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Duke of Merva
Laurent
WLaurent
Royal Character
Physical Description
Species: Potential Lumen (?)
Gender: Male
Hair color: Brown-Red
Eye color: Brown
Age: 33
Relationships
Relatives:


Laurent, Duke of Merva is Elodie's maternal uncle and second in line for the throne. He is married to Lucille and they have three children: Charlotte, Zahra and Emry.

He has little involvement in the story by himself. However, he figures heavily into some other character's plots and epilogues...

Spoiler Warning: Plot details follow, read at your own risk

Involvement Edit

He's involved (both directly and indirectly) in various events during the game.

He will visit the palace during Week 2, along with his family, and depart the next week after the viper's attack, regardless of the outcome.

He can be accused of treason if Elodie faces an assassin during Week 16 and deciphers a coded letter. Whenether he's imprisoned or executed, it will end very badly for him.

If Elodie faces a vote of no-confidence on Week 17, he will abstain from voting. If the vote ends in a tie he will be pressured into making a choice, and will vote on Elodie's favor (as expected, since he's her successor at the time).

He's mentioned in passing during Gwenelle party, together with his children Emry and Zahra (most of the time though, both Lucille and Charlotte are absent).

If Elodie contracted Sabine as a spy and sent her to investigate the sender of poisoned chocolates, Laurent can end up widowed, executed with his wife or his entire family, or murdered in exile. Again, not a good end for him either way.

If Joslyn dies dueling Togami, Laurent and his family will stay with Elodie in the castle. Unlike Lucille, and like his children, he's there to support his niece. Also, if Joslyn dies and Elodie has high Intrigue scores, she will make Laurent the Duke of Caloris, and Lucille the Duchess of Merva.

Personality and Abilities Edit

He's too indirectly involved in the story and has too few events to determine his personality. Also, the events he's involved in make for different interpretations, some contradictory to others.

Official word from Hanako Games describes him like this:

"Is he actively planning to have you killed? No.

However, Charlotte is a little girl who loves her mommy. Laurent is an adult fully aware of the dangers and difficulties of politics. With everything that Lucille is up to, Laurent really ought to at least be suspicious. So either he's a complete idiot and doesn't notice anything, or he's choosing not to pay attention.

That doesn't mean he's evil. He could be so love-struck that he really doesn't want to notice anything odd that his wife does. He could be so depressed by his sister's death that he doesn't care about anything anymore. His wife could be drugging or magicing him into doing her bidding. There's no way for Elodie to know.
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Also speculative is the possibility of him being a potential Lumen. While he doesn't have a crystal, and is incapable of detecting magic (though, some Lumens also cannot), both his grandmother and his sister were Lumen, so logically he should have magical potential as well; at least one of his children, Charlotte, inherits magical powers that she seems to be mostly capable of controlling, such control could be the result of having both a Lumen mother AND a Lumen-descended father.

Trivia Edit

  • Severin shares his portrait, with some minimal changes.
  • The name "Laurent" is a French masculine given name of Latin origin. The name is derived from the Roman surname "Laurentius", which meant "from Laurentum". Laurentum was an ancient Roman city of Latium situated between Ostia and Lavinium, on the west coast of the Italian peninsula southwest of Rome.
  • If imprisoned, his poisoning serves as foreshadowing for Lucille's actions and other epilogues: Lucille's usage of poisonous herbs and the symptons of fever they cause, her eagerness to discard him when he's no longer useful, and his own ignorance of the depth of Lucille's plots.
  • Also concerning his possible incarceration and subsequent madness: The obvious culprit is Lucille, but she's nowhere near him at the time (Laurent is imprisoned at the royal palace, Lucille is in Merva). However, Lucille has powers over "absence", and this event doesn't happen unless Elodie can figure out the assassin of Week 16 came from Merva. Lucille most likely poisoned Laurent before the Grand Ball and used her Lumen powers to prevent it from taking effect; once they're separated, her spell wears off, and Laurent is driven mad, giving her both an alibi and ridding her of an useless pawn.

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