Campaign of the Month: February 2017
The Theoi god of smiths and craftsman
Interlocking plates over fine chimera leather. Flexible but strong and protective. Chimera leather allows for tactility in the hands. Not like, say, hydra hide.
Hephaestus is the smith of the gods, a figure of immense strength and endurance who crafts items even the Olympians covet: he is the creator of such incredible things as the chariot of Helios, the girdle of Aphrodite, the armor of Achilles and the bow and arrows of Eros. He is the patron of all craftsmen and the son of Zeus and Hera, but he is also looked down upon by the other gods for his physical imperfections; he is no beauty to look upon, unlike most of the Theoi, and worse, he is a cripple, considered less than a whole man by the rest of his pantheon. As the god of intelligence and technology, he is well-equipped to move into the modern day, but as the god of the lame and deformed he is often discounted or treated with derision.
Hephaestus, Zeus, and Hera
Shortly after Hephaestus was born, Hera and Zeus quarreled over Zeus’ infidelities; their fight was so heated and angry that Zeus suspended his wife from a chain as punishment, hanging her upside-down between heaven and earth. Hephaestus, wishing to help his mother, freed her from the chain, but when Zeus found out he hurled his son away in anger, causing him to fall from Mount Olympus and all the way into the ocean; such was the might of Zeus’ rejection that he struck the very bottom of the sea, and his foot was rendered forever lame in the fall. He was discovered by the sea nymph Thetis, who took pity on him and along with her attendants raised him in the seas. When Hephaestus had grown up, he determined to have his revenge on the Olympians, and created a beautiful golden throne which he sent to Hera as a gift. When she sat upon the lovely chair, it instantly sprang to grasp her wrists and ankles, binding her so that she could not escape. The gods entreated Hephaestus to let her go, but he refused, saying that he would show no mercy until he was allowed to return to his rightful place on Mount Olympus. Finally, Dionysus got Hephaestus drunk on his wine and brought him into Olympus; he was merry with intoxication and pleased to be restored to a place among the gods, and he released Hera as he had promised.