Timon listens intently, nodding or shaking his head in turn as he processes the flow of information. When Bass is finished, he whistles softly. "Let me get this straight - Lord Roote has disbanded his garrison and sent away both his sons, as well as all his remaining armed strength, and now holds this town with just five knights? I know Lord Roote's not a military-minded man, but neither is he a fool, and those are the actions of a fool. Has he gone mad? Is he being blackmailed? Or has he been bought?" Timon muses out loud, then stops again to massage his temples.
"Alright Bass, you've certainly earned your keep this night. But there's a bonus in it for you if you can answer some more questions:
First - you said that Lord Roote quarrelled with Dickfred. What was the quarrel about, and what reason did Lord Roote give his garrison for putting them on leave?
Second - how long ago did he send away Robar?
Third - you said that his lordship shows himself little these days. When was the last time that he was seen in public, and how did he appear then - anything out of the ordinary?
Fourth - has the Fox been seen together with any of Lord Roote's knights?
Fifth - Mychel Hayford. Is he here with any men of his own? And since you know who he is, I assume that he's not been terribly discreet in asking questions - is it likely the Fox and Lord Roote are aware of him?"
OOC: Timon is willing to pay good silver for each point answered. As for where all the money's coming from, I'd like to suggest that Timon confiscated the coin they recovered from the bandits. To wit, "a minorly impressive sum of coin, amounting to eleven gold dragons and hundreds of silver stags". Unless these were clearly also counterfeit, Timon will have pocketed the gold dragons and enough silver to be generous with his bribes before departing for Lord Harroway's Town.
Also, Timon still plans to ask Bass to find some extra eyes to keep an eye on the docks for him, but I want to get the questions about the state of the town and the disposition of the various players out of the way first.