Thanks for the input, everyone!
I think I remember that thing about bards at the palisade.
Majorman, are you sure about Nr. 4? I remember getting to that part with a monk of the old order and the quest-giver tells them that they still have to do beat teh chamber since they are not a black raven
monk. I'd be surprised if that were not the case for the other two monk orders.
Re: That "speaks with dead goblins" quest:
I took a look into the game dialogue files and yes, it looks like you get different dialogue options for playing a character of certain races. It also matters if said char has a intelligence score greater than 15. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find out what the different rewards are (i.e. which races get more XP for solving that quest).
To be honest, I'd rather look into the game files than play through the game with every possible combination of race, class and attributes. So, if anyone knows exaclty where to look for the class (...) quests & rewards e.g. via Infinity Explorer, that'd be probably help a great deal!