Hekel is the God of Deception in the D-Verse, and one of the original members of the Pantheon.
Physical appearance Edit
He whose mess of curls is an unassuming dark brown, fit for the King of Rogues;
- whose fair skin beams with perfectly assumed false honesty;
- whose dark red eyes sparkle like rubies in the fist of a confidence man, forever just out of reach.
The God of Deception, when not engaged in mischief, presents a disarmingly charming front - doubly deceptive because it is identical to his true personality. Every bit of his appearance lends itself specifically to that goal, just as described in the passage above, although the words in no way do the reality justice. His posture, the way he moves, his dazzling smile; his slim, almost sinuously graceful, yet completely unthreatening form; even the way he makes an entrance, or an exit; all these things Hekel specifically employs to further his various pursuits.
"Of All Creation" continues its description of Hekel with the words below.
The Trickster God, the Jester, the Master of Masks; Hekel is a lover of stratagems, ruses, jokes, and all things clever. Ever adored, never trusted by any but the foolish, he brings smiles and laughter to creation as often as groans and misery, never too far from Freyja's watchful gaze.
For the vast majority of his interaction with the rest of all creation, Hekel is anything but serious and straightforward, being the polar opposite of his consort Freyja. He rarely stops trying to bend, sidestep, or otherwise subvert the rules and restrictions he finds, whether mortal or divine; and yet when the occasion calls for it, the God of Deception simply turns on his charm and makes amends as no one else can. It never hurts to remember that Deception is only Hekel's domain, not the whole of his being.
The God of Deception makes the most use of Avatars, far more than even Rosewood; Dio considers his haphazard approach to interfering with the course of events an acceptable process, and so Hekel's Avatars are deeply ingrained in almost every single culture or civilization at some point in its history (apart from those he deliberately avoids, for his own reasons). He also stands apart as the only Deity to use animal forms in his meddling on a regular basis.
An Avatar of Deception may often be recognized - by the wary and observant, at least - by its hat, though the form it takes may be very non-traditional. Hekel simply adores hats, and is never without one even when using his true form; as the archetype for illusionists and stage magicians everywhere, he frequently uses his own nameless shapeshifting hat to both deposit and withdraw (not necessarily in that order) anything imaginable whenever he fancies it.