What is this?
Welcome traveler. If you're here then chances are you've been looking at the various Forgotten Runes collections and are befuddled by your options. At its core, Forgotten Runes is a project focusing on decentralized worldbuilding, using the various collections as characters within the Runiverse to build deep and expansive Lore together. All tokens are encoded on-chain - meaning their images and data are all permanently embedded into the Ethereum blockchain. they This guide will help walk you through deciding what these tokens are used for, what to look for when buying any of them, and what the future of the project has in store!
The tokens in Forgotten Runes aren't intended to strictly be collections of profile pictures; each token is intended to represent an entire character in the Forgotten Runiverse. They're what are known as "creative primitives", a starting template to spark imagination and creativity. It's the reason these characters are imbued with an actual title, name, and location rather than just an ID number. The fact that they are given entire bodies, items, pets, and are low fidelity pixel art is no mistake. Care was put into giving collectors just enough information to work with as a skeleton, but give enough room to expand on top of with few limitations. In a way you can consider them to be tabletop miniatures to build stories around. Holding any of these tokens allows you exclusive access to creating entries for that character in the Book of Lore, where all entries are recorded as on-chain entries.
Collectors are encouraged to flesh out these characters with their own visual interpretations and backstories. Although it may sound intimidating at first to try catching up on a backlog of previously written lore by other collectors to gather a sense of continuity, you can rest assured in knowing this is not a requirement! Taking note from other creative properties such as Marvel's Spiderman, the Forgotten Runiverse allows for a myriad of entirely different stories all pinned by the same identity. Feel free to intertwine your stories with others, or even create one entirely on your own completely! Owning a Forgotten Runes token grants you commercial rights for that character! (See Forgotten Runes License Agreement for more info).
Picking an archetype
Although there are many collections under the Forgotten Runes umbrella, there are 3 main ones with primary focus in the ecosystem; Warriors, Wizards, and Souls. Due to the supply of these collections making some easier to collect than others, it's possible to categorize these in different tiers of affordability. Although they will all share in many of the same key perks such as 2D walk sprites of your character to download and use across various Metaverses, some collections will receive more priority over others in the order they receive updates or in their utility during certain events.
Warriors provide an easy exposure to what Forgotten Runes has to offer. With 16,000 collectable tokens inhabiting the Runiverse, it's the most affordable entry point to Forgotten Runes. As one would expect, these characters bring their !might to the Runiverse. This collection came into being after the others on this list but their creation was planned from the start. They may receive updates a bit slower than Wizards, but are still considered integral parts in the ecosystem. They're the only characters thus far to utilize dynamic upgradability through the Lock burning mechanic, enabling them to forge an upgraded weapon for themselves.
Wizards are the original token to drop in the Forgotten Runes ecosystem. There are a maximum total of 10,000 of them, making the second most abundant archetype with a middle-ground of affordability. These masters of !magic serve as a centerpiece of the Forgotten Runiverse. As the first collection to be released, they are often prioritized for updates. They are the only tokens that can be sacrificed via the Sacred Flame to be transmuted into a Forgotten Soul.