Glad I stumbled onto this thread. Based on the recommendations of others, I have built a ranger/cleric PC for my latest complete BG1 ---> ToB runthru (modded). And I never stopped to ask whether or not they were referring to a multi (mandatory half elf) or a human ranger dualed to a cleric.
I kept rolling stats until I got a WIS of 18 and high DEX/CON...knowing I can pump STR through the roof with equipment. According to the tables, WIS 18 is supposed to grant the following bonus cleric spells
2nd x 2
3rd x 1
4th x 1
But it doesn't...for a multi in any event. Just the 1sts are provided (although the rest may show up as I level up). I am still LVL 1 at the moment.
I suspect multi is intended so that the cleric/ranger can access the higher level druid spells, but I am not 100% sure now. The big thing with the Ranger is getting the free dual weilding proficiency out of the gate and to a much lesser extent, the racial enemy bonus. Most Druid spells are bad but Call Lightning (LVL 3), Call Woodland Beings (LVL 4), Insect Plague (LVL 5), Ironskins (LVL 5) seem to be the biggies. There are a couple of LVL 7 spells but I can pass on those.
In order to get the max number of LVL 5 Druid spells (8), I would have to play the ranger to LVL 21 but could get away with LVL 18. That is still 3 million XP and another 2.5 million XP needed to get the cleric up to LVL 18. That's a long downtime but do-able with an 8 million XP cap.
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