I’m looking for suggestions about the best character fit for a regular campaign group. We are all new to intermediate players with characters 8th level and moderately optimized. We currently have:
Half-Elf Chaos/Wild Sorcerer
Elf Centered Breath Monk
Changeling Ranged (Bow) Bard
Human Berserker (me)
I wanted to try something new with the Berserker but I find it a fairly poor defender and striker and am considering changing my class (with DM permission). Staying Human would be preferable but I could possibly change my race so long as it remained something similar to human (Half-orc, Shifter, Half-elf for example). I considered changing to straight Barbarian but that would leave no defender. So I am considering a change to hybrid Cleric/Fighter or possibly straight Fighter. I currently have Iron Armbands, +1 Bloodthread cloth armor (which I could change to another Level 4 or 5 armor) and +1 Battlecrazed Fullblade. I also can upgrade up to a 10th level weapon, even Rare if I choose.
Do we really need a defender? The party needs me to be durable and do good damage. Good defenses would be helpful. Any ideas and input is appreciated. Thank you.