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Solaire of Astora is a character from the 2011 video game Dark Souls. Although he is a NPC (Non-Playable Character) in the game, he is quoted often online, spawned much fan-art and inspired various memes.
In October of 2011, the RPG (Role-Playing Game) Dark Souls was released by From Software. In the game, there is an NPC named Solaire of Astora who is revealed to have an obsession with the sun and set the goal for himself of finding his own sun. Solaire Is part of the covenant of the Warriors of Sunlight in the game.
Solaire’s memorable quotes and overall naive personality garnered massive attention from fans of Dark Souls. There are several popular Tumblr tags involving Solaire including sunbro, jollycooperation, solaireofastora, and praisethesun. There is also a Facebook page of Solaire with nearly 2,000 likes as of March 2014 known as WarriorofSunlight.There are nearly 3,000 posts tagged as “solaire” on deviantART as of March 2014.
Praise the Sun
Praise the Sun is a sarcastic phrase playing off of Solaire’s naivety as seen by his fans and his unnatural obsession with the sun. The saying is usually paired with images of Solaire himself.
Sunbros / Jolly Cooperation
Jolly Cooperation is a phrase taken from Solaire’s most notable and popular quote. (shown below)
“But, use this, to summon one another as spirits, cross the gaps between the worlds, and engage in jolly co-operation!”
“Jolly Cooperation” refers to Solaire and his overall friendliness and ability to work with a team. In the original game, the player is allowed to join Solaire in his covenant of the Warriors of Sunlight in “jolly cooperation”. This phrase is quoted by fans and is sometimes paired up with images of Solaire working together with the player or another member of the Warriors of Sunlight. The members of the Warriors of Sunlight covenant are also called sunbros by many fans.