- "His father’s appearance had never greatly mattered to Ingrey; it was his solid presence that had warmed, and his rumbling voice, resonating in a chest to which a child-ear pressed, that had promised safety."
- ―Ingrey remembers Lord Ingalef[src]
Lady Horseriver, perhaps through one of the five gods, became convinced that Wencel had been possessed by an evil spirit of the Old Weald, and asked Ingalef for help. Their plan was to invest Ingalef and Ingrey with wolf spirit animals, using Old Weald magic against it. Ingalef suborned Cumril, a Temple sorcerer, to assist with the rite, which successfully invested them with wolf spirits. However, Ingalef's wolf was rabid and bit him during the process, and he died of rabies. Ingalef's spirit wolf prevented his soul from being taken up by the gods. Much later, Ingrey finds his ghost and separates the spirit animal, but it is too late and his soul remains sundered.