\'\'\'Author\'s Preface\'\'\' The Sisters of Ishtra are a cult dedicated to the Bozishnara goddess of love. Embodying both the passionate and the erotic, Ishtra is also seen in her more mystical form as the creative force behind the entire universe. Ishtra’s primary shrine is the Ruby Temple located in the city of Esmer (formerly Zimra-zadan), but her cult is found in one form or another throughout the vast region of Haradwaith. Due to the religious sensitivities of their
Númenórean inhabitants, the kings of Bellakar have banned the cult in most cities of their realm, but it is extremely powerful along the Forest Coast between Esmer and Bozisha-Dar, and in fact throughout Raj. It has influence wherever Haradrim (and especially Haradrim women) reside, even as far north as Harondor.