It was midway through the final decade of the Coldwar. The Soviets still battled the Mujahidin in
It was while buried deep in his acquisitions and slaving that Tarlach came across Marlin, one of Tenix’ diligent workers providing for his wife and two children, including youngest daughter – his namesake - Marlie. The major international technology company Tenix had been looking for proxies to enable easy and deniable sale and passage of their systems into
The two then worked as a team for several years, Tarlach and Marlin’s activities funding the education and upbringing of Marlin’s children. Tarlach took a particular interest in the intelligent and resourceful Marlie. She at first became known to him through her father’s complaints about her behaviour; and his admiration at her resourcefulness. As her father was drawn deeper into the Masquerade, and his bond to Tarlach deepened, Tarlach directed more and more of Marlie’s upbringing, subtlety influencing her experiences and individuality. Tarlach kept to the shadows for much of Marlie’s early life. Using his telepathy he would make suggestions within her young and malleable mind, the decisions and reactions still hers, but he would nudge, explain and whisper from the darkness. This opportunity to bring up potential kindred from early age was too much for Tarlach to give up. He Blood-bonded and ghouled her grandfather, so that he did not decease to quickly. Tarlach then worked the mind of the young Marlie through both male figures. Especially leveraging Marlin’s own deep-seated disappointment that Marlie was not a son. Through her grandfather and father Tarlach strengthened her individuality and capacity for solitary resourcefulness, while working on her paranoia, especially regarding threats to herself. Eventually Tarlach forced her Grandfather to move, severing the important bond she had developed and isolating her emotionally. At this time Tarlach introduced himself into the family through Marlin, and became a family friend and subtle mentor to the independently minded Marlie – to whom, through Tarlach’s telepathy, she held a recognition and trust. Eventually, after years of semi-regular interaction Tarlach offered the embrace to Marlie, and with the urging of her father she accepted. Tarlach built his childer from the ground up, at 23 he brought her into their society.