The Solomon Foundation

T.S.F.

Sometime around 950 B.C., the King known as Solomon did in fact encounter a magical ring, the "Seal of Solomon", and despite his misgivings used to ring to great effect. Wonders he explored, treasures he unearthed, and many evils did he put away. Though distracted by his kingdom and exacting great tribute from them, if they only knew what we knew, they'd have paid double.

Almost three millennia later, we at the Solomon Foundation continue his traditions.

We are dedicated to discovering and containing those things that would be too much for normal humans to bear. Whether the work of demons, sorcerers, gods or aliens, we couldn't say… But if it poses any threat to humanity, rest assured we will be the ones taking care of the situation.

Artifacts in a King's Treasure Hoard

Many are the legends of mystical treasures Solomon gathered. We do not know, if we ever did, which of these mysterious objects was the first to become his prize, but all speculation points to the magic ring of compulsion he wore; Solomon's Seal, which gave him dominion over demons, and even extended to 'fallen' angels. Obviously this was an artifact of great import, though Solomon, in his infinite wisdom, used the demons to fetch for him more treasures, quickly amassing many objects with powers mysterious and lost to the sands of time. Even then, the world held many such things, and a few are worthy of enough notice to mention.

The following are Excerpts from TSF Files.

Solomon's Seal - SFAO-001


The first of many treasures to bear his name, the Seal is actually a ring of great power, upon which is engraved a symbol that gives its wearer power over demons and the demonic. Little is known of what has happened to this relic since, though rumors of [REDACTED] have been followed to [REDACTED].

ANY INFORMATION AS TO THE POSSIBLE WHEREABOUTS OF THIS ARTIFACT ARE TO BE REPORTED TO AN ADMINISTRATOR IMMEDIATELY.

Solomon's Key - SFAO-003


The title of this artifact is slightly misleading, though conceptually it's perfect. Among the foremost of Solomon's treasures, this was in truth a highly polished non-opaque stone upon which were etched many runes thought unknown to man. When placed on an object that possesses written language, the stone will mysteriously shift the text around, making it legible to the stone's bearer. Translations made this way will become the closest dialect the Key's bearer understands, which can make some translations 'too literal' or poor, but in general the message conveys well enough.

Interestingly, though the artifact is commonly thought to resemble a key, the etched rock does bear an additional property, the one which most associate with 'key': when passed over a lock, no matter how complex, the stone will unlock it. Obviously, this dual nature object is highly prized, and Solomon kept it with him at all times. Since the end of his reign, the stone passed from [REDACTED] down through [REDACTED] and is currently thought to be [REDACTED].

Solomon's Table - SFAO-008


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Solomon's Throne - SFAO-010


The legends speak often of the elaborate Throne Solomon occupied, bringing it with him everywhere and seating himself upon the grand gilt-gold frame, upon a pedestal that featured creatures as well as creations, counting a number of beasts among its bearers. In truth, the Throne is quite ornate, especially given the time period, but seems to possess no power over animals* and looks otherwise much like any other throne the average person would assume such a grand king would possess.

The throne 'bonds' with a person when a specific set of circumstances take place. First, one person must first be seated in the throne. Next, another person must approach and kneel, paying homage to the first person seated in the throne. When this specific change of events occurs, the throne then acknowledges the seated person as it's new 'king' as well, and will fulfill whatever it's master wishes of it. Even though its a chair. Just say the blasted thing teleports to its owner whenever desired, it's easier. -A3

Genie in a Bottle - SFAO-026


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Flying Carpet - SFAO-038(b)


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Mystic Temple - SFAO-042


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The Hidden Sites and Secret Paths

While in power, King Solomon erected many new structures all over his kingdom, and even some later, abroad. It seemed a wreckless endeavor, garnering rich taxes and immediately spending it outward, but We know Solomon had a hidden motive: containment and obfuscation of magical artifacts.

Though some of the sites [REDACTED] there was the erection of a royal palace on Ophel (a hilly promontory in central Jerusalem) which was known to have been erected specifically to house [FILE NOT FOUND].

King Solomon is also credited with rebuilding cities in Israel; creating the port of Ezion-Geber, (to better facilitate trade and transference of magical artifacts) and constructing Tadmor in the wilderness as a commercial depot and military outpost. (Originally the first off-site structure to host several artifacts at once.) More importantly, during Solomon's reign Israel enjoyed great commercial prosperity, with extensive trading occurring by land with Tyre, Egypt, and Arabia, and by sea with Tarshish, Ophir, and South India. This elaborate network would serve Solomon well, as he looked towards the end of his life and began making preparations, with the knowledge of demons and fallen angels to guide him.

As the sites spread amongst civilization, several wars saw different artifacts fall into various hands, and even some entire nations were obliterated in whole or part by artifacts kept there. (See Atlantis, File 33(4b))

Vesuvian Breach

In it's time, the TSF stronghold at Pompeii was state-of-the-art. We still have records of it (of course we do, everything we do is recorded) and it still stands as one of our greatest monuments to our cause.

Such a shame it ended so badly.

In our hubris, we built not one, but two cities around a ticking time-bomb. We had our reasons, of course, and there were ley lines and other factors to consider as usual… but the real reason was, all safe and secure with a facility that was heavily populated, we brought in families and expanded a life around our treasures.

Little did we know then that we had competition… and just how thoroughly they knew us.

It started with [FILE EXPUNGED] and by then it was slow chaos, one object after another coming into play in a catastrophic chain of events initiated by secret enemies, friends and family we'd come to trust, betrayed us in the worst way.

Of course, they wanted what was housed there, [FILE CORRUPTED]. And get it they did… but at what horrible price? The volcano exploded, spreading even more terror and destruction, though thankfully destroying much of the chaos the artifacts had triggered. Though we know we lost a large percentage of what we'd once held, we had consolidated so much in one location while leaving other locales under-utilized - we still had other problems, and other battles to fight.

One more enemy would make no difference, because we were trying to save humanity itself.

Shortly afterward we fell back, reorganized, and - using much of the brilliance of the Renaissance couple with a few objects we'd actually figured out (more or less) became one family, and then one company - The Solomon Foundation.

Current Sketch

SFAO Archive

Solomon's Seal - SFAO-001
Solomon's Key - SFAO-003
Solomon's Table - SFAO-008
Solomon's Throne - SFAO-010
Genie in a Bottle - SFAO-026
Flying Carpet - SFAO-038(b)
Mystic Temple - SFAO-042


King Solomon's Lore & Citations

Solomon, commonly known as the Great One or Solomon the Great was, according to the Book of Kings and the Book of Chronicles, a King of Israel and according to the Talmud one of the 48 prophets, is identified as the son of David, also called Jedidiah in 2 Samuel 12:25, and is described as the third king of the United Monarchy, and the final king before the northern Kingdom of Israel and the southern Kingdom of Judah split; following the split his patrilineal descendants ruled over Judah alone.

The Hebrew Bible credits Solomon as the builder of the First Temple in Jerusalem, and portrays him as great in wisdom, wealth, and power, but ultimately as a king whose sin, including idolatry and turning away from Yahweh, leads to the kingdom being torn in two during the reign of his son Rehoboam. Solomon is the subject of many other later references and legends.

In the Qur'an, he is a Prophet, known as Sulaiman.1

King Solomon's Wealth

During Solomon's long reign of 40 years, the Israelite monarchy, according to the Bible, gained its highest splendour and wealth. In a single year, according to 1 Kings 10:14, Solomon collected tribute amounting to 666 talents of gold (39,960 pounds).2

Solomon's Seal

A magic ring called the "Seal of Solomon" was supposedly given to Solomon and gave him power over demons. The magical symbol said to have been on the Seal of Solomon which made it work is now better known as the Star of David. Asmodeus, king of demons, was one day, according to the classical Rabbis, captured by Benaiah using the ring, and was forced to remain in Solomon's service. In one tale, Asmodeus brought a man with two heads from under the earth to show Solomon; the man, unable to return, married a woman from Jerusalem and had seven sons, six of whom resembled the mother, while one resembled the father in having two heads.

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After their father's death, the son with two heads claimed two shares of the inheritance, arguing that he was two men; Solomon decided that the son with two heads was only one man. The Seal of Solomon, in some legends known as the Ring of Aandaleeb, was a highly sought after symbol of power. In several legends, different groups or individuals attempted to steal it or attain it in some manner.3

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