Upwold best wold . Hi, I play a character from Upwold. If you’re looking for a group, myself and @Ceri play in Pickham Monastery, a Vigilance sect that are known for taking in and training hard on their luck Marchers. Feel free to PM me if Monk has any interest. We’ve got a lot of options for “person who is committed to protecting people”.
You don’t need to decide permanently on a concept before you hit play. You can leave all your skills blank, and you’ll still be able to use a one handed weapon, buckler and any armour. You can then use the Apprentice skill to try out skills in play until you see what gives you the most fun RP.
Have you considered making the character a Draughir? They have strong themes of defensiveness, survival and pack mentality, and would give you all of those in the character without a complex backstory. If you don’t want to do full face makeup, you can do a lot with pale contouring and some black veins. You’ve pretty much described a perfect Draughir personality there.
I would also massively recommend the virtue of Vigilance, which is “Don’t let anything even THINK about harming that thing you care about”. It sounds like this might appeal to your PC.
I’ll echo what Geoff says. The best bits of a backstory are things that influence what your character does next, or link you to past events in-character. For example, a while back, some wierd chained Heralds appeared in Upwold and walked off in different directions. Maybe you followed one out of curiosity for a bit, and developed an interest in Winter magic? Or you lived near the area of Upwold that fell into The Bloody Great Hole? Or you’re wondering why all these infuriatingly blasphemous foreign merchants are showing up around King’s Stoke?
Because it’s shared backstory rather than personal, it’s an immediate thing you can talk to other PCs about and they’ll probably have an opinion or know someone who will.