Lord of Gilneas
Current master of Shadowfang Keep
Deceased (Lore)/Killable (WoW)
Lord Vincent Godfrey is a renegade nobleman from Gilneas who opposed his king, Genn Greymane, after discovering that Genn and many of his people had been afflicted with the worgen curse. After committing suicide rather than acknowledge a worgen as his lord, Godfrey's body was recovered and reanimated by the Forsaken, but after turning on them as well, he fled into the abandoned ruins of Shadowfang Keep, where he and his followers remain.
Lord of His Pack
Godfrey alongside Crowley was present with Genn in Lordaeron to create the Alliance of Lordaeron. He suggested that to stay in the good graces of their sister kingdoms for the benefit of trade and tariffs, they should only send a small token force instead of the whole Gilnean army. Some time later he helped Genn to plan the Greymane Wall.
The Fall of Gilneas
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
Godfrey is first seen at Greymane Manor after Genn learns about the apparent death of Halford Ramsey. He was told to have the towns near the Blackwald go on full alert against the worgen that attacked Halford, and he also wanted the woods searched. Godfrey believed it was a waste of time to search, but he would make it happen.
A few days later, a number of nobles were asking Greymane about the Forsaken just outside their wall, the missing livestock in the countryside, and the Starlight Slasher murders. Godfrey asked what the king intended to do about the worgen, and Greymane replied he would instate a curfew. Godfrey scoffed, insisting he be given ten men and set loose on the Blackwald to hunt them. He accused Greymane of going soft, and proposed that he take a respite and leave the decision-making to someone else. Greymane told Godfrey to watch his treasonous tongue, then ordered him to leave.
Lord Vincent Godfrey spent his life defending the kingdom of Gilneas. When the worgen curse ravaged this land, Godfrey was one of the first Gilneans to take up arms against the beasts. During the evacuation of Gilneas City Godfrey argued with Genn about rescuing Lord Crowley and prefer leaving the traitor to be killed by the worgen rather than saving him.
The day of the worgen attack on Gilneas City, Godfrey and two guards witnessed Halford Ramsey and Belrysa Starbreeze escaping the city and being trailed by feral worgen. One of the guards asked if they should intervene, but Godfrey wanted to see how it played out. Belrysa fended off the beasts with the light of Elune, and Halford noticed Godfrey and the soldiers. Belrysa called out to them that they were not his enemies, but Godfrey replied by shooting Halford in the chest. One of the soldiers asked what to do about Belrysa, but Godfrey said whatever she is, she's not Gilnean and to leave her to the wolves.
Following the evacuation of Gilneas City, the cursed Gilnean hero is confronted by Godfrey in a cage in Duskhaven, who reminds them of what they were before the curse and revealing that they were spared because the Gilneans still hoped that they can be saved, wondering if there is still a shred of humanity left within them. Later the hero is found to have been put in stocks and Godfrey tells Krennan Aranas that it is "time to put this one down" in accordance with protocol. However, King Greymane intercedes, asking if those who gave their lives so the survivors could escape were following "protocol". This interaction and later actions reveal that Godfrey is prejudiced against those that have been afflicted with the worgen curse. After the Forsaken started their invasion, Godfrey went to the fields near Duskhaven where he worked with the adventurer to fight the forsaken on the battlefield, the two captains of Forsaken ships and to kill the leader of the assault Dark Ranger Thyala.
Some time later, he accompanied Genn to Tal'doren where he met Darius and demanded to support the war against the Forsaken. After Genn revealed his worgen form to them, Darius agreed. Days later, Greymane traveled to Tempest's Reach with Godfrey and Krennan Aranas. While in the carriage, Godfrey held Greymane at gunpoint and decided that the only way to negotiate with the Forsaken was if he had something they wanted. Krennan called Godfrey an idiot, warning him that Greymane was a worgen, and Godfrey tossed the alchemist out of the carriage in response. At Tempest's Reach, Godfrey told the king it would not be long now before he began negotiating with the Forsaken. He kidnaps Greymane and holds him for ransom, believing he would be able to save Gilneas if he turned the king over to the Forsaken. A worgen adventurer sent by Krennan killed (Baron Ashbury and Lord Walden and suddenly appeared behind him. Greymane told his old friend it was over and not to make it difficult, but in response Godfrey jumped off the cliffside, deciding he'd rather die than have a worgen for a king.
Lord Godfrey is later raised as a Forsaken himself by the Val'kyr. Once he returned to "life," he led the attack against Pyrewood Village, where Lord Crowley and other survivors of Gilneas had settled. During this time he also used necromancy to resurrect Sean Dempsey, who had been eaten by crocolisks, only to murder him again. He later kidnaps Crowley's daughter Lorna and holds her for ransom as commanded by Sylvanas Windrunner, where he would rather kill her and raise her as a member of the forsaken, hoping to force a ceasefire between the Gilneas Liberation Front and the Forsaken. After Crowley surrenders to Sylvanas at the shattered Greymane Wall Godfrey betrays her, shooting and killing the Banshee Queen (who is shortly afterward resurrected by the Val'kyr). Now wanted by both the Alliance and the Horde, Godfrey made a run for nearby Shadowfang Keep.
- Main article: Lord Godfrey (tactics)
Surrounded by remnants of the Scourge and the whispering ghosts of those who've met their end in the keep over the years, Godfrey now plots the downfall of both the Alliance and Horde within Shadowfang Keep.
|Ruins of Gilneas||20||968|
As a quest giver
In Gilneas City:
As a quest objective
In the Ruins of Gilneas:
In Shadowfang Keep:
- What now?
- During the Storyline (Phase 1)
- Look at what you've become. Those cursed beasts...they've left you nothing more than just another wretched mongrel. Do you even remember what you did to your friends? Your kind...haunting the wilds unchecked...until we found you. They've kept you alive, because they still believe you can be saved. To which I must ask: Is there even a shred of humanity left within you? Perhaps...we will find out, soon enough.
- During the Storyline (Phase 2)
- Give it up, Krennan. It's time to put this one down. It's protocol.
- Hold your positions, men!
- Crowley! You and your elven allies are hereby ordered to serve along the king's army. Cursed or not, you are still bound by Gilnean law!
- No...I'd sooner die than have one of your kind for a king!
- My kingdom? My kingdom is no more.
- Your father and Greymane saw to that...No, Gilneas died when they allowed murderous beasts to reign free. Unchecked.
While in Silverpine
- "It's over Godfrey..." That's what he told me right before I jumped off of the cliff. NOTHING IS OVER, GREYMANE! I LIVE AGAIN!
- Gilneas was an impossible dream. Only a man of true vision could have seen it through... but Greymane? Never...
- Never did I dream that our "king" would betray us as he did. To think that he had been a worgen in secret while he ruled over us. Sickening...
- We used to burn the worgen when we killed them - to make sure that they were dead.
- Just do as I say and this war will end without incident. Unless you count the death of every worgen in Lordaeron as an incident.
- Some people want to watch the world burn. Others want to be the ones responsible for burning it.
- Through fire we purge this land of its impurities.
- Crowley? I knew him. He was nothing more than a criminal before the curse took hold of our land. Now he's a great worgen hero? Sickening...
- Reduced to ashes... Soon nothing will be left of Gilneas or the worgen taint.
- Bloodfang? When the attacks upon Gilneas first occurred, it was Bloodfang's worgen that led the charge. This monster and his pack have been terrorizing the lands for years.
After saving Sean Dempsey:
- Sean Dempsey says: Wha? What happened to me? WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?
- Sean Dempsey says: HELP! HELP! I've been captured by monsters!
- Lord Godfrey: HAH! Don't you recognize us, Dempsey? It's Godfrey. I have Lord Walden and Baron Ashbury. We've "saved" you and this is the thanks we get?
- Sean Dempsey says: You... You saved me? I'm a damned monster! YOU'RE A DAMNED MONSTER! LOOK AT YOURSELF!
Godfrey shoots Dempsey
- Lord Godfrey says: You were always a spineless coward, Dempsey.
When encountering a cowering forsaken:
- Worthless maggot.
- I would have burned this place down with them in it...
- Get out of my sight before I execute you!
- The Dark Lady lets these mongrels live? Useless...
When killing a cowering forsaken:
- Cowards don't get to go home.
- <He/She> died in battle. Bow your heads...
- This is a mercy killing.
Random dialogue with Ashbury:
- Lord Godfrey says: For pity's sake, Ashbury, cover yourself. Your leg bones are popping out.
- Baron Ashbury says: I did not bring this wretched affliction upon myself, Godfrey. It was a "gift," remember? Now kindly enjoy the gift and shut up.
In the TCG:
- "Weakness... that is all you have managed to show me. Genn, you and those other disgusting mongrels that plague Gilneas, I sought death before I would serve you again. Enter the Banshee Queen, Sylvanas. You showed your true nature when you allowed Crowley to leave with his life, and so I took yours instead. You would do well to remember all that I have done, but if you still dare to enter my keep, all you will find is the lonely silence of death."
Godfrey's corpse below Tempest's Reach, shortly before being retrieved by the Forsaken.
Godfrey (center) and his lieutenants shortly after being resurrected by the Forsaken.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added.
Ruler of the Shadowfang Keep