Markas was born to a moderately affluent family. His father, while not a practitioner himself, had a deep interest in the magical arts and kept a library full of books on the subject, as well as many other topics. As a child, Markas was an avid reader and worked his way through much of his father's collection. When he was in his teens, he followed his love of books and words by apprenticing as a scribe, copying important documents and texts. However, the fascination with the arcane of his father soon took hold of Markas too. He started studying more and more, reading any books on magic he could grab hold of, even if he had to steal some. Once he discovered that he was able to cast a few spells with some success, he left his position at the scribiner's and sought out a mentor more suited to his pursuits.