Antonius Kalas was an evil Immortal and former monk. He was the pupil of Brother Paul, and was responsible for nearly bringing not only Duncan MacLeod, but all immortal society to its knees when he got a hold of a disc containing all the information of the Immortals and the watchers.
Antonius Kalas was born in 369 in Rome, a foundling taken in by the family of Senator Flavius Kalas. An intellectual prodigy, he quickly became a respected citizen and soldier of the Empire. In 408, he was stabbed 30 times by a runaway slave and died, then became Immortal. Kalas soon met the Immortal Paul, also a Roman, and became his student. After the fall of Rome, Paul and Kalas turned to Christianity, founding a monastery and scriptorium. In keeping with their new principles, they also made the monastery a Sanctuary for Immortals disillusioned by years of fighting in the Game, where they could live in peace, free from all those who wanted their heads. Kalas soon became known for his angelic voice and his mastery of calligraphy. Unknown to his brothers, however, Kalas developed a darker diversion: recognizing the potential for advancing his power as an Immortal, he began ambushing his fellow immortals the moment they stepped off holy ground, taking their heads in secret.
In 1658, Duncan MacLeod arrived at the monastery, seeking shelter like so many of his fellows. MacLeod also was looking for his Immortal friend, Peter Hale, who had come to the monastery several weeks earlier. Accepted into the fold by Brother Paul and Brother Timon, MacLeod and Kalas soon met, and formed a loose friendship. However, when Kalas let slip certain details about Peter Hale, the Highlander became suspicious. When Timon decided to return to the outside world, Kalas departed to take Timon's head as he had done with so many others. This time, however, Duncan followed Kalas, and witnessed the entire affair. In a fit of rage, Duncan confronted Kalas the second the latter walked back in through the door, promising to expose his dark deeds to the entire brotherhood. Kalas all but laughed in the Scotsman's face. He was a respected founder of the monastery, Duncan was a mere visitor. He boasted arrogantly that no one would believe MacLeod's word over his, ever. In so doing, however, Kalas damned himself. Duncan had had Brother Paul hide behind a column during the entire exchange, and now Paul was incensed, expelling Kalas from the monastery and branding him a traitor. Barely able to speak with anger and hatred, Kalas promised the highlander that he would see him suffer.
ReinventionEditWith his former life in ashes, Kalas turned his talents towards his own enlightened self-interest. By 1920, he had made himself famous as the world-class tenor Antonio Neri, performing side by side with such legends as Adelina Patti and Enrico Caruso. Unknown to all, he had also adapted his scripting skills to the art of forgery, and was a master at producing counterfeits. It was in 1920 when he re-encountered Duncan MacLeod, who was sponsoring a lovely young soprano, Maria Campalo. Almost immediately, the two began a new rivalry over her. Neri offered Maria a position beside him, and an immediate audition with the director of the Paris Opera. Duncan countered with an appointment to the Metropolitan Opera in New York. When Maria made the choice to leave for America, Kalas decided to end the jousting, and strangled her, as an act of spite against MacLeod. Arriving just in time to save his charge, Duncan drew his sword and challenged his enemy. Crashing his opponent through a glass door, Kalas pinned MacLeod to the ground, slowly bringing his blade into position for a killing strike. Without warning, the Highlander grabbed a shard of broken glass, using it to slice Kalas' throat open and forever maiming Kalas's one great prize - his singing voice. In a panic, Kalas broke off his attack and fled.
The battle forever changed the evil Immortal. With a voice to match his persona, Kalas became permanently unhinged and completely consumed by hatred. Over the next seventy years, he began buying up properties across the world, including Seacouver's Vanderbilt Hall and the Nosferatu Jazz Club. He formed a drug smuggling operation unknown to all authorities. He also formed a dummy corporation, Magna Records, which specialized in rare and unconventional music.
Assault on MacLeodEdit
By 1993, Kalas was ready to strike. He had studied MacLeod, and knew his habits, preferred locations, and most importantly, his friends and lovers. Through Magnus Records, Kalas lured Brother Paul off holy ground by offering him and his choir a record contract. When the monk and his choir arrived at Vanderbilt and performed, Kalas waited until the end of the performance, and ambushed Paul, hacking him to pieces. As a message to Duncan, he sent the Highlander Paul's crucifix. He had drugs planted at Joe Dawson's bar, through an addicted musician fired by Joe. Kalas then set the police upon Dawson, pinning him with drug dealing charges and closing his bar. Most insidiously, Kalas then attacked Duncan MacLeod's lover, Dr. Anne Lindsey, forging bogus prescriptions and medical orders in her name and killing several of her patients. Anne suddenly found herself suspended and under investigation of medical malpractice.
All of it was intended to unhinge the Higlander. Though Duncan easily uncovered Kalas's hand in the arrest of Joe Dawson and the false prescriptions, he could not prove it sufficiently to implicate Kalas himself. Kalas, however, was ready for his next step. Calling Duncan, he issued his challenge and invited MacLeod to meet him at Vanderbilt Hall. Eager to avenge his friend's humiliations, Duncan arrived to face off with Kalas. Luring MacLeod into the rafters in the ceiling, Kalas unleashed a final snare: he had tricked Anne into coming, forging a note from the Highlander. With a sadistic glee, Kalas drove MacLeod into a fatal fall, knowing the Highlander would be forced by the Rules to end his relationship with Anne and leave Seacouver.Kalas returned to Paris, waiting for MacLeod to show. Sure enough, Duncan arrived and met up with his lifelong friend Hugh Fitzcairn in Paris. Wasting no time, Kalas began harassing MacLeod through Fitz, first hiring a professional hitman to try and run the duo off the road, then creating trouble at Fitz's new teaching job in the world-famous Cordon Bleu culinary school. Through Patrick, an ex-boyfriend of Naomi, Hugh Fitzcairn's girlfriend, Kalas accessed Fitz's computer file, and retrieved evidence that Fitzcairn forged his credentials. Kalas had Patrick place two calls: first to Naomi, asking her to meet him at the school, and then to the police. Kalas then killed Patrick, and called Fitzcairn to the school. Fitz, running to the school, ran straight into the setup, caught standing over Patrick's corpse before Naomi and the French police. After Fitz escaped to MacLeod's barge, Kalas followed him from there, challenging him at Duncan's rendezvous point in the water tunnels under the Bastille. Holding the vengeful Fitzairn at bay, Kalas prolonged the fight until Duncan showed up, then unleashed all his devastating skill and rage against Fitzcairn, beheading him in front of a horrified MacLeod. Enraged, the Higlander came after Kalas, but the sadistic former singer refused to face him yet, diving into the Seine.
The Search For MethosEdit
Leaving MacLeod to stew over the death of his friend, Kalas spent several days deciding on his next move. Determining to amass enough power to intimidate Duncan into submission, Kalas decided to search for Methos, the legendary oldest living Immortal. With Methos's Quickening, no one would be able to stand against him. A surprise break came when Kalas noticed a strange man following him from his headquarters at the Nosferatu. Easily ambushing the man, Kalas imprisoned him in his hideout, torturing him for information. Soon enough, the man broke, and revealed himself as Roger Harris, Kalas's Watcher. Intrigued at the idea of records identifying immortals, Kalas uncovered the location of Don Salzer, Watcher Chronicler and Harris's immediate superior. Note: Joe specifically says 'Dan' when referring to the character for the first time in Finale: Part One, however, in every other instance Salzer is named as Don not Dan (including by his widow and protege). Storming into Salzer's bookstore, Kalas accosted the elderly Watcher, and began torturing him for information regarding Methos. After uncovering the next link in the Watcher chain, Watcher Adam Pierson, Kalas gutted Salzer, leaving him for dead.Returning to the Nosferatu, Kalas discovered MacLeod had come calling, had learned of the deaths of Harris and Salzer, and had deduced Kalas's intent. Realizing that it was now a race to find Methos first, he hurried to Pierson's flat, only to find, to his amazement, that Pierson himself was Methos, and was expecting him, thanks to a timely warning by MacLeod. His plans spoiled, Kalas nevertheless issued his challenge, and Methos accepted. In the end, Methos broke away and ran, his skills atrophied by time away from the game. Further frustrated, Kalas decided to stop dancing with MacLeod and finally challenged him. However, Methos was not done. Having alerted the police, he fingered Kalas for the murder of Donald Salzer.
To his ultimate humiliation, Kalas found himself hauled off to prison like a common criminal.
Imprisonment and EndgameEditConvicted by the French courts, Kalas found himself sentenced to life in prison, all of his money and possessions gone. When fellow inmate Nino, a psychopath, stabbed him to "death" during a prison riot, Kalas subdued the lunatic, but decided not to kill Nino, sensing an opportunity to turn him into a weapon for his purposes. Receiving an offer of escape from an unknown source on the outside, Kalas put Nino into action. Two dead guards later, Kalas and Nino made their way to the prison wall, where they found and scaled a rope thrown over the wall by Kalas's benefactor. Surprisingly, the mysterious accomplice turned out to be Amanda, come to take Kalas's head for his treatment of MacLeod. When Nino struck her from behind, however, Kalas seized the opportunity, and slipped away with his new pet, leaving a frustrated Amanda to curse over what she had done.
Through robbery, Kalas and Nino quickly acquired new clothes, money and a vehicle. When Kalas sensed the Immortal Auberon, passing nearby, he had Nino run the Immortal over, crippling him. His objective completed, Kalas collected his target, Auberon's sword. His first act with it was to take Auberon's head, indulging himself in a fresh Quickening. Returning to the Nosferatu, Kalas killed the bartender, severing his link to MacLeod. He then set up shop in the basement of a small chapel near the Eiffel Tower, recruiting a new gang of thugs through Nino. He taunted MacLeod at Maurice Lalonde's new restaurant, relying on Nino to watch his back. He also had Amanda captured to be held hostage against MacLeod, though his new gang underestimated Amanda's escape artistry, and the former cat burglar soon broke free.
However, when Christine Salzer, widow of Dan Salzer, came forth to reveal a secret prototype Watcher database to the world in retaliation for her husband's murder, Kalas, quickly got wind of it. He hurried to the Tribune, killed both Christine and the editor, and seized the database. Kalas put his new information to immediate use, arriving at the Watcher Headquarters and murdering Head Watcher Jacques Vemas, throwing the Watchers into chaos. But he also devised a diabolical scheme: he rigged a computer to automatically distribute the database to every news agency and government in the world should his head be taken, by anyone. With this latest weapon, Kalas delivered his ultimatum to MacLeod: he would trigger the distribution unless the Highlander laid down his sword and deliberately offered up his head to Kalas.Leaving MacLeod to brood over his new dilemma, Kalas waited patiently for MacLeod's answer. Soon the Highlander sent a message: he would meet Kalas at the top of the Eiffel Tower that evening. Ready to take his final victory over the Highlander, Kalas hurried to meet MacLeod. When he found him, the Highlander drew his blade and told Kalas" that this was a good place to die". Kalas drew his own blade and attacked, committing himself to the duel.Kalas drew first blood and had MacLeod on the defensive. Then MacLeod after seeing a flaw in Kalas attacks countered, crippling Kalas and lining up for the kill. In desperation, Kalas reminded MacLeod of the distribution computer, but a clap of thunder made him freeze. Too late he realized he'd been set up; MacLeod had deliberately waited for an oncoming thunderstorm to approach the Eiffel Tower - the world's largest lightning rod. With no more words, the Highlander struck, beheading Kalas. As MacLeod had hoped, the resulting Quickening agitated the thunderclouds, triggering a massive lightning storm that fried half of the electronic equipment in Paris - including Kalas's doomsday computer.
Personality and AbilitiesEdit
Kalas has a very special gift, he was a very great singer. Over the years, he developed a talent for duplicating anyone's writing. Cold and calculating, he could be openly cruel and could keep grudges for centuries, and, in later years, would have developed a complete disregard for human life.
Kalas preferred fighting with a longsword (a two-edged, straight sword mainly wielded with both hands), favouring power over speed and dexterity.
Kalas in the Game.Edit
2. Timon, 1658 A.D. (Song of the Executioner)
3 . Paul, 1995 A.D. (Song of the Executioner)