God of the Forge
Description[edit | edit source]
Purphoros is associated with the "restless earth", fire, heat, energy, labor, artisans, obsession and passion. The divine blacksmith is "reasonable" yet unrestrained, and crafts the landscape in a cycle of destruction and creation and inspires the artistic works of mortals. His forge burns in the heart of Mount Velus. Purphoros wields Akmon, a large hammer. Followers of Purphoros brought the secret of bronze to Theros, and the most sanctified shamans of Purphoros also possess small quantities of iron. Artists, human and satyr especially, worship Purphoros, and warriors give him homage when lighting a bonfire. Potters inscribe their works with markings meant to honor him.
Purphoros once loved Nylea, the god of the hunt. His passion inspired his most astounding works of art.
History[edit | edit source]
To fight the sun god Heliod, Purphoros created the Sword of Chaos, that was capable of damaging the divine. The two gods battled, disrupting the celestial resting place of an ancient and powerful Hydra: Polukranos, World Eater. Enraged, the hydra stormed through the mortal realm of Theros until it was sealed by Heliod and Nylea.
The Planeswalker Elspeth Tirel arrived in Theros during the climax of Heliod and Purphoros's battle. She saw Purphoros' sword flung from his hands, and planeswalked away with it.
In-game references[edit | edit source]
Quoted or referred to:
- Archetype of Aggression
- Demolish (Theros)
- Dreamstalker Manticore
- Fearsome Temper
- Flamecast Wheel
- Forgeborn Oreads
- Incendiary Oracle
- Magma Jet (Theros)
- Magma Spray (Journey into Nyx)
- Magmatic Insight
- Opaline Unicorn
- Scouring Sands
- Searing Blood
- Spark Jolt
- Spawn of Thraxes
- Terror of Mount Velus
Inspiration[edit | edit source]
The character of Purphoros is inspired by Hephaestus, Greek god of fire, metalworking, masons and sculptors. However, the name "Purphoros" is Greek for "torchbearer", and is usually associated with Prometheus.
References[edit | edit source]
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- The Magic Creative Team (August 21, 2013). "Planeswalker's Guide To Theros part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Theros: Godsend, Part I
- Journey into Nyx: Godsend, Part II