Rune casters are highly skilled individuals who are the only people in all of Iosis able to use rune magic at will. Those who cannot perform this feat may buy the services of a rune caster at a high cost.
In order to become a rune caster, the individual must possess some innate ability with runes and graduate from one of the various arcane academies found throughout the world.
Payment & Reimbursement
Rune casters whose services are called upon are paid quite well and paid upfront for whatever service they are asked to provide. Many will refuse someone if they aren't able to pay enough while others will work out alternative means of payment or take the person into their debt.
Being a rune caster gives everyone, regardless of skill, a great deal of respect, fear, and fame. If they are skillful enough to rise through the ranks, a caster will also gain quite a bit of political clout as they become friendly with nobility, or in the case of those who work for nobles learn quite a few shames and secrets about the nobles around them.
Rune casters perform a number of services in both peace and wartime like healing the sick and injured, creating traps for animals, bandits, or enemy soldiers, temporarily increase a person's luck or wealth or protection, temporarily decrease a person's luck or wealth or protection. If someone can think it, a rune caster can do it for a fee.
Rune casters are perceived as a kind of sub-nobility. They command a great deal of respect and authority but, they do not own any lands beyond those they purchase or titles besides those they are born with, marry into, or earn.
Out of the total, 10 million people in the world roughly 150,000 are rune casters while an estimated 100,000 have the potential to become casters, but they are not interested in the profession, or are needed to help run the family farm, or are not within proximity to any of the academies.
A surface or item that can be written on like paper, rock, dirt, or even a person's skin and something to write with such as a quill and ink, a hammer and chisel, but most typically the caster's own blood. The last type of writing implement is why many rune casters carry around at least one knife on their person's at all times.
Ink, blood, parchment, any surface that can be written on, and anything that can be used to write with.
Dangers & Hazards
Rose knew it was impolite to stare. Her mother, goddess rest her soul, would have rapped her knuckles right there had she caught her youngest daughter doing it even though Rose hadn't been a child for over two decades now. Yet, she could not stop staring at the man going in and out of the small shop on the corner. Unloading boxes and crates from the back of a cart. "So that's what a caster looks like," a voice said from behind her. Rose jumped at the unexpected sound and turned to find the bakery Mary Barbary standing behind her. Mary unabashedly stared at the man while she wiped her hands on her apron, a smear of flour on her left cheek. "I guess so," Rose replied, turning away from the other woman. "He's as scrawny as I imagined they'd be after spending so much time in those academies of theirs." Rose hummed faintly, neither agreeing nor disagreeing. The man was quite skinny and tall, giving him an almost bean or pole like physique. His short, messy, hair was a brownish-red color that fell over the spectacles he wore. His light blue jacket, tan pants, and bone white shirt were a bit dirty from the road, but Rose would bet all the fabric in her shop it was made of a material more expensive than she had ever touched in her whole life. "Didn't think he'd look so normal though," the baker continued. "Or human." Rose turned to look at her friend with a baffled look on her face. "Did you think he'd look like a demon? Or have blue skin?" Mary shrugged, running one of her hands through her messy brown hair. "Everything I've heard about casters makes them seem almost inhuman. Plus, from what I've heard, some casters live solely at the academies who do have blue skin or are half wolf." "You need to stop listening to the stories Arden tells. You of all people should know how much of a liar he is." "True," Mary shrugged again. "But there has to be some truth to those stories. I mean none of us know what they get up to behind the walls of their academy. Or what he might do now that he's out here, miles away from his academy where no one can watch him". "Well I for one am glad we have a caster in town now," Rose said, a tad sharper than necessary, as she placed her hand on her swollen belly. After her sister died giving birth to her nephew last year, Rose was angry with Mary for dismissing the good the caster could bring. Mary's expression fell. "Of course, forgive me, I let my tongue get the better of me I apologize." A tense silence filled the air between them that was finally broken when Mary took a step back. "Well, I have to get back to my shop. See you around Rose." Rose nodded in farewell to the baker as she turned and retreated into her shop. The seamstress glanced once more at the small shop, but the young man must have finished unloading his things for he was speaking with the driver of the now empty cart. Shaking her head, Rose turned away and continued into the market. She'd wasted enough time lollygagging around.
- Alternative Names
- Casters(Positive), Jackals (Negative), Perverters of the Natural Order (Negative)
- Rune casters are in high demand because of how small they are in numbers and the amazing things they can do.
Rune casting is entirely legal, much to the chagrin of the Kimirian people. The only laws in place are those that require a caster who works independently be subject to twice-yearly inspections by city guards.
- Famous in the Field
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Rune Casting is the method of using magical runes. During rune casting, the caster must maintain physical contact with the object or person the runes are drawn on. More commonly, casters draw runes using their blood as a way to maintain 'contact'.
Remia Academy of the Arcane
First major Rune Casting academy in all of Iosis