Tosh Zath was a female Zabrak Jedi. She mastered both Makashi and Force Healing. In the Jedi Order, she was a Padawan under Jedi Master Ni Resh. Shortly after she became a Jedi Knight, Order 66 occurred. She spent many years on Jerley and JBip, but later went to Yavin IV and eventually Ossus as a member of the New Jedi Order.
Tosh eventually became a well-respected Jedi Master in the New Jedi Order. She contributed in the fights against the Yuuzhan Vong and Killiks. She spoke against Corellia during the Second Corellian Insurrection.
Tosh Zath was born on Talus, like many other Zabraks. She was found by Jedi Master Eeth Koth while he was on a mission there. He took her to the Jedi Temple. She progressed through Jedi Training as most Padawans did, until she was selected as an apprentice by Jedi Master Ni Resh.
After she became a Jedi Padawan, she served as a Jedi Commander in the 72nd Sector Group. She would fly as gunner in Ni Resh's starfighter during space battles, and she would accompany him on the ground when they were doing ground missions.
During the Battle of Sullust, Tosh faced off against the group of Dark Jedi known as Darth Leigon. She and fellow Padawan Kaylon Blale teamed up to defeat two of the Bartokk. While they were fighting, a Force Bond developed between them. They could tell what the other was thinking, and they worked together extremely well.
When Order 66 happened, she, Ni Resh, Kayylon, and Orsen Ze'kla were confronted by Darth Vader in an abandoned base on Jerley, an Outer Rim world. When Ni Resh sacrificed herself to save the other three Jedi, she, Kayylon, and Orsen split up. While she escaped, she fought past a group of newly-armored Stormtroopers. Once she had managed to leave the base, she took Ni Resh's Jedi Starfighter. As she flew away from the planet, however, a flight of TIE Fighters intercepted her. Their lasers struck her starfighter again and again, causing her engines to fail. The starfighter plummeted to the ground, exploding.
However, Tosh survived. At the last second, she punched out, and landed in near a grove of trees. She hid there until the TIEs stopped circling the crash, then escaped into a nearby city, where she adopted a false identity.
During the EmpireEdit
During the time of the Empire, Tosh stayed in seclusion on Jerley. She acted much as a superhero would act, carrying on a secret identity and fighting crime. When a group of rogue Jedi began basing there, she combated them. Since she practiced Makashi, she destroyed the Dark Jedi league by defeating them in lightsaber combat, one by one.
Tosh also worked against organized crime. She had a few contacts in less-respectable areas of the city, and they would inform her when a number of criminals would start any rings or gangs. Once she knew, she would work to take apart the criminal group by attacking contraband shipments, revealing their bases to local authorities, and sometimes even acting against them as a Jedi. During the time of the Empire, the times when a Jedi broke up a drug ring often brought more attention to the Jedi than to the drug ring. However, to avoid the deadly notice of the Empire, she did not reveal herself to be the mysterious vigilante.
Her "real identity" was Talamin Kersh, a counselor for the mentally insane. She helped many patients recover their sanity and their lives by using the Force to restore damage to their brains.
RediscoveryEditJedi Master Luke Skywalker, even though his Jedi Academy was already established, still performed routine searches through Galactic news to search for possible Jedi. While browsing the HoloNet, he saw a news report from Jerley. It mentioned the actions of a hooded vigilante who had recently exposed a crime ring there. While accessing the story, a computer glitch took him to a story about how an institute for the insane on the same planet was having remarkable success. Displayed was a picture of a rather successful Zabrak doctor, who had helped over 100 patients in less than thirty years. Luke ran the picture through the files, and it corresponded closely with a picture of the young Jedi Padawan, Tosh Zath.
A group of NRI agents, working for Luke, went to investigate the possible Jedi. Once they arrived on planet, they learned that she had been kidnapped by a group of criminals who had learned of her secret identity. The group had to rescue her. After the crime ring was broken up and Tosh was freed, she told them that she would join the New Jedi Order, but she would stay on Jerley, helping the same people she had been helping before and fighting crime, except now openly a Jedi.
Returning to the GalaxyEdit
Tosh remained on Jerley for another two years. Unbeknownst to her, Kaylon Blale, her friend and fellow Padawan, had survived the Jedi Purge as well, and was living with his father on JBip. While the group of NRI agents she met were on a mission there, they learned that Kaylon knew Tosh. He asked the group if they would be able to convince Tosh to come to JBip, where she would be able to help their planet and be re-united with people she knew from the Clone Wars.
When they arrived, Tosh was otherwise occupied. A remnant of Dark Jedi had landed, and she was busy chasing them across uncharted terrain. One by one, she fought and defeated each of the Dark Jedi using her knowledge of Makashi. When the NRI agents found her, she was dueling the last one left, their leader. The agents intercepted and fought off a group of stormtroopers that the Dark Jedi had called in for backup, and thus saved Tosh's life.
New Jedi OrderEdit
Tosh Zath lived on JBip for half a year. Although she was thankful to have been reunited with friends and set on helping the people of JBip, she felt that the Force was calling her to a different path. She left JBip to join the Jedi Praxeum on Yavin IV. She became an instructor there, teaching the art of lightsaber dueling along with healing. In the years before the Yuuzhan Vong war, she trained a Padawan, a young human male named Coplin Myt. She was raised to the rank of Jedi Master four years before the Yuuzhan Vong invaded the galaxy.
Yuuzhan Vong WarEdit
In the Yuuzhan Vong War, Tosh fought the invaders fiercely. She fought alongside the ranks of the New Republic's armies and flew with its navies, but her strongest point was single combat. She had come close to mastering Makashi at this point, and it was as effective against Yuuzhan Vong and their amphistaffs as it was against Dark Jedi and their lightsabers. In the thick of battle, she would dart back and forth along the front lines, dealing deadly blows to Yuuzhan Vong warriors. She earned the nickname "Vong-slitter," after her fighting style of darting beneath amphistaffs to cut open the enemies.
When the bounty on Jedi was given, she was back on Jerley, trying to rouse support for the war. One of her former underworld contacts had joined the Peace Brigade, and he tried to capture her for her bounty. She was confronted by him and five other Peace Brigaders. Tosh had advanced much since they had last seen her, however, and quickly unarmed the six Brigaders. She chose to spare them, however, rather than killing them for their traitorous act.
In the Battle of Ebaq 9, she flew a starfighter with the other Jedi, and joined in the battle meld. While in a furball, her starfighter's grab-safely failed, and her shields were stripped by a coralskipper. She suffered severe damage to her starfighter, forcing her out of the battle. Tosh limped back to Kre'fey's flagship with only one engine, and sat out the rest of the battle.
Dark Nest and BeyondEdit
During the Dark Nest crisis, Tosh was one of the Jedi Masters who studied the Joiners, mostly because she had experience with using the Force to examine patients' brains. Later on, when the Killiks entered open war against the Galactic Alliance and the Chiss Ascendancy, Tosh flew a StealthX in the Utegetu Neblua, disabling the hyperdrive of one of the Killik nestships.
Tosh was an influential speaker against Corellia during the Second Corellian Insurrection. She felt strongly against Dark Jedi, and she believed that if Corellia were to succeed in its open rebellion against the Galactic Alliance, the inevitable Dark Jedi would be able to rise unopposed in the Corellian government. However, she also condemned the actions of Jacen Solo and the Galactic Alliance Guard. At times, she wondered if Jacen was falling to the Dark Side.
Tosh was a quiet person. She did not speak very much, and when she did, she spoke very softly. However, she felt strongly on matters regarding on the Dark Side, probably because her master was killed by one. She believed that anything related to the Dark Side was evil, and did not permit her students to even joke about it.
When she was using Makashi, she became even quieter than she usually was. She would not offer any taunts, as was the practice of many duelists, nor would she respond to the same from her opponent. She seemed to not pay attention to outside stimuli, but she was always aware of what was going on. She would just not react unless the action immediately affected her.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
Tosh was proficient in the use of the lightsaber, particularly in the second lightsaber form, Makashi. She chose the archaic style due to a premonition she had in Jedi training, in which she saw herself fighting Dark Jedi. Her choice later paid off, as she dueled many enemies over the course of her life, including Sith, Dark Jedi, and Yuuzhan Vong.
Tosh also excelled in the area of Healing by using the Force. Although she began her Jedi path as a Jedi Guardian, when she went into exile on Jerley, she began to study the art of healing. She applied what she had learned by helping the mentally insane, curing their diseases and helping them go back to normal lives.
Tosh could also pilot a starfighter with some skill. When she was apprenticed to Ni Resh, she flew as his co-pilot in a modified starfighter. In the New Jedi Order, she occasionally flew with other Jedi.
Behind the scenesEdit
Tosh Zath was made as a supporting character for a Wizards of the Coast Star Wars Roleplaying Game campaign. She was apprenticed to one of the player characters, Ni Resh. The campaign she first appeared in was discontinued, so some information in this article is speculation by the player. However, the aforementioned player will be GM'ing another campaign where Tosh will make appearances in a few of their missions.
All pictures of Tosh use a Zabrak Female option from the game Jedi Academy.