With the relic strategy you need martyrs and you either have to build a wonder or have Yerevan. Now if Yerevan is in this game you could push your religion early and get 1000 martyrs.... but finding another religion with enough strength to kill your martyrs can be a challenge..... try it, king may be enough. I am happy to be wrong. I got 16 relics on Emperor once but I did swap some and I think it took about 200 turns, still earlyish though. If we were allowed to trade relics with the AI there is normally 2-3 floating around early game. If you can meet them soon enough you can win just with triple relic power as long as you have storage.