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Solaris is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series and its spin-offs. It is the god of time, light, and fire who was worshipped by the residents of Soleanna. No one knows where this being came from; some believe Solaris is one of the Seven Ixis Master Works, while others believe this deity has always existed.
Experimentation in Soleanna
Ten years prior to the present storyline, Solaris was a small white flame in the research labs of Soleanna. The people of Soleanna worshipped Solaris as their patron deity and held an annual ceremony to ask for its loving light and not its destructive fire. The Duke of Soleanna and his researchers, however, were experimenting with Solaris in an attempt to harness its time-warping powers. In the process, however, they ended up splitting the creature into two halves - Mephiles, a spirit that consisted of Solaris' power and intelligence and was trapped within a device called the Scepter of Darkness by Shadow the Hedgehog, and Iblis, a spirit that consisted of Solaris's fiery power and destructive nature and was sealed within the Duke's daughter, Princess Elise, through the use of a Chaos Emerald, which killed the Duke in the process.
Rebirth and End of a God
Solaris remained afterwards a split being for the next ten years, until Mephiles was released from the Scepter of Darkness. With the power of the Chaos Emeralds, Mephiles rejoined Iblis and Solaris was reborn. Solaris then began to devour time, its eyes opening across time and space and began to consume all as localized black holes. An alliance between heroes and villains managed to recover the Chaos Emeralds, revive Sonic the Hedgehog, who was killed by Mephiles, and see to Solaris' defeat. Sonic and Elise were then sent back to the days before Solaris was experimented on. Elise took the tiny white flame and snuffed it out, thus ensuring the disastrous split never occurred and that Solaris never came to be.
- Solaris was first hinted to have existed within the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book universe when Ian Flynn confirmed that the events of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) had occured in the comics on the Ask Ian discussion board. It was first later in the Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia that Solaris was officially revealed to have existed, along with details about its history.
- Archie Comics was originally going to have Solaris be in the main story of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series. However, the character was scrapped, and only an artwork picture is left of the idea.