Hephaestus

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Hephaestus
Hephaestus symbol.jpg
Hammer and Anvil
Aliases God of Smithing and Crafting, the Lamed, Vulcan
Alignment Lawful Neutral
Divine Rank Intermediate God
Pantheon Greek
Portfolio Crafts, fire, forge, smithing
Domains 3E: Artifice, Community, Earth, Fire, Good, Protection, Strength
5E: Forge, Knowledge
Home Plane Olympus (Arborea)
Worshippers Artisans, crafters
Servitors Cyclopes
Favoured Weapon Warhammer

Hephaestus is the Greek god of blacksmiths, metallurgy, craftsmen, and artisans. He is either the son of Zeus and Hera, or of Hera's asexual reproduction- don't ask, the Greeks were very weird. Anyways, when Hephaestus was born, he was considered so fuck-ugly that he couldn't be allowed to live. As such, he was thrown off a goddamn mountain. As you can imagine, this did not improve his looks nor his mood. To sate his need for revenge, he constructed a golden throne for Hera, which she graciously accepted. However, she found that as soon as she sat down on it, she could not get up again. When the other gods begged Hephaestus to return to Mount Olympus to help his mother, he responded with "I have no mother." What. A. Chad. Hephaestus did not return to Olympus until Dionysus got him absolutely shitfaced on wine and dragged him back on a mule.

Hephaestus spends most of his time in forges, surrounded by his assistant cyclopes. Given his particular set of skills, most magic items in settings involving Hephaestus were originally crafted by him. In fact, most weapons and armors of note in Greek myth are also creations of Hephaestus' forge. Although the god himself isn't of notable combat strength, his creations are akin to doomsday weapons for most fantasy societies.

He's married to Aphrodite, which would make you think he's the luckiest god in the Greek pantheon, but no. This is because she's constantly cheating on him with Ares, which frustrates Hephaestus to no end, although he did get back at them one time by catching them in a net-trap and exposing the affair to all the gods.

His alignment is almost always lawful neutral; he mostly just wants to be left alone. His worshippers include Dwarves, warforged, blacksmiths, craftsmen, and giants.

The Historical Deities of Dungeons and Dragons
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Anglo-Saxon: Nerthus Eostre - Hred - Ing - Mannus - Thunor - Tir - Woden
Aztec: Ometeotl Camazotz - Chalchihuitlicue - Chitza-Atlan - Cihuacoatl - Coatlicue
Huhueteotl - Huitzilopochtli - Hurakon - Mictlantecuhtli - Quetzalcoatl
Tezcatlipoca - Tlaloc - Tlazoteotl - Tonatiuh - Xipetotec
Babylonian: Anu Anshar - Druaga - Girru - Ishtar - Marduk - Nergal - Ramman
Celtic: The Daghdha Arawn - Belenus - Brigantia - Cernunnos - Diancecht - Dunatis - Goibhniu - Lugh
Manannan mac Lir - Math Mathonwy - Morrigan - Nuada - Oghma - Silvanus
Chinese: Shang-ti Chih-Nii - Chung Kuel - Fu Hsing - K'ung Fu-tzu - Kuan Yin - Kuan-ti
Lao Tzu - Lei Kung - Liu - Lu Hsing - Lu Yueh - Shou Hsing
Sung Chiang - Tou Mu - Yen-Wang-Yeh
Egyptian: Ra Anubis - Anhur - Apshai - Apep - Bast - Bes - Geb - Hathor - Imhotep - Isis
Nephthys - Nut - Osiris - Ptah - Seker - Set - Shu - Sobek - Tefnut - Thoth
Finnish: Ukko Ahto - Hiisi - Ilmatar - Loviatar - Mielikki - Surma - Tuonetar - Tuoni - Untamo
Greek: Zeus Aphrodite - Apollo - Ares - Ariadne - Artemis - Athena - Cronus - Demeter
Dionysus - The Furies - Gaea - Hades - Hecate - Hephaestus - Hera
Hercules - Hermes - Hestia - Nike - Pan - Poseidon - Rhea - Tyche - Uranus
Hindu: Brahama Agni - Brihaspati - Kali - Indra - Karttikeya - Lakshmi - Mitra
Puchan - Ratri - Rudra - Sarasuati - Savitri - Siva - Soma
Tvashtri - Ushas - Varuna - Vayu - Vishnu - Yama
Japanese: Izanagi & Izanami Amaterasu - Ama-Tsu-Mara - Amatsu-Mikaboshi - Hachiman - Ho Masubi
Inari - Kishijoten - Kura Okami - Nai No Kami - O-Kuni-Nushi - O-Wata-Tsu-Mi
Raiden - Shichifukujin - Shina-Tsu-Hiko - Susanoo - Tsuki-Yomi
Norse: Odin Aegir - Balder - Bragi - Forseti - Frey - Freya - Frigga - Heimdall
Hel - Hermod - Idun - Loki - Magni - Modi - Njord - Odur - Sif - Skadi
Surtr - Thor - Thrym - Tyr - Uller - Vidar
Sumerian: Enlil Inanna - Ki - Nanna-Sin - Nin-Hursag - Utu