It is natural to think that a martial epic would include depictions of men in arms. However, armor in this poem is shown as an element that transcends the function of protection for the soldier. Indeed, Homer tends to portray armor as possessing its own special aura that is distinct from the person who wears it. In one of the epic’s more emotional scenes, Hector takes off his helmet to avoid its crest from scaring Astyanax, his son. When Achilles’ armor is worn by Patroclus to alarm the Trojans and push them from the ships, Hector and Apollo promptly recognize the disguise. Later, when Patroclus’s fallen body is fought over, the corpse is taken one way and the armor another. Hector puts on the armor, but one day it will betray him. The fact that Achilles is aware of its vulnerabilities makes it easier for him to kill Hector. By the time we reach this section of the story, Achilles wears another set of armor. It has been made by the god Hephaestus, and it appears to have its own life. While the mortal body of Achilles can be wounded, Homer depicts the armor as being divine and almost impervious to attack.