We need a fresh start. Colson lost sight of what we need to be a long time ago, and I don’t think his protege is the one to give us anything but more of the same. I think a council is the way to go in the long run, but for now, I think Tamrin Credence has the decisiveness to take us in a bold, more meaningful new direction.
An almost 7 foot tall, very solidly built man with a slightly angelic look to him, and a copper tinge to both his hair and skin walks in, finishes whatever is in his mug, burps, and says "Hi, I'm Thaddeus Meade. You may recognize me from such Knowlege Geography lectures as "Galt with the Wind" and "So I Married a Cheliax Murderer." Has the mean guy already insulted us and told us our mission, or did I get here too early again?"
I think the most discouraging thing to new players isn't difficult mechanics, it's having nothing to contribute in certain situations, or dying. Because of that, and because I want new players to realize that there is more to the game than combat, I would suggest an archer bard. Out of combat, they're great. When the fight breaks out, archery is a wonderful combat style, and one that increases survival. And while being the one to identify the weakness of a monster is old hat to people who have played a while, I find it's really fun for new players. Compare "then I shot it with my bow for 7 damage" to "then I realized that while weapons did little, it was vulnerable to fire!" Which would seem more epic to a new player?
I've been pondering a Halfling cleric of Lamashtu since reading about how many mothers and infants die during or shortly after giving birth in Cheliax. I think a slave who had just watched the woman he loved worked to death, and his unborn child die with her, might be open to what Lamashtu had to offer. And if his long term goal was to lead a tribe of vengeful ex slaves somewhere in the wilds of Isger and wage a guerilla war on their pro-Cheliax puppet govt, then perhaps some of the friends he made working for the Liberties Edge faction might be valuable allies someday.
Is he only interested in maximizing his own pleasure, or everyones? If the latter, what about an Evangelist Cleric of Cayden Cailean with the Revelry subdomain. Kind of like Bluto in Animal House, adventuring both for the adreneline rush and to fund his massive Toga parties between adventures.
Good news: after spending a lot of gold and effort to atone, you still get to be a Paladin. Even better news: You are now a Goblin! Now you can see first hand how wrong it is to mindlessly judge things on appearance alone, and can hopefully teach others that lesson.
p.s. Now go plant some wheat, you slacker!