I have just started playing Aristeia! I have only used the characters from the starter box so far, but my opponents have used the ones from the extension. The game obviously suggests that one character is just as powerful as any other, they just have very different skill sets. This seems to be very hard to balance for the game designers. How do experienced players think about this? Are the characters all truly equal? Is there any character that you always take or would never take? So far, I think the characters are all fine. I would always take Gata. Mortair seems to be very strong, but I don't think there is reason to complain looking at Musashi. Last game, my Musashi has sent Mortair to the infirmary twice.