Louis de Pointe du Lac


Appears in Novels:

* Interview With the Vampire
* The Vampire Lestat
* The Queen of the Damned
* The Tale of the Body Thief
* Memnoch the Devil
* The Vampire Armand
* Merrick


Basic Information:

Other names: Merciful Death, Fall of A Century
Time when made: 1791
Age: Over 200
Age when made: 25
Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
Place when made: New Orleans, Louisiana
Maker: Lestat
Fledglings: Madeleine, Merrick
Paramours: Lestat, Claudia, Armand, David, Merrick
State: Living


Appearance:

Hair: Curling black, falling just below his shoulders
Eye: Brilliant green eyes like emeralds
Body Shape: Slender, standing about 5"11, gaunt, broad shoulders, long legs, amazingly long and delicate fingers
Skin Tone: Deathly pale
Style: Dresses very formal, very out of tune with how society works


Mortal and Immortal Life:

Louis de Pointe du Lac was born in France on October fourth in the year 1766, to a Roman Catholic family who emigrated to North America when he was very young. His mother, sister and brother, Paul, lived just outside New Orleans on one of their two indigo plantations, named Pointe du Lac after the family. This was the place where Louis' brother died, after a terrible quarrel with Louis. Louis had always thought that he was to blame and never got over the guilt of his brother's death. He became self-destructive, cynical and desperate, and longed for the release of death, but lacked the courage to commit suicide. He took to frequenting taverns, whore houses and other places of ill repute. He got into fights and duels in order that someone might make the decision for him and kill him to end his misery.

It was one of these nights, in a tavern brawl, that he caught the eye of the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, who fell "fatally in love" with the tragic Creole planter, appeared to him as an angel and offered him an alternative to his desperate, meaningless life. Lestat was completely and immediately seduced not only by Louis's beauty, but also by his tragedy and human heart; "He seduced the tenderness in me." Lestat made Louis into a vampire, his immortal companion in 1791, and it was Louis with whom he would live, love and kill for nearly a century to come.

Resentful and dependent, Louis was never quite able to rise above his human needs and was limited by his fears. He experienced claustrophobia, fear of heights, and fear of his own passion and freedom. He could not move into an indefinable immortality and spent much of his vampire existence looking for security, even if it meant he must see himself as a child of the Devil and thus eternally damned.

Though Louis was among the weakest of the vampires, he was also the most human. He immediately regretted his decision when he realized that he must feed on living creatures to survive. After being made into a vampire, Louis mourned the loss of his mortality and was horrified by the necessity of killing mortals for survival. The guilt of taking a human life overwhelmed him, so he chose to feed off animals instead for several years. Lestat contrived to make Claudia, a six-year-old child, into a vampire to, in his own words, "bind Louis to [him]." In saving Louis' life by giving him Claudia to love and look after, he destroyed Claudia by forever condemning her to the form of a six-year-old child.

Louis finally accepted his "family", taking the "maternal" role with Claudia and finding contentment in their family home at Rue Royale. And he loved her more than he had ever loved anyone else. Claudia, however, gradually matured in mind (if not body) and came to hate both of her "parents" for giving her immortality, in her own words, "this hopeless guise, this helpless form". She rebelled against Lestat, attempting to kill him in 1860 and escaped with Louis to the Old World to look for other vampires.

In Paris, the "father" and "daughter" finally found what they were looking for: fifteen vampires who disguised themselves as human mummers at the Theatre des Vampires. However, in the eyes of these vampires, Louis and Claudia were criminals. They had both attempted to kill their maker, Lestat, and therefore ought to pay for their crime with their lives. Armand, who was the Theatre Coven's leader and strongly attracted to Louis, fell hopelessly in love with Louis also. It was for his love for Louis that Armand tried to grant Claudia her fondest wish X that she had a body of a woman. He attempted this by slicing heads from bodies of female vampires and transplanting Claudia's head onto the more mature body but finally failed. He never told Louis about this tale but had it mentioned in The Vampire Armand. Eventually, Louis managed to escape death, as Lestat, who appeared suddenly at the Theatre, pleaded for his life. Claudia was not so fortunate and was destroyed by the Coven. She was Louis' greatest love and with her death, died all his passion, and left him with only the heart the mourned her. Louis burned down the Theatre in a rage after Claudia's death as revenge. After that, he drifted through the world and time with Armand, whom he loved. They separated very late in the 20th century in New Orleans.

In the early 1920s, Louis later claimed to have discovered Lestat in New Orleans, lost in a catatonic state. Louis turned his back on him in pity and disgust. (This may be a fabrication by Louis to lead Daniel to Lestat's haunt, on which Lestat remarks in his memoir, "Louis [...] had all but drawn a map and placed an X on the very spot in New Orleans where I slumbered [...] and what his intentions were, were not clear." Lestat also mentions, in The Tale of the Body Thief, that Louis "made up" this scene. In The Vampire Lestat, Lestat does not mention meeting Louis again in New Orleans before he undertook his long sleep.)

When he was later reunited with Lestat in The Vampire Lestat, after Lestat had told his own side of the story, they were as lovers rejoined. In the events of The Queen Of The Damned, Louis and many other vampires came together at Maharet's house in the Sonoma Compound to fight against Akasha. Louis was one of the surviving vampires in The Queen of the Damned, Akasha spared him because Lestat loved him. He moved through the novel passively, noticed by the others but saying little, although he did brave Akasha's anger by pointing out that she had no right to intervene in the human world. She responded that he was actually the most predatory of all the immortals. This was also agreed by Lestat. On Lestat's perspective on Louis was that he was the most human of all the immortals, the least godlike. Louis was never able to surrender to his vampire identity, and, as a result, his memories were erroneous, the "sum of his flaws." He did not kill only evildoers - as Lestat did - because he was too passive to make any such judgements. In fact, he starved himself until his need for blood was too great to resist, then he found a victim to feed from. He caused more innocent blood to be shed than many of the other vampires because he simply killed almost any person he ran into.

After Akasha's demise, Louis went in search of Claudia. He followed Jesse's lead that Claudia's ghost had appeared in New Orleans and he made his permanent home there, living in a shack behind a large but empty Victorian house. There he read by candlelight and was seemingly unaware of all the broken windows. Nevertheless, Louis never quite got over his horror at being a vampire and when Lestat came to him in a mortal form and asked for his help in becoming a vampire again, Louis refused and Lestat angrily torched this shack. He would not willingly pass on the Dark Gift to anyone ever again. Once Lestat got his body back, however, he confronted Louis, then upon forgiving him invited Louis to live with him again in the refurbished town house. Louis accepted.

In Memnoch the Devil, Louis told Lestat that he was inclined to believe in the authenticity of Veronica's veil, but he made no real commitment to a religion that had long plagued him with guilt. To prepare Lestat to hear Memnoch's message, Louis helped Maharet to chain him. Yet he begged Maharet not to nail Lestat into the windowless, bricked-up room (probably due to the recollection of his own claustrophobic experience when Armand's coven had nailed him into a coffin). While Lestat recovered from his shock and horror, Louis took Wynken de Wilde's books back to the town house to read them. He appreciated the skillful artistry and invited Lestat to join him one day soon in looking through them. However, when Maharet finally released Lestat from his chains, Lestat fell into the deep sleep on the chapel floor of St. Elizabeth's. Louis worried about Lestat's safety as rogue vampires began appearing to gather around him. David described Louis as "wandering from dusty corner to dusty corner, and then back to his flat in the Rue Royale when he's convinced himself once more and for the thousandth time that no one could harm Lestat." He was relieved when the other vampires, one by one, left New Orleans until only himself, David and the sleeping Lestat remained.

However, bereft of the distraction and the guidance of Lestat, he slowly began to sink into despair and, needing a catalyst for this despair, latched onto the memory of Claudia. Remembering the story Jesse related of seeing Claudia's ghost in their town house, he longed to see this ghost for himself, to speak to Claudia. His fear was that she was not at peace, that she still suffered. David, becoming increasingly concerned for Louis, suggested that perhaps Merrick Mayfair, his old pupil in the Talamasca and a powerful voodooienne, could help them make contact with Claudia and give some closure to Louis.

Louis was immediately entranced by Merrick when David formally introduced them and, to David's increasing concern, Merrick appeared strongly attracted to Louis as well. Merrick was able to summon the vengeful spirit of Claudia but it in no way gave Louis the closure he sought. Instead, the spirit fed off his deepest fears, showing him only pain and hatred and, finally, urging him to take his own life in return for the injustices he had committed against her. She declared that she would have from him the ultimate sacrifice as she plunged the ritual jade pick used in the ceremony into his very heart, not his body but destroying his soul.

Despite Merrick's protestations that the spirit was a liar who merely fed off his fears, Louis believed the lies spoken. Determined to destroy himself for Claudia he, nevertheless, found himself obsessed with Merrick. Despite David's warning to him that he believed Merrick was using her magic on him, that she had "fixed" him, Louis broke his oath to David, returning to Merrick and transforming her into a vampire. Released from her spell following the transformation, he placed his coffin outside and laid down, falling into the day-time slumber of the vampire, and allowing the sun to destroy him. He was weak enough for the sun to blacken him, the blood vessels utterly destroyed but, when Merrick and David discovered him, his body was still intact.

Lestat, sensing the turbulence of Louis' presence leaving him, awakened from his deep sleep in St. Elizabeth's. He allowed his powerful blood to drench Louis' ashes until he was fully restored and Louis, who has always denied the powerful blood of the ancient ones when it was offered him, preferring to remain weaker so that he knew he could destroy himself when the time came, relented and took Lestat's blood to increase his strength, becoming one of the most powerful vampires in existence. But, despite his fears to the contrary, he did not loose his humanity with the more powerful blood, the humanity which was the essence of Louis. His skin was whiter, his eyes more translucent, but his humanity remained.

Merrick absolved Louis from his guilt by admitting that she had indeed "fixed" him, or placed a spell upon him, and Louis' love for her was intact though he freely gave her over to David. Merrick's initiation into the ranks of the vampires proved to be the final straw for the Talamasca, however, who had already lost both Jesse and David to the same fate. To assuage the Talamasca's anger at the loss of another of their dedicated members, Lestat, Louis, David and Merrick voluntarily left New Orleans for the time being until matters with the Talamasca could be resolved.



Descriptions in the Novels:

Interview With The Vampire
"The vampire was utterly white and smooth, as if he were sculpted from bleached bone, and his face was as seemingly inanimate as a statue, except for two brilliant green eyes that looked down at the boy intently like flames in a skull. But then the vampire smiled almost wistfully, and the smooth white substance of his face moved with the infinitely felxible but minumal lines of a cartoon..... he stared at the vampire's full black hair, the waves that were combed back over the tips of the ears, the curls that barely touched the edge of the white collar." by Daniel
"... and he had glimpsed the white teeth. Only, the vampire had a way of smiling that they were not completely revealed." by Daniel
The Vampire Lestat
"I fell fatally in love wtih Louis, a young dark-haired bourgeois planter, graceful of speech and fastidious of manner, who seemed in his cynicism and self-destructiveness the very twin of Nicholas. He had Nicki's grim intensity, his rebelliousness, his tortured capacity to believe and not to believe, and finally to despair. Yet Louis gained a hold over me far more powerful than Nicolas had even had. Even in his cruelest moments, Louis touched the tenderness in me, seducing me with his staggering dependence, his infatuation with my every gesture and every spoken word. And his naivete conquered me always,..... Louis was a sufferer, a thing that loved mortals even more than I did. And I wonder sometimes if I didn't look to Louis to punish me for what happened to Nicki, if I didn't create Louis to be my conscience and to mete out year in and year out the penance I felt I deserved........ On the edge of the white concrete he appeared. Tall, slender figure...... Agile, traveling just a little too lightly for a mortal. Black hair, green eyes, and the limbs shifting silkily under the neglected garments: a frayed black sweater that hung shapelessly from his shoulders, legs like long black spokes." by Lestat
"Disheveled...his face colored slightly. It became even more human. In fact, he looked more like a mortal man than any of our kind I've ever known." by Lestat
"He was watching me with that old expression of awe and incredulity that I had seen a thousand times on his face. I was a fool for it, as the expression goes." by Lestat
The Queen Of The Damned
"Louis looked so touchingly civilized in the wilderness; so hopelessly out of place. The vampire guise of last night had been discarded; yet he seemed even more the gentleman in his worn old clothing, merely a little down on his luck." by Lestat
"Louis, unguarded and passive as always, staring at Marius mutely as if in scientific inquiry or worship or both..." by Lestat
"Louis, ah, well, Louis of course had been picked for the exquisite bones of his face, for the depth of his green eyes. He had been picked for the inveterate attitude of somber appreciation that he revealed now. He looked like a human lost among them, his face softened with color and feeling; his body curiously defenseless, his eyes wondering and sad." by Lestat
"This one was so gifted yet not gifted at the same time; he wondered if the human light would go out of Louis's eyes if he ever gained more power, if he ever had, for instance, a little of the blood of Marius in his veins....And this young one was hungry too; he was suffering; and he seemed to like it, to like the hunger and the pain....Just a little blood, and Louis might be stronger, true, but then he might lose the human tenderness, the human wisdom that no one could give another; the gift of knowing others' suffering with which Louis had probably been born." by Marius
"I gestured for Gabrielle and Louis to sit opposite, close, where I could see them. And the look on Louis's face, so resigned, yet sorrowful, struck my heart." by Lestat
"The coat was perhaps a little shorter, a little less full than those old frock coats had been; but he looked so very nearly like himself in the old century that it made the ache in me deepen unbearably. For a moment I couldn't move. He might as well have been a ghost there: his black hair full and disheveled as it had always been in the old days, and his green eyes full of melancholy wonder, and his arms rather limp at his sides. Surely he hadn't contrived to fit so perfectly into the old context. Yet he was a ghost in this Rat, where Jesse had been so frightened; where she'd caught in chilling glimpses the old atmosphere I'd never forget." by Lestat
"The cold was biting at him a little, biting at his hands. He didn't like to put his hands in his pockets the way men did today. He didn't think it a graceful thing to do." by Lestat
"Then I looked at Louis again, and saw his eyes catch the dim and distant light and I winced. I touched his face again, the cheekbones, the arch beneath the black eyebrow. What a finely made thing he was." by Lestat
"It was his expression; the passion and the innocence and the delicacy of conscience.....He didn't say anything. He was looking at me, and so affectionately that I could hardly stand it....When he saw the stars, I felt him tense against me; his face was perfectly smooth and serene; and if he was weeping the wind was carrying it away. Whatever fear he'd felt was gone now, utterly; he was lost as he looked upward; as the dome of heaven came down around us, and the moon shone full on the endless thickening plain of whiteness below." by Lestat
The Tale Of The Body Thief
"He was pale, as always, an artful glimmer in the dark." by Lestat
"His clothes are old-fashioned always. As so many of us do, he finds garments which resemble the styles of his time in mortal life. Big loose shirts with gathered sleeves and long cuffs please him, and tight fitting pants. When he wears a coat, which is seldom, it is fitted like the ones I chose - a rider's jacket, very long and full at the hem." by Lestat
The Vampire Armand
"Louis de Pointe du Lac... slender, slightly less tall than Lestat, his maker, black of hair, gaunt and white of skin, with amazingly long and delicate fingers, and feet that don't make a sound. Louis, whose green eyes are soulful, the very mirror of patient misery, soft-voiced, very human, weak, having lived only two hundred years, unable to read minds or levitate, or to spellbind others except inadvertently, which can be hilarious, an immortal with whom mortals fall in love. Louis, an indescriminate killer, because he cannot satisfy his thirst without killing, though he is too weak to risk the death of the victim in his arms, and because he has no pride or vanity which would lead him to a hierarchy of intended victims, and therefore takes those who cross his path, regardless of age, physical endowments or blessings bestowed by nature or fate. Louis, a deadly and romantic vampire, the kind of night creature who hovers in the deep shadows at the Opera House to listen to Mozart's Queen of the Night give forth her piercing and irresistible song." by Armand
"The very avowal brought me a crushing sense of loneliness, and when I looked into Louis's tortured face, when I followed his slim, delicate figure as it picked its way through the clutter and nineteenth-century Paris, I knew that this black-clad dark-haired gentleman, so lean, so finely sculpted, so sensitive in all his lineaments, was the alluring embodiment of the misery I felt." by Armand
"He mourned the loss of grace of one human lifetime. I mourned the loss of the grace of centuries. Amenable to the styles of the age which had shaped him-given him his flaring black frock coat, and fine waistcoat of white silk, his high priestly-looking collar and frills of immaculate linen-I fell in love with him hopelessly, and leaving the Theatre des Vampires in ruins (he burnt it to the ground in a rage for a very good reason), I wandered the world with him until very late in this modern age." by Armand
"Louis, my companion, dried up of his own free will, rather like a beautiful rose skillfully dehydrated in sand so that it retains its proportions, nay, even its fragrance and even its tint. For all the blood he drank, he himself became dry, heartless, a stranger to himself and tome." by Armand
Merrick
"It was then that I realized how skillfully Louis had attired himself in a finely tailored suit of thin black wool. He wore a shirt of a creamcolored silk with a small gold pin beneath his rose-colored tie. Even his shoes were deliberately perfect, buffed to a high luster, and his rich black curly hair was combed neatly and entirely. But the glory of his appearance was, of course, his keen features and his lustrous eyes.....it was the expression with which he gazed at Merrick, the seeming awe that setfled over him, and the way that his well-shaped mouth slowly relaxed." by David
"Louis's face gradually lost all expression, all semblance of feeling. It might have belonged to a dead man as he sat there, as he stared at the victim, as he marked the victim, as he let the victim lose his poor desperate humanity, as the kill passed from possible to probable and finally, to a foregone conclusion." by David