Timon raises his hand in a farewell gesture as Vlad rows back to the shore. Seven speed you my friend, and may they watch over us all in the time to come. As Timon watches his friend depart, the exertions of the past days catch up with him. A wave of fatigue and dizziness washes over him, forcing him to steady himself against the boat's railing. Cursed sickness! Am I never to be truly well again?!
Presently, Timon recovers and motions Ser Walton and Captain Harn to come speak with him. "Ser Walton, Captain Harn. Thank you both for your efforts in this endeavour. It ended better than I had dared hope when we set out and I shall see to it that you are both properly rewarded for the service you have rendered. But, you both saw what was in those chests and now we are faced with an entirely new danger. The gold in those chests is traitor's gold, and it's more than any of our lives are worth to be caught with even one of those coins in our pockets. In fact, we are in danger just for having the chests in our possession, but we would be in no less danger if we were to throw them over board at once and try to forget we had ever seen them. Lord Bloodraven has a thousand eyes it is said, and he is not known to be merciful to traitors, or those who attempt to conceal evidence of treachery."
"So, this is what we must do - we will return to Reedtown at once, and from there I will have the chests transported to a safe place. I need you both to impress on the men - sailors and soldiers alike - that the chests are strictly off limits, except on my explicit orders. There's no need to remind them of the contents, but make sure they understand that this matter now involves the King's Hand, and that it would be a death sentence for them to attract his attention by word or deed. Any questions? If not, I want you Ser Walton to take half our infantry and take command of the Riverfly. Once we've buried that wretch," - Timon indicates the dead ruffian - "I want both boats to make for Reedtown at full speed."
"I need to rest for a while, then I'll speak to the bandit commander and to Captain Longpalm in turn. In the meantime, they are to be kept chained and separate at all times. Captain Harn, please see to it that they are fed and have something to drink."
OOC: Alright, I'm stopping there to let Walton and/or Harn point out any flaws in the plan. I'm assuming that there's someone in the crew of the Riverfly that can actually pilot the boat without Longpalm on board. If not, Timon will release Longpalm to captain his boat for the return journey, under the watchful eye of Ser Walton. Alternately, if Harn has a capable man he can spare, Timon will send him across with Walton and keep Longpalm on the Moonspirit per the current plan.
If there are no protests, the next IC post will see Timon begin his interrogations. I haven't decided yet whether to interrogate Longpalm or the ruffian first.