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Aristotle de Laurent

The French genius and intimate associate of Francois Villon, Prince of Paris, was born in 1101, in the middle of the so-called Dark Ages, in a city where he still resides tonight. As the only son of the conservative, choleric merchant Maximilien Lucien de Laurent, who traded in metals and headed his family as a typical patriarch with sometimes uncompromising severity, but was in most cases with loving care, Artistotle soon turned to knowledge. Aristotle's family was small for the time, as he had only one sister, Agnes.

With burning ambition and full of scholastic dedication, he drank in every word of Pierre Abelard, the philosopher, theologian and scholar who taught at the Sorbonne, and visited his crowded lectures together with hundreds of other studens from all over the known world. Abelard's ideas and his enthusiasm for the Greek Antiquity and its philosophicaal ideals influenced the young sage even before his acquaintance with the Kindred.

The time if his Embrace and his initation into the Kindred's grim world is mostly shrouded in mystery. It is suspected that the Frenchman belongs to a secretive bloodline known as the Mnemosyne, whose name derives from the mother of the Greek muses and goddess of memory. This bloodline, probably a mixture of Malkavian and Gangrel blood, is driven by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, a manic search for information coupled with the capacity to boldly associate all possible fragments of information to reach new connections, an ability to think in patterns that sometimes unearths astonishing new insights.

It is rumoured that Aristotle de Laurent was somehow connected to the Greek Ancient of the Clan of the Moon called the Dionysian. This would explain his enthusiasm for classical Greek formation and ideals - and the name of the bloodline that was founded by Laurent, if you believe the rumors from the time he was Embraced. The claim that the Mnemosyne aspired to reach Golconda, thinking they could obtain this mystical state of enlightenment by hoarding all knowledge present in the world, comes from the same, usually well-informed sources.

In the course of the last eight centuries, Aristotle de Laurent has become the most famous Noddist of the Camarilla. With the help of a very capable trio of undead researchers - the mad Malkavian prophet Anatole; the Lasombra Lucita, whom he met immediately after her Embrace in Paris; and later the learned Gangrel Beckett, who is occasionally assumed to be Aristotle's childe - he has collected many fragments from the Book of Nod. Thereafter, Aristotle published them in a very small print run for esteemed fellow Noddists after adding many illustrations concerning the topic. In doing so, de Laurent found himself caught between archaeology and adventure that threatens his very existence. His work was received with mixed feelings among the Kindred, but de Laurent remained characteristically nonplussed.

Two bitter feuds have handicapped do Laurent for a long time. One of them, the one against the Ventrue sage, geneaologist and initiator of this work, Bindusara, whom the Mnemosyne bloodline hunts mercilessly, has not only been settled - at least on a personal level - in the meantime, but has also given way to boundless professional admiration, even camaraderie. What remains is the much more dangerous rivalry with the Sabbat priscus Sascha Vykos of Clan Tzimisce, who is a noted Noddist as well and hunts for the same fragments. Only time will tell whose ambition as a researcher will finally prevail.