Long ago, the retainers attended to the priestesses of Eleum Loyce, but with their disappearance, the retainers were left to wander the frigid city without purpose.
There are two variants, a sorcerer and melee fighter. The sorcerer variants are hostile from the start of the DLC, but the melee variants are initially found sitting peacefully throughout Eleum Loyce. Once the player has offered to help Alsanna, the melee fighters will become hostile.
The sorcerers prefer ranged battle with magic. The melee fighters will attempt to attack from out of sight and backstab the player.