Sister Arda is a devout servant of the Chantry and follower of its beliefs. Raised and trained in Denerim, she chose to immigrate to the frontier lands some eighteen years ago to minister to people in need of spiritual guidance, feeling she could do more there than in the great temples of the capital city. She has helped build up the Chantry in Vintiver, both figuratively and with her own hands. In spite of being a “newcomer” by the standards of some, Sister Arda is a known and welcomed part of the community.
At least part of her success is owed to her cosmopolitan education and willingness to acknowledge that the Song might need slightly different words or tempo here than in the heart of the Chantry’s power, so long as the tune is still the same. She does not believe in blind adherence to dogma, and tends to politely overlook various local superstitions and customs dating back to tribal times. After all, the people of Vintiver are good, hard working, and devout. They need spiritual guidance to make their lives better, not more difficult, as she sees it.
Sister Arda is gravely concerned with recent events. In all her years in Vintiver, she has never had to face true evil. Now she fears corrupt forces are closing in around the souls entrusted into her care, and she does not know if she has the courage necessary to sing out loudly in the face of mortal peril, to be the guiding light her people need. She is sincerely grateful for the assistance of the PCs, although she has a touch of Chantry mistrust for magic-wielders, particularly given the circumstances. Still, she does whatever she can to aid the PCs, and to focus the attention of the villagers on the true threat to them all.