While training at the divisional headquarters of the Pesanga Brigade of Rifles in 17 B.E., Shah volunteered with five other PesangaGears to go on a mission to reinforce Anvil Gate, which was under siege. After being given supplies for the mission, Shah and the others got in a helicopter, and were flown north of the fort, and dropped off to make their way to it under the cover of night. On the way, they heard somebody moving amongst the rocks in front of them, and took cover as whoever it was got closer. It turned out to be a Gear from the fort, Pvt. Padrick Salton, who had been sent out to escort them in. Shah and the others followed him back to the fort, where they met with Lt. Victor Hoffman, the fort's CO. Pvt. Bai Tak introduced Shah and the others, and they then settled into their quarters. They then went to the briefing room, where Sgt. Samuel Byrne showed them maps of the area, and they made notes on certain areas for future patrols. As the siege went on, Shah and the others would go out on patrol every night, getting at least one kill each patrol. They also hunted down goats and brought them back to supplement the fort's food supply.