|Artworks by CO! and Bryan Lie respectively|
Region: Hellenic Republic
Humans recognized Zeus as the glorious one. What they didn't know was that all of Zeus' and the Olympians' glory came from one extraordinary mind, Hephaestus'. A master creator, a genius tinkerer, he is known mostly only as "the engineer". However, even with his superior knowledge of the world, he was born with the inability to control his physical manifestation or his "shell".
Eventually he managed to forge devices to help him master his shell, but such disability is still deemed imperfection among the Olympians circle. Shunned by the superficially minded majority, he secluded and buried himself in his work while Zeus and the rest of Hellenic Rulers reap the fruit of his labor. Athena, Hermes, and Prometheus are among the few rulers to still have Hephaestus' respect.
Realizing the Rulers are no more the advanced beings they once was, Hephaestus and Prometheus, gave the humans guidance to divinity. Knowledge is the most efficient weapon against fear. It is said that the moment Prometheus taught humans the nature of the flame, they plant the first seed of rebellion against the rulers. The action of the two rogue Rulers angered Zeus. Only with the help of Hermes and his schemes, Hephaestus was able to escape his confinement while Prometheus is forever punished for his deed.