These mercenaries are citizens of their towns, and in fact are clearly designated as "citizen mercenaries". (They should not be confused with "mercenary guards", for example, who are not for public hire.)
If you have hired a mercenary, and you begin a fight, he will assist you. Should a mercenary fumble and cowardly retreat from battle, you have to tell them to "help" or to "assist", in order to call them back to your aid.
You can also ask your mercenary about
- his health (he reacts to "health", "hits", and "hurt")
- his moves ("moves" and "tired")
- or his payment (he will tell you how much longer he will stay in your service and reacts to the words "payment", "pay", or "time")
ask mercenary tired
Your mercenary will also yell something so you can find him more easily if he hears you yelling from another room.
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