Hope my post's okay, I intended to convey that I'd been studying the swordsman for some time before using the distraction posed by T_O to strike.
Also, Vord doesn't particularly mind whether he snaps the man's neck with his blow or merely dazes him. Seeing drawn weapons, he believes, is confirmation that the ruffians are willing to use them.
As Peryl has only really had non violent encounters, she will be slow to react, and will probably be a little high strung/panicky. She will try to get away, and avoid actual conflict unless backed into a corner. Then she will pull her mace, if she truly feels life or death threatened. If she does manage to get away, she will seek safety behind the fighters of the group. Steel stuck in a ribcage/ severed limbs etc. will stun her briefly but she will focus on aiding her companions she will not hesitate to use any healing she can.
youd think the sound of wood scraping on wood would be very loud.
i think our best option would be to sneak up on the guy and knock him out (for questioning later), there may be more next to him/her or in the hole in the wall (probably some kind of tunnel). if the dont notice us we may be able to sneak up on them too, and since were good characters we will have to try to capture them alive if possible. if they run we could give chase, but this is not advisable and if we do we shouldnt go too far.
ok so theres no hole in the wall so new strategy.
sneaking is still best option, but if we just go down the center we may walk into a ambush. so we go around the edge of the room and take out any of the theives we can. we should try to keep atleast one alive for questioning.