Helbrecht is best known among his friends and enemies for his violence, stubbornness, and desire to slay the enemies of the Emperor. The notice he received for his many violent campaigns aided his rise through the ranks and he secured a position in the Sword Brethren after he slew a Vampire which had risen to power on Cephian IV. When the crusade's leader, Marshal Daidin, was killed, Helbrecht was elected in his place.
Rise to High Marshal
On the death of High Marshal Kordhel at the hands of a Chaos Champion, the Marshals unanimously chose Helbrecht in 989.M41 to succeed him after the subjugation of the Xenarchs of the Sigilare Nebula. He was ritually presented with the Sword of the High Marshals and immediately led a crusade against the Cythor Fiends in the Ghoul Stars. After eight years securing outlying systems, Helbrecht moved on to the homeworlds of the Fiends, only to find them empty. The crusade was cut short when a request for aid came from Armageddon: Ghazghkull Thraka had returned and the Black Templars channelled their energies into stopping one of the greatest Waaagh!s.
Third Armageddon War
Helbrecht returned to the Eternal Crusader and contacted Marshals Ricard of the Dimaris Crusade and Amalrich of the Tiberior Crusade, ordering them to Armageddon. Upon arrival, Helbrecht assumed control of the space fleet, his skills in space combat honed by directing the vast fleet of the Black Templars, while the two crusades deployed to the surface. Helbrecht worked closely with Admiral Parol to storm and destroy Ork Roks and ships in an effort to stem the tide of reinforcements. When Ghazghkull's suspected command ship was seen retreating from Armageddon, Helbrecht swore an oath to pursue and destroy him. As a sign of respect, he allowed Commissar Yarrick to accompany him on the crusade.
Slaughter at Schrodinger VII
Helbrecht commanded the crusade that came to the aid of the Ice World of Schrodinger VII. The Necron Phaeron, Imotekh the Stormlord of the Sautekh Dynasty, had already shifted his armies into defensive configurations. Helbrecht's assault bogged down in a series of impeccably placed ambushes on the drop pod and Thunderhawk drop zones and Helbrecht and Imotekh met face to face on an ice bridge. They traded blows until Helbrecht collapsed but, instead of finishing him, Imotekh severed his right arm so he would always be reminded of the humiliation. The Black Templars retreated with Helbrecht, leaving Schrodinger VII in the Stormlord's hands[2a].
Following a five year Crusade of penitence to atone for his defeat, Helbrecht made a pilgrimage to the Phalanx to pray at the hand of Rogal Dorn. There, the Chapter Master came to realize that the loss of his hand was symbolic of his Primarch's sacrifice and a sign from the Emperor. Helbrecht faith returns to him.
Helbrecht, aboard his Battle Barge Sigismund, later sought revenge for his humiliation by attacking Imotekh's Tomb Ship Inevitable Conqueror while in route to Davatas. Boarding Torpedo attacks by the Black Templars succeeded in capturing the ship and Helbrecht and the Stormlord come to blows once more, but this time the Marshal is able to use his rekindled faith to prevail. Realizing the battle is lost, Imotekh teleports to a nearby escort vessel to safety, but not before congratulating Helbrecht on 'one victory a piece'[2b]. In a rage that his enemy had escaped, Helbrecht destroyed the Inevitably Conqueror from the inside out.
- 1: Codex: Black Templars (4th Edition), pg. 44
- 2: Codex: Necrons (5th Edition)
- 3: Codex: Space Marines (6th Edition) (E-Book Edition) pg.179