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Class. Sophistication. Insanity. Formerly butler to Phoebe, Marquis d'Caliber was driven mad by a sudden loss of connection to the LLC's governing AI. Now, this high-society sociopath wreaks havoc on the unwashed masses in his endless pursuit of profit.[x]
Marquis is an LLC robot who once served as Phoebe’s butler before The Great Severance rendered him insane. Best from long range, Marquis uses his cane-turned-sniper rifle to hit enemies from afar, and he can also send out robotic owls named Hoodini that circle the skies and rain down on enemies like adorable missiles. Marquis’ ultimate ability is the Bindleblast, a shot that does high damage and increases in power the further the shot travels.
Marquis is available to play at the start of the game.
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.
- Role: Attacker
- Marquis' owl, Hoodini is a reference to the joke, "What do you call a magic owl? Hoo-dini!"
- One of Marquis's lines "The eyes Hoodini, go for the eyes!" is a reference to Boo, a pet hamster in Bioware's Baldur's Gate series.
- Marquis speaks with a German accent, despite his name being French in origin. References to the German language include:
- "Ein, Zwei, Die" (a pun of "Eins, Zwei, Drei", which means "one, two, three" in German).
- During his heelclap taunt he sometimes shouts "Wunderbar" ("Wonderful") (note W is pronounced like a V).
- Sometimes when his robotic owls kill minion bots he refers to them as "mein Kinder" ("mein Kinder" = "my children").
- In the german version of the game, all his originally german lines are french.
- When Marquis is affected by a slow effect, he will start singing "Daisy, Daisy". This may be a reference to Hal 9000, an A.I. from the novel and film 2001: A Space Odyssey, who sings this song as he is being deactivated.
Ein, Zwei, Die
Bindlebane shots mark targets. The third shot on the same target adds 25% of attack damage as bonus damage.
Creates a Temporal Distortion field lasting for 6 seconds, slowing all enemies inside of the warp bubble.
Marquis' signature collapsible sniper rifle, fit with a custom hilt pistol for close-range engagement. Heavily augmentable.
Deploys an owl that reveals nearby enemies on the map. At close range, owls collide with enemies, dealing 133 damage. Up to 3 owls can be active at once.
Titanium dandy MK VI
Marquis' relatively fragile chassis necessitates careful, strategic engagement with enemy Battleborn.
Fires a single, powerful shot dealing 375 damage, and increases its damage the longer it is in flight. Must be charged before firing.
|Level||BATTLE ACUMEN||Mutators||EMINENT DOMAIN|
|1||The Great(er) Hoodini||Strigiform Swiftness||Waste makes Haste|
|Increases Predatory Strike damage. +15% Damage.||Deployed Predatory Strike owls acquire and attack nearby targets faster. -50% Activation Delay.||In addition to slowing enemies, Temporal Distortion now hastens allies. +30% Movement Speed for 4 seconds.|
|Predatory Strike owls no longer collide with the world, guaranteeing a hit on target when activated.||Predatory Strike owls automatically reveal nearby targets.||Predatory Strike owls on the battlefield are cloaked|
|3||Ocular Enhancements||Bullet Banker||Executive Barrel Porting|
|Fits Bindlebane with a variable-zoom scope. +50% Zoom Range.||Increases Bindlebane's magazine size. +2 Clip Size.||Reduces Bindlebane recoil. -60% Recoil.|
|4||Time Killer||Big Time|
|All enemies inside a Temporal Distortion bubble take damage over time. +28 Damage Per Second.||Enlarges Temporal Distortion's area of effect. +25% Bubble Size.|
|5||Efficiency Expert||Executive Access||Ein, Zwei, Cry|
|Ein, Zwei, Die bonus damage is triggered on the second consecutive hit of a marked target, rather than the third.||Ein, Zwei, Die's bonus damage penetrates shields. +100% Shield Penetration.||Increases Ein, Zwei, Die's bonus damage. +25% Bonus Damage.|
|6||Long-haul Hoodini||Parliamentary, My Dear!||Distant Time|
|Increases Predatory Strike casting range. +30% Cast Distance.||Increases the maximum number of Predatory Strike owls that can be active on the battlefield at once. +2 Active Owls.||Increases Temporal Distortion casting range. +30% Cast Distance.|
|7||Autoloader||Bang for the Buck|
|Increases Bindlebane’s reload and attack speed. +25% Reload and Attack Speed.||Increases Bindlebane’s base damage. +18% Damage.|
|8||Windfall||Hoot of the Vigilant|
|Upon detonation, Predatory Strike owls leave behind areas of effect that deal damage over time. +90 Damage Per Second.||Predatory Strike owls behave like sentries, and can fire on nearby enemies twice before detonation.|
|9||Time to Spare||Cease and Desist|
|Increases the duration of Temporal Distortion's warp bubble. +2s Duration.||Intensifies the slowing effect of Temporal Distortion, further reducing enemy movement speed. +30% Slow.|
|Bindleblast can fire twice after charging.-33% damage +1 shot||Bindleblast shots can now pierce world terrain to strike targets. Enemy Battleborn are highlighted in the scope.|
- Additional Helix options that can be unlocked by leveling the respective character rank.
- A third option added to a pre-defined Helix choice.
- Maximum of 1 additional helix choice for each character Helix level
- They first show up ingame after they are unlocked for the individual character.
- 5 additional helix choices per character
- Ingame selection via:
- F (PC)
- Y (Xbox Controller)
- Triangle (PS4)
|Character Rank 9||Level 1||Strigiform Swiftness|
|Requires character rank 9 to unlock = 775 total XP.||Deployed Predatory Strike owls acquire and attack nearby targets faster. -50% Activation Delay.|
|Character Rank 12||Level 2||Eyes Everywhere|
|Requires character rank 12 to unlock = 1455 total XP.||Predatory Strike owls automatically reveal nearby targets.|
|Character Rank 5||Level 3||Bullet Banker|
|Requires character rank 5 to unlock = 250 total XP.||Increases Bindlebane's magazine size. +2 Clip Size.|
|Character Rank 7||Level 5||Executive Access|
|Requires character rank 7 to unlock = 470 total XP.||Ein, Zwei, Die's bonus damage penetrates shields. +100% Shield Penetration.|
|Character Rank 3||Level 6||Parliamentary, My Dear!|
|Requires character rank 3 to unlock = 105 total XP.||Increases the maximum number of Predatory Strike owls that can be active on the battlefield at once. +2 Active Owls.|
|Searching...||Trigger bonus damage from Eins, Zwei, Die 250 times.|
|To Serve Man||Hasten allies with Temporial Distortion 100 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.|
|Overprotective||Complete 3 matches while on the same team as Phoebe.|
--== 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.
Update: Empress's Imperial cruiser overtaken by Rendain's forces. Rendain has boarded the cruiser.
Expected Outcome: Battle ended in favor of Rendain.
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.
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.
SEARCHING... Location EIN SEARCHING... Location ZWEI SEARCHING...
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.
M.TDVI_RESPONE: ASTROLOCATION_PLANET.JENNAR SEARCHING... No results. SEARCHING... No results. SEARCHING... Conclusion: Location NOT FOUND
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
|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.
Sincerely, G.R. Bartlesby Hemsworth II
|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.)
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 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 of being overly attached.
Some additional recon by yours truly has uncovered a small unmarked Arcship (believed to be an abadoned Minion Robotics facility) that has been re-purposed to the mass production of "Hoodinis". And get this - they're being altered. Some cloak. Some of 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 //
ARCSHIP P.R.I.M: HEMSWORTH FAMILY ARCSHIP
This strategy guide was created to help players determine the best Gear and Helix choices for this Hero based on Game Mode type and Role. Contributors are encouraged to share their knowledge so that others may benefit from it.
Taunts and Skins do not changes gameplay in any form and are strictly cosmetic.
- Main article: Appearance
- Gold-Plated Victory Yacht skin was a previous reward for preordering Battleborn, along with Reyna, Rath, Montana, and Thorn's gold skins. This skin also references Marquis' Lore challenge: "Hobo Eradication Protocol"
- There is a small chance Marketplace skins and taunts can be found when opening a Magnus Loot Packs.
Skills, Augments, and Balance changes:
- Reduced the bonus damage of Eins, Zwei, Die from 50% to 25%
- Fixed an issue that allowed Marquis to damage a Sentry's health using its shield hit box
- Marquis' level 4 Left Helix Augment, Time Killer now consistently damages enemies within Temporal Distortion regardless of terrain
Challenges and Statistics:
- Reduced the number of games required for Marquis' “Hobo Eradication Protocol” challenge from 10 to 5
- Reduced the number of games required for Marquis' “Overprotective” challenge from 5 to 3
Visual and Audio Effects:
- Fixed a visual issue with Predatory Strike owls when they are affected by certain third person FX
- Bindlebane attacks no longer trigger critical hit sound effects on Immune targets
- Fixed an issue with Marquis's level 2 Mutation, Eyes Everywhere.
- Fixed an issue where Marquis's ultimate Bindleblast damage was not tracked properly after taking level 10 Right Helix Augment, exe.
- Reduced Bindlebane sniper base damage by 15%.
- Reduced base health by 12%.