It’s been mentioned in the Discord chat by another player that the Frozen Spirit you get during the tutorial no longer has any synergy with Emlai. Emlai no longer heals himself on attack or spell cast so he can’t immediately benefit from Dreams of Ice to get more defense.
I’ve been looking through the creature list and I think a great choice would be to give a Valkyrie Queen instead. Emlai would get Taunt for perfect provoke and a 25% damage reduction turning him into a great early game tank. Emlai could provoke, take a bunch of hits for the team, and gain a bunch of buffs. The buffs should help him on the offense for round two so Life Mages right in realm 1 would see that Life Mages are built on a solid defense that leads into increased offense.
Plus, as a bonus it fits perfectly with his lore of having been a defender for royal individuals ;D