Based on the feedback I've gotten in my first thread, a few questions have popped up about party makeup and the issue of romances. Here's the basics:
My CHARNAME is a neutral fighter / mage so he can tank, cast magic, and be part of a Good or Evil party.
I completed Neera, Rassad, and Dorn's sidequests and "friendship" talks in BG 1, then built up Neera and Corwin's romances in Dragonspear and ended up going all the way with Corwin. She's a badass archer. Then I imported my Dragonspear save into my current BG 2 game.
In BG 2, I plan on collecting every NPC and doing all their sidequests to experience all their content.
So here are my questions.
1) I was advised that Jahiera's romance takes forever in real time. That implies traveling back and forth or resting repeatedly won't advance her romance. Only real life time does, which might mean I'll finish SoA long before I get her romance completed. If so, is there any way to speed it up? I don't fancy leaving BG 2 running overnight everyday while I sleep just to advance her romance.
2) I'm trying to think of a good final party for each alignment after I collect all the NPC's. I was advised that I need to get my preferred NPC's and keep them together for as long as possible to get the most EXP and interactions for them.
CHARNAME = Fighter / Mage
Mazzy = melee + archer role
Keldorn = melee + dispel
Yoshimo --> Jan = thief + mage role
Aerie = cleric + mage role
6th slot open
CHARNAME = Fighter / Mage
Dorn = Melee
Korgan = Melee
Hexxat or Jan = Thief + mage (Jan)
Edwin = Mage
Viconia = Cleric
3) I've tried to compress more roles (note Jan and Aerie) into as few people as possible in the Good Party to free up a slot or two to add extra NPC for banter, dynamic, and experimentation. In this party, I'd have 3 melee, 1 archer, 3 mage, 1 thief, and 1 cleric role with 6th slot still open. The Evil Party is straightforward and only "overlap" is Jan as a thief + mage if I don't use Hexxat.
If the parties I listed are subpar, are there better alternatives? Or am I missing anything in these compositions?
For Good Party, if I sacrifice Jan to put in Imoen or Nalia, I'd get a thief who can't use thief HLA or play with setting traps or do good thief stuff. Imoen has 95% in open locks and find traps, which I find a little blah, why not 100% in each at least? I got Imoen to 100% in both in BG 1 before dual classing her to Mage. With Jan, I could max every thief skill and use all thief HLA while having him toss mage buff spells while CHARNAME and Aerie can throw the spells Jan can't.
Not sure what to do with 6th slot. Put Imoen in there for story purposes? Shoehorn in my romance interest if not romance Aerie, or play with Minsc, Anomen, Haer'Dalis, Valygar, Cerrod, etc?
For Evil Party, I'd be stuck with Viconia as romance because no room for Neera (because of Edwin) or Jahiera (no free party slot), and Aerie is Good Party. Evil Party won't have a good archer, while Good Party will have Mazzy in that role.
Feedback? Comments? Insights?