Part 10: Santa Colossus

Santa Colossus

Nikolaus of Sleigh - Last of His Name 

First Contact: 21 December, 2021

In the center of the Milky Way galaxy Nikolaus of Sleigh protects the planet Kuebler from the forces of the galaxy, especially volatile in the center of the galaxy. In turn, the Kueblernians protect Nikolaus from the devilish Kramponians. Nikolaus did not ask the Kueblernians for protection and would gladly defend them with nothing in return. This made Nikolaus all the more grateful for their protection. 

Nikolaus of Sleigh guided and guarded the Kueblernians when the race was just starting to bud on a planet so unlikely to support life. In the early days of their development religious orders ordained Nikolaus as Santa Colossus for his unwavering guidance and immense size. Never seeking to take on a god-like status, the title was a source of constant discomfort for Nikolaus. In time he reluctantly accepted the title. More than anything Santa Colossus and the Kueblernians cherished their symbiotic relationship. 

Santa Colossus belongs to a once grand domain of celestial colossi as old as the galaxy itself. When the universe was young, the colossi would consume the energy of stars and redistribute that energy across the universe as smaller stars. Their actions assisted in the formation of the first galaxies. But as the universe expanded and stars consolidated in distant galaxies, the nomadic nature of the colossi had to end. To this day Nikolaus of Sleigh has no idea how many colossi still live in the universe. Traveling from one galaxy to another was a treacherous journey, especially with the threat of the Kramponians. 

Nikolaus was born in a neighboring galaxy looking on the constellation his people called Sleigh due to its resemblance to the vehicle. He still remembers the dark and fateful day that would spell disaster for his people. When he was still a young colossus his family fed on a star about to go supernova. What they did not realize at that time is that the residents of the planet Krampus needed the energy from that supernova in a carefully crafted plan for survival. 

By feeding on the energy of the star, the colossi prevented the explosion of energy and radiation as it went supernova. The Kramponians needed that energy and radiation to power their wormhole generators just long enough to evacuate to another planet they discovered could support their kind. Due to the colossi feeding, only a small number of wormholes were able to open. The Kramponians were decimated by the event. Countless lives were lost as the supernova swept over the planet, annihilating it entirely. 

On New Krampus the surviving Kramponians never forgot what happened. They dedicated generations of technological advances finding ways to protect themselves and fight the colossi with the ultimate aim for vengeance. Eventually, they developed self-replicating nanites capable of binding together in any imaginable way. The Kramponians weaponized this technology forming Krampolossus, a massive structure of nanites rivaling that of the colossi. With it, their vengeance was swift and ruthless. Only a handful of colossi were able to escape. 

Nikolaus was the only surviving humanoid colossus from the attack. The only other colossi to make it out were her reindeer colossi. Together they escaped to the Milky Way and took refuge near the center of the galaxy and found the Keublernians. 

As Santa Colossus guided the Kueblernians and shared stories of his people the impact could not be denied. The Kueblernians developed ways to mask the presence of their planet. They even developed similar nanotechnology to the Kramponians. Though that fact at first frightened the colossi, they soon learned that development allowed them to find ways to disrupt and destroy the nanites. 

Although the colossi were a naturally interstellar race of nearly unfathomable age, size, and power, they struggled making almost any scientific or technological advancements. By having natural abilities that would be the furthest dreams of terrestrial lifeforms, the need for advancement was minimal. The size did not help, making it essentially impossible for them to gather resources needed for any kind of industry. With the help of the ingenious Keublernians Santa Colossus was better able to defend himself against the Krampolossus, that massive conglomeration of Kramponian nanites. 

In time, the Kramponians found Santa Colossus hungry for vengeance. However, they found that any victory would be hard fought. Their enemy’s new ally was formidable. The nanite disruptors worked even better than the Kueblernians anticipated. Krampolossus broke apart in space as the nanites lost their ability to function. Still, the Kueblernians and Santa Colossus knew that it only took one surviving self-replicating nanite for Krampolossus to rebuild itself. And they also knew that the Kramponians would find some way to develop disruptor resistance in the nanites. The Kueblernians and Santa Colossus came to one final conclusion: they needed to evacuate. 

The Kueblernians never discovered interstellar travel, but they had Santa Colossus. They worked tirelessly to build a gigantic vessel capable of seating Santa Colossus and all the Kueblernians. In time they created a massive sleigh that would be driven by Santa Colossus and pulled by the reindeer colossi. Given the size of Santa Colossus, making enough space for the Kueblernians was simple. Together Santa Colossus, the reindeer colossi, and the Kueblernians escaped the center of the galaxy until they came across a fleet of carrot-like ships surrounding a blue planet orbiting a yellow sun. The people of Kuebler had found Earth. Close in tow the Kramponians were in pursuit. Santa Colossus knew he had to do everything in his power to ensure that the people of Earth did not fall victim to Kramponian vengeance.