- "Check them all. Every child. And look carefully. The mark is very small."
- —Sorsha, in Willow: A Novel
The Sign was a a faint brown birthmark that Elora Danan bore inside the left elbow. It marked her as the chosen one of a prophecy, the one who would cause downfall of Demon Queen Bavmorda and, eventually, arise as the rightful empress of all kingdoms. Having heard of the prophecy long before its fulfillement, Bavmorda organized regular "Gatherings," during which pregnant mothers were captured and imprisoned at Nockmaar Castle, to see if any of their babies bore the Sign upon birth.