So I know that the developers made the game in a way that players don't have the freedom to customize their character with the goal of everyone having a unique pirate but that sentiment goes right out the window as it takes away control of the player. We aren't playing well established characters, we are playing OUR pirates.
That being said CHARACTER EVOLUTION.
I started to think about why the pirates had different shaped bodies if it's nothing but cosmetic but I came up with a way to make your body matter.
Activities control the shape of your body.
Do you fight a lot and find yourself eating food like crazy? Then your character gets a fat body.
Do you run everywhere from place to place and fins yourself swimming and dodging attacks so you require less food? Then your character gets a skinny body.
Do you find yourself always carrying more treasure to the ship than any other activity? Then your character gets a Muscle body.
You aren't stuck being one thing so you can constantly change your body if tou spend enough time playing differently.
With great power comes great responsibility.
Each body type can have its own advantage and disadvantage so it would encourage players to want to change.
Fat Body: More Health. Slower Running.
Skinny Body: Run Faster, slower with carrying loot.
Muscle Body: The ability to carry 2 chests at once. You swing swords slower.
This would take a lot of work so it wouldn't be implemented any time soon, but I think this would could change the game for the better.
I'd love to hear other suggestions in regards to my proposal and overall opinions on if people would like or dislike it if it was in the game.