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"...No cat should just accept what has gone before. StarClan's time is over. These cats are dead, and their spirits have no power over you."
— Sol convincing ShadowClan to abandon StarClan in Long Shadows, page 52

Sol is a tall,[13] mottled,[14] bright[13] tortoiseshell-and-white tom with pale yellow eyes.[15]

He was born to Cinders and an unnamed tom, along with three other kits. After their father abandoned them, Cinders made each of her kits live the life of a kittypet. He was named Harry, by his housefolk. Moons later, he met Leafstar and her kits, after they were captured by his housefolk. After escaping, he renamed himself Sol, and joined SkyClan. However, Leafstar didn't immediately make him a warrior, which made Sol resort to dishonorable tactics, such as stealing Leafstar's kits, which resulted in his exile.

Sol came to the lake, telling the medicine cats of the eclipse. Sol then convinced Blackstar that StarClan had no power. After Blackstar received a sign, Sol was driven out. After Ashfur's murder, Sol was suspected and a patrol found and brought him back. He was kept prisoner in ThunderClan; however, Lionblaze helped him escape. Later, Sol returned to the lake and started a battle between ThunderClan and WindClan. Sol was defeated by Hollyleaf and forced to flee, vowing revenge.

History

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Power of Three

"Darkness is coming. [...] A time of great emptiness lies ahead. Nothing will be the same again. The sun will go out."
—Sol to Leafpool and Jaypaw Eclipse, pages 168-169
Hollypaw discovers a "lion" on WindClan territory, but Sorreltail says it's merely a cat. The cat's name is Sol, and he asks to be taken to ThunderClan's camp. He is very knowledgeable about Clan life, much to everyone's surprise. He warns Leafpool and Jaypaw of a coming darkness, foreshadowing the eclipse. Jaypaw believes Sol knows something about the prophecy, but Sol decides to go to ShadowClan. After the eclipse, Sol manipulates Blackstar to revoke StarClan and the warrior code. ShadowClan lives scattered on its territory until Jaypaw, Lionblaze, Hollyleaf, Tigerpaw, Dawnpaw, and Flamepaw fake a sign from StarClan. Blackstar's faith is reignited and he exiles Sol.
After Ashfur is killed, Hollyleaf admits she saw Sol a few days prior and ThunderClan believes the rogue committed the murder. Brambleclaw, Birchfall, Brackenfur, Hazeltail, Lionblaze and Hollyleaf are sent to bring back Sol. They meet a group of loners in the Twolegplace who met Sol prior and are openly hostile about him. Jingo reveals Sol's idea to get rid of the dogs failed when one of their cats was killed in the process. They find Sol living with Purdy and they bring both of them back to ThunderClan. He is kept as ThunderClan's prisoner until Lionblaze helps him escape in exchange for information about the prophecy and the identity of their father. Sol tries to manipulate the littermates to use their powers to take over the Clans, but they refuse.

Omen of the Stars

"Never! Not until I've destroyed everything the Clans stand for. Many seasons ago, I knew another of your Clans, far away in a gorge. They scorned me, too; they told me I wasn't good enough to be one of their precious warriors! So I vowed to prove to all of you that the warrior code means nothing. In the end, you will kill one another for reasons that aren't worth so much as a mousetail."
—Sol to Hollyleaf The Forgotten Warrior, page 313
Sol finds his way back to the Clans, and claims to have saved Cherrypaw and Molepaw from a fox. Dovewing and Ivypool don't trust him, and discover Sol teaching WindClan how to fight in the tunnels. Hollyleaf returns, stating she was the one who saved the apprentices and Sol was lying. She teaches ThunderClan how to fight in the tunnels, and are prepared when Sol leads WindClan into battle. Sol reveals he was exiled by a group in a gorge and vowed to prove the warrior code worthless. Hollyleaf spares his life because of the warrior code, and Sol promises his revenge.

SkyClan and the Stranger

"Sol doesn't seem to have much in the way of courage or fighting tactics. Plus, just being honest, he's lazy. And a bit too clever. He always thinks of reasons not to do something."
—Billystorm's thoughts on Sol Beyond the Code, page 67
Leafstar and her kits are captured by an elderly Twoleg and taken to her home. The Twoleg has another cat, a kittypet named Harry. Harry is surprised by Leafstar's determination to escape and insists she and her kits will be well-taken care of. He is curious about Clan life and helps Leafstar and her family escape. She names one of her kits after him, Harrykit. Harry, after revealing his real name is Sol, then asks to join SkyClan.
Birdpaw and Honeypaw complain about Sol not doing any apprentice tasks, but Leafstar insists Sol is an experienced and full-grown cat. When the cats are sent out in eight-party hunting patrols, Sol encourages his group to split up and they bring back a feast's worth of prey. Sharpclaw is suspicious of Sol's tactics since he'd never shown much talent in hunting, and Leafstar discovers Sol's patrol stealing prey from foxes. He is surprised when Leafstar and Sharpclaw scold him, and insists he used his talent to make the foxes do the hard work. He also admits to Leafstar that his mother told him stories of sky warriors before abandoning them, revealing how much he wanted to be a warrior.
Leafstar agrees to train Sol, but is unimpressed with his skills. However, he does make some progress, and Leafstar admits he's on his way to become a warrior. During a Gathering, Sol walks up proudly and states he's ready to become a warrior. Leafstar quietly tells him that it wasn't the time or place for that, and Sol runs off in a fury. Leafstar insists he still has much to learn about the warrior code, and Sol becomes frustrated with his lack of progress. In order to prove himself, he kidnaps Leafstar's kits so he can pretend to find them. Shrewtooth discovers this and attacks Sol. Enraged, Leafstar hisses he will never become a warrior and banishes Sol from SkyClan.

Detailed description

Sol is a tall,[13] lean,[16] mottled,[14] bright[13] tortoiseshell-and-white tom[15] mixed with ginger, black,[17] dark brown,[13] and white patches,[18] a face that tapers at the muzzle, and a thick, brown-and-white,[19] curving tail which is bushed at the tip.[20] He has pale yellow eyes,[15] large, wide-spaced,[13] tufted ears,[21] a long, thick,[16] sleek,[22] soft pelt,[23] a broad head,[21] and fur around his neck that stands like a sun-shaped mane.[24]

Trivia

Interesting facts

  • One of Leafstar's kits, Harrybrook, is named in honor of him when he was called Harry.[25]

Author statements

  • Vicky may be considering an e-book about Sol.[26]
  • Vicky revealed that Sol's appearance is based on a cat who lives across the street from her: Nutmeg.[27]
  • When asked if the readers would ever find out where Sol was from, and where he went, Kate replied with a firm "no" and also said "He was a fabulous drifter. Knowing where he came from, and where he went, would spoil an essential part of his nature."[blog 1]

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Quotes

"Mama, when I get bigger, I'm gonna be a warrior. Just like the cats from the sky."
—Sol to Cinders Beyond the Code, page 59


"I left ShadowClan, but I cannot leave the lake yet...The Clans need me, they just haven't realized it yet. You need me, Hollyleaf."
—Sol to Hollyleaf Long Shadows, page 134


"Sol never gets his own paws dirty. If something has happened, another cat did it - maybe at Sol's bidding, maybe not. You won't be able to accuse him of anything."
—Speckle Sunrise, page 137
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"He almost destroyed ShadowClan! Every cat thinks he killed Ashfur! So why do I feel that I can trust him with my life?"
—Hollyleaf thinking about Sol Sunrise, page 181


"The warrior code! Belief in StarClan! I can't understand why you cats think all that is so important."
—Sol Sunrise, page 282


"That's what absolute power is. Controlling every cat in the territories by the lake!"
—Sol Sunrise, page 283

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Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Sunrise, page 34
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Rescue, page 66
  3. Revealed in Beyond the Code, page 76
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Eclipse, page 165
  5. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 92
  6. Revealed in Beyond the Code, pages 54-55
  7. Revealed in After the Flood, page 86
  8. Revealed in Sunrise, page 126
  9. Revealed in SkyClan and the Stranger, pages 95-96; 152
  10. While technically not an official Clan apprentice, Sol was trained by Leafstar and not considered a full warrior of SkyClan. This is mainly due to his age, as noted by Leafstar when she is discussing Sol with Birdpaw and Honeypaw.[9]
  11. Revealed in SkyClan and the Stranger, page 152
  12. Leafstar herself is shown training Sol, meaning that she is, to some extent, his mentor.[11]
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 Revealed in Eclipse, page 163
  14. 14.0 14.1 Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 99
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Revealed in Long Shadows, allegiances
  16. 16.0 16.1 Revealed in Eclipse, page 276
  17. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 200
  18. Revealed in Sunrise, page 162
  19. Revealed in Eclipse, page 264
  20. Revealed in Eclipse, page 149
  21. 21.0 21.1 Revealed in Long Shadows, page 6
  22. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 134
  23. Revealed in Eclipse, page 270
  24. Revealed on the Official Forum
  25. Revealed in The Rescue, page 86
  26. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  27. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  28. Revealed in Sunrise, chapter 4
  29. Revealed in Sunrise, page 54
  30. Revealed in Sunrise, allegiances
  31. Revealed in Hollyleaf's Story, allegiances
  32. Revealed in The Forgotten Warrior, page 91
  33. Revealed in Eclipse, page 263
  34. Revealed in SkyClan and the Stranger, page 66
  35. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 199
  36. Revealed on the cover of Long Shadows
  37. Revealed on the cover of Eclipse

Author references

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