Ok so I'd been planning on stopping way earlier but...I met this guy. Actually I stood next to him so I could zoom in and get a good view of his guild insignia. But then, lo and behold, an invitation to team up. He gave me some new weapons and helped me kill the stuff I needed so that I could get some brand spanking new armor. And I died several times with...Charr Oakhearts? Not sure - but I'm level 6 and it was an excellent first day experience.
Now I need to actually read the darn manual. Or the wiki, lol.