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Runes are a type of character used for both writing and as magical language by Germanic tribes before the adoption of the Latin Alphabet, and used by various magicians in order to cast spells.
Runes can be inscribed using a variety of mediums and surfaces, including carvings, ink, ice crystals, water and blood among others. One particular rune magician, Stiyl Magnus, makes use of mass-photocopied and laminated rune cards in order to cast his magic.
Due to the fact that a single rune can have multiple meanings, different spells can be produced from one rune, even more so with combinations of multiple runes. Multiple copies of the same rune can also be used to bolster the effects of a spell, though in a battle of runic magic, quality can top quantity. If one can read the runes, they can identify the effects of the spell, and if they can erase or interfere with the rune, they can alter or cancel the spell.
As with most languages, runes have changed depending on time and location, and there exist several different runic alphabets with varying numbers of characters, with 24 making up the Basic Futhark. There is also a special Final Rune, said to only be known to the chief Norse god Odin and is a key component in the completion and empowerment of the spiritual item Gungnir.(Learn more...)
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