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Shambhani was an International Fleet WAMRED breach team marine.[1] He was first introduced in The Swarm.


SPOILER WARNING: plot details follow.

The Swarm

Three years after the First Formic War, Shambhani was a member of Mazer Rackham's breach team in testing WAMRED technology for use in war against the Formics. In one exercise, Shambhani was in a capsule heading for a derelict ship that was being used as a fake Formic ship. Shambhani was shot with a simulated Formic doilie before placing his Gravity Disruptor, and waited for Mazer and the rest of the team to finish the excercise.[1]

Afterwards, Rimas brought up the idea of developing a shield for use in combat to protect against doilies. The breach team then developed a model for a shield based off of Nan-Ooze nanomachines, and Shambhani drew a more detailed version for the possible design.[1]

Later that evening, news came from the Hegemon Ukko Jukes in a vid, announcing that one of the eight Parallax telescopes, Copernicus, was destroyed by a Formic fighter ahead of the main alien fleet. Shambhani discussed the news with the rest of his breach team.[1]

Some days later, Shambhani and the rest of the team set out to test the live Gravity Disruptor charges. However, one of the four cubes was faulty; Mazer radioed to mission control asking to abort the mission, but his request was denied. Instead, he used contingency Beta, where three cubes would align into a triangle. The resulting explosion ripped the test ship apart, sending shrapnel in all directions. One piece sliced into Shambhani's calf, creating a gaping hole in his suit. His suit sealed itself, but abandoned his leg from the knee down. The team was taken back to the station in a medic ship, but there was little chance of saving Shambhani's leg, which had turned black.[1]

After some time in the operating room, Shambhani lost his leg.[1]


Shambhani was shown to have a slightly pessimistic attitude.


  • Shambhani was a Pakistani from Karachi.[1]
  • He was the youngest member of his breach team.[1]