Nitzhans Shamdi

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Nitzhans Shamdi
Book(s) The Crypt
Introduced Episode Two
Gender Male
Age unknown
Occupation Military Service
Species Human
Fan Name Yes
Military Service
Allegiance Planetary Union
Branch Marines
of Service
Rank Corporal
Stationed P.U.V. James Keeling

Nitzhans Shamdi is a character in the novel The Crypt by author Scott Sigler. The character is initially introduced in episode two of the podcast.

Character Background

Nitzhans Shamdi was a Corporal for the Planetary Union Marines stationed on Zachman Station. He had joined three years ago and had served loyally in many battles. Nitzhans had a close friend and colleague named Aramis who he often hung out with while off duty. On one outing to the bars on Zachman Station, Nitzhans and Aramis got heavily inebriated and tussled in a bar fight. Aramis was ready to head home when Nitzhans convinced him to go to one last bar. They entered a Quyth gin bar where Aramis took a seat and ordered drinks while Nitzhans went to the toilet. Unbeknownst to Aramis, Nitzhans went to the bathroom for a clandestine meeting with a Purist Nation operative. It was revealed that Nitzshans was actually a Purist Nation spy. He had educated in a Purist Nation cloister where he was recruited to infiltrate the Planetary Union Marines. Nitzhans and the operative spoke in American Sign Language (ASL) where the operative indicated that they needed Nitzhans to get assigned to the P.U.V. James Keeling. The Purist Nation believed the ship was destroyed but intelligence indicated that it was being crewed again. The Keeling had destroyed dozens of Purist Nation ships which made the current intelligence unsettling. In the three years that Nitzhans spent in the Marines, he had never advanced past corporal and didn’t know what purpose the High One had for him and his mission. He was more than willing to take the assignment and upon learning that the Keeling was being crewed with discipline cases – cowards, rapists, perverts and murderers – he calmly went back to the table Aramis was sitting at and killed him using a 13 inch knife.


Outward Appearance

While descriptions of Nitzhans are sparse it is clear from his introduction that he has had body modifications performed on himself. One known body modification Nitzhans possesses is an implant in his left ocular that would display the time and access text messages.


On the surface, Nitzhans appeared to be a typical Planetary Union Marine. When off duty, he would rambunctiously blow off steam with his friend and fellow Marine, Aramis. They would get drunk and get into bar fights. While Nitzhans professed to not start fights (most of the time) but he always finished them.

Nitzhans took full advantage of the expectation that no one questioned or messed with Marines. This led him to carry a knife on his person, even though he knew it was illegal to carry one on Zachman Station.

Nitzhans was also very adept at hiding his duplicity. His best friend and colleague, Aramis, had no idea that he was a spy for the Purist Nation. As a spy, Nitzhans didn’t question his orders, even when it required him to kill his own purist nation countrymen. He justified this as being acceptable because it was in service to the High One who would make his purpose clear.

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