27 True Runes

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The 27 True Runes (27真紋章, 27 Shin Monshō) are the most powerful runes, from which all other runes are born. Their nature and origin are unknown but there are myths pertaining to their creation. Not all of the 27 True Runes are known to us at this time.


The 27 True Runes are said to be the runes from which all things are born. It is said that those bear a True Rune will have access to great power and immortality.

The 27 True Runes have a had profound effect on world history, with large scale wars fought over their possession or by other indirect influences not uncommon. The Holy Kingdom of Harmonia, in particular, has an opaque national policy of obtaining True Runes by any means, causing many conflicts and invasions over the centuries in the name of that goal.

Some True Runes have negative effects on anyone who would bear them, either by hurting those close to the bearer or draining the life of the bearer itself. In order to obtain the mighty power of a True Rune, one must be willing to take a huge risk not only with their safety but with the safety of those closest to them.

True Runes in the series


Suikoden II

Suikoden III

Suikoden IV

Suikoden V


  1. Gensosuikoden Kiwami Encyclopedia, pages 80, 189, 335, 802