Panda Man was a member of the Black Company originating from Hsien. He acquired his nickname due to it sounding similar to his real name. In Soldiers Live he accompanied Tobo and a small team back down to the Shadowgate of the homeworld in order to fully seal it. He subsequently stayed behind to guard the Shadowgate with Spook. Panda Man created a tiny hamlet nearby, "complete with women and livestock, most of both showing signs of gravidity". Although he considered this duty the best he ever had, he was pestered every night by the ghostly, inscrutable Nef which were on the other side of the Shadowgate (the glittering plain). He presumably joins up with Suvrin during the Company's march back to Hsien at the end of the Annals.