I got this game a while back but put it to one side for a while. But recently I got back into it again and am really enjoying it. But one thing I dislike is the "companion" thing. I generally don't like companions in this ort of game. They spoil the sense of isolation, get in the way during combat, are unpredictable, and say annoying things. Is it possible, or desirable, to get through the game without recruiting any of them? If there was an option to send them home when not needed, that would be OK, but it seems you get stuck with them forever.