Runecrafting altars are locations throughout RuneScape at which players can use the Runecrafting skill to create runes. Tiaras, talismans, or Talisman staves are needed to enter these altars. Altars are not labelled on a player's mini-map, but the Runecrafting symbol is often added to unofficial maps. Players can find altars by finding them on their own, using a talisman, or by asking other players. Alternatively, a player can use the abyss to reach the altars, usually in a faster but more dangerous method.
According to Elriss, the altars are "pocket dimensions unto themselves: areas of folded space created by the energy of the rune altar", and "not exactly in RuneScape". Any kind of teleport is fully functional at these altars.
Altars are hidden inside 'mysterious ruins'. To find an altar using a talisman, players can right-click on the talisman and click on the 'locate' option. In the chatbox, the player will notice a message that will tell them the direction they need to go in.
When a player has found the mysterious ruins, they then need to enter the ruins. The player can enter by using their talisman with the ruins. If they are wearing an enchanted tiara or wielding a talisman staff (with the corresponding talisman attached), all they have to do is click on the ruins.
When the player is inside the ruins, they are now in the altar. They can then use their essence with the altar to craft some runes. While inside an altar, a player can also enchant a tiara if they have an un-enchanted tiara in their inventory. With the un-enchanted tiara, all they have to do is use with the altar and it will become enchanted. The table below lists the locations of where the altars are.
At least before the Random Event update, it was possible for Random events, such as the Mysterious Old Man to reach you in the Runecrafting Altars. There has been no indication that this has been changed during the update.
|Air altar||West of Varrock and east of the River Lum|
|Mind altar||Between Ice Mountain and Goblin Village.|
|Water altar||South of Lumbridge in the swamps and south-east of Draynor Village.|
|Earth altar||Northeast of Varrock.|
|Fire altar||Northeast of Al Kharid.|
|Body altar||Between Ice Mountain and Barbarian Village, as well as south of the Monastery.|
|Cosmic altar||The southern part of Zanaris.|
|Chaos altar||Wilderness level 9, north-west of Edgeville.|
|Astral altar||Lunar Island, no talisman required.|
|Nature altar||North of Shilo Village.|
|Law altar||Northern part of Entrana.|
|Death altar||Mourning's End Part II temple, bottom floor. Also accessible from the underground pass.|
|Blood altar||In Meiyerditch Dungeon, discovered during the Legacy of Seergaze quest.|
|Soul altar||May be released in the future|
|Ourania altar||In the Ourania Cave, which is west of the Battlefield, and south-west of Ardougne.|
In the Year 1 of the Fifth Age, the Fremennik barbarian tribe discovered rune essence in a hidden mountain cave. This strange type of stone possesses the ability to absorb certain energies, which can then be used by humans to cast magic.
This discovery caused a great deal of conflict within the Fremenniks. Some believed that the runes should be used to benefit humanity, whereas others felt that the stones were the property of the gods and that to use them would be an unholy act. The conflict soon threatened to tear the tribe apart.
The half of the tribe that supported the use of runes travelled the world of Gielinor, searching for areas with certain properties that would imbue the runestones with magical energies. Soon, a number of temples had been built all across the world, and the knowledge of runes became commonplace amongst humanity.
The Fremenniks banished the runecrafters from their tribe. These people would eventually become the Moon Clan that inhabits Lunar Isle today. Despite this, the human race began mass production of runes, allowing it to establish itself as a dominant force in much of Gielinor. The Fremenniks would later lead a military campaign known as the Runecrafting Crusades against Kandarin, Asgarnia, and Misthalin as a result.
In the Year 70, the first Wizards' Tower was burned at the hands of Zamorakian mages in a move against the Saradominsts. The few mages that knew the runecrafting process were killed in the fire, and with them the art of runecrafting was lost until the Year 169, during the Rune Mysteries quest. During the 99-year halt in runecrafting, the whereabouts of the altars were lost, their entry temples falling into a state of ruin.
Runecrafting Teleport Tablets to all the runecrafting altars can be bought with tokens from The Great Orb Project minigame; these CANNOT be crafted at lecterns in the study room of a Player-owned house. The tablets teleport players next to the mysterious ruins, so players will need a corresponding talisman or tiara to enter the altar (excluding Astral altar).
|The Great Orb Project||