In war, there are two kinds of soldiers: those that fight for blood, and those that fight for honor. The first crave the clash of steel and smell of slaughter, the latter know the wisdom of justice, the kindness of mercy, and that life should never be taken wantonly. These different warriors seek different Gods. Ares, God of War revels in the bloodletting, but his sister, Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, is patron to those who fight with dignity, and only when there is no other alternative.
Favored daughter of Zeus, wise as ten thousand scholars, just as the scales themselves; Athena is a paragon of incorruptible virtue, and worshipped with righteous fervor. So revered is she that Athens, greatest city in all the world, is named for her, and regal temples adorn the countryside in her honor, each tended by loyal priestesses. To Athena, a life is a precious thing that need not be wasted in frivolous battle. Bloodthirsty Ares, on the other hand, is reviled by their father and chained by his ravenous subjects.
At the Siege of Troy, Ares disobeyed Zeus and joined with the battle, fighting for the mortal Trojans. Athena rose to stop him, indirectly championing the Greeks, but directly keeping the order of divine law. Their fierce battle clashed in unspeakable proportions, ending only when Ares limped from the battle field, cowed by his sister and rival. With Ares diminished, the tide of the war shifted and the heroes of the Greek Army toppled Troy.
In times of war, prayers are sent to both Gods. Ares, for bloodstained victory, Athena for honor, valor, and the wisdom to fight with dignity. Make no mistake, these are times of war, and Ares has already answered the call to arms. Athena, ever cautious with lives, goes to battle without eagerness, but solemn necessity, for the Goddess of Wisdom knows honor is for the living. The dead have no need of it.
After using any ability, Athena's next basic attack is a ranged attack, hitting all enemies it passes through, and dealing an additional +25% of her magical power as damage.
Athena powers up for a dash. While dashing, Athena will pass through minions and stop and hit the first enemy god she encounters, dealing 80/130/180/230/280 (+50% of your magical power) damage and slowing all she hits by 25% for 1.25/1.5/1.75/2/2.25s. If she hits an enemy, Athena gains one stack of Block (max 3), absorbing the next basic attack from any god that hits her.
Cost: 60/70/80/90/100 mana.
Cooldown: 15/14/13/12/11 seconds.
Athena releases a shockwave of power from her shield, taunting enemy gods, and forcing them to fight or chase her for 1/1.25/1.5/1.75/2s.
Cost: 60/65/70/75/80 mana.
Cooldown: 18 seconds.
Athena summons a group of Athenian warriors who do 60/95/130/165/200 (+50% of your magical power) damage upon arrival, and after 2s strike for 80/150/220/290/360 (+50% of your magical power) additional damage.
Cost: 60/65/70/75/80 mana.
Cooldown: 14 seconds.
Defender of Olympus
Athena picks a single allied god anywhere in the world, and launches herself up into the air, landing next to that god 4.2 seconds later. During that 4.2 seconds, the allied god mitigates 20% of the damage it's taking. Enemies in a 20 feet radius of when Athena lands take 350/450/550/650/750 (+90% of your magical power) damage.
Deals 480 damage, in a 15 unit radius, to a maximum of 3 enemy minions or jungle monsters. Titans are also always hit. This will automatically kill the Fire Giant or Gold Fury if they are at or below 25% health.
Athena's skin Winter Olympian is a reference to the 2014 Russian Winter Olympics. It shares the Olympic-theme with Olympian Anhur
When the Winter Olympian -skin was available for purchase, one of the the main menu screens of Smite featured Athena doing a similar warm up to Michelle Jenneke's in the 2012 Barcelona World Junior Championships
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