Marius was born around 30BCE in the Roman Empire under Caesar Augustus to a rich Senatorial family. His father was a Senator and his mother a Keltic slave, who he inherited his looks from. His mother died at birth, but he was raised by his father as his own son. Marius became a wandering writer and historian.
Around the age of 35-40, Marius met a Druid in a bar who, unbeknownst to Marius at the time, had chosen him to be the replacement for their burnt God of the Grove. Marius was abducted that night and taken to the forest where he was kept in captivity until the night of Samhain when he was taken to the old God, Teskhamen, and made into a vampire.
His maker told him to escape the Druids and go to Egypt, to discover the reason for the great burning that had taken place and burned or destroyed their kind all over the world. Marius obeyed this command and escaped after the festival, and he went down into Egypt. There, a beautiful woman came to him, almost as if in a dream, and told him to take her out of Egypt, that she was being held by a cruel keeper who had tried to kill her. Marius would find out later that this was Akasha, the first of their kind, the mother to all Vampires. Her fate was linked to that of all vampires– her death meant the death of all of them, She and her husband, Enkil, were kept enshrined by an old Blood Elder who had sought to destroy them by placing them in the sun. Though the sun had not killed them, as they were far too old and too powerful, Akasha’s connection to the blood of all vampires meant that they suffered her fate: some were killed by the fire, others too strong to die were heavily burned.
With the help of Akasha, Marius killed the Elder and took the Parents out of Egypt to Antioch where he created a lavish shrine for them, and took on the role of their protector and caretaker. She gives him her great blood from time to time, which renders him a very formidable and strong vampire in order to protect her from all vampires both ancient and young.
Around this time he met a woman from his youth: Pandora. He made her into a vampire on the night she nearly died for his secret. They lived together for 200 years, both serving the parents, though they fought more often than not. These fights would ultimately lead to Marius leaving her and taking the Parents with him to Rome.
Marius’ life is one destined to loneliness, as he knows he cannot bring others close to him for fear that they would learn the secret that he keeps the Divine Parents. And since their destruction would mean the end of the entire race, they must be protected. He moves about but does not truly settle back into the mortal world until he arrives at Venice in the heights of the Renaissance, the 1480s. It is here that he discovers his immense talent for painting and begins a school for young artists, training them in and nurturing the craft. And for the first time ever, Marius is happy living as an artist in the mortal world, which he had never done before.
One night while riding in a gondola, he hears the prayers of a suffering and dying boy. Marius finds this boy in a brothel, beaten and near death. This boy, who Marius names Amadeo, is beautiful beyond anything he’d ever seen before and Marius falls deeply in love with him instantly. He brings him into his home where they begin a two-year intimate affair. Eventually, their relationship becomes even more intimate as they begin to share blood. Marius had always planned to make Amadeo into a vampire, but it is hastened by an unfortunate event. Amadeo is poisoned by a scorned lover and Marius has no choice but to turn him into a vampire or let him die. They are given only a few months together like this before a satanic cult, the Children of Darkness seeks to destroy Marius for scorning their religious beliefs. He is burned badly and Amadeo is taken from him.
After he loses Armand, he spends over a century with a woman named Bianca, who ultimately leaves him. It is from that point that Marius elects to live alone for another century until he brings the Vampire Lestat into his home and confides to him the secret he had told only a few: the Divine Parents. Lestat, unfortunately, awakens something in Akasha, who gives him her blood and drinks from him, and it upsets Enkil to the point that Marius must send Lestat away.
Marius does not reenter the mortal world until, in the 1980s, Lestat begins to reveal the secrets Marius confided in him, which Lestat swore would remain secret, in his quest to become a rock star. Lestat’s music finally awakens Akasha from her 6,000 year old slumber and she rises on a quest to destroy her own kind. She spares a few, those close to her or to Lestat, who she had fallen in love with. Her goal is to destroy the man of the earth and let the women reign. Ultimately, she is destroyed and a new “source” of the primal blood is found. Marius, a keeper of the Divine Parents for 2,000, no longer bears that responsibility.
Marius moved around a bit, making little connections or friendships along the way. He did take in Armand’s (Amadeo’s new name) fledgling Daniel, and he cared for him for a little over 20 years. They moved to Rio and had a quiet life together. However, Marius found himself soon enough pulled back into Lestat’s world when Lestat, with the aid of sacred core once in Akasha, becomes the Prince of their kind. Marius pledges to serve Lestat as they make a great coven within the walls of Lestat’s Palace in France. Marius becomes the Prime Minister, the lawmaker, of this great new coven.
Marius De Romanus in Books of Anne Rice
- Blood and Gold
- The Vampire Armand
- Pandora (novel)
- The Queen of the Damned
- The Vampire Lestat
1. Blood and Gold
The book begins with an ancient vampire of Nordic descent awaking after being frozen in a block of ice for hundreds of years. The vampire, Thorne, meets Marius de Romanus and inquires about Marius’ past. Marius then provides his life story.
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2. The Vampire Armand
With Lestat de Lioncourt still in slumber since Memnoch the Devil, the vampire coven is reunited around the “brat prince” and the vampire David Talbot asks Armand tell his life story.
Born somewhere in the Kievan Rus in the late 15th century, Armand (at this time called Andrei) becomes an icon painter in a monastery. He is forcefully taken out of this life of prayer and devotion by slave traders, who transport him to Constantinople and then to a brothel in Venice. Soon after his arrival, he is purchased by the vampire Marius de Romanus, who names him Amadeo.
3. Pandora (novel)
Pandora was born with the name Lydia in the Roman Republic in the year 15 BC to a Senatorial family. She is tall, with rippling brown hair and gold-brown eyes. Like many Patrician Roman females of the time Pandora was taught how to read and write and is well versed in epic poems, especially Ovid’s works. She meets Marius for the first time when he is twenty-five and she is ten. Marius asks for Lydia’s hand in marriage, but her father rejects Marius’ offer. Five years later, Lydia sees Marius at a festival and begs her father to allow her to marry Marius.
4. The Queen of the Damned
Part One follows several different people over the same period of several days. Several of the characters from the two previous books appear, including Armand, Daniel Molloy (the “boy reporter” of Interview with the Vampire), Marius de Romanus, Louis de Pointe du Lac, Gabrielle de Lioncourt and Santino. Each of the six chapters in Part One tells a different story about a different person or group of people. Two things unify these chapters: a series of dreams about red-haired twin sisters, and the fact that a powerful being is killing vampires around the world by means of spontaneous combustion.
5. The Vampire Lestat
The book opens with Lestat coming out of the ground in the 1980s after a decades-long sleep, awakened by a Rock and Roll band named “Satan’s night out.” He reveals he is a vampire to them, but they think he is joking, as in-universe Interview has been published as a novel. He then decides to become a rockstar and reveal vampires to humans. But first decides to write an autobiography, which the majority of the rest of the book is.