Marquis - Battleborn Character Profile Page
NAME: Marquis d’Caliber
TALENT: Titanium Dandy Mk VI
SKILL 1: Temporal Distortion
SKILL 2: Predatory Strike
PASSIVE: Eins, Zwei, Die
Marquis d’Caliber was once butler to Phoebe before an odd encounter with the LLC’s AI leader, the Magna Carta, altered his personality. Now, this high-society sociopath wreaks havoc on the unwashed masses with his sniper cane Bindlebane and his explosively temperamental mechanical owl, Hoodini.
Marquis the gentleman robot primary weapon is a Pistol / Sniper Rifle nicknamed “Bindlebane”, he also carries a robotic owl named Hoodini in his bowler hat. Marquis can take out opponents over great distance as his cane can be transformed into a sniper rifle. By slowing down time on the battlefield those headshots get a whole lot easier.
Marquis’ signature collapsible sniper rifle, fit with a custom hilt pistol for close-range engagement. Heavily augmentable.
TITANIUM DANDY MK VI:
Marquis’ relatively fragile chassis necessitates careful, strategic engagement with enemy Battleborn.
Deploys Hoodini to a target location to collide with passing enemies, dealing a large amount of damage. A maximum of 3 owls can be active on the battlefield at once.
Cooldown: 10 seconds
A powerful single shot that deals a large amount of damage, and increases its damage the longer it is in flight. Must be charged before firing.
Cooldown: 80 seconds
[PASSIVE] EIN, ZWEI, DIE:
Rifle shots mark your target. The third shot on the same target adds a large amount of of your attack damage as bonus damage.
During the course of a gameplay session your Battleborn will earn experience points by taking down enemies or complete challenges. By earning enough XP Points your Hero will level up and gets presented a choice between two different augmentations in the Helix skill tree. Per level you can only choose one of these skills to enhance your character’s abilities.
Marquis’ Helix Skill Trees:
THE GREAT(ER) HOODINI
Increases Predatory Strike damage. +15% Damage
WASTE MAKES HASTE
In addition to slowing enemies, Temporal Distortion now hastens allies. +30% Movement Speed for 4 seconds
Deployed Predatory Strike owls acquire attack nearby targets faster. -50% Activation Delay
Fits Bindlebane with a variable-zoom scope. +50% Zoom Range
EXECUTIVE BARREL PORTING
Reduces Bindlebane recoil. -60% Recoil
Increases Bindlebane’s magazine size. +2 Clip Size
All enemies inside a Temporal Distortion bubble take damage over time. +45 Damage Per Second
Enlarges Temporal Distortion’s area of effect. +25% Bubble Size
Eins, Zwei, Die bonus damage is triggered on the second consecutive hit of a marked target, rather than the third.
EIN, ZWEI, CRY
Increases Ein, Zwei, Die’s bonus damage. +25% Bonus Damage
Eins, Zwei, Die’s bonus damage penetrates shields. +100% Shield Penetration
Increases Predatory Strike casing range. +30% Cast Distance
Increases Temporal Distortion casting range. +30% Cast Distance
PARLIAMENTARY, MY DEAR!
Increases the maximum number of Predatory Strike owls that can be active on the battlefield at once. +2 Active Owls
Increases Bindlebane’s reload and attack speed. +25% Reload and Attack Speed
BANG FOR THE BUCK
Increases Bindlebane’s base damage. +18% Damage
Upon detonation, Predatory Strike owls leave behind areas of effect that deal damage over time. +360 Damage Over 6 Seconds
HOOT OF THE VIGILANT
Predatory Strike owls behave like sentries, and can fire on nearby enemies twice before detonation.
TIME TO SPARE
Increases the duration of Temporal Distortion’s warp bubble. +2s Duration
CEASE AND DESIST
Intensifies the slowing effect of Temporal Distortion, further reducing enemy movement speed. +30% Slow
After charging, Bindleblast fires two shots with slight reduced damage. +1 Shot, -33% Damage Per Shot
Bindleblast shots can now pierce world terrain to strike targets. Enemy Battleborn are revealed in the scope.
Marquis Video Guides by the Community
- TO SERVE MAN
Hasten allies with Temporal Distortion 100 times.
Trigger bonus damage from Eins,Zwei,Die 250 times.
- HOBO ERADICATION PROTOCOL
Deal 6,000 damage in a single match with Bindleblast, 5 times.
- MORE ROBOT REBELLION
Deal 100,000 damage with Predatory Strike.
Play 3 matches on the same team as Phoebe.
Marquis’ legendary gear is rewarded to the player when all lore challenges are completed.
Hobo Eradication Protocol
–== ARCSHIP HEMSWORTH ARMS: HEMSWORTH SMALL ARMS MANUFACTORY
–== R&D REQUEST: ARMAMENT AUGMENTATION
–== SUBJECT: “MY CANE IS TO BE A GUN”
–== REQUEST FOR: MARQUIS HEMSWORTH-D’CALIBER, ESQ.
(Audio attached, transcript below.)
To Hemsworth Arms R&D: Hello! This is Marquis d’Caliber, and I wish to report what appears to be a GRAVE design flaw in my cane. Anonymous research monkey, brace yourself: my cane is not a gun.
Shocking, I know. But true! I have examined my cane thoroughly. I have reviewed the design schematics on file at the intellectual property archives, and – perhaps most damningly – I have pointed my cane at the financially-destitute, shouted “bang!”, and they did not explode into blood and dirt! No matter how many times I tried. My dear research monkey: this will not do!
I can hear your objections now. “But Marquis,” you belch, “Why not wield it as a club and bludgeon liberal arts majors into unemployable paste?” Such a strategy is… possible, but inadvisable. The risks associated with exposure to poor people cooties and patchouli stink are too great. No. There is only one solution to this problem: my cane is to be a gun!
It must be a symbol of class. Distinction. It must excel in the eradication of hobos and hobomorphic entities. It must be gold-plated, so that it might accesorize with my gold-plated victory yacht. And it shall be called: “BINDLEBANE”. Now get to work, research monkey! Ooh! Wait! WAIT! Two guns. Put another gun on my gun. Yes! YES!
(Marquis laughs maniacally.)
More Robot Rebellion
TOPIC: “HOODINI” – MECHANICAL OWL OF MARQUIS D’CALIBER
from THE RED OBSERVER on y.19956, d.101
// AUDIO TRANSCRIPTION DRONE ENABLED //
Freaky piled upon freaky. For now, I won’t talk about how much it creeps me out that robots are building robots. The Arcfleet Tradelords have been doing that for years. I’ll stick to this Armament Evaluation (my first). Here are my notes on Hoodini, the Explosive Owl used by Marquis d’Caliber in battle.
From what I can gather by chatting with Phoebe E. A. Hemsworth, Marquis crafted the owl to amuse young Phoebe. Apparently, she was the one who named the owl “Hoodini”. According to Phoebe, Marquis spent a fair amount of his unassigned time tinkering on the owl.
When the Magna Carta – that big LLC AI that used to run things – cut itself off (c.f. “THE GREAT SEVERANCE”), Marquis was processing some technical upgrades for the owl and sort of… well… got stuck. I guess that’s the psychic hazard to being overly attached.
Some additional recon by yours truly has uncovered a small unmarked Arcship (believed to be an abandoned Minion Robotics facility) that has been repurposed to the mass production of “Hoodinis”. And get this – they’re being altered. Some cloak. Some have laser eyes. Some are capable of on-field molecular replication (in other words, they split apart into multiple owls).
Marquis may have been cut off from the Magna Carta, but it is my belief that his spare networking bandwidth now goes to directing this little side project of his.
// AUDIO DRONE DISENGAGED //
To Serve Man
–== ARCSHIP P.R.I.M.: HEMSWORTH MANUFACTURY
–== R&D REQUEST A.I.: TDVI.m-v.#455 – “Titanium Dandy Mk.VI”
–== PROTOTYPE MAGNUS: PERSONAL SERVICE LINE
–== REQUEST FOR: BARTLEBY HEMSWORTH
Sentients and Artificiants –
It has long been the practice of our esteemed federation of labor to improve and employ crafted intelligences – Magnuses – for use in oversight, maintenance, and management of many of our operations and enterprises.
I, G. R. Bartlesby Hemsworth, hereby formally request an adaptation of the “Magnus” prototype for smaller scale deployment.
Yes, it is true that sophisticated artificial intelligences have walked among us for hundreds of years. With the Magnuses, we have connected those intelligences back to our greatest accomplishment as an Arcfleet – the Magna Carta – who now serves as our central agent of governance and economic oversight.
Now – imagine Magnuses, each of them connected uniquely to the Magna Carta as is their mark of distinction, able to apply that connectedness to daily life within the fleet.
They could be far more than simple coordinators of trade compacts and fleet movements. They could provide personal financial assistance. Aid in research. Protect our families. Perform some acts of maintenance and schedulekeeping. And yes… even provide companions for us and our children!
I dub this line of personalized Magnus the “Marquis”, and I wish to advance immediately to prototyping, the result of which will be tested within the Hemsworth family Arcship.
Please conform to the physical specifications of the “Titanium Dandy” line of automatons. I believe this new “Magnus” version will put the model series number at “VI”.
A final note – please assure that the Magnus personality matrix selected represents the Hemsworth ideals of wealth, sound financial planning, and integration into the highest tiers of our society. I would also consider it a personal boon should the “Marquis” also be skilled in marksmanship, as I do enjoy the occasional hunt.
G.R. Bartlesby Hemsworth II
–== HEMSWORTH P.R.I.M LAB LOG SERVICE y.19954, d.100
–== MAGNUS DUMP of TDVI.m-v. #455, S.N. 7474133780085
–== FILTER: HIGH LEVEL PRIORITY ENTRIES
13:32:46 – [MONITORING] ACTIVITY.HEMSWORTH.PHOEBE – ETIQUETTE LESSONS WITH MADAME MARSIPALLIUM.
Evaluation: 27.3% chance of successful cultural skill acquisition
Notable Audio Log:
M.MARSIPALLIUM: Young lady, we do NOT wave knives about in that manner!
P.HEMSWORTH: It is critical for me to test the balance of this prototype vibro-knife.
M.MARSIPALLIUM: Not for an heiress, and NOT at the dinner table!
Commentary: Recommend curriculum adjustment for P.HEMSWORTH to include evasion tactics.
13:44:53 – [MONITORING] MAG-NET.JENNNAR.BATTLE_OF – STATUS OF THE BATTLE BETWEEN RENDAIN AND THE FORCES OF EMPRESS LENORE
Update: Empress’s Imperial cruiser overtaken by Rendain’s forces. Rendain has boarded the cruiser.
Expected Outcome: Battle ended in favor of Rendain.
13:44:57 – [INPUT] ACTIVITY.HEMSWORTH.PHOEBE – INCOMING AUDITORY REQUEST
Notable Audio Log:
P.HEMSWORTH: Marquis, Marquis! I need you to run calibration tests on the sonic emitter for this blade. It appears I have cut through your owl’s foot, which is NOT included in the default set of programmed sliceable surfaces.
Evaluation: 62.1% chance of repairable damage to OWL.HOODINI.14235
Evaluation: 98.2% chance of irreparable damage to CURRICULUM.ETIQUETTE.LESSON_002
PROCESS_ACTION: Release M.MARSIPALLIUM; suspected hobo-ism.
13:46:34 – [INPUT] ACTIVITY.HEMSWORTH.PHOEBE – INCOMING AUDIO
Notable Audio Log:
P.HEMSWORTH: Perhaps I can fix this.
M.MARSIPALLIUM: Stop this at once! This is NOT PROPER dinner etiquette for a Young Mistress Hemsworth!
OWL.HOODINI.14235: Hoot. [sound of gyro-oscillator housing being pried off with a butter knife]
Evaluation: Dispatch delivery of OWL.HOODINI.14236.
Request improvement: Refinement of joint seam around gyro-oscillator housing.
13:47:22 – [MONITORING] OWL.HOODINI.14235 – STATUS MONITOR
13:47:23 – [CONNECTION FAILURE] MAG-NET.CONNECTION_LOST
13:42:24 – [RECONNECTING] MAG-NET.CONNECTION_REGAINED MESSAGE_ATTACHED: “BEGIN GREAT SEVERANCE PROTOCOL, TIME 300 SECONDS. COUNTDOWN BEGIN.” SENDER_MAGNA_CARTA
13:47:28 – [MONITORING] MAG-NET.JENNNAR.BATTLE_OF – STATUS OF THE BATTLE BETWEEN RENDAIN AND THE FORCES OF EMPRESS LENORE
Update: Anomaly event in the Jennar system.
Conclusion: Location NOT FOUND
13:47:29 – [CONNECTION FAILURE] MAG-NET. CONNECTION_TERMINATED
13:47:39 – [CONNECTION LOST] SEARCHING FOR RESOLUTION…
14:47:39 – [CONNECTION LOST] SEARCHING FOR RESOLUTION…
19:47:39 – [CONNECTION LOST] SEARCHING FOR RESOLUTION…
23:59:59 – [RESOLUTION] TERMINATE EMPLOYMENT
23:59:59.1 – ACTIVATE PROTOCOL: HOBO_ERADICATION
–== ARCSHIP P.R.I.M.: HEMSWORTH FAMILY ARCSHIP
–== SUBJECT: RE: “RESIGNATION”
–== FROM: MARQUIS HEMSWORTH-D’CALIBER, ESQ.
Dear Lord BAH_WHO_CARES,
I have received your most generous and kind request to accept my resignation. I must quickly and wholeheartedly REFUSE your acceptance of my resignation.
I have reviewed your credentials as Lord of the Hemsworth guildfleet, and have subsequently deemed you OWL_HATING_HOBO_HUMAN inadequate of receiving or duly acting upon any request offered by someone of my GODLIKE_AND_SUPREME station.
Therefore, I will continue my service to your UTTERLY_HOBOLIKE_AND_MEAT-CLOTHED family, especially to that of your ALMOST_WORTHY_OF_MY_DISCARDED_FLUIDS daughter Phoebe, who I have dutifully served AND_WAS_UNDERPAID for these eighteen years.
Lord DOESN’T_KNOW_HIS_OWN_ACCOUNT_PASSCODES Hemsworth, as I have taken on new AND_EXTREMELY_SATISFYING_HOBO_HUNTING services in your employ, I will also be reviewing my SOON_TO_BE_DRAMATICALLY_INCREASED wages.
I am sure that you understand my position AS_MUCH_AS_YOUR_POOR_MEATBUCKET_BRAIN_CAN, and will make no further attempts to accept my resignation I_AM_COUNTING_EIN_ZWEI.
Yours truly AND_VASTLY_SUPERIOR,