|“||Be'lakor, Chaos Daemon Prince, has known many different names. He is a creature who wields unholy weapons and abilities, and a figure who once commanded legions of unnatural beings.||„|
|~ The Dark Master.|
Be'lakor is a major demonic villain from the Warhammer franchise. The first mortal to become a Daemon Prince of Chaos and the father to the current Everchosen, Archaon. He is known by many names: the First Damned, the Harbinger and the One Who Heralds the Conquerors. Hè also appears in Slayer, the last book of the Gotrek & Felix series.
Many thousands of years ago, Be'lakor was a mortal blessed and turned into a greater daemon by all Chaos Gods. In the time before the rise of the Elves against Chaos, Be'lakor held the world in an iron fist, commanding hordes of daemons in the name of Chaos. As absolute ruler of the world, Be'lakor began to look upon mortals with disdain. His arrogance led to his downfall, incurring the ire of the Dark God Tzeentch, Changer of the Ways. The Lord of Magic cursed Be'lakor and stripped him of his power, denying him physical form and forcing him into mindless subservience to Chaos. As a final twisted curse, Tzeentch forced Be'lakor to become the Harbinger, the one who would crown the Everchosen. Tzeentch granted the hate-filled spirit access to the secret paths to the Crown of Domination, an ancient battle helm that was the symbol of the Everchosen, attainable only by running a gauntlet of Daemons and Chaos Spawn at the First Shrine to Chaos, deep in the World's Edge Mountains. But Be'lakor would never wear it himself... a fact that incensed him more than his bodiless state.
Be'lakor first conducted his dark coronation thousands of years before the rise of Archaon. The first Everchosen, Morkar (the villain of Heroquest), had risen a great army and, with the blessings of the Dark Gods, was given the task of making the world a permanent wasteland of Chaos. Screaming his rage to the winds, Be'lakor descended into his own realm of madness, not seeing the battles won by Morkar, nor the rise of the man who would be a great bane of Chaos, Sigmar Heldenhammer. Sigmar met Morkar in combat in a battle that would determine the fate of the world. The battle was likened to that between gods, but in the end Sigmar struck the killing blow, destroying Morkar and ending his incursion. From the ashes of this battle, Sigmar became the first Emperor of the united human tribes. For thousands of years since, his Empire has endured as a beacon of humanity in the Old World.
Because of the fickle nature of Chaos, Be'lakor was able to avoid fulfilling his hated role by assuming the form of the Shadowlord in the blighted city of Mordheim. There, he possessed the body of the next favoured warlord, Khaardun the Gloried. Believing he had defeated the Dark Gods' curse, Be'lakor grew enraged when he discovered he was trapped. He was unable to reach the Crown of Domination in his physical form, and could only be sustained by the warpstone permeating Mordheim's ruins. His fury and insanity eventually destroyed his physical body, forcing him back into the shadow paths to guard the Crown of Domination. Be'lakor, watching from the heavens, screamed in fury as new chosen conquerors fell in combat again and again. He knew that if the Dark Gods had not cursed him, he would have destroyed Sigmar himself millennia earlier, and the multiple Everchosens would not have been required.
Be'lakor was subject to another End Times champion when Archaon started to subjugate the northern tribes while claiming the necessary relics to be named the Everchosen. Be'lakor held the Crown of Domination, and was the only one who could conduct the coronation, and only the Everchosen could receive the crown.
Furthermore, this would-be Everchosen was unlike any who had come before him, for he was of Be'lakor's own son. He had been born from the rape of an Imperial peasant-woman, one of hundreds of such half-breeds that Be'lakor had fathered in his long existence. Despite this, however, he would not go easy on the one who sought to become the Lord of the End Times.
Be'lakor, in his guise as the Dark Master, had planned to take the Crown of Domination for himself, gather enough power to gain physical form by holding the island of Albion in his grip, then descend on Archaon and feast on his soul in the view of the Dark Gods. However, his plans fell apart and, his immortal spirit filled with fury, Be'lakor was once again forced to perform the dark coronation. Descending like a dark angel, Be'lakor knelt before Archaon, hatred and rage filling his soul. He would once again be on the sidelines in the next great Chaos War.