I am realy excited for the new rune magic system for the dawi. They desperatly needed something like this and its great to finally see it.
However it also made me wonder: How does this work exactly? How does the runesmith/lord invocate the effect of a rune on the enemy or an area?
With wizards we know that they channel the winds of magic sourrunding them into a spell. And with runes on weapons its also fairly simple. The magic is bound within the runes and released if the weapon/armour is used. But this is the first crux isn't it? Runes do not exist in an vacuum, but must be inscribed unto some material, as far as I understand. Lets call that a passive effect. But how is the active rune magic working, aka the new lore dawi have now access to? Where the smith just summons the magic of a rune.
One could say, that the runelord has some runes and materials prepared before battle on his anvil, and when he hits them with his, they discharge their magic unto the units sourrunding them. Afterwards the runes may have to recharge a while.
However runesmiths/lords can also activate runes without an anvil of doom.
So how is active rune magic unleashed in combat?
BTW, a second question: Chaos dwarfs are as far as I am aware also able to use rune magic to a extend. Using them for demon binding and such. Should they have their own version? Or should they purley use magic ala Lore of Hashut, Fire, Metal and Death?