After a large number of their pack died when Valentine Morgenstern used the activated Soul-Sword, Russell became distressed with their dwindling numbers and contemplated turning mundanes to reinforce their pack. He tried to encourage others to side with him. When Luke expressed his disapproval, Russell questioned Luke's leadership and blamed him for the deaths of their comrades. He challenged Luke for the pack's alpha position, but Luke gave him a chance to reconsider. Not long after, he invited Maia Roberts and other pack members to go to head to Philadelphia with him to start their own pack. Maia refused, but some others, namely Reid, Greg, and Segan, joined him and left the Jade Wolf, and thus the pack.