|Symbol:||Hammer and anvil|
Hephaestus, power of smiths and makers, is the son of Hera and only Hera. She created him from her own body when she found how Zeus was deceiving her with other women. In anger, Zeus hurled Hephaestus down to the Prime Material Plane, where the young young god landed badly, and was thereafter lame. The two later reconciled, and Hephaestus is now a welcome member of the pantheon. He crafts the tools they use, and makes Zeus' thunderbolts even better than the Cyclopes did when they were at their peak.
Hephaestus' realm is in an area of Olympus where volcanic activity is common. In fact, he works in the very heart of a volcano, aided by his uncles, the Cyclopes. Occasionally, the gnomish power Nebelun comes by to offer advice and help, and the two of them fashion incredible items together. It's said that Hephaestus has an ongoing rivalry with the other gods of the forge, it the dark of that ain't quite known.
Hephaestus' proxies are - following the standard Greek pantheon - his own flesh and blood. His son Palaemon can bring forth iron from the ground just by concentrating. His other son, the hero Ardalus, can fashion nearly anything with common instruments.