Well, I made him a murderer, so that he could have escaped from the prison as well (seizing the opportunity to follow, but from a different gang, or whatever). But whatever works.
He's looking for a longsword, studded leather, and a component pouch. And the ribbon Mrs. Miller gave him the day before he killed her husband.
Speaking of levels... I don't have a spellbook at the moment so as far as my spells are concerned it doesn't matter yet.
But level 2 I have to pick a tradition. Would you allow the Bladesinger one (and assorted cantrips) from the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide? I'm not sure it's what I'd want, mostly looking at my options.