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The Domain and Realms National Site

"There's magick in believing..."

Welcome to the Realm of

Cibola

       The twentieth Realm of the Domain, Cibola encompasses the high plains and deserts of the North American Southwest, and all the beautiful desolation that lies within and around the South end of the Great Divide. From the Grand Canyon to the White Sands, the Realm - known popularly as part of the Old West, as well as a region known for paranormal activity - holds more than even that says. 

       From her Royal Court of Caer Dragonmount, in the shadow of the mountain that gives her caer its name, Lady Dame Verna Maeve ni DarkFyre actively guards and rules her Realm: standing, as it were, in the breach.

       Despite the wide-openness of its lands and skies, Cibola nonetheless manages to holds secrets that elude nigh on everyone that searches for them. That nature reminds the visitor that often the best place to hide is out in the open. Cibola does this well: with the blunt truth of the land's power in its geology out for all to see, and still only revealing little. From the crater in the high plains that made the scientific community give credence a certain side of astronomy and science, to the legends that circle around the lust for hidden gold, the Realm of Cibola is not to be underestimated.

Cibolan

Stats and Information

Full N ame: The Realm of Cibola

Pronunciation: See-bowl-ah

Entymology: Named for the Seven Cities of Cibola (the Seven Cities of Gold) that, according to legends, were located somewhere in what is now the Realm.

Date Founded: March 14, 2004

Demonym: Cibolan

Population(current): 2

Ruler(s): Lady Dame Verna Maeve, OB

House(s): DarkFyre

Flag: Brighid's Garden - "The green background represents the green of plants and of healing, the earth, and monetary well-being: things I'd like Cibola to represent. The first plant on the left is the yucca: the state flower for New Mexico. The plant on the top-middle is saguaro cactus blooms: the state flower for Arizona. the plant on the right is sagebrush: the state flower for Nevada. The image in the middle is Brigit's Cross. I was named for her, so I thought it appropriate to honour her in this way by featuring her most recognizable image." -Lady FionaBrigit, First Ruler of Cibola 

Anthem: "The Call of the Mountains" by Eluvietie

Provinces: Yatsayau (Nevada), Baboquivari (Arizona), Yavapai (New Mexico)

Royal District: Angulócë (Dona Ana, Otero, and Sierra Counties, New Mexico USA)

Royal Court: Caer Dragonmount (Las Cruces, New Mexico)

Royal Home: Vairë-Súrinen ("Weaver in the Wind")

Cibolan Provinces

Name of Royal District: Angulócë

Location: Dona Ana, Otero, and Sierra Counties, Arizona USA

Population(current): 1

Origin of name: Quenya Elvish for "Dragon", in reference to the draconic energies that are said to run through the Royal District.

Ruler(s): Lady Verna Maeve

Name of province: Yatsayau

Location: Louisiana and Mississippi

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: Named for one of the villages of the Northern Paiute Indians of Nevada.

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Name of province: Baboquivari

Location: Arizona

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: O'odham for "the place for the mother lode of flint". The name is borrowed from the sacred mountain and axis mundi of the Tohono O'odham Nation, located just South and within sight of Tuscon, Arizona. It is said their creator god dwells and watches over them from within the mount itself.

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Name of province: Yavapai

Location: New Mexico

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: Named for the Yavapai Indians of the Southwest. The name means "people of the sun".

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Places of Interest, Power, and Enchantment

The Barringer Crater

      Meteor Crater, or Barringer Crater, is a meteorite impact crater about 37 mi East of Flagstaff and 18 mi West of Winslow in the desert of northern Arizona, United States. The site had several earlier names, and fragments of the meteorite are officially called the Canyon Diablo Meteorite, after the adjacent Cañon Diablo. Because the United States Board on Geographic Names recognizes names of natural features derived from the nearest post office, the feature acquired the name of "Meteor Crater" from the nearby post office named Meteor.

       Meteor Crater lies at an elevation of 5,640 ft above sea level. It is about 3,900 ft in diameter, some 560 ft deep, and is surrounded by a rim that rises 148 ft  above the surrounding plains. The center of the crater is filled with 690–790 ft of rubble lying above crater bedrock. One of the interesting features of the crater is its squared-off outline, believed to be caused by existing regional jointing (cracks) in the strata at the impact site.

 

      The crater was created about 50,000 years ago during the Pleistocene epoch, when the local climate on the Colorado Plateau was much cooler and damper. The area was an open grassland dotted with woodlands inhabited by mammoths and giant ground sloths.


       The object that excavated the crater was a nickel-iron meteorite about 160 ft  across. The speed of the impact has been a subject of some debate. Modeling initially suggested that the meteorite struck at up to 45,000 mph, but more recent research suggests the impact was substantially slower, at 29,000 mph. About half of the impactor's bulk is believed to have been vaporized during its descent through the atmosphere. Impact energy has been estimated at about 10 megatons TNTe. 


        Despite historic attempts to make the crater a public landmark, the crater remains privately owned by the Barringer family to the present day through their Barringer Crater Company, which proclaims it to be the "best-preserved meteorite crater on Earth". Since the crater is privately owned, it is not protected as a national monument, a status that would require federal ownership. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in November 1967.

 

      (from Wikipedia)

Tsé Bitʼaʼí: the Winged Rock

        Shiprock (Navajo: Tsé Bitʼaʼí, "rock with wings" or "winged rock") is a monadnock rising nearly 1,583 feet above the high-desert plain of the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. Its peak elevation is 7,177 feet above sea level. It is about 10.75 miles Southwest of the town of Shiprock, which is named for the peak.

       Governed by the Navajo Nation, the formation is in the Four Corners region and plays a significant role in Navajo religion, myth, and tradition. It is located in the center of the area occupied by the Ancient Pueblo People, a prehistoric Native American culture of the Southwest United States often referred to as the Anasazi. Shiprock is a point of interest for rock climbers and photographers and has been featured in several film productions and novels. It is the most prominent landmark in northwestern New Mexico. In 1975, Shiprock was designated as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.


       The Navajo name for the peak, Tsé Bitʼaʼí, "rock with wings" or "winged rock", refers to the legend of the great bird that brought the Navajo from the north to their present lands. The name "Shiprock" or Shiprock Peak or Ship Rock derives from the peak's resemblance to an enormous 19th-century clipper ship. Americans first called the peak "The Needle", a name given to the topmost pinnacle by Captain J. F. McComb in 1860. United States Geological Survey maps indicate that the name "Ship Rock" dates from the 1870s.


       Shiprock and the surrounding land have religious and historical significance to the Navajo people. It is mentioned in many of their myths and legends. Foremost is the peak's role as the agent that brought the Navajo to the southwest. According to one legend, after being transported from another place, the Navajos lived on the monolith, "coming down only to plant their fields and get water." One day, the peak was struck by lightning, obliterating the trail and leaving only a sheer cliff, and stranding the women and children on top to starve. The presence of people on the peak is forbidden "for fear they might stir up the chį́įdii (ghosts), or rob their corpses."


       Navajo legend puts the peak in a larger geographic context. Shiprock is said to be either a medicine pouch or a bow carried by the "Goods of Value Mountain", a large mythic male figure comprising several mountain features throughout the region. The Chuska Mountains comprise the body, Chuska Peak is the head, the Carrizo Mountains are the legs, and Beautiful Mountain is the feet.


       Navajo legend has it that Bird Monsters (Tsé Ninájálééh) nested on the peak and fed on human flesh. After Monster Slayer, elder of the Warrior Twins, destroyed Déélééd at Red Mesa, he killed two adult Bird Monsters at Shiprock and changed two young ones into an eagle and an owl. The peak is mentioned in stories from the Enemy Side Ceremony and the Navajo Mountain Chant, and is associated with the Bead Chant and the Naayee'ee Ceremony. There are a number of other legends regarding what the Shiprock pinnacle might be. Some Navajo traditionalists argue that it is a geological anomaly that may have originated as a work of the 'star people'.


       (from Wikipedia)

White Sands

         White Sands National Park is an American national park located in the state of New Mexico and completely surrounded by the White Sands Missile Range. The park covers 145,762 acres in the Tularosa Basin, including the southern 41% of a 275 sq mi field of white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals. This gypsum dunefield is the largest of its kind on Earth, with a depth of about 30 feet, dunes as tall as 60 feet, and about 4.5 billion short tons of gypsum sand.

       During the Permian Period, shallow seas covered the area that today forms White Sands National Park. The seas left behind gypsum (calcium sulfate), and subsequent tectonic activity lifted areas of the gypsum-rich seabed to form part of the San Andres and Sacramento Mountains. Over time, rain dissolved the water-soluble gypsum in the mountains, and rivers carried it to the Tularosa Basin, which has no outlet to the sea. The trapped water sank into the ground or formed shallow pools that subsequently dried out, leaving the gypsum on the surface in a crystalline form called selenite. Groundwater that flows out of the Tularosa Basin flows south into the Hueco Basin. During the last ice age, a 1,600-square-mile body of water named Lake Otero covered much of the basin. When it dried out, a large flat area of selenite crystals remained, which is named the Alkali Flat.

       

      Lake Lucero is a dry lakebed in the southwest corner of the park, at one of the lowest points in the basin. Rain and snowmelt from the surrounding mountains and upwelling from deep groundwater within the basin periodically fill Lake Lucero with water containing dissolved gypsum. When filled, the lake covers about 10 square miles at a depth of 2–3 ft. As the water evaporates, small selenite crystals about 1 inch in diameter form on the surface of the lake. Most of the crystal formation occurs when large floods concentrate the mineralized water every ten to fourteen years. Wind and water break down the crystals into progressively smaller particles until they are fine grains of white gypsum sand.


       The ground in the Alkali Flat and along Lake Lucero's shore is also covered with selenite crystals that measure up to 3 ft long. Weathering and erosion eventually break the crystals into sand-size grains that are carried away by the prevailing winds from the southwest, forming the white dunes. The dunes constantly change shape and slowly move downwind. Since gypsum is water-soluble, the sand that composes the dunes may dissolve and cement together after rain, forming a layer of sand that is more solid, which increases the wind resistance of the dunes. The increased resistance does not prevent dunes from quickly covering the plants in their path. Some species of plants can grow fast enough to avoid being buried by the dunes, while others utilize survival strategies such as the formation of a hardened pedestal around their roots to stabilize the plant amid the moving dunes.


       Toward the western side of the dunefield, the dunes are more than 50 ft tall, and they become progressively smaller toward the eastern edge, until they come to an abrupt stop at the eastern boundary. Throughout the dunes, water is only a few feet (a meter) from the surface and very salty, but toward the western edge of the dunefield, the water is older and even saltier. The depth to groundwater also decreases from 5 ft  below the surface on the eastern end to only 1–2 ft on the western end of the dunefield. The dunes at the western end have very little vegetation and move very quickly, while the dunes on the eastern end move very slowly and are very vegetated. Toward the western edge, the sand grains become larger and have all different shapes, while at the eastern edge they are all very small and round. The dunefield is much cooler and wetter than the surrounding hot, dry desert soils based on satellites images. Scientists have discovered what appear to be old lakeshores beneath the dunes using laser scanning technology. At each of these old lakeshore terraces, the dune movement and type of dunes changes greatly.


        (from Wikipedia)

Cibola

is ruled under an

DarkFyre

administration

An aerial view of downtown

Caer Dragonmount,

Royal Court of the Realm of Cibola

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