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Hephaestus

A Glossary for those who are not too familiar with Greek (or should I say Danann) Mythology

Will be updated with future relevancy in the series.

Achilles: The mightiest Danann champion during the Trojan War, said to be the strongest of his kind due to the prophecy that all children of Thetis are to be better than their fathers and their father's fathers. Son of Thetis and Peleus, an Argonaut (though not necessarily of Thetis' consent). Was raised as a girl among Lycomedes' daughters as a means for Thetis to protect her son. Slew countless Trojans yet did not truly embraced his ill fate of dying in battle until the fall of his beloved friend Patroclus. "Brother" of Hephaestus by Thetis.

Adamantine: A term used by the works made by Hephaestus that are indestructible by their very nature. They cannot be destroyed by conventional means and never dull. The crafts of the gods made by Hephaestus and some of the gifts he bestows to mortals are blessed with this trait. Such crafts include Talaria (the Winged sandals of Hermes), the chariot of Helios, the shields of Achilles, Aeneis and Hercules, the girdle of Aphrodite, the chains of Prometheus, etc.

Aeneis: The last of the Trojan Heroes. He is a son of Aphrodite and thus is notably very handsome. He did not fight in the final day of Troy's fall as Aphrodite had her run away to preserve and save his people not already captured by the Dananns and forced into slavery. His father, wife, lover and friends have died on his journey to Latium. He would marry a Latin woman and his descendents would eventually become the Romans, most notably starting with Romulus and Remus.

Aphrodite: The Goddess of Love and Beauty. She is also identified as a Goddess of Sex, even though Eros has the reins on this vocation. She is the wife of Hephaestus, but it notably unfaithful to her husband. She has had millions of scandalous relationships, both known and unknown to her husband. She is the daughter of Uranus by technicality.

Aphrodite's Girdle: A tool made by Hephaestus that makes the wearer even more irresistible. Used by Hera in the Trojan War to seduce Zeus.

Apollo: God of Light, Music, Healing, Prophecy and Knowledge. He is the twin brother of Artemis and the son of Zeus and Leto. He commonly speaks through oracles as his words are noted to be absolute truth and this is even hard for gods to take in. Due to the Romans, people commonly mistaken him for Helios as the God of the Sun. Is also noted as the God of Plauges due to being one of Healing.

Ares: The handsome God of War. He notably is a coward when faced with a battle he cannot win. Noted to be a jerk. Also noted to be slightly weaker than Hephaestus, regardless of the fact that the latter is a cripple. Had an affair with Aphrodite, though may be out of spite for Hephaestus.

Artemis: Goddess of Virginity, the Wild and the Hunt. Twin sister of Apollo and the daughter of Zeus and Leto. Just as Apollo is mistaken for Helios, so too is she mistaken for Selene as the Goddess of the Moon. She had one love Orion, whom unfortunately perished. Since then, she became the matron of virgins. Has a noted arrary of tools (like bow and arrow and spears) and animals (boars, deer, hawks, etc) associated with her.

Athena: The Goddess of Virtue and Heroes. She was born from Zeus' head after he swallowed his first queen Metis, ally to him in the War of the Titans. She is patron goddess of Athens along with Hephaestus. Her city state stood rival to Sparta, the city state of Ares.

Athens: The city prided by Athena. It is noted as a city-state of philosophers and craftsman. Hephaestus and Athena are the noted patron god and goddess of the city. Poseidon and Athena once had a contest to see which one would patron Athens, Athena being the winner.

Atlas: The Titan who holds the sky up after the War of the Titans. He was a general of the Titans who fought against the Olympians and lost. COntrary to contemporary beliefs, he did not hold the earth up. As the sky is a dome over Gaia, he stands at the center of the world to hold up the sky too weak to support its weight after the War as punishment for being so mighty a Titan.

Bacchus: The Latin name of Dionysus. SEE DIONYSUS

Charon: The Ferryman of the Underworld. He is commonly depicted as ferrying soul either over the River Styx (Hate) or the River Acheron (Pain). While contemporarily depicted as a more morbid ferryman, in Classic Greek art he is depicted as a mere Athenian sailor. He is only allowed to immediately ferry souls with an obol (offering coin) in their mouths over to the Underworld. Otherwise, all other souls are to wait for a century on the shores of said Underworld River.

Chronos: The God of Time. He predates the birth of the Titans though is commonly put in the same category as them. His usual appearance is that of an old man with wings and a sycthe. Due to his name being similar to Cronus, it is common for people to associate the two gods even though in class Greek tales they are distinct and share no common theme other than being associated with a sycthe.

Crete: The land where King Minos ruled. It is home to the legendary Labyrinth which Daedalus built to house the accursed Minotaur. Daedalus himself would be imprisoned here and would make his escape with his son from said land. Also home to Crete is the metallic behemoth Talos, whom Hephaestus built to protect the line of Minos.

Cronus: The son of Uranus and Gaia, plus the father of the original Olympians by his sister Rhea. He was dethroned by Zeus during the Great Titan War. Some legends state he was thrown into Tartarus. The Latin believed he fled to Latium and ruled there in a Golden Age after the War.

Cyclopes: The one-eyed behemoths originally born of Gaia. Some are noted to be man-eating savages, other are noted for being great craftsman. The noted craftsman Cyclopes are employed by Hephaestus: Brontes (the "Thunderer"), Steropes (the "Lightning), and Arges (the "Bright")

Daedalus: The greatest Danann craftsman in all of Greece. He is noted for creating the Labyrinth for King Minos in Crete for the minotaur and creating the wings that flew him to Sicily. He was the father of Icarus and would invent the famed wings to which his son flew and fell. He is noted to be of Athenian origin in his early years.

Danann: The proper name of the Greeks during the Age of city states. They are noted for being mortal and worshippers of the divine, though they have free will with what they can do with their lives like the divine.

Demeter: Goddess of the Fauna of the Earth, Agriculture, and Harvest. Middle child of Cronus by natural birth and after being freed from Cronus' stomach. When her daughter was married to Hades and thus could only return to Olympus every half a year, Demeter's sadness caused the fluxuation of bounty and famine of plant life and thus the seasons were created. In some accounts, she would surrender her title of Olympian to Dionysus.

Dionysus: The God of Wine and Madness. He is also identified with drastic change and chaos. He is the noted friend of Hephaestus, even though it was Dionysus who tricked Hephaestus into coming to Olympus. He is noted to be a heavy drinker yet a mellow guy.

Europa: A lover of Zeus who would become mother of King Minos in Crete. Hera tried to get at her so Zeus had Hephaestus build a giant adamantine golem named Talos to protect her and her descendents.

Fates: The primordial Goddesses of Past, Present and Future. They mark the creation, lifetime and destruction of all matters; mortal and divine.

Hades: The God of the Underworld and Afterlife. Second eldest of Cronus by natural birth yet became the second youngest after being freed from Cronus' stomach. As the Romans identified him with Plutus, an earlier god of riches, by his named Pluto he is noted as a God of Wealth as well. Though one of the original six Olympians to overthrow the Titans, he is not among the contemporary twelve worshipped by the Dananns. Contrary to popular belief, he is NOT the God of Death.

Helios: The Titan of the Sun. He pulls the Sun by a chariot that Hephaestus invented. He is noted as Apollo in the Gaelic pagan faiths. He feels unappreciated since Apollo gets most of his credited work.

Hephaestus/Hephaistos: The titular character of our series. He is the God of Fire and Craftsmanship. In this series, he is noted for being a cripple and heavy smoker, and mostly feels unappreciated. He can't hold his own with alcohol.

Hera: The Queen of the Gods and Goddess of Marriage. Second youngest of Cronus by natural birth yet became the second eldest after being released from Cronus' stomach. She is noted for being the jealous wife of Zeus and would stop at nothing to ruin the lives of his lovers. She is also discriminate when it comes to unappealing babies, as with the case of Hephaestus.

Hermes: The second youngest of the Olympians and the God of Messengers, Thieves, Merchants, Travel, etc. He is most known of the Olympian Gods to interact with mortals in their quest for heroism. His winged shoes the Talaria were made by Hephaestus. He is the child of Zeus and Maia.

Hestia: Goddess of the Hearth. Eldest child by natural birth yet became the youngest after being released from Cronus' stomach. As the Goddess of the Hearth, she was commonly stuck in her duty as the fire of cooking was seldom mobile. Thus, she didn't take into the antics of her peers. She was one of the original six Olympians. On some accounts, she gave her position of Olympian to Dionysus. Poseidon was noted to be one of the many gods who attempted to woo her, yet her dedication to her position has made her a virgin goddess as he had no lover.

Icarus/Ikaros: The son of Daedalus and Naucrate. He is famed for his tragic demise. When Daedalus was imprisoned by King Minos as a means to keep the secrets of the Labyrinth, his son followed him to imprisonment in a high tower overlooking Crete's shores. However, Daedalus would be inspired to build artificial wax and feathered wings for him and his son as a means to escape. Yet, the tragedy is made when Icarus attempted to fly too close to Helios (the Sun) and his wax-made wings melted, sending the youth to his demise. The sea where Icarus fell is now today known as the Icarian Sea.

Labyrinth: The maze created by Daedalus. It housed the Minotaur in Crete. People were sacrificed in it from Athens until Theseus conquered the Maze and slew the Minotaur.

Latin: Those destined to be the Roman people. They are noted for their virtue. They would later adopt the Greek Olympians as their own gods as well. Some say that their future line would consist of Trojan refugees.

Latium: The homeland of the Latin people. The crucial starting point to what will become the Roman Empire.

Minos: The Danann King of Crete. He is known as a just judge. His wife gave birth to the Minotaur by a bull. He had Daedalus create the Labyrinth to house the creature and then kept Daedalus and his son Icarus as prisoner. After death, he becomes one of three judges of the Dead.

Momus: The God of satire, mockery, unfair criticism, and unfair blame. He is the son of Nyx (Night) and therefore the brother of Eris, Goddess of Discord, and the half-brother of Thanatos (Death) and Hypnos (Sleep). He was one of the rare Gods who lived on Olympus despite not being of Cronus' lineage. He was noted for mocking all the other Gods, especially Hephaestus. His one exception was Aphrodite, who he complained the least about. He was eventually kicked out of Olympus by Zeus when he mocked the King of the Gods for being lustful and violent. In this series, Momus has bisected himself into two synchronized entities.

Muses: They are the goddesses of the arts. (MORE TO COME WITH RELEVANCY)

Naucrate: Mother of Icarus by Daedalus. Born the servant/slave of King Minos.

Nereids: The daughters of Nereus, the Old Man of the Sea. They number fifty in their ranks and are sea nymphs, though more than fifty are recognized. They are associated with the Aegean Sea as opposed to the Oceanids who are associated with the outer ocean. Thetis is commonly associated as their leader.

Nereus: The Old Man of the Sea. He is a Titan who ruled over the Sea before Poseidon, as Oceanus was the Sea itself. He fell from power after the Olympians became the dominant clan of gods in the Danann world. He was known for his prophecy. Myths relating to him were eventually associated with Triton, son of Poseidon, with time.

Nike: Goddess of Victory. She and her siblings are close companions of Zeus. She heralds victory in battles and in sport. She is commonly associated with Athena nowadays as part of the Olympian's many identities. She has wings on her back and can fly.

Olympians: The ruling class of the Gods in Greece that dwell in one central location, the summit of Mount Olympus. The majority of them are descended from the line of Cronus and the majority of their younger members are fathered by Zeus. They are made up of Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Ares, Athena, Hephaestus, Hermes, Dionysus, Hestia, and Poseidon. Helios is in the group by technicality, even though he is a Titan. Demeter and Hades also are counted among them though the former succeeded her power to Dionysus and the later dwells in the Underworld.

Olympus: The home of the Olympic Gods, on the summit of Mt. Olympus. Most of the craftsmanship is done by Hephaestus himself.

Peleus: An Argonaut and noted father of Achilles, the greatest Danann hero. There were cults to this hero. He used deception with the help of Zeus to force Thetis into marrying him and bearing his children. In his youth, he ran away from home after accidentally killing his half-brother.

Poseidon: God of the Land, the Sea, and Horses. Second child of Cronus by both natural birth and regurgitation. In his original cult, he is depicted more of a shore god and was promoted to God of the Sea after the fall of Nereus, Thetis' father, after the War of the Titans. Still loves the shore and horses even though his kingdom and domain now resides in the ocean deep.

Pythia: The title given to women who become Oracles of Apollo at Delphi. Women chosen to become Oracles tend to be judged pure of heart by the community and dedicate the entirety of their lives to the cause of Apollo once they accept their task to aid the light god in his prophecies to mortals.

Saturn: The Latin name of Cronus. Latin people identify themselves better with Saturn (thus calling themselves "Saturian"). SEE CRONUS

Talaraia: The winged sandals of Hermes made by Hephaestus himself. They grant their user the power of flight. They are also indestructible as it was made with the same Adamantine metals used in all legendary arms of Hephaestus.

Thetis: A sea nymph who raised Hephaestus when he was young. She is the leader of the sea nymphs (also known as the Nereids). She holds great importance to him. She would later be forced to marry a mortal Peleus against her will. By this mortal she would mother the greatest of the Greek heroes: Achilles.

Titan: The gods who ruled the Earth before the Olympians. They are noted for their large sizes. Those who opposed Zeus during the Titanomachy (the Great Titan War) were cast in chains into the deepest crevices of Tartarus. Those who were neutral in the conflict were granted amnesty and allowed to continue on with their routine. Those who supported the Olympians were made allies and allowed to live on Mount Olympus. The females of the race are known as Titanesses.

Uranus: The Titan of the Skies. He fathered the second generation of Gods by Gaia. Was overthrown by Cronus and was castrated. His cut off flesh gave birth to Aphrodite.

Venus: The Latin name of Aphrodite. SEE APHRODITE

Vulcan/ Vulcanus: The Latin name of Hephaestus. SEE HEPHAESTUS

Vulcania: The legendary home of Hephaestus. It is here that he crafts some of the magnificent gifts to the gods. It is said to be on the island of Lemnos.

Zeus: The King of the Gods. He overthrew his father Cronus in order to get power for him and his siblings. Though the youngest in natural birth, he became the eldest after he released his siblings from their suspended state in Cronus' stomach. He is noted for having an overactive libido.

Zeus' Lightning: A spear-like weapon that creates sound and heat. Originally invented by the Cyclopes, Hephaestus perfected the weapon into a more potent tool for the King of the Gods.