Heh, it doesn't surprise me.
I died a lot when I first started playing the game because I wasn't used to the gameplay with it being my first MMO. I also traveled to places I probably shouldn't have (
) just because I wanted to explore some. I got killed the by big tree monsters a few times when I was on Lvl 4 or 5 and they were 15.
My Sorc also started out pretty weak and got killed tons before I reached Lvl 10 and got some better spells. I haven't died a whole lot since then.
But yeah, it's no EQ death penalty from what I've heard, but it can be a pain sometimes. I never leave a corpse behind, because the experience I lose is always at least equal to completing a solid quest w/ good xp.