|Birth Date||c.1920 (Aged 17 by 1937)|
|Affiliation||Lanseal Military Academy|
|Role||Town Watchman (former)|
Lanseal cadet (former)
Class Chair (former)
|Valkyria Chronicles 2|
Valkyria Chronicles 3
- "I'll always follow in my brother's footsteps...!"
- —Avan Hardins, Valkyria Chronicles 3
Avan Hardins (アバン・ハーデンス Aban Hādensu?) is the main protagonist of Valkyria Chronicles 2 and chair of Class G. Avan was the only character in the game who could act as any class, making him the most tactically flexible unit in Class G. Avan could also issue orders if deployed. Finally, Avan could not be hospitalized - if forced to withdraw, Avan would immediately return after battle.
Avan has short, spiky red hair. He wears the standard male's military uniform of Lanseal Academy. His version of the uniform produces a more laid-back appearance.
- Energetic Young Man chasing his Brother's Shadow
- "You want a class chair? Fine! I'll do it!"
| Avan's father died from an illness soon after Avan was born. Avan feels a deep respect for his mother, who raised him and his brother Leon alone. Leon soon became Avan's male role model, and with his two family members setting a good example, Avan grew up to be an honest young man.
When the Second Europan War brought the threat of the Empire to their doorstep, Leon's sense of duty and love for his hometown urged him to found a small patrol force. Leon soon became a reliable commander despite his young age, and Avan was quick to assist his brother in any way he could.
Once Gallia became fully involved in the war, Leon left his hometown to join the Gallian militia. Leon earned the respect of his peers through his prowess in battle, and once the core of the fighting was over, he was invited to enroll in Lanseal Royal Military Academy. Avan's respect for and admiration of his brother only grew as he kept track of Leon's achievements.
Hoping to earn his own independence, Avan got a job while attending high school in Mellvere. Avan's natural enthusiasm soon made him a central figure within the ranks of the local patrol force.
Since Leon was staying in the dorms of Lanseal Royal Military Academy, Avan did not get to see his brother as often as he would have liked. After five months of keeping in touch through a constant flow of letters, Avan received a letter from Leon mentioning that he was about to be involved in a special mission, and that he would be unable to write any letters during the course of the mission. Despite the lack of any further communication from his brother, Avan worked hard at his job and at school, believing that Leon was fighting the good fight somewhere in Gallia.
One day, a man named Brixham introduced himself to Avan as one of the professors of Lanseal Royal Military Academy. Brixham brought with him news of Leon's death. Avan asked Brixham for more details regarding his brother's death, but was told that such details could not be revealed to people who are unassociated with the academy. Refusing to accept that Leon was truly dead, and hoping to discover the truth for himself, Avan applied to become a student at Lanseal Royal Military Academy.
- Passionate Young Man who breaks the Mold
|Avan is a very straightforward young man who isn't afraid to take action. He enjoys making friends, and his willingness to interact with others is never hindered by things like social status, rank, or race. Avan isn't particularly worldly, which in turn allows him to view each new situation through a fresh set of eyes, without being jaded by common prejudices. With a tendency to act before he thinks, Avan was quick to apply to Lanseal based solely on his desire to learn more about the details surrounding his brother's reported death. Though he is not very good with awkward social situations requiring sensitivity or thoughtfulness, Avan is willing to put everything on the line for someone who has earned his trust.|
- Facing off with Juliana!
|There is little Avan hates more than to see his friends belittled. As a result, Avan is constantly butting heads with Juliana and her arrogant behavior. This willingness to take on such a formidable adversary should not be mistaken for confidence on Avan's part, however, as it is rather a case of his being so simplistic that he doesn't stop to think, "Does someone like me even stand a chance against an elite member of Class A?" It could be said that Avan's many unexpected actions are rooted in his raw, animalistic instincts.|
- Becoming Class Chair
|As a result of Juliana's provocation (and Cosette's somewhat confusing reaction), Avan ended up with the responsibilities of being a class chair. Despite the fact that he didn't even want the position to begin with, Avan is man enough not to go back on his word.|
- Avan's Appeal
| Avan is one of those people who can befriend just about anyone. Even when someone clearly rebuffs his attempts at socialization, Avan doesn't let it bother him one bit. Some would even say he is actually oblivious to the possibility that some people might find him too forward. Judging from Avan's accomplishments, however, this invincible optimism seems to be a positive trait rather than a character flaw.
Though Avan does not excel at much beyond physical activity, he does possess an uncanny charisma that makes him seem more reliable than he actually is. By following Avan's lead as he stubbornly presses forward, his classmates soon discover their own inner potential and unconsciously band together, with Avan at their center.
- Befriending Everyone
|Many of Avan's classmates have issues or personalities that others might find offensive or difficult. Avan is not bothered by any of that, however, and treats everyone equally. This tendency to accept others as they are eventually encourages all of Avan's classmates to open up to him as a friend.|
- The Final Order
|The students of Class G grew quite close over the course of the year. They eventually celebrate their graduation day, but Avan makes it clear that this day will not be their last together. For his final order as the official leader of Class G, Avan lets everyone know that they will be friends forever, regardless of where life may take them.|
- Class G rallies around Avan
|Avan just keeps pressing forward, no matter what. Though this stubborn approach to life may seem somewhat reckless at times, Avan's insistence that they can make it through anything if each person does whatever they can moved his classmates to action, and produced Class G's unique combat style.|
- Part of the Town Guard
|While living in Mellvere, Avan was a member of the town guard. When Brixham visits Avan to deliver the news of Leon's death, we get to see Avan and the town guard repel a Rebel assault. If you look closely, you'll also notice that Pete is present as a member of the town guard.|
- Reckless Actions
|Avan's actions are guided entirely by his emotions. Whether out of a sense of right and wrong, or for the sake of a dear friend, Avan will often act without thinking. Since his intentions are so pure, Avan's actions are rarely met with anger or hatred, but the people around him do tend to get drawn into his crazy schemes against their will. For better or worse, Avan's unique approach to life is what eventually pushes others to take action.|
- Anything for a Friend
|When a past trauma threatened to plunge Cosette into a state of panic at the worst possible moment, Avan went so far as to shoot himself in order to force Cosette to focus on tending to his injury. Though very few people would be willing to do the same, Avan's plan worked and Cosette calmed down enough to perform her duties.|
- Conflicting Opinions
|When Zeri makes it clear that becoming a war hero is more important to him than helping a friend in need, Avan strikes him. Avan was angered by Zeri's attitude because Leon had always said "the pain of my friend is my own," and Zeri clearly did not understand that sentiment.|
- Zeri's Thoughts on Avan
- "He's an idiot. His logic is questionable at best. Still... whatever he happens to be working toward at the time always seems to be the right thing. His goals are like shining beacons, making it impossible to resist joining him on his journey."
|Zeri has a tendency to point others' flaws, and Avan was no exception. From the first moment they met, Zeri did not hesitate to comment on Avan's shortcomings. Zeri is not unreasonable, however, and is willing to recognize Avan's merits as well.|
- Avan's Flexibility
|Avan is the only character in the game who is capable of switching between all soldier classes. The secret to his flexibility no doubt lies in his superhuman athleticism. Avan grew up surrounded by fields and mountains, so being physically active was a normal part of his childhood. This early boost in athleticism, coupled with his years of playing football in elementary school and his training as part of the town guard, seems to have contributed to a unique physical composition capable of meeting the basic demands of all soldier classes.|
- Authority to Issue Orders
|Being the class chair makes Avan the commander of Squad G, and grants him the authority to issue orders to his classmates on the field of battle. Whenever the squad's morale is high enough to execute an order, Avan can issue an order he has learned from his teacher, Welkin, or Alicia. The orders taught by Welkin focus on healing and recovery, so it is likely that Welkin is imparting some of his vast knowledge of herbs to Avan. On the other hand, the orders that Avan can learn from Alicia tend to focus on scouting abilities.|
- Class G's Bond saves Avan and Zeri
| When the battleship Dandarius was destroyed, Avan fell below deck. Zeri climbed down a rope to Avan's rescue while the rest of Class G held the rope securely above. When a large explosion caused the Dandarius to start sinking, the members of Class G pulled Zeri and Avan up to safety. This one moment spoke volumes about the change Class G had undergone, from a band of misfits lacking spirit to a team that could work together without a second thought.
Cosette was almost dragged over the railing when she grabbed Zeri and Avan, but Aliasse and the rest of Class G were there with helping hands.
- The Best of Friends
|Avan, Zeri, and Cosette took the academy's entrance exam at the same time, and all three were assigned to Class G. Though their personalities were as different as could be, the fact that they each seemed to possess something the other lacked allowed them to fit together perfectly. Although Avan is quick to befriend everyone, it is clear that his bond with Zeri and Cosette is something special.|
- Always Together
|They were seated close to each other during the written exam, placed on the same team for the field exam, and assigned to Class G together. This ragtag trio was brought together by fate and coincidence, but they would eventually stay together out of friendship.|
- Unspoken Trust
|Avan would set a crazy goal and start running headlong toward it, while Zeri would temper Avan's zeal with logic and sound tactical thinking. Before either of them realized it, this little routine became the foundation for their strong bond of trust.|
- Avan and Cosette
|When Avan was injured and later placed in isolation, Cosette soon missed his daily presence. Realizing that they had been together since their first day in the academy, Cosette acknowledged that Avan had become a big part of her life.|
- Beloved Brother and Role Model
| Ever since he was a little boy, Avan looked up to this brother Leon. Leon was everything Avan wanted to be.
When Avan found out the truth about the "secret mission" Leon was assigned to, he set out to save his brother. Despite his best efforts, however, there was nothing Avan could do to reverse what had been done to Leon. In his final moments, Leon begged Avan to forget that he ever had a brother, and to go on with his life. Avan had always lived his life according to the words of wisdom Leon had spoken to him, and in this moment, Avan offered some of those very words to this dying brother. "Don't run from the past. Don't sacrifice tomorrow. Live the day!" By overcoming the odds to reach his brother, Avan had become the man he had always wanted to be.
- The Leon Files
|Aware that he has a terrible memory, Avan always kept a notebook with him that he had dubbed "The Leon Files". Avan had recorded all of his brother's words of wisdom within the pages of this worn little notebook. For many years, this notebook and a photo of Leon had been Avan's constant companions.|
- Tracing his Brother's footsteps
|Avan had applied to Lanseal for the sole purpose of discovering what had really happened to his brother Leon. By investigating the "special mission" that Leon had written about in his final letter, Avan discovers that Leon had opted for the path of "self-sacrifice".|
- Leon Lives On
|Rejecting Leon's final request, Avan states that he will live on with the memory of his brother within his heart. Avan proceeds to gently comfort Aliasse, reassuring her that she did the right thing in taking Leon's life and releasing him from his cursed existence.|
Valkyria Chronicles 2
The last letter Avan received from his brother made mention of a classified mention that would help ensure Gallia's future. However, rebellion broke out in Gallia and Avan was soon informed by Hubert Brixham, an instructor at Lanseal, that Leon had been declared killed in action. Avan refused to believe this and demanded to know the details of Leon's mission, but Hubert was unable to reveal any further information. Undeterred, Avan enrolled at Lanseal himself in the hopes of following in his brother's footsteps and to discover the truth.
At the entrance exam, Avan made the acquaintance of Cosette Coalhearth, an aspiring doctor, and Zeri, a Darcsen. The three were placed in the same unit for the examination and a rivalry quickly developed between Avan and Zeri. Avan's placement tests revealed he would have been adept in any of the traditional combat roles and he was given the option of switching as the situation required. They also placed him in Class G, regarded by the rest of the student body as a group of misfits and slackers. Cosette and Zeri joined him and it was not long before they were confronted by Juliana Everhart, chair of Class A. Juliana wasted little time belittling the new cadets and while surprised at Avan's relation to Leon, remained unimpressed. During the arguing, Avan found himself appointed Class G's chair by Cosette. As no other student wished to take on the responsibilities, Avan had little choice but to accept.
Despite the class' initial ambivalence, Avan proved himself a capable leader both on Lanseal's skirmish grounds and on the field of battle. Upon learning about Lanseal's Laevatein Cup competition, Avan announced his intention to lead Class G to victory. This was met by disbelief from Class G's students and outright disdain by Juliana, but Avan proved his determination by leading Class G to victory in the qualifying round. Avan's achievements as a commander were in stark contrast to his academic abilities, and more often than not he failed the various tests.
Avan continued to dig for information about Leon's mission, but the headmaster Laurence Kluivert remained tight lipped. Stonewalled, Avan could do little besides continuing his school life. One day while checking out the campus store with Cosette and Zeri, the trio met Welkin Gunther and Alicia Melchiott, the two heroes widely regarded as responsible for the Empire's defeat in the last war. While Cosette and Zeri were surprised at the two's presence, Avan was more interested in the bread Alicia had for sale, demonstrating his rather unique sense of priorities. From then on, Avan would drop in from time to time to buy Alicia's bread and also learn from the two war veterans. These lessons would prove invaluable on the many missions Class G was assigned.
Avan and the rest of Class G were soon entrusted with an important mission, escorting an unknown VIP through the Leanbluff Forest. This battle marked the class' first encounter with the Artificial Valkyria Corps employed by the Gallian Revolutionary Army. While the class was able to make some headway through the forest, it was only the intervention of the Valkyria Aliasse that saved them. Once clear, Avan and the others were shocked to find that the VIP they were responsible for was Archduchess Cordelia herself. For their efforts, Class G was collectively awarded the Gallian Medal of Honor.
As the months passed Avan grew closer with the rest of the class, learning more about each of them and gaining their trust and respect. Some situations took awkward turns, such as when Avan discovered that Alexis Hilden was actually a woman by accidentally touching her chest. Others situations more often than not left him speechless, like that of the Martin siblings. However, Avan's honesty and determination won over nearly everyone, even if the female members of the class found his lack of tact a bit wanting. Avan also regained an old friend in Jarde, a pet bird he had raised back in Mellvere. Jarde soon assumed the role of Class G's unofficial mascot, getting both himself and Avan in trouble on occasion but ultimately being of great help.
Two fellow cadets that became especially close to Avan were Zeri and Cosette. Since their first meeting at the entrance exams, the trio had become the heart of Class G. As the continued civil war took an ever high toll on the Darcsens and other civilians, Avan soon learned of the burdens his friends carried. Avan also encountered Aliasse, the Vakryria that had saved his team during the Leanbluff mission. He attempted to approach the girl and was initially greeted with bites and kicks. Aliasse however soon took an interest in the young man and began to interact more and more with other students, though Avan remained her favorite target for her antics.
Events at Lanseal were looking up for Avan and Class G however, as they successfully passed the Laevatein semifinals. This set them on a collision with Juliana and Class A, but neither side would have wanted it any other way. Avan also improved academically under Zeri's sometimes reluctant tutoring, though the latter was not above making wisecracks at Avan's expense. However, news from the front quickly soured the mood.
Yuell, Cosette's hometown, was under threat of rebel attack. As the city was outside of Lanseal's jurisdiction, Class G could not deploy to aide in the city's defense. Avan was undeterred however and made known his intent to go anyway. Zeri was unconvinced and reprimanded Avan for his rashness, which only enraged the latter. Unable to convince the others to join him, Avan took Cosette with him and the two arrived to find Yuell devastated from the fighting. Confronted by a repetition of what happened during the last war, Cosette began losing her composure. Not long after, the rest of Class G soon arrived, Zeri having convinced the headmaster to authorize their deployment. Through their efforts, rebel forces led by Audrey Gassenarl were forced to retreat and the city was saved. However, the fighting had left many civilians injured and needing medical attention. It was then that Cosette revealed that she was colorblind and deathly afraid of blood, having been traumatized by the death of her parents before her eyes during the last war. Avan however believed in Cosette and shot himself to force Cosette to overcome her fears. While this succeeded in shocking Cosette to action, Avan quickly lost consciousness due to the loss of blood. He awoke some time later in Lanseal's infirmary with Cosette by his side. While appreciating what Avan was trying to do, Cosette was enraged that he had taken such a risk and made it clear she would never forgive him if he attempted something so rash again.
After his recovery, Avan faced an inquiry regarding his actions at Yuell. While the rest of Class G had been following orders when they deployed, Avan had not. Ultimately, the inquiry board was swayed by the pleas of Class G and its instructor Hubert Brixham and sentenced Avan to a few days of solitary confinement instead of court-martialing him. Despite the lenient sentence, Avan quickly grew bored and the punishment was in many ways fitting for someone as active as him. On the last day, Avan was paid a visit by Cosette and the two struck up a conversation. Cosette asked to hear more about Avan's past, hinting at an interest in the young man, though this was lost upon him. The next day, Avan rejoined his class and resumed his life as a Lanseal student.
Avan's attention was soon focused on the upcoming Laevatein Cup finals. Despite Juliana's self-assurance, Class G ultimately emerged victorious. The day marked not just triumph for the class, but also a thawing of relations with Juliana herself. However, this newborn rapport was short-lived as a massive GRA assault struck Lanseal the following month. Led by Dirk Gassenarl once more, the rebels destroyed much of the academy in their search for the Artificial Valkyria research being conducted at Lanseal. Aliasse and Clementia Förster, the researcher responsible for much of the work, remained undetected, but the rebels seized all of Clementia's notes from her lab. Juliana also emerged as an Artificial Valkyria, having undergone the procedure to save her friends and classmates. Despite defeating several V2's, Juliana was mortally wounded engaging Dirk, but did succeed in destroying part of the V0 armor.
To Avan's disbelief, the man wearing the V0 system was none other than Leon. Despite Avan's pleas, Leon did not recognize him and withdrew with the rebels, leaving his brother and the rest of Lanseal reeling from the destruction. Having lost so many friends and discovering his brother alive and fighting for the rebels, Avan forced his way into Clementia's lab to find Hubert confronting the headmaster. Laurence admitted everything but insisted it was for the future of Gallia. Unwilling to see the rebels turn his efforts against his homeland, Laurence forced Avan and Hubert out of the room before shooting himself. With the chain of command broken and the academy itself devastated, Lanseal was powerless to stop the rebels from advancing north and seizing Randgriz.
Following the battle, Clementia decided to withdraw from Lanseal after the death of her patron. She attempted to force Aliasse to come with her, but the young Valkyria had grown increasingly attached to Avan and Cosette and refused. Clementia lost her patience and drew a gun on Aliasse to force the issue, but Avan responded in kind and dared the scientist to pull the trigger. Defeated, Clementia left, disregarding Aliasse's pleas.
Despite the pain of recent losses, Avan remained determined to stop the rebels and save his brother. The surviving students reorganized and combined classes that had suffered heavy losses, though Class G was fortunate to have suffered no fatalities from the attack and even gained a new member through Aliasse. As such, Class G spearheaded many of the operations in the coming months including disruption rebel supply lines at Roendahl Canyon and protecting Darcsen settlements around the Doerfein mines. It was also at Doerfein that Avan and his classmates helped Cosette overcome the trauma she had suffered all those years ago, when they placed their faith in her to disarm explosives threatening to collapse the mines despite her colorblindness. A revived Cosette embraced Avan, much to the latter's surprise.
During this time Avan also made good on a promise originally made by his brother Leon. During Leon's time as a student, a Lanseal patrol he had been part of was nearly wiped out by a mysterious Ghost Tank. The tank pilot for the patrol was a good friend of Lavinia Lane, the current mechanic and pilot for Class G's vehicles. Leon had promised that once Lavinia had built a tank powerful enough to defeat the Ghost Tank, the two would go together to avenge their comrades. Leon's disappearance prevented him from fulfilling the promise and Lavinia was left dejected. Upon learning of this, Avan volunteered Class G to hunt down the tank and the cadets soon got their chance when another Lanseal patrol was similarly ambushed. Class G was ultimately successful, allowing Lavinia to lay her sorrows to rest.
Class G's actions against the rebels did not go unrewarded, as their efforts caused significant disruptions to rebel lines and helped turn the tide north. With their forces exhausted, the rebels were forced to retreat from Randgriz to the port city of Anthold. Baldren Gassenarl intended to escape to Federation territory, taking with him the Artificial Valkyria research and hopefully returning one day to continue the fight. Lanseal forces however discovered this plan and Avan dispatched his pet Jarde with a message to Randgriz to warn the government. In the meantime, they sought to stall to allow the regular forces time to reach the city. Avan devised a plan to destroy the aqueduct supplying Anthold with fresh water while distracting the GRA forces with a frontal assault. While Avan originally intended to plant the charges himself, Zeri intervened and insisted that as the commander of Lanseal's forces, Avan should remain with the others. Avan could not disagree with his friend's logic, but made him promise to return safely by breaking the Laevatein Cup medallion in half and giving one piece to Zeri. Despite the heavy losses suffered by Lanseal forces, Avan's plan was a success and rebel defenses were flooded, opening the way into the city. Zeri also survived his mission and reunited the medallion, insisting he would see this through to the end.
Upon reaching the harbor, Class G found themselves facing the surviving rebel V2's along with Leon in his V0 armor. It was then that Aliasse entered the battle using her Valkyria's powers, easily defeating the V2's and ultimately overwhelming Leon and mortally wounding him. The shock helped Leon regain his senses, giving Avan a chance to finally reunite with his brother. Ashamed of his actions, Leon plead with Avan to forget about him, but Avan showed that he had grown into his own and promised that he would see to Gallia's future. Taken aback, Leon was nevertheless proud of how much his brother had grown and died content.
With this final obstacle overcome, Avan led Class G to board the battleship Dandarius and succeeded in disabling its main gun. Their success was just in time as the Gallian navy arrived under the command of Archduchess Cordelia herself. The Gallian warships began bombarding the Dandarius even as Class G was confronted by Baldren Gassenarl, wielding an Artificial Valkyria system incorporating all of the work the GRA had stolen from Lanseal. Despite his newfound power, Class G was able to defeat Baldren by first destroying the power system on his back and then fatally wounding him. As he died, Baldren lamented that he did not have the strength to protect Gallia. Avan however insisted that they had all the strength they needed and promised to watch over their homeland. Impressed but unconvinced, Baldren fell as the Dandarius began to sink. Class G successfully evacuated to the Gallian warships and concluded their final operation together.
The surviving student body including Class G received their diplomas and went their separate ways. Instead of joining the military, Avan spent his time traveling the country helping those in need, though he would often meet up with Cosette and Zeri to share a meal together.
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- Main article: Avan Hardins/Other appearances
Avan has appeared as a character in the following spin-off titles:
- Valkyria Chronicles Duel as a playable character.
Avan has appeared as a guest character in the following titles:
- Samurai & Dragons as a playable character.
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- As stated by Avan himself, his hobbies are sleeping and eating.
- In a conversation with Zeri and Cosette, Avan reveals his dad died from an unknown illness.
- Avan has the highest health in all classes, barring non-plot bonus characters (Largo and Jann beat him out as Lancers).
- Avan owns a notebook given to him as a birthday present by his brother Leon. The notebook contains Leon's quotes which Avan reads to inspire himself.
- Fan Reception of Avan's character was mixed. Some fans found his personality "overbearing" and "annoying."