After having read about the different classes, hesitated much to continue with Sorcerer, Kensai/Mage, Berserker, etc. for BG2 (I had played BG1 4x but never BG2), I ended up setting my mind on Inquisitor and decided that I will be using NPC mages to cover the crowd control spells needed and a few damage ones.
I'm still very early into BG2, I just got the beginning of Chapter 2 where I accepted to have Korgan in my party. I then just had Nalia that also asks for it and I think even Anomen is there but I'm not sure if I can have him with me or not yet but my party is already full. I currently have all of the other followers (Jaheira, Minsc, Aerie, Yoshimo).
I would very much like to keep Korgan as he seems to be a decent melee fighter (much better than Minsc as he has more health, better specializations and a reliable berserker buff unless the regular one also makes you lose control of your character, I can't remember too well since I only played one Berserker in BG1's Black Pits but I'm pretty sure I didn't lose control over my character). I like to have 2 or 3 good fighters up front (my Inquisitor has good stats obviously) and although I like dual wield and find Minsc to be funny with Boo, I don't find him to be that great of a melee fighter so I'm thinking of getting rid of him eventually. I also dislike Yoshimo, I just don't know how to use Thieves properly in BG, I don't get how to use the traps, the Hide in Shadows for an occasional backstab is nice but fails most of the time and they just end up being very weak in team fights the way I use them (I mostly just keep one to disarm traps and open locks).
I just used all of my spell scrolls and bought a few other key spells for Aerie so I'd like to keep her. Her being Cleric/Mage seems like she could have a lot of useful spells although I'm afraid that she might have too many to cast and am not sure which ones to focus on (cleric or mage) first. I still have Jaheira for now to heal just like I did when I played BG1 with a party but I think I'd probably be better off replacing her (Jaheira) eventually as I don't find her fighter class to be very useful with her stats (maybe I just need better gear for her?) and she seems to have fewer cleric spells. So here are my questions:
1- Can I keep both Korgan and Aerie in the same party (Chaotic Evil and Lawful Good) or will they physically attack each other or one will leave the party? I don't mind too much if they argue but I don't want to invest on them to have one of them leave the party later on.
2- Is there something I'm missing about Minsc or is he pretty average/weak for a melee character? What about Jaheira?
3- I'd like to get Imoen back eventually since I like mages and hate having to waste a follower slot on a Thief just to unlock stuff and disarm traps so that lets me have an extra mage with the Thief utility I need. I have read that Yoshimo doesn't stick around all game anyways (but having no other thief, I think I should keep him for now) so I guess I could swap these once I get Imoen back. People say that she's far behind on levels, is it that big of an issue?
4- Would having Aerie+Imoen that would be doing almost nothing but cast spells along with 1-2 other cleric or druid type of follower (if I keep Jaheira, maybe Anomen eventually) be a bad idea if my main character is Inquisitor? Would it be too spell casting heavy and I'd be shooting myself in the foot when I have to use dispell magic (which is the main reason why I took an Inquisitor in the first place) or is it fine and I just have to focus more on heals/direct damage spells instead of CC ones?