JM, your character is already with the group so he will have a part to play. You do need to decide on how much he has learned in the eight month time lapse. I will say Matt will eventually need to handle himself against some powerful enemies (something to keep in mind).
The main difficutly is getting others to join the group.
"Dulce bellum inexpertis."
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