Blood on the Sand: Persian Immortal vs. Celt Warrior

June 15, 2010

Tonight at 10 PM, Deadliest Warrior pits a Persian Immortal against a Celt Warrior. Join simulations expert Max Geiger in this week's Blood on the Sand for an inside look into tonight's fighters.

Hey guys, thanks for all your comments and questions from last week on Twitter and Facebook. We're about halfway through season two now, and the best is yet to come. It's Celt vs. Immortal tonight, and it's one of this season's most grisly ancient matchups. Why? Chariots, that's why.

But before we get into that, be sure to check out the blast calculator Geoff posted last week. While tonight's match-up is between ancient warriors, there are still plenty of more explosions to come, and you'll be able to crunch the numbers right along with us.

That said, let's get back to the match-up. To answer the question that some of you have raised in this week's weapons sneak peak, yes, the Scythe the immortals are using is mounted on a chariot wheel. But our Celts will be riding into battle on a chariot of their own, longswords well in hand - provided that test made the cut, of course. Just like the cavalry tests we've seen this season so far, these two weapons will be pitted against each other in a hit and run attack.

Chariots aren't the whole of this week's battle though. Some armchair historians might be tempted to compare our two warriors in terms of who they fought - the Persians were kept at bay by the Greeks, the Greeks were conquered by the Romans, and the Romans eventually gave up trying to conquer the Celts, therefore the buck stops with the Celts.

If only it were that much like a game of telephone. Each warrior is situated to his time and place, and in this case, the Celts and Persians are separated by the bulk of Europe and a few hundred years.

The Immortals have, in large part, been given a bad rap in the past few years (cough, 300, cough), and it's easy to characterize the Achaemenid empire as one of the great villains of Western civilization. But the Immortals were the elite fighting force of one of the largest (if not the largest!) empires in ancient history, and it wasn't until Alexander and his military genius came along that they were undone.

Our Celts can't boast of the same base of support that our Immortals can, but the difficulty the Celts presented to Imperial Rome's European ambitions has earned them a place in the history books, and different Celtic cultural groups conveniently bookend those same ambitions - between Caesar's conquests and the construction of Hadrian's wall.

We hope you enjoy tonight's episode, and as always, Dr. D, Geoff, and I are around on twitter, and we're usually pretty happy to answer any questions you might have about tonight's episode. Finally, I can't say too much, but E3 is upon us, so keep your eyes peeled for more on Deadliest Warrior: The Game.

Until next time, morituri te salutant,