I couldn’t find a way to illustrate it well, but Rune is coughing up ashes. The crackling energy recedes but there’s still magical smoke coming off him. The Lords are horrified but impressed.

Rune’s command in the final panel speaks volumes. Having just seen Arklomene erase text from the Archive, the Lords would be inclined to think that writing in it is now pointless. However, Rune demands that the Lords follow tradition. He wants them to believe that he is in control, and that he will not let Arklomene destroy the order of their world.