These questions are probably answered somewhere here, but I've yet to find them. Could someone please help me by answering these and/or posting a link to the answers?
1. Can I only use the allies of people currently logged in?
2. Whose characters can I use as allies, exactly?
3. Can people use my characters as allies?
4. What do I need to do to let others use my characters as allies?
5. When I fight in the Squad Arena, are those players actually logged in?
6. How will I know if someone fights me in the Squad Arena? (I mean, can that happen if I'm not logged in?)
7. Is it wise to use Auto in battle?
8. What is a Patron?
9. Are guilds worth it?
10. What benefits do I get/give by being actual allies with another player?
11. Should I try to have several allies?