BLANDCorporatio wrote:False dychotomy. Apparently Jack could come up with a defensive plan that did not involve abusing the portal convention. So it's at least a three way choice between death, survival (and fight another day), and victory. To say nothing of any other possible plans.
Jack also appears uncertain his plan would have worked. He also seems certain Parson plan will succeed.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:First, Parson did not hear about this just now. He was in the MK before, and even if nobody explicitly stated any MK conventions to him, he can put 2 and 2 together. The MK must be neutral for its portals to be trusted.
AFAIR, and I may be wrong, the Portals are considered safe for a reason. If you aren't a caster, you can' t survive transit. Parson counts as a caster unit so he can do so, but most kingdoms won't risk their casters this way. Parsons wants to be there and that in turn implies that he isn't needed there to win.
Second, law is convention, and vice-versa in many cases. Conventions are also not entirely arbitrary, they serve some purpose. In this case, that convention gives the MK its neutrality. By choosing to flaunt a convention of neutrality, Parson is doing a morally dubious act. What he is doing now is tantamount to breeching a treaty and more significantly, jeopardizing the neutrality (even existence?) of the Magic Kingdom.
Hes gaming the system, pushing the rules as far as they can. This appears to be a game world which follows game rules. What he's doing is akin to playing by the rulebooks literal word.
Thirdly, ignorance of the law is never an excuse anyway. At most, a mitigation, if the law is obscure and the details are not necessarily obvious to common sense. This is not the case now. It's pretty clear what the convention is, and it's pretty clear that Parson knowingly decided to thumb his nose at it.
Partially because he, as a caster, apparently has the right and ability to enter the MK and that is a right the MK itself is unwilling to recognise. If the MK isn't willing to abide by its own conventions, why should he? As for ignorance of the law...that doesn't seem to apply. He wouldn't be able to do it if it were. Instead its simply the way things have always been done.