The Order of the Dancing Goat
Lady Aribeth de Tylmarande
Half Elf Paladin 15 of Tyr (LG)/Blackguard of Morag 5
Origin: Neverwinter Wood
She is said to have been born in Thundertree, a town in the Neverwinter Woods of uncertain parentage; some say a union between half-elves, others a Moon elf and a human. The village was wiped out in an orc raid leaving her the sole survivor of the massacre. Vowing vengeance, she hunted down the perpetuators and slew them all, but, unsatisfied, continued to hunt and kill orcs in an obsessive quest until she was trapped in a sudden blizzard and rescued by a one-armed man she believed an avatar of the god Tyr, who took her to a monastery of Ilmater.
Recovering her health there, she learned to be a paladin, gaining such fame that when she moved to Neverwinter, she was named to be the elite bodyguard of Lord Nasher Alagondar, being the first woman and first non-human to be so honored. There she met and became engaged to Fenthick Moss, cleric of Tyr in that temple.
Lady Aribeth was chosen by Nasher Alagondar to be in charge of the investigations surrounding the Wailing Death. She began training adventurers at an academy to combat the forces who were behind the plague, and after the Waterdhavian creatures became scattered throughout the city, Pandora Lorien, who was an exceptional student at the academy, was placed by Aribeth in charge of tracking them down. After her lover, Fenthick Moss, was found guilty by association and was hanged for trusting Desther, a false Helmite and agent of Maugrim who was actually in charge of spreading the plague, Aribeth viewed Neverwinter as having betrayed Fenthick and needing to atone for his death.
Morag began to appear to Aribeth in her dreams and tempted her to join Maugrim’s cult with promises of revenge. Aribeth initially continued to lead Neverwinter’s effort to find the cult as they searched outside and around Port Llast, but eventually disappeared. Upon reaching the Luskan’s Host Tower, the Pandora learned that Aribeth has become a blackguard in the service of Morag and had agreed to lead Maugrim’s Luskan army in their impending assault on Neverwinter. At the climax of this assault, Pandora confronted Aribeth and defeated her in combat. Pandora then persuaded Aribeth to surrender and return to Lord Nasher to face judgment, hoping for mercy, only to see her executed soon after.