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Saint Sabbat

Saint Sabbat (also known as the Saint Beati Sabbat or the Sabbat Beati)[4] is an Imperial Saint.[1][6b]

Biography

First life

Saint Sabbat was described as a small but beautiful green eyed girl with short black hair.[3] She was born in mid-M35 on the pastoral world of Hagia, in the Segmentum Pacificus, to a simple chelon shepherd.[6a][6b] At this time, while humans loyal to the Imperium had established footholds in the region, much of it was incredibly wild, ruled by the hand of Chaos as well as hostile Xenos. Even those planets that were ostensibly loyal to the Emperor were well outside the bounds of the Civitas Imperialis.[Needs Citation]

Little is known in detail of her history but what is known is that in her early life she was inspired by a vision of the Emperor to rally humanity and liberate the entire region in a great crusade against the Ruinous Powers. Her achievements overshadow those of many a Lord General Militant, while her teachings lead all Imperial citizens to a simplicity and wisdom that reflected her humble origins.[Needs Citation]

At the height of her powers she counted at her side many of the time's most brilliant strategists including Lord Kiodrus, the great field commander who one day was himself beatified, as well as the strategist Faltornus, and many other notables.[3] Her host included warriors of the Astartes including the Brazen Skulls[2][3] and the White Scars, as well as a command of Sisters Militant, colonial regiments, and pilgrim retinues.[3] Some theorise a connection between the Saint and the Order of Our Martyred Lady, but this is doubtful and is most likely a simple legend as she lived seven hundred years before the Adepta Sororitas were instituted.[1] However, some Imperial scholars believed that this account was based on a link between Saint Sabbat and the "Daughters of the Emperor", the warrior sect which preceded the Adepta Sororitas.[5]

Martyrdom and reincarnation

The Saint's crusade endured for 105 years, until her martyrdom on Harkalon, where she suffered the Nine Holy Wounds.[3] Her body was retrieved by the White Scars and interred on Hagia.[3][6b] According to the Saint's deathbed prophecy, written in the Gospel of Saint Sabbat, if the Saint's remains were ever removed from Hagia, then the entire sector would fall to Chaos forever.[6c] The sector that would go on to bear her name was already considered fully functioning Imperial territory at the time of her death.[3] The Ayatani priests of her private order would trace out those parts of her crusade that were still accessible for thousands of years, from Hagia to Harkalon and back.[3]

Eventually, much of the Sabbat Worlds were retaken by the forces of Chaos. During the crusade to liberate the Sabbat Worlds in M41 the Saint was said to have been reincarnated as an Esholi girl from Hagia who then led Imperial forces on the planet of Herodor and then joined Warmaster Macaroth at the front lines to inspire the Imperial forces.[Needs Citation] Saint Sabbat went on to fight in the battles of Brachis City, Tenzia, Ashwarti Valley, the Flood Plains, Eboris, Grant Hive, Khan III, and many on Urdesh.[7]

Wargear

In her original incarnation, Saint Sabbat wore a suit of custom Imperator armour, modified to fit a standard human rather than the genhanced biology of an Astartes, coloured blue and white. After the Saint's death, the armour was placed in the sepulchre of the Shrinehold of Saint Sabbat on Hagia.[6c]

Images

Saint Sabbat, from an Imperial fresco

See also

Sources

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