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Nothin' means more to me than this gang. I would kill for it. I would happily die for it. I wish things were different... But it weren't us who changed.
~ Morgan in the last trailer.
John made it. He's the only one. Rest of us... no. But... I tried. In the end. I did.
~ The very last words of a mortally sick Arthur Morgan. (Determinant)

Arthur Morgan is the main protagonist of the 2018 video game, Red Dead Redemption II. He was the lead enforcer of the Van der Linde gang who begins to have doubts about his loyalty to the gang's leader, Dutch van der Linde. Over the course of the game, Arthur tries to become a better man (if player took the high honor path) and seeks to save as many people as he can from the gang's downfall.

In the end of Chapter 5, Arthur Morgan is diagnosed with Tuberculosis and eventually succumbs to it later on, or gets shot and killed by Micah Bell (determinant on the player's honor).

He is voiced by Roger Clark.

Biography

Childhood

Arthur Morgan was born in 1863 to Lyle and Beatrice Morgan, the former being a petty criminal, and the latter dying when he was young. Arthur described his father as being a "no good bastard", and witnessed his death. Despite not liking his father, or knowing his mother, he keeps their photos, sensing some fondness.

Becoming a Criminal

At a young age, he was picked up and adopted by Dutch van der Linde and Hosea Matthews, and become one of the first members of the Van der Linde Gang. At some point in his youth, Arthur met and fell in love with Mary Gills, but their relationship ended due to Arthur's criminal life, and her family's disapproval.

Later on, he met and slept with a young waitress named Eliza, who would father his son, Isaac. Arthur would give them support, and sometimes visit monthly and stay for a few days before returning to the gang. One day, Arthur went to their home and saw two graves and crosses outside, and knew they were dead. He later learned that that the two were killed by robbers, who broke into their home, and killed them for ten dollars. The incident hardened Arthur, and he never knew how to deal with the pain for years.

Events of Red Dead Redemption II

Chapter 1

Arthur and the Van Der Linde gang flee into the snowy mountains of Ambarino to escape the law after a heist-turned-massacre. One member, Davey Callander, dies before they can reach the abandoned settlement of Colter. They encounter a widow named Sadie Adler, whose husband Jake was murdered by the O'Driscolls, a gang who serves as the Van Der Linde gang's rivals. They take her in and shelter her, before robbing a train owned by Leviticus Cornwall, a railroad magnate. They leave and head to the site of Horseshoe Overlook in Valentine, beginning Chapter 2. 

Chapter 2

TBA

Personality

There's a good man within you... But he is wrestling with a giant.
~ Marry Linton to Arthur.

Arthur is a cold, brooding outlaw who often resorts to violence and has very few moral qualms about killing. At his worst, Arthur could be completely emotionless and unemphatic to the people he hurts. Despite being capable of committing such violence, Arthur does have a playful side to his personality that comes out around those he is friendly with. He isn't above joking or employing sarcasm amongst his friends. Notably, Arthur was kind and polite to John Marston's son, Jack. Having a gentle demeanor around the young boy in contrast to his threatening persona.

Despite his ability to commit great acts of violence, Arthur has his own moral code and doesn't believe in what he deems as unnecessary killing. Especially if it endangers himself or those he cares about. He was also raised by Dutch to believe that revenge is a fruitless endeavor. It seems Arthur strictly believes that violence should be cold, necessary, and without feeling, never out of personal enjoyment or without reason.

In his own terms, Arthur is aware that he is a "bad man" and clearly understands that his bad behavior is morally wrong. However, he justifies his own actions as being different from most criminals. As the Van der Linde gang carries a philosophy that Arthur genuinely believed could help people. But he soon realized that this philosophy to be a ruse or an "excuse" as John Marston would later put it.

Quotes

Listen to me. When the time comes, you gotta run and don’t look back. This is over.
~ Arthur in the first trailer.
We got lawmen in three different states after us. They chased us from the west, they chased us over the mountains.
~ Arthur on the gang's situation.
Where's our money!?
~ Arthur to Thomas Downes.
Be loyal to what matters.
~ Arthur to John Marston.
Maybe when your mother is finished mourning your father... I'll keep her in black, on your behalf.
~ Arthur threatening Archie Downes.
This whole thing is pretty much done. We're more ghosts than people.
~ Arthur to Sadie when agreeing to join on her revenge quest.
You know, all that mattered to me was loyalty. It's all I ever believed in.
~ Arthur to Marston.

Gallery

Trivia

  • He apparently is of Welsh descent.
  • Arthur is the first protagonist in a Rockstar Games title to potentially die from an illness.
  • Arthur's surname is possibly a reference to the horse breed of the same name, which, sure enough, appears in the game among a vast majority of horse breeds.
  • If Arthur's honor is high, he is represented by a deer.
  • Rather or not Arthur truly is a hero depends on the player's honor system, and how they choose to play him. With low honor, Arthur is more a villain protagonist who at least has standards and cares for the gang. High Honor Arthur can go out of his way to help strangers despite his sarcasm about doing so. Making him a Knight in Sour Armor.

See also

Navigation

           Red Dead Series Heroes

Red Dead Revolver
Red Harlow

Red Dead Redemption
John Marston | Abigail Roberts | Jack Marston | Uncle | Bonnie Macfarlene | Leigh Johnson

Red Dead Redemption II
Arthur Morgan | Dutch van der Linde | Bill Williamson | Javier Escuella | Hosea Matthews | John Marston | Jack Marston | Lenny Summers | Sean Macguire | Kieran Duffy | Charles Smith | Sadie Adler | Abigail Roberts | Susan Grimshaw | Tilly Jackson | Simon Pearson | Orivlle Swanson | Andrew Milton

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