ANSWER ONE: The Brimstone Angels Team
The fictional characters nearest and dearest to me are–let’s be real–my own. I know the characters of the Brimstone Angels series almost better than I know myself, so it makes sense that they’d be my go-to team. (Also, I created them all, so there remains the possibility I could control them with my mind. Handy when there’s a disagreement!)
Tam Zawad (Cleric/Harper/Dad): Tam is probably the easiest choice. The High Harper of Waterdeep is the highest level character I’ve got, blessed by the moon goddess, a badass with the spiked chain, tons of experience with covert operations (aka “levels of Rogue”), and the always necessary Healer. He’s also the best at making decisions for a group, so I can have a break. Downside: Bad knee, bad at delegating, may want to talk about my problems when there’s monsters to fight.
Farideh (Caster/Moral Center/Solver of Puzzles): Why, you might ask, would I include the character whose actions seem to cause the most trouble? Well, I would say, why are we adventuring if not to seek out trouble? You don’t sally forth in search of a latte and a quiet spot to drink it! You don’t delve into dungeons in the hopes of picking up your dry-cleaning! No one wants the treasure to be a coupon for The Container Store! You want to find the villains and get their loot! And when there’s trouble, Farideh seems to find it–and want to fix it. She’s not going to let the party take the easy way out. Also, she can rip a hole in the plane and shoot lava everywhere. Downside: Devils would follow, have to make a point of earning her trust so she doesn’t decide to take care of things herself, some villages and waystations off-limits as tieflings have a rep.
Clanless Mehen (Tank/Fighter/Grumpy Man of Mystery): Choosing someone to handle the front line isn’t easy–Havilar would be faster, Constancia would be a secondary healer, Oota would have a certain inspiring madness. The list is long, but the dragonborn exile’s my ultimate choice because he’s up there with the best of the fighters (plus lightning breath!), definitely has the best constitution score, and also, I just like him. Some people tend to assume Mehen’s your standard overprotective father to Farideh and Havilar–and I don’t think he’d care. He knows who he is and it’s not your damned business…unless it all comes out in the open at a particularly tense point. So fighter, tank, and full of surprises. Plus, I could redouble my efforts to get him a boyfriend. Downsides: Second dad in the party, occasional buzzkill, inevitable lecture about my form with a sword (i.e. terrible)
Khochen (Rogue/Harper/Gossip): I nearly picked Mira Zawad, but the nice thing about Khochen is that, while she might air your dirty laundry for you and possibly pocket a few of your coins, she’ll never leave you in the lurch. Plus, she plays the lute! Khochen is a little risky, but I think she’d be a lot of fun and her spy skills would come in handy when someone inevitably had to walk a tightrope over a pit of skeletons (…What? That doesn’t happen in your games?) and Tam’s knee was acting up. I could probably recruit her in the hunt for a boyfriend for Mehen too. Downsides: Inevitably unbalanced treasure split, would probably borrow my lipstick, everyone would find out about…the thing…
Tomorrow SOON, I’ll come up with a team of other people’s characters. Stay tuned!)
EDIT: If you want to enter the contest, please post on the original thread. (If you’ve already posted here, I’ll post your comments over before I do the drawing. But you’ll make my day easier if you post directly to the contest thread.