- "Consumebant quæ vos can. Dabit nihil desperantes et."
- "Take what you can. Give nothing back." – The Marcellus Family Code.
The Marcellus Clan are a family of pirates descendant of the earthen pirates of ancient lore. It's said that the the Marcellus Family shared blood with one of the very first pirates in existance: Gentius of Illyria. Over the course of time and through many generations, the surname of Marcellus was incorporated and the legend of the notorious pirate family grew.
Over time the generations of the Marcellus Family kept it's pirate roots, but mostly faded off the radar. It wasn't until Captain Derek Marcellus came of age did the family's current rise to fame began again. At a young age, he joined up with the all human pirate clan, the Order of the Crimson Shadows, and the Red Shadows' mottos weaved their way into the Marcellus Family's values.
The First Generation
Captain Derek Marcellus
Captain Derek Marcellus is a human space pirate from San Fransicso, Earth who achieved galactic fame as he rose up the ranks of the Order of the Crimson Shadows and later became a notorious space pirate. Born on Earth, he was raised by his father, another Marcellus male, before his death when Derek was sixteen.
After his father's death he left Earth and met with his Uncle on Illium, another human space pirate by the name of Captain Marcellus (A pirate of near-mythical reputation), who later became his mentor and greatest ally. Captain Marcellus was also the Captain of the Order of the Crimson Shadows, an entirely human based pirate clan, and taught Derek everything he'd known about pirating and the family name.
Once Derek got of age, he supposedly "killed" the Captain (which was more of a switch of rank since the "Captain Marcellus" name gets periodically passed on to a chosen successor and the former was retiring for good), took over the Clan, and subsequently became a smuggler. He then fell in love with Ophelia Miller, a woman that stole his heart one night while out drinking in a bar. He later married her, and she bore him two sons: Malcolm Marcellus, and three years later, Marcus Marcellus. Soon after Marcus's birth, Derek left to go back to the life he'd promised her he'd leave. In a fit of rage Ophelia shot Derek in the chest and fled Earth.
Ophelia Marcellus is the new CEO of Cerberus and has cloaked herself under the moniker of "the Illusive Man" to hide her true identity from the general public.
The Second Generation