[ Otogakure Chuunin]
Born and raised in the freshly re-founded Otogakure, Marrick was a sickly child with no real natural talent for Ninjutsu.
With the original founder long-since destroyed, the aura of his evil had only just began to lift from the soil underfoot as Sinsho Vexx took the title of Otokage for himself. With Marrick being his only son, and a resounding disappointment, the child was thrust into a world where rigorous training became the norm. He was forced to the top of his class, not through his own volition, but through a campaign of borderline abuse at the hands of his Father's technique masters.
Of course, such a young mind can only withstand so much - Marrick, though once intended to be the vessel of a tailed beast, was found to be too unstable and so the haphazard attempt to grab power for Otogakure fell flat on it's face. For this cataclysmic insult, Marrick was sent on the most dangerous missions, for the only honor to be regained would be for him to die serving the village, at the hands of a worthy foe.
Having survived his Father's wrath by the sheer skin of his teeth, the boy, once so heavily regulated, found himself alone often outside of the village and in a wave of fated spite, Marrick began to grow. His missions became the backbone of his confidence - without the taunting and disapproving glares of his instructors, he breathed more freely. With every completed mission, his footsteps became more steady, and he became more sure of himself, until his Father's gaze rested upon him once more, no longer a disgusted frown. No, instead, he raised an eyebrow in curiosity - how quickly insects grow, after all.
Element Proficiency: Wind, Lightning
Marrick, although grounded as only a child of war can be, remains somewhat timid by outward appearance. He is slow to speak where others would jump at the opportunity, his words chosen carefully, each calculated to convey perfect meaning. He never speaks more than he has to, to get his point across. The pallor of his skin, along with his short 5' stature, make him appear smaller and younger than he actually is. Compared to the staggering height of his Father, Sinsho Vexx, Marrick looks to be more of a shameful hindrance than a blood-relative of the Otokage.
Not wanting to be called a prodigy, he shies away from the spotlight, often hiding the extent of his tactical training and experience from his peers. With the constant threat of betrayal and assassination at his doorstep, and not necessarily by enemies of the Sound, his footsteps are light and guarded. Marrick expects the unexpected of all situations, and thoroughly respects those who manage to catch him by surprise, for in his eyes, there is little the world can do to shock him further.
Having spent most of his childhood locked within his Father's sprawling estate, Marrick finds the company of others an utter joy, even if he doesn't outwardly express it. He possesses a great curiosity for the world, and once he planted his feet firmly on the ground and stood as a man for the first time, having slain his first target unaided, he realized there was more to be gained from the conflict of nations than simple material profit. He yearns to study the techniques of every village, and has made it his life-long goal to obtain the pinwheel-eye of an Uchiha so he might know the techniques instead of admiring from above with his boot at the throat of a worthy opponent.