I'm looking for an alternate play style for those days when I don't really feel like getting involved in blood thirsty religious wars. I'd be real happy if the new character never had to bash anything at all, but I don't know if it is possible to gain experience outside of combat. Preferably a class/city combo that is newbie friendly. I play at odd hours, so a dependance on one person for introductions or training is not going to work out well. I adore crafting, but as far as I can tell, there isn't any crafting until I embrace a class.
(Sorry Team Evil, but no slavery for this one.)