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Gabriel Tosh was raised by his grandmother on the "mean streets" of Haji, without much access to education or a use for one. There were no facilities to train his psionic abilities, which his grandmother believed was "voodoo." As a child, he himself believed this. Due to fear, the Hajian elders banished him and his grandmother to a remote shack on the edge of town.
Tosh was conscripted into the Confederate Armed Forces, where they recognized his psionic talents. He seemed to vanish, and no records of him from this period are available. Rumors ran rampant in regards to his whereabouts. In reality, he had been conscripted into the Ghost Program.
The Ghost Academy
- Tosh the patriot(src)
Tosh made the transition from Confederacy to Dominion, establishing himself as a hardcore supporter of the latter. At this point in his life Tosh was a passionate supporter of Arcturus Mengsk and the Dominion. During Tosh's time as a ghost, he grew close to Dylanna Okyl. However, the two drifted apart, leaving Okyl resentful towards Tosh, and whoever grew close to him.
In 2501, Tosh served as the leader of the Ghost Program's Team Blue, a group of ghost trainees. A first-class trainee, he was slightly older than the other members of the team. Tosh personally welcomed Kath Toom to the team, and from the outset, there was a spark between the two of them. However, it would be quite awhile before it amounted to anything...
The team system was a new innovation, and Tosh had to lead Team Blue for the first time in the Valerian hostage taking simulation with one position vacant. New teammate Nova Terra went off on her own. Tosh directed his other two subordinates, Toom and Lio Travski, but both fell into trouble. Tosh decided to carry out the mission by himself, but without backup was "cut down" by his opponents. Preceptor Lagdamen criticized him on this point, saying bad teamwork was worse than no teamwork, and praised Terra for almost completing the mission on her own.
Dylanna Okyl, the leader of Team Red, repeatedly criticized Nova Terra for her lack of teamwork in the training mission, which had left all her teammates "dead." She also called out Team Blue, saying their incompetence is all that made Nova's performance look good. Tosh tried to quell the arguments, but would then privately confront Nova about her lack of teamwork. Nova brushed him off.
Tosh found himself in charge of a new teammate, Aal Cistler, whose low PI rating of 4.5 should have kept him out of the Academy. Cistler didn't treat the Academy seriously, prompting Tosh to criticize him. During several training missions, Cistler and teammate Lio Travski (who was suffering from hab withdrawal symptoms) performed poorly, while Nova performed quite well by herself. Eventually, Tosh openly criticized Nova about her lack of teamwork, saying the rest of the team's poor performance wouldn't have mattered if Nova worked with them.
Tosh's lesson sunk in; for instance Terra helped a young trainee, Delta Emblock, with her reading tests. Tosh and Nova learned more about each other when Tosh accidentally reminded Nova of her past when discussing his own, causing her to suffer nightmares which Tosh "teeped" while he himself slept. The two mended fences the next morning. Nova also began cooperating with the rest of her team and eventually helped them succeed at their second attempt at the Valerian scenario.
In a sense, Nova's abilities made her Team Blue's 'ace in the hole,' at least in Tosh's mind. However, despite the teamwork, Team Blue began to fall apart, the reasons including Tosh's admiration for her turning into distracting attraction. Nova learned of Okyl's infatuation with Tosh, sparking hostility between the two women. Nova and Tosh kissed while out of the view of security cameras, but Academy policies forbade dating between students. For this reason, and that Okyl had seen the interaction, he rejected Nova's further advances to protect her. Nova felt bitter at Tosh's rejection, but the two still remained close in light of an upcoming urban melee exercise against Team Red. Tosh was downed at the hands of Obi Minaya during the simulation, but through Lio's technopathy, Team Blue came out on top.
In the aftermath of the exercise, Teams Blue and Red were combined into a single unit, Team Purple. Tosh and his fellow ghosts were to be sent to the fifth planet of the Baker's Dozen along with Preceptor Lagdamen, who would act as a trainer and observer. The Cyrus, a battlecruiser, would carry them. Commodore Georg Darabont introduced himself as a no-nonsense military man. The team was restricted to a single deck. While there, the ghosts learned various facts about the ship—the crew were regarded as cowards (for having retreated from the Battle of Tarsonis), the ship had not been refitted since that battle and was considerably undergunned and was undermanned as well. Tosh cheered everyone up with a rousing pro-Dominion speech.
As the ship entered The Baker's Dozen, Lio Travski picked up a distress call from Old Family heirs Bess and Rockham Kusinis from Shi, along with reports of the zerg being present. This convinced Darabont to head there and use the ghosts in combat, over Lagdamen's objections.
The first Dominion operation was a success. The ghosts used nukes to destroy a number of zerg hatcheries. The ghosts then rescued four Old Family heirs. However, the ghosts and marines were stranded from the Cyrus when their transport ship was destroyed while trying to pick them up, and the Cyrus headed toward a second cluster of hatcheries rather than pick them up. Despite their cloaking, the ghosts were detected by overlords, sparking a frenetic battle. Meanwhile, the Cyrus had gotten shot down.
Following the battle, Tosh reconsidered breaking up with Nova. He had done so to protect her, but only ended up hurting her. Their relationship was rekindled.
While downed, the Cyrus could be repaired through the use of Lio Travski's technopathy. However, large numbers of zerg were attacking the downed ship. The ghosts suggested Nova used her powerful psionic abilities to destroy the zerg at the second cluster of hatcheries, and Aal Cistler suggested her presence would lure the zerg away from the Cyrus. Tosh disagreed with this plan but Nova did not, so Tosh decided to accompany her.
Nova reached the hatchery cluster and began to "power up" her abilities, causing the zerg to retreat toward their hatchery cluster. Tosh had to flee out of the area, but was slowed down by fighting roaches after his cloaking ran out. Nova's cloaking also ran out, putting her in trouble. Although Tosh had not actually made it to safety, he told Nova he had. Nova unleashed her power, killing the zerg, but also catching and severely injuring Tosh. She found him and used her psionic abilities in an attempt to save him. The Cyrus was repaired and picked up Tosh and Nova. The former was put into an infirmary where Lagdamen scanned his brain.
Meanwhile, Director Kevin Bick was ordered by Emperor Arcturus Mengsk to subject all the ghost trainees to a memory wipe as he wanted to keep the fate of the Old Family heirs secret. The trainees were wiped, but the injured Tosh was not subjected to the process. Instead, Lagdamen told Nova that Tosh was suffering from "delusions" from an accident. Nova saw him at the Academy's infirmary. While holding a normal conversation, they also telepathically discussed the battle of Shi. However, Nova could not remember it (or the rekindling of their relationship) and believed it was just a delusion he was having. Tosh said that everything would "be like before... as if nothing ever happened."
- Tosh the rebel(src)
As a result of Nova Terra's mind blast, Tosh was altered. He was immune to the memory wipe procedure (when the Dominion eventually tried it on him) and could hide his thoughts from other mind-readers. His eyes turned milky-white... eyes that had been 'opened' to the nature of the Dominion. He became disillusioned with the Dominion and Ghost Academy, and felt that the situation had to change.
Tosh and Kath Toom started a romantic relationship, and they discovered what had happened to her father. He had known nothing of Sector 9, a secret organization within the Kal-Bryant Mining Conglomerate, and they learned of his betrayal at the hands of Aal and Aldeo Cistler. They claimed he revealed the information. Toom jumped into warp engines, killing himself. However, Kath Toom's memories of these events were wiped.
The son of a former Dominion senator, Colin Phash, had been forcibly inducted into the Ghost Academy. His father, Corbin, spread anti-Academy propaganda and eventually arranged a rescue mission. The two were forced to hide in the Umojan Protectorate for protection.
Eventually Tosh's secret was discovered. He faked his death in one of his first missions away from the Ghost Academy. His friends and even Emperor Arcturus Mengsk believed he was dead but the Ghost Program continued to hunt him. Lio Travski helped save his life during this period.
Tosh found himself in a slum on Tyrador IX, getting security jobs there for spending money. He came to the attention of a man whose brother, a former test subject of Project Shadowblade, had been imprisoned at New Folsom Prison. He was told about a mind-expanding substance called terrazine.
Tosh spent months seeking it. He eventually discovered it leaking out of a rift on the world of Altara. Shortly afterward, he met General Cole Bennett, a survivor of the project. Bennett now hated the Dominion, and Tosh was able to gain the support of the Umojan Protectorate due to his contacts with former Dominion senator Corbin Phash. Bennett and Tosh struck an agreement with the Umojans, where they would supply the spectres to launch a coup attempt against Arcturus Mengsk. Tosh had wanted to use Colin Phash as part of the coup, but the Umojans refused. However, they spread anti-Academy propaganda with the help of Michael Liberty, making them his lifelong friends.
In 2503, Bennett and his rebels were ready to make his move. On Altara, Tosh ambushed and captured Kath Toom, intent on having her join his cause. He had her exposed to terrazine, removed her neural implant and explained that he intended to set her "free". He was warm and tender towards her, but was aggravated at the scar left by the implant's removal, taking it out on fellow rebel Dylanna Okyl. On Gehenna Station, he was contacted by Bennett, who chastised him for the less than complete destruction of the refinery on Altara that Toom had been captured at, worried about salvageable evidence. Tosh assured him that there was nothing to worry about. Additionally, he pressed his case to recruit Nova Terra into the rebel movement, for both personal and objective reasons. Bennett gave Tosh permission to recruit his old comrade, while also ordering that the movement make its final move against Mengsk. He offered Toom a place in the planned assault on Augustgrad (including a fiery tirade about freedom and the like), but she refused.
Tosh took several spectres—Okyl, Sloan, Caleb, Jara and Karl—with him. During the mission, Tosh was suffering from terrazine-caused problems. He was seeing illusions, although he knew they weren't real. Him missing Toom and his concerns about Okyl's reliability didn't help matters either. Regardless, Lio Travski shut down the automated defenses and communications around Mengsk's Palace. Okyl suffered worse problems, and began butchering Dominion guards. Tosh was so enraged he mentally attacked her, but Sloan and the hallucination of his grandmother talked him down. However, Okyl's antics alerted the Dominion to the formerly secret attack. Arcturus Mengsk managed to slip a message past Travski, then hid in a psi-shielded panic room.
Tosh and several spectres—Caleb, Jara and Karl, clashed with Nova Terra and her team of ghosts. They ambushed the ghosts and used their powers to disable the ghost suits. However, Terra fought back, resulting in the deaths of Jara and Karl. Tosh and his spectres made off with two of the ghosts though.
Tosh mentally introduced himself to Terra, but she rejected him. As she entered the palace, she was ambushed by Dylanna Okyl, who stabbed her in the back and sprayed her with terrazine.
Tosh revealed himself to a trapped Mengsk before fleeing as Nova Squadron marines entered the palace. The mission was a failure. General Cole Bennett was angered, and told Tosh to bring in Terra by force.
Bennett captured Terra and Malcolm Kelerchian. The latter was taken to Gehenna Station as a prisoner in order to force Terra to kidnap Mengsk and turn him over to Bennett. Terra escaped and, hiding aboard the battlecruiser Palatine, was taken to the station. She launched Kelerchian's empty vessel, the November, and talked Travski into making it look like she was aboard.
Meanwhile, Tosh and Bennett had another argument about Terra. Tosh was upset that Bennett was trying to force Terra into working with them. Bennett noted that none of the spectres were using enough jorium, nor were they following their terrazine schedules properly. After the argument, an upset Tosh mentally lashed out at Kath Toom, prompting her to flee. He was immediately sorry, but she was already in hiding.
When the November arrived, Tosh warned Bennett not to go aboard it. Bennett went anyway, and quickly realized that Terra was not there. She had already escaped into the station.
Tosh believed Travski had turned traitor and had disabled the Palatine. Tosh had an EMP system which could be used on Travski for moments like this. Once communications were established, Bennett discovered that Tosh was more unstable than previously though.
Terra encountered Kath Toom, and had a short brawl. Terra knocked Toom unconscious, then stole her suit and gun. Bennett discovered the injured Toom. He used telekinesis to destroy her brain, as part of a plot to frame Terra for Toom's death. Tosh learned of Toom's "injury." He ran into Okyl, who told him that Terra had killed Toom. Tosh noted an aura of deception around her. He psionically lashed out, killing Okyl.
Terra slipped into Kelerchian's cell and freed him. Travski told them of the plot to frame her. Major Spaulding's battlecruiser began attacking Gehenna Station.
Terra tried to reach the Palatine, but Hauler intercepted her. Terra found herself among rows of "stasis chambers", many of which were occupied. Bennett told her these were psi indoctrinators. Bennett trapped her in a cell. While there, Travski, who had survived the EMP attack, contacted Terra. He had survived the EMP attack. She told him to feed footage of Bennett's admission of murder to Tosh.
An angry Tosh barged in. As he and Bennett used their psionic powers against each other, Terra was able to use her own powers to throw a stalactite at Bennett, killing him.
Meanwhile, Tosh took Toom's body into the Palatine, along with six indoctrinator chambers. He didn't realize that Toom was dead. The hallucination of Grandma Tosh told Tosh to travel to his home planet of Haji.
Tosh took leadership of Project Shadowblade, and the group remained opposed to the Dominion becoming a "subversive rebel group". Tosh made a reappearance as a mysterious arms dealer and pirate. He was considered so dangerous he was barred from the seedy Deadman's Port by local mercenaries. His hatred of Mengsk remained. By 2504, Tosh's Goons had developed a spectre-activating facility at Avernus Station, where he collected jorium and terrazine.
The Second Great War
Reactivating the Spectres
"Well, I need someone to balance out your sophistication and good manners."
"The guy ain't right in the head, brother! I can appreciate some good, honest craziness. But that guy? He's got something broke inside."
During the Second Great War, Tosh contracted Raynor's Raiders to pirate resources needed to produce spectres, ultimately for use against the Dominion. He believed Commander Jim Raynor would be amenable to his anti-Dominion motives.
Tosh hired the Raiders to mine minerals on Redstone III. The Raiders accepted it as a typical mining operation for profit. The spectre did not mention the minerals' jorium content, which acted as a psi-enhancing drug. Tosh embarked upon the Hyperion afterward.
Through interactions with Raynor, the spectre expressed how much of a threat Sarah Kerrigan possessed. In Tosh's mind, she had to be wiped out before she killed them all. He could also sense that Dark Prelate Zeratul visited Raynor. Raynor eventually confessed to what he had seen—a protoss-zerg hybrid. Tosh couldn't explain it, but hearing Raynor's words, he could sense what the future would bring. Tosh couldn't say whether the future was set in stone or whether it could be altered.
In regards to the Raiders' rescue of the Agria colonists, Tosh was suspicious of why the zerg hit the world so fast, and told Raynor that Doctor Ariel Hanson was a "honey trap". He suspected she was hiding something.
Tosh's assessments appeared to have some weight to them, as the Agrian colonists who made it to Haven began succumbing to the zerg hyper-evolutionary virus. Against Hanson's will, the Raiders put the infected down, including Hanson herself. Tosh offered some sympathy to Raynor, who had to eliminate the scientist himself. He pointed out that the situation could have been much worse if the Agrians had entered the Core Worlds and advised Raynor not to form attachments.
After the operation on Redstone, Tosh approached the Raiders to obtain terrazine from protoss altars on Bel'Shir, which were defended by the Tal'darim. The protoss attempted to seal off the altars but the Raiders made off with seven canisters of terrazine.
Captain Matt Horner received a transmission from an unknown source, explaining Project: Shadowblade. Tosh admitted to being a spectre, but claimed the transmission came from Mengsk in an attempt to divide them. Raynor agreed to let the matter pass, but wasn't sure if he could trust Tosh. Meanwhile, the Universal News Network broadcast a report on stealth-using operatives launching an attack on Nephor II, which Tosh displayed great interest in.
- Gabriel Tosh(src)
Next on Tosh's list of objectives was to rescue some of his previously spectre allies from New Folsom Prison. However, Nova contacted Raynor and warned him against further cooperation, claiming that spectres were uncontrollably violent. Though Raynor was displeased with Tosh's secrecy, the rebel was unwilling to trust a Dominion agent. Raynor's Raiders rescued large numbers of people opposed to Mengsk from New Folsom Prison, including some of Tosh's spectres.
Afterward, Tosh met with Raynor and Horner. With the Raiders prior help, the spectre was prepared to continue the fight to destroy the Dominion. Horner was disturbed by Tosh's purely destructive motives. In turn Tosh thought Horner's idealism and the fight for freedom would ultimately be a futile one, as Mengsk's fall would only lead to the rise of another tyrannical ruler, and another one after that. Raynor concluded that he and Tosh were similar in their single-minded, and perhaps self-destructive, pursuit of Mengsk, but believed that they were nonetheless paving the way for a better future, even if it was one that Raynor and Tosh were not meant to be a part of.
An aggrieved Tosh contacted Raynor from six light years away, and tried to torture the rebel with a voodoo doll. Unbeknownst to Tosh, the doll was attuned to Tychus Findlay instead, whose drinking in the Hyperion's cantina was rudely interrupted. Raynor was unaffected and rejected the spectre's claim that they would both do anything to win against Mengsk. Tosh was distracted enough for Nova to sneak up behind and stab him to death.
- Tosh to Raynor(src)
Tosh was grateful for Raynor's aid and agreed that only volunteers could become spectres within the Raiders and that no neural resocialization would be involved. He submitted data to Chief Engineer Rory Swann so that spectre equipment could be manufactured.
Tosh was impressed with Raynor's raid on UNN Studios. A raid on the Castanar space platform was another matter however, where a psionic "scream" from a hybrid reached him on the Hyperion. Tosh had never experienced such a thing before and hoped he never would again.
Tosh remained with the Raiders after the Battle of Char. Raynor was captured by the Dominion and held aboard the prison ship Moros. A reinfested Kerrigan and the Raiders searched for and found Moros. Tosh's offer to infiltrate the Moros and rescue Raynor was declined by Kerrigan, who insisted on carrying out the rescue herself.
Gabriel Tosh can stun enemy units in a small area, dealing 35 damage.
Gabriel Tosh can protect himself with 300 shield points for a brief period of time.
Gabriel Tosh drains half the life of an allied unit, gaining 2 points of energy per hit point drained.
Gabriel Tosh can drop a nuke which deals 700 damage + 500 vs structures, after Raynor's Raiders gives him access to several of them.
Heroes of the Storm
Personality and Traits
Tosh likes to use a balisong. He has good endurance, is a skilled martial artist and has a high opinion of his telepathic abilities. He has a nihilistic personality and while there is some good in him, Tosh knows that he must always look out for himself in order to survive. Such a personality places him as a counterpart to Matt Horner. He claimed he would do anything to get the job done.
During his days in the Dominion Ghost Academy, Tosh was a different individual than the one he is now—he was a strong supporter of the Dominion and Mengsk, believing that while their actions may not have always been clean or moral, the Dominion protected the people from the protoss and zerg and so was ultimately a force for good. In Tosh's eyes the ghosts, as the Dominion's elite warriors and assassins, were at the heart of the Dominion's war efforts and the most vital aspect of the war. He also harbored romantic feelings for Nova, but did not continue a relationship with her as student relationships were forbidden and he didn't want to jeopardize their careers.
As Tosh waged his guerilla campaign of terror against the Dominion, his personality underwent radical change. His already changed mentality was the result of a confrontation on the world of Shi, where Nova's psychic assault on the zerg altered Tosh's neurology and psyche. Later, as he became increasingly addicted to terrazine, his moods and perceptions became erratic. As his grasp on reality continued to wane, he would experience vivid hallucinations involving his grandmother Tosh, as well as the spectral image of Maman Therese, the voodoo god of death of Haji. Tosh's personality would slowly be warped by these two imaginary characters to the point where his accent, bearing and manner emulated that of his deceased grandmother; his nihilistic outlook took on an undertone of mysticism, and once more believed some of his psychic abilities were supernatural and spiritual in nature. Tosh held to the ideal that if he could reunite Team Blue from his days in the Ghost Academy under the spectre banner, than he could return to the camaraderie and friendship of those days, an ideal that quickly turned to an obsession, to the point where it interfered with his operations.
Skills and Powers
As a result of Nova Terra's mind blast, Tosh was altered. He was immune to the memory wipe procedure and could hide his thoughts from other mind-readers. His eyes turned milky-white. He became nearly impossible to detect psionically. His powers only expanded with terrazine use.
- Tosh made an early appearance in StarCraft II story mode gameplay at BlizzCon 2008. Here, he was a member of Raynor's Raiders from the outset of the game's story. His dialogue however, in regards to the need to kill Kerrigan, remained intact and was ported into Wings of Liberty.
- Neither Tosh nor any of the story choices made in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty were originally meant to appear StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.
- Tosh might be a reference to Peter Tosh, a member of the reggae band, the Wailers.
- Tosh shares many similarities with trolls from the Warcraft universe, such as having a Jamaican accent and usage of voodoo curses. Tosh has two click-on quotes, "What'chu want?" and "stay away from the Voodoo", which are from trolls in World of Warcraft. His voice actor, Dave Fennoy, also provides the voice for Vol'jin, the former faction leader of the troll race.
- A Tosh pin is available from the Blizzard store.