I took my time writing so other people basically said what I did
2.) To me they are pretty self explanatory
Strength: you are stronger harder attacking and carry more weight
Agility: self explainitory, how quick you can move
Dexterity: how long you can endure something
Faith: Will prob have more of an affect once religion comes in
Intelligence: Better chance of thinking of a new idea of how to make something
Perception: How you perceive things, what you can see (the higher this is the better chances of seeing something that is using the hiding skill)
Charisma: How you interact with people or things.
This is not official word but what I believe based one the meanings of these words
3.) If someone judges a game based on character creation I think there is something wrong with them. But also don't forget character creation look isn't exactly as important as getting crafting working properly or fixing server bugs so...