Travant (トラバント Torabanto, Trabant in the Japanese version) is an enemy character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. He is the king of Thracia, the father of Arion, and the adoptive father of Altena. He is a direct descendant of Crusader Dain and therefore can wield the Gungnir. He is directly responsible for several atrocities that take place in Jugdral, including the Yied Massacre and the invasion of the Manster District following the Battle of River Thracia.
According to the designer's notes, Travant appears to be indifferent to his reputation as a villain, but he is actually an extremely passionate man who is willing to go to any lengths and tarnish his own reputation for his beloved Thracia. If he had not been born in Thracia, he would have been a true hero.
Travant first appears in Chapter 3 when he is aiding King Chagall, who hired a group of Thracian mercenaries. The Dragon Knight Papilion leads an assault on Sigurd's army, but after this failure, Travant abandons Chagall to his demise.
In Chapter 5, he leads a troop of Dragon Knights wielding Horseslayers into the Yied Desert in pursuit of Quan's Lance Ritter, who are headed north in the desert to join up with Sigurd's army. Making use of the fact that the horse riders' movements are severely impeded by the desert terrain, Travant succeeds in ambushing them, slaying the entire platoon of knights, as well as Quan and his wife, Ethlyn.
After the massacre, Travant picks up the infant Altena and the holy Gáe Bolg before returning to his country. He then raises Altena as his surrogate daughter, with his main intention being to recruit an invaluable user of the Gáe Bolg into his ranks. It is, however, insinuated that he cares for her because of his guilt from killing her mother, Ethlyn. Additionally, he educated her to become to a ruler because he was aware of her importance to the future of the Thracian peninsula.
In the second generation, Travant has his trusted confidant Disler ransom Coirpre, the adopted son of General Hannibal, who was beginning to have doubts. He later reveals the truth of Altena's parentage to her when asked. Reflecting that he is the one whom Seliph's invading Liberation Army is after and that he has "grown tired" of warfare and politics, he passes the Kingdom of Thracia and the Heaven Lance Gungnir on to Arion, telling him that his only wish is to "see an end to the people's suffering". Knowing that he will likely be defeated, he enters his final battle with Seliph's army alongside a squad of Dragon Knights, and is slain in the process.
It is implied in Thracia 776 that he may not have caused the Yied Massacre of his own accord.
Travant is portrayed as a ruthless and uncaring individual, which is likely a result of growing up in the harsh conditions of southern Thracia. Although he comes off as being despicable and cunning, he is, 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 is well aware of the nature of his methods, but is indifferent to being condemned by history if it meant improving Thracia's conditions in the future. Because of this, his views are popular among the Thracian army, who saw him as their one true emancipator.
Travant is not fought by the player in Chapter 5, as his main role in the chapter is to oversee the deaths of Quan and Ethlyn before leaving Magorn to do battle with the player's army. As he possesses the holy Gungnir lance as well as a Recover Ring, he is unable to be defeated by any members of Leonster's Lance Ritter, although the player can manipulate it into occurring through specific methods that do not change the story.
In Chapter 9, the player will actually confront him as an enemy. As he passes the Gungnir to Arion before the battle, he should fall fairly quickly if engaged with Ced with Forseti or Febail with the Yewfelle. The player should keep a wary eye on the powerful group of Dragon Knights accompanying Travant under his 4-star leadership alongside Hannibal's group taking charge at the same time. Since Travant is intent on attacking the player's army, he will charge your forces at full speed regardless of the situation, so be prepared to take him down as soon as possible.
*Enemy only, joins unequipped
“Heheh... Quan has no clue we're here. He's got a woman with him, too. That'd be a mistake. Let's bid a fine farewell to Leonster's Lance Ritter! The desert's hinderin' their movement. No way they can put up a fight here! Let's move! The future of Thracia is in our grasp!”
—Travant before the Yied Massacre in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Travant: Heheheh, so you're Quan's son. Bloom should've taken care of you while he had the chance.
Leif: Travant, we meet at last... I... I've waited so long for this day to arrive... I've dreamed of killing you with my bare hands, and I've lived to carry it out!!
Travant: Hmph... you fool... You can't even use the Gáe Bolg, and you think you can defeat me!? Die, you little brat! I'll do to you what I did to Quan!
Travant: Finn, isn't it? It's been a while. So you're still alive...how stubborn of you.
Finn: King Travant, today I will take revenge for what you did to my lord!
Travant: Hahaha, don't make me laugh. What do you think you can do to me!? You're the one who's gonna die!!
“Thracia… My beautiful kingdom... cough...”
—Travant's death quote
Trabant is a German word that means 'companion', which reflects the fact that despite being king, he is close to the ordinary people of Thracia.