Hephaestus is the god of forge and fire, he is currently voiced by Steve Lenker.
Know Your God
Weight: 230 lbs
Hair Color: longish, curly, and dark brown
Facial Hair: short beard
Distinguishing Features: a slight limp, not easily noticeable if you’re not looking for it
Spouse: Aphrodite (former)
Down the ages, I worked with the highest technology available, which usually involved a forge and bellows. These days, I’ve grown more diverse: I own Transpheri Technologies, a space startup on the Gulf Coast of Florida, which also devises technological solutions to the greatest problems that people bring to us. I recruit the best and brightest, and so far, none have realized that I’m anything more than a rich, eccentric mortal.
Apartment on the grounds of Transpheri Technologies in Florida
General Overview: I lived from ancient times to modern in the company of the other gods, for whom I crafted unique weapons, defences, and other artifacts. For all of that time, I was primitive, hot-tempered, and full of issues. Happiness eluded me, especially in my marriage to Aphrodite. Finally, I holed up in an apartment on Crete, determined to figure out what was wrong and how to live a life I could enjoy. One day, a man appeared out of thin air and introduced himself as the sorcerer Hermes Trismegistus. He told me that he could help me in my quest; then he sent me back through time to the days of ancient Greece, to live my life again. This time, I avoided the gods (especially my younger self) and lived among mortals, eventually passing myself off as one of them. Travelling the world and befriending mortals, learning to think and live as they did, I grew to admire them greatly and care deeply for them. In time, I essentially lost the memory of my first passage through the ages, rarely remembering anything, not of my second life. My chief concern became the progress of mortal intellect and science, and ultimately I lent a hand to the process. After some decades of working on steam engines, then airplanes, I founded Transpheri Technologies in 1971. This is a space startup, but also a source of technological solutions for the biggest problems in the world, especially those problems that cannot be made public. To this end, I’ve recruited a team of experts and geniuses who actually create most of the solutions themselves; they fill me with pride. As I’ve recently begun to regain my memories of the other gods from my first life, I foresee a time when they come to me for my solutions to their problems, as they once did.
Flaws / Weaknesses
Replaced. Hephaestus has more than a little resentment for Ares after millennia of Aphrodite seeking out the God of War’s bed on the regular. He uses the anger to fire his creations, and probably would admit to visualizing Ares’ head beneath every stroke of his hammer. Hephaestus prefers not to be in the same room with Ares, which makes getting anything done that requires both of their input awkward and tiresome. When he does manage to remain in Ares presence, it is not without considerable sniping and cutting remarks, which anyone would know is the wrong way to handle a God of War.
Flawed. Hephaestus does not enjoy the unblemished and perfect immortal beauty that the other immortals do. As a result, he suffers from feelings of jealousy and self-consciousness that make him keep to himself, both to avoid inflicting himself on them and to avoid having to deal with the reminder that, of all the Gods, he alone is flawed.
Burned. Aphrodite's constant infidelity has left Hephaestus distrustful and difficult to open up in any sort of romantic relationship. This may make him seem standoffish at times and has left him bitter to his prospects for love and love’s worth, in general.
Hitch In His Step. Hephaestus’ ease of movement is impeded by a slight limp. Once much worse, he has recovered over the millennia and the limp is barely noticeable. One might not even see it unless you knew him from long ago or were looking for it.
Skills / Abilities
Immortality. Technically immortal. Immune to the effects of aging, cannot die by any conventional means, and is immune to all known mortal diseases and infections. As a deity, they are able to teleport, or "pop" anywhere in the mortal plane with a few exceptions, the God Floors of the GC HQ are mystically protected, so no teleporting to or in between them, anything on the non-mortal plane, i.e., the Underworld, Atlantis, and the Void, are non-accessible without a guide.
Babble-speak. I can communicate in all languages and dialects.
Forge Sight. Through concentration, Hephaestus can manipulate the molecular structure of metal, causing it to vibrate at a high rate, heating the metal in his sight to very high temperatures. The larger the piece of metal, the more energy this requires and the longer the process takes.
Pyrokinesis. Hephaestus can manipulate flame and fire without being burned. He can also control fires, even not of his own creation. He also has control over molten substances provided they have been heated by some variety of thermal method.
Mind Shaping. As keenly as he shapes metal, Hephaestus can perform a mild form of mental persuasion that keeps people from noticing certain unusual traits. For instance, Hephaestus’ mortal business associates tend not to realize that he has not physically aged in the nearly fifty years since he founded Transpheri Technologies.
Master Craftsman. Hephaestus is a craftsman par excellence, his skills at building, repairing, and inventing anything at a technological level are unsurpassed. When an immortal needs something crafted, they come to Hephaestus. His forge mark has a reputation all its own.
Spellbinder. Hephaestus has the limited ability to bind simple spells into his creations that align with the purpose of the item being made (example: an incantation to strength metal on a set of manacles, a charm of additional protection on a breastplate, etc). These sigils are beaten or crafted in during the forging process and invisible when the work is complete. The spells are likewise inseparable from the item, their energy only releasing should the item be destroyed.
Dark Vision. The light of Hephaestus’ internal fire is so bright, he can adjust his vision to work in absolute darkness.
Spark of Life. Through extreme concentration and extending his awareness, Hephaestus can hone in on the thermal presence of other life forms, detecting their heat signatures. The range of this power is dependent on Hephaestus’ level of concentration. The harder he has to concentrate, the more still he must be. When this power is used beyond his immediate range of vision, it can leave him vulnerable to attack because his attention is so focused elsewhere.
Normal Daily Wear: I wear suits when I must, mainly in dealing with high-income customers. Otherwise, I normally wear ordinary street clothes: jeans, button-down shirts or T-shirts.
Alternative Dress Wear: N/A
A unique multipurpose weapon somewhat resembling a rifle, but capable of producing an intense, destructive beam.
Introduction written by Steve Lenker
From an early age, Hephaestus has been used to taking care of himself. This started when, shortly after his birth, Zeus threw him out of Olympus for having been born with a deformed foot. Being a god, he bounced back quickly from this pitfall. He took to the company of mortals, learned all that they knew of metalworking, and came to excel at the crafting of unparalleled weapons and armor suitable for deities. Championing the growth of science and the exercise of reason, he grew to admire and befriend mortals who exhibited these traits.
With the rise of modern civilization, Hephaestus roused himself from an extended period of inactivity and paid close attention to the growing body of scientific knowledge. Finally, in the twentieth century, he founded a company that contributed to the aerospace industry. Now the company, Transpheri Technologies, is a space startup as well as a consulting firm for the solving of great problems through innovative technology. Hephaestus himself contributes a few of the ideas, but he prefers to cultivate such creative thinking among his employees. He closely guards the secret of his divinity from mortals, preferring instead to be regarded “merely” as the billionaire owner/CEO of the extensive Transpheri facilities in southern Fl.