You should be able to invite villagers to join your party and fight with you. In your party you could have 2 villagers, 2 magnus or 1 villager and 1 magnus. You should also be able to gift villagers armor, clothing and accessories and they would wear what you gift them. Rune Factory is a great example of a game does this.
I would really like if they added in an option to hide your head gear/helm. Like a transmog option, so you can chose what your character looks like with their gear on.