Marcus Leitman

Marcus Leitman, alias Marc (Marq) Katergarus, sometimes known simply as “Luxhomme,” was a GMO sales representative for a startup company called JunoCorp. Eventually, he moved into politics, becoming Earth‘s delegate to the Compact Assembly, then the Security Council, and eventually, acting president of the Compact. He appeared on Farigha prior to the catastrophe that devastated the terraforming world. His employers had an exclusive contract to grow their products on Jefivah‘s three recently settled colonies. Tol Germanicus accused him and his employer of causing problems for old-line genetic modification enterprises, which counted on six hundred years of standards and practices to maintain safety and quality of their products. His aliases, all legal entities, stemmed from a curious Etruscan law that permitted citizens to have multiple aliases that could function as separate individuals. In some cases, people had been known to sue themselves in court. As such, his bios with the Compact and with JunoCorp listed multiple aliases, core world citizenships and residences, conflicting birthplaces, and, more confusingly, ages of 170 and 37.

As “Marq,” he obtained the indenture contract for Tishla. Upon learning Humanic, she learned that Lattus Kai had intended to void her contract while she was pregnant. She also learned Marq’s name on Metis was “Marc Katergarus.” She was able to extrapolate the name as Greek for “trickster.” When she realized he had no intention of informing her of her freedom, she attacked him in his own home but left him alive. The responding drone found Douglas Best standing over him. Best promptly assaulted him again.

While investigating the disappearance of warheads from Marilyn, Douglas Best and the Grand Dimaj learned from Walter Pope that Leitman had been passing himself off as Etruscan when Pope believed he was actually Metisian. The Luxhomme alias was Neo-Latin while the Marc Katergarus name was Byzantian, from the more Greek-influenced regions of Etrusca. Both names were legal identities under Etruscan law. He frequently annoyed his CEO, Mr. Pope by returning to JunoCorp’s corporate headquarters for quick marketing meetings or reviews. More often, he would depart for Laputan space and be out of contact for long periods. One such instance came mere days before Farigha went silent in 429.

After Tishla and Best both attacked him in his Sophiopolis apartment, Leitman abandoned the Luxhomme and Katergarus aliases and fled to Jefivah. When the Etrusca Explorer reappeared as a derelict, he then fled to Belsham. However, Best spotted him and led authorities for arrest. To avoid trial on Jefivah, he agreed to travel to Earth and testify before the Compact Security Council. There, he placed blame for the incidents, including the sudden silence of Gilead, on the Defence Commission. When the Council delegate for Mars objected, Leitman shifted the blame to Mars for failing to save its own colony, Farigha.

After convincing the Council that he was a duped employee of JunoCorp, he traveled several times to Amargosa. During visits to Amargosa, Leitman agreed to supply Lucius Kray‘s militia with weapons in exchange for convincing his township’s farmers to grow a spore-based GMO for JunoCorp. He later introduced Kray to Riverside‘s city executive, who shared Kray’s fears that an invasion was imminent. Because of this, Leitman was able to run weapons to Kray through the city. He also suggested to Kray that the Founders' Mine, north of the Townships‘, would make an ideal base of operations when war came.

Leitman became alarmed when he discovered JT Austin living on Amargosa in John Parker‘s custody. He pressured Kray to assume custody of the boy to get him off world before the war began.

The day of the invasion, Leitman took great pains to erase all traces of his presence on the planet. He did, however, visit Kray in his holding cell in Lansdorp. He informed Kray that the city would be destroyed within forty-eight hours. Shortly afterward, he narrowly escaped the Gelt Incursion. He fled aboard one of the last projection drive ships off the planet, landing on Jefivah.

Shortly after his escape from the Incursion, Leitman managed to get himself appointed junior delegate to the Compact Assembly for Earth. He glossed over his apparent citizenships on Metis and Etrusca by saying the aliases masked his Earth origins for privacy. During this time, he began a relationship with Tessa Dasarius, moving into her estate in Seattle.

Upon the death of Earth’s senior Assembly delegate, Leitman was promoted to senior delegate. When the Compact Security Council met in an emergency session following the bombing of Bromdar, Leitman voted against a declaration of war until they knew more at the Realm. He then met with Douglas Best to propose creating a strong executive independent of the Compact Assembly. He also proposed replacing Vos Roberhardt as Secretary-General with Baker ibn-Aziz as Roberhardt proved too unstable to be a wartime leader.

Leitman attended Carolyn Best‘s funeral. There, he tried to deflect Best’s suspicions and claimed that Gene Klament was the reason he left JunoCorp, saying Juno was a cult run by a very angry man. Best dismissed him, which earned him the respect of his late wife’s father.

Nolan Rosc broke into his apartment in Armaneya City in an attempt to obtain a DNA sample for Dasarius Interstellar. Leitman did not press charges, but instead tried to convince him that Germanicus was a hologram create by Dasarius to give their company structure.

As evidence mounted that Leitman was, in fact, Klament, he conspired to have Lattus Brac arrested and charged Nolan Rosc with treason. However, as a delegate, his writ was invalid.

In early 430 IE, Leitman became deputy secretary-general, seconding Baker ibn-Aziz, the senior delegate from The Caliphate. Shortly thereafter, he had a visit from Tol Germanicus. As the two had been bitter enemies for the better part of five centuries (though Leitman’s official bio listed him as in his forties), he made a wager with the other man. Germanicus informed him that Amargosa would soon be liberated by the Compact with help from Hanar. Leitman countered that he now sat a heartbeat from the highest authority in the Compact and was sleeping with Germanicus’s surrogate daughter, Tessa Dasarius. He now had control or influence over everything Germanicus had created. Germanicus shrugged it off, telling Leitman that the Compact could now run itself, and Tessa was an adult woman, free to use Leitman as a sexual plaything if it amused her. So Leitman bet Germanicus that either the Gelt would retain control of Amargosa or his man Lucius Kray would become governor after the liberation. If it happened, Germanicus was to disappear forever. If, however, Juno‘s plans for Amargosa failed, Leitman would dissolve his shadowy movement. Germanicus likened the bet, which he took, to God and the Devil betting on Job’s life, saying, “You’re the Devil, Gene. You always were.” As the visit was by solid hologram, Germanicus could disappear (leaving a small puddle of Cabo Wabo that he drank as the only evidence of his presence. However, as he vanished, he taunted Leitman with a paraphrase of a song by Van Halen, a band Leitman had loathed as a child and never really warmed up to.

Leitman began pressing for a revision to the Compact creating an office of the president. He recommended Secretary-General Baker ibn-Aziz to be provisional president after ratification. Ahead of the vote, he gave an interview to a young reporter named Brianna, whom he seduced into accompanying him. His chief of staff, Jez Salamacis, did not approve.

His first stop on his tour outside the Compact brought him to Armaneya City. There, he obtained the coordinates for Melekan, the original Gelt homeworld, from Glevek, a Gelt Warrior in debt to Laral Farad. Leitman gave her a box he said contained payment of her debt. However, after Leitman left the city, she opened it and was dissolved by the suicide toxin normally used by Gelt leaders to escape capture and torture.

He traveled to Melekan, the original Gelt homeworld, where he retrieved the heart of Devold, the last named Sovereign of the Realm. Salamacis confirmed it was saturated with the original variant of the suicide toxin. He granted Salamacis her wish to go on the one-way mission to assassinate the next Sovereign once he or she ascended. Leitman personally infused her bloodstream with a mix of ecstasy-inducing and incendiary nanites that would allow Salamacis to disintegrate herself after the handoff. In gratitude, she offered herself sexually to Leitman, killing Brianna before doing so.

On Amargosa, Leitman delivered a nuclear warhead to Lucius Kray, warning the self-appointed warlord that he needed to expel the Gelt. If not, Juno could work with the Larals.

He barely made it back to Earth in time for the vote on the new Compact presidency. Against his wishes, he nominated Baker ibn-Aziz to be the provisional president once the revision met the ratification threshold. However, ibn-Aziz postponed putting the nominations to a vote in order to meet with the Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding the liberation of Amargosa.

The day after the Compact Security Council sent the revision to the Assembly, Leitman returned to the Dasarius estate. He found Tessa leaving, her children already en route to Demeter to visit their paternal grandparents. Tessa said she was going as well to prove “I’m not the wealthy monster they think I am.” Leitman realized that Tessa was leaving him. He returned to Quantonesia to brief Malcolm Russell before his mission to Hanar. He related his plan for Russell to take more responsibility for Juno once Leitman became Secretary-General. Back in his office, he received word of Salamacis’s death while setting up the assassination of the new Sovereign of the Realm. He kept a medical sample of her behind and learned that she had sent back an upload.

Upon learning that a full-scale liberation effort had begun for Amargosa, he sent a probe with a holographic message to Lucius Kray, informing the colonel that his services were no longer required.

While attending the semi-live briefing on the Liberation of Amargosa as it began, he learned that Russell had managed to poison Best and his new wife against Germanicus. However, he also learned that Russell had self-detonated to avoid arrest on Hanar. During the briefing, he approached Admiral Luke Bokome to guage his interest in possibly replacing Tran Vu as Fleet Admiral.

To Leitman’s chagrin, Germanicus appeared in his office to inform him that he undid the damage done by Russell by revealing all to the Bests and to Lattus Tishla. The invasion of Amargosa had already begun, and Leitman had effectively lost their bet. However, Germanicus also said he would now start slowly disappearing over time. After 500 years, he wanted to retire.

Leitman presided over an attempted vote for the presidential revision in the Compact Assembly. However, ibn-Aziz interrupted the vote as the invasion had begun in earnest. The measure later passed with ten core worlds having trigger laws automatically ratifying the change. This made ibn-Aziz provisional president. Leitman traveled back to Seattle to stay at the Dasarius estate, only to find it empty and Tessa leaving to visit her former in-laws. He also discovered she had cut him off from Dasarius assets and resources. As ibn-Aziz’s elevation to the new presidency also made Leitman secretary-general, he blocked her access to Hanar and Amargosa. Ibn-Aziz reprimanded him for it and put Compact One at Madam Dasarius’s disposal.

The arrival of an ambassador from the Realm angered Leitman. This was passed off as resentment of a polity still at war with the Compact. In reality, he considered the Gelt a primitive mud race and managed to contain his rage as the ambassador presented her credentials to Provisional President-Designate ibn-Aziz.

As he saw off Compact One with Tessa aboard, he endured one last encounter with Germanicus. The older man rubbed his nose in the failed relationship, the dressing down by President ibn-Aziz, and Liberation of Amargosa. Germanicus informed him that, once Amargosa emerged from occupation, he would be stepping back. It disturbed Leitman to realize that this iteration of Germanicus was a physical construct, nearly indistinguishable from humans. Germanicus even implied he might conceive children. As Germanicus left, he received one last bit of bad news. Lucius Kray still held out on Amargosa despite Leitman pulling all support for the warlord.

As the crisis on Amargosa wound down, Leitman made a discreet trip to Luna where Juno had setup a prototype resurrection lab. He delivered a sample of Jez Salamacis’s tissue. A server on Earth contained the last upload from her resurrection chip. The contents would be sent to Luna via line-of-sight laser, slowing the transfer. Nonetheless, Leitman looked forward to having his most prized acolyte back.

When ibn-Aziz took the oath as the Compact’s first provisional president, he appointed Leitman his successor as secretary-general. Leitman, in turn, named Calpurnia Barratus as his deputy. However, Barratus immediately showed a cooperative attitude toward the new president. Ibn-Aziz further stunned Leitman by introducing her at his inauguration as his First Lady.

Ibn-Aziz won election to the presidency in his own right but took severely ill mere days after his inauguration of his first full term. Leitman became acting president. Some questioned whether Leitman had attempted to kill ibn-Aziz.

 

Appearances: No Marigolds in the Promised Land, The Marilynists, Broken Skies, The Amortals, Storming AmargosaSuicide Run