Follower of the Way
Why can't you get those things from background, backstory, and race and get story things from your class?For those complaining about poor thematics, I typically get more flavor and character from the background, backstory and race then I usually do from the class. Class is not typically a big story element for me. Warlocks and Paladins have to get class wrapped up in story a bit, but the rest of the classes are pretty much story-free. You can write just about any story you want with any of the class mechanics tied to your character (except Warlock and Paladin). Warlock and Paladin are difficult because the pact and the oath are specific mechanical elements of the class.
I don't understand why having class thematics negates the other things.