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Discordia is the Roman goddess of strife and discord. Her Greek equivalent is Eris. As you probably know, there is very little difference between Greek and Roman deities. Her literal opposite is Concordia and Harmonia, respectively. She was one of my favorite minor characters from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.
Discordia’s parents are Jupiter and Juno. Her siblings are too many to type up for you. Some of them are Hercules (Herakles is the Greek equivalent), the hero, Vulcan, the smith to the Gods, and Mars, the god of war. She hangs out with Mars, and they feed off of each other. Her children are also numerous, and none of them are particularly lovely. Among them are Lethe (like the river of forgetfulness in Hades), Ate, the goddess of mischief and ruin, and Ponos, the personification of hardship. She lives in Erebus (where the dead goes right after dying), and her symbol is her golden apples of discord.
We all know of or heard about the Trojan War. But did you know that it was Discordia who was the instigator? She was not invited to Peleus and Thetis’s wedding. When she showed up anyway, she was refused at the door. Then, she threw one of her apples into a group of Goddesses in a temper tantrum, saying it was to “the fairest.” Juno, Venus, and Minerva all thought that meant themselves, and the rest is history.
Discord delights in the pain, hardship, and bloodshed on the battlefield. Often when a battle is done, and all the Gods have left the battlefield, you can still find Discordia there reveling in the blood and death of the humans littering the ground. Discordia and Mars often start stuff with humans that wasn’t there before, just to see the coming bloodshed. One could believe that lately, this whole war is because of Discordia and Mars.
What do you think of Discordia? Does she belong on the battlefield of Smite? To me, it sounds like she was made for it: nothing but fighting and dying. I try to steer clear of her because I have enough drama in my life. I don’t need more. Have you seen either Hercules: The Legendary Journeys or Xena: Princess Warrior? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time, have fun storming the castle.