|“||There are times I wish Mina had been born with your cruel spirit. You are the daughter I deserve.||”|
|— Sir Malcolm to Vanessa Ives[src]|
Sir Malcolm Murray is a British explorer of the African continent who is on a deep personal quest. Sir Malcolm has nonetheless paid a heavy price for his exciting career. Although his stately home is filled with souvenirs from his travels, it is devoid of family and loved ones. With Vanessa's help, he is determined to right the wrongs of his past, but the toughest journey is yet to come.
Appearance and Personality
Sir Malcolm is a hard, shrewd and intelligent man, a once jovial and enthusiastic explorer turned cold by the anger and guilt he feels over his son's death, his daughter's disappearance and his estrangement from his wife. He comes across at times as a father figure to Vanessa, for the two have a mutual admiration and deep understanding of one another. However, it is clear, to a certain extent, that Malcolm harbors dislike and disgust for Vanessa over her role in Mina's disappearance. These feelings are also mutual, in that Vanessa has a low opinion of Malcolm: she describes him as being vainglorious, arrogant and hypocritical, having been far more interested in exploring and collecting trophies in Africa, consequently serving his ego, than in the welfare of his children. She also chastises him for his own infidelity through his affair with Vanessa's mother. Their past actions are a prominent source of friction between the two of them, yet Vanessa respects Malcolm in that he is a cunning strategist and a leader to the others.
Sir Malcolm Murray established himself as an explorer of the African continent, which ultimately put a strain on his marriage later in life after fathering two children. While becoming well known for his foreign exploits he made matters worse on the home front by indulging in an affair. Not only did he lose his wife, but also his son and daughter. His son, not very well equipped for a harsh life exploring Africa, died during his first expedition with Sir Malcolm, and his daughter was taken years later by a vampire. It was this latest loss that drove Sir Malcolm into the role of a monster hunter, seeking out vampires in an effort to find and recover his daughter.
Skills and Abilities
- Hand-To-Hand-Combat: Despite his age, Sir Malcolm is a capable fighter, able to handle his own in brawls and defeat lesser vampires in a fight.
- Marksmanship: Sir Malcolm is a crack shot with a pistol, and was able to shoot Mina when she was using Vanessa as a shield. He is also an accomplished hunter having gone on multiple hunts throughout Africa.
- Multilingual: Because of his travels, Sir Malcolm can speak multiple languages, including Arabic and Swahili.
- Knowledge: Sir Malcolm is a noted and respected scholar and author.
Sir Malcolm (to Victor Frankenstein): When you see a river, you must follow it to its source, no matter the perils, no matter those comrades that fall along the way. You must know how things work. You must unlock.
Victor Frankenstein: I've only one other question, why me?
Sir Malcolm: Because you weren't unafraid to pull back the skin and look beneath.
Sir Malcolm (to the group): We'll carry on with this fight. We can lose every battle, except the last.
Sir Malcolm (to Vanessa Ives): There was a time I would have gladly killed you and there may come a time when I gladly shall.
Sembene: I have been thinking about your daughter. Say you find her, but say she cannot be saved.
Sir Malcolm: If I find her she will be saved.