I'm starting a new full saga playthrough and I would like to try different NPC's then usual or certainly, very specific one's. My concern is this one, I would love to try the sorcerer or the WildMage because I enjoy spellcasters, but I would also like to try Neera and since she is a WM, would cut this option under my feet. Which means a fighter type protagonist is more likely then. The fighter/thief seems cool with dual wielding and thieving capabilities and might solve this issue in BGee2.
Here's the party I intend to play (mix good/neutral/evil for BGEE)and you might see my decision process/problem:
Would love Kagain but keeping Imoen or Neera make's it impossible
If I am WM, it fix the problem... for BGEE at least.
If not, I need to be a fighter type and remove Kagain. Not dramatic since he is not a saga NPC. But still I like him in BGEE.
Again, If I am F/T, I keep Neera as the dedicated Mage and have to consider never having Nalia/Imoen in my party.
If I play WM/Sorcerer, Neera is out (will be needing thief).
Neera or not Neera (seems like a cool NPC plus romance - never played her and would love the surprise factor of th e surge) - vs - me beeing the WM with good stats will make me very powerful in the end / same with sorcerer with less flexibility and the almost obligation of having another mage type NPC
Fighter/Thief (even Berserker) with cool THW, able to use all the great one-hand and keeping Neera and having the option of using a WM for the first time.
So, alot of rambling but I wanna to throw this out there for you guys :-)
Maybe your experience with on of those character will help me decide !