My slowly played half-orc Kensai run should finish up BGEE in a couple of days, so I am finally thinking about the BG2EE run. Playing v1.3 if that turns out to be relevant.
My plan is he will fail a. brunch of tests in hell and turn evil, taking the physical stat boosts and actually using Black razor for the first time ever! His key companions in BGEE have been Viconia and Edwin, so I plan to carry them over. That naturally leads to Hexxat as a thief, and I have a strong 4-character unit, but still looking for 2 more to round out the set - I like putting as much of the loot to use as possible
My ideal round-out would have been Rasaad (to see how monk and kensai mix it up as a front line) and Aerie, for spellcasting depth. However, I hear there are unresolvable conflicts between Rasaad and Viconia, and Aerie and Hexxat, in ToB. Next though would be to use Neera for a second mage, but she cannot be in a party with Edwin. Imoen is millions of xp behind by the time I recruit her, and Nalia is simply underwhelming - I seem bereft of good secondary mage. Jan does not fit the bill as with Hexxat on the party, his thievery is useless, but cripples his magery.
Other ideas are to perhaps run Haer'Dalis as my second arcane caster, but he will get up to only level 6 spells. This is still my preferred option though. Final character looks like falling to either Jaheira (who I rarely play) and Cernd, who I have never played. Both feel underwhelming though, which is why I rarely play them.
Other options are Dorn and Korgan, but looking for something a little more interesting in a front-liner, given that my Kensai NPC is already pretty one-dimensional.
Any other suggestions that do not involve mods?
Any way I can play either of my original picks and avoid ToB conflicts?
PC currently has a 19 charisma, which should hit 20 in Watchers' Keep.