Recruited from the semi-feudal world of Barham IX, Raziel was the second son of the local miller. Displaying an unusual mechanical aptitude from his birth, he won the honor of selection during the summer solstice tournament. As a novice, he was always the fastest in completing his weapon maintenance rituals and showed an unusual affinity for all types of machine spirits.
As a scout-sniper, Raziel was considered a crack shot. During a raid on the Ork-held world of Urgah, he was credited with the kill shot that took down the Warlord Ugatra-huk. Later during resultant withdrawal, Raziel commandeered a War-Truk to transport two wounded marines to the extraction zone.
Soon after his elevation to Battle-Brother, he served under Brother-Captain (now Grand Master) Michael in the Purging of the Artemis II. Without regard to his own safety, he charged a bunker filled with a traitor PDF heavy weapons team. Using the heretic's lasercannon, he disabled two advancing Leman Russ main battle tanks. After the battle he was transferred to the Ninth Company for devastator training. During his training, his mechanical skills were fully-recognized and he was sent to Mars for training as a tech-priest. After completion the shadowy training, he returned to the company a changed marine.