When playing the game online (version 0.335) ( http://tyrant.sourceforge.net/play.html ) I created a character of type "Hawken", then "War-Mage" and entered my name "Scott". When the game started I moved the character left towards the first door then opened it. I then went back out of the room and down towards "rochy" the farmer. I then decided to kick rotchy then continue on to kill him (by just moving into him) before picking up any items he dropped. Then when moving up towards the room with the door you opened the villagers attack you. I found on every occasion that when a villager had slain my character, the health meter was not at zero as I expect it aught to be.