What will your first character in Eorzea be and what nation-state will you start in? Why?
My immediate reaction to character development, with what I know, is to play a Hellsguard Roegadyn. I would like to start with a Thaumaturge and supplement the class with Conjurer and Alchemist. Because I didn't know much about the starting nation-states until recent research, my gut choice of Ul'dah was based on its location and architecture.
I was resistant to using magic in FFXI, but the Disciples of Magic look very interesting to me this time around and I think Alchemist would complement this. And while I've played a Taru, Elvaan, and Hume, the Hellsguard Roegadyn looks like a lot of fun to play as and for RP (maybe taking the attitude of TF2's Heavy). Now that I've read up more on Ul-dah, it seems like an even better fit. Reading that its patron deity is Nald'thal, one of my two favorites, and that it houses the Thaumaturge's guild, Arrzaneth Ossuary, Ul'dah seems like a great fit for what I have in mind for my character.