Total Solar Eclipse

In the past many cultures have had various superstitions about eclipses, including “the End of the World”. Here is a good link to further information.


Myths and Superstitions Around Solar Eclipses

Solar eclipses have caused fear, inspired curiosity, and have been associated with myths, legends, and superstitions throughout history. Even today, an eclipse of the Sun is considered a bad omen in many cultures.

The Hindu deity Rahu.

Hindu deity Rahu is known for causing eclipses.


Ancient Explanation for Solar Eclipse

Ancient cultures tried to understand why the Sun temporarily vanished from the sky, so they came up with various reasons for what caused a solar eclipse.

In many cultures, the legends surrounding solar eclipses involve mythical figures eating or stealing the Sun. Others interpreted the event as a sign of angry or quarreling gods.


This will be the first total solar eclipse in many peoples memories.

“This is the First Total Solar Eclipse in USA Since 1979. This is the first total eclipse of the Sun visible from the contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) since February 26, 1979. The last time a total eclipse was visible from coast to coast was on June 8, 1918.

I live in South Carolina, but there are many other links at the following link.

Here is an excerpt from


All good things must come to an end, and at 2:36:02pm, the shadow of the great 2017 total eclipse first touches the final state in its path. South Carolina also brings us the fifth state capital to be immersed in shadow, and several large cities will be able to play host to eclipse-chasers from all over.

Greenville is a very large city, and it is fully in shadow by 2:38pm. Its sister city of Spartanburg, however, is split by the path – you’ll want to head west, and enjoy Greenville’s 2m14s of totality.

Here is a map of the Greenville-Spartanburg area, to show you what’s going on.

Greenwood (2m28s at 2:39) is next on the list of bigger cities to see totality, and then Columbia is treated about two minutes later. The Capitol Building gets just a hair under 2m30s, and would be a great place for workers to take an afternoon shadow-break!

Sumter lies in the path, as do big, beautiful lakes Marion and Moutrie – right on the centerline!! Get out on the boat and soak it in!

The last large city to see the 2017 eclipse will be Charleston. (Here is our detailed eclipse page for Charleston!) It lies on the southern edge of the path, but because folks in Mt. Pleasant will get almost two minutes of totality, Charlestonians should head northeast!

The centerline then cuts across US17, just south of the last city to see the shadow – McClellanville, SC. From there, the shadow will take its leave of the last piece of American soil at 2:49:07.4pm. Quite appropriately, the spot is a long, isolated beach on a barrier island at the tip of a Wildlife Preserve – Cape Romain, just east of McClellanville.

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Figure of the Week: Hans Bullman

Todays’ Figure of the Week is the Reaper Dark Heaven Legends Hans Bullman. He is a human fighter, ranger, or barbarian wearing leather or hide armor, pauldron and bracer wielding a swordstaff/polearm and a greatsword/bastard sword. Dressed as a frontiersman or mountainman, so I painted him in natural colors.

Giant Serpentweed

While converting old monsters to Pathfinder, I found this creature on

Giant Serpentweed

by Jamie Baty

Large Plant

Hit Dice: 9d8 (40 hp)
Initiative: +2 (+2 Dex)
Speed: 0 ft. (0 squares)
Armour Class: 13 (-1 size, +2 Dex, +2 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 11
Base Attack/Grapple: +6/+14
Attack: Bite +10 melee (2d6 +4)
Full Attack: Bite +10 melee (2d6 +4)
Space/Reach: 10 ft. / 20 ft.
Special Attacks: –
Special Qualities: Low-light vision, plant traits, root of the problem, tremorsense
Saves: Fort +6, Ref +5, Will -1
Abilities: Str 18, Dex 14, Con 11, Int 0, Wis 2, Cha 4
Skills: Listen +10, Spot +10
Feats: Alertness, Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Weapon Focus (Bite)
Environment: Any marsh or aquatic
Organisation: Plant (2-5)
Challenge Rating: 4
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 10-18 HD (Large); 19-27 HD (Huge)
Level Adjustment: –

The giant serpentweed is a flesh-eating plant found in bogs and areas of standing water. Much of the plant lives under water, rooted to the bog bottom, but it has 2d5 stalks that reach above the surface. These thick, scaly stalks each end in a digestive sac that resembles a toothed mouth. From a distance, the stalks look like giant snakes.
Note: The above stats are for one stalk, not the entire plant.

The serpentweed stalks normally lie in wait just under the surface of the water. From there, they detect the vibrations of passing creatures, which they then attack aggressively.
The stalks can attack anything within a 20-foot radius of the plant. When a stalk loses all of its hit points, it is severed. When all the stalks are severed, the plant can no longer attack, but the plant itself is not dead. The only way to kill a serpentweed permanently is to burn the underwater roots. A severed stalk will grow back within six months.

Root of the Problem (Ex): Stalks of giant serpentweed that are severed regrow within six months. Giant serpentweed can only be permanently destroyed by inflicting 25 points of fire damage directly to the underwater root system. The roots are AC10 and have the same saves as a stalk.

Tremorsense (Ex): Giant serpentweed is sensitive to vibrations in the water and can automatically pinpoint the location of anything that is in contact with the water within 60ft.

Plant Traits: A plant creature possesses the following traits (unless otherwise noted in a creature’s entry): Immunity to all mind-affecting effects (charms, compulsions, phantasms, patterns, and morale effects); Immunity to poison, sleep effects, paralysis, polymorph, and stunning; Not subject to critical hits; Plants breathe and eat, but do not sleep.

X9 28, DMR2 91, CoM

I couldn’t find any better pics. These are good, but according to the description above, they are plants and the ones below are animals.


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Overflowing Garden

I planted some butternut squash in one raised bed but it decided to overrun that bed and 3 others then start taking up the walkways. There are 6 or so fruits and more on the way. Many of these leaves are close to 2 feet across and the flower is over 6″ across.

Thankfully, I found out that I can eat the leaves like grape leaves. Blanche them and roll up a filling inside.

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Figure of the Week: Arctic Dwarf

Ral Partha. This is a male dwarf of the far north with cloak, helm and scimitar. He is dressed for the cold, some people have told me that his colors are too drab, but that is on purpose.

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Quetzl-Nagara (11 RP)

Medium Outsider (native outsider, reptilian, air) 

Racial Qualities 

  • +2 Dexterity, +2 Charisma, -2 Constitution: Quetzl are much more flexible than other races, but due to their appearance and their serpent nature they don’t seem to make a lot of friends amongst the humanoids. (0 RP)
  • Medium: Quetzl are considered medium creatures. (0 RP)
  • Outsider: Quetzl are considered to be outsiders (air). Thus have the darkvision 60 ft trait. (3 RP)
  • Speed: Quetzl can slither at 30 ft. per round.  (0 RP)
  • Breeze-Kissed: Quetzl are surrounded by swirling winds, gaining a +2 racial bonus to AC against nonmagical ranged attacks. They can calm or renew these winds as a swift action. Once per day, quetzl can channel this wind into a single gust, making a bull rush or trip combat maneuver attempt against one creature within 30 feet. Doing so exhaust the user’s breeze-kissed ability for 24 hours. This is a supernatural ability. (4 RP)
  • Flight: Quetzl have a fly speed of 30 feet with clumsy maneuverability. This trait can be taken more than once. For each additional 2 RP spent, the races fly speed increases by +10 feet, and the maneuverability improves by one step. (4 RP)
  • Limbless: Quetzl have no legs, and therefore cannot be tripped. (-2 RP)
  • Bite: All Quetzl have long, serpentine fangs they can unfold from the roof of their mouth to make a bite attack at an enemy. This is a primary natural attack that deals 1d4 points of damage plus its strength. A Quetzl may use this attack in addition to other attacks during a full attack. (1 RP)
  • Prehensile Tail: Members of this race have a long, flexible tail that can be used to carry objects. They cannot wield weapons with their tails, but they can retrieve small, stowed objects carried on their persons as a swift action. (2 RP)
  • Languages: Quetzl can speak Draconic and Common. Quetzl with higher intelligence or the proper training can learn to speak Auran, gnome, elvish, and Sylvan. (0 RP)

Alternate Racial Traits

  • Frightful Gaze: Quetzl gain the following supernatural ability: Creatures within 30 feet of a member of this race that meet its gaze must succeed at a Will saving throw (DC 10 + the 1/2 user’s character level + the user’s Charisma modifier) or stand paralyzed in fear for 1 round. This is a mind-affecting fear effect. A target that successfully saves cannot be affected by the user’s frightful gaze for 24 hours. Preplaces Breeze-kissed and Prehensile Tail.
  • Natural Climbers: Quetzl have a climb speed of 30 feet, and may take 10 on climb checks even when distracted or threatened and have a +8 bonus to climb checks. Replaces Darkvision.
  • Slapping Tail: The quetzl have a tail they can use to make attacks of opportunity with a reach of 5 feet. The tail is a natural attack that deals 1d8 points of damage plus the quetzl’s Strength modifier. Replaces Prehensile Tail.
  • Tripping Tail: Quetzl can hit with their slapping tails, so they can choose make a trip attack as a free action that does not provoke attacks of opportunity. Replaces Prehensile Tail.

​A quetzl’s appearance varies, the feathers are often rainbow colored (red, yellow, blue, green, etc). They have a snake head and body, with feathered wings; sometimes even small hands and feet.

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4 Primitive Survival Skills Articles

Whiles researched primitive skills, I found these useful articles today:

Primitive Survival Skills: Surviving Without Tools And Supplies

19 “Old World” Primitive Survival Skills You’ll WISH You Knew Before SHTF


Master Woodsman Articles

I am constantly searching ways that I can improve my self-sufficiency/preparedness skills. These will be a nice start.

“Primitive (first) skills are our shared inheritance.
It is the shared thread which links us to our prehistory
and binds us together as human beings.”
Quote by Steve Watts

Knowledge is not complete until it is passed on.
But, the knowledge that is passed on must be complete.

     Quote by Dino Labiste



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