Marcus, Head of the Bluecoats

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Marcus (Son of Brand and Dara)

Marcus Oberon

Son of King Brand of Brandenberg and Princess Dara, Grand Duchess of Sawallways

Height – 6’0″

Hair – Blond

Eyes – Blue

Major Titles

  • Prince of Amber and Brandenberg
  • Lord of Sans Souci Palace and Fortress
  • Prince of Houses Helgram and Hendrake

Positions

  • Lord Constable of Amber Castle
  • Captain of the Royal Guard
  • Colonel in Chief of the Royal Amber Rifles
  • Director of the Amber Secret Service
  • Minister of Internal Security
  • Keeper of the Amber Royal Dungeons
  • Member of the Committee of the Black Unicorn
  • Member of the Court of the Black Star
  • Royal Spokesman 
  • arl of Unicorn Heights in the Olive District of Amber on the Medway River, with several manors including Shrinehold.

Story – Interegnum

Out of place in the Tudor style court of Amber is Marcus, Captain of the Royal Guard. His uniform is a modern blue military dress tunic. It is easy to keep clean and means he does not have to wear Court Dress.The Royal Guard is a unit that was created by Oberon when he took control of Corwin’s Rifle Regiment that alone uses pink gunpowder. With its off world origins, it was allowed to retain a modern uniform.  The Royal Guard controls many parts of the palace including the Administrative Areas and the Residential Wings. The Green Guard or the Royal Amber Pikemen are under the authority of the Constable of the Castle as are the Yeomen of the Guard (axemen). Gerard has his own liveried regiment guarding his and Oberon’s area, the Treasury and critical parts of the palace.

Marcus was the main gopher for King Oberon and while he never fell afoul of Amber’s powerful and terrible monarch he had run afoul of many princes and factions from time to time. He even spent a few nights a couple times in the dungeon when he annoyed Eric and then Fiona.

Marcus_01Marcus is a decorated war hero in the Black Road war and other minor wars with Amber. With no military training, he was raised to a commission by Corwin then Oberon put him in charge of a strategic palace regiment.

Marcus is also the Palace Spokespiece and was given the dirty work of announcing royal decrees to the media and public. This has not damaged his popularity in the city.

As well Oberon gave Marcus many tasks including bringing in the new princes, his grandsons / grand daughters and one son. Like Gerard and others, Marcus has a stack of sealed orders in his office (not residential office but guard office) that can be opened on certain days or in certain situations.  Some whisper both Marcus and Gerard have secret death warrants put away.

Up to this point the King nor the Regent officially verified Marcus was of the Royal Family. However speculation has been rife as to whom his parentage is. The ire of Fiona upon him and the friendliness of the usually aloof Brand made Prince Brand the likely suspect. This was verified when Brand taught Marcus many skills.

After Brand’s disappearance, Marcus is the only one given the spare key to Brand’s suite and was known to have access to his papers.

As well, Marcus – while ONLY in the presence of Walter later Geran Ian and Edward together are the only ones who have access to the very very tightly secured pattern.

With Fiona absent, Marcus has an uneasy relationship with the Prince Regent which Oberon delighted in. As well, Martin cannot stand Marcus for his parentage. Gerard’s daughter Michelle and Marcus were an item a year ago before Gerard and Rose (Gerard’s mistress and Michelle’s mother) broke it up. Yet Oberon put Michelle’s suite across from Marcus’ and STRICTLY FORBADE Gerard from reassigning the rooms.

Marcus was raised by poorer gentry in rural Amber near Garnath until the Black Road War came to close. Chaos regiments still spoke of what happened though it has been overblown by the Amber media that Marcus singlehandedly stopped the Chaos Army in time for Eric’s troops arrived. They also say he slew the enemy commander and half the advanced cavalry. All at the young age of 16….?

Reign of King Bleys

Bleys surprisingly confirmed all of Marcus’ roles and positions in Amber Castle and left the Royal Amber Regiment and Amber Castle Constabulary free from the flood of Helgrams seeking work in Amber.

Marcus is kept busy with his many titles and duties though he tends to commute by trump to Sans Souci Palace. He rarely spends the night in Amber Castle.

Recently, Marcus was involved with his half brother/half uncle Magnus in the rebooting of the Asgard Pattern, created by King Oberon.  There are many rumours floating about concerning Marcus and the influence Oberon had upon him.

As well, Marcus seems to be extraordinarily fond of Faiella, the widowed Queen of Oberon, he drove his bicycle off the castle walls and into the moat while staring at her once. Lately, he was reported to have kissed her and declared he loved her though this is strongly denied by his mother, Queen Mother Dara.

After the second death of Faiella, Marcus has refused to talk about the subject to anyone, burrowing deeper into his work. Rumours are that Faiella tried to stab him when he thought she loved him. Apparently she was accused of trying to sacrifice him to his half brother, the Wotan of Asgard to bring back Oberon. Official statements from Prince John deny this and Marcus is not talking.

Marcus still has cordial relations with almost everyone including his half brother the Wotan Marcus. Rumours are that many Oberon shards were removed by him and destroyed.

 He has been known to have procured enough Amber-friendly munitions to operate a ring of heavy artillery ordinance around Amber Castle with a few to spare around Sans Souci Castle.  Reports have it to be -World War II German 88 mm.
Only beaten out by Matthew and Lucius, Marcus is third least favourite son of Brand’s. Brand is reported to get into a sulk and curse his father, when the name of Marcus comes up.

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