Why 27 true runes???

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Re: Why 27 true runes???

Postby Night Shadow » Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:28 pm

seriously, my best guess is that 27 runes would help prolong the series. :lol:
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Re: Why 27 true runes???

Postby Flufflez » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:26 pm

22 tarot cards + 5 elements. it makes a little sense at least, but yes, it's most likely just a random number.

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Re: Why 27 true runes???

Postby eldrasidar » Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:18 pm

27 is 3 times 9, both of which are traditionally important numbers. it's the same reason why there is 108 stars (27 x 4). If you read a lot of ancient texts, regardless of source, there tends to be certain numbers that will pop up all the time, for various reasons. At this point the meaning is often lost, or devalued, but there are still examples of it, for instance, buildings in china often have no 4th floor because the character for 4 also means death, similar to how there is occasionally no 13th floor in a western building. It all comes down to various forms of astrology and mysticism.

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Re: Why 27 true runes???

Postby tovath » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:01 am

I think some of you are getting western and eastern lore mixed up.

eldrasidar, it is true that 3 is an important number in the west, but I have seen no evidence that the same is true in the east.
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Re: Why 27 true runes???

Postby eldrasidar » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:19 am

In Hinduism, there are several divine trinities. In buddhism, there are the three jewels, the three bodhi, as well as the three bodies of the buddha. In Chinese, three is a sign of good luck, because it sounds like life. There is also a Taoist trinity of gods, the three pure ones. There's a few examples of three being an important number in eastern culture.

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Re: Why 27 true runes???

Postby Vextor » Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:41 pm

Early in the devlopment of Suikoden 1, Konami said there's 36 true runes. In fact, one advertisement from 1994 in a Japanese magazine says "36 true runes." Thus, there's probably no real deep reason behind the number.
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Re: Why 27 true runes???

Postby DoReMi_Vampire » Tue Sep 27, 2011 1:00 pm

If it originally was supposed to be 36 of them, maybe they were planning to base them on the 36 Heavenly stars that are within the 108 stars.
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Re: Why 27 true runes???

Postby Antimatzist » Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:01 pm

Vextor wrote:Early in the devlopment of Suikoden 1, Konami said there's 36 true runes. In fact, one advertisement from 1994 in a Japanese magazine says "36 true runes." Thus, there's probably no real deep reason behind the number.

Do you have a scan of this? Sounds fascinating :D

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Re: Why 27 true runes???

Postby Vextor » Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:17 pm

I did see a scan years ago, but I don't have a copy right now. Maybe I can find it somewhere floating in the net.
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