Chronicles of the Forgotten Realms
Paladin of Sehanine, said to be among the foremost of the Moonbow's paladins in all the Sword Coast. She is renowned for her beauty, knighted for her faith, and beloved for her kindness.
Illydia Tylmarande is said to have been born in Thundertree, a town in the Neverwinter Woods of uncertain parentage; some say she came from a union between half-elves, others say between 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 perpetrators and slew them all. Unsatisfied, she continued to hunt and kill orcs in an obsessive quest until she was trapped in a sudden blizzard and rescued by a one-armed woman she believed an avatar of the god Sehanine, who took her to a monastery of Ilmater. Recovering her health there, she learned to be a paladin. She gained such fame that when she moved to Baldur’s Gate, she was named to the elite guard of Baldur’s Gate by the Grand Dukes, being the first woman and first non-human to be so honored. Founding the Dawnsong, a guild dedicated to bringing light to a world filled with darkness, she seeks out those with good in their hearts to fight for the side of righteousness.