Yeah, I was thinking the same thing, although there are several exceptions: Kagain, Shar-Teel, Kivan, Yeslick, Alora, Eldoth, Skie, Xan, and Branwen. Considering how many recruitable people from the first game die in this one, all of those people were probably wise to stay up north.
As for the stupid dragon, so far I've managed to beat him once in several tries and that was with my character being the sole survivor of the party (with two or three people I liked getting torn to shreds and thus unrezzable). Amazingly, I did actually manage to Slow him one time, which would've been great if I'd acted quickly enough to capitalize on it. Bastard keeps saving vs. Finger Of Death from Viconia. >.<
My typical strategy has been this, btw: summon big earth elemental, little earth elemental, little air elemental, invisible stalker, then cast anti-fear on the whole party and the summoned things, plus Protection From Evil, protection from fire on all the party members (not enough spells for the summons too), group Haste, Bless, Chant, Strength Of One, then summon a demon which immediately attacks Firkraag, then send in the elementals, then send in the party. Good enough to injure him, but usually not enough to kill him.
Anyway, now I'm gonna search for tips on how to beat him. The big earth elemental seems to last a while and it'd be nice if I could summon two of 'em, but I'm not at that point yet. I thought about having Jaheira call her fire elemental, but since this is a red dragon
I was skeptical as to whether that would hurt him. I guess I have nothing to lose by trying...
EDIT: Oh yeah, about Anomen. Haven't got him; I'm saving him for when I play the evil path with my female character, since apparently he's the only one you can romance as a girl. (At least without mods.) My current party is: Me (a plain old fighter), Minsc, Jaheira, Imoen, Viconia, and Jan.
For future reference, when I go evil I'm thinking of the following party makeup. Tell me how well you think this'd work:
- Me (a bard, not sure what kit I'm gonna choose yet)
- Edwin (as soon as I can get him)
- Cernd (primarily to heal, since based on his 12 Wisdom it doesn't look like Anomen can do it all himself)
- Imoen (when I can get her, possibly Nalia before that, or Keldorn if I can count on him to not attack the evil people)
edited 19th Oct '11 5:46:03 PM by KilgoreTrout