Sailor Astarte was a Sailor Senshi exclusive to the Sailor Moon musicals. She was an important character in both Kessen / Transylvania no Mori - Shin Toujou! Chibi Moon wo Mamoru Senshi-tachi and the subsequent revision, Saikyou no Kataki Dark Cain no Nazo.
Sailor Astarte was the Senshi form of first-year Juuban High School student Sheba Shingetsu Astarte. She was a recent transfer student from Transylvania, and was seemingly shy and withdrawn, as well as apprehensive about meeting the other Sailor Senshi, even in their human forms. Many of the Senshi were also suspicious of her in return. Indeed, it became apparent very soon after they first met her (at least in the original musical) that she was under the thrall of Lilith of Darkness, and was in on the plans the magician had for the Sailor Senshi and Bloody Dracul Vampir, as well as being the vessel for Dark Cain, who managed to control her from time to time.
Despite the magician's power over her, however, she showed herself to be a Sailor Senshi to the others at the end of the first part of a musical. Being the "new moon soldier", and thus linked mystically to Sailor Moon, she was powerful enough that she almost killed Baron Gilles de Rais herself, and he certainly would have died had he not escaped at the last moment. As the play progressed, however, Astarte's power became weaker, until she was no longer able to keep her transformation or her original self, which was increasingly enroached on by Dark Cain. Ultimately, she lost her soul and became Cain once and for all. She, not long after Lilith was purified by Sailor Moon.
After her purification by Sailor Moon, it is later revealed that Sheba was murdered by Death Vulcan sometime later.
- Solomon Jihad - An offensive beam attack, which Astarte summoned by holding her open hand with her palm towards the enemy.
- Solomon Versus - A power which revived the fallen Sailor Senshi after they were struck down by the Samael Sword.
The goddess Astarte was the Phoenician goddess of war, fertility, love, and the planet Venus, as well as the Moon. Considered a principal goddess of the Phoenician pantheon, and a ruler of the world at one point, her centers of worship included Sidon and Tyre in her Phoenician form.
The mythology surrounding the goddess Astarte is complex, as she is connected to many goddesses in other cultures. Astarte was brought into the Greek culture as Aphrodite by ancient Cypriots who came in contact with the Phoenicians. She was also equated with the Egyptian goddess Isis, the Babylonian goddess Ishtar and the Babylonian god Ba'al. Her sacred day was Friday.