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Hyborian Age

Inanna was the Annunaki goddess of love, fertility and war. She was the beautiful and youngest daughter of Anu, leader of the Annunnaki, and of Ki (Gaea), Elder goddess and earth-goddess, and was born in Ababenzzar, then in Shem, during the Hyborian era.

She consorted with her brother, Tammuz, the handsome god of shepherds.[1]

As the Mother-Earth, also known under the guises of Ishtar, Derketo and Ashtoreth, Inanna mated with Pteor, the male sky-god.[3]

As Derketo, she was originally a male Shemite god, but his story was garbled, and he eventually became the goddess Derketa to mate with the Kushite death-god Dagon,[7] who may or may not be her brother the Annunaki god Dagon, or a relation of him.[12] Derketa, Queen of the Dead, was primarily invoked by the lower castes of the people of Kush, who worshiped at the temple of Jullah, "the devil-devil house".[9] In the Black Kingdoms, a kind of poisonous fruits were known as the Apples of Derketa, and were allegedly the deadliest poison west of Khitai.[8]

She was worshiped as Ishtar as early as 10,000 BC in the Poitain in Aquilonia[13] and became a prominent goddess during the Hyborian age.[citation needed] She was invoked notably by the Cimmerian Conan,[14][15][16] the people of Numalia in Nemedia,[17] Zahmahn in Corinthia, Poitain in Aquilonia,[13] and Ophir.[18] She was also worshiped as Astarte at least in Khauran[6] and possibly as Asthoreth at least in Khoraja.[10] Those names were invoked alongside Ishtar's.[10][6] As Derketa, her statue was one of the many in the Temple of a Thousand Gods of Messantia, in Argos.[7]

The Kushite shaman N'Yaga led the tribe of Bird-Riders of the Southern Isles who adopted him and Bêlit, the daughter of King Atrahasis of Asgalun, to believe that she was the daughter of the death-goddess Derketa.[19][verification needed]

Allegedly jealous of the beautiful mortal Isolene, Ishtar had her locked up in a tower guarded by demons.[1]

Later, at the time gods and mortals walked together, her own priest Libro stole her Lifestone, granting him power over her for centuries.

He eventually lost it, and the Lifestone returned to her in Ababenzzar (now in the desert separating Turan from the Hyborian kingdoms), where tried to retrieve it with the help of Conan (who didn't knew Libro's true intentions. Under the mortal form of Alonia, Ishtar tried to dissuade Libro, in vain. As Libro invoked a creature to kill Conan who slew him in return, "Alonia" intervened, allowing the barbarian to destroy the creature. She then recovered her Lifestone and appeared to Conan as Ishtar.[2]

When Conan and Bêlit came to the Temple of a Thousand Gods to acquire the Iron-Bound Book of Skelos, the priest used his hypnosis powers to have both of them to appear to the other respectively as Dagon and Derketa, for them to fight each other. Conan, triumphing over "Derketa", was able to figure things before he would slay Bêlit.[7]

Antiquity

Around 2700 BC, Inanna attempted to add the Eternal champion Gilgamesh to her list of sexual conquests. When Gilgamesh rejected her proposition, she had Anu send the Bull of Heaven to attack him, but Gilgamesh slew the beast. Inanna killed Gilgamesh's friend Enkidu in return. However, the Bull of Heaven, also known as the therianthropic god Gugalanna, was wed to Inanna's sister Ereshkigal. His death caused a deep enmity between the two sisters. Soon, when Inanna descended to Ereshkigal's Irkalla, she was trapped within the netherworld realm and could only escape after Tammuz was seized by Ereshkigal's demons and forced to take Inanna's place.[1]

Demon

As the belief of the Annunaki began to be supplanted by Christianity, Inanna was among those of her brethen to be tricked[1] by Marduk Kurios. Those who accepted the deal transformed/[20]degenerated into demons, in a desperate attempt to maintain their influence in the Earth realm.[1]

Modern days

In recent centuries, the demonic Inanna rose to power in the netherworlds, becoming the demoness of inspiration and attempting to establish a foothold in the Earth realm. However, she was seemingly defeated[1] and destroyed by Daimon Hellstrom[21] and occult terrorist Jaine Cutter.[1]

Power Grid [23]
Intelligence
 3
Strength
Speed*
 3
Durability
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills
* Teleporter

Powers

As a goddess, Inanna possessed the conventional superhuman physical attributes of a Mesopotamina goddess. She could cause intense emotions in others, and her Lifestone could mystically bestow good fortune and immortality upon mortals. The extent of her powers following her degeneration into an archdemon is unknown, although she possesses vast mystical abilities. She was especially adept at "inspiring" madness in others, and was faithfully served by her demonic Bailiff of Madness.

Strength level

She could lift approximately 25 tons.[1]



Equipment

Lifestone

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Footnotes

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Inanna's entry
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Conan the Barbarian #40
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Official Handbook of the Conan Universe #1; Gods and Worship's entry
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #3; Council of Godheads' entry
  5. Savage Sword of Conan #7
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Savage Sword of Conan #5
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Conan the Barbarian #66
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Savage Tales #2; Red Nails
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Official Handbook of the Conan Universe #1; Kush's entry
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Savage Sword of Conan #2
  11. Invocations or mentions of Astoreth or Asthoreth could be misspellings or alternate spelling of Ashtoreth
  12. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Dagon's second paragraph
  13. 13.0 13.1 Conan the Barbarian #12
  14. Conan the Barbarian #23
  15. Conan the Barbarian #34
  16. Conan the Barbarian #37
  17. Conan the Barbarian #7
  18. Conan the Barbarian #13
  19. Conan the Barbarian #59
  20. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; The Annunaki's entry
  21. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Inanna's first paragraph
  22. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Inanna's entry
  23. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 14



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