Curse of Strahd
Create a new level one character using the standard ability score array from the PHB. We will be beginning in the town of Highmoon in Deepingdale around harvest time. Character options from the Sword Coast book are available, and characters should have some reason to be there as well as some reason to work together. Having a well-rounded and balanced party will be important for survival. There is also a new background available in the Curse of Strahd book that is available. I will have details of that background in the first session.
Highmoon has a temple to Corellon and an Oghmanyte library. Divine characters of other faiths will have to be visitors or self-taught locals.
Think Gothic horror as you make your characters, and be flexible in the details as we will certainly do a bit of group party-building at the first session.