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VulcanusHeraZeusAthensLemnosanviltongs is the only replied by stating that if Kratos could find his way out of

Olympian God to have been exiled from Olympus and the Underworld, he could find the Flame as well. "You
return. In a Homeric version of Hephaestus' myth, Hera, have been truly helpful, Hephaestus," Kratos
mortified to have such a grotesque offspring, promptly sarcastically replied back.
threw him from Mount Olympus. He fell nine days and
nights and landed in the ocean. Hephaestus, being the Second Encounter
most unfaltering of the gods, was given Aphrodite's hand After killing Hades, Kratos returned to the forge,
in marriage by Zeus in order to prevent conflict over her informing the Smith God of his triumph over the God of
between the other gods. However, this did not stop her the Underworld. The Smith God chuckled, "Dead?
from having secret affairs with other men, be it mortal or Hades deserved to suffer, though I thought his death
god. It was Ares she was attracted to the most, would be impossible." "Olympians overestimate
something that Helios told Hephaestus after catching themselves," said Kratos. Hephaestus replied, laughing,
them in an affair. "Interesting. I will keep that in mind, Spartan." Kratos
Hephaestus created an invisible net and hung it above looked at a Hyperion Gate nearby, but the Smith God
his bed, making sure it was completely hidden. Then he told him, "You need the soul of a God to use the
told his wife that he was going on a trip. The moment her Hyperion Gates, Kratos. And that one has not been used
husband was gone, Aphrodite invited Ares for a visit. for centuries. I'm sure it's broken; otherwise I would have
The lovers went to bed, but the net fell on them while seen my beautiful...You know Kratos, I wasn't always
they were making love. It was impossible for the couple like this: a monster!" Hephaestus then regaled Kratos
either to escape or to separate. The more they tried, the with his past life as the prized craftsman of the gods, but
more they became tangled. Hephaestus then invited the concluded by stating that his perfect life ended when
other gods to see their shameful position, in further Kratos killed Ares. Furthermore, the girl whom he
mockery. Naked and damp, their limbs entangled in considered his daughter, Pandora, had been taken away
each other's and in the golden web that held them. After from him by Zeus, never to return. He had tried to
publicly humiliating them, Aphrodite and Hephaestus' recreate her in the forge ever since, but failed time and
relationship became bitter, and Hephaestus grew to time again. He asked Kratos to retrieve Pandora for him,
dislike Ares even more. but Kratos dismissed his request, stating he had other
In the God of War Series concerns, although Hephaestus tried to persuade Kratos
again by reminding the Ghost of Sparta about his own
Pre-God of War role as a father. Kratos, visibly touched, paused for a
Before his elder brother Ares' death, and Kratos moment, before leaving the Forge.
openingPandora's Box, Hephaestus was the most prized
craftsmen of all Olympus, and was rewarded with Third Encounter
marriage to Aphrodite. Hephaestus' deformed Kratos returned to Hephaestus through the Hyperion
appearance may be due to being brutally attacked by Gate connecting the Forge with Aphrodite's
Zeus after the King of the Gods was filled with the Evil bedchamber. At first Hephaestus believed it to be his
Fear, and became enraged with Kratos' retrieval of the wife, before recoiling at the sight of Kratos. He asked
Box. humorously if Aphrodite had "conquered another God of
War". Kratos called that a question Hephaestus should
Chains of Olympus ask his wife, demanding to know the whereabouts of the
Hephaestus was mentioned as the creator of Labyrinth, to which Hephaestus expressed some
the Gauntlet of Zeus. It is said in the description of the confusion as he thought Kratos was only searching for
item that Zeusdemanded him to craft a weapon that the Flame of Olympus. He quickly realized that Pandora
would bind the Titans to the very walls of Tartarus. Thus was being held in the Labyrinth and that Kratos intended
was created the Gauntlet of Zeus. to use her as a means of destroying the Flame.
Hephaestus angrily told Kratos to stay away from
God of War III Pandora, citing that he was the reason both of them
were imprisoned, to which Kratos retorted that he did
First Encounter them no wrong. Hephaestus countered, saying it was
When Kratos traveled through the underworld after being because he opened the box, but Kratos replied that he
dislodged from Gaia, he stumbled upon Hephaestus in "did what had to be done", at which point Hephaestus
hisforge. After exchanging insults, Hephaestus revealed began to unfold a bigger picture: The Evils from the first
that although Zeus was the one to imprison him. Kratos Titanomachy could not easily be contained. That is why
was in fact the true source of his torment, though Kratos Hephaestus forged Pandora's Box in a power greater
insists he did the Smith God no wrong and that he is than the Gods: the Flame of Olympus. As the raw metal
after only one Olympian. "Well, as long as it's one took its shape, he realized that the flame was the safest
Olympian," chuckled Hephaestus. When Kratos inquired and only place to protect it.
about the Flame of Olympus, Hephaestus told of how To open the Box, he forged a key that took on its own
everyone on Olympus knew and respected it. He life and took the form of a teenage girl; neither living nor
continued to warn Kratos, saying that it was powerful dead. Dubbed Pandora, the two would grow to love each
enough to kill both man and god. When Kratos insisted other as father and daughter. Aware that Zeus would
upon knowing its location, Hephaestus sarcastically take Pandora from him, Hephaestus hid the girl away
and lied to Zeus, saying the safest place to keep the Box electric charges from his ring. But even being a god, he
was on top of Cronos' back. After Kratos used the box to was killed off far easier than the other gods, of whom
kill Ares, Zeus, driven by madness and fear, angrily most had been weakened by extreme power or killed by
battered Hephaestus until he revealed his deceit, despite divine weaponry. (It is possible that the anvil which
the fact that Zeus had actually aided Kratos on his quest impaled and killed Hephaestus was considered a godly
to retrieve the box from Pandora's Temple. Zeus weapon/item. This would explain why it was able to kill
subsequently took Pandora from her father, and sent Hephaestus, a God.)
him to the Underworld. Hephaestus then desperately
attempted to dissuade Kratos from finding Pandora, but Personality
the Ghost of Sparta claimed that nothing would stop him Out of all the Gods Of Olympus, Hephaestus was the
from destroying Zeus. Running out of options, most benevolent besides Athena. Hephaestus loved the
Hephaestus decided to kill Kratos. The smith god first things he forged and created, with his most cherished
faked wanting to help him, and told the Spartan to travel creation being Pandora, whom he came to love as his
to the Pit of Tartarus in order to find the Omphalos own daughter. However, Hephaestus had very low self-
Stone, so that he could make a weapon for Kratos. esteem due to the fact that his mother Hera hated him
Kratos initially did not want a new weapon, stating he despite bragging of his talent, and also because his wife
already had plenty, but Hephaestus insisted the weapon Aphrodite cheated on him with Ares and then Kratos.
he would create would be a "special" one that would Hephaestus was most likely infected with the evils
"give him the retribution he deserved". However, when Misery and/or Deceit after Kratos opened Pandora's Box
Kratos entered the door that led toward Tartarus, to destroy Ares and after Zeus brutally beat him and
Hephaestus sealed the door shut, snickering out loud. kidnapped Pandora.

Final Encounter Greek God of Fire and Metalworking


Hephaestus attempting to kill Kratos.
Whilst on his quest, Kratos battled the Titan Cronos, and Hephaestus was the god of fire, metalworking, stone
slew him, taking the Omphalos Stone from his body. masonry, forges and the art of sculpture. He was the son
Returning to Hephaestus, Kratos was furious, as he
of ZEUS and HERA and married to APHRODITE by Zeus to
believed the Smith God had sent him on a suicide
mission. Hephaestus pleaded innocence, claiming that prevent a war of the gods fighting for her hand. He was a
he knew the Ghost of Sparta could handle himself. After smithing god, making all of the weapons for Olympus and
completing the Nemesis Whip, Hephaestus tried acting as a blacksmith for the gods.
electrocuting Kratos with his Ring in a final attempt to kill
him, shouting, "Here is your retribution!" He had his own palace on Olympus where he made many
Kratos managed to shake off the effect as Hephaestus
clever inventions and automatons of metal to work for him.
tried to kill him with his hammer but the Spartan deflects
it. Kratos then uses his new weapons to electrocute and Hephaestuss ugly appearance was the reason Zeus chose
kill Hephaestus by impaling him on his own anvil. In his him to marry Aphrodite, but despite this she had many affairs
dying words, the smith god pleaded with Kratos to spare with both gods and men.
his daughter, as well as begging for Pandora's
forgiveness, after which he passed away. In one story, Hephaestus builds a tricky invention which
After this Kratos appeared to bear no ill will towards
catches Aphrodite laying with theARES, the god of war,
Hephaestus for this betrayal however, as he later
toldPandora that Hephaestus he had died after he did trapping them both in the bed to be laughed at and ridiculed
what any father should: protect the life of his child. by the other gods.

Powers and Abilities He is similar to ATHENA in his giving skill and help to mortals
Hephaestus, as a god was immortal, and possessed in his case artists. It was believed that Hephaestus taught
regeneration and super strength, as well as the ability to men the arts alongside Athena. However, he was also
shapeshift, although clearly to a lesser extent than the considered far inferior to that of the goddess of wisdom.
other deities. He was also a masterful blacksmith,
forging powerful artifacts such as Pandora's Box and
Facts about Hephaestus
the Gauntlet of Zeus. Even after his fall from grace,
Hephaestus retained his skill, being able to make
several flawless statues in Pandora's likeness (albeit Hephaestus was known as the God of Fire.
unable to breathe life into them as he had with the
original), and forging the Nemesis Whip out of nothing In some accounts, he was said to be the son of Zeus and Hera;
but the Omphalos Stoneand his bare hands in very short in others, he was the son of Hera alone, conceived in order to
notice. As the god of fire, Hephaestus is completely get back at Zeus for bringing forth Athena.
immune to the element. During his conversations with
Kratos, Hephaestus can be seen sitting in molten, boiling Hephaestus was the only ugly god among perfectly beautiful
lava, without so much as flinching. During his battle
immortals.
against Kratos, it was revealed that he can discharge
Hephaestus was born deformed and was cast out of heaven
Khalkes, Klutotkhns, Polmtis,
by one or both of his parents when they noticed that he was Aitnaos
imperfect.

He was the workman of the immortals: he made their Rules Fire, Metalworking, Stone Masonry,
dwellings, furnishings, and weapons. over: Forges and the Art of Sculpture.

In his workshop, Hephaestus had assistants who were made Symbols: Hammer, Anvil, Tongs, and/or Quail
out of gold and who helped him with his work.
Parents: Hera and Zeus, or Hera alone
His forge or workshop was located under a volcano, and the
work he did within it caused frequent eruptions. Consort: Aphrodite

In most accounts, Aphrodite is named as his wife, although Siblings: Ares, Eileithyia, Enyo, Athena, Apollo,
she was unfaithful to him (with Ares, for one). Theirs was an Artemis, Aphrodite, Dionysus, Hebe,
Hermes, Heracles, Helen of Troy,
arranged marriage.
Perseus, Minos, the Muses, the Graces
Hephaestus was a patron of the arts.
Children: Thalia, Eucleia, Eupheme,
Philophrosyne, Cabeiri and Euthenia
He was a kind and peace-loving god.
Roman Vulcan
In art, Hephaestus is usually depicted as bending over an anvil
name:
or walking with the assistance of a cane.

He was worshipped primarily in Athens, where he had a


temple.

Hephaestus manufactured the aegis (or shield) that Athena is


known for carrying.

The arrows of Eros (known also as Cupid) were fashioned by


Hephaestus as well.

Hephaestus was the god of the ceremony when children were


officially admitted to the city organization.

According to a story told both by Homer and Hesiod,


Hephaestus married Aglaia, one of the three Graces.

Hephaestus was known for making a gold basket that Europa,


daughter of the King of Sidon, used to gather flowers when
she happened upon Zeus in the meadow.

Hephaestus crafted the armor that Achilles wore in the Trojan


War. The same arms, despite their connection to divinity,
brought about the death of Ajax.

Aphrodite gave Harmonia an extraordinary necklace made by


Hephaestus. The piece of jewelry brought disaster to later
generations.

Erichthonius was the son of Hephaestus: he was half man,


half serpent.

Name(s): Hephaestus, Amphigeis, Kullopodn,