You know I could see a Knight Errant (someone taking their test of mettle) and three yeofolk friends supporting them. It would basically be you doing the plot of A Knights Tale kinda .
Being a Knight Errant means you wouldn’t look out of place if you didn’t necessarily have the best looking gear or the most expensive IC gear. And like @Geoffrey_Willoughby says if you’ve got Yeofolk, them treating you like a Knight Errant is the best accessory in the world .
Don’t worry about not being useful skills wise, you and 3 mates with even just basic armour, bucklers and weapons is a powerful multiplier on the battlefield, especially if you can work as a team. And creating a group together means you can support each other, for example one can take Apothacary and the Herb Garden resource and another Artisan with either a Mine or a Forest (depending on which items they’ve taken). They’ll start with 3 of their items to hand around to the rest of the group. And the other yeofolk player could set themselves up as your Senschal, have any skills they want and take either the Farm/Business or Fleet resource. You as the noble could do that as well and just hand the cash/goods over at the start of the game. Their game is then to run around trading and supporting you, while you do the Knight Errant thing. And everyone’s got spare points to take the odd combat skill as well if you all want to fight . Having a small group who are set up to support each other is totally a power move .
War Witch wise if you can afford it OOC I would totally go for a staff and handily Mage Armour can be quite cheap to put together (You can do it with a big hero belt with runes painted on it, some bracers and nice headband). I would recommend you focus on the magic and get a friend to do the Physick/Apothacary thing, Empire is a game that rewards specialisation. Also if you’re a War Witch you can get healing magic and Restore Limb is one of the most useful spells in the game for rescuing people. I’d do something like Magician (2), Battlemage (2), Extra Mana (1), Extra Spell x2 (2) and save a point to put into ritual magic if you fancy. Possibly if your Senschal is Guiser you can get some useful small rituals done between the two of you. Battle Spell wise Restore Limb and Repel possibly? Also have a look at Summer Rituals for some handy low rank combat buff spells. If you had a realm at 1 and they had it at 2 you could hit Rank 10 in the Imperial Region with any mastered spells.
If you can create a decent test of mettle for yourself from an off sceen noble house you can ask the Egegore’s of Dawn to adjudicate. Or get the Egregore to set you a test. Make it something that will take a few games to achieve and something of reasonable difficulty and people will be cool with it You don’t necessarily need to join an established house, I mean everyone OOC started their houses from scratch at the start .
And I’m sure if you wander round Dawn there will be established groups on the field who’ll be happy to offer you a bit of hospitality and y’know some space under their canvas when it rains anyway. You could also team up with other folk who are playing Knight Errants, especially if there are a bunch of new players all turning up at the same time (next event I’m expecting something of a flood )
@Geoffrey_Willoughby is it worth them asking for ideas for a test of mettle on the Dawn FB group do you think?
@Killian hope you have a great time at Empire