I was hopiing the patch today would fix this problem, but unfortunately it hasn't. I already have 2 toons that have many hours already invested in them and do not want to delete them just to try out the new souls.
Here is what the Rift site says:
What do I get for purchasing the original RIFT box and the Storm Legion expansion?
According to the table, buying SL gives 6 character slots, 5 bag slots and the new souls. It DOES NOT say you only get the new souls.
I understand that there are going to be problems with drastic changes in a game system, but something that is being sold to new players really needs to be tested out before it goes live.