|“||My sole desire is to see Thracia restored to Dain and Njörun's prosperous nation of old... and if doing so condemns me to hell, so be it.||”|
Travant (Japanese: トラバント Trabant) was the king of Thracia during the era of the Grannvale Empire's rise, and a full-blooded descendant of the Crusader Dain and inheritor of Gungnir. A prominent figure in the strife facing the Thracian Peninsula, he played a key role in the downfall of the Manster District and was responsible for the deaths of Quan and Ethlyn of Leonster in the Yied Massacre, but was subsequently cowed into submission to the Grannvale occupation of the District led by Bloom. During Seliph's revolution against Grannvale in Grann 777, Travant led Thracia in opposition to Seliph's invasion of the Peninsula, seeking to reunify the Thracian Peninsula as one nation.
Path to the Yied Massacre
During the Agustrian civil war, Travant was hired by King Chagall to provide reinforcements for his army in resisting Sigurd, and so he deployed a unit of wyvern riders led by Papillon following Eldigan's execution; as soon as Papillon lost the battle, he lost interest in helping Chagall any further and left.
In Grann 761, Travant learned (either directly or indirectly) from Veld of the Loptyrian Order of the passage of Quan of Leonster, his wife Ethlyn and his Lanceritter across the Yied Desert, and set out with a force of fourteen Thracian Wyvern Riders in pursuit. Slowed down as Quan's army was by the desert sand, Travant and his men quickly overpowered and slaughtered all of them, an event later known as the Yied Massacre. Upon finding that Quan's infant daughter Altena had been travelling with them, Travant took Altena and Gáe Bolg back with him to Thracia; before he left, he entrusted Magorn with the command of the Thracian unit and tasked them with attacking Sigurd's army as they crossed the Yied Desert en route to Grannvale. In the intervening years, Travant raised Altena as his own daughter alongside his biological son, Areone.
Alliance with Grannvale
Shortly after the Yied Massacre, with the defenses of the District depleted and vulnerable, Travant led the Thracian army in a full-scale assault on the north, beseiging the city of Manster, who fought with the aid of the Conote, Alster and remaning Leonster armies. Partway through the battle, while the Thracian army and Travant waited to observe, the Conote army under General Raydrik turned on Leonster at the Great River of Thracia, slaying King Calf, obliterating its army and ensuring the fall of the Manster District to Thracia. Travant's hold on the peninsula's north did not last long, as the newly-christened Grannvale Empire responded to a plea for reinforcements from Alster, soundly defeating Thracia's army and forcing it to retreat. The Manster District came under the rule of the Friege family, was renamed the North Kingdom of Thracia, and Duke Bloom of Friege was instated as its king. Although Thracia retained its independence, Travant was forced into alliance with Grannvale, albeit a reluctant alliance on his part.
In Grann 776, Travant and Altena were guided by the Thracian knight Merlock to the valley in which Hannibal's mansion was situated, in order to observe the approach of an alleged bandit mob assaulting the locals (in reality, Leif's group seeking refuge under Hannibal's roof). When Altena noted there was no real reason for him to personally visit the situation, he remarked that it was advisable for him to know of his nation's events and that he enjoyed travelling with his children. After briefly telling her of his vision of a prosperous future for Thracia, he and Altena departed, leaving Merlock in charge of fighting the "bandits".
In Grann 777, following his defeat at Alster, Bloom sent requests to Travant for reinforcements against Seliph's liberation army; Travant ignored these calls, intending to leave Grannvale and Seliph to weaken each other and leave themselves open to being defeated by Thracia. His plans, however, backfired with the defeat of Bloom at Conote and Seliph's subsequent march on Thracia. In preparation for Seliph's march on Thracia, Travant forced General Hannibal into co-operation by having his adoptive son Corpul/Sharlow held hostage by another commander, Distler.
Following Altena learning and confronting him about her true heritage, he passed on Gungnir and the fate of Thracia's people to his son Areone before setting out to confront Seliph personally, explaining himself as having grown tired of the conflict and wanting to end it by handing himself over, if not without a fight. In the following battle, he was killed.
Travant is present as an antagonistic NPC in Chapter 5 of Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. At the start of the enemy phase after conquering Lubeck Castle, Travant, Magorn and thirteen Wyvern Riders appear in the south-east corner of the map, all as neutral units. After they have killed Quan and Ethlyn, Travant leaves the map and any of his remaining subordinates become enemy units.
Travant is a boss in Chapter 9, deploying from Thracia Castle after Grutia Castle has been seized. His group travels north to attack Meace Castle, the player's starting point.
Travant appears in the opening cutscene of Chapter 9 with Altena and Merlock, the chapter's boss. Visiting the region housing Hannibal's mansion with Altena, he talks about his vision for Thracia's future and wish to see an end to the suffering of its people.
Starting stats and growth rates
Growth rates when reclassed
Promotion stat gains
Archer Barbarian Cavalier Dark Mage Wyvern Rider Fighter Knight Mage Mercenary Myrmidon Priest Tactician Thief
Like all male bonus units in Awakening, Travant has access to all base class and advanced class skills available to standard male units.
Personality and character
As is inevitable from one raised in as harsh a nation as Thracia, Travant was blunt, cunning and ruthless, willing to go to any means to further his cause, including hiring himself and his army out as mercenaries; he was not, however, totally committed to his mercenary work and had no interest in staying around to die for a lost cause. He held a strong emnity toward Leonster's royalty, given their status as the primary obstacle between him and the realization of his ambitions, but nonetheless saw the value of raising a scion of the family - Altena - as his own if only for access to Gáe Bolg, though he was loath to admit it to his subordinates. Though he cared for both his true son Areone and Altena, he was more than ready to tell them to stop questioning him if he did not appreciate their advice.
Travant was above all else thoroughly committed to the future of Thracia, seeking to improve the quality of life of his people through the reunification of the peninsula. He was well aware of the nature of his methods, and considered himself to be willing to be condemned by history if it meant the well-being of Thracia in the future. Nonetheless, he and his views were popular among the Thracian army, who saw his way as Thracia's road to salvation.
|“||Behold, the legendary Gungnir! Heheheh... you look so happy to see it. You will bow to me, and then you will die.||”|
— Travant, in Chapter 5 of Genealogy of the Holy War. This quote is taken from an older fan translation patch, and should be updated with the equivalent quote from the most recent version if possible.
|“||Heh heh heh... Welcome, rebel scum. I am Travant. Remember this well: a final gift from the depths of the inferno!||”|
— Travant, in Chapter 9 of Genealogy of the Holy War.
|“||Heh heh heh... So! You're Quan's troublesome little son, are you? What a fool Bloom was... How could he have failed to kill a runt like you? [...] Heh... As foolish as your father... And unlike him, you can't even wield Gáe Bolg! You don't stand a chance! Now, hold still! It's time you learned the last agonies your father felt at my hands!||”|
— Travant, when fighting Leif in Chapter 9 of Genealogy of the Holy War.
|“||Finn, isn't it? It's been a while. So you're still alive... how stubborn of you.[...] Hahaha, don't make me laugh. What do you think you can do to me!? You're the one who's gonna die!!||”|
— Travant, when fighting Finn in Chapter 9 of Genealogy of the Holy War. This quote is taken from an older fan translation patch, and should be updated with the equivalent quote from the most recent version if possible.
|“||I should withdraw now...but then again, I was well compensated...||”|
— Travant, in Rogues & Redeemers 1 in Awakening.
|“||I should withdraw now...but then again, I was well compensated... I suppose I have time to crush one weakling like you.||”|
— Travant, when fighting Stahl in Rogues & Redeemers 1 in Awakening.
|“||I cannot stop now. I have yet to earn my gold...||”|
— Travant, in Rogues & Redeemers 3 in Awakening.
|“||I cannot stop now. I have yet to earn my gold... [...] I fight for my people- not that some knight like you could understand. What matters is we clash and that I break you!||”|
— Travant, when fighting Stahl in Rogues & Redeemers 3 in Awakening.
|“||Thracia... Nngh... My beautiful fatherland...||”|
— Travant, in Chapter 9 of Genealogy of the Holy War.
|“||I never thought...it would happen...to me...||”|
— Travant, in Rogues & Redeemers 1 in Awakening.
|“||No... How can I bring my homeland glory now?||”|
— Travant, in Rogues & Redeemers 3 in Awakening.
Fire Emblem Cipher
Travant is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
- Both of these cards' epithets are still in raw, untranslated Japanese; these need translation.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Travant|
|"All that I desire is to make Thracia whole again. The verdant northern soils would be the perfect cure for the famine and poverty that plague us."|
"Why, I daresay this is the long-awaited end of Leonster's famous Lanceritter! Thracia's destiny lies before us at long last, ours for the taking!"
|Attack: 60||Support: 30||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 5|
|Class: Wyvern Lord||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 4|
|Scorned as a Hyena: [Always] If this unit is attacking a non-lord enemy, this unit gains +30 attack.|
Bloodstained Gungnir: [Activate] [ ] Until the end of the turn, all allies who are both and may attack enemies regardless of range.
Deathbringing Snare: [Activate] [Once per turn] [Send 1 bond card to the Retreat Area] Your opponent chooses 5 cards from their hand, and sends the remainder to the Retreat Area.
|Card #B15-095R(+) • Artist: Yoneko (B15-095R), Tomohide Takaya (B15-095R+)|
|"You can rest assured. We'll deliver on your expectations."|
|Attack: 40||Support: 30||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Wyvern Rider||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Mercenary Wyvern Rider King: [Trigger] When this unit is deployed, choose 1 of your face-up bond cards, and flip it face-down.|
Flying Emblem: [Support] You may choose one ally that is not the attacking unit, and move it.
|Card #B15-096N • Artist: Yoneko|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Travant .
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Travant||As of Fire Emblem Awakening. Possibly derived from the German Trabant, "satellite", in reference to his role as being forced to serve as a satellite state to Grannvale. Additionally, Trabant can mean "comrade", referring to Travant being a king of the common folk, as well as his aspirations to ameliorate their quality of life.|
|Trabant||Used in the Genealogy and Thracia 776 fan translations.|
|Japanese||トラバント||Officially romanized as Trabant; as above.|
Artwork of Travant from Genealogy of the Holy War.
Artwork of Travant from Thracia 776 Illustrated Works.
Travant's portrait (first generation) in Genealogy of the Holy War.
Travant's portrait (second generation) in Genealogy of the Holy War.
Travant's portrait in Thracia 776.
Travant's portrait in Awakening.
- "Manfroy: Make sure that you kill him. If you don't, our efforts of assassinating Quan would be for nought.
Veld: ...They still think Travant is the man responsible for Quan's death...
Manfroy: Hahaha...pathetic fools. Thracia doesn't have the means of getting accurate information on Leonster... Taking advantage of Travant's ambitions to make Northern and Southern Thracia kill each other... Your plan has been a marvelous success." — Manfroy and Veld, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "However, anticipating an attack, the Kingdom of Alster had requested reinforcements from House Friege of the Grannvale Empire, and after a long time they arrived to the Thracian peninsula. However, terror came with them; namely, a group of mercenaries linked to the Loptyrians. The Thracian army had the momentum, but had to retreat in the face of House Friege’s prized Mage Knight squad’s and the mercenary squad’s offensive. Noticing he was at a terrible disadvantage, King Travant reluctantly withdrew from the Manster District. House Friege stationed itself at the north of the district, effectively turning it into a territory of the Grannvale Empire." - "Leonster's Fall"
- "Areone, don't worry about Bloom. Let the empire and the rebel army fight it out. I'll strike when they're both too tired to fight back." — Travant, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
- "Travant: ...Is that right? Well, it looks like I'll be taking matters into my own hands now. Areone, you're watching the castle.
Areone: Yes, father.
Travant: Here, I'm leaving this lance with you. Don't you lose Thracia now, you hear?
Areone: ...Isn't this the Gungnir? Father, what's the meaning of this? You're not going into battle without it, are you?
Travant: I've had enough, Areone. It's me they're after anyway. Do as you see fit after I'm gone, okay?
Areone: Are you suggesting I call for a truce!? You know I could never do that!
Travant: Like I said, do as you see fit. I only ask that you see an end to the people's suffering. Farewell, Areone!" — Travant and Areone, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
- "Chagall: Travant, are your Wyvern Riders ready yet?
Travant: Yessir. We're ready to go. You'll get what ya paid for outta us.
Chagall: Hmph. Maybe these mercenaries I hired will do more for me than those other imbeciles." — Chagall and Travant, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
- "Sheesh... Papilion blew it. I think it's about time we bail. Agustria, you're on yer own. Farewell, King Chagall... y'fool." — Travant, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
- "Everything rests on the unification of the peninsula. The fertile lands to the north hold the key to eliminating poverty within our kingdom. Areone, our ways have often been likened to that of hyenas... Yet our mercenary work for foreign lands has meant the kingdom's survival." — Travant, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
- "My sole desire is to see Thracia restored to Dain and Njörun's prosperous nation of old... and if doing so condemns me to hell, so be it." — Travant, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
- "The soldiers of Thracia have sworn their loyalty to Travant because they believe he is their one true emancipator." — Lewyn, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
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