Beware of the avatar
I had a somewhat costly but fun experience just now - some Avatar popped up in the wilds and well, it turns out "Avatar" isn't just some name or title from the random pool. It killed my NPC buddy and then one-shotted me. After I respawned I got to watch it trundle over and beat on another avatar for a while. Really neat.
It solved a dilemma for me too - my NPC buddy was great. Before the avatar whacked him he seemed invulnerable. But he was also unhappy and getting unhappier and insaner all the time. Does that matter in Din's Legacy? Will NPCs ever snap on us? What about ones left in town?