Lady Aribeth de Tymarande is one of the critical NPC
characters encountered by the player in the official singleplayer campaign of Neverwinter Nights
. She is also a potential love interest for male characters. She is voiced by Wendee Lee
Once personal bodyguard to Nasher Alagondar
(the ruler of Neverwinter
), Aribeth is a Paladin
of Tyr, the blind god of Justice. Devoted to her duty, she is assigned to head up operations to counter the Wailing Death, a disease ravaging the city at the beginning of the game. After an enemy raid on the Neverwinter Academy kills every student but the player, Aribeth takes him (or her) under her wing, giving him various quests to root out the cause of the plague and the forces behind it.
Aribeth is also the lover of Fenthick Moss, an elf
helping to find a cure.
Born a half-elf
in Thundertree, a village within the Neverwinter Wood, her home was destroyed in an orc
raid, leaving Aribeth the sole survivor. Seeking vengeance, she hunted down the orcs responsible, until, caught in a sudden blizzard, she lost consciousness. Rescued by a mysterious figure that she believes was an avatar
of the god Tyr, she trained to become a paladin and was assigned to Nasher's bodyguard.
In-game Activities (Spoilers)
Aribeth mostly functions as a quest-giver during the campaign, though she becomes an antagonist
midway through the storyline. Following the end of the plague and the revelation that Fenthick as an accomplice in the Luskan plot to overthrow Neverwinter, Fenthick is executed as a traitor. Enraged over his death, she falls and becomes a Blackguard
version of a paladin), agreeing to lead the Luskan forces against Neverwinter.
The player is given a chance to redeem Aribeth rather than kill her in single combat, restoring her to good.
Hordes of the Underdark
Aribeth is encountered again during the Hordes of the Underdark expansion
campaign, this time by the player, who plays the protagonist of the previous Shadows of Undrentide
campaign. Aribeth is an undead
sentenced to the nine level of Hell, Cania. She was apparently executed as a traitor following her defeat at the end of Neverwinter Nights
' original campaign. The player may then recruit her as a compaion, either as her good-aligned paladin class or her evil-aligned Blackguard class.
She is also a potential love interest
, and if in a romance
with the player at the end of the game, the epilogue
narrates her as being by the player's side as he dies (presumably of old age). After all, she's a ghost.