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Allies cannot be directly controlled, but the AI that controls them in combat can be adjusted. They can be set to jump into the fray and attack or hang back and just heal the hero. It's up to you. As the hero's nature/technology shifts, the allies' alignment may shift as well, provided the relationship between them is strong enough. Their character development (skills and attributes) is predetermined for each ally, but their equipment can be customized as easily as the main hero's.
Various bits of armor and weaponry can have alignment requirements. Technologists might wield handsaws and rotating axes, while naturalists prefer more traditional weapons. One of the skills that can be trained improves the chances of finding enchanted items, as does certain equipment. For the most part, though, loot is random and is found in abundance while exploring the world.