Out of nowhere, yes, but this has been something I’ve thought about for awhile. So yeah until there is a fanfiction page, I’m going to write and place what I have on my story here. This is for those who are interested in a story of how these two could possibly come together.
The story takes place between the algorithim, the void, and the renegade. The team comes back with ISIC, but are also hurt, injured, bruised, in crappy condition. The cause of this is Marquis and Thorn’s hatred toward one another, not really wanting to fight together at all. This is noticed by Ghalt, as well as the other Battleborn, and though some would agree with one over the other, they know that the fighting between the two must stop, before they pay the price for their inability to put aside their dislike for one another.
Ghalt calls in both Thorn and Marquis, who are also injured, but not from ISIC’s doing. Ghalt gives them a speech, telling them by fighting one another, they are helping the real enemy. That there is a real threat is staring them in the face, and that with all the in-fighting they only improve the enemies chances of victory. Thorn understands, but Marquis does not accept Ghalt’s sound logic. Ghalt figured as much, which had been why he included Phoebe in the conversation. Phoebe tells Marquis to put aside his petty squabbles, and to work with those he considers “hobos”. Marquis voices his opinions, and tells them all that he would rather die then look like the hobos he is fighting alongside. Even worse, he insults Thorn when he says that there was simply no chance that a penniless, jobless, savage such as her could possibly work with someone as sophisticated and popular as he. Thorn glares at him, ready to pounce, and she would have if Ghalt didn’t have Montana and Oscar Mike waiting outside the room in case something happens. Ghalt glares at Marquis, and tells him that with that attitude he would be among the first to die in the dark. Marquis scoffs, and Thorn cracks a smile, glad that Ghalt had put him in his place. Phoebe voices her outrage at Marquis, and tells him unless he wizened up to their current predicament, that he would be fired, Marquis takes the conversation more seriously after that. Ghalt then tells the two that they are to get along with one another, and that starting right then and now, they were bunking with one another. The two rise in unison, not wanting anything to do with one another. Ghalt’s voice hardens, and tells them that this will prove their loyalty to the cause, and that if the two kept fighting or killed one another, they would be booted from the Battleborn. At this, the immediately quiet down, and grudgingly accept Ghalt’s terms. Phoebe looks to Marquis, as he nods in understanding. As the two begin to walk out of the command deck, Ghalt tells them to start packing up, and start moving their stuff to an agreed upon room. When they reach the door, it opens automatically, sending both Montana and Oscar Mike falling forward on to the ground. It’s obvious the two were ease dropping, but that doesn’t matter. The two make their way past them, and begin taking their belongings to their new room. There the two fight over who get’s top bunk, ending with Thorn kicking Marquis in the face. The magnus is about retaliate when he stops and realizes she has already infected the bed with poor people cooties, but vows to pay her back none the less.
Days pass, and there is no improvement. The two are not communicating, and are becoming worse. Ghalt begins to think the plan is a bad idea, until a mission from Ekkunar presents itself as a solution. The L.L.C. have sent an ambassador to it’s people to show off a new magnus. The magnus goes rogue, and kills a member of the observatory. This causes the Eldrid faction to distrust the L.L.C., as they begin to attack L.L.C. embassy’s with representatives. Ghalt calls both Marquis and Thorn to the command deck, as well as Oscar Mike. Marquis and Thorn glare at one another, causing Oscar Mike to walk nervously between the two. This was not his choice, the two walked on opposite ends, leaving him only the middle. He just hoped they didn’t start a fight, even he could sense their tension. When they get there, Kleese, Ghalt, ISIC, and Orendi are there. Ghalt and Kleese then tell the five their mission. To restore peace between the two factions, and to hunt down this rogue magnus. The irony of the situation is not lost on ISIC, who can’t help but laugh at his current predicament. He doesn’t want to do this mission, but since Kleese had “Fixed” his “Bugs”, he had no choice in the matter. Kleese had said he wanted to test ISIC in the field, to see if he actually works, which was why he was going on this mission. If he died, it didn’t matter to Kleese, it meant one less crazy A.I. to worry about. Why Orendi was there, she really, really, really wanted to go. Angry homicidal residents of Ekkunar, and trigger happy magnuses of the L.LC. hell yes, it was going to be a blood bath, how could she not join for this mission. Oscar Mike was there to keep the peace, and to keep both factions from lashing out and make the situation worse. Thorn and Marquis had been called because they needed to hunt down the rogue. If it was as dangerous and crafty as the L.L.C. claimed it had been, it was better to have competent hunters that could kill this thing at a distance without risk of loss. Kleese and Ghalt make their objectives clear, they were to protect the people, keep the peace, hunt down this A.I., and if possible find out why it had done what it done if it wasn’t crazy. Thorn just laughs at the idea, as she says that there was no possible way they were going to talk to this “thing”. It was a murder machine programmed for war, it doesn’t feel, care, or know anything other then that. It couldn’t possibly feel anything, for it had no soul. This remark was made toward Marquis as she said this, Marquis just looks at her with the only expression he’s capable of. His face remains blank, but he adjusts his eyes to let her know he was glaring. Right then, Nova cut in, and asks Thorn if that was what she truly thought of A.I.'s. That they were beings unworthy of respect, understanding or protection. Thorn then realizes that Marquis isn’t the only A.I. in this room, and that in fact ISIC and Nova had heard this as well. ISIC takes no offense, cause it was obvious this was how she felt toward the gentleman sniper. Nova couldn’t help but feel hurt. Either way, Thorn had said what she said, and only hoped that the two didn’t take too much of an offense. Though this quip was made toward Marquis, this had been how she felt about A.I.'s. An awkward silence ensues, and no one says a thing. Kleese awkwardly ends the silence, and says the meeting is over. As they all leave the command deck, Marquis stops Thorn at the door, and tells her that she is right, he does feel nothing for her, but it was not because he was a machine.
Now there is a lot more. This story will take us from Ekkunar, to the Detritus Rings, to the L.L.C. Arc fleet.
On Ekkunar, Thorn and Marquis hunt this rogue, albeit reluctantly when they bump into one another. They end up as slaves, and are forced to fight one another to the death in the Detritus rings. Long story short, the two get along, but none of the lovey dovey crap. Their bond will become close, but awkward as neither are willing to have their egos deflated. The two unknowingly begin to lower their guards, as they realize there is more to the fading universe and each other, then just the way they envisioned it. They learn this concept through one another, and though they try to keep hating one another, there are certain traits about one another they can’t help but cherish and respect.
Orendi and ISIC discover the true villain pulling the strings, and are caught at a crossroads. The two must either decide to take action, which would most likely end in their deaths and the needless deaths of others, or to to wait for the right moment. After a Dirty Harry moment between the two pointing their weapons at one another, they come to a compromise, which not only helps the team, but also tortures their enemies at the same time.
Ghalt and Kleese are indisposed, as the ship is blown out of the sky, and are forced to abandon ship. Said ship crashes into the secret house Phoebe had given Marquis for his stay on Ekkunar. She used this location to study Eldrid magic, and to see if she could combine it with her technology. They hide near the observatory, as the chaos goes on below.
Oscar Mike is taken by the villain, and is being kept alive for a horrifying purpose. ISIC hurt his feelings, Thorn and Marquis are missing, and the Battleborn have become the enemies of the Eldrid, the U.P.R, and the L.L.C. In short, this badass is scared s@#tless.
Now that there is a fanfiction page for the story, I present to you all the link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11971779/1/The-hunters
I hope this inspires others to make fanfics of their own in this dying universe with badass characters, with even more badass stories to be told. Of course disclaimer, Battleborn belongs Gearbox Software. I would also like to thank Gearbox Software for making this great game. Love it to pieces, and can’t wait for the stories and maps ahead.