Quote from Tiro of Meletis »So Runo was in Wizards after all… which we anticipated but did not get. Why didn't he make it? Why do I get the sick feeling that he ended up being Kess. Think about it. She's a Grixis Wizard with flying. Take her exact card and make her Vampire Wizard instead, and she'd be Runo Stormkirk. With the flashback effect not only reminiscent of Innistrad, but emphasizing Runo's Blue side, and the concept of depths as recurring spells (Pull From the Deep).
How sad we got a nobody instead.
Yeah, Kess was probably Runo at some point in the design process.
Of course, if that's the case, I hope that his actual card (if he ever gets it) won't be inferior to Kess.