Gabriel Angelos is the Captain of the Blood Ravens 3rd Company during the Dawn of War series. He has appeared in the games Dawn of War, Dawn of War II, Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising, Dawn of War II: Retribution, and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III as well as the novels Dawn of War, Ascension and Tempest. He also appeared in th short story The Trials of Isador.
According to Dawn of War II, Angelos is widely considered to be the finest living example of his Chapter and one of the notable heroes in the Chapter's whole history. He was born on Cyrene, one of the Blood Ravens recruiting worlds, which was destroyed by an Exterminatus–ordered by Angelos himself for reasons undisclosed – shortly before Dawn of War.
Captain Angelos is a long-standing commander of the 3rd Company, renowned for his victory against the forces of Chaos during the Tartarus campaign and another solid defeat delivered to the Tau Empire in the Targa system between Dawn of War and Dawn of War II. He has a reputation of delivering success even when facing impossible odds.
The Fall of CyreneEdit
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, executing an Exterminatus bombarding it for a week straight until nothing on the planet remained alive. All records of the incident, including Gabriel's message to the Inquisition, have been sealed, but Gabriel himself carries the guilt of his actions with him to this day, particularly during the battles on the planet Tartarus.
The Tartarus campaign is considered by many to be Gabriel Angelos's greatest triumph and a resounding victory for the Chapter. But the results of the campaign have been aggressively questioned by the elements of the Inquisition.
These doubters contend that the extent of Isador Akios's treason is still not fully known, that his treason may have spread to other elements of the Chapter. They also question Gabriel's decision to destroy the Maledictum and claim that he was a dupe either of the Eldar or of more sinister powers.
The Aurelian CrusadeEdit
After the death of the Tyranid Warrior responsible for the wounding of Captain Davian Thule, Gabriel contacts the Force Commander and informs him of three tasks he needs to undertake to defeat the Tyranid invasion.
The first task is to obtain bio-toxin samples from major Tyranid creatures, including Lictors, Zoanthropes, Carnifexes and Raveners so that Apothecary Gordian can revive Captain Thule, and to extract a sample of a Tyranid digestion pool to create a bio-weapon that would kill the Tyranid hive ship in orbit over Typhon.
The second task was to secure access to Angel Forge on Meridian, so that the Blood Ravens could produce the bio-toxin weapons for the Force Commander's strike force to use against the Tyranid fleet.
The third task was for the Force Commander to find an Astronomic Array, so that the Blood Ravens could scout for a weakness in the Tyranid hive fleet.
Upon the commencement of the final stages of the plan, the Tyranid Hive Mind began to make efforts to stop Gabriel's fleet from arriving in the sector, but ultimately had to feed on the planet Typhon to restore it's energy. This allowed the Force Commander to launch his strike, alongside veterans of the 85th Vendoland regiment. However, as the Tyranids of Typhon attacked the strike force, the Litany of Fury arrived in the system and launched an orbital barrage of drop pods to hold back the Tyranid forces. Gabriel then descended to the surface of Typhon, after the Force Commander secured a teleport array, and assisted the strike team in defeating the Hive Tyrant Alpha on the planet, scattering the remaining Tyranids and breaking the Tyranids hold on the sector.
As the purgugation of the Aurelian sub-sector of the Tyranids continued into it's second year, the re-appearance of Aurelia in the system prompted Gabriel to deploy the Force Commander's strike team to respond to a Blood Ravens distress signal on the planet, while the Third/Fourth Companies engaged on other planets in the sector. However, upon the arrival of Captain Apollo Diomedes in the sector, and the lock-down of Blood Ravens operations in the sector, Angelos went to reason with Diomedes about the discussion, but was declared a heretic and sentenced to execution on sight. Only after the revelations of the Blood Ravens' Chapter Master Kyras' actions on the Judgment of Carrion, and the corruption in the chapter, did Diomedes repeal the sentence, and the Third Company launched an assault on the old Blood Ravens keep on Aurelia.
Utilising two Predator Battle Tanks, the Force Commander was told to launch an assault on the Black Legion positions in the keep's vicinity, after which the company deployed onto the surface via drop pods. While the Third Company battled onto defeat the Black Legion, the Force Commander's strike force went to defeat the daemon Ulkair. Due to the multiple possible endings of the game, the canonical ending of the game is disputed, although it is known that Techmarine Martellus, Captain Diomedes and Scout Sergeant Cyrus survived.
Under the orders of Chapter Master Kyras, Captain Angelos was declared a renegade of the Chapter and had been evading Blood Raven pursuit along with the Librarian Jonah Orion and the 3rd Company. Angelos had made contact with the Inquisition when he had learned that Subsector Aurelia was about to be submitted to Exteminatus, explaining the situation, which prompted Inquisitor Adrastia to begin her own investigation into these events.
Other than some messages and narration, Angelos wasn't heavily involved until the final conflict with Kyras, losing what was left of his followers and Jonah, and being viciously struck down by the Daemon Prince that Kyras had become. What became of him after that varies between the campaigns. In the Blood Ravens Campaign, he survives and is made Chapter Master while in the other campaigns he is dead.
Dawn of War III Edit
Gabriel can be dropped anywhere on the field, healing all allies in the vicinity.
- God-Splitter: With his mighty hammer God-Splitter, he leaps across the battlefield reducing foes to craters in the ground. God-Splitter gains up to three charges over time.
- Retribution: Swinging his hammer, he knocks back all nearby enemies and creates a temporary shield that blocks enemy fire and reflects projectiles. God-Splitter charges increase its duration.
- Critical Strike: Every 5th melee hit does double damage and knocks enemies back. Critical strikes happen more often if Gabriel has God-Splitter charges.