|Project Lead(s)||Emoticone11 (fmrly NoahRYS, Howy, QuikFox)|
|Date Started||August 16, 2022|
|Date Completed||June 8, 2023|
Below is the wiki entry for the existing iteration of Runestone completed by NoahRHYS and co in 2015. Runestone is being redone as part of the Southeastern Vale Megabuild.
Runestone is the ancient seat of House Royce in the Vale of Arryn, and the seat of the Bronze Kings of ages past, who fought against the Andal invasion until yielding after the Battle of Seven Stars. This makes House Royce one of the few houses in the Vale tied to the older culture of the First Men. Runestone lies on a peninsula north of the Bay of Crabs, east of Redfort and south of Old Anchor. While Runestone is on the northern shore of the peninsula, the nearby city of Gulltown, the largest in the Vale, is on the southern shore. House Royce is one of the oldest houses on the continent and has a cadet branch that manages the Gates of the Moon, the castle protecting the entrance to the Eyrie of House Arryn.
Runestone was completed between April and August 2014. At the time, the map for South Part II was not available, so NoahRYS wanted to build another house in the Vale (South Part I). Of the originally planned holdfasts (seven in total) only one was completed (/warp runestoneholdfast1). Plans for a large forest, mine, ruined Andal fort, and other features were never completed as well. Holdfasts 1, 2, and 3 were completed by Starcat, evilgenius/Kulmen, and JustCallMeeJack respectively. Though NoahRYS applied for the project, it was co-opped to completion by Howy and QuikFox starting in June 2014.
The inspiration for Runestone comes from nearby Ironoaks and Heart's Home, which also have multiple courtyards -- a hallmark of the Vale style. The yard including a crane and training area marks Runestone as a more militaristic castle than some of the other Vale builds. The prevalence of stone rather than daub and wattle or plaster also make the castle stand out as a much older structure than other Vale houses.
Runestone was feature in Episode 51 of WesterosCraft Walks. DutchGuard spends most of his time in the castle, showing how such a large and ancient family such as House Royce has "one of everything!"