Posts Tagged ‘hunter’

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Cabrakan

26 August 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_deities_demigods_gods_smite_cabrakan_build_Default_CardSMITE: 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: Cabrakan is the undisputed giant and god of mountains. Born of the Maya hell god Vucub-Caquix and giantess Chimalmat, Cabrakan is not known for his good deeds. The life of Cabrakan was dedicated to the utter destruction of of everything that exists. This dastardly desire to decimate the world lead to his, and many other evil deities of Maya mythology, drawing the attention of the heroic twins Hunahpu and Xablanque.

The Maya Hero Twins had to use a different tact to save humanity from Cabrakan. Unlike their defeat of his father, Cabrakan’s mountain shaking power forced them to devise a new plan. Trusting their superior intellect, a true brains over brawn battle, the twins targeted the hunger of the mountain breaker. Gifting him with poisoned fowls the reaction resulted not in Cabrakan’s death, but a violent episode that collapsed the mountain around him burying the giant alive. 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: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Ah Muzen Cab

20 May 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: Ah Muzen Cab is revered as the Maya God of Bees, but this declaration wasn’t his alone as it is believed different areas of the empire held their own bee gods and veneration for honey. So revered was the sticky substance and the small creatures that created it during crop pollination that Ah Muzen Cab, and those like him, were worshipped in temples for their contributions to everyday life.

The very mythology that bore Ah Muzen Cab allowed his legend to largely vanish to the annuls of history. Or, perhaps, that was the result of their oral history being destroyed so swiftly by Old World microbes that the language barrier between the forgone Maya civilization didn’t have time to pass to the conquerors and absorbed. Regardless of the reason, little knowledge of Ah Muzen Cab’s history, lineage or deeds survives. What we do know is that bees and their honey sustained life, and as a honey brew would attest, happiness. Thus, this forgotten god did not disappear with the civilization that raised temples to him. Continue Reading

SMITE Live Today! LoreHound Has You Covered (Video)

25 March 2014 | 1 Comment » | Pherephassa

SMITE, the battleground of the gods, has gone live! Hi-Rez Studios has officially launched the live version of SMITE, and are celebrating its release with a massive $200,000 tournament that will run from Friday, March 28th until Sunday, March 30th in Atlanta Georgia. Half of this prize money was earned via community purchases in the SMITE cash shop – which I think is pretty cool! The tournament includes four European teams and four North American teams that qualified through the weekly tournament series that began in early January, and will occur in front of a live audience. It will also be livestreamed worldwide on the SMITE twitch channel.

Need to catch up on the action of beta? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. In fact, we’ll be in attendance at the launch tournament. Be sure to follow the Lore Hound Twitter and Facebook accounts for updates! Continue Reading

SMITE Introduces Ullr – The Glorious One

23 March 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Well, isn’t that an aptly timed release of the latest deity for the god-based MOBA SMITE. Following the recent unveiling of Sylla, Hi-Rez Studios has patch in Ullr – The Glorious One. Hailing from the Norse pantheon, Ullr is the nordic version of Artemis, the pantheon’s Hunter deity. The stance-based Ullr is another ranged physical character that features high sustainability, making him far less squishy than his Greek counterpart.

The latest patch contains something unheard of in SMITE, potentially by any MOBA, at least by my ears. Hi-Rez Studios has refunded any player that purchased the Nightmare skin for Hades. The 400 Gem purchase has become his default skin – with updates to the Legendary and Golden skins to reflect this – yet not removed from the game. Any incoming player can purchase the Classic skin. Anyone with Hades is grandfathered in.

Aphrodite received a 3D model overhaul. Still as sexy as ever. Meanwhile Nemesis received the Golden treatment. In what could be the final patch before next week’s launch tournament, Hi-Rez Studios focused its efforts on small balance changes, a lot of General updates and a variety of bug fixes.

Full patch notes after the cut. Oddly, the team must be quite busy, as there was no God Reveal video with the patch notes. Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Chaac

31 December 2013 | 1 Comment » | 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’ upcoming MOBA.

Lore: Chaac, like many gods from the Maya pantheon, is often described or spoken of as being comprised of multiple beings. The God of Rain tends to be denote by four specimens based on the cardinal directions and the corresponding colors. In the ancient pantheon, Chaac, be him the single form or the multiple, was the God of Rain and worshipped for lording over the objects that required it for life from foods to animals to humans themselves.

Again, like many Maya gods, Chaac had numerous interpretations throughout the territories of Central and South America. According to our usual sources for this column, no one interpretation ever won out. Nor does a single legend truly capture his image. Yet the commonality was his rain staff and lightning ax used in tandem to call down thunder and lightning with the life-giving rains. In the physical aspects, Chaac is normally depicted as a human figure with reptile or amphibian scales with menacing fangs and a very large nose. Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Hun Batz

11 July 2013 | 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’ upcoming MOBA.

Lore: This is certainly an oddity. The Maya culture is rich in lore, well studied and documented, yet the details for Hun-Batz remain, if not scarce, then incredibly divergent. Long revered by the Mayans, howler monkeys were venerated as the Spanish began their invasion of South America. It’s during this time that the lore, be it multiple paths, gods or a single story, declined. Darn Spanish.

What is known is that a Howler Monkey God was a staple deity in Mayan culture. One thread that remains – see Further Reading – includes the Maya Hero Twins. It’s told that Hun-Chowen and Hun-Batz clashed with Xbalanque and Hunahpu. The conflict hasn’t stood the test of time but the end is the Maya Hero Twins transforming Hun-Chowen and Hun-Batz, their half brothers, into the Howler Monkey Gods that were the patrons of artists and scribes. Continue Reading