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CITY OF HEROES - LIBERTY and PINNACLE SERVERS
The SOLUS Foundation 
Excerpt from 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 him. 

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.

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.

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

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 Blastion, Empathy, 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 International, 2002.
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. 

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. 

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, Gyrfalcon, Captain Superior revived the Collective's gold and black uniform and stylized sunburst emblem.

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. 

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.

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 City." 
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