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LESTAT THE VAMPIRE

As a vampire
Finding Lestat, Magnus made him a vampire. However, Magnus, weary of life, committed suicide soon after by throwing himself on a huge bonfire, leaving Lestat to fend for himself without any kind of guidance. Lestat found himself heir to nearly inexhaustible wealth, and began an adventure that led him all around the world.

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?", "What makes a person happy?" He found himself more in love with humanity than ever before, even if his relationship with mankind was savage. For a while, he saw life as "the Savage Garden", filled with beauty and death.

In the space of only a few centuries, Lestat became one of the most powerful of all vampires, surpassed only by the most ancient ones who age in the millennia. This was in part because the blood he received from Marius, one such ancient, was incredibly powerful, and because he had a relationship with the vampire queen Akasha.

Because of his boldness, Lestat's seniors referred to him affectionately as 'the Brat Prince', a title of which he was very fond. He was very vain and concerned with fashion, and would pause mid-narrative to remind the reader what he was wearing. Sexually ambiguous (and most likely bisexual), he was attracted to whomever most interested him at the time. Most of his early experiences were with male companions. He himself explained this by saying the women in previous centuries simply weren't that interesting. Later in the series, Lestat offhandedly mentions that he is frightened of women and finds them extremely and egregiously distracting.


Stuart Townsend as Lestat in the film Queen of the DamnedOne such male companion was Louis de Pointe du Lac, a young Creole from New Orleans whom Lestat turned into a vampire in the 18th century in 1791 to be exact. For almost a century, Lestat and Louis lived, traveled, and killed together. Though Louis claimed that Lestat made him into a vampire because Lestat merely wanted his fortune, Lestat refutes these claims in his own book and says it was rather because he fell "fatally in love" with Louis.

Their relationship started badly with mistrust and half-truths, though Lestat gradually came to regard his friend as a kind of student, albeit one who often resisted his "teachings" on killing and living life as a vampire. There was a certain element of feelings implicit in their relationship, but whether it was actually consummated is a matter of debate.

Lestat and Louis "adopted" a young orphan named Claudia in 1795, and Lestat turned her into a vampire over Louis' objections, as to tie Louis to him, who wished to leave Lestat. While Lestat spoiled her and tried to teach her how to become a vampire, it was Louis she truly loved, and ignored Lestat on several occasions, something he resented greatly. In 1860, after 65 years of living together, Claudia struggled with the reality of what she was, an immortal who would never grow into a woman.

She rebelled and tried to kill Lestat by giving him a dead boy who appeared merely unconscious for feeding (in the VCs, vampires cannot drink blood from dead humans or it will carry death), then cutting his throat, and, with the help of Louis, dumping him in a swamp near the Mississippi, after he came back, she tried yet again by burning down the French Quarter house they lived in, horribly disfiguring him. After Claudia and Louis escape Lestat, Armand, the leader of a coven of vampires, briefly takes them under his wing.

In the late 1920s (1988 in the film version), Louis once again discovered Lestat, who was again living in New Orleans in a catatonic state. Louis turned his back on him in pity and disgust. This version of events is again refuted by Lestat, who said that he had no contact with Louis in that era, although he had been visited by Armand around that time. Whatever the truth, Louis and Lestat reunited in the 1980s, only to be caught in the events that are detailed in The Queen of the Damned.

Lestat also tends to gloss over his faults and exaggerate (or make up) his virtues. This is confirmed in the book The Tale of the Body Thief, where Louis attacks Lestat for constantly claiming in his books that certain events move him to tears. Louis sarcastically remarked that although he knew Lestat for more than two centuries, he did not remember him crying at all.



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