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Ananke-spoiler "Once again, we return."

This article contains spoilers for Issue 20 of The Wicked + The Divine. Read at your own risk.

Ananke-spoiler "Once again, we return."

This article contains spoilers for The Wicked + The Divine 1831. Read at your own risk.

"Divinity and imminent demise have given me clarity... I've got no reason to be afraid any more. And what can you do when you're not afraid of anything? Anything you want. Anyone you want. I can be whoever I want to be. I can be whoever I am."
—Inanna[src]

Inanna is one of the gods of the Recurrence, symbolised by an eight-pointed star. He is known to have appeared in the 1830s and 2010s Recurrences.

HistoryEdit

Becoming a godEdit

Inanna's original name was Zahid. Even before the 2010s Recurrence, he was a fan of the Pantheon. He attended Ragnarock 2013 and witnessed Laura arguing with David Blake. He also liked Cassandra's writing and videos. Before his incarnation, Zahid was very shy and afraid of many things about himself. His "go-to cosplay was wallpaper". His incarnation in late 2013 freed him of fear and enabled him to be whoever he wanted to be.

Inanna once performed for a whole week in Camden, and Laura attended every one of the performances and bought a souvenir shirt. He often performed at residencies, preferring more intimate venues to large crowds.

In the early days of his godhood, Inanna was in a relationship with Baal. However, this ended when Inanna slept with Lucifer, provoking Baal's jealousy. Baal and Inanna had another fight when Inanna protested the Pantheon's lack of action regarding Lucifer's arrest, and Baal nearly put him through a wall.

After Lucifer's deathEdit

Disturbed by Lucifer's death, Inanna performed divination on the gunmen from the interview shooting and identified them as fans of the Pantheon. He approached Laura for help with identifying them further. He later attended Fantheon and was seen arguing with Woden shortly after Woden's humiliation of Brunhilde.

In addition to working with Laura, the two became friends and he encouraged her to become more outgoing as she recovered from Lucifer's death. She eventually confided in him that she believed she was destined to be part of the Pantheon, and he comforted her. Meanwhile, his relationship with Baal remained decidedly icy.

On 3 August 2014, Inanna was attacked by Baphomet while performing, in an attempt to steal his powers. However, they ceased their fighting when they realised they were both being manipulated by Ananke. They located her at Laura's house and arrived just in time to prevent her from killing Laura, who had just transformed into Persephone. Ananke killed Inanna instead, but Baphomet and Laura managed to escape. She then framed Baphomet for Inanna's death. His death provoked an outpouring of tributes, including a song by Tara. His skull now rests on the Pantheon's circular meeting table in Valhalla.

AppearanceEdit

Inanna was a South or West-Asian man with dark hair and purple eyes. He had a wide bleached streak in his hair, and typically wore extravagant clothing and face paint in the shape of an eight-pointed star. He tended to wear a lot of purple. When performing magic, his eyes turned black all over, with glowing white pupils.

PersonalityEdit

Lucifer said that Inanna had a meaner streak than people realised, but he was still incredibly lovely and morally pure. He has, on occasion, been described as too nice, and was fond of hugging people. However, he has also been described as sexually "filthy" and was notorious for sleeping with lots of people (of all genders). He did not engage in monogamous relationships, and didn't understand why others weren't the same. Luci described him as an "ethical slut".

Inanna had complicated feelings about his gender. He allowed others to use male pronouns when referring to him, but also said that ""guy" is a small word". He was in a "transitional or questioning state"[3] and never managed to figure things out before he died. He can be interpreted as genderqueer.[4]

RelationshipsEdit

BaalEdit

Inanna and Baal were in a relationship, but Inanna cheated on him with Lucifer, to Baal's anger. They had another falling-out when Inanna wanted to help Lucifer after her arrest, and Baal nearly put him through a wall. Baal continually refused to speak to Inanna and they never reconciled before Inanna's death. He was devastated when he was murdered and expressed his regret that he never told him he loved him.

Laura WilsonEdit

Inanna admired Laura from the first time he saw her at Ragnarock. He approached her for help identifying Lucifer's assassins and they quickly became friends. His immediate response upon meeting Laura was to hug her, providing comfort for Lucifer's death. They trusted and confided in each other. When Laura became Persephone, Inanna was the first person she wanted to tell.

PowersEdit

Inanna's miracles had a pink, glittery appearance and have been shown to include:

  • Divination: He was able to perform divination to learn more about something he was touching, and could also use it to pinpoint the locations of the other gods through use of various star symbols.
  • Starlight travel: He was also capable of travelling through means of starlight (though in a different manner to Amaterasu) which granted him flight and the ability to teleport himself and others. This could be used for simple transportation but also employed during combat as a way of evading his opponent, causing him to dematerialise.
  • Performance: His performances inspired orgies on a large scale, something that seems to be in part related to his kind demeanour as very few dislike him. His performances cause the area around him and those involved to be engulfed in his pink aura, and the acts themselves seem entirely consensual. They are described to be "sex with the volume turned up" by Baphomet.

MythologyEdit

Inanna is based on the Sumerian goddess of love, fertility, and warfare, Inanna. The mythological Inanna was also often represented by an eight-pointed star. One of her more notable myths is The Descent of Inanna, which chronicles her journey to the underworld and back. In this poem, she is turned into a corpse and brought back to life again. She is therefore associated with transition between the world of the living and the dead.[5] Inanna is seen as an independent and sexual goddess, even though she inhabited a highly patriarchal society. A previous version of Inanna, known as Anat, was the sister and lover of Baal in Canaanite mythology.[6]

QuotesEdit

By Inanna

"I... I know this is weird, and I don't really know you but... you've been through hell. I want to hug you. Is it okay if I hug you?"
—Inanna[src]
"Everything changed after Ananke's visit..."
—Inanna[src]
"I... found something. And I don't trust the rest of my people any more. I need someone outside the circle. Someone who cares."
—Inanna[src]
"I'm the Queen of Heaven, both the morning and evening star, and so I get to do the whole divination thing. It's like hearsay from my own heart."
—Inanna[src]
"You know, I'm all crazy for cosplay, but "Christian fundamentalists" isn't exactly a hot look. Actually... let's not write it off so quickly. Hmmm. Imagine angry Darwinist/creationist sex. Hmm..."
—Inanna[src]
"I was his gateway. I took him into the underworld. I took him everywhere."
—Inanna about Baal[src]
"For six months, I was happy, I wasn't afraid and I lived life exactly how I wanted. You? You're petrified. You can kill me. You can live a little longer... doesn't mean you're any more alive."
—Inanna to Baphomet[src]
"I'd rather die than not care. My regrets are the one thing I don't regret."
—Inanna[src]

Dialogue

Laura: "What happened to "dressing inconspicuously"?"
Inanna: "This... isn't inconspicuous?"
―Laura and Inanna[src]
Inanna: "Sorry. I'm sorry. I should have asked before hugging."
Laura: "You don't have to ask me. Never ask, Inanna."
―Inanna and Laura[src]

Past RecurrencesEdit

1830s RecurrenceEdit

Inanna appeared in the 1830s Recurrence in the form of Claire Clairmont, step-sister of Mary Shelley (Woden) and lover of Lord Byron (Lucifer). Inanna was jealous of her sister's talent and divinity, and killed Woden's babies at Ananke's command in exchange for godhood. She then began a sexual relationship with Lucifer, who had taken no notice of her as a human. Inanna travelled with Lucifer, Woden, and her brother-in-law Morrigan to Lake Geneva, where all four of them eventually met their deaths. Lucifer and Morrigan attempted to resurrect a newly-dead Hades, but instead created an entirely new Creature that immediately killed them. Woden sacrificed her life to stabilise the Creature, and Inanna was able to escape unharmed, believing herself to be out of danger. However, Ananke would not allow her to live, and killed her and her unborn child, fathered by Lucifer.

TriviaEdit

  • The major influence on Inanna is Prince.[7] He is also partially inspired by fandom.[8]
  • The constellations depicted when Inanna performs divination in Issue 6 are based on the symbols of the Pantheon.[7]
  • When Inanna first appears, there are purple streaks in the rain, in reference to the famous Prince song.
  • During the planning stages, Inanna was the second-to-last god Gillen added to the Pantheon.[8]
  • Kieron Gillen has stated that if he had a chance to relive his life, he would try to be more like Inanna.[8]
  • In Issue 8, Inanna says he "took [Baal] into the underworld". The mythological Inanna also famously descended into the underworld.
  • Inanna's dialogue appears in purple speech bubbles.

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Issue 6
  2. Inanna was under 20 at the time of Ragnarock 2013.
  3. Kieron Gillen on Tumblr
  4. Kieron Gillen on Tumblr
  5. Ancient Mesopotamian Gods and Goddesses
  6. The Wicked, The Divine, and The Mythology—Part 3: Baal and Inanna - Women Write About Comics
  7. 7.0 7.1 Writer Notes: The Wicked + The Divine #6
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Kieron Gillen on Tumblr, talking about Prince's death

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