Ashford is a Belter. Received a degree in Mathematics from Boston University. He's a braggart and a loud mouth. Latches on to whatever makes him seem better than those surrounding him.
A "Pretty Uniform"Carlos "Bull" de Baca butt heads on multiple occasions.
The Ring Edit
After the assult on Seung Un and the faked video broadcast from Jim Holden's ship where Clarissa Mao frames Holden as a terrorist in the name of OPA, under Bull's recommendation and Pa's endorsement, Captain Asford fires a torpedo on Rocinante. Ashford would have otherwise awaited authorization from Fred Johnson. The Rocinante evades this as well as the Martian naval vessels then retreats. The Behemoth pursued the Rocinante into the Ring along with many of the ships of the flotilla, including the UNN Thomas Prince. Notably, the Prince carries Annushka Volovodov, Clarissa Mao, Tilly Fagan, and Hector Cortez.
When the Behemoth and the entire Earth/Mars fleet is caught in the "slow zone" in The Ring, he is eventually put under arrest when Bull and Pa stage a coup. All of the ships in the united fleet were heavily damaged and for the most part disabled and derelict. Mass causalities on both sides. They wish to unite Earth and OPA fleet members onboard the Behemoth to co-operate in their time of crisis in The Ring. Ashford disagreed with this plan, but was jailed during its implementation with Michio Pa assuming command.
Ashford believes the best action during the slow zone incident is to destroy the Ring, which would strand any one else on that side of the ring. Unbeknownst to him and according to protomolecule investigator Miller and Jim Holden, this would trigger an alien defense mechanism that would turn supernova the star at the center of the solar system, Sol. Thus, if Miller is correct, Ashford's plan would result in killing all humans within the solar system rather than saving them.
Ashford was put back power by his supporters including Cortez in a counter-coup. Ashford also releases Clarissa Mao from detention and recruits her to join his loyalists in the command center.
More and more unstable, Captain Ashford cold-bloodedly murders Naomi's best friend Sam for delaying the communications array weapon.
While Bull's loyalists have control over engineering, they disable environmental control in the command center but Clarissa is able to circumvent their tactics restoring oxygen to Captain Ashford's company and herself.
Ashford realises that he has access to the power armor confiscated from the Martian marines by Bull and has his people don the equipment before pursuing Bull.
The Rocinante's crew, Bull, Anna, Martian marines, and Clarissa Mao eventually retake the ship before he can fire the light cannon aka modified tight beam communications array. While Holden approaches the command center via an external backup elevator shaft, being locked out of the airlock, Clarissa feels repentent for her crimes and increasingly questions Captain Ashford's actions. Cortez recognizes this but doesn't report it as he begins to question Ashford too and covers or excuses some of Clarissa's actions. Clarissa ultimately allows access for Holden's raiding party then terminates Ashford.
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