Don't worry, Muse. I definitely won't take it above 3 (at Sorcery 4+, Cult Solars can get Celestial spells, which terrifies me), and I'll probably end up with some amount of the Past Lives merit in order to make more sense of it.
Muse, is it okay if I use the fixed-up Brawl Charms I posted in Dreamstones & Firedust? (I probably won't start with anything beyond Ferocious Jab, though.) Also: did I ever send you my suggested changes for Medicine Charms? The Solar Medicine tree as written is, as you may have noticed, a bit clunky.
GoldenChild, your best bet is probably the seven-section staff (or better yet, its artifact version, the serpent-sting staff). Unfortunately, there's no artifact version of hook swords in any of the books, as far as I know.