Her feats are known among many. Her part in the destruction of the Black Dragonflight--including the resurrected Nefarian, Lord of Blackwing Lair and Sartharion, the Onyx Guardian--and the Twilight Dragonflight's broodmother Sinestra, earned her the epithet Dragonslayer. As a part of the Ashen Verdict, she was a member of the final strike force sent to the top of Icecrown Citadel, where she battled alongside many against the Lich King himself.
Catelynne is a woman of average height, with the fit, lithe build of a life-long fighter. She has sharp blue eyes, thick ash-blonde hair usually pulled away from her face in a loose ponytail or bun, and striking, elegant features with a strong jawline and straight nose. Her complexion is fair, though slightly weathered along the cheekbones; a faint white scar runs nearly parallel to her right eyebrow, swooping up toward her hairline. Though her mouth is generous and full-lipped, her propensity for not smiling is enough to quash any poetic metaphors in its regard.
She is most often seen in the armor of the Royal Guard with a heavy silk tabard overlaying it, the red falcon of Lordaeron stitched across the fabric. She wields a two-handed greatsword called Elder Sister, its hilt wrapped in a deep blue cloth and blade chased with palest silver, and bears a libram of the Silver Hand at her waist. Aside from the uniform of the Guard, she also possesses a set of dark plate armor with a plated skirt and pauldrons and visor depicting the purging of the Scourge via holy fire, worn during her time fighting against the Lich King. When not armored, Catelynne prefers simple clothing that emphasizes ease of movement, such as leather or deerskin leggings, fitted cloth tunics, and arming jackets worn to keep warm.
Her abdomen is marked by a large white starburst scar, easily the size of a man's hand, a reminder of the fall of Capital City and the fighting she took part in.
In the past year or so, her fierce, frigid countenance has softened somewhat, making her look less likely as though she were ready to draw her sword at any offense.
Originally a commoner and later raised to Knight of the Silver Hand, Catelynne has long been marked by a burning desire to prove herself. She is fierce and proud, though her fiery, impulsive nature has been tempered over the years, especially after her return from Pandaria. As a young woman she was exceptionally volatile, resulting in clashes with her best friend--her cousin, Elizabeth Mallister--and later with her instructors in the Silver Hand. Though she was quick to anger, she was quick to forgive and to ask forgiveness, making her mercurial personality far more palatable than it might have been otherwise. During her time in the Scarlet Crusade, her volatility hardened and grew stronger, combining with her need to prove herself and her desire to avenge her father's death to create a perfect storm of chivalry and rage. After leaving the Scarlets, she channeled her fury into her work with the Ashen Verdict, resulting in a deadly, focused calm that barely resembled the young woman she'd been before.
Her feats in Northrend, along with her later conquests of the Black and Twilight Dragonflights, caused her hubris to become perhaps her most defining characteristic. The good parts of her--her soft heart, easy smile, generosity, loyalty, willingness to fight for what was necessary, even her piety--were pushed aside as she became colder and more proud, worsened only by her quick promotion to Royal Guard under Queen Madelynne. Even during her relationship with Jeremaes Edrickton, she was unable to fully commit to him, their interactions frequently explosive and angry as often as they were lustful.
This hubris and coldness reached its peak during her exploits in Pandaria. After her severe injuries were treated by the monks at the Temple of the White Tiger, Catelynne developed an odd friendship with the Tiger himself, Xu'en. He helped her reaffirm her connection to the Light, and relearn the meaning and purpose of the strength she had been granted. She came to terms with her father's death, with her fight against Arthas Menethil, with the loss of her family, the dissolution of the Silver Hand, and her failed relationships, realizing that only through acceptance would she ever be able to become a true paragon of the Light. Though she herself would admit to being far from said paragon, her pride has been replaced by acknowledgement of her own strength, her coldness replaced with a growing warmth and rededication to the Light.
Born to clerics in service to the Church of Lordaeron, Catelynne grew up with a strong connection to the Light, perhaps in some way destined to become who she is in the present day. A rough and rambunctious child, she spent time outside of lessons running and play-fighting with the children of the other priests, and was close friends with her cousin Elizabeth, daughter of her uncle Nicholas. Both girls were only children, seperated by several years, but stayed tight-knit in spite of their age gap and Catelynne's maturation into a young woman. Catelynne was eventually chosen to become a squire of the Order of the Silver Hand, inspiring her cousin to follow in her footsteps. A few years later, after several mishaps, a broken bone, and both praise and condemnation from her mentors, Catelynne was knighted and became Dame Catelynne Mallister, paladin of the Silver Hand, Elizabeth once more not far behind.
As a gift to the girls, her uncle Nicholas crafted a pair of twin swords for them, beautifully made and forged to be light and quick despite being two-handed blades. He named them Elder Sister and Younger Sister, since Catelynne and Elizabeth were close as sisters themselves. Catelynne put Elder Sister to the test in the years that followed, sparring with her cousin and showing a prodigious skill that was only going to blossom into greater things. She would later watch with pride as Elizabeth was also knighted.
Neither of them were entirely ignorant of the dark whisperings that shot around the capital. Rumors of a plague, of sickness and death--these stories cast a pall over the minor triumphs that Catelynne celebrated. When the news of Stratholme's purging reached the city, Catelynne knew that things were going to get darker still.
The day Arthas returned to Lordaeron with his captains, Falric and Marwyn, Catelynne was one of the many Knights of the Silver Hand who fought to protect the citizens of Capital City. Faced with the overwhelming power at the disposal of the Menethil heir and his new death knights, however, the Silver Hand began to find and escort people to safety, leaving the bulk of the city's defense to its guard. Catelynne was able to find and rescue her mother, Janine, while Elizabeth searched desperately for her own parents. The cousins were separated, Catelynne taking a brutal blow from an abomination's meat hook, but this injury would look superficial when compared to Elizabeth's fate. The younger girl ran afoul of Falric while looking for her parents in the chaos, and was killed and raised into undeath at his hands. Unbeknownst to her cousin, Elizabeth would become the death knight called Gravetongue, the Devourer.
Catelynne was able to make it to safety along with her mother, but refused to follow the refugees to Stormwind. She was one of many who became part of the Scarlet Crusade, creating pockets of resistance against the Scourge scattered around Lordaeron.
Upon her return to Stormwind, she presented herself to Madelynne Albrecht and swore fealty. During the Grand Crusade, she shielded the queen from a blow with her own body, and was rewarded for her valor with a position in the Royal Guard. As the Alliance's expedition to Pandaria began, Catelynne was sent ahead on a reconnaissance mission and reported back to the queen. She returned to Lordaeron with the rest of the Queen's Army, coming to the aid of the beleaguered defenders of Blackmarsh during the Dread War.
As rumors began to circle around the Alliance of an island in Pandaria said to contain the untold riches of a mogu king, Lord Commander Aldaim Ward sent Catelynne south with a small force of handpicked men to investigate the claims--and if possible, to assist the Alliance forces in claiming the island.
While exploring a tomb of the Thunder King located on the island, Catelynne and her men were ambushed by the living statues of mogu warriors set to watch over the tomb. Her men were slain and Catelynne, despite fighting valiantly, was slammed into a stone wall, shattering her spine. With her back broken, she was left for dead as the statues returned to their vigil. Rescued by the Shado-Pan, Catelynne was taken to the Temple of the White Tiger in Kun-Lai, and survived the ordeal with the aid of the temple's monks.
The pandaren informed the Alliance forces of what had occurred, and a letter was sent to Stormwind detailing Catelynne's current state. Lord Commander Aldaim Ward released her from her oath, as the prognosis was grim, and new Royal Guards were chosen to fill her place.
She is currently still in Pandaria at the temple. Her condition is unknown.