Greetings, lore forum lurkers(El Baron von Osborne calls us lorehounds, so... 'Woof'?)! Today, you're in for a treat, if I say so myself. Er, right...
This thread compiles pretty much everything related to one of the most interesting and debateful lore topics out there. That is, runecrafting altars; their creation, utilisation and destruction (trikolon! ). Extra attention has been given to the death altar, mostly due to the relatively large amount of information available in comparison to other altars in "inhospitable" locations (blood, cosmic) and perhaps also as a result of the impending elf finale! Most information listed here is already common knowledge, but I think that my combining and cross-referencing of many different sources has lead to some new stuff, which will hopefully spark some discussion.
I have made the distinction between conclusion/deduction from given sources and my own theories clear, namely by writing the latter in red. Throughout the text, you will find "footnotes" in the form of [n] (n being a number) - the corresponding sources may be found under the references section in the bottom posts for future reference. The table of contents will be followed by a short historical timeline and a list of terms defined in this context - if you're already an experienced lore canine, I would advise that you skip these.
Enjoy reading and please do share your own views! ...woof...? Bizarre Boron Fusswell, scryer extraordinaire. Minigames & ninja fixes & achievement ideas!
Perhaps you're half right; perhaps we can't win. But we can fight.Ś Zanik