Ah, I see where I got you wrong. When you said he you were refering to the merchant, not to Morten.
Yes, to go searching for the merchant would reqire hours of running through the city. Once you have found him, Morten will most likely be gone.
Your guess is interessting. I wil not further comment on that. Where would be the surprise in that? One question, though: If Morten was on good terms with the king or another noble, why would he need to knock out the guards?
"Nebul, look, this one seems to be awake. Well, kind of." The soldier looks weak and pale like a corpse, although he is still breathing. His eyes are open, but he doesn't react to his surroundings. A string of drool hangs from the corner of his mouth. "I have tried everything I know, but nothing seems to work. I am of no help here. Let's go!"
You carefully sneak through the dark palace. It is awfully quiet.
Where do you want to go?