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Arthur Morgan, with his blunt attitude and imposing figure, has become an iconic video game protagonist thanks to Red Dead Redemption 2. We’ve compiled all the interesting things you may not have known. A lot of fans were surprised and a bit irked when a new and unfamiliar face showed up in Red Dead Redemption 2. Most were hoping and expecting to play as John Marston, the pivotal lawbreaker from the original release.

Regardless of how they felt about Arthur the first time they saw him:

one thing is for sure, they were all singing his praises soon after. Arthur Morgan would turn out to be perhaps an even better protagonist than John and there was something so endearing about his blunt attitude and imposing figure.

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In honour of the main cowboy from Red Dead Redemption 2, we’ve collected some lesser-known facts about Arthur Morgan. It’s important to note that there will be spoilers throughout this list so you may want to finish Arthur’s journey before moving on (assuming you haven’t already).

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With so much dialogue to follow and so many hidden items to find throughout Red Dead Redemption 2, it can be easy to miss tidbits of information. Many players will likely come to understand that Arthur lost his parents at a young age, which would explain exactly why he ended up joining Dutch Van Der Linde’s gang, but a few moments in-game give us more information into exactly what happened.

Arthur’s mother, Beatrice, passed when he was a very young age:

leaving him to live with his criminal father, Lyle. The law would eventually catch up with Lyle (for Larceny charges) in 1874. Arthur was 11-years-old at the time of his arrest. Sometime after his father was killed and Arthur would end up taking his hat as one of the only reminders of his past.

His Hat Shows His “Profession” red dead redemption 2 arthur morgan

Arthur’s hat isn’t just a keepsake from his childhood, it was also crafted with care by the game’s developers. In many stories concerning the Old West, the “bad guy” would traditionally wear a black hat, whereas the hero would don a white hat. Not only does this point to the idea that Arthur isn’t a “good man” at the start of the storyline, it also foreshadows Micah’s inevitable betrayal. He wears a white hat throughout the storey, making him a “direct rival” to Arthur per the Old West trope.

His Family Was Slain For The Dumbest Reason red dead redemption 2 arthur morgan

No, we aren’t talking about Arthur’s parents this time, we mean the cowpokes own family. Most players will discover through dialogue that Arthur had a son at one point but the actual storey behind his “family” is much more depressing than the steely-eyed bandit lets on.

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A one-night-stand with a young waitress named Eliza would turn Arthur into a father. He would come to adore his son Isaac and would visit the duo as much as possible, maintaining his gang lifestyle to help support them. Upon returning one day, Arthur would spot two crosses outside Eliza’s home. He would later find out that his family was killed by robbers for a measly $10.

 He Was Worth A Pretty Penny red-dead-redemption-2-file-size-arthur-morgan

It’s a classic Old Western trope that all the biggest and baddest banditos had bounties on their heads and Wanted posters plastered all over town. Arthur was no exception and the government was willing to go to great lengths to capture their man. What players may not know is that Arthur’s bounty was actually pretty impressive for the time. His $5000 capture reward would equate to around $150,000 in today’s economy.

Arthur The King Red Dead Redemption 2 locations screenshot Arthur Morgan

Although some of this is speculative by the community it is an interesting little tidbit none-the-less. Many point out that Arthur may have received his name after King Arthur and there are some interesting clues that point to this being true. There is dialogue that directly references King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in the mission “The Wheel,” and John did give Jack the alias Lancelot in the Epilogue.

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  • Some also suggest that the surname Morgan may be related to Morgan Le Fay, which would tie into Arthur’s duality, alluding to the player’s choice to be honourable or criminal.

 He Was Painted By A Famous Artist \sarthur with good lighting

Well, at least the artist is “famous” by Red Dead Redemption 2 standards. Later in Arthur’s adventure, he will happen across a French painter named Charles Châtenay. The prolific artist spends much of his time sketching some rather risque imagery and a series of stranger missions can be performed to help the Frenchman gain notoriety throughout Saint Denis. During one mission, the player will attend an exhibition, where they can actually spot a portrait of Arthur amongst the exhibits.

 Arthur Never Attended School red-dead-redemption-2-day-one-patch-size-arthur-morgan

There is a tonne of character development to be found in Red Dead Redemption 2 and much of it is picked up through conversations or notes. We learn a very interesting fact about Arthur in the side mission “A Bright Bouncing Boy” through a rather quick and easily dismissed piece of dialogue. While helping scientist Marko Dragic with his invention, Arthur admits that he never once experienced even a moment of certified education.

He Takes His Legacy To The Grave \sred dead 2 arthur morgan gunfight

  • That header is quite literal in this sense as Arthur’s final resting place will change depending on the decisions that the player makes throughout their adventure.

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If Arthur passes with an honourable rating, his headstone will feature a positive motif and feature fresh flowers. If his legacy was teetering on the darker side, his headstone will be weathered and unkempt with a standard (and less uplifting) sentiment.

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