a native of the planet Yelsain, Shigormallan joined the crew of a cargo hauler as a teenager. When the planetary government began taxing shipments in order to support the Empire, his commanders opted not to pay them. He found himself constantly under the scrutiny of Imperial Customs agents and the Imperial Security Bureau, He met a group of Alliance field agents during one of his detention periods, and decided to join the Alliance. He completed training in the Special Forces division, and was given a place in the Pathfinders regiment. He was hoped to get a position with the Wilderness Fighters, but attacked his new position with zeal despite the setback. He was quickly promoted from Trooper to Lieutenant, and accepted a position in Task Force Shen. He replaced a popular officer who was killed in action, and his brash, abrasive style didn't immediately mesh with the rest of the team. However, his skills proved he was more than worthy of the job, and he excelled in leading the Patfinder platoon under the command of Major Mart Stevez.