Had an archer with no skills in melee, found some person's dog and she trained me in mechanics (Coulda choose 'toad style' too apparently) and eventually after getting attacked by her own dog (with no repercussions on any of them) she joined me, only to be killed by shriekers and skeletons. I ran away, found a cabin, and attempted to disarm a crossbow trap since I had no weapon, and was already level 3 in mechanics from books.
I wasn't able to disarm the trap.
However, I dodged the crossbow, and my character (probably with a raging action boner) picked up the crossbow and ran into the cabin.
I lived there for a while, occasionally exploring, rarely even killing anything, got some food from a crate, found a water purifier, and just chilled out reading books. I found some mutagen which gave me fast healing, bug eyes, and ugliness, which is lucky because I walked into a landmine, and healed back to full hp in a night.
Sadly though, I entered a cave, ran from sewer rats, and with the ALERT off I didn't see the bear that was just as fast as me and ripped my head off.
Longest character I've had so far though, about 4-5 days.