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SOLUS FOUNDATION IS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE ROLEPLAY CONGRESS
CITY OF HEROES - LIBERTY and PINNACLE
The SOLUS Foundation
Estephan R. Zaffarona's Second Lives
"Chapter 4 -
Collective to Foundation"
Lazon, as they’d come to call him,
was something of a sociologist in his spare time.
After adjusting to the shock of being torn
from his home when Earth scientists sent their probe into what they called
“the Sun,” Lazon spent months learning to exist as an individual, apart
from the group-mind of his race, barely avoiding his species' equivalent
of insanity. After stabilizing his mind, he spent almost another
year working to harness his solar energies so that he could coalesce into
something resembling human form. It took six more months before he
learned to reliably channel his power into controlled bursts and fields,
all the while trying to learn the language and habits of the humans around
Having no need of food, housing or other biological
necessities, Lazon invested the vast majority of his income. Having
finally found a hobby in those like himself, he set up an account and began
the groundwork for his group.
Lazon explains the events
that led to his creation to Dr. Rebecca Brinel of S.E.R.A.P.H. Photograph
courtesy of United Press International, 1999.
|Once he could function in human society,
he worked with the planet’s scientists, helping them advance in many areas
in exchange for a modest seven figure income and an agreement to leave
their sun - his home - alone.
Feeling quite the outsider himself, Lazon
became particularly interested in those like him, human or otherwise –
those who existed outside the norm, either through choice or circumstances
– loners, seconds, the unique.
There were many of them in Paragon City,
meta-beings who, for one reason or the other, didn’t quite mesh with others.
The name came easily and obviously, at
least to an alien linguist. He was part of “Sol,” the Sun, and he
sought others like himself, so he could associate, be part of the “Us”
which he found so elusive.
He was looking for seconds, outsiders,
loners, and other unusual kinds of superheroes.
And the Earth word “Solus” meant – “Alone.”
If he were one to believe in karma, SOLUS
seemed to be his word.
As the years passed, his group grew from
what might have been referred to as “a ragtag bunch” to one that garnered
grudging respect. By the year 2000, the SOLUS Collective was
considered to be in step with the Freedom Phalanx and the Liberty League,
despite the fact that its core consisted of Lazon himself, another alien
who hid his extraterrestrial origins, a former nude bondage model, an alcoholic
ex-police commissioner, a reformed member of the Outcast gang, two high
school dropouts, and two dozen others like them.
Lazon “died” in November of, 2002, six
months after the Rikti invaded (See
Paragon City - Alien Invasion), along with all
but six of his Collective.
This is where the histories of the SOLUS Foundations
of Liberty and Pinnacle diverge. Three years later, in the Liberty
sector, Captain Superior was found beneath the rubble and miraculously
revived. Even later, both Blastion and Empathy returned, thanks to
their own unique miracles. Pinnacle, however, would not have such
cause to celebrate, as the bones and the tattered remains of every hero's
uniform were found mingled with the rubble.
|His was the only body not found.
Scientists later theorized that his “body” was disrupted by a Rikti plasma
blast. They optimistically asserted he'd simply re-incorporated with
the energies of his “home.”*
Two weeks later, the six remaining SOLUS
Collective heroes - Captain
Superior, Penthouse, Energy
Commissioner G and Billy Bad Boy - found themselves in a last stand battle,
holding off the alien hordes while other heroes evacuated a skyscraper
that had been used as a war-time civilian field hospital. Outnumbered
dozens to one, and after days of ceaseless battle, the heroes perished
when a Rikti cannon caused the skyscraper to fall.**
The Knickerbocker Building,
headquarters of the SOLUS Collective, on the first day of the Rikti
attacks on hero headquarters. Photograph courtesy United Press
Regardless of the fate of the respective
Collectives, both Lazons had invested quite well, and the funds had been
placed in trust of "The SOLUS Foundation," providing housing, education
and support for the families of those members that were killed in the war.
In Liberty, the only survivor of the original 'Collective,' Captain Superior,
was left the sole legal beneficiary of that trust. Acting on his
own initiative, but with support from Paragon City’s community, he chose
to re-organize Lazon’s group.
It wasn't until the second war was well underway
that Pinnacle's fate would change for the better. On August 21, 2007,
their Lazon re-coalesced. Despite his badly weakened state, he resumed
leadership of Pinnacle Sector's new SOLUS Foundation.
Five SOLUS Legends at City Hall.
L to R - Techno-9, Azure Noir, VanHero, Captain Superior, and Jack Null.
Photograph courtesy of United Press International, 2005.
||Beginning with Azure
Noir, a sharpshooting rebellious princess, Empathy’s
Child, only son of Energy
Blastion and Empathy,
the two dropouts turned heroes who died in the war, and his girlfriend,
Captain Superior revived the Collective's gold and black uniform and stylized
In 2007, Liberty's Portal Corporation discovered
a way of communication with alternate universes that were still beyond
existing portal technology. One of these universes was Pinnacle Sector.
Soon after, it was learned that the board members of the Pinnacle SOLUS
Foundation had recruited heroes from that sector to battle the Rikti during
the second war.
The two Foundations maintain regular, interdimensional
communication in hopes of someday exchanging resources and personnel once
Portal Corporation can develop portal tech that will cross the barrier
between them. Together, they enthusiastically welcome the seconds
and outsiders, the loners and the unique superheroes into the elite groups
reborn from the ashes of the SOLUS Collective as…
…the SOLUS Foundation.
* As narrated in City
of Heroes Mission Arc #227331, "The Consequences of War - Part 1"
** As narrated in City
of Heroes Mission Arc #241496, "The Consequences of War - Part 2"
***For a complete history
of Paragon City's Super-Heroes, read the historical article, "Paragon
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