Only one thing to say about Farland... You are getting paid for this, right??? If not, you need to sue someone, or at least kick some shins until you get paid.
On topic: I, too felt the burdening restrictions of character creation. That is why, in the 3e game on this site, I decided to NOT go pure spellcaster. It is an Arcane Trickster, (guess why :)) so I can be a rogue around most people and use magic only when I have to. There are plenty of ways around strange circumstances such as Farland, and I make it my goal in life to make sure I find those ways!