Shadowdancers are great. Of course great backstabbers. I made two playthroughs with shadowdancers, one Half-orc and one halfling, and it was amazing. As well, if you start directly TOB with SCS and you get Illasera's gang of black reapers who nuke you with all the 9th Necromancy spells, a shadowdancer is able to overcome them (slowly but surely).
But I wanted to try a different way of playing shadowdancers, without backstabbing obsessively. I thought of using it as some kind of scout, who would advance, check the enemies, perhaps disarm a trap or two, open locks and even pickpocket. Or detect illusion, and come back to the shadows (useful in SCS...).
I have a question about the HiS trick ? I mean you are hidden, you activated FInd Traps, do you have time to detect a trap and come back to the shadows without being detected? Usually, I do this and wait for the HiS to be on again, backstab and come back to shadow. But do I have for example enough time to pick a lock and come back to shadow afterwards?
Regarding pickpockets - is it possible to pickpocket enemies that do not see you ?
ANy other ideas of how to use a shadowdancer and not backstabbing?
Thanks for you help.