Purphoros, God of the Forge
All the world is Purphoros' anvil.
A god of earth, fire, and intense passion.
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Purphoros is associated with the forge. He rules the creative force of heat and energy in the souls of sentient beings: this energy is chaotic, something that needs to be harnessed and shaped by labor and passion. For this reason, Purphoros is also the god of artisans, or obsession, and the cycle of creation and destruction. His forge burns in the heart of Mount Velus, protected by an Old Guard of Dwarfs. The mere presence of Purphoros is inspiring. He forges the most ornate and delicate items, only to dash them into flame and start again. Purphoros once loved Nylea. His passion inspired his most astounding works of art. The divine blacksmith is reasonable yet unrestrained, following no rules save his own creative and destructive impulses. Sometimes, this means covering a whole area with lava to make way for something new. Purphoros' main flaw is that he feels himself easily frustrated, limited and constrained. For this reason, he's always pushing against the barriers of mortal imagination, sensing that there is much more to express. This can cause him to plummet into despondency and then lash out at the world with raw destruction.
Purphoros, God of the Forge by Eric Deschamps
TO KILL A GOD
Purphoros had a deep rivalry with Heliod. They were the most worshiped of the gods and the most powerful. Their feuds often ended up with battles where neither could slay the other. Their hatred was insatiable and grew as along with their jealousy. Purphoros was more creative and innovative, and through his forge created the Sword of Chaos, a weapon that was capable of damaging the divine and could block out the sky itself in darkness.
SHAKING THE FOUNDATIONS
Confident in his new weapon, Purphoros set out for a final battle with the God of the Sun. Their battle raged, and the Forge God with his sword managed to achieve many wounds on the once invincible Heliod. Such a fierce battle sent tremors throughout the heavens that woke many foul and powerful beasts that stormed into the mortal realm until they were sealed away by Heliod and Nylea. During the battle Purphoros was disarmed by Heliod where his sword fell from the heavens. It was stolen by a mortal who has kept it within their family ever since. The battle eventually ended with Purphoros only able to claim a moral victory for being able to wound the Sun God.
Heliod eventually intructed his champion Daxos to remove all trace of all the other gods from the plane. Purphoros and the other gods, refusing to stand for such an affront, called upon their own champions from the Underworld. Purphoros' chosen warrior was Anax, once king of the old city of Akros. The champion of the gods was just as fierce as their own, but overwhelmed Daxos was defeated and Heliod's plan was put to a stop. Purphoros, tired of these squabbles, set out plans to recast all the world into the fires of his own invention.
Purphoros's Intervention by Aleksi Briclot
The destruction of a god.
Worshiped byIzzet League
Holy WeaponGreat Hammer
Divine SymbolHammer and Anvil
Religious ColorsRed, Black, Gold
EdictsArt, Creation, Obsession, Passion, Destruction
Professional SkillsSkills that Priests may teach at major temples and gatherings
Devotion, Exhort, Art, Craft (Art and Craft skills may differ between temples.)
TheismClerics of Purphoros are given access to the powers he offers. Some miracles are restricted to more trusted or higher ranking members of this religion.
CommandmentsTrue worshipers of Purphoros follow his commandments carefully, with those who ignore or are ignorant of such laws may find themselves praying to deaf ears, or worse.
- Never hold on to your creations, for it must be recast into the fire and be remade better than before.
- Always strive to improve, never linger and stay content.
- Keep your forges alive, your chisels sharp, and your brushes clean.
- There is beauty in death and destruction, for whatever rises after will surpass it.