Hello all! I'm a FFXI vet who just picked up XIV after reading about 1.18. I've rolled a character on Karnak, but was surprised to how empty the world seemed. Granted, I'm still figuring things out, and haven't ventured any further than Bearded Rock, but what concerns me is that I've witnessed no human interaction thus far, no one waves back, no public chatting, nothing. I'm sure that by now a lot of people are off doing/killing great things and I'm still a nub who just found out how to re-sheath his sword, but I guess my point is that I'm looking for a good server to roll on with a friendly/relatively active player base, and also a Linkshell that is taking on new members. I'm not looking for any hand-outs or hand-holding, I just want some friendly chat to scroll across my screen, hoping to pick up some pointers from time to time, while I explore/level up.
TL;DR version: What is a good server to roll on with a healthy population and are there any Linkshells that are taking on new players?
Thanks in advance!