Hand of Rathmore

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Lara finding the Hand of Rathmore.
The Hand of Rathmore is the fifth artefact for which Lara is looking in the adventure Lost Artefact. Sophia Leigh used this while fighting Lara in the level Reunion. It was a secret fifth crystal artefact, fashioned from the same meteorite from Tomb Raider III. It's unknown if it has any relation to activating the meteorite in the Meteorite Cavern.


Powers

The individual powers of the Hand of Rathmore are not clearly defined.

The artifact has a powerful effect on its surroundings and any living creature that comes in contact with it. The Hand generates a deadly radioactive ooze, initially seen in Willard's castle and found in abundance in the final level. Exposure to the artifact generally causes mutation.

Considering the elementalist beliefs of its creators, the Hand of Rathmore should symbolize the Fifth Element, as the other artefacts symbolize the elements Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. It is unknown what the ancients defined as a "fifth" element, and it is also not revealed why the Hand was kept separate from the other four meteor artifacts.

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