Fiery Furnace, Arches National Park (No. 5)
People have come to the area that is now Arches National Park for thousands of years. The earliest visitors weren't just sight-seeing, though. Hunter-gatherers migrated into the area about 10,000 years ago at the end of an Ice Age. As they explored Courthouse Wash and the Salt Valley area, they found pockets of chert and chalcedony: two forms of microcrystalline quartz perfect for making stone tools. Chipping or knapping these rocks into dart points, knives, and scrapers, they created debris piles that are still visible to the trained eye.
Then, roughly two thousand years ago, the nomadic hunters and gatherers began cultivating certain plants and settled the Four Corners region. These early agriculturalists, known as ancestral Puebloans, raised domesticated maize, beans, and squash, and lived in villages like those preserved at Mesa Verde National Park. Evidence shows that farming climaxed between 500 CE and 1300 CE. A change in climate that made farming more difficult may have been a driving factor in a decline in farming.
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Kroelian SLOWPOKE, SLOWBRO & SLOWKING
They are based on Dionysus, the greek god of god of the grape-harvest, winemaking, orchards and fruit, vegetation, fertility, insanity, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, festivity, and theatre
Kroelian SLOWPOKE (Grass/Water) is able to grow a special type of berry from its tail, that can be used to make a very potent wine, the berry alone is strong enough to get you drunk, and SLOWPOKE is often seen eating its own berries, leaving him in a constant state of intoxication.
Kroelian SLOWBRO (Grass/Water) After evolving into its large shell, SLOWBRO's tail begin to grow rapidly, completely filling the shell with vines and fruits.SLOWBRO can be seen often eating this fruit, resting on its own bed of leaves and vines in a state of blisfull drunkness
Kroelian SLOWBRO is based on the Cornucopia, also called the horn of plenty, a greek symbol of abundance and nourishment
Both SLOWBRO & SLOWPOKE have the abilities Harvester and Rippen
Kroelian SLOWKING (Grass/Fairy) It travels around dancing and singing with drunken glee, its presence alone makes trees and orchards to grow fruits and the fields to grow crop and with a wave of its tail, flowers bloom all around. The shell on its head has broken in two, the piece still on its head now resembles a crown, while the tip of the shell has become a drinking horn the its always full with wine, a single sip of this wine is enough to get grown man drunk.
SLOWKING's tail is meant to resemble the Thyrsus, Dionysus sacred staff, a symbol of prosperity, fertility, and hedonism, the petals around its neck are meant to represent the panther skin that Dionysus usually was represented wearing and the Shell resembles the drinking cup that he was often seeing carrying.
SLOWKING has the abilities Grassy Surge and Poison Heal
© Peter Arkle 2022 GRASS BLOWING IN THE MELTEMI WIND, Milos, Greece.