*claps* I shall be able to have a post up by tomorrow. (I have been spending time with my family yesterday and today. Today my family celebrated by birthday since all the adults of the family wouldn't be able to tomorrow.) I am 75% done with it so I should have part two tomrrow and should be able to have part three up by the end of tomorrow too. (Depending on time zones.)
X3 I explained in the post, but yes, I do decide how they level up. Generally when you battle I'll allow them to gain a level regardless, but if you have a very good post I might boost the level gain to 2-3 levels.