Basic Runic Theory
What Are Runes?
In the Inferno, the main source of a Demon and Togabito’s power is their voice. Using the power in their voice, they learned to literally speak and manifest evil. This is called cursing. Ancient demons used this ability to give power to words, and expanded it to the written form. Runes are the fragments of the “Old Language” that we’re lost to time.
These runes, once collected can be etched into weapons that have a particularly high affinity for this nefarious power, and gain powers beyond the normal realms of most weapons. Runes come in various shapes and sizes. Most are singular words, but other may consist of entire phrases and boast incredible power.
What Can I Do With Runes?
First and foremost is using them in conjunction with runic weapons. Runic weapons, or weapons capable of receiving runic power come in three levels of strength. One, two, and three-starred weapons. One star weapons can only safely contain the power of one rune, but they are the most common.
The powers of the other two a much greater, as they allow runes to be combined, which drastically alters effects they may produce. And so, two star weapons are rare but allow runes to be combined to create simple phrases like “seal magic”, or “move air”. Three star weapons are incredibly scarce but are not only capable of beating the power of three runes together, they can also bear the strength of more complex phrases that boast exaggerated effects.
How Do Runes Work I?
First things first. Upon entering hell, the heart becomes engulfed in Hellfire that speed forth from their chest. Strangely it doesn’t hurt. When all is said and done, a little black book is left behind. If someone happens to be smart enough to pick it up, this book known as the “Antithesis Lexicon”, and it is the only item in existence powerful enough to hold all the power given off by runic words.
After obtaining this book and runic word is learned, it will be burned into one of the book’s pages. Once there it can either be used to enhance specially crafted weapons, or even the possessor of the book. The process is simple. Just find an ancient demon that knows how to affix runes to various objects and people, and let them do their work! Weapons will have the runic words etched into them, and gain the power contained within the work, of the runic word will be tattooed on the body of those wishing to enhance their self with runic power.
How Do Runes Work II?
There are two core types of runes. The first are Forged Runes, which can be added to weapons to give them power. The seconds are Spirit Runes which can’t be etched into the body of a soul and grant or awaken latent abilities. Generally speaking, weapons can only hold the power of at most three runes, but perhaps advances is weapon smithing may allow for even more to be etched into weapons later on.
Sprit Runes on the other hand are a bit of a mystery. As it seems now, at most four runes can be affixed to a soul. However, sufficiently stalwart souls may find themselves capable of holding as many as ten runes altogether. As to how or why this is possible is still yet to be determined but perhaps understanding will come soon.