I'm wondering what I should do with Imoen, both in terms of dual-classing (or not) and weapon proficiencies:
1. What is the best level to dual class Imoen to mage? Lots of people seem to do it at level 6, although default BG2 starts her at thief level 7+ mage level 8.
2. If I dual class her to a mage, will I regret the temporary (but long) lockout of thief skills?
3. Does BGT have the bug where Imoen's thief skills reset to the thief level 1 starting values once she gets high enough mage level to regain access to her thieving abilities? I've seen multiple people mention this bug.
4. What weapon proficiencies should I pick? BGT starts Imoen with one level each in short sword and short bow, while default BG2 gives her dagger+staff+shortbow+dart. This is where I'm actually stuck right now, as she just hit level 4.
Edit: I might be willing to entertain the notion of grabbing, say, Kivan and some other thief (suggestions?) NPC until late in BG1 when Imoen regains her thief skills.