I am currently doing my first-ever playthrough of the two enhanced editions. In BG:EE, I had both Jaheira and Khalid in my party. Not because I particularly wanted to; it just so happened that I picked them up at the Friendly Arm and before I knew it, we had shared way too much time adventuring together. When this happens, I just cannot bring myself to giving an NPC the boot. I just can't. My charname is incredibly prone to guilt, and his sensitive little bhaalsoul just can't handle the task of firing a companion after a bond has been forged. So I let them stay until the very end.
The problem persisted into BG2:EE. I really did not want to take Jaheira. Nothing against her, personally. She is a well-written character and a versatile combatant. It is just that I've had her in my party in almost every playthrough to date and was eager to try some new NPC's. Like Anomen. The poor boy has never had the pleasure of knowing the company of Charname, a wrong I was determined to redeem this time around. Still, there was the issue of getting rid of Jaheira. From a roleplaying standpoint, I just could not justify firing her for no reason, not after everything that went down on the Sword Coast. There was also the emotional aspect. She had just lost her husband to torture and Charname was her sole remaining comfort. To drop her would be to break her spirit, and there was no way my Charname could handle that. Not after a dialogue screen like this:
Talk about a guilt trip!
So, dear forumites, I am turning to your sage advice in my plight. Help me come up with an acceptable stroy/plot of how to make her go away or *ehm* disappear
in a way that is neither immersion breaking or too heart wrenching. Pretty please!