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He was just a boy from Nagwa. It is said that before killing his commanding officer, he declared that it was his Dharma to resist the British. He was a sepoy, like me. He worked for the Company, like me. He was also a hero, but I'm not a hero. It would do me good to stop listening to rumors.
—Nanib Sahir, about a rebel Sepoy who killed his commanding officer

Nanib Sahir is a lieutenant of the British Sepoy regiments. He works for the East Empire Trading Company and for Colonel Edwardson. He is the main protagonist of the Act III: India campaign in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties.


Nanib's story is like those of most of his sepoy comrades. He was born into a high caste always knowing a world where the British East India Company held influence over the kingdoms of India and surrounding nations.

What sets Nanib apart from the other soldiers in his brigade is that he is the only man who chooses to act out against his superiors, taking up arms against Colonel George Edwardson, under whom he has served for more than two years. By making this decision, Nanib finds himself the reluctant commander of an army of traitorous Company soldiers bent on revenge against their British officers.

Of course, the soft-spoken and patient Nanib does not have the warlike instincts expected of a general, and thus he questions his right to lead. Luckily for him, there is a man who perfectly embodies all of Nanib's resentment towards the Company and its oppression: Colonel George Edwardson. When Nanib recalls the colonel's many acts of ruthlessness and racism, he finds a purpose for what he is doing. The shy, cautious soldier takes on the role of sepoy general in order to rid India of all the Edwardsons that have plagued it for more than two centuries.

Nanib grows tired of the company's cruel ways and abuses to the Indian citizens. Despite this, he continues to help his superior in battles against Indian rebels, to the point of unintentionally being used as a trap by the colonel to ambush the rebels.

Eventually, Nanib indeed joins the rebellion after he sees some Muslim Sepoys refusing to use Enfield rifles because their cartridges, which must be bitten open before use, are covered with pork fat, which the men's Muslim beliefs do not allow them to consume. Though Nanib says he cannot consume pork fat either, remarking "But sir, it is also against my beliefs!", he uses one of the rifles to fire a near-miss at Edwardson and then quickly escapes to safety, where he soon gains the help of Pravar Patel, another Sepoy hero.

They raze the local fort where Edwardson's troops are, and lead several raids on British forts. Later Nanib and Pravar decided their next major battle would be to rescue Bahadur Shah, the Emperor of India. They sneak into Delhi in the dead of night and destroy weapon caches to cause elephant stampedes, which destroy gates. He then rallies soldiers and battles through Delhi, freeing the Emperor. Finally, after failed negotiation, Nanib leads an assault to Colonel Edwardson's base, destroying it and killing Edwardson in the process.

In-game unit[]

Sepoy lieutenant of the British East India Company.
—In-game description

Nanib uses a musket to fight from a long range. He can use Eye of the Assassin which is similar to Crackshot Attack used by Explorers, but does less damage and has shorter cooldown, and Fire Command to temporarily increase the damage of nearby friendly units.

Like other heroes, Nanib has many hit points, but if he falls, he will collapse instead of dying and need to regenerate enough hit points to be rescued by allies. Similar to Explorers, he can collect treasures and build Trading Posts, but cannot build Town Centers.


  • AoE 3 Ability Snipe Eye of the Assassin: A powerfull shot that heavily damages a single target. Deals 750 ranged damage to the target infantry, cavalry or treasure guardian from a range of 16. 30 seconds cooldown.
  • Fire Command ability Fire Command: An aura that increases the attacks of the allies around you. For the next 10 seconds the attacks of friendly units in an Area of 12 around Nanib does three times more damage. 90 seconds cooldown.
  • Regenerate ability aoe3de Health Regeneration: Regenerates 0.25% hit points per second after 3.5 seconds idle.


  • Nanib's appearance is modeled after the depiction of the historical character Mangal Pandey in the film Mangal Pandey: The Rising. The boy Nanib referred to was most likely Mangal Pandey
  • Unlike Chayton Black, Nanib still dons his company uniform and his dialogue is still English when joining the rebellion.
  • When Nanib collapses, a text box appears next to him that says: "I can pass peacefully now... and proud..."
  • The name Nanib Sahir is an allusion to Nana Saheb, who led the Indian Rebellion of 1857 in the city of Kanpur.


Heroes in Age of Empires III
3Icon48px Age of Empires III
Act I: BloodAlain icon aoe3de Alain Magnan · Young Chilche AoE3DE Chilche · Delgado aoe3de Delgado · Elizabeth ramsey aoe3de Elisabet Ramsey · Morgan black aoe3de Morgan Black · Native boy aoe3de Native Boy · Sahin icon aoe3de Sahin The Falcon
Act II: IceCol washington aoe3de George Washington · John black aoe3de John Black · Kanyenke aoe3de Ká:nien · Nonahkee act2 aoe3de Nonahkee · Stuart icon aoe3de Stuart Black · Warwick icon aoe3de Warwick
Act III: SteelAmelia black igc icon Amelia Black · Bolivar icon aoe3de Bolivar · Old Chilche AoE3DE Chilche · Kanyenke old aoe3de Ká:nien · Cooper icon aoe3de Major Cooper · Old Coot icon AoE3DE Old Coot · Beaumont icon aoe3de Pierre Beaumont
3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs
Act I: FireGen washington aoe3de George Washington · Kanyenke twc aoe3de Ká:nien · Nathaniel Black icon DE Nathaniel Black · Nonahkee act1 aoe3de Nonahkee · Sven icon aoe3de Sven Kuechler
Act II: ShadowChayton Black icon DE Chayton Black · Crazy horse aoe3de Crazy Horse · Custer aoe3de General Custer · Holmes icon aoe3de Sheriff Holme · Sx warchief aoe3de Chief Brave Wolf · Lakota dog soldier aoe3de Chief Bull Bear · Iro warchief aoe3de Chief Two Moon
3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties
Act I: JapanMototada aoe3de Daimyo Mototada · Kichiro icon DE General Kichiro · Tokugawa aoe3de Shogun Tokugawa
Act II: ChinaJinhai aoe3de Admiral Jinhai · Huang icon DE Jian Huang · Chen icon aoe3de Lao Chen
Act III: IndiaBadur icon aoe3de Bahadur Shah · Edwardson aoe3de Colonel Edwardson · Nanib icon DE Nanib Sahir · Pravar icon aoe3de Pravar Patel
Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition
Act II: ShadowFrank Icon Uncle Frank (replaces Crazy Horse)
Historical BattlesAhmad al mansur Ahmad al-Mansur · Pecaudy Icon Claude-Pierre Pecaudy · General mx portrait El General · Padre hidalgo aoe3de El Padre · Isaac Brock icon General Isaac Brock · American General Icon General Jackson · Hizir Reis Icon Hizir Reis · Kassa hailu portrait Kassa Hailu · Marine Officer portrait Marine Officer · Militia Officer portrait Militia Officer · Oruc Reis Icon Oruc Reis · Queen Sabla Icon Queen Sabla Wengel · Sir Francis Drake Icon Sir Francis Drake · Sultan malik portrait Sultan Abd al-Malik · Sultan Mohammed II portrait Sultan Mohammed II · Usman dan fodio icon Usman dan Fodio · Yermak Timofeyevich Icon Yermak