Major Shep Jion was a Baron of House Melantha and a officer in the Imperial Army. Prior to the Battle of Hoth he was a lanky man in his thirties with close cut blonde hair. He was an honorable man who was often torn between loyalty to his house and the Emperor.
He was transferred back to the Tapani sector under the command of Major General Tessala Corvae. Shep was a member of the Order of the Kilmer Bange and as such had orders to keep an eye on his superior officer.