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Cooper was a mountain of a man, he used rattlesnakes for drinking straws and drove the biggest meanest car around. Its engine you could hear from some 6000 leagues away, by my estimation. ⁠⁠

Cooper could throw someone far. Very far. Some say he was raised by yakmel, and though others dispute that claim, it would account for his inability to read or write.

Mason in My Time at Portia

Cooper is a Sandrock rancher. He is married to Mabel. Elsie is their daughter.


Personal summary[]

Cooper's family runs the largest yakmel farm in South Eufaula. He seems to have his own opinion on everything and often can't stop talking.


Cooper can be befriended.


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Sends gifts through the mail sometimes

Social interactions[]

Social chat.png Chat[]

Chat is a basic social interaction available at any relationship level. Chatting with Cooper once a day can increase his relationship by 1 point; subsequent chatting, on the same day, only results in the same conversation without any relationship gain.

Cooper's dialogue may change every day and every season. Cooper may also comment about certain events or missions. Higher relationship levels also change Cooper's dialogue.


Cooper.png Howdy there, pardner. Can't say I recognize ya. 'Fraid I ain't got time for pleasantries at the moment. Speak with Mabel if you have business with the ranch.

After first introduction:

Cooper.png Why are ya still here? Are you expectin' a handout?

If the character speaks to him again:

Cooper.png Now listen here, when I was your age, I was takin' care of fifteen yakmel, 45 chickens, twelve brothers and sisters, and nobody, not once, not ever, I said nobody, ever gave me nothin' for free!
Cooper.png So I asks myself now what in the sam heck would I be doin' if I-
(You decide to back away slowly)

If the player speaks to him again:

Cooper.png Good, you've returned so that I might yell at you some more! Now where was I...Ah, yes. Now where do you get off, goin' around askin' for handouts, when good, honest, hardworkin' people like yours truly are out in the fields, breakin' their backs, sweatin' their behinds off-
(You decide to back away slowly)


Cooper.png Howdy there, Builder! You're lookin' well today. Well, you have a good one.
Cooper.png Now this may come as a surprise to ya, but ranch work ain't exactly easy, heh! Just in case you didn't think I had it hard enough, Yakmel get extra ornery in the heat... fun fact!
Cooper.png Word to the wise, Builder! You'd best not underestimate a Wild Yakmel! They'll put you on all fours right quick: faster'n you can say 'survival of the fittest!'
Cooper.png The Church here is much more open-minded than other places. Which is good, 'cause if we don't use some fancy Corrupted relics in Sandrock, we'd be dead.
Cooper.png You know, even since my younger days, most folks here regarded me as the big dog in town; carin' for copious amounts of cattle'll create such an effect.
Cooper.png People could learn from the Yakmel! They provide valuable resources and economic prosperity all day, everyday. And they never, ever, complain!
Cooper.png My Ma always said: you can't count your chickens before they hatch if you don't know how to count.


Cooper.png I reckon could wrangle any beast small or large in all the Eufaula, but raising a teenage daughter, well, that's where I've met my match, friend.
Cooper.png Hey, you wanna hear a real knee-slapper? Get this: Hugo, and I'm not makin' this up, Hugo thinks HE works harder than ME! Ahahahah ahhah! Haha...! Ha... Hey, what's the matter, Builder, why ain'tcha laughin'? Y'all's generation ain't got no sense of humor.
Cooper.png Lotta folks wonder how an old farmhand like me could land a prize like Mabel; can't say I've figured it out myself, neither! Some folks just get lucky, I guess!
Cooper.png Our Elsie's sharp as a tack. Must be from her mother's side, heh heh!
Cooper.png What do you think ol' Zeke does in that Moisture Farm of his? Water the plants... then what?! Seems easier than ranch work, I'll just say that...
Cooper.png Hey there, Builder! You look tired! Buildin' got you worn out? It is of course a tirin' job, but... it ain't exactly ranch work is it? What time do you wake up, anyway, 6? Heh heh heh. Well isn't that cute.
Cooper.png You do know that them city slicker Atarans drank up all our water, don't you? One day everything is hunky-dory, then not fifteen, I say not fifteen minutes after we sign the Fair Water Allocation Contract, wouldn't you know it, there ain't a drop to drink around these parts! Personally, I believe a dark conglomerate of shadowy figures is pulling the strings from behind the scenes in Atara, secretly convening in noodle restaurants every full moon, but you can think whatever you want.


Cooper.png Long time ago, fella by the name of Kitchener Leslie told me there was buried treasure out here in them thar dunes, but I'm startin' to think, and let the record state: maybe the real treasure is... you! Heh, heh, ever since you showed up, everything's been lookin' up around here. But then again, maybe that treasure's still out there...
Cooper.png My Mabel is the most good and patient, lovin', kind-hearted gal you'll ever meet. And me, heh, well, I'm a model citizen. How'd we end up with such a firecracker of a daughter, huh? Oh, I got it... must be all that vi-o-lence she reads about in them made up stories of hers! Dang books, corrupt my daughter, will ya!?
Cooper.png I don't get cityfolk etiquette, who are they tryin' to fool, anyway? Durdee durr, sir, I'm so fancy, I drink tea with my pinky extended in just such a way...! Aw, phooey! Just drink your dang tea, and let it scald your throat like the Light intended it!
Cooper.png I useta just farm rutabagas to make ends meet, but then, cuz of 'big turnip' and their corporate greed, whole market got crashed and folks like me got kicked to the curb! Fortunately, I was able to work out a career change that I reckon I'm doin' fine by, but still it's the principle of the matter! Down with big turnip!
Cooper.png Do you think Elsie thinks less of me? Because I can't read good...?
Cooper.png Well, Player, I reckon I oughtta tell you that you're one of the four and a half people that I have deep respect for; excludin' my most close family of course. Yep. And three of the aforementioned four and a half earned their status by doin' Dee-dee tricks, somethin' I may have never mentioned that I have a soft spot for. And look at you: you got there without even ownin' a Dee-dee! Yep, you're one to be envied, Player, I tell you what.
Cooper.png Well. Uh. Shucks. Why don't you say somethin'? Nobody's ever listened to me talk for this long, not even Mabel... I'm like a dog chasin' a train, Player! There never was an end game; this is it! Now quick, tell me about a Colorful Llama you saw or somethin', I can't handle the dead air!
Cooper.png Reckon you're my best good friend now, Player. Which suits me just fine! I ain't never gotta talk to that ol' grump Hugo never again! That'll show him. Heh heh heh, yeah we're gonna be best friends forever, Player! Which reminds me of an anecdote concerning onions...

During a sandstorm[]

Regular lines[]
Cooper.png Howdy there, young'n, don't suppose you've noticed there's a sandstorm up and about now have you? Heh, reminds me of myself at your age, all full of spit and vinegar, no regard for inclement weather, but say, you do know that you're apposed to be sayin' at home, ain'tcha?
Cooper.png Wanderin' around in a sandstorm are ye? Find anything good? You do know there's all kinda riches out there, don't you? Wealth beyond one's wildest imaginations and what not, but shoot, if you get stuck out there chasin' treasure... well, that ain't nothin but bad business. Basic ranchonomics, really.
Cooper.png You do know there are monsters out in the sandstorm don't, you? Like, real big ones. I ain't tryin' to scare you or nothin', but... even back in my prime I'd be keepin' my wits about me. But you know what? Go ahead, don't listen to the old man, keep runnin' around out there, see how it works out for ya.
Cooper.png Listen, Player], now, in the beginning, I must admit I was takin' some sick satisfaction out of seein' you stumble around in the storms, fallin' over yourself and what not, but at a certain point, one has to just step forward and intervene: everything... hunky dory?
Cooper.png This weather reminds me of when I first met my Mabel. Not cuz it was like this or anything that day, but more cuz I was... blown away.


Day of the Bright Sun[]
Cooper.png Day of the Bright Sun, Ol' Coop jumps into action, I tell ya. Always practicin' my grabs, my runs, the stiff arm, an' my pushes. What's that get ya? End up with a stackful, that's what.
Day of Memories[]
Cooper.png Nothin' wrong with gettin' a lil' R&R. Who don't love games? I can enjoy a holiday once in a while, Nobody's workin' today, anyway. Hey, Builder! You're not workin' right? You wouldn't do that to me, would ya?
Running of the Yakmel[]
Cooper.png Better watch yerself out there, pardner, I'm a lean, mean, yak-bumpin' machine! It's in m'blood, I tell you what! Wait, don't tell me, you heard 'bout the origins of this here festival, ain'tcha?


Cooper.png Fine weather today by my estimation. Reminds me of the day I was born. Yep, that's right: twenty-second of Summer, I remember it like it was yesterday. What, you don't remember bein' born?
Cooper.png Must be a rancher thing. Yep, I reckon the clouds were aligned much in the way that they are today... which reminds me of an amusing anecdote involving a pair of spoons I used to play on.

Social gift.png Gift[]

This table contains gifting data extracted from the game files and may contain unavailable or unimplemented items. Any errors or changes should be reported on the article comments of this page. Thank you!
  • Cooper can be given one gift per day. Giving the same gift every day for several days may result in diminishing rewards.
  • Every giftable item in the game has a base point value when gifted. The Neutrals row of the table below only lists neutral items that give an increased reward compared to their base value.
  • The quality of items gifted may affect the relationship points gained, with higher quality items giving extra points.
  • Birthdays and festival days do not affect the relationship points gained. However, giving a gift on Cooper' birthday will give a unique dialogue.
Social gift.png Gifting Items
Gift Love Loved
Yakmel SaddleYakmel Saddle (+18)
Eel JerkyEel Jerky (+17)
Fine Delicious AvocadoFine Delicious Avocado (+15)
Yakboy Rocking ChairYakboy Rocking Chair (+15)
Yakboy WardrobeYakboy Wardrobe (+15)
Delicious AvocadoDelicious Avocado (+14)
HarmonicaHarmonica (+14)
Iron DaggerIron Dagger (+14)
Iron GreatswordIron Greatsword (+14)
Iron SpearIron Spear (+14)
Iron Sword and ShieldIron Sword and Shield (+14)
Leather GlovesLeather Gloves (+14)
Leisurely Rattan ChairLeisurely Rattan Chair (+14)
Leisurely Rattan Tea TableLeisurely Rattan Tea Table (+14)
Yakboy BookshelfYakboy Bookshelf (+14)
Eagle FluteEagle Flute (+13)
Iron Knee PadsIron Knee Pads (+13)
Leather BeltLeather Belt (+13)
Motivational HammerMotivational Hammer (+13)
Sand Jujube CakeSand Jujube Cake (+13)
Vintage PistolVintage Pistol (+13)
Wolf Tooth PendantWolf Tooth Pendant (+13)
Yakmel SausageYakmel Sausage (+13)
Iron Elbow PadsIron Elbow Pads (+12)
Yakboy Horn DecorationYakboy Horn Decoration (+12)
Gift Like Liked
Concentrated Algae ApparatusConcentrated Algae Apparatus (+10)
Bronze DaggersBronze Daggers (+9)
Bronze GreatswordBronze Greatsword (+9)
Bronze SpearBronze Spear (+9)
Bronze Sword and ShieldBronze Sword and Shield (+9)
Fine Sweet and Sour SandfishFine Sweet and Sour Sandfish (+9)
Rustic CabinetRustic Cabinet (+9)
Rustic Cushion ChairRustic Cushion Chair (+9)
Rustic SofaRustic Sofa (+9)
Wooden BookcaseWooden Bookcase (+9)
Animal Skin CarpetAnimal Skin Carpet (+8)
Braised BBQ RibsBraised BBQ Ribs (+8)
Cowprint SofaCowprint Sofa (+8)
DiamondDiamond (+8)
GoldGold (+7)
Potted CactusPotted Cactus (+7)
RosestoneRosestone (+7)
Sweet and Sour SandfishSweet and Sour Sandfish (+7)
Yakboy FlowerpotYakboy Flowerpot (+7)
Yakboy Small Round StoolYakboy Small Round Stool (+7)
Yakboy Small Square StoolYakboy Small Square Stool (+7)
FluoriteFluorite (+6)
Lavender GemLavender Gem (+6)
OpalOpal (+6)
Potted Ball CactusPotted Ball Cactus (+6)
Stewed Beef with PotatoesStewed Beef with Potatoes (+5)
WaterWater (+5)
Yakmel MilkYakmel Milk (+5)
Gift Neutral Special neutrals
Lapis LazuliLapis Lazuli (+4)
Stone SpearStone Spear (+4)
Stone SwordStone Sword (+4)
Stone Sword and ShieldStone Sword and Shield (+4)
Watering CanWatering Can (+4)
BiocrustBiocrust (+3)
BloodstoneBloodstone (+3)
Stone DaggersStone Daggers (+3)
TopazTopaz (+3)
FertilizerFertilizer (+2)
Pistol BulletPistol Bullet (+2)
Gift Dislike Disliked
Four Leaf Clover NecklaceFour Leaf Clover Necklace (-1)
Amber EarringsAmber Earrings (-2)
Armor DisplayArmor Display (-2)
Around the World in However Many DaysAround the World in However Many Days (-2)
Beast Head Jade ChaliceBeast Head Jade Chalice (-2)
Compact MotorCompact Motor (-2)
Conch Shell Goddess StatueConch Shell Goddess Statue (-2)
Condensed Power StoneCondensed Power Stone (-2)
CondenserCondenser (-2)
Cross AnchorCross Anchor (-2)
Curling IronCurling Iron (-2)
DNA ModelDNA Model (-2)
EngineEngine (-2)
Equatorial MountEquatorial Mount (-2)
Feather DusterFeather Duster (-2)
Fish FossilFish Fossil (-2)
Flag Waving Astronaut ModelFlag Waving Astronaut Model (-2)
Floating GalaxyFloating Galaxy (-2)
Folder HolderFolder Holder (-2)
Fragrant SatchelFragrant Satchel (-2)
Gold EarringsGold Earrings (-2)
Golden Bull HeadGolden Bull Head (-2)
Golden CandlestickGolden Candlestick (-2)
Golden Ear Bone RingGolden Ear Bone Ring (-2)
Golfing Astronaut ModelGolfing Astronaut Model (-2)
Guitarist Astronaut ModelGuitarist Astronaut Model (-2)
Hair DryerHair Dryer (-2)
Inflated Astronaut ModelInflated Astronaut Model (-2)
Jeweled EggJeweled Egg (-2)
Meowses II StatueMeowses II Statue (-2)
MicrochipMicrochip (-2)
Orchid EarringsOrchid Earrings (-2)
Ozdak Dancing StatueOzdak Dancing Statue (-2)
Ozdak Rooster Pose StatueOzdak Rooster Pose Statue (-2)
Ozdak Step Dancing StatueOzdak Step Dancing Statue (-2)
Ozdak Sun Worship StatueOzdak Sun Worship Statue (-2)
Pro Gamer ChairPro Gamer Chair (-2)
Rainbow LocketRainbow Locket (-2)
Rusty RobotRusty Robot (-2)
Sailor's HornSailor's Horn (-2)
Sand Eagle StatueSand Eagle Statue (-2)
Ship Wheel ModelShip Wheel Model (-2)
Simple Vacuum CleanerSimple Vacuum Cleaner (-2)
Spaceship ModelSpaceship Model (-2)
SpacesuitSpacesuit (-2)
Stegosaurus Skeleton ModelStegosaurus Skeleton Model (-2)
Techno BarrelTechno Barrel (-2)
Techno BoxTechno Box (-2)
Techno CalendarTechno Calendar (-2)
Techno Floppy Disk BoxTechno Floppy Disk Box (-2)
Techno LampTechno Lamp (-2)
Techno LockerTechno Locker (-2)
Techno TableTechno Table (-2)
Broken Power StoneBroken Power Stone (-3)
ConcealerConcealer (-3)
Cooking MasterCooking Master (-3)
Copper ScrapCopper Scrap (-3)
Data DiscData Disc (-3)
Dilapidated Dining TableDilapidated Dining Table (-3)
Dilapidated engineDilapidated engine (-3)
Dilapidated FurnaceDilapidated Furnace (-3)
Double EarringsDouble Earrings (-3)
Facial CreamFacial Cream (-3)
Gordana Diary IGordana Diary I (-3)
Gordana Diary IIGordana Diary II (-3)
Growing GuideGrowing Guide (-3)
Journey to the EastJourney to the East (-3)
Old World Utilization Theory: A Case Study on Sandrock's 'The Breach'Old World Utilization Theory: A Case Study on Sandrock's 'The Breach' (-3)
PioneerPioneer (-3)
Plastic ScrapPlastic Scrap (-3)
Potted PlantPotted Plant (-3)
Power StonesPower Stones (-3)
Ruby HeaddressRuby Headdress (-3)
Simple CircuitSimple Circuit (-3)
Simple CircuitsSimple Circuits (-3)
Skin CreamSkin Cream (-3)
SunscreenSunscreen (-3)
Stone ScrapStone Scrap (-3)
Techno CupTechno Cup (-3)
Techno PhoneTechno Phone (-3)
Wood ScrapWood Scrap (-3)
Worn TiresWorn Tires (-3)
Gift Hate Hated
Abandoned dollAbandoned doll (-5)
Asphalt road fragments with a bit of historyAsphalt road fragments with a bit of history (-5)
Burnt coffee tableBurnt coffee table (-5)
DregsDregs (-5)
Exhausted fitness equipmentExhausted fitness equipment (-5)
Feces Shell EggsFeces Shell Eggs (-5)
Food ScrapsFood Scraps (-5)
Lizard ToothLizard Tooth (-5)
MucusMucus (-5)
Ruined ClothRuined Cloth (-5)
Ruined GlassRuined Glass (-5)
Ruined PaperRuined Paper (-5)
Snake SalivaSnake Saliva (-5)
Snake ToothSnake Tooth (-5)
Strange StoneStrange Stone (-5)
Textile ScrapTextile Scrap (-5)
TV with broken screenTV with broken screen (-5)
Unlabelled MedicineUnlabelled Medicine (-5)
VenomVenom (-5)
Gift Neutral Refused
ManureManure (-6)
Listed values are without skills giving extra points.
Lists may be incomplete or may contain unimplemented items.


Desires are gifts Cooper has a chance to ask the player for. The player has to be at least associates with Cooper in order for him to be assigned a desire.

If Cooper has a desire, gifting the wanted item will give the higher tier points; otherwise the item gives the base point value. The item's quality is taken into account when fulfilling a desire; gifting Cooper a higher quality item will yield more relationship points.

Bronze DaggersBronze Daggers (+19)
Bronze SpearBronze Spear (+19)
Rustic CabinetRustic Cabinet (+16)

Gift responses[]

Some items gifted to Cooper will yield a special non-generic response.

When gifted an Eagle Flute or a Harmonica:

Cooper.png Heh, well y'know Player, pickin' and a'strummin' is this ol' boy's prime pastime to unwind. There ain't nothin' better than kickin' back, with a Yakmel Milk an' a guitar, pluckin' out some sweet melody. Some folks like readin' them ol' dusty books; you call that a good time? I'll take care of this, put it right there next to my ol' guitar.

When gifted a Yakmel Saddle:

Cooper.png It's refreshin' to see you young folk heedin' the idea of Yakmel rearin'. Now I've always been a man that calls it like I sees it, wanna be clear when I say this shows a sign of high character comin' from you. I appreciate it, pardner.

When gifted accessories he loves:

Cooper.png Well if this ain't the most snake-wranglin'-est, Yakmel herdin'-est, gob-smackin'-est piece of kit I done ever seen. Thanks, Player, you know how to make an old Yakboy happy. I think this might even be too fine a work to wear. I'mma put this with my collection.

When gifted cooked food he loves:

Cooper.png Ha! I knew you were a folk with taste! I've been known to say that Sandrock done make the finest dishes in all the Free Cities. There ain't nothin' better than a homecooked, nutritious, local dish that gets those mouth juices flowin'. I thank ye, Player. You ain't was born here, but, shoot, you're a Sandrocker to me.

When gifted furniture he loves:

Cooper.png This is bee-eautiful craftsmanship. I might not look it, but I got a keen sense for furniture. It's like raisin' them Yakmel, you gotta know them little cues an' subtleties to understand 'em fully. Style an' texture for furniture, a good moo from a Yakmel. Like apples an' oranges. No doubt about it. You done did good, Player.

When gifted weapons he loves:

Cooper.png You heard about ol' Coop's claim to quickest draw in Sandrock, huh? I can "pop" quicker'n you can think the word. Well, it's been a while since I had to use brawns over brains, but heck, I think this might just get me back practicin' again. See if I still got it. Thanks, Player, 'preciate it.

When gifted food he likes:

Cooper.png Mmmm, this looks like a tasty treat. Maybe not as good as Mabel's cookin', but that's a bar I wouldn't try any other folk to overcome. True cookin' needs a soft hand, but firm mind, an' Mabel's got them in spades. Well, I guess I can try this an' see. I ain't opposed to tryin' new things.

When gifted furniture he likes:

Cooper.png This ain't a bad piece. You can tell a lot about a person from the furniture they keep. Them ferners reckon placement of furniture may well have magical properties. Fang shwee? I don't know about all that, but maybe they're onto somethin'.

When gifted bronze weapons:

Cooper.png Well, you know I got a dab hand at all things related to altercation. Cooper the trooper they used to call me. Though, I do say, not as much as when I was a younger man. Nowadays, I ain't quite as sharp, maybe I'll take this out and try again. Maybe I can still keep up with you young'uns!

When gifted farming equipment he likes:

Cooper.png I once went bust as a farmer, but a rancher does has to do some sort of plantin'. Them animals gotta eat, drink, an' sleep. If you ain't providin' a good life for yer animals, then you ain't much of a rancher. I 'preciate it, Player, I'm sure the Yakmel'll love it.

When gifted potted cacti:

Cooper.png If it ain't jus' the best darn plant in the Free Cities. There ain't a more resilient, powerful, long-lastin' bein' in the world, I tell you what. Now I like to see the fine cactus as a true representation of us here fine folk of Sandrock. We stand strong in the desert, strongest folk around. Thank ye, Player.

When gifted Water:

Cooper.png Water is quite a precious resource 'round these parts. I know it ain't easy to part with, bein' a form of sustenance an' all. So it's mighty swell of you to share with this humble rancher.

When gifted farming equipment he is neutral towards:

Cooper.png Well it ain't the fanciest I've seen, but dang it, I ain't seen a tool I can't put to use yet. Thank ya kindly, Player.

When gifted stone weapons or ammunition:

Cooper.png This ain't the strongest weapon I seen, but I'm sure it'll do the trick. Anythin' to defend my property is an important thing. Let this ol' Yakboy teach you somethin' young'un, you gotta protect what you love.

When gifted books:

Cooper.png Oh ho. We got a comedian on our hands, a real joker. You think it's funny, huh? Funny to put this book in my face knowin' full well I can't read! Words hurt, you know, Player? Most especially the words I can't read!

When gifted jewelry:

Cooper.png Give all that junk to Mabel. Eliminate me as the middleman. I dunno why you wanna bother me with it.

When gifted cosmetics and beauty products:

Cooper.png A ranchin' man ain't got no use for these here whatchamacallits. This is the mug the Light gave me! Try givin' me this again, see what happens! I'mma give these to m'Yakmel!

When gifted relics:

Cooper.png You ain't heard the sermons? Or are you jus' some sort of heretic? I ain't touchin' that kinda stuff, got some bad juju, I tell ya. Better stay away from it kid, and keep it away from me too. Don't worry pardner, I'll rebury this'n fer ya.

When gifted relic crafting materials:

Cooper.png You think my hands ain't enough to run a ranch? You think I can't do this on my own? "Techno-lology," load of hogwash. I'll get rid of this for ye, but next time jus' keep it away from me. I been doin' this a long time, I don't need help from stupid machines.

When gifted Techno furniture or accessories:

Cooper.png I don't know what them Age of Corruption folks were thinking. No taste, I tell you what. None of this stuff really holds up if'n you ask me. All them shiny parts, what's wrong with makin' stuff with your own two hands? Waste of time and space I tell you what. I reckon it could damage the eyes even lookin' at it!

When gifted a Feather Duster or a Simple Vacuum Cleaner:

Cooper.png You tryin' to say somethin'? You sayin' I don't keep a clean shop? I can't take care of myself? Kids these days, not a shred of respect for their elders, I tell you what. Plain disrespectful. Yes, I do need one of these, but I just don't like how this went down.

Social play.png Play[]

Once the player has become buddies with Cooper, they can schedule a play date together. Cooper can participate in all playdate activities except playing Whac-A-Mole.

Play date dialogue[]

Start and end[]

Play date starts:

Cooper.png Alrighty, Player. Let's get this over with. I still got a lot of ranch work to do later!

Play date end in a good mood:

Cooper.png Well, Builder. I'll say what transpired here today weren't quite as fulfillin' as a hard day of work... But it were durn close- put 'er there! Hyeh heh heh! Yeah, you take 'er easy, but not too easy, y'hear!

Play date end in a neutral mood:

Cooper.png Now some could make the argument that what transpired today resulted in nothin' gained and nothin' lost; not me, however. Now, I don't mean for you to take this personally, Builder, but I am a busy man, and can't be out and about dilly-dallyin' idly if you get my meanin'.
But like I said, don't take it personal, I reckon I can try this again sometime.

Play date end in a bad mood:

Cooper.png Now what's the big idea, pardner, you tryin' to make a fool out of me? Cuz I don't take kindly to bein' made a fool out of, nor any attempts on such of the sort! Now I would never proclaim to be a mind-reader, but if I had to guess what you were thinkin', I'd reckon it'd be somewhere along the lines of, "This fella right here ought to be made a fool of, and I aim to make it my business to make it done!"
Now, like I said, not a mind-reader, nor would I suggest that such a profession might exist, nor could information from a self-proclaimed mind-reader be guaranteed to be credible! Anyway, now where was I, ah, yes!
The facts are on my side, you see, one need only take one look at the acts you've committed and the behavior you've thought fitting to invoke upon our little promenade; the conclusion one must arrive at is painfully obvious-
(You slowly back away.)
(Cooper closes the gap and continues speaking.)
Ah hah! Tryin' to run, eh? Fleein' the scene of the crime, eh? Can you even fathom a more concrete type of evidence than that? Innocent folk don't run; yer guilty I say, guilty! Guilty of draggin' my name through the mud and fer what? Fer yer own amusement!
Now, as I was sayin' before I was so rudely interrupted...!
Sitting and chatting[]

Suggesting to start the activity:

Cooper.png Ah yes, the good ole chattin' spot. 'Course, any place is a chattin' spot if that's yer prerogative. Nevertheless, this one'll do just fine. Now allow me to bend your ear for a moment, Builder, there's a'somethin' on my mind...

Compliment appearance:

Cooper.png Heh heh heh! Yeah, guess you could say I've aged like a fine Yakmel Milk. Y'know, young'n, you're pretty bright, anybody ever tell you that? I never really considered myself a looker, but, heh, shoot I must be doin' alright to attract a knock out like Mabel! Tch tch!
Cooper.png Well, shucks, you know it's funny you say that, and this may take you by surprise, but I can assure you, no fibbin', that I take literally zero pride in my personal appearance. Woke up this way!
Cooper.png Yeah, you got a keen eye, Builder. See, this here's my lucky ranchin' hat. Whenever I wear it, I feel full of pep; feel like I got all the stamina in the world! If I were going to say how much more vigorous I feel wearing this hat on a scale from one to one hundred, I'd say about... twenty-five out of one hundred.

Compliment work:

Cooper.png Heh heh, yeah, well, sometimes people call me a 'workaholic,' whatever that means! I prefer to think of myself as a man who has a profound, sometimes crippling, addiction... to workin' hard!
Cooper.png Yeah, it takes a certain type. Can you do exactly the same thing over and over again, day in, day out without gettin' bored or losin' your mind? If so, you might just be rancher material.
Cooper.png Ranch work flows in my veins like a river, er... eh.... skip the metaphor: point is: I'm like a Yakmel: although I eat my meager feed, I somehow produce large amounts of milk. Milk here being a further metaphor for tangible goods, all of which produce market value here in our local economy.
Anyway, real point is: everyone, don't matter who you are, ought to one day do their fair share of ranch work. Puts hair on your chest! And back, eventually. But that there's actually just a metaphor for personal growth, y'see, when you come out here everyday and really give it your all, it builds character.

Compliment personality:

Cooper.png Heh, no brag just fact. Heck, you can ask anybody and their sister, they'll all say the same thing: "That man is a hard workin', salt of the earth, good-tempered, well-spoken fella who deserves a big thumbs up!" Not my words, this is just what folks are sayin'.
Now make no mistake, good-tempered don't mean no-tempered, and well-spoken don't mean, uh... not talkin' when you got somethin' to say. Anybody comes messin' with me, well, they'll just find out how 'good-tempered' I can be, and how 'well-spoken' I am with my dukes!
Cooper.png Yeah, well I thank you kindly, but I reckon it's just on account of us ranch folk have a certain sense of dignity that I think other folks could really learn from. I ain't sayin' you in particular, you know, for a city-slicker, I must say you got a fine set of manners on you, but the same couldn't be said for everyone in your lot, if I'm bein' honest.
It's simple: treat folk the way you want to be treated. That's it, that's all you gotta do. Be kind to strangers, 'cause you never know when you might meet 'em again! Also, y'know. Maybe they're a big deal or somethin'. Maybe you save their life and they give you three wishes, I dunno, just spitballin'.
Cooper.png Well, the trick is not to get too caught up on wantin' stuff. You want somethin' you can't have, that makes you unhappy. Therefore: don't want stuff. Just learn to live without it! Don't be like Elsie, see, the other day, she asks me for money to buy a new scarf.
Whaddya need a new scarf for? You already got one! All scarves are created equal in my book, and if we're bein' honest, a scarf ain't all that useful here in the Eufaula. You ever see me wearin' a scarf? Didn't think so.

Suggesting to start the activity:

Cooper.png Now this Owen feller he could learn a thing or two from my wife, see, she cooks the best rutabega stew this side of the Free Cities, but you'd never hear her say it. Humble as humble pie, but in any case I reckon it is good to support local businesses, why don't we see what's on the menu?

Asked about work:

Cooper.png Well, I'm up at the crack of dawn. I usually peek over on down the hill to make sure all yer lackadaisical be-hind are moving about in town in any semblance of a punctual fashion, heh heh!
After that, 14 hours of farm work. It goes by in a flash! That's life you know, it'll pass you by if you let it! Not like me though I cherish every moment-
(Cooper keeps talking for a while.)
Cooper.png I been tryin' to get that feller Pablo to give my Yakmel a furcut sometime before it gets too hot but that poofy pants snoot thinks such work is, in his own words, beneath him! Well, I never- Let me offer you a piece of advice, Player.
Ain't nobody ever got ahead by bein' too good for everyone else, when somebody offers you a chance to do good, honest work, you take it! That reminds me of a book I had read to me when I was a child-
(Cooper keeps talking for a while.)
Cooper.png Ever had a Sand Roll? I'll spare you the suspense: they're delicious. Some out-of-towners, perhaps such as yourself, fail to recognize the majesty of the Sand Roll, but that's neither here nor there; point is: my wife makes the best dang Sand Rolls this side of the Eufaula, and bein' that folk don't make Sand Rolls outside the Eufaula, that makes 'em the best in the world, I reckon.
Best flavor I reckon is honey squeeze-y easy please-y but that's been a point of contention among us locals for some time; however, were you to go by the metric of all them tourists lined up on the Day of Memories, it'd be the purple kind. But like I said, lotta out-of-towners don't know the first thing about Sand Rolls, no offense.
Anyway, since we're on the topic, I reckon you ought to know the history of the Sand Roll. See, it all began in the year 57...
(Cooper keeps talking for a while.)
Cooper.png Got into a little spat with that By the Stairs feller, what was his name again? Farvio? Anyway, that ain't the point, point is he started tryin' to tell me how to run my business!
Tryin' to say I gotta sell stuff for more than it costs us to make, can you believe that? I dunno how they do things... wherever they're from, but in my book, that's stealin'! I'd watch yer back over at his staircase-place.
(Cooper keeps talking for a while.

When ordering food:

Cooper.png I trust you to order some dishes today. Y'know, I ain't the kinda man to go out eatin' often, so I'm looking to see if the food here is better'en my wife's. I got a feelin' I ain't gonna be convinced.

Happy with the food player has ordered:

Cooper.png Player, I ain't never thought you'd like eatin' the same kinda thing as me! What? You ordered this 'cos you thought it's what I'd like? Well, you young folk can talk them nice words, huh? Well now, I ain't the kinda man who rebukes a kind gesture. Thank ya kindly, Player, now let's eat!

Neutral towards the food player has ordered:

Cooper.png So this is what you're usually out here orderin', Player? Well, I'll give it a try. If it ain't all that, maybe I can get Mabel to open up a restaurant! Give Owen some much needed competition.

Unhappy with the food player has ordered:

Cooper.png Now, I got a few words to say to you, Player. I do believe in the sincerity of your actions, but I don't see how you're makin' friends actin' like this. None of this is somethin' I'd consider food, an' even the presentation is lackin'. Forget it. I guess it's better to eat than not, huh.
Sand drawing[]

Suggesting to start the activity:

Cooper.png This is good spot. Sand nice and flat, minimal Yakmel droppins. All you could really ever ask from a sand dune. You wanna draw some stuff? Ain't really my thing, but Mabel's been tellin' me to try new stuff, an' well, I guess now's a good a time as any.

Drawing successful:

Cooper.png Well, looky there! There's a prize if I ever saw one! Reminds me of my own long list of accomplishments, yeah, the way I used to ride them buckin' Yakmel all while shreddin' up on a guitar solo... Yeah the ladies love it. Sand drawin', not my cup of tea though. Tea on the other hand, yeah that is my cup of tea...

Drawing unsuccessful:

Cooper.png Well it seems sand paintin' ain't your thing. Let ol' Cooper give you a friendly word of advice young'un. And by "word," I mean several. And by several, I mean a lot. Don't let nobody know what you ain't good at. Take all that sadness, bottle it up, never let anyone see it. Then you can be just like me: completely emotionally okay with no issues whatsoever!

Suggesting to start the activity:

Cooper.png Now I don't often partake in such pleasantries; as you know, I am gettin' on somewhat in the years, but, eh, oh what the heck, let's have a go just for ole time's sake, eh?

Happy with the fireworks display:

Cooper.png Y'know, Mabel keeps rattlin' on about dang fireworks all the time. I ain't never got time for it, but gosh darn ain't she tellin' the truth! How many more things have I been missin' out on? By the Light, I've wasted my life...

Unhappy with the fireworks display:

Cooper.png Well I really always say, fireworks are all personal taste. If you don't like the colors, well then you won't like the show. But then somethin' like this comes along; somethin' that ought be a subjective affair, that turns out to just be objectively bad. Thank you for givin' me somethin to ponder upon, Player.

Social spar.png Spar[]

Cooper can spar with the player.

Social mission.png Missions[]

Side missions[]

Side Mission New A Fake Friend
Side Mission New Learning to Ride
Side Mission New Keeping Up with the Yakmels
Side Mission New A Fake Friend
Side Mission New How to Tune your Banjo
Side Mission New You Spin Me Round



  • In the Portia Times from My Time at Portia, Cooper is quoted in the report Buses to Sandrock Now Road-Worthy: "Y'all can come down and have yerself a lark just so longs as ye stay off my property!". The report also describes him as a local disgruntled rancher.