Real Name: Mani

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Holy man, warrior

Affiliations: Grégoire de Fronsac, 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: Grégoire de Fronsac (blood brother)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: France, formerly New France, the Americas

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

Powers/Abilities: Mani was a highly skilled woodsman, martial artist, knifesman, and lethal with a tomahawk, both hand-to-hand and thrown. He was also a holy man of his tribe, well versed in their medicine.

History: An Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Mohawk, Mani's tribe was murdered on the orders of a French general, with Mani being kept alive to act as a guide. French naturalist Grégoire de Fronsac, who had become caught up in the fighting between the French and the English, was with the general's company, but was disgusted by the murderous tactics; several weeks after the tribe's murder, de Fronsac discovered Mani slitting the general's throat. Presumably slipping away from the French troops before the general's death was discovered, the pair kept one another alive through the following months, and became blood brothers. When de Fronsac returned to Europe, Mani accompanied him. A few years later, during the mid-1760s, de Fronsac, 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. However, the Beast evaded the army's efforts, and it fell to Mani and de Fronsac 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 de Fronsac saw to the wounded Marquis, Mani pursued the Beast, following it to its lair. However, the Beast was a tool of a secret society, the Wolves of God, and Mani was confronted by several armed gypsies working for the society. Despite being heavily outnumbered, he defeated them in combat, killing many, only to be briefly distracted by the discovery that one of their number was a woman who he had saved from brutal soldiers when he first arrived in the region; his momentary hesitation cost him his life, as he was shot in the back by Jean-François de Morangias, the Beast's master. De Morangias tortured the dying Mani, then had his men dispose of the corpse in the woods, where it was soon found by de Fronsac. After identifying de Morangias as the killer through the distinctive silver shot he used, Grégoire helped Mani's soul join his ancestors by cleaning and cremating the body, and avenged his friend's death, slaughtering the gypsies, breaking the society, and killing Jean-François in single combat.

Comments: Played by Mark Dacascos.


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