I’ve been thinking about this for a little bit and I think I’ve seen it mentioned somewhere that the footman class will branch out to stronger combat classes. I have been thinking that since not all combat will occur outside of your town that the class could branch out from the footman to the other combat classes OR into a town guard class.
The town guard class would receive a bonus when defending within city limits (perhaps set it to distance to a building or non-combat citizen), and receive a penalty if used outside of the city limits. A mechanic that workers would go fetch a guard if something like goblins raid would also be a nice addition making them proper defenders of the city. Additionally they could upgrade into another class which is essentially the same thing perhaps with a bigger bonus… I’m kind of fond of the idea of that class being called "Champion/Defender of ".
To me it just makes sense having specialized defenders which remain within the city limits. Essentially providing security and acting to uphold order in your particular hold. A unique look would also be pretty cool on these guys. I hate making this comparison, but the guards in Skyrim have such an iconic look that it would be nice if you could achieve something similar int he realm of Stonehearth.
Just something that was in the back of my mind while playing around with the unstable branch.