@squarelyblue We have now spent valuable writing time discussing the finer points of extreme angst in our romance plotlines. I hope you’re happy. (Just kidding, we love talking about this kind of stuff.)
These were actually really difficult to rate, since we have to consider the different ways all of them can turn out. Some of the romances are vastly more angsty if your MC disagrees with them or wants to change some of their core values (examples: romancing Cormac but you’re strongly against fighting/raiding, romancing Aisling but you’re anti-magic, siding with Iskendi but romancing Sangarinus, that sort of thing).
With that in mind, we did two lists, the first rating the romances assuming you mostly agree with the character’s beliefs, and the second assuming you disagree with them.
From most angsty to least, agreeing:
From most angsty to least, disagreeing:
We’ll let you do with that information what you will.
As for the Iskendi, we don’t have plans for any Iskendi to “join the team” necessarily, but there will be opportunities for the player to work with them, including characters that haven’t yet been introduced that we hope you’ll like. We’re very aware of the Castulia/Iskendi imbalance at the moment, and while we’re a bit too far in to introduce a full companion character (with sidequest and romance and everything), we’re going to be doing what we can to even things out a little more in the eventual paths between the two of them.