Woolsey was born to a respectable werewolf family, after his older brother, Ralf. Their parents were both killed by Shadowhunters because of a misunderstanding and misjudgment, and Woolsey had since been raised by his brother. Despite having opposite personalities and ambitions, Ralf gave him the space to become his own person, which resonated with Woolsey for the rest of his life.
During the attempt to sign the First Accords, Ralf, who was an active promoter of the Accords among the Downworlders, tried to persuade other werewolves to support the peace treaty with Shadowhunters. Woolsey, however, wanted nothing to do with it; while he did not attend the 1857 meeting at the London Institute, he did spot Magnus Bane, a warlock with whom he would later become good friends, for the first time that day, and gave him a wink before leaving. In 1863, Woolsey had another encounter with Magnus in Hamburg, after which Woolsey owed Magnus a favor.
Some time after the First Accords, Ralf was killed by vampires, led by Alexei de Quincey, for his romantic relationship with Camille Belcourt. In the 1800s, Woolsey was voted in as the new head of the London werewolf pack, which placed the task of avenging the death of Ralf in the name of the pack on him. He soon founded the Praetor Lupus in memory of his brother, with the intention of using the organization to help "orphaned" Downworlders. Despite his initial reluctance to do so, he continued to run the organization for years in order to honor his brother's wishes.
Problems with Mortmain
After Will Herondale saw werewolves purchasing yin fen in bulk and overheard that it pleased the Magister because it kept them working all night at an ifrit-run drug den, Charlotte Branwell became concerned that the werewolves might be in league with Axel Mortmain just as the vampires had, and that the Downworlders had felt betrayed by how the Institute dealt with de Quincey. Charlotte immediately set a meeting with Woolsey to clear the air.
At the Institute, he and Charlotte walked in on Will and Tessa Gray speaking in the drawing room and he mistook them for a couple. Woolsey insisted that their political business be discussed in the presence of the couple and after tea and a cigar.
When Charlotte and Will finally expressed their concerns, Woolsey told them that he and his brethren would not have felt betrayed and were in fact grateful because he despised de Quincey for his involvement in Ralf's murder. He was pleased to hear that de Quincey died screaming and went on to say that he knew of Mortmain's dealings with werewolves, but they were not a part of any pack. He also told them that he had been approached by Mortmain to join the Pandemonium Club, though he refused to do so because de Quincey was already a member. He pointed out that Mortmain was obsessed in avenging his parents' death through the destruction of the Nephilim, and that Mortmain's werewolves may be causing a shortage of the drug their friend Jem Carstairs needed.
Charlotte then asked Woolsey to send out feelers to investigate what it was the werewolves were doing for Mortmain. When Woolsey tried to divert the attention to Charlotte's personal life, she immediately changed the topic.
Some time after, Magnus Bane went and stayed with him after his break up with Camille Belcourt. Magnus and Woolsey quickly began a relationship with each other, though they both agreed it was merely a physical relationship, rather than a romantic one.
When Will came to his house on Magnus's call, Woolsey teased their guest before leaving them alone. He allowed them to use his brother's old room to summon Marbas for questioning. After observing the two, he asked Magnus how much he had charged Will for summoning the demon, to which Magnus replied that Will had done him a favor that he doesn't even remember, referring to their kiss. Woolsey reminded Magnus that he cannot save every fallen bird, even the handsome ones.
Bane and the Nephilim
Some time after, Will and Tessa went to his house to speak to Magnus. Woolsey let them in and listened in on their conversation about yin fen and Jem's state. Woolsey made an offhand comment regarding how Jem's death would allow Will to have Tessa, as he was clearly in love with her, infuriating Will. Will and Woolsey got into a fight which Magnus broke up by shoving Woolsey away and dragging Will with him to the library. This left Tessa, who was still holding a fireplace poker as a weapon, with Woolsey.
Woolsey continued to talk to Tessa, where he pointed out that Tessa was just like the Shadowhunters whom she loves so much and also confessed that he knew she was deeply in love with both Will and Jem. Though Tessa was offended by his bluntness, Woolsey reminded her that regardless of what happened to Will or Jem, Tessa would always have a great second option, and that most people are only lucky enough to have one great love in their life, and she managed to find two. He then joked that women were something he had never understood, which he believed to be the point of them. Woolsey went on to inform Tessa that Magnus seemed convinced she is warlock although she bears no mark; he, on the other hand, believes she is one of the fey.
After the pair left, Woolsey gave Magnus his snuffbox as a gift, since it was made of silver, which he cannot touch as a werewolf. Woolsey and Magnus then discussed Will and his happiness. Woolsey decided to travel and see the countryside while Magnus stayed behind to seek out yin fen. According to Magnus, he and Woolsey had worn out each other's company soon after.
Woolsey was staying at the Green Man Inn with a group of young werewolf members of his pack when Will, on the way to Cadair Idris in his crusade to rescue Tessa from Mortmain. When Will, driven almost mad in anger and grief at the thought of losing his parabatai, fought Woolsey's werewolves and had killed one, he interfered and asked Will and his werewolves to stop. The devastated Will asked Woolsey for advice on what to do, and Woolsey simply told him to do what Jem would have wanted before stalking back toward the inn.
Later life and legacy
At some point, Woolsey pointed out that he did not need to ever consider the possibility of him ever marrying anyone, since he hailed from an old and respectable werewolf family, and as a result, he had nephews who could carry on the family name for him. Because of this, the leadership of the Praetor Lupus has since been passed down through the generations of Scotts through the organization's history.
By 2007, the organization was run by a descendant of Woolsey. When his friend Magnus Bane saw the Praetor Lupus medallion around Jordan Kyle's neck, he mentioned that he had known Woolsey, the organization's original founder. The information made his boyfriend, Alec Lightwood, realize that he was a former flame of Magnus. Despite Alec's suspicions, Magnus never confirmed his relationship with Woolsey, even when Alec found the snuffbox that Woolsey had given to Magnus over a century before. Since Magnus neither confirmed nor denied the identity of the snuffbox's original owner, Alec originally thought it had belonged to Will, as he had heard the name brought up before.
Woolsey was a seemingly carefree man, though, despite his doubts, was honorable enough to want to honor his brother's dying wishes.
Woolsey was a tall man. He was slender, almost slight, and had long, blond hair, and green eyes.
- Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale
- Clockwork Prince (first appearance)
- Clockwork Princess
- Every Exquisite Thing
- The Last Hours (set to appear)
- City of Fallen Angels (first mention)
- City of Lost Souls (mentioned only)
- City of Heavenly Fire (mentioned only)
- Woolsey used to carry his own pair of gold tongs and a teaspoon, in case he was ever served with silverware.
- Woolsey was gay, hence his comment about potentially having to marry and have children to continue his family's name if he did not have nephews.
- Apparently, Woolsey was the last werewolf Magnus dated.
- Woolsey was based on Oscar Wilde.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 City of Lost Souls
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Clockwork Prince
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale
- ↑ A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of the Downworld
- ↑ Clockwork Angel
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Clockwork Princess
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 City of Fallen Angels
- ↑ Woolsey Scott pin — Cassandra Clare on Pinterest
- ↑ TLH questions — Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
- ↑ "He was," Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
- ↑ City of Heavenly Fire
- ↑ "As a side note, Woolsey is based on Oscar Wilde," Cassandra Clare on Tumblr