I have a 9th level tiefling Valor bard, who I think would be interesting as a bard/paladin. Her current spell list is action/advantage denial heavy with a few utility spells; I'd like to enhance her supporter role with better healing abilities and an improved ability to tank, since her party recently lost its only melee fighter.
- STR 19 (with equipment, attuned)
- DEX 14
- CON 19
- INT 12
- WIS 9
- CHA 18
From a mechanical standpoint, how many levels of paladin should I take, and when, in order to make the most of this combination?
Which oath is preferable, given a focus on protection and support and assuming that any of the three Oaths are viable from a roleplay perspective?
Is there a pressing reason not to take Great Weapon Fighting in favor of a different style?
I would also welcome answers along the lines of "This is a bad idea, and this is why." In that case, I would definitely welcome alternate ideas on how to build my bard into a support-focused caster with some melee ability.