I just completed BG1EE with my Inquisitor and will continue my journey to BG2EE.
I started TOB just out of curiosity though and noticed that some of the special abilities I got in BG1EE (Cure Light Wounds, Slow Poison, Holy Might) are gone. That's a real bummer, because they really complemented my paladin. And having no priest spells and no other abilities than the 4 the Inquisitor has, I am thinking of playing another class now.
The lack of skills for fighters is not such a big deal in BG1 because even casters only have a few spells on low levels. But later on having a level 15 character with 4 abilities kind of sucks.
I am tending towards a fighter/mage now. In BG1 I dual classed Imoen to a thief/mage and she was my favorite character because of her versatility. I would rather have a thief/mage as main, but I definitely want Imoen in my group and two of the same is weird.
I also was thinking of a archer (ranged fighter)/mage or something. Are there some other (not too fancy) classes/combinations that are versatile and do not have an equivalent companion? I think there is an Inquisitor you can recruit later in the game so that would be another reason to maybe try out something else this time.
Thanks for your help
PS: Do you think a fighter/mage with high dexterity trained in using long bows is viable? In BG1EE ranged attacks were really powerful. With my party of 5 I just always sent my tank forward while the all the other party members used ranged weapons and an occasional spell to disable annoying enemies or defenses. I read that ranged attacks are weaker in BG2EE and wonder whether they are still viable.
PPS: Or maybe I will just use EEKeeper to change my class from Inquisitor to Cavalier in order to gain access to priest spells. I know that they are not too powerful but they add something to my class otherwise I feel is missing.