Or at least it should be that way. I always tell my players, "you've got more brains on your side, use them".
A guy like Parson probably wouldn't tolerate a group not up to his standards. If all you have in your life is gaming, then by God you take it seriously. The four players combined could be a strong opposition, or they could break up and provide fractious resistance wherever Parson tries to maneuver. Friggin' players, man. You can have a great plan or a rotten plan, it won't matter, because half an hour in they'll be sailing past the tattered remains of your Final Emergency Backup Plan E and wreaking merry havoc with the world you so meticulously built. Even Charlie can't screw with Parson as effectively as a good group of players who like to think unconventional. (And Parson sticking them with an unbeatable scenario that required lateral thinking to win indicates that this is a talent of this particular group.)
Well, then... are you sure he is dead? Stanley saw Wanda come out with an uncroaked king, but Jack was also in that city. If I were in on that plot I'd slip out the back (so the city still gets captured) while having Jack set up a dummy to look like undead-me. If Jack was also in on this plot, then it would explain why he has repeatedly refused to turn back to Faq despite offers
As Dr Pepper pointed out, Banhammer croaked, stood up as basic infantry, probably killed a lot of tearful, unbelieving Faq soldiers before he finally collapsed into dust, Jillian should have taken the throne, but whoopsie, no more throne left to take. Significantly, though, Jack was not
in the city Stanley attacked.
"Plus...their Foolamancer wasn't even in the capital. Wanda arranged that, too. We captured him when we razed their other two cities. Pretty neat package, right?"
Anyway, I really don't see a guy like Jack going along with this plot, simply because it's kind of outside his sphere. He appears to be in awe of Parson and his terrible warmaking talent, he doesn't seem in a great hurry to end the very concept of warfare. He likes Parson, but that's probably more based on Parson being Parson than his status as Perfect Warlord. And Jack explained, in his usual roundabout way, exactly why he refused to turn to Faq: he truly believes that Parson is good enough not just to extricate them from this present situation, but good enough to bring down the whole world. So good, in fact, that Jack doesn't dare join a side that stands against him, whatever crush he (along with the rest of the booping world) has on Jillian.
Not sure if someone had mentioned this before, but the way they're talking about "the predictamancers knew" "the lookamancer knew" and "the thinkamancers thought they knew" it kind of seems like the spell was forged, not in a trimancer link but in an even larger link.
I mean.. predictamancers = at least 2 + 1 lookamancer + thinkamancers = at least 2 (though they don't -have- to be in the link, but could just've been used to unravel it like the sizemore-wanda-maggy linkup)
in any case, the way they're talking about the way the spell was forged; it sounds like there were at least 4 casters linked up..
Perhaps the creation of the scroll required multiple steps and the casters involved weren't all linked up at the same time.
I think when the update refers to "the Thinkamancers," it's meant to imply that since the casters in the Magic Kingdom tend to form cliques based on the individual disciplines, the one Thinkamancer that created the spell shared what he thought was total knowledge with the other Thinkamancers in his social group. Since this Thinkamancer was obviously critically lacking in context, though, he didn't have the complete story, hence that lot only sort of thinking they knew what was going on.
This leaves the remaining actors to be a Findamancer, Hubble the Lookamancer, and possibly a Predictamancer. But there's no direct textual statement that the Predictamancers were actually in the link that created the SPW spell. Wanda says, way back in the beginning of Book 1, that "the Findamancers and Predictamancers have forged a spell together," but that's just a strong implication and not actual proof. It could have been a Thinkamancer/Findamancer/Lookamancer link, with the Predictamancers heavily involved in SPW's research and subtly engineering its development but not physically linked to create it. SPW doesn't seem to have much of a Predictamancy element, anyway...Lookamancy to trawl all the various worlds in existence for a suitable one and Findamancy, once such a world is located, to isolate a given mind within it based on given characteristics, yes, but there's no real avenue for Predictamancy to be included. Maybe the Predictamancers foresaw SPW and its fallout, and took steps to ensure its existence. Wanda's seeming misstatement about Predictamancers being among the spell's creators could be a quickly papered-over slip of the tongue betraying her knowledge of Marie's and the others' involvement. When next she discusses SPW, with Jillian, she refers to it as Findamancy/Lookamancy. And directly casting or not, it seems to me that the Predictamancers tend to know pretty well what's going on the MK, especially concerning events of this magnitude.