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Rune Engineering
Rune Engineering
By Screem, Rachel, Michelle and Rokku_Ryu

Rune power constructs fall into two categories, Rune powered machines (RPM) and runic devices. RPM’s use an intricate combination of wire, energy, amplifiers, and machinery. These are used to make anything from doors to mills, and everything in between if you have the resources, space, and the engineering might for it. Runic devices however, are generally very small, extremely difficult to make and are only capable, to our knowledge, of carrying out a handful of specific tasks.

The thing about runes that makes them such a huge advancement is it has the ability to be powered by either thermal energy or kinetic energy. Only needing relatively small amounts of either. This is huge, as anything from people or burnable resources can be used to power machines of any given size. Thermal energy can be taken from rune torches or runite crystals and kinetic energy is passed through interacting with the rune powder in some way, such as stepping on rune ore, pressing buttons or trigger plates.

Though by now it’s been traded in huge quantities to the Celestial and Dusk Realms, rune dust (or powder) is a resource only found in the Middle Realm. Mining it can be difficult, since it is a dust, the easiest means of doing so is wetting the ore so it clumps when dug out of the stone. There is also rare energy-packed type of rune crystal as well, called runite. Which is only found in scant few places in the forbidden lands. Though rune engineers can come from anywhere they’re most commonly Mesalian. Every engineer’s methods and knowledge of RPM’s and runic devices will differ as recipes for wires and circuits vary from engineer to engineer.

Rune Powered Machines
RPM’s always need a few core components to function. First is the rune powder itself, or wiring. Rune powder is used to connect the components of the machine and transmit energy from one place to another. Second is the power source which ranges from levers, pressure plates, and buttons to energy torches, and runite. Since runes can be powered by such a diverse array of things this makes constructing machines much simpler. Finally the last component would be the output which is whatever the machine is built to do, such as moving a piston or spinning a wheel. RPM’s do require some runic devices, these however are larger and usually simpler devices than the compact sort that are generally referred to as runic devices.
Runic Devices
*it takes a competent skill level or higher to create the following devices.

Runic devices are essentially miniature RPM's. Only the wire is all carved into a palm sized stone casing. Inside this casing there would not only be the paths necessary to connect button that activates it but also tiny power sources and various other materials that interact with the rune powder in varying ways to get the desired result.

It takes a good knowledge of Rune technology to understand any runic device let alone create one. They are small, extremely detailed and delicate, a single mistake can render the device worthless or dangerous depending on what it is being attempted. All runic devices take a considerable amount of time, resources, preparation and study to create. The ingredients for these devices differs widely depending on the intention, the following are used in the most well known of the runic devices.

Runic devices can be submerged in water, and so long as they are dried out will function again. If a runic device is activated while wet it will most likely short out and never activate again. The hollow stone shells are deceptively fragile and can crack apart if abused, so dropping or mishandling runic devices can and will break them.
Experimental Rune Technology
If it seems theres a lot of gaps in the general knowledge of how things work in rune engineering, that’s because there is a great deal that simply isn’t understood about the properties of rune powder and how it interacts with other materials. As such, new technologies are always being pioneered, and while there are exponentially more failures than successes, there is clearly much more to learn about runes, what they do, and how they do it. As such, rune technology is constantly change and growing.

Advanced enough engineers may find themselves making new creations that utilize the power of runes to make even more devices than what’s listed here. Advanced runic devices, or essentially new runic inventions should be done IC and require an competent or better understanding of rune engineering to undertake. Creating new rune technology can take years to get even a prototype that may or may not work. It can also be dangerous as a misfiring runic device could explode in it’s creators hands. Things that fall into this category of pioneering new technology are:
Updated to include ancient teleporters and flying machines

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