Sauran was a maiar as well only difference is like the balrogs at the beginning he sided with morgoth the original dark lord who in fact was a valar.
Gandalf and co where restricted in the form they took hence the guises of old and wise men the istari order. They where strictly prohibited revealing there true nature or in fact use there full abilities to put it simply gandalf was Olorin who could have fought sauron power on power but the war of wrath when the valor fought morgoth caused great destruction to middle earth making it the place it is in the LOTR trilogy.
Just the typical good vs bad scenario where the bad guys dont give a rats ass about consequences.
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First Choice: Maia~Immortal souls, very powerful, but restricted, has a purpose and secretive...I like this.
Second Choice: Elven~Also immortal, with all the time in the world to learn to be powerful in magic, or whatever floats your boat.
Third Choice: Ent~Nearly immortal and very cool.
You can see the theme of immortality here, so pretty much any race that's immortal, I'd be cool with....Dragon perhaps (although they are all but dead, so that would kind of suck). People say that they'd get bored, but I think I'd find a way to entertain myself, especially in a world with other immortals.
As I feel that death sucks, and having resistance to aging, cold, apparently some toxins, looking young and hot most of your life, being able to walk on surfaces others can't (snowbanks), having enhanced perceptions, and pointy ears, all DON'T suck...
I'd have to pick and Orc.
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