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Have you seen my dogs? They really wanna eat- I mean, meet you.
~ Scylla
Scylla is a playable character in the MOBA game Smite. She is a character from the Greek Pantheon, originated from the mythology, being a monster who scatered boats who got through her lair and have pleasure in giving her enemies to feed her hound-tentacles.

Lore in Smite

Ancient poems warn of a narrow channel of water so treacherous that death touches all who approach. Sailors must choose to risk their ship, traveling close to the monstrous whirlpool Charybdis, or instead hug the rocky shoals where dwells a creature some say is made from the nightmares of all men.

Scylla, they call her, Horror of the Sea. No ship that dares sail in her waters goes unscathed. Those that cling to survival whisper panicked tales of enormous black tentacles tipped with slavering hound heads ravaging whole ships to splinters with pitiless precision. Though it’s her laughter, they say, that’s most horrible; child-like, delighting in blood soaked murder as men are dragged into the dark abyss.

Poets have tried to romanticize this beast, to provide some humanity to her monstrosity. They write she was once a beautiful Naiad, wronged by a jealous priestess and transformed. Yet the old poems say she was born this way, beget by gods full of jealousy and loathing; dropped into the sea to terrorize mankind.

Would that she had remained in the sea, but the nightmare has come ashore. Dragged by dog-headed tentacles she roams our streets, plucks us from our beds, and fills the night with disturbing laughter. Scylla has come, and not even the gods can help us.

Hounds

Scylla's tentacles have one hound head each which remain hidden beneath the earth during the fights. They assist in Scylla's attacks:

  • Ajax - named after the greek hero who fought the Trojan War, Ajax is one of Scylla's frontal tentacles who assist her in the moves "Sic 'Em" and "I'm a monster".
  • Achilles - named after the greek hero who was the strongest of Greece, Achilles is the other frontal tentacle of Scylla. Alongside Ajax, he assists her in "Sic 'Em" and "I'm a monster" as well.
  • Cyril - appears to be the less important hound, as he is not named after any known mythological character and not assist in any attacks either. He, however, rises from the ground like the others during the move "I'm a monster", but doesn't attack himself.
  • Zoey - also not named by a known mythological character, Zoey is one of the rear dogs alongside Cyril, and is the only female hound. She is the one used in the move "Sentinel" where she increases Scylla's vision of the map, and assist Scylla in escaping tough situations. She also rises from the ground during the move "I'm a monster", but doesn't attack.

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