Quil Ateara III, also known as "Old Quil", is the son of Quil Ateara II, one of the three original wolves who made a treaty with the Cullens, the grandson of Quil Ateara I, the husband of Molly Swan, the father of Quil Ateara IV, the grandfather of Quil Ateara V, the uncle of Sarah Black, and the great-uncle of Rachel Black, Rebecca Black and Jacob Black. He is a member of the of the Quileute tribal council and a resident of La Push.
Quil is one of the only living members of the Quileute tribe that was alive during the time of the previous pack. After Sam returned to the tribe, Quil read correctly the high temperature and his growth spurt as signs of his phasing. He explained to Sam what had happened to him and taught him everything that had been passed down through the generations about becoming a werewolf. He along with Billy Black and Harry Clearwater saw their fathers and grandfathers (respectively) change into wolf forms. Whether the three of them are shapeshifters who never had the occasion to transform or simply human is open to debate, but their position in their respective family trees is a strong indication in favor of the first hypothesis.
After the passing of his son Quil IV, he spent the next decade raising and caring for his grandson Quil V with daughter-in-law Joy Ateara. His responsibilities were added when Sam Uley phased for the first time, and Quil, and Billy Black and Harry Clearwater told him everything. Though his grandson wasn't ready to phase yet, Quil had expected him to start at any time, which finally happened in 2006.
In an alternate deleted draft of the New Moon novel, after Jacob Black told Bella Swan to stay away from him (in the deleted draft, he doesn't go to her house to apologize), and Bella later drops by the Ateara's house to visit Old Quil's grandson, but Old Quil turns her away at the door. This makes Bella very uncomfortable with him.
Eclipse features a campfire scene in which Bella, Jacob, the pack and a few other Quileute residents sit at a secret bonfire to hear Quil and Billy tell some of the Quileute legends about Kaheleha and Taha Aki. This is his only appearance in the books other than being mentioned by Jacob Black various times. He is also at the same meeting in the film, but it is Billy who tells the entire story.
He is described as white-haired, brittle and ancient, with a thin tenor voice.
|Ephraim Black's pack||Ephraim Black • Quil Ateara II • Levi Uley|
|Uley pack||Sam Uley • Jared Cameron • Paul Lahote • Brady Fuller • Collin Littlesea|
|Black pack||Jacob Black • Leah Clearwater • Seth Clearwater • Quil Ateara V • Embry Call|
|Ateara family||Quil Ateara III • more...|
|Black family||Billy Black • Rachel Black • Rebecca Black • Sarah Black • more...|
|Clearwater family||Harry Clearwater • Sue Clearwater • more...|
|Other characters||Kaheleha • Taha Aki • Taha Wi • The Third Wife • Yaha Uta • Yut • Utlapa • Tiffany Call • Kevin Littlesea • Emily Young • Claire Young • Solomon Finau • Kim|
|Locations||La Push, Washington • First Beach, Washington|
|Tribes||Makah tribe • Quileute tribe|
|Shapeshiftrs||Astral projection • Imprinting • Pack structure • Shape-shifter • Treaty|