Inanna As'Ishtar

Saint Inanna As’Ishtar is a rarely-worshiped saint, excepting by the Cult of the Morning Star, who venerate her above all other saints. She is something of a dual-nature saint, being thought of by some as a harlot, yet by others as a driven bon vivant, whose love of life and passion made her a natural leader of soldiers and ignited within them a passion that allowed them to defeat the armies of Chaos time and time again, even if woefully outnumbered. She is often thought of as the saint of passion, both in love and in war. In her depictions, she is often dressed in a mix of battle-armor and a dancer’s dress, if dressed at all, and is frequently shown accompanied by a pair of felids, wielding a curved sword or knife and bearing a ring and a sacred fruit, commonly thought to represent the succor her emergence brought to the beleaguered Imperial forces during the war. Sometimes she is depicted as a voluptuous woman, and at other times as a willowy maiden, while some rare sites attributed to her depict her with bird’s wings and talons. She is the patron saint of passion, artists, bon vivants, prostitutes, athletes and others who engage in sport or battle for the joy of it.

This Saint is especially venerated by the Cult of the Morning Star and the Temple of the Emperor’s Grace.

Relics

These are the relics of the Saint Inanna As’Ishtar. Unlike many Saints, this Saint walked Talis for a number of years after the Night of Fire, and spoke frequently of her coming death. She enumerated her relics for her faithful, as well as those of other saints, and also spoke of their eventual rebirth. It is from these surviving records that the bulk of what is known of the saints, their relics, and the prophesy of their eventual return, has been revealed to modern scholars. The Cult of the Morning Star maintains that her incarnates are called “Sybils”, and historically maintained a number of girls and women who fit the requirements foretold by the Saint Inanna As’Ishtar at their temple of Caer Uruk. However, following that citadel’s destruction, it is uncertain where any surviving Sybils are kept.

Inanna’s Ring: A simple ivory band, inlaid with copper runes. This is an often-counterfeited relic, appearing by the dozens in towns and cities across the Wasteland, sold either as an homage to the Saint, or by unscrupulous merchants as the real thing.

Riviere of Saint Inanna: A series of interlinked chains of silver and polished adamantine, interwoven with psy-reactive crystalline lattices, hung with a sparkling rainbow of precious stones.

Saint’s Armor: A set of light carapace armor, apparently designed more for ceremonial functions than for actual protection, although records indicate that it never failed the Saint until her martyrdom.

Raiment of Saint Inanna: This is a pala dress of pale silk and samite, embroidered around the hem and hips, set with small gemstones at the bustline. According to statues and artwork of the Saint, it is almost transparent.

Rod of Inanna: A meter-long sword, designed in the style of a khopesh. Records of the Saint indicate that this was both a Powersword and a Force Weapon.

Helm of Inanna: A simple helmet set with polished stones and ablative panels. It is said that it somehow comfortably kept the Saint’s voluminous hair held within.

Holy Oils of Inanna As’Ishtar: A large, ornate vial said to contain the sacred oils the Saint often used in bathing. It is said that, once she anointed herself with these oils, the merest scent of her passing would cure the sick, restore the wounded, invigorate the fatigued and bolster the despairing.

Inanna As'Ishtar

Seven Saints of Talis Psienesis