In the old days of my campaign, NPCs accompanied the party and often perished.
One that survived was a bard named Rain.
I pulled out her record sheet decades later and (since she is Elven) have brought her back as a story-telling conduit, connecting those old adventures to new ones.
Unlike many other NPCs, Rain represents pure (NG) goodness and altruism and has become one of the cornerstone personalities in the campaign.
I chose her face (illustrated for the Night Wolf Inn) as the splash page for my site because she is an unadulterated hero of goodness that reminds me of the necessity for hope and victory equal to the dark powers that assail the party.
Not even all of Lovecraft's writings were terrors. Many were of the splendid beauties of the Dream Lands.