Runic

Runic Overview

Most Durnskald believe that the power of Runic was lost when they were cast out of time. Runic is a means of augmenting weapons and armor with a large variety of effects. The players will collect runic power and essence shards which will be used to discover and craft Azca Runes. These Azca Runes can then be inscribed on a Runic Template item (refered to as Binding or Weaving) using runic power to customize the item. Runic is NOT compatible with any other known form of magical’ish item enhancement, the templates serve essentially as Azca Runic Spellforms but more limited due to the physical nature of the items. Spellforms are different than items in that they are capable of channeling much more Azca at an increased failure chance. Speaking of which, it is rumored that a plethora of Azca Runic Spellforms may also be waiting to be discovered by those diligent enough to seek them out.

In general Azca Runes for weapons deal damage or debuff, Azca Runes for armor mitigate damage or buff, and Azca Runic Spell Forms are able to be customized in a large variety of ways.

Potentials – The Balance of Azca

Azca is a powerful and dangerous force which can be somewhat capricious in nature, leading to a dangerous volatility unless care is used to keep the power in check. Items and Spell Forms have Web Integrity values which serve to guide the power of Azca and act as a method of suppression, allowing Azca Runes to be woven into the fabric of the Azca Web that serves as the form. Care must be exercised though, as it is entirely possible to weave too much Azca into a form which can lead to catastrophic failures of the Azca Web. Failures result in the abrupt destructive release of the bound Azca in a myriad of theoretically deadly ways.

To keep the bound Azca balanced the Runic user must maintain control of the following Azca Web elements:

  • Azca Potential: Azca Potential is the power of the raw energy that the Azca Runes channel into a form. Higher numbers indicate a higher power level and more destructive capability should a failure of the Azca Web occur.
  • Node Potential: Each node within a form contributes to the Azca Web integrity of said form. There are two types of known nodes, Anchor nodes and Cross-Linked nodes. The Node potential is equal to the number of Anchor nodes within the form.
  • Web Linkage Potential: Nodes within a form are linked together to create the Azca Web, the Web Linkage potential is equal to the number of Cross-Linked nodes within the form subtracted from the number of links within the form.
  • Weft Integrity: As part of the Runic item creation process a special type of Azca Web reinforcement occurs, allowing Runic items to harness more Azca despite the simplicity of their spell forms. Generally speaking the more complicated the item is to use and manufacture the higher the Weft Integrity Potential value. Consult the table below for details.
Item Type Weft Integrity Values
Light Armor 1
Medium Armor 2
Heavy Armor 3
Light/Heavy Shields 1
Tower Shields 2
Simple Weapons 1
Martial Weapons 2
Exotic Weapons 4
Amulets/Brooches/Circlets/Crowns/Masks/Necklaces/Cloaks/Capes/Robes 2
Gauntlets/Boots/Belts/Buckles/Earrings/Other Piercings 1
Rings/Tatoos 3

The Azca Web integrity is calculated as follows:

  1. Add the Node Potential, the Web Linkage Potential, and the Weft Integrity together. This should result in a positive value, in fact it must result in a positive value or the Azca Web will immediately fall apart.
  2. Subtract the Azca Potential.
  3. The value you now have is the Azca Web integrity, and hopefully this is still a positive value. If it is there is no risk of the Azca Web failing unexpectedly unless there are other environmental factors in play. If the value is negative, the chance that the Azca Web will fail is approximately equal to the negative value.

Examples:

A dagger is shown below. It is comprised of Two Anchor nodes, 2 Cross-Linked nodes, and 3 Web Links. As a simple weapon it has a Weft Integrity of 1. As a result the dagger has an Azca Web integrity value of 4 currently because there are no Azca Runes bound to it. Given that this is a rather simple dagger which only features 4 Primitive Azca Rune node slots the Runic user would be hard pressed to bind runes to the dagger that could possibly destabilize the Azca Web.
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This is not the case with the following example, an advanced dagger. While it has the same Azca Web integrity when runes aren’t bound to it, a reckless Runic user could potentially hurt themselves and/or others if they try to channel too much Azca through this form courtesy of its 2 Advanced Azca Rune node slots.
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The most powerful version of the Runic Template Dagger looks as follows, and is even more dangerous in the hands of a reckless Runic user thanks to its 2 Advanced and 1 Master Azca Rune node slots.
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Our last example is different. This is the Telovar Spellform. It is comprised of 4 Anchor nodes, 5 Cross-Linked nodes, and 9 Web Links. Spellforms have no Weft Integrity. As a result the Telovar Spellform has an Azca Web integrity value of 8 when no Azca Runes are bound to it. The astute Runic student will observe that there are a total of 9 Azca Rune node slots, two of which are Advanced as well as one Master, despite the Azca Web integrity value being 8. The astute Runic student understands why the Telovar Spellform is dangerous. Such imbalances are inherent to the nature of Spellforms unfortunately.
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Theoretical Azca Runes

Runic_Azca_Sigil_Damage.png Primitive Azca Rune: Deneb
Durnskald Sigil Pain
Runic Template: Any
Runic Slot: Primitive
Azca Potential: 1
Runic Weapon Template Impact: The damage dealt by that weapon increases by one step as shown below.
Damage Steps: 1d1 damage
1d2 damage
1d4 damage
1d6 damage
2d4 damage
1d10 damage
1d12 damage
3d4 damage
4d4 damage
Runic Armor Template Impact: The wearer gains damage resistance x/magic, where x is equal to the number of Deneb runes bound to the armor.
Runic Spell Form Template Impact: Each Deneb rune bound to a spell form increases the spell form’s damage by 1d6.
Runic_Azca_Sigil_Damage_2.png Advanced Azca Rune: Deneb Ur
Durnskald Sigil Agony
Runic Template: Any
Runic Slot: Advanced
Azca Potential: 2
Runic Weapon Template Impact: The damage dealt by that weapon increases by two steps as shown below.
Damage Steps: 1d1 damage
1d2 damage
1d4 damage
1d6 damage
2d4 damage
1d10 damage
1d12 damage
3d4 damage
4d4 damage
Runic Armor Template Impact: The wearer gains damage resistance x/-, where x is equal to the number of Deneb Ur runes bound to the armor.
Runic Spell Form Template Impact: Each Deneb Ur rune bound to a spell form increases the spell form’s damage by 2d6.
Runic_Azca_Sigil_Damage_3.png Master Azca Rune: Deneb Ra
Durnskald Sigil Oblivion
Runic Template: Weapon, Spell Form
Runic Slot: Master
Azca Potential: 3
Runic Weapon Template Impact: The damage dealt by that weapon increases by three steps as shown below.
Damage Steps: 1d1 damage
1d2 damage
1d4 damage
1d6 damage
2d4 damage
1d10 damage
1d12 damage
3d4 damage
4d4 damage
5d4 damage
Runic Armor Template Impact: N/A
Runic Spell Form Template Impact: Each Deneb Ra rune bound to a spell form increases the spell form’s damage by 3d6.
Runic_Azca_Sigil_Armor.png Primitive Azca Rune: Mon’Alar
Durnskald Sigil Protection
Runic Template: Any
Runic Slot: Primitive
Azca Potential: 1
Runic Weapon Template Impact: The weapon provides a shield bonus equal to the number of Mon’Alar runes bound to the weapon.
Runic Armor Template Impact: The armor grants an armor bonus equal to the number of Mon’Alar runes bound to the armor.
Runic Spell Form Template Impact: Each Mon’Alar rune bound within the spell form allows the spell to grant the target either an armor, deflection, or shield bonus equal to the number of Mon’Alar runes contained within the spell form. Each spell form can only provide one of the listed types of bonuses, chosen by the caster when the spell is cast.
Runic_Azca_Sigil_Armor_2.png Advanced Azca Rune: Mon’Alar Ur
Durnskald Sigil Aegis
Runic Template: Any
Runic Slot: Advanced
Azca Potential: 2
Runic Weapon Template Impact: The weapon provides a shield bonus equal to twice the number of Mon’Alar Ur runes bound to the weapon.
Runic Armor Template Impact: The armor grants an armor bonus equal to twice the number of Mon’Alar Ur runes bound to the armor.
Runic Spell Form Template Impact: Each Mon’Alar Ur rune bound within the spell form allows the spell to ward the target against 1d6 damage per round. The amount of damage warded in this fashion is recalculated each round at the beginning of the caster’s turn. As an example, if three Mon’Alar Ur runes are bound to the spell form the spell would prevent the first 3d6 damage that the target would take each round for the duration of the spell.
Runic_Azca_Sigil_Amplify_2.png Advanced Azca Rune: Argosy
Durnskald Sigil Amplitude
Runic Template: Spellforms
Runic Slot: Advanced
Azca Potential: 6
Runic Weapon Template Impact: N/A
Runic Armor Template Impact: N/A
Runic Spell Form Template Impact: Argosy amplifies the runic nodes that it is connected to, in most cases doubling the effect associated with the runic nodes. As an example, if a slotted Argosy is connected to a Deneb Ur rune the Deneb Ur rune will increase the spell form’s damage by 4d6 instead of 2d6.

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