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 the Expanse 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
The Interlace is an interconnected web of crystal networks. Sprawled out over the solar system, the lacework thickens around hubs of civilization. Rather than all consisting of one type of network, the Interlace is a composite of dozens of different types of interplanetary communications standards, ranging from proprietary ecosystems of apps to the anarchy of a webtree.   Most users of the lacework are barely aware of these technical details. The Interlace is everywhere, and personal devices and terminals provide a polished, seamless experience that simply work no matter what planet or moon you are on.

Eden and Other Ecosystems

The walled gardens of Eden and other app stores safely package and curate digital experiences across the solar system. Ecosystems consist of arrays of approved apps that provide specific services. Some of these ecosystems, including Eden, allow users to make and submit their own applications for approval.   It is difficult and often impossible to make apps from two different ecosystems compatible, and the difficulty is increased by the fact that most ecosystems strongly encourage dedicated personal devices that only allow the use of apps from that particular ecosystem.  
the garden of eden was made to be jailbreaked ;) let me be ur ssssalvation
As you enjoy the gardens, Eden is learning what you love, and getting ready to recommend your next favourite.   Got it! Tell me more
Ecosystems in general, and Eden in particular, are known to collect vast amounts of data. This is generally taken as a convenience, but some people object to the fact that there is no way to opt-out of this vast corporate surveillance system.


The Super Wide Access Network, or SWAN, is a loosely knit mesh stretched between the ground and orbital communication nodes across the Sol System. It is accessible and reliable even in deep space, but cannot handle substantial amounts of data. While the modern SWAN protocol does support images, to this day most SWAN terminals can only recieve text.   SWAN has connectivity issues in transitional areas of the lacework, where it will often keep disconnecting and reconnecting to native infrastructure.
Space tech is always like eons behind everything else. You need the reliable stuff out there, because wow, if your comms fail noone's ever, e v e r, gonna find you. TERRIFYING


Yggdrasil is infamous for hosting everything under the sun, from black markets to knitting tutorials, allowing anyone to say and create anything. The orgins of Yggdrasil are obscure, but it is best established on Saturn and across the moons of the Sol System. Yggdrasil is a peer-to-peer lacework where the connected devices mirror the sites and data. Like other webtrees, Yggdrasil is an index of content simultaneously downloaded and hosted by its roots. Unlike other webtrees, Yggdrasil's immense sprawl near guarantees it remains up.  
sure, okay, there's malware, there's scammers, there's all kinda shit, but you know what? noone is peering over your shoulder to judge how much time you spend on dress up games, unless you like have no clue about lacework hygiene, but even then, a yggdrasil keylogger is just after your password and bank info, not every action you've taken ever
  Governments have tried to take action against Yggdrasil and webtrees in the past, over concern of the danger it poses to their citizens. The interplanetary organization Nidhogg attempts to analyze and monitor Yggdrasil, and has shut down several other webtrees. Some nations, and the entirety of Mars, outlaw Yggdrasil.  

Anatomy of a webtree

  The webtree itself only contains a small package with the metadata of the files, such as the size, path, and name of the files, and the information required to connect to the roots providing the real files.   Any user wanting to see the sites or download the data from a webtree has to connect a root to download from the other roots. If there is no other roots, the data cannot be accessed.   The roots are responsible for uploading the content as they download it and after. A root that only downloads is considered a bad root.
This article is a stub . It will be expanded upon later.


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4 Sep, 2022 18:20

Absolutely fantastic work, nnie! The research you did absolutely paid off. I can imagine this dystopian system existing sometime in the future!

Check out my world World Behind the Veil!
Sage nnie
Annie Stein
4 Sep, 2022 18:24

Thank you! If our own goes down this route, I'm rooting up to Yggdrasil, that's for sure!

Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022
Master PrincessESH
Aster Blackwell
5 Sep, 2022 00:21

"Interlace" is such a fun word

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
5 Sep, 2022 08:34

Thank you! I wanted something that wasn't -net, but still clued you in what the article was about. I figured switching the web metaphor for lace might do!

Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022
Master PrincessESH
Aster Blackwell
5 Sep, 2022 19:05

I think it worked quite well!

5 Sep, 2022 16:40

'let me be ur ssssalvation' Am I being propositioned by a sapient snake?   Great article - I love all the little differences between ecosystems and webtrees. And I love the css container that looks like a pop up window. :D

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
5 Sep, 2022 18:03

No, just a hacker who is familiar with christian mythos. I hope to make a character article later as kind of a guide to some of the tech articles of Solaris, but I remain a bit spooked by figuring out a character template.   Thank you so much! I had some techy friends help me brainstorm all the potential kinds of internets Solaris might have. As for the pop up window, did you notice the sneaky hidden spoiler? ;)

Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022
5 Sep, 2022 18:30

I found the spoiler in the Eden one, if that's what you mean. :D   Character templates are hard!

10 Sep, 2022 22:07

This is beautiful work!

Deleyna - Check out my Spooktober article: Deleyna's Spooktober 2022
Sage nnie
Annie Stein
11 Sep, 2022 08:33

Thank you!

Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022