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: Isis, the Goddess of motherhood, fertility and magic, was one of the numerous pervasive gods in Egyptian mythology to crossover into later pantheons in the region. Adapted by the Greco-Roman world, she was worshipped as the ideal women, mother and wife. Like many of the old gods of the Nile region, the realms guarded by Isis changed dramatically over her reign.
Born of the union between Sky and Earth, Nut and Geb, Isis wed her brother Osiris. Their union bore Horus.
Isis’ most famous myth is not for the sibling union specifically, but for her life-giving properties. Set, the sister of both, plotted to kill Osiris by deception. The strategic Set had measured her brother the night before and offered an ornamented box to anyone that could fit inside. Osiris being the only capable, Set tested the fit by closing the lid, sealing Osiris inside. After placing himself in a now-coffin, Osiris and box was pitched into the Nile. The river didn’t do its task. Isis and Nephthys quickly found the box.
Disgusted at her inability to kill Osiris with deceit, she regressed to cutting his body into pieces spreading them across Egypt. After being unable to find the final piece, the phallus of Osiris, Isis created him a new one, then bore life into his reformed body. It’s at this time the couple canoodled to create Horus.
In-Game: Isis completely owns the Goddess of Magic label presented to her by Hi-Rez Studios. The Egyptian goddess is a ranged support mage with an Mp5/Hp5 support aura as part of her passive. Adding to one of the most amazing passives in SMITE today, she gains aura power with deaths in her area, powers up her basic attack with 25% of her magic power and hits in a small AoE with the third strike of her staff. Have an inkling of her desired itemization?
Isis is not an assassin mage alla He Bo or Anubis by any means. Players selecting the mid-ranged character should focus on acting as support, especially when laning, ticking away at nearby enemies, stunning and debuffing them for others to pick up kills. The most effective way to do so is by picking up cooldown reduction, magic power/Mp5 items and, naturally, speed for mobility to maximize her impressive pursuit and escape velocity.
Isis on Wikipedia
Egyptian Mythology on Wikipedia
Head over to SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained for details on all of the playable characters.