A note on damage: Although your characters probably feel "low level", they actually are quite tough for humans. 10 damage would kill most humans (he rolled really well). That 6 damage cut probably reached the bone.
The Yoon Suin belief system says that this life is a punishment for past misdeeds. However, if they live "well" in this life, in a future life they will be rewarded with a better station...I wonder if the tamasic men no longer count as failures to the fates?