Halford Ramsey

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AllianceHalford Ramsey
Image of Halford Ramsey
Gender Male
Race(s) Human-Worgen cursed
Affiliation(s) Gilneas
Occupation Detective
Location Unknown
Status Alive
Relative(s) Ana Ramsey (sister),
Two deceased nephews
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Halford Ramsey is a famous human special investigator from Gilneas. Halford and his partner Cox were investigating the murders made by the so-called Starlight Slasher, but in the process, he found something he did not expect: the worgen.[1]

Background

Halford Ramsey, along with partner Cox, were questioning Maxwell Wiggins, the owner of a newspaper, who Halford believed he was a member of the Wolf Cult. During the interrogation, one guard alerted the detectives about a new victim.

As Halford analyzed the body, Cox was angered by little respect toward the dead. It got worse when Halford tried to interrogate the young son of the victim without success. This caused that Cox confronted him and mentioned the suicide of his sister, so he shatters Halford, causing Cox would go after him, leaving him lying on the floor; but Halford says he does not apologize for making it, explaining to Cox that the reason for his actions, he had discovered that the murderers were near there, in an antique shop.

Both burst into the store, but the suspects fled, pursued by the, to Mount Black, where Alpha Prime abducted him and inflicted him with the worgen curse.[2] Halford managed to escape and following the scent of blood and the urge to feast, he found himself in Stormglen and overcome by his blood lust, killed a tied up sheep to eat. Two worgen appeared behind him and though his instinct was to defend his kill, he saved one leg and tossed the rest to the two worgen. They fought amongst themselves for it instead of attacking him. As he walked through the deserted town, he met with Alpha Prime once more who was impressed by his display of logic and self-discipline. As they walked, Alpha Prime told him the origins of the Druids of the Scythe and the worgen. Alpha Prime attempted to recruit Halford into the Wolf Cult, but he declined the offer. Nevertheless, Alpha Prime gave him an ultimatum to join the cult or be denied their "blessing" and that his answer had to be given by midday.

Halford spent the night in the Blackwald, reading the Purity of Essence: a manifesto by Alpha Prime. As he read, he deduced that Alpha Prime and his Wolf Cult were responsible for the Starlight Slasher murders and were planning on attacking Gilneas City with a worgen army so that they could spread the worgen curse.[3] Though he was struggling with the bloodthirsty and savage nature of his worgen form, Halford was able to make it to Gilneas City and saved a woman and her young son, though he had to fight off the worgen instinct to attack them afterward and quickly had them lock themselves in their house away from him. He also rescued Belysra, who also happened to be there and was about to be killed by Alpha Prime. Alpha Prime and Halford fought for a while but before Alpha Prime could land a fatal blow, Belysra used the power of the Scythe of Elune to blast him into the moat. The two then escaped into the Southwest Gate while being pursued by a horde of worgen. Belysra again used the Scythe of Elune's power to blast the horde of worgen as they were crossing the bridge. They then encountered Lord Vincent Godfrey and a contingent of Gilnean soldiers. Though they declared to them that they were non-hostile, Halford was shot by Godfrey who showed nothing but disdain for his kind and left Belysra behind simply because she wasn't a human.

Belysra was able to get the bullet out and Halford was able to survive. With the night elf's help, Halford was shown how to control his worgen side. By drinking water from the wells of Tal'doren and engaging in an ancient ritual, Halford was able to bring balance to his human and worgen forms. When Belysra took Halford to Tal'doren, he encountered Darius Crowley, one of many Gilneans that Belysra and her night elves had been trying to help with their worgen affliction. Halford still thought of Darius as a rebel and a traitor and lunged at him, but the fight was broken up by Belysra who reminded them that the past didn't matter anymore and that they needed to put it behind them in order to preserve the future of Gilneas. Halford was able to deduce that the worgen attack on Gilneas City and the recent Forsaken invasion were no coincidence and that the two parties were in league with one another. Both agreed to put the past behind them and work together to capture feral worgen and make them sane again, thus building a worgen army to combat Alpha Prime's Wolf Cult and eventually, the Wolf Cult's Forsaken allies.

When Genn Greymane and Darius revealed that they both have the worgen curse, the two lords worked together to unite Gilneas against the Forsaken invasion.[4] Halford along with Lord Crowley and his Gilnean worgen followed Belrysa Starbreeze in confronting Alpha Prime at Tal'doren. Belrysa attempted to use the Scythe of Elune to seal away Alpha Prime and his Wolf Cult beneath Daral'nir in the Emerald Dream, but before she could do so, a Forsaken dark ranger shot her in the arm. This caused her to drop the Scythe of Elune, and Alpha Prime signaled for the army of Forsaken to surround them. Alpha Prime took possession of the scythe, but just as he was about to finish Belysra off with it, the spirit wolf of Belysra's old lover — Arvell — killed Alpha Prime. With the death of their leader, the Wolf Cult scattered; leaving the Forsaken without their lupine allies and open to attack from the night elves and Gilneans.

Halford was last seen watching Genn reveal the truth about himself to his people and uniting the Gilneans, both human and worgen, for the Battle for Gilneas City. He contemplated that it was truly ironic that he had to become a beast in order to find his humanity. It certainly lacked logic, but as he learned in his adventure, much of what is important in life does exactly that.[5]

Trivia

Relatives

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He may be related to Barrett Ramsey.

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