dont know if anyone else noticed this. but the NPCs that you can rent, the blue ones like bards and peasants and such, you can still HIRE Them. but once they are hired you cant give them any orders anymore. you cant even fire them! very strange. i use to enjoy hiring a couple of them and having them follow me around while i role played a begger. now i cant cause they wont even follow me! cant even fire them! they just take my 4 gold and dont do anything. lazy buggers.