|“|| You ask what is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory.|
- General Solomon in 2002
He graduated from West Point and completed the US Army Ranger School programme, and after serving in the US military, transferred to the Global Defense Initiative in early 2000s, as a very competent officer, immediately receiving orders straight from GDI supreme commander Mark Sheppard and colonels J.C. Carter and M.O. Morelli.
Throughout the campaign, his forces struck one blow after another against the Nod forces, while he himself managed to avoid silencing by a Nod Fate Squad when Kane's intelligence gathering forces managed to pinpoint his home. Shortly before the war, soldiers under his command attacked a Nod bio-research facility and saved the test subjects (among them Michael McNeil, who has already undergone Tiberium augmentation, unbeknowst to GDI) and other prisoners (including Jake McNeil, Michael's older brother). Solomon led the final attack against the Sarajevo Temple of Nod, where he ordered the GDI Ion Cannon to eradicate the Temple. Not long afterwards he was presented with a CCTV recording of Kane's final moments, as he embraced the ion beam in the hallway of the Temple; a sight that haunts him ever since.
The loss of two of his brothers to the Brotherhood of Nod left him with a bitter hatred of Nod and Kane.
He continued to serve in GDI and eventually became its supreme commander. In order to avoid another war, he installed Nod General Hassan in Cairo, who rallied the fractured Nod forces, feeding them propaganda, but keeping them pacified. When Anton Slavik drew attention to himself as he and the Black Hand actively fought GDI forces, Solomon ordered his immediate capture and execution. When Slavik was freed by Oxanna Kristos and escaped, the distraught Hassan sought help from Solomon, who calmly informed him that if Slavik gains power, the so-called Pharaoh will become useless to GDI, effectively stating that no help will be given.
When the reunited Nod launched a series off attacks against GDI forces worldwide, Solomon was the first to be contacted by Kane, who gloated to him about the mistake he made when he took for granted that Kane was vaporized in the Temple. Unnerved, Solomon called upon Michael McNeil to counter Nod. Preferring strategy and careful planning, Solomon stayed in contact with the GDI commander throughout the conflict, often clashing with the young commander, but (seeing how McNeil reminded Solomon of himself when he was young) he let those problems slide. Solomon was often portrayed as a responsible and strong leader, yet he apparently held mutants in low regard, often referring to them as "shiners" and saying that they "can wait."
When Michael McNeil ordered a hasty attack on Cairo, Solomon was quick to inform the commander that he would not authorize such an attack. Yet he was unwilling to risk losing such an able commander to a court martial in case his forces lost, he provided them with a veteran Titan unit deployed from the Philadelphia via orbital insertion.
It is unknown what happened to Solomon during the period between the Second and Third Tiberium War. It is possible that he either retired, or was killed when the "Philadelphia" was destroyed at the advent of the Third Tiberium War.
General Solomon received numerous awards including two Army Distinguished Service Medals, three Silver Stars, a Defense Superior Service Medal, a Legion of Merit, a Distinguished Flying Cross, four Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, three Meritorous Service Medals, an Air Medal, a Army Occupation Service Medal, a National Defence Service Medal, an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal as well as Army Service and Army Overseas Service Ribbons.
He has also received the Combat Infantry Badge as well as Parachutist Badge among several others.
|“|| We are working around the clock to make the planet safe for all humanity. GDI units are evacuating and relocating unexposed populations. GDI Scientists are looking for a cure. GDI Officials are planning for the future. We will get through this. The planet will survive.|
- Solomon responding to criticism that GDI is not doing enough to help infected populations, Tiberian Sun News Archive.
|“|| There is apparently an enormous amount of groundless speculation as to whether or not Kane is with us. To those of you who harbor such fantasies, I will say only this. The truth is the truth. Kane is dead. Period.|
- Solomon statement condemning the rumors of Kane was alive, Tiberian Sun News Archive.
|“|| We are pleased with the progress of the Disruptor Tank, and feel it will be the ultimate addition to GDI's already powerful arsenal|
- Solomon commented about Disruptor, Tiberian Sun News Archive.
|“|| The Disruptor is the ultimate offensive weapon. War is hell, as they say, and the Disruptor fights like hell. Other than that, I have nothing futher to say.|
- Solomon commented about Disruptor, Tiberian Sun News Archive.
|“|| They're scared and running. Ever since Kane died, Nod have been scattered and leaderless. It's time we wrapped this thing up, once and for all. For the good of the planet.|
- Solomon debunked the latest Nod propaganda reports that the Disruptor was stolen Nod technology, Tiberian Sun News Archive.
|“|| The GDI is and will continue to stay focused on the evacuation efforts and safety of mankind. However, violence from Nod forces is a real and growing concern. Although distracting from our humanitarian efforts, we must and will retaliate.|
- Solomon statement after Nod commandos stormed an armory located north of Munich, Tiberian Sun News Archive.
|“|| I can't predict the future - but I do know the past. Is Kane dead? Yes. Is the Brotherhood of Nod an all but dead organization? Yes. And if GDI encounters fringe Nod resistance, GDI will forcibly answer these questions, time and again.|
- Solomon statement after GDI officials confirmed the successful raid of a Nod Tiberium research facility, Tiberian Sun News Archive.
James Solomon is portrayed by actor James Earl Jones, who also did voice work for Star Wars' Darth Vader.
James Solomon appears in Tiberian Sun. His name is also briefly mentioned in the background of the Renegade intro and the Command & Conquer Bible confirms his status as the player character of GDI in Tiberian Dawn.
- ↑ Renegade Intro, sliding in the background
- ↑ Stojsavljevic, Rade, and O'Miley Ryan. Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun: Operations Manual. Las Vegas, Nevada: Westwood Studios, 1999.
- ↑ Uniform patches
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Selinske, Joe. Command & Conquer Bible: A Definitive Guide To The Command & Conquer Universe. Las Vegas, Nevada: Westwood Studios, 1999.
- ↑ Westwood Studios, Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun. Nod mission 2: "Retaliation".
- ↑ Westwood Studios, Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun. GDI mission 12: "Final Conflict".