Quick presentation of some of the more important characters of the case:
Monseigneur Gabriel Florent de Choiseul Beaupré, bishop of Mende. He is sixty-nine
years old when the case begins, he will die 19 days after the Beast of Chastel,on July 7th 1767. He is the cousin of Etienne François duke of Choiseul,
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. One particularity of the bishop of Mende is that since 1306 he has a paréage: he is put to equality with the king in Gévaudan.
- Etienne Lafont, syndic of the diocese of Gévaudan for the bishop of Mende,
subdelegate of Languedoc.
- Jean Chastel, litterate peasant and his two sons Pierre and Antoine.
- Clément Charles de L'Averdy, General crontroler of finances.
- Marie-Joseph de Guignard de Saint Priest, Intendant of Languedoc.
- Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, Curator of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, Member of the Institute.
- Maître Etienne Roch Marin, royal notary, bailif of the abbey of the Chazes, Saint-Arcon, of Prades' barony, Besques of Charraix, and temporary subdelegate of Langeac. Juge of peace in 1793.
- Simon Charles-Sébastien-Bernard, Baron de Ballainvilliers (1721-1767). Knight, Lord of Villebouzin and Dumenil,
King's advisor, Master of ordinary request of is hotel, Great Cross of the Royal Order of Saint-Louis. Intendant of justice, police and finance in the
Generality of Riom and province of Auvergne, residing in Clermont-Ferrand, from 1757 to 1767. Doubles the usual reward for tha Beast on Novembre 19th 1764.
- Tassy de Montluc. Subdelegate of the diocese of Saint-Flour with the intendant of Auvergne.