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Aude

Aude is Roland's fiancee and the sister of his best friend Olivier. When she hears from Charlemagne that Roland is dead, she rejects his offer of his own son Louis as a husband. She asks God that she not live on after Roland's death, and in a display of ultimate loyalty, she falls dead at Charlemagne's feet.

Baligant

Baligant is the Emir of Babylon, or Cairo. Marsile calls on him to come and help him defeat Charlemagne. Baligant makes the long trip in record time, and his troops fight valiantly against Charlemagne's forces. Although a Saracen, Baligant is a fine and noble warrior, and that the epic implies that he surely would have won the battle if he had been a Christian. Only with the help of the angel Gabriel is Charlemagne able to kill Baligant in the decisive battle.

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