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TJ Murphy

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TJ Murphy
TJ Murphy in Halo 4 Spartan Ops,
Biographical information

Homeworld:

Lexington, Earth[1]

Born:

c. 2519[2]

Died:

May 14, 2560[3]

Cause of death:

Shot multiple times by a Banished Sangheili Enforcer's pulse carbine[3]

Personal details

Species:

Human

Gender:

Male

Political and military information

Affiliation:

United Nations Space Command

Rank:

First Lieutenant[4]

 

First Lieutenant TJ Murphy was a member of Icebreaker squad in the UNSC Marine Corps who was stationed aboard the UNSC Infinity.[5] During the Requiem Campaign, Murphy helped Fireteam Crimson in many of their missions on Requiem. Murphy was later one of the survivors of the disastrous Battle over Installation 07, co-leading a group of survivors dubbed the boat crew alongside Spartan Nina Kovan on Installation 07's surface until his death in battle.[3]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

TJ Murphy was born circa 2519 and grew up in Lexington, Earth.[1] As a child, Murphy ran up the hill behind his house with a bucket of paper airplanes.[3] He joined the UNSC in 2537.[1]

Requiem Campaign[edit]

Main article: Requiem Campaign

During the Requiem Campaign, Murphy, along with the rest of Icebreaker squad, was listed as MIA. They had been captured by Covenant forces and were imprisoned in the same detention facility as Fireteam Crimson. While Crimson was escaping, Roland picked up Icebreaker's signal and Crimson freed them. Murphy helped Crimson by remotely taking over a nearby Phantom and later piloting it for them through various missions in Covenant territory.[5][6]

Sometime later, a Covenant/Promethean force attacked the UNSC Infinity, causing Captain Lasky to recall all Spartan forces. Crimson and Murphy encountered heavy Covenant/Promethean resistance. Murphy eventually delivered Mantises to support Crimson, allowing them to secure a landing zone.[7] On their way back to Infinity, the ship's automated defense system auto-targeted their Phantom. Despite Murphy's evasive maneuvers, the Phantom took a direct hit, lost control, and subsequently crashed into one of Infinity's hangars. Murphy survived the crash but was stuck inside the downed Phantom. Miller ordered Roland to send an extraction team for Murphy, but couldn't get through to the AI.[8] Eventually, Murphy was rescued or managed to escape on his own.

Crimson's and Majestic's Pelicans escaping from Requiem.

After the attack on Infinity was thwarted, Murphy continued to assist Fireteam Crimson in their activities on Requiem, providing them with Pelican support. When Fireteam Majestic reported they were under fire from Covenant artillery, Murphy flew Crimson to the site of the artillery.[9] While dropping off Crimson, Murphy informed Infinity that Fireteam Kodiak's Pelican was shot down, Miller then warned Murphy to evac as Crimson would radio for a ride later.[10] Murphy later assisted Crimson and Lancer in destroying a Covenant nest in the Warrens. During the same mission, he provided evac for Crimson and Fireteam Switchback, who'd been rescued from the Covenant base.[11]

At the end of the Requiem campaign, Murphy retrieved Fireteam Crimson after they deactivated one of the slipspace artifacts binding the Infinity to Requiem. Murphy successfully brought Crimson back to the Infinity just in time for everyone to escape Requiem's destruction.[12]

Freighter ambush[edit]

In March 2558, the UNSC Infinity picked up distress signal originating in the Artesia-702 system. When Infinity arrived in the system on March 11, it found a damaged freighter, the Pilgrims' Pride. Murphy, leading several other Pelicans, analyzed the freighter. He reported that the freighter was in bad shape and was leaking atmosphere.[13]

Battle for Zeta Halo[edit]

Main article: Battle for Zeta Halo

On December 12, 2559, Murphy was onboard UNSC Infinity when it was ambushed by Banished forces upon arrival at Installation 07.[14] As the Infinity fell to the Banished assault, Murphy’s Pelican was destroyed with its hangar bay. With orders to evacuate from the ship, Murphy piloted a lifeboat, Papa Tango Delta Zero Nine, and followed his companion lifeboat piloted by Spartan-IV Bonita Stone to the surface of the ring. However, as the two entered the ring’s lower atmosphere, Murphy’s lifeboat was hit, losing its back section, and spun out of control.[15] Eventually, Murphy regrouped with Spartan Stone, along with Spartan-IV Nina Kovan, and together they travelled to the UNSC stronghold at the wreckage of the UNSC Mortal Reverie.[16]

On May 14, 2560, Murphy took part in Kovan's mission to broadcast Zeta Halo's coordinates to the UNSC in the hopes of summoning reinforcements to the ring. During the battle that followed, Murphy leapt in front of a Sangheili Enforcer's pulse carbine fire, sacrificing himself to stop the destruction of the beacon tower's console. Mortally wounded, Murphy died shortly after witnessing the successful deployment of the message.[3]

Spoilers end here.

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 7
  2. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 7: "Murphy paused on the trail. The thought had occurred to him plenty of times before. God knew he was feeling all forty years right now—not exactly ready for the veterans’ home, but still."
  3. ^ a b c d e Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 35
  4. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 3
  5. ^ a b Spartan Ops, S106 Escape Plan
  6. ^ Spartan Ops, S106 Scattered
  7. ^ Spartan Ops, S107 Backup
  8. ^ Spartan Ops, S107 Home Field
  9. ^ Spartan Ops, S108 Unfinished Business
  10. ^ Spartan Ops, S108 Majestic Rescue
  11. ^ Spartan Ops, S108 Lancer
  12. ^ Spartan Ops, S1010 One Last Time
  13. ^ Halo: Escalation: Issue 4
  14. ^ Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder: Rubicon Rundown (Retrieved on Aug 3, 2022) [archive]
  15. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 1
  16. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 8