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Emelia was an Imperial Saint.


Not much is known about her, but her writings and remarks were frequently quoted by Commissar Ciaphas Cain, to his associates and students at the Schola Progenium. Cain's biographer, Inquisitor Amberley Vail, noted that this was a surprising fact for a man with Cain's normally low regard for the Ecclesiarchy. However, Vail described Emelia's writings as perceptive about human frailty, and theorized that this struck a chord with Cain's personality.[2][3]


  • Taking the long view is all well and prudent, but take care that you don’t become so preoccupied with it that you miss what’s right under your nose.
    - Precepts, Chapter XXXIV, Verse XII[1]
  • A generous heart is the gift of the Emperor.
    - Precepts[2]
  • The path to duty is often a stony one, made smoother by thought for others.[3]


  • The Saint's name is spelled "Emelia" in For the Emperor and Duty Calls, but "Emilia" (with an "i") in Death or Glory.

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