|“||Once upon a time there was a fucking queen. She had it all: the glory, the power. Worshipers eager to give and grateful to receive. Why? Because she had the gift of the gift. The blessing of blessings, hers to bestow. And her place of worship? Oh, that was the place to be. That was the goddamn shit. It was good fucking times. Kings didn’t like that. Kings came one after the other to knock her off her throne. They didn’t last long. When the queen was done with you, you were gone. Worse ways to go. But the kings, they kept coming after her. Our queen’s power which is the power of all women, the power of rebirth and creation, it makes some men kneel in awe and give gifts. But it makes other men angry. And you know it: Anger gets shit done.||”|
Bilquis is one of the Old Gods. As an ancient goddess of love who craves the worship she inspired in eras long gone, she is eager to find that same relevance in today's world.
Bilquis is the legendary Queen of Sheba who ruled the city of Ma’rib in Yemen thousands of years ago where she was worshiped by her people in nocturnal rituals of orgiastic nature.
Significance in series
For Season One, Yetide Badaki describes Bilquis as an ancient goddess of love trying to find her relevance in the present day with online dating, an "extraordinary character in an ordinary situation" and trying to go through day by day. In a time where millenials have less and less sex, and less and less intimacy, she is starving and basically feeding off "empty calories", since most of what is sold as "love" today is actually "empty containers", leaving you feeling empty no matter how much you buy. 
Bilquis carries a regal essence everywhere she goes and possesses divine beauty. She has dark brown skin, full lips, with round dark colored eyes. Bilquis's beauty enchants all. Men, women, and kings - it made no difference. They all fall under the thrall of the legendary queen. In her prime Bilquis styled her hair into what resembled a chalice or even a crown, with finery expected of a goddess and queen. In modern times Bilquis remains as beautiful as ever. She styles her hair in loose curls, and when she's not seducing mortals in loose shawls or robes Bilquis is seen wearing elegant dresses with heels. When deprived of worship Bilquis is physically malnourished with her skin distinctively looking dry; hence, when given a sufficient amount of sacrifices she becomes radiant.
|“||Do something for me. Worship me. Stay here with your words, with your body. Worship me. Pray to me like I'm your god. Your goddess.||”|
–Bilquis, "The Bone Orchard"
Powers and abilities
- Divine Personification:As a goddess of love and sexuality, she feeds off of those. Her worships consists of a ritualistic sex encounter (in ancient times, ritualistic orgies) that ends with her "consuming" her worshiper(s) through her sexual organ. While in the past she turned humans into a body of black liquid before absorbing them, in modern times (or with a singular worshiper) she rather turns into a giantess while shrinking the worshiper.
- Size Alteration: Bilquis can slowly alter her size to conquer her mate during intercourse, being swallowed by her.
- Immortality: As an ancient goddess, the Queen of Sheba can live eternally without suffering from disease or age.
- Sexual Absorption: Absorbing the love, sexual feelings, and total devotion of her worshipers allows her to maintain her youth, banishing all signs of aging.
- Pleasure Induction: When a worshiper is absorbed, he or she receives the "blessing of bliss": they are sent to a nebula-like dimension where they will remain in a perpetual state of pleasure and orgasm.
- Dimension Creation: The Queen of Sheba was able to create a foggy, dark pocket dimension where she keeps all of her worshipers and sexual companions after absorbing them into herself.
- Persuasion: Bilquis is a great seductress and always gets what she wants. She has great skills of seducing men and women, managing to convince them to sleep with her.
- Memory Manipulation: Bilquis was able to manipulate and affect the emotional part of the New God Technical Boy, managing to make him remember a war.
- Astral Projection: With the help of Orisha, Bilquis was able to expand her range of powers, including the ability to separate her soul from her body.
- Rituals: Bilquis is a skilled ceremonialist of rituals and manages to use them to practice her ritualistic orgies in the past. She developed greater range of powers and control over them in Season Three. With the help of the Orisha, she developed her powers enough to manipulate large bodies of water and perform various magical rituals (including divination and astral projection rituals).
- Absence of Divine Worship: As with all gods, without regular worship Bilquis declines physically and mentally. It is shown that she uses her cult to rejuvenate and combat the effects of aging, and in Come to Jesus, it is revealed that when Bilquis was deprived of her cult for too long, she became a homeless woman with no memories of her past. goddess she once was and plagued by sexually transmitted diseases.
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Notes and trivia
- Bilquis is the Queen of Sheba who was suspected of being half-human, half-demon (a jinn).
- In some traditions of Jewish mysticism and folk-tales the Queen of Sheba is at times equated with Lilith or Frau Venus.The identification with Frau Venus may be one of the reasons why Bilquis refers to Bast as her "sister", as Bast too was sometimes equated with the Greco-roman goddess Aphrodite/Venus.
- Yetide Badaki was a fan of Neil Gaiman long before being cast as Bilquis.
- Yetide is also an immigrant. She was born in Nigeria and lived in England before coming to America. She became a US citizen in 2014.
- Bryan Fuller mentionned on Twitter that the outfit for "Disco Bilquis" was inspired by an outfit worn by Grace Jones. 
- Bryan Fuller and Michael Green explained in an interview with Vulture that the idea of exploring Bilquis' past as an "ancient Babylonian sex goddess" was one of the first they had for season one.