||These ruffians might be employed by Heirax or even Cnoethos to assault the characters if one the men thinks they warrant a stiff and painful lesson.
Murder in Meeros is punishable by death, so unless being extremely well-paid, these thugs aim to incapacitate and maim ratherthan kill. However, depending on how the characters deport themselves, Heirax might be willing to pay to have them silenced permanently.
Although these are street-toughs, they are not stupid. They use ambush tactics to way- lay the characters, make good use of secluded spots (alleys and the like), and, if the tables turn against them, flee.
How many thugs are used depends on character numbers. Have an equal number of
thugs plus up to two or three more if the characters require a challenge.
None of the thugs use magic and they will be intimidated by anyone who makes more than a casual display of it. This makes them more wary - not less prone to violence.
If any thug is captured and questioned, there is not much he can tell. Heirax uses agents so the thug will not know who his true employer is.
Armor: Leather Jerkins, Greaves, Vambraces and Kilts