Harley MacFinn belongs to an old family in Ireland,[Footnote 1] afflicted with a curse turning them into loup-garou, a variant of lupine theriomorphs (werewolves in general). According to legend, Saint Patrick[Footnote 2] cursed MacFinn's ancestor to become the beast at the full moon. The curse came with two addenda: it would be passed down to a member of each generation in the family, and the family would remain unbroken until the end of days.
At some unknown point, MacFinn met Tera West, to whom he became engaged. Before they could be married, however, MacFinn was caught up in a plot to kill people connected to the Northwest Passage Project, on which he had worked for several years. MacFinn was to be used as a scapegoat to throw the White Council off the trail of the true killers.(reference needed)