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Probably going to get shot down, but!
Change toteming so that it's not a period of time elapsed, but rather a number of 'You continue implanting the totem to the land, calling on your runelore to bind the one to the other.' messages that binds a totem to the ground (time between messages remains unchanged). This way, if you get interrupted, you can pick it up where you left off, within reason (say, a two-minute window or something to pick it up again?). Not long enough to have a fight and come back, but rather, if you do something silly and break toteming, you don't have to start all over again.
Messages gathered by one totemer don't carry over to another (no relay-race toteming), and if another person begins to implant, the count's reset in that room for the last person to use the implant command.
The advantage of a runic gauntlet shouldn't be changed. I don't suggest changing uproot; since uproot's an inherently hostile action, it makes sense that you have to be completely still to concentrate on undoing another runelorist's work.
Not a huge change, but maybe it'll make us unlucky few a bit happier?