Man, I hate to bug y'all, but I'm thinking of building a class for my setting based off of the Casseline Brotherhood in Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series. If you have read it, awesome, but I hadn't even heard of it until my girlfriend tossed the first book at me, so if you haven't, I bring you wikipedia articles for reference. This one is on the brotherhood itself. This one is the character who's in it, who is a total badass.
What I humbly ask for help on is figuring out how to start building it. They're priests, yes, but they're religious in the way a religious order of knights would be, so more pali than cleric. They are mostly two weapon fighters (daggers only, in the book, but I might allow short sword, too), but are amazingly good with a longsword. So ranger isn't precisely a good starting point, either, and I'm not decided yet on how I'd feel about them having magic. No heavy armor, though, and no shields, generally. They make up for it with heavy steel bracers (will add them to equipment, +1 AC--for the pair, not each--like a shield, feats and class abilities making it even more effective). I just can't figure out a starting point, you know?
At the same time, I realize that this might be better as a prestige. However, I'm in love with the whole idea of this class, and would like to import it more or less intact. They start the training at ten years old, so perhaps a prestige would cause a loss of flavor. I don't know. Just kind of brainstorming, I guess. Any input is, as always, greatly appreciated.