Showdown in the Savage Lands
You are a member of a mercenary company with a long history but has fallen on hard times of recent. Go for a Wild West Fantasy Samurai theme. Not six shooters and all that. Cowboy hats, duels, train heists and katanas in Sword & Sorcery! Into the Badlands is not too far off of what I have in mind. Minus the motorcycles.
Why’d you join the company? Were you running from something? Criminal? Deposed noble? Poor farmboy looking for adventure.
Also, nautical things may happen, so Cowboy Ninja Pirates May exist.
Of course you were given a name at birth, but in the company you have a nickname.
Use 30 point buy from page 13 of the Player’s Handbook.
Classes and Backgrounds
Anything from official WotC books is fine. If you find something in the DM’s Guild please show me first. If there is a Pathfinder class that you’d like to play, we’ll first check the D&D classes to see if one fits the concept and if not, we will work on a conversion.
Any race you want if it looks good in a cowboy hat. However, traditional “monster” races will be treated as such from most NPCs. Most people are aware of the monster problem.
Tengu: Can have any species of bird for its head.
Dwarves have retreated underground as of the cataclysm. Regardless of type, they grew up in the mines.
Elves mature at the same rate humans do and reach adulthood around the age of 20. They live longer than humans, however, often reaching 120 years.
Sand Elves from the far Eastern dune sea.
Warforged because robot samurai cowboy ninja pirates! Also, I read an article that might allow a Warforged to be a Transformer.
Roll for starting wealth.
Make multiple PCs if you’d like. I’m going for an episodic West Marches style, so having a PC for different environments might be good.