Nika was a legendary, possibly mythical warrior that was once revered as the Sun God by slaves from ancient times.
Based on his single, silhouetted appearance, Nika seemed to be a lanky, warrior-like figure with noodly limbs and flame-shaped hair.
According to the legend heard by Who's-Who, Nika was a heroic, benevolent figure who was a friend to slaves. It was said that Nika would one day come for the slaves to liberate them from their oppressive masters and bring smiles to their faces.
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Nika has been worshiped since ancient times by slaves who believed that he would eventually come to free them from their suffering. It is, however, unknown if such a figure actually existed or not.
Who's-Who, a former member of CP9 who was once imprisoned for failure, heard about the legend from an unnamed prison guard and then started giving his prayers for Nika with the intent of easing his own suffering. When Who's-Who noticed that the same prison guard who told him about the legend suddenly vanished from duty, he suspected that the story was not meant to be shared and that the World Government had done something to the guard. He then decided to break out of prison in order to escape a potentially worse punishment for knowing too much.
Who's-Who mentioned Nika to Jinbe during their fight, as the former associated the fish-men race with slavery, and asked Jinbe about the legend. Jinbe did not reply to Who's-Who, and was angered with the assumption of the relationship between the fish-men and slavery, so after defending from Who's-Who attacks, he delivered a critical blow upon him.
- The concept of a Sun God is very common across several real world cultures. Because of the sun's importance to life as a whole, most solar deities were often recognized as symbols of power and prosperity.
- According to Who's-Who's words, there is a connection between Nika, who is claimed to be a sun god, and the Sun Pirates, though it is unknown if there actually is one.
- Some cultures within the world have been shown worshiping the sun or a deity related to it:
- Mousse of the ancient Shandia tribe from 400 years ago once mentioned that she would "meet the sun god" after her sacrifice. The snake Kashigami, which the Shandia worshiped, had "God of the Sun" as one of its multiple titles.
- Otohime, the deceased queen of Fish-Man Island, had a profound admiration for the sun, frequently using it as a symbol that Fish-Men and Merfolk had to strive for.
- The giants of Elbaf celebrate the death and rebirth of the sun through the Winter Solstice Festival.