Race: Roegadyn, likely Sea Wolf
Why?: Honestly, the base reason is "I think they look cool, and I know they're going to be the least-played race". In my short time in FFXI I played as an Elvaan, and though I tend to enjoy a melee DPS role more than a tank role which the Elvaan fits perhaps ever-so-slightly more than a Galka, I realized more and more in playing that I wish I'd chosen the big guy as a race instead. They're imposing yet still intelligent, and probably my favorite thing to roleplay would be a "big guy with a heart of gold". I used to say if there had been male Mithra (or in this case, Miqo'te) I'd have played that in a heartbeat, but now I realize that even if that were an option I'd still choose Roegadyn.
Sea Wolves just look more comfortable to me, something I'd feel much better playing than the Hellsguard. I love the face that their skin color almost reflects a sea tone and I could almost imagine living a comfortable, if not particularly "high-class" life on one of the islands from which they hail before being thrust into my adventure.
Class: Lancer (or possibly Marauder), Culinarian, Fisherman
Why?: Well, as for my choice of Discipline of War, Lancers first and foremost have been my favorite class in Final Fantasy games, more often than not. It call began with Kain on Final Fantasy II(IV) on the SNES as a kid... he was easily my favorite character. Then seeing characters using spears and finding that Jump accessory in FFIII(VI) I loved emulating that beloved character... then you have such great lancers as Cid and Freya, and Lancer being easily one of my favorite Jobs in Final Fantasy Tactics... well, you get the picture. I actually sadly never unlocked Dragoon in FFXI but I know for a fact it would have been one of my favorite classes no matter what. However, as I said before, I really like melee DPS so Lancer isn't the only option. I'm thinking more of a "guy with huge weapons" than other melee DPS options such as Pugilist or perhaps even fencing Gladiator, so Marauder has my eye as well. I really like axes, and Berserker is another classic FF job I really like, so...
As for my choice for Discipline of the Hand, really I just love being a chef as a profession in games that allow it. EverQuest II being probably the best example, cooking food and drink may not have seemed as important as crafting weapons or armor, but then people started to realize how much more powerful and potent the handcrafted food and drink items were than what they could get from an NPC merchant, and it was very fun to be one of the few that provided such to the community. Even more fun was cooking up random little morsels I'd cooked just to train myself or for the novelty of it, and handing them out by hand to people I partied with. Even COOLER was when my friend, who played EQII as well, was a fervent fisherman and would hand me the day's catch in roleplay which I would proceed to craft into delicious morsels for us and our friends. Those are some of my favorite MMO memories, and I'd adore to hold such a position in FFXIV. In fact, I could see myself playing as a Culinarian more often than my Discipline of War, even in battle situations, if such classes can truly aid in battle as much as I'd like.
And lastly, for my Discipline of the Land; quite simply, fishing can supplement my cooking, and I love the idea of relaxing at the side of a stream and spending a lazy afternoon catching some fish and taking in the lush and beautiful sights FFXIV provides. One sight I've seen in a few MMOs and have always enjoyed was a group of friends fishing next to one another and chatting up a storm; that seems far more pleasing to me than swinging a pickaxe in a dank, lonely mine, for sure!
Why?: Well, to be honest, as much as I've looked everywhere online I have found very little information about most of the city-states, but Gridania has stuck out vibrantly in my mind since I saw an image of it. A lush, infinitely comfortable woodland home in which there are winding streams from which I can fish, and a thoroughly relaxing setting in which to cook and socialize? Sign me up!
So... I do hope anyone gets to see this as it's so deeply entrenched within the thread now, but if you do, I hope you enjoyed reading. If you can't tell, I'm very excited to play Final Fantasy XIV.