Having worked on something like this before, I created a text file for each of the player stats and then pulled in items / stats from this. Thus creating a semi perm storage system.
I would create a batch file that can be called within the main program that allows charactors to set up their classes, race and skill set. assuming that you want to create basic skills and class/race skills, these could all be in text files, and could be drawn in that way.
so you could have a batch file that is called that is
set /p playername="player name?"
if exist playername%.txt echo Oops, you have entered an unavailable name && pause && goto oops
set /p startingrace="please select your race: HOBGOBLIN :"
::only giving one option, so that its easier for me
if %startingrace% EQU HOBGOBLIN goto hobgoblin
set /p raceskill=" PLEASE SELECT SKILL: NIGHTVISION UNCANYDODGE: "