Anyone who had read my blog for a while knows I used to do a series of post entitled Versus were I would pit two fictional or mythological characters in some type of competition and then I would tell you who I think would win. This time around, I thought I’d try something a little different. This time, you will hear a matchup and be given an argument for each. One of them is written by me. The other is written someone else. A poll will be left at the bottom of the post and we will let you, the reader decide who the winner is.
This week’s matchup is Duncan McLeod (Highlander) vs. Achilles (Greek myth).
Arguing for Duncan is Matt from The Matticus Kingdom:
Duncan McLeod, the Highlander, was the greatest swordsman ever.
There is no room for discussion. There is no potential rival. He was the greatest. He lived for centuries, and the nature of his being has meant he trained every day of his life to be the best with a sword. Train, fight, win, repeat. That was his entire existence since 1592 when he was born in the highlands of Scotland.
Raised to be the next chieftain in a clan of warriors, Duncan ended up traveling the world again and again throughout his immortal lifespan. He constantly learned and adopted the fighting styles of every culture he encountered, including: Irish bare-knuckle fighting, the craft of the Sioux, and the way of the Samurai. All of the techniques he picked up, he practiced until he had perfected them and could seamlessly use them while fighting.
Additionally, he had the benefit of being able to make mistakes and learn from them, which is often said to be the best way to learn, because he could die and then rise up again with new knowledge that made him wiser and therefore a stronger warrior. On top of being able to learn from his mistakes, Duncan spent years teaching others how to fight, which is also often said to be one of the best ways to learn. You do not truly know a skill until you’ve taught it to someone else.
If all of that wasn’t enough, McLeod also inherited the skills and knowledge of any other immortal he killed in battle. So, while he already had amassed an impossible array of skills and knowledge over his long life, he also had at his disposal the skills and knowledge of every immortal he had defeated, who had the skills and knowledge of every immortal they had defeated, and on and on.
In the end, when Duncan reached the source and the gathering came to a close, he was the only immortal remaining. He had taken on the strength, power, and fighting skills of all the other immortal warriors who had ever existed since the four horsemen rode free near the beginning of recorded time. He was the sum of all of their greatest attributes. He won out through all the rest, which means his swordsmanship was better than all of them.
Who was the greatest swordsman ever, you ask?
There could be only one, and it was Duncan McLeod.
And, here is my argument for Achilles:
Achilles, a name that has lived on for thousands of years. The greatest warrior among an army of legendary warriors. A man unequalled in battle. A man that will be remembered forever.
What made Achilles so great? Was it his epic fighting skills? Was it his mythological immortality? Or was it that The Iliad, one of the most enduring stories of all time, is centered around him?
Maybe it’s all of the above.
Achilles bested anyone who ever challenged him. Hector, the greatest of all the Trojan warriors, was beaten easily. Achilles, in a show of dominance, then tied Hector’s body to the back of his chariot and paraded the corpse around the walls of Troy so that all could see who was truly the best.
When the Greek army finally broke into the impenetrable walls surrounding Troy, it took the god Apollo to save the Trojans from feeling Achilles’ wrath. Some say that it was Paris that slew the immortal Achilles, but we all know the truth. It was Apollo in the guise of Paris. Nobody but a god could stop the wrath of Pelias’ son.
And no gods are here now.
Well, dear readers, who do you think would win in a fight, Duncan or Achilles? Vote below. Also, if you want to challenge me in the Versus Arena, leave me a comment and we’ll see what we can come up with together.