|Ambiguous Term? This article is about the Dark Angel. For other uses of Belial, see Belial (disambiguation).|
Belial was born on the Feral World of Bregundia among the knightly orders. Born into the Society of the Ebon Star, Belilal was shaped and molded by its ideals of duty and honour. While an eleven year old knight Belilal fought against the Chaplain Lamorak. He was defeated, but did such a good job that he was accepted into the Dark Angels as an Aspirant.
Throughout his rise through the Dark Angels ranks in the 3rd Company, it was noted that Belial was a perfectionist - chastising himself for even a single missed shot. As a commander, he has never reveled in triumphs but instead castigates himself for even the most minor failure. However it was during the Black Crusade of Furion that Belial was rewarded with the position of Master of the Deathwing after defeating a Chaos Lord of Khorne in single combat.
Battle of Piscina IV
Belial was serving as the Master of the Third Company on Piscina IV when the Orks - led by Warlords Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka and Nazdreg Ug Urdgrub - invaded. Ghazghkull himself led the assault on the power plant of Kadillus Harbour, Piscina IV’s capital city, seeking to use it to power the Orks' tellyportas. Company Master Belial led a counter-attack that sent the Orks reeling, and it seemed that the Space Marines would prevail. But it was then that Ghazghkull himself attacked Belial, and almost killed him. The power plant fell soon afterward.[Needs Citation]
With the Orks' tellyportas fully operational, massive Ork reinforcements flooded through. The wounded Belial continued to lead the Dark Angels, who were outnumbered several thousands to one, against the Orks. The Battle for Piscina IV raged for another two weeks until the remainder of the Dark Angels Chapter arrived and drove off the Ork horde. Thanks to the actions of Master Belial and his small force, Piscina IV was saved, and Ghazghkull’s ambitions held in check, for a time at least, until he descended upon the Armageddon system. Following the death of Gabriel, Belial was later promoted to Master of the Deathwing partially due to the bravery he displayed during the Battle.[Needs Citation]
Belial is named after a Hebrew idiom; "Son of Belial"; meaning to be a worthless man. It later became a name of a specific demon in Christian and Jewish lore, who varied in character and purpose from text to text.
- 1: http://www.games-workshop.com/en-US/Dark-Angels-Belial (last accessed 23 June 2015)
- 2: Codex: Dark Angels (6th Edition), pg. 78
- 3: White Dwarf 73 (2015), Theatre of War
- 4: Warlords of the Dark Millennium: Belial (Background Book)