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Paul Marion is one of the Murkoff Corporation's former mitigation officers who worked alongside Pauline Glick. The duo was known collectively as The Pauls.

Background

Paul was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and passed the state bar exam in 1987.[2] He is the widower of Joanne Marion, who passed away from her blood disease thirteen years prior to the events of the comics, and the father of Alison Marion. His daughter inheriting the same rare condition from her mother motivated him to work for the Murkoff Corporation.

Story

Outlast: The Murkoff Account

Paul is first seen trying to enter into an FBI field office in Detroit, Michigan. He exits a taxi cab with money falling out of his pockets, is heavily bleeding, and is told by a security guard to put his hands up. Marion is reluctant to comply and says he needs to keep his hand on the heavily inflicted wound on his face. When the guard repeats his demand, he reluctantly removes his hand and his right eye hangs out of the socket. Marion is shocked that he can still see out of it.

After being taken into custody, Paul is interviewed by an FBI agent, claiming responsibility for one count of arson, one kidnapping, and at least fourteen murders without any evidence. He wants to admit the culpability of Murkoff and their inhumane crimes, both at Mount Massive, Temple Gate, and elsewhere.

His story begins with when he and Pauline Glick were partnered up in 2008 and investigated the murder of three patients at the Spindletop Psychotherapy Clinic in Hattin, Texas, a case which would later be called the Hatbox Murders. Murkoff bought the clinic two years earlier as part of Jeremy Blaire's "research through charity" initiative under a government contract. Marion and Glick spoke with the chief psychotherapist about his dream therapy methods, and after being denied access to confidential patient records without a warrant, they instead looked to security and video surveillance for answers.

They were directed to talk to security guard and former military police Chris Walker, nicknamed "Strongfat" by other members of security. He told the Pauls that the doctors and patients were unaware that they were also being observed, and that he had watched every therapy session to prevent anyone from being harmed. He allowed Pauline to review the video footage of the victims and commented upon it. She asked for copies of the footage as audio files, which Chris agreed to. The two proceeded to meet with Martin Bellmont's widow. Glick settled a retroactive arbitration agreement with her, offering $10,000 in exchange for Murkoff being protected from any lawsuits she might try to file without being mentioned once. Meanwhile, Marion notices that her children were drawing their father as one of the Apakallu demigods, which Dr. Claymore had mentioned earlier as statues in his office. He suggested they return to the clinic to speak with him immediately.

As Pauline gives her own account at the Murkoff Rehabilitation Center, she notes that Paul often walked around with his head in the clouds, but made infuriating but useful intuitive leaps which even he couldn't explain. She mentions that those leaps eventually took him down a more dangerous path, and continues the story.

The two returned to the clinic to find that Dr. Claymore had been murdered and the video evidence had been destroyed. Paul deduced that the murders must have been committed by Chris Walker, since he was the only other person who heard everything every patient had said, and his motivation must have been the culmination of all the separate sessions. The Pauls went to confront Chris at home. Since he hadn't arrived yet, they had a locksmith break into his apartment. Inside, they found four coolers arranged in the four directions of the compass, each of them containing one of the victim's heads and one remaining empty in preparation for Dr. Claymore. Glick called a security team while Marion continued to investigate the apartment further. He found that Chris still slept with his childhood toy, a stuffed pig, and picked it up to examine.

Their suspect finally entered the house. Seeing that Marion had "little pig", Chris was momentarily stunned before Glick confronted him at gunpoint. He attacked her in order to get to Marion, whose head he attempted to remove before being shot through the jaw by Glick. Distracted by the wound but only angered to more violence, Chris threw her through the window while Marion attempted to flee the house. He cornered Marion, but was at last incapacitated when Glick ran him down with her car.

Marion explains that they removed all four coolers from the apartment and planted them in the apartment of the Muslim veteran Omar Abdul Malik, saying that his name and skin color did the heavy lifting despite the evidence being flimsy, and that he was charged with Walker's crimes to protect Murkoff from litigation. The agent interrogating him notes that he seems ashamed, and Marion agrees that he still is, but says that money wasn't his motivation to work for Murkoff. He explains that Murkoff had an experimental treatment, commercially unavailable, to treat the incurable disease that his daughter Alice inherited from her mother. As an employee, he had privileged access; as long as he kept his job, Murkoff's treatment would keep Alice alive. This seems to move him to tears.

Pauline says that Murkoff prefers to continue to use its employees like a buffalo carcass: nothing wasted. Walker was taken to Mount Massive as a subject for experimentation. Paul continues, saying that Chris Walker was the thread which unraveled everything, leading to Mount Massive. Pauline says that the real opportunities presented themselves, and Paul never found out about the technologies that Murkoff was using at Spindletop, nor how much further they had gone at Mount Massive. The first issue comes to a close as she admits it was almost sad that Marion still thought he was her partner and not her target.

Before he can finish his account of his what led him to confess, a doctor interrupts, saying that if they don't get him to the operation theater, his aggressive infection may cause him to have potential brain damage and may affect his vision. After being told that he would be under sedation and pain medication for about 60 hours, Paul refuses to leave without finishing his story, stating that he doesn't mind losing brain function if it takes memories with it.

Their second case involves Rick Trager. Trager is a philanderer who has inappropriate relationships with the female staff at Mount Massive, including his own personal assistant, and Waylon Park's boss, Michelle. After Michelle becomes pregnant he repeatedly pressures her to have an abortion, causing her to leak sensitive information about the company to get the litigators' attention. Pauline Glick decides to investigate Trager by going on a date with him, and once they go back to his home he tries to drug her with Rohypnol. Pauline recognizes this by the bitter taste of her drink and coerces Trager, at gunpoint to his privates, to drink his own concoction. She calls Marion, who quickly comes to pick her up. They then go to interrogate Michelle, who reveals Trager's apathetic nature. Marion convinces Glick not to simply fire her but to give her and the pregnant personal assistant a decent severance package for their unborn children.

Though, later on Glick reveals that these were false pregnancies due to the women's proximity to the Morphogenic engine. Glick knew some aspects of the Walrider project as Jeremy Blaire revealed them to her, asking Marion to step outside as this went above his clearance level. The situation implied that Murkoff trusted Glick more than Marion and their partnership was never completely an equal one. Glick mentions that Paul never knew that he was also her "target" though the specifics of this context is never fully disclosed in the comics.

Glick and Marion eventually have a face-off with the Walrider. They go to investigate Billy Hope's mother. When Pauline reveals that Billy's mother sold him to Murkoff for experimentation, despite Billy having no illnesses, an enraged Billy reveals himself. As the Walrider, he kills his mother and then attacks Glick and Marion, prompting them to blow up Billy's mom's trailer park home. During this case, Pauline shows she has the upper hand on Paul, as he seems a bit frustrated asking her questions and realizing that she knows things that she won't reveal. Though he accepts this as part of his job and decides to help her. After the trailer park is burned down he tells the agent that he had suspicions that the Walrider wasn't dead and that the case was far from over.

Their investigation finally leads them to Simon Peacock. Peacock, a former Murkoff employee believed to be dead, had helped Waylon and his family escape. Paul and Pauline are shown to be at Peacock's funeral, implying that maybe Murkoff got rid of him. Glick and Marion decide to defame Waylon's leaked video of Mount Massive by stealing his identity and uploading bizarre articles on the internet so people will look at his evidence with skepticism. They are also tipped off when Miles Upshur's bank account is emptied out and go to his residence. A neighbor states that Miles has been away for a long time but came back the night previous. She mentions that her dogs, who were usually friendly with Miles, barked at him as he entered the house.

Inside, Marion and Glick find no evidence of anyone residing there. However, they find a strange email containing Walrider-infested ants as an attachment. Marion and Glick try to brush them off but they quickly become swarmed, prompting them to take off their clothes and get into the bathtub and turn on the shower. This does not help so they finally strip down and run out of the house and set it ablaze.

Outside the house, Paul sees a shrouded homeless man that he recognizes from Colorado. Still in his underwear, he chases after the man. The man turns out to be Simon Peacock, a former Murkoff employee who now assists whistle blowers like Waylon Park. Pauline comes after them with a gun and fires at Peacock to stop him from escaping. They both notice, when Peacock swipes at them, that he looks like he has corroding flesh but is somehow still alive.

This is when Marion and Glick start going their separate ways. Peacock gives Paul coordinates to the outskirts of Temple Gate. He lies to Pauline and tells her that he is taking time off for his daughter so he can investigate. As he approaches the perimeter of Temple Gate, he begins having visions of his dead wife. He is temporarily transported to the day his wife died in the hospital.

When he comes back to the present he sees a member of The Testament of New Ezekiel fleeing with Anna Lee, Ethan's daughter, who takes Paul's gun and questions him. Trying to reason with the man, Paul says "Jesus Christ," enraging the man because Paul took the Lord's name in vain. Paul gets the gun away from him and is able to pacify the cultist for a moment, only to have the man attack him with a knife. Paul shoots him in self defense but this prompts Anna Lee to run away from him in fear. Paul then hitches a ride with a family as he needs medical treatment. Glick meets him at the hospital, and is upset with Paul for going behind her back and following Peacock's leads.

Anna Lee is brought to the same hospital where Paul is being treated. Paul sees a tattoo of a cross with two intertwining wheels on an unconscious Anna Lee's chest. He says that he has seen this in the bible as "the countless wheels of Ezekiel", and upon hearing that name Anna Lee goes into shock and starts having an epileptic fit. Marion goes to call the doctors, but Glick feels that Anna Lee is a liability and strangles her to death. When Paul goes home he sees that his daughter has been kidnapped, and one of her fingers has been chopped off, with the words "You work for us now" written in blood on her bedroom wall.

He is eventually abducted by Peacock, who reveals how religion imprinting works just as well as the Morphogenic Engine does in finding hosts for the Walrider.

It's suggested that because of his daughter's kidnapping he turned against Pauline which resulted in them having the shootout that severely wounded him.

Personality

Paul Marion is compassionate and kind compared to the ruthlessly calculating and indifferent nature of Pauline Glick, which earns him the nickname "creampuff". She notes that he takes no joy nor satisfaction in his work, mentioning that his forensic gaslighting of Waylon Park is the most fun he would allow himself to have. Pauline also notes that Paul often walks around with his head in the clouds, yet makes infuriating but useful intuitive leaps which even he can't explain. She mentions that those leaps eventually took him down a more dangerous path, referring to him following a lead from Simon Peacock, to whom he admits that he can't stand not knowing. Paul still trusts his partner to lead the way despite being kept in the dark for most of their cases, such as during the Walrider case. He mentions that he hates when Murkoff's targets have families while the duo investigates the disappearance of Waylon Park, and doesn't take kindly to Pauline's joke about Murkoff not hurting women or children.

He loves his daughter so much that he overlooks the corruption of Murkoff and his own shame at his involvement so that she can receive treatment for her rare blood condition. He is revolted by Trager's behavior and writes a secret note to Glick saying that Trager is "dirtier than hobo shit" during their conversation. He is also relatively polite and somewhat fumbling; although he reprimands Glick for asking about how far along Michelle is in her pregnancy, saying "you never ask", he later assumes the same of Trager's assistant, Denise, and is embarrassed to learn that she isn't pregnant. He shows concern for Pauline when she is drugged by Trager and rushes to her aid. He also shows kindness in requesting a severance package for Michelle Haas, believing she was a victim rather than a liability and having sympathy for her unborn child. He immediately tackles Trager to the ground and attempts to restrain him after he attacks Michelle.

Paul seems to be somewhat out of touch with his daughter despite caring very much about her, believing a horror film to be too scary for her and getting her a childish gift which is inappropriate for her age. He seems to feel guilty when Alice asks him to come home more often instead of buying things for her. He also teases her about her responsible attitude and not eating hardly enough. Pauline still describes him as a good dad, saying that he always takes care of his girl. Comparing Billy Hope to Alice led Paul to conclude that Tiffany Hope was hiding him.

He also recognizes Simon Peacock from previous encounters and is the first to notice that they are being followed by him. Simon notes that he is willfully ignorant of what Murkoff is doing and thinks that his shame differentiates him from most of Murkoff's mercenaries. When asked to help him, Paul stands by having to do his job. He is, however, capable of lying to Pauline to investigate further when he believes Alice to be involved in the lead.

It is revealed in Issue #5 that his worst trauma was losing his wife to her disease during his contact with Murkoff's radio towers in the Arizona desert.

Physical description

Paul is depicted as being a stocky man with curly, greying hair and blue eyes. He wears a yellow tie, white shirt, and a black suit. Following an unknown event, Marion received a grisly wound on the upper-right side of his head, leaving him with severe damage to his right eye and a bandaged face.

Trivia

  • In the comics, Marion is the only character with clearly defined eye color. This might be a symbolic representation of Paul being one of the few people with any sense of morality within the Murkoff Corporation.

References

  1. The Murkoff Account Issue #1, Page 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Murkoff Account Issue #1, Page 4

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