I had an idea for a character since one of my rp's fell through.
I might try my guy Seth, a gnoll bard, son of one of those rare monsterious heroes, his father was a gnoll, and his mother was litterally a whore who got knocked up. instead of being thrown out on the street he was raised learning stories from the travelers that stopped by, and eventually (thanks to daddy's support money) was sent to a bardic collage.
now he's an adventurer like his father, though a much more civilized one.
cool note: Gnolls can naturally immitate other's voices, it is called beast's lure, this was dropped in 3ed edition and returned in 4th. they also have cast iron stomachs and can eat nearly any meat in any condition.