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- Terran ghost(src)
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Ghosts are feared terran covert operatives. Originally created by the Terran Confederacy, the majority of ghosts are currently trained by and operates primarily under the authority of the Terran Dominion. They are known for their assassination skills, psionic powers and ability to cloak using a personal cloaking device.
The official statement from the Terran Dominion government was that ghosts and the Ghost Program did not exist. Many terrans dismissed ghosts and the existence of psionically gifted terrans in general as lies and propaganda. However, the existence and operations of ghosts were common knowledge among much of the civilian and military population, even being reported on venues such as UNN.
During the Great War, ghost operations were seen as so essential that the Confederate Armed Forces regularly claimed they were the only reason the Terran Confederacy was able to stand against the protoss and zerg.
Ghosts are frequently tasked with locating targets and providing targeting for tactical nuclear strikes. Their reconnaissance role is aided by cybernetic enhancements to their eyes.
Ghosts were chosen from psychically-gifted individuals who were quarantined by the Terran Confederacy (and later Terran Dominion) and trained from infancy to channel their psionic energies to augment their natural physical strength and endurance. Conscripts who successfully completed the Ghost Program's rigorous training and augmentations then served as commandos and assassins. Ghosts are unrivaled in their ability to infiltrate and assassinate.
Ghosts are trained in target shooting, close-quarters combat (martial arts and possibly other techniques) and vehicular expertise. Ghosts are also trained to move quickly and are desensitized to combat; an example would be Sarah Kerrigan's training, who had a gun placed to her head by a guard and was ordered to kill the guard before he killed her. Kerrigan was subjected to this training at age twelve.
- Main article: Ghost controls
Ghosts are usually silent and are generally loners. This can be attributed to other terrans being wary of their psionic abilities, as well as the mental conditioning and alterations underwent in the Ghost Program, which would entail erasing their memories of past events. This serves their masters well—the harder it is for ghosts to form relationships, the fewer distractions they have to deal with. Ghosts are expected to remain impassive and forbidden to use their mind-reading powers, but they sometimes accidentally pick up surface thoughts. Most of the ghosts who pass through the Ghost Academy emerge with a grim outlook on life. Among Dominion Marine Corps, ghosts had more of a reputation for crazed outburst than even reapers.
During the Terran Confederacy and early Terran Dominion, all science vessels possessed Ghost Program files, stored in a secure room at the bottom of the vessel, in case a ghost required "repair" (what amounted to medical aid in the program).
For the most part, ghosts are simply numbers or names. Under the Confederacy, all ghosts, regardless of whether they "graduated" or not, were assigned a standard number and/or agent number (an alpha-numeric code). The Dominion has retained this system. Few ghosts under the program have any memories of their former lives especially after memory wipes became standard operating procedure. Under the Confederacy, ghosts were unaware of their true names and while most ghosts retain knowledge of their names under the Dominion, their training emphasises that they should address each other by their alpha-numerics—a trait followed by Dominion soldiers as well.
All ghosts possess a personal file, though the contents are restricted.
Ghosts have the ability to read minds but generally do not have the ability to block thoughts; ghosts find each other very easy to read. Ghosts and weaker psychics can detect other sources of psionic power.
Some ghosts have demonstrated a wider variety of powers. For instance, Sarah Kerrigan and Nova have demonstrated the ability to damage opponents' brains to the point of death. Nova can even kill multiple opponents while leaving someone in the midst of the attack unharmed.
Devon Starke has demonstrated the ability to project his thoughts, as well as remote viewing and psychometry. He and some other ghosts have also demonstrated the ability to plant suicidal and homicidal urges into an opponent's mind.
Following the Fall of Tarsonis, the Terran Dominion also instituted changes. The Ghost Academy was moved to Ursa. Ghosts were portrayed as "superheroes" who served the Dominion. The Academy was "opened up" to make it seem more appealing. Students could even communicate with their parents before their impending memory wipe.
Ghosts began disappearing in approximately 2503 due to abductions by the spectres, but this conspiracy was dismantled. They again began to disappear some years after the End War, prompting a Kate Lockwell Universal News Network special on the topic. Michael Liberty began doing an investigation into the disappearances.  It was later revealed they were assigned to the Defenders by Dominion personnel.
In addition to their previous abilities, ghosts were trained to combine psionics and technology to do things such as see through objects with heat vision. Ghosts can use their hostile environment suit and psionic powers to greatly increase their speed and reflexes, and channel their psionics through the suit itself.
Ghosts also began using protoss-derived technology such as the psyblade. Some ghosts were outfitted with cybernetic augmentations such as ocular implants during the era of the Terran Confederacy, but as these were prone to destruction due to psionic feedback, this was replaced with a state of the art ghost mask.
Project Gestalt, lasting from 2502 to 2503, utilized cross-species tissue transplants, specifically implanting protoss tissue into a ghost, converting him into a gestalt. However, the project was terminated by the protoss.
After the Brood War some ghosts were exposed to terrazine gas and jorium, substances known to drive genetic mutation in psychics. This was part of Project: Shadowblade. The results were "enhanced" ghosts known as spectres.
- A disgruntled male ghost(src)
Ghost gear features some of the most advanced technology ever conceived by humanity. Ghosts channeled their psionic energies through their hostile environment suit, a specialized skinsuit laced with psi-sensitive artificial muscle fiber, to augment their physical capabilities. A personal cloaking device and requisite power supply were frequently issued as well; the device requires psionic energy as a component. Ghosts are equipped with ghost visors that keep them appraised of the battlefield around them and of changing mission objectives.
In addition to the hostile environment suit, ghosts have been known to wield the following weapons:
- AGR-14 rifle
- BOSUN FN92 rifle
- C-10 rifle
- C-20A rifle
- Combat knife
- E-11 lockdown device
- Hellfire shotgun
- Monomolecular blade
- Tactical nuke launcher
- Torrent SR-8 shotgun
- For StarCraft gameplay information see: Ghost (StarCraft).
- For StarCraft in-game quotations see: StarCraft Ghost Quotations.
This article or section contains information about StarCraft: Ghost, which has been declared non-canon. Elements may be taken as 'flavor lore' however.
- For StarCraft: Ghost information see: Ghost (StarCraft: Ghost).
- For StarCraft: Ghost in-game quotations see: StarCraft Ghost Ghost Quotations.
The player-character in the game was a ghost named Nova. Ghosts were also a playable 'class' in multiplayer.
- For StarCraft II gameplay information see: Ghost (StarCraft II).
- For StarCraft II in-game quotations see: StarCraft II Ghost Quotations.
Heroes of the Storm
- Main article: List of terran ghosts
The following is a list of important ghosts and trainees grouped by latest affiliation.
- Agent X81505M
- Ghost No. 24506
- Ghost No. 24718
- MacGregor Golding
- Theodore Pierce (Agent 25732)
- Devon Starke
- John Raynor
- Sarco Angelini
- Caleb (became a rogue spectre)
- Tanya Caulfield
- Aal Cistler
- Andie Dessai
- Delta Emblock (Agent X10128B, later became an independent agent)
- MacGregor Golding (Alpha Squadron, ex-Confederate)
- Jara (later became a rogue spectre)
- Karl (later became a rogue spectre)
- Dori Koogler
- Winlaleah Martine (became a xenobiologist, protoss researcher)
- Lio Travski (later became a rogue AI)
- Obi Minaya
- Dylanna Okyl (later became a rogue spectre)
- Colin Phash (became a shadowguard)
- Theodore Pierce (Agent X20991N, ex-Confederate, later became an independent agent)
- Sloan (later became a rogue spectre)
- Stone (Agent X74996R, left the Ghost Program)
- Devon Starke (ex-Confederate ghost #24876)
- Nova Terra (Agent X41822N, later became an independent agent)
- Kath Toom (Agent X52735N, later became a rogue spectre)
- Gabriel Tosh (became a rogue spectre)
- Unidentified ghost (fell to terrazine insanity)
- The Veteran
- Atticus Carpenter (Fist of Redemption, ex-Confederate)
- Samir Duran (xel'naga shapeshifter, posed as a terran ghost)
- Gestalt Zero (protoss/terran hybrid, ex-Dominion)
- Ghost Brother (Church of Besainted Pelagius, ex-Confederate)
- Sarah Kerrigan (Sons of Korhal, ex-Confederate ghost #24601)
- "Unholy" Tara ("Unholy" Tara's Stalkers, mercenary)
- Kare Vaessen (Alliance)
- Vega (Heaven's Devils, alternate timeline, ex-Dominion)
- Jenn the Vivacious (mercenary)
- Welke (Hale's Commandos)
Known Ghost Specialists
Psionic Soldiers in Other Factions
The Umojan Protectorate utilizes psionic covert operatives, called shadowguards. They have more personal freedom than those of the Terran Dominion, and are often part of intelligence and espionage operations in order to keep the secrets of the Umojan Protectorate safe.
A small number of ghosts were recruited into Mira's Marauders, but Mira had trouble keeping them on as part of her crew. Schezar's Scavengers utilized a number of ghosts augmented with protoss technology to control zerg cerebrates. Many others have been used for private security firms for VIPs on resorts such as Tyrador IX, though many have had to remove their visors as they scared the guests.
- The ghost unit was first conceived by Chris Metzen. During development of StarCraft, the initial conception of the ghosts were that they were government-made, genetically engineered soldiers, possibly grown in vats.
- According to Bob Fitch, the ghost ability to guide nuclear missiles was based off the smart missile scene from the 1994 film Clear and Present Danger.
- When designing StarCraft: Ghost, many elements of the ghost's look and armor had not been nailed down by StarCraft. As such, their design, weapons and equipment were largely created and cemented over the development of Ghost.
- A ghost hoodie was available through Jinx.com. It has since been discontinued.