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|Born||3028 (prior to 11 October)|
|Parents|| Bart Johns (father)|
Chole Marik (mother)
|Siblings||At least one older sister|
John Marik-Johns was the second child of Chloe Jade Marik and Colonel Bart Johns, a highly capable staff officer with the Second Dismal Disinherited. It was expected for him to follow his fathers and older sister footsteps and enter into service with the Dismal Disinherited. But Marik-Johns had his own ideas and decided to follow its own path. He attended the Allison MechWarrior Institute where he was shocked by the rampant anti-Marik sentiments he found there (shielded as he had been by his mother while growing up; never aware that such strong feelings could run so deep on the Free Worlds League).
Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Second Regulan Hussars. While the details of his service are sketchy, it is known that he resigned his commission after the Gibson incident of 3055, passing on an opportunity for advancement in the chastised unit and choosing to go back to the Dismal Disinherited, continuing the long standing tradition of the Johns' family service to the unit.
Since accepting employment with the Third Dismal Disinherited, Marik-Johns has shown himself not only an outstanding MechWarrior, but also a superior staff officer with a knack for logistics. His talents as a staff officer caught the attention of Colonel Jaime Wolf of Wolf's Dragoons, who has since become his mentor and close friend. Estranged from his father, he remains close with his mother and older sister, who both encourage his work with the Allied Mercenary Command.
Following the formation of the Allied Mercenary Command to combat the spread of Word of Blake influence in what was now the Chaos March, the 3rd Dismal Disinherited regiment was sent to Hall by the AMC to support the Com Guard troops already on planet to ward off against Blakist operations and investigate suspected ties between William Baranov and the Word of Blake. Then in the summer of 3067, Emperor Baranov announced that he had invited the Free Worlds League to annex Hall, hence undermining the positions of both the Com Guard and the AMC troops on planet and legally forcing all those forces aligned against him to withdraw off world.
Combat again broke out when the 3rd Dismal Disinherited refused to recognize the authority of the 4th Oriente Hussars which had arrived on Hall to officially annex the planet on behalf of the Free Worlds League. Convinced the whole thing was a Blakist ploy, Colonel Marik-Johns commanded his 3rd Dismal Disinherited and Burton's Brigade to attack the 4th Oriente Hussars who were in turn supported by Emperor Baranov's troops including the Fourth Republican Guards and the Stealthy Tigers. The renewed fighting on Hall was short but fierce, lasting less than a month and ending ultimately with a League victory, and forcing the 3rd Dismal Disinherited off-world.
The Third managed to escape from Hall, and reappeared on Talitha in 3069 when they attempted to raid the Blakist forces on the planet. Unfortunately for the Third, the Blakists and their mercenary hirelings were too strong for the Third, overpowering them and destroying them before they could escape offworld. It can be assumed that Colonel John Marik-Johns died along his unit in that battle, for sure though he was downed by Mad Jack Cunningham.
Colonel John Marik-Johns was an Elite MechWarrior at the time of the fights on Hall.
Warhammer painted with 3rd Dismal Disinherited colors
- The scenarios from Kings & Pawns take place between 3 and 9 October 3067, the intro fiction piece is dated 11 October. Within the document, John Marik-Johns' date of birth is given as 3028 and as his age is given as 39, this means on 3067-October-11, his birthday has already passed.
- Kings and Pawns, p. 14 (John Marik-Johns profile)
- Kings & Pawns Scenario p. 10 Scenario 3: The Lion's Den
- Mercenaries Supplemental Update, p. 12, "The Rolls of Honor"
- Total Chaos, pp. 83 "LIVING DEAD MEN"