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Guide to Solaris

Welcome to Solaris, traveller! This is a slower-than-light science fantasy set in our own solar system.
About Solaris | Guide to Solaris | Prologue
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 intended 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, the only known system with life on each planet. Let me give you a quick rundown of each, and the humanoids native to them.

Inner World


Outer World

Icon depicting the planet Jupiter

Daphnae Minos
Icon depicting the planet Saturn

Icon depicting the planet Uranus

Sirenes Harpids

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.
Read the Prologues: Those who fly close to the sun · Little Blue
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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Dec 27, 2022 16:57 by Chris L

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

Learn about the World of Wizard's Peak and check out my award winning article about the Ghost Boy of Kirinal!

Dec 27, 2022 17:13 by Annie Stein

Thank you so much!

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Dec 27, 2022 18:03 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

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

Dec 27, 2022 18:23 by Annie Stein

Thank you!

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Dec 27, 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 my new world Terra Occidentalis if you want to see what I am up to!
Dec 28, 2022 09:45 by Annie Stein

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

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Jan 3, 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.

Jan 3, 2023 09:03 by Annie Stein

Thank you so much!

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Jan 6, 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.
Jan 6, 2023 09:58 by Annie Stein

Thank you so much!

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Jan 15, 2023 00:38 by Deleyna Marr

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.

Jan 15, 2023 11:07 by Annie Stein

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.

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Jan 15, 2023 18:52 by Deleyna Marr

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.

Jan 28, 2023 14:39 by Secere Laetes

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.

Jan 28, 2023 17:33 by Annie Stein

Thank you! Sometimes the challenge is holding back.

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May 26, 2023 18:06 by Richard Bradley

This is so cool! I'm loving this so far :)

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May 26, 2023 18:09 by Annie Stein

Thank you! I'm glad to hear it!

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