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The Domain and Realms National Site

"There's magick in believing..."

Welcome to the Realm of

ArkenStone

       In the geographic center of the Domain and Realms, and home to perhaps some of the oldest mountains on the planet, ArkenStone - the eleventh Realm - lives up to its namesake. Probably the most geologically-rich Realm of the Twenty-Seven Realms, ArkenStone is known primarily for that: from the red soils of Yo-na, to the gemstones of  Ka-la-nu, to the ancient mountains of Misery, ArkenStone is more than it seems.

       The current rulers: Lord Sir Bear and Lady Dame Raven, preside over the Realm now: having done so for more than a decade.

       Split into three Provinces the landlocked Realm is dominated by the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains in its center, with the Missouri and Mississippi waatering the lands.plains and deserts lie in the west, hot springs in the center, and forests covering the vast majority. It is a meeting place between East, West, North, and South on Turtle Island.


       Named for the Arkenstone from J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit", it is also a play on words between the name and the diverse geology of the land. 

Arkanian

Stats and Information

Full N ame: The Realm of ArkenStone

Pronunciation: Ar-kin-stone

Entymology: Named for the Arkenstone from J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit", in reference to the geologically and gemstone-rich quality of the lands of the Realm itself, as well as a play on the similarity between the names "Arkenstone" and "Arkansas".

Date Founded: February 4, 2002

Demonym: Arkanian

Population(current): 4

Ruler(s): Lord Bear, OTHG and Lady Raven, K-C

House(s): DarkFyre

Flag: The Sword and Tassle - A sword wrapped in a golden tassle, superimposed upon a field of white: symbolic of the Realm's First Ruler - Lady Argante - and of her knightly order of the Golden Tassle.

Anthem: "Bring Me To Life" by Evanesence

Provinces: Misery(Missouri), Yo-Na (Oklahoma), Ka-la-nu (Arkansas)

Royal District:  (Lawrence County, Missouri USA)

Royal Court: Caer Aurora (Aurora, Missouri USA)

Royal Home: 

Arkanian Provinces

Name of Royal District:

Location: Lawrence County, Missouri USA

Population(current): 2

Origin of name: 

Ruler(s): Lord Bear and Lady Raven

Name of province: Misery

Location: Missouri

Population(current): 1

Origin of name: Play on the name "Missouri", in reference to the relative quality of life in that state.

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Name of province: Yo-Na

Location: Oklahoma

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: Cherokee for "Bear"

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Name of province: Ka-la-nu

Location: Arkansas

Population(current): 1

Origin of name: Cherokee for "Raven"

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Places of Interest, Power, and Enchantment

The Ozark and Ouachita Mountains

       Amongst the oldest mountains on the planet, the Ozarks and neighborting Ouachita (pronounced "Wa-chee-tah") together form the U.S. Interior Highlands: one of the few mountainou regions between the Tir na nOg Range and the Great Divide.

       Set within the heart of the Realm, and shared with the neighboring Realm of Plainitia, the combined mountain region is split into three ranges: the Ouachitas, the Boston Ozarks, and the St. Francois Ozarks, and are blanketed by three national forests: the Ouachita, the Ozark-St. Francis, and the Mark Twain. Within the St. Francois lies the exposed ancient Proterozoic core of the region, as old as 1.4 billion years.

The Glass Mountains

    The Glass Mountains (also known as Gloss Mountains or Gloss Hills) are a series of mesas and buttes that are part of the Blaine Escarpment that extends from the Permian red beds of northwestern Oklahoma in Major County. 

       The Glass Mountains rise 150 feet to 200 feet above the surface of the plains, and the highest elevation in the formation is about 1,600 feet above sea level. The Glass Mountains stretch west along U.S. Route 412 from Orienta south of the Cimarron River. The name comes from the sparkling selenite crystals on the slopes and tops of the mesas.


       The first American explorers referred to this feature as the "Shining Mountains," when they saw the formation in 1821. The name Glass Mountains has been attributed to an explorer named Thomas James. James visited this area during 1821, while on a trading expedition along the Cimarron River. In 1875, a transcription error by a mapmaker resulted in the name Gloss Mountains which is still a somewhat common name for the mountains.


       The state of Oklahoma operates the 640 acres (260 ha) Glass Mountain State Park, 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Orienta on a mesa along Highway 412.[3] The park allows climbers to hike to the top of the mesa via a path and stairs. Picnic tables and an informational kiosk have been installed, and a pond known as Rattlesnake Lake is nearby.


       (from Wikipedia)

Crater of Diamonds State Park

         Crater of Diamonds State Park is a 911-acre Arkansas state park in Pike County, Arkansas, in the United States. The park features a 37.5-acre plowed field, the world's only diamond-bearing site accessible to the public. 


       Diamonds have continuously been discovered in the field since 1906, including the Strawn-Wagner Diamond. The site became a state park in 1972 after the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism purchased the site from the Arkansas Diamond Company and Ozark Diamond Mines Corporation, who had operated the site as a tourist attraction previously.


       The Crater of Diamonds volcanic pipe is part of a 95-million-year-old eroded volcano. The deeply sourced lamproite magma, from the upper mantle, brought the diamonds to the surface. The diamonds had crystallized in the cratonic root of the continent long before and were sampled by the magma as it rose to the surface.


       The geology of the area and the diamond formation process itself were the subjects of the Ph.D. dissertation of Roland Everett Langford in 1973 from the University of Georgia; in it, he proposed a gas phase reaction from the reduction of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide in the upper mantle. The dissertation was on display at the state park for many years.


       More recent research by geologist Dennis Dunn (Ph.D. dissertation 2002) established that the diamondiferous epiclastic rocks range from olivine lamproite to phlogopite and olivine-rich tuffs. Mantle xenolith chemistry were used to derive maximum pressures of ~5 GPa and temperatures of 1000 °C for the upper mantle origin of the lamproitic magma.


       The lamproite diamond source is unusual, as almost all diamonds are mined from kimberlite and from alluvial deposits of diamonds weathered from kimberlite. The most prominent lamproite diamond source is the Argyle diamond mine in Australia.

 

       (from Wikipedia)

ArkenStone

is ruled under a

DarkFyre

administration

An view of downtown

Caer Aurora,

Royal Court of the Realm of ArkenStone

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