific, there’s a good chance a forager can get it for you.
You can find foragers for hire at Rickshaw’s Tavern. When hiring a forager, they will work exclusively for you for the duration of their contract, searching for goodies which will be delivered to your inbox if/when they find them.
Foragers know their value. When they see you've hired a whole crew, they'll ask for more mojo to do the same job.