Out of town

Sorry no post today as I’m out of town in a camping trip. I’ll post pictures when I return.

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Flowerling

Flowering 12 RP
Small Fey (fey)

Racial Traits

  • +2 Wisdom, +2 Charisma, -2 Strength (0 RP)
  • Fey: Flowerlings are plant-like creatures with supernatural abilities and connections to nature with the Fey subtype.  (2 RP)
    • Lowlight Vision: Flowerlings can see twice as far as a human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and similar conditions of poor illumination. They retain the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions.
  • Small: Flowerlings are small creatures gain a +1 size bonus on attack rolls, a -1 penalty on combat maneuver checks and to their CMD, and a +4 size bonus on Stealth checks. (0 RP)
  • Slow Speed: Flowerlings have a movement of 20 feet, (-1 RP)
  • Spores (sleep): Flowerlings gain the ability to put opponents asleep. At Will, as the sleep spell. (1 RP)
  • Commune with Nature: Flowerlings choose 1 from the following abilities (2 RP):
    • Sense Water: Flowerlings can sense water 1 mile away, +1 mile/3 levels. They can also sense if the water is clean or poisoned.
    • Plant Growth (minor): Flowerlings gain the ability to cast a minor version of plant growth (as spell). The range is reduced to touch or 10 ft +10 ft/level, the area is equal to the range. This ability can be reversed as diminish plants.
    • Whispering Wind: Flowerlings gain the ability to use whispering wind to talk to each other and nearby plants at will (as spell). Range 1 mile/level, area 10 ft radius. The message is limited to 25 words.
    • Mending (natural): Flowerlings can mend (as spell) natural objects, this also heals plants 1d4 hp/level. Range 10 ft, 1 object of up to 1 lb/level, Will saving throw negates.
  • Take Root: Flowerlings gain the ability to take root 2/day to heal injuries as normal healing from sleep. (2 RP)
  • Woodland Stride (forest): Flowerlings gain the ability woodland stride, to move through any sort of undergrowth (such as natural thorns, briars, overgrown areas, and similar terrain) at their normal speed and without taking damage or suffering any other impairment. Thorns, briars, and overgrown areas that have been magically manipulated to impede motion, however, still affect them. (2 RP)
  • Camouflage, greater: Flowerlings are able to appear as any flowering plant/shrub of their size or a group of smaller plants. While in flower form, they can observe all that transpires around them just as if they were in their normal form and their hit points and save bonuses remain unaffected. They gain a +10 natural armor bonus to AC but have an effective Dexterity score of 0 and a speed of 0 feet. They are immune to critical hits while in flower form. All clothing and gear carried or worn changes with them. They can dismiss flower shape as a free action (instead of as a standard action). (4 RP)
  • Language: Treespeach and Common. Bonus: Elven, Halfling, Gnome and Sylvan. (0 RP)

Alternate Racial Traits

  • Thorn Growth: Flowerlings gain a +1 racial bonus to AC and 1d4 damage (as armor spikes). Replaces camouflage, greater.
  • Quills: Flowerlings grow quills and gain the ability to launch them 20’ away (as dart), 1d4 damage. Replaces commune with nature.
  • Life Infusion (heal): Flowerlings gain the ability to heal 1d6 of damage 1/day + Wisdom modifier. Replaces spores (sleep).
  • Color Spray (burst): Flowerlings gain the ray ability of color spray (as the spell). This is a cone-shaped burst, Will save negates. Creatures that fail become stunned, blinded or fall unconscious. Replaces woodland stride.

Flowerlings are a small fey race and a very friendly people. They all have a small frill circling their neck that looks like a flower from the area, their skin comes in varying shades of green. Their hair can be any shade of their flower frill. They have a short lifespan, 1/4 that of humans.
Flowerlings live in meadows and light forests. They rarely travel far from where they sprouted. Tending to plants near them (grow/heal). Mating is done like flowers (flowers and pollen), the young start as seeds that can be carried far afield to begin new flowerling meadows; a cutting can also be planted to save a dying flowerling.
They are terrified of fire. Most are peaceful pacifists that rarely argue or raise their voices (except when singing), but will defend their home, family and innocents in need.

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Hurricane Preparedness

My family is mostly prepared, but not very organized. We have food, water, flashlights, etc. One thing we need to work on is getting a generator, we’ll have to save for it though as they are expensive.

We need to put together our Bug Out Bags, I’m slowing buying the items for them, but keep digging in them to go camping. I need to stop doing that and buy extra items. We also need a car kit and bug in kit.

Here are a few helpful links that I’ve found recently.

Emergency Evacuation Checklist by The Organic Prepper

Hurricane Preparedness by Ready.gov

 

Genealogy

Yesterday, I worked on my Family History. I was researching my Great Uncle Harold Lloyd. I accepted some hints from Ancestry.com, found a photo of his plaque and the entrance to the cemetery. Recorded the research notes in OneNote, it worked very well, I was even able to save a screen shot from the find-a-grave index.

My research included the SS death index, 1940 federal census, SS applications and claims, etc. I didn’t find a lot of information, but every little bit helps; although I need to find a picture of him.

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.

Excerpt:

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.

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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 Eclipse2017.org

SOUTH CAROLINA

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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