|“||Meg seems cool. She already poked Connor Stoll in the eyes and kicked Sherman Yang in the crotch.||”|
William Andrew Solace is a sixteen year old Greek demigod, the son of Apollo and Naomi Solace. He is the current head counselor of Apollo's Cabin and a prominent healer at Camp Half-Blood. Will is currently the boyfriend of Nico di Angelo.
- 1 History
- 2 Percy Jackson and the Olympians
- 3 The Heroes of Olympus
- 4 Between the Series
- 5 The Trials of Apollo
- 6 Personality
- 7 Appearance
- 8 Abilities
- 9 Relationships
- 10 Etymology
- 11 Trivia
- 12 References
When he was old enough, he was brought to Camp Half-Blood by an unknown satyr.
After Annabeth Chase was gravely wounded, Percy and Will went to the Plaza Hotel to go heal Annabeth, and took a Yamaha FZ1. They narrowly avoided being pummeled by fruit by Pompona's Statue as they ran in. When they made it to Annabeth, they pushed through a crowd of Athena kids. Will became relieved when he saw the wound and said it wasn't bad, and if he arrived a few minutes later it would have been too late. Will told Annabeth to lay still and asked someone to hand him Nectar. He poured nectar into the wound to clean it out, sang a hymn to heal her, and applied bandages. The healing took a lot out of him, and he looked almost as pale as Annabeth. He and Travis Stoll then went to rob a store for mortal medical supplies.
Later, Will and the other Apollo campers set up a makeshift hospital on Olympus to care for the wounded. Michael Yew was never found, so Will became the new head counselor of his cabin.
Will lent Annabeth his chariot from his cabin to borrow, and was very upset when it crashed in the lake. Will yelled at Annabeth, and said she could borrow it, not destroy it, and Annabeth apologized and promised to get it fixed. Will scowled at the chariot. Will also questioned why Leo, Piper, and Jason weren't claimed yet, since they looked way older than thirteen. Before Annabeth could explain, he asked if there was any sign of Percy, and Annabeth said no. After Leo was claimed, at Annabeth's request, Will took Leo to Hephaestus' Cabin to meet his bunk mates and give him a tour of Camp Half-Blood. Will said sure, and put a hand on Leo's shoulder as he walked him to the cabin, promising to explain everything.
Will took Leo on a tour of the camp, which impressed Leo, who thought that Will was cool. Leo asked if he would get a sword, Will winced as if he found the notion disturbing, and Will said he would probably make his own in Cabin 9. Will also explained who his dad was, and how his name is Hephaestus, not Vulcan, and that it was good that he was claimed almost immediately. He began to mention a curse but stopped himself, making Leo worry. Will became concerned when Leo thought he saw Tía Callida, and Will said that he had a long day and the Mist was playing with his head.
The two entered the cabin, and Will asked Jake Mason where everyone was, who replied that they are down at the forges. Will then asked Jake if there was an extra bed for Leo, but Jake changed the subject to discuss the curses. Will was shocked when he gave Beckendorf's old bed to Leo, but he didn't protest. Will was even more shocked when he was told cabin 9 had underground rooms. Will and Jake began to tell Leo about the Second Titan War, and Will was in disbelief that Leo missed the whole thing. Will then walked Leo to the Forges to be acquainted with his siblings and he told him about Charles Beckendorf and the Curse of Cabin Nine. Will introduced Leo to his siblings and left them to get acquainted. Later, though not mentioned by name, Will was present when Piper was claimed by Aphrodite.
After the Winter Solstice, Will attended a council meeting as a Head Counselor, absently wrapping and unwrapping an ace bandage around his wrist.
Will attended a council meeting to discuss the Siege of Camp Half-Blood. Will stopped an argument from breaking out between Clarisse La Rue and Rachel Elizabeth Dare by saying that it wasn't Rachel's fault that prophecies stopped working and put his hand on Clarisse's shoulder, calming her down and having her lower her dagger. Will explained that everyone in his cabin was affected, not just Rachel. He said he didn't know what was going on at Delphi and that Apollo hasn't answered any of his prayers or appeared in his dreams, and that this wasn't like Apollo. Will agreed with Jake Mason that if Octavian was his descendant, he'd hide out in shame. He wouldn't mind shooting Octavian off of his high horse, but he wasn't a good archer and just a healer. Chiron reassured Will that his talents were essential to stopping the war.
On August 1st, Will helped deliver Chuck Hedge, the son of Gleeson and Mellie. While delivering, Gleeson told Will about Nico and how he was overexerting himself shadow travelling and using his powers.
Will later saw Nico on Half-Blood Hill while he was scouting the enemy. He asked what Nico was doing there and Nico retorted to ask what he was doing, and said he would get himself killed covered in black but uncovering his mop of blonde hair. Will blushed and said that Lou Ellen Blackstone put some mist around him to protect him. Will also told Nico that Coach Hedge was fine and he had a cute satyr baby boy. He said he delivered it and asked if he ever delivered a baby, and Nico said no. Will then said his hands were still shaking and told Nico to feel them, grabbing his hand, but Nico yanked it away. Nico said they didn't have time for chitchat and when he began to suggest he shadow travel to the Romans tent, Will rejected it, and said that he cannot shadow travel. He said he could feel the darkness in him and he'd be in no shape for combat if he went to the tent. He said they can stop the Romans by sneaking around, but no shadow travel. Nico protested but Will was firm, aggravating Nico. He reluctantly agreed, as long as Will followed his lead.
Will, Lou Ellen, Nico, and Cecil Markowitz snuck around, waiting for the chance to distract them. When the Romans saw them, Will ran and had six guards chase him as a diversion, which Nico deemed stupid. The Romans started to gain on Will and Nico had to run to save him by tripping one Roman and taking down six. Will thanked him, saying six at once isn't bad, and Nico said next time he'd let them run him down. When Nico used his powers to summon skeletons from the underworld, he almost fainted before Will caught him. Will called him an idiot and said he cannot use his underworld powers, and when he said he was fine, Will insisted he wasn't. He put his arm around him and gave him healing gum to save him, and told him to not complain when he said it tasted like tar and mud. When Cecil came over, Will said that Nico will not be doing any Underworld magic. Nico quickly pushed himself off of Will when he realized he was leaning against him, and said he will do what he needs. Will rolled his eyes and called him Death Boy, which Nico hated.
Due to his bickering with Nico, they allowed Cynocephali and Octavian to get close, but Will saved him and his friends by whistling, causing the Cynocephali to fall in agony. Cecil was bewildered and asked what he did, and Will explained his power. When Nico confronted Octavian and said he was leaving both camps for good, Will was shocked and asked why he would want that. Nico said it was because he never belonged, and Will became angry. He said no one at Camp had ever pushed him away, and that he pushed himself away. Octavian interrupted him and when he said Apollo showed him the future, Will became furious and said he was the son of Apollo, and called Octavian an anemic loser. He said his father did not show anyone the future, since prophecy is down, and said that what he was doing isn't what Apollo would want. But Octavian said he lied. Later, as the legion fell to the brink of war, Will tried to talk him out of it, but he refused to listen. As the Greeks attacked, Will saved the day by whistling and alerting everyone that Reyna had arrived.
After Gaea awoke, Will ran up to Nico and said one word: Octavian. They ran to him, only to find out he wanted to fire an onager to kill Gaea. They watched in horror as Gaea rose, but both boys were shocked when Leo Valdez flew in on Festus. Will didn't know how it happened, but he had they had other problems. They found Octavian, and will tried to talk him out of firing the onager, but Octavian didn't listen. Will tried to tell him that his robes were stuck and that this wasn't what Apollo would want, but again, he didn't listen. As Will tried to convince him again, Nico stopped him by saying they cannot stop him. Will stared at Nico in disbelief, but he didn't question him. They both watched as Octavian killed himself.
In the days following Gaea's awakening, Will spent most of his time in the infirmary healing the wounded. Nico didn't talk to him because he thought Will thought he was a monster because he let Octavian kill himself. After two days, Will confronted Nico while he spoke to Jason, and called him over. Will asked where Nico was, and he was angry that he didn't come to the infirmary to offer to help. When Nico insisted they wouldn't want him there, Will said that he should help him out and said that Nico was a friendly face, shocking the son of Hades. Will called him dense and said he hoped he got over the nonsense of wanting to leave Camp, and when Nico said he was staying, Will was relieved, saying he was dense, not stupid. He then ordered Nico to spend three days in the infirmary with him starting now, since he can't do magic without almost dying, making skeletal butterflies flutter in his stomach. After Nico went to talk to Percy and Annabeth because he heard a loud noise, after that he went back to Will.
Between the Series
Some time between August and December, Nico confessed his feelings to the son of Apollo and he reciprocated them and the two started dating. At one point, Nico accidentally shadow traveled the two to Venezuela's largest Chez Whiz factory.
Will cared for his father, Apollo, after he turned mortal, and carried him back to his cabin. Will tried to give him nectar, but his lips started steaming, almost killing him due to being mortal. When Apollo woke up, Will asked him if he knew who he was, and Apollo realized that Will was his son. Will told Apollo that his vital signs were completely human, how he almost killed him, and the state of his injuries. Will thought it was funny that his father was the same age as him, and said that Meg seemed to be adjusting well to camp.
When Austin and Kayla walked in, Will told them to go to the big house and tell Chiron that Apollo was awake. Will helped Apollo stand and led him outside to the big house. Will saw Nico say that Apollo had a strong aura of death, told Nico they need to talk about his people skills, and apologized to Apollo for his boyfriend. Will and Nico went together as buddies to tell the other campers that dinner was in an hour. Apollo did not understand Will’s attraction to a son of Hades but was happy if Will was happy.
That night, at dinner, Will sat with Nico (shoulder to shoulder), Apollo, Austin, and Kayla. Will bantered with Nico good-naturedly, reminding Apollo of him and Hyacinthus. Nico and Will told Apollo that Will gave Chiron a doctor's note so Nico could sit at their table, or else zombies would attack. Will and Nico also told Apollo the whereabouts of Percy, Annabeth, and the others from the Argo II. Later, While Chiron talked about the three-legged death race, Will was caught staring at Paolo's arms, and when Nico brought it up, Will said he was merely assessing how his arms functioned after surgery. Will said that no one wanted to do the race, but they couldn’t stand to disappoint Harley. Will bowed respectively when everyone else did when Meg was claimed.
After Peaches attacked the campers, Will tended to Sherman's head injuries. Will came back to the cabin with Austin and Kayla and told them to get some sleep. Will put a blanket over Apollo and told him to sleep, soothing him. The next morning, Will and the others helped Apollo use the toilet, the shower, the sink, a toothbrush, and deodorant. Will also did morning boot camp with Apollo, and Apollo grumbled to Will about PE and asked where Clarisse was, and Will said she was in Arizona at college.
For the Three-Legged Death Race, Will and Nico were partners, tied to each other. Will mentioned how he missed Grover, and how Juniper misses him. Will and Nico ran off to the race. Later, Will and Nico cared for a dozen injured campers and reattached Paolo’s leg. Will wanted to look for Austin and Kayla, but there was a shortage of healers. Will and Nico set Valentina's broken arm while Apollo helped the others. The next day, Apollo and Meg went on a quest to find the Grove of Dodona and Will was at his going away party, with Billie, Malcolm, Paolo, and Nico. Will gave Apollo a combat ukulele and told him the oath he made was stupid. Will explained it was the work of Harley. Will was worried about Apollo and Meg, but Apollo reassured him that he would be back at dawn.
The next day, Nico and Will cared for Apollo in his cabin, after he showed up to camp without Meg at 6 in the morning. The two wanted to look for Meg, but Chiron rejected their request. Apollo had a concussion and Will healed him, and was asleep until noon. Nico and Will were worried about him and noticed that the hyacinths on the windowsill weren't there before. Will didn't want Apollo looking for Meg so soon, but Apollo told Will and Nico to protect the camp, and how the Roman emperors are alive. They were too shocked to go after Apollo when they learned the enemy was Nero.
That afternoon, Nico and Will were capsized in the middle of a canoe ride and rushed to help everyone when the Colossus Neronis attacked. Will and Nico shadow travelled away and stole Sherman’s chariot, and Will came back dragging Nico, who was half-conscious. Nico passed out, and Will went to get him Gatorade, and wished Apollo good luck. After the battle, Will care for the worst cases of hay fever in the camp epidemic.
After arriving at Aeithales, Apollo thinks of Will and how his son is doing at camp.
His father thinks of him when thinking of his boyfriend, Nico, and how Nico could likely cure him of his zombie poison. Apollo is grateful that the two are not at Camp Jupiter.
When his father and Meg return to camp six months later, he hugs Apollo and gives him a glass of lemonade. He catches Apollo when the mortal god passes out. The following morning he greets his father as he emerges from the shower and tells him the others have gone for a hike. As they exit they meet up with the Apollo campers and head to breakfast, after informing his dad of his boyfriend's stress and voices the two are called to the head table by Dionysus. Meg joins them and they talk about the prophecy. When Nico reveals he knows what it means, the son of Apollo tries and fails to talk him out of it before reluctantly joining him in gathering supplies for the son of Hades's "friends". They spend the day gathering supplies and the following morning he and Nico go with his father and Meg to Brooklyn.
Argus drops them off a block from there destination and they walk the rest of the way. Rachel lets them in and warns them of the cows. She explained that three cattle cared filled with livestock appeared out of no where the other day and they were not given food or water. She called the authorities, but they could not see them. They then change the conversation to Nero. Rachel conforms the Fasces is located in a vault on a heavily fortified floor in the central levels of the towers along with the holding cells. When Rachel mentions what looks like a heavily guarded and fortified water treatment plant under the building with pipes connecting to the city's, he and the son of Hades confirm that they know people, the Troglodytes who can tunnel into and out to sabotage the system without Nero knowing. Soon Rachel utters a prophecy in Python's voice before she passes out and the cattle start breaking into the property. He carries Rachel until she regains consciousness and passes her to the daughter of Demeter as they escape the mansion before it collapses in on itself and they make their way to a construction site with a fifty foot pit. They jump onto a crane as some of the cattle, which his father recognizes as the troglodytes natural enemy Tauri Sylvestres, fall into the pit and choke to death on their anger. As they question their next move and if Nero is responsible for the cattle, his boyfriend thinks he can get everybody out via Shadow Travel. When the reach the bottom of the pit Nico says he can only take two with him at most and Apollo and Meg tell the son of Hades to take him and Rachel as they stay behind and fight one of the bulls as it slides into the pit.
As Nico recovers after passing out when he brings Apollo and Meg to an underground cavern, he and the others talk about their strategy as that his father and Meg only have a few hours to surrender if they are going to follow Lu's plan. When Nico regains consciousness he takes the four to the troglodytes and the son of Apollo reluctantly glows to give them some light. As soon as Nico announces their presence, they are surrounded and one, the leader Screech-Bling, asks if the son of Hades companions are offerings. Nico says no and offers them a skink instead. They accept it and take them to their camp where he is ignored by the residents, much to his annoyance. When they are given hats at dinner he is given a lamp shade, much to his annoyance. As his father, Nico, and Rachel make a case for them to help them, the troglodytes agree until the forest bulls attack. During the chaos he, Nico, and Rachel are separated from Apollo and Meg.
He aids in the Assault on Nero's Tower and run into Rachel, Screech-Bling, and Luguselwa, who he ties daggers to her stumps. The troglodyte informs him they have disabled the gas and the four make their way to the throne room. When they arrive he sees his boyfriend on the floor and orders the fighting to stop as he retrieves the son of Hades. He heals the son of Hades as Apollo as his father and Nero fight over the fasces and witnesses the emperor disintegrate before his eyes. He, Rachel, and Nico look for supplies when Apollo asks for some. When they gather enough he gives his father a knowing look before the mortal god goes to fight Python.
Two weeks after Python's defeat, his father returns to camp as a god and he joins Will, Nico, and Rachel at the campfire. When Rachel mentions spending a year in Paris, the son of Apollo jokes about a possible date in the French capital with the son of Hades and Nico reveals that he believes Iapetus has been calling him from Tartarus for help. Will becomes jealous until his boyfriend explains that the guy he wants to help is a Titan. Nico and Will plan to travel to Tartarus with the help of the troglodytes, but Rachel gives them a prophecy that Will admits isn't good news.
Will is a caring person who is willing to help out anyone who needs to be healed. He cares greatly for his siblings and aided his father when the fallen god was at camp. Will also has a calming disposition, as shown when he calms down Clarisse during a counselor meeting. During Nico's dream in The Blood of Olympus Will felt inadequate because he is a medic and not much of a skilled fighter. Despite this, Will has risked his life in battle on multiple occasions rather than staying on the sidelines as a healer, showing great bravery.
With a tendency to overwork himself, Will is extremely dedicated to his work, even going so far as to not sleeping for days on end. He has also developed a kind of shell, meaning that even in extremely stressful situations he at least looks calm and collected.
Will is noted as having his father's surfer-body, shaggy blond hair, blue eyes, and having an athletic build. His appearance reminds Nico of Jason Grace in The Blood of Olympus. He typically dresses casually in a T-shirt and shorts. Rick Riordan has stated that Will is in Nico's age group, making him about 15 years old.
In The Tower of Nero, it is revealed he has a stylized sun tattoo on his left pectoral.
- Archery: As the son of Apollo, Will is a naturally talented archer. In The Blood of Olympus, Will admits that he isn't quite as skilled in archery as the rest of his siblings though, since it isn't his specialty.
- Vitakinesis: Will can heal people by singing a hymn to his father in Ancient Greek.
- Audiokinesis: Will can make a sharp whistle-like sound that can temporarily stun his opponents, making them clutch their ears in confusion. He used this ability against several Romans and monsters when the Romans were attacking Camp Half-Blood.
- Musical Aptitude: Since Apollo is the god of music, Will might be good in the field.
- Couplets Curse: As seen in The Last Olympian, Will can curse others to only speak in rhyming couplets that can take days or even weeks to wear off.
- Glowing: As seen in The Tower of Nero, Will can produce a faint golden glow in the dark.
Apollo first meets Will when he heals him in the infirmary after Apollo passed out. Apollo recognizes him as his son and is happy to see him. Apollo is also very supportive of Will dating Nico and even though he doesn’t understand why he would be attracted to a child of Hades, he just wanted his son to be happy.
Will spends a lot of time with his father in The Hidden Oracle';, sitting at dinner together, Apollo sleeping in his cabin, healing people together, and hanging out. Will is concerned for his father's well-being and worries about him with Austin and Kayla while he is asleep.The Tower of Nero, Apollo is somewhat alarmed at the thought of his son going to Tartarus with Nico to seek out a Titan, but decides not to interfere.
Will shows disdain towards his Roman relative and wouldn’t mind knocking him off of his high horse.In The Blood of Olympus, Will calls Octavian an anemic loser, and tells him that the war isn’t what Apollo would want. Later, Will tells him to get away from the onager and that it isn’t safe, and tried to tell him that his robes were tangled in the onager, to no avail. Will tries to keep him from doing it, but Nico tells him that some deaths cannot be prevented, so they let him die. To Nico’s surprise, Will is not angry at him for letting Octavian kill himself.
Will's relationship with Nico was never touched until The Blood of Olympus. When Nico arrives at the camp near Thalia's tree he is surprised to see Will planning on stalling the Roman camp. He told Nico he was doing this to get fresh air after helping Mellie give birth to her satyr baby boy and held Nico's hand to show how he was still nervous about helping her give birth, which "sent an electric current" down Nico's spine to his shock and he withdrew his hand. Will immediately notices Nico's condition and nags him on not using shadow traveling (or "Underworld-ly stuff") anymore on his orders as a doctor. The two continue to bicker through their mission to at least make sure the onagers would not fire on Camp Half-Blood. When Nico stated that he was leaving both Camp Jupiter and Half-Blood, Will became upset and demanded a reason and berated him for thinking he didn't belong, saying that Nico has a lot of friends or at least people who'd like to be his friends at camp. Another blatant hint of a possible attraction is Will asking for his company in the infirmary. When Nico confessed his feelings to Percy, he walked away towards Will. This can be seen as symbolic of Nico ultimately choosing Will over Percy. After meeting Will outside the camp, Nico remembers his arrival with Apollo at the camp years before and how Thalia had referred to him as "hot." Nico didn't understand why he'd suddenly be thinking of that moment, but it was likely an indication of his attraction to Will, as the latter is a son of Apollo, sharing many of his divine father's traits. Nico also notes that in comparison to Will, Octavian looks like a watered-down, unhealthy version of Will, without anything in him that makes a child of Apollo special.
In The Hidden Oracle, it is revealed that shortly after Gaea's defeat, Nico finally comes out and confesses to Will about having a strong crush on the latter, and the two begin dating, with Will at one point affectionately referring to Nico as his boyfriend. Will's father, the former god Apollo, is completely supportive of their relationship, due to him having had several mortal boyfriends himself. They continue their playful banter with each other and are usually seen sitting close by, holding hands. In fact, Apollo claims that Nico and Will are so cute together as a couple, that it made him feel desolate, jogging his memories of the time he had spent with his mortal boyfriend Hyacinthus, one of Apollo's two all-time favorite lovers (the other being Daphne). Nico on his part is always ready to help and support Will, such as when he tirelessly helped him tend to wounded campers (notably Paolo Montes and Valentina Diaz). Nico also showed some jealousy when he caught Will staring at Paolo. Will stated that it was nothing and that he was merely admiring how well Paolo's arms were functioning after surgery.
When the Colossus Neronis automaton attacked the camp, Nico and Will were in the canoe lake, so they promptly rushed over to the beach to help defend the camp. Nico shadow traveled with Will to a chariot flown by Sherman, Alice, and Julia. Nico passed out from the effort, Will then takes the son of Hades to the infirmary. After the battle, he tends to the worst case of hay fever.
In The Tower of Nero, the two continue their romantic relationship, sitting together near the end while talking to Apollo and discussing a potential date in Paris. Will gets jealous when Nico reveals that he wants to go to Tartarus for a guy he knows before Nico explains that its a Titan friend of his. Despite the danger, Will supports Nico's plan and intends to help him with it.
Will was the one to first explain to Leo in The Lost Hero what it means to be a demigod, he tells the son of Hephaestus about Percy Jackson and the Titan War, while taking him on a tour of Camp Half-Blood and the Hephaestus' Cabin. Leo considers Will "pretty cool" and thought that the tour was "amazing".Will is also among the first of the campers to punch and greet Leo when he returns to camp in The Hidden Oracle.
Will and the son of Hebe are friends. Before the events of The Hidden Oracle, Paolo lost his arms, but Will reattached them. At dinner, Will stared at Paolo, making Nico di Angelo jealous, but Will said he was only assessing how his arms were functioning after surgery.Paolo's legs are sawed off during the Three-Legged Death Race in the Labyrinth, and Will and his father, Apollo, reattach them.
Clarisse and Will don't interact much, but they are good friends. In The Blood of Olympus, the two are at a war meeting together and Will manages to calm Clarisse down from her rage by touching her wrist. Nico di Angelo notes that most people cannot do that without getting stabbed.
Coach Hedge and Will don't interact much, but the two are good friends. Coach Hedge tells Will all about Nico's coma and shadow traveling, and Will helps deliver his baby, Chuck Hedge.
- William is a masculine given name of Germanic origins which mean protector.
- Andrew is a masculine give name derived from the Greek name Andreas, meaning “strong”.
- Solace is derived from the old French name “Sollas“ which is derived from the Latin “Sōlācium”, meaning comfort or “consultation in times of stress”.
- Will's last name, Solace, may refer to the fact that his father Apollo is the god of the sun, as 'Sol' means 'sun' in Latin.
- His last name Solace also means comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness.
- It is also mentioned when talking to Travis and Connor in The Last Olympian he usually never stole. But it was necessary because there were many injured campers.
- Will is the first counselor of Apollo's cabin not to die in battle and to appear in a book other than that of his introduction.
- Oddly, Leo refers to Will as 'the archer dude' in The Lost Hero, despite the fact that it has been mentioned multiple times that Will is a healer, not an archer.
- In The Blood of Olympus, Will can make a sharp whistle-like sound that can temporarily stun his opponents, making them clutch their ears in confusion.
- Will is said to not be very good at music or archery like most of his siblings, but more talented at healing.
- It is hinted he is also attracted to Paolo as he was staring at him. When Nico calls him out on this he states that he was merely admiring how well his arms are functioning after the surgery.
- As shown in The Hidden Oracle, Will is the second confirmed LGBT demigod in the series. (Third demigod in the Riordanverse)
- Hence, Nico and Will are the first gay couple in the series.
- Nico states that Will reminds him of Jason Grace, as he has the same blond hair and blue eyes.
- His full first name, William, which could be a reference to his alleged brother William Shakespeare, who is said to be a son of Apollo.
- In The Tower of Nero, Will is revealed to be a massive Star Wars fan.