Marcus came from a Noble family. His last name is inherited from his mother's family, despite the fact that his father's ancestry was more influential than his mother's.
Since we all know that Marcus's family is very powerful and respected, we automatically assume that he was raised like a good little prince that was fed every single treat he wanted his tiny hands on. But nope. He was raised as if he was no more useful than a rock and just an extra mouth to feed for. So ever since he was a child, Marcus despised his family and assumed that all families in Nobility were as snobby as his parents were. I mean, he's not totally wrong either......
When it was time for him to enroll into Foxfire, his family paid no attention to him. Even when he did well in his midterms, his parents wanted more. Got A-? Well he needed to get A+. Got 99%? He needed to get 100%. Their greed was never fulfilled. They demanded more, and more, and more, and so much more that Marcus couldn't handle it......and ditched home.
At Level 8 in Foxfire, Marcus ditched home. He finally grew tired of his parents suppressing him to pass the Elite Levels. He slept in the streets for weeks until he decided to seek for shelter. He went over to Irelia Jaggers, a close friend of him that was in the same level at Foxfire. Marcus's and Irelia's friendship was a secret, since his parents would be outraged if they knew he was hanging out with a low-classed elf. But soon he felt like he was burden to her family, he moved out and sneaked into another house. Not his parent's house, but his aunt's. His aunt was the only thing closest to caring in his household, despite the fact that she'd always avoid eye contact and seemed to want nothing to do with him. His ability as a Vanisher coming in handy, and slipped into the living room...only to find out his aunt, and his parents, revealing the most unwanted secret.
His aunt, Lady Isabelle was his mother. His biological mother.
It explained everything. How coldly his "parents" treated him. How his aunt never seemed to lock eyes into him every time they met each other. Why he was always an outcast, living in a house that seemed to despise his existence itself. The question was, why?
Lady Isabelle had fell in love with a Talentless. The two of them loved each other so dearly, even the title as a Bad Match couldn't tear them apart. But sadly.....their parents could.
Lady Isabelle's parents were even more strict than Marcus's adoptive parents. They had no room whatsoever to spare for mistakes. Lady Isabelle begged for months for her parents to accept her decision, but the world was against her. Her parents had it when Lady Isabelle revealed to them that she was soon to mother a child. The day after the child, Marcus, was born, was the last day Lady Isabelle saw her lover. Her parents apparently had threatened him with something so vile, that it made him never see Isabelle ever again, and she was in grief. She drank fizzleberry wine every single day after that and was never the same. If her lover left her so she could maintain her status, then she made sure that his sacrifices wouldn't go to waste. So she gave up her child. She gave it to her sister, and being the stereotypical elf her sister was, reluctantly took the kid in, knowing that Marcus's presence in her family would make more sense than Isabelle raising him all alone.
When Marcus finished hearing the conversation between his parents and aunt, he ditched the house with tears running down his face. Sure, he hated his parents for being the worst parent in the universe, but...to think that they never wanted him in the first place was beyond sadness. It was disappointment.
That night, he erased the crystal to his house on his pathfinder. He pondered upon whether to drop out of school, but decided that it was best for him to graduate before cutting off all contact with the rest of the world. After all, it was only days before Foxfire ended. He had passed his last final of Foxfire and graduated. Now there was only one more thing to do.
He met Irelia after the graduation and talked to her for hours, taking strolls around the Lost Cities. After tons of talks about this and that, they finally hopped onto the main point: Matchmaking. He had saved all 5 of his lists so he could read them all at the day of his graduation. His first list didn't contain Irelia's name, but it was alright. After all, the legendary Fitz Vacker's mother, Della Vacker, was on the second list of Alden Vacker. He tore open his second list and read through every single name, a bit disappointed when the second list didn't include her name. By the time he was on his fourth list, his whole world was crumbling with despair. But he barely survived when he saw Irelia's name near the bottom of his fifth list, 3rd from the bottom.
His friends suggested him to meet elves from his first two lists, especially on the first list when they realized an elf from an incredibly powerful family was on the list, but he refused. He already found someone he loved and wasn't planning on letting her slip by. After 8 years of knowing each other, the two married. He didn't care about his friends shaking their heads at him for marrying someone at the bottom of his final list. He didn't care about his parents' disapproval of his decision. He married and lived with the elf he loved, and that was all that mattered. Now he is 27 years old, working as an Emissary for the Council in Nobility.