Personally I find that the most fun way to do Highguard is to play the brief straight down the line, it’s something people don’t expect .
I think Highguard is ace because you can play big damn heroes, the entire nation is founded upon the desire to save the whole human race and help them ascend to…something else. You can play that completely straight up, genuine, faithful hero who only wants to help people. And there’s a load of different and fun ways to play that. Highguard is full of fun and interesting interpretations of the brief, I don’t think any concept has been done to death by players.
Also coming up with a Chapter, their creed, history, traditions and all the rest is loads of fun, especially deciding on your colour scheme and logo
The Virtues are great fodder for playing a faithful character who isn’t the cliched fanatic or priestly enemy of fun. Things like the way Pride and Loyalty both extol raising people up. The way Courage goes never give up, change your approach and try again. Prosperity being about sharing and enjoying the fruits of your labor. The Way is at it’s strongest when you embrace the fact it’s completely different to Medieval Christianity and that there’s so much depth to play with. It doesn’t give you spells, but you get deep and meaningful roleplaying moments with people about their faith. And you don’t even need to be priest of any kind, you’re kinda of automatically the religious expert in any group of Citizens .
Also Highguard is super stylish, you like bold two colour looks? We got you. Long swishey robes and dresses Tasteful jewelery and circlets for all Awesome hairstyles and braiding for everyone Coordinated colours and symbols making you look awesome en-mass Also it’s one of the easier nations to do basic but cool costume for, as robes and tunics are some of your easier sewing projects .
Anyway I’ve played three characters in Highguard so far and I haven’t even come close to running out ideas yet .