😁 Beeline for the boar. I just picture you saying, "No. No. No. Not in MY playthrough."
You know, I do share your love for Astarion, maybe not to the same degree, but he's probably my favorite origin character. It really surprises me because I normally hate the whole vampire thing, but it's his personality. He's the most fun origin character they created.
Yes, I like Astarion much better now than I did at first--like him much better than Gale, actually, who is self-absorbed and pedantic. Gale asks me for something that is quite valuable to me in order to help him with some mysterious malady he refuses to divulge--so basically, I leave him at camp whenever I can. Really lost interest in what happens to Gale--he whines constantly. The whole vampire "Can I drink a bit of your blood?]" thing with Astarion sort of revolted me at first as I found it bizarre and highly suggestive of practices that really turn me off, personally--but I'm surprised because the whole "let me have a little" routine from Astarion doesn't sound *that* horrid and disgusting in light of the fact that it won't turn me into a blood sucker..;) I think that it actually works--sort of...;) Which still surprises me. I actually think I trust Astarion more than Gale, who as I said has become sort of a burden. In the beginning of the game it was the opposite between those two!
The Cambion (?) scene, otoh, I don't know. The scene sticks out like a sore thumb in the EA, but must develop far more in the full game. Also, it's very corny and cliche'--the proverbial devil tempting you, and so on. Nothing original here--which seems sort of odd as the game itself seems very original in its characterizations otherwise. That scene comes and goes--I wanted to say, "Yeah--we'll take it now--heal us all!" just to see what happens--but I didn't. Shadowheart wasn't interested and saw right through the cliche'...and I sort of like Shadowheart and think she's attractive in a "come hither if you dare" sort of sense, but guess I'll have to wait until the full game to discover what the devil's temptations are all about.
It's coming along, though...;)