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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 (1863-1899) is the 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 players 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 is diagnosed with tuberculosis, and eventually succumbs to it later on. However, he instead gets killed by Micah Bell if he has low honor.
He is voiced by Roger Clark.
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.
Red Dead Redemption II
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.
|“||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.
Arthur’s Honor can affect his overall personality as a whole; with high honor, Arthur can be seen as a selfless person who will think of others and more practically about situations, such as when he realized that the gang was fighting for an idea that didn't work anymore, and how he realized that the women and Jack would surely die if he didn’t help them leave the gang. With low honor, Arthur can be seen as a selfish person thinking of himself solely, such as caring about his own survival, even prioritizing revenge on Micah and getting the gang's money stash over helping John and his family.
Unlike most of the time period, Arthur does not hold sexist or racist views, even stating he hates everyone equally.
|“||Listen to me. When the time comes, you gotta run and don’t look back. This is over.||„|
|~ Arthur to John Marston.|
|“||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.|
- He is of Welsh descent on his father's side and of British descent on his mother's side.
- 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 honour is high, he is represented by a deer. Deer symbolize the powers in nature that are not easily subdued.
- With low honour, Arthur is a villain protagonist who only really cares about himself. With high honour, Arthur is an anti-hero who remains one of the most honest and good-hearted men in the gang. One who often goes out of his way to help strangers, despite his constant sarcasm about doing so, making him a Knight in Sour Armour.
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