The king grew jealous of the reverence Elsera commanded from the populace, and spread a rumor that she was a wicked sorceress in disguise. It was not long before the public turned on her, demanding she be burned at the stake. Even when subjected to their jeers and baseless accusations as the fires were lit, Elsera held the same quiet look of determination. Then, unable to stand the spectacle any longer, the knights that had faught alongside her drew their swords and came to her defense, despite hopeless odds. It was only when she saw her loyal comrades were willing to risk their own lives to save hers that she became overwhelmed with emotion and allowed the tears to flow.
See Enduring Elsera.
Paragon is a person of preeminent qualities, who acts as a pattern or model of some given (especially positive) quality. The word "paragon" came into English via Middle French paragon "a model, pattern of excellence", from Italian paragone "comparison", originally "touchstone to test gold"; derived from Ancient Greek parakonan "to sharpen, whet", from para- "on the side" and akone "whetstone" with the root ak- "sharp, pointed".
Also a paragon is a perfect diamond — flawless and without inclusions. In the 16th century, a weight of 12 carats was sufficient for this title but now, more than 99 carats are needed.