Devil's Palms (悪魔の手のひら Akuma no Tenohira), as featured in Steel Ball Run, house and/or emerge around each of the Saint Corpse Parts, in each of the locations Jesus gave on a map of North America to Joseph of ArimatheaW.

Summary

When Jesus died on the western coast of North America, a great storm and earthquake tore and reshaped the land, which divided his Corpse into 9 Parts. Over the course of almost two millennia, said Parts would be carried by animals and other forces of nature eastwards across the continent.

The Corpse Parts seemingly began to form the Devil's Palm around themselves, using the Palms to move themselves further across the land. The Devil's Palms seem to reappear and disappear often with one or a small few appearing a time, each Palm appears to be very similar, to the point where scientists have mistaken them for the same geographical feature moving from place to place. The Palms themselves are large bowls of sand surrounded by large arching rocks in the shape of fingers, this is were the Devil's Palms earned their names, as they appear in the shape of a hand. While a Palm is present it will occasionally ensnare nearby people, sometimes the energy of the Corpse Part within grants them a Stand, while even less often, the Corpse Part will reveal itself to a person.[1]

As the Boom Boom Family explain, those passing through them are forever changed, mostly due to the fact that those who do not gain a Stand will almost certainly have died instead. Johnny obtained his first Corpse Part from a Devil's Palm in Monument Valley, and soon manifested his Stand Tusk. Diego Brando, Mountain Tim and Ringo Roadagain are amongst the others who have gained their Stands through an encounter with a Devil's Palm.

List of Devil's Palms Locations

  • Arizona Desert / Monument Valley: Containing the Left Arm[2]
  • Sugar Mountain (Tree/Stand), West of Chicago:[3] Guarding the Ears and the Right Arm
  • Battlefield Funny Valentine fought on: Having the Heart
  • Top of a hill in the Rocky Mountains: Containing the Left and Right Eyes.

Trivia

  • The meteorite described in reference to the first Devil's Palm mentioned may have been a reference to the meteorite from which the Stand Arrows were carved.

References

  1. SBR Chapter 67: D4C (4)
  2. SBR Chapter 19: The Devil's Palm (2)
  3. SBR Chapter 46: The Land of Promises: Sugar Mountain (2) p.19

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