“Nonsense! I may be getting on in years, but I'm still more than a match for the youth!”
—Marcus in a support conversation with Roy in The Binding Blade.
Marcus is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade and Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. He is a senior knight of Pherae. In both of these installments he fills the part of the Jagen type character, beginning powerful but ultimately being outclassed by other units, along with taking an early advisory role to both Roy and Eliwood in their respective titles. He can recruit Harken and support with Merlinus.
In The Blazing Blade if he loses all his HP he will stay out of further battles, instead of actually 'dying'. This is due to his appearance in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade; if he had died in The Blazing Blade, being alive later in the chronology of the Elibe saga would have made no sense.
He makes a brief cameo appearances in Chapter 17 and 18 of the Hasha no Tsurugi manga.
Description: A veteran paladin serving Pherae. Roy's instructor in combat.
- See also: Marcus/Supports#The Binding Blade
Description: A paladin serving House Pherae. A skilled veteran.
* Eliwood's Story
** Hector's Story
- See also: Marcus/Supports#The Blazing Blade
The Binding BladeEdit
Marcus is a pre-promoted paladin and is available from the beginning, and thus is one of the most useful characters in the game, particularly on Hard Mode. While his base stats are low at first glance and his growths are almost non-existent, Marcus is effectively mandatory in the early maps of Hard Mode as he's one of the only units who starts off with enough bulk to take a few hits, and will one-round in return with his Silver Lance. If he has his Iron Sword equipped instead, he will leave the enemies at low enough health for your weaker units to kill them and gain experience. While the others units will grow more, he'll always retain a niche even once his base stats become obsolete simply by virtue of his high lance rank and having 8 move.
The Blazing BladeEdit
Marcus retains his power in FE7, and is in fact even stronger than his previous incarnation, although arguably not as vital as he was before due to the generally lower difficulty of the game. Even still, FE7 units are quite slow, and his bases are quite good. His main selling point, however, is his extremely high bases and weapon ranks upon joining. Even with minimal investment, he can easily destroy the majority of enemies for most of the game even without a single level up.
Even if the player is reluctant to use early promoted units, the fact remains that his 8 movement makes chapters a lot faster, and he can easily destroy the early bosses that others have issues with one-rounding. While his growth rates are not amazing, they're still completely fine, and he'll gain enough stats to keep going throughout the game, and his bases in Strength and Speed easily make up for it. His main selling point, much like his FE6 incarnation, however, is just the simple fact that he will be there for the entire game (excluding Lyn's story and the first map of Hector mode) and as a result will always be there either as a fall back if needed, or on the front lines for the entirety of the adventure.
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade Edit
Marcus: "Argh... I've come so far... Lord Roy...please...take care..."
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade Edit
Eliwood: "Marcus? MARCUS!!!"
After the battle:
Eliwood: "Marcus, how are your wounds?"
Marcus: "To be done in by such as these... It's a dishonor... If only I was ten years younger..."
Eliwood: "You should rest for a while. You can still help me as my advisor..."
Marcus: "I understand. I accept this new duty."
Final chapter: Beyond the Darkness (The Binding Blade)Edit
Marcus: Please be careful, Lord Roy.
Final chapter: Light (The Blazing Blade)Edit
Marcus: "I'll show you the strength of a knight of Pherae."
Marcus - Loyal Paladin (忠実なる聖騎士)
Marcus finally retired upon returning to Pherae. Although he tried to live in peace, he could never get rid of the endless stream of aspiring knights begging for his direction. He left his name in history as a great knight who fought with Roy and also as an outstanding teacher to the next generation.
- Marcus - Knight of Pherae
Marcus returned to Pherae with Eliwood and, as the head of the knights of Pherae, dedicated his life to training young squires.
- Marcus and Merlinus
The merchant Merlinus began working for Eliwood. He and Marcus were fast friends, and when Marcus became the head of military training, Merlinus used his business acumen to deal with all matters financial.
- According to a Japanese gaming news website, Marcus landed 38th place out of 80 in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.