The Runics are a male group of five black magic users that want to overthrow Kandrakar. Their captain is Nashter, ruling energy. Darmon rules fire, Shalin rules air, Cromo rules earth, and Ran-Rah masters water, however their powers pale in comparison to the Guardians', being nowhere near as potent.
The Runics were first seen on Nune-Boreal, competing in the planet's annual competition to win that year's prize, the Narval Wand. Thanks to the W.I.T.C.H. girls, they did not win the wand.
Nashter, the former leader of the Runics, ran away from his position when his superiors punished him for failing the mission.