Due to recent theories that the rune altars may not last forever, Wizard Finix of the Runecrafting Guild has been conducting extensive research on alternative runecrafting methods. He has discovered the Runespan, another plane of existence in which energy exists in its raw state, ready to be harnessed.
The Runespan is an alternative method of training the Runecrafting skill, reputed for high experience rates and ease of play. To access the Runespan, simply enter either the green, low level portal, or red, high level portal, located on the top level of the Wizard's tower on either side of the large portal to the Runecrafting Guild.
If you are above 50 Runecrafting, it is advised to choose the high level portal. If you are below this level, the low level portal is the one to go with. This will decide on which of the three floors of Runespan you will start. However, if you are entering the Runespan for the first time, Wizard Finix will give you a brief tutorial outlining what happens in this mysterious realm.
The Runespan Interface
A player takes some floating essence.
Taking from the floating essence will set your inventory essence count to twenty-five, no matter how much you were previously carrying. If you have more than twenty-five essence you will have to obtain more essence from siphoning creatures!
You will constantly attempt to siphon energy, and the attempt will either succeed or fail. Failure will ward either no experience or very little experience. For success, you will be rewarded with a decent amount of experience, and a rune in your inventory from the creature. For every rune you make, you will be awarded a certain number of Runespan points, described in the rewards section.
In addition, you may siphon energy from the many nodes scattered throughout the Runespan, described in the nodes section.
If you chip-off a creature, you must chip-off from at least three other creatures before you can chip-off the same one again.
Leaving the Runespan
Below is a list of all the creatures found throughout the three levels of the Runespan. As the levels increase, so do the experience and the potential rewards.
These creatures spawn in set locations around the Runespan, shown in the map below. After you receive five runes in a row from a creature while siphoning, it will die and reward you with twenty-five or fifty rune essence. They respawn within a few seconds.
Runic Energy Nodes
Below is a list of all the energy nodes found throughout the three levels of the Runespan. As the levels increase, so do the experience and the potential rewards.
Unlike the creatures, these nodes spawn in random locations on each floor. Each node lasts for a variable amount of time after spawning, after which it will deplete.
Navigating the Runespan
The Runespan levels consist of floating islands, linked together via enchanted platform crossings. Below is a map of the Runespan, showing the creature and bridge locations.
To cross between islands, you must have both the required Runecrafting level and the required runes, depending on which type of platform you use. Crossing a platform removes the runes from your inventory and lowers your inventory point total. To avoid being stranded, you do not need runes when crossing back on a bridge. These levels and runes are shown in the table below.
Wizards in Distress
After spending ten minutes in the Runespan, you will receive a red notification in the chat box signaling that a wizard needs your help:
If you want, you can seek out this yellow-robed wizard for a decent experience reward. Talk to a blue-robed wizard for a hint, and you will be pointed in the right direction beneath your character for a small amount of time, as shown below.
Once you have located the wizard, speak to him, and he will request a certain kind of rune. While he asks for a specific kind of rune, depending on your level, it may or may not be the most efficient option to give him the requested rune.
Until you are level 77 Runecrafting and above, it is advised to instead give him the highest tier rune in your inventory. Afterwards, it is better experience to give him the requested rune.
On rare occasions, a runesphere will appear on either the lower or middle level of the Runespan. This ball of runic energy is similar to a shooting star, in that it is composed of many layers that must be slowly removed by many players in order to finally reach the center. Over a period of time, the layers will slowly degrade themselves, so if you don't have the level and there's nobody else siphoning from it, you can just wait until it has degraded to a level that you can siphon. Each layer corresponds to a type of rune, starting with the highest (soul) and descending to the lowest (air).
The astral layer of a runesphere.
Below is a table showing the experience received from siphoning the runesphere's various layers.
As you siphon the runesphere's layers, you will receive rune dust, which can be exchanged with the pure energy within the runesphere at a rate of 25 XP per dust. You can gain and exchange a maximum of 1,000 rune dust from a runesphere per day. You can continue to siphon a rune sphere after collecting 1,000 pieces of dust, but you will only receive experience as a reward.
The pure energy at the center of a runesphere.
Upon leaving the Runespan, the runes in your inventory will be taken by the Runecrafting Guild, and your inventory points will be added to your total Runespan points, which can be spent at Wizard Finix's rewards shop. Below is a table showing the rune-point conversion rates.
The rewards shop offers many interesting items, including wicked robes, runic staves, and the massive runecrafting pouch. In addition, you can pay Wizard Finix some points to re-colour your wicked robes set!
A player wearing the full wicked robes set.
All of the esteem ranks cost a total of 211,860 points. Purchasing a rank will deduct the points you spent from the costs of the next ranks. For instance, as indicated in the difference column in the table above, purchasing Rank 1 while having Rank 2 will only cost 125,000 points.
A player with all of the Runespan rewards.
Tips and Tricks
Runes Starter Kit
Original Guide by: Warriormonkx
Special thanks to: Iglw, Jaffy1, Naive, Saradomin_Mage, Sorator, speedyshel, Fire_Essling
Thanks to: Krumlov, Reivaxlorp, Salleh, Speedyshel, Sy_Accursed, Xena_Dragon
Last updated by: Saradomin_Mage
Last updated on: 11-Dec-2012
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