Hannibal Traven is a Breton and the Arch-Mage of the Mages Guild in Cyrodiil. He is also the author of The Black Arts On Trial. He has an enmity towards Necromancy, and was responsible for its banning from the Mages Guild.
- Liberation or Apprehension?
- Information at a Price
- A Plot Revealed
- The Bloodworm Helm
- The Necromancer's Amulet
- Confront the King (Hannibal Traven will explain that only by sacrificing himself and turning into a Colossal Black Soul Gem can he protect the Hero during battle with Mannimarco)
|"At the worst possible time, the Council is in ruins."|
|"Others felt it appropriate to fight fire with fire, as it were. The Council has shattered, and artifacts have been lost."|
|"The Council is in complete disarray at the news of Mannimarco's presence in Cyrodiil."|
|"The King of Worms has obviously targeted the guild, but we have no idea why. No demands have been made."|
|"All of my attention is devoted to the Council. We must discern the reason for this sudden attack, and stop Mannimarco before he destroys us all."|
|"Greetings. It is high time that we meet face to face, don't you think?"|
|"Raminus has told me good things about you. You have advanced quickly, and show great promise."|
|"I now intend to put your talents to a more direct test. I have a difficult task that you can, perhaps, assist with."|
|"Time is against us, and our enemies grow stronger. There is much to do, and little time in which to do it. Your next task is essential."|
|"A final task awaits you, when you are ready. It is time for you to strike back at the King of Worms."|
|"I know what purpose this Soul Gem is meant to serve. It is meant to house my very own soul, to be absorbed by Mannimarco and increase his power."|
|"Hannibal Traven, Arch-Mage of the Mages Guild. Welcome to the Arcane University."|
|"From what he's told you, Mannimarco -- the King of Worms -- is here in Cyrodiil, and preying on our Guild. This is something I'd never have dreamed."|
|"I had, perhaps foolishly, believed that Necromancy was all but stamped out in Cyrodiil. It seems I couldn't have been more mistaken."|
|"The Council of Mages has been aware of the increased Necromancer activity in Cyrodiil for some time."|
|"It had been our position to sit back and watch what unfolded, but that time has clearly passed. We cannot tolerate these attacks on the guild."|
|"I cannot stress how important it is that our relationship with Hassildor be preserved. I expect you to visit him immediately."|
|"Mannimarco will have what he seeks, but it will be his undoing at your hands."|
|"With this gem in your possession, you will be impervious to his attempts to enthrall you. When he fails, that is when you shall strike."|
|"Lead your fellow mages, and lead them well. The future rests on your shoulders. Farewell, my friend."|
- All of Hannibal's dialogue was also recorded by Wes Johnson, the voice actor for all Imperials.
- In the wizard Ancotar's journal in Fort Caractacus, he mentions his peers, one of whom is Traven.