Lestat de Lioncourt
Appears in Novels:
* Interview With the Vampire
* The Vampire Lestat
* The Queen of the Damned
* The Tale of the Body Thief
* Memnoch the Devil
* Pandora (mentioned only)
* The Vampire Armand
* Blood and Gold (mentioned only)
* Blackwood Farm
* Blood Canticle
Other names: The Brat Prince, Lestat de Valois, Wolfkiller, The Damndest Creature, The Rule-breaker
Time when made: 1780
Age: Over 200
Age when made: 21
Place of birth: Auvergne, France
Place when made: Paris, France
Parents: Father - The Marquis (name unknown), Mother - Gabrielle de Lioncourt
Fledglings: Gabrielle, Nicolas, Louis, Claudia, David, Mona
Paramours: Gabrielle, Louis, David, Akasha, Nicolas, Rowan
Hair: Thick blonde, not quite shoulder length, slightly curly, which appears white under fluorescent light
Eyes: Gray eyes that can appear violet or blue depending on the lighting
Nose: Short narrow nose
Mouth: Well-shaped, can look very mean, or extremely generous, always looks sensual
Body Shape: Six feet tall, powerfully built but lithesome and graceful
Skin Tone: White and had a slightly reflective quality
* Superhuman strength and resilience
* Perform feats of telekinesis and pyrokinesis
* Survive exposure to the sun
Mortal and Immortal Life:
Lestat was born on November 7, 1760. His story began (in The Vampire Lestat) in France during the reign of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Lestat was the youngest son (total 7) in a royal family whose estate was in the Auvergne, in rural France. Only two of his brothers survived to adulthood. While they were technically aristocrats, the de Lioncourt family's fortune had been squandered, and they lived in relative poverty in their feudal castle. Lestat's mother, Gabrielle, was the only literate member of the family. She was the only member of his family that he really got on with, although he sometimes resented her for her tendency to indulge in long periods of silent reading. Lestat's father was blind and spent his days playing chess.
The family had no money for their sons to attain proper vocational training. Lestat's relationship with his father and brothers was strained, and he attempted to escape from them several times. Lestat decided at the age of twelve that he wished to join a monastery. He was driven in this by his love for order and goodness. His father forbided him from pursuing this goal and took away his books. Later, Lestat wanted again to escape this life with a troupe of traveling players. But, he was returned to his family finally. Encouraged by his mother, who sold her family heirloom jewels to purchase horses, guns, and mastiff dogs for him, Lestat took up hunting, and soon became the family breadwinner.
The townspeople of Lestat's village requested his help with a pack of wolves that were terrorizing the town. He rid into the mountains and killed the entire pack of eight, losing his horse, dogs, and nearly his own life in the process. His bravery won him the respect and admiration of the villagers, who presented him with a lush red velvet cloak and boots made from the pelts of the wolves. His bravery also won him the friendship of Nicolas. Prodded by Gabrielle, Lestat eventually left Auvergne with Nicolas and headed for Paris. When they arrived there, they gained employment in Renaud's theatre and Lestat quickly became a famous actor while Nicolas became a violinist in the theatre's small orchestra..
During a performance, Lestat attracted the attention of an ancient vampire named Magnus, who abducted him and in spite of Lestat's forceful refusal, compelled him to accept the Dark Gift. After turning Lestat, Magnus destroyed himself in a roaring fire, leaving Lestat to fend for himself without any kind of guidance. Lestat was frightened after being left alone. He had no teacher to teach him and had to understand his new existence alone. But his sense of adventure, helped him to explore his new self. He also found himself heir to nearly inexhaustible wealth. After the transformation, he tried to distance from his mortal friends and family for fear of causing them harm. Yet, he bought the theatre and a series of presents for Nicolas including a Stradivarius violin, with his newly acquired "coin of the realm".
Lestat was visited in Paris by Gabrielle, who informed him that she was dying. In order to save her from her fate, Lestat transformed her into a vampire. In the middle of their explorations together, they encountered Armand's coven, Children of Darkness. On the other hand, Nicolas was suspicious, especially when Lestat disappeared with his mother the night she came to visit, and Gabrielle returned magically healed. Lestat eventually gave into the love he felt for Nicolas and made him a vampire as well after saving him from Armand, who mobilized his coven against the two newcomers and used Nicolas to try and lure Lestat. But it was Lestat who was triumphant in this conflict and collapsed Armand's Coven. Unfortunately, this transformation did not bring Lestat and Nicolas closer together. Instead they quickly began to drift apart. The only thing Lestat could do to Nicholas, was to bought Renaud's old theatre, and gave it to him to do with it whatever he wished, while Lestat himself and Gabrielle left Paris to explore the world. Yet, unhappy with life as a vampire, Nicolas sank into insanity and burnt himself in a bonfire afterall, leaving Lestat scarred with the corruption of his friend's mind.
It was then that Armand asked to join Lestat on his travels and told him the story of his existence. Lestat refused Armand's request and persuaded him to take up the management of the Theater des Vampires, where the remains of his coven awaited him. Lestat then set off in search of Marius, an ancient vampire who had been described to him in considerable detail by Armand.
After ten years of searching and Lestat eventually despaired of achieving any success, he was so stricken by the departure of Gabrielle and the death of Nicolas, that he went into the ground to experience what was described in The Vampire Lestat as the first death. It was then that Marius resuscitated him and brought him to the island where he lived. Lestat eagerly learnt from Marius, he also openly breached many of the rules Marius sought to impress upon him, such as the prohibition on revealing himself to mortals. Such behavior inspired Marius to refer to Lestat as "the damnedest creature" and nickname him "the Brat Prince." Marius told Lestat his life story and the tale of the origins of the vampire race as well as showing him the vampire mother and father, Akasha and Enkil. Lestat brashly awakened Akasha and drank of her blood until Enkil tore him away from her. Marius sent Lestat away for his own good, and Lestat arrived in New Orleans to be with his aging mortal father.
When Lestat encountered Louis there, he sensed in him an echo of Nicolas; an intense, self-destructive, and cynical nature, one filled with despair. Louis's beauty, refinement, and "staggering dependence" seduced Lestat, and he made Louis into a vampire in 1791. For almost a century, Lestat and Louis lived, travelled, and killed together. Though Louis claimed that Lestat made him into a vampire because Lestat merely wanted his fortune, Lestat refuted these claims in The Vampire Lestat. He pointed out that he was heir to a vast fortune well before meeting Louis, and said that he felt "fatally in love" with Louis, and that he reminded him of Nicholas.
Louis's anger and resentment strained their relationship until Lestat made Claudia in 1795, both to see what would happen when the Dark Gift was given to a child and to keep Louis with him. He also performed the act in an attempt to feel like God, for he was creating another being in his own image. He enjoyed the little "family" he had created, but Louis and Claudia viewed him with fear and mistrust. While Lestat spoiled Claudia and tried to teach her how to behave like a vampire, she largely ignored him and reserved her love for Louis. After an uneasy bond that lasted sixty-five years, until Claudia's hatred for Lestat drove her to try and destroy him in 1860, Claudia decided to seek her freedom and rose up against him. She gave Lestat two dead boys poisoned with absinthe and laudanum, then cut his throat and stabbed him in the chest. With Louis' help, she dumped him in a swamp near the Mississippi River. After Lestat came back and assaulted them with the help of a young pianist he had converted, Louis fled with Claudia. In desperation, they burnt down their French Quarter house while Lestat was still inside, horribly disfiguring him.
After the attack, Lestat was considerably weakened and his injuries only increased when he sought out Armand to help him. Nursing nearly a century's worth of bitterness for having his life (ie: his coven, Children of Darkness) dismantled and for having been rejected for joing Lestat and Gabrielle previously, Armand pushed Lestat off a tower. Meanwhile, Louis and Claudia were searching the other vampires and found Armand in Paris. Therefore, Armand also used Lestat to help destroy Claudia so that he could have Louis for himself. After Claudia's death, Armand left with Louis, and feeling that he had had his revenge on Lestat for ruining his coven. Lestat finally took refuge in a house in New Orleans, where he lived off the blood of animals. (Lestat claimed here that the scene Louis described in Interview with the Vampire, of him grovelling and pleading with Louis not to leave him, never took place; and both went on to allude to this fabrication in Tale of the Body Thief.) In 1929, Lestat went into the ground for the second time to allow his battered body to heal.
Louis and Lestat reunited in the 1980s with a new understanding, only to be caught up and briefly separated again in the events that were detailed in The Queen of the Damned, though in later books Lestat refers to Louis as his lover.
Lestat lived according to his own whim and in brash defiance of social propriety and rules of conduct. "My strength, my will, my refusal to give up," he claimed, "those are the only components of my heart and soul which I can truly identify." Yes, Lestat courted disaster and tragedy, such as the time he decided to fly straight into the sun, but he also gained rewards from his excesses and the risks he took. For example, although he was told not to reveal what he knew of other vampires, he deliberately told all about his race in his autobiography. "I wanted to affect things," he exclaimed, "to make something happen!" The vampire establishment did rise against him, but Akasha chose to favour him and protect him.
Throughout his long life, Lestat was plagued by common philosophical questions, such as "Are my actions good or bad?", "Is there a God?", "Am I in His plan?", "What happens after death?", and "What makes a person happy?" He found himself more in love with humanity than ever before, despite his relationship with mankind being savage. For a while, he saw life as "the Savage Garden," filled with beauty and death. As a vampire, Lestat wanted to use his evil image to do good. His goal was eventually to redeem himself, and so he chose to feed on those mortals who committed the most evil against their own kind: serial killers. He was awakened once more in the 20th century by the sound of rock music and became a rock star himself. It was partly because he wanted to spread vampire lore through his songs in order to inspire mortals to eradicate vampires, and partly because he loved to play to an audience: "I could feel the attention as if it were an embrace." He equated actors and musicians with saints, so the medium of rock music seemed to him to be the perfect way to do good with his evil nature.
Yet his music brought the Mother, Akasha, out into the open, and she abducted him to make him her partner in killing off most of the world's population of men so that she could reign over women as the vampire goddess and her plan was for the benefit of humanity in the long run and would usher in a new era of peace. Lestat resisted, but in the process became more aware of what his was: a vampire. Akasha taught him the true strength of his powers and he moved toward the more godlike aspects of being a vampire. He could fly through the air, move or burn things telepathically, survive the sun, and exercise other vampiric powers to their greatest degree. Although he craved blood more than ever, he discovered he was actually free of requiring blood for his survival. Despite all of Akasha's pleas to her chosen prince, Lestat could not believe in her vision of a utopia upon earth if only the men were limited and controlled. Lestat joined with the small number of vampires who had survived Akasha's schemes, to destroy her. In the end of this battle, Akasha was defeated by another ancient vampire called Mekare.
On the heels of his experience with Akasha, Lestat befriended the mortal David Talbot of the Talamasca. He lured David towards vampirism even as he was lured towards becoming human. Lestat's two firm beliefs - both of which were proven to be illusions in The Tale of the Body Thief - were that no mortal could refuse the Dark Gift (but David did) and that vampires wanted to be mortal again. Lestat met Raglan James, who offered to temporarily switch bodies with him so that Lestat could experience once more what it was like to be human. Lestat agreed but upon making the switch and becoming mortal soon realised he prefered being a vampire. Raglan James, however, had other ideas; he had taken Lestat's body permanently, which required Lestat to forcibly steal his body back. This adventure dispelled all of Lestat's illusions about being redeemed. Of his own free will, he had chosen to be reborn to darkness and he also furthered his notion of himself as an evil creature by forcing David into accepting the Dark Gift.
Lestat dictated his next book, Memnoch the Devil, to David Talbot, who recorded it for him. He began with an episode of being stalked while he himself was stalking a notorious killer named Roger. Sensing something different about his stalker, Lestat believed the Devil was after his soul. He discussed the possibility with David, who wondered whether there was some connection between Lestat's target victim and this creature that so frightened him. Lestat was unsure, so he killed Roger to find out. To his astonishment, Roger then appeared to him as a ghost. Roger told Lestat the story of how he acquired wealth via criminal activities and how he used it to collect valuable religious artefacts from around the world. He wanted to give something to his daughter, Dora, a televangelist, to help ground her religion on something solid and miraculous. Among his possessions were twelve books by a mystic named Wynken de Wilde, who had devised a spiritual path that involved great sensuality. Roger wanted Lestat to keep these books safe and also to appear to Dora as proof of the supernatural. Lestat was unsure about the latter, but he agreed to do what he could for Dora.
He met Dora in New Orleans at her home, St. Elizabeth's, a former orphanage. Although she realised he was not human, she showed no fear. He told her he wanted to help her, but the presence of his stalker, whom he now knew was most definitely interested in his soul, caused him to flee. The stalker turned out to be the Devil, although he called himself Memnoch. He told Lestat that he was not evil and that, in fact, he desired to reverse the tide of evil in the world. For that, he needed help from someone as strong as Lestat. He invited Lestat to come with him to meet God and to see Heaven and Hell. Afterwards, he could make his decision whether or not to become the Devil's lieutenant.
Lestat went off with Memnoch to Heaven. He was amazed by what he saw there and completely overcame with a sense of beauty, joy and supreme satisfaction. He met God, who insisted that Lestat would never be His adversary. These words frightened Lestat, but Memnoch insisted that he listened to the whole story of creation. Memnoch told Lestat about the nature of the angels and the stages of creation. The key point he wanted to emphasize was that by making destruction, death and suffering part of the energy exchange of nature, God Himself included evil in His plan. Human beings, God insisted, were part of nature and thus part of the cycle. Memnoch claimed to disagree with this, believing that the human spirit placed humans somewhere between nature and divinity. He pleaded with God to allow the souls of deceased humans into Heaven, but God allowed only those He felt were worthy. At Memnoch's urging, however, God temporarily became a man to experience for Himself a human's perspective. Contrary to Memnoch's wishes he offered Himself as a sacrifice for the purpose of redeeming more souls. Memnoch thought this scheme only resulted in more tyranny, suffering and evil amongst humans.
God invited Lestat to witness His passion. Lestat lined up with the crowd, who watched Christ carried the cross to His execution. He saw Veronica offered her veil and watched as Christ's face miraculously imprints itself on the material. Christ invited Lestat to drink his blood. As Lestat did so, he experienced a powerful sense of light and divinity, followed by an excruciating feeling of separation. For safekeeping, Christ then gave him the veil. Lestat fled with it, but Memnoch took him on a journey straight into the bloody history of Christianity. Lestat kept the veil out of harm's way, particularly during the Fourth Crusade.
For Lestat's benefit, Memnoch replicated the discussion he had with God over the Devil's function on Earth in which it was decided that Memnoch's activities would contribute to purifying and illuminating souls in preparation for redemption. Memnoch then took Lestat to Hell to show him where souls were purged; however, they suffered extreme torment in the process. When Lestat saw how these souls were plagued by their victims, he realized his own victims were awaiting him. Fleeing from Hell, he refused to serve either God or the Devil. Memnoch tried to grab him and hold him fast, but instead ended up ripping out Lestat's left eye.
Lestat escaped to Manhattan, where he had left Dora, feeling that none of them would ever truly be safe again. To gain sustenance without harming her, Lestat drank from her menstrual blood, linking her to Veronica, the woman whom Christ had healed of a chronic flow of blood. Lestat vowed never to take another human victim. David and Armand were with Dora, so Lestat told them all at once what he had been through. He showed them the veil. Against Lestat's wishes, Dora took it and displayed it to the public as a miracle of Christianity. The media created an event of it and people flocked to Manhattan. To Lestat's horror, Armand attempted to destroy himself in the sun to affirm the veil's authenticity and the truth of God's existence, and other vampires soon followed suit. Lestat realized that he had inadvertently given new life to a destructive, bloody religion. The spectacle drove him back to New Orleans but Dora had given him St. Elizabeth's and all of Roger's relics, so he went there while Louis was waiting for him and Maharet arrived with a note from Memnoch.
She gave Lestat back his eye, then binded him in chains woven from the strands of her own hair as she told him what Memnoch had to say. Memnoch congratulated Lestat on a job well done. Shocked and outraged, Lestat could not bear to believe that he might have been a pawn in the Devil's game. While held in Maharet's chains, Lestat dictated the entire story for David who wrote down everything word for word. When Maharet deemed it safe, she unchained Lestat and left. Lestat wandered the city, unable to feel any sense of certainty or security. What he had witnessed might have been the ultimate truth, a pack of lies and hallucinations, or part truth, part fiction. He did not know the meaning of his story, but he believed it happened just as he told it: "This is all I know." He ended the book by saying that he would pass now from fiction to legend.
Lestat wandered aimlessly for some time, Louis and David remaining steadfastly at his side, but finally he fell into the restorative deep sleep on the floor of the chapel in St. Elizabeth's. He remained in the death sleep from 1995-1998, during which time the other immortals gathered in New Orleans to witness Lestat's slumber. Marius, Pandora, Armand, Gabrielle, Louis and David all stayed near Lestat in case he needed them. But other vampires flocked to New Orleans as well, fledglings who just wanted a glimpse of the legend. It soon became clear that Lestat, even in his death sleep, was completely capable of defending himself. If one of these fledglings, anxious for Lestat's powerful blood, attempted to drink from him, he struke out at them driving them away or utterly destroying them. He allowed only one to drink from him, Armand, who asked Lestat humbly if he might drink to know the truth of what Lestat had seen. Though Lestat did not wake to conscent to Armand's request, he did not strike out against him.
In 1998, Lestat woke briefly from his death sleep as he heard the vibrant sounds of The Appassionata being played on a Grand Piano. He rose and followed the sound, discovering Marius, Pandora and Armand gathered in Marius's villa which he purchased on the outskirts of New Orleans. Marius's newborn fledgling, Sybelle, made for Armand, was playing the Appassionata which, as a mortal, she was obsessed with, playing it over and over again. Lestat requested that she played it for him.
Though he immediately after returned to his death sleep on the floor of St. Elizabeth's, he was once again wakened by Armand who expressed their concern about all the young rogue vampires who were being drawn to New Orleans to witness Lestat's sleep. Realizing that Louis, too, was concerned about their growing number in such a small city as New Orleans, Lestat reluctantly accompanied Armand on a massacre of these rogue vampires. Though Armand seemed to relish the massacre, following any rogues who sought to escape, Lestat merely sent out the fire gift upon those who defied his wish that they left New Orleans. Following this, he again went into the death sleep though he occasionally roused himself to go to his townhouse, where Louis and David were living, to change his clothes or lay on his bed listening to music. It was clear he had not yet recovered from his experience with Memnoch. When he again and again returned to the deep sleep on the floor of St. Elizabeth's, Louis and David constantly went to him to make sure he was safe and to wipe the dust from his skin and clothes. Knowing Lestat's love of music, they continually had music playing for him.
His long sleep was finally brought to an end when Louis attempted to destroy himself by placing himself in the sun. He was burnt beyond recognition and Lestat, though he could not read Louis's mind since Louis was his fledgling, sensed that something had happened to Louis whom he had loved above all others and whom, he once claimed, was his only true companion. Lestat's powerful blood was able to resurrect Louis who, because of this infusion of Lestat's blood, was now one of the most powerful vampires in existence.
Louis and David related to Lestat what had befallen to bring Louis to the decision to destroy himself. He had fallen under the spell of a powerful voodooienne, David's former pupil in the Talamasca, and under this spell had made her a vampire, breaking his oath that he would never create another. It was this fledgling, Merrick, who had discovered Louis's burned remains. Lestat accepted Merrick into their company, giving her his powerful blood to make her a more suitable companion for them. However, the Talamasca, furious at loosing yet another member of their order, issued an ultimatum. If Merrick was not returned to them, they would abandon their centuries old stance of neutrality concerning the vampires, the vampiric community would find themselves hunted by some very powerful psychic adversaries.
Lestat refused to give Merrick up to the Talamasca and declared that he would destroy any member of the Talamasca foolish enough to come near him or any of those he loved. David, horrified at the idea of a war between the Talamasca and the vampires, convinced Lestat that the ire of the Talamasca would abate in time, that this was just a tactic, their threats were false. The Talamasca were merely hoping to startle the vampires with this statement, in the hopes that Merrick and/or David would return to the fold and the Talamasca would have a vampire in their midst to study. David believed that once the Talamasca realized that their tactic had gone horribly wrong and had only aroused the ire of the vampires, they would back down from their stance. But the situation between the vampires and the Talamasca could not be allowed to escalate.
Lestat agreed to abandon New Orleans for a time. He, Louis, David and Merrick travelled for a time, leaving New Orleans to the Talamasca. But David sent a letter to the Talamasca, declaring that, by their rash stance, "they have foolishly stoked the anger of the most powerful of their kind, one who lives for new challenges and adventures." Lestat, recuperated completely now from his ordeal with Memnoch, again entered the world fully in search of new adventures.
Though temporarily driven from New Orleans by the declaration of war from the Talamasca, Lestat continued to visit the city which he loved above all others. It was well known that New Orleans belonged to Lestat and no rogue vampires were allowed in the city. If discovered, Lestat either ran them off or destroyed them, knowing that if he wanted to eventually return permanently, he must keep New Orleans safe from other vampires. Usually the threat of his wrath was impetus enough to keep rogues away.
However, Lestat arrived back at his townhouse one evening to discover that a member of the Talamasca, Stirling Oliver, overcame by curiosity, had broken in and that a fledgling vampire, Quinn Blackwood, in search of Lestat had broken in as well. Quinn, upon discovering Stirling in the flat and having known Stirling as a mortal and knowing that Stirling knew where he lived and his family, attacked Stirling. Lestat's presence startled both of the intruders, both assuming that they would be immediately destroyed for their trespass. But Lestat was intrigued by all the unexpected commotion and sent Stirling away in safety with a message for the Talamasca to remove this Declaration of War. Stirling, who, like many of the other members, had been against such a rash declaration, agreed to deliver the message to the Talamasca elders. Lestat took an immediate liking to Stirling, understanding that Stirling had broken into his townhouse out of overwhelming curiosity rather than any malicious intent.
Lestat was equally intrigued by Quinn, made a vampire less than a year before and deserted by his maker, and who, despite Lestat's warning to rogues about never entering New Orleans, had been brave enough and just rash enough, to come looking for Lestat for help. Accompanying Quinn to Blackwood Farm, the home of the Blackwood's for nearly a hundred years, Quinn told him the story of his mortal life and how he became a vampire. Lestat, anxious for new adventure, vowed to help Quinn destroy a spirit who had been linked to Quinn since childhood, a spirit Quinn called Goblin. Though Quinn loved Goblin, he had begun to fear him. Since Quinn was transformed into a vampire, Goblin too had developed a taste for blood, attacking Quinn and causing thousands of pinprick wounds from which this spirit drew the vampiric blood. Having read Lestat's books, Quinn knew that the race of vampires came about because of a similar spirit, Amel, who had a taste for blood and had fused with a human woman, Akasha, creating the vampire. Quinn's concern was that Goblin might eventually bring about a new mutation.
Lestat sought out the assistance of Merrick who met Lestat and Quinn at Blackwood Farm. Upon seeing Goblin, Merrick immediately realized that Goblin was not a spirit which randomly attached itself to Quinn as Quinn always believed but was actually the ghost of Quinn's twin who had died shortly after birth. Quinn had never known that he had been a twin. Building a large bonfire for the ceremony which would exorcise Goblin, Lestat and Quinn watched as Merrick called this ghost forth. Upon her command, Lestat unleashed the fire gift, burning away the vampiric blood the being had taken into itself, thereby ridding it of all material substance and leaving it pure spirit once again. To Quinn's horror, Merrick held forth the decayed remnants of an infant, calling Goblin to merge with the flesh which had been his. With the wailing infant in her arms, Merrick leaped into the raging flames.
Lestat, horrified, pulled Merrick's burned body from the flames and tried to give her his powerful blood in an attempt to restore her but it was too late, Merrick was gone. Lestat, in his grief begs of Quinn, "Why always the young ones? It's always the young ones who end it." That same night Lestat, with Quinn accompanying him, went to see Stirling Oliver at the Talamasca motherhouse to tell him of Merrick's fate. In tears, Stirling closed the file of Merrick Mayfair, recording her death with Lestat's permission.
The following night Lestat visited Quinn at Blackwood Farm and discovered that Mona Mayfair, Quinn's mortal love, had escaped her luxurious death bed where she had been languishing for years, determined to die finally in Quinn's arms, not wired to machines. Quinn, following his tranformation, had vowed never to see Mona again for, like Merrick Mayfair, she too was a powerful witch and witches could sense when vampires were near. But having her with him now and seeing her suffering, Quinn offered her his fledgling blood. Lestat, having been told all about Mona from Quinn himself, offered his own powerful blood to Mona so that her mind and Quinn's mind would remain open to one another and, although Quinn was made by an ancient and powerful vampire, he was still a fledgling and could not pass on his strength as Lestat could.
As Lestat gave Mona the blood, the spirit of Julien Mayfair appeared to him, angered by his intervention into Mona's destiny. Julien's spirit had previously appeared to Quinn, warning him to stay away from Mona. Lestat knew of this through Quinn. Repeatedly, Julien's spirit returned to Lestat, following him throughout New Orleans, infuriating Lestat rather than frightening him. In his townhouse, the spirit of Stella Mayfair, as a small child as Julien knew her, appeared at Julien's side. Although Julien was furious with Lestat, both Lestat and Stella could sense he was powerfully attracted to Lestat as well. To escape Julien's spirit, Lestat went to Stirling Oliver who gave him shelter under the roof of the Talamasca Motherhouse for the day.
Rowan Mayfair, the magnate of the Mayfair family and Mona's devoted doctor, a genious and a powerful witch, proved as persistent as Julien. Tracking Mona to Lestat's townhouse on the Rue Royale, she confronted her there. She sensed almost immediately that something was wrong. As a doctor, she knew Mona's recovery was impossible. As a witch, she could sense something even more horribly wrong with the situation. She stared silently at Mona, Lestat and Quinn, allowing her husband, Michael, to do the talking. Mona, sensing her power over Rowan, suddenly approached and reached out for her. Rowan was instinctively repulsed and jumped back from Mona, absolutely horrified, acting as though she would try to escape through the very walls.
Lestat had never seen a human react to a vampire so intensely, so instinctively. Using the mind gift, he calmed her, telling her over and over that Mona was well and that was what was important. Rowan seemed to collapse as if in dispair and Michael was forced to carry her from the townhouse. The following evening, however, Michael returned. He was desperate. Rowan had become obsessed with sorting out what she had sensed in Mona. She was refusing to eat or drink or sleep. He was scared she would become catatonic, for she had done so in the past. He called Stirling Oliver in but he had not been able to do anything for her. Michael pleaded with Lestat and Mona to talk to her. Accompanying Michael back to the Mayfair House on First Street, they found Rowan sitting in her bath robe completely detached from all around her. But upon seeing Mona, she stood and began screaming that Mona was dead and they had to bury her with the other unnatural creatures they had killed.
Lestat, powerfully attracted to Rowan beyond his understanding and fearing for her sanity, revealed to her and Michael the forbidden truth, that he was a vampire and so were Quinn and Mona. Rowan's response was not at all what he expected, holding true to form. She immediately recovered, becoming calm and under control once again. Fascinated, running her hands over Lestat, his hair, eyes, face, anything she could touch, as though examining him, she became again the mad scientist, the mad doctor, as she was so often called. Lestat allowed this. They all sat down, Stirling Oliver among them, to discuss what needed to be done. Rowan admitted that she knew of the existence of vampires, or Blood Children as the Mayfair Family referred to them. She had been told that Blood Children had lived in the French Quarter for 200 years and that Merrick Mayfair was now one of them. She admitted that she had seen Louis on numerous occasions through the years.
Mona was obsessed with finding her missing daughter, Morrigan, the mutant she had given birth to. Lestat asked for her to explain exactly what this "mutant" was. Rowan told them all the story of the "Walking Babies", the Taltos, that certain Mayfair's were capable of giving birth to. She assured Mona, again, that she and Michael had continued to search for Morrigan ever since her disappearance. They were never able to find her.
Lestat, with the aid of Maharet, was able to trace Morrigan and her lover, Ashlar, to the small island of St. Ponticus. They arrived too late to save them, however. Drug merchants had discovered the island and taken it over. Only three of Morrigan's and Ashlar's offspring survived the massacre. They and the rest of the Taltos had been slaughtered. Freeing the three remaining Taltos from their captors, they discovered that the bodies of Morrigan and Ashlar had been preserved in ice as per Ashlar's request, so that their remains could be turned over to Rowan Mayfair for study. Lestat contacted Rowan who oversaw the collection of the bodies and the three remaining Taltos and had them flown to her hospital, Mayfair Medical.
Rowan eventually sought out Lestat at Blackwood Farm, confessing her love for him and asking to be given the blood. Lestat, though he ached to bring her over to him, knew that there were too many who depended entirely on Rowan for guidance and protection. The Taltos needed her protection, Mayfair Medical needed her brilliance, the Mayfair Family needed her guidance and her husband, Michael, needed her weakness. Lestat denied her the blood but promised her that he would watch over her and that, when the time was right, he would return to her. She had no choice but to agree.
Mona and Quinn were invited to visit Maharet in her jungle compound and Lestat chose to remain in New Orleans now that a semblance of peace had been struck between the vampires and the Talamasca.
Descriptions in the Novels:
Interview With The Vampire
|"......a tall fair-skinned man with a mass of blond hair and a graceful, almost feline quality to his movements...... His gray eyes burned with an incandescence, and the long white hands which hung by his sides were not those of a human being..... his extraordinary aura and knew him to be no creature I'd ever known, I was reduced to nothing."
|"His head thrust forward, his eyes bulging, as if he were drunk.....his skin was a mass of scars, a hideous covering of injured flesh, as though every wrinkle of his "death" had left its mark upon him. He was seared and marked as if by the random strokes of a hot poker, and his once clear gray eyes were shot with hemorrhaged vessels."
|"Lestat, standing here in the center of the ballroom, erect, his gray eyes sharp and focused, his mouth lengthening in a cunning smile. Impeccably dressed he was, as always, and as splendid in his rich black cloak and fine linen. But those scars still scored every inch of his white flesh. And how they distorted the taut, handsome face, the fine, hard threads cutting the delicate skin above his lip, the lids of his eyes, the smooth rise of his forehead. And the eyes, they burned with a silent rage that seemed infused with vanity, an awful relentless vanity..."
|"Lestat's gray eyes seemed to regard Armand with wonder, and his lips struggled to form a word. I could see that his eyes were filling with tears....but then he looked at me, and the tears spilled down his face....his voice deep and rich now with what seemed an unbearable struggle....and then, bowing his head, he grimaced with shame....Lestat sat there with his eyes closed, his face transfigured with his pain. It seemed the double of Lestat, some wounded, feeling creature I'd never known."
The Vampire Lestat
|"I am the Vampire Lestat....I'm six feet tall, which was pretty impressive in the 1780s when I was a young mortal man. It's not bad now. I have thick blond hair, not quite shoulder length, and rather curly, which appears white under fluorescent light. My eyes are gray, but they absorb the colors blue and violet easily from surfaces around them. And I have a fairly short nose, and a mouth that is well shaped, but just a little too big for my face. It can look very mean, or extremely generous, my mouth. It always looks sensual. But emotions and attitudes are always reflected in my entire expression. I have a continuously animated face."
The Queen Of The Damned
|"THE vampire who became a super rock star, the one who wrote the autobiography? The one with the blond hair and the gray eyes, and the insatiable desire for visibility and fame? You remember. I wanted to be a symbol of evil in a shining century that didn't have any place for the literal evil that I am. I even figured I'd do some good in that fashion laying the devil on the painted stage."
|"I was much paler than I'd imagined....My skin had a pearlescent gleam to it; and my eyes were even brighter, gathering all the colors of the spectrum and mingling them with an icy light. Yet I didn't look like Marius. I didn't look like Akasha. The lines in my face were still there! In other words I'd been bleached by Akasha's blood, but I hadn't become smooth yet. I'd kept my human expression. And the odd thing was, the contrast now made these lines all the more visible. Even the tiny lines all over my fingers were more clearly etched than before. But what consolation was this when I was more than ever noticeable, astonishing, unlike a human being? In a way, this was worse than that first moment two hundred years ago, when an hour or so after my death I'd seen myself in a mirror, and tried to find my humanity in what I was seeing. I was just as afraid right now. I studied my reflection-my chest was like a marble torso in a museum, that white. And the organ, the organ we don't need, poised as if ready for what it would never again know how to do or want to do, marble, a Priapus at a gate....Probably I had the fire gift now; I could burn things the way she could burn them, the way Marius said that he could. Just a matter of strength, that's all it was."
|"I chose a suit of gray silk, very fine weave, and rather jaunty modern cut. And silver jewelry. The man's silver watch, and his cuff links which had tiny diamonds embedded in them. And even a tiny diamond pin for the narrow lapel of the coat. But all these clothes felt so strange on me; it was as if I could feel the surface of my own skin yet not feel it."
Memnoch The Devil
|"I was crestfallen. I am proud, I am an egomaniac of a being; I do love attention; I want glory; I want to be wanted by God and the Devil. I want, I want, I want, I want."
|"Louis worships you. You're some sort of dark god to him, though he pretends to hate you for having made him. Armand envies you and spies on you far more than you might think."
The Vampire Armand
|"Lestat, whose hair tended more to golden, for all its luminous highlights, and whose eyes were forever prismatic, drinking up the colors around him, becoming even a gorgeous violet with the slightest provocation from the worshipful outside world."
|"Lestat, ever the maverick and laughing trickster. Six feet tall, a young man of twenty when made, with huge warm blue eyes and thick flashy blond hair, square of jaw, with a generous beautifully shaped mouth and skin darkened by a sojourn in the sun which would have killed a weaker vampire, a ladies' man, an Oscar Wildean fantasy, the glass of fashion, the most bold and disregarding dust vagabond on occasion, loner, wanderer, heartbreaker and wise guy, dubbed the 'Brat Prince'..."
Blood And Gold
|"He couldn't endure the vow of silence he'd given me. Not in this world you see around you with all its wonders. He felt driven to reveal our history. He tore loose from all bonds that connected us, friend and friend, teacher and student, old and young, watcher and searching one."
|"I sensed in him a powerful and unfettered intelligence....He seemed a splendid pupil during all the hours that we talked together. Indeed, I don't think I had ever felt closer in my life to anyone than I did to Lestat. I was never closer even to Bianca. Lestat had travelled the world in his ten years in the Blood; he had devoured the great literature of many nations; and he brought to our conversation a vigor I had never seen really in anyone I had loved, not even in Pandora."
|"I will never forget how comely he appeared, with his fabled yellow hair and his fathomless blue eyes, how eternally young, how full of frenetic hope and marvelous dreams, and how wounded and stricken he was to be sent away. And how my heart ached that I must do it. I wanted only to keep him close-my pupil, my lover, my rebel. I had so loved his rippling speech, his honest questions, his daring appeals for the Queen's heart and freedom."