Curse of Strahd
Lore: As a youth in the village of Kresk, the young woman Markovia followed her heart and became a priestess in the church of the Morninglord soon after her eighteenth birthday. She proved a charismatic proselytizer and a cunning warrior, and consequently rose quickly in reputation. By her late twenties she had become a paladin, and had gained a reputation that no evil could stand before her. One day, the vampire Strahd heard townspeople make the boasts that Markovia could probably defeat even the Master of the Castle himself, she was so holy. Enraged by this comparison and the besmirchment of his power, he sent a passel of vampire spawn to her small home in Kresk that very midnight. They confronted Markovia in her sanctum and were destroyed to a one. Suffused with righteous victory after defeating a force of vampire spawn, Markovia advanced on Castle Ravenloft that very night. A great battle raged from the highest catacomb to the lowest parapet, but in the end, Markovia never returned to Kresk, and the Master of the Castle long walked with a limp and a grimace of pain. It is said he trapped Markovia in a crypt beneath his castle, and her remains linger there yet.