Grégoire de Fronsac

Real Name: Grégoire de Fronsac

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Taxidermist, biologist, explorer, special envoy to the King of France, former soldier

Affiliations: Mani, Sylvia, Marianne de Morangias, Thomas d'Apcher

Enemies: The Beast of the Gévaudan, Jean-François de Morangias, the Brotherhood of the Wolf, Henri Sardis

Known Relatives: Mani (blood brother)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: France, formerly the America

First Appearance: Le Pacte des loups ("Brotherhood of the Wolf", Canal+, 2001)

Powers/Abilities: Gregoire is highly knowledgeable in different animal species and their behaviour, a skilled woodsman, excellent shot, blademaster and martial artist.

History: French naturalist Grégoire de Fronsac was in New France in the Americas to study native fauna, but got caught up in the fighting with the English. While with the troops of ruthless French general, he witnessed the officer order the slaughter of a friendly Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Mohawk tribe, with only one survivor kept alive to act as a guide. A few weeks later Grégoire discovered the guide, Mani, slitting the general's throat. Rather than raise the alarm, the two absconded together, and over the following months kept one another alive, eventually becoming blood brothers. When Grégoire returned to France, Mani accompanied him. A few years later, during the mid-1760s, Grégoire, by now a knight and the royal taxidermist, was sent by King Louis XV of France to Gévaudan, with orders to study the Beast terrorising the region, and to stuff its corpse once the army caught it. While there Grégoire fell in love with Marianne de Morangias, unaware (as she was) that her brother, Jean-François de Morangias, was the Beast's master, and a member of a secret society, the Wolves of God, headed by local priest Henri Sardis, which was using fear of the Beast as a weapon against the King's perceived unholy (liberal or enlightened) ways.

The Beast evaded the army's efforts, and it fell to Mani and Grégoire to hunt the creature. After driving it into a trap, the pair and their ally the Marquis Thomas d'Apcher severely wounded the Beast, which fled. While Grégoire saw to the wounded Marquis, Mani pursued the Beast, only to be murdered by Jean-François. Identifying Mani's killer by his distinctive silver shot, Grégoire avenged his friend's death, breaking the society with the assistance of the Pope's secret agent, Sylvia, and killing Jean-François in single combat. Afterwards Grégoire and Marianne apparently departed for Africa together.

Comments: Played by Samuel Le Bihan.


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