Guide to Solaris

by Annie Stein
Welcome to Solaris, traveller! Let me get you up to speed.
Solaris is a soft science fiction webcomic set in our own universe, kind of. Learn more by continuing to read, or click here to be taken to the comic.
Q:Where am I?   You're still in the system known as Sol. Except this time each planet is habitable and developed its own life. The people are humanoid, mostly.
Q:I heard something about a comic?   Oh yes! The main comic is still in development, but you can read the first few pages of Little Blue if you click here.  
Q:What's going on?   Sol is invading. The resentful sun sends its angelic armies: the Scourge. For now, they're being held back at Mercury by Penumbra.
by Annie Stein
What is this?
This article is a primer: an article aimed at introducing you to the world of Solaris. It will briefly touch on topics you might like to know before digging in, and has tons of links to articles that go into more detail.
Parental Guidance: Solaris is not intended for a young audience, but for teens and adults. It is focused on a fantasy battle against angelic beings. The violence is not realistic, but still graphic. Some of the art and illustrations feature mild nudity. It is a queer story, focused on a lesbian couple. There is room for everything under the rainbow, including trans and poly characters.
Text with a bold underline are tooltips. If you hover your mouse over the text, you'll see a small box appear with extra information. On mobile press and hold the underlined text. In this article, you will see that images and links will generally also have more information that shows up when you hover over it.

Q: Where are we?

We are in Sol in the year of 220022. I think you're familiar with this solar system. Except here the outer planets aren't just balls of gas, and there's life on each and every planet. These lifeforms developed independently, and met each other during the Early Spacefaring age. No need for a history lesson though.   Let me give you a quick rundown of each planet, and the humanoids native to them.

Inner World

Icon depicting the planet Mercury

Mori Kara
Icon depicting the planet Earth

Icon depicting the planet Mars


Outer World

Icon depicting the planet Jupiter

Icon depicting the planet Saturn

Icon depicting the planet Uranus

Sirenes Harpids
Icon depicting the planet Neptune


Q: What's going on?

What isn't going on? The Sun turned on us! It is sending out legions of Scourge. We thought it was over when the Keystone of Mercury sacrificed herself to chain the sun, but it started up again just a few years later. Thank heavens for Penumbra!

Q: What's a Keystone?

Each planet choses a person, typically a woman, and imbues her with part of their power. In the ancient times people worshiped them as gods. We don't do that anymore, except maybe on Jupiter, but even there she's more like head priestess than, you know.

Current Events

1. Sol has turned on its own system. The angels who once guided humanity are now Scourge hellbent on destruction. The sustained collaboration of the planets has, for now, succeeded in containing the fight to Mercury.
2. The last Keystone of Mercury sacrificed herself to chain the Sun and contain the invasion. She left no known heir, and with the majority of the population seeking asylum all across the solar system finding the next Keystone may prove to be quite the challenge.
3. Shipments are being lost when traveling between Saturn and Jupiter. Rumours say these aren't independent pirates, but privateers. The question then is, who are they working for?
4. Tensions are at an all time high over the disputes over who exactly own the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter, especially now that the Belter Independence Movement is gaining traction.

Q: Where should I start?

Our story begins on Mercury. Penumbra is holding the Solar Invasion back, but not making any progress towards ending it. To aid Penumbra, Neptune has sent one of their Sentinels.   Sentinels are individuals who are recruited to defend the Sol system against outside threats. Sentinels sacrifice everything by honing themselves into weapons. This is the first time one has been deployed to defend against an internal threat.

Q: Where next?

The world is your oyster. Find a link that intrigues you, and go explore. If you'd like a random suggestion, use the random article generator below this article. If you want to see what I've written recently, look no further than the navigation bar. This will be on the side of your screen on desktop or under the button labelled on mobile.
Learn more about Solaris: About Solaris · Meta
Explore the Categories: Inner World · Outer World · Appendices · Spacecraft Index
Tags and Organisation: Tag Overview · Index A-Z
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Author's Notes

I would like to thank the Lodge for helping me make this article as good as it could be.

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27 Dec, 2022 16:57

Great stuff and a wonderful layout. So cool to see how your world(s)building is progressing!

My world and three articles have been nominated for World Anvil's Worldbuilding Awards 2022. Please look over the candidates and I'd love your vote if you like my work!

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
27 Dec, 2022 17:13

Thank you so much!

Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022
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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
27 Dec, 2022 18:03

This is a really great introduction! I love the way you've structure this and managed to explain all the essential points :D

To see what I am up to:WE list of articles and goals.
Sage nnie
Annie Stein
27 Dec, 2022 18:23

Thank you!

Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022
27 Dec, 2022 23:12

This is one of the most clear introductions i have seen so far. Great work! And it even reads well on phone as i am doing right now :p

Feel free to check out my February Bestiary page if you want to see what I am up to!
Sage nnie
Annie Stein
28 Dec, 2022 09:45

Thank you! Glad to hear it works on mobile, i did try to make sure things lined up correctly.

Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022
3 Jan, 2023 01:47

This is so well-done! I love that it's not overwhelming with information but it's still informative and there's so much to explore.

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
3 Jan, 2023 09:03

Thank you so much!

Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022
6 Jan, 2023 09:25

This is such a fantastic opening to guide new readers to the setting. I adore the planet/species art with tooltip for more information - it is such a great way to introduce things. And we get more Blue! :D

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
Sage nnie
Annie Stein
6 Jan, 2023 09:58

Thank you so much!

Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022
15 Jan, 2023 00:38

This is such wonderful work. Technology and writing skill blending beautifully. I got very distracted trying to figure out what was wrong with Earth in the chart, though. LOL There's so much richness to your galaxy building here. Just beautifully done.

Deleyna - Check out my latest work at The Spaceport to see what happens when an alien walks into a bar...
Sage nnie
Annie Stein
15 Jan, 2023 11:07

Thank you! I'm surprised people aren't as familiar with earth's alternative name, but I think using it helps clue people in that our planet isn't much like our own.

Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022
15 Jan, 2023 18:52

It was more the n/a in what I suspected was the species that had me confused. "Where did the humans go?" was one of my first thoughts, and that's not bad because it had me searching for answers.

Deleyna - Check out my latest work at The Spaceport to see what happens when an alien walks into a bar...
28 Jan, 2023 14:39

Really a great overview article - that's what I thought when I actually used it to get a deeper overview. To be honest, I hadn't previously thought that overviews could be solved in this way. Above all, so short and clear, but at the same time linking in detail to background information (sometimes with the second or third click). If I still manage it, it will be included in my Reading Challenge.

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
28 Jan, 2023 17:33

Thank you! Sometimes the challenge is holding back.

Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022