I rolled a standard Level 1 Apostate Mage and swapped two stat pairs. Tweaked and geared.
With a couple of bozos (maybe a pet parrot!), I think he could provide an interesting end-encounter for a low-level party, especially if you fudge some rolls and pull out a stunt or two.
Due to mail, he chews through mana. Could probably bump down to Heavy Leather. Alternatively, give him a Unique Power that reduces Strain by 1.
Concept: A mage that isn't afraid to step up and fight on the front line.
Background: Human Apostate
Languages: Trade tongue
Health : 28
Mana : 16
DEF: 10 (11 if shield is equipped)
Communication : -1
Constitution : 2
*Cunning : 2 (Healing)
Dexterity : 0
*Magic : 3
Perception : 1
Strength : 2
*Willpower : 3 (Self-Discipline)
Powers: Arcane Lance, Magic Training
Spells: Daze, Drain Life, Heroic Offense
Favoured Stunts: Skillful Casting, Pierce Armour, Mighty Blow
Equipment: Healer's Kit, Reinforced Gauntlet (1d3+2 dmg), Wand, Light Shield, Light Mail (Strain 3)