Originally Posted by Fozzik
Six different companions for each class? Wow...do you have them all at the same time, or do they come and go? That would be kind of annoying to spend the effort outfitting a companion and then have the story take them away. Jedi can't do the sith starting experience, can they?
You can have them all at the same time but not active at the same time. They live on your ship and are considered Crew. They do your crafting and harvesting while you are out in the world getting levels. Realistically, you are only going to level one (maybe two) using Affection. The rest are just your slaves.
No, Jedi can't do the starting Sith experience but they can do the Trooper one. There are two starting planets per side. Trooper/Smuggler on Ord Mandell, Knight/Councilor on Tython; BH/IA on Hutta, Warrior/Inquisitor on Korriban. When you go to the space station (around level 10), you can either continue to Coruscant (Republic), Dromond Kass (Empire), or you can go to the other starting planet.
As an example, when I leveled up my BH on Hutta to 10 and was directed to Dromond Kass, I went up to the space station and took the shuttle to Korriban instead of Dromond Kass.