Hephaestus is son to Zeus and Hera of the Greek Pantheon and is a god of forging. He is renowned for his ability to craft godly objects that are often used by other deities or by human heroes. He is able to create weapons capable of harming other gods.
He is entirely enthralled by new and intriguing ideas and keen to create them, even if they initially horrify him[Leg 1].
Hephaestus once created a hammer capable of cracking open the skull of a god, specifically his father, without killing him. It was meant as a surgical-like tool, despite the blunt-force power of it[Leg 1].
Zeus once married another deity, who had been the daughter of Oceanus. She, Metis, was already a god of the Naacal people who existed long before the humanity of Zeus. She was one child of three thousand siblings that were scattered across the Multiverse and were all deities of ocean-bound peoples. When she became pregnant, however, Zeus was struck by a prophecy - he would be overthrown by child born of Metis. Harkening to the overthrow of Uranus and the overthrow of Kronos, Zeus was, like his forebears, determined to defy this destiny. While still wielding Harpē, the sword and symbol of betrayal, he battled against his beloved wife. He was able to defeat her, but rather than slay her he consumed her essence into his own mind. There she continued to exist, deep within his thoughts[Leg 1].
Even while Zeus had remarried, to his sister Hera, Metis worked within Zeus' mind to create armour and weapons for their unborn child. The incessant pounding and hammering drove Zeus almost to the point of insanity. He sought his son, by Hera, Hephaestus - the god of blacksmithing. Hephaestus was to create a hammer and with that hammer he would hammer open the head of Zeus. Hephaestus was horrified, but eager to work on such a complex and unusual item. With that weapon in hand, Hephaestus cracked his father's skull open. From within emerged the child of Metis and Zeus, grown and fully armoured. The powerful, spirited, wise and brave Athena was born. Despite the prophecy, Zeus was excited to meet this new daughter and welcomed her to Mount Olympus[Leg 1].
- ↑ Hephaestus article, Wikipedia.
- ↑ Athena article, Wikipedia.
- ↑ Ancient Greek Religion article, Wikipedia.