Yes, that's totally normal. I guess what you're speaking about is the tutorial of the game, where you find yourself in a huge armor surrounded by an army of your kind. This is the intro to the story and every character play that part with a sword in hand. Once you'll have finished this, you'll be "naked" (understand me there, I mean no armor) and with the weapon you choosed in your hand, plus the according spell to that weapon.
Just to let you know as well, Wolcen is, unlike many others hack'n'slash, very permissive. It encourage you to test builds, try stuffs by yourself and changes anything you need that do not go as wanted. For a cost of X golds, you'll be able to change any points or nodes you have chosen, meaning you can change your build from ranged to melee or mage anytime you want to. Many of my characters started as melee and are now fully into bows, pistols or wizardry.
It also allow you to try that node in Gate of Fates, thinking it will fit your build, and just abandon it if you find it does not, or if you find it not being relevant enough. That's a really cool aspect of the game that encourage creativity and tests ;)
Good luck out there!