Madman to many and occult researcher to others, the man known as Louis Malenfant is no one’s hero. Marked at birth as a whipping boy of the fates, his lengthy study of the dark arts has left him no longer firmly tethered to our world. Of average height with thinning brown hair, weak chin, dishwater gray eyes, shoulders slouched in perpetual defeat, and a pronounced spare tire, he rarely warrants a second look. The unsettling way he casts no shadow or reflection ensures that few glances linger more than the barest of seconds.
INSIDER INFO: Louis Malenfant is the worldly anchor to the cosmic entity known as the King in Yellow. As an occultist, Malenfant is well-versed if more than a bit deranged, but his connection to the avatar of madness and mental corruption gives him significant protection. The two cannot exist on the same plane at the same time, and are best expressed as two ends of a thaumaturgic wormhole, the ends of which can be switched at will.
The King in Yellow is a humanoid figure approximately 10′ in high (though this varies), clad in wraps and robes of silk. He wears an intricately carved bone helm that sweeps backwards from the head like a tusk, and a silver chain hung with charms connects the tip of the helm to a pale yellow veil that covers much of his face. Above the veil, the eyes are white and dead. The yellow tone of his clothing is an unhealthy shade; the color of nicotine stains on a baby’s fingers, of curdled milk, of leprosy and madness.
By the numbers
Identity: Louis Malenfant (public)
Birth Year: 1972
First Appearance: Chanson Noir
Nationality: USA (Cobalt City)
Powers: Louis Malenfant has finely honed skills as an occultist, with extensive knowledge of the extra-dimensional space known as The Coil, and denizens of those worlds. If he has any other powers, he has yet to display them. His primary power is to serve as a conduit to the King in Yellow, a god-like being of crushing, mind-bending presence, and unknown abilities.
Personal base of operations: A crumbling Georgian-style home in Karlsburg neighborhood, Cobalt City, and by extension, the lost city of Far Carcosa.