Shang-Da is werewolf and a Hati, or second enforcer of the St. Louis pack. He is a tall man of Chinese descent with an unnervingly intense gaze. Unlike many shapeshifters, Shang-Da prefers elegant clothes (with polished wingtip shoes) for everyday wear.
Shang-Da transferred from the San Francisco Bay pack and took the role of Richard's Hati without any fights, as no one else wanted the position that badly. Shang-Da has a strong dislike for Anita due to the fact that she hurt Richard in the only way Shang-Da couldn't protect him from; by being repeatedly unfaithful and a bad Lupa.
Shang-Da is the first lycanthrope that Anita met who carries a gun, a snub nose .38, and is comfortable doing so.