Defiance Merc vs Holy Shield for Avenger? I just finish reading Cyrus' avenger guide and the only real dilemma i have is whether to get a defiance merc and attempt to lvl him up or pump holy shield. The downside with the merc is that its pretty hard to keep a defiance merc alive in the early going let alone lvl him up. But i would save 19 points (i still plan to put 1 point to HS and let +skills boost) which i could spend towards maxin the synergies. If i do go with the merc what would be the best way to lvl him up in the early going?