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Murdock

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Murdock

FEFT Murdock.png
Artwork of Murdock from The Binding Blade.

The leader of the three Wyvern Generals of Bern. Led the attack on Ilia.

Gender

Male

Race

Human

Nationality

Bern

Title(s)

Wyvern General of Bern

Starting class

General

Appearance(s)
Our army's code states that every officer must be capable and self-sufficient.
— Murdock, to Galle

Murdock (Japanese: マードック Mardoc) was one of the Wyvern Generals of Bern, serving as the leader of the trio during the Disturbance of Bern. Born of commoners, he quickly rose in rank and esteem among the army of Bern and was appointed the personal bodyguard of then-Prince Zephiel. When Zephiel was poisoned by his father Desmond, Murdock assisted in the plan to fake Zephiel's death, resulting in Desmond's death at Zephiel's hands[1]. In the Disturbance, he led the invasion of Ilia at the beginning of the war, and was later tasked with the defense of the Shrine of Seals against Roy's impending army.

The Binding Blade

Role

At Aquleia, Murdock confronted Narcian, demanding an explanation for his recent failures. He passed on the order to have Narcian demoted from the rank of Wyvern General, but offered to try to assist Narcian in holding his position should Narcian successfully defeat Roy's approaching army. He tasked Galle, Narcian's replacement-to-be, with observing the ensuing battle before departing.

Later, at Remi Castle in Ilia, Murdock received word of Narcian's failure from Galle. Roartz and Arcardo had fled to the Bern-occupied territory, and attempted to seek refuge with Bern; however, Murdock instead tasked the two with the defense of some of Bern's captured Ilian territories, informing them that they would have to personally reconquer Etruria should they want to control it themselves. Afterward, he and Galle discussed the nature of his ultimatum to the two, and he mentioned that he was impressed with the work of Roy and would like to personally duel him one day.

Ultimately, Murdock was deployed to the Shrine of Seals to serve as a final line of defense against the invasion of Bern by the Etrurian army led by Roy. Again, Murdock mentioned to Galle how impressed he was with the work of the army and especially Roy, and greatly appreciated the chance to test Roy's skills in person, while regretting that circumstances forced him to fight Milady and Zeiss. His duel with Roy would be one he would lose, as he fell in battle, regretting only that he could no longer protect Zephiel.

Stats

Boss, Ch.21 NM Boss, Ch.21 HM Playable, Trial Map

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

Portrait murdock fe07.png

Role

In a village near Bern's border, Murdock was sighted in one of the homes, conferring with a Bern soldier. The soldier attempted to explain to Murdock for the umpteenth time the negative consequences of allowing King Desmond's tyrannical approach to ruling to continue, but was silenced by Murdock, who had noticed an intruder listening in on the conversation - one of Eliwood's soldiers, who quickly left the house.

During Eliwood, Hector and Lyn's infiltration of Bern Keep, Murdock arrived with Zephiel to present a captured baby fox to Guinivere; he attempted to speak in defence of the prince when accosted by Desmond, but was silenced, with Desmond demanding his loyalty as his actual master. In preparation for the Black Fang assassination attempt on Zephiel, Desmond had concocted an errand for Murdock to keep him away from Zephiel's manse for the night, not wanting to risk losing a general of such talent. Frustrated by being kept from the prince's side for no apparent good reason, Murdock was shocked to hear of the events of the night from one of his men, and later passed on an account of what had transpired to Queen Hellene, convincing her to assist Eliwood's group.

As Eliwood's group travelled to the Shrine of Seals, Murdock appeared before them in a village, quietly offering them a Warp staff as thanks for their assistance in protecting Zephiel.

Personality and character


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Quotes

Battle quotes

Hm...You have made it far. I congratulate you. But can you defeat me?
— Murdock in The Binding Blade
At last, the great General Roy stands before me! I have been waiting to match blades with you!
— Murdock to Roy, in The Binding Blade
Milady... I don't want to fight you. But you are here. It seems we have no choice. Come!
— Murdock to Milady, in The Binding Blade.
You were one of Narcian's troops... I heard the story from Galle. I do feel sorry for you, but you are currently an enemy. Come! We fight!
— Murdock to Zeiss, in The Binding Blade. This quote is taken from an older fan translation patch, and should be updated with the equivalent quote from the most recent version if possible.

Death quotes

Hngh...! You...are strong... Zephiel... My king... I cannot protect you...any further... Forgive me...!
— Murdock in The Binding Blade

Other appearances

Trivia

  • Murdock was initially listed as Marduk on the Fire Emblem Heroes Choose Your Legends poll. This was corrected a few days in.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Murdock Variant of Murdoch, from the Irish Muiredach, "lord", a name borne by several historical Irish kings.[2]
Japanese マードック Officially romanized as Mardoc. From Marduk, an ancient Mesopotamian deity and the patron god of Babylon.
Spanish Murdock --
French Murdock --
German Murdock --
Italian Murdock --

Gallery

Small portrait murdock fe06.png Sprite Gallery
Portrait murdock fe06.png General
Bs fe06 murdock general lance.png
Lance
Bs fe06 murdock general axe.png
Axe

References

  1. "Guinivere: At a banquet, our father gave Zephiel a poisoned drink from his own hands. And that was the first and last cup that Zephiel took from our father. After returning to his room, Zephiel started to get sick. For ten days and nights, Zephiel lingered between life and death. But Murdock, Zephiel's teacher and loyal general, saved his life.
    Roy: ...The former king never did anything after that?
    Guinivere: No... But I have heard that he had plans to get rid of Murdock and Zephiel's mother as traitors. He was scheming to murder them all along with Zephiel. After hearing that, Zephiel made believe that he was dead. Our father then checked the coffin to confirm Zephiel's death. At that moment, Zephiel rose up from the coffin and...with his sword...
    " — Guinivere and Roy, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  2. Behind the Name: Murdoch
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Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Playable characters AlenAstoreBathBartreBorsCathCeciliaChadClarineDayanDieckDorothyDouglasEkhidnaElenElphinFaeFirGarretGeeseGonzalezGwendolynHughIgreneJodelJunoKarelKleinLalumLanceLilinaLotLughMarcusMerlinusMiladyNiimeNoahOgierPercevalRaighRoyRutgerSaulShannaSinSophiaSueTheaTrecWadeWoltZelotsZeiss
Non-playable characters EliwoodGuinivereHectorMaryMordred
Trial Map characters BrunnyaEliwoodGalleGuinivereHectorMurdockNarcianZephiel
Bosses ArcardoBrakulBrunnyaChanDamasDebiasDoryEinErikFlaerGalleGuerreroHenningIdennKabulKelKudokaJahnLeganceMaggieMarralMartelMonkeMorganMurdockNarcianNordOatesOrloPeresRaithRandyRoartzRobertsRoseRuudScollanScottSiguneSlaterThorilTickWagnerWindhamZephielZinque
The Eight Legends AthosBariganBramimondDurbanElimineHanonHartmutRoland
Regalia and personal weapons ApocalypseArmadsAureolaBinding BladeDurandalEckesachsForblazeMaltetMulagirRapierSaint's Staff
Chapters Tutorial • 1: Breath of Destiny • 2: The Princess of Bern • 3: Latecomer's Sorrow • 4: Crumbling League • 5: Fire Emblem • 6: Ensnared • 7: The Ostian Revolt • 8: Reunion • 8x: The Blazing Blade • 9: The Misty Isles • 10A: Western Resistance • 11A: The Hero of the West • 10B: Amidst a Struggle • 11B: Flight Toward Freedom • 12: The True Enemy • 12x: The Thunder Axe • 13: Rescue Mission • 14: Arcadia • 14x: The Infernal Truth • 15: The Dragon Child • 16: Storming the Capital • 16x: The Glorious Ascension • 17A: Ocean's Parting • 18A: The Frozen River • 19A: Bitter Cold • 20A: Ilia's Salvation • 20Ax: The Freezing Lance • 17B: The Bishop's Teachings • 18B: The Laws of Sacae • 19B: Battle in Bulgar • 20B: The Silver Wolf • 20Bx: The Bow of Swift Wind • 21: The Binding Blade • 21x: The Elder Revelation • 22: An Undying Dream • 23: The Ghosts of Bern • 24: Legends and Lies • Final: Beyond the DarknessTrial Maps
Locations ElibeBern (Dragon SanctuaryShrine of Seals) • Etruria (Aquleia) • IliaLycia (AraphenLausOstiaPheraeThria) • Missur (ArcadiaNabata) • Sacae (BulgarTaras) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Disturbance of BernEnding WinterFire EmblemGenerals of EtruriaThe ScouringWar Dragons
Related topics Fire Emblem: Hasha no TsurugiName chart • Other games (Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
Playable characters AthosBartreCanasDartDorcasEliwoodErkFarinaFioraFlorinaGeitzGuyHarkenHawkeyeHeathHectorIsadoraJaffarKarelKarlaKentLegaultLouiseLowenLuciusLynMarcusMatthewMerlinusNilsNinianNinoOswinPentPriscillaRathRavenRebeccaRenaultSainSerraVaidaWallaceWil
Non-playable characters AenirAeshaBramimondDesmondElbertEleanoraEphidelFaeFargusGuinivereHannahHassarHausenHelmanJahnJakeJanKishunaLeilaLilinaMadelynMurdockNatalieRoySophiaUtherZephiel
Bosses AionBattaBaukerBernardBeyardBoiesBoolBrendanBugCameronCarjigaDamianDarinDenningDragonEaglerErikEubansFargusGeorgGlassGroznyiHeintzJasmineJermeKaimKennethKishunaLimstellaLinusLloydLundgrenMaximeMigalNergalOlegPascalPaulPuzonSealenSoniaTeodorUhaiUrsulaVaidaWireYogiZaganZoldamZugu
Eight Legends AthosBariganBramimondDurbanElimineHanonHartmutRoland
Regalia and personal weapons ArmadsAureolaBasilikosDurandalEreshkigalExcaliburForblazeGespenstLuceMani KattiRapierRegal BladeRex HastaRienflecheSol KattiWolf Beil
Chapters Lyn's Tale Prologue: A Girl from the Plains • 1: Footsteps of Fate • 2: Sword of Spirits • 3: Band of Mercenaries • 4: In Occupation's Shadow • 5: Beyond the Borders • 6: Blood of Pride • 7: Siblings Abroad • 7x: The Black Shadow • 8: Vortex of Strategy • 9: A Grim Reunion • 10: The Distant Plains
Eliwood's Tale 11: Taking Leave • 12: Birds of a Feather • 13: In Search of Truth • 13x: The Peddler Merlinus • 14: False Friends • 15: Noble Lady of Caelin • 16: Whereabouts Unknown • 16x: The Port of Badon • 17: Pirate Ship • 18: The Dread Isle • 18x: Imprisoner of Magic • 19: Dragon's Gate •20: New Resolve • 21: Kinship's Bond • 22: Living Legend • 22x: Genesis • 23: Four-Fanged Offense (Lloyd, Linus) • 24: Unfulfilled Heart • 25: Pale Flower of Darkness (Kenneth, Jerme) • 26: Battle before Dawn • 26x: Night of Farewells • 27: Cog of Destiny • 28: Valorous Roland • 29: Sands of Time • 29x: Battle Preparations • 30: Victory or Death • Final: Light (part 1part 2)
Hector's Tale 11: Another Journey • 12: Birds of a Feather • 13: In Search of Truth • 13x: The Peddler Merlinus • 14: False Friends • 15: Talons Alight • 16: Noble Lady of Caelin • 17: Whereabouts Unknown • 17x: The Port of Badon • 18: Pirate Ship • 19: The Dread Isle • 19x: Imprisoner of Magic • 19x pt 2: A Glimpse in Time • 20: Dragon's Gate • 21: New Resolve • 22: Kinship's Bond • 23: Living Legend • 23x: Genesis • 24: Four-Fanged Offense (Lloyd, Linus) • 25: Crazed Beast • 26: Unfulfilled Heart • 27: Pale Flower of Darkness (Kenneth, Jerme) • 28: Battle before Dawn • 28x: Night of Farewells • 29: Cog of Destiny • 30: The Berserker • 31: Sands of Time • 31x: Battle Preparations • 32: Victory or Death • 32x: The Value of Life • Final: Light (part 1part 2)
Locations ElibeBern (Shrine of Seals) • EtruriaIliaLycia (AraphenCaelinCornwellKhatheletLausOstiaPherae) • Nabata Desert (Arcadia) • Sacae (Bulgar) • Valor (Dragon's Gate) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Black Fang (Four Fangs) • Fire EmblemGenerals of EtruriaMorphsQuintessenceThe Scouring
Related topics List of regional version differencesName chart • Other games (The Binding Blade) • Pre-release information (Prototype build 0205Prototype build 0219Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline