Requested by Historian: Lyraine Alei
A runesmith is a devout follower of a deity who has been blessed with ancient knowledge of how to inscribe runes of power into objects, people and locations to bestow the power of the gods onto it. Runesmiths are much respected in society and most everyone carries at least a small trinket with a protective rune on it.
Even carved runes without power are popular trinkets to wear.
"Curse you and your lord!" The witch was cornered and had nowhere to run. She spat at the three guardsmen approaching her, spears at the ready. "The sun will drown! The oceans will run red with your blood! CURSE YOU!" she screamed and threw a handful of salt towards the guards. Invisible tendrils shot out of the ground, wrapping themselves around the legs of the soldiers. "You will never catch me! Your gods have no power here. This is our lands! Your persecution of our people is at an end!" Desperation made her voice crack, but there was a fanatical undertone to it. The soldiers' screams of horror was silenced by the Etlha stepping into the alleyway. "Be silent, men! This heretic will burn, as was ordained" He strode towards the witch, seemingly unaffected by her witchcraft. The witch recoiled as her magics veered away from the approaching man. "No!" The witch clasped her hands in front of her and uttered "Førsvi!", the vekjan word for "disappear" or "begone". Whatever she expected to happen did not come to pass. Instead a black smoke surrounded her, pouring out of her like dark ink. Her face contorted in agony and she fell to the ground, convulsing. The earth around her suddenly shone a golden light, revealing a circle of runes. "Did you really think that you could use your vile powers to escape your just punishment, witch?" The etlha contemptfully smirked at her. He took a spear from one of the soldiers as he passed. "Ohria has no mercy!" he yelled as he thrust the spear through the agonized woman's chest.
The runesmiths were originally ordained by the gods. Which god specifically is debated, but it is at least clear that the very first runesmiths were a gift from the gods to devoted people. A reward for loyal worship.
Over time, the runesmiths and the champions have become the symbol of the covenant between the gods and the mortals. The runesmiths, and by extension; the champions, are the gods' gift back to the mortals as a reward for their worship.