Not much is known about the 4th class. Staying a novice is difficult and not recommended but it is possible. If anyone has any better information please edit this ASAP but from what I've seen so far the stat allocation should go as follows... and no its not just straight STR or DEX.
STR gives you attack of course and DEX gives you the ability to hit things. As a novice you need to focus on these two stats from what I've been able to tell. AGI is useless as usual and INT only provides you with more HP, Matk/Mdef, and SP. So what I've been doing is 4 STR and 2 DEX.
Gear is a whole other ballgame that I have no idea about. I know novices can only use either universal gears or some form of a dagger/main gauche? Again, any information would great.