I have a party I'd like to use, and I have most of the group sorted out already.
Paladin (because that's me!)
Skald (Hired by the paladin to help navigate the region, and expand upon the lore)
Invoker or likely Dragon Disciple, Friend of the paladin, aspiring War Wizard just like the paladin is an aspiring Purple Dragon knight
Divine Healer (I can't decide if a cleric is also travelling with the paladin, if they meet a druid along with the skald, or if they just find a cleric of tempus in easthaven).
I realize the smart choice, would be to make the Elven archer a fighter/thief, but I'd rather not. I love the archer flavor. I'd also rather not do a Mage/Thief, because I already have the bard.
But as someone who's not a particular fan of summons (cept for druids, necromancers, conjurers, evil clerics and blackguards), I'm wondering how badly I'm going to hate myself without a thief.