Friend is starting a new game in 3.5. It’s pirate-themed, which, I’ve always, always wanted to do.
My character concept is a pirate swashbuckler who is, in reality, a mimic in human form. At some point in the distant past, she devoured an adventurer who was carrying an incredibly rare, legendary treasure. She now has that treasure sitting in her belly, forever, until some adventurer slays her and gets it out.
I imagine she dealt with one or two particularly difficult treasure hunters before deciding she was legitimately in great peril, and took human form to live a nomadic life on the sea, trying to avoid treasure-seekers the world over.
In gameplay terms, she’ll be a swashbucker class and a shifter race. Her “true form” is of course a treasure chest. I’m working with the DM to see if I can get some kind of attack where I assume the form of a chest, sit there, and when a greedy enemy opens me up to get the treasure, I get a chomp on em at advantage.
Still haven’t thought of a name or a quest for her beyond “don’t get killed and looted.”