I can make a full fledged thread of it monday or so, but for now you're more than welcome to have a look at my save game.
Sov is level 26, 60 atk, 43 def, 112 hps, 31 init, 132 accuracy, 68 spell resist. The world isn't even maybe half cleared, I expect to top out around level 35 or so.
Just got done auto-resolving every single fight in the wildland - I forget which one, mostly elementals with a storm dragon?
All my equipment is scavenged from goodie huts and monster lairs.
The thing is... I don't understand what the mystery is. I'm not like some super uber awesome player using my crazy cunning and l337 skills to defeat monsters that should be impossible. I'm just picking and choosing my battles, killing the mites & ruffians & wolves, and then banished ogres & darklings & plague stalkers and slowly working my way up and up and up and amassing slightly better and better gear and more and more levels.
Its just... its just not that hard! Pick and choose your battles, take all the +exp% traits when you can get them, and the world will cough up all the loot you need. I just don't see what the mystery is.