Are you sure you didn't just lose a "hire" guy and the one you came back to at 80% was your original dude?Got some weirdness while playing 0.6.1.3e, was defeated by a hatchet user with almost full red damage, and while I was down already with the "you have been defeated" message displayed, he does a chop into me. Game goes to main menu on exit and I was a bit annoyed the AI finished me while I was down. Anyway chose arena mode and my character was still around. Instead of having most of his health at red damage, he had about 80% full health, lightly injured.
This sounds like a really cool idea and should be an excellent way to make losing everything when your main dies (which is kind of weird and smells a bit like artificial difficulty/punishment to me) taste less bitter.So I just lost my main character in the arena. I went into a master/novice skirmish, and thought I'd use my main with his basic clothes, for the fun of it. A dagger two shot me. I feel no hate, only peace.
so 1 main, 3 recruits and 3 hirelings ,all experts and well geared as you can see, for dramatic purpose :
I immediately thought of this : My main died. Not any of these fellows. So what would be neat is if they (or maybe just hirelings as they have a unique name and appearance) would still be around. You could face them again in the arena randomly, and even recruit them back into your new "guild" for a price depending on the quality of their armor and their rank maybe.
If there are other guilds to compete against in tournament and make things really personal, your old hirelings would seek a new guild and possibly join another one.
Sorry if this is has been already mentionned or is planned.