Rune Stones

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Rune Stones in-game

This article is about the stones used Runic Magic. For the runes required to gain access to the Shrines of Virtue, see Runes.

Rune Stones are magical foci used in the casting of runic magic. They appear in Ultima Underworld I and Ultima Underworld II.


The exact origins of rune stones are not known, as the magical system which utilizes them does not appear to be native to Britannia. The first known examples of rune stones were found in the Stygian Abyss by Cabirus' colonists, who eventually intuited their use in runic magic and crafted appropriate containers for housing them. Later, following Nystul's research into inter-dimensional spellcraft, several of these rune stones were imported to Castle Britannia, where the Avatar was able to make use of them during the disaster of the blackrock dome.[1][2]

Rune stones are each etched with one of twenty-four symbols that correspond to the magical Words of Power (although there are no rune stones for Xen or Zu). A magician may use up to three of these stones to craft a runic spell, and will frequently be limited in their spell-casting by the number of stones they possess.

The Rune Stones as Trinket

The Trinket[edit]

In the original release of Ultima Underworld I, a pouch with six metal rune stones was included as a trinket. These rune stones are supposedly the same as the ones in the game. The rune stones included are "Bet", "In", "Jux", "Lor", "Ort" and "Sanct".


  1. Armintrout, W.G.. "Runic Magic". Memoirs of Cabirus (Ultima Underworld I). Origin Systems, Inc.: 1992. Pages 17-18.
  2. Grossman, Austin. A Safe Passage Through Britannia (Ultima Underworld II). Origin Systems, Inc.: 1992.

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