|Base of Operations||The Catacombs|
"Roland of Jasper"
|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 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.
Hunters of the Dark Arc Edit
Return of the Beast Arc EditHaving 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(*) - Denotes that the character did not appear physically, but as a part of another character's memories.
- 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.
- 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.