So there are several starting cities (like XI) as well as deities your character can subscribe to (according to the FAQ). I'm not sure if there are other customization aspects as I didn't get accepted to the Alpha.
My concerns are:
1) Will starting race/area combinations have bonuses like they did in FFXI (where you got a free ring if you picked "correctly")?
2) Since the Q&A indicates that players can change their deity at a penalty, that implies that statistically, there may be an advantage in doing so. My assumption (again, didn't get into alpha so I'm making blind guesses here) is that each deity grants abilities; maybe Thor gives +5% damage to Lightning spells and Titan gives +5% Physical Damage, so if someone initially planned to be a mage and changed their mind and decided to become a DD, they could change deity to Titan or whatever. I'm wondering if the benefits of aligning with any given deity will be transparent or if early players are going to have to make a "blind luck" guess and wait for a few people to figure it out and post it.
I just wonder if the transparency in decisions vs results will be there at the beginning, so as to hopefully avoid the "Just throw out these Beastmen's Seals since they have no purpose" portion of my game playing life.