Solara Aldercapt Antiquum, nickname Sol, is a supporting character in Final Fantasy XV -The Dawn of the Future- introduced in Aranea's part as an eight-year-old girl, but plays the important role during Lunafreya's part ten years later. Solara does not appear in the main game Final Fantasy XV, though was supposed to be part of the cancelled second season of DLC.
As a child, Solara wears a white short-sleeved knee-length dress with a black hem and a red ribbon tied around her waist. Her dress includes imperial emblems. She has dark hair in a bob cut.
As an adult, Solara wears a military get-up while on a mission similar to her compatriots, covered with a white wrap. She now has long dark hair. Her weapon of choice is a shotgun.
Solara likely had an aristocratic upbringing before being taken into Aranea's care. She is courageous, offering to fight for herself even as a child, and this aspect of her reminds Aranea of own young self. As a child, she was quite religious, worshiping the Astrals.
Raised by Aranea during the long night, Solara grew into a rebellious teenager who feels she doesn't need to be treated like a child but she tends to behave like one whenever she tries to prove herself. Sometimes her reckless attitude causes a trouble during her mission and afterward she has to endure Aranea's rebuke.
She learned to fight daemons and joined the hunters, now composed of people from all over the world, including those who served in the Niflheim army. She is not afraid to explore distant locations swarming with daemons, but agrees that going on missions alone is reckless. She is curious and critical, and feeling mankind was betrayed by the Astrals, no longer worships them. She believes in one's individual agency and inspires others to think for themselves. Though she is the heir for the throne of Niflheim, she prefers to keep her lineage a secret and feels her place is among the hunters for the time being.
Solara is a capable fighter, having been trained by Aranea, Biggs and Wedge. She wields a shotgun and various other weapons against daemons and drives a motorcycle she calls "Regina." Just before her adventures with Lunafreya, her motorbike was damaged in an ambush by a deathgaze, but as a capable mechanic, she is able to fix it by herself with some remote advice from Cindy Aurum.
Solara is the secret granddaughter of Emperor Aldercapt, the daughter of his late son who fell in battle. Officially, the emperor has no heir. As the emperor is dying of the Starscourge, Chancellor Izunia unleashes daemons, rogue magitek troopers and a Diamond Weapons upon the capital, declaring it the end of the empire.
On special orders from the emperor himself, Brigadier General Loqi Tummelt evacuates the eight-year-old Solara in his magitek armor. They run into Aranea, whose Airborne Unit is taking everyone they can find to safety in Tenebrae. Loqi entrusts Solara to Aranea and stays to hold back a horde of daemons. Aranea takes Solara to her assault craft bound for Tenebrae, before heading off to destroy the Diamond Weapon.
Once they all make it to Tenebrae, Aranea learns of Solara's true identity, reminding her not to forget those who sacrificed themselves for her sake. She raises the girl alongside her trusted subordinates, Biggs and Wedge, as Eos is plunged into eternal night in wait for the salvation of the True King.
Ten years later, the eighteen-year-old Solara stubbornly detests that Aranea, Biggs and Wedge still treat her as a child. She has become a capable daemon hunter under the trio's tutelage, and roams the former imperial lands with a group of other hunters. During a mission she discovers a deserted motorbike with a sidecar, an old classic of Niflheim production. She falls in love with it and insists on taking it to Lestallum where she has it overhauled by Cid Sophiar and Cindy Aurum. After setting the bike into running condition again, they train Solara to maintain it herself. She names her bike "Regina" and rides it on hunting missions as a motorized support from then on.
One day her group is attacked by a pack of daemons and Solara ends up separated from the others during the fight due to her effort to prove herself. She is ambushed by a deathgaze on her way back to the rendezvous point, and although she comes off without injury, Regina is badly damaged with no chance of repairing it on site. Solara is left to drive her bike slowly to the nearest hunters' base in Uel through dangerous daemon-infested lands.
En route, a woman in a torn and dirty dress falls from a hillside right in front of her motorbike who was being chased by another deathgaze. After the battle against the daemon Solara collapses due to her agitation from the conclusion of the battle she witnessed: the deathgaze turned to a cloud of black smoke and daemonic miasma healing the woman's injuries. After awakening she learns the woman is Lady Lunafreya, the last Oracle who died ten years ago, now wielding a previously unseen power. Because Regina is now broken down completely, the women push the vehicle to Uel where Solara fixes it per Cindy's instructions.
Lunafreya learns she has been revived by Bahamut for a new calling: go to Insomnia and defeat Ardyn. Solara considers it a joke at first but agrees to help. She is skeptical of the gods and dislikes how Lunafreya puts her trust in them, her devotion reminding Solara on how the imperial citizens' blind following of the empire led to its downfall. She tells Lunafreya to make her own decisions and decide what she wants out of life for personal reasons, but Lunafreya feels her new life is on loan from Bahamut who would take it away if she did not follow through with her new mission.
Solara decides to help Lunafreya get to a port so they can get to Lucis, but her motorbike is unreliable and they need to make frequent stops. They are slowed down by daemons, which Lunafreya keeps absorbing into her own body as per her new divine powers; however, this is slowly turning her into a daemon. Solara wonders if killing Lunafreya before she turns would be the kindest option, but Lunafreya deems she may need to become a monster to fight others of her kind. Solara's criticism of the gods rubs off on Lunafreya, and when Solara reveals her heritage, Lunafreya doesn't care, even if the empire had murdered her mother.
They learn Aranea has become trapped in ancient ruins and is surrounded by daemons. She has ordered the ruins sealed with no rescue attempts. Solara heads to save her anyway, and Lunafreya wants to help her out of her own free will. Lunafreya is familiar with the ruins due to her Oracle training, and they find a secret way in. After destroying the Sapphire Weapon that lay hidden in the ruins, they spot a daemonified Aranea: she had asked the ruins sealed after she had already begun to turn. Lunafreya uses her power to revert Aranea's transformation, but turns into a daemon herself. Solara protects the still-sentient Lunafreya when Aranea attacks her, deeming the daemon-Lunafreya a danger to Solara. Lunafreya is bound and taken to Lestallum as a captive, where she learns of Bahamut's true intentions from a dream.
Solara and Aranea cooperate to free Lunafreya and Solara takes her to Insomnia on her motorbike. She waits for the reawakened Noctis at Galdin Quay, and then fills him in on what has transpired during his decade-long absence. Sol feels guilty Lunafreya became a daemon because she had asked her to save Aranea, but Noctis reassures that Luna wanted to help out of her own will. Sol takes Noctis to Hammerhead, but he opts to not wait for his friends and instead head straight to the Citadel to save his beloved, having learned from Sol that Lunafreya's mission is to fight Ardyn. Sol teams up with Aranea, Biggs and Wedge, and the four arrive on an airship to help Noctis and his reunited retinue as Bahamut lifts the Citadel building into the air to take the Crystal and throne out of reach.
Their airship crashlands onto the flying Citadel's plaza when they are rammed by a smaller version of Bahamut whom the deity has summoned to his aid to cast Teraflare. Sol, Aranea, Biggs and Wedge stay behind to repair the airship while Noctis, Gladiolus, Ignis and Prompto continue on. After Noctis saves Lunafreya and cooperates with Ardyn to kill Bahamut, the Citadel building begins to fall from the sky. Titan, one of the Astrals aiding Noctis, saves everyone by catching the building, and everyone jumps onto his hand as the building crumbles. Everyone witnesses the break of dawn together as the Astrals and the Crystal vanish from Eos.
Antiquum comes from the Latin antiquus, meaning "ancient."
- Translation of the Aranea chapter by Autumnstwilight
- Part 1 and Part 2 of Lunafreya's chapter as translated by Autumnstwilight
- ↑ Final Fantasy XV -The Dawn Of The Future-