Markus was born to a small family of well-off merchants in the capital of the Holy Orenian Empire. The entirety of his education was based upon one thing: To shed the skin of the common man and to one day earn the honor of joining the ranks of the lower nobility. It was both his father and grand-father’s dream for their family to be granted the right to join such a position. Now that they were sufficiently well-off, from wealth earned through the hard work his forefathers, it was upon his shoulders that rested the ambitions of his budding dynasty. From learning how to read and write to being taught how to wield weapons, he was offered as much knowledge as his family could afford without ruining themselves. His harsh and demanding education didn’t come without cost, sadly, as he had little time to afford friends or romance which caused him to be somewhat taciturn, which in turn made him known as a man of few words. Now, at 21, Markus decided that it was time for him to make his first steps towards achieving his goals, either through the Imperial Army or by finding a way into the graces of powerful men. Though he knew he had a very difficult road ahead of him, he would do everything in his power to protect and increase his family’s fortune so that his own children may one day, too, profit from his work just as he had been helped by his own father.