Depending on your group, you could go with Inquisitor for a more direct approach to combat instead of the Bard's more supportive approach: You're starting out when Inquisitors get Bane, which vaults them up to the front of the class when it comes to combat.
You've got fewer skills than a Bard, but a ton of useful skills. You've got adaptable teamwork feats for just the right thing in this situation. You can take Conversion Inquisition to be almost as good a face as a Bard while dumping Cha, or another inquisition or domain to further improve your combat abilities. Dwarven Inquisitors can be among the sturdiest possible characters with amazing saves and excellent armor classes while still blowing things up, or half orc Inquisitors can blow things up like a Barbarian while still having knowledge skills comparable to a Wizard and social skills like a Paladin.
Going off-type, you could worship Cayden Cailean and focus on the Bill and Ted-style "be excellent to each other" side of his worship rather than the bro-style "let's all get drunk and partay" part. A dwarf who totes around a rapier and says things like "Remember, it's not about the drinking, it's about feeling comfortable enough with yourself to be awesome to everyone else!" isn't something you see every day. Likewise, I doubt you've run into many half orcs who fight with a falchion but are the party face and mainly focus on making sure the unpopular are still included and have fun, and occasionally protecting the weak.