The GURPS 4E basic set is a formidable book to begin with the Table-top Role-playing Hobby. It may just be basic, but the number of games you can have with it is impressive in variety more than scope. I will start a small bunch of basic set ready NPCs, Adventures, load outs, and more so to prove you have the most bang for buck with just the basic set.
Looking at the NPCs samples in the Basic Set, It is strange that they didn't stick to the original 3rd edition stock NPCs who were easy to start with and use. I have made some basic set NPCs at 120cp but with 60cp of disadvantages. I've tried to stay clear of over-done archetypes. I do have 3 common archetypes with a twist (the Squire and the Old Soldier), and 1 uncommon archetype (rarely played) .
The Witch of Hypatia is in line with the arrival of the movie Agora. I've gotten the idea after being exposed to so much of the strong, eccentric, independent "aunts" archetype found in the novels that I've read (like Lois McMaster Bujold's works) . The direct inspiration is Eudokia Makrembolitissa but as an adventurer.
These characters are were made in mind of my Sins of the Crusades game, found in my byzantine blog. Although they can easily be modified to fit any other low magic setting. I would say they are a perfect fit with Game of Thrones Westeros.
I have also made them in mind to be heavily role-played. In Role-playing difficulty levels of easiest to hardest are: Urser, Kayleen and Corsan tied, and of course the Witch of Hypatia, Markessa.
I have 2 more characters in the works, but I just can't contain my excitement in making these available asap. I also have an updated adventure in also in the works, designed for my SoC game but easily convertible to other games (since I don't use magic in my games, it is practically compatible with any game setting).
Slight Deviations from RAW.
Wine skins weighing as much as 1lb. If water packs, durable enough to endure travel and wear weigh roughly 1lb and more, certainly lower tech Wineskins would weigh as much as water packs. It also makes the item calculations easier.