Every year around Christmas, a mysterious being called Santa Claus visits Shartak and gives presents to all residents of Shartak who visit him in his grotto at [-70.319,+26.384]. Santa and his two elves stay for a little while and then they leave as suddenly as they appeared.
Santa gives out gifts (once per person) via the use of an "Ask for gift" button. Those who Santa deems to have behaved well are given better gifts than those who have been naughty. There have been rumours that the very good receive the legendary Heavy Sword. Vice versa, the very bad might receive a crab. More commonly, those seeking gifts recieve common, low valued gifts that some argue breeds dissatisfaction and resentment against Santa and his Elves.
Details of Santa's first appearance in 2006 were recorded in the Shartak Financial Times. At the time, the location of Santa's grotto was not widely known. Santa was not warmly welcomed by all, and his encounter with Nick Soapdish resulted in his death. Luckily for latecomers, Santa can also revive.
Santa appeared again in 2007 on the 16th of December, but was killed shortly after his appearance by Tom Failur. After his subsequent revivals, he was also killed by a series of people, causing much aggravation to those who had not yet asked for gifts.
It appeared that killing Santa and his elves was to becoming a yearly tradition in Shartak, until Santa began to fight back, killing Nick Soapdish in what those present was retaliation for Nick trying to kill Santa again. Others who have killed Santa this year have also found themselves being hunted and killed for their actions.