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|“||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. 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.
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.
Boss, Ch.21 NM Boss, Ch.21 HM Playable, Trial Map
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.
Personality and character
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|“||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!||”|
— Against Roy.
|“||Milady... I don't want to fight you. But you are here. It seems we have no choice. Come!||”|
— Against Milady.
|“||You were one of Narcian's troops. I heard the story from Galle. You have my sympathy, but you are my enemy now. Come! We fight!||”|
— Against Zeiss.
|“||Hngh...! You...are strong... Zephiel... My king... I cannot protect you...any further... Forgive me...!||”|
— Murdock in The Binding Blade
- 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.|
|Japanese||マードック||Officially romanized as Mardoc. From Marduk, an ancient Mesopotamian deity and the patron god of Babylon.|
Artwork of Murdock from The Binding Blade.
Murdock's portrait in The Binding Blade.
Murdock's portrait in The Blazing Blade.
Artwork of Murdock from Fire Emblem Cipher.
- "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
- Behind the Name: Murdoch
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