I now have Neera and Aerie in my party, with both romances having started up.
I'm stuck with who to choose for romance, because Neera is now forcing me to choose between her and Aerie. The thing is, I had just rescued Aerie from the circus and she only had one lovetalk with me. It was about her wings and I asked her how it felt to fly. Neera had 4 or 5 lovetalks with me since joining me during Rasaad's quest. Now she's demanding I choose her or Aerie.
I did some Googling to try to resolve this issue. I got the romance variables from EE Keeper at the point BEFORE Neera forces the choice on me.
Aerie Romance Active = 1
Neera Romance Active = 1
Aerie Lovetalks = 3
Neera Lovetalks = 11
I am torn on who to pick. I have two main issues with choosing.
Issue 1: Party Roles
Aerie is the only cleric I have, and she's going to be in my party for the rest of SoA + ToB. Viconia won't fit in my Good party, and Anomen rubs me the wrong way with his arrogance. I don't need Anomen anyway, because I already have 3 melee guys, and Aerie has mage spells on top of cleric spells. That would bring me a nice balance of 3 melee (CHAR, Mazzy, Keldorn) and 3 mages (CHAR, Jan, Aerie), and an upgradeable thief (Jan).
If I romance Neera, then that fills the 6th slot, meaning I cannot pick up Imoen or play with other characters. Mazzy is my archer + melee, so I need her to cover both roles. If I keep Neera and drop Keldorn for Imoen or Jahiera or whoever else, I will lose tanking / frontline power.
If I drop Neera, I can pick up Imoen or whoever else in 6th slot and still have romance with Aerie. That brings us to the 2nd issue.
Issue 2: Personality
I like Neera's spunky, silly, and gung-ho personality. It's refreshing, and her banters with people are entertaining. So are her party commentary, like "I need Tenser's Floating Bandages over here!" instead of "Help me!!!!!"
Conversely, from what I've seen with Aerie, she seems the opposite. She hasn't made me laugh yet, or have memorable interactions. She seems to have a lot of "help poor me feel better" going on. While Googling for advice on this situation, a couple Google results displayed that Aerie has a child with you during the game. If that's true, it would be an interesting and rare experience. The only other RPG I can remember the main character marrying / dating and having children with a party member is Dragon Quest 5 way back in Super Nintendo days.
Romance Aerie? Lose out on Neera's personality and fun banters. But I get to have a kid, and an open 6th party slot.
Romance Neera? Get her fun personality and baters. But I don't get a kid and I don't get an open 6th slot to play with Imoen or whoever else.
So who do you guys think I should pick to romance? Do I say yes to Neera or tell her I'm going with Aerie?