The farm was very well respected and successful, enough to hire a large workforce including Jakub, Ginger, Franta, Mark and Radek, as well as many others. Unfortunately, this made it the target of a bandit raid.
In 1403, two gangs of thugs, one group of hardened bandits led by Runt and the other consisting of four local vagabonds - Pious, Reeky, Limpy Lubosh and Timmy - launched an attack that resulted in Smil's death, as well as many others. Shortly afterwards, Henry is sent to investigate in The Hunt Begins.
In On the Scent, Henry tracks down Reeky, who provides more detail on Smil's death. Lubosh and Reeky were looking around the stables for loot when Smil encountered them. The two grabbed him and began to rough him up, demanding he tell them where he hid his money. However, at that moment Runt entered and ran the groom through, witnessed by a horrified Ginger.
- Although it is possible to visit Neuhof before the raid, Smil does not appear to be present.