for the smith in the druid grove, i stole from him, then hid away. he began to spout his dialogue endlessly until i talked to him several times with my other characters who were unchained from the thief. the smith then started running around everywhere looking for the thief. i managed to catch up to him, change to turn based mode, unsuccessfully pickpocketed him, and now he is no longer looking for my guy, but still runs around everywhere, never returning to his shop. also like to add that i seem to fail quite a bit more than half the time on a difficulty roll of 10, regardless the encounter.