You have dinner at the barracks and then retire to your private room. You transcribe and memorize Detect Thoughts. You also study your bundle of notes on Shocking Grasp. (DM rolls 1d20+4: 23!) You now know how to charge a copper object with a Shocking Grasp spell - it will fire when touched. (100 XP) Timmins meets you the next morning. "We meet the king at noon," he says. "Is there anything you wish to do first?"
Can anyone tell me anything about Leander? Perhaps while taking an hour of basic sword training?
"Timmins, where can I look over the Royal Spellswords' files? I've encountered Lady Lynette's village and spoken with Lord du Gast's son, but I have no knowledge of Leander; I really need to learn more about all three."
Take a piss, cast Detect Thoughts, and emerge to question Timmins about stuff while we check to see if he's a secret traitor.
Helena smiles. "As your superior officer, I won't sell to you, but I will reward success. Separate the Duke from an ally. Hmm... Lady Lynette, Lord du Gast, and Leander the Actor each contribute 50 or more men to the Duke." Helena summons a guardsman. "Timmins! You are now Major Mearls's aide. Show her to her barracks or wherever else she wants to go." Timmins bows politely: "Sir, where to first?"
"To the barracks - first some basic swordtraining, then I need to rest." How does Timmins look?
To the barracks - rest and spell transcription first!
"Timmins, where can I look over the Royal Spellswords' files? We've encountered Lady Lynette's village and spoken with Lord du Gast's son, but we have no knowledge of Leander."