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[[Image:RunestoneW2.jpg|left|A Runestone in Warcraft II]]
 
 
[[Image:Runestone_Falithas.jpg|thumb|Runestone Falithas in Eversong Woods]]
 
[[Image:Runestone_Falithas.jpg|thumb|Runestone Falithas in Eversong Woods]]
'''Runestones''' are large blocks of rock carved with powerful runes of elven magic. They were placed by [[high elf|high elven]] [[druid magi]] to mark the boundaries of their new kingdom, [[Quel'Thalas]], and to create a magical barrier that stopped the use of [[arcane magic]] from being sensed by the [[Burning Legion]].<ref>http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/encyclopedia/429.xml</ref>
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'''Runestones''' are large blocks of rock carved with powerful runes of elven magic.
   
When the high elves founded Quel’Thalas, they erected monolithic runestones to mark their new kingdom’s borders. These enchanted monuments created a magic barrier that prevented the savage trolls from penetrating the elven lands. The barrier has not been used for millennia, but the runestones, untouched by fire and blade, remain.{{cite|LoC|112}}
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==History==
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[[Image:RunestoneW2.jpg|thumb|left|A Runestone in Warcraft II.]]
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The runestones were placed by [[elven druid|high elven druid]]s<ref>{{ref book|title=[[Warcraft II manual]]|chapter=Places of Mystery|pages=32|quote=The Runestone was an ancient monolith erected by the Elven Druids and inscribed with powerful runes of protection and warding.}}</ref> or magi to mark the boundaries of their new kingdom, [[Quel'Thalas]],<ref name=Encyclopedia>http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/encyclopedia/429.xml</ref> when the high elves had just found it.<ref name=LoC112>''[[Lands of Conflict]]'', pg. 112</ref>
   
In the [[Second War]] the great Runestone at [[Caer Darrow]] was captured by the [[orc]] [[warlock]] [[Gul'dan]] who used its potent magics to create the [[Altar of Storms|Altars of Storms]], which in turn created the first [[ogre-magi]]. Gul'dan speculated that the high elves had used enslaved trolls to physically move the stones into place, similarly to how he used ogre slaves to destroy them and build the Altar, though this is unconfirmed. {{cite|ToD|194}}
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These enchanted monuments created a magic barrier that prevented the savage [[forest troll|trolls]] from penetrating the elven lands<ref name=LoC112/> and to create a magical barrier that stopped the use of [[arcane magic]] from being sensed by the [[Burning Legion]].<ref name=Encyclopedia/> The barrier were not used for millennia, but the runestones, untouched by fire and blade, remained<ref name=LoC112/> until the Second War.
   
Following Thrall's reformation of the Horde, many Altars were retooled by troll masons into structures capable of channeling shamanistic energies with the intent of reviving fallen heroes. {{cite|W3Man|28}}
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During the [[Second War]] the great Runestone at [[Caer Darrow]] was captured by the [[orc]] [[warlock]] [[Gul'dan]] who used its potent magics to create the [[Altar of Storms|Altars of Storms]], which in turn created the first [[ogre-magi]]. Gul'dan speculated that the high elves had used enslaved trolls to physically move the stones into place, similarly to how he used ogre slaves to destroy them and build the Altar, though this is unconfirmed.<ref>''[[Tides of Darkness]]'', pg. 194</ref>
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Following Thrall's reformation of the Horde, many Altars were retooled by troll masons into structures capable of channeling shamanistic energies with the intent of reviving fallen heroes.<ref>{{ref book|title=''[[Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos]]'' manual|chapter=|pages=28|quote=}}</ref>
   
 
[[Runewarden Deryan]] re-energizes and maintains the remaining runestones in [[Quel'Thalas]].
 
[[Runewarden Deryan]] re-energizes and maintains the remaining runestones in [[Quel'Thalas]].
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*Runestone in the [[Scorched Grove]], Eversong Woods (destroyed)
 
*Runestone in the [[Scorched Grove]], Eversong Woods (destroyed)
 
*Mentioned fourth Runestone.
 
*Mentioned fourth Runestone.
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===Other===
 
===Other===
 
*Runestone at [[Caer Darrow]] (destroyed, used to create [[Altar of Storms|Altars of Storms]])
 
*Runestone at [[Caer Darrow]] (destroyed, used to create [[Altar of Storms|Altars of Storms]])
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== References ==
 
== References ==
 
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[[Category:Lore]]
 
[[Category:Lore]]

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Runestone Falithas

Runestone Falithas in Eversong Woods

Runestones are large blocks of rock carved with powerful runes of elven magic.

HistoryEdit

RunestoneW2

A Runestone in Warcraft II.

The runestones were placed by high elven druids[1] or magi to mark the boundaries of their new kingdom, Quel'Thalas,[2] when the high elves had just found it.[3]

These enchanted monuments created a magic barrier that prevented the savage trolls from penetrating the elven lands[3] and to create a magical barrier that stopped the use of arcane magic from being sensed by the Burning Legion.[2] The barrier were not used for millennia, but the runestones, untouched by fire and blade, remained[3] until the Second War.

During the Second War the great Runestone at Caer Darrow was captured by the orc warlock Gul'dan who used its potent magics to create the Altars of Storms, which in turn created the first ogre-magi. Gul'dan speculated that the high elves had used enslaved trolls to physically move the stones into place, similarly to how he used ogre slaves to destroy them and build the Altar, though this is unconfirmed.[4]

Following Thrall's reformation of the Horde, many Altars were retooled by troll masons into structures capable of channeling shamanistic energies with the intent of reviving fallen heroes.[5]

Runewarden Deryan re-energizes and maintains the remaining runestones in Quel'Thalas.

Known RunestonesEdit

Quel'ThalasEdit

OtherEdit

In World of Warcraft Edit

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These items appear to have no relation to the elven runestones above.

Quest items

In Wrath of the Lich King Edit

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References Edit

  1. ^ "Places of Mystery", Warcraft II manual, 32. “The Runestone was an ancient monolith erected by the Elven Druids and inscribed with powerful runes of protection and warding.” 
  2. ^ a b http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/encyclopedia/429.xml
  3. ^ a b c Lands of Conflict, pg. 112
  4. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 194
  5. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos manual, 28. 

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