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A noble of House Caulignont, Countess Ystride was a pious woman with high standing in the Ishgardian church, and with her husband had a daughter named Rielle. When it came to light that he was a heretic for years, she later viewed their daughter as an abomination, having inherited the heretic's blood, and locked her away in a windowless cell. Rielle's plight soon caught the attention of the dark knights Sidurgu and Fray, the latter whom was slain in a trial by combat by temple knights under Ystride's command.
The temple knights had dumped the body of Fray in the Brume, where it was discovered by the Warrior of Light after hearing rumors from the citizenry. Having taken the path of a dark knight and mastering the inner darkness, the adventurer is eventually sought out by Sidurgu after learning what became of Fray. They gradually learn more about Rielle's condition, before Ystride arrives in the Forgotten Knight with an ultimatum: either submit to a trial by combat, or she will have the tavern and its occupants put to the torch. As she leaves, Riellle calls out to her mother, who tells her to never call her that.
The trial by combat is arranged within Coerthas Western Highlands, where the pious countess believes the only way to absolve herself for consorting with a heretic is by killing their daughter. As the dark knights hold off the score of temple knights under the Countess' command, Ystride herself is eventually bested in combat. With fanatical determination, she declares she will not stop hunting down her daughter, believing it is the only way to redeem herself in the eyes of the Fury. Rielle realizes that her mother loved Halone more than her own daughter. Issuing last rites for her mother, Rielle prays she may find her way to the Fury's halls, as Sidurgu lowers his blade in execution.
Ystride appears in the Dark Knight quest "Absolution" as the final opponent. She only enters combat after her Temple Knight subordinates are slain to a man. As a priestess, she fights with high level Conjurer spells such as Aero II and Stone II.