I'm playing the GoG (not EE) version of BG/BG2. I have Jaheira now, and I'll be keeping her in the party for the whole series. With her, I'm never sure of an optimal way to gear her up, though I always tank with her. In BG1 her weapon options are pretty limited if I want to keep her with a shield. For RP reasons, I can't give her the dagger of venom (in PnP, only evil characters can use that and I play the video game that way). I could do daggers, and get her a +1 pretty easy/early but 1d4+1 damage? Forget about it. I won't be doing ToSC material for a while (so no +2 scimitar or the staff mace from UB). There are no magical clubs. That about sums it up, right?
So, keeping in mind that:
1) I'm willing to SK her proficiencies when, and only when, I first have her (and change them in BG2 to what I had in BG1)
2) I want to tank with her, which will likely require a shield, at least for BG1 until she gets Ironskins.
3) I'm not killing/PP Drizzt.
how should I build her? Thanks.