Marshal Burgess was Patton Burgess's uncle and the husband of the hamadryad Ephira. Their marriage was shortlived, however. When their romance died, Ephira, who had given up her immortality to be with Marshal, was absolutely devastated and desperately tried to find a way to regain her immortality. She sought the help of the demon Kurisock, and ended up bound to his power, a twisted, darkened imitation of her former self. She then took revenge on Marshal, killing him and causing the caretakers to abandon the old manor for years.