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"You put down the blasters right now."
―Davan confronts the mercenaries — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Lant Davan, designated "DC1," was a human male soldier and corrections officer who held the rank of lieutenant within the New Republic Correctional Corps. He served as the sole organic crew member on the correctional transport Bothan-5. Around 9 ABY, Davan was present in the control room when a team of mercenaries infiltrated the transport to free a prisoner.

During a heated confrontation, Davan pointed his blaster at the criminals and held up a tracking beacon, threatening to alert the New Republic of their infiltration. He was killed when the mercenary Xi'an threw a dagger at him, despite the Mandalorian Din Djarin's efforts to prevent any killing, but not before the soldier managed to activate the beacon.

Most of the mercenary team ended up trapped aboard Bothan-5 during their infiltration, the team leader Migs Mayfeld receiving a 50 year sentence in the Karthon Chop Fields for his involvement in their mission and Davan's death. Djarin, who had evaded New Republic capture, was eventually pursued by two New Republic pilots, who eventually let the Mandalorian go after discovering the mercenary had tried to preserve Davan's life.

Biography[]

Killed in action[]

"Stop! Just stop right there."
―Davan is alarmed by the mercenaries — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Around the year 9 ABY,[1] Lant Davan[4]—using the designation "DC1"—served as a soldier[2] and corrections officer[5] in the New Republic Correctional Corps, holding the rank of lieutenant.[3] He was the sole organic crew member[2] and prison guard of[6] Bothan-5,[4] one of the New Republic's most secure correctional transports[7] which was additionally guarded by New Republic security droids. At some point, the transport was boarded[2] near the Dilestri system[8] by a team of mercenaries who sought to rescue the prisoner Qin. After defeating a number of New Republic N5 sentry droids, they arrived at the control room where Davan was based. The soldier sprung from his seat and aimed his A-180 blaster at the four mercenaries. Despite Davan telling them to put down their blasters, the mercenaries slowly surrounded him.[2]

Davan was killed by Xi'an.

Davan held up a homing beacon, which would call in New Republic reinforcements, in an attempt to threaten the mercenaries. The team leader, Migs Mayfeld, told the soldier to put the beacon down, calling him an "egghead." While the leader and two of the other mercenaries wished to kill him, the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin opposed the idea, attempting to negotiate with Davan before Mayfeld intervened, insisting on killing the soldier. Djarin argued with Mayfeld and the Devaronian Burg to keep Davan alive, igniting a tense standoff between the three while the corrections officer watched, slightly lowering his blaster. The remaining mercenary, the Twi'lek Xi'an, then threw a dagger at the soldier, killing him, but not before he activated the beacon. After Davan's murderer removed her dagger from his chest, the mercenaries realized that New Republic reinforcements were on the way.[2]

Post-death[]

"Security records also show that you put your own life in harm's way to try to protect that of Lieutenant Davan from the New Republic Correctional Corps."
―Carson Teva, to Din Djarin[src]

Migs Mayfeld was sentenced to 50 years at the Karthon Chop Fields for his association with Davan's death and the breakout of Qin.

The mercenaries left the control room and found Qin, and they then chose to betray Djarin and lock him inside a cell. The Mandalorian, however, escaped and returned to the control room, where Davan's corpse still lay. Djarin took Davan's beacon and then defeated and trapped the other mercenaries on Bothan-Five before fleeing with Qin. The Mandalorian planted Davan's beacon on the prisoner and delivered him to the space station where his client waited, leading the New Republic reinforcements there.[2]

For his association with Davan's death and Qin's escape, Mayfeld was sentenced to fifty years in the Karthon Chop Fields.[8] Djarin's attempt to preserve Davan's life was captured on the correctional transport's security logs. When two New Republic pilots intercepted the Mandalorian at the[3] ice planet[9] Maldo Kreis, the pair pulled up Bothan-Five's security logs and chose to let Djarin go, one of them listing his actions involving Davan among the reasons.[3]

Personality and traits[]

"Hey, hey, hey. Listen to me, okay? […] What's your name?"
"D— It's Davan."
―Din Djarin and Davan — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Lant Davan was a human male with light skin, brown hair, and blue eyes.[2] An anxious officer,[5] he was frightened upon seeing Din Djarin and his team enter the control room, ordering them to drop their blasters in a stuttering manner to no avail. When the team surrounded him, Davan swiftly revealed a tracking beacon as a threat, breathing heavily as tensions rose. When Djarin attempted to reason with him, asking for his name, Davan stammered in his response.[2]

Equipment[]

"Nice shoes. Matches his belt."
―Mayfeld mocks Davan's uniform — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Davan draws his A-180 blaster.

Davan wore a blue uniform with a New Republic insignia on the left shoulder. He wore white shoes[2] that resembled those of an Imperial stormtrooper.[10] Mayfeld sarcastically remarked that they matched Davan's belt, which displayed an officer's disk upon the buckle. Davan also wore a white helmet with a black tinted visor,[2] the same type of helmet as the ones used by the Alderaanian consular security.[11] Davan's designation, "DC1," was printed in Aurebesh on the side of the helmet. He possessed both a holstered A-180 blaster and a tracking beacon.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

Appearance and conception[]

"It was secretive, very secretive, as all Star Wars things are, and I've known that, but even more so in the live action."
―Matt Lanter, on the "Jabba the Pod" podcast with SYFY — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Concept art of Lant Davan by Brian Matyas and Doug Chiang

Lant Davan first appeared in "Chapter 6: The Prisoner,"[2] the sixth episode of the first season of Jon Favreau's live-action television series The Mandalorian. The episode aired on December 13, 2019 on Disney+.[12] Credited as "New Republic soldier" in the episode's end credits, the character was portrayed by Matt Lanter,[2] who had previously voiced Anakin Skywalker in various Star Wars media such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and Star Wars Battlefront II,[13] as a small cameo for the episode.[6] In the episode, when Djarin and Burg fight in the control room, Davan's body is positioned differently to how it had fallen in his death scene, having moved to the corner of the room.[2] Davan's first name, Lant, was introduced by the 2021 reference book Star Wars: The Mandalorian Handbook by Matt Jones.[4] Lant also made up the first four letters of Matt Lanter's last name.[2]

Davan was conceived by artists Brian Matyas and Doug Chiang, who intended to represent a "cleaner and more romanticized" version of the Alderaanian Fleet Trooper from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope as a way of showing the progression of the troopers after a few years of the New Republic being in power. The conception used was named "New Republic police version 2C."[14]

Lanter's portrayal[]

"Every time I got out of my trailer, I had to have a cloak; I was wearing a cloak so no one could see my uniform. It was kind of the first time we've seen that New Republic soldier on film."
―Matt Lanter, on the "Jabba the Pod" podcast with SYFY — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Matt Lanter on set as Davan

According to Lanter, he was asked to play Davan by his former The Clone Wars director Dave Filoni,[15] the executive producer and director of The Mandalorian,[16] through the actor's agent.[17] Lanter told this story in an interview on SYFY's "Jabba the Pod" podcast and expressed his enjoyment in taking part in the show, comparing it to working on a Star Wars film. He also claimed that the costume for Davan had to be remade after Filoni realized it was a "slight wrong color" and that because of the secretive nature of the episode's production, Lanter had to wear a cloak over his costume when leaving his trailer to go on set for "Chapter 6: The Prisoner."[15]

Lanter told Star Wars Insider that the moment where Migs Mayfeld mocked Davan's shoes was entirely improvised by Mayfeld's actor Bill Burr.[17] In an interview with the "Rebel Force Radio" podcast, Lanter told the hosts that he had a body scan of himself as Davan in a trailer, where he had photos taken from numerous angles of him in a number of different poses using a large number of cameras. The scan came as a part of what he thought was protocol for all characters, and he speculated that it could be for an action figure. Lanter also told the podcast that during the first take of Davan's death, he stumbled into a fake control panel, which he collided with in the scene, and broke it. This angered the set dresser, who allegedly advised Lanter into being more cautious with the set in the next few takes.[18]

Inconsistencies[]

In Joe Schreiber's 2021 junior novelization of The Mandalorian, Davan is described to have been knocked out from Xi'an's knife throw.[5] Contrary to the novel, in "Chapter 14: The Tragedy" of The Mandalorian, Davan's death is listed among the sentences of Migs Mayfeld.[8] This article uses the information presented in "Chapter 14: The Tragedy."

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  1. 1.0 1.1 StarWars.com SWCC 2019: 9 Things We Learned from The Mandalorian Panel on StarWars.com (backup link) establishes that The Mandalorian is set around five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which corresponds to around 9 ABY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 6: The Prisoner"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 10: The Passenger"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars: The Mandalorian Handbook
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars: The Mandalorian Junior Novel
  6. 6.0 6.1 SWInsider.png "Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season One Companion"—Star Wars Insider 201
  7. StarWars-DatabankII.png Qin in the Databank (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 14: The Tragedy"
  9. StarWars-DatabankII.png Maldo Kreis in the Databank (backup link)
  10. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  11. Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  12. SWInsider.png "Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season One Companion"—Star Wars Insider 201
  13. StarWars.com The Mandalorian Wraps and Matt Lanter Talks The Clone Wars on StarWars.com (backup link)
  14. The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season One
  15. 15.0 15.1 Silliman, Brian: Matt Lanter on the joy of giving Star Wars: The Clone Wars back to fans, Padmé's pregnancy, and more (2020-03-07). SYFY WIRE. SYFY. Archived from the original.
  16. StarWars.com SWCC 2019: See New Photos from The Mandalorian on StarWars.com (backup link)
  17. 17.0 17.1 SWInsider.png "Matt Lanter: The Animated Anakin"—Star Wars Insider 201
  18. Matt Lanter & Last Call for Anakin Skywalker (2020-05-01). Rebel Force Radio. Archived from the original on May 20, 2020.
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