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  • Adding other supernatural beings to the Highlander mythos?

    How do you guys feel about this? Is there room for other supernatural beings in the world of Highlander?

    Personally, I've never had a problem with the idea. In a world that already has Immortal men and women running around playing a game of life and death for some kind of Prize, I don't see why there can't be other kinds of magic as well.

    Some might argue that it could get a bit crowded after awhile if you go too crazy introducing new things to the mythos, but I think that's a risk that can be managed.

    But, let's talk about it. What do you have to say?

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    • #3
      I know. Imagine if they added the Methuselah Stone. Or demons like Ahriman. Or even mentioned actually seeing Jesus heal. Oh! Or prophecies!
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        • #5
          Sarcasm, yes. Not disagreement so much. It does bring to mind the several Highlander/Buffy crossovers I've seen.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dubiousbystander View Post
            Sarcasm, yes. Not disagreement so much. It does bring to mind the several Highlander/Buffy crossovers I've seen.
            The funny thing is I'm not sure Buffy would be a good fit for a crossover with Highlander because the tone of the shows is a bit different. Buffy has more over-the-top qualities to it, while Highlander is much more grounded.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by highlander90s View Post
              Definitely agree. I may even argue instead of just magic, that there's vampires and warewolves involved as well. Frankenstein, witches etc.
              I think you misunderstood me. When I talked about other kinds of magic, I was referring to other kinds of supernatural beings. A favorite quote from the first movie is that Immortality is "a kind of magic." I was saying that, just as Immortals are a kind of magic, other supernatural beings represent other kinds of magic.

              It's a trade Id perfectly be fine with making, but I'm a huge fan of how the show looked, the dojo the ship the atmosphere. Mix this stuff in and make the prize known to the immortals as being able to choose...to live a normal life, grow old and have kids, or become bad by being unbeatable.
              As I said in another thread, I think the mysteries of Highlander should remain mysteries. It adds to the magic and the drama.


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                  • #10
                    There are plenty of mysteries where immortals could have played a significant role. There´s no need to introduce supernatural creatures.

                    But if one must: why not take cryptozoology and have immortality in ancestor types of humans? The cavemen, Bigfoot sightings etc.

                    May flights of Demons guide you to your final rest...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Nicholas Ward View Post
                      There are plenty of mysteries where immortals could have played a significant role. There´s no need to introduce supernatural creatures.

                      But if one must: why not take cryptozoology and have immortality in ancestor types of humans? The cavemen, Bigfoot sightings etc.
                      It's not really about need, it's about want. It's about the possibility of telling a fun and interesting story. I'm interested in how Duncan Macleod might react to discovering that there's more out there than just Immortals; that after, what is it, 500 years now, the world is still full of things that he doesn't know about.

                      And, It's not just interesting to think about a character's initial reaction to this kind of revelation, but also how it might affect them over time. How do they change the more they learn? Do they become anxious and paranoid because there could be unspeakable horrors around every corner, hidden from sight? Are they filled with a sense of wonder and the desire to learn more?

                      I don't see why there should only be one kind of magic in a fictional world. If one thing is possible, why shouldn't other things be possible as well?

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                      • Nicholas Ward
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                        Because any story generally works better if only one or two things are extraordinary while the rest is kept as normal as possible.
                        There's no need for zombies, vampires, fairies etc. for things will get more and more extreme. And with that the suspension of disbelief will not be possible and thus the shows enjoyability would suffer.

                        The Highlander Universe isn't supposed to be extremely different from ours. It's not suited to become pure fantasy like Tolkiens Middle-Earth where an entire world and belief system is created.

                    • #12
                      I'm OK with supernatural beings and creatures being used very, very sparingly.

                      The Immortals themselves are supernatural, after all.
                      Highlander: Dark Places

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                      • #13
                        Because any story generally works better if only one or two things are extraordinary while the rest is kept as normal as possible.- Nicholas Ward
                        I disagree. I think there are numerous stories out there where many things are extraordinary and yet they still work. Star Wars, The Lord Of The Rings, and Game Of Thrones are just a few examples. It's all in how the material is handled.

                        There's no need for Zombies, vampires, fairies etc. for things will get more and more extreme. And with that the suspension of disbelief will not be possible and thus the shows enjoyablility would suffer.
                        That might happen, or it might not happen. Every time you try to tell a story there's a chance that it won't work; that's no reason to not try at all. I still think it's a risk that can be managed.

                        Also, it seems to me like people will go along with a lot as long as they like the characters and enjoy the stories. People went along with Harry Potter, and still do, because they like the characters and enjoy the stories. Suspension of disbelief wasn't a problem because the product was good.

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                        • Nicholas Ward
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                          True, but like I said: those stories weren't meant to happen in our reality.

                          So those points are moot when considering Highlander, unless the reboot will make that decision which is unlikely.

                        • Darth Reaper
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                          The points aren't moot because they demonstrate that the fantastic can be handled in a believable way. It doesn't have to degenerate into a complete farce that can't be taken seriously.

                          And, as I understand it, the Harry Potter books do take place in our world, just in parts of it that most of us don't see because they're hidden from us.

                      • #14
                        Zombies could be Immortals whose first deaths were not violent enough.

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                        • Darth Reaper
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                          Eh, no disrespect intended but that idea doesn't really make sense to me. Better to stick with the idea of Zombies simply being reanimated corpses. Again, it's another kind of magic.

                        • dubiousbystander
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                          It could all be the same kind of magic. Just variations on effect. Cool, though.

                      • #15
                        It's been awhile since I contributed to this thread, so I thought I'd give my thoughts on something.

                        I sometimes think that if I was going to try doing a Highlander series that explored the existence of other supernatural beings, I would use the title Highlander: World Without End (which I think was going to be the title of a movie at one time). I think this would spell out for everyone that the point of this series is to expand the mythos and explore different possibilities.

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