Oberon wrote:I think you're overlooking some of Parson's strengths. First, he doesn't necessarily negotiate assuming that he'll be successful. He negotiates because he may be successful, and that chance is worth his time and some Thinkagram juice. And he is well aware that negotiation is a double edged sword: His negotiation with Charlie that you correctly note that he is still in debt for saved his side, after all. And allowed him to convince Wanda not to fly off with their only flying units to go save Stanley. A pair of huge benefits, even taking into consideration the negative of being on the hook for about 9 more calculations...
A good point, although in this situation I'm not sure he'd even think it worth the juice (or the time). He should have very little reason to believe he could ever convince Slately to agree to spare Wanda, and he has no way of knowing about Trem and Jillian's conversation or that Trem might have questions about the decrypted though. And even if he did I guess he could contact Trem, but that would be weird, hoping to convince the prince to go over the kings head (well weird because Parson doesn't know what we do - that Trem isn't your average royal).
Haggar... I've already said how it seems to me. Still, he might fish and come up with something useful.
Still, I'm wondering if the fact Slately will offer a surrender (as Oss said he would do as part of the whole process) will somehow play a part. They're obviously expecting them to refuse...
gazes_also wrote:How aware of Parson are the RCC leaders really? Some of them saw his projection talking to Ansom, but that was all. They may presume he died at GK as only casters could survive the volcano and the decrypted Ansom was appointed CWL. I don't recall Charlie discussing him with Jillian so it maybe a piece of information he's keeping for himself as a bargaining tool.
I don't think they are really aware of him at all. I guess it is possible Ansom wrote his father about the strange Chief Warlord GK had, or one of the other warlord representatives contacted their royal. Only Charlie seems to have any real knowledge. Vinnie might know a little. And Jillian should as well - Wanda was telling her all about the spell (we don't know how much she told her), so unless she got mind wiped she should know GK cast a spell to get something special.
Plus Ansom was out being Chief Warlord as soon as GK got back on its feet, so they probably aren't thinking about whoever was Chief Warlord when the Volcano exploded (well Slately wouldn't be, Don might).
I still don't buy the Archons compromising Charlie's secrets beyond basic operational intel. He has a compartmentalized organization and it is most likely that field Archons operate on a Need to Know basis. Now, Parson maybe able to deduce some things from the Archons SOP, but Charlie has probably changed his protocols since then.
I don't either. Certainly nothing in the strip seems to indicate it is so yet.
Alexei P wrote:
effataigus wrote: CelebrenIthil wrote:
Oh well. Go Maggie! (also, I secretely want her to jump Parson. Screw the Archons dude, you gotta give yourself to une femme d'expérience. <_<
Come on, she's the only gal around there you could have a non totally one-sided and awkward pillow talk either. >_>)
Yeah, c'mon Parson... you found someone that likes you for how good you are at turn-based strategy games.
That's the dream
OK, I swear
I double-checked the forum rules before posting this.
Impressive work (I managed to avoid spitting tea everywhere, but only just) - heh, today we've gone all Carry On Erfworld.
And so my time with the Tardy Elves draws to a close, and I am let to ponder how the experience will... eh, I'll finish later. No need to rush.