Runesmiths work spells in with their hammercraft, binding the Winds of Magic into mighty runes of power. They are a suspicious lot who jealously protect the secrets kept in their anvils and hammers, guarding the knowledge that allows them to make magic items - weapons, armour, rings and talismans - of greater potency than those wrought by any other mortal race. In times of great need, the most powerful Runelords bring an Anvil of Doom to battle - the most ancient heirlooms of the entire Dwarf race. They are the very anvils upon which the rune weapons of legend were forged, and were, perhaps, the very creations of the great Forgefather Grungni. They are specially made to attract and hold the Winds of Magic, arcane powers which can be captured and subsequently unleashed by a Runelord. Separate runes struck in the right order can call upon the different Ancestor Gods - Valaya for loyalty, Grungni to boost the power of arms and armour, and Grimnir to unlock the energies of fury.
- ↑ Armoured: Armoured units can block damage from any source apart from Armour-Piercing damage.
- ↑ Runic Magic: This unit can bind the Winds of Magic into powerful runes which can be activated during deployment or battle.
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- Rune of Hearth & Home
- Master Rune of Oath & Steel
- Master Rune of Negation
- Master Rune of Wrath & Ruin
If the Runesmith is the equivalent of a wizard then the Runelord is the same with every spell being overcast. The Master runes are generally upgraded versions of the standard runes and most of the time significantly more effective. A runelord is a very valuable leader on the battlefield and should be paired with a thane to provide a melee expert to support the runelord.
Notably, the Runelord is not a very strong fighter and lacks significant armour-piercing values. He can go after casters or deal with mid tier units, but should stay away from melee characters or elite units.
The Anvil of Doom mount is very useful and although it makes the Runelord a bigger target, also provides some mass to push past enemies. The mount gives 25% Physical resistance and the Locus of Power ability which can both be very useful for resisting enemy damage.
The Runelord is one of the most common lords chosen at least in multiplayer. This is because of the utility they bring to the battlefield. With four runes, they can influence the battlefield even if they are not directly in combat. Due to the slow speed of the Dawi, this allows the player the ability to make up for their lack of mobility with strong buffs placed strategically. The rune of wrath and ruin is also one of the few tools that the Dawi have for massively slowing down an enemy, which is very effective against cavalry and chariot units.
The items he brings are interesting on paper, but not super useful. The belt gives 33% damage resistance when the unit is below 20% health, the problem is that at such a low amount of health, it is likely that the unit will rout from all the damage they have taken. The rune of Grungni is useful for giving missile resistance, allowing your units to better weather a storm of arrows. Niche, but can be useful against missile heavy factions like Wood Elves or Vampire Coast.