My first character in FFXIV will be a Duskwight Elezen, which I intend to play Thaumaturge. I think the importance of creating your own stats instead of having racial stats is a very interesting dynamic in FFXIV. For instance, in FFXI only the Humes, Tarus and Mithra were adept at being a spellcaster. If Galkas or Elvaan wanted to play a spellcaster they were a bit weaker than the other 3 races. However, it seems in FFXIV that each individual character is unique to the player, when looking at stats. I think this allows all players to play their favorite race without, or with minimal consequence.
I intend to play Thaumaturge, because it seems they have an interesting dynamic, using some light and dark magic.
I also intend to start in Gridania, the description of the city on the official website reminds me of my home in FFXI, Windurst, however, it seems a bit more civilized, as well as having beautiful scenery from what I can tell.