So I finally got to ToB and I'd really like to take on YOUKNOWWHO for the RP, but I've been loving my party's balance, though I suspect there may be some things I don't know.
Me, a cavalier dual wielding FoA and Foebane or the mage-killing axe
Jaheira, dual wielding blackblood and belm
Valygar, dual wielding Celestial Fury and his family mage-killin katana
Keldorn, with carsomyr and firetooth crossbow when needed
Aerie, with Staff of magi
Imoen with Shortbow of Gesen and Short sword of Mask
1. I'm between ditching Keldorn and Valygar. Am I aiming at the right people?
Argument for keeping Keldorn: I know having two paladins is redundant, but I like having him on carsomyr and firing off those true sights and dispel magics, which frees me to use everything else, including that paladin bastard sword I hope to soon get. Whosoever uses Carsomyr uses nothing else.
Argument for keeping Valygar: He's unique to my party and quite malleable. I can sneak him in, backstab with katanas, and either chunk or really mess up the toughest mage before they stoneskin. I can stick him on the front line with armor of faith and go to town with the Impaler, which has typically made him one of my biggest damage dealers, or I can keep him in the back with the Mana Bow. I also have Ring of Kangaxx on him, so that improved haste + Celestial Fury and few enemies get more than a few hits out.
I lose Keldorn, I lose how I've been fighting mages, and will have to put pips in my guy to properly wield Carsomyr, and find someone else to put pips for FoA.
I lose Valygar, I lose my celestial fury stuns, backstabbery, and will have to put pips in someone for spears cuz I heard Ixils is amazing.
2. Which leads me to my second question in this long rant. If I've done the first 2 floors of Watchers's Keep, how feasible is dualing YOUKNOWWHO to thief, without cheating, to get some backstabbing, trap HLAs, and Use Any Item? At one point does backstabbing become impossible in ToB? And can Detect Illusion replace True Sight?
TL:DR Pros and Cons of ditching Valygar or Keldorn for YOUKNOWWHO and is dualing that person to thief worth it?