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The Domain and Realms National Site

"There's magick in believing..."

Welcome to the

Realm of Snowdonia

       Named for the long winters that are indicative of the region, Snowdonia is the first of the three Founding Realms of the Domain. It is in Snowdonia that the Domain was born.

       Comprised of the Upper Peninsula of the American state of Michigan, Snowdonia is a land of forests, mountains, rivers, lakes, and places of power. Surrounded by three of the Inland Seas, there are ley lines, hidden places, mythical beings, ghosts, and old gods that walk unseen in the sea of forests that is the Realm.

       Not intending its name to have any connection to Mount Snowdon and its environs in Wales, the First Realm has wonders all its own: most of which are ever hidden within the folds of the forests that blanket it. Among many attributes, it is the land to go to if one wants to disappear for awhile.

Snodownian

Stats and Information

Full Name: The Realm of Snowdonia

Pronunciation: Snow-doe-nee-ah

Entymology: Named for the six-to-seven-month-long Winters that are iconic of the Realm. That it shares the name with the region and national park in Wales - in turn named for Mount Snowdon - was discovered after the fact.

Date Founded: December 21, 2001

Demonym: Snowdonian

Population(current): 1

Ruler(s): Imperial administration

House(s): None currently

Flag: The Snow in the Trees - Individual and unique snowflakes on a field of green, representing the forests that the Realm is identified for, and the long winters that also mark the Realm.

Anthem: "Winter Snow", by Audrey Assad and Chris Tomlin

Provinces:  Lake of the Clouds (Ontonagon, Houghton, Keewenaw, and Gogebic Counties), Iron Mountain (Iron, Dickinson, Baraga, and Menominee Counties), the Scarred Lands (Marquette, Alger, Delta, and Schoolcraft Counties), Mackinac (Luce, Chippewa, and Mackinac Counties)

Royal District: None currently

Royal Court: None currently

Royal Home: None currently

Snowdonian Provinces

Name of province: Lake of the Clouds

Location: Western Upper Penninsula, Michigan

Population(current): 1

Origin of name: Named for the Lake of the Clouds that lies within the Porcupine Mountains.

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Name of province: Iron Mountain

Location: South Central Upper Penninsula Michigan

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: Named for Millie Hill: the "Iron Mountain", and the iron mining industry in the area that gave the region its name.

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Name of province: The Scarred Lands

Location: North Central Upper Penninsula Michigan

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: Named for scarred nature of the landscape from mining and roadbuilding. Rumored to hold the site of an ancient battle.

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Name of province: Mackinac

Location: Eastern Upper Penninsula Michigan

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: Named for the Straits of Mackinac that links Lakes Michigan and Huron, and the Mackinac "Mighy Mac" Bridge that crosses it: linking the two Peninsulas of Michigan

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Places of Interest, Power, and Enchantment

Mount Arvon

       Mount Arvon, with an elevation 1,979 feet (603 m), is located in L'Anse Township, Baraga County, and is the highest natural point in the U.S. state of Michigan. Mount Arvon is part of the Huron Mountains. It rises about eight miles (13 km) south of Lake Superior (elevation 591 feet [180 m]). On the list of highest natural points in each U.S. state, Mount Arvon ranks 38th.


       Mount Arvon is a few miles from Mount Curwood: which for yearrs had been designated as Michigan's highest point, until a resurvey in 1982 with modern technology determined that Mount Arvon is 1 foot (0.30m) taller than Mount Curwood.


       (from Wikipedia)

Isle Royale

       Isle Royale  is an island of the Great Lakes located in the northwest of Lake Superior and part of the U.S. state of Michigan. The island and the 450 surrounding smaller islands and waters make up Isle Royale National Park.

 

      Isle Royale is 45 miles (72 km) long and 9 miles (14 km) wide, with an area of 206.73 square miles (535.4 km2), making it the fourth-largest lake island in the world. In addition, it is the largest natural island in Lake Superior, the second-largest island in the Great Lakes (after Manitoulin Island), the third-largest in the contiguous United States (after Long Island and Padre Island), and the 33rd-largest island in the United States.

 

      Isle Royale is defined by the United States Census Bureau as Census Tract 9603 of Keweenaw County, Michigan (a county found in the state's Upper Peninsula). As of the 2000 census there was no permanent population on Isle Royale. After the island was made a national park, some existing residents were allowed to stay, and a few leases are still in effect.


       (From Wikipedia)

The Porcupine Mountains

       The Porcupine Mountains, or Porkies, are a group of small mountains spanning the northwestern Upper Peninsula of Michigan in Ontonagon and Gogebic counties, near the shore of Lake Superior. The Porcupine Mountains were named by the native Ojibwa people, supposedly because their silhouette had the shape of a crouching porcupine. They are home to the most extensive stand of old growth northern hardwood forest in North America west of the Adirondack Mountains, spanning at least 31,000 acres (13,000 ha). The area is popular among tourists, especially Lake of the Clouds in the heart of the mountains, and is part of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.


       (From Wikipedia)

Snowdonia

is ruled under an

Imperial

administration

An aerial view of downtown

Caer SnowCrystal,

Former Royal Court of the Realm of Snowdonia. 

The caer occupies the entire head of the bay.

Snowdonian

Caers, Shires, and Strongholds

Caers:

Caer SnowCrystal - L'Anse and Baraga, Michigan USA

Caer Landmark - Marquette, Michigan USA

Caer GreyCastle - Ishpeming, West Ishpeming, and Ely Township Michigan USA

Caer Aira Tarna ("copper passage") - Houghton and Hancock, Michigan USA

Caer Rivergard - Iron Mountain and Kingsford, Michigan USA

Caer Baawitigong - Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan USA


Shires:

Einerlei - Chassell, Michigan USA

Imladris - Copper Harbor, Michigan USA

Atta Kard ("two houses") - Delaware and Wyoming, Michigan U.S.A

Teal Lake - Negaunee, Michigan USA

Guardians' Pass - Michigamme, Michigan USA

Seney's Stretch - Seney, Michigan USA

Crossroads Clearing - Bruce's Crossing, Michigan USA

Quiet Vale - Mass City, Michigan USA

CopperMoon River - Ontonagon, Michigan USA

Tia - Ewen, Michigan USA

Clocktower Vale - Crystal Falls, Michigan USA

Mystreach - Munising, Michigan USA

Tireimbe NeldeNar ("guard between three fire") - St. Ignance, Michigan

CaradOndo ("red brick") - Calumet and Laurium, Michigan USA

Torch Lake - Lake Linden and Hubbell, Michigan USA


Strongholds:

Stronghold of the North (Scarred Lands Stronghold) - Caer Landmark, Caer Greycastle, Teal Lake

Stronghold of the Locks (shared with the Realm of Saint Lawrence) - Caer Baawitigong, Caer Bawating

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