Returning player, but a lot has changed, so I get to bother you kind folks.
Bashing ease is my main concern. I won't have access to additional credits/lessons, so I won't have access to berkana or Runic Blades/armour, or Soulcage. Also, whichever I go, which specialisation would be best for a person like myself (creditless)? I intend to be investing in a month or so, assuming I stick around (hope I do). For that reason, I'm a bit biased towards two-handed, as an artefact warhammer or bastard sword is cheaper than an SoA + arte sword or 2 arte scimitar/maces.
tl;dr Runie v. Infernal. Ease of bashing with no monetary investment? Specialisation bashing ease v. cost?