I did finally manage to get up to Level 3 with my new (human) character. I did this by killing wolves. Yet now I'm... somewhere... and I keep getting attacked and killed literally every time I turn around. It's like I don't even get time to regenerate before I get killed again. :(
I know I'm missing something... like oh, I don't know... how to BLOCK... but dang if I can figure out what buttons to push to avoid getting killed.