- "Know me: I am le Comte de Saint-Germain. I am the Master of Fire!"
- — The Comte de Saint-Germain
The Comte de Saint-Germain or the Count of St. Germain is an immortal humani who is good friends with Nicholas Flamel, the Alchemyst. Saint-Germain himself practices alchemy, he is also a courtier, adventurer, charlatan, inventor, pianist, violinist and amateur composer. He is portrayed in the books as a popular rock star. Tammuz, The Green Man calls him "Saint Germain the liar. Saint Germain the thief. Saint Germain the murderer!" He is also husband of Jeanne d'Arc, otherwise known as Joan of Arc.
He is also shown to be very laid-back and relaxed, and while somewhat arrogant about his fame as a rock star, it's in more of a good-natured way. Francis uses butterfly tattoos as a trigger for his Fire-elemental magic. Also, in one instance, Saint-Germain used the word ignis (Fire in Latin) just as he ignited a swarm of his butterflies, creating a fantastic fireworks display around the Eiffel Tower. When Sophie asked him why he'd said it when he didn't need to, he simply replied that he "thought it sounded cool." She also thought he'd said 'eggness', and was, understandably, confused.
When Nicholas, Josh and Sophie first enter into Paris, Saint Germain helps them when they reach the Eiffel Tower (while in the pursuit of Niccolo Machiavelli) by using his fire magic to create fireworks in the sky above and below the Eiffel Tower. He also helps them by calling Palamedes to help them when they reach London by train.
He was mentioned in The Necromancer pleading to "The Green Man" (Palamedes elder master) to let him travel through time in order to rescue Joan and Scathach, however they then find out that they have not been transported to a different time, but to a different shadowrealm.
He is said to have black hair and blue eyes.
Powers & Abilities
- Aura Manipulation: Comte de Saint-Germain has learned to control his aura to a certain extent. He is able to shape the aura around his body, and uses it to power his magic.
- Immortality: Comte de Saint-Germain gained Immortality through unspecified means, and therefore does not age (though he is vulnerable to injury and poison). Unless he is slain by an enemy, Comte de Saint-Germain may live for thousands or millions of years.
- Polyglottism: One of the many advantages of a long life is having the opportunity to travel the world and learn many languages. Comte de Saint-Germain is fluent in several languages.
Master of Fire
- Healing: Masters of fire can heal certain types of wounds with fire by fusing and reforming tissue.
- Pyromancy: Masters of fire can create, extinguish, manipulate, move, and throw fire. Fire can be formed into shapes.
- Thermokinesis: Masters of fire can greatly heat an object or enemy with a touch.
- Welding: Masters of fire can melt and fuse stone, metal, and many other substances.
- Transmutation: With preparation, Alchemysts can transform one substance into another. Alchemysts can reshape or restructure atoms and molecules, and can even turn lead into gold.
- Transformation: Alchemysts can alter the configuration of substances on a chemical or physical level. Large objects can be easily moulded into new shapes, or transmogrified into a new allotrope or state of matter.
- Biological manipulation: Alchemysts can tap into the very essence of life, and can manipulate DNA to modify or enhance organic matter.
- Elixir of Life: Through careful research, substances capable of extending the human lifespan may be created. Some recipes - such as the Philosopher's Stone - are only temporary, but permanent elixirs may exist.
- Telekinesis: Many alchemysts can use their control over alchemy to influence objects at a distance.