you should be able to catch one of those natives talked about. maybe archery and a non lethal poison
to make him one of your slaves. you should be able to trade him your skills to the point you have progressed
if you have 50 glasblowing the npc could learn it to 50 aswell.
why ?? with npcs you could make a house of plessure (secret guild tax idea + debuff on dead will u pay some coins there) amd let workers do work for you.
if you want to go out and do pvp , pay the worker npc a bit and he will craft all the glass from the sand in the klin or whatever task you want him to make. maybe you should pay him in food and whatever he needs. flatten large grounds could also get some help from npcs XD