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Hammer of Hephaestus

Wondrous item, artifact (requires attunement)

Hephaestus is the Olympian god of the forge, craftsmen, fire, and sculpture. His legacy as the greatest craftsman of all time is nigh undeniable as he forges the weapons, tools, and art of the divine and mortals alike. The sheer magical resonance imbued into his work is enough to bring life to lifeless objects and imbue godly power into mere metal. At a young age, his mother Hera threw him from Mount Olympus in an act of cruelty. For the rest of his immortal life, he has walked with a limp. Despite this and the occasional ire of other gods, Hephaestus is consistently one of the most useful and supportive members of the Olympian pantheon.

Essence of Magic. This craftsman’s hammer can be used to create magic items. You can only create a magic item if you have seen the effects in person. The item you create does not need to resemble the original but may copy the magical effects. You require 1d4 hours to create a common item, 1d4 days for an uncommon item, 1d4 weeks for a rare item, and 1d4 months for a very rare item.

Essence Transfer. Over the course of a long rest, you may craft a non-magical item and transfer the effects of an existing magic item to the newly crafted piece. This process is risky and has a 10 percent chance of failing, destroying both items. This process does not work on cursed, legendary, or artifact items. Summon Automaton. Once per day, you may summon an Automaton Assistant (use the statistics for Animated Armor CR 1). This man of metal and gears will assist you in the forge and does not require food or rest. The automaton is not built for violence and cannot be used for combat outside defending the forge itself.

Spontaneous Life. The mundane objects you craft can be infused with a facsimile of life. Statues you carve move in place and react to their surroundings. Tools and weapons you create may speak to their wielder or move without being touched. The possibilities of these creations are endless.

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