Nether Obelisks are somewhat rarely spawning small structures in the Nether consisting of Quartz Pillars and the new Quartz Rune block. They vary in height, but generally range from 1x1x3 to 1x1x5 blocks in size.
The Quartz Rune block appears to be a regular Quartz block with an eye carved into it. When placed atop at least two Quartz blocks (pillars or ofherwise), they will shoot a projectile at any player or passive mob within a set range from the structure. This range is determined by the amount of quartz under it (the more blocks, the larger the range).
The projectile it shoots looks like a densely packed ball of dark potion particles (such as the ones you may get with a Blindness effect) and applies a lengthy ”Nether Sickness” debuff.
This effect causes the player’s health and hunger to slowly degrade unless the player is dealing damage at a semi-constant rate, which is especially dangerous when sometimes the only things around that can be damaged are Zombie Pigmen.
When mined, the Rune can be placed atop Quartz anywhere the player would like. It retains its aggressive behavior towards players and passive mobs except for when it is in the presence of a beacon. In this case, it will apply a higher level of the beacon’s effect, with the proper color change to its projectile.
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