Runeweavers are perhaps the most exotic practitioners of the Spiritual arts. They believe that by spending time in meditation and reflection the Soul can attune itself to the Spirit, becoming a harmonious and potentially deadly force. That force is then channeled through the body by means of a network of runic tattoos inscribed on their skin.
By activating their tattoos and tracing runes with their fingers, wands, knives, or even the fluid movements of their entire body, they can weave together complex Spiritual powers. As they grow in power they use the canvas of their skin to record an ever-increasing number of tattoos. Thus it becomes very easy to identify the most powerful Runeweavers from among their peers.
This method of spell casting is more akin to martial arts than the academic approach of most other Spirit users. Runeweavers do not spend their time in dusty libraries studying ancient tomes, instead preferring intense sessions of martial training followed by deep meditation. Not only does this make them extremely focused and adept at hand-to-hand combat, it also means they can cast spells that would normally take academics years to master simply by channeling the harmony of Body, Soul, and Spirit.
Typical Roles: Support/Utility, Melee Damage, Ranged Damage
Damage Types: Physical, Spirit (Arcane, Elemental, Natural)
Class Mechanic: Spirit and Focus
Available Races: High Elf, Wild Elf, Dwarf, Halfling, Human, Half-Elf, Orc, Half-Orc, Kayden
Initial Gold: varies by race from 118.8 to 218.8
During Character Creation you may choose to use the Default Stat Line, before racial modifiers, instead of rolling for stats, or if after rolling ten sets of stats you don’t like the results
Natural Armor Proficiency: Cloth
Trainable Armor Proficiency: None
Natural Weapon Proficiency: None
Trainable Weapon Proficiency: Knives, Staves, Wands
See Equipment section for details. When using a weapon that your class is not proficient with, see Combat Penalties. There is no level or title prerequisite to train in a new proficiency, however you must receive the appropriate Training.
Class Passive Skill: Arcane, Elemental, or Natural Focus (choose one Domain)
Class Secondary Skill: Runecraft, Martial Arts, or Performer (choose one)
Runeweavers have their own unique system for wielding the spiritual powers of magic, known as Runic Tattoos. For these mysterious practitioners of the spiritual arts, each new power that is learned is first recorded on the canvas of their skin, in the form of a spiritually charged Runic Tattoo. Each Runic Tattoo corresponds to a single Spirit Power. On its own a Runic Tattoo has no power, but when it is connected with a Root Tattoo, representing one the many Schools of Magic, the runic tattoos can be activated to cast the power that it represents.
To learn new powers Runeweavers must physically tattoo them on their skin. Once marked upon their flesh the Runic Tattoo is permanent and can never be modified or replaced. This means the Runeweaver will forever have access to that power. In some rare cases a Runic Tattoo can be severed or shattered, preventing it from being used, but still counting towards the total allowable allotment of tattoos. When adding new Runic Tattoos, there must be an example or template to follow, either from a text, scroll or the canvas of another Runeweaver’s skin. They must also use a special Enchanted Ink, created by combining normal tattooing inks with enchanting components. This can be purchased or created by the Runeweavers or their mentor with the Enchanting Secondary Skill. Higher tier Tattoos require more Ink, where the amount of Ink required is equal to 1 dose per Tier of the power.
Even with the correct materials and an example to follow, the tattooing process is far from simple and there is a chance it will not take, with the ink either evaporating right off the skin or sinking into it and disappearing. This failure rate is equal to 10% per Tier of the power.
- Tier1 = 10% failure
- Tier2 = 20% failure
- Tier3 = 30% failure
- Tier4 = 40% failure
- Tier5 = 50% failure
- Tier6 = 60% failure
- Tier7 = 70% failure
If a elder or mentor Runeweaver (i.e. a Spirit Teacher possessing the tattoos in question) does the tattooing, then the failure rate is cut in half. Either way, if failing a tattooing attempt the ink is lost and the Runeweaver does not gain the new power. After which, the Runeweaver must wait 1 week for the skin to heal before trying again. In very rare cases, and when dealing with more complex runic tattoos, there can be unforeseen and unusual side effects.
Some cultures forgo the traditional tattooing process and instead carve or brand the runes into their flesh. This removes the ink requirements however failure results in a permanent and useless scar.
There are no Schools of Magic that are restricted for Runeweavers and in some ways their unique casting methods allow them to circumvent the Laws of Magic. However before a Runeweaver can access a particular School of Magic they must possess a Root Tattoo for that School. This is typically a larger and more elaborate tattoo, which all subsequent powers are recorded under, arranged alongside the Root Tattoo as Runic Tattoos.
Root Tattoos count towards the total allowable allotment of Tattoos per level but cannot fail and cost 3 doses of ink (1 bottle).
Tiers awarded through the Runeweaver Title System of Rites and are independent of Schools of Magic. As they gain Tiers, some Runeweavers may add on to their Root Tattoos to represent their relative knowledge and power level in that School. This is purely cosmetic however, and does not effect the total allowable allotment of tattoos.
Runeweavers can use any power that is tattooed on their skin up to the highest Tier allowable for their current title, provided they are currently attuned to the School of Magic.
The mystical runic tattoos of the Runeweavers have set them apart from all other systems of retaining spirit powers. Because any new power that they learn is physically tattooed onto their skin, it becomes a part of them. Runeweavers have no need to memorize powers in the traditional sense, and as such they also have no need for Spirit Books. For a Runeweaver, their skin is quite literally a canvas upon which their powers are recorded. Successfully adding a new tattoo to learn a new power does not over-write any previous powers, as they are not stored in memory, nor can a tattoo be removed in the conventional sense.
However this does not necessarily mean that Runeweavers can use all of the powers etched on their skin in tattoo form at all times. The runic tattoos representing each power available to the Runeweaver are organized under a Root Tattoo representing a specific School of Magic, and this Root Tattoo must be activated in order for the Runeweavers to use the powers associated with it. This activation is known as Spiritual Attunement (which causes the activated tattoos to glow the appropriate color). Runeweavers can only be attuned to a single school of magic at any time, meaning the caster can only use powers from that school of magic, regardless of any root tattoos from other schools of magic. Being attuned to a specific school of magic allows access to all runic tattoos present on the Runeweavers skin, regardless of the Tier. To switch which school of magic they are attuned to, Runeweavers can use a special Tier 0 power called Spiritual Attunement, which costs an instant and a small amount of Spirit. When Runeweavers meditate to gain back Focus (which costs one round in combat or a 1/2 rest outside of combat) they may activate Spiritual Attunement at the same time, see the section on ‘Focus‘ for details of meditation.
Example: A Tier4 Runeweaver has Root Tattoos for Air Magic and Dark Magic. She was meditating on her Dark magic powers the previous night, and finds herself in combat against several Earth Elementals the next day. She begins the battle attuned to Dark magic, meaning she can use any Dark Magic Runic Tattoos on her body, up to Tier4. After a couple rounds of combat she realizes that her Air magic would be more beneficial against these Earth Elementals. Before she can access them however, she must use an instant to cast Spiritual Attunement, effectively switching off her Dark magic, and activating her Air powers up to Tier 4.
Runeweaver casting methods require the use of both a verbal/vocalized component and a physical component (see Methods of Casting). This method of casting is called Runeweaving, and engages both the voice and body to weave runes of power. First the Runeweaver must construct or trace runes in the air or on a surface of some kind. These runes correspond to the runic tattoos etched on their bodies. The exact method varies by culture, but typically runes are traced using their fingers, hands, arms, legs, feet, or sometimes even their whole body, though other cultures may use inanimate instruments such as wands or ceremonial weapons. Once the rune is traced, it remains visible to all, glowing with spirit energy in a color that matches the School of Magic it belongs to. However , the runes are not fully activated until a vocalized command is given, usually a short yell, shout, or sharp exhaling of breath, sometimes known as Kiai or Kihap. This activates the rune for the caster or sends it surging towards its intended target. A well practiced Runeweaver can effectively do these two components simultaneously therefore they do not take up separate portions of the casters turn.
A Runeweavers martial arts style is focused heavily upon unarmed combat, using the body as physical and spiritual weapon. Formalized Runeweaver Colleges or Dojo’s are rare, and as such most Runeweavers are self taught, or study one-on-one under an mentor. Alternately, many Runeweavers hone their martial arts skills alongside other martial artists and can belong to any Dojo that will have them. Runeweavers follow the standard methods for Learning New Focus Skills.
The maximum number of skill points that can be allotted to each focus discipline are as follows:
- Fist: 30 skill points
- Kick: 30 skill points
- Armed: 5 skill points
- Ranged: unavailable
- Defense: 10 skill points
A unique attribute of Runeweavers is that when meditating to regain focus, they may simultaneously activate Spiritual Attunement
Runeweavers use the following chart for leveling up:
- When rolling for Spirit don’t forget to add bonus spirit gain from intellect modifiers if applicable
- The maximum number of Tattoos is the total across ALL Schools of Magic (regardless of which Root Tattoo they are connected to), and includes the Root Tattoos in this total (i.e. a level three Runeweaver that has an Air and Dark Root Tatoo would only have seven remaining allotments for Runic Tattoos aka “known powers”, 2 root + 7 runic = 9 total)
- New focus skills require training unless they are upgrades (i.e. Rank1 Heart Punch -> Rank2 Heart Punch), see Learning New Focus Skills for details
Specializations are recommended for advanced players only, and are accomplished through the Secondary Skill system (see Specialist Skills). Runeweavers may choose to specialize their skills in up to one weapon use, one combat style and/or one spirit study, but can not have more than two specializations in total.
- Max one Weapon Specialist skill (choose from: Knives, Staves, Wands)
- Max one Combat Specialist skill (choose from: Freehand, Great Weapon, Paired Weapon, Freestyle, Peltast, Warder, Pugilist, Physical Defense)
- Max one Spirit Specialist skill (choose from: Devastation, Destruction, Conjuration, Alteration, Fortification)
Rites of the Runeweaver
Runeweavers gain titles through sacred Rites. These rites are typically informal, consisting of personal rites of passage or rituals performed in the presence of a small group of other Runeweavers. Most often these rites include some kind of test or demonstration of various attributes that are important to Runeweavers, such as Wisdom, Strength, and Stamina. For Runeweavers. The exact application of these Rites is dependent on the culture of origin, however it is common to ascribe each Rite with a particular spirit animal that represents the attribute in question. Whether this is purely symbolic or an actual encounter with a spiritual being is unknown, the truth of it relative to each Runeweaver.
While the Rites of the Runeweaver do not govern what Schools of Magic they can use, they do govern what Tiers of Power are available. It is important to note, that even if a Runeweaver already has a runic tattoo on their skin that is of a Tier higher than what they currently have access to, they cannot activate it or use it in anyway until that Tier is unlocked by the corresponding Rite. One advantage of this is that a Runeweaver could preemptively tattoo themselves with a power, knowing that they will eventually gain a title high enough to use it. Some cultures may even choose to tattoo children in the hopes that they will be inspired on to future greatness and eventually unlock the power of their runic tattoos.
Some Runeweavers that choose to focus only on a single School of Magic, possessing only one Root Tattoo, may ascribe a prefix to their title to indicate their chosen School of Magic. For example, a Runeweaver that maintains only a Celestial Root Tattoo might take the title of Silver Eagle, while one focused on Wild Magic might call themselves the Jade Tiger. This is purely cosmetic and has no bearing on how the Runeweaver uses magic.
The titles awarded by the Rites of the Runeweaver are as follows:
|Title||Level||Qualifications||Rewards & Consequences|
Rite of the Fox: demonstrate the wisdom of the fox
Rite of the Eagle: demonstrate the perception of the eagle
Rite of the Boar: demonstrate stamina of the boar
Rite of the Bear: demonstrate strength of the bear
Rite of the Tiger: demonstrate agility of the tiger
Rite of the Griffon: demonstrate resolve of the griffon
Rite of the Dragon: demonstrate intellect of the dragon
Among Runeweavers there is a forbidden Rite, shrouded in mystery and spoken of only in whispers. It is said that the Rite of the Serpent allows a Runeweaver to access every school of spiritual powers with a singular root tattoo. Anyone choosing to mark themselves with this forbidden root tattoo are forever identified as the Serpent. While Runeweavers circumvent the traditional laws of Spiritual Powers by Tattooing a separate root tattoo for each school of magic, which they must then be attuned to, those who follow the Rite of the Serpent ignore this procedure. By using a singular root tattoo that allows access to all Schools of Magic a Serpent Runeweaver has no need to use Spiritual Attunement. However misunderstood Runeweaver practices may be among the Mage Colleges, one thing is clear; The Serpent breaks the most fundamental laws of Magic and the Mage Wardens have no choice but to intervene and attempt to sever the Serpents root tattoo, thereby rendering them powerless.
The Forbidden Rite of the Serpent:
- replace all existing Root Tattoos with a single Root Tattoo that is attuned to all Schools of Spirit Powers
- deceive the spirits of ALL Rites using charm, or impress the Great Serpent with your powers of deception
Rewards & Consequences:
- Gain Tiers at the minimum level requirement for non-outlawed titles
- retain any other title rewards gained prior to becoming a Serpent
- Mage Wardens will hunt you down and attempt to permanently sever your Root Tattoo