He serves as one of the main antagonists of Trails of Cold Steel III.
In S.1196, Enforcer No. IX, Sharon Kreuger, infiltrated the Reinford Group headquarters on behalf of Anguis 6, F. Novartis, to meet up with Franz Reinford, but after an accidental explosion he disappeared.
In order to fulfill his goal of ushering in the Great Twilight, and by extension the reformation of the Great One, he created the Originator Zero series, with the purpose of them dying for their souls to sublimate into the Sword of Demise, a weapon capable of destroying the Holy Beasts. The Sword would then be used to slay the Nameless One, triggering the Great Twilight.
PersonalityOn the surface, Franz Lughman/Reinford is a kind and caring father and husband to his family. However, underneath those kind exterior, lies the persona of a cold-blooded and uncaring man who is willing go to any lengths to achieve his goals, including unquestionable ones. This is shown when he revealed himself to be alive and confessed to Rean that he married the Reinford family just to obtain their technology and knowledge as part of his plan to reform the Great One. In addition, he shows no actual love to his daughter Alisa and wife Irina as he quickly abandoned them when they no longer proved to be of use to him by faking his death.
- The name 'Lughman' might be based on the god Lugh from Irish mythology. Lughman is responsible for the creation of Airgetlam and Claiomh Solais, two swords from Irish mythology.