Camp Halfblood and the tale of Thomas
God of Forges, Metalworking, and Technology
Intermediate Deity (Greek Pantheon)
Home Plane: Mount Olympus (Empire State Building, 600th floor), Junkyard of the Gods, Hephaestus’ Workshop
Alignment: Lawful Good
Portfolio: Technology, Creation, Machines, Metal, Forges, Fire
Worshipers: Mechanics, Armorers, Inventors, people who work with their hands
Cleric Alignments: Lawful Good
Domains: Fire, Strength, Knowledge
Favored Weapon: Hammer
“He wore a jumpsuit smeared with oil and grime. Hephaestus, over the chest pocket. His leg creaked and clicked in its metal brace as he stood, and his left shoulder was lower than his right, so he seemed to be leaning when he was standing up straight. His head was misshapen and bulging. He wore a permanent scowl. His black beard smoked and hissed. Every once in a while a small wildfire would erupt in his whiskers then die out. His hands were the size of catcher’s mitts…”
- The Battle of the Labyrinth, by Rick Riordan
Hephaestus, the god of the forge and fire, and the husband of Aphrodite, is the ugliest of the Olympians. The old stories say that Hera threw him off Mt. Olympus when she saw that he was deformed, other myths say that Zeus threw him off because Hephaestus took his mother’s side in an argument. Riordan combines the two accounts, saying that Hera claims Zeus did it, when she really was the one who threw Hephaestus down. According to Homer, Hephaestus is respected and honored by the other Olympians for his skills with making things.
In The Battle of the Labyrinth Percy meets Hephaestus in one of his cluttered workshops. Both mythology and the books say that his forges are under volcanoes. Hephaestus can be grumpy and prefers machines to people, but he can be kind to those who earn his trust.