I totally agree. I've always hated him. Not only is he a total bore, but his story is totally irrelevant to anything whereas Handmaiden's is actually tied to one of the main sub-plots. Not only that, his build design his a joke and is the worst possible combination. He's a total liability. And this has now all be exacerbated since the hero has been canonized as a woman. So now you're supposed to use him. In any case, yes, there is (or was) a mod you could install the made it so you'd always get Handmaiden. It was kind of buggy and I don't even know if you could still find it at his point.