Shortly after his turning, Marius's Palazzo was attacked by a Satanic cult of vampires, led by the vampire Santino. Marius was set on fire, Amadeo and the boys living there were kidnapped to Rome. Santino tortured the traumatized Amadeo by burning his friends to death before his eyes, and starving him in an cellar underneath until he would feed on his own best friend and innocent children. After five months of such psychological torture, Amadeo was ready to believe everything the cult said in exchange for their love and forget all he has known before. Because of his strength, he was named the leader of the Parisian coven in 1580 and renamed Armand, since a name with the word 'God' (Deo) in it seemed unfit for the leader of a satanic coven.