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Martin Thurston was serving as a captain in the Sixth Infantry Regiment of the United States of Boise. His father, Lawrence Thurston, who was the president of the United States of Boise, had planned to hold an election for his successor while personally prohibiting Martin and his brother Frederick from campaigning for office.
When his regimental commander was killed, he took advantage of the chaos to murder his father.
Martin aligned the United States of Boise with the Church Universal and Triumphant.
Martin learned that Sethaz, whom he had thought of as an ally, was demonically possessed and was in control.
During the Battle of Horse Heaven Hills, Martin, while possessed, destroyed the army he supposedly loved by standing and fighting knights of the Portland Protective Association. Finally, isolated, he slew Epona and was killed by Rudi Mackenzie by a thrust through his torso with the Sword. As he died, his humanity returned; he spoke the names of his wife and son and apologized to his father for killing him.