SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained is a column dedicated to introducing prospective players of SMITE to its massive backstory 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: Sol, the definition of an astronomical time. The name of a somewhat bland beer. Sun in the Latin tongue. And the name of the Sun god in both Roman and Norse pantheons. Today, we’re focusing on that very final interpretation from the people of northern Europe. As with much of the Norse pantheon our knowledge of Sol is best detailed in the epic poems of Sturluson and those before him. Born of Mundilfari, the children were deemed so glorious that he named them after heavenly bodies. Sol became the sun and her brother, Mani, became the moon. Annoyed at such narcissism the gods put them in the heavens with their namesakes and sicked Fenrir’s children on them to ensure they drag their heavenly bodies across the sky without fail.
In-Game: You may opt to never look at the sun, but Sol is far more attractive. She unleashes her vengeance as a high damage single target mage with excellent mobility. Her passive, Heat, increases with basic and ability usage capping at an impressive 25% damage increase when topped off. Her abilities chew through mana, but must be used with near reckless abandon to dominate a lane, scare off opponents or increase personal sustainability.
Sol thrives on being able to get abilities and basic attacks out with only small improvements on damage from Magical Power. This combination of primary and secondary needs make her build more unique than many mages. Snowballing, like Book of Thoth or Warlock’s Sash, combined with cooldown reduction and nerfing protections are deadly. Mix in Polynomicon, with Demonic Grip and Chronos’ Pendant as the situation warrants.
- Sol on Wikipedia
- Norse Mythology on Wikipedia
- Poetic Edda by Snorri Sturluson’s predecessors
- Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson
Head over to SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained for details on all of the playable characters.