|“||We are oddities of nature, you and I. Nothing more. This is a world for humanity.||”|
Immortals are superhumans who carry a virus granting them eternal life. However, they are still be killed if they are damaged beyond their accelerated healing's power. Loosely speaking, this can collectively refer to Vampires and Lycans, but strictly speaking, a true Immortal has the immortality virus with none of the animal genetic fusions. So far in the Underworld universe, the only true Immortals has been Alexander Corvinus and two of his sons: Marcus and William, from whom all other species of Immortals are descended. Marcus and William later became the first Vampire and Werewolf, respectively.
Immortals would seem to not be very different from normal humans, Alexander Corvinus having lived amongst humans for most of his sixteen-hundred-year life, hiring them as soldiers and servants as seen with his Cleaners in Underworld: Evolution, although it remains unknown how many of them were aware of his immortality. Very little is known about their abilities and limitations, as Alexander Corvinus was the only known Immortal.
Immortality is granted by the active Corvinus Strain, which is a genetic mutation carried within the genes of Alexander Corvinus. In the early 5th century, Alexander was infected with a plague virus, which mutated within him due to the presence of the Corvinus Strain. This made Alexander into the first Immortal, and was passed down through his bloodline. The Immortal viruses of his twin sons William and Marcus were mutated after they were bitten by a wolf and bat respectively, turning them into the first Werewolf and Vampire.
According to legend, the third of Alexander's sons was mortal, and it is all but proven in Underworld that a dormant virus was passed down to mortal descendants of Alexander, including Michael Corvin.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
Not much is known about an Immortal's abilities. It is unknown if Immortals can bite and infect humans with a virus like Vampires and Lycans, however, Selene gains new strength and powers by drinking Alexander's blood.
In Underworld: Evolution, Selene phrases it that Alexander is the only one older and therefore stronger than Marcus and could have defeated him even in his Hybrid form. While Alexander never denied this, he was unwilling to do so since Marcus is his son, so the extent of his strength is never displayed. This is shown to be true to a certain degree when Selene gives blood to David to save his life, and when Quint and Jacob Lane inject themselves with the same strand. It was passed on, and made them stronger and faster, as well as granting them superhuman healing and endurance. This also made them all Hybrids.
It is unknown if an Immortal has healing powers. When Alexander Corvinus was stabbed through the chest, he indicated he was dying and ended up blowing himself up. It is unknown if he could have quickly healed the wound, was unable to heal or simply choose not to and decided to die.
It is known that common traits found in the Werewolves, Lycans, and Vampires originate from the virus that created the Immortals. These traits included memory being accessed and transference of transformative genetic material through blood ingestion, as well having an indefinite life span. The only ability not shared by all immortal beings is the ability to physically alter their appearance on will or instinct, which is most likely because of some genetic instability within the originators of the Vampire and Werewolf species, which carried out into others of their respective species.
- In Greg Cox's Underworld: Rise of the Lycans novelization it is stated that Marcus and William were both Immortals prior to being bitten.
- According to Greg Cox's Underworld: Evolution novelization, few Immortals can survive being burned alive. This if supported in other installments. In all versions of the second installment, Death Dealers are ordered to make sure that all of William Corvinus' victims are burned to ash before they can 'Turn'. Likewise, in "Rise of the Lycans", any and all of the "Werewolves of William's Kind" are also disposed of by fire after death. In Awakening, after identifying 'Infected' individuals, they would then be cremated, (pyres are seen during the opening sequence). In real life, it is actually standard procedure that all dead bodies and medical waste in which the presence of virus' has been confirmed be disposed of by cremation.
- ↑ "[Samuel] wondered how many Vampires had perished in the conflagration. Few Immortals could with stand being burned alive. He slowed the footage down to the standard speed, allowing the smoking ruins to smolder in real time. Had any of the Mansion's inhabitance managed to escape the blaze" ~ Evolution novelization, chapter 7
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