The people of Athas are no strangers to hardship; their world threatens daily to burn out their lives. Yet these stout souls harbor fear, superstition, and paranoia, especially during the appearance of the six-fingered sign—a symbol that can cast whole city-states into turmoil.
The icon, which resembles an oversized, six-fingered hand, shows up scratched into doors, burned onto walls, or drawn in the sands of Athas. When painted, it is yellow or black. No one would ever claim to know where the six-fingered sign comes from, and anyone caught drawing the symbol would be castigated for inviting bad luck. Consequently, the six-fingered sign has a reputation for appearing mysteriously, as a portent of supernatural forces heralding approaching disaster, both natural and supernatural.
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Rodney Thompson is an RPG designer at Wizards of the Coast, originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. His credits for the Dungeons & Dragons game include Monster Manual 3, the Dark Sun Campaign Setting, Heroes of the Fallen Lands, Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, and Monster Vault.