That is a very good question!
An issue I have thought long and hard on. But I think that it would be a combination of things. The Hand of the Avatars, the Order of Rune Knights, once had an incredible presence among the people of Lore. They were the foot soldiers for the triumvirate guardians of balance. The Guardians held the rear and unyieldingly defended the Elemental Orbs (Defending towns in the process) and the DragonLords tackled the more powerful monsters, but the Rune Knights were on the front lines.
But over the last few centuries, their power has been on wane. They have become introverted. Where they once eagerly leaped into battle, they now hesitate and prefer to pore over their ancient tomes. Where they once obeyed the Elemental Avatars without question, they now shirk from their duties. Less and less Rune Knights have been marked over the last arduous years, to the point where the Rune Knights now make a militia more than a vast army. They once took great steps in defending and connecting with the people of Lore, but now they hide in their castle.
They have forgotten who they are and, in turn, they are being forgotten by those who believed in them. To the point where a Rune Knight visiting the palace of Swordhaven to mingle among its nobles is an oddity. To the point where Rune Knights don cloaks and gloves to conceal who they are.
As for the part which feels missing... Well, to be honest, I think I can put my finger upon it.
The storyline does not seem, at the present time, to be going anywhere in particular. There is not a defined path.
Rune Knights in their entirety are not yet explained; the workings of their order, even the workings of their magic are a mystery.
My purpose behind the story and language used during it has grown stronger with time, leaving the earliest chapters weak and indistinct in comparison.
These are all things that I hope to either expand upon in the future (The story is going to be picking up its pace in the next chapter or so) or rework into earlier chapters to streamline the story and make it a cohesive, flowing whole. :)
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