a normal life until their first death, which is always a violent one —
they don't get sick. Their origins are unknown; they are always foundling
children and they cannot have children.
know they were born Immortals until their first death; veteran Immortals
are able to recognize a pre-Immortal.
After the first
death, they stop aging — if an Immortal is 15 years old at the time of
his/her first death, he/she will be a teen forever.
immortality just can happen after a person hits puberty; therefore, there
are no Immortal children. (OK, 10-year-old Immortal
— episode The Lamb — was a precocious kid...)
another person of their kind approaching.
How an Immortal
when they are beheaded — by Immortals, mortals or accidentally (in a plane
crash, for instance). When Immortals are wounded, the wound heals
immediately, unless it be a severe one, which takes a little more time
to heal; and they feel pain. However, if the wound is in the neck or head,
it heals like in mortals and the Immortal gets a scar. After they "die",
it takes several minutes to them to return back to life.
Immortal beheads another, he/she gets his/her energy in a process called
Quickening. The older they are, the more energy they release when
they are beheaded (it is implied that the more an Immortal lives, the wiser
and more powerful he/she gets). When good Immortals kill the evil ones,
they get their energy, but not their wickedness. However, there is the
Dark Quickening, when all wickedness is transferred, causing a lot of trouble
for those who receive it (it happened once to Duncan MacLeod).
Game/There Can Be Only One
according to their own rules: in the end, there can be only one. There
are good and evil Immortals. They always carry a sword to be ready to fight
and they cannot fight in Holy Ground (churches, cemeteries, monasteries
etc). Nobody can interfere with a fight after it begins. It is considered
cheating to shoot or stab to death the opponent before beheading him/her.
be a time when all Immortals left will feel drawn to an unknown land, for
The Gathering. Then, the final combat will take place; the Immortal who
survives will get The Prize: the power of all Immortals who ever lived.
Obs.: In the
first movie, Highlander, Connor MacLeod defeated the Kurgan and
won the Prize; so that the series made sense, it was disregarded.
A secret society
of men and women who observe and record Immortals' lives, but never interfere.
It was created by Ammaletu the Akkadian after he saw Gilgamesh coming back
to life, 4,000 years ago. Immortals know nothing about the Watchers — except
for just a few of them. They can be identified
by a tattoo in the wrist.