Obviously I'm not the one to answer this, but . . . I just made a D&D character based on the rules becaus it was the easiest way for me to visualize what Azax could and could not do. I don't think he needs them and I know he isn't going by exactly D&D rules.
As a comparison for magic items I had a couple of things that were pretty minimal in terms of their impact on game play (a ring that saves him from going splat if knocked out while flying and a quiver that holds a bunch of arrows.) but flavorful. Then the arrows are all one use items - again flavorful but since they only impact one shot not that scary. that leaves a minor weapong (Bow +!) and a kinda cool cloak that can be used once a day. And as he indciated - Dragon-Soul Ok'd was in on the selections.
Honestly, I'm not too knowledgeable on levels as far as D&D goes. I don't want the party being hugely powerful right off the bat, but I don't want them super weak, either. Their first quest is infiltrating an orc stronghold so the party needs to be strong, but not OP.
If we are facing orcs - then level 10 is going to be much too strong. Since this is free form you do have leeway, and remember you can always adjust things on the fly. If you consider the Blacktooth Ridge, I think I had you starting at second level and you were beating up on goblins moderately well. (As long as you didn't call an army down on you.) Orcs are a bit tougher than goblins but nothing big.
Nah, you don't have to add every little detail. All you need is your HP, basic stats, items, magical items, equipment (armour, weapons and stuff).
Enjoy your cruise! Post pics on Facebook (if you want. I'm curious lol)!
Oh, and you can put the pic of your character here (well, in the RPG thread in the post of your character info). That's so Nomad and Alvestar can see it because I don't think I have Nomad and Alvestar on Facebook. Also, on my timeline on Facebook, please. Cheers.