The starting zones by race are separated, and it is a pain in the ass to get a low-level toon of one race to some of the other low-level zones for other races. Gnome/Dwarf <-> Human is not bad, but Drae/Elf <-> the other three is brutal, you have to run through a zone where everything is about 12-16 levels higher than you are and so you'll aggro things even at long distances.
When you die, your spirit goes to a nearby cemetary; you can either rez yourself there (at cost) or do the corpse run back... and then have to continue on the journey. I lucked out; I died twice in the wetlands, and both times, the cemetary was way AHEAD of where I had been, so I could skip most of the zone by just dying twice.
Sigh. 1.2 gigs? Comcast won't be back until tomorrow.