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When discussing the arcane the first thing that comes to the mind of most folk is the magical runes that adorn nearly all magical artifacts and directs the wild magical energies within into specific functions. So while runes don't produce magic themselves they are a necessary part in making sure magical artifacts can actually be used by people. Most cultures with some form of magical practice have their own runic language that is inspired heavily by the beliefs and values of said culture. Usually this also affects what kind of magic these artifacts can manifest and how, as an example: In the Victarian empire fire is seen as a holy cleansing and destructive power so it manifests in destructive ways but for other cultures fire might mean rebirth, warmth or something different entirely and it will most likely take those forms as the runes that direct the magical flow are again heavily inspired by the culture that wrote them.   Just writing the runes on anything however isn't enough there also needs to be a proper conduit, a good interface material and an initial infusion. The conduit being the source that draws magical power in, the interface is the material the runes are written on and interact with directly and the initial infusion is the initial charge of magical energy that actually makes the runes magical rather than just written text. Sometimes specific interface materials or conduits won't work with certain runic languages or work differently with them, it all depends on what the meaning behind the runes stand for. It's also why not anyone can use any magical artifact, for the runic language to work it requires that the wielder has some emotional understanding of the meaning behind the words. Just knowing a word means fire for example isn't enough but understanding what fire is from the culture that wrote the language is the bare minimum that is required to properly control the artifact. There are some important terms regarding rune crafting that are worth keeping in mind, here are a few of them:   Standardized As the world has become more industrialized the demand for magical convenience has become more overwhelming. Since runic languages require a deep emotional understanding of the culture that wrote it that means most people won't be able to use most artifacts. To solve this problem standardized languages were developed which in reality are runic languages that are accepted by kingdoms and empires and spread to a large population. Often designed to be easy to learn and taught in schools so that people can use some magic when growing up. Standardized languages have however been criticized for a few things, first off they are easier to abuse since more people understand how they work that means more people can take it apart and twist it. The other criticism that standardized languages face is that they can become a tool of empires and kingdoms to undermine or even homogenize smaller cultures which can leave a sour taste for some minority groups.   Isolated An isolated language is a runic language that belong to a smaller cultural group. Sometimes it's a long-standing tradition held on by an isolated people and sometimes it's something new that has sprung up from a group of people that have been repressed and forced to build something of their own, away from the rest of society. Isolated languages are generally safer from abuse since only a few people with respect of the languages origin and traditions tend to have access to it. People who can read and use these languages often tend to have a deep appreciation of its origin culture, unlike with standardized languages where the result is more fabricated and also requires less effort or understanding to produce anything tenable. The only big negative is that these languages often require more effort to learn and since not many people can use these runes the artifacts with these runes tend to not sell very well or at all to most.   Forgotten A forgotten language is just that, a language that is no longer used by any cultural group that is alive and which meanings have been lost to time. Forgotten languages might adorn some old monuments or ruins and skilled runecrafters sometimes get paid very well to try and translate the meaning behind these mystic words.   Crypted A crypted language is a runic language where the runes have a changed order or shape and the wielder needs a key which can be another artifact or ritual or something else that unlocks the true hidden meaning and words of the runic language. If someone happens to know what an artifact with a crypted language does and has an understanding of its origin culture then they can use it like normal but it is almost impossible to know without revealing the truth of the runes first via the key.   Single Runic In a single runic language the runes are written in such a way that they are combined into a single oftentimes circular runeform. These have the benefits that for the untrained they tend to be very hard to read. It also allows for some easier mass production as you only need one runic stamp for each artifact in a factory. Commonly these single runic languages are used in artifacts provided by larger guilds and military equipment.   Multi Runic A multi runic language is one where each phrase, word or artifact binding is compromised of several runes rather than just one. This might make the artifact harder to mass produce but it also makes the runes easier to read for the masses. Most runic languages are multi runic and each runic language is a magical mirror of one's culture and ideals.   Common Runic A common runic language is a runic language that is the same as the spoken language of a people. This is an unusual practice as most cultures tend to separate magic from the rest of their own society enough to create a separate runic language for it but in some cases some cultures have for one reason or another chosen to use their spoken language as their runic language. Often the cultures who do this tends to feel a deep connection with magic or have a view of magic and nature as to where it just makes more sense to not separate magic from themselves in any way.   A few examples of runic languages are:   Soldarian Blessings Soldarian Blessings is a single runic language that adorns the artifacts and war machinery of the Victarian empire. The imperials believe that the runes are blessings from their god emperor Soldar who has given them the right to conquer the world with this power. Many of these so called blessings tend to focus on destructive fire in everything from beams of fire to weapons that are set ablaze. That said like most runic languages there are of course methods to produce other effects with other elements.   High Luthellan High Luthellan is a multi runic language that has been adapted by the city states of Luthell. It's a very standardized language that allows for modification, meaning that all city states can understand each others runic language easy enough even with their own quirks baked into it. Everyone who can afford an artifact in Luthell will have an easy time using them though in military purposes this means that the language is often crypted.

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