Runecrafting altar

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Runecrafting altars are locations at which players can use the Runecraft skill to turn rune essence into runes. Each altar corresponds to a different type of rune. The altars are located in another dimension, accessible through Mysterious Ruins scattered across the surface of Gielinor.

Mysterious Ruins are not labelled on the mini-map. Players can discover ruins by clicking 'locate' on a talisman, finding the ruins accidentally, or by asking other players where they are. A talisman, tiara, or runecraft cape is required to actually enter the ruins and use the altars.

When a player clicks on the altar, all essence in their inventory are converted to a type of rune (depending on the altar), and they gain Runecraft experience. They can also enchant a tiara if they have a normal tiara and talisman in their inventory. They use the tiara on the altar and it becomes enchanted.

History[edit | edit source]

In the First or Second Age, a Fremennik by the name of V------- discovered the Stone of Jas on Lunar Isle. The power of the stone had altered the rocks in that cave, turning them into rune essence. This discovery allowed humans to create runes. This discovery caused a great deal of conflict within the Fremenniks. Some believed that the runes should be used to benefit humanity, whereas others felt that the stones were the property of the gods and that to use them would be an unholy act. The conflict soon threatened to tear the tribe apart.

The half of the tribe that supported the use of runes travelled the world of Gielinor, searching for areas with certain properties that would imbue the runestones with magical energies. Soon, a number of temples had been built all across the world (plus one on Zanaris), the altars themselves were hidden away in pocket dimensions, which required a talisman to access. The Fremenniks banished the runecrafters from their tribe. These people would eventually become the Moon Clan that inhabits Lunar Isle today, and eventually the amount of magic they practiced made it so that they no longer needed runes, although they continued to craft them regardless.

During the Fourth Age the people of Arceuus used the Dark Altar to create a blood and a soul altar by drawing the blood spilt and the souls lost in Kourend's conflicts to them; combined with power drawn from the original altars, although their locations were unknown.

The knowledge of Runecrafting remained completely unknown to those outside the Moon Clan, until the Rune Essence Mine, a former resting place of the Stone of Jas, was discovered in the frozen north at the end of the Fourth Age, starting the Fifth Age. The human race soon began mass production of runes, allowing it to establish itself as a dominant force in much of Gielinor. The Fremenniks would later lead a twenty year long military campaign known as the Runecrafting Crusades against Kandarin, Asgarnia, and Misthalin as a result, and the temples were destroyed, although runecrafting was still widely practised. According to Erdan of the Myths' Guild, the wrath of the Runecrafting Crusaders rippled through the pocket spaces as they destroyed the altar, which inadvertely led to the creation of the Wrath altar, which the Sect of Uhld built the Myths' Guild around it and used the runes provided from the altar to scare off the crusaders. In year 70 of the Fifth Age a disasterous fire ravaged the Wizards' Tower. The fire resulted in most knowledge about Runecrafting was lost, which meant that humans once again lost the ability to craft runes. Approximately a century later Sedridor, the head wizard of the rebuilt Wizards' Tower, and Aubury, a rune salesman, managed to recover some of the essential knowledge about runecrafting: the source of rune essence in the north and the teleportation spell leading to it. When an adventurer brought an air talisman to Sedridor, Sedridor deduced that it was the final missing pieces as the talismans were the keys, that would lead to the runecrafting altars, thus rediscovery of the art of Runecrafting was achieved.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Lvl Altar Rune Location F2P maplink Comments
1 Air altar Air rune.png North-east of the Crafting Guild and south of Falador. 0
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2 Mind altar Mind rune.png Between Ice Mountain and Goblin Village. 0
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Maplink
5 Water altar Water rune.png South of Lumbridge in the swamps and south-east of Draynor Village. 0
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Maplink
9 Earth altar Earth rune.png North-east of Varrock, near the Lumber Yard. 0
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Maplink
14 Fire altar Fire rune.png North-east of Al Kharid, west of Duel Arena. 0
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Maplink
20 Body altar Body rune.png Between Ice Mountain and Barbarian Village, south of Edgeville Monastery. 0
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Maplink
27 Cosmic altar Cosmic rune.png The southern part of Zanaris. 1
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Maplink Requires Lost City.
35 Chaos altar Chaos rune.png Wilderness level 9, north-west of Edgeville. 1
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Maplink Located in Wilderness, Ruins are in Free-to-play area.
40 Astral altar Astral rune.png Southern part of Lunar Isle. 1
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Maplink Requires Lunar Diplomacy, no talisman required. Can change to Lunar spellbook.
44 Nature altar Nature rune.png North of Shilo Village. 1
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Maplink
54 Law altar Law rune.png Northern part of Entrana. 1
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Maplink No weapons or armour allowed.
65 Death altar Death rune.png Temple of Light, bottom floor. Also accessible from the Underground Pass. 1
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Maplink Requires Mourning's End Part II.
77 Blood altar Blood rune.png South of the Dark Altar in Arceuus. 1
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Maplink No talisman required.
90 Soul altar Soul rune.png East of the Dark Altar in Arceuus. 1
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Maplink No talisman required.
95 Wrath altar Wrath rune.png South of the Myths' Guild through the Corsair Cove Dungeon. 1
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Maplink Requires Dragon Slayer II.
1 Ourania altar All Within the Ourania Cave south-west of West Ardougne. 1
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Maplink No talisman required.

Note: Underneath Meiyerditch in the Lab dungeon are mysterious ruins leading to the true blood altar. These cannot be entered because a blood talisman does not exist.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Runecrafting altar entrances are not marked on the world map.

See also[edit | edit source]