Runic Arrays – Dancing Lights

For our runic arrays segment this week we give you a new way to use the arrays.

This week we show you the Dancing Lights array.

Notation: Secondary arrays: Create Copper in the shape of a disk as wide as the array and as thick as 1/1000th the array’s diameter. Primary Array: Rotate Copper at a speed of 4 rps if Copper is present, Push Copper at a speed of 1 m/s and Contain it to the width of the array and as deep as 1/10th the array’s diameter.

Class: Defensive

Description: An array that is perfect for a shield, and one that turns your shield into a weapon itself.

The Dancing Lights can be called an array of arrays. While it does have secondary arrays inside it, it isn’t a complex array because, if you look closely, you’ll see that these secondary arrays do not actually connect to anything. And they don’t have to. Any open space within an array is fair game for another, completely unrelated array. As long as there is an outer boundary around each array to isolate it, you can have as many arrays inside a larger array as you want.

This is an excellent way to tie several arrays together into one compact space, especially if those array normally can’t work with each other.

Take the Dancing Lights as an example. It create two flat copper disks and spins them around the centre of the array. With a single array, this is impossible, because any copper disk created would be created in the centre of the array and rotating it would just rotate it around its own centre axis. By putting these two secondary, and unconnected, arrays inside the larger array you can create those copper disks at any specific spot inside the array that you want.

So these two copper disks won’t be rotating around their own axes, but will be flung around the larger array’s axis like moons around a planet. Two completely (well almost) unrelated arrays working together to create an effect that is greater than the sum of its parts.

As to how to practically use this array? Well you just let it do its job and focus on the battle you have found yourself in. Copper is a highly reflective material, so whomever is facing your shield will see, as the array’s name implies, bright spinning and dancing lights in front of them. These copper disks also serve as a further level of protection, by being able to deflect incoming blades and projectiles. And since they are so thin (and made of metal) they are effective blades in and of themselves, able to cut open flesh and bone as good as anything else. It really is the complete package.

Runic Arrays – Wizard’s Envy

For our runic arrays segment this week we give you a way to make wizards even more overpowered.

This week we show you the Wizard’s Envy incantation.

Notation: Heat Iron at a rate of 64 degrees Celsius per second within an area in the shape of an Inverted Dome 100 times as wide across as the array and 10,000 times as deep as the array’s diameter. Cast from the mouth.

Incantation: Begh Yst Dün Ob Watze Ant Schniv Sepa Cob Dün Ob Hohd Ant Mürgrot Non Küp Ant Omkirdi Non Rônde Ant Grot Ant Mürgrot Tüwe Cob Ent Fin Bek.

Class: Incantation

Description: It is a staple trope (and perhaps even a cliche) in high fantasy stories that wizards are clad in loose cloth robes while the warriors encase themselves in as much steel as they can find. The warriors are the knights in shining armour while the wizards are the mysterious mages. It is a way to easily distinguish two very different types of characters and in games (whether videogames or tabletop) it is also a way to balance the two classes. After all, if a wizard could wear armour, wield a sword and then cast magic as well then what use is there for a warrior?

But you surely must feel for these wizards, watching these mighty warriors with their brightly shining (and often gilded) suits of armour crafted by the finest artisans, bedecked in fancy tabards and robes, their coat of arms proudly worn on their shields while a colourful and symbolic crest sits atop their helms. That is the sort of thing legends and songs are written about. And all the while, all the wizards have is a faded old robe, a tattered pointy hat and a long walking stick.

So why wouldn’t a wizard start to get envious after all the attention these pretty boys in their armour seem to get? Why wouldn’t a wizard start making plans, devious plans, to even out the playing field. After all, if a wizard can’t wear armour, no one should! It’s only fair.

And that’s where this incantation comes into play. Dreamed up by a very bitter and spiteful wizard, the Wizard’s Envy incantation creates an inverted and stretched dome (otherwise known as a rounded cone) that heats up all iron (and thus steel) within it by 64 degrees Celsius a second. The intent here isn’t to melt the iron and steel, since that would require holding this spell on target for more than 23 seconds. Rather it is just to make the cost of wearing armour greater than the reward.

After less than two seconds, the weapons and armour wielded by the warriors caught up in the cone would already be over 100 degrees Celsius and far too hot to touch with bare hands. Less than four seconds into the spell and they would be over 200 degrees Celsius and would start to burn and overheat the warriors no matter what are wearing underneath. The only thing the warriors will be able to do is to throw down their weapons and try and get out of their armour as quickly as possible.

And now the warrior and the wizard are on equal footing, no weapons and no armour. Well, the wizard still has magic, but why fight a fair fight?

Runic Arrays: Static Cloud

For our runic arrays segment this week we give you the way to create your very own legion.

This week we show you the Grand Army array.

Notation: Transmute Humans into Air if Humans are present and apply the effect of Created Lightning to Air.

Class: Offence

Description: A handy array for both taking down a single enemy as well as incapacitating anyone around him.

The true power from this array comes from its smaller, secondary array. Without this, it would simply be an array to transmute humans into air, which while useful, is not any different than transmuting humans into anything else. By putting the secondary array into it, what you are telling the array to do is to apply the effect (not the individual runes) onto all of whatever rune is in the centre of the array. So for this array, the effect would be created lightning, so simply just lightning. The array would apply this to all of the air around it, meaning that all the air around the array would now be filled with electricity trying to find the quickest way down to earth.

But merely electrifying the air around the array isn’t enough for this array. No, that would be too simple. The other trick with this array is to remember that when dealing with runes and the materials they represent, the arrays work in mass and not volume. So if you transmute a person into air, you won’t just have as much air as can fill up the space that person left behind. Instead, you will have as much mass (or weight) of air to deal with stuck in that space the person just vacated. For other things, this wouldn’t be much of an issue, but air isn’t very dense.

1 cubic metre of air weighs only 1.23 kg. So if you transmuted a chap weighing 80kgs into air, you would end up with 61.9 cubic metres worth of air in an area of around 0.8 cubic metres. This just won’t do, and with nothing to stop the air moving it will immediately rush out of that space to find some equilibrium with the atmosphere around it. 61.9 cubic metres is enough to fill up a room and it will be expanding at an alarming rate.

All of this means that everyone around the poor chap who just died will be knocked off their feet by the sudden gale of wind around them and then electrocuted by the electricity flowing through that wind.

So with one array engraved onto a bullet, you can kill one man and keep all his allies convulsing on the floor.

And if you are new to the runes and arrays, here is a playlist we made to explain exactly how they work.

Runic Arrays: Grand Army

For our runic arrays segment this week we give you the way to create your very own legion.

This week we show you the Grand Army array.

Notation: Create Humans if no Humans are present, Push Humans at the speed of 1 m/s if Humans are present and apply the effect of the Lazarus array to Humans.

Class: Utility

Description: As can plainly be seen in the notation of the array, and in the array itself, the Grand Army array is based on the Lazarus array and uses the Lazarus array as its most critical part.

What this array does, in short, is to create its very own cloning production line. With this array, and as much energy as you can feed it, you can create as many artificial humans as you want. However, as with all arrays, the devil is in the details.

The Lazarus array transmutes (specifically) non-living humans into live humans. The obvious use for this array is to resurrect the dead. We naturally presume the opposite of alive to be dead and think to have a dead human you must first have had a living human. This, however, is not always the case. Any plant and animal (including humans) created by an array comes out dead. Well, technically not dead since for the merest fraction of a second after its creation it is indeed alive, but within the time it takes you to blink the created “thing” will die. This is because the arrays cannot provide that spark of life to a newly created plant or animal. It can, however, create that plant of animal in a perfect condition which is why it will be alive for a heartbeat.

While the runes and arrays cannot provide that spark of life, what they can do, though, is change the state of something: ie transmutation. It is the transmutation of something non-living to something living that allows the Lazarus and thus the Grand Army arrays to work.

Just one thing to note is that while this can be called a cloning machine, it can’t actually create a copy of an existing person. All it does it create a “blank” human over and over again. “Blank” in this case meaning “an androgynous, racially indeterminate, sexually mature corpse of a human” as the description of the Human rune puts it. Also, remember that this is a brand new human and comes with all that entails, so if you want your army you will first have to train it how to speak and walk and use the toilet properly.

But if you have patience, you will get your army.

Runic arrays: Lazarus

For our runic arrays segment this week we give you the ultimate reset button.

This week we show you the Lazarus array.

Notation: Transmute Non-Living Humans into Living Humans and sustain said Humans.

Class: Utility

Description: A very simple array but with the most direst of consequences. This array does exactly what its name implies: it brings humans back from the dead. By transmuting non-living humans into living humans, the only thing you are really changing is the state of life, thereby leaving the person “transmuted” unaffected otherwise. They are still the same person for all intents and purposes, but one thing that does not change is how they died.

Unlike the Dark Folly array, the Lazarus doesn’t turn back time to before the person died, it just changes their state from “dead” to “living”. So if they died through violent means (eg a gunshot to the chest) they will still have that bullet hole in their body and all the damage associated with it. And if left like that, they will promptly die again. That is why the Sustain rune in this array is so important; it sustains the body and keeps it from whatever just killed it killing it again. As long as the array is active and the Sustain rune is working, the person won’t die again. This gives you the time to fix whatever went wrong, however you might go about it.

One thing to note is that because this array only changes a person’s state from “dead” to “living”, if they are too far decomposed, it wouldn’t do any good since no amount of surgery will fix them. In that case, it is better to use something like the Dark Folly array. It will require far more energy, however, and that is why this array will more easily work in a pinch.

And lastly, if you are using the Z-Land rules with the Runed Dead crossover (for which the Life rune was invented), this array won’t help to bring people back from the dead as the undead in the Runed Dead are powered by the arrays. If you try and use this array on a dead person, it will just turn them into a zombie.

Runic Arrays – Forgotten Memory

For our runic arrays segment this week we’ve come to bargain.

This week we show you the Forgotten Memory array.

Notation: Invert the flow of Time over an area 100 time greater than the array if Humans are within the area of the array and Sustain this effect if Humans are within an area 10 times greater than the array.

Class: Utility

Description: They say the best criminal leaves no trace of what they’ve done. Of course you can always incapacitate and/or kill any witnesses to your crime, but then you are simply creating more lose threads and more mysteries that will lead the keen of eye and sharp of mind to your trail. It would be far better if it appears that you had simply never been there, that you had come and gone like the proverbial thief in the night.

This array helps you do just that.

This array’s core principle is to create a short time loop that the unsuspecting victim would fall into when they trigger it and fall out of when the array’s energy has run out, completely unaware that anything is amiss. As soon as the victims step over the array it activates and starts inverting time, but if not for the Sustain rune it would stop doing so as soon as the person is back outside the array (leading to a split second time loop as the person hovers over the array). The Sustain rune then takes over and keeps time flowing backwards until the person is well away from the array.

This allows for a significant time inversion and puts the person back outside the triggering area, meaning the array isn’t constantly using up its reserve of energy. The person then, with the same frame of mind as a few seconds ago, will most likely again step over the array, trigger the effect again.

The only clue they would have that not everything is as it seems is that if there is sufficient energy in the array and the time loop goes for long enough, then the day would turn to night (or vice versa) and the people inside would notice that the time outside is not the same as inside. This could then prevent them from, again, triggering the array and resetting the time loop. The same, of course, would be true for anything that moved into or out of the victim’s line of sight during any of the time resets as it would not be there for the next reset, looking to the victim as if it disappeared into thin air. The way to fix this is to use this array in an area where line of sight and sound is limited. Indoors, for example, or an alleyway at night.

With the victims stuck in a time loop, they would have no clue of the world outside changing, and that will give you more than enough time to get into wherever you aren’t supposed to be, do whatever you aren’t supposed to be doing and get back out again. Do it quickly enough, and give the array as little energy as needed, and no one will ever be the wiser.

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Runic Arrays – Repeating Hammer

For our runic arrays segment this week we’re gonna rock your world.

This week we show you the Repeating Hammer array.

Notation: Push Iron at a speed of 8 m/s if Ironis present within a Cylindrical area the height of the array’s width and Pull Iron at a speed of 1 m/s if Iron is not present within a a Cylindrical area 10 times the height of the array’s width.

Class: Utility

Description: Like many arrays created in Middelburg after the discovery of electricity, this one is named after the machine it powers. The repeating hammer is a large metal cylinder housing a metal rod and this array at the back. As soon as the array is activated, the iron rod is hurled towards the end of the cylinder where it is stopped by spar of metal that ensures only a fraction of the rod will protrude from the cylinder. The array then pulls the iron rod back towards it and once it reaches the array it is again thrown towards the end of the cylindrical housing.

It’s a very simple machine and so can be built on a massive scale. The only intricate parts of it is the array and the socket where the copper cable can be plugged in to carry the electricity towards the array. Because of the ease of creating the repeating hammer, it has found its way into a variety of trades in a variety of sizes. Builders and carpenters use a small, one handed version to hammer in whatever nails and rivets they need; while ship (sea or air) builders use larger versions that can also hammer in the planks together to fit more tightly.

Even the Middelburg constabulary and military have been eyeing the repeating hammer. The constables want to use it to hammer down doors and barricades that have been runically strengthened or protected, while the military is eyeing up the hammer as a basis for a repeating musket.

In the darker side of Middelburg, the criminals have been tinkering with the repeating hammer and have been attempting to make version where contact with skin sets it going, meaning you can put the hammer on a more traditional shaft and swing it at an enemy and the hammer will rocket forward within the cylinder the moment it makes contact with a person, shattering whatever it touches.

Magic Mondays – Gearbox

For Magic Mondays this week we’re changing gears.

This week we show you the Gearbox array.

Notation: Push Iron at a speed of 1 m/s if Copper is present, at 2 m/s if Copper and Gold is present, at 4 m/s if Copper, Gold and Silver is present, or at 8 m/s if Copper, Gold, Silver and Tin is present. Pull Iron at a speed of 1 m/s if Wood is present. Stop Iron if Lead is present.

Class: Utility

Description: It’s a good old five speed gearbox, just made of magic rather than steel. It even comes with a built in braking system.

This array works in a straighforward manner in that it increases the speed at which the iron is being pushed if more material is added. By using all the If-Then statements, you can get much more control than if you did multiple arrays or tried to use the Quicken runes as modifications rather than as affecting runes. Remember that because each Quicken rune is chained to another, and ultimately to the Push rune, you must have all the materials inside the array’s field of effect for that rune to activate.

For example, if you had Copper, Silver and Tin but no Gold then only the Push rune would activate. This is where the control comes in as you can limit which rune activates at what time. You can even chain different runes, or even entire arrays, this way to create a sort of runic algorithm.

As to how this array works in practice? Well it function as the gearbox for all the trains in Middleburg and the entire island nation of Alfresia. Inside the engine of each train, these arrays are placed around huge teethed wheels that connect to the train’s wheels on the track. As these arrays push the teethed cogs, they turn the train’s wheels and off it goes. However, between the cogs and these arrays are six levers, each made of one of the materials in the array. Moving the train then becomes very simple, you just pull each lever into position between cog and array and it activates the array to push the cog that pushes the wheels.

And if an emergency should happen, you can always pull the lever made of lead to freeze the cogs in place, stopping the train as quickly as anything could. Of course, remember that 8 meters per second is almost 30 kilometres per hour, so stopping a fully laden train at that speed in an instant will almost definitely result in damage to the engine, but that is why they call it an emergency.

Magic Mondays – False Door

For Magic Mondays this week we give you a way to move unseen.

This week we show you the False Door array.

Notation: Sustain the Receiving of Light if no Humans are present.

Class: Utility

Description: The False Door array is a must have for any spy, secret society or just plain anyone who wants a secret hideout and doesn’t want it discovered. The False Door, as its name implies, creates the illusion of a solid surface where there isn’t any, and vanishes when someone approaches.

It does this quite simply. The array you see here is only one half of the process, the receiving end. Another array that simply says Send Light is placed facing a wall. Any light that comes through that array’s field of effect is then Sent to this array. That light would include any light bouncing off the wall. That light, that image of a wall, would go straight through the first array and come out of this array, making it appear as if there was a wall where the False Door array is.

There are two thing you need to worry about. First is how the receiving array is positioned so that the wall doesn’t appear upside down or at an angle. You might have to re-position and play with it for a while until you get it just right, but if you do, you can make a doorway, or alleyway completely disappear into the walls around it. The second is finding a patch of wall (or whatever you are using to disguise the entrance to your secret hideout) that matches where the entrance is. You don’t want someone to be walking down an inner city alleyway and suddenly seeing a section of fancy marble wall.

After all this, you might be asking yourself why there is a need for this illusion to disappear if a person gets close enough to it. The answer is twofold: Firstly, if the only people allowed inside this secret hideaway already knows about it, then it is for pure convenience. Remember that all light that enters the Sending array will come out of this one. So after you step through the fake wall, you will see the rest of all the light from the first array. You would rather see the door you have to open or the passageway you want to walk through and not blindly having to make your way through, so by shutting off the light, it allows for an easier access. Of course, if you want people (the right sort of people, of course) to find your secret hideaway, then having the illusion disappear when they are close makes everyone’s life so much more simple.

In either event, if will probably pay good dividends to have an extra array hidden away behind the illusion, perhaps some sort of offensive array that must be disarmed so you can keep undesirables out.

Magic Mondays – Dying Light

For Magic Mondays this week we give you a sight to remember.

This week we show you the Dying Light array.

Notation: Create 20 Lumens of Light per cubic centimetre in an area 1000 times greater than the array and Contain all Light to this area.

Class: Offensive

Description: This is the sister to the Swan Song array and is intended to be just as cruel and brutal. The only real difference is that where the Swan Song deafens you, the Dying Light blinds you.

It does this by creating a light twice as bright as the sun all around the victim. The fact that this array creates light within every cubic centimetre of the containment field is important. With sound, it doesn’t matter which way you are facing, the sound from the Swan Song will rip your ears apart all the same, and that’s why the sound of that array can come solely from the metal “bomb”. With light it’s different. If you’re not facing the right way or if there is something in between you and the bomb, then you would probably only get temporary flash blindness. That issue is solved by the Dying Light array. It doesn’t matter which way you turn or what is in between you and the “bomb”, as long as you are within the containment field (a good ten metres, so it’s no laughing matter) you will feel as if you are standing inside the sun.

It won’t even help closing your eyes (if you can in time) as pressed right up against your eyelids will be, yes again, a light twice as intense as the sun. Even through your eyelids, this is will be a painful experience, and seeing as this array can be precharged with as much energy as needed, you would have no idea how long to keep your eyes pressed shut. Eventually you will have to open them and when you do the last thing you will ever see is the brightest light in the world.

Lucky for everyone not caught in the containment field as all light is contained within, meaning everyone outside will just see a solid black sphere and presumably hear the agonising shouts coming from within.

If you don’t want to just blind someone or just deafen someone, remember that if you are good as inscribing tiny runes onto 1cm metal balls, you can put both the Swan Song and the Dying Light arrays on the same metal “bomb”, meaning you can blind and deafen someone at the very same time. If you are that cruel, that is.

Magic Mondays – Swan Song

For Magic Mondays this week we give you a sound you’ll not soon forget.

This week we show you the Swan Song array.

Notation: Create Sound at a strength of 150 Decibels if Stone is present and Contain Sound to a space 1000 times greater than the array if more than 100 Decibels of Sound is present.

Class: Offensive

Description: This is the Sound Bomb‘s bigger and angrier brother. It is also the first Bomb type array which is utterly and completely an offensive array. Even the Crypt’s Breath array, as foul as it is, can be used in a more “utility” fashion (by clearing a house from pests), but not the Swan Song. It is a cruel and efficient weapon meant to cripple and disable opponents, and if you are extremely unlucky this can also kill you.

It is called the Swan Song because if you are caught within its blast then it is the last sound you will ever hear. This array permanently deafens humans by creating a sound so loud that it bursts your eardrums. A 150 decibels, especially at close range is more than enough to do that and the shockwave will also blast you off your feet and knock the wind out of you. While the fatal decibel range is between 180-200, a sustained wave of 150 decibels can cause embolisms in your lungs which can travel to your heart or brain to kill you as gruesomely as any bullet can.

The reason for the second Contain rune in the array is thus fairly obvious, when you throw the 1cm metal ball at someone, hoping to rupture their eardrums, you don’t want to be permanently deafened yourself. So the array restricts all sound above 100 decibels (thus also the sound it creates itself) to 1000 times the array’s area, or 10 meters. So everyone within 5 metres of the array will never hear a sound again, while everyone outside it will never even know what is happening.

By containing the sound, you will only make it echo and reverberate throughout the containment field. As the array has an If-Then statement, it can be precharged with as much energy as needed, meaning that deafening sound can continue for as long as needed. That is what makes this array so deadly, as continual close proximity to the sound can cause the earlier mentioned embolisms. If you add in a Human rune to the If-Then statement alongside the Stone rune, you can also use this array as a trap, to deafen unsuspecting enemies.

Its usefulness is combat should be quite apparent. If you are in a heated firefight, simply throw a few of these at them and not only will they be momentarily stunned, since they are now deaf you can creep up to them without a worry. This array is also perfect when you are running away from overwhelming opposition for much the same reasons.

Magic Mondays – Updated Sigil System Incantations

Instead of an array for Magic Mondays this week, we bring you and update to the Sigil System book and to the incantations.

For those of you who already have your hands on the Journal of Array Design Volume 2, you might have noticed that we slyly, and slightly, changed the way incantations work. It’s not a big change, and it does make life far easier for you.

In some arrays (like the Fireball incantation) you will find, or you can make, runes that have modifications on top of modifications on top of modifications. For example, you can want to increase the speed of a Pull rune by modifying it with a Quicken rune that is in turn modified by another Quicken rune and so on until you have a Pull rune with a “tail” of 5 Quicken runes.

Normally, you would read this part of the incantation like so: (Pull, modified by Quicken, modified by Quicken, modified by Quicken, modified by Quicken, modified by Quicken). Or as an incantation: Ob Trehen Ant Schniv Ant Schniv Ant Schniv Ant Schniv Ant Schniv Cob. This is technically correct, but it is also a lot of repetition that needlessly extends the incantation.

Instead, you can simply say by how many times a rune is modified by itself. That would turn this part of the incantation to look like this: (Pull, modified by Quicken by five). Or as an incantation: Ob Trehen Ant Schniv Fayf Cob. You still have the same information, but in a far more compact form.

And that’s it! Rather than repeating yourself endlessly, you can now simply say by many modifications you are using and cut all that time out sounding like you have bad stutter.

If you have already downloaded the Sigil System, you should have received an email for an updated version so you are good to go.

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Magic Mondays – Unlucky Round

For Magic Mondays this week we give you an array you can set and forget and still have it work.

This week we show you the Unlucky Round array.

Notation: Pull Human at a speed of 512 m/s.

Class: Offensive

Description: Physics is a funny thing and often counter-intuitive until you give it some serious thought, and if you want to be the best runist you can be, then you surely must give good old physics as good and serious a thought as you can.

One of the three laws of motion in physics is that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. This is just one of those things that has to be, the universe wouldn’t exist as we know it without that particular law. Lucky for us, among everything else this physical law does for us in our daily lives, it also makes this array work.

That is because there is no real difference between a push and a pull and there is no particular emphasis placed on the direction in which a force is applied. What this means is that there is no real difference in the impact between you running into a car at 10 kph and a car driving into you at 10 kph. There also isn’t a difference between the magnet holding onto your fridge, or the fridge holding onto your magnet, there’s just a force applied in a specific direction and the universe takes care of the rest.

All that is precisely how the Unlucky Round works. As it’s name implies, it is inscribed on a musket ball, but this round isn’t ever fired from a musket or a pistol. Rather it is left around wherever it can do the most damage as a type of boobytrap. Then, whenever someone gets close to the round, it will attempt to pull that human toward it as a speed of 512 meters per second, but just as your magnet can’t pull your fridge towards it, the round can’t pull the human closer. Instead, just as with the fridge, the musket ball will be propelled towards the human at 512 meters per second.

In a twist of irony, thanks to the third law of motion, the human acts as their own fatally fired musket.

Now, it must be mentioned that in all cases this array must be modified in some form or fashion, most often with a containment field within which the array will work. We haven’t put that here as it will depend entirely on the context that you find yourself in, but it can’t just be left as is or it will go seek for the nearest human anywhere on the planet if it has enough energy.

Also, while this array has to be precharged before it can work, you should never precharge it before you place it as a trap as you will be the nearest human to it and it will come straight at you.

And lastly, if you want to do even more damage, remember that you can inscribe other offensive arrays onto the same musket ball as the Unlucky Round, meaning that when it does hit someone, the other array will activate and cause quite the calamity.

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Magic Mondays – Shadow Valley

For Magic Mondays this week we give you an array that will protect you even in the most direst of circumstances.

This week we show you the Shadow Valley array.

Notation: Exclude Light and Sound from all Humans within an area 10 – 100 times larger than the array’s size.

Class: Utility

Description: A nomadic tribe in the Western deserts have a sacred hymn that assures them that no matter the trials and tribulations and oppressions, that no matter how dark and shadowed the valley be through which they walk, their god will be with them to comfort and protect them. It seems a footman in Middelburg had been quite taken by this hymn when he created this array, although whether he designed it because of the comfort the hymn brought him or because of sheer sacrilegious irony we will never know.

Just as the hymn says, this array will protect you while you walk through a shadowed valley, surrounded on all sides by confusion and misery… even though that confusion and misery is entirely and utterly your fault. What the Shadow Valley does is blind and deafen everyone around you while keeping you immune from the effect. The purpose, of course, is to confuse and disable your opponents while you do what needs to be done.

It does this through two points of runecraft every good runescribe should be aware of. Firstly, by using the secondary array to create the effect of a containment field that excludes light and sound and then applying this entire effect to all humans in range. This means that the containment field is equally applied to all bits of a human that it can reach. This means that every exposed piece of skin will become a focus point for the containment field. Since the containment field excludes light and sound, it means that no light or sound will be able to breach a human’s outer layer, effectively blinding, deafening and muting every human in range.

It excludes the person bearing the array by using an “exclusionary modification” on the Contain rune, thereby excluding the first 10-times-the-array’s-size area from the effect, but since there is a Gargantuan rune on the same Contain rune, the effect is still spread out to a 100 times the array’s size. This is the second way that you can create a doughnut shaped field of effect to spare the bearer of the array the effects of it. The first way is to use a Shell rune such as in the Invisible Chaos array and modifying its size to what you want. Both methods give the same effect, so it is up the designer to choose what he wants.

Now to how it is put into practice. As with most footman arrays, this array is inscribed upon a disk 10 cm in diameter, meaning the shadow effects start a meter out and ends 10 meters out. However, if you leave it at that, you will only be blinding, muting and deafening everything at and above the level of the array. What you want to do is inscribe this array on both sides of the disk so that no matter where a person is, no matter the altitude, they will be caught up in the array’s effects.

And with all of that done, you can safely steal, burgle and murder to your heart’s content.

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Magic Valentines – A Moment in Time

Valentines Day is fast approaching and so we thought we’d give you two treats today. First is a 50% Off Sale on all our Runed Age products, and second is a slightly romantic runic array for today.

This week we show you the Moment in Time array.

Notation: Increase the speed of Time by 16, Contain it the circumference of the array, and Slow Time by 16 at the circumference of the array.

Class: Utility

Description: A bubble in time. A moment of it captured, stretched and protected from the rest of the universe. This array can do only one thing and that is give you a little extra time while making sure you aren’t disturbed. For two lovers wishing a moment, an hour or even a night would last forever, this is definitely the array for them. For students needing an extra moment to study, or warriors needing to catch their breath while planning their next attack, this array also works remarkably well. However, we’ll focus on the lighter side of life today.

This array gives you more time in a simple and easy to understand manner, it simply speeds up time within the array by 16, meaning that one hour outside the array means 16 hours inside it. If you only have 5 minutes to spare for a quick kiss and a hug with your better half, with this array you could make it a cuddle too.

Speeding time up inside the array is straightforward enough, but by slowing down time by an equal amount around the edges of the array exploits a rule of physics that should keep anyone inside fairly free of distractions.

As time is sped up by 16 times inside the array and slowed by 16 times at the array’s edge, this means there is a disparity at the edge of 32 times normal speed. Anything coming from the outside is first slowed down by 16 times and then suddenly sped up by 32 times. This is where things get stretched and compressed.

Imagine a bullet travelling through the array. First it must be slowed down, but as the tip of it slows down as it enters the edge of the array, its rear is still travelling at the same speed. this will scrunch up the bullet as if it is hitting a near solid object. Then once it is through this ordeal, it is sped up 32 times and so it will be stretched as if it is soft taffy being pulled by a machine. Now imagine the same happening to light and sound.

Sound and light when sped up (in wavelength that is, since both are constants) increase in frequency. While inside, you will hear everything outside as shrill shrieks lasting a fraction of a second, not to mention a tad mangled since it had to be slowed down so abruptly first. The same happens with light. While inside, the entire colour spectrum will shift to the red side of the spectrum, meaning blues will look green, greens could look orange and you will even start to see ultraviolet light. It will be an absolute riot of colour that will make everything outside look (and sound) nearly incomprehensible.

But that is entirely the point. When inside this Moment of Time, you want to exclude yourself from the real world, and what better way than to make the real world appear alien and strange.

And speaking of strange new worlds, remember that there is a 50% Off Sale on all our Runed Age products, and only until Valentines Day, so get in quick.