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SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Kumbakharna

8 July 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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: The difficult to pronounce Kumbhakarna is a jovial, pious deity twisted by his warrior’s code. A core part of the Ramayana, one of two revered Hindu epic poems, he is a giant of a man that routinely feeds, even on monks if only to showcase his power. Brothers to Ravana and Vibhishana, he often fights for the side of evil out of family loyalty to Ravana.

After performing a particular moving yajna to Lord Brahma the brave Kumbhakarna was rewarded with a blessing. Goddess Saraswati acting on behalf of a jealous Indra cursed his tongue causing the intelligent giant to slur ‘Nidraasana,’ or sleep, instead of the anticipated ‘Indraasana,’ or seat of Indra, which would have endowed him the realm and title of Lord of Heaven. Tricked, Kumbhakarna became the Sleeping Giant setting the mountains to rumbling with his snores. Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Ullr

27 June 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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: The ancient Norse word for Ullr translates to “glory” giving the man behind the legend his current term. Unlike many of the other gods of the pantheon Ullr doesn’t have a very defined history. In fact, some scholars do not even consider him a god in the All-Father Odin of the Æsir sense. Nonetheless, he has been depicted in contemporary art and Viking Age art such as the famous Böksta Runestone.

Even the famous epic Norse poems from Sturlson rarely mention the figure. He may not be immensely popular or revered today, but the tales of old do gives us some indication as to his importance. He was in fact a part of the Æsir and not the warring faction of Vanir. His role was primarily that of a bow-god, a favored weapon of the Norse people, and a ski god. Ullr is also closely associated with shields and sleds, a connection likely resulting from shields being early sleds. Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Rama

24 June 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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: Rama, like Vamana, is an avatar of the Hindu God Vishnu. Considered by those that worship Hinduism to be the personification of a perfect man, Rama is one of the most famous of the ten avatars rivaled only by Krishna. Sita, Rama’s wife and an avatar of Lakshmi, is equally revered as the embodiment of perfect womanhood.

Born to Kausalya and Dasharatha, king of Ayodhya, Rama was set to take the throne after his father. Following the teachings of Dharma, Rama understood that he must fight through life, its trials, tribulations, pains and losses like those he’d eventually lead. To that end, he abandoned the claim to the throne and went into exile to serve a fourteen year sentence. Rama was not without company joined by his wife and brother, Lakshmana. And their time wasn’t without tragedy. Continue Reading

SMITE Gains Another Hunter – Rama, the 7th Avatar of Vishnu

23 June 2014 | 1 Comment » | Mordil

It seems Hi-Rez feels there’s not enough Hindu love in SMITE, as they are releasing a second Hindu god back-to-back with this first Hindu Hunter (Greek, Egyptian, and Mayan have two each!).

He seems, upon first watch of his reveal video, that he is heavily reliant on auto-attacks, more so than Artemis or any other hunter. This will make for some interesting early lane phases.

Things of note this patch:

  • An in-game UI customization tool has been added
  • Scylla and Kumbhakarna received conservative nerfs
  • Bacchus, Zeus, and Fenrir were given seemingly appropriate buffs
  • Ra-merica, a(n) ridiculous amazing skin, is released just in time for July 4th.
  • Polynomicon was given another nerf. I still maintain that it isn’t enough…
  • Golden Bow is 150 gold cheaper to buy

After the cut, watch the God Reveal video for Rama. Then check out the rest of the details in this patch. Continue Reading

SMITE Gets Even More Free with Ra-merica

23 June 2014 | 3 Comments » | LHStaff

USA! USA! USA!

That’s right – just in time for Independence Day season (July 4th), Hi-Rez Studios adds the “Ra-merica” skin for Americans, and anyone who wants to have a riotous laugh at the over-the-top democratic pride Ra brings.

This is a new seasonal skin, available as soon as the patch goes live until July 14th.

For 500 gems (current Playtest Server value) you can purchase this skin that also has a skin-specific voice pack as well!

Check out the video after the cut for some great American fanfare music. Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Scylla

18 June 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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: Scylla’s history has never been agreed upon by historians or folk writers of antiquity. Those of today haven’t fared any better in all their historical readings and arguments. Her origin tales have her born of Ceto or Lamia. In another, she’s a naiad possessed by Poseidon, God of the Sea, before a jealous Amphitrite poisoned the waters were Scylla bathed turning her into the monster that haunts the seas.

In a similar, and more popular story, Scylla was born from the seed of the River God Crataeis. She fell in love with Glaucus whom already had a lover, a sorceress by the name of Circe. Ravaged by jealousy, Circe used her spells to create a potion that would make Scylla a repugnant monster. She delivered the potion in Scylla’s sea bath, transforming her into a beast with four eyes, six long necks and 12 tentacle-like likes that acted as her body. Her waist was rung with the heads of six dogs hungry for passing sailors, boats or any other kind of flotsam. Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Nemesis

13 June 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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: Nemesis strikes fear into the hearts of mortals and gods alike. The Goddess of Revenge makes no distinction between status for acts of hubris, the frowned-upon Greek term for what is known today as arrogance and/or pride. Even if such personal pride is well deserved from the field of battle, business or the arts, the Goddess of Revenge, again, makes no distinction. For hubris is a crime against the realm and must be punished with unfettered justice.

A more contemporary folk hero articulates her style of justice very well, the tales and deeds of Robin Hood. Her philosophy is to equalize the benefits and needs of all. The ultimate in social justice. The best known depiction of her societal revenge is that against the mortal known as Narcissus. Consumed by his abhorrent male perfection the man was lured to a pool of water that perfectly reflected his own grace. Enraptured by his image he died of starvation at the hands of the justice of revenge; Nemesis. Continue Reading

LoreHound Cares: MS 150 City to Shore Community Drive & Massive Giveaway

11 June 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

I’ve been drumming up donations for charities or directly volunteering for as long as I can remember. I may not know what I had for breakfast yesterday, but I know I’ve been at soup kitchens, barking out raffle deals and greeting guests since before I hit the awkward pizza face voice cracking combo. Now that I’m over exactly none of those embarrassing “growing pains” – yet stopped growing because genetics – I’ve only increased my charitable actions.

Why’s this matter to you, the Lore Hound community? Simple, as my latest and most ambitious drive for MS 150 City to Shore Lore Hound is allowing me to make it a giveaway event for the blog! This means you’ll receive many opportunities to win awesome skins, beta access and card packs for everything from Hearthstone to SMITE.

Donating is simple, even my Mom can do it. Simply head over to the dedicated iTZKooPA donation page and follow the instructions. It’s exactly like purchasing something from Amazon. Be sure to add ‘LH’ or ‘Lore Hound’ in the name field so we know you came from the site!

Now if altruism isn’t enough for you then allow me to get on with the prizes. Head to the other side of the cut for the expected giveaway package. There’s even proof that they’re already in my possession! Continue Reading