Rune of Life and Death

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Soul Eater
ソウルイーター Souru Ītā
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Type True Rune

The Rune of Life and Death (生と死の紋章, Nama to Shi no Monshō), more commonly known as the Soul Eater (ソウルイーター Souru Ītā) is one of the 27 True Runes. It is the rune of the protagonist of Suikoden and is also usable in Suikoden II and Suikoden IV.

Information

The Soul Eater, also referred to as the Cursed Rune, was inherited by Ted, survivor of an attack on his village, the Village of the Hidden Rune, some 300 years prior. The rune's power would be used by Ted on Mt. Seifu, which alerted Windy to his presence. Attacked and wounded, Ted managed to pass the rune onto the hero. The rune is said to have power over life and death.

Windy wanted the rune so she could use it in conjunction with her own Gate Rune to take her revenge on the world. Said to be cursed, the rune is sometimes credited with causing wars and stealing the souls of those close to its bearer in order to increase its power. In fact, Ted declared its very intentions to be malevolent. There are also theories that the rune will eventually consume the souls of its bearer, but the truth behind this is unclear.

The Soul Eater would continue to maintain some sort of connection with surviving past bearers. Ted was able to command the rune to take his soul even when the rune was borne by the hero. It also appeared to weaken the effects of other runes in some fashion.

Leknaat cautioned against the use of the Soul Eater even at the last battle when she was unable to remove all of Windy's 80,000 strong monster army by herself. Following the defeat of Barbarosa Rugner Windy made a final attempt to seize the Cursed Rune but was rebuffed by the Soul Eater itself. The hero continued to bear the rune when he left the Toran Republic following the end of the Gate Rune War.

Stats

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Soul Eater (ソウルイーター, Souru Ītā)

Spells
1 Deadly Fingertips
Instant death to one enemy
2 Black Shadow
Damage all enemies 500 HP
3 Hell
Instant death to all enemies
4 Judgement
Damages one enemy 1500 HP
Cost 0 Potch
Drops No enemy drops this rune.
Equipped Hero (Suikoden) (plot event)
Found No location in-game contains this rune.
Sold No store in-game sells this rune.

Spells
1 Finger of Death
Instantly kill one enemy
2 Black Shadow
500+ damage to all enemies
3 Hell
Instant death to all enemies
4 Judgement
1500+ damage to one enemy
Cost 0 Potch
Drops No enemy drops this rune.
Equipped Hero (Suikoden) (attached)
Found No location in-game contains this rune.
Sold No store in-game sells this rune.

Spells
1 Finger of Death
Drains 1 enemy's life energy
2 Black Shadow
300HP to all enemies
3 Hades
Drains life energy of all enemies
4 Judgement
1500HP to one enemy
Cost 0 Potch
Drops No enemy drops this rune.
Equipped Ted (attached)
Found No location in-game contains this rune.
Sold No store in-game sells this rune.


References

  1. Gensosuikoden Kiwami Encyclopedia, pages 66, 68