SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained is a column dedicated to introducing prospective players of SMITE to its massive back story of lore. From the Greek to Hindu, each week we’ll look at two characters from a major pantheon and provide a quick recap of their history and in what capacity their digital incarnation will represent on the field of Hi-Rez Studios’ new MOBA.
Lore: Serqet, spelled in a variety of ways over the thousands of years of the Egyptian pantheon, has nothing to do with secrets. Often selected as the patron of pharaohs like The Rock, she was the Egyptian goddess in charge of healing venomous stings and bites. Of which there were many in the dangerous wilds of North Africa. In this charge Serqet was depicted as a women with a scorpion on her head, or in the earliest stages of Egyptian rule, a scorpion.
Arachnids are scary.
The realm of Serqet directly opposed that of Apep, the great snake-demon of evil. She was often scene aside the fallen evil incarnate upon his capture. With so many dangerous creatures in their lands Serqet was no minor god. Protector of embalmers, and perhaps more importantly, their canopic jars, she was given a strong associated to Isis, Nephthys and Neith, each whom had similar responsibilities. Over the millennia, she eventually merged with Isis, today explained by the lack of her own temple and the increasing power of the Isis cult.
In-Game: The Goddess of Venom is as sneaky and deadly an assassin as those her lore purports she protects against. She applies the deadly venom of her associated animals via her abilities to create threatening stacks. Once landing a basic attack the stacks are triggered dealing painful and instant damage upwards of 20%. Featuring high mobility and single target damage, Serqet is a perfect mage mauler that can get in and out before they know what hit them.
Players need to take advantage of Serqet’s passive to cause havoc amongst the opposing squad using simple ability and white damage combos. The Goddess of Venom gains bonus physical power on three abilities to a maximum of 50%, making items like Deathbringer desirable later in her build. Grab mobility and attack speed items first, such as Hastened Fatalis and Witchblade. Rage pairs well, as do snowball items for Conquest matches, since Serqet players should not be dieing often.
Head over to SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained for details on all of the playable characters.