James 'Tolya' Gliff is a Chernarussian American, he was born in Chernarus, but left when he was young as a refugee due to the political situation.
Tolya spent most of his life in America, but at the end of the civil war he returned and took up residence in Chernarus. One night he was mugged, and he fought back and killed the man. From that day forward he vowed to hurt nobody, and joined the Church, vowing to be a pacifist in all situations.
The guilt ate him up inside, and two years after, the outbreak started in Chernarus, and Tolya offered refuge to those he could, he remained in Chernaus since, getting around by sneaking, but never by hurting.