Roquelaure is a word from the French and it refers to a type of hooded, knee-length cloak that European men wore in the 18th and 19th centuries. The cloaks were named for the French marshal Antoine Gaston Jean Baptiste, Duc de Roquelaure. Roquelaure is also the nom de guerre of a mysterious vampire that I introduced in the story “Pat, Marcella, and the Kid” in 2002. He returned in the 2003 story “The Scarlet Order” which became the first chapter of the novel Vampires of the Scarlet Order.
So far, no artist has illustrated the vampire Roquelaure, which seems fitting given his mysterious nature. Here is how he’s introduced in Vampires of the Scarlet Order:
Standing only a few inches away was a figure in a scarlet, hooded robe. At first glance, it looked as though Death himself had come to greet me. The grim reaper threw back his hood and revealed a stunningly handsome face. He had dark eyes and wore a thin mustache. “I am called Roquelaure,” he said.
It’s unclear just when Roquelaure became a vampire or how. The first time he’s seen is in a monastery in Britain during the sixth century as described in my forthcoming novel Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order:
He leapt into the courtyard. Heart pounding furiously, Guinevere raised the bow. She took aim and launched the arrow. It stuck square in the man’s back. Instead of going down, he howled with pain. He reached around, grabbed the arrow, and wrenched it from his back. Turning, he looked around. Guinevere’s breath caught. The face was a memory—but a memory out of a nightmare. The stranger looked like Prince Anguselus, as though he had not aged a day, but his mouth was contorted in pain, revealing horrible fangs.
Yes, that is King Arthur’s Guinevere. At this point, Roquelaure is feral and dangerous. She reaches out and helps him to find the human emotions buried within. She names him Roquelaure because he’s a mystery. Now, the savvy reader will likely notice that the word Roquelaure comes from a fellow who was born in the seventeenth century. How could Guinevere in the sixth century have given him that name? My answer is that she would have given him a Gaulish name that meant hooded, knee-length cloak. For simplicity, I just use the word “Roquelaure”.
Befitting his shadowy and stealthy persona, Roquelaure’s animal form is one that remains low and keeps to the shadows. As described in another scene from Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order:
Looking around, I did not see Roquelaure at first. A moment later, a rat emerged from the shadows. The rat stood up on his hind legs and grew tall as he assumed the form of a cloaked man.
Roquelaure appears in Vampires of the Scarlet Order, available as:
- A Nook format ebook from Barnes and Noble.
- A Kindle format ebook from Amazon.com.
- A print book from Amazon.com.
He also appears in Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order. The first two parts of the novel are already available.
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