While waiting for Siege of Dragonspear, I started yet another run. This time an elven fighter/thief who starts off chaotic neutral and who ends up neutral evil after the helltrials. Got her through BG1, started BG2. I planned to have her take an evil party (as I very rarely do anything evil) and planned to see the Hexxat romance, because the only other time I took Hexxat I learned nothing about her.
Already she is making me angry. Ok, I solo her initial tomb. I say solo because Clara can't do much. That's fine. Hexxat murders Clara. Alright, I'll let that slide. She promised me treasure and selling the +2 dagger didn't even cover the expedition costs.
But then I get the cloak. Hexxat demands it back and...she still talks down to me? She gives me next to no information for it, doesn't pay me for it, and if I give it to her she then makes another demand of me. Just RPing it through the first time led to me killing her by demanding information/not kissing her ass. Had to reload and pick the 'right' way to get her into my party.
And she isn't even mechanically anything useful to have. Sure, she can't die...but she dies so fast that she isn't worth being a tank. Sure, she has Str20, but as a single class thief she can't even backstab for much damage and dies soon afterwords. Sure, she has Dex20, but that isn't even +1 AC. Right now she's shooting a shortbow in such a way that if she had a Mr. Meeseeks, she'd end up with a stake through her heart.
I'm trying to force myself to not just leave her out in the sun to replace her with someone halfway competent (even Cernd would be a better choice). The only things keeping her alive is (a) trying to experience the romance to see if it makes her more tolerable (b) the hilarity of having 2x thieves setting traps. With the ground rule that no metagaming allowed for trap placement, only using them when they make sense. But even with that, her personality and crap use makes not killing her so, so hard.