Need some help on this quest, not sure what to do. Joining the companions and Farkus has me intimidate Nimreal at Pelagia farm, that part is no biggy, she is an easy fight. Problem is the 3 hired thugs that keep showing up and killing me. They don't seem to be part of the quest line( I cheated and looked it up), but I don't think it is a random encounter, because I loaded 4 times at the Companions hall, fast traveled to the farm and they are always walking up to the farm when I get there. What do I do? I am tempted to go back a few saves and completely skip the Companions. Input is greatly appreciated, Thanks. Edit: Is it possible the thugs are out on a bounty run? Shortly before going back to the Companions I was up at the first dragon mound where you witness the resurrection. I then went into town and "stole" some ore and ingots by the towns mine. This is the first time I actually stole anything in the game. I also noticed that they offered to buy ore before I stole it, now the dialoge option to sell the ore is gone.