MikeS, that's certainly true. One of the NPCs accompanying the troupe, Yukio, is mostly built around the whole samurai thing, but I guess that could spark discussions about the nitty gritty of honor and so forth.
vardeman, I'm tempted to suggest an Explorer-based build. It'll have a stronger academic focus than your usual pirate, but I think the inherent scrappiness would work for you.
Mister Anderson, since there are no alignments currently in play, whatever you pick out will be fine. We just haven't hit any situation where they'd come in yet, so that's a blank page so far.
Also, at this point, I'm closing further recruitment. Thanks to everyone for your interest - it certainly looks like we've got more than enough new PCs coming in now.