Leudigar, Zem, and Dopey move toward the servery-end of the room, while Fried and Faengol go straight across the room to climb the two steps and listen at the door opposite.
Dopey pulls the goblin hacknife--a heavy-handled, brutish thing--from the bench then uses it to poke around the ashes in the great, blackened, kitchen hearth, while Leudigar listens at the servery door ('tis a split door where the top and bottom halves can be opened independently).
Leudigar is unsure whether he hears an indistinct rumbling beyond the door, or if it's just Zem snorting and breathing dwarfishly behind him... but Faengol and Fried are convinced they hear echoes of voices and tramping feet carrying to their ears.
Meanwhile, Dopey's rooting about in the ashes earns him a sooty hand, and a degree of confidence that nothing more than fuel has been heaped in the hearth.
Leudigar listen check 1d6=?
Fried/Faengol listen check 1d6=?
Dopey's search check 1d6=?
the Elf Medium (MV 12", AC 9, HD 1, hp 1/1, AL N) great cloak, lantern
; spells: color spray; scrolls: sleep, sleep, charm person
Hirelings: Georges; torch