"Had the Emperor not intended I suffer, then I would feel no pain."
- – Gabriel Angelos in Dawn of War
Gabriel Angelos, AKA Gabriel Mangelos, is a commander of the Blood Ravens Space Marines. He first appears in Dawn of War 1 as third company Captain, and as of DoW 2: Retribution he has succeded that scheming heretic Azariah Kyras as Chapter Master.
Contrary to other stubborn, hot-headed captains of other Spess Mehreen chapters, Gabe is cool and calm in most situations - like Vance Motherfucking Stubbs. Instead of first killing the enemies and then helping the population, Gabriel manages just as planned tactics that let him do both things at the same time. Apparently Gabriel had to call the Inquisition after a recruiting excursion to his home planet, Cyrene, when he discovered some heretical (no one really knows) shit going on. The Inquisition launched an Exterminatus to fix it, which resulted in Gabe turning into a mournful bastard and also the only mournful bastard left alive from Cyrene.
He also plays the grand piano, making him one of, if not the only non-Noise Marines known to play a musical instrument. He's not the only one.... He also has a tendency to yell "Dick" while throwing dildos at peoples faces (especially if those are Chaos Space Marines or Traitors).
Angelos is nearly universally liked by /tg/ and indeed the Warhammer community as a whole. He's strong, heroic, and noble, while compassionate, intelligent, and perhaps one of the few objectively good people in all of Warhammer while still being grimdark (in fact, he's basically Ser Davos Seaworth in 40k). And unlike some others he manages to pull this off in a believable manner, is realistically flawed and generally was dragged through hell to accomplish his deeds. While not everyone thinks that Relic did the best job with Warhammer, few will say that Gabriel is a poorly done character. Problem, Ward?
Gabe's role in Dawn of War I
Gabe commanded the Blood Ravens 3rd Company who were tasked with stopping an Ork invasion of the planet Tartarus led by Warboss Orkamungus. After wading through the Orks and assorted Eldar, it's eventually revealed that Bale, a Chaos Lord, was orchestrating everything and planning to recover an artifact called the "Maledictium", which imprisoned a great daemon of Khorne (It wasn't a Bloodthirster, but probably a daemon prince).
During the campaign he proves to be a pretty reasonable dude, saving civilians and diverting resources to protect them, proving that one does not have to be grimdark 24/7 in the shitpile battlefield of a galaxy to be a famous character. Unlike certain assholes, they care for the innocent, and spend extraordinary effort to rescue people and actually walk the walk when all you are what remains between retarded beligerent fungus, spiky faggots on crack with dental issues and a horde of innocent men, women and children.
Gabriel's friend and one of the only other survivors from Cyrene was Isador Akios, a Librarian who served in Gabriel's company. Bale's Chaos Sorcerer lieutenant, Sindri Myr, telepathically subverted Isador against the Imperial forces, which led to him taking the Maledictum when it was unearthed. Isador blamed Gabe for the Exterminatus of Cyrene, but Gabe claimed that he did it for the good of humanity. Isador may have further argued the point, but Gabriel instead decided to cut the bullshit and to perform a time-honored Space Marine cleansing ritual to free Isador from the taint of the dark gods; the ritual itself closely resembled discharging a bolter round directly into Isador's head at point-blank range.
After the death of Isador, Gabe got his shit together and faced off against Sindri, now a daemon prince of Khorne (Much to Khorne's dismay, a sorcerer even offering tribute to him). He eventually succeeded in bashing Sindri's head into his spine and saving Tartarus from becoming a daemon world. His last act before leaving Tartarus was to smash the Maledictium with God-Splitter, Inquisitor Mordecai Toth's daemon hammer, even after the warnings of Macha that he'd doom everyone by doing it. In Just as Planned fashion, it did; rather than banishing the bound daemon (which given that God Splitter is an Daemonhammer built to kill daemons would be an expected out come), destroying the Maledictum freed it. Based on the daemon's endgame gloating monologue, all the "blood sacrifice" of wartime death (mostly Angelos's personal handiwork, including Orkamungus, Bale, and finally Sindri) had strengthened the daemon enough for it to escape the shattering intact. Gabriel then had to live with the fact that he was responsible for its freedom and would fight it if it should ever appear again.
Gabe's role in DOWII
In Dawn of War II Gabe is back, now a full-fledged hair-etic, with a bitchin' cape, his old Daemonhammer and several drop-pods of fuck you to share with the Tyranids. He's so awesome that his battle-cry makes everyone around him almost as awesome as he is, and so becomes invulnerable for a few seconds, and he can hit someone so hard that their motherfucking armour shatters. You only get to play him during the final mission in the original DoWII though.
Gabe's role in Chaos Rising
In the many battles that transpired during the Campaign of Chaos Rising, Gabriel Angelos stayed on the Litany of Fury and did very little apart from kill stealing in the final battle. His phoning it in this time made even more egregious since he wasn't stuck in the warp, lazy old codger that he is. This may be a clever ploy however to 'dispose' of a certain HAIRITIC, by sending him on suicide missions. He was also branded a traitorous heretic by Kyras (The Blood Raven' Schmuck Master and Chief Dick) through the Honor Guard leader Diomedes. However, depending on the Force Commander's actions, Diomedes can be persuaded to see that Kyras is a heretic or can simply be slain.
At the end of the game, Angelos made this speech;
"Brothers, victory is ours! You have driven the Black Legion from the sector, and defeated the vile daemon who sought to consume us. But a more terrible battle yet remains, our chapter is in the hands of a madman and a heretic, Kyras, he who should be the greatest of us, has bargained away his soul to the Powers of Chaos! While we, are branded as renegades and traitors, my brothers, this CANNOT, THIS -WILL NOT- STAND. (Insert Force Commander's fate here) LET NONE FIND US WANTING, BY CHAPTER AND EMPEROR."
The rest of the speech regarding the Force Commander and his men depends on how well you take care of not going to Chaos. Maintaining a high purity level leads you to becoming the Force of Retribution within the Chapter, partial Purity leads both you and Angelos to be declared Renegades by Kyras. Maintaining a neutral purity or slightly corrupted level means you are exiled to the Eye of Terror for at least a 100 years until you die or kill everyone. At half+ but not at full corruption, Angelos brutally kills you on the spot with his Thunder Hammer. At full corruption, Angelos swears to kill you for becoming a Chaos Lord. He can't do it there because you took your ship for a spin in the Eye of Terror.
Gabe's role in DOWII Retribution
In Dawn of War II Retribution, Gabe gets his ass pwnd by Kyras, the previous chapter master who turned to the dark gods during Chaos Rising. After getting said ass pwnd (literally), he got smashed by Kyras' demon fists of fisting. He gets saved by Diomedes (the player) via spamming orbital bombardments on Kyras' face, thus proving that dakka > chaos.
Lastly, Gabriel comes back at the end of the game as the Chapter Master of the BLUHD REHVENS. So, lets make this perfectly clear to you: Thule gets cut up by a Warrior beast and has to be interred in a Dreadnought (because of poison). Angelos is crushed by the flaming fists of a Daemon Prince of Khorne. Chapter Master Angelos is now mostly bionics, which, when combined with his profound dedication to the Emperor and Imperium as a whole, makes him a kind of foil for Lugft Huron. Anyway, this may be explained by the fact that the aforementioned flaming fists were just flaming fists (in other words, sterile, though chaos infused) while the aforementioned Warrior Beast had all sorts of shit on it's claws THAT COULD MELT POWER ARMOR AND FLESH LIKE SOME REALLY STRONG ACID OR SOMETHING, either that or his fucking AWESOMENESS or raw plot armor allowed him to live
(Which begs the question how the fuck was he able to kill SIIINNDRIII the Daemon Prince back in DoW and come back one piece.. wut) (Sindri merely tapped a small portion of the Daemon of the Maledictum's power, which while making him significantly more powerful than an ordinary daemon prince, does not hold a candle to Kyras becoming ONE with the Daemon of the Maledictum AND gaining enough favour through mass slaughter to ascend normally, making him quite likely the most powerful new daemon prince since the Daemon Primarchs)
It is said that the retribution 'Epic end' is a combination of the Eldar, Imperial Guard and space marine endings, as well as parts of the Chaos Space Marine ending. Taldeer's soul stone is rescued, the Blood Ravens purify their chapter, Castor gets the head of Kyras mounted in his already impressive trophy gallery, and Eliphas will regain his badassness and become a Daemon Prince.
He also has a sexy old man voice and several of the most broken (and awesome) abilities in the game. Though he is second to Eliphas in this regard, who, with a fully upgraded Sweeping Doom, can ROFLstomp an entire army with a single sweep.
Old Gabe's return in DoW III
For now we don't know much about Gabe's role in DoW III other than that he's lost his right eye and that he's confirmed as Chapter Master and he will be the commander of Space Marines and their Imperial Knights allies in the new story. It also appears he will be donning Tartaros (
or Cataphractii...nobody knows its a heavily modified Tartaros, if you look at the chest section from behind its quite clear.) Terminator Armor (that somehow allows him to ninja flip into enemy formations while dropping Godsplitter on them like he was in fucking Cirque du Soleil) He also has a new voice actor...again.
He leads the Blood Ravens to the planet of Acheron, battling with the Eldar and Orks in a race for a powerful weapon known as "The Spear of Khaine". Gabe, however, desires not its power as he believes the Spear to be corrupted (and will corrupt any who wields it), and swears that no one will obtain the spear until his dying breath. He then has a heart-to-heart with Macha about smashing the Maledictum.
He then teams up with Gorgutz and Macha to defeat a bloodthirster. After the fight, he just... leaves them be. He doesn't try to kill them or anything, he just let's them fuck off, I mean yay the eldar maybe, but Orks? Because apparently Relic forgot what Warhammer is about.
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The Midget Goto wrote a series of DOW books (this pleased him) which were about Gabriel's adventures, but since this only provoked Nerd Rage from both fans and Redshirts alike, his stuff is not CANON. Speaking of Novels, one apparently claims that Gabriel was an Imperial Guardsmen before becoming a Space Marine. This is bullshit of the highest order, as the biological implants of a Space Marine can only transplanted into candidates at a young age and many only join the ranks as full fledged battle brothers at something close to 18 (the only exception is the Angry Marines; their writefaggotry implies they can recruit from adults too, as well as, presumably, the Space Wolves because they only recruit from people who have already fought gloriously in battle and children don't really do very well with fighting). That means that Gabe must have been something between 8 - 13 when he became an infantryman in the Guard, which is impossible because the conscription age of the guard is usually 13 (Cadia notwithstanding), and they usually don't conscript unless they're under constant attack and are running out of trained guardsmen to throw at the enemy. Additionally, according to the Midget Goto, he's a 'symbol of hope to the Biel-Tan Eldar', despite the Biel-Tan being the most racist and xenocidal craftworld of all. He also had a thing with Macha which ended when she had to turn herself into some kind of green warpfire to stop the Necrons at Lorn V and disappeared from the story afterwards.
Dammit Goto! Just stick to putting multilazers on the multilazers on the multilazers. So that you can shoot multilazers while you shoot multilazers while you shoot multilazers. It might be retarded but it can be written off as an in-universe quirk of some idiot with a few spare multilazers lying around. Completely fucking up the fluff by re-writing the fundamental motivations and character of entire races can not be overlooked in the same way!
A more recent short story reveals what exactly happened on Cyrene- while there were no explicit signs of corruption present there at first glance, the planet was just about ready to launch a full rebellion against the Imperium; in light of the discovery that psykers were no longer being taken to the Black Ships and that trade with xenos was the norm, the Inquisition declared the situation to be grounds for Exterminatus. The one week of orbital bombardment was actually preceded by an all-out assault on the ground by the Blood Ravens and the Grey Knights, because apparently the Inquisition wanted to be absolutely sure nothing could possibly survive (that, or they were afraid killing too many psykers at once would cause bad things to happen). Gabe had hope he could save his father, a retired guardsman, from the purge, but to his horror he learned that his father was one of the rebellion's leaders and had despised the Imperium ever since Gabriel had been chosen to become a Space Marine. With a heavy heart, Gabriel had no choice but to execute his own father(
Doesn't this mean that Gabe is pretty young for a Space Marine? I mean, his father is still alive You don't have to be a space marine to live for centuries as rejuvenate treatments are available for higher ranking Imperials like former officers). No wonder he refused to talk about what happened on Cyrene.
On the Tabletop
Recently, Forge World has seen fit to grace the tabletop with Gabriel's presence, based on his Dawn of War III appearance; while his official statline isn't quite as cheesy as the fan-made version below, he's still a force to be reckoned with.
As you can tell, his BS is low for a named Space Marine character but that doesn't matter much since his only ranged weapons are grenades. Instead, he should be in melee at all times, ideally backed up by a squad of other Tartaros Terminators to take advantage of his higher-than normal movement compared to a standard Captain/Chapter Master in Terminator armor. His signature God-Splitter can be used in two modes: the standard mode acts like a basic Thunder Hammer but with the added ability to cause mortal wounds, while the Arcing Swing mode is a dedicated horde-killer that lowers its stats to +2S AP-1 1 D in order to give Gabe the ability to perform a number of attacks equal to the amount of units within 1" of him- and just as importantly, it lacks the -1 to hit that a Thunder Hammer would normally have. Between that and coming with the Chapter Master's ability to reroll failed hits, he's far better at fighting blobs than he looks. Finally, his Retribution rule give him one last "fuck you" to an enemy who removes his last wound in melee by letting him deal d3 mortal wounds to the model that took him out. He also has a little bit of added versatility when compared to other named Space Marine characters due to a quirk in the rules; as the Blood Ravens' primogenitor is unknown, Angelos doesn't need to be restricted to a Chapter-specific Warlord Trait like most named Space Marine characters and can use any of the available Chapter-specific Stratagems or Chapter Tactics, as well as the universal SM Warlord Traits that are normally restricted to the generic Captains/Chapter Masters. In fact he might be the best character you can take. For example, as not-Salamanders the 'Master Artisans' tactic will allow him and army to reroll hits during the Assault and Shooting phases, while letting him take the 'Anvil of Strength' WT to allow God-Splitter to hit at Str10!. Iron Hands tactics, while not buffing his damage output will improve the Magpies durability on a +6. However the real reason to choose Iron Hands is that it allows you to use Captain Smashfucker in the same army as Gabriel.
Codex: Gabriel Angelos
If you ever wanted to play a cheesy Captain/Chapter Master for fun based off of Gabe's DoW/DoW2 appearances, here's your statline.
|Captain Gabriel Angelos:||200||6||5||4||4||3||5||4||10||2+/4++|
|Chapter Master Gabriel Angelos:||260||7||5||4||5||4||5||4||10||2+/4++|
Chapter Master: Chapter Master Gabriel Angelos possesses the rank of Chapter master, and as such, may be accompanied by an Honour Guard squad, in addition, he may call down a single orbital bombardment per game (see Codex: Space Marines).
- Master Crafted Power Sword (Captain Only): Can be Swapped for Godsplitter for 10 pts.
- Godsplitter (Only weapon when as Chapter Master): Force Weapon that's Master crafted to be usable by those with Pi-Rho psyker levels
- Left Hand of Gabriel: Is replaced when Gabriel chooses to take Godsplitter.
- Artificer Armour: See Codex Space Marines.
- Reclamation of the Chapter (Chapter Master Only)
- Iron Halo (Captain only)
- Frag Grenades
- Krak Grenades
- Independent Character
- Eternal Warrior
- And They Shall Know No Fear
- Chapter Tactics (Blood Ravens): As per the rules for all Chapters who do not know their primogenitor Chapter, the Blood Ravens do not have a unique Chapter Tactic. Instead, the player can elect to "borrow" any existing Chapter Tactics from Codex: Space Marines and any Forge World supplements.
- Inspiring Presence: Even before becoming Chapter Master, Gabriel was known for his uncommon leadership capabilities. All friendly units in a range of 18" can use Gabriel's Ld when testing for Morale, Pinning and Fear.
- My Foe Shall Fall!: Gabriel has squared off in combat against some of the most terrifying and powerful foes the Blood Ravens have faced in recent centuries, including colossal Daemons and Tyranid Bio-terrors. Gabriel's close-combat attacks against Monstrous Creatures gain a +1 to I.
- My Faith is My Shield! (Chapter Master Only): Despite the heresy and treachery that has plagued the Blood Ravens in recent years, Gabriel has never wavered from his faith and maintained absolute loyalty to the Emperor. In combat Gabriel channels his purity through the hallowed wards inscribed into his blessed armour. Once per game, Gabriel may give himself a 2++ Invulnerable save for the duration of a single combat phase, regardless of whether it is yours or your opponent's.
- Cybernetic Enhancements (Chapter Master Only): After his battle with Kyras much of Gabriel's body had to be rebuilt with so much cybernetics that he would put Marneus Calgar to shame. As a result he is more resilient than before. This grants him +1 Toughness (already included in profile).
|Godsplitter||-||10||1||Melee, Two-Handed, Master Crafted, Concussive, Strikedown, Anathemic Presence|
- Godsplitter: God-Splitter is a powerful Daemonhammer gifted to Gabriel Angelos of the Blood Ravens 3rd Company by Inquisitor Mordecai Toth on the planet Tartarus to combat the Daemon of the Maledictum. Just like every Daemonhammer, Godsplitter strikes with the speed of a lightning bolt. Unlike every Daemonhammer, this weapon strikes with an even greater and truly terrifying power.
- Anathemic Presence: Attacks from this weapon force units with the Daemon USR to re-roll all successful saves granted by that rule.
|Left Hand of Gabriel||12||4||3||Pistol, Master Crafted, Precision Shots|
- Left Hand of Gabriel: Blood Ravens Captain Gabriel Angelos used this pistol to slay the traitor Isador Akios, once his closest friend. Angelos discarded the weapon in disgust at the Ruinous Powers and the taint they bring to Man. His battle brothers recovered the weapon and returned it to the chapter armory.
- Reclamation of the Chapter (Chapter Master Only): This suit of Tartaros Terminator armour was granted for Angelos by the Chapter's Techmarines to honour his ascension to Chapter Master and is designed around his extensive bionics. It has also been inscribed and blessed by the Chapter's Chaplains to signify his victory over the forces of heresy. This is Tartaros Terminator armor that infers the 'My Faith is my Shield' special rule.