Oerba Nedakh Shanti (オエアバ ネダク シャンティ oeaba nedaku shanti), also simply known as Shanti シャンティ (shanti) is a playable character in Sonic The Hedgehog series who appears as a non-playable character in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle and as a temporary party member in Sonic Advance. Her full name stands for "Shanti of the Nedakh clan, from the village of Oerba".
In Sonic Adventure, Shanti is introduced as a Gran Pulse l'Cie working with a division of the Sanctum's military under unknown pretenses. A strong woman surrounded by mysteries and driven by a personal agenda, Shanti aims to complete her Focus to save her childhood friend from a fate worse than death.
Shanti is wise, confident, spiritual and stubborn, and like Silver, is sarcastic, determined, and independent, but insecure whenever talking about her past. She has a quick wit and a dry sense of humor and can be strict. Although she comes across as cocky and confident, Shanti has a caring and compassionate side, especially towards her twin sister Lende, whom she would protect by any means. She cares greatly about her friends, willing to take extreme measures to protect them. In Sonic Unleashed, Sonic comments on Shanti having a "wild fearlessness to him", and indeed, Shanti never backs down from a fight regardless of her opponent. She also has a belief in Lady Luck.
Shanti is a descendant of the Timekeeper family who have safeguarded the chamber. She is determined to rescue her elder brother, Neon from the darkness that has overtaken him. The power of her mother's Tribal Necklace allows her to see the future.
In Shadow The Hedgehog (2005), She visits the local church not far from Westopolis, while she prays for her deceased father, Shanti waits anxiously for her friend, Sonic to return home. Her anxiousness grows when stainglass windows cracks, sensing his presence. The window suddenly blasts open and Shanti sees the silhouette of Black Doom. He quickly enveloped her in his arms and carries her away. Her family sends Sonic and Shadow to return her back home, Despite everyone's warning about him, Shanti remained by her deceased father's side, unfazed by Black Doom's reputation. Following Black Doom's destruction, Shadow returns to the Crystal Cave and informs Shanti that her father's spirit have returned to the Planet. He tells her that "everything is all right now," thanks her, and tells her she is the reason he survived. As Shadow departs, a tear rolls down Shanti's cheek.
In Sonic X, Shanti is the Secretary General of the African Supreme Council of Antiquities at the Station Square Museum. She became a museum curator in order to lure Sonic, Chris, and their friends in order to save her elder brother from his darker alter ego, Paladin Gail.
When Shanti was six months old, she and her parents moved to Station Square and, at the age of five, Dr. Eggman destroyed their home. Shanti's birth father were killed, but she and her mother survived, buried under rubble near her father's body. This traumatizing effect left Shanti with the severe claustrophobia that still afflicts her today. Shanti and her mother managed to escape the rubble of her shattered home with nothing but the tattered clothes on her back and her father's ancestral necklace.
She is the descendant of an ancient line of African priestesses, all of whom have dark brown hair, brown eyes, and the potential to wield magic. Born Oerba Nedakh Shanti, her mother, Oerba Nedakh N'Daré, was the princess of a tribe in Kenya, who married the American photo journalist, David Munroe, and moved with him to her home, where Shanti was born.