At the mention of Joren the Fox, Timon's expression darkens with momentary fury and he fairly spits out a name from between gritted teeth: “Quickfinger!”
Taking a deep breath, he manages to calm himself enough to continue addressing Captain Longpalm, though his tone is still short. “Very well, Captain. Your tale has the ring of truth to it, and if Jax corroborates your story, then I am of a mind to ask Ser Ethan to be merciful in the matter of the murders and the kidnapping. There will still be a price to pay for your crimes, but you may at least look forward to keeping your head and other assorted body parts.”
“The contraband is another matter. Smuggling a traitor's gold and mint is high treason, and passing judgement on such crimes is a matter for the King himself...or his Hand.” Timon pauses momentarily to let the implicit threat of Lord Bloodraven's involvement sink in. “I will be honest with you – the best House Leyburn can do is to put in a good word for you if you wish to appeal for clemency. However, every word we utter in support of a traitor invites retribution from our enemies, so any aid we give you will depend on what you're prepared to do to make up for your crimes against the crown.”
“I will now interview this Lew, and then decide how to proceed with this mess. Is there anything more you can tell me about this fellow that would be useful? For instance, he's old enough to have fought in the rebellion. Has he mentioned any allies from then or now, apart from Joren the Fox? What was his relationship with Stiv and Rom like – personal or businesslike? And has he mentioned any particular grievances since you first met? Oh, and one more thing. The commission you were shown – who has it now?”
OOC: Once Longpalm has answered Timon's questions, Timon will send him out and have Lew brought in to the cabin for interrogation. But before bringing in Lew, he will inform Ser Walton of Longpalm's story and have Walton check it with Jax. If Jax is up for it, I'd also like Walton (perhaps with Ryk's assistance) to gently press him about anything else he might have observed of Longpalm's interaction with the brigands and anything the brigands may have let slip in Jax's presence.
I'm suggesting having Walton handle this instead of Timon doing it himself so we don't get bogged down further by my slow posting pace. Hope that's okay with you.