Third Edition Runes

Rune Types

There are three basic types of runes. Information on specific runes can be found on the Third Edition Rune List page.

Magic Runes

Magic runes tend to be the most iconic. They typically operate off a pool of slots level 1 to 4. The number of slots that a character has available to them are based upon their Hit Dice and class, with more martial types having less. Examples include Fire and Lightning Runes.

Combat Runes

Combat runes are typically geared towards warrior-types and normally offer special attacks on a per-battle basis. Examples include Unicorn and Viper Runes.

Other Runes

Other runes may have a variety of effects when equipped. Typically, these are static bonuses (such as +10 speed or +5 Stealth). Examples include the Godspeed Rune.

Rune Slots

As mentioned above, Magic Runes operate off rune slots. Regardless of how many runes are equipped, they draw off the same pool of rune slots. The number of slots available are as follows:

15 MGC - 2/0/0/0
30 MGC - 3/1/0/0
45 MGC - 4/1/0/0
55 MGC - 4/2/0/0
60 MGC - 5/2/1/0
75 MGC - 6/3/1/0
95 MGC - 7/3/1/0
100 MGC - 7/4/2/0
101 MGC - 7/4/2/1
115 MGC - 8/4/2/1
125 MGC - 8/5/2/1
135 MGC - 9/5/2/1
140 MGC - 9/5/3/1
150 MGC - 9/6/3/1
160 MGC - 9/6/3/2
175 MGC - 9/7/4/2
200 MGC - 9/8/5/3
220 MGC - 9/9/6/3
250-255 MGC - 9/9/7/4
9/9/8/4

For 1/2 BAB classes, plus Cleric:
Character HD 1st Level Rune Slots 2nd Level Rune Slots 3rd Level Rune Slots 4th Level Rune Slots
1 2 0 0 0
2 3 1 0 0
3 4 1 0 0
4 4 2 0 0
5 5 2 1 0
6 6 3 1 0
7 7 3 1 0
8 7 4 2 0
9 7 4 2 1
10 8 4 2 1
11 8 5 2 1
12 9 5 2 1
13 9 5 3 1
14 9 6 3 1
15 9 6 3 2
16 9 7 4 2
17 9 8 5 3
18 9 9 6 3
19 9 9 7 4
20 9 9 8 4
For 3/4 BAB classes (except Cleric):
Character HD 1st Level Rune Slots 2nd Level Rune Slots 3rd Level Rune Slots 4th Level Rune Slots
1 2 0 0 0
2 2 0 0 0
3 3 1 0 0
4 4 1 0 0
5 4 2 0 0
6 4 2 0 0
7 5 2 1 0
8 6 3 1 0
9 7 3 1 0
10 7 3 1 0
11 7 4 2 0
12 7 4 2 1
13 8 4 2 1
14 8 4 2 1
15 8 5 2 1
16 9 5 2 1
17 9 5 3 1
18 9 5 3 1
19 9 6 3 1
20 9 6 3 2
For BAB 1 classes:
Character HD 1st Level Rune Slots 2nd Level Rune Slots 3rd Level Rune Slots 4th Level Rune Slots
1 1 0 0 0
2 2 0 0 0
3 2 0 0 0
4 3 1 0 0
5 3 1 0 0
6 4 1 0 0
7 4 1 0 0
8 4 2 0 0
9 4 2 0 0
10 5 2 1 0
11 5 2 1 0
12 6 3 1 0
13 7 3 1 0
14 7 4 2 0
15 7 4 2 0
16 7 4 2 1
17 7 4 2 1
18 8 4 2 1
19 8 4 2 1
20 8 5 2 1

Runes in War

Runes normally have a far greater effect when used in military campaigns, normally meaning that they can discharge a great deal of their power at once.

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