I'm stumbling upon a problem that comes up in my WIP quite often. I often find myself with numerous background characters interacting with the various MCs. This causes excessive noun confusion whenever I use the pronouns "he" or "she" or any variation of those words.
I've read authors such as Steven Erickson who will describe one or two features of each background character then turn that feature into a pronoun. Example would be:
"The thug on the left bore a scar from the temple to his chin. Scar swung his battered sword at Arthur."
So Scar has become the pronoun. Do you guys favor this method or do you have any other advice?