Hephaestus

It isn’t easy being a brilliant inventor, always alone. Always misunderstood.

Rick Riordan

Know Your God

Height: 6’3

Weight: 230 lbs 

Hair Color: longish, curly, and dark brown  

Facial Hair: short beard 

Eyes: brown 

Distinguishing Features: a slight limp, not easily noticeable if you’re not looking for it

Family 

Parents:  Zeus and Hera

Siblings:  Many

Spouse: None

Children: None

Professions

Down the ages, I worked with the highest technology available, which usually involved a forge and bellows. These days, I’ve grown more diverse: I own Transpheri Technologies, a space startup on the Gulf Coast of Florida, which also devises technological solutions to the greatest problems that people bring to us. I recruit the best and brightest, and so far, none have realized that I’m anything more than a rich, eccentric mortal.

Residence

Apartment on the grounds of Transpheri Technologies in Florida

Personal Information

General Overview: I lived from ancient times to modern in the company of the other gods, for whom I crafted unique weapons, defences, and other artifacts. For all of that time, I was primitive, hot-tempered, and full of issues. Happiness eluded me, especially in my marriage to Aphrodite.  Finally, I holed up in an apartment on Crete, determined to figure out what was wrong and how to live a life I could enjoy. One day, a man appeared out of thin air and introduced himself as the sorcerer Hermes Trismegistus. He told me that he could help me in my quest; then he sent me back through time to the days of ancient Greece, to live my life again. This time, I avoided the gods (especially my younger self) and lived among mortals, eventually passing myself off as one of them. Travelling the world and befriending mortals, learning to think and live as they did, I grew to admire them greatly and care deeply for them. In time, I essentially lost the memory of my first passage through the ages, rarely remembering anything, not of my second life. My chief concern became the progress of mortal intellect and science, and ultimately I lent a hand to the process. After some decades of working on steam engines, then airplanes, I founded Transpheri Technologies in 1971. This is a space startup, but also a source of technological solutions for the biggest problems in the world, especially those problems that cannot be made public. To this end, I’ve recruited a team of experts and geniuses who actually create most of the solutions themselves; they fill me with pride. As I’ve recently begun to regain my memories of the other gods from my first life, I foresee a time when they come to me for my solutions to their problems, as they once did.

Nicknames: N/A

Likes: N/A

Dislikes: N/A

Flaws / Weaknesses

None

Skills / Abilities

Immortality – I am technically immortal. I am immune to the effects of ageing, cannot die by any conventional means, and am immune to all known mortal diseases and infections.

Babble-speak – I can communicate in all languages and dialects. 

Heating metal – through concentration, I can heat metal in my sight to very high temperatures. Extreme night vision – I can adjust my vision to work in practically absolute darkness.

Life detection – through extreme concentration, I can sense the presence of all physical and nonphysical entities within a significant area.

Deflection – a mild form of mental persuasion that keeps people from noticing certain unusual traits of mine, notably my mortal business associates. For instance, they tend not to realize that I have not physically aged in the nearly fifty years since I founded Transpheri Technologies.

Crafting – surpassing skill in building and inventing anything at any technological level.

Personal Attire

Normal Daily Wear: I wear suits when I must, mainly in dealing with high-income customers. Otherwise, I normally wear ordinary street clothes: jeans, button-down shirts or T-shirts.

Alternative Dress Wear: N/A

Magical Artifacts/Weapons

A unique multipurpose weapon somewhat resembling a rifle, but capable of producing an intense, destructive beam.

Introduction written by Steve Lenker

From an early age, Hephaestus has been used to taking care of himself. This started when, shortly after his birth, Zeus threw him out of Olympus for having been born with a deformed foot. Being a god, he bounced back quickly from this pitfall. He took to the company of mortals, learned all that they knew of metalworking, and came to excel at the crafting of unparalleled weapons and armor suitable for deities. Championing the growth of science and the exercise of reason, he grew to admire and befriend mortals who exhibited these traits.

With the rise of modern civilization, Hephaestus roused himself from an extended period of inactivity and paid close attention to the growing body of scientific knowledge. Finally, in the twentieth century, he founded a company that contributed to the aerospace industry. Now the company, Transpheri Technologies, is a space startup as well as a consulting firm for the solving of great problems through innovative technology. Hephaestus himself contributes a few of the ideas, but he prefers to cultivate such creative thinking among his employees. He closely guards the secret of his divinity from mortals, preferring instead to be regarded “merely” as the billionaire owner/CEO of the extensive Transpheri facilities in southern Fl

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