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Rune Carver (UA)

Source: Unearthed Arcana 85 - Wonders of the Multiverse

You’ve dedicated your life to studying the practice of runecraft. Whether you were personally taught by a master rune carver or learned by poring over engravings in ancient ruins, you understand how to tap into the supernatural power held within runes.

The art of runecraft was initially created by the giants of yore, but over time, the practice has been adopted by individuals of all races and backgrounds. As such, though Giant runes are the most common, many rune carvers incorporate symbols from their native languages into the craft.

Skill Proficiencies: History, Perception
Languages: Giant and one other language of your choice
Equipment: A set of artisan’s tools (one of your choice), a small knife, a whetstone, a set of common clothes, and a pouch containing 10 gp.

Rune Styles

Each rune carver has a unique style and preferred medium for creating runes. To determine how you make your runes, you can roll on the Rune Style table.

Rune Style

d6 Style

1 You inscribe your runes with a fine metal needle.

2 You whittle down pieces of wood into small figurines you mark with your runes.

3 You engrave runes onto glass beads and thread them onto necklaces and bracelets.

4 You stitch your runes into the hems of clothing.

5 You carve runes on a set of animal bones you can throw in different formations.

6 You draw your runes into candles, melting the wax to smooth over the engravings.


Rune Carver Apprentice

You gain the Rune Carver Apprentice feat.

Building a Rune Carver Character

Scholarly pursuits, ancient mysteries, or all manner of fateful encounters might inspire a character to pursue the secrets of a rune carver.

Suggested Characteristics. The Rune Carver Personality Traits table suggests a variety of traits you might adopt for your character.

Rune Carver Personality Traits

d6 Personality Trait

1 Is it practical to learn an ancient language that is rarely used in everyday speech? No. But is it fun? Very.

2 I learned one of my ancestors was a lauded rune carver whose story was lost to time. I seek to rekindle that legacy.

3 The old, traditional markings of runecraft look so boring. Why not give your runes some flair?

4 In my studies of runes, I strive to understand how great civilizations of the past fell, so that I may prevent it from happening to societies of the present.

5 Life may be a whirlwind of chaos around me, but whenever I create my runes, I feel at peace.

6 My brain struggles to process ink words written on paper, but the tactile feeling of carved runes makes my mind sing.

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