Considering how strongly I already identify with elven lore, I think an elvish version of myself would, in many ways, be a more faithful representation of who I am than a human one... At least all my friends call me 'Elf' regardless. ;)
... keep my head out of the gutter.
... you just spent an hour scouring the Bestiaries for monsters with tentacles... weren't you! :O
My first though was Dwarf, simply because I can see myself as one. LONG LIVE THE BEARD! (and good ale). As for desire.... that is tough. If monstrous races are on the table, probably Silver Dragon: long life, inherent physical and magical powers, flight, ability to change shape... all good things!
"Seeing as I already kind of think of myself a giant among men, an unsung god of timeless vision and perspicacy, I'd have to say a Titan...but only because the question leaves out the gods themselves".
Seriously, though: if we're fantasizing freely, why pick something you already can be?
A transhuman me.
I'd want some implants and psycho-surgery to remove some of the more annoying congantive bias(though I will allow my self the belief that my dice are indeed trying to kill me), my depression and some of the less useful human emotions.
Probably keep two or three humanoid Biomorphs, optimised for various extreme sports and socialising. If Uplifts are available, I'll take a neo-avian too.
Once that is sorted, I can get back to some of my old hobbies. I haven't scuba dived in a decade, and I miss it. Same for surfing and serious mountain biking. Send my bodies around the world with a delta thread getting them there. Once their in place, ego cast my alpha into that morph, experience a new city, a new wave, a new dive or whatever else there is, then onto the next morph, the next experience.
Celestial: Truth, Justice, and immortality. Plus that teleporting stuff would be awesome. Also, I can still make babies, with lots of things apparently.
Lich: 'What are you doing? This is madness!' 'Madness? This. Is. Science!'
Those two might not count, being things you turn into, so I present a fully mortal choice: Doppleganger. They told me I could be anything, so I became Hugh Jackman!
Probably a Silver Dragon, that way I'd get the dragon awesomeness while being able to assume a human form whenever I need to get on a computer or interact with people.
Kitsune is another good option since they're shapeshifters as well, but the issue with them is that they probably need to work harder to unlock their abilities (Fox Shape and Magical Tail feats). Then again, being a kitsune would probably be easier to hide than being a dragon.
Lloyd Jackson wrote:
Heheh, your way of describing the Lich is exactly how the Human Necromancer in my game plans to play out when he does become a Lich.
Hmmmm... A Pleroma? Nah, too weird. Phasm (yeah, I know nobody used it due to a sucky picture in the MM) is a good choice, when doppleganger just feels limited. Illithid elder brain would be cool, but maybe a bit limited considering you stay in your pool... hmmm. There is always paragon LeShay, but that is boring and obvious. A Greater Titan, from the Dragon article could be a good idea, but it intrudes on divine territory a bit much. A psionic gray ooze? A kaiju carrion crawler of legend? The main advantage of being a beholder is always getting your way. At least, always feeling you got your way. Plus, you get to indulge in racist bastardy thoughts regarding the defilement of your species that the abominations calling themselves beholders bring!!!
Nah. I would go with cervidal. Those horns are too too sexy.
Okay, you know the Undines as visualized by the first example in their chapter in the ARG? The more alien loooking one. I could live with that kind of look. As long as it's easy to maintain dryness when handling certain materials or objects...
Shae are another interesting possibility. Really cool aesthetic, though the typical environment is pretty colorless.
And then there's the planetars... And lilendi. Though things get really confusing about their sexual dimorphism if you're using their Planescape flavor, IIRC.
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Hmmm, either a skindancer from Wayfinder #7
Okay, that's mighty tempting too. Cool base appearance, and awesome day-to-day range. "Y'know, I feel like a half-elf today. A Vudrani one." :)
What kind of sexual dimorphism we talking?
The kind that spiders have, or something else entirely?
Nah, just have to take a few levels of Aberrant-bloodline Sorcerer for those!
Cecaelia are a really cool option, but I wouldn't want my entire life to be confined to water.
Zoveri too, for the same reasons, but they tend to have cooler looking heads. :)
In Planescape, again IIRC, lilendi could come with female OR male humanoid torsos, but all of them were biologically female. They also reproduced parthenogenically, so it wouldn't be at all unusual to see to pregnant lilend guy. They typically identified their gender according to the appearance of their torsos, but I'm not sure their outlooks on such matters would be an exact mindset match to RL cisgendered women and transgendered men. I don't think that aspect was ever explored further beyond their creature entry, but that should certainly have an effect on how their societies are shaped.
To the best of my knowledge, all of that flavor along with the stuff about the Silent Hour was never touched upon again from 3.0 onwards.