Mischief - that is a bummer. You will be missed and are welcome back whenever life allows. Best of luck with your daughters educations - as a teacher I'm getting this experience from the other end. Time to figure out what "hybrid" means for my life.
Sad to see you go, Mischief. Hope you can rejoin us soon.
Academia is a mess right now, and I've got to focus on that. I will try to post, but I may only be able to add to the Q&A until the semester starts. Recreating all curriculum is super fun...
for this action, Soledad should cast alarm. I also agree that we should check the building. Going to try and get a post up in the next few days, but don't wait on me. Here, albeit in limited capacity for the time being.
We don't know what this group travelling down the road consists of. A group of friendly travellers, or maybe even travelling bards and minstrels (they were singing, after all). Or, on a more sinister note, they could be dark soldiers, remnants of the Horned One's army. So we need to proceed cautiously.
I propose we stick together-safety in numbers-and let them approach, trying to stay on the smoothest ground we can find (Nomad said that the ground was strewn with rocks, bushes and slopes and it gets worse further on). So stay near the building.
To answer your question, Nomad, Thaöran is near the entrance to the building, practically in the opening. Being an elf, he doesn't do well inside stone structures like dwarves and humans do. He prefers being outside with nature.
The mule and cart could be tucked behind the hut. It would likely stop anyone from noticing if all they do is walk by on the road. But if they take even a couple steps off the road, it would be visible. Putting the cart behind the building and the mule inside makes it less likely it will be seen in this way. However, the inside of the building is not very large and everyone would need to hide in the front corner if they didn't want to be seen from the open doorway. (Remember, no door.) This gets harder with a mule. Either is possible, neither is ideal.
If you are going to launch an attack on the goblins, please let me know at what distance you want to do so. The are currently 120 YARDS away. They will approach to within 10' of the building. Assuming they don't notice you before hand or do something unexpected, when do you shoot?