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Juno is a non-playable character in the MOBA game Smite. She is a Roman Mythology character that appears in Hercules' and Vulcan's lores, having commited horrible acts towards both of them. Her Greek Mythology counterpart, Hera, also plays a role that is similar in Apollo's and Artemis' lore.

Presence in Hercules' Lore (as Juno)

Brave Hercules, a demigod son of Jupiter, born with impossible strength and force of will; for whom no task is insurmountable, no heroic deed unachievable. Yet, Like all of Jupiter’s illegitimate children, Hercules once drew the ire of Juno, and though he is now known as a hero, his greatest achievements might never have been done without Juno’s initial tragic involvement.

She struck Hercules mad, and he slew his own children.

Presence in Vulcan's Lore (as Juno)

As an infant, so hideous was Vulcan that his disgusted mother, Juno, cast him into the sea from the heights of Mount Olympus. So great was the fall, it smashed one of Vulcan’s legs, a wound from which he would never recover. Beneath the waves, a sea nymph, Thetis, rescued the child-god and raised him as her own. As Vulcan grew, he ventured to the surface and discovered fire and the art of smithing. His natural talents emerged and he forged wondrous jewels for his adopted mother.
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Juno giving baby Vulcan to Thetis.

Summoned to a gala on Mount Olympus, Thetis wore Vulcan’s glittering gifts, but when Juno discovered Vulcan had made them, she jealously demanded he return to Mount Olympus. Angrily, Vulcan refused. In his stead, he sent a magnificent throne of gold and gems that imprisoned Juno when she sat upon it.

For three days Juno was so entombed, and would have remained so had not Jupiter, Vulcan’s father, interjected. To Vulcan he offered an exchange, Juno’s freedom for the hand of Venus, the most beautiful Goddess of Love. Vulcan agreed.
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Juno imprisoned in the throne sent by Vulcan

Presence in Artemis' Lore (as Hera)

Daughter of Zeus and Leta, Artemis and her twin brother Apollo are products of Zeus’ infidelity to his wife Hera. Insulted, Hera cursed Leta while she was pregnant, forbidding her to give birth on land or sea. Fortunately, she found an island that did not touch the ocean floor, so it was neither land nor sea, and thus bore her children. Artemis was born first, then miraculously aided as midwife in the birthing of her brother.

Presence in Apollo's Lore (as Hera)

Though Hera, Queen of Gods, challenged his very birth, sending the great serpent Pylos to slay Apollo, his twin sister Artemis, and their mother Leta, not even she could deny him victory. Merely four days old, Apollo, gifted with a legendary bow, slew the Gaia Serpent and defied Hera.

Trivia

  • Though Juno/Hera is a important and famous character in the Greco-Roman mythology, she has yet to be playable in Smite.
  • She seems to play an evil role as Juno more than she does as Hera. She also appears in Aphrodite's, Ares' and Zeus's lores, but only being mentioned.
    • In Smite, the Greek and Roman gods interact with each other as if they were from the same Pantheon, meaning that, in the game, Juno and Hera are the same character.

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