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The Domain and Realms National Site

"There's magick in believing..."

Welcome to the Realm of

Orinoco

       The tenth and one of  the largest of the Twenty-Seven Realms by area, Orinoco is known for its tropical paradise-like environment, the diversity of its cultures: rivaled only by the Dreamtime, and the famed - and infamous - nature of the hurricanes that visit it every year.  It was this energy that the Realm's First Ruler used to guard and protect the Realm until the Troubles of 2004.

       The current ruler: Countessa Dame Luna, guards and rules the Realm now: having done so for more than a decade.

       Comprised of six Provinces - half of them mainland Provinces - Orinoco is dominated by the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the Ocean of Storms: its waters holding many legends both in the depths and on the land. From legends of the Fountain of Youth, to the reputation of the Triangle, to places and stories not so commonly known, Orinoco is an altogether enigmatic Realm: again twinned only by the Realm of the Dreamtime, in the Ocean of Peace.


       Named for the famous song by Enya (which is also its anthem), and for the Orinoco River of South America, the Realms lands - especially the archipelagoes that make up have of it - were known in early days as the Fiefs of Bright Paradise. In all of its existence, the Realm of Orinoco has and will be always guarded and guided by the power of the sea.

Orinocan

Stats and Information

Full Name: The Realm of Orinoco

Pronunciation: Oar-in-noh-koh

Entymology: Named for the song, "Orinoco Flow" by Enya, it in turn taking its name from the Orinoco River in Venezuela and Columbia. Derived from the Warao term for "a navigable place".

Date Founded: February 2, 2002

Demonym: Orinocan

Population(current): 2

Ruler(s): Countessa Dame Luna, OA

House(s): MahtamaEetaheNehe

Flag: The Mer Patronum - A field of azure blue, representing the sea that surrounds and encompasses the Realm, with a stag's head at the center: totem of Countessa Dame Luna.

Anthem: "Orinoco Flow" by Enya 

Provinces: Gardien de la Mer(The Florida Panhandle and Northern Florida), Coeur de la Mer (Central Florida), Sul la Mer (Southern Florida and the Florida Keys), Priere de la Mer (Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, the Caymans, Jamaica),  Lumiere de la Mer (Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands), Mains de la Mer (The remaining Caribbean Islands)

Royal District: Lilin (Hillborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties, Florida USA)

Royal Court: Caer Mer de Panthere (Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tarpon Springs, Florida USA)

Royal Home: Healing Hands

Orinocan Provinces

Name of Royal District: Lilin

Location: Hillborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties, Florida USA

Population(current): 1

Origin of name: Named for the lilin: children of the goddess Lilith

Ruler(s): Countessa Luna

Name of province: Gardien de la Mer

Location: The Florida Panhandle and Northern Florida

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: French for "Guardian of the Sea"

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Name of province: Coeur de la Mer

Location: Central Florida

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: French for "Heart of the Sea"

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Name of province: Sul la Mer

Location: Southern Florida and the Florida Keys

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: Italian and French mix for "On the Sea"

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Name of province: Priere de la Mer

Location: Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: French for "Prayer of the Sea"

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Name of province: Lumiere de la Mer

Location: Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: French for "Light of the Sea"

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Name of province: Mains de la Mer

Location: Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: French for "Hands of the Sea"

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Places of Interest, Power, and Enchantment

Bok Tower Gardens

       Formerly known as the Bok Mountain Lake Sanctuary and Singing Tower, Bok Tower Gardens is a 250-acre (100 ha) contemplative garden and bird sanctuary located atop Iron Mountain, north of Lake Wales, Florida, United States. The gardens' attractions include the Singing Tower (with its 60-bell carillon), the Bok Exedra, the Pinewood Estate, the Pine Ridge Trail, and the Visitor Center.


       Bok Tower Gardens is a National Historic Landmark. The 205-foot Singing Tower was built upon one of the highest points of peninsular Florida, estimated to be 295 feet (90 m) above sea level, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The national significance of the gardens and its tower come from their associations with Edward W. Bok and his team of designers. The adjacent Pinewood Estate is separately listed on the National Register as El Retiro.

       The Gothic Revival tower was built at the highest elevation of the site, south of a reflecting pool that reflects its full image. The tower is 51 feet square at its base, changing at the height of 150 feet to an octagon: with each of the eight sides 37 feet wide. It is built of pink Etowah marble and gray Creole marble, mined in Tate, Georgia, and coquina stone from St. Augustine, Florida.

       Medary assembled a team of top artisans in their fields. The Art Deco architectural sculpture was designed and executed by Lee Lawrie, and depicts Florida flora and fauna. Metalworker Samuel Yellin designed and executed the iron interior staircase, the iron gates to the two bridges over the moat, and the Great Brass Door, which features 30 scenes from the Book of Genesis.  J. H. Dulles Allen designed and executed the ceramic mosaics, including the eight 35-foot-tall grilles at the top of the tower. Horace H. Burrell & Son, of Philadelphia, was contractor for the tower. Construction began in 1927, and was completed two years later. Outgoing President Calvin Coolidge dedicated the tower on February 1, 1929.

  

       The American Institute of Architects awarded Medary its 1929 Gold Medal for his Mountain Lake Sanctuary and Singing Tower. Medary died six months after the tower's dedication.

       Edward W. Bok wrote a short book about the tower's planning and construction titled, America's Taj Mahal (1929). Bok died on January 9, 1930, and was interred before the tower's Great Brass Door.


       (from Wikipedia)


       Iron Mountain - upon which the Gardens are set - is one of the highest points in peninsular Florida, United States and a prominent point of the Lake Wales Ridge. Rising 295 feet above sea level, the mountain contains citronelle: a hematite-containing rock that oxidizes when exposed to air and is responsible for the red-brown color of the earth. The ridge is located just north of the city of Lake Wales.


       (from Wikipedia)


       The combination of prominence, the composition and music of the Tower, and the hematite composition of the Iron Mountain, makes this site one of the most powerful in the Realm. Unassumingly so.

       

The Florida Everglades

    The Florida Everglades is a natural region of tropical wetlands in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Florida, comprising the southern half of a large drainage basin within the Neotropical realm. 

       The ecosystem it forms is not presently found anywhere else on earth. The system begins near Orlando with the Kissimmee River, which discharges into the vast but shallow Lake Okeechobee. Water leaving the lake in the wet season forms a slow-moving river 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long, flowing southward across a limestone shelf to Florida Bay at the southern end of the state. The Everglades experience a wide range of weather patterns, from frequent flooding in the wet season to drought in the dry season. Throughout the 20th century, the Everglades suffered significant loss of habitat and environmental degradation.


       Five geologic formations form the surface of the southern portion of Florida: the Tamiami Formation, Caloosahatchee Formation, Anastasia Formation, Miami Limestone, and the Fort Thompson Formation. The Tamiami Formation is a compression of highly permeable light-colored fossiliferous sands and pockets of quartz, 150 feet thick. It is named for the Tamiami Trail that follows the upper bedrock of the Big Cypress Swamp, and underlies the southern portion of the Everglades. Between the Tamiami Formation and Lake Okeechobee is the Caloosahatchee Formation, named for the river over it. Much less permeable, this formation is highly calcitic and is composed of sandy shell marl, clay, and sand. Water underneath the Caloosahatchee Formation is typically very mineralized. Both the Tamiami and Caloosahatchee Formations developed during the Pliocene Epoch.


       Surrounding the southern part of Lake Okeechobee is the Fort Thompson Formation: made of dense, hard limestone, shells, and sand. Rain water is less likely to erode the limestone to form solution holes—smaller versions of sinkholes that do not intersect with the water table. In this formation the beds are generally impermeable. Underneath the metropolitan areas of Palm Beach County is the Anastasia Formation: composed of shelly limestone, coquina, and sand representing a former mangrove or salt marsh. The Anastasia Formation is much more permeable and filled with pocks and solution holes. The Fort Thompson and Anastasia Formations, and Miami Limestone, were formed during the Sangamonian interglacial period.


       (from Wikipedia)

The Bermuda Triangle

         The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil's Triangle, is an urban legend centered around a loosely defined region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean where a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances.



       The earliest suggestion of unusual disappearances in the Bermuda area appeared in a September 17, 1950, article published in The Miami Herald (Associated Press) by Edward Van Winkle Jones.[4] Two years later, Fate magazine published "Sea Mystery at Our Back Door",[5][6] a short article by George Sand covering the loss of several planes and ships, including the loss of Flight 19, a group of five US Navy Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bombers on a training mission. Sand's article was the first to lay out the now-familiar triangular area where the losses took place, as well as the first to suggest a supernatural element to the Flight 19 incident. Flight 19 alone would be covered again in the April 1962 issue of American Legion magazine.[7] In it, author Allan W. Eckert wrote that the flight leader had been heard saying, "We are entering white water, nothing seems right. We don't know where we are, the water is green, no white." He also wrote that officials at the Navy board of inquiry stated that the planes "flew off to Mars."


       The Gaddis Argosy article delineated the boundaries of the triangle: giving its vertices as Miami; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Bermuda.


       (from Wikipedia)

Orinoco

is ruled under a

MahtamaEetaheNehe

administration

An aerial view of downtown

Caer Mer de Panthere,

Royal Court of the Realm of Orinoco

Orinocan

Caers, Shires, and Strongholds

Caers:

Caer Mer de Panthere (Royal Court) - Tampa, St. Petersburg, Bradenton, and Tarpon Springs, Florida USA

Caer Lyonesse - Talahassee, Florida USA

Caer Tol Arrna ("isle of the storm") - Key West, Florida, USA

Caer StarAscent - Cape Canaveral, Titusville, and Merritt Island, Florida USA

Caer Nelde Tirion ("three tower") - Havana, Cuba

Caer Mayaimi - Miami, Florida USA

Caer Nen Pata - Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA

Caer Dreaming Shore - Seaside, Seagrove Beach, and Grayton Beach, Florida USA

Caer Angaina Oronti o i Tirion ("Iron Mountain of the Tower") - Lake Wales, Florida USA

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