J/s, giving Aloth lore has had exactly ZERO out of combat benefits for the party and I'm a good 30 hours in. Mechanics, Stealth, Athletics are the major ones you should be getting your companions to focus on, save the main character for lore so he can use it for in dialogue bonus.
I agree, but he's the obvious choice for a a scroll-user if your main character does not have lore. Mine does not, for example. On the other hand, I have mechanics which I'm quite happy with so far.
Yea I guess. Scrolls generally suck though idk, the thing about IE games was that scrolls let you throw out really high level spells as a get out of jail free card, this is sorta not the case in PoE because of all the level restrictions, but maybe I'm just not appreciating them enough on first playthrough.
Granted he's pretty awful at all the other options. Usually I just give all my party members stealth first, athletics second.
Yea tbh it might just be me not appreciating subsystems on the first playthrough.
Back on topic, maybe consider Hiravias? If you beeline down the critical path, dodge combat you could probably get to Stonewall Gorge at like lvl 4 or 5, which will give you the option to make intelligent skill choices before the AI dumps all his points into survival.