Roland Fortis
Name Roland Fortis
Race Human
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Height Unknown
Eyes Unknown
Hair Blonde
Professional Status
Occupation Captain
Team The Chasseurs
Base of Operations The Catacombs
Personal Status
Status Alive
Relatives Unnamed parents
Unnamed siblings
Alias "The Captain"
"Roland of Jasper"[1]
First Appearance
Manga Debut Mémoire 13: Glissand
What a poor miserable child...! In the name of God, we absolutely must rescue him!!!!

—Roland in reference to the rumors about Vanitas

Roland Fortis, is a human character from Jun Mochizuki's The Case Study of Vanitas. The Sixth Paladin, honored with the green gem of Jasper, is a Chasseurs who was recently relocated to the Paris. As a Chasseur, Roland held a bias against Vampires, believing that they were evil and dedicating his life to eradicating them in the name of his faith. Having heard the rumors about Vanitas, Roland vowed to save Vanitas' soul from damnation. By coincedence, Roland encounters Vanitas and Noé Archiviste while they investigate the recent Vampire kidnapping. Remarkably, Roland comes to see eye-to-eye with Vanitas and Noé, partnering with them alongside Maria and Georges in order to hunt down Moreau. Though they succeed in finding Moreau, he escapes with Monsieur Spider, leaving the group to do battle with a Vampire afflicted with the Malnomen Prédateur. After a rigorous battle, the two sides part ways, with Roland, Maria, and Georges working to cover the events while Vanitas and Noé escape.

Description Edit

Appearance Edit

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Personality Edit

Roland often acts in a manner that emphasizes a fanaticism with his beliefs and seems oblivious to his surroundings and how his actions and words are regarded by others. Despite this, he is actually quite sharp and casually manipulates situations to his will, as seen when he omits information from reports and when he traps Noé and Vanitas. His self-awareness is revealed when he is confronted by Olivier about the consequences of his changing beliefs towards vampires, and he is slightly apologetic, although only for a brief moment.

Plot Edit

Hunters of the Dark Arc Edit

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Return of the Beast Arc Edit

22 threat

Roland makes his threat.

Having encountered Noé and Vanitas, Roland begins to restudy the history of vampires and humans in an attempt to see it from a new perspective, now believing that God's love was shared equally between humans and vampires. After revealing this to Olivier, he is chastised and warned that should word of his newfound sentiments towards vampires make its way to their superiors, his parents and siblings might be harmed. In response, Roland places a threat by casually asking how many paladins he would be able to take down. Afterwards, Olivier notices that Roland has been reading about Lord Ruthven and the case of the Beast of Gédauvan.[2]

Powers and Abilities Edit

  • Durandal - With his weapon of choice, Durandal - a weapon that can either function as a two-sided spear for close combat, or it can separate into two extending chain whips for long-range attacks.
  • Enhanced Speed, Strength, and Stamina - Roland is capable of enhancing his body through the use of drugs provided by the Chasseurs in order to make him better equipped for combat with Vampires.

Relationships Edit

Olivier Edit

Roland and Olivier seem to be close. Olivier originally recommended Roland for the position of Jasper in an attempt to curb his irresponsibility; however, he is dismayed by Roland's continual flippancy and his lack of regard for his position.

Vanitas Edit

Roland originally considered Vanitas to be an unfortunate child and sought to save him when Vanitas entered the catacombs, refusing to believe that Vanitas had chosen his current path of life by his own will. After forcefully having his viewpoint on vampires changed by Noé's existence, he changes his opinion and helps Vanitas to escape.

Noé Archiviste Edit

Originally, Roland regarded Noé as enemy simply for being a vampire; however, after seeing Noé's and Vanitas' interactions and how Noé, a vampire, acted contradictory to what he had been led to believe about vampires, Roland changes his opinion and regards Noé as a friend.

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Quotes Edit

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Appearances Edit

(*) - Denotes that the character did not appear physically, but as a part of another character's memories.

Trivia Edit

  • Laurent's inspiration draws from a character named "Roland" from the fictitious Matter of France, with Roland acting as one of twelve paladins in Charlemagne's court and wielding a weapon called "Durandal".
  • The Japanese spelling, ローラン, was originally translated by Yen Press as Laurent, but has since been changed to Roland.[2]
  • In terms of personality, Laurent appears very similar to Jack Vessalius from Jun Mochizuki's Pandora Hearts - often times being positive and open, but being capable of harnessing the same dark tone of seriousness when needed.

References Edit

  1. The Case Study of Vanitas manga; Chapter 25
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Case Study of Vanitas manga; Chapter 22

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