I've always played paladins but eventually you want something new and find your old habits constricting. I deleted the longer write-up to avoid taxing your patience with a text well, but here are some crucial points:
- high AB and HP etc. for a direct combat role, involving normal metal weapons and armour
- preferably good Persuade (not necessarily perfect)
- Good alignment
I was thinking about:
- vanilla Bard
- some odd WM build that isn't about small weapons
- something with PDK for a module with allies in combat
- some custom class
Not Cleric, though. And not really Druid, though there's certainly nothing wrong with the class. And no Monk.
I've recently done Ranger and HS levels on my paladins, even Rogue a while earlier, and would be more intrigued by something closer to Fighter.
Alternatively just Paladin but maybe a new way to play it? Something non-obvious, like is there anything? I've already done Rogue, Ranger and HS levels.