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In the end, Armand forces Louis to recognize his own sense of identity. The relationship between them is significant because it forces reckoning. Louis must. Claudia is Louis and Lestat's "child," a five-year-old orphan they turn into a about his relationships, using what power he has to manipulate Louis into staying . Armand is a fictional character in The Vampire Chronicles novels written by Anne Rice. At the In the late 19th century, Lestat's fledglings Claudia and Louis happen upon the theater. Armand sees Louis as a new Daniel provides a link for Armand to the new time, and they form a relationship. However, Daniel grows more.
Fictional biography[ edit ] As a human[ edit ] Armand is born in in the former Kiev Rus to the acclaimed hunter Ivan. Armand's original name is Andrei.
His astonished parents eventually reveal his gift to the monks in the Monastery of the Caves, who live an ascetic life buried beneath earth, sustained only by water and small amounts of food. Both the monks and Andrei believe he is destined to live such a life, while his father is appalled by the idea.
When their ruler, Prince Michael, orders Andrei to paint an icon and bring it to the castle of his brother, the supposedly dead Prince Feodor, Andrei is captured by Tartars and brought as a slave to Constantinople and subsequently sold to a Venetian brothel.
There, he is subjected to horrific sexual abuse and develops amnesia. Marius renames him Amadeo. Marius is in love with a courtesan named Bianca Solderini, yet cannot bring himself to turn her into a vampire. Instead, he chooses Amadeo for his beauty, youth and painting skills apparently lost, along with his memories to educate 'in the way of the blood', so as to eventually make him a vampire. Amadeo loves Marius single-mindedly and is eager to become a vampire.
He does not understand Marius' hesitation to turn him, and in an act of rebellion and anger he seduces an English Lord, whom he eventually abandons after a few nights. However, the English Lord becomes obsessed with Amadeo and enraged by his betrayal, wounds him with a poisoned blade.
In doing this, he forces Marius to turn Amadeo into a vampire to save his life. Amadeo is 17 years old at the time of his transformation. They set Marius on fire and kidnap Amadeo and the other children at the Palazzo and take them to Rome.
Santino tortures Amadeo by burning his friends to death right in front of him and starving him in a cellar until he is forced to feed on his best friend and innocent children. Amadeo later visits a male brothel for several days, and while there makes several observations about the difference in sexual activities with the different genders. There is a distinct bisexuality to Amadeo's nature, as he enjoys activity with either sex.
He later has a brief affair with an Englishman called Lord Harlech. Harlech becomes obsessed with Amadeo, but his love is not returned. During this period, Amadeo also befriends Bianca Solderinia wealthy debutante and courtesan whose primary role in life seems to be to throw nightly parties. Amadeo ultimately seduces the willing Bianca. Marius eventually divulges his vampire nature to Amadeo, who almost immediately begins asking to be made a vampire.
Marius shows Amadeo some of what it means to be immortal, and allows him to join him in the hunt on several occasions. He tells Amadeo that they must always focus on killing evildoers. They assist Bianca by murdering her kinsmen who force her to poison those from whom they have borrowed money. Eventually, on a night when Marius is out of the country, Lord Harlech breaks into Marius's palazzo and attacks Amadeo, murdering two apprentices in the process.
Amadeo kills Harlech, but not before the Englishman wounds him with a poisoned sword.
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Amadeo falls critically ill, and over several days falls into fever and delusions. Upon returning and finding Amadeo on his deathbed, Marius heals Amadeo's external wounds, cleans and grooms him, then gives him the Dark Gift, turning him into a vampire.
It is revealed in Queen of the Damned that he was 17 at the time of his change. Marius sets out to train Amadeo, and sets up a coffin in a secret basement with his own. Marius retains high expectations of Amadeo, and forces him to continue his education in the arts.
Amadeo's transition to vampire is relatively easy for him, although the Dark Gift brings about nightmares of his childhood. Marius and Amadeo return to Russia, where Amadeo visits his old school and home. He finds his elderly mother and father there, reveals that he is alive, and says farewell to them, leaving them with all the money and jewels he has with him. This is generally a happy reunion, as Amadeo is able to let go of his mortal background and his parents are able to see that their beloved son is alive so to speak and thriving.
Though this reunion allows Amadeo to let go of his mortal background, discovering that his father is alive Amadeo believed he was dead and a drunkard hurts him deeply.
Shortly after returning to Venice, the vampire Santino and his coven the "Children of Darkness" attack Marius' home, kidnap Amadeo and the apprentices, and burn the villa. Marius is burned and thought to be destroyed; his boys are taken to a bonfire that the coven has created and thrown in one by one as Amadeo watches.
Santino spares Amadeo and educates him in the laws of the Coven. Armand also shares with David his version of some of the events recounted by Louis de Pointe du Lac in Interview with the Vampire: The book also chronicles Armand's feelings about several of the major vampire characters from the previous books.
It is also revealed that Armand thinks he saw Bianca in Paris in the 19th century, and has wondered ever since if Marius made her a vampire.
In the final segment of the book, Armand explains what occurred to him after the final chapters of Memnoch the Devil. At the end of Memnoch the Devil, Armand rushes into the open daylight and appears to be destroyed in a conflagration. Armand explains to David that by some means beyond his understanding he survived, and ended up on a rooftop in a stairwell protected from further exposure to the sun.
However, he is badly burned and unable to move or fully function. While in this delirious state, he makes a mental connection to two children in a nearby apartment—Sybelle and Benji. The connection is forged through Sybelle's constant piano playing.
Eventually, Armand is able to reach out to the children and lead them to him.