Nargrakhan wrote:EVERYONE who is in the know on Erfworld, is either impressed or fearful (sometimes both) of Parson's talent for war... except the Tool...
No. Stanley is quite aware of Parson's abilities. It's why he removed Parosn from Chief Warlord and keeps him close in GK. Stanley is scared of Parson.
This statement appears to be based completely on supposition. Stanley has never admitted anything indicating that he is aware of or respects any of Parson's abilities. On the contrary, most of Parson's suggestions are met with disdain from Stanley.
Not only does Stanley not appreciate Parson's advice himself, he doesn't appear to understand why anyone else on his side would want Parson's advice either, other than perhaps because Parson happens to be the de facto Chief Warlord for the time being. A case in point being when Wanda kept asking Parson for advice, after which Stanley asked Parson why Wanda was asking him for advice anyway. Along with that time when Stanley told Parson not to try to take credit for the battle that was going on, because Ansom was the one calling the shots (these events were pretty closely linked, chronologically, iirc).
The only time I can think of when Stanley took Parson's advice and seemed to be happy about receiving it was when Parson suggested a way to get 2-3 dwagons tamed every turn, when Stanley was uneasy because Wanda was getting units faster than he was. But this was completely in-line with what Stanley wanted to do to begin with, Parson was just giving him a good way to do it. Stanley doesn't appear to be a big fan of unsolicited advice, which would indicate that he would resent Parson a lot, and is unlikely to respect any of his abilities whether it makes sense or not. Then again, Stanley doesn't appear to be a big fan of reason either.