Early faith build: 20 vgr , 20 atn and 40 fth. The rest of the stats are up to you, if you want to go hybrid you can put some into str/dex or both, i'd go full faith and just raw infuse/buff a weapon. Rings: Lloyd's sword ring, morne's ring, the other two are up to you. Armor: up to you... Weapons/Catalysts: Personally, i like to mix it up with weapons. I'd carry both a spear and maybe a greatsword for if you need hyperarmor? For catalyst just use the Canvas Talisman, it has the best ratio of damage to poise granted during it's unfaltering prayer weapon arte. You might also consider a chime for the higher spell buff stat for ranged casts, but it's really better to just cast in their face. Spells: Lightning spear (just make sure you cast it in melee range using the unfaltering prayer weapon arte on the canvas talisman for max damage), Lightning stake (Cast in melee range as well. Just cheese the sandworm using the ballista in the smoldering lake area for this, it's really going to be your most powerful spell for a while), deep protection (if you aren't against going down Irina's dark storyline) and probably heal/med heal. You could mix Dorhys's Gnawing in here for the insane bleed damage if you count Irithyl as early, i personally do, i'm just not sure how others think.