I'm currently rolling a character for a new D&D 3.5 campaign; the DM said that he's open to pretty much any class, as long as they are mortal. So, I wanted to try something fun that I haven't really tried before.
TVTropes' Action Survivor page spells out the character archetype I want to emulate:
Action survivors are essentially ordinary, everyday people thrust into extraordinary circumstances.
- Light of foot rather than big and tough
- Terrible at fighting
- Avoids fights, runs if he can
- Straight up fights are usually won by luck rather than skill
- Uses improvisation to survive the game's events
So, in keeping with the "normal guy" aspect of it, I thought about making the base class either a Commoner or Expert, then taking the Survivor prestige class after I reach level 2.
Is there a class or class combination that could do this better? I don't have access to many of the books at the moment.