Moving conversation here to avoid clogging the thread. Don't worry about it, hard to be informative without sounding like a know-it-all, i understand. Can't really think of a nicer way you could have put that anyways XD
On the one hand I kinda doubt you read manga frequently or at all, but on the other hand i thought you might like this one. It's a story about bondage, nothing hard core but because of that it concentrates more on emotions and feelings about the people involved. Anyway give it a try for a chapter or two, could be fun.
well it also depends what sort of character you enjoy playing. do you want to be a bit of a douche? a mighty hero?
at the end of the day they asked you to be a paladin because all your abilities buff them. so how would you like to fight as well? its easy enough for me to dump my little character (and he is little, one reason kobolds are cool is there 2 and 1/2 feet tall) but i can help drum up something that is more you pretty easily as i have recent internalised all the books.
as usual i lament the lack of 3.5 ed as you can do so many cool things. like the arseplomancer, who can hid in peoples arses and cast spells out of them or the ability to throw people into the sun.