Howling was Windwolf's grandfather and was head of the Wind Clan.
Howling was part of the events that caused Skin Clan's overthrowing, and was instrumental in forming the monarchy that maintains peace between the clans. He was succeeded by Longwind when he was assassinated. All of his sekasha became Longwind's third and fourth Hands. Some of these sekasha later served in Windwolf's first Hand, including his First, Wraith Arrow.