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"When I was flesh, I apprenticed with Hephaestus, the maker. The War of Unification raged. We created devastating Swords to end it, but then... killed. I created Shrouds, to heal."
―Consus, mentioning his master, Hephaestus[src]
ACOD Statue of Hephaistos

Statue depicting Hephaistos in a ruined temple on Lemnos

Hephaistos, alternatively Hephaestus, was an Isu who lived during the War of Unification. He was also the teacher of Consus, another Isu.

Creations

Hephaistos was known as 'the maker' among the Isu, having created many Pieces of Eden, and at one point trained Consus, who later used his teachings to construct his own Pieces of Eden, such as the Shrouds, which helped counteract the use of the artifacts as weapons and introduce a method to heal injured Isu during the Human-Isu War.[1]

Hephaistos was also responsible for the creation of what would later be known as the Spear of Leonidas - it could be improved at the Ancient Forge.[2]

Influence and legacy

Hephaistos' memory survived among humans as a revered god of smithing and fire, forgework and volcanoes, especially in Greco-Roman mythologies. In them, he was also called The Lame One, for he was believed to have a weak leg, either as a birth defect, or as a consequence of an accident. In various stories, when Hephaistos' limp was discovered by Hera, she threw him off Olympos. Falling near the island of Lesbos, he was discovered by a number of sea deities.[2]

Many of his creations survived the end of the Isu's reign, becoming objects of divine origin among humanity.

During the 5th century BCE the islands of Thasos and Lemnos were known as the Hephaistos Islands, with the latter housing a notable temple. The volcanic island north of Argolis was called the Foundry of Hephaistos.[2]

In addition, the polis Athens housed a temple dedicated to him.[2]

Some claimed that a cave hiding curious architecture in its depths in the northern parts of Malis held Hephaistos' workshop.[2]

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