sonny wrote:Sorry it took so long to answer, took my wife out for dinner and a movie.
There's no need to apologize for putting better things before the internet.
sonny wrote:Dropped Aerie after I found Jan which was before I went to the Keep...
It's too bad your party can't hold more NPCs. That's one of the reasons why people like to replay the game--you get to play with a new party.
Did any of the women ever start fighting over you?
sonny wrote:At the present time in the game, I've just got back from doing the De'Arnise Hold quest...
Did you accept Nalia's proposal? If you did, a few interesting things will happen if you keep her in your party.
sonny wrote:...and have been approached by a women named Valen and Brus. My party is standing outside Gaelan's house.
They were just letting you know that the price to get to Spellhold is only 15,000 (not 20,000), and there's more than one path you can take.
By the way, have you wandered the streets of Athkatla at night (between midnight and 6 a.m.)? You might witness some interesting things.
sonny wrote:I'm trying decided what to do next. I really would like to go get Imoen, but not sure I have a strong enough party, and if I should do anything else here before I go. I know there's a lot left here to do and I don't want to screw up the opportunity to do them. I still have unfinished quest in my log...(
That's pretty typical for a game like this. In my opinion, the game would be boring if it became completely linear and if it "railroaded" me everywhere I went.
Finding out what has happened to Imoen and trying to rescue her isn't as hard as some of the sidequests. So look at it this way: if you're worried about not being strong enough to go to the Asylum, then why aren't you worried about whether you are strong enough to do the sidequests?
I like to "mop up" the small stuff in Athkatla before I start Chapter Three, and that's another good way to get some experience and familiarize yourself with the city. (For example, clearing out the Graveyard, doing some of the mini-quests such as the one involving Wellyn, and seeing what's behind the locked doors around the city, which are far less numerous--and ultimately more profitable--than the ones in BG1, which were mostly a waste of time.)
But anyway, your party will gain a lot of experience in Chapter Three when you fork over your 15,000 and go from there. So you might be more ready than you think.