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The Domain and Realms National Site

"There's magick in believing..."

Welcome to the Realm of

LoneStar

       The fourteenth Realm of the Domain, LoneStar is itself a legend, and holds legends within it.  Vast enough on its own, the stories hidden within the landscape itself - from North to South, from East to West - are rich with history and the fantastic. The land itself  has twice as much.

       Three rulers held sway in LoneStar's history: the third one till recent years. Under sun and moon, it waits for the next.

       The Realm is divided into four Provinces: each named for a different period of the Moon, which plays in contrast to the Realm's name. LoneStar is a diversity of ecoregions: from the deserts of Willow Moon, to the high plains of Hazel Moon, the forests and swamps of Harvest Moon, and the shores of Lunar Eclipse.


       Amidst all this, LoneStar shares a unique similarity with the Realm of the Dreamtime. A similarity found in the center of both Realms.

Starian

Stats and Information

Full N ame: The Realm of LoneStar

Pronunciation: Lone Star

Entymology: Named for the American state of Texas, which is known as the LoneStar State.

Date Founded: June 27, 2002

Demonym: Starian

Population(current): 0

Ruler(s): Under Imperial Administration

House(s): None at current time

Flag: Moonlit Memories - The horse and rider represent Texas and the true spirit and freedom you'll find there. The moon reflecting on the dark water represents a ray of light when all else seems to fade to black. The blonde angel perched on the rock symbolizes that you can find a truly beautiful thing in eveery part of the world, as long as you look clse enough. The flames in the background represent the heat of passion that burns in all of us.

Anthem: "Stand My Ground" by Within Temptation

Provinces: Hazel Moon (North Texas), Willow Moon (West Texas), Harvest Moon (East Texas), Lunar Eclipse (South Texas)

Royal District:  None at current time

Royal Court: None at current time

Royal Home: None at current time

Starian Provinces

Name of province: Hazel Moon

Location: North Texas, primarily the Texas Panhandle

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: Named for the ninth month of the Celtic Tree Calendar, and in turn for the hazel tree the month is named for.

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Name of province: Willow Moon

Location: West Texas

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: Named for the fifth month of the Celtic Tree Calendar, and in turn for the willow tree that gives the month its name.

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Name of province: Harvest Moon

Location: East Texas

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: Named for the full moon that occurs closest to the Autumnal Equinox on September 21.

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Name of province: Lunar Eclipse

Location: South Texas

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: Named for the phenomenon of the lunar eclipse.

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Places of Interest, Power, and Enchantment

Enchanted Rock

       Enchanted Rock is a pink granite mountain located in the Llano Uplift about 17 miles north of Fredericksburg, Texas and 24 miles south of Llano, Texas, United States. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, which includes Enchanted Rock and surrounding land, spans the border between Gillespie County and Llano County, south of the Llano River. 

       Enchanted Rock covers roughly 640 acres and rises around 425 feet above the surrounding terrain to an elevation of 1,825 feet above sea level. It is the largest pink granite monadnock in the United States. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, a part of the Texas state park system, includes 1,644 acres. In 1936, the area was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. In 1971, Enchanted Rock was designated as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.


       Folklore of local Tonkawa, Apache and Comanche tribes ascribes magical and spiritual powers to the rock (hence the name, Enchanted Rock). While attempting to hide from Anglo settlers in the area, the natives would hide on the top two tiers of the rock, where they were invisible from the ground below. The first European to visit the area was probably Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1536. The Tonkawa, who inhabited the area in the 16th century, believed that ghost fires flickered at the top of the dome. In particular, they heard unexplained creaking and groaning, which geologists attribute to the rock's night-time contraction after being heated by the sun during the day. The name "Enchanted Rock" derives from Spanish and Anglo-Texan interpretations of such legends and related folklore; the name "Crying Rock" has also been given to the formation.


       (from Wikipedia)


       The size and location of Enchanted Rock - nearly in the geographical center of the Realm - and the reverence shown it by the Native American tribes of the area, mirrors the great monolith of Uluru where it stands at the heart of the Dreamtime's mainland.

The Piney Woods

         Shared between LoneStar and two other Realms, The Piney Woods is a temperate coniferous forest terrestrial ecoregion in the Southern United States covering 54,400 square miles of East Texas, southern Arkansas, western Louisiana, and southeastern Oklahoma. These coniferous forests are dominated by several species of pine as well as hardwoods including hickory and oak. 

       Historically the most dense part of this forest region was the Big Thicket though the lumber industry dramatically reduced the forest concentration in this area and throughout the Piney Woods during the 19th and 20th centuries. The World Wide Fund for Nature considers the Piney Woods to be one of the critically endangered ecoregions of the United States. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines most of this ecoregion as the South Central Plains.


       The region has heavy to moderate rainfall, with some places receiving over 60 in of rain per year. Longleaf, shortleaf, and loblolly pines, along with bluejack and post oaks, dominate sandhills. A well-developed understory grows beneath the sparse canopy, and includes yaupon holly and flowering dogwood. Pine savannas consist of scattered longleaf and loblolly pines alongside black tupelos, sweetgums, and in acid soils along creeks sweetbay magnolias. Other common trees in this ecoregion include eastern redbud, red maple, southern sugar maple, and American elm. American wisteria, a vine, may cover groves of trees.


       Two varieties of wetlands are common in the Piney Woods: bayous are generally found near rivers and sloughs are generally found near creeks. In bayous bald cypress, Spanish moss, and water lilies are common plants. Sloughs are shallow pools of standing water that most trees are not capable of growing in. Other species, such as the purple bladderwort, a small carnivorous plant, have found niches in sloughs. A baygall is another type of wetland found the piney woods and other forest of the Gulf Coast states in the USA.


       (from Wikipedia)

The Treaty Oak

         The Treaty Oak is a Texas live oak tree in Austin, Texas, United States, and the last surviving member of the Council Oaks: a grove of 14 trees that served as a sacred meeting place for Comanche and Tonkawa tribes prior to European settlement of the area. Foresters estimate the Treaty Oak to be about 500 years old. Before its vandalism in 1989, the tree's branches had a spread of 127 feet (39 m). The tree is located in Treaty Oak Park, on Baylor Street between 5th and 6th Streets, in Austin's West Line Historic District.

       A Native American legend holds that the Council Oaks were a location for the launching of war and peace parties. Legends also hold that women of the Tejas tribe would drink a tea made from honey and the acorns of the oaks to ensure the safety of warriors in battle.

       

       As more and more European-Americans settled in Texas, the Council Oaks fell victim to neglect and the development of the city of Austin. By 1927 only one of the original 14 trees remained. The American Forestry Association proclaimed this tree the most perfect specimen of a North American tree, and inducted the Treaty Oak into its Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C.


       In 1989, in an act of deliberate vandalism, the tree was poisoned with the powerful hardwood herbicide Velpar. Lab tests showed the quantity of herbicide used would have been sufficient to kill 100 trees. The incident sparked community outrage, national news reports, and a torrent of homemade "Get Well" cards from children that were displayed on the fence around the park. Texas industrialist Ross Perot wrote a blank check to fund efforts to save the tree. DuPont, the herbicide manufacturer, established a $10,000 reward to capture the poisoner. The vandal, Paul Cullen, was apprehended after reportedly bragging about poisoning the tree as a means of casting a spell. Cullen was convicted of felony criminal mischief and sentenced to serve nine years in prison.


       The intensive efforts to save the Treaty Oak included applications of sugar to the root zone, replacement of soil around its roots and the installation of a system to mist the tree with spring water. Although arborists expected the tree to die, the Treaty Oak survived. Still, almost two-thirds of the tree died and more than half of its crown had to be pruned.

 

       (from Wikipedia)

LoneStar

is ruled under an

Imperial

administration

A view of downtown

Caer OmentaYamen,

Former Royal Court of the Realm of LoneStar

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