Solon Jhee is a minor antagonist in Suikoden II.
Solon was a powerful general under Luca Blight. He was the second son of a prominent and famous noble family in the Highland Kingdom. Both his father and older brother exhibited shrewdness in political affairs, and his family exercised power in the king's court. But Solon didn’t have as much confidence in his political skills so instead of politics, he decided to enter the Highland Army.
He became commander of the Kingdom’s 4th army at a young age, and thus didn’t have much experience on the battle field. Because of that, his style of command can be seen as have a sense of impatience for success, leaving a sense that his way of commanding lacked caution and discretion. Possibly because he was from a distinguished family, he had an extremely high sense of pride. He also often didn't take his opponents seriously.
It seems that Culgan, Seed, and others thought that he was a man who became a commander because he was riding on the coattails of his parents. However, considering the fact that Solon was kept on as a leader even after Luca, who believed in promoting people based on merit, took control of the army, it is thought that he had at least some ability as a general.
Solon had just become a General of the Highland Army's 4th unit, and lead an attack on Jowston. At the time, Luca had just become the commander in chief of the army, due to Agares departure from the army. He saw great potential in Solon, and helped Luca achieve his goals in the beginning.
Solon had a great winning streak at the onset of the war: he defeated Viktor's mercenaries, crushed Muse's army and took over South Window, while also taking the head of Granmeyer. Due to his lack of caution, however, he made various mistakes. When he attacked North Window he believed he could trap the rebel army by cornering them. The rear of his army was unprotected, which lead to the Dunan Forces leading a surprise attack on him and his troops. When Luca heard of this, Solon was called upon to report the failure and was eventually ordered to be beheaded due to his incompetence.
Role in the Game
He participates only in the first four major battles. Most of the time, his unit is in the rear, until it is necessary to advance against the protagonists.
- On page 226 of the Suikoden 2 Vol. 2 novel, Viktor calls him an onion head before the battle at North Window.
- Genso Suikoden II 108 Stars Character Guide (Japanese) (page 225)
- Genso Suikoden Genso Shinsho Vol.5 (Japanese) (pages 39, 45, 51)
- Genso Suikoden Encyclopaedia (Japanese) (page 161, 169)
- Marugoto! Genso Suikoden Book (Japanese) (Character Archive, page 33)
- Genso Suikoden Kiwami Daijiten (Japanese) (page 173)
- Genso Shinsho Vol. 5, page 45, Q&A corner