I've just started playing in a D&D Epic campaign. And I thought you might be interested in hearing about the character I came up with. I'm not really a D&Der--I'm hardcore GURPS...but here we go.
20th Level Rogue, Halfling.
He is...the godfather. More DeNiro, less Brando. Neutral Evil (though he conceives of himself as sort of lawful and good...to those who earn his loyalty)
Behind the veneer of respectable vintner and merchant, Cade runs a powerful crime syndacate, dealing in information, and all of the vices one can think of. He however, considers family to be the utmost of importance. The Darkwine family also has brother Sonny--the hotheaded Halfling Ranger with the two bladed sword, sister Talia--Bard, Bookeeper and winemaker, Cade's Wife Merle--the crafty enchantress and lots and lots of followers: those that run the gambling den's, the brothels, the dog racing tracks, the taverns, and so on.
It seems that there is big evil in the land. Evil large enough to need the combined efforts of the greatest heroes of faerun. The paladins are fighting for Good, the clerics are fighting for Good, Cade is fighting for the survival of his "business" and the survival of his family.