Alys Rousset-Marik (Born 3041 ) She is the youngest child of Kristen Marik and Jiri Rousset. The couple ran the mercenary unit Kristen's Krushers, and Alys entered Princefield Academy in 3059 to become a part of it. Her two older siblings, Ana and Janos, were already officers within the unit. During the 3060s, the FedCom Civil War found Kristen's Krushers on Coventry and then Arcadia, where the unit was smashed and Kristen, Ana, and Janos were all killed. Alys blamed the man whom she believed to be her uncle, Captain-General Thomas Marik, for not doing enough to save her family.
This left Alys as the sole heir to her mother's mercenary unit, as well as Kristen's little-used title as Duchess of Augustine. Alys spent the next few years under the radar, raising her orphaned nephew, and allowing her father to run the mercenary unit (renamed "The Krushers") she inherited in all but name. In 3067, she gave a speech to the Parliament of the Free Worlds League wherein she called upon them to declare "the emergency" in Resolution 288 over, removing the permanent status of the Captain-General, which would have the immediate effect of removing Thomas Marik from power. While this would also severely curtail the power of House Marik in general, Alys put herself out in front of the growing resistance to Thomas' attempts to centralize power. What emerged from her call was entitled the "Great Debate," which ultimately came to nothing as Parliament voted to keep the position of Captain-General permanent.
Alys unwittingly played into the Word of Blake's hands by raising this issue, as it served to keep the League fractured. This made it easier prey when they turned their Jihad to the League in 3068. For her part, Alys called upon the Free Worlds League Military to unite behind Thomas, even after the Blakists exposed "Thomas" as an impostor. After the gas attack against the Parliament on Atreus, Alys finally took over The Krushers and turned their night-fighting expertise against the Blakists. Forming the core of Alys' resistance, The Krushers were a key unit that actually hired other mercenary units to fight alongside the resistance. She ran her resistance unit, sometimes known as the Free Worlds Resistance, from the shadows and removed herself from public view. With the Word of Blake now sending brain-washed suicide bombers, she was forced to take more security measures to protect herself.
While the exact details are unknown, Alys did survive the Jihad. Rather than attempting to claim the leadership of the Marik-Stewart Commonwealth, she took Augustine and some neighboring worlds into the nascent Republic of the Sphere.
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents page 69-70 - Alys Rousset-Marik profile.
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