Day 3: The Blade of Hephaestus Picture

" Each journey or discreet foray,
Exploring mountain, cave or gorge,
With peril nigh she will display
The glow she had within the forge. "

This sword, you could say, is a little bit inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's sword, 'Sting' (used by Bilbo Baggins in 'The Hobbit' and later Frodo in 'The Lord of the Rings'). Sting's blade glows blue when Orcs are near. As my little poem above suggests, the Blade of Hephaestus works similarly: When the holder is in the presence of danger or evil beings the blade will turn red hot, just like it was while it was being forged.

I'm quite proud of this one. It didn't take too long, and its story is something I've been working on for years, and now I can share a bit of it. I thought I would base this piece and its story on a little bit of Greek mythology. Hephaestus is the blacksmith of the Olympians, also a god himself of crafting, metals, fire, etc.

While tempering, the blade itself was knocked down and vanished. It was discovered on Earth by an ancient soldier; it appeared to be an ordinary broad blade, so a blacksmith (identity unknown) designed and finished the sword for the fighter. It was said to glow while he fought in battles across the world, and he gained notoriety for being a hero. While lit, the blade would physically burn through whatever it cut, and it became the soldier's most prized possession.

In the interim of time, Hephaestus, having been exiled from Olympus, sought the blade throughout the world. When he finally found it, he was impressed with its state and legacy, and he installed a gem in the pommel that would allow the wielder to cast fire-based magic through the sword. No possessor since has discovered the blade's most powerful magic, the Bolt of Hephaestus.

Centuries later, the blade has been reintroduced to a young lad setting out for a quest. He was recited the above poem when given the sword, and set out with it (unaware of its true power) to rid the world of evil. In the adventure that follows, our hero faces moments of fear and treachery, but the Blade of Hephaestus is always there to help, and to relive its days of glory.
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