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Like many of the Blood Ravens, Gabriel was born on the planet of Cyrene, from whence the Chapter often drew recruits. Gabriel was an accomplished leader of his peers before he even entered his teen years, and passed the Blood Trials set by the Blood Raven Chaplains through working in tandem with fellow aspirant Isador Akios[Needs Citation].
Many years later, with an entire Company of Blood Ravens under his command, Gabriel returned to Cyrene, to preside over the Blood Trials and recruit new members into the Chapter. But Gabriel found something very wrong during the trials, and cut them short. He quickly returned to his Strike Cruiser, and sent a coded signal out of the system. Within months of the signal, ships of the Inquisition and the Imperial Navy appeared over Cyrene and began the cleansing. Accompanying the Ordo Malleus was a full Brotherhood of Grey Knights. With the Blood Ravens and a detachment of Storm Troopers, the Grey Knights took the cleansing to the surface. What they found was not a Chaos cult per se, but a world ready to embrace change. Ideas like democracy, un-registered psykers and free trade with xenos were now widespread. Gabriel assisted with the destruction of his world but ordered one squad of Blood Ravens, led by Sergeant Ulray to remain off the grid, searching for someone.
That person was Esmond Angelos, Gabriel's father. Gabriel refused to believe his father, a retired Imperial Guard soldier, would turn away from the Emperor. He fully intended to take Esmond back with him to the Chapter. But to Gabriel's horror, he discovered his father not only supported rebellion against the Imperium, but was one of the major political leaders. Esmond had used the fact his own son had been taken by the Space Marines as reason to despise the Imperium. Esmond cursed Gabriel for his role as an Imperial butcher and wished he had died with his mother in childbirth. Gabriel whispered one last prayer for Cyrene and put a bolt shell through his father's skull. 
It was on Tartarus that Gabriel was to undergo the true tests of his abilities and his faith, as he had to both stall an unstoppable Ork invasion long enough to evacuate the planet, while simultaneously seeking out and eradicating the Alpha Legion forces on the planet, led by Lord Bale and the Chaos Sorcerer Sindri Myr. The Chaos forces were searching for a ancient artifact called the Maledictum, and the sorcerer Sindri managed to corrupt Isador Akios, now a Librarian of the chapter, into betraying the Blood Ravens[2a].
Gabriel, shaken by the loss of his old friend, nonetheless confronted Isador and executed him for heresy. He went on to lead the Blood Ravens against Chaos, slaying Lord Bale in a duel and eventually defeating Sindri, who had used the Maledictum to become a Daemon Prince[2b].
After defeating Sindri, however, Angelos destroyed the Maledictum with a Daemonhammer, God-Splitter, thinking to eradicate the Chaos threat, but instead released a great warp daemon from its prison, as foreseen by Eldar Farseer Macha who had aided in fighting the daemon. Farseer Macha had warned him not to destroy the Maledictum but he had proceeded to smash it with the God-Splitter. He escaped Tartarus before the ensuing warp storm trapped him there, and vowed to defeat the new Chaos threat he himself had unleashed[2c].
Shortly after the Tartarus Campaign, Angelos, traveled to the world of Rahe's Paradise, to conduct the Blood Trials for a new set of aspirants. At first, all seemed routine (save for his premonitions of an Eldar invasion), but soon after the discovery of an ancient Eldar tablet, all hell broke loose[Needs Citation].
Eldar Rangers conducted multiple hit-and-run attacks, focusing exclusively on the psykers of the chapter and the potential psykers among the Trial aspirants, and Gabriel met with Farseer Macha once more[Needs Citation].
She revealed that the Eldar had killed the psykers to prevent the breaking of Lsanthranil's Shield, a device that gave the illusion of a large Eldar psychic presence on the planet. This illusion was the only thing preventing the awakening of the Necrons hidden under the surface of the planet, which would continue to slumber as long as they believed that their ancient foes still dominated the galaxy still[Needs Citation].
Despite Macha's warnings, a space battle destroyed the Spirit Pool of the Dark Reaper aspect, and the psychic scream of the lost souls shattered Lsantril's Shield, and awakened the Necrons. Gabriel ordered the destruction of the planet, and left for the threatened planet of Lorn V with the surviving aspirants[Needs Citation].
When Angelos arrived at Lorn V, he made contact with the single Eldar survivor of the battle, Farseer Taldeer, who had been asking for him since teleporting to the Battle Barge Litany of Fury[Needs Citation].
Ignoring accusations of heresy levelled against him by Captain Ulantis of the Ninth Company, Angelos was convinced by Taldeer to allow her to take him and a small squad of Blood Ravens to a rip in the webway, made by the Librarian Rhamah, in an attempt to reach the world of law, Arcadia, and find the last Blade of Vaul to use against the waking Necrons. On the planet, he was given the blade by the Eldar Harlequins following a battle with the Prodigal Sons of Ahzek Ahriman, and Ahriman himself; Angelos gave the blade to Macha upon returning to Lorn V. With it, Macha destroyed the Necrons completely, but was not heard from or seen afterward. Gabriel then continued his command as Captain of the Watch and met the newly transformed Ckrius Qurius, whom the Blood Ravens recruited from Tartarus[Needs Citation].
Angelos is depicted as having a mysterious bond with the Eldar of Biel-Tan, particularly with Farseer Macha. Despite the condemnation of his fellow commanders, the Inquisition, Adepta Sororitas, and even from his own friend Isador Akios, Gabriel is shown as stubborn in his attempts to assist the Eldar and Macha. The Harlequins of Arcadia refer to him as "Gabriel of the Hidden Heart," and see him as a symbol of hope for the Eldar in the form of a human[Needs Citation].
The Aurelian Crusades
Angelos and the Litany of Fury were in the distant Vorga system, completing a great victory over the Tau, when Subsector Aurelia was invaded by the Tyranids. They arrived in the system in time to join the Blood Ravens' Force Commander Aramus during the climactic battle on Typhon Primaris, when Angelos joined Aramus and his men in defeating the Hive Tyrant leading the swarm.
After defeating Kyras, Angelos's broken body was lifted from the debris by Captain Apollo Diomedes. Angelos recovered, with the aid of augmetics to replace his lost legs and eye, and was hailed as the Blood Ravens' new Chapter Master. Though later for unknown reasons he had the augmetic eye removed and made due without a eye.
On the world of Acheron, the Imperium, Orks, and Eldar would all come to blows while fighting over a catastrophic weapon known as the Spear of Khaine. The Blood Ravens under Angelos arrived, running an Inquisitorial blockade to aid Imperial Knight forces under Lady Solaria. During the battle on Acheron, Angelos battled both Biel-Tan Eldar and Gorgutz' Orks.
After tracking Gorgutz's forces to The Vault containing the Spear, Angelos is caught in an Inquisition orbital bombardment that intended to destroy the device but instead opened the vault it was sealed in. However, he survives and leads an attack on the Temple of the Spear of Khaine that overruns both the Eldar and Ork forces. When they come to the Spear they instead find a trap that frees a Bloodthirster and its Daemonic hordes. Desperate, Angelos has the Battle Barge The Dauntless collide with a fissure in Acheron's surface to prevent the Daemonic infestation from spreading. Angelos was able to teleport to safety before the planet was destroyed.
- 1: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War (video game)
- 2: Dawn of War (Novel) by C.S. Goto:
- 3: Dawn of War II
- 4: Dawn of War II: Retribution
- 5: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
- 6: Altar of Cyrene (Short Story) by Lucien Soulban
- 7: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III