I would suggest making use of all resources offered in the docs, including the maps. I would also suggest making your own map on grid-paper. Something about writing/drawing it all out really helped me memorize my way around everywhere when i first started.
I definitely recommend the Byn for learning syntax and customs, as they are OOCly very understanding of the newb struggle (as most players are) and ICly not known for their sharp minded recruits, so not knowing some cultural information wouldn't be too big of a deal.
If you decide to go solo, find your source of income; food; water; and shelter. Keep on that daily grind that all commoners go through just to stay alive. Make some friends (or dont, if you're a strong indy who dont need no
Combat is not to be trifled with, especially for a brand new character. You will lose characters to underestimating opponents. I vividly remember attacking a beetle in my early days because I thought it was something I could crush under my boot. Nope. Back to the docs. Take a gander at the fauna of Zalanthas, get familiar with them.
Last but not least, learn to look at your surroundings. a quick "l n" or "l s" etc. will keep you alive, especially in the wastes.
Have fun, friend. It is a pleasure having you. I hope to RP with you soon.