My F/M Charname just got a double level up to become 14/14, I noticed that I couldn't just 'Accept' the level up, and after a moment, realised I had to select HLAs for the first time ever! It wasn't immediately obvious what was good, so I went for extra spells. I got some questions about HLAs...
1) When are you supposed to get them? I never noticed the 'Abilities' button before, and I am a bit worried I might have missed on picking HLAs for other characters before this. Anomen is already lv16 Cleric and Imoen reached lv14 Mage before Charname too, so I'm wondering why they didn't get HLAs already, or if they did and I just didn't notice.
2) Do HLAs allow u access to higher level spells that u haven't acquired naturally by mage levels? For example, if Charname isn't high level enough to acquire lv8 spells, can he get it through HLAs, or do HLAs only provide an 'extra' spell in a level you already got.
3) In addition to Charname, I got Imoen, Anomen, Aerie and Jaheira in my party. Any HLAs that are 'must have' for these characters? For Charname I already kinda regret not getting Greater Whirlwind. 10 attacks for 1 round sounds amazing, but I've been a bit desperate for high level spell protection removers, so went for more spells first.