Year in Review: Year One

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
Solaris is now one year old, and what a year it has been! It's kind of hard to believe, it feels like it's both been no time at all, and like I've been working on this world for much, much longer. I'm so thrilled to have each and every one of you join me for this journey, and I hope you'll come with me on our second year too.  

The Journey so far

In one year we have very close to 50 articles of worldbuilding! We've covered a lot of important ground, there's introductory articles up both for the world and for six out of the eight planets. While I've certainly had a lot of fun writing articles that weren't technically necessary but were very fun, I'm glad to have gotten a good amount of 'core' articles down to help make this world accessible to others.   The first article written for Solaris was Penumbra, while the article you have loved the most was Oasis. You have shown Solaris so much love, and I am deeply grateful for the support I recieve, be it loving cheerleading from the sidelines, likes and comments, or buying me a kofi.

Worldbuilding Awards

  Earlier this year World Anvil announced that they'll be hosting the first ever Worldbuilding Awards, celebrating the work created on World Anvil in 2022. I sent Solaris in for the Best New World category, and I'm crossing my fingers.

Best New World

Settlement | Dec 1, 2022

In the shadows of the Iron Spires, migrating along the terminator, walks Penumbra. Soldiers, mercenaries, and civilians alike warily watch the sky, always prepared for another Solar Pulse.

Rank/Title | May 22, 2023

Each age the planets choose a mortal to embody them. A young girl is granted immense power, the potential of the planet itself, and from that point on she is known as a Keystone.

Profession | May 4, 2023

and there in the distance is the sentinel, named after the asteroid that shall one day serve as its grave

What's next for Solaris?

My biggest goal is to simply keep at it. I hope to build the courage to dip my toes back into writing and drawing comics, but I am content with continuing to flesh out the world.   One of my goals this year was to start up a discord for Solaris. Art, fashion, poetry and media is a huge part of Solaris, and I would love to invite you along to experience some of it with me. Earlier this year we toured the Zium Garden, a digital 3D gallery, and I would love to do more things along those lines. If you're curious, come join us!   I've also been cooking up some guides on formatting and css. Not only is it useful for me to have something to reference, but it might teach you a trick or two too! I very much want to give back to the World Anvil community, and those embers of a Solaris community that I hope are building.
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20 Feb, 2023 18:34

Really exited for you and your journey with Solaris!

Check out my world World Behind the Veil!
Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
21 Feb, 2023 09:07

Thank you so much!

Creator of Solaris -— Come Explore!
Eternal Sage MandoMc
Amanda McRoberts
20 Feb, 2023 19:16

This is amazing! I can't wait to see how it continues to grow.

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
21 Feb, 2023 09:08

Thank you! I can't wait either!

Creator of Solaris -— Come Explore!
Master PrincessESH
Aster Blackwell
20 Feb, 2023 23:56

Wow it blows my mind that this world is only a year old. It's so beautiful! I'm really excited to see what comes next

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
21 Feb, 2023 09:07

Thank you! It's kind of wild, isn't it? I wonder where we'll be next year!

Creator of Solaris -— Come Explore!
28 Feb, 2023 18:09

Congratulations on the year! I can't wait to see what the next year brings. :)

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
28 Feb, 2023 18:43

Thank you so much!

Creator of Solaris -— Come Explore!