Therese Marik

This article is about the character. For the DropShip in her name, see Therese Marik (Individual Gorgon-class DropShip).


Therese Marik
Therese Marik
Personal
Also known asTherese Brett-Marik[1]
Born2983[2][1]
AffiliationHouse Marik
Career
Title(s)Duchess of Tamarind
ProfessionNoble
Family
ParentsJanos Marik (father)[2][1]
Hilda Lauber (mother)[2]
SiblingsMartin[2]
Gerald III[2]
Duggan[2]
Cartwright[2]
Faith[2]
Thomas[2]
Paul[2]
Kristen[2]
Janos[2]
SpouseJeremy Brett[2][1]
ChildrenReginald Marik[2]
Photon Brett-Marik[2]

Therese Marik was the third child of Janos Marik and his first wife, Hilda Lauber.[2] Her elopement with Jeremy Brett caused a rift between with her father. It was not until Thomas Marik acceded to the Captain-Generalcy that she reconciled with her family. During the Jihad, Therese seceded the Duchy of Tamarind from the Free Worlds League.

She was known to enjoy falconry.[3]

History[edit]

Early Years[edit]

Therese was born on Paradise.[4] She was a good child, always obedient to her parents. Her father, Captain-General Janos Marik, wanted her to marry a prominent official within the Regulan Free States, Corbin Tkaczuk, to foster an alliance. She refused and, in her only act of rebellion, eloped with then-Captain Jeremy Brett. Brett was an artillery commander who was described as "handsome" and "dashing," but he was not the man her father wanted her to marry. Therese was publicly disowned by her father and Brett was cashiered.[4]

Therese Marik in 3067

Disowned[edit]

Therese and her husband relocated to Khe Shang province on Tamarind. There, she became a staff officer with the Tamarind Defense Forces and he served as the commander for Khe Shang's static defenses. As early as 3025, Therese's "high virtues... endeared her to the populace."[4]

The early 3030s saw an insurrection on Tamarind. The democratically elected government of Prime Minister Otho Korituk was a disaster and the people had tired of it.[5] In 3035, Therese was elected governor of Tamarind.[6]

House Marik[edit]

After Thomas Marik became Captain-General in 3036 and the Andurien Crisis had ended, Therese was welcomed back into the family. She remained in relative obscurity, earning a reputation as "a skilled politician and administrator."[7] That changed when the Word of Blake unleashed their Jihad.

Jihad[edit]

When the Word of Blake revealed that the man who was Captain-General was not, in fact, Thomas Marik but an impostor, Therese maintained her support of him.[8] Jeremy Brett released a statement on behalf of himself and his wife in June 3069 to that effect.[9] Therese hoped that her support would lead to a place in the succession for one of her sons.[6] A coup took place two months later that deposed "Thomas Marik" and placed Corinne Marik on the throne.[10]

With Paul Marik the apparent mastermind behind the coup and in collusion with the Word of Blake, Therese discussed declaring herself the rightful Captain-General as Janos Marik's oldest surviving child, preempting any attempt the real Thomas Marik might have made to claim the position.[11] On 19 November 3071, Therese made the simultaneous announcements that her husband had been assassinated by the Word of Blake (using Richard Steiner as a living bomb) and that she was declaring Tamarind's independence, with herself as Duchess. She installed her son Photon as military leader.[12][13][14] She largely remained out of League politics, though she did send her son Reginald to liaise with Devlin Stone.[6]

In January 3078, she sent a letter to Archon Adam Steiner pleading for peace since both powers were part of Stone's coalition against the Word of Blake.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, pp. 70–71: "Therese Brett-Marik Profile"
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 House Marik (The Free Worlds League), foldout (p. 171 in PDF): "The Captains-General Line of Succession and Partial Marik Family Tree"
  3. Handbook: House Marik, color insert
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 138: "Therese Marik-Brett"
  5. Handbook: House Marik, p. 70: "Tamarind"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 70: "Therese Brett-Marik"
  7. Handbook: House Marik, pp. 91–92: "Therese Marik-Brett, Duchess of Tamarind"
  8. Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, p. 24, and Blake Ascending, p. 184: "Captain-Generalcy in Doubt"
  9. Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, p. 55, and Blake Ascending, p. 215: "Strange Alliances" & "Rallying Cry"
  10. Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, p. 72, and Blake Ascending, p. 132: "New Marik Captain-General Installed"
  11. Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, p. 86, and Blake Ascending, p. 146: "Fractured Alliances"
  12. Jihad Hot Spots: 3072, pp. 60–61: "Photon to Command Tamarind's Forces"
  13. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 20: "Timeline of the Jihad"
  14. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 50: "The Jihad in Review"
  15. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, pp. 81–82
  16. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 58: "The Jihad in Review"

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