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Biography[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
Murtry hails from Earth, and has worked for a long time as a security officer for Royal Charter Energy, eventually reaching the position of chief. As he tells Chandra, he has made a career out of spilling blood for corporations to increase their gains, which in turn increases his own payments.
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Personality[edit | edit source]
Murtry's demeanor is cold and collected, and he often describes himself as a pragmatist and a seeker of justice. This self-ascribed narrative is a thin veil for his true nature, which is cruel, bloodthirsty and ruthless. As pointed out by Amos, Murtry is a killer, who often looks for even the smallest opportunities to justify his murderous impulses.
Murtry is hateful and prejudiced, as in his introduction he is shown to be angry that he had to compromise with Belters, whom he views as inferior. In numerous occasions, he is seen plotting ways to murder the Belter settlers on Ilus, justifying his plans to Chandra with preventing possible future strife over resources or moralizing about protecting his people from possible terrorists. In Naomi's words, Murtry assumes the authority of playing judge, jury and executioner and has no qualms abusing his power. Murtry is also highly materialistic, as he eventually confesses to Chandra that his reason for wanting to kill the Belters is that, if he does, it will mean more profits for RCE and thus for himself.
When Holden confronts Murtry for his crimes, Murtry ridicules Holden for his belief in civilization and cooperation, which he views as secondary, lesser parts of human nature; Murtry has a megalomaniacal belief that bloodshed is necessary to build civilization, and that he is the kind of man the world needs to become civilized. Murtry compares himself to the European colonizers who invaded the Native Americans' land as an example of his "greatness", which Holden points out is Murtry using past genocides to justify his brutality.
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Appearances[edit | edit source]
|1 "New Terra"||Appears|
|7 "A Shot in The Dark"||Appears|
|8 "The One-Eyed Man"||Appears|
|10 "Cibola Burn"||Appears|
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