I saw all three of my best ideas represented (better than I would have). My first thought when I saw Animal Lord, was Bear Warrior 5 fits nicely in there. I also, considered Primeval for a time, but the shifting mechanic was clunkier than BW's, even if it is more versatile. The build that I had settled on focused on getting a Wild Cohort pumped up. Every time I read the class though, I missed the line about stacking for AC advancement, so I never even considered Beastlord until I read the entries just now. Why did they have to hide that after the crap about bonus to Handle Animal?