Helena the Virtuous is an Imperial Saint, who was raised in the Schola Progenium on Ophelia VII, where she was remarkably gifted in her youth. After 30 years of service in the Order of the Key, she was raised to Canoness and was responsible for an increase in the power of the Ecclesiarchy. This was responsible for her being the hand-picked successor to become the Prioress of the Convent Sanctorum, after the death of the previous Prioress. She would come to wield the Rod of Grace and although she was not trained as a warrior, Helena was known to personally intervene in battles. Which allowed her to fully display her keen mind and tactical abilities.
Helena eventually died of unknown causes and was later declared an Imperial Saint. Her remains and sacred relics were buried in a shrine, bearing her name, on the Hive World Acheron IV. When the Ork Warlord Uggrot, led his Waaagh! in invading Acheron IV, Canoness Verena Armenii, of the Order of the Argent Shroud, led a battlehost of her Sisters to Helena's shrine to recover any of her remains that could be found. Upon their arrival in the shrine's ruins, the Sisters were soon attacked by an overwhelming Ork force and it was only the discovery of Helena's sacred sword that turned the tide of the battle. As the remnants of the Sisters' force fought the Orks, Seraphim Superior Camille used the sacred blade to kill Warboss Grog Chewtops. His death caused the Orks to retreat and saved what remained of the battlehost.
- 1: The Inquisition (Background Book), pg. 44
- 2: Codex: Sisters of Battle (2nd Edition) pg.61
- 3: White Dwarf #381, pg. 84