SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained is a new 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: Bastet is currently known as the Goddess of Cats. The feline goddess devolved from a lion goddess to this position and, subsequently, the protector of ointments from a once lofty position. Originally, Bastet was depicted as having a lion’s head and viewed as the protector of Lower Egypt. Her original position as protector of pharaohs saw her commonly referred to as the Eye of Ra. Bastet’s domain was diminished as Sekhmet, a goddess depicted as the more fearsome lion, came to be recognized as a war deity in both Upper and Lower Egypt.
The hunting capabilities of cats, mainly to defend foodstuff against vermin or to combat deadly cobras, meant that Bastet’s power did not change greatly when her position was modified in the Egyptian pantheon. The new label enabled her to remain as a protector of lands and a war god. During this time, she became the daughter of Amun Ra (not to be confused with Ra, her father , by way of Atum or Isis, previously).
She’s a complicated pussy.
In-Game: Unlike her lore, in SMITE Bastet is very clear cut. As a pure melee physical DPS character she excels at completing kills and ganking thanks to numerous movement impairing effects, a bleed and her ability to pounce in and out of combat. The major drawback to the Goddess of Cats is her mediocre survivability when attacking.
- Bastet on Wikipedia
- Egyptian Mythology on Wikipedia
- All you could want to know about Bast via Per-Bast.
Head over to SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained for access to details for all of the playable characters.