Hephaestus
Hephaestus
HephaestusIcon.JPG The parentage of Hephaestus is a matter of dispute, but the most common understanding is that he was the son of Hera, who conceived him by parthenogenesis in order to revenge herself upon Zeus for siring and birthing Athena without the use of a mate. Some theologians say he was cast out of Olympus by Zeus in a fit of rage, breaking both of his legs in turn; others assert that, having been born from a virgin mother, Hephaestus also happens to be impotent and lacking in that quintessential "male essence." Whatever his handicap, he also happened to be the only man "qualified" for the job of wedding the goddess Aphrodite. The one time he was inspired to erection was with love for the virgin Athena, but he only managed to drip a little semen on her thigh. Hephaestus.jpg

Common History

Hephaestus is the god of fire, metalworking, stone masonry, forges and the art of sculpture. He is the son of Zeus and Hera and married to Aphrodite by Zeus to prevent a war of the gods fighting for her hand. As a smithing god he is known for making all of the weapons for Kobol and acting as a blacksmith for the Lords and Ladies. As such he's widely worshipped in the manufacturing and industrial centers of the colonies, particularly Troy. Hephaestus' symbols are a smith's hammer, anvil, and a pair of tongs

The cult of Hephaestus is based on the island of Lemnos on Canceron but sometimes side temples can be found to him in temples of Athena, due to their joint roles of teaching various skills to mortals.

He is not a popular god in some areas though, as there are those amongst the high priesthoods of the Faith who hold his followers responsible for the initial creation of the cylons. His joy in creation, and especially moving metal machines, leading them to believe his hand must have guided those scientist and engineers that worked on the project.

Related Colony

  • Canceron: Without a colony of his own to watch over, Hephaestus was left to play second fiddle to Hades on Canceron. Some blame this on the hard conditions of a forge, others on the wide spread of primary industry on the planet before the First Cylon War.
  • Troy: Not a colony in it's own right, but too big to be a simple outpost, the people of Troy were mostly miners used to working under hab-domes in harsh conditions. It's not so surprising that a Lord focused on hard work with raw materials became so popular there.

Common Rituals

While not one of those directly honoured at the Armilustrium he shares several of his festivals with Athena, specifically those based on knowledge and skills. Few large infrasturcture projects are started without the blessings of his Priesthood, and many smiths will devote a day a year in their forges to produce an item that shows off their skill which is then offered over to the temple as tribute.

Cults and Sects

  • Khalkeús: The Coppersmiths started out on Canceron as a professional guild, and your rank within it was testiment to your smithing skill. Hiring a Khalkeús for a job meant you kne you were getting a craftsman of quality, and people paid extra for that prestigue. As the smithing industry, and copper in particular, started to die out they became more of a dining club for smiths of all specalties, and eventually went on to accept anyone who followed Hephaestus, although their iconography still remains as the tools of their almost extinct trade. There have been rumours over the years that they're actually a secret society, working to promote their members into positions of high authority, but nothing has ever been proven.
  • Guardians of the Forge of Mount Aetna: It's perhaps not surprising that the Lord of Smiths and Forges has followers that find themselves attracted towards volcanoes. Mountains the spew fire? Sure, that seems on point. The Guardians of the Forge of Mount Aetna are one of the more extreme sects though, having founded a compound at the foot of Mount Aetna on Canceron. It's still an active volcano, but they're property is positioned away from the most common lava paths. Those who live within the walls tend to be smiths who want to find ways to use the heat of the mountainin their crafting, but there's a small number of geologists there too, monitoring the mountain, and trying to create predictions for eruptions as well as hazard maps for the surrounding area.

Hymn

Strong, mighty Hephaestus , bearing splendid light,
Unweary'd fire, with flaming torrents bright:
Strong-handed, deathless, and of art divine,
Pure element, a portion of the world is thine:
All-taming artist, all-diffusive pow'r,
'Tis thine supreme, all substance to devour:
Æther, Sun, Moon, and Stars, light pure and clear,
For these thy lucid parts to men appear.
To thee, all dwellings, cities, tribes belong,
Diffus'd thro' mortal bodies bright and strong.
Hear, blessed power, to holy rites incline,
And all propitious on the incense shine:
Suppress the rage of fires unweary'd frame,
And still preserve our nature's vital flame.

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