Here we go.. I got the game 2 days ago.. Christmas Eve, with nothing but Dia, my trusty Onion Dagger, and my noob armor.. w00t!
I solo'd till lvl 5, and my IRL friend got on at this point.. he told me to come to the Auction House. Low and behold he bought me new armor.. Not without telling me(since he'd gotten me a WP) that he'd spent over 3 K gil on me.. that I would pay him back. Gladly, really.. His help has been irreplacable.