From Before I Play
- Tressa's a good starting character, and well worth keeping in your party the entire game, because she finds money on the ground any time you change areas.
- Olberic's also a good regular to get early (and right near Tressa on the map), because Level Slash never stops being useful for mob-clearing. It's also well worth learning Thousand Spears ASAP, because any time you hit a boss or random enemy with a spear weakness you're pretty much guaranteed to shred 3-4 tiers of armor.
- Oh, and the Shrine for the Cleric secondary job is right outside the entrance to Ophilia's starting town. It's the icon that looks like a musical instrument just south of the town entrance, make sure you get it for party-heal spells. The rest of the Shrines are all in Chapter 2 regions.
- I would also suggest starting as Therion if you have loot OCD since you need him to lockpick purple chests and Steal SP is a bit crazy early game. Still unsure if purple chests are really worth it honestly.