- This article is about the class of being also known as fairies and sometimes equated with ancients. For more general usage, see Immortality.
While it has been shown that immortals can potentially look like whatever they please (they can shapeshift) - from a mischievous child to an amorphous blob - most that have been seen typically stay in their true form. It is, however, common for immortals to have oddly shaped ears. Thus far, there is only one known immortal who chooses to occasionally look like a child - Pandora Raven, who was the third immortal introduced. The other three known immortals, the French Immortals and Jerry, have chosen to use their physical form to reflect their approximate physical ages; i.e., before resetting themselves, they looked like old, aged elves. The French Immortals, having reset, now resemble teenagers.
While immortals possess nearly god-like powers on the spiritual plane, they are significantly weaker on the normal, physical plane (i.e., that of the Main Universe). An average person would have trouble dealing with one, but people involved in DGB, or other people who are awakened magically, would have favored odds in a fight. This is, of course, assuming the immortal in question would play fair.
Immortals have a system to keep each other in check, and have their own rules governing what they can and cannot do in the physical world. If an immortal does anything other than guide or empower a person (such as when "awakening" a "dreaming" magic user or setting a non-magic user "dreaming") on the physical plane, the other immortals get upset. Point of fact, immortals cannot harm someone on the physical plane (except in self defense), or else they will incur the wrath of the other immortals. However, there are loopholes to this rule that allows the Immortals to attack others regardless (Doing as little as threatening an Immortal is excuse enough for them to attack without repercussions from other immortals.). As immortals can use magic without being detected by mortals, this would suggest that beings who are fully immortal may be able to sense when others of their kind use their powers on the physical plane.
Another trait of immortals is that many choose elitist names from ancient mythology, to the point of having two or more immortals named "Zeus," for example.
Immortals are not only immortal beings in EGS. In past, they were called fairies. It's possible they only get away with renaming themselves to immortals because other kind of immortals are no longer interacting with humans or only do it rarely.
- Main article: Elves
Immortal interaction with those on the physical plane can also include reproduction. The child resulting from said liaison is commonly referred to as an Elf, though thus far there is only one known in existence, Adrian Raven. As Raven has referred to himself as an abomination, it is possible that offspring of humans and immortals are seen as unnatural in the magic-using community and are persecuted for their heritage.
Immortals tend to reset themselves after about 200 years of aging. The reason for this, as the immortal Jerry explained to Susan, Grace, and Sarah during the third part of the Hammerchlorians storyline, is that as immortals experience life, their memories become clearer, their intelligence increases, and their power grows, to the point where they get more accurately clairvoyant with each passing year. Because of this, they gradually become more bored, more powerful, and less sane, which is a bad combination. If immortals live for too long, they are likely to destroy themselves, and take a bunch of innocent beings along with them. Thus, they reset themselves approximately after 200 years of aging. After resetting, the immortal in question reverts back to their base nature, with most of their memories lost, and they have to start from scratch. If done properly, even though the actual memories of the previous life will be lost, the knowledge contained within them will be retained (but it will be secondhand knowledge as if they had read a book written by a predecessor).
The downside of this is if the immortal in question doesn't die properly (by gathering back all the power they've doled out, such as the power Jerry used to make the hammer artifact), they won't be reborn with all their knowledge intact, and may forget important things. This is the main reason why the French Immortals are having such a difficult time with their memories - they didn't reset properly.
Empower and Guide Edit
As mentioned, the interactions of immortals and mortals are limited to "empower and guide". This is however technically incorrect, not speaking about the loopholes which can be found in that. Apparently, doing something indirectly instead of directly is the usual way how to go around the rules.
What is enforced is that when an immortal knowingly violates the rules (including "guide and empower"), all the other immortals automatically sense this and contribute in a distributed manner to a forced reset. Consequently, immortals are bound only by their individual understandings of "guide and empower".
Moral Compass Edit
It seems that Immortals have problem with moral compass. Heka directly said that fairies struggle with mortal morality. The repeated "people say that" response suggest that they know that something is evil but only because they were told, they don't feel it.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 EGS Main Story Comic for 2007-04-15 ("Oh, He is SO Getting Detention!")
- ↑ EGS:NP Comic for 2015-05-11
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2016-08-15
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2016-08-08
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 EGS Main Story Comic for 2007-01-12 ("I Also Blame Everything on Space Aliens")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-05-24
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-06-25
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2005-02-07 ("Holy Cr- Oh, False Alarm. They’re Everyday Students.")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2007-04-18 ("The World is a Sandbox")
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2016-07-27 comment
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2017-04-05
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2016-06-13
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2009-06-13 ("...And a Nerve Stabbed")
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-06-30
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-07-28
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2010-08-11
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2007-04-18 ("The World is a Sandbox")
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 EGS Main Story Comic for 2015-10-05
- ↑ EGS:NP Comic for 2016-07-29 comment
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2011-06-29
- ↑ EGS:NP Comic for 2018-03-21
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2016-08-12
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2017-04-07
- ↑ EGS Main Story Comic for 2017-07-10
- ↑ EGS:NP Comic for 2017-10-11