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Chapter 5: Treasure Trove / Armor & Armaments / Runes

Fundamental Runes

Source GM Core pg. 225
Five fundamental runes produce the most essential magic of protection and destruction: armor potency and resilient runes for armor (page 226), the reinforcing rune for shields, and weapon potency and striking runes for weapons (page 232). A potency rune is what makes a weapon a runic weapon (page 240) or armor magic armor (page 229).

An item can have only one fundamental rune of each type, though etching a stronger rune can upgrade an existing rune to the more powerful version (as described in each rune's entry). As you level up, you typically alternate between increasing an item's potency rune and its striking or resilient rune when you can afford to.