Shansi is a Hilurin blacksmith living in the village of Lysia in Byzantur. He is promised to Annaya, and moved with her to his parent's home in Nantua after the burning of Lysia, where they plan to be married.

During the Bled raid on Lysia, Shansi was trapped beneath a building while the raiders ransacked and razed the village. He dug himself out the next morning and wandered in a daze up the Nerit to the Kasiri encampment, where he found Annaya safe in one of the yurts. During a tearful reunion, Shansi learned that it was Liall who saved Annaya from the Bled.