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"Has devilish eyes and angry temper, but immortal? Is that its main boast?"
Jonathan Pearce

Immortalis was Team Death's entry into Series 5 of Robot Wars. It lost in the first round of its heat after losing to 14th seeds X-Terminator.

Immortalis failed to qualify for Series 6, after losing its melee that involved Ming 3, Revolution 2 and winners of the battle The Hassocks Hog.

DesignEdit

"Immortalis looked fantiastic, a real Dr. Who special effects job with all sorts of bits and pieces glued on to give it a great 70's sci-fi look. It used relays for motor control and had such poor control that they smashed bits of decoration on the way out to the arena. It had twin hedge trimmers for weapons and a dozer blade that was supposed to lift."
— The S.M.I.D.S.Y. website on Immortalis

Immortalis was an cylindrical-shaped robot with weaponry at the front, rear and top of it. At the front, it had a pneumatic three-sided plough and a ghastly face with a spike coming out of the forehead. At the rear, it had a firefly's tail, two pneumatic high impact spikes and a concrete-slicing saw. It also had spikes affixed to the top portion of its cylindrical body.

Most of Immortalis' components were recycled; according to the Robot Wars Magazine, the drive came from a disused bumper car, the hydraulics came from a bus as well as steering wheels, and a dustbin formed the main body. All of the recycled parts meant that the robot cost under £100 to build.

QualificationEdit

At the Series 5 qualifiers, Immortalis fought S.M.I.D.S.Y., Tridentate (under the name Trident- not to be confused with the Series 3 semi-finalist Trident), and Viking. It suffered control problems and lost the battle to Viking, but was given a discretionary place regardless.

"We attack Trident with the disk and I think it died there and then (well, it was dead when it landed, so we pushed it into the pit :) Immortalis was quietly wrecking itself against any immovable object cus they couldn't steer :( and Viking started tussling with us. This was the point where we lost drive again (low batts). We got shoved into a corner and managed to keep Shunt and Viking at bay with the disk, we got pickaxed again but the damage wasn't so bad."
— The S.M.I.D.S.Y. website on the Series 5 qualifier[1]

Immortalis returned for the Series 6 qualifiers. It fought Ming 3, Revolution 2 and The Hassocks Hog. It broke down, and consequently failed to qualify. [2]

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 5Edit

"In the summer of 2001 we arrive at the venue in nottingham for Robot Wars series 5. We were due to meet Exterminator in round one and really had no fear. Having learnt my lesson at the auditions in Sheffield I carefully drove Immortalis into the main arena....then a member of the crew whispered in my ear-can you place it in under the spotlight....after much shunting and twisting and turning I managed to break the one wheel steering mechanism drat. So smooth as silk Exterinator drove in and I was a sitting duck. Initially I was making throat cutting gestures to cancel the bout but within seconds I thought I wont get a second so gave it a thumbs up to start. Exterminator struck a nasty blow thru the roof of Immortalis which took out my bots right eye-my teamate let rip with the lifter and combined with thier spiked axe getting stuck -they were up ended. Refbot seperated us but by this point immortalis could only drive forwards or backwards or in the direction the wheel was turned and exterinator-due to a bent front scoop could only go backwards-yes It was a non fight and shunt managed to obliterate the light up planter again-still good fun"
— Colin Scott recalls the battle on the FRA forum[3]

Immortalis' one and only battle saw it drawn up against 14th seeds X-Terminator in a Heat F first round battle.

X-Terminator Immortalis

Immortalis takes an upward hit

Immortalis x-terminator

X-Terminator drops onto Immortalis

Immortalis stayed in its own spot after activate was sounded, before spinning around as X-Terminator approached it. The seeded machine then connected with two successive axe attacks to the top of Immortalis, although X-Terminator ended up heaving itself forwards and over when attempting to retract its axe on the second time. As a result of the incident, the two machines became entangled, with a shove with Refbot needed to separate the duo. Then, as X-Terminator decided to attack Refbot, Immortalis drifted off into the distance, before bumping into the arena wall.

"Oi, Refbot, yellow card X-Terminator, surely! Have a word! What's happening with Immortalis, meanwhile? In the arena, there, in the CPZ, and under pressure from Sergeant Bash - what a curious fight this is!"
— Jonathan Pearce describes the atypical methods of the competing machines
Immortalis shunt

Shunt smashes the globe

Shunt immortalis

Immortalis is pitted

Immortalis was then attacked by Sergeant Bash, who damaged Immortalis with his jaw, before Shunt came over to Immortalis himself, smashing its rear globe off with his axe. A further slam from the axe-wielding House Robot punctured Immortalis' barrel body, before Refbot started his count. After Refbot's timer reached ten, Shunt axed Immortalis once more before pitting it, leaving it eliminated at the first stage of the competition.

"Immortalis proves its mortality!"
Craig Charles comments on the demise of Immortalis

ResultsEdit

IMMORTALIS - RESULTS
Series 5
The Fifth Wars - UK Championship
Heats, Round 1
Heat F, Round 1 vs. X-Terminator (14) Lost

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

Series Immortalis Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Entered with Piece De Resistance
The Third Wars Entered with Death Warmed Up
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Heat, Round 1
The Sixth Wars Failed to qualify
Failed to qualify with Devil Rider
The Seventh Wars Entered with Metalis
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter

Although Team Death did not enter Series 8, Colin Scott's creation, Chimera, competed under ownership of a new team, who also entered Chimera2 into Series 9.

Outside Robot WarsEdit

Celestial Terror

Immortalis as Celestial Terror, it competed in the Football competition

Immortalis also competed in the Football competition at Techno Games as Celestial Terror. It teamed up with Smash and Grab, a robot entered by Tantrum's team.

ReferencesEdit

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