- "It might not look so, but I am the best doctor in Toragay! And I say that the cause of death was respiratory failure from tobacco. So that’s final!"
- ―Marx Felix[src]
Marx Felix was a doctor in the Kingdom of Elphegort and the head of the Felix Family. After the death of his wife and miraculous resurrection of his daughter Margarita, Marx raised the child on his own and investigated her sleepless condition in an attempt to find a cause and cure. He later collaborated with Marquis Karl Blankenheim to have their children unite in a political marriage for both their benefit.
Sometime during the EC 500s, Marx was born into the Felix Family in Toragay, Elphegort. Later, Marx became the head of his family and earned his medical license, becoming the local doctor and amassing a large fortune for himself. During this period he became a frequent customer of Egmont's pharmacy the La Bula. By the end of the 6th century EC, Marx married and conceived a child with his wife.
In EC 593, Marx's wife went into labor on a rainy night and he had the local midwife, Rita Flohn, help deliver his daughter. As Rita began to deliver the child, lightning struck near the mansion and his wife died, resulting in the child's death as well. As Marx sobbed over his wife's corpse, he witnessed a mysterious woman with a red cat enter and replace the dead baby with the Clockworker's Doll; the doll's hypnosis then caused Marx to believe it was the same baby.
When "Margarita" suddenly began crying, Dr. Felix became overjoyed by his child's miraculous resurrection. Soon after, he discovered that his child never slept and fruitlessly researched her "condition" and a means to cure it over the years. After around ten examinations, the man concluded it was some "odd mutation" and lost interest in the child's sleeplessness. During this time, he also helped fund the local Charity Institute established by the Sisters of Clarith, directed by Rita.
During Margarita's youth, Marx began making arrangements with Marquis Karl Blankenheim to have her betrothed to his son Kaspar, hoping to restore the Felix family's lost nobility in exchange for connecting the Blankenheims to his fortune. Later on, as part of the alliance, Marx brought the young Margarita to the Blankenheim Mansion to live with the aristocrats for a time.
After Margarita returned to the Felix estate, she helped Marx with his medical work as she grew up, eventually earning a medical license herself. After Karl's demise and Kaspar's inheritance of his title and property, the new marquis agreed to Marx's earlier marriage agreement with his father. When Margarita married Kaspar in July of EC 608, Marx celebrated the occasion with the rest of the townspeople.
As time went on, Kaspar wasted Marx's fortune on women and Finé tobacco for himself. Marx also learned of Marquis Blankenheim and Margarita's collaboration with a mysterious cloaked woman, discovering she was apparently First Santa Claus and that they were in league with her in the criminal organization Père Noël. Around summer of EC 609, Marx learned Kaspar was suffering from insomnia and began repeatedly visiting the mansion to check his physical condition.
Death of the Marquis
- "So, you’re saying tobacco was the cause of the marquis’ death?"
"The throats of both the marquis and the woman he was with were swollen and blackened. I have no doubts this was the cause of death."
- ―Hanne and Marx[src]
On the early morning of August 31 of EC 609, Marx went to the Blankenheim mansion to visit the couple and check up on Kaspar again; there he found Margarita alone and went with her to Kaspar's bedroom, finding him dead in the arms of one of his mistresses. Learning Margarita had murdered her husband with her Gift poison, Marx decided to cover for his daughter's crime and reported Kaspar's death to the World Police.
While waiting for the police, they were visited by an Elphe woman, Hanne Lorre, who had come looking for Kaspar. After Marx told her he was dead, she introduced herself and her profession as a Schuburg Newspaper reporter and Marx became visibly angry, demanding she leave. When Hanne threatened to write a biased article about the death of the marquis instead, Marx hurriedly told her Kaspar had died of illness and, when Hanne insisted on learning more, he allowed her inside.
In the living room, Marx introduced himself and his relationship to Kaspar before relating his experience discovering Kaspar and his mistress' corpses, requesting that Hanne not mention Kaspar's infidelity in the article. After preventing Hanne from speaking with Margarita, and as she pried for more details, he suggested the cause of Kaspar's death was his tobacco addiction, the New World product being widely used among Elphegort's nobility but harmful to the throat and lungs. Insisting on his false diagnosis, Marx admitted that he and Margarita were waiting for the police and tried to usher Hanne out, only for her to request to see Kaspar's corpse.
Although reluctant, he led her to Kaspar's bedroom; during this time, the World Police arrived and began their investigation. After directing the investigation team to the bodies as well, the doctor was allowed to examine the body and relate his false prognosis to the officers. He then gave a false testimony that he and Margarita had heard suspicious sounds in the middle of the night and entered to find the two victims dead in bed.
- "Dr. Felix in Critical Condition— Cause Unknown"
- ―Headline in the Schuburg Newspaper's sixtieth issue[src]
On September 18, Marx came by the Blankenheim estate and ate dinner that night with Margarita. During the meal, the doctor warned Margarita to stop getting involved with First Santa Claus. He was later given a present of poisoned trauben jam on toast by Margarita, lapsing into a coma not long after consuming it.
Discovered by Hanne Lorre the following afternoon, the comatose Marx was moved to a hospital in Aceid and kept under surveillance, his body examined for signs of foul play. On October 17, Marx was visited by his daughter. On October 21, he was again visited by Margarita before she left. Later that night Marx began to awaken, sitting up on the bed, and noticed a pink-haired woman that he recognized as Hanne behind another doctor.
Marx's memories and subconscious suddenly began to resurge, the man coming to the realization that Margarita was actually the doll that the cloaked woman from years earlier had replaced his actual daughter's corpse with. Rambling about that day, Marx placed his hand to his head and began to speak about the deception before he suffered a seizure and violently convulsed. Before the doctors could reach him, Marx stopped moving and passed away from his poisoning.
Following Marx's death, Elluka Clockworker confronted his "daughter" in Calgaround before she ultimately committed suicide, ending her murderous rampage. Marx's words just prior to his death were later used by the mage to help deduce Margarita's true identity. Officially, Marx's cause of death was recorded as due to the result of the mysterious epidemic plaguing Toragay.
Personality and Traits
- "Did Dr. Felix dote on Margarita?"
"She was a memento that the wife he loved left behind, so of course he did. He wanted to make her as happy as he could."
- ―Hanne and Rita[src]
Marx was a cautious and private man. Although having become extremely successful in the wake of his family's decline, the doctor was determined to restore the family's noble status, eventually pursuing a political alliance with the Blankenheim family. Fitting this, he dressed and spoke rather formally with others. Despite this general attitude, he was still prone to rash outbursts and poor etiquette when under pressure. As well, despite being a doctor, Marx neglected his own health, allowing it get worse as the years went by.
Deeply attached to his family, the doctor became devoted to his "surviving" daughter following his wife's death and was regarded by others as having put great effort into securing Margarita's health and happiness. Due to this, Marx was willing to help cover up Kaspar and Eleanor's murder with his medical expertise to protect his daughter and their public status. Aside from his family, Marx also shared an amiable relationship with his fellow townspeople, working as the local doctor of Toragay and generously donating large amounts of money to the town's Charity Institute.
Skills and Abilities
A successful doctor, Marx possessed extensive medical knowledge and was a licensed physician. Although only operating in Toragay, he was able to advance his career and garner a massive fortune, possessing over 29 million evs at its prime. His extensive good will as a doctor also built a rapport with the townspeople of Toragay. Because of his expertise, he was a capable liar in regards to his profession and could fake a prognosis with reasonable logic. Physically, the doctor was disadvantaged due to his neglected health in his old age.
Margarita Blankenheim: Marx's daughter. Marx dearly loved his daughter and doted on her with his wife dead, completely willing to believe in her survival once she was replaced by a doll. Despite this love and concern for her, he was also willing to use her to make a political match in the interests of their family, although believing that it would make her happy. He was furthermore willing to break the law for her sake and overlook her murder of her husband later.
Kaspar Blankenheim: Marx's son-in-law. While also hoping that his wedding to Margarita would make her happy, Marx saw Kaspar's nobility as a means to raise the status of the Felix family by wedding his daughter to him. Following this marriage, he showed concern for the marquis' health, though having no qualms with covering up the true cause of his death.
Rita Flohn: A friend of Marx's. As the midwife who delivered his daughter and witnessed her miraculous "survival," Marx shared a close relationship with Rita. Due to their friendship, he also helped contribute to her endeavors, such as funding the orphanage in Toragay.
Conceptualization and Origin
- Marx, along with his son-in-law's father Karl Blankenheim, may be a reference to the famed German philosopher and sociologist Karl Marx.
- Gift from the Princess who Brought Sleep (first mentioned)
- Deadly Sins of Evil: Gift from the Princess who Brought Sleep (first appearance)
- Evils Court (mentioned only)
- Seven Crimes and Punishments (album) (mentioned only)
- Master of the Heavenly Yard (album) (mentioned only)