So, I now have my full complement of players for both my games.
Recruiting over the internet poses its own problems - it's a lot easier to tell someone in person that they're behavious is disruptive to the group, for example, without sounding aggressive. You also attract a less... predictable group of people. The guys I have seem to be great, and have provided a lot of interesting material to work with in the game.
In the RPG.net corner, we have:
Bilal, a Fire Genasi (built as a Fire Elf) Duskblade, mixing spell and sword. Brought up in the City of Brass, son of a hooker and a Djinn. Known for his wit and desire to attempt to procreate with most things...
Tam'lin, an Erinyes devil (built using a customised version of the Tiefling, which was worked out between me and they player...) who has been cursed to have a heart (and, in the process, stopped being evil)...
And Tik-Tok, a Rogue Modron (creatures of Law) exiled from Mechenus, becoming a Wizard and studying life on the Planes.
Like I said, lots of cool things to work with, depending on what I saw as the main points in their background. Moral problems for Tam'lin, problems of heritage and the seedier side of life for Bilal, and perhaps metaphysical questions about the (demi-)human condition for Tik-Tok.
As for GiantitP, we have:
Sol'Kanar, Ice Genasi Wizard, descendant of Cryonax, one of the Princes of Elemental Evil, and his younger cousin, Ja'Kanar (the player homebrewed a cohort Feat, we'll see how it turns out).
Xybapi, who was just another basher, until he was kidnapped by a group of demons and transformed into an Incubus, somehow managing to keep his old personality and memories. Looks like David Tennant...
Jon, a Champion ("homebrew" class created by Rich Burlew) who calls upon his Celestial ancestry to kick all manner of ass.
And Alliana, a Lillend travelling the Planes to find the perfect song.
So, Alliana already has a built-in quest - find the perfect song. A lot of encounters with a variety of weird and unusual musicians and performers (as well as maybe some... unique sounds) across the Planes should keep her going, questions of faith for Jon, wheelings and dealings with Devils and Demons for Xybapi, and questions of the nitty-gritty of the streets for Sol.
The two games started similarly enough, but are starting to diverge at a rate of knots... we will see which group comes out of their first adventure the worst!