Blood and Oil
Marcus was never popular at the old court, but he and the Prince had an understanding, so he was able to survive. Now that Layfayette is gone, it appears that understanding was more of a peace treaty, as a shocking number of Kindred and Kine alike were revealed to be under his command almost as soon as the old prince disappeared. Unlike his fellow claimants, Marcus has a reason for the situation we’re in. Its THEIR fault. Who he includes in ‘them’ changes depending on his mood, but can generally be counted on to include Invictus, the Sanctum, his rivals, powerful mortals, and, unusual for a Kindred his age, Whitey. Racial politics never faded fr Marcus, and he has made this a staple of his recruitment, to moderate success. He has also promised a sweep for Invictus sympathizers and spies within the city if he takes control, and with his paranoia that could decrease the Kindred population faster than even starvation.