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Iman Fasil
Appeared in Highlander(Film)
Name Iman Fasil
Aliases Gautier de Savoie, Fasil ibn Said, Gianmarco Salieri, Aman Abbasi, Samuel Frend
Born 1145, Savoie France
First Death 1187, fighting with the Saracens during the Crusades
Teachers Haroun al-Rashid
Origin French
Watchers Stuart Nelson
Status Deceased, Beheaded by Connor MacLeod 1985
Occupation Knight, soldier, Antiques dealer
Portrayed by  Peter Diamond
An Immortal. French by birth, he was Arab by nature.

Mortal Life (1145-1187) Edit

Born Gaultier de Savoie, a French knight, Fasil was a firm believer in God and was among the leaders of the third Holy Crusade against the Infidels who held Jerusalem. He preached to his men that they were God's right hand, warriors of righteousness. His faith, however, faltered when he was taken prisoner by the Muslims, and came in contact with the Arab culture. He was taken to Damascus as a slave, and there, after learning not only Arab, but Persian, and reading the Koran, Gaultier found there were many ways to love God whatever name was used.

Gaultier converted to Islam, and was welcomed into Saladin's court. His name was changed to Iman Fasil ibn Said, after the Muslim who taught the Koran to him. Fasil had no qualms about betraying his fellow crusaders. Then came the year of glory for Saladin, when he got the upper hand over the French, starting with the Battle of Hittin and ending with the reconquest of Jerusalem. Fasil, however, wouldn't enjoy his victory; a Crusader sword stabbed him through the chest, ending his life.

Immortal Existence (1229-1985) Edit

Fasil felt disgruntled about coming back to life: he found himself with no reward, even though he had done the proper thing and died on the field of battle. Where was the paradise promised? Where were his fifty houris, his eternal reward? Fasil had been looking forward to fighting the good fight, to repaying Saladin for his kindness and generosity, even to dying in Saladin's name. He had been a true believer, after all. But Fasil was alive, and well aware he had been killed. And had been cheated of paradise.

Fasil went back to his master among those soldiers who had survived Hittin, and felt for the first time the presence of an immortal: his mentor turned out to be Said (aka Haroun al-Rashid) a fellow immortal, himself one thousand years old. Haroun instructed him in the Game, told him that his immortality was not only a proof that Allah existed, but also that he was doing his will. Fasil took this to heart and went on fighting for the Saracens until the year 1229, when Al-Kamel delivered Jerusalem to the Emperor Frederic II. This triggered an outcry of indignation throughout the Arab world. Fasil, disillusioned and weary of war, felt he had done his part in Allah's name. He was ready for peace.

Fasil's chronicle during this period revealed a deeply divided soul. His belief in Allah still held firm. But by this time, Fasil had died on various battlefields a score of martyr's deaths.  Fasil decided he should explore the vast world, and followed his mentor, Haroun, to southern Europe, toward Spain. En route, Haroun died, losing his head to Haresh Clay; the Moor gained a ferocious enemy who would hunt him for eight centuries.

In Toledo, around 1592, Fasil made a new friend in the person of Armando Torres, a former student of Don Quixote, and a dreamer. A master sword smith who taught Fasil about the Renaissance in Europe, and who presented him with a beautiful gift when Fasil married his foster-daughter Constanza: a Toledo Salamanca sword rapier, a wonder of a weapon which Fasil used until his death. After thirty years of marriage, and the death of his beloved wife, Fasil wandered back to Syria, finding the country changed, and settled in Istanbul for almost half a century. There, after three changes of identity, (Don Diego Torres y Sanchez, Fasil Say, and  Al Rahman), he became captain of the city's guard until a fatal wound forced him to flee.

Feud with the MacLeods Edit

Fasil became an active participant in the Game, killing with abandon, gaining ferocious enemies and killing people who might have been his friends in other circumstances. He met both Connor and Duncan MacLeod and started a feud with them after killing a young protege of Connor's.  In 1656, he went to the immortal Hamza el-Kahir for counsel and advice.  After that, Fasil gave up his faith and hired himself out to circuses around Europe, working as an acrobat. He did various jobs, took several heads and even fought Connor on three separate occasions.

Conner and Fasil.
Fasil had regained a bit of the person he used to be: meeting Charles Mako  and Carmina La Morte apparently did him good, because he did afterward return with renewed faith. He continued playing the Game, but succeeded at putting his life together. Later, he worked in law enforcement in Damascus, again a believer in Allah. And then he felt a strange pull to New York.

Detecting fellow Immortal Connor MacLeod at a wrestling match, he met MacLeod in the car park and challenged him. There after an intense battle, in which he briefly held the upper hand, MacLeod got the best of Fasil and took his head and his quickening.

Trivia Edit

In the 1985 film Highlander: Fasil was played by the English actor Peter Diamon, a graduate of the Royal Accademy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), would go on to become an accomplished stuntman and Fight-Arranger in both TV and Films.[1][2]

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