Nah, Snake is our feral half-drow spellfire freak still but he got like dozen char concepts waiting ready if his feral half-drow bites dust
Anyways yeah, stronghold builder guide is fun book and more so in epic levels when you can do all freaky stuff with it (admantium shadow plane shifting sphere which can fly, swim underwater, dig through ground, teleport and is personal study of a archmage).
Also we are using DMG II rules how to run business which is also interesting and suits for sandbox game quite well. It gives like freebie random events per month as adventure plots or noticecable events
. Besides what I myself create as streamline and roll as random city encounters.
Also Archivist can qualify as matron as PaleEnchantress has done. So can do paladin of slaugther 12 (who has CL 6 and able cast 3th level spells).
I don't mean 'rare' in any particular case. I just find that interesting people are better than interesting ability-combos. And that's what this is becoming, for me. I don't even know what a Swiftblade Gish is, for Christ's sake >_<
Swiftblade gish is a normal figther/sorcerer (or duskblade) with levels in Swiftblade PrC. Google Swiftblade and you find it is dragon magazine (and wizard site hosted) PrC which focus around mastering one spell; Haste.