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How does attacking during a conversation affect the initiative?
Abdullah, Ben and Caroline are talking to a Drow who they know can be hostile. Abdullah and Ben agree to see how the conversation is going, but Caroline doesn't want to take a chance. As the conversation progresses, she interrupts the Drow (being narrated by me, the DM) by saying "I attack with my crossbow."
The combat has begun clearly, but how specifically?
I imagine since the Drow was looking at Caroline when she
He took out the crossbow, they are not surprised. Is this correct?
How should the initiative be managed? Should everyone roll and turn
the order is established that way, or it must be assumed that Caroline is
at the top of the order, and they have Abdullah, Ben and the Drow roll
to determine the rest of the order?