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Sepulchre

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I'll put it in a way that I believe is the easiest to understand. Ariane says magic comes from the Anima in the world. Zaros says that magic comes from within the living being who performs it. Wen*ra says magic is a "trace of her [Wens, probably the Elders in general] power. ... You wield it, bound in tiny stones. Your mind names it 'magic,' a word that in no way reflects the power you seek to emulate!" Though the Wen*ra is the mouthpiece of Wen, it's noted that it is NOT Wen herself speaking, merely a creation of Wen. Thus, the Wen*ra is capable of error or giving slanted truths.
I believe that, in a way, all of them are right. I believe it was Zaros who also said that living beings spawned from the imperfect anima of each world, the anima somehow shaping how they looked, acted, etc. I would say the truth is this:
All living things not created purposely by the Elder Gods are made of anima. The anima itself represents the power of the Elder Gods, as it is their creation. What we refer to as "magic" is actually using a small portion of the anima energy in us. Runes, as pointed out by Wen*ra, are a way to "wield" the power of the Elder Gods; what this means is that Runestones themselves are ways to control that power.. to focus the power the way we want it. Without them, we would be using far more anima energy.
Guthix used the Catalyst to create Rune essence, and the areas where the Catalyst stayed for long enough periods of time also eventually became rune essence. From there, we gather it and then take it to a specific altar to transform it into whatever rune that altar is related to. Nobody knows where the Runecrafting Altars come from, but my theory goes on the idea that Guthix created the "pocket dimensions" and stored the altars there, infused with different types of anima powers for use by mortals without his divine powers. In a way, the Catalyst is what was used to create "magic," and is the source of Runestones all over Gielinor.
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22-Jun-2016 07:21:07

Sepulchre

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Now you might be thinking "Doesn't the fact that the Catalyst creates runes mean runes are the source of magic, or the 'Elder God's power' as Wen*ra called it?" but I can tell you we have obvious proof to prove that wrong. Magic without runes is used by beings who have had no contact with the Stone, or with any Elder Artifact for that matter. Kennith is a good example, and there's also the case of the Moonclan. Saradomin and Zamorak were able to use magic with no runes, despite not being in contact with the Catalyst for thousands of years. There's also the fact that when the World Guardian touches the Catalyst and channels its power, we still need runes to use magical combat. This even happened BEFORE Guthix made us unable to absorb it.
Think about this for a moment; The Great Revision. The Elder Gods are born anew, they go to the Elder Halls, absorb all the anima from their "perfect" world, then go to create new worlds until they create a "perfect" world. Cycle begins again. Why exactly would the Elders need to rest, then eat their own creation upon rebirth? Because the worlds themselves are made of the Elder Gods power. The Elders only need to consume the anima because the anima is their life force, and the "perfect" world has the richest, most energizing anima. This still leaves a question or two unanswered, though.
Back to the Magic. The reason for the mention of the Great Revision is because this proves that Wen*ra is supporting my point. Only beings with high amounts of divine energy (gods), or other curious individuals are able to use magic without runes. The Catalyst creates rune essence. Rune essence becomes a Runestone. Through the use of Runestones, we emulate the power of the Elders by controlling the anima energy within us. Wen*ra doesn't mean anima energy is emulating their power, it means that controlling that energy with focused conduits (runestones) to certain uses of anima is how we "emulate" their power.
A
World Guardian
must learn to find
Balance
in themselves.
Only then can they
Control
themselves and forge their own
Fate.

22-Jun-2016 07:43:08 - Last edited on 22-Jun-2016 07:55:52 by Sepulchre

Sepulchre

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In this way, Ariane is right that magic comes from the Anima, though not directly. Wen*ra is correct in saying that Runestones emulate the power of the Elders, by allowing us to control the anima inside of us. Zaros is right that magic comes from within, because the anima DOES come from within.
The reason why beings who have absorbed divine energy are able to manipulate the anima without runes is fairly simple, despite my thought process. Anima is a result of divine energy, in essence, divine energy is used by the Elders to create anima. They're basically two forms of the same thing (hence why the anima is referred to as the power of the Elders by Wen*ra). Because of this, beings with high amounts of divine energy are almost at one with anima itself. The more they use it, the more they understand it. It's gotten to the point where (much like the Moonclan) they've come to understand anima so well, that they can control it without a focused conduit.

TLDR: Elder god (or divine) energy = anima = magic. Magic comes from inside us, and runestones help us focus "magic." People with long-time exposure to divine energy have so much understanding of it that they don't need runes.
A
World Guardian
must learn to find
Balance
in themselves.
Only then can they
Control
themselves and forge their own
Fate.

22-Jun-2016 07:56:41

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