“In a war of justice there is no loser. My father wants us to give this battle all we’ve got. Ethlyn, don’t worry. I have the Gaé Bolg with me. I’m not going to fall with this at my side.”
—Quan to Ethlyn in Genealogy of the Holy War
Quan (キュアン, Kyuan lit. Cian in the Japanese version; romanized as Cuan in the Fire Emblem Museum) is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. He is the son of King Calf and Queen Alfiona of Leonster. He is the husband of Ethlyn and therefore the brother-in-law of Sigurd. He is also the father of Altena and Leif. Being a direct descendant of Crusader Noba, he has the ability to wield the Gáe Bolg. His life-long dream is to unite the war-torn Thracia Peninsula into one nation.
Prior to the storyline, Quan trained at the Royal Academy of Belhalla alongside Sigurd and Eldigan. During that time, the three of them became close friends and vowed to always aid each other in times of trouble.
At the beginning of the game, Quan and Ethlyn hear about the war between Grannvale and Verdane and rush to Sigurd's aid with Finn in tow. During Chapter 1, Quan tutors Finn, whom he strongly trusts, despite his lack of experience. He also meets Ayra and learns that her father, King Mananan of Isaach, is not responsible for the invasion of Darna. During Chapter 2, Quan gives the Brave Lance to Finn, which later becomes the latter's personal weapon in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. Near the end of Chapter 3, Quan receives the Gáe Bolg from Ethlyn, who held onto it earlier without giving it to him because she heard about its curse. However, he does not seem to believe in the curse and expresses confidence with the Gáe Bolg in his possession. After hiding in Silesse with Sigurd for one year, Quan leaves his army alongside Ethlyn and Finn to bring back reinforcements.
Quan and Ethlyn appear once again when travel through the Yied Desert to reunite with Sigurd. Despite Quan's opposition, Ethlyn brings along a three-year-old Altena. When he discovers that they are being followed by King Travant of Thracia and his Dragon Knights, he tells Ethlyn to escape with their young daughter, but she refuses and instead gives him hope that they can win the battle. If Ethlyn dies first, Quan will be forced to surrender the Gáe Bolg to Travant once he uses Altena as a hostage. Whether or not this occurs, he will perish in the battle, which later becomes known as the Yied Massacre.
Genealogy of the Holy WarEdit
|Starting Class||Holy Blood|
(With Holy Blood Bonuses)
Quan lacks the Pursuit skill, greatly limiting his potential. While he does have Continue, the Duke Knight's low speed cap and the high weight of lances means he will really only attack once. This is, however, offest by multiple things. The first being that Duke Knights have in strength what they make up for in speed, meaning that while he will usually only attack once, he will deal large amounts of damage. Secondly, he has major Noba blood, which is arguably the best holy blood in the game due to providing bonuses to strength, speed, and defense, the most important combat stats. Additionally, he can also use any lance except for the Gungnir, of course.This does make Quan a useful unit in his own way, so it is still advised to use him. Lack of Pursuit can be countered by giving him the Pursuit Ring, but if so, it is key to sell it before the end of Chapter 3, as otherwise it will be inherited by his daughter Altena, who joins very late in generation 2, and thus lost for over half the game.
In the Prologue, Quan may speak to Sigurd, but nothing will result of it.
In Chapter 1, Quan may speak to Finn, resulting in Finn gaining one point of Strength, one point of Skill, and one point of Defense.
In Chapter 2, after Hierhein Castle is captured, Quan may speak to Finn, resulting in Finn receiving the Brave Lance.
In Chapter 3, after Silvail Castle is captured, Ethlyn may speak to Quan, resulting in him receiving the Gáe Bolg.
Quan is lovers with Ethlyn by default, and thus does not possess any love growths with any other character in the game.
Unlike most fathers, his daughter Altena is his primary child, and thus she will inherit his inventory and her stats and growths will come primarily from him rather than Ethlyn.
*Enemy only, joins unequipped.
“Quan: Urgh... What have I...
Ethlyn: Quan! Are you okay? I hate to run on my brother, but we must get you home to recover.
Quan: Sorry, Ethlyn...”
—Quan retreat quote in Genealogy of the Holy War
“Die! You hyenas! As long as I have the Gáe Bolg, I will not lose to your kind.”
—Quan as an NPC fighting Travant's troops in the Yied Massacre
“Damn... this is it.”
—Quan as an NPC after Ethlyn is killed in the Yied Massacre
“Ethlyn... I'm sorry. Finn... Look after Leif...”
—Quan's death quote as an NPC during the Yied Massacre
Quan is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:
- The Fire Emblem Treasure family tree reveals that Quan's father is King Calf and his mother is Queen Alfiona, who are both mentioned in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 Illustrated Works.
The name 'Quan' is Irish and is the reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cúáin ‘descendant of Cúán’. Cúán’ is also an Irish name, and means "little wolf" or "little hound".