Many years before the death of Kalak, a small band of escaped slaves, free people, and members of the Veiled Alliance staged an attack on the sorcerer-king Tectuktitlay, hoping to overthrow the ruler of Draj and bring an end to his tyranny. The attempt failed, and Tectuktitlay's retribution was terrible. Instead of slaying them outright, the sorcerer-king chose to torment the rebels by placing upon them a terrible curse: They must wander the deserts of Athas forever, never finding shelter and never entering civilization again.
The sight of the Grim Lasher driving the desperate and bedraggled Accursed Legion across the sands has become something of a legend among dune traders. Many traveling merchants see the spectacle at least once in their lives, and these people spread the tale far and wide during their travels. As veteran dune traders and wasteland nomads tell anyone who will listen, despite the group’s noble origins, the Accursed Legion is dangerous. When one hears the thundering sound of their crodlus approaching, or sees the cloud of sand on the horizon, that means that the legion is near, and one should move away with haste.
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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.