Revuel Arvida was a Sergeant of the 4th Fellowship of the Thousand Sons Space Marine Legion during the latter stages of the Great Crusade and the onset of the Horus Heresy. A member of the Corvidae, he was part of a fleet element of his legion that was dispersed under secret orders by Magnus the Red prior to the Battle of Prospero. Approximately six months later he returned to Prospero under the command of his Fellowship Captain, Menes Kalliston, in an attempt to discover the fate of the other Thousand Sons.
Nothing is currently known of Arvida's career prior to his return to Prospero. Stationed amidst the Thousand Sons fleet, he missed the Imperial attack on the world and in fact remained ignorant of it for some time. Several weeks after dispersing, his Captain, Menes Kalliston, became worried at their inability to contact Prospero, and decided to turn his vessel - the Geometric - towards home. Severe warp storms hindered their progress, as well as attacks from Imperial forces they attempted to communicate with; it was six months before the under-crewed Geometric achieved orbit over a desolate and burned planet. Arvida did not especially agree with Kalliston's decision to return home, feeling that there were other mysteries surrounding what had happened to their legion to solve first, but loyally agreed to accompany his Captain to the surface.
Exploring the ruins of Tizca, Arvida discovered armour fragments belonging to the Space Wolves Legion, as well as obscene daubings on what few walls remained standing. He cautioned Kalliston that there may be Wolves remaining on the planet, shortly before they came under attack from power-armoured warriors of indeterminate heraldry. The others of his fireteam slain in the ambush, Arvida was cut off from Kalliston and the rest of the squad by the attackers. His prescience informing him that Kalliston and the others were in serious danger, he advised immediate retreat, but received no reply. Sensing his own future tightening around him, Arvida took cover shortly before two enemy Marines moved past his position. Using his precognitive powers, he loosed off two shots from cover at the space they were a second from walking into...securing a perfect headshot on one, but only a graze on the other. The survivor closed into melee range, but Arvida was able to use his powers to weave through his chain axe swipes and punch three shots into the attacking marine's face. Victorious, he gazed upon his attacker's insignia...shocked by the apparent insanity of being attacked by a World Eater.
Returning to their landing site, Arvida discovered it overrun by several squads of Angron's Legionaries. Realising that he had to run and hide, his revulsion at the World Eaters' actions made him look once more into the future and find the thread of fate that would result in the death of the World Eaters' Captain present, blowing his head off with prescient timing, before making his escape. Operating on the assumption that the Geometric had probably been destroyed, Arvida resolved to hide himself away and begin a personal quest to discover exactly what had happened to bring ruin upon Prospero, and then to use all the knowledge at his disposal to see the forces behind it destroyed.
Nothing more is currently known of Revuel Arvida, though his own precognitive powers were able to inform him that he would not die upon Prospero.
Appearance and Abilities
Arvida was stocky, with a bull neck and angular jaw, looking like a typically pugnacious Space Marine. A member of the Corvidae, he was skilled at precognition, though found his powers harder to access in the time after the fleet dispersal. Arvida was noted to be a skeptical soul by his Captain, and required convincing about the wisdom of investigating the ruins of Prospero. Kalliston appealed to Arvida's interest in learning hidden secrets and recovering objects of knowledge in order to tempt him into agreeing with the return home.
Unusually for a member of the Thousand Sons, Arvida professed to never have had complete faith in the doings of his primarch, Magnus. The ruins of razed Prospero only served to convince him that he had been right to be doubtful of some of Magnus' strategies, and resolve that it was folly to continue to follow them now, instead dedicating himself to a his new quest.
A detailed explanation of the term "Trivia" and "Varia" as used in the Lexicanum can be found here.
- Revuel Arvida is a contributing source to the Blood Ravens/Thousand Sons origin speculation in the Warhammer 40,000 fan community. For more details on this whole issue, please refer to the Blood Ravens article. Arvida's contribution is principally related to the image of a non-Chaos aligned Thousand Son deciding to discover the true causes of his legion's destruction and combat the forces behind it, uttering the phrase 'Knowledge is power" while wearing red armour emblazoned with the insignia of a raven. The phrase, armour colour and raven badge are all tropes of the Blood Ravens.
- Arvida is a Nordic name of compound construction. Currently used as a feminine forename, the words it derives from, when literally translated, mean 'eagle-man'.