Purphoros is the god of the forge, the restless earth, and fire. He rules the raw creative force of heat and energy that fills the souls of sentient beings. His energy emerges as chaos, something to be harnessed and shaped by labor and passion. For this reason, Purphoros is also the god of artisans, of obsession, and of the cycle of creation and destruction.
Purphoros wields Akmon, a large hammer whose head slightly resembles an anvil. A blow from Akmon can render the earth molten, and when it strikes metal, each spark becomes a new enchantment, some of which even take on life.
To sit in the presence of Purphoros is to be inspired. He forges the most ornate and delicate items only to dash them into flame and start again. He is reasonable yet ultimately follows no rules save his own creative and destructive impulses. Sometimes, this can mean covering a whole area with lava to make way for something new. His main flaw is that of frustration, of feeling limited and constrained. He is forever 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.
Followers of Purphoros, the god of the forge, brought the secret of bronze to Theros, leading to stronger objects and armaments than any created previously. And the most sanctified shamans of Purphoros also possess small quantities of a new metal said to have come from Purphoros's forge: iron. But it's not only smiths who worship him. Artists, human and satyr especially, seek his aid, ascending to altars on volcanic slopes to breathe deeply of the creative vapors. 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. (Opaline Unicorn)
Acolytes of Purphoros hammer the world until they see the sparks of change.
Chief among the tenets of Purphoros is that one must destroy in order to create.
"Did Purphoros bless Maikal because of his rage? Or did Maikal's rage blossom after he'd been blessed? Only the gods know." -Eocles, oracle of Purphoros (Archetype of Aggression)
It is unwise to insult the god of the forge. It is also unwise to stand near anyone else who has insulted him. (Fall of the Hammer)
Purphoros is god of creation and destruction, which makes him the most creatively destructive god in the pantheon. (Fearsome Temper)
When Purphoros cleans the ashes from his forge, entire cities vanish. (Scouring Sands)
Purphoros's blessing: sometimes a boon, sometimes a bane. Always ablaze. (Searing Blood)
Purphoros shaped the oreads out of stray coals from his forge. (Forgeborn Oreads)
The ancient dragon Thraxes sleeps in Purphoros's sacred peak. When he stirs in dreams, so does the mountain. (Magma Spray)
Sparks from Purphoros's forge fill the belly of every dragon. (Spawn of Thraxes)
Phoenixes are associated with Purphoros.