Exactly! I know the base programming for such a thing exists already because I used to play a game called A Kingdom For Keflings (Lol) and you assigned gathering tasks to “villagers” and they’d bring it back home for you on a patrol route. I think this would be very, very cool, if not potentially difficult in the programming.
Not to mention they’d have to be able to fight anything they come across, unless they made it so that resources inside a wall could respawn, but not inside a building. That’d also be great. Then the thralls wouldn’t have to leave and defend. OR, we could set a “gathering party” of a thrall and a fighter and archer or something.
Now, I’ve had it argued with me that this would make the game “too easy” but I disagree. Especially on vanilla official servers without mods. I feel like not only would it make playing easier for those that dislike the grind, but also would make the towns busier feeling.