I'm having trouble deciding what should go into my sixth party slot for an upcoming (first) run of IWD:EE. My party thus far is:
Human Undead Hunter
So my team lacks a "proper" mage, a thief, and a "proper" cleric. The thief is the most critical as the Sorc and Bard I imagine can cover the lack of a proper mage well enough, and the Avenger, being a Druid kit, can cover the one thing that makes a Cleric critical. At the same time, "proper" Thieves are... I don't really like them.
So this seems to be my list of best options
Though the typical thief combat of trapping and backstabbing is entirely uninteresting to me in a party based game, this kit seems like a neat alternative to a Fighter/Thief. Same skill progression as an unkitted, but gives up backstabs for survivability. I can't say I'm impressed, but who knows? Not me, I'm new to these games. This seems like the "safest" option as it lets me get Thief skills faster than any other option here, though I feel I have enough fighters, three characters in melee felt a bit messy to me in BG1.
Kill two birds with one stone. Cleric offers utility while Thief be there just for traps and scouting. Could even wear plate when not scouting.
Adding another Mage seems less impressive than adding a Cleric to me, but still seems like it could be a good late blooming option? More mages are always good and playing BG1 for the first time recently I found myself wanting more despite having two of them. I want this but I also feel uneasy about it.
Swashbuckler(5)->Dual to Cleric:
When I played BG1 I dualed Imoen to Mage. It had a great payoff but I was super scared that I would run into nothing but traps for the time she didn't have her Thief skills. I hear IWD is a much more linear game and this makes me feel a bit on edge about dualing out of Thief especially. But I know if I get through it it'll be worth it in the end. 5 Levels should be enough to bring Find Traps and Open Lock to 100 or at least reasonably close to, as well as pick up a little extra survivability from Swashbuckler.
Swashbuckler(5)->Dual to Mage:
Nothing to say about this one that wouldn't just be repeating thoughts from other options.
Thoughts? Opinions? Anything to help me make a decision?