I've already given several ideas and didn't feel responding to your post would add much to the discussion, but since you did bother to check back, I'll address your post specifically.
Also, I have outright said that I enjoy debating this. There's really no mystery there. But I do apologize if I have ever been undeservingly coarse to anyone.
If you want to suggest it, send the suggestion to Square Enix. If others like it, they can send it too.
I definitely will, but not before I have all the ideas on the table that I think will be relevant to my suggestion. Further, you can expect a followup post to encourage other people to send similar suggestions.
There's no point in being so aggressive about it. You like the idea, and those who have posted in this thread don't. Clearly no one's opinion on it is going to change, especially with such a vague idea.
It's not really that vague. It's a new race, which is primarily a visual thing from the player standpoint. There are pictures of similar races all over the internet.
And I'm not really looking to change anyone's mind. Plenty of people like the idea, and I really have never been one to have much faith in people changing their minds with any immediacy. But I will answer all contests to the legitimacy of the idea in support of the people who like the idea.
On to your questions.
Would the race be flexible career-wise like any other race, or would there be emphasis on a certain career based on starting stats, etc.?
They would be flexible like any other race, yes. Personally I have never been a fan of making races very career-oriented because I don't think the realism it can offer outweighs the importance of letting players choose their favorite race for aesthetics without consequence.
Would they look like fomors or have their own features that make them unique, and if so, what?
I imagine them to be similar to Fomor in some respects. A cross of Fomor and Vivi... somewhat like a short Fomor Hume. They'll have hair (or the option to have hair) and different body/face types, but hair and eyes will probably be the most distinctly different visual characteristics.
Would they be on the same side as the rest of the races in present-day Eorzea, despite the history of their relationships with other races, thus allowing them to fight together with them for the storyline?
That really depends more on the story that SE has in mind than I can safely comment on. Since FFXIV is a completely different world, what their role in the world would be is still completely flexible as far as any of us know.
If they're not on the same side, would they cause a dispute between races, both story-wise and player-wise, like in World of Warcraft or Warhammer Online, and if they do would there be other "darker" races to go along with that?
I really doubt that SE will go in that direction with FFXIV, but that's certainly a possibility.
Would they be able to be part of the same storyline or would the storyline of FFXIV be altered for the race (for example, the archduke in Jeuno probably wouldn't ask for the assistance of a fomor)?
I imagine that they would be as integral to the story of FFXIV as any other race. But Jeuno, the Archduke, and Fomors are not going to have anything to do with FFXIV. As with FFXI, most of the time the races of the main story characters were not particularly important. Their race merely served to shape their character. Ultimately they were a unique person who just happened to be of a particular race. In that sense, even characters that SE had already planned to be a certain race could easily be changed into this race.
Would they have their own explorable city? If so, would the city have a darker theme, and what would make the city stand out?
Again this would be up to SE. They have to make these decisions within the context of what they've already created. They wouldn't necessarily have to have their own city, and it wouldn't necessarily have to have a dark theme. In FF9, the Black Mage Village
was a peaceful, beautiful country hamlet in a secluded forest.
I didn't address most of your questions previously because they asked things that I have no intention of deciding. There are many directions SE could decide to take with this kind of race, and they'd have to make those decisions with consideration for the world they've already created so that this race could fit into it seamlessly. The possibilities are too numerous to really speculate.
All I'm suggesting is a race with these visual characteristics. Whatever attributes they have beyond that would really be left in the good faith judgments of SE.
Edit: fixed link/grammar errors Edited, Jun 20th 2009 4:23pm by Kachi