Duncan MacLeod was born in 1592 in the Highland village of Glenfinnan, Scotland off the shores of Loch Shiel, and he is still alive. He is an Immortal. Part of a supernatural race of ageless humans whose origins remain a mystery, Duncan's first 'death' came in 1622 when he was still a young man. Thought mortally wounded by the rest of his clan, Duncan miraculously returned to life shortly after dying. Believed to be evil by his superstitious clansmen, Duncan was banished from the MacLeod clan to wander the Highlands in uncertainty.
That was, of course, until he encountered the legendary Connor MacLeod, his kinsman from a century past. It was Connor who taught his fellow clansman everything he would need to know about his immortality. Connor would teach Duncan that the only way for an immortal to die was to have his head removed from his shoulders. When this happened in combat with another immortal, the winner would receive his opponents energy, experience and power in a spectacular transfer of electrical energy known as the Quickening.
This was the nature of the Game, as the Immortals called it. A constant battle for supremecy between immortals that, at the time of MacLeod's first death, had already been going on for thousands of years. Still, with immortals encountering one another from time to time, they were all still awaiting the time of the Gathering.
Originally believed to be a gathering of immortals to a specific place, it has now been speculated that the Gathering is less a matter of geography and more a matter of the Quickening, itself. Rather than immortals gathering to one place to do battle, it is the Quickening that is gathering until only two immortals remain to fight for the Prize: The right to rule mankind for all eternity. In the end, there can be only one. May it be Duncan MacLeod... the Highlander.