With the build plan laid out in the first post, here's how things went so far.
First thing I did this time was altering the settings file to make sure I would start with two blanc skills at the start. This time I managed to get that done and started by choosing Weapons Lore and Dwarven lore as my first skills.
I also gave my guy a somewhat fancy looking name tag, but you'll see that when I post a screenshot.
The adventure started by creating a Hack & Slash LAN game at a private server; which would have me ending up at the starter's island.
From there it was a short trip into the tower dungeon and moving on to Mascarell, where I brought the Nun back to where she belonged. That quest didn't give me XP, but it did give me a rune: Wrath. Not one I intend to use, but still useful to be exchanged with a few others for a Cannonblast or Flamethrower rune.
After getting the portal, I once again went to Haven's Island, entered the tower dungeon and went to Braverock Castle.
In Braverock I took on three quests; of which one is very rewarding, but also the most dangerous one;
1) Fluffy Bunny; in which I have to find and bring a lost bunny back;
2) The Axe of Galadius; in which I have to pick up and take an axe to a Gladiator
3) The delivery quest for the guy next to the market merchant. Out of the three, this is the most dangerous one, as it would actually take you far enough outside the city walls to trigger agro from the (level 21-22) monsters.
I managed to do the first two quests, ending up with gold, XP and another rune. The third quest proved to be a bit more of a problem, as I indeed agro'ed the AI and got a Sakkara priest twin and their twin marauder cousins chasing me. I wasn't able to get rid of them as the priests used those tangle roots to root me on the spot, so I died.... twice.
But, I did manage to get past them eventually, picking up a ring and another Wrath rune. Plus enough XP to end up at level 5.
At that point I saved and exported the little fellow and started a silver game.
In silver I did my usual Bellevue run; starting at a slightly different spot.
Meaning, picking up the Arogarn quest, heading into Bellevue, picking up and finishing the Sheep in Bellevue quest, heading out to Romata and picking up the main quest, the blacksmith, the paybook, the revenge and the messenger quest. From there I took the small portal to the spot above the Arena, from which I went north to continue the blacksmith quest, as well as getting the first load of hearts, plus to pick up and finish the quest at the monastery; before heading out to find that goblin with the sword. Once he and his minions were down, I entered the cave to save the novice, moved south to get to Silvercreek to pick up some quests there, as well as completing the Messenger quest, before heading back to Bellevue; this time passing below the Arena to get the lost sister and war bear quest.
Finishing the lost sister quest is a piece of cake, so I went south, got the other angler, saved the kiddo from the cave, before heading back north and into Bellevue again to enter it over the bridge, after talking to the other novice for some extra gold.
After that it was just heading through bellevue to pick up the pay book, finishing the blacksmith quest - and ending up with a sword I won't use - heading to the graveyard to kill the war bear, before continuing north to the dungeon the Seraphim was in. When she was free, I went on back to the area with Romata to finish the revenge and paybook quests, talked to lady Lintari for the extra XP from here quest, before taking the portal to the area above the arena to finish the war bear quest and having the area at peace.
Next stage was moving on to Silvercreek to pick up all quests there.
As I didn't get any Cannonblast and / or Flamethrower rune as quest reward and / or drop, I had to do the combo master quest first. After that I switched from using an Axe to using the CB, as I had three slots available by that time.
And it certainly did make a difference!
Having WL maxed and DL close to my level, the regen was slightly over 2 seconds, with enough damage to already do one hit kills. Being more ranged meant I was able to take on the goblin groups from a distance, also meaning I was able to reduce their numbers a lot before they got to me. With several quests available, I picked them all up, brought Adelina home and looted the cave for the shining light quest; before making a stop at the merchant outpost halfway between Silver Creek and Porto Vallum,
I've picked up the Green Plague quest there; one I can do while heading back to Silver Creek to turn in my completed quests and picking up the merchant needing an escort to PV.
As for skills:
At level 13 I have WL and DL maxed; Armor and Constitution got 1 point in it for now, while Trading has 2 points in it.
Constitution is set at 5 points as I got Thodran Amfist's Cap to boost it by 4 points. Not to mention the 13% WIDD (wounds increase damage dealt), meaning my damage would increase even more the moment I got hurt.
Physical regen is at 64, with one additional point from a ring.
As for drops;
I noticed a Dwarf got far better drops right from the start as my Seraphim did.
I have been ending up with multiple blue items - especially rings - which gave me nice stat boosts right at the start. I also got the feeling I found more runes; which I can turn into the needed runes for socketing into my gear to boost my CA's, making this little fellow even stronger.
And I'm certain things will only get better over time.