Arpin, also known
as “That little bugger” and “Shortarse” along with many other less
complimentary names, is not Raiven’s droid. This is something that
the R2 unit goes to great lengths and measures to point out, using his
arc-welder to great effect to make his (frequently painful) point.
Arpin was reluctant to discuss his past, but acceded to the request
when he read what Raiven had written about where he thought Arpin had
Arpin was built
by the LeoWorks subsidiary of Industrial Automaton three years before
the Battle of Yavin. His history until a year or so before the battle
is unclear, but shortly after that he was ‘acquired’ by a Hyperspace
Mechanic named Harnett who operated around the Orrus Sector as Chief
Engineer aboard the Freighter Heart of Elinan. Arpin was memory-
wiped and functioned as his assistant, and Harnett would spend his
spare time modifying Arpin’s systems, primarily his communications
sub-systems and some central programming routines. Arpin picked up
large portions of Harnett’s vocabulary, particularly the “colourful”
parts, along with an edge in his outlook that in a biological would be
described as bitter and sarcastic.
When the Heart
was jumped by pirates off Thelos, the ship was badly damaged before the
Alliance Light Cruiser Wavecalmer and her embarked X-Wing squadron,
responding to the Heart’s distress call, arrived in time to drive them off.
The Heart of Elinan was burning by the time her crew and droids
were forced to abandon ship during the battle. Wounded during the attack,
Harnett died before his escape pod could be recovered, leaving Arpin to
himself – quite literally, in fact, as his will stipulated that Arpin was
to be sole beneficiary of his property, including the droid, i.e. himself.
The R2 unit, now a private citizen, chose to join the Alliance after he
and the rest of the Heart’s survivors were rescued by the
Arpin was bounced
between several Alliance ships and outposts due to his personality
clashes with various crewmembers – more than one of which woke up one
morning to find their cabin door had been welded shut, or their refresher
stall re-plumbed, or in one case their SE-4 servant droid quite literally
dismantled and left in constituent parts scattered around their cabin.
Arpin began flying
with Raiven during the Mantara
crisis, when a late-running Raiven grabbed the nearest R2 unit and ordered
it to fly with him in combat. In most cases, this behaviour would have
earned the pilot either an introduction to Arpin’s arc welder or a refresher
re-plumbing. However, on this mission, the two bonded as Arpin found
someone who shared Harnett’s sarcastic sense of humour and ability to trade
insults. Since that mission, Arpin flies with Raiven as standard.
It has been commented
upon that the pilot and droid deserve each other’s company, but it is
recommended that this opinion is not voiced in front of either, since Arpin
has retained his sense of vengeance and Raiven’s reputation for pulling
unpleasant pranks is legendary aboard the Wolf’s Lair.
personality puts him at loggerheads with many of the Wolf’s Lair’s crew,
although he generally tolerates most of Wolfshead Squadron’s personnel,
their astromech droids, and the maintenance staff. He and Drake’s droid
Ledner can frequently be found plotting to do unpleasant things to
unsuspecting people – and if they can get Drake
and Raiven, well, that’s
just an additional benefit.