Greco-Roman Deity
Pantheon: Ancient Greece
God of: Metalsmithing, Fire, Volcanoes, Artists (Sculptors), Inventors
Parents: Zeus and Hera
Spouse: Aphrodite
Children: At least six
Relatives: The Gods of Mount Olympus, and the demigod children of Zeus
Turtledove Appearances:
"Myth Manners' Guide to Greek Missology"
Satirical Fantasy
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

Hephaestus (Ἥφαιστος) is the Ancient Greek god of blacksmiths, metalworking, carpenters, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metallurgy, fire, and volcanoes. Hephaestus' Roman equivalent is Vulcan. In Greek mythology, Hephaestus was either the son of Zeus and Hera, or he was Hera's parthenogenous child, rejected by his mother because of his deformity and thrown off Mount Olympus and down to earth.

As a smithing god, Hephaestus made all the weapons of the gods in Olympus. He served as the blacksmith of the gods, and was worshipped in the manufacturing and industrial centers of Greece, particularly Athens. The cult of Hephaestus was based in Lemnos. Hephaestus' symbols are a smith's hammer, anvil, and a pair of tongs.

Hephaestus in "Myth Manners' Guide to Greek Missology"[]

While the beauteous Gorgons sunned themselves by Mount Vesuvius, where Hephaestus, aka Vulcan had his workshop, the mountaintop was surprisingly quiet. Andromeda deduced that the god was probably up at the top of the spectacular cone, peering down, leering down, at the Gorgons' spectacular cones.