Born on 810 AEKE, 2th of Anarlosse as the son of King Orlónius I of Etrand and his wife Izaverra, just 37 days after the death of his grandfather King Calhoun I of Etrand, Markal's birth was considered a sudden blessing after the tragic deaths of Crown Prince Bryant and his father Calhoun. It is said that he was named after the last monk to put flowers on Calhoun's grave - a talented monk who would be introduced to the royal court by the Archbishop of Etrand, specializing in mental care, trying to help the royal family get over the deaths of Bryant and Calhoun.
Growing up in the royal household, his father was usually too busy with governmental business to attend the family, while his mother was more occupied with either socializing or accompanying her husband to wherever he was going - much of the toddler's upbringing was done by his grandmother Hió of Artaburro.
When Markal turned seven years old, his father decided it was time for his education to begin. Markal was burdened with reading, writing, economics, administration and martial education. Some of the best warriors of the realm came to educate him on swordsmanship, while simultaneously, he was also expected to learn economics and administration - needless to say, the prince felt overburdened and disliked his father for this harsh education, but nevertheless tolerated it for the time being. When he was twelve years old, it is said that he had a crush on Ayla Laurentia.
When he was eighteen years old, the prince's education was considered finished - he is now governing a small estate near the capital.
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