I'm about to do another play through of Suikoden II, but I currently don't have a save so I can't test something out, so I will ask here.
Does anyone know if the kindness value that determines the boost a character will receive from the kindness rune change even if the character doesn't have the kindness rune equipped? For example, I plan on putting the kindness rune on Riou for most of the game, but for some dungeons and bosses I plan on using another weapon rune on him. Will any state stones or time passed without the rune equipped carry over when I re-equip him with the kindness rune? If not, I'll probably just keep it on him the entire game.
If it does, does anyone know if the kindness factor starts building up as soon as a character joins? Since you control Riou, does he get kindness value as soon as you start playing, so he already has points by the time you even get the kindness rune?