I still consider myself a newbie roleplayer, but if you're interested I'll share my experience.
Warcraft is pretty much my first and only video game, other than Mario and Donkey Kong very briefly while we had a Nintendo system as a kid. My husband and his mom played shortly after the game launched, and in watching them I became interested. My first character was a Night Elf rogue on mom's account, because I thought it would be neat to sneak around. I logged in and it took me half a day by myself to figure out how to walk the character, then how to chat and ask questions. I got that one to level 20, I think, before my husband saw that I was interested in playing and got me my own account.
He played orcs, so I looked through the races and thought about what I'd like to do. I decided to try healing, as I am a natural follower. Trolls didn't appeal to me, so I chose undead. I was many levels behind husband and mom both, so my entire first experience was in healing without pulling aggro, which being so low level was hard to do. They were my shield, and I was theirs. A hunter, and a pair of "pocket rogues" to protect me. I remember that we were amazing in battlegrounds, I had so much fun.
Roleplaying was something I'd tried with my husband and his brother in the form of "Catacomb"- their own simplified poor-man version of Dungeons and Dragons. So, it wasn't long before we tried that. I THINK our first server was Shadow Council? My priest's name was Fâith, but that was back before special characters were lawful. I didn't really have a definite story for Fâith, per se, but I had to go a long time sometimes between log-ins due to real life stresses. Those same stresses used to cause tension headaches for me, so I came up with a similar excuse for my character- she'd periodically get headaches and revert to mindlessness. Eventually, that story of a physical ailment grew and became the character I have now, because at the time I didn't know enough about lore to realize that Forsaken were not supposed to feel pain and such as undead. My priest is a child who suffered her entire short life, who is happy to be undead as she can "live" like she never could before. I need to change some things, but basically, if I play her, that is who Aziris is (in Gutterspeak, either "Faith" or my name translates to "Aziri", I'm not sure where the extra "s" came from).
After a long extended absence, we returned to the game and my husband wanted to try another class, a tank type, and he chose druid. Only Tauren could be druids, so I decided that I'd try their style of healing. So we rolled druids together, and it was epic. While in Thunder Bluff one day, Lomani the resto druid saw Kwam of the Horns of Shuhalo talking with other guildmates in-character. They were much higher level than me, but I went catform anyway not realizing that could see me and I spied on them. When they noticed me, I responded with catform emotes and general shyness, but it counted as roleplaying. I ran away to rejoin my husband leveling, but I was hooked. Kalkervic and Lomani joined the Horns soon after that. Lomani's story was again vague and not really thought about. I was resto, but without a good reason for avoiding shapeshifting so much- I hated dpsing and didn't think I could tank- I liked healing and that's it. So her difficulties in druid shape-shifting ability was the only thing I really thought about- otherwise she was just a nice somewhat shy tauren girl. "Lomani" is also a name based on in-game language translation. It is probably "Aziris" in Taure'he.
Kerala was born during a server re-roll, when I decided to try my hand at tanking instead of healing shortly after her creation. She was still going to be a healer, but I wanted to level as a bear so that I'd know how to do that too, if I wanted. "Kerala" was named because druids used to have to heal in tree form, called Tree of Life. A google search at the time taught me that a coconut tree was often referred to as a Tree of Life because it was so useful for survival from the coconuts themselves, to the ways parts of the tree could be used. Kerala was I think the name of an island where coconut trees were very prosperous or something. It sounded like a Tauren name to me
Aziris, Lomani, and Kerala are my only characters NOT named after frogs in some way. Aziris was my first real character (Fâith only made it to 52, Aziris dinged 60 shortly before BC), and I'm silly in that I love the way my husband says my druid's names. Lomanilomanilomani- like "lemony fresh" or "lemon tree". And "Keralabear", like koala. Whatever I'm keeping those names.
The minute Tauren could become priests, I knew Aziris was in trouble. I love Tauren. My husband wanting to play a druid is what started it, but all my characters thereafter have been cows if able. Lomani WOULD have been another priest if that had been possible at the time. Since I liked both names, but didn't need separate healing and tanking druids, the keralabear became my druid. Lomani was reborn as my new Tauren priest.
I like having IC reasons for OOC things a lot of the time, so I figured I should have a good reason for her to suddenly go from being a druid to a priest. Not only that, but I found juggling life and trying to play to be too much. I pretty much missed all of the Cataclysm expansion. I found the Snapped horn option in the barbershop, and that seeded the idea that Lomani almost died in Northrend. She spent the Cataclysm time recovering. Since I still felt so very awkward trying to roleplay, she has amnesia and so has a very good reason for not having a clue about lore, if I need it, as well as a great reason for basically becoming a new person- A priest.
Kerala needed a similar reason to be clueless, and I always thought that the conflict between centaur and the Tauren was interesting. I never got to play the original games before Wow, and that story fascinates me. Baine was captured by Tauren, but was freed. What would happen if you weren't an important person, and were left to your fate? So, Kerala was one of the victims of centaur warfare. I had to have a reason for the centaur to not just outright eat her, so I tried to think of how she might be more valuable alive than as a meal. Magram value strength above all. Somewhere I read that centaur COULD take slaves to mine opals for them...and then eat them when they died. Kerala's story evolved from there.
I still love Aziris and her story, but she is no longer linked with Lomani as a friend and protector. Her "innocence" couldn't last, and with Lomani presumed dead, it made sense to me that she'd have been devastated. She's now disguised as a proper undead (now that I know a little more about them in general) and is what she had always been afraid of becoming- an Apothecary.
My goal as a player is to play and become familiar with every class of healer, and eventually every tank. To have a literal herd, because Tauren are the only race capable of that
I have RP ideas for all of them, but the three I mentioned are the only ones I've roleplayed so far.