So now that we've gotten past the first session and WEN'S SECRET GOT OUT VERY QUICKLY (XD), I can post stuff that shows what he's really all about.
Wendelin is not a half-elf Ranger. He is a flesh-eating Ghoul. Or was. No, is. He's not sure how to answer that question.
He WAS a half-elf, generations ago, and a soldier. He BECAME a ghoul (through no fault of his own, he was infected with Ghoul Fever, killing him and forcing him to rise as a ghoul), which left him as a generally mindless and morally bereft eating-machine for about two centuries (although he has served in the undead city's army, as well, as a scout; I imagine he's paid in food XD).
Then, an unfortunate recent encounter (I'll reveal it in good time) jogged his memory of his former life, triggering guilt and --gasp-- a conscience. Unhappy with what he had become, he used an Alter Self potion to appear as a half-elf again, then paid a mage to apply Permanency to the spell.
Wendelin's line of thinking: So he's a half-elf again! Yay! He can be good! He can do good things! He can smile and call everyone "friend" (people are friends, not food) and not kill indiscriminately and be a good, good man!
....Oh, wait, he still hungers for flesh. Right. That.
........Welllll, he'll just resist it. Or maybe he can eat lots of other food and cancel out the flesh-craving. Okay. That'll work. >_>
He blew his secret pretty early on, lol. Our party stumbled across an area full of bloody body parts strewn all over the place, along with four metal constructs (uh, robots) bent on eliminating us. Wen was supposed to attack first. Yeahno. Failed Will Save meant that he instead flung himself on the tasty body parts and stuffed himself for a couple of rounds of fighting. 8'D
...Let's just say it took some convincing to get the rest of the party to bring him along, and that they still don't exaaactly trust him. ...However, they are apparently not beyond throwing severed limbs at enemies in the hope that Wendelin will go chasing after 'em and then do the rest of the dirty work.
(he did not give chase, but that was an especially hilarious fight, with our Fighter dwarf chucking legs and a severed head at these poor kobolds)
This shall be an interesting campaign. >:3Wendelin © me