Runestones are large blocks of rock carved with powerful runes of elven magic.
These enchanted monuments created a magic barrier that prevented the savage trolls from penetrating the elven lands and to create a magical barrier that stopped the use of arcane magic from being sensed by the Burning Legion. The barrier were not used for millennia, but the runestones, untouched by fire and blade, remained until the Second War.
During the Second War the great Runestone at Caer Darrow was captured by the orc warlock Gul'dan who used its potent magics to create the Altars of Storms, which in turn created the first ogre-magi. Gul'dan speculated that the high elves had used enslaved trolls to physically move the stones into place, similarly to how he used ogre slaves to destroy them and build the Altar, though this is unconfirmed.
Following Thrall's reformation of the Horde, many Altars were retooled by troll masons into structures capable of channeling shamanistic energies with the intent of reviving fallen heroes.
- Runestone Falithas, Eversong Woods (functional)
- Runestone Shan'dor, Eversong Woods (offline, but able to be reactivated)
- Runestone in the Scorched Grove, Eversong Woods (destroyed)
- Mentioned fourth Runestone.
In World of Warcraft
This section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.
These items appear to have no relation to the elven runestones above.
- Quest items
- from the Pillar of Amethyst in Badlands
- from the Pillar of Diamond in Badlands
- from the Pillar of Opal in Badlands
In Wrath of the Lich King
This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.
- ^ "Places of Mystery", Warcraft II manual, 32. “The Runestone was an ancient monolith erected by the Elven Druids and inscribed with powerful runes of protection and warding.”
- ^ a b http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/encyclopedia/429.xml
- ^ a b c Lands of Conflict, pg. 112
- ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 194
- ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos manual, 28.