Appeared in Highlander: The Series, Season 1
Name Darius
Born AD 50, east of Urals
First Death AD 95, fighting "Germanic hordes"
Teachers Ahasuerus the Parthian
Pupils Claudianus
Violane Armand
Origin Goth
Watchers Ian Bancroft
Status Deceased, Beheaded by James Horton in 1993, Quickening lost
Occupation Monk, Healer, former warlord
Portrayed by  Werner Stocker
Darius was an Immortal monk, and former Goth warlord, as well as the teacher of Grayson (a.k.a. Claudianus). Darius renounced war, as well as the Game, remaining on holy ground until his untimely murder by James Horton and his Hunters some 1,583 years later.

Personal HistoryEdit

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Darius was born in  a nomad's tent somewhere east of the Ural mountains, a foundling raised by Goths. His first death occurred while he led his people into battle against a Germanic horde that attacked his homeland. He was discovered shortly afterward by an Immortal named Ahasuerus the Parthian, a former Persian ruler who taught Darius about his Immortality. He became a powerful Immortal warrior who led his fellow Goths into battle against other tribes.

Around the year AD 365, Darius and his tribe attacked a Dacian farmstead where Darius found a new Immortal reviving under the hooves of the Goth’s cavalry. This new Immortal was Claudianus, who would become Grayson, who Darius turned into a powerful Immortal warrior. He became Darius’s second in command.

In the fall of 409, Darius led his war band to join Alaric, leader of the Visigoths. Darius became the lover of Alaric’s latent Immortal, sister Callestina, but Darius was only using her as a plaything. In the summer of 410, Alaric, Darius, and Grayson laid siege to Rome and sacked the empire afterwards. In the process, Callestina was killed. Grayson, who loved her, taught her about the way of the Immortals. When she approached Darius about being together forever, Darius spurned her. Heartbroken, she vowed to take revenge against him.

Darius led his army to the gates of Paris. He instructed Grayson and his men to wait while he faced off in single battle with Emrys, an ancient Immortal who stood at the gates alone against him. Darius defeated the Immortal, and received his quickening. It is the only know instance of a Light Quickening, and it altered Darius utterly.

When Darius returned to his army, he gave up his sword and turned his army away. Grayson was shocked and left feeling betrayed. He returned to Alaric and married Callestina. Around the year 1170, Darius took up residence at a church on the Rue St. Jacques. Between 650 and 1750, Callestina would periodically come to Paris and attempt to have Darius discredited. At one point, she denounced him as a witch. Darius' parishioners flocked to his defense and she was the only one discredited. Darius refused to denounce her in any way, wishing only that she would find peace in her life and forgive him for his treatment of her. In the mid-18th century, she left Europe.

In 1200, Darius would meet Immortal assassin and thief Xavier St. Cloud, whom he tried to teach about peace and leading a good life. Regrettably, he failed. St. Cloud would return periodically to Paris to torment Darius with his crimes. In the 11th century, Darius met Hugh Fitzcairn. Darius also met Grace Chandel who was a healer and midwife. In the year 1634, Darius went to a French Abbey to meet an Immortal named Ursa.

Association with MacLeodEdit

In 1804, Darius comforted his good friend, Sean Burns, as Sean's close friend and student, immortal Carolyn Mortimer and her mortal husband Jean-Pierre were beheaded by guillotine. Sean had wanted to be present for her, but knew that if any immortal were there, more could die as her quickening was transferred.

During the Pennisular War during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte, Darius left Paris, compelled to help where he knew there will be much suffering. He used medical techniques, lost to modern man for centuries, in his attempts to ease the pain and suffering of both sides. While working behind the English lines, he met Duncan MacLeod. With this meeting, he forced the young warrior to re-examine his beliefs in the rightness of his convictions about the need and purpose of war. He invited the young Scot back to Paris when his tour of duty was over to learn more.

Duncan later would find a young Immortal prostitute named Violane Armand and took the girl to Darius.  In January 1816, three brigands broke into Darius' church, St. Julian le Pauvre, looking for silver plate and gold. Darius ordered them to take whatever they wanted but explained that he had no silver or gold in this church; he used pewter vessels. The leader of the men became angry about that and killed the priest. When he revived a few moments later, Darius prevented Duncan MacLeod from killing the last of the three men. Unable to give up his sword or to live a life of total peace, a disillusioned Duncan left Darius for America, but remained friends with him, returning to visit the priest periodically over the years. During these visits, they drank mead, strange teas, played chess, and discussed military strategy and philosophy. That spring, Darius sent Violane to be trained by an Immortal friend of his, but she ran away after two years and returned to her former life in Paris as a prostitute. In 1842, Duncan MacLeod was forced to kill the murderous prostitute Violane on the streets of Paris. He sought forgiveness and understanding from Darius.

In 1993, Darius placed a mortal agent in his old friend Grayson's arms smuggling organization. After he is discovered, the mortal ran to Darius' church, where Grayson murdered him just outside the fence. Grayson taunted Darius, urging him to leave sanctuary, take up his sword once more, and be the general he was meant to be. Grayson further warned that he will kill Darius' other students…one by one until he sickened of the slaughter and faced him. Darius sent a bag of runes to Duncan MacLeod in America, warning him that Grayson was on his way and was hunting another of Darius' students, peace activist Victor Paulus. MacLeod sent Tessa and Richie Ryan to Paris and to Darius. After MacLeod saved Paulus, and killed Grayson, he joined Tessa and Richie in Paris, meeting with them at Darius' church. Darius detained Richie and regaled him with stories of his youth, reminding the young man that he was not always a priest.


Darius on the battlefield

A month later, Xavier St. Cloud returned to Paris, he entered Darius’s church and confessed to Darius that he had just murdered mortals in the process of robbing a jewelry store. Visited by the Paris police, Darius was bound by the seal of the confessional, and the need to keep secret Xavier's immortality from mortal authorities. He said nothing. Duncan MacLeod, who was visiting, understood the problem and explained to the police that Darius cannot say anything. By this time, Darius considered leaving holy ground and re-entering the world. Darius and Duncan discussed war as a mental exercise and Darius worked on his model of the Battle of Gettysburg.

After her mortal husband, Paul, was murdered, Grace Chandel fled to Darius' church for comfort and protection. Duncan MacLeod was also there and took her to his barge. When the police descended on the barge, Tessa and Richie took Grace back to Darius. Carlo Sendaro met with Grace there, with Darius' permission. Again, Duncan intervened to protect her. After Duncan eventually fought Sendaro, and took his Quickening, Grace stopped by the church to bid a fond farewell to Darius, and kissed his cheek.

In May, a band of renegade watchers led by James Horton, entered Darius’s church and beheaded despite his being on holy ground. - the rules did not apply to mortals. Eventually Duncan found out about the Watchers from a chronicle Darius had, and managed to stop the Hunters from killing Fitzcairn.  Duncan had Darius cremated and scattered his ashes into the River Seine. His death greatly affected Duncan who was determined to find his murderer.

Miscellaneous InformationEdit

The actor who portrayed Darius, Werner Stocker, died in May of 1993. As a result, Darius appeared in only four episodes in the first season, although his image was used in later episodes and his influence felt throughout the series. Darius appeared in Band of Brothers, For Tomorrow We Die, The Beast Below, and Saving Grace. His image, based on his earlier appearances, was used in The Hunters, The Watchers, They Also Serve, Deliverance, and he was mentioned often in Armageddon. His church was also used in that episode as the site of Duncan's climactic battle with the demon Ahriman.

Original idea for the character of Darius was that he would be imposing in size and ugly, but the idea was dropped. It is said that the German investors of the show didn’t like the idea of Darius being ugly with a hunchback.


The novel, Highlander Shadow of Obsession, which was released in May 1998, attempts to correct the problem of his birthplace by ignoring all references in the television series and the CD to the nomadic tribes and mountains of the western Urals. In the novel Darius was born in 50 AD, a North Goth, and mediocre.

In the Highlander series; the last episode 22 of season one, The Hunters. We learn from a rebel watchman James Horton, the real age of Darius who was 2000 years old.

Notable QuotesEdit

Oh, I'm sure you're quite loyal to your convictions and compatriots. But I wonder what these men think about death, about convictions and compatriotism now?

Weapons have no dominion over the souls of men!

Well, it's not a sin for your mother to date your ex-boyfriend. Bad taste, perhaps, but not sin.

Pride doth go before the fall, and victory to those who hold the high ground.

War in the abstract is a great intellectual puzzle, but in reality, it's all blood and tears.

To deny what I was is to deny what I am.

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