The Rapist Jim? Therapist Jim? Maybe he's helping the pit ghouls deal with their problems. "So, you hunger for the flesh of the living. Let's explore that for a minute. How do you feel about this hunger?"
I guess I thought Thaka's spell went down when she did, is why. Maybe Thaka's body (in armor - she's wearing a breastplate) falling to the ground and the sound of munching - not fighting - would cue me in? I'm just throwing something out there - trying to justify my character knowing potentially out-of-game info. Or, since I previously posted an interest in Jim's loot, maybe it's in the darkness, and when I go to grab it, I find Thaka's body.
Anyway - Rob, I'll leave the call up to you. And since the call you're making is an either-or decision - do I know Thaka's down or not - I'll run a couple scenarios:
-I know Thaka's down. I rush in, grab her, and run out. I know the rest of the party's gonna cut-and-run, and if I go down that's it. Then the going - and hopefully someone can help me with Thaka, and someone else has an idea for where-to-go. Seems our retreat's cut off, and we might end up being pursued by ghouls. But! That's for later.
-I don't know Thaka's down. I rush in and grab Jim's loot. Is it in the darkness?
--If no-Thaka-knowing and loot-not-in-darkness, I grab it and run back to the party. Then I wait for something else to happen - darkness down, Thaka coming out, Pit Ghouls coming out. We'll see what happens from there.
--If no-Thaka knowing and loot-in-darkness, I rush into the darkness and grab the loot. Maybe that's when I find Thaka's body on the ground, and grab it instead? If not, I pull what I can out - the whole blanket, if need be - and get out, and then wait as in the above.
Let me know if I should make any rolls.