Of Frogs and Roses
Characters will be created through a “funnel”. Each player is randomly assigned five(ish) characters of level zero.
They will have stats generated by 2d6+1 i “in order” and pieces of randomly generated background (from this gem at DMsGuild).
During the adventure the surviors will gain stat points to be allocated by the player and thus allowing for some customisation. In the end a sole survivor is to be raised to a Character Class of the players choice (however, note that some classes are restricted to certain backgrounds). If a player successfully wrangles more than one character through the funnel, the excess becomes hench-people, either to be keeped as retainers or settles as a homebase.
The backstory; this is a group of pilgrims travelling to a shrine (for various undertermined reasons). They are suprised by a bout of really bad weather and from there we see where and how they end up.