I have an idea of being the muscle behind someone's rise to power... a low-born warrior type who is fiercely loyal to -someone- (preferably a PC), acting as bodyguard, miscellaneous officer, agent, and-- if need be-- clandestine thug. Probably a fighter/barbarian.
If that concept works with this party, would someone be willing to take on that partnership? My pc would NOT be well-educated or well-liked, being perceived as a savage, dangerous mockery of what a civilized woman "should" be. Behind closed doors, however, her common-sense, independent perspective may be as valuable as her sword.
Working on this one tonight, I hope, if someone is willing to collaborate?