Tess was born a beautiful baby girl into a house of nobles. However instead of being raised as a proper young lady to live the life of nobility along her two older brothers, she was given to the church of Sarenrae because of the birthmark she was born with: the symbol of Sarenrae on her chest. The priests of the church could immediately tell that the child was touched by the goddess and raised her like his own daughter in the order. Her family tried keeping in touch, but Tess doesn't feel connected to them as much as her foster father and religous upbringing.
Instead of returning to her relatives, as an adult Tess became a hospitaler: a wandering paladin who tend to those in need and smites cruelity in the world. She strongly feels that her sacred mission is to spread the light of her goddess, and while she is a proud woman, she tries to understand others rather than judge them. She is rather tolerant towards others, letting them excercise their freedom unless they are actively trying to hurt others, but takes personal insults rather seriously due to her belief of being the Dawnflower's favored. She is known to have a serene expression and a kind smile most of the time though, and is rather good with people.
Aasimar Paladin (Hospitaler)
Feat: Heavenly radiance
Birthmark - Has the symbol of Seranrae between her breasts, apparently a tattoo but is actually a birthmark.
Flame of the Dawnflower - A critical hit with a scimitar deals 2 extra fire damage.
Blessed Touch (additional trait taken along with a drawback) - +1 point healed with lay on hands, channel energy and cure spells.
Pride - A personal insult imposes a -2 on diplomacy and sense motive against the creature who insulted her. Lasts until the creature apologizes.
If we advance in levels, I plan to build on her lay on hands class mechanic, and make her more of a healing and supporting combatant than the "crush all evildoers" pallies.
If people have trouble with having a paladin along, I can roll a rogue or ranger instead for skills and some party utility.