Retvenko is older than Hoede's other indentures, his hair streaked with silver. While indentured to Hoede, he wore dark blue robes.
Cynical and stolid, Retvenko only really cares about working off his indenture and returning home to Ravka, possibly to seek pardon from the king.
Retvenko sided with the Darkling's army during the Ravkan civil war. He indentured himself to the Kerch Merchant Council to escape after the Darkling was defeated. His contract was bought by Councilman Hoede, and Retvenko lived in relative comfort as a prized commodity, though he was bored by his duties. He accompanied Hoede's cargo ships to ensure they had good winds and fair weather conditions for their journeys.
Six of Crows Edit
Retvenko is sitting in Hoede's Grisha workshop when Officer Joost, a young guard in the stadwatch, enters. Joost admonishes Retvenko for the open door, and Retvenko responds that it is too hot, and he would consider closing the door if Hoede turned down the heat.
Retvenko asks after Yuri, a fellow Grisha indenture, and goes on to tease Joost about his uniform and his crush on Anya, another Grisha. He explains to Joost that Yuri and Anya were both taken away and haven't returned, and he suspects he is next, though he displays characteristic Ravkan stoicism about this possibility. Retvenko tells Joost to leave; when Joost starts to argue, Retvenko uses his power to send a gust of wind at Joost, forcing him out of the workshop.
Crooked Kingdom Edit
After Councilman Hoede's death, Retvenko took on sea voyages to pay off his indenture. Wallowing in his pitiful circumstances, he contemplates his future and imminent freedom while heading to the ship for his next voyage. While waiting in the harbormaster's office, Retvenko hears something; just as he is about to brush it off as a false alarm, the office explodes and a Shu woman enters. The office clerk shoots her with a shotgun, but she recovers quickly, a metal armor showing through her clothes. Retvenko attempts to fight her by conjuring up a storm, but soon he is seized and lifted into the air. He turns to see a Shu man carrying him as they rise into the air, held aloft by the man's mechanical wings.
Six of Crows
|Main Characters||Kaz Brekker • Inej Ghafa • Jesper Fahey • Nina Zenik • Matthias Helvar • Wylan Van Eck • Kuwei Yul-Bo • Jan Van Eck • Pekka Rollins|
|Minor Characters||Joost • Per Haskell • Jarl Brum • Tante Heleen • Bo Yul-Bayur • Jordie Rietveld • Councilman Hoede • Geels • Specht • Emil Retvenko • Anya • Cornelis Smeet • Zoya Nazyalensky • Sturmhond • Dunyasha Lazareva • Onkle Felix • Raske • Genya Safin|
|Locations||Ketterdam • Hellgate • Ice Court • Djerholm • Kerch • Ravka • Novyi Zem • Shu Han • Fjerda • Wandering Isle|
|Groups||The Dregs • Grisha • Drüskelle • The Menagerie • Black Tips • Merchant Council • House of the White Rose|
|Events||Hringkälla • Hellshow • Queen's Lady Plague • Komedie Brute|
|Miscellaneous||Jurda • Jurda Parem • Kefta • Indenture • Djel • Ghezen|