I want to build a character who can tank and act as an equivalent of a 4th ed leader, enabling other party members- ideally with decent damage (following the philosophy that a tank that can’t hurt anything just gets ignored).
I love the basic idea of the Sorcadin, and realize it has a superior spell selection, but I’m considering if the class abilities of Palabard might not fit what I’m after better.
What I’m thinking currently is something like this- Warforged Pal2/Hex1/BardX – Swords or Valor for the extra attack, leaning towards Valor just because the inspiration is more party friendly. I’d love Pal6, but feels like that would make the bard progression so late as to be worthless.
Concerns- Paladin is primarily a heavy armor/smite chassis, and Hexblade offers shield and SAD for attacking. I like the 3 levels dip here, but worry that I’m delaying the bard progression too much.
Has anyone played or kicked around a similar build? Is there an optimal way to build this type of character?