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They told me you needed a weapon or something? Bah! You already got one! Right lousy one, can spot that piss-poor workmanship from here. Though, erm... I could tune it up...
~ Hephaestus

Hephaestus is the Olympian God of Craftsmanship and the Forge, son of Zeus and Hera, younger brother of Ares and husband of Aphrodite.

In Hades, he is only mentioned as the one who built the golden statue of Mount Olympus.

Hephaestus appears in Hades II and offers his boons to Melinoë.

His signature Status Curse is Vent which deals damage to enemies after 5 seconds.

Characteristics and Personality[ | ]

A master craftsman, a lover of weapons, he is a tranquil and observant god who has a keen eye for tools, always making one or two comments about the weapons Melinoë has in hand.

When he appears, he admits that he honestly wasn't so interested and is only helping because his parents asked. But he's very helpful to everyone and doesn't make distinctions. He's a bit reserved, elusive, and solitary, due to spending so much time isolated only in the company of his weapons and the forge fire.

Despite being a god, he is skeptical, a practical man who prefers things done manually. He refers to Melinoë as "Little Witch". Hephaestus stands somewhere on the side of 'science'. He despises Melinoë's magic when he meets her and boasts that his weapons perform 'magic' and are superior to the powers of witches.

Although he is more closed off than other Olympian Gods and doesn't easily open up, others might say Hephaestus acts a bit rough and without class when he interacts, but he and Aphrodite are quite affectionate with each other, implying that Hephaestus's skills were one of the reasons she was attracted to him; he's very skilled with his hands.

He has a calm expression on his face and pretends not to care. Internally, Hephaestus is insecure and afraid of rejection, so he avoids any deeper personal involvement before it can happen, as he grew up being shunned and is bitter towards Hera. When Zagreus sought aid from the Olympians, Hephaestus chose to ignore the plea, reluctant to entangle himself in another familial conflict and convinced himself that it was best for all parties to handle their own affairs. However, he now acknowledges his regret for not intervening and likely sees Melinoë as a chance to make amends, helping this time.

Physical description[ | ]

Hephaestus is portrayed as a chubby god who uses a wheelchair. He's completely naked, saved for the light blue mantle that covers his lower half. The tattoos on his arms show traditional Greek patterns, some including people in many different situations. His dark hair is tied into a bun and blends into his beard, and he uses a golden headband. His most prominent feature besides his wheelchair is his mechanical left leg. He carries a forge hammer.

History[ | ]

Past[ | ]

Hephaestus is the son of Zeus and Hera, brother of Ares. His mother, feeling envious upon seeing the splendor of Zeus' children, Athena and Apollo, tried to do the same, but instead, resulted in the birth of Hephaestus[1]. Hephaestus grew up feeling rejected by the queen of Olympus. When he showed his worth, he became the most talented blacksmith among the gods.

Hades[ | ]

Hephaestus does not appear in Hades, but after the epilogue, a statue of Mount Olympus will be left in Persephone's garden as a gift from the Olympians. Zagreus comments that it was made by Hephaestus.

Hades II[ | ]

Hephaestus provides his boons to Melinoë to help her in the war against Chronos.

Book of Shadows Entry[ | ]

Codex
'You do not know what to make of this one. He rejects our craft, believes only in what he can grasp with his thick hands. But he is a recluse in his own realm. In that you feel a connection.'

Trivia[ | ]

  • Hephaestus was sometimes depicted using a wheelchair in Greek mythology.
  • As the god of metallurgy in Greek mythology, he created several weapons and accessories, including his iconic Hammer of Hephaestus, the shield and armor of Achilles, the aegis, the Crown of Helios, the chalice of Dionysus, the bows and arrows of the twins Artemis and Apollo, and Hermes' sandals.
  • In some versions of the myth of his birth, due to Hera's jealousy over Zeus giving birth to Athena, it is said that Hera gave birth to Hephaestus alone, through parthenogenesis without the union of a partner.
  • In the game's canon, Hephaestus was born after the twins Artemis and Apollo, as well as Athena.[2]
    • However in Greek Mythology, Hephaestus was born before the twins, and some versions also make him older than Athena.
  • When speaking of Polyphemus, Hephaestus says he "could've used that one at the old forge", alluding to Brontes, Steropes and Arges, three brothers Cyclops that, given their craftsmanship, were said to be helpers of Hephaestus, when he came to be.
  • Hephaestus' elemental boon affinities are fire and earth, a reference to his domain has god of the Forge and Metallurgy.
  • According to Hephaestus, the Nocturnal Arms are of a workmanship superior to even his own.

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Additional notes[ | ]

For additional information on Hephaestus that does not pertain to Hades, see Wikipedia's article: Hephaestus

References[ | ]


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