"I can see in the dark, boy, but I'm not really stealthy. How about I follow you out of the light range, but I can warn you maybe before you step into something in the dark? Not that I will see very well through the light."
Drath offers "I am too old for all that creeping and crouching, but my eyes and ears are still sharp."
Deciding to leave the closed door the group heads to the stairs. Looking down the stairs you can see, from the light of your lantern, that the stairs descend for about 25 feet and then makes a right turn.
"Time to sneak," he whispers with a nod to Drath. He moves forward slowly and carefully trying to see who is talking or maybe overhear a snatch of the conversation without being detected himself. He is as good as his word as he moves smoothly and quietly from shadow to shadow with nary a sound, hardly seeming to disturb the air around him.
Teodor eases back a bit to report. "Sounds like 3-5 guards, just grousing about guard duty." He looks to Drath, "could I trouble you for the healing you offered before we attack. Assuming we will attack. What other option do we have after all?"
"Same as before. Barge down there and try to make them surrender. I have only one healing spell. If you're seriously wounded maybe you should stay behind this time?"
Drath looks over the group. "If someone falls down there, I can of course heal you, but magic is faster in case of critical injuries. I asked above so I could patch you up without magic."
Teodor nods, "I'll stay at range this time then I think and try not to get stabbed again." He sheaths his blades and readies his crossbow for action. "Let's do it before one of them decides to come upstairs for some reason and spoils our surprise."
Remember that Audrahni gave the team a wand of CLW to use, it still has 10 charges. The team also bought a full wand as well. Audrahni also gave the team six vials of holy water. Shendra originally had these items but we will assume she passed them to Drath.