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Your Field Guide to Spotting Hephaestus (Vulcan)

You're looking for Hephaestus, huh? Well, he's not too hard to pick out of a crowd. Not to be rude or anything, but he's kind of an ugly guy. Compared to the other gods, he's short and hunched over, and he walks with a limp. As a blacksmith, though, he's super buff. You won't be able to miss this god's muscles. You should really swing by Hephaestus' forge and go have a talk with him. He's a good guy and, well... he doesn't exactly have a lot of friends.

Physical Description

Sex: Male
Age: Middle aged
Build: Short, muscular, hunched over
Complexion: Pale, though sometimes a bit covered in soot
Hair Color: Brown, black, or gray
Facial Hair: A full beard
Scars/Marks/Tattoos: Burns, soot stains, and a lame foot
Jewelry and Accessories: Rarely seen without his blacksmith hammer and anvil
Clothing: Loincloth
Armor: Though he makes armor, he doesn't wear it; armor gets in the way of his work
Type of Weapon: Hammer, axe

Typical Companions

  • Cyclopes
  • Automatons (clockwork robots)
  • His wife, Aphrodite
  • Eros (Cupid), Aphrodite's son

Known Hangouts

  • The Forge a.k.a. his blacksmith workshop
  • Lemnos, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, where he lived after Hera cast him off; Hephaestus made the island his second home and has his forge here under a volcano
  • Automotive factories, Detroit
  • Near volcanoes (everyone likes an excuse to visit Hawaii)

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