I know this is an old topic, but I wanted to reply anyway since I just signed up to the forums today. I haven't played FFXI, but I really wanna try it. I almost came close when my friend Ryan told me I could play his game, but his mom didn't have a phone hook-up in that house (he had just moved back in with her and didn't know she didn't have a house phone lol). I was so disappointed!
Anyways, I would choose the Hume blonde male character. The one that looks like a cross between Seifer Almasy, Zell Dincht and who has Squall Leonheart's grey eye color. The FFXI character even has his bangs sticking up like Zell's. I'm sure you know the one I'm talking about. Anyways, I'd play as Zell's son, like the one my sister came up with for her story after seeing that pic for inspiration. I think I'd start off as a Red Mage too. I have the strategy guide just so I'd have something to look at lol!