SPOILER WARNING: Second Formic War plot details follow.

Maja was a crew member of the Shimbir.[1] She was first introduced in The Swarm.


The Swarm

After hearing rumors of an expensive digger ship in the Kuiper Belt, Khalid and his crew traveled to the asteroid it was anchored at. However, the ship they found was small and worthless. Khalid asked his crew whether they should go through with the raid. Ibrahim, Khalid's brother, thought it would be a waste of time, but when Khalid realized that an International Fleet vessel was nearby he came up with a plan to use the junk ship as bait. After raiding the mining ship, Khalid stayed on board and sent himself adrift to be rescued by the IF ship. He gave Ibrahim and Maja joint captainship of the Shimbir while he was gone.[1]

Over a month later, Khalid returned to the Shimbir in the IF ship that he had captured. Ibrahim assumed they would keep the Fleet vessel and ditch the Shimbir, but Khalid decided to remove all the valuable parts of the ship and take it back to the Shimbir to avoid being tracked by the IF. Ibrahim, frustrated, called the Shimbir junk and was slapped by Khalid, demanding he give the ship respect. Ibrahim left through the docking tube.[1]

After helping him put on a new jumpsuit, Maja attempted to seduce Khalid, but he turned her away.[1]

Four days later, they completed stripping the IF ship and taking its essentials onto the Shimbir. The crew now had the Fleet's starcharts, which they could use to avoid their warships and hit supply lines, but when Khalid realized that an International Fleet ship was nearby he came up with a plan to use the junk ship as bait.[1]

The Bajovnik was one of the first targets of the Shimbir's crew, once they obtained the starcharts. Khalid interrogated the final member of the Bajovnik's crew, Gustaaf Rynsburger, after the raid and learned about the ansible. Maja was instructed by Khalid to watch Gustaaf as he installed the ansible aboard the Shimbir.[1]



  • Maja had a dagger named the Silver Lady.[1]
  • She was the only woman in the crew of the Shimbir.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 The Swarm
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