Within minutes of seeing Louis, Armand assesses his character accurately in perfect detail; he sees Louis’ intimate compassion for the woman on stage, senses his emotional state, and singles out his yearning for life to have meaning and figures out how to connect to him through it. Armand discerns their connection to Lestat without any background, assumes they murdered him, and confesses that he never liked Lestat and certainly doesn’t mourn his downfall. He is extremely bored in the same redundant lifestyle, with the same banal vampires, and though he doesn’t show it externally, carefully plans a situation in which Louis is rid of Claudia, and then gets rid of all Armand’s underground vampires, so he and Armand can have a new life (“You knew what I would do,” Louis accuses him). Though he doesn’t flout his influence over them openly, Armand has “control” of the Parisian vampires. It is under his orders that Claudia’s sentence is carried out. He enforces the vampire rules in Paris and abroad. Once he sees Louis, he starts scheming on how to obtain him and doesn’t really consider anyone else’s fate in the process. Armand is somewhat callous and hardened to the plight of others who don’t matter to him. The rules are that you do not harm your own kind, yet he doesn’t care that Louis did that to Lestat, and even welcomes the vampire’s death. It’s only when he sees executing Claudia as a means to his end (freeing Louis of her, so they can be together) that he enforces the law. To outsiders, he seems like a cold force, orchestrating things according to his ultimate design. His soul “cries out” to Louis’ and understands him; a bond that forms in silence and would have continued in silent bonding had he not chosen to intervene with Claudia. He is indifferent to the suffering of others, after centuries of deep emotional internalization. Armand is touched only by what lies within his realm of interest; he has no compassion for the sadistic vampires he has lorded over for centuries. Their death suits his purpose, so he orchestrates it. Once he sees what he wants, Armand goes after it through physical force. He shows a keen appreciation for the finer things in life, including good company. He risks much in the pursuit of Louis, in the hope for a richer, more colorful life.

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Armand has divorced himself from his emotions to some extent, and remains untouched by the outside world, sequestered away in the Paris theater without much contact with humanity or those outside his influence. He no longer travels, until he finds Louis… then he wants to go around the world with him, having found an exciting partner in which to focus most of his devotion and fascination. Up until then, nothing held any interest for him, just a kind of withdrawn sense of apathy, boredom, and distance. He is callous to the extreme – he feeds off a screaming girl they dragged in off the street without remorse, then finds Louis strange for having so much “empathy for her plight. He allows his minions to execute Claudia for “killing Lestat,” but pretends he had nothing to do with it. He also sacrifices all of his own kind to Louis, by not warning them that he would seek revenge – the opera goes up in smoke, half the people he spent the last century with burning to death or sliced into pieces, but he doesn’t care. It doesn’t touch him. His 4 wing is moody, withdrawn, elitist, and unhappy in his current situation, searching for something that seems out of reach. He feels frustrated and angry that life holds no meaning, that there “is no God,” no miracles, and nothing to believe in except his own existence, as the oldest vampire alive.